Posts tagged with: Tablet
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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    On the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, three men gather to talk strategy, survival ... and smartphones. This week on the Pocketnow Weekly, we discuss what device we'd like at our side for the end of the world, before going for a quick dip in the nostalgia pool with a chat about running new Android software on old devices. After that, we knock around some Samsung Galaxy-family speculation, then dive headlong into a rundown of the merits and drawbacks of the new Samsung ATIV S, before touching on the tablet-smartphone interaction issue. Finally, we wrap it all up with some tablet speculation ...

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    Last week, we were doing some jawing on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, debating the merits and pitfalls of the Surface RT. While we've done that on almost every episode of the Weekly since the release of Microsoft's first home-sourced tablet PC, we got more in-depth than usual on last week's episode and I encourage you to check it out. One of the topics we chewed over was that of the Surface RT's actual usability. I remarked that the Surface had so far proven to me more of a novelty than a productivity-enhancer. Despite my feeling that it is indeed a device from the future, I've recently ...

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    Front-facing cameras have for years been the red-headed stepchildren of the mobile world: included out of a sense of obligation or an attempt at differentiation when mobile video-calling first came on the scene, the tiny face-capturing modules were under-specced and underpowered -- and they've never really grown up. Even today's high-end smartphones typically feature front-side shooters with only 25% the resolution of the primary camera around back. The only company to really take the front-facing camera seriously in today's landscape is HTC: the webcam on the company's Windows Phone 8X ...

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    Around here, we're no stranger to the Surface RT, Microsoft's first home-sourced tablet and perhaps Windows 8's most visible public embodiment. Our own Brandon Miniman gave it the full review treatment a few weeks back and found it a "problematic product," noting that it tries to deliver both a casual touch experience and a desktop-like environment for "real work," but ultimately fails at both. Despite the controversial nature of that assertion (at least here in our comments section), it's been reinforced by fair-to-middling reviews from other outlets, confusing statements from Microsoft's ...

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    Others began making Android-powered tablets before Google got into the game. When they finally did, Google partnered with Motorola to bring us the Xoom -- a 10-inch tablet running Android 3.x Honeycomb. Google has learned a lot since the days of Honeycomb and the Android operating system has matured significantly. Google has also begun working directly with manufacturers to spec and build a true "Google" product. Google launched the Nexus 7 to challenge the price-point held by ebooks and lower-end tablets, and showed us a tablet of sufficient quality could be had at an affordable price. ...

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    Apple and Android may continue to struggle for the biggest slice of the smartphone market, but when it comes to tablets, Apple's enjoyed a comfortable lead. As competition starts getting fiercer and fiercer over in Android-land, though, Apple's dominance shows signs of slipping, and if some recent trends continue, we may soon see Android tablets start to outnumber iPads. Some of the latest data looks at shipments of new tablets over the third quarter of 2013. Compared to the second quarter, Apple's numbers are down a precipitous fourteen percent, with Android picking up the slack. ...

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    Sometimes you pre-order a technology product and it doesn't go as well as you'd like. Sometimes you talk about that rough pre-order process on a podcast episode, and right after you hang up the mic, life hits you square in the irony with a buzz at the door from the delivery man. That's what happened just a few minutes ago here in our Boston office. We'd just wrapped up recording this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast when a mysterious package arrived at our door. Putting aside our qualms about the ominously unspecific return address, we promptly busted out our Old-Timer unboxing knife, set ...

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    An interesting thing just happened to the tablet world. We might've lost a whole size category before it had a chance to get popular. It didn't take long after the release of Apple's first iPad for competing OEMs to start shipping their response products, expanded versions of Android 2.x and Honeycomb running on oversized slates. Led by devices like the first Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola XOOM, the non-iOS sector of the tablet market grew quickly early on, but for a variety of reasons failed to sell well on the whole. Thankfully for tech diversity, there's that "interesting thing." ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through HTC and Verizon's press invite for an event in New York that we already speculate is for the launch of the much-anticipated Droid DNA. Then we go through Amazon's latest move to compete with Netflix and Hulu+ at a more aggressive price point with Amazon Prime. Then we go through AT&T's confirmed prices for Windows Phone 8 device this holiday season, which comes to the pleasant surprise of many of us in cases like the Nokia Lumia 920. Then we talk about the death of Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger and their migration to Skype. We end ...

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