Holiday Buying Guide 2014

Whatever you do, don’t buy these 3 tablets this holiday season

By on November 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

Whatever you do, don’t buy these 3 tablets this holiday season

Electronics seemingly become a bigger part of holiday gift shopping every year, with people expected to spend an average of more than $800 in 2014 on gifts, according to the National Retail Federation. Though most will want the latest iDevice to show to their friends, there are still many other options out there, including some you should stay away from to help make sure every dollar counts.

Here are three tablets to avoid buying this holiday season, at any cost, even if they’re free. More →

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Best Buy Nexus 9 Deal

Best Buy has a huge Nexus 9 deal for you… but there’s a catch

By on November 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Best Buy has a huge Nexus 9 deal for you… but there’s a catch

On top of the many Black Friday 2014 discounts on a variety of electronic devices that Best Buy has already prepared for you, the retailer has a special promotion that targets a special kind of customer: the Android tablet fan. Buyers looking to purchase Google’s recently released Nexus 9 for a significantly discounted price will be happy to hear that Best Buy is ready to offer them a discount of at least $100 on the high-end Nexus tablet… but there’s a catch. More →

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Holiday Buying Guide Tablets

The holidays are almost here: These are the best tablets you can buy

The holidays are almost here: These are the best tablets you can buy

By on November 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

When Apple’s iPad first started blowing up and other consumer electronics companies rushed to copy it, tablets were seen as the next huge growth market. Fast-forward to 2014 and we’re already seeing sales growth slow to a crawl. For many, tablets are nonessential devices and they also don’t needed to be upgraded as frequently as a smartphone, so it makes sense that the market for slates is much smaller.

Of course, tablets are still fantastic devices for millions of consumers out there. They also still make great holiday gifts, so here are the five best tablets on the market. More →

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Ad

Microsoft is tormenting America with its most annoying Surface ad ever

By on November 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Microsoft is tormenting America with its most annoying Surface ad ever

Microsoft has made a lot of improvements to its Surface tablets ever since they launched in 2012. However, the marketing for the device has remained criminally awful and the ad that popped up on my TV during football yesterday might have been the single most annoying ad ever made by anyone. More →

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Nokia N1 Release Date

Nokia N1: Nokia bursts back onto the scene with an all-aluminum Android 5.0 tablet

Nokia N1: Nokia bursts back onto the scene with an all-aluminum Android 5.0 tablet

By on November 18, 2014 at 4:45 AM.

Nokia recently shed its devices and services group in a multi-billion dollar deal that saw its entire Windows Phone business offloaded to Microsoft, which will continue to push Windows Phones under the Lumia brand. While many thought the deal could mean the end of Nokia’s consumer business, the company surprised us all this past summer when it launched its first Android app, the shockingly innovative Z Launcher app that will finally public beta on Tuesday.

Where Nokia’s efforts with Android are concerned, however, that app was just the beginning. More →

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Nexus 10

After all this time, here’s what Google still gets wrong about big tablets

By on November 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

After all this time, here’s what Google still gets wrong about big tablets

Google has certainly released some quality tablets, most notably its smaller series of Nexus 7 tablets. However, Ars Technica has taken a very detailed look at the Nexus 10 with Android 5.0 Lollipop installed and has concluded that Google still can’t get large tablets right. More →

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iPad Pro Release Date

New report brings bad news about Apple’s mythical 12-inch iPad Pro

By on November 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

New report brings bad news about Apple’s mythical 12-inch iPad Pro

Apple’s rumored 12.2-inch to 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet will not enter mass production sooner than the second quarter of 2015, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has learned, as Apple is still struggling with manufacturing issues. The analyst, who’s often right about Apple’s upcoming devices, has also said that iPad sales in the first quarter of next year might be significantly lower than they were in the same quarter this year. More →

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iPad Air 2 GPU

The iPad Air 2 is even more impressive than everyone thought

By on November 12, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

The iPad Air 2 is even more impressive than everyone thought

When unveiling the iPad Air 2 during its special mid-October media event, Apple specifically highlighted the new A8X processor inside the slim tablet, which is supposed to offer an even better performance than its predecessor, both when it comes to processor and graphics. Following its launch, the iPad Air 2 was dismantled, with professionals revealing the tablet packs a triple-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

AnandTech took a closer look at the A8X’s graphics processing unit (GPU), finding it to be even more impressive and powerful than people initially thought. More →

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Android Vs iOS

Big Android fan reviews Apple’s iPad Air 2 after using it for two weeks

By on November 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Big Android fan reviews Apple’s iPad Air 2 after using it for two weeks

Often times when we see outspoken fans of one mobile platform share thoughts on another platform publicly, the result isn’t objective enough to even bother with. Sometimes, however, when the author manages to remain objective, they surprise us with interesting and useful insights. We always try to share good comparisons and reviews like these because intelligent thoughts on one platform from users of another platform can potentially help readers see things from a different perspective. And this past weekend, a nice iPad Air 2 review popped up on Reddit from an Android enthusiast who used Apple’s latest and greatest iPad for two straight weeks. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Vs. iPad Air

This is Microsoft’s most humiliating Surface product placement failure yet

By on November 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

This is Microsoft’s most humiliating Surface product placement failure yet

When you consider how often we see Microsoft Surfaces on our televisions versus how many are actually sold, you really have to question whether Microsoft’s big spending on such product placement is worthwhile. This is especially true when such product placement backfires in hilarious ways, such as when NFL announcers refer to the Surface tablets coaches are using on the sidelines as “iPads.” However, it turns out it can get even worse than that because GeekWire has spotted a new Surface product placement failure that might be Microsoft’s most embarrassing one yet. More →

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Nexus 9 Design Flaw

Uh-oh: It looks like the Nexus 9 might have a ‘Bendgate’-like flaw of its own

By on November 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Uh-oh: It looks like the Nexus 9 might have a ‘Bendgate’-like flaw of its own

Breathe easy, Apple: Your high-end devices aren’t the only ones that are coming under heavy scrutiny. Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo has posted a GIF on his Google+ page that shows how the rear shell of the new HTC-manufactured Nexus 9 can be easily dented in the middle with minimal pressure applied. More →

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Microsoft Surface Pro: 13-inch and 14-inch

Microsoft might be working on even bigger and better Surface Pro tablets

By on November 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM.

Microsoft might be working on even bigger and better Surface Pro tablets

After suggesting a few weeks ago that Microsoft might be interested in discontinuing its underperforming Surface Pro line of products — a report Microsoft has vehemently denied — Digitimes now says the company might be working on even bigger Surface Pro models than the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 released a few months ago. More →

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