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Toshiba’s New Excite Go Tablet

May 28th, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Android | Rental | Tablet | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

excite-7c-marquee-heroOur whole lives, we have been taught that you get what you pay for. Generally when we see a high tech gadget that is priced well below its competitors, we automatically assume that it is no good, and we should just save up for the upgrade instead of giving in to the good price and ending up disappointed. This new budget priced tablet from Toshiba, though, may just change the way we think about budget priced devices.

The 7 inch Toshiba Excite Go runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is priced at a mere $99.

One of the reasons that we may associate low price with low quality is that generally, top notch companies like Toshiba wouldn’t be putting out cheaper products. Most budget priced electronics are made by knock off brands that no one has ever heard of, or well known companies that are well known for being terrible. They generally leave much to be desired and feature bottom of the barrel components and specs. Would a bigger name like Toshiba let themselves put out such a cheesy product, even if it was cheap in price?

So far, it is looking like the answer to that last question is “no, they wouldn’t”. The Toshiba Excite Go is actually looking like it is going to be a pretty solid tablet. It has a 7 inch display, a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, and it is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor. The internal storage is pretty impressive for a budget priced tablet as well. It has 16GB of internal storage, and it also has a MicroSD card slot so that you can upgrade your memory by up to 128GB extra. Looking at all the specs, it doesn’t seem like this would be a very low priced tablet at all. It seems like it could actually be a pretty competitive device. It also offers up to 8 hours of battery life with normal use and up to 6 hours of watching videos.

It looks like Toshiba may be able to change the way we think about budget priced electronics with the launch of this new tablet. For just $99 maybe they will actually be able to deliver the performance and features that we all want for a price that we can all afford. I guess we will all be able to find out in June with the Toshiba Excite Go officially launches.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 2 Rumors

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

kindleAmazon 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 e-reader, 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.

Pricing

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.

Display

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 customers, and that is good for everyone.

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Android 5 Release Date, Rumors, And News

April 16th, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Android | Rental | Tablet - (0 Comments)

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.

Huawei Launches New MediaPad X1 And MediaPad M1

March 5th, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Android | Tablet | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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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Samsung’s Huge New Galaxy Pro Tablets Available Tomorrow

February 12th, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Android | Rental | Tablet - (0 Comments)

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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Lenovo’s Miix 2 Goes On Sale Early

January 31st, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Android | iPad | Rental | Tablet - (0 Comments)

The new 10 inch tablet with a detachable keyboard from Lenovo wasn’t supposed to hit the market until March, but you might be pleased to know that it has been released early, as seen on the company’s U.S. web store. This was first spotted by Engadget. Although this anticipated tablet has hit the scene a little bit early, you might want to wait a little bit before committing to buy.

Lenovo was showing off the new Miix 2 tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show in January of this year. They very clearly stated that the maximum price that the Atom processor-powered version of the tablet would be selling for would be $499. The price didn’t seem too crazy, because you were getting a 10 inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, an Intel Atom Z3740 processor, the 32 bit version of Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, 2GB of RAM, 128GB of eMMC storage, Wi-Fi compatibility, and Bluetooth 4.0. These are pretty awesome specs for a tablet with a detachable keyboard.

If you take a minute to look at Lenovo’s online store, there are currently two different variants of the Atom-powered Miix 2 tablet which are priced at $699 and $749. This doesn’t seem to make too much sense because of the previous announcement saying that the most expensive one would be priced at $499. That, however, is not the only thing that should concern you at this point.

Here is where things get crazy. The more expensive one should have some sweet perks right? Well, for the extra money, the only perk you get is half the amount of internal storage. Yes, you read that right. You only get 64GB of storage with the more expensive model.

According to some of the forums on their website, this is probably an error. Although, the error still has not been corrected at the time of writing this. Maybe the whole entire thing is a mistake on their part and the prices will be lowered? Either way, I suggest you hold back your excitement and wait for this to get cleared up.

The 10 inch version isn’t the only Miix 2 being released this year. In April, Lenovo will be putting out an 11 inch version of the tablet with a better processor. This version will have a starting price of $699. But you never know, after this, it might come out early as well!

The First Firefox Tablet

January 20th, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Android | iPad - (0 Comments)

Mozilla has been working on Firefox OS support for tablets for a long time now, and they have finally received their very first prototype from Foxconn and released pictures of the device and it’s full specs.

The details were shared with the world in a recent blog post from Asa Dotzler. The new tablet, named “Flatfish”, is actually an Infocus New Tab F1, which is a lower end 10 inch tablet that generally sells online for around $150. It appears that the only difference is the operating system

The idea of keeping that price point is pretty awesome. It seems like this device is going to be the Firefox version of the ZTE open. The tablet will be targeting customers who don’t want to spend a whole lot of money but still need nice features and still want to be able to surf the web and run important apps. There is talk of Foxconn being able to manufacture the tablets and be able to retail them for under $100. If that happens, then this tablet could be a huge hit.

As far as what’s under the hood, you have a quad-core Alwinner A31 processor that is clocked at 1.0GHz. This processor isn’t the best, and it uses older technology, but it offers very good performance and allows the overall price to be dropped. It has 2GB of memory which is pretty standard, and more than enough for most users.

It also comes with 16GB of internal storage, which is more than some other tablets offer. There is also a micro SD slot so you can add more storage space if needed. The new Firefox tablet is also equipped with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front facing camera. This comes in handy when using Skype.

Of course you have Wi-Fi connectibility. The tablet has a 7000mAh battery that will give you a pretty decent amount of use between charges, about 6 hours of use and about a week on standby.

Other versions of tablets built by Foxconn with these components have had generally good reviews, but there were a few problems with OS lag and touch screen response. Those tablets were shipped with the Android operating system and there is a good chance that Mozilla has worked out most of the bugs with their new operating system.

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7-Inch Tablet and an Android Gaming Console All-In-One!

January 9th, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Android | iPad | Rental | Tablet - (0 Comments)

Android gaming hasn’t been taken too seriously so far. It is mainly limited to a few neat games you use to kill time during car rides. Recently, new Android “Console” devices have been popping up, like the MadCats Mojo or the Ouya Gamestick. These are two of the most recognizable Android gaming devices, probably because they are some of the only ones that exist. But, as CES 2014, a new tablet/Android gaming console was revealed. The Snakebyte Vyper…. and it is definitely an interesting Android device!

This new device has much more to offer than other similar gaming devices. The Vyper is a 7 inch tablet with a dock that lets you connect it to your TV. This allows you to play games and stream them directly to your television. The tablet has a 1280 x 800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of memory. It has two cameras, a rear 5MP and a 2MP front camera and is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor.

The Snakebyte Vyper comes with the tablet, dock , and an AirMouse controller. The AirMouse resembles a standard remote control that would come with your TV. Either way, it’s really neat and usable, but there is the option to upgrade and buy the $49 gaming controller upgrade that seems much more logical. The interface of the Snakebyte is very organized, coming with different categories for movies, games, music, and everything else. So if you were to download a movie, you would have a much easier time finding it.

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The dock that comes with the tablet is L shaped and has slots for the tablet to slide into. The gaming controller looks like a mixture of the new Xbox of Playstation controllers, with standard joystick and D-pad, then the 4 other buttons on the other side, and also the trigger buttons.

The Snakebyte Vyper is a great little device that covers everything from a standard tablet to Android gaming on the big screen. The standard package is $199.99, and with the upgrade controller that puts the whole package at $249.99. This is a great choice for a serious gamer looking to take the Android experience to the next level. Play on the go, or play at home, and get all of your business work done at the same time

For a while, rumors of a new 8 inch Windows tablet from Asus have been floating around. In mid December, some specs got leaked, and recently, a user manual for the Asus VivoTab Note 8 randomly popped up on Asus.com.

The new tablet hasn’t been announced by Asus yet, and no one knows when the manual was published on the website or if it was mistake or not. Either way, it leads us to believe that there may be a big announcement about the new tablet at the CES trade show in a few days.

The manual that popped up didn’t mention anything about the specs of the tablet, but the previously leaked information said that the device will be powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Atom “Bay Trail” Z3740, an 8 inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, 2 GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage space, a microSD slot, a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera, and a 5 megapixel rear facing camera. It also comes equipped with Windows 8.1 and a free version of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student.

The specs are almost identical to the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Lenovo Miix 2. Throwing another tablet in the mix with basically the same exact specs, it makes it seem like we will have the same problem we had with the early Windows Phones. There will be literally nothing to differentiate one from the other besides the name of the manufacturer printed on it somewhere. The newly discovered online manual confirms this, but does not mention Wacom. Other competing 8 inch tablets offer styus support, but Wacom is the best and would be the main advantage to the new Asus tablet.

There is currently no word on availability or pricing for the device yet, but Asus will more than likely make more announcements on that at CES. Asus was a little bit late to the tablet game, but they were one of the first computer companies rumored to be working on a Windows slate, and it seems like they may be a little bit ahead of the curve, despite their lateness.

Two New Tablet Announcements From Samsung

December 19th, 2013 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Android | Rental | Tablet - (0 Comments)

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With an FCC listing and a new report out of Korea, we now have more information about two of four unannounced tablets from Samsung. Expected to land in the first quarter of 2014, we have the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite and an unnamed 10.5 inch Super AMOLED tablet.

In regards to the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, there really isn’t too much left to wonder about. The price tag for this 7 inch tablet is rumored to be about $100. Current rumors about the hardware tell us that it will be very similar to the original Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. We will find out for sure if everyone is right in about three weeks when it is unveiled during the Las Vegas CES 2014 expo.

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The only real thing we don’t know about is the connectivity options. No insiders have came out and said if there will be a 3G model released alongside the Wi-Fi only model or not. The Variant of the tablet spotted at the federal agency has the SM-T110 model number and doesn’t have any 3G or 4G capabilities. It also doesn’t have a flash for it’s rear facing camera. Neither of these things are very surprising though, there aren’t too many extra flashy features that you should be expecting from a $100 tablet. The fact that it even has a camera at all is impressive to me at that price.

As for the far more secretive Galaxy Tab with a Super AMOLED display, most of it is still a secret. Rumor has it that it will be announced at CES next month with a 10.5 inch design, and will probably be followed up with an 8 inch variant later on in the year.

If you are trying to find specs or features on this bad boy, you’re probably not going to find that information anywhere yet. We don’t even know anything the design or how it will look at all. We will have to wait a little bit for that exciting information. I am expecting a lot out of this tablet though. After the huge failure of the Galaxy Tab 7.7, I’m positive that this tablet will blow us away and have a strong marketing campaign to go along with it.

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