Posts tagged with: Nexus 7 2013
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    For as much as we rely on Google's products and services, it's all too easy to forget that not everyone has the same level of access, and in many cases availability is highly constrained along international borders. Anytime that's about to change, and we learn that Google's making an effort to get its products available in new nations, we're eager to get the details. Earlier this month we heard Google talking about plans for beginning sales of Chromecast in a whole bunch of additional countries, and today we see confirmation of not just that change, but of a number of new areas where the ...

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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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    Verizon sure has been taking its sweet time in getting its act together with the 2013 Nexus 7. While the hardware has physically supported Verizon's LTE network this whole time, the carrier has been dragging its feet in officially welcoming the tablet, making it a real pain for anyone to activate – it's not like there weren't work-arounds, but we craved something more formal. Last fall, we heard that software issues might have been delaying Verizon's certification, and that the arrival of KitKat would finally start changing things – but even after Android 4.4 arrived, Verizon still ...

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    When it comes to Nexus devices – the smartphones and tablets themselves – it's hard to argue that Google is giving shoppers anything other than absolutely stellar deals (at least in certain countries – we know all too well how much some of you wish you could see the same pricing/availability as the US enjoys). But for as great a value as so much of this hardware is, the accessories have been different stories altogether. Take the Nexus 5's Google-calls-it-one-but-it's-not-really-a-bumper case: 35 bucks for a piece of plastic. A well-designed and form-fitting piece of plastic, ...

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    You just saw us go hands-on with Samsung's latest tablets, checking out the company's spread as part of our ongoing CES 2014 coverage. If you've followed any of our trade show coverage before, that should clue you in to what's coming next: after the hands-on, it's time for some comparisons! That means putting these new Samsung slates up against some of our favorite existing tablets, and we start things off with the winner of our 2013 Readers' Choice poll, the Nexus 7, as well as the smallest iOS tablet available, the iPad mini. With no seven-incher among Samsung's new lineup, we'll go with ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    2013 will ultimately be known for a lot of things, but will anyone remember it as the year we finally had to stop waiting for our smartphone orders to be delivered? A couple weeks back we told you about Verizon's program to get new smartphones into the hands of customers the very day they order them online. Now Google's following up with a similar program of its own, offering same-day delivery for select Nexus devices to shoppers it its service area. This is part of Google Shopping Express, a relatively new project that's built all around the idea of same-day delivery for online orders. ...

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    As we told you a little earlier today, the mysterious LG V510 no longer seemed much like the rumored Nexus 8 we talked about on Monday, and the tablet instead was looking to be a Google Play Edition of the G Pad 8.3, the first-such tablet to take the honor. While the evidence was very strong, we still expected this one to remain unofficial for a little while longer, prior to going up for sale. As it turns out, however, this tablet has some serious momentum to it, and just a day after popping up on our radar, and hours after the picture becoming clear, the GPE LG G Pad 8.3 has landed in the ...

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    We're not even sure everyone managed to grab the Android 4.4.1 update that started rolling out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and some Nexus 7 devices recently, and now Android 4.4.2 is being pushed out to pure-Androids. The update's size might vary but it is a small one (sub-2MB), and it apparently brings bug fixes as well as security enhancements to the table. The build you should expect is KOT49H and is rolling out to all Nexus devices, including last year's Nexus 7, which didn't get the 4.4.1 refresh. Among the changes there are also reports that this update will fix the SMS hack that was ...

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    The Nexus 5 started getting its Android 4.4.1 KitKat update two days ago and the main entry in the change log is the camera fix; while the specs of the phone are great, its camera left many users wanting more. With the latest update, Google hopes to fix this issue; however, Android 4.4.1 is now being also pushed out to Nexus 7 (2013) LTE tablets, and the Nexus 4; meantime, it is hitting AOSP too. While we don't know much about the update, aside from the Nexus 5 camera fix, according to some reports, Google also made improvements in the call quality, auto-brightness settings, and camera ...

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    We're typically picky when it comes to tablets. Unlike smartphones, which most people would rather not do without, tablets aren't a necessity for most. For the most part, they're still luxury items, and their hefty price tags often turn potential buyers away. Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule, such as budget tablets. Oh, and the occasional killer deal. Black Friday is a great time to buy new tech. Millions of shoppers across the United States will line up with the masses late Thanksgiving evening or early Friday morning to stock up on holiday gifts, new, cheap goods for ...

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    With Black Friday just days away, you've no doubt found yourself inundated with news of sale after sale – it's enough to drive you crazy, but we'll be doing our best a little later this week to guide you through what deals are out there. Until then, we just saw Google announce a holiday bargain of its own, sweetening its already nice offer for this year's Nexus 7. If you live in the US or Canada (hey, at least Canada got tossed a bone this time) and purchase a Nexus 7 from Google while this deal is active, you'll get both free shipping on your order, as well as a $25 Google Play credit. ...

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    The 2013 edition of Google's Nexus 7 is easily one of our favorite tablets around. It doesn't seem like we're able to look at any other tablet out there right now without our thoughts shooting to a Nexus 7 comparison. And why not? It's a big improvement over the already great 2012 model, and makes those changes without a big bump it price – but still, we did get a bump. Last year's Nexus 7 started at about $200, while this year's base model goes to $230. Not a big, big deal, but there was just something so magical about that $200 price point. Google's still charging full price for this ...

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    Two of the biggest mobile rivals have now released compelling and intriguing miniature tablet hardware for 2013. Google first launched the new Nexus 7 back in July. Price may have been its big selling feature, but that wasn't the only wallop it packed. It sports great specifications, a gorgeous display, and a quaint yet beautiful design. The iPad mini with Retina Display, which we unboxed earlier this week, is just about its polar opposite. It boasts premium hardware, the absolute best specifications Apple could muster, and calls for premium prices. Which mobile giant's small tablet ...

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    Google's ASUS-made Nexus 7 is one of the hottest tablets out there, and for users in the United States, Verizon offers some of the best LTE coverage around. With this year's Nexus 7 launching with an LTE option, the two seemed like a perfect match – until you try to go an activate the Nexus 7 with Verizon. Users attempting such feats have been met with frustration, with Verizon appearing either unwilling or unable to set up new service – on the other hand, moving an existing Verizon LTE SIM over to the Nexus 7 worked like a charm. We've been waiting for the carrier to get around to ...

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