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    It feels like Affordable Technology Week around these parts, doesn't it? We kicked it off Monday with our full review of Motorola's Moto G smartphone, kept the ball in the air Wednesday with a review of the same company's Moto Pulse Bluetooth headphones, and we debated the sanity of "settling" for affordable mobile technology in this week's podcast. Now it's time to take the cheap talk to tablet town with a look at a product from Motorola's parent company, Lenovo. Having answered the question of whether you can survive on a $200 smartphone, we now turn to the question of whether you ...

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    Lenovo isn't exactly the biggest contender in the Android tablet space — in fact, looking through the company's website, the Tab 2 A8 is the only tablet listed that runs an Android version newer than 4.4 KitKat. It isn't the highest end device we've seen, and it's certainly not aimed at beating out the iPad Air 2 or Nexus 9 any time soon. But at just $129.99 for a quad-core processor, an 8" display, a near-stock build of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and front-firing speakers powered by Dolby audio, it's hard to ignore. The Tab 2 A8 looks promising for the price, but how well will it perform? ...

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    Qualcomm hasn't enjoyed much positive fame with the Snapdragon 810 processor, mainly because of how unreliable it can be with heating issues. ASUS is another company that's had a great idea with the PadFone lineup, but has failed to wow consumers into buying a product in massive quantities, even if it makes a lot of sense. That said, PadFones haven't really been famous in the spec department, and ASUS would decide to add the latest and greatest Snapdragon to its future PadFone, we could be in for something great. Leaksfly is reporting that ASUS might be teaming up with Qualcomm for its ...

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    Historically, HTC has made some very high-quality products with specifications that compete at virtually every price-point. Back in 2013 we started musing about an HTC-built tablet that would resemble the insanely popular HTC One, complete with its then-novel front-firing speakers. We hoped that 2014 might be the year the HTC tablet made a comeback. Over the years there have been a spattering of HTC tablets, one of the more notable recent additions being Google's own Nexus 9 - the first tablet in almost four years from HTC - but even it isn't a killer Android tablet. Many thought an ...

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    I'm what most would call a "purist" when it comes to Android. The closer to AOSP a device can be, the better. Why? Several reasons, chief among them being consistency of experience and a timely updates - well, more timely than updates seem to come on devices with heavily modified versions of Android. All that having been said, a tablet running HTC Sense UI is a fantastic idea! Honeycomb Tablets running the Android operating system started to pop up around the same time that Apple released its insanely popular iPad. Android wasn't optimized for tablets back then (some would argue that it's ...

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    A few months ago, I wrote an editorial questioning why so many people wanted a Nokia N1 tablet. Importantly, though,  I also said that I found the potential of the N1 alluring, and wanted badly to experience it for myself. While we did briefly catch up with the N1 at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, I wasn't on that side of the show floor that morning ... so I had to wait for today to see what all the fuss was about. From what I can see so far, some of said fuss is totally justified. The Nokia N1 is notable in part for its specs, which include a 6.9mm-thick aluminum chassis, a 7.9" 2048x1536 IPS ...

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    Update: Edited to correct screen measurement figure. So there I am this morning, preparing some wearable videos featuring the latest and greatest from LG and Samsung (the G Watch R review and Gear S hands-on, if you're interested), and suddenly the internet explodes. There's a new thing from Nokia, apparently, a milled metal slab of science featuring Real Aluminum and Real Android, two things everyone has been clamoring for over the last several years of polycarbonate Windows-running Nokias. Now that Nokia is Nokia again and Other-Nokia has been absorbed into Microsoft, the former has ...

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    My reservations about the Nexus 9 began shortly before my fingertips graced its ill-fitting, trampoline-like back cover. We'd heard rumors that Google's next stock-Android tablet would arrive as a more direct competitor to Apple's iPad, carrying a larger screen (and a larger price tag) in the process. I found the strategic pivot logical, but when I first laid eyes on the Nexus 9, my very first impression was a deflated "that's it?" And my first hands-on with a buggy pre-release review device didn't exactly help matters. It's been eleven days since that rocky start – eleven days of ...

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    It's hard to review an iPad these days. The last Apple products to cross our review desk, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, were significant upgrades that catapulted the company into the realm of the large-format smartphone, while maintaining the ease-of-use and reliability that made the iPhone so popular to begin with. The Apple products that keep Pocketnow running day in and day out are some of the most impressive computers we've ever used, with even our lower-tier MacBook Airs capable of handling very intense video production tasks every day for years without giving up the ghost. In the palm ...

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    Google’s newest tablet is for “movers and makers,” according to the company’s website. We’ll examine more about what exactly that means in the weeks ahead, but for now, we'll settle for getting to know the shell of the device in our Nexus 9 unboxing. The de-packaging experience itself is best described as minimal. The Nexus 9 comes in a fairly nondescript box with bare-bones branding calling out its Android ancestry, and once you get inside all you’ll find is some very low-key literature and a USB charging cable with wall wart. That wall adapter's design will be ...

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    Dell hasn't been as famous as it used to be in the mobile space, but that doesn't change the fact that the company has brought some of the most compelling Windows-based tablets in the market. Specs alone would speak highly of these products, but the price tag behind these is just as astonishing. Dell still continues to push its products, and today the company has a new partnership to go further. Dell has just partnered with Intel to launch the world's thinnest tablet. This new Android-based tablet is the Dell Venue 8 7000, and according to the launch information, the device is just 6 mm ...

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    Microsoft and its partners are really making a compelling case for the reasons why you shouldn't buy a tablet running a mobile operating system. Just a few months ago we saw some very affordable Dell Venue tablets running a full version of Windows 8 and with price tags that even make the iPad mini look expensive, but this wasn't the end of it. As IFA 2014 continues to wow us with more products for this fall, Acer has just raised its hand with another hot Windows tablet. Acer has just announced the Iconia Tab 8 W, and just before you dismiss it as another Windows tablet to look at, there ...

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    Usually, when I hit Publish on a review, I've had enough time to mull over the words and reread everything enough to be completely certain of everything I wrote. And if I question anything, I can just grab the phone, double-check my thoughts, and reassure myself that I got it right – right then and there, firsthand proof. In all the phones I've reviewed, there was only one time I can recall that I hit publish and immediately wanted to take it back. It wasn't that I was unsure of what I had said. It was that, no matter how certain I was, I didn't want to believe what I wrote. I remember ...

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    One year ago, almost to the day, I received the Sony Xperia Z Ultra in the mail from Negri Electronics. Brandon and Michael decided I would be the one to review the massive 6.4-inch smartphone from Sony, likely because I've always had a penchant for extra large smartphones – excessive smartphones. Just two months before the Xperia Z Ultra landed on my doorstep, I had reviewed the Galaxy Mega. All things considered, I really liked it. Its specs and display could have been better, but Samsung did a pretty good job at keeping the Mega's physical footprint reasonable – more like the Galaxy ...

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    Three years ago, you were lucky if your smartphone display had a few hundred thousand pixels. WVGA (480 by 800 pixels) was sort of a standard resolution back then, and mobile display technology still had a long way to go before pixel junkies would drool over a smartphone screen. Black levels were usually a milky, dark gray, unless you opted for a Samsung smartphone with a Super AMOLED panel. But then you had to consider the disadvantages of the PenTile Matrix subpixel arrangement. Back on 2011, I didn't stress about such things often. I didn't worry about color accuracy, black levels, ...

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    What if you woke up and your laptop wasn't working? Work or that term paper isn't going to wait. You've got to get work done, no excuses. You reach for your tablet, then pause. Can you actually get work done with that ol' thing? Most use tablets for leisurely things, such as playing casual games, reading, or even chatting with friends and family. Sure, some people use their Android tablets or iPads to get real work done. And those sticklers with their Windows and Windows RT tablets surely know how to get work done with as little as possible. But could you actually work from a tablet? Would ...

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    The Lumia 2520 graced our lives months ago, brightening our unboxing desk and leaving a lasting first impression. Sadly, it didn't stick around long enough for us to give it the full review treatment, disappearing in a shipping accident so mysterious we sometimes still bring it up on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Fortunately, Nokia has sent us a replacement unit, and this time around it's included a bonus: the recently-released Nokia Power Keyboard. The long-awaited accessory brings two USB ports, a 2,027 mAh battery, and one of the most comfortable keyboards ever to Nokia's Windows RT ...

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    I just wrapped up my review of the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 on Friday. When I was told I'd be reviewing yet another Samsung tablet, my head cocked back, shoulders dropped, and I let out a breathy sigh. Honestly, I can't say I've actually reviewed all that many Samsung tablets in my day. But each model, despite the minute changes along the way, have been to the same effect: a promising tablet that could be so much more with a little additional effort. For example, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition I reviewed last year, on paper, looked fantastic. Sure, like all other Samsung devices, its plastic ...

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    Samsung has been making tablets since the second half of 2010, trying to close the gap between its own market share and the current tablet market share leader, Apple. Currently, Apple holds a 36 percent share of the tablet market. The only manufacturer even remotely threatening Apple's share is Samsung, which currently holds 19.1 percent, according to Gartner. At CES in January, Samsung dropped four new tablets: the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, and the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4. The specifications alluded to notable improvements over the Galaxy Tabs of 2013, which ...

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    There's a certain minimum threshold that a product should be required to meet before it can rightfully wear the "pro" label. It should offer high-end specifications and enhanced capabilities over its more mundane, "non-pro" counterparts. Ideally, it should appeal to the consumer looking for a more versatile, more capable product. Above all, it should offer a top-notch customer experience. With the Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, Samsung gets some of that right. This Galaxy Tab is far and away the most powerful yet produced, with capabilities never before offered on the company's midrange tablet line. ...

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    It's not difficult to recall the glory days of HTC. The Nexus One is easily one of the company's more memorable smartphones. But that's just one in a long line of fantastic smartphones and other devices. The EVO 4G, G1, Touch Pro series, HD2, Desire line, and several more are not only HTC classics, they're considered classics by many for the entire history of smartphones. They each played a major part in what we all consider high-end smartphones today. And while HTC may not be the current front runner, it showed us in 2013 that it means business, and it will not go down without putting up ...

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    As smaller tablets like the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini have gained traction, we knew it was only a matter of time before these became a more popular breed among different platforms and OEMs. Microsoft's answer to this new market is Windows 8.1, though Redmond's strategy was to bring us more powerful tablets by allowing us to use a full desktop operating system on an 8-inch tablet. Both Dell and Toshiba have pioneered this market with their inexpensive offerings late last year, but none of these companies offered us a really powerful business tablet, as Lenovo claims to do so with their ...

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    Take a look at Apple's iPhone. Other than incremental updates and improvements, an iPhone is basically just like any other iPhone. Apple has it easy in that it doesn't have to compete with any other manufacturer. Unfortunately, that also limits the options Apple can offer. Many will claim this is a weakness, others will claim it's a strength. Truth be told, it's probably a bit of both. But what of the other players in the game? Windows Phones come in a variety of configurations, but the wildcard is Android. Devices powered by Android can come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, in ...

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    It was just a few short months ago that the idea of a "Nokia tablet" was fodder for only the most speculation-heavy episodes of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Well, time sure moves quickly, doesn’t it? The Lumia 2520 is the latest in a long line of Nokia devices we’ve covered this season, but as the company's first-ever Windows tablet, it deserves a close look before it goes on sale at AT&T this Friday. Announced at Nokia World 2013 and further teased via availability leaks ever since, the device has finally made its way to Pocketnow's Boston offices for a thorough battery of ...

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    Last year, apple released a product many of us were convinced would never happen, a miniature tablet. The late Steve Jobs himself talked poorly of smaller tablets, from a usability standpoint, on an earnings call just two years ago. Nonetheless, the company pushed forward to provide the iPad mini in 2012. While many of us may not have agreed with what Jobs said at the time – that 7-inch tablets would have to be sold with sandpaper so users could whittle their fingertips down to one-fourth their current size – there may have been some truth to what he was saying. The iPad mini was a ...

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