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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 2 Rumors

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Rental | Tablet - (0 Comments)

Amazon has always been huge in the retail world, but lately it seems like they are dead set on becoming one of the biggest players in the tech world. They have really changed up the entire game with the release of the first Kindle ereader, the Kindle Fire, and a whole list of other products.

The last Kindle tablets, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 were released in 2013, so we are definitely expecting to see a new version of the tablet in 2014. So far, Amazon has managed to stay very quiet about it’s next Kindle release, so the most we have to go off of is the list of rumors and speculations across the internet. Are they accurate? Who knows, but the fact of the matter is, they are usually pretty accurate…

Kindle Fire HDX 2 release date

There has been no official information about a release date, but much like other major players, Amazon generally keeps a pretty strict schedule when it comes to releasing new products. The Kindle Fire HDX was released in November, and the Kindle Fire HD came out almost exactly a year before that. This means, that we can surely expect to see a new tablet from Amazon some time around October or November of this year. It is a long way away, but we should start hearing some more official news in the not-so-distant future.

The price point should be pretty easy to figure out. The main selling point for the Kindle that has always given Amazon a lot of leverage in the market is the fact that they are able to offer a tablet with great specs for a price that isn’t going to break the bank. The 7 inch version of the Kindle Fire HDX was $229, and the 8.9 inch model was $379. Amazon isn’t going to give up their biggest selling point, so you can count on a similar price on the new tablet, assuming they release it in the same sizes and they want to stay competitive.

It is almost certain that the new Kindle will be released in the same sizes, as those sizes are extremely popular. But it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if they released a different size to go along with them. They have the small tablet market covered, and the larger tablet market covered. It would probably be logical to release something somewhere in the middle.

As for display resolution, there will probably be zero difference. Amazon already has a full HD display on their current tablets, so it is hard to upgrade from there unless they were going for a 4K display. 4K wouldn’t make much sense though, considering how much more the tablets would have to cost in order to make that happen.

Processor

A report from 2013 claims that Amazon had ordered a large shipment of MediaTek MT8135 quad-core processors for delivery this year. The Kindle Fire HDX uses a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. So, if these reports are true, the new Kindle could be lacking slightly in power from it’s previous version, but the MediaTek processors do cost less. The lower cost could mean that Amazon might pass on the savings to it’s costumers, and that is good for everyone.

Android 5 is just around the corner, and it’s going to bring many exciting changes. There is no official name yet, and some rumors have even said that it may just be called Android 4.5. This is anyone’s guess here, but there are a few things that we can probably count on. Many facts and rumors have surfaced throughout the internet, and here are some of the things you can look forward to.

Android 5 release date

Back in late 2013, everyone had assumed that Android 5 would be released in October. Instead though, the only thing that was released was Android 4.4 KitKat. Now, it’s looking like the newest version of Android is going to be dropping in mid 2014. It will probably be at Google IO, which is a huge two day developer conference in San Francisco that happens every year. People expected to see it at last years Google IO as well, so that raises the likelihood even more.

Google doesn’t generally announce big new items or operating systems during the conference, but it would fall around the 6-7 month mark from when the last update was released, so it actually makes the most sense.
For a long time, there were reports saying that Google Babble would come out along with Android 5. It is basically an app that will combine a lot of different chat services like Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger, Chat for Google Drive and Google+. It is highly anticipated and should make life a little bit easier.

As it turns out, “Google Babble” wasn’t even the correct name for the app, and it already came out on Android 2.3 and up. So much for that rumor, right?

It is also said that the next version of Android will have a lot of fitness based stuff on it, kind of like Apple products. It seems that more and more devices are incorporating this type of stuff, so Android pretty much has to, just to stay in the game. Future Android tablets and smartphones will have sensors built in to aid in gathering fitness data.

Another crazy rumor that is going around is that Android devices are going to start using the Google Chrome OS on their high end devices, and the new Android on their lower end models. Who knows if that is true, but it wouldn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. It would require a lot of extra work, with app integration and everything.

Whatever ends up being true or false, Android 5 is for sure going to be a huge, exciting step up for all of us. I can’t wait to check it out hands on.

If you are the average American, you have at least one Apple product, and if it’s not Apple then it’s Samsung. There is no fighting that these are the biggest tech brands in the mobile market today. They’ve obviously earned both of their places in the competitive market. The only drawback is that since they are so big, many of the other brands who offer products that offer the same features and functions as the devices of the two top dogs get pushed under the rug. It’s always hard to see a brand that you do love and support not get nearly enough recognition. Some of us actually do enjoy products that don’t come from Apple. Take Sony for example. When that name comes to mind, it’s usually accompanied by TV or Playstation. Sony does offer tablets much like that of its larger competitors. Some of their tablets even have features that don’t come with products like the iPad.

The new Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet might not be the trendiest tablet, but that’s all because of popularity contests. No matter how you slice it, Apple and it’s products have become more of a fashion statement than anything. If you don’t have an Apple product, you “may as well be stuck in the stone age” as some of the younger generation might say. With that being said, Sony’s Xperia has a few things that could give Apple and it’s iPad a run for their money.

First off, lets look at what’s inside the Z2 tablet. Right off the bat, you’re going to find that the device is running off of the latest Android OS, a.k.a. 4.4.2 KitKat. This is already a step up from the Z1. Next comes the processing power. The 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor is gonna make sure that you can do pretty much anything on this tablet. Anything that you may have in mind that you want to work on on this tablet? This processor is gonna make sure you can do it. 3GB of RAM are a nice addition to go along with the 10.1 inch Full HD display screen. Yes, the iPad Air still has a bit of an edge in terms of pixels with its 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution, but that should be hardly noticeable. The Z2 sits at 224 pixels per inch and the iPad Air goes at 264 pixels per inch. Not really enough to make a huge difference.

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Did I happen to mention that this particular tablet is on 6.4 mm thick? You might as well be holding a brochure in your hands when you hold this thing. However, due to it’s thin design and extreme lightweight, it does seem a bit fragile as it does tend to flex a bit. Never a good thing when it comes to things that aren’t necessarily supposed to bend. Even so, the thin design does make it look incredibly sleek. The kicker with this bad boy? Waterproof. That’s right. If you are like me and prone to accidents involving spilling food or liquid near you precious, precious tech, this helps you cast any worries of that aside. Feel free to take this tablet into the kitchen, place it next to the sink, and keep watching Netflix while you scrub the dishes. No need to worry about it getting messed up. In case you were wondering, the iPad Air ISN’T water proof.

There isn’t any price set for the new Xperia Z2 tablet, but we should expect to see one soon. If you want to test the waters with a powerful tablet to make comparisons and see if it’s worth your money, go ahead and rent one. Trying before you buy is never a bad financial call.

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A1-830-sku-mainChange can be scary. Change can be hard. Did I mention change could be scary? Just because we get new technology doesn’t mean that everyone is immediately going to jump on it. Yes, my grandmother has an iPhone, but I can guarantee you that she doesn’t own a tablet. There’s definitely a reason for that as well. We as a society get so accustomed to a certain aspect of our daily lives that we tend to shy away from something that is “new” or something that could change the way we operate in our daily routine. Tablets are a prime example of this. Yes, they have become a new staple in the mobile tech world, but there are some that are still very against the whole idea. Maybe they just need something to ease them into the transition. That’s where Acer’s Iconia A1-830 comes in

This particular Acer tablet may be just the very thing for those of us, both young and old, who may want to get into tablets but just don’t see a reason to or may not be very good at working them.

If you crack this tablet open, you find some pretty basic hardware, at least by today’s standards involving other tablets. This specific Acer Iconia model works with a 1.6GHZ Intel Atom duel-core Z2560 processor and a duel-core PowerVR SGX graphics processor unit.  It only holds about 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory storage but does have a microSD card port which can expand up to 32GB. The Acer tablet also comes with GPS, a gyroscope, and with Bluetooth 3.0. Overall it’s not horrible hardware, but again, by today’s standards and with tablets like the iPad Air and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 available, it’s nothing fantastic either.

The design of it looks oddly reminiscent of the iPad Air. It’s relatively thin much like the Apple competitor and even carries the same white and silver colors. Overall, the design of the tablet looks quite fashionable. Small, thin, and sleek. The front of the tablet is white plastic, while the back holds the silver strong aluminum cover plate. The corners come rounded for a smooth feeling all around.  Boasting a 7.9-inch screen display and a 4:3 aspect ratio, the actual display screen isn’t bad and does come with some nice HD visuals. However, when in comparison to some of today’s slightly more high-end models, the pixels are a lot more noticeable.

One of the best parts about this tablet is the actual price of the device. This tablet comes in at under $200 retail price. $179 to be exact. And you are actually getting what you pay for. You are getting a nice looking, but basic tablet. Don’t expect any added glitz, glam, bells, or whistles with this mobile device. That might be just the thing for the less tech savvy people out there who are looking to get into tablets, however. It’s better to not overwhelm with all of the extra stuff if you are trying to get someone to transition into using tablets or trying to get into them yourself. This product might just be the perfect stepping stone, but you don’t have to commit right away. Renting is easier and cheaper than tying yourself down to the product. Try before you buy just to be sure!

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Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, announced that Office for iPad is will be available for tablet users. Microsoft plans to introduce Office apps for tablet computers running Google’s Android system as well. Critics state that Microsoft has waited far too long to introduce Office to iPad tablets, which nearly 200 million have already been sold.

The iPad apps for Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel and Word are all free in the app store. From these apps, you’ll be able to read and present your information. The launch of these new apps lets you create and edit your documents, calculate spreadsheets and also design professional presentations.

Mobile office apps have already been launched for the iPhone and Android smartphones, so of course Microsoft and Apple would target tablets next.

Nadella stated that Office on iPad is “a beautiful set of applications; the company is taking great care to make sure that Office on every device shines through.”

A personal subscription to Microsoft Office for your computer and tablet is due this spring for $69.99 a year. Microsoft has said that the Office iPad apps would be free to users who want to use them in “read-only” mode, but to be able to create work on the app users will have to pay an annual subscription fee to get Office 365.

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Huawei announced two new products for its MediaPad line of devices along with their first wearable device at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014. With the addition of the MediaPad X1, the worlds slimmest 7 inch LTE all in one phablet, the TalkBand B1, and the MediaPad M1, Huawei is making wireless technology more accessible to a wider range of consumers.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei made it known that he was extremely excited to unveil all of the products at once and deliver what he called “the essential pillars of happiness” without boundaries. Huawei has always delivered quality products that can stand up to any other with no shame, but at a much smaller price point.

HUAWEI MediaPad X1

The Huawei MediaPad X1 gives us all of the same functions of a smartphone and a tablet in one with a full aluminum alloy body. It provides plenty of comfort and useability being only 239g and 7.18mm thick. It features a 7 inch 1200 x 1920 FHD LTPS touch display, which makes the screen to body ratio 80%.

Other features include a 1.6 GHz processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a super long lasting 5000 mAh battery which can provide up to 21 days of standby time or 5 full days of use. It has a 13MP Sony Exmor R BSI rear camera with panoramic abilities, and a 5MP front camera with self focus, a preview screen, automatic facial enhancement and voice activate capture.

HUAWEI TalkBand B1

The Talband B1 lets you use wireless calling with a Bluetooth 4.1 earpiece with up to seven hours of talk time. It also features a 1.4 inch flexible OLED display. It is compatible with Android 2.3 and up, and also iOS 5.0 and up devices. The TalkBand B1 wirelessly tracks activity time and progress like the amount of steps you take, miles that you covered and how many calories you have burned. It also records how long you sleep and the quality of your sleep. It has a smart alarm and a nap function as well.

The device weighs only 26g and is only 14.6mm thick. The TalkBand B1 also features a bendable, curved design with a removable earpiece. The batter will last for 6 days and only takes two hours to completely charge via USB.

HUAWEI MediaPad M1

Huawei’s MediaPad M1 has an 8 inch 800 x 1280 HD IPS multi-touch capacitive display with Huawei SWS technology, two front facing speakers and two microphones. With the 1.6 GHz quad core processor and the 4800 mAh battery, you can get up to 8 hours of video playback on only 1 charge. Coming in at only 7.9mm thick and weighing only 329g, it easily can fit into a pocket or a bag. It has a 1MP front facing camera, and a 5MP rear facing camera for all of you photo sharing needs.

The MediaPad X1 and M1 are both pretty fast. You can download files in mere seconds, and whole movies in just one minute with speeds of up to 150 Mbps. They have built in Wi-Fi routers and 2.4/5G dual mode Wi-Fi support with voice call and SMS for instant connection on the spot. There is also an AirSharing function that enables screen sharing and transfers via cloud.

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thin-tabletIt’s always suspenseful watching a fight among two giants play out. It’s almost like watching your favorite sports teams duke it out. You may be wondering how? Think of it like this. Every large electronics company is competing for one thing; your dollar bill. They want to out do their competition and be the best. It’s all a competition and it always will be. Some people are “fan boys” and “fan girls” as well. Basically, they favor one brand over the other. If we are looking at the two top tech giants out there, the two names that should immediately pop up are Apple and Android. Each of these brands has a huge following and it should come as no surprise that they are still competing. Apple has usually dominated the ranks, but recently Android has been making a comeback.

iOS has always been on top since the release of the first iPad years ago. They have owned the market and with little to no effort. It was always the top operating system when it came to tablets. Not just with tablets though. Mainly any mobile device was using an Apple iOS software system. Android decided to come back and fight however, and has since made its name in the mobile market digging into the sales of the iPhone. Android hasn’t stopped at the phone market though, they decided to go for the tablet market as well, and no their persistence has paid off.

A report from Gartner has shown some pretty incredible numbers for Android. In terms of tablet sales for this previous year, Android took the crown over any other operating system. Not only did they increase their numbers, but they did it by a huge jump. In 2012, Android saw only 53.3 million units sold. In only a years time, 2013 would show Android an increase in numbers by more than half! The numbers for last year show Android at 121 million units sold. Mind you these are global sales, but that is still quite the increase. With numbers like this in just a yearly increase, and Android continuing to push the market in their favor, they are well on their way to knocking Apple out of their way.

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Having said that, Apple is still at the top in terms of it being a single manufacturer. Even so, seeing Android jump may be a bit nerve-wracking to the company. Apple did see quite the jump in tablet web usage in Canada and the US however. Any victory is a victory, whether it be large or small.

Now comes the question of if Apple should really be that worried. What many people need to consider is that, this is just tablet operating systems and nothing more. Not to mention the fact that Android OS’s are spread over a multitude of different platforms, where as iOS stays strictly on Apple products. Since Android and sell their OS to other products, it’s much easier for them to gain headway in the market. While, yes you can see the OS’s switch with a bit of reprogramming, it is not very common. It’s all just a matter of deciding which OS is better for you. If you are on the fence about who you should be throwing your money at, try renting a tablet with iOS and a table with Android to see which suits you better!

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nookContrary to what you may think, not all technology is created equally. There are certain devices and gadgets that are just better than others. Whether you have been using a walkman still when the iPod and iPhone have been out for the past 10 years, or if you are a tech junkie who uses specs to justify what you will be buying next. No matter what the case may be, there will always be some brands and models that are just better than others. For example, not every tablet is what it seems. Look at the first Kindle compared to the new Kindle Fire HDX. Two completely different systems it seems. One developer is usually under the radar, but they are still giving it another go. Barnes & Noble has plans to release a new rendition of the Nook tablet this Spring.

Even though Barnes & Noble is planning to release a new Nook tablet, lets look at how their most recent sales have been to try and predict how the new tablet will do. The last tablet that the company released was the Nook Glowlight back in October of last year. This particular tablet was released with literally, next to no marketing or announcements at all. It is still also classified that it’s an e-reader, so that may have hindered sales. Although the other two tablets that the company has released, The Nook HD and Nook HD+, were completely Android powered and fared very well in the tablet market. The only thing with those two tablets, is that they are both roughly two years old now. Obviously with newer, more advanced technology, it’s easy for these types of devices to get left in the dust, especially since they are more classified as e-readers anyway.

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The CEO of the company, Mike Huseby, has noted that the revenue for this type of hardware is just not that good. He also noted that they are able to find the profit margins in the “content revenue”. This alone can allow us to see where their profits will lie, even with a new device becoming available. The CEO is also still reviewing the digital and retail aspects of the Nook division, and has contemplated separating them into two different businesses.

If you are the proud owner of a Nook already, you know what they are used for; eBooks. The only problem with this, is that both Apple and Android have established their own versions of eBooks on their respective App stores and “eBook stores”. They have essentially eliminated any need for any type of e-reader type of device, unless you are just an avid bookworm that enjoys the Nook. It is by no means able to compete power wise against the other two giants of the tablet world. But perhaps you have been wanting to try something new, like see what the real tablet world is all about. There has to be a reason why they have brought in so much revenue for these businesses, right? Try renting a tablet such as an iPad, or iPad Mini to see what the rage is all about, especially if the new Nook is still slated to be another rendition of whats already been done.

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It seems like the new trend in tablets lately is for companies to keep pushing the limits on screen size. If size really does in fact matter to you, then prepare to be excited. Samsung’s huge Android tablets, the Galaxy Note Pro and Tab pro will both be available tomorrow.

A few days ago, information about the release of the Galaxy Note Pro leaked on Office Depot’s website. It listed the release date of Feb. 13th and the price. The huge 12.2 inch tablet will be $849.99 for the 64GB version and $749.00 for the 32GB version. The price is staggering, and makes them some of the most expensive tablets on the entire market right now.

Basically the only notable difference between the Note Pro and the Tab Pro is that the Tab Pro doesn’t come with an S Pen stylus. It still has the same screen size, and there is the option to get a smaller screen size as well. The 12.2 inch version are $649.99 with 32GB, the 10.1 inch version is $499.99 with 16GB, and the 8.4 inch one is $399.99 with 16GB as well. Both are available for pre order at the moment, and all come with the option of either black or white.

The pro tablets are actually pretty impressive, so the size of the screen isn’t the only nice thing about them. They have a 2,560 x 1,600 display, which is a lot more pixels than you would have thought. They have 3GB of ram, support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and run on Android 4.4 KitKat. One of the coolest features that you may have already heard of is the Remote PC app that lets you access your home computer from anywhere.

Both tablets can run multiple apps at the same time in different windows. They are equipped with infrared ports and the software needed to use the tablets as a remote control for you TV. There will also be 4G LTE versions of the tablet some time in the future, but there is no word on that yet.

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optik2Some things are just better than others. It is a simple fact of life. This can apply to technology especially. Think about all of the newest tech that has come out recently. Think of all of the new tech that will be dropping later this year. The multitude of other tech conventions that have yet to happen. It is a lot to take in, and because of that, it is easy for some products to get swept under the rug. Not necessarily be forgotten, just overlooked. With the top companies like Apple and Samsung ruling the mobile tech market with an iron fist, it is hard for other companies to showcase their products. The rising popularity of tablets also makes it hard for companies to bring out their models, what with the iPads and Surface Pros flooding the market.

Tablets like the ZTE Optik 2 Tablet can get easily over looked. One has to wonder though, is there a reason for this and other products to be looked past?

This particular tablet doesn’t really offer anything to breathtaking in terms of what it is, and what it can do. We are looking at a tablet that comes with a 7 inch screen and a 1,024×600 pixel resolution display. Tablets like the iPad Air, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, and Nexus 7, easily double the overall pixel display output. The tablet comes with only 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space, and a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processing unit. Also not very impressive. Usable, just not impressive. The tablet does come with a front facing and rear facing camera, as is standard with most tablets. The front facing camera pushes 2 megapixels while the rear facing camera pushes a solid 5. Nothing wrong with this either, but most phones have better camera capabilities. The addition of a microSD slot for storage expansion, and the 4,000mAh battery do add some appeal though.

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So there is really not much to this new tablet. Sprint has to do something to make this a more appealing purchase for consumers. What better way to do that than by making the tablet only $30! That is, $30 when coupled with a 2 year plan from Sprint. While that may be the “catch”, it is still not a bad one. This does give you the chance at options after all. For example, you can choose to add a mobile hotspot to your new tablet. Just be ready to add another $20 a month for 2GB of data, or an additional $50 for 6GB of data.

There are many other better tablets out there available for purchase. A new tablet drops every month or so it seems anyway. Having said that, this might not be the worst purchase. Should you be new to tablets, or are trying to introduce someone who isn’t exactly tech savvy to tablets, this could be a worthy investment. What better way to learn the basics of how one words than with a budget model. Maybe you don’t really use tablets, but want to see what all the fuss is about. If you are willing to sign up for the 2 year plan, a $30 tablet is not bad no matter how you slice. And if all else fails, there are always rentals! What better way to figure out if tablets are for you, than by trying before buying?

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