Posts tagged with: Tablet
  • by | July 9, 2013 7:00 AM

    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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  • by | July 4, 2013 7:00 AM

    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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  • by | June 20, 2013 3:56 PM

    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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  • by | June 3, 2013 5:35 PM

    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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  • by | May 27, 2013 7:36 AM

    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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  • by | May 25, 2013 1:01 AM

    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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  • by | April 26, 2013 7:27 AM

    I've been using Windows since the 3.1 days. Back then my desktop computer cost thousands of dollars. To convince my dad to make the purchase I had to promise that I'd somehow make it last through college -- I wasn't even out of Junior High School at the time. Before you laugh, that was back in the day when such a claim could actually be pulled off. Home computers were generally of the "desktop" variety back then -- they sat on your desk and your huge CRT monitor sat on top of them. A few years later my friend's dad showed me a "luggable" computer. It was essentially a desktop computer with ...

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  • by | March 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    Dude(tte)s. The HTC One is killing it right now. I qualify this up front by saying the phone isn't released yet, and in fact will likely see significant delays reaching the market in significant numbers. Also, despite our review units arriving in retail packaging with near-final or final hardware and software, we should toss out a little CYA here saying that yes, it's possible that the units reaching customer hands will have some kind of widespread problem that spells doom for the brand. We don't think that's likely, though. By all accounts, from Pocketnow and elsewhere, it looks like ...

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  • by | March 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a smartphone-and-tablet reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. “Empty Nest” is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. ___ My relationship with Microsoft's first self-built tablet has always been ...

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  • by | March 7, 2013 1:57 PM

    I'll admit it, when the original iPad came out I was somewhat "critical" of it. You may even be able to find a quote from me floating around the inner webz that goes something like this: "The iPad: it's just like the iPhone, only bigger... and without the phone." Yeah, I know, coming from "Joe the Android Guy" that sentiment isn't surprising. What you may find surprising is that, although I won't retract those words today, I will admit that the iPad and other tablets have come far enough that they've come far enough that they can probably replace your laptop. In the beginning, tablets were ...

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  • by | March 1, 2013 7:00 AM

    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 follow-up coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | February 25, 2013 9:51 AM

    Once considered a niche device that held no true purpose, the tablet has beat all odds to become a thriving, mainstream product. It has come to be a choice item in many people's mobile arsenal, a common household item for many. For me, the tablet has become a staple in my workflow. Such is the case for many of the people I know – colleagues, friends, family and strangers. I can't go to the local coffee shop without seeing at least a couple people plop their iPad on the table. And just about all hours of the day, I have my iPad mini propped up, waiting to notify me of any incoming ...

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  • by | February 24, 2013 3:56 PM

    HP is getting back into tablets, this time with Android (and not with webOS with the ill-fated Touchpad). Their first device in this category is a budget device that reminds us a lot of the Nexus 7 but with worse specs and a low price. It has a 7" 1024x600 LCD display and is powered by an A9 Cortex CPU with 1GB of RAM. It's running on Android 4.1 and comes without a skin on top of Android. Interestingly, it has Beats Audio, making it the first non-HTC device to bring this audio-enhancing technology since the aforementioned TouchPad. It also has 8GB of storage, but unlike the Nexus 7, you ...

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  • by | January 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    This year's Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas has come and gone. As usual, we've been both on-site bringing you coverage from events as well as the show floor, and here on Pocketnow, keeping you up to date with what's going on in the mobile world. For some the show has been excellent; for others it has been a letdown. We can't compare CES to a specialized mobile event like MWC (maybe with IFA); still, our experience from past years has taught us to expect certain things to happen at CES. They might or might not have happened in a straightforward way but there was a lot of innovation ...

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  • by | January 13, 2013 5:10 AM

    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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