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Microsoft Office Preview apps released for Android tablets on Lollipop, and x86 systems

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Microsoft Office icons

Microsoft truly has been on a tear bringing their apps and services to tablet users, and not just users of their own Windows operating system. In this latest release, a new Preview of their Office apps is available for Android 5.0+ Lollipop tablets, or any tablet 10.1-inches and smaller running x86 architecture.

It was not long ago we announced that these Office apps, being Word, Excel and PowerPoint, were made available, for free, to Android tablet users. This new Preview release is, for lack of a better word, a beta program, allowing you a glimpse of what is to come for all Microsoft Office users.

Microsoft Office apps Preview

Getting in on the fun requires you to apply through the Microsoft Office testing group on Google+. Just ask for permission to get in, then, upon approval, your access to the apps in the Google Play Store will provide the Preview apps instead of the currently more stable releases.

As previously mentioned, the apps at play here are Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You can always hit up the Google Play Store for the current public release of each app for your Android tablet. Of course, most Android Lollipop tablets, as with the newly built tablets running the ‘old’ x86 architecture, have been exempt from these public release apps, making this new release very exciting for Office fans with tablets running the latest Android software.

We’ll be certain to keep tabs on this and let you know if anything significant is available in the Preview Office apps. Until then, are any of you in the beta program and having anything exciting to share?

The ‘texting thumb’ injury is becoming more common thanks to increased smartphone usage

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Repetitive stress injury

Smartphones and tablets have so many uses, from texting to playing games on them, using them as e-readers or sat-nav devices, and sometimes, just sometimes, we even make phone calls on them. A well-known side-effect of these electronic devices is that people can often become more interested in what is on the display they are holding and not what is going on in real-life. But the side-effect we are going to discuss today though is where smartphones and tablets are impacting on our thumbs and wrists, as explained by Dr. Dori Cage, an orthopedic surgeon in San Diego.

The condition is called ‘texting thumb’ and it is the result of spending too much time tapping on a smartphone or tablet display. The repetition of the tapping action takes its toll on our thumbs and wrists, leading to a repetitive stress injury (RSI). Dr. Cage says that she first saw the injury in a patient with a suspected torn tendon in the hand. The cause of the injury was spending too much time playing Candy Crush Saga.

“Any action…you do over and over again, you can overdo it.” Dr. Cage said.

There’s no need to pick up the pitchforks, this isn’t some anti-technology rant ending with the advice that we go back to knitting or perhaps whittling a piece of wood. The fact is that this isn’t a new type of injury at all. It’s just becoming more common because most of us use smartphones and tablets in our daily lives. Repetitive stress injuries have been seen throughout the ages in people doing old-fashioned tasks such as needlepoint, knitting, tailoring, sending telegraphs and yes, even whittling pieces of wood. The injury can occur anytime that you are using your hands to perform a repetitive action.

How can we tell if we already have signs of this ‘texting thumb’ or repetitive stress injury? If you have noticed that your hands are painful, your thumb feels strangely weak/numb or your wrist is in discomfort, you should probably put the device down for a while or at least swap hands. Just as an example, my other half has recently discovered that her thumb is quite sore, the result of holding her tablet for extended sessions whilst reading. Now she is having to hold her smartphone and tablet differently to give her strained thumb a well-deserved breather.

One way to minimise the risk is to try to hold your devices differently, either change hands or rest the device on your knee or another surface. Another method is to change how you interact with your device, i.e. if you usually tap with your thumb, why not try tapping with your index finger for a while. Basically, you need to change things up, alternate the actions to lower the risk. Another method is to use a virtual assistant such as Samsung’s S-Voice or the Ok Google command on your Android device, although I’m unsure how it will help when playing Plants vs Zombies…

It should go without saying that if your thumbs, hands or wrists give you pain while using your device, then you should probably make an appointment with your doctor to see what avenues of treatment are available to you. In the meantime, let’s be careful out there people. It might be interesting to count how many times you tap the display during the day and then see if you can use your other hand or fingers to lighten the load on your dominant hand or thumb.

 

Source: U-TSanDiego
Via: Engadget

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Apple iPad Mini 3 vs Google Nexus 7 (2013): pocket-sized tablet comparison

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Editor’s note: this comparison has originally been  published on our sister site TabTimes, your resource for tablets and convertibles running all operating systems. 


There is a certain amount of mobility lost in attempting to carry around many of today’s best tablets. Whether out of the Android or iOS camp, a 10-inch or larger mobile device is just not very, well, mobile. To overcome this, smaller tablets have been produced, and it is these tablets that have our attention today, once again pitting Apple against Google as we compare their borderline pocket-sized tablets.

Here, is your Apple iPad Mini 3 vs the Google Nexus 7 (2013) comprehensive shootout.

Size

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First, the pocket test. While you might consider me to be a big guy, with big pants, I find that both the iPad Mini 3 and the Nexus 7 fit comfortably in the back pocket of my jeans, or in the cargo pocket of my shorts. This is not to say that I can sit with these tablet in my pocket, nor that they will remain secure if I go for a run, but they both fit and I can walk around without them falling out. Indeed, there is wear on my jeans from the nearly 3 years of carrying a Nexus 7 everywhere I go.

Now that that is out of the way, the 7-inch form factor of the ASUS built Google Nexus 7, and the 8-inch form factor of the Apple iPad Mini 3 should also fit in your pockets, or purses, proving to be extremely mobile. Certainly more mobile friendly than the larger tablets, like the iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9 we recently pit against one another.

We spent some time, on our sister site Android Authority, early last year discussing tablets and our preferences for them. The general conclusion from most was that the pocket-able sized tablet owners loved their devices and took them on the go, while the 9-inch and larger tablet owners admitted to having to clear dust off of their device when they go to use it.

One thing is certain, the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini 3 offer few compromises for their size, giving you plenty of power in a manageable package.

Design

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The Apple iPad Mini 3 and the Google Nexus 7 (2013) are designed very differently, all things considered. Right out of the gate you should notice that the Nexus 7 is much narrower. Apple chose to stick with the 4:3 screen aspect ratio for the iPad Mini, where Google went with a widescreen format.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the iPad Mini 3 is, at least visually speaking, a dead ringer for the larger iPad Air 2. Apple did not seek to re-invent their tablet with the Mini, they simply wanted a smaller device. This means that the familiar look and feel of the iPad line continues in the iPad Mini 3, with the front face remaining clear of all physical buttons, except for that circular Home button found at the bottom middle.

Volume rocker buttons live on the right edge of the Mini, near the top. A power button graces the top edge, off to the right hand side, keeping all of your controls close together, but not easily confused for one another.

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The back of the device rocks the centered Apple logo, up in the top left corner you’ll find the rear camera, and a little microphone slot which, from a distance, appears a blemish in the all metal back cover. That full metal back cover is solid feeling and wraps around to the front of the device, meeting with the full glass front panel.

The front edge of the metal has been polished, which gives the iPad Mini 3 a fairly attractive design that sparkles when the light hits it. Lastly, the bottom edge of the device houses dual speaker ‘grills’ that flank a centered Lightning charging and data port.

I’ve mentioned before a few minor complaints about the metal backing of the iPad design, being that the polished front edge is not the most comfortable to hold for long periods of time, and that the cooling properties of the metal also suck the heat out of your hands, making the device feel extremely cold. I wouldn’t let these things deter you from purchasing the device, but I can’t not mention them, as they were two of the most noticeable factors in my usage of the tablet.

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As for Google’s Nexus 7, built by ASUS, it does not have a metal back, instead, it is a soft rubber feeling material. It is a smoother design, especially when compared to the first generation Nexus 7, but still comfortable to hold with enough grip for most situations. The tablet is plastic all the way around, and those with a discerning taste for electronics may feel the Nexus 7 a little on the budget-end of premium for build quality. Which is perhaps to be expected considering how affordable the tablet is.

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Your power button lives just above the volume rocker on the right edge, and the micro USB port lives alone centered on the bottom edge. Previous Nexus 7 tablet users will notice that the 2013 edition is a little longer and narrower then the 2012 version, but the higher resolution display should take your mind off of that.

The rear panel of the Nexus 7 proudly houses a giant Nexus logo, sprawled across sideways. In the familiar top left corner is the camera sensor and dual speakers live, one at the top and one at the bottom facing slightly backward.

Display

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The Apple iPad Mini 3 offers little compromise in its display. That 4:3 aspect ratio multi-touch IPS panel measures in at 7.9-inches on the diagonal, with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 for 326 ppi. While Apple’s best screen tech is reserved for the iPad Air 2, the Mini 3 is not exactly left out in the cold, treated with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

We wouldn’t say that this makes the iPad Mini 3 immune to fingerprints, but it is extremely difficult to see prints when the screen is lit, and is very easy to clean.

In the real world, the iPad Mini 3 display is easy to see and look at. Brightness range takes it from comfortable in low light situations up to decently visible in direct sunlight. The auto-brightness settings are also fairly accurate, rarely do you need to correct brightness manually. If you do need to correct the brightness, and you are not exactly certain how, be sure to check out our how to change display brightness piece.

iPad Air Mini Control Panel Quick Settings

The Nexus 7 is a fairly different experience, as far as tablets go. The multi-touch display measures in at 7.02-inches diagonally with the default Gorilla Glass anti-glare and anti-fingerprint characteristics baked right in. Resolution measures 1920×1200, which is a little wider than full HD, but looks great with a 323 ppi count.

As with the iPad, the Nexus 7 has a more than adequate brightness range and sufficient auto-brightness capabilities. It is easy to look at for extended lengths and comfortable to touch, for those gaming sessions.

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Both the iPad Mini 3 and the Nexus 7 offer excellent touch sensitivity and accuracy. They may be a little small to comfortably handle most productivity tasks like editing work papers and such, but are great for tablet gaming and media consumption, such as reading your favorite book.

Performance

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In a move that we believe is a bit unfortunate, these tablets have been manufactured as much for affordability as for performance. That may be doubly so for the Nexus 7. Neither tablet offers the best specs available at their time of build, but that certainly does not mean that the overall experience suffers.

The iPad Mini 3 benefits from iOS’s simple user interface, app icons and folders grace your home screens, but little more. Keeping it simple means that the overall experience is very fast and smooth. Although Apple already had a newer and faster chipset available, used in the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3 rocks the previous gen. A7 chipset.

While most apps load and run without a hitch, you may notice a spinning wheel here or there for the largest of applications.

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The Nexus 7 is another story. Launched nearly a year and a half earlier than the iPad Mini 3, it should be no surprise that the spec sheet reads off a list of parts inferior to the iPad. This, however, speaks to the efficiency of the Nexus 7 that we could rightly consider this very VS article.

Real world use of the Nexus 7 was some of the best performance ever seen on a tablet when it first launched. Newer and larger apps, and versions of the Android operating system, have weighed down the performance of late, you are likely to experience a few slowdowns here and there, but perhaps not as many as you’d expect for a now nearly two year old tablet.

The overall experience on the Nexus 7 is still snappy and smooth for your normal day to day stuff, but your gaming experience may be a little shy of smooth.

Hardware

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The iPad Mini 3 brings to the table the 64-bit A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor. A simple set of ports are available on the unit, including the standard headphone jack and Apple’s Lightning connector port. Hidden under the Home button is a fingerprint scanner that allows for biometric authenticated access into your tablet.

Audio output is by the bottom facing speakers, sound is crisp and more than loud enough for most situations.

Apple iPad Air 2 iPad Mini 3 logo

The device measures 7.87-inches tall by 5.3-inches across with a respectable 7.2mm (0.28-inch) depth. The metal shell provides the utmost in strength, with a gentle twist and bend pressure of the iPad Mini 3 displaying no indication of any torsion in the tablet, but we’re not about to push that too hard.

Other sensors on board include a gyro, accelerometer and an ambient light sensor. Keeping everything running is a 6350mAh battery, which Apple says will provide upwards of 10 hours of web surfing, music or video playback. In our time with it, the device does last for quite a while between charging, longer than the iPad Air 2. Stay tuned for a full battery life test.

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The Nexus 7 was considered a powerful unit in its time, more than doubling the performance of the then one year old Nexus 7 2012. Powered by the Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC with 2GB of RAM. Look for the standard headphone jack and micro USB connector port on the top and bottom edges, respectively. The Adreno 320 GPU was also one of the best in the day, keeping even the most strenuous of games flying at a nice pace.

Stereo speakers with full 5.1 surround sound output make for a great audio experience from the Nexus 7. Audio could be a little louder and it may not offer the same kick as the HTC BoomSound equipped Nexus 9, but the rear facing speakers hold their own for your normal daily use.

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The Nexus 7 (2013), with its 7-inch display measures 7.87-inches tall and 4.49-inches across, it is a tad thicker at 8.64mm (0.34-inches) in depth. Despite having a plastic back cover, the Nexus 7 is also a very solid feeling tablet. Once again, it feels very sturdy and shows no signs of compromise when applying a real world use twist or bending pressure.

Sensors on board the Nexus 7 include an accellerometer, gyro, magnetometer, compass and ambient light sensor. In addition, this tablet is NFC capable. Battery life is advertised at up to 10 hours of basic web browsing, music or 720p video playback out of the 3950mAh battery. As you might imagine, we’ve never seen 10 hours of screen on time, but 4-5 hours is pretty common under light usage.

Camera

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Both the iPad Mini 3 and the Nexus 7 offer a 5MP rear camera sensor. They are also both f/2.4 with auto-focus and 1080P video recording. Neither offer a flash, leaving you best with daytime photography.

As the similarities continue, both tablets offer Panoramic and HDR capture. The Nexus 7, thanks to Google’s Camera app, also offers up Photosphere full 360 degree photo capture.

The front side of these tablets offer up 1.2mp camera sensors, for all of your FaceTime or Hangouts needs. 720p video capture is not a premium these days, but is more than adequate for a little video conference.

In the end, the differences between these cameras is not on paper, below is a quick photo gallery of sample photos from each tablet. Images from the Apple iPad Mini 3 come first, Google’s Nexus 7 come second. Let me say up front, colors are significantly more accurate on the Nexus 7, but exposure is a little off.  You get to choose which one produces more appealing photos.

Software

Apple iPad Air 2 iPad Mini 3 front

Straight out of the gates, the fundamental difference between these tablets is the operating system powering them. The iPad Mini 3 runs iOS, recently updated to version 8.3, and the Nexus 7 runs Android, currently in the midst of updating to Android 5.1 Lollipop.

iOS on the iPad Mini 3 is a solid and fluid experience. This tablet benefits wholly from the vast number of tablet apps available in the App Store. When you first open the box, you can get by for basic web surfing and navigation with just the default apps pre-installed on the device. However, to take advantage of that large catalog of available games and apps, you’ll need to log into the device with your Apple ID.

As with your other modern iOS powered devices, there is no pressing need to connect your iPad to your PC and sync data through iTunes, but this technique may prove the best when it comes to transferring files, such as your pictures or music.

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As for the Nexus 7, it runs Google’s in-house flavor of Android. At first launch, it rocked Android Jellybean, but as a Nexus device, Google makes it a priority to push updates for the tablet as fast as possible. A the time of writing, Android 5.0.2 was the latest version of the OS to roll out through OTA updates, but Android 5.1 Lollipop is expected very soon.

Many users have reported that Android 5.0.2 runs poorly and may actually cause serious harm to your Nexus 7. While we can confirm that the OS is more sluggish than it should be, we count ourselves lucky that our tablet has not been bricked. Android 5.1 promises to fix both of these concerns. Certainly we’ve seen significant speed increases on other Android devices that have received the update.

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As with the iPad, there is no immediate need to connect your Nexus 7 to your PC for any reason. Certainly, Android does not come with a companion app, like iTunes, that sometimes requires this connection. Android has been designed as best possible to always be wireless, and the Nexus 7 is a shining example of this. On the flip side, however, connecting to your PC offers little assistance for file transfers, time to find a cool app for the process.

Pricing and final thoughts

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In the iPad Mini 3 and Nexus 7 we have two capable and easily portable devices ready to keep you entertained and connected just as well on your couch as at the office or on the train. Both devices will slip into a pocket or purse, if only barely, and come with WiFi only or LTE equipped configurations.

Apple iPad Mini 3 Google Nexus 7, by ASUS
  • 16GB – $399
  • 32GB – $499
  • 128GB – $599
  • Add $130 for cellular capability
  • Officially discontinued, but originally sold for:
  • 16GB – $229
  • 32GB – $269
  • 32GB LTE – $349

Although the Nexus 7 is officially discontinued, it is easy to find the Google tablet around places like Amazon for as low as $159 for the 16GB model.

In this particular tablet shootout we have a clear winner when it comes to shear horsepower and overall performance. The Apple iPad Mini 3, due in part to the fact that it is a year and half newer than the Nexus 7, is the tablet that you will want, assuming speed is your main concern.

As much as the iPad Mini 3 is the clear winner in performance, do not underestimate the Nexus 7 and the Android ecosystem. Plainly put, if we shift focus to determine the winner in a bang-for-the-buck perspective, the Nexus 7 is the tablet to beat. Also important to note that many have invested heavily into either the iOS or Android ecosystems, I would always recommend leaning toward the tablet that is from the ecosystem you’ve previously invested in, unless you are in the mood for a new way of doing things. Android fans, be sure to check out the Nexus 9 if you want more horsepower.

Does the black slate of a Google Nexus 7 appeal to you over the shiny metallic finish of the Apple iPad Mini 3?

Nokia N1 Tablet Review

Posted by wicked April - 8 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Bottom Line

PROS
  • Fantastic hardware
  • Top notch build quality
  • Smooth performance
CONS
  • Familiar, uninspired design
  • Poor camera quality
  • Speaker setup is dual mono, and not stereo
8.5

With its fantastic build quality, and hardware that allows for a consistent, smooth performance, the Nokia N1 tablet is certainly a great addition to the tablet space, with the only real hole being the lack of Google apps and services in its current iteration that is intended for the Chinese market.

Nokia was once the most recognizable mobile phone brand in the world, but an unfortunate turn of events resulted in the company not keeping up with the rush of competitors that arose over the years, particularly in the smartphone sector. Even though Nokia is out of the smartphone game, and have no plans to return to it for now, brand licensing of their name and software was possible, ultimately leading to the creation of the Nokia N1 tablet, an Android-based device running Nokia’s Z Launcher and manufactured by Foxconn.

Read more: Best Android tablets

Apart from its Nokia branding, what does this Android tablet have to offer? Does it bring enough to the table to be a viable alternative to the current crop of devices flooding the tablet market? We find out, in this in-depth review of the Nokia N1 Tablet!

Rival tablets worth checking out

Design

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When it comes to the design and build quality, the Nokia N1 tablet can comfortably compete with the finest of the lot. Featuring an aluminium unibody design with a surface anodization, the device offers a solid, premium feel in the hand. The back is smooth, and can best be described as providing the feel of a sheet of metal. The tapered edges allow for a nice rounded look, while also contributing to the grip and handling experience.

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Going around the device, the layout of the ports and buttons are standard. Up top are the headphone jack, mic, and the power button, with the volume rocker placed on the right, along with the dual mono speakers found at the bottom, flanking the USB-C port. The buttons provide a solid tactile feel, and have decent travel, which helps prevent any phantom presses. The front is dominated by the 7.9-inch display, with the 5 MP fixed focus front-facing camera above it. The back features no blemishes either, with only the rear-camera tucked away in a corner, along with the company branding and the obligatory technical information found towards the bottom.

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It’s hard not to rave about how good this device feels in the hand, and with a thickness and weight of just 6.9 mm and 318 grams respectively, the handling experience is extremely comfortable. While the inspiration for the design is obvious, that isn’t a bad thing, and at least in terms of build quality, the Nokia N1 tablet does go toe to toe with the best.

Display

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As mentioned, the Nokia N1 Tablet features a 7.9-inch IPS LCD display, with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 324 ppi, and a 4:3 aspect ratio. The panel is back lit and comes with a full laminated zero air-gap display, allowing for a great display experience, while keeping things scratch free with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Simply put, this screen looks great, with the IPS technology allowing for fantastic viewing angles. That said, the colors may appear somewhat dull to some at first glance, but running a few tests showed the color reproduction to actually be extremely accurate, with the rather mellow look a result of the easy on the eyes natural color profile that Nokia chose to go with. With this resolution and pixel density, this may not be the sharpest display out there, but IT doesn’t take away a whole lot from the overall experience you will have on this display, be it reading text, watching videos, or playing games.

Something worth mentioning is the fact that there was some noticeable color bleeding when applying a little bit of pressure. It’s not something that should cause any long term issues, and may be an issue with this particular review unit, but is definitely worth making a note of, as it was something I found simply by gripping the tablet. This doesn’t detract from how good the display otherwise is.

Performance and Hardware

While Intel processors aren’t particularly common when it comes to powering Android smartphones and tablets, that is what we get under the hood of the Nokia N1 Tablet, with its 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor, clocked at 2.3 GHz, and backed by the PowerVR  G6430 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. For those unfamiliar with this particular processing package, the good news is the Nokia N1 tablet is a true speedster, with everything from navigating around the different elements of the OS, gaming, and even the start-up time, are all extremely fast. Apart from the occasional hiccup during some graphic-intensive gaming, the overall performance is smooth and consistent, and is certainly one of the better Android tablets I’ve used.

In other hardware, 32 GB of on-board storage is available, without an option for expandable storage via microSD, and the device also packs a standard suite of connectivity options and sensors, except for the presence of the USB-C port, a move away from the standard microUSB. We’ve already taken an in-depth look at the various features and advantages of the USB Type-C, but from a user perspective, it is definitely a joy to use, if only because of its reversible nature, making it incredibly easy to plug in.

The dual speakers at the bottom of the device do get very loud, but begin to lose a lot of quality with the volume beyond the 75% mark, becoming distorted, sharp, and airy. Also worth noting is that each speaker is a mono speaker, so if you cover one up, you can still hear both channels out of the other speaker, but overall, this doesn’t allow for the more immersive audio experience available from stereo speakers.

On the battery front, the Nokia N1 tablet packs a 5,300 mAh unit, that does provide an impressive battery life, and even more impressive standby time, with the device lasting for as long as 4 days with low to moderate usage. One thing to keep in mind is that Google Play Services and various Google applications aren’t available on this version of the device that is intended for the Chinese market, and the always running in the background nature of some these apps will result in a faster battery drain. Your mileage may vary in terms of battery life when the international version, with Google apps pre-installed, is made available, but should still be great nonetheless.

Camera

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The camera prowess on a tablet is certainly not going to be the highlight, and while the Nokia N1 packs an 8 MP rear shooter, the image quality is just about average, but at par with what you would expect from most tablets. Images aren’t strong in detail, low light performance is questionable at best, and there are some issues with Dynamic Range as well, even with HDR turned on.

The same story continues when it comes to the 5 MP front-facing camera. A lot of images have a yellowish tint to them, and are very grainy, even in the case of shots taken in good lighting situations. As far as the camera application is concerned, it seems to a very stripped down version of the stock Android camera software that leaves out most of the features and extras that are otherwise available. Overall, it does feel like the entire camera setup has been added just for the sake of it being there, as opposed to being a notable aspect of the tablet experience.

Software

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On the software side of things, the Nokia N1 tablet is running Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, with Nokia’s custom Z Launcher on top. The Z Launcher will of course be familiar to some, with the app, in its beta iteration, having been available for download from the Google Play Store for a few months now.

The Z Launcher is a minimalistic launcher that consists of primarily two screens, with the first featuring the most recent applications you have accessed, while the other is essentially the app drawer, featuring a long, alphabetized menu of all your installed applications. The launcher also learns what apps you use during what time of the day, and automatically makes those available to you at that time. What makes this launcher unique is the built-in gesture controls, called Scribble, that lets you a letter or word on the screen to easily open a particular app.

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Apart from that there isn’t a whole lot to the software experience, with only a few additional settings available, including Compass and Gyro sensor calibration, and Intel Smart Video. As mentioned, this particular version doesn’t offer Google Play Services, but that will not be the case when the device makes its way to a wider release. It is also important to keep in mind that the Z Launcher is still in its beta iteration, with the upcoming full release likely taking care of any bugs and glitches you may notice now.

Specifications

Display 7.9-inch IPS LCD
2048 x 1536 resolution, 324 ppi
Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580
PowerVR G5430 GPU
RAM 2 GB
Storage 32 GB, not expandable
Camera 8 MP rear camera
5 MP front-facing camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.0
USB 2.0 Type-C
Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope
Battery 5,300 mAh
Software Android 5.0.1 Lollipop
Dimensions 200.7 x 138.6 x 6.9 mm
318 grams
Colors Natural aluminium
Lava Gray

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Pricing and Final Thoughts

The Nokia N1 is currently available only in China, priced at approximately $260, but can be picked up from Amazon for a comparatively far steeper $459. Keep in mind that the device available from Amazon is still the Chinese version, and does not support Google Play services, and it is recommended to wait for the international release that should be happening shortly.

So, there you have it – a closer look at the Nokia N1 tablet! In a lot of ways, it is truly difficult to judge an Android device without testing its full capabilities, something not possible due to the lack of Google Play services and apps in this particular version of the device. That said, everything that was thrown at it, from everyday tasks to some intense gaming, the device handled admirably. The Z Launcher certainly gets the job done if you’re looking for a very simple, easy to use software experience, and of course, you always have the option to replace it with other launchers. There’s no doubt that the Nokia N1 tablet is a great offering in this space, and is easy to recommend, as long as Google apps are made available that is.

Buy now on Amazon!

 

27 best Android tablet games

Posted by wicked March - 20 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Android tablet games
Playing games on Android tablets can be a lot of fun. The larger screen real estate allows many game control schemes to be spread out to a more comfortable distance, graphics can be enjoyed more, and games that require precise tapping can be played easier. Most games that are great on Android phones are also great on tablets but here are the best Android tablet games.


anomaly 2 best Android tablet gamesAnomaly 2

[Price: $4.99]
When it comes to gaming on a larger screen, Anomaly 2 has it all. Great graphics, a good story, and controls that translate well to the big screen. If your tablet happens to be packing a Tegra K1 (Nexus 9, Shield tablet) then you’ll have an even better graphical experience. Anomaly 2 is a hybrid tower offense / tower defense game with online multiplayer capabilities and a highly regarded single player mode. It’s $4.99 but there are also no in app purchases which a lot of people will like.
Get it on Google Play


Badland best local multiplayer games for AndroidBADLAND

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
BADLAND is a platformer game with an undeniably gorgeous design and addictive game play. You must navigate through a maze of obstacles to keep pace with an ever scrolling screen. If you fall behind, you lose. The game features over 100 levels, 23 levels of multiplayer content (including offline, same device multiplayer), simple one-touch controls, cloud save, immersive mode, and the developers repeatedly promise more content in future updates. The large screens on tablets make this game absolutely enjoyable to take part in and a great way to kill a few minutes.
Get it on Google Play


Icewind Dale best Android games with no in app purchasesBaldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II, and Icewind Dale

[Price: $9.99 each]
We grouped these three games together because they were all released by the same developer (Beamdog). All three titles are huge, immersive RPGs that were ported from PC to Android in 2014. They feature very long stories with complex game play and are sure to keep you busy for months upon months. The graphics are decent but not amazing because even by PC standards these games are pretty old. However, these are three of the better RPGs to grace PC and Android. With their complicated control schemes, playing them on a tablet screen makes them infinitely easier to play and enjoy.
Get it on Google Play


The Bard's Tale best android tablet gamesThe Bard’s Tale

[Price: $1.99 with in app purchases]
This witty RPG from days past has above average graphics, a long story, and it plays amazingly on a tablet. Frankly, playing this on a smartphone is cramped and sometimes downright uncomfortable. On a tablet, you can see more and the controls are spread out and more comfortable. It also has third party controller support if you happen to be packing one of those. It’s one of the best RPGs on Android and it’s relatively inexpensive.
Get it on Google Play


carcassonne best Android board games for AndroidBoard Games

[Price: Varies]
With the larger screen of a tablet, you’ll get probably the best virtual board game experience that you are capable of having right now. Board games are excellent games for family days, kids, and some are even tailored for adults. It’s simple enough to put the tablet in the middle of the table and crowd around it to enjoy a board game experience without the risk of a beloved pet eating the game pieces. If you want to see the best board games on Android, the link below will take you there.
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clash of clans best android tablet gamesClash of Clans

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The world’s most popular free strategy game is a natural choice for tablet gamers. Admittedly, the graphics don’t look much better (or worse) on a larger screen. However, the game does require a lot of precise tapping and dragging which can be done much easier on a large screen. Add to that the gigantic online community, clan wars, and Supercell’s frequent feature updates and you have a great free game to kill a few minutes every day.
Get it on Google Play


Dead Trigger 2 best Android tablet gamesDead Trigger 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Dead Trigger 2 is another game that seems to have all the prerequisites to be an amazing Android tablet game. It sports great graphics which translate well to large screens, easy controls that are comfortable, third party controller support, and fun, addictive game play. Plus you get to mow down fields of zombies and that has been well established as a great way to kill some time. MADFINGER Games has been good about keeping the updates rolling so there is still new content to enjoy every now and then. Plus, it’s free to play.
Get it on Google Play


snes emulator android best android tablet gamesEmulators

[Price: varies]
Emulators are a natural choice for tablets. The on screen controls are more comfortable (and generally customizable), you have more space to enjoy your old favorites, and the larger screen allows you to play many older games in their native 4:3 aspect ratio while still having plenty of space to see them. There are a lot of emulators for a lot of consoles and thousands of games combined so there is literally something out there for everyone. If you want to check out our best emulators list, click the link below!
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game of thrones best android gamesGame of Thrones

[Price: $4.99]
Game of Thrones is the first of three Telltale Games titles on this list. In this title, you play as a lesser known house that plays a peripheral role in the events of the main story as seen on TV. You’ll interact with characters from the TV show, enjoy some decent graphics, dive into a deep story line with enough ethical and moral twists and turns to give it a real Game of Thrones feel. It is episodic so you’ll have to buy more episodes eventually.
Get it on Google Play


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas best android games with no in app purchasesGrand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas

[Price: $4.99, $4.99, and $6.99 respectively]
Rockstar has had great success in porting their Grand Theft Auto series to mobile. In fact, San Andreas won our best game of 2013 award. These games are huge and provide dozens of hours of game play. The larger touch screens of tablets make controls much easier as you have more space and larger buttons. Each game easily provides dozens of hours of game play which makes them easily worth the money. The older titles have a few bugs here and there, though, so be sure to test them out before the refund time expires!
Get it on Google Play


hearthstone best Android tablet gamesHeartstone Heroes of Warcraft

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Hearthstone seems to have been tailor made for tablets. Actually, it literally was because you have to do some hackery just to get this game running on a device smaller than 6-inches. This is a long awaited card game that has you building decks, dueling other players, and there is even some single player missions to get you into the mix. Everything is synced to a Battle.net account so you can play between your tablet and computer if you want to which is a nice touch. It’s wildly popular, especially with the Twitch crowd and there are always plenty of people to duel against!
Get it on Google Play


injustice gods among us best android fighting gamesInjustice: Gods Among Us

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Injustice: Gods Among Us is among the best fighting games available on Android. It features an extensive cast of DC comics heroes that you use to duke it out against other DC comics heroes. The game play is simple enough to understand. You collect character cards and build teams of three. You then duke it out in an epic 3v3 battle royale between your fighters and the opponent’s fighters. It’s a solid game with graphics that really shine on tablet screens and it’s probably the best DC comic property on Android.
Get it on Google Play


leo's fortune best android tablet gamesLeo’s Fortune

[Price: $4.99]
Leo’s Fortune gained fame when it was demo’d at Google I/O on Android TV. In case that wasn’t a serious indication, that means this game translates well to larger screens. The game pay mechanics are simple and work naturally on big screens. The grahpics are crisp and clean so it should only add to the enjoyment. It’s $4.99 but there are also no in app purchases and there are Google Play Games achievements for those who want that.
Get it on Google Play


Limbo android appsLimbo

[Price: $4.99]
Limbo hit the ground running when it was released in 2015 and it’s already one of the most enjoyed and talked about games of the year. You play as a kid looking for his sister in the creepy, monochrome world of Limbo. The throwback black and white design fits the atmosphere perfect and this is easily one of the best designed games of 2015 so far. The story is okay, but the game play mechanics are solid and it even currently rocks an outstanding 4.8 out of 5 rating in the Google Play Store with over 5000 reviews in total.
Get it on Google Play


monument valley best android games of 2014Monument Valley

[Price: $4.99 + $1.99]
Monument Valley was the hit game of 2014 on Android and iOS. The simple, colorful graphics meshed well with the amazing geometric illusions that made this game just so captivating to play. The game is a bit short but with the $1.99 Forgotten Shores add on, you can increase the total number of levels to 15. For some, that’s still too short but the majority of players who bought the game don’t regret it. The puzzles and game play really pop on larger screens which makes them great for tablets.
Get it on Google Play


Half Life 2 best Android tablet gamesPortal and Half Life 2

[Price: $9.99 each]
Portal and Half Life 2 are two very popular PC games developed by Valve and ported to Android by NVIDIA. You’ll have to have an NVIDIA Shield, an NVIDIA Shield Tablet, or a device rocking a Tegra K1 in order to actually play them so not every tablet owner can take advantage. If you do have those, you’ll be able to play two of the better PC games ever released. Both have a lot of game play and no in app purchases!
Get it on Google Play
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real racing 3 best android racing gamesReal Racing 3

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Here by popular demand from our readers is Real Racing 3. This is a racing title that features some pretty fantastic graphics, over 100 cars from Ford, Aston Martin, and other manufacturers, and extremely detailed tracks. This game is pure eye candy but the game play is simple enough to understand and the game has that “easy to play, difficult to master” mechanic that makes it fun for casual gamers and hardcore gamers alike. There is even a pretty active online multiplayer scene. It does have a few issues here and there, but nothing too over the top and it’s definitely worth a shot.
Get it on Google Play


Republique best Android tablet gamesRépublique

[Price: $2.99 with in app purchases]
République is (at the time of this writing) a brand new Android game that features high quality graphics, a thrilling story line, and plenty of content. It was a popular iOS game until it was ported to Android so it’s likely that this will also eventually be popular. It takes place over five episodes and three of them are out currently which means you’ll have to wait for the last two. The great graphics look wonderful on a tablet and many of the mechanics and controls are one touch.
Get it on Google Play


riptide gp2 best android tablet gamesRiptide GP2

[Price: $2.99 with in app purchases]
Riptide GP2 is a wave runner racing game where you must do tricks, use boost, and battle the rocky waters to win races. It uses the accelerometer for control although there is support for touch screen controls and even third party controllers. The graphics are fantastic and the mechanics are easy to understand and use even on tablets. There are also various online multiplayer modes that let you race against your friends along with cloud saves and achievements via Google Play Games services. It’s a favorite around the Android Authority news room.
Get it on Google Play


The Sims FreePlay best android tablet gamesThe Sims FreePlay

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The Sims FreePlay is another one of those games where it’s actually better to play it on a bigger screen than a smaller screen. As with most Sims games, there are a lot of things to tap and a lot of things to build and control. The more screen space you have, the more precise you move. Plus, the graphics aren’t bad either and it’s a Sims game which are generally pretty fantastic and the developers seem to still be adding new content.
Get it on Google Play


shardlands android tablet gamesShardlands

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Shardlands is an adventure game that will have you solving puzzles, dealing with monsters, and solving the mysteries of an alien world. Shardlands has long been touted for its graphics and they do look quite good. The game play is easy to understand but difficulty in later levels means you’ll have to learn to master the controls to keep going. For some, the later levels are too hard but that can happen sometimes. The game developers tout it as an atmospheric game and that also means the soundtrack is pretty decent. It’s free to play and worth a few minutes of your time.
Get it on Google Play


Final Fantasy 6 best Android tablet gamesSquare Enix collection (Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Chaos Rings, Deus Ex)

[Price: Varies]
Square Enix has a lot of games on Android that are just fun to play. The Final Fantasy series, Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest, Chaos Rings, and Deus Ex: The Fall are all great titles even if they are a little bit expensive. Like most RPGs, the controls translate well to large screens and along with 30-50 hours of game play in almost every title, you’ll also get high quality graphics in games like Chaos Rings and Deus Ex: The Fall. The only downside is that they are a little expensive.
Get it on Google Play


tales from the borderlands best android tablet gamesTales from the Borderlands

[Price: $4.99 with in app purchases]
Tales from the Borderlands is the second Telltale Games title on the list and some even consider it to be among the best Borderlands games ever produced. This is intended as an origin story so those new to the series won’t miss out on much and long time fans get a little bit of fan service. The graphics are also pretty good. As with most Telltale Games titles, this is episodic which means you’ll get your content in episodes that you’ll have to purchase separately with episode two having been released in early 2015.
Get it on Google Play


transport tycoon best Android tablet gamesTransport Tycoon

[Price: $6.99]
Last on our list is Transport Tycoon. This is an official port of the old PC classic for Android devices. The reason this is so great for a tablet game is because it has a lot of information on screen which is easier to see on a tablet than on a smartphone and there are a lot of precise movements and clicks that are easier when you have extra screen real estate. The graphics are about the same as they were back when it was first released but they’ve been sharpened for today’s HD screens. It’s a little expensive at $6.99 but there are no in app purchases and the nostalgia value is pretty high.
Get it on Google Play


Walking Dead Season 2 icon best Android games 2014The Walking Dead Season 1 and 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The Walking Dead series is what put Telltale Games on the map and remains one of their most popular titles to date. Season 1 and 2 are two separate games so there is a lot of content here for gamers to enjoy and each season has multiple episodes to expand the content. The seasons do play off of one another so if you play season 1, you can load that progress into season 2 and your decisions and whatnot effect the outcome of the second game as well as the first which is definitely a nice touch. Best of all, it all falls in the same universe as the TV show.
Get it on Google Play


best android tablet games telltale gamesThe Wolf Among Us

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The Wolf Among Us is one of Telltale Games’ earlier titles and still one of its most popular. It’s a story about fairy tale characters being killed off and you must find the culprit. It falls under the genre of thriller which is something you don’t see every day in Android gaming and it’s also based on the popular comic series Fable (DC). It also comes with good, colorful graphics, a player-driven story (your decisions and actions matter), and plenty of content. There are five episodes in total that you can pick up as in-app purchases.
Get it on Google Play


XCOM Enemy Within best android games with no in app purchasesXCOM: Enemy Within

[Price: $12.99]
XCOM: Enemy Within may be fairly expensive at $12.99 but few who have purchased the game regret its larger price tag. It’s a deep, immersive strategy game where you must play a game of proverbial chess with the bad guys and take them out. You play as the humans defending the world against an alien invasion. You must upgrade your weapons and equipment, recruit troops, and there is even multiplayer modes for gamers to enjoy. It’s based on the 2012 title XCOM: Enemy Unknown except with more content, a longer story, and more upgrades. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart and is truly one of the best “console level” gaming experiences on Android.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any amazing Android tablets games, let us know in the comments!

To see our full list of our best Android apps and games lists, click here!

Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Tab A Plus announced in Russia

Posted by wicked March - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Earlier today Samsung held a press event in Russia, where the company announced its new Galaxy Tab A and Tab A Plus, both of which are mid-tier tablets.

The Galaxy Tab A series comes in two variants, one 8-inch and the other at 9.7-inches, both featuring a 4:3 aspect ratio and a display resolution of 1024×768 pixels. Both are also quite thin, with a depth of only 7.5mm.

The tablets also feature an unspecified quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal memory with microSD card support (up to 128 GB extra), a 5 megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 4,200mAh battery. The 9.7 inch Galaxy Tab A also features two speakers at the bottom, while the 8-inch model only has one.

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Samsung is also making both tablets available in Wi-Fi only and LTE options. The 8-inch model will be priced at around 16,990 to 18,990 rubles for WiFi and 20,990 to 22,990 rubles if you require LTE. The 9.7-inch model with be cost between 20,990 to 22,990 rubles and 24,990 to 26,990 rubles for Wi-Fi and LTE variants respectively.

Doing the conversions, the prices range between €280/$308 and €410/$436. All models will come in a choice of blue, grey and white case color options and will be made available later in the year.

Nintendo will make smartphone games together with IAP king DeNA

Posted by wicked March - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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For years now the gaming community has been scratching its collective head at Nintendo’s financial woes. Perhaps no other company in the entire industry has an intellectual property catalog as valuable and storied as that of Mario and friends. Fans have been asking for smartphone and tablet versions of games such as Pokemon and Zelda for years now. Not even new games per se; ports alone would do. Instead of acclimating to mobile devices, Nintendo has been seen as stubborn and arrogant in its belief that the only way to properly experience its products is on its game consoles, although there had been slight changes in recent times.

Today, Nintendo has arguably shocked the world by announcing it is partnering with social media game king DeNA to produce smartphone and tablet-based games using Nintendo’s intellectual property. The products are to be new (i.e. no ports at the moment) and will be part of a new endeavor to be launched this fall, that focuses on cross-platform compatibility: the PC, smartphone, tablet, and Nintendo’s own hardware are all specified in the company’s press release. In the media event, it was also revealed that the follow-up to the Wii U is going to be called the NX and may be announced next year.

While this news is seemingly good for both Nintendo’s finances and gamers around the world, we can’t help but question the decision to partner with a company that is oft likened to a Japanese version of King (Candy Crush) or Zynga (Farmville), and whose “gambling-esque” business model resulted in a major change to Japanese consumer protection laws back in 2012. (It should be clarified that gambling is illegal in Japan, however there are various “activities” such as pachinko which fall into a grey zone). Will Nintendo co-develop these games as it did with Capcom back in the days of the Gameboy Color (see Zelda Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons)? Wlll DeNA be handling all of the work with Nintendo simply offering its IP?

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DeNA is no stranger to making games with high profile studio’s IP, though admittedly titles such as Final Fantasy Record Keeper are arguably more derivative than some might hope.

The question needs to be asked: why can’t Nintendo simply develop these products itself? Is this partnership designed to ensure its various software development teams remain focused on 1st party hardware (like the 3DS) and thus all responsibility of these new mobile apps will be that of DeNA? Regardless of what the case may be, there are at least some reservations about just how the IP will be used: does anyone actually want a Rage of Bahamut-type Mario product?

So now that the news is out, what’s your take on the issue? Are you excited at the possibilities? Worried about the implications?

For those interested, the official press releases (in English) can be found here:

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DAT DEAL: Brand New Nexus 7 (2013) for $149 From Groupon

Posted by Kellex March - 13 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

I still don’t get how Groupon has this many brand new Nexus 7 (2013) tablets lying around their warehouses, but they do, even after all these months. We are talking about a tablet of Google’s that is almost two years old and hasn’t been sold by Google in I don’t even know how long. We wrote up a similar deal from Groupon two months ago, yet here we are in mid-March, telling you about the same discounted tablet of Google’s. But hey, the tablet is still solid for an Android tablet! Why not buy one?

The deal is this – a brand new 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) for just $149. This tablet originally sold for $229, so that’s a decent $80 discount. It’s already running Lollipop, has a solid high-res display, and is compact enough that you may even be able to toss one in your JNCOs at Marilyn Manson shows.

Still need an Android tablet, but don’t want to dent the bank account? Here you go.

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Archos 94 Magnus tablet packs 256GB of internal memory

Posted by wicked March - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Today, Archos has announced three new tablets, the 101 Magnus, 101 Magnus + and 94 Magnus, which are all equipped with plenty of internal memory for the media heavy consumer. In fact, the 94 Magnus comes with a gargantuan 256GB of internal storage, with room for an extra 128GB microSD card, if you really need it.

Archos claims to have been able to squeeze so much memory into a tablet due to its “Fusion Storage” technology, which essentially combines microSD card storage and internal memory into a single memory partition. The benefit is that you can use all of the storage for apps, games and other large files.

The Archos 101 Magnus is the cheapest of the line-up, priced at $179 and featuring a 10.1-inch 1024×600 resolution display, a quad-core MediaTek MT8127 SoC, 1GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The 101 Magnus + features a quad-core Rockchip RK 3288 SoC, a higher resolution 1920×1200 10.1-inch display and 128GB of internal memory, as well as a decent 7000mAh battery.

However, the Archos 94 Magnus is the real choice for the storage demanding consumer, featuring 256GB of internal memory and the same quad-core processor. However, the tablet features a lower resolution 1280×800 9.4-inch display, but has the same $349 price tag as the 101 Magnus +. You can see the full spec list for the tablets below.

Archos 256GB tablet

All three of the tablets will be available to purchase in April 2015, but the 94 Magnus will be sold exclusively through the Archos online retail store.

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ARCHOS Invents “Fusion Storage” and Announces First Ever 256 GB Android Tablet
Paris – March 2, 2015 – ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, presents the ARCHOS Fusion Storage, a revolutionary software that seamlessly combines the memory of any micro SD card with the internal storage on a device. On display at Hall1, Stand 1G29 during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ARCHOS will also be unveiling its range of Magnus tablets featuring up to 256 GB of internal storage.
Fusion Storage by ARCHOS
A revolutionary and unique technology, ARCHOS Fusion Storage optimizes data storage by fusing internal memory with external micro SD card memory. Once activated, ARCHOS Fusion Storage automatically migrates data from the micro SD card and optimizes memory balance, resulting in an increase in install space for apps and games, as well as more storage for media and large files.
ARCHOS Fusion Storage will be available on all new ARCHOS tablets and smartphones, including the new Magnus tablets, and through Over-The-Air updates on select models.
The Magnus Range – Up to 256 GB of Internal Memory
The first ever Android tablets with up to 256 GB of internal memory, the Magnus range embodies ARCHOS’ belief of delivering excellent tablets with huge storage capacity. Replacing mechanical drives for ultra-fast flash drives, the Magnus series guarantees excellent processing power, superb speeds, and an immersive user experience.
The ARCHOS 94 Magnus and ARCHOS 101 Magnus Plus feature 256 GB and 128 GB of internal storage respectively and enthralls users with amazing HD graphics and outstanding app and media experience without worrying about running out of space for their files, music, games or pictures.
Whether watching an HD movie, surfing the web or gaming in HD, the Magnus tablets completely immerse you into another world. The ARCHOS 101 Magnus Plus and 94 Magnus feature super powerful Cortex A17 quad-core processors capable of running apps and games smoothly while remaining energy efficient for even longer battery life.
The ARCHOS 101 Magnus Plus 128 GB will be available in April 2015 for $349. The ARCHOS 94 Magnus 256 GB will also be available in April 2015 exclusively on thearchos.com online store for $349. ARCHOS will also be launching the ARCHOS 101 Magnus – the first tablet with 64GB of internal storage for $179.
For more information about ARCHOS’ entire selection of Connected Devices, Smartphones and Tablets, visit us at www.archos.com.

Deal Reminder: Neutron S at $25, Lets You Mount Your Phone or Tablet to Any Surface

Posted by Kellex February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Just a quick reminder that the Neutron S, a tablet and phone mount for almost any surface, is still available in the DL Deals shop for just $25.

With the Neutron S, you get a product that is machined from solid aerospace aluminum and contains a shielded permanent neodymium magnet “which never loses its hold.” From tablets to phones to your keys, you can really mount almost anything, as long as it is under 1lb. You could use it in your car to host your phone for navigation or on a wall to let you go hands-free in the kitchen.

The Neutron S “uses magnetic architecture to generate herculean grip while taking up minimal space,” but also has NFC built-in so that you can configure it to accomplish tasks as you mount a device (think turning on Bluetooth as you mount it in your car to connect to your stereo). The Neutron S attaches to objects using 3M VHB tape that is included with purchase.

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