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As it does every so often, Amazon recently updated and revamped its line of Fire tablets to include upgraded models and a somewhat simplified naming scheme. The new models abandon the "Kindle" branding and are now simply known as Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HD 7, and Fire HD 6. To flesh out the lineup, Amazon still sells a Fire HDX and a Fire HD Kids Edition, which is really a Fire HD 7 or 6 with a protective case, accidental damage protection, and a collection of pre-loaded apps targeted at a younger audience. It's admittedly a bit confusing at first, but assuming Amazon sticks with its new branding, it will make sense in the long run. Simply put, the number in the model designates the screen size,... Read more...
Poor Microsoft. Since the release of its Surface Pro 3 tablet, the Remond team has pushed their new slate hard. It's as if the company wanted it to overwrite that part of our memory that recalls the Surface RT and it's monumental losses. This past August, we saw the company make a big move by deploying a boatload of Surface Pro tablets to every team in the NFL, gratis. All season, coaches and even players have made use of them to plan their next course-of-action, and for the most part, they seemed to be well-received. This is NOT and iPad, just to be clear.  In fact, it's the "Anti-iPad." Wait, what's that behind that Surface Pro 3? Unlike some of the products Microsoft tries to get us to... Read more...
With Android 5.0 'Lollipop' having officially released yesterday, the game is on to predict when the myriad of supported devices will actually receive their update. Word has it that Google's recent Nexus lineup (4, 5, 7, and 10) will be one of the first to receive the OTA update, while select phones, like the Moto G, will receive it later this month. Not wanting to keep quiet in this party, NVIDIA has just announced its support of Lollipop as well, with note that its SHIELD Tablet will be treated to the update later this month. The above video is a quick one, so on the NVIDIA side, it seems that little is "new". That doesn't lessen the impact that a Lollipop release will have on the device though,... Read more...
Editor's Update: 11:26AM EST - Though it may not exist in the original iFixIt article, to be clear, the "glue and hackery" comment was made in an email communication to us. And, to be fair, as an informed redditor pointed out, tablets are tough and the iPad Air 2 scored low as well. Still, it begs the question, could another partner have done better than HTC? ASUS or LG, perhaps? After all, the Nexus 7 (2013) did score a 7 out of 10. If there's one thing that's becoming increasingly evident with each new gadget teardown, it's that tablet makers have an obsession for glue. Now before anyone gets riled-up over that statement, let us clarify that we're not saying firms like HTC or Google pass around... Read more...
When Acer revealed its Aspire Switch 10 and 11 notebooks a couple of months ago, it really touted them as being something amazing. To its favor, I don't think the company was that far off-the-mark. Not only do the Aspire Switch models released so far look great, they're also extremely flexible. In its commercials, Acer hinted at the fact that the Switch really could have been called a 4-in-1, due to the number of modes it has. Well, with its just-announced Aspire Switch 12, Acer not only one-ups the previous models in size, but also in the amount of modes. This time around, there are 5 to choose from, which include: Notebook, pad (tablet), display (presentation mode), tent, and desktop. "Desktop?",... Read more...
Most are in agreement that Apple's iPad Air 2 is one of the finest tablets ever produced, if not the best out there, period. Certainly, it's not difficult to make that case -- after all, the latest 9.7-inch iPad is thinner than its predecessor at just 6.1mm thick, wicked fast with its custom A8X System-on-Chip (SoC), and incredibly light at just under a pound. Toss in a gorgeous display and a set of ancillary features that have been upgraded for this latest release, and even the most stringent critics can't help but pile on the praise. That's the easy part. What's a bit more difficult to address is whether or not you should upgrade to the iPad Air 2. Obviously the answer depends in part on which... Read more...
Most are in agreement that Apple's iPad Air 2 is one of the finest tablets ever produced, if not the best out there, period. Certainly, it's not difficult to make that case -- after all, the latest 9.7-inch iPad is thinner than its predecessor at just 6.1mm thick, wicked fast with its custom A8X System-on-Chip (SoC), and incredibly light at just under a pound. Toss in a gorgeous display and a set of ancillary features that have been upgraded for this latest release, and even the most stringent critics can't help but pile on the praise. That's the easy part. What's a bit more difficult to address is whether or not you should upgrade to the iPad Air 2. Obviously the answer depends in part... Read more...
The first Nexus slate loaded with a 64-bit architecture and Android 5.0 is now available to ship, and if you're a sucker for impulse buys, we apologize in advance for bringing this to your attention. The Nexus 7 was amongst our favorite tablets of 2013, despite it being a lower-end affair that was aimed at the masses. The HTC-built Nexus 9, however, is a different animal. It's an upscale model that pulls no punches on the materials list, offering up an 8.9-inch panel with a 2048x1536 native resolution, a gorgeous chassis, and a 2.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. In other words, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more potent slate on the market today. The 16GB Wi-Fi model can be purchased for $399... Read more...
How unflattering. Apple appears to be preparing, at least according to rumors, a 2-in-1 hybrid tablet convertible that's very much competitive to what Microsoft's Surface Pro line offers, along with countless hybrid tablet-notebook convertibles that have custom-built detachable keyboards. Though Jony Ive gets a little feisty about copy-cat devices as not just flattery but more specifically "theft," it does seem ironic that Apple appears to be lining up to potentially follow the trend once again, rather than lead. The original iPad may have set the tablet revolution in motion but then eventually came the iPad Mini, as Apple caved to the market share success of smaller 7 to 8-inch devices. ... Read more...
The iPad might be the best selling tablet in the world, but in terms of customer satisfaction, Amazon tablet owners are the overall happiest with their purchase, according to J.D. Power's 2014 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study -- Volume 2. Now in its third year, the study measures customer satisfaction across five categories. In order of importance, they include performance, ease of operation, features, styling and design, and cost. Ranked on a 1,000-point scale, Amazon for the first time took the top spot with a score 827, and won the ease of operations and cost categories outright. Apple wasn't too far behind with a score of 824, followed by Samsung with a score of 821. Initial cost of ownership... Read more...
Finding the best deal online can be a very time-consuming endeavour, and unfortunately, it's not one that can always wind up truly working in your favor. Many studies have been conducted in the past that have shown some major variances in online prices, based on a number of different factors. Even if you think you've found the best deal on something, a person standing right next to you could very well find one better. To see the effects of these practices today, researchers at Northeastern University enlisted the help of 300 people who noted their experiences on different sites. As you might expect, some very interesting findings came out of this. Would you believe, for example, that not being... Read more...
We've talked a lot in the past about the rather large number of security risks that have existed on Android, and Google's Play Store in particular. While part of the reason that so much bad can happen on Android is due to its openness, something I appreciate a lot, Google still takes security and privacy on its platform extremely seriously. In fact, company chairman Eric Schmidt adamantly said last year that despite all of the malware on Android, the OS is still a more secure than iOS. I'm sure that point can be debated for a while, but what's hard to argue is the fact that Google's already put many protections in place. People can't install out-of-market apps by default, for example, and scanners... Read more...
Apple had good intentions by equipping its cellular-based iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with SIM card options, thereby giving owners the flexibility to choose from a variety of short and long term data plans from different carriers. This can be especially handy if you're an international man (or woman) of mystery who frequently travels abroad. However, be advised that once you pair a SIM card with AT&T's network, you're stuck like glue. That little tidbit has been making its way around the web and is now confirmed in an Apple support document regarding cellular data plans and SIM cards. "Using Apple SIM, you can choose from different cellular carriers and their various programs. The data plans... Read more...
In terms of marketing, the true genius of Steve Jobs is that he was able to create a consumer culture around Apple products in which current owners would always feel compelled to upgrade to the next version. Part of that is due to the planned obsolescence model -- a theory that says Apple intentionally leaves out desired features to shorten the shelf life of its gadgets. However, it's pretty telling that nearly 28 percent of respondents in a recent Kensington survey said they plan on purchasing the iPad Air 2 simply because of "the desire to own the latest iPad." What's interesting about that response is that it comes at a time when iPad sales are declining. In fact, other than Apple's retired... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, Futuremark began handing out copies of PCMark for Android to members of the press, in an effort to get its leaderboards filled up a bit while the finishing touches were being put on the app. That might give you pause in that the results, generated today, are not going to be entirely accurate when the final version comes out, but that's not the case - Futuremark has encouraged publication of results generated with the benchmark. What makes PCMark for Android a useful benchmark is that it not only tests for performance, but also for battery-life and performance combined. Solutions like this have already existed, with some especially good ones from the folks at BenchmarkXPRT,... Read more...
After months of anticipation, Google finally revealed its Nexus 9 tablet the other day, and overall, it looks sweet. Aesthetically, it's pleasing to the eye, and under-the-hood, it sports a 64-bit SoC, courtesy of NVIDIA's Denver-based Tegra K1. And, if you love pixels, the Nexus 9 sure has a lot of them: 3.1 million, to be exact. All-in-all, an impressive offering. At the time of announcement, though, we weren't given performance metrics, and that's kind of a big deal given the fact that the Nexus 9 sports the first 64-bit SoC backed by a 64-bit OS. It's also the first device with NVIDIA's 64-bit Tegra K1, as well, and even though its a dual-core, most people figured that the architectural enhancements... Read more...
For as masterful as Apple is at its controlled leak strategy for new products releases, even the massive Cupertino outfit can't avoid the occasional spoiler (sometimes by its own hands). Or perhaps it can avoid it and simply decided for whatever psychological reason that revealing just about everything there is to know about the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 before their official unveiling today was the right decision from a marketing perspective. Heck, Apple even joked about the leaks during its press event today. But either way, Apple's newest tablets are now official. As previously rumored, the iPad Air 2 is powered by Apple's custom A8X chip. The A8X is based on a second-generation 64-bit architecture... Read more...
Hello, upgrade. The Nexus 7 was amongst our favorite tablets in 2013, and Android loyalists have been wondering when its successor would ship for some time now. The answer is here, and it's the HTC-built Nexus 9. Straddling the form factor fence between a 7-inch slate and a 10-inch slate, the 8.9-inch Nexus 9 is a new size that just might hit the sweet spot (assuming none so far have hit it for you, that is). In typical Nexus fashion, the overall design is sleek and understated, with a soft grip back, gentle sloping curves around the edges, a thin bezel, and a trifecta of color options. Aside from shipping with a potent 64-bit processor and Android 5.0 (Lollipop), there's also an optional magnetically... Read more...
Apple is a company that knows a thing or two about marketing and how to generate hype. All those leaked product pics that inevitably precede a launch? You can bet that Apple is behind the scenes pulling the strings in effort to work consumers up into a frenzy. So, what's Apple up to now? Cryptic messages, that's what. The Cupertino company has begun sending out invitations to members of the press for its upcoming October 16 event. On the invitation is a cryptic message that reads," It's been way too long." Since it's expected that Apple will unveil a new iPad model during the upcoming event, the obvious interpretation is that it's been a long time since the company last refreshed its tablet.... Read more...
After launching bigger size iPhone models in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, we expected Apple to follow suit by announcing a larger version of its iPad Air, and to do it perhaps this month during a scheduled press event (October 16). We were wrong. While rumors of a 12.9-inch iPad Air still appear to be true, it doesn't look like the giant slate will see the light of day until next year. According to The Wall Street Journal and the "people familiar with the matter" that it spoke with, Apple's suppliers are too busy trying to produce enough iPhones to meet demand to concentrate on a new form factor for the iPad Air. As a result, plans to mass produce a larger iPad model had to be pushed back... Read more...
When Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung in early August, it was strange for so many reasons. For starters, the entire suit revolved around the fact that Samsung owed interest on patent licenses that have to do with its Android-based devices. We've established time and time again that Microsoft reaping some reward from Android is a little bizarre, but what we were seeing was Microsoft risking actual dollar values leaking out. If Samsung owes $6.7 million in interest, what on earth does it pay to begin with? Microsoft boss Satya Nadella As it turns out, it pays roughly $1 billion annually. That's $1 billion to Microsoft because it's selling phones using an OS that Microsoft doesn't manage.... Read more...
While the company never found footing in the cutthroat smartphone arena, Dell is still keeping its toe dipped in tablet waters. Around six months after shipping its initial Venue 8, Dell’s latest edition, the Venue 8 3840,  is a vast improvement. The new $179 Venue 8 maintains the same product name as the prior edition, but inside, it’s a different beast. The sub-$200 sector is a challenging one to play in, and it’s becoming tougher to cut through the noise as well. Externally, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the initial Venue 8 and the 2014 edition, but a Merrifield processor from Intel as well as an upgraded display makes this a very compelling... Read more...
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