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    Rumors abound. What will Nokia bring to the table next? This year, we've already seen 3 flagship variants for three different carriers, an ultra camera wonder launch on AT&T, and the rumor mill continues to churn out different flavors of different in the near future. Next up on Nokia's playlist could either be a Windows Phone phablet, or a Windows RT tablet. We're going to discuss (and by “discuss” I mean I'll write a bunch and you'll read – hopefully) the Windows RT scenario. Nokia has been doing a lot of things right for a long time now. Nokia has positioned itself as arguably ...

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    Google and ASUS disrupted the tablet realm last year at Google I/O. The duo teamed up after some talks at CES 2012, and ASUS practically re-worked the MeMO ME171 tablet it announced at the January trade show to create the Nexus 7, a rather affordable tablet with only a few compromises. The Nexus 7 was the best bang for your buck, by a wide margin. Fast forward one year, and the tech world was eagerly awaiting what this pairing could produce once again. Last week, Google held a one-off event where it announced the new Nexus 7. It doesn't quite match the price of last year's Nexus 7 – it's ...

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    I've always been a huge fan of the Matrix Trilogy, and I'm sure many of you are as well. There's one thing I always remember the Oracle telling Neo when things began to get rough, and it was: "Everything that has a beginning must have an end". And it's true, regardless of where you heard the phrase, it's a fact of life that what goes up, must come down at some point. It happened to Apple in the early 80s, to IBM early last decade, to HP just a couple of years ago, to Palm in that same time period, Nokia, you name it. It's hard to determine what we should classify as basic human needs, ...

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    Seriously, stop giggling. I had to undergo a bit of a transition recently. You all may remember I was the proud papa of one of the rarest devices in mobile technology. And I gave it a good run. Got some apps, got some games. Really put that little guy through its paces. This tablet served as my daily driver tablet for several weeks, and even accompanied me on a nice road trip across the country. It was a sweet thing. It really did the job for what I'm looking for in a tablet – reading books, web surfing, a little email, some offline movie watching.  Well, soon my tiny TouchPad time came ...

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    In the Android tablet market, Samsung is the dominant force. It's the only Android manufacturer with double-digit global tablet market share – 17.9 percent as of Q1 2013. Other manufacturers, like ASUS or Amazon, trail Samsung by a rather wide margin. As such, Samsung is poised to continue doing what it does best: saturating the market with dozens of remarkably similar devices in virtually every size imaginable. The Galaxy Tab family, for example, includes 7-inch, 7.7-inch, 8-inch, 8.9-inch, and 10.1-inch models. To no surprise, Samsung introduced the third-generation Galaxy Tab line ...

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    When the original Nexus 7 was announced, I was eager to get my hands on it. I already owned the Motorola Xoom -- the very first "official" Android tablet, and felt that it was simply too big to be practical. The Nexus 7, in its compact shell, just felt better in-hand. Sure, the screen isn't as big, but it's not supposed to be. This device is meant to go with you, rather than lugged around behind you. I love my old Nexus 7, but I can't wait to get the new Nexus 7. Over the time that I've used it, I've become aware of some of the old Nexus 7's shortcomings. Android 4.1 ran like a champ, but ...

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    Let's put this out there right away: this is not a review. Our full review of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 will be coming next week, after we've spent the requisite week or so with the device, so watch out for that. It's also not a hit piece. For all the limitations I'm about to call out, I have no desire to see it fall victim to a hatchet job. There are things about the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 I quite enjoy. But I also don't know where it fits in the lineup, in the landscape - or I guess, in the world. In other words: I don't know why it exists. And judging from the tone of reader comments thus far, I ...

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    Two tablets walk into a bar. One of them bears an impossibly long and convoluted name despite its slim dimensions, and the other packs quite a bit of girth alongside its useful S Pen stylus. With an $80 gulf between them, the question facing the patrons of this imaginary, tablet-serving watering hole isn't an easy one. That question is this: which one do I try to take home with me? For the answer, check out our most numerically intense comparison ever, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 vs Galaxy Note 8.0 (or "battle of the Samsung slabs," if you've never been one for numbers). We stack the Tab 3 against ...

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    We can't all be like Taylor Martin, living it up with a 10-inch Galaxy Tab 3. Some of us need to hang out closer to the midrange, walking the line between the teensy tablets of the world and their supersized siblings. And you know what? That's fine with me. Join me as I take the wraps off the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, the device smack-dab in the middle of Samsung's new generation of Android tablets. These aren't high-end Galaxy Note devices (though a Note 8.0 does make a cameo in the video) but rather lifestyle-oriented tablets offering "more choice and consumer experiences." What does that mean? ...

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    Confession time. I'm a mobile technology enthusiast and editorialist who doesn't own a "real" tablet. At least, I don't own a “real” tablet by most measurable standards. My flat panel devices at home consist of a Kindle Fire, an HP TouchPad running webOS, and an HP TouchPad running CM9. There is a reason for this. The biggest reason is I don't really have a pile of money lying around to buy a tablet, unless it's a laptop replacement. And this is why. I got my TouchPads during the firesale. Indeed, at the time, I didn't buy the TouchPad on launch day because it was too expensive for ...

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    Sony announced its new Xperia Z Ultra at the Mobile Asia Expo last week, and the mammoth monstrosity caused quite a stir in our little corner of the internet. In case you missed the announcement: the device packs quite a few features into its 6.5mm-thin frame, including the processor that, according to Joe Levi, you want in your next phone, and stylus support that, if you ask Stephen Schenck, should be standard in all devices across the land. Indeed, the Xperia Z Ultra seems like a very capable smartphone in nearly every respect. There's just one problem, tough: it's not a smartphone. It's ...

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    We've just peeled our eyeballs off the live-stream of the Samsung Premiere event in London, where our own Anton D. Nagy is still busily shooting hands-on video of some of the products announced by the company today. Samsung gave us a mix of Android and Windows news at the unveiling, giving us a deeper look into the Galaxy S 4 Active and Galaxy S 4 Zoom on the Google side, and the ATIV Tab 3 and a host of notebooks and home computers on the Microsoft front. What really captured our imagination, though, in between droll one-liners from the MC and wide crane shots of the oversized stage, was ...

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    For years, it's been tough to recommend a 10-inch Android tablet to almost any buyer out there. Google's platform is fantastic on smartphones and mid-sized tablets, and even finds reasonable utility on some cameras, but it's always struggled with the leap to the large-acreage screen sizes of full-scale tablets. Most of that scaling problem is due to Android's lackluster tablet app selection, a handicap severe enough to severely degrade even outstanding devices with beautiful displays like the Nexus 10 or interesting form factors like the ASUS Transformer series. Given that bleak history, ...

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    Up until Motorola and Google co-released the XOOM tablet, Apple dominated the tablet arena. Various manufacturers attempted to "shoe-horn" the smartphone version of Android onto tablets with much larger screens, and actually did some with some measure of success. Google politely asked manufacturers to hold off while they put together a version of Android that was designed specifically for the larger screen sizes that are what make tablets so much different than smartphones. Android Honeycomb was born... and everyone hated it. Honeycomb was a necessary evil to get us "over the hump" so apps ...

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    There's a big gulf between an unboxing and a full review, and we're always looking for ways to fill it. Our friendly neighborhood FedEx man dropped the Sony Xperia Tablet Z on our porch this morning, whereupon we promptly tore, cut, and otherwise fought our way into its packaging - all to give our fellow geeky voyeurs a rough idea of what the first few moments of Tablet Z ownership are like. (We'd like to thank Negri Electronics, by the way, for the quick shipping that made this end-of-week video possible.) It only took a few minutes to log in to our various accounts and start ...

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