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    This little number caught our eye at IFA, and though it doesn't meet the strictest definition of "brand-spanking new," having been announced at MWC many moons ago, we wanted to shoot a quick-look video anyway because it's so darn cool. To our eyes, the uncreatively-named AT270 ("Android Tablet," get it?) resembles something of a cross between a Nexus 7 and an iPad, with the size and portability of the former and the build quality of the latter. The screen, a 7-inch AMOLED panel, features amazing color saturation and excellent blacks, while performance is solid on Android ICS. The only ...

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    Sometimes you're at an IFA party that focuses on accessories and peripherals, not expecting to see hot new kit from one of Microsoft's top hardware partners, and all you've got to shoot a hands-on video is an HTC One X. But sometimes the product is so interesting, it's worth it. Last night was one of those times. We ran into HP at an IFA after-hours showcase, where the company was showing off a wide spectrum of notebooks and convertibles. The Envy x2 wasn't scheduled for an appearance on the show floor, so David from HP graciously agreed to take us on a guided tour of the new hardware ...

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    We've all been secretly begging HTC every night in our prayers for a tablet. The HTC Flyer may not have flown off the shelves, but the concept was good and all it needed was a better price tag. Now we've run across a couple of images of a mysterious HTC Tablet that looks, well, different. It doesn't look like an iPad, but it looks like a portable iMac where the bezel is larger on one side of the tablet than the other. The back seems to be made of polycarbonate and it shares some of the HTC One X design language with rounded curves all around. The device is definitely an Android tablet, but ...

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    Despite Samsung's staggering success in the smartphone market, I must admit we're all begging for that same level of "wow" on their line of tablets. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 are truly beautiful works of art, but the love sadly ends once you turn it on and get a feel for how sluggish it is. The good thing is that Samsung is anything but slow at pushing newer and better hardware, and such is the case with a mysterious new Samsung tablet that just reached the FCC. Code name P10, this oddly unannounced tablet was one of the major leaks that have been roaming around the Apple vs. ...

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    As I read the news yesterday about how Acer's CEO, JT Wang is warning Microsoft to think twice about their Surface project, I'll admit I was a bit annoyed. I'm still trying to understand why Acer is so worried. I wish I could say that competing against Microsoft is like competing against another OEM, but to Acer's advantage, Microsoft doesn't have the same level of experience in industrial design, manufacturing and distribution as say, HP for example. I honestly don't blame Microsoft for their approach. Very few OEMs were interested in selling Windows RT, and it only made sense that if ...

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    What can you buy for $200? When it comes to gadgets, the list is big but not that fancy. Sure you can buy a subsidized flagship smartphone, but your total cost of ownership goes far beyond those $200. I'm referring to the products that you can consider yours after placing two Benjamins on the counter. As of a couple of weeks ago, your options were limited to probably the cheapest iPod Touch, or some accessory for a product you already own. A price tag is definitely a powerful thing, but it's also something most people fumble with when faced with cheap-quality products, and that was even a ...

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    We got some news yesterday that HTC was planning to get back into the tablet game with a new device, and one with a supposedly unique feature, at that. We guessed a bit at what HTC might be planning, but didn't have anything in the way of hard details to report. We had been thinking that the company might be looking forward to a new design for this model, but what if it returned to something it had been working on before? Some new benchmark figures have us thinking about the HTC Vertex again, and wondering if this could be the very same tablet HTC mentioned. We first knew the Vertex by ...

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    I'm one of those people who uses his tablet in bed. In fact, that was one of my biggest justifications for purchasing an iPad in the first place; bedborne browsing has for years been one of my favorite ways of drifting off. For much of that time, though, it was a cumbersome process. I was either awkwardly chained to a notebook computer, with its accompanying fan-port and form-factor headaches, or confined to browsing on a 3" smartphone screen- not ideal for eyeballs already weary from staring at displays all day. Early in the iPad's quest to popularize consumer tablets, I bought one, and ...

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    We've talked time and time again about how Android's principal problem on tablets is apps. In short: there aren't any. Well, that's not true. In fact, almost any app available in the Android Market (ahem, Google Play Store) can be downloaded and run on a tablet. That's somewhere in the neighborhood of a half-million applications you can install and run on your Android tablet. That's awesome. Problem is, they're not very good. If you don't own an Android tablet, allow me to explain. The issue is really one of design: though app functionality is duplicated almost perfectly on the tablet ...

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    Look at all the hardware you get with Google's Nexus 7 for only $200: an HD display, a gigabyte of RAM, 8GB of flash, and a quad-core Tegra 3. Think about what you're getting for your money, and then ask yourself why comparable smartphones cost so very much more. Sure, miniaturization adds to manufacturing expense, and a smaller screen means the need for higher pixel density components, but why isn't there something like the Nexus 7, but in maybe a 4.7-inch form factor, that sells for $300 or less, no contract, no subsidy? The day we see such a phone may be on its way, as NVIDIA is ...

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    Following the launch of the $200 Nexus 7, and with a cheap iPad Mini sounding like a very real possibility for the fall, budget-priced tablets are all the rage right now. Archos is looking to get in on some of that action, and today announced its entry-level Elements tablet series, along with the first model from it, the 97 Carbon. Elements will consist of 7, 8, and 9.7-inch models, with the 9.7-inch 97 Carbon leading the pack. Archos will start selling the 97 Carbon later this month for just $250; that's pretty cheap, but what corners did it have to cut to offer the tablet at that price? ...

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    Last time we talked to you about the Kindle Fire 2, we had heard that the tablet might launch on July 31. While that still might be when it's announced, a more recent rumor suggests that the KF2 will get here a little farther out, shipping on August 7. This date comes from Amazon's manufacturing partners in Southeast Asia, and supposedly only concerns the seven-inch Kindle Fire 2. While it looks like larger 8.9 and 10-inch models are still possibilities, they wouldn't become available until some later date. With the Nexus 7 shipping this month, and the iPad Mini seeming more and more ...

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    One thing you may have noticed about the Google Nexus 7 tablet from the early reviews like the one we put together is how Google decided to give the model a phone-like UI instead of the tablet interface you might expect. With just a seven-inch screen, we can understand Google's decision, but if you're curious to check out how Jelly Bean looks on a full-fledged tablet, there's a simple adjustment you can make to activate the tablet UI. Like so many Android tweaks, this one comes down to the device's build.prop file. By default, the Nexus 7's pixel density, recorded in the ro.sf.lcd_density ...

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    Rumors that Apple is working on a seven-inch iPad "Mini" keep popping-up again and again. Actual evidence supporting the idea of such a tablet has been quite a bit harder to come by, but when taken all together, it's becoming easier to be convinced that such a gadget really is in Apple's future. The latest contribution to the speculation surrounding the iPad Mini's arrival comes to us today with some details on the tablet's screen. Supposedly, Apple's going with a Sharp-made IGZO LCD panel for the iPad Mini's display. While these rumors didn't address the precise resolution Apple might be ...

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    There will be two broad categories of slates running Microsoft's platform: those based on ARM chips that will run Windows RT and those that have an Intel x86 chip at their core, running Windows 8. Out of the two, Hewlett-Packard, the largest maker of personal computers, will only go with the Intel chip (at least at the beginning). It is surely a hard hit for ARM to not have its chips powering HP's slates but, as Marlene Somsak, spokesperson for the computer maker stated, the first HP tablet running Windows 8 will be addressing the business market. And, in order to clear all doubts and ...

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    One of the main problems with the Google Android ecosystem is the lack of tablet-optimized applications. While most of the users out there reject the inflated aspect of common smartphone and tablet applications on a slate, some do indeed appreciate it. We, however, listed tablet-specific applications as one of the steps Google should take towards Android tablet domination. On this exact note, Mountain View has finally released a tablet-optimized version of Google+. The application is still the same but the bits in the code are smart and they realize you're running the app on a slate. As ...

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    Google's annual I/O developer event kicked off today, at which it made some announcements that came as little surprise to anyone. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7 tablet each took their bows before the assembled crowd, alongside the product of the long-whispered-about Tungsten project, the little bowling ball of an Android A/V system called the Nexus Q. This piece is about the tablet, but ... can I be honest? I find the software improvements and new features in Jelly Bean and the bold hardware of the Nexus Q to be much more interesting than anything that came out of the Nexus 7 ...

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    Sometimes a manufacturer is able to release a piece of budget-priced hardware that, despite decisions made to keep costs down, still ends up being a quite capable (and consequently successful) device; when it comes to tablets, we need look no further than Amazon's Kindle Fire. For every model like that, though, there are plenty of others that hit their low price points by making so many compromises that the product ultimately ends up becoming quite unattractive. Today, Idolian Mobile announced its IdolPad Plus, a seven-inch Android 4.0 tablet for a mere $98. Is this going to be another ...

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    Together with all the Mac and iOS news from yesterday's WWDC 2012 Apple event (day one), the company has also (silently) released an iPad Smart Case which should offer added protection for the Apple tablet. Smart covers only protect the screen of the device but the new Smart Case also offers protection for the aluminum back of the tablet. It goes for $49.00 and it's available in six colors; the material is polyurethane and is compatible with the iPad 2 as well as with the New iPad. Functionality-wise it will do the same thing as the Smart Cover, which means it will wake the device up and ...

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    While HTC dipped its proverbial toe in the Android tablet swimming pool, releasing the Flyer and Jetstream, it's far from the most prolific tablet manufacturer around. Now a new rumor suggests that this inexperience the company has with tablets ended up hurting its chances at getting in on the ground floor of Windows 8 tablets, with Microsoft withholding the early access to software it would need in order to prepare a launch device. Supposedly, a combination of HTC's tablet inexperience and some disappointing sales figures in general are what prompted Microsoft not to extend an early look ...

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    Last week, ASUS released a teaser video that strongly hinted that the company would have some sort of dual-booting Android/Windows 8 tablet to demonstrated at Computex this week. Right on schedule, the manufacturer has put its Transformer AiO up on display, giving us our first look at the versatile tablet. First off, the AiO is a whole lot larger that we were expecting, and appears to operate in a slightly different manner than we might have thought. When docked in its stand, the AiO acts as a normal Windows 8 PC, but lift it out and the screen becomes an 18.4-inch Android tablet. From the ...

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    ASUS has been coming out with some pretty interesting devices over the course of the past several months, from the first quad-core tablet with its Transformer Prime, to the unusual design of its new Padfone. We're hoping that trend is set to continue, as the manufacturer has been teasing the announcement of what may be its next tablet design, set to be revealed at Computex 2012 on May 31. One of the more recent rumors to deal with ASUS and its upcoming tablets concerns the possibility of working with Google to build a tablet for the company to call its own. Some of those claims have looked ...

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    It wasn't that long ago when a 13.3-inch Android tablet sounded like it was some sort of gigantic exaggeration. Of course, we were quick to learn that Toshiba was very much interested in releasing that tablet as a commercial product, and sure enough, the company ended up announcing it as the Excite 13. Surely, we must have been getting close to the upper limit on the practical size for a tablet, right? Don't tell that to ViewSonic, which is apparently working on a 22-inch Android device that seems more monitor than tablet. ViewSonic intends to demonstrate the 22-inch giant as part of its ...

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    NVIDIA had some interesting things to say about Android tablets back at the beginning of April, looking towards a future where it saw quad-core devices falling to the $200 mark. That sounded more than a little optimistic, especially if overall build quality was to remain high, but CEO Jen-Hsun Huang seemed quite enthusiastic about it becoming a possible reality. Now we're starting to see just what the company was talking about, upon revealing its Kai reference design. According to NVIDIA, Kai leverages the abilities of the Tegra 3 to allow manufacturers to put together tablet designs that ...

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    Three months ago we heard a story claiming that Microsoft was working on a version of its Office suite for Apple's iPad. A picture accompanying the rumor (above) sure looked how we might imagine the app would appear on a tablet, piquing our interest and suggesting there might be something to this news. While a company like Apple might have been content to let the rumors play their course, Microsoft decided to address the claims, first outright denying the picture's legitimacy, but later retreating to a softer position where it claimed the news was based on "bad info". Well, Microsoft might ...

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