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    Not long ago we had the opportunity to share our experiences with a unique device: the Asus PadFone X. If you haven't checked out our full review, make sure you find out why we call it "a beginner's flagship with a tablet in the box". Just like most of our reviews, we get our hands on the device, we run it through its paces, we write up our thoughts, and move on to the next device. This one was "different" and we wanted to give it a little bit more than just a normal review, because it's anything but a "normal" device. The PadFone X is a smartphone. It's also a tablet. Add on it's ...

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    Android 4.4.3 is still brand new, with only certain Nexus, Google Play Edition, and Motorola devices having received it at this point (and even within this select group, there are issues). In an incredibly odd move, however, Google has released factory images for Android 4.4.4 (build number KTU84P). At first glance, there isn't much difference, but there of course is that little something that caused Google to release the update so soon after 4.4.3. Both factory images and binaries have been posted for KTU84P, with only certain Nexus devices seeing the love at this time -- there's ...

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    One of the best tablets of 2013 was easily the Nexus 7 2013, the second collaboration between Asus and Google for a pure Android device. The tablet itself was already touted for its remarkable price, but this Nexus 7 2013 sale brings it down to a ridiculous $150 -- that's a full $80 less than its usual asking price. The Nexus 7 2013 includes a 7" 1920x1200 display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, and the latest version of Android (4.4.3). As the device is a Nexus, Google will continue to support it with speedy updates for many ...

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    I have always fancied ASUS as one of the more creative and ambitious Android manufacturers in the space. No, ASUS isn't exactly one of the top smartphone or tablet manufacturers; it's nowhere near as successful as many other brands in the mobile realm, especially here in the States. But that hasn't stopped it from trying to push boundaries, thinking outside the box, and daring to be different. Today, ASUS isn't exactly creating groundbreaking products. The Transformer tablets from early 2011 to mid-2012 were novel, Android-powered tablet-netbook hybrid devices that no one else – at least ...

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    If you've wanted to purchase a Nexus 7 2013, you've probably already bought it at full price, or hopped on a deal to grab it at a reduced price by now. If you haven't, though, there's never been a better time to do it -- eBay today is listing the 32GB model for just shy of $190, $80 short of the model's usual retail listing. For those unfamiliar with the tablet, it boasts a 7" display with a resolution of 1920x1200, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and is updatable to the latest version of Android, 4.4.3 KitKat. The seller has an impeccable rating on eBay, and ...

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    iOS 8 is here –in Beta form, at least– and (surprise, surprise) we've got some opinions. For the last Weekly podcast to begin with a "0," we bring in the big guns to discuss Apple's new platform: a four-man team that includes our resident iOS experts, one of whom joins in from the blazing heat of a car baking in the North Carolina sun just to tell us his take on the iPhone 6 and how it will/won't/might end up being a phablet. Of course we don't stop with Apple: a panoply of mobile devices, from the LG G3 to the Galaxy S5 Active to the Motorola X+1, awaits our speculation, adulation, ...

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    When it rains mobile devices at AT&T, it pours. At least, that's what this new onslaught suggests -- the ASUS PadFone X, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 are all now available from purchase from the United States's second largest wireless carrier. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is a mid-range tablet, with not many impressive specs. It features a Snapdragon 400 processor, and a 10.1-inch display with a mediocre screen resolution of 1280x800. It costs $379 on a two-year data plan contract, and $479 off-contract. Alternatively, it can be financed through AT&T, which ...

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    Need something to help you bite the bullet on a brand-new Nexus 7 2013? Google may have you covered. Its latest Nexus 7 2013 deal tacks on a few months of Google Play Music All Access to the purchase of the tablet. If you haven't already subscribed to All Access, or had a free trial in the past, you're eligible to get three free months of the streaming-music service. This is valued at just south of $30, which is a fairly decent discount (considering this tablet only costs $230). To recap the technical specifications of the device briefly, it features a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro ...

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    Back in 2012, in one of my first-ever editorials for Pocketnow, I called the first-generation ASUS PadFone an answer to a question no one was asking. I admired that it "cheated the system by changing the rules," providing a continuous computing experience across a smartphone and a tablet, but found its hardware-based approach antiquated. In a world where more and more of our content resides in the cloud, I reasoned, what place does a dumb-terminal tablet have? Three generations later, ASUS still believes the PadFone concept has legs – and AT&T seems to agree. But in a reversal of the ...

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    Asus may have taken for ever to launch its first PadFone model in the United States, so much so that we're still waiting for it. Still the device is now official, you should see it in retail stores in the next few days, but there is a sad catch with this device, and it's that it's an AT&T exclusive. Those of you interested in this device, which we're currently dissecting in our Pocketnow Labs, but you don't want to use it on AT&T, or you want it abroad, it seems that Asus has decided to cut you some slack. Both devices are pretty much the same; you're looking at a 5-inch phone ...

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    Our opinions related to the Padfone concept have been divided here on Pocketnow. However, if you often find yourself switching from your phone to your tablet, and vice versa, AT&T's got you covered with the ASUS Padfone X. Sales start next Friday, June 6, both online, and in retail stores, so, if this is something you might be interested in, check out our ASUS Padfone X unboxing below. There's both a tablet -- which is not a real tablet, per se -- and a phone in the box, alongside the usual accessories, like bundled headphones (yay!), charger, and USB cable. For those interested in ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about AT&T's launch of the ASUS PadFone X, after a ton of teasers. Then we talk about the Wireless Charging standard, and how it might get a smart fix soon. Motorola then gets a leaked photo of a larger flagship device that could be the Moto X+1. The Google Nexus 8 follows as reports have the tablet still being prepped for Google I/O. We end today's show talking about Apple's iWatch, its possible design and launch times. All this and more after the break. Stories: - AT&T finally announces start of PadFone X sales - New wireless charging chip ...

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    Five months. Back at the CES in early January, ASUS announced its latest hardware, including smartphones, tablets, and even a new model for its hybrid phone/tablet PadFone lineup, the PadFone X. The manufacturer shared a few hardware details and announced that the PadFone X would be an AT&T exclusive in the States... and then silence. For months we waited for further news about the model, and eventually AT&T started releasing teasers of its own. Several times over the last couple months, we've seen the carrier publish a new PadFone X video, but all of those arrived without a peep ...

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    Will the Android community ever see another Nexus tablet? At this point, no one seems to know, and despite rumors about a possible Nexus 8 model (not to mention the occasional glimmer of hope that we could see a Nexus 10 follow-up) this whole Android Silver rumor has arrived to throw a big-ol' wrench in the works. While uncertainty plagues the Nexus family's future, one of its present entries turns up today with some decent Memorial Day savings we wanted to share with you. For today's one-day sale, an authorized ASUS distributor is unloading current-gen refurbished 16GB Nexus 7 models for ...

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    An ASUS smartwatch has been long rumored. We first heard of such future possible product at the end of January, when the company’s Chairman, Jonney Shih, said that "there are actually many challenges in this area, and I don’t think products that lack special features will be useful. We’ll try to replace your watch by all means". We're now seeing additional confirmation of plans for an ASUS smartwatch, from none other than the company's CEO, Jerry Shen, who, on a recent earnings call, said, while talking about wearables: "in the third quarter, we will probably launch a product. ...

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    Is AT&T messing with us? AT&T might be messing with us. Why are we feeling so paranoid? Well there's this ASUS PadFone X we saw debut back at the CES in January, intended to be an AT&T exclusive. Like many PadFones before it, the X marries an Android smartphone with a tablet dock, allowing users to transition between device sizes in the blink of an eye. So far, so good, right? But then we waited for sales of the PadFone X to begin... and waited, and waited, and waited. Every once in a while AT&T acknowledges that this combo's still coming, trying to keep interest alive. The ...

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    What's worse, a device that you hear rumored for months and months but never seems ready to go official, or one that sees a formal announcement, but then never manages to actually go up for sale? It's been over one hundred days since ASUS announced the PadFone X at CES, to be an AT&T exclusive in the US. We were told that pricing, specs, and availability info would be forthcoming, and while we have gotten an update on those hardware details, there's been no news concerning a start of sales. Instead, AT&T's been talking about the PadFone X every few weeks, reminding us that it still ...

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    Back in February, we caught wind of a very odd rumor about the future of Google's Nexus family of Android hardware, suggesting that HTC would make a spectacular return to the tablet space by building a new Nexus tablet. While it would be very nice to see HTC revisit tablets and maybe even find that success that eluded it first time around, the whole theory was just a little bizarre; could something like this really happen? Well, that's what “supply chain sources” are saying over in Asia, as a new report doubles-down on this HTC Nexus theory. As the story goes, ASUS might not be feeling ...

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    Back at the CES in early January, ASUS announced the upcoming PadFone X for AT&T. Like PadFones before it, this would be a combination smartphone/tablet dock setup, this time with a five-inch phone and a nine-inch tablet, both full HD. While we got that display info, some general talk about a large battery, and confirmation of LTE-Advanced support, ASUS still hadn't revealed a lot of detail about this hardware. A couple weeks back we saw AT&T teasing the PadFone X, but it had no new hardware info to share, nor did it reveal anything about when sales might begin; would we ever make ...

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    Google does a great job when it comes to selling some very affordable, competitively performing Android hardware: we've come to expect nothing less from the company's Nexus family. But for all those awesome values on smartphones and tablets, the accessory situation has been a lot less attractive. While it might sound nice to get an officially sanctioned case to go with your new Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, Google's prices are on the steep side of things, and the designs haven't always won us over. But for all their failings, at least you could be comfortable knowing that official cases are going to ...

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    Both of Google's Nexus 7 have been renowned for being such great bargains. The current-gen Nexus 7, made by ASUS, retails for a staggeringly low $229, yet it features pretty impressive specifications and performance, all things considered. Samsung is no stranger to the small tablet category, but the real question is: can it's latest miniature tablet compete with the likes of Google's budget-friendly option? On a price scale, not quite. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 retails for $399.99. But what about in value, performance, specs, and overall usability? That's what we aim to answer in this Galaxy ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how AT&T is now teasing the Asus PadFone X, and what this means for the product in the US market. We then talk about the all-new HTC One, and what to expect from its special dual cameras. Que focus later on the Snapdragon 800, and how a developer figured out how to allow an "always listening" feature, like on the Moto x. Apple vs Samsung follow as we talk about how the lawsuit is really focused on stripping Samsung from making smartphone profits. Then we end today's show talking about iOS 8 and even iOS 9, aside from the rumors of the ...

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    Two months have passed since CES, but plenty of the hardware that showed its face at the expo is still taking its sweet old time in getting to market. ASUS, for instance, announced a whole spread of new gear, much of which we're still waiting to show up. For instance, there's that really cool dual-OS Transformer Book Duet tablet, but rumors have suggested that Google might be trying to derail the project. We also got news at CES of the PadFone X, which was to be an AT&T exclusive; that's great, but when might it actually be available? We still haven't seen a firm date, but with ...

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    Of all the names you're hearing mentioned as we look forward to what to expect from MWC 2014, you probably haven't picked up on much chatter about ASUS. And really, considering how much hardware the company brought along to CES just last month, that's perfectly understandable. One of the most promising devices ASUS launched back then was its Transformer Book Duet, a tablet with a keyboard dock that could instantly switch back and forth between Android and Windows 8. Been wondering about when it might see the light of day? Us too, but now a new rumor claims that day may never come, thanks ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the launch of the Asus VivoTab Note 8 on the Microsoft Store for a very attractive price. Then we talk about the Nokia Normandy and the reports that the Wall Street Journal is pushing. Samsung follows the news as we talk about a possible "value edition" galaxy S 4, aside from a Galaxy Tab 4. HTC then hits rumor mill with the possible launch of mid-range phones along with the M8, and a possible Nexus 10 tablet. We end today's show talking about a recent study that shows the iPad mini as very easy to break. All this and more after the break. ...

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