Articles by Adrian Diaconescu

Asus Transformer Book T100 Pre-Orders Underway For $400 A Pop, Shipping Begins October 18

By Adrian Diaconescu
October 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

Netbooks are dead, long live mini-laptops! It’s how we can describe in a nutshell the evolution of the ultraportable computer market in the past nine months or so, with virtually everyone that’s someone in the business dropping the “netbook” marketing term, but continuing to roll out light, [...]

Lenovo Pulls The Plug on Windows RT-Powered IdeaPad Yoga 11

By Adrian Diaconescu
July 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sales of Windows RT-based tablets have never done so well. I know it, you know it, Microsoft knows it. But have they been so bad that it’s already time to nix the handful of devices running the very limited OS? It appears so, since Lenovo is no longer directly selling the IdeaPad Yoga 11. [...]

New Nexus 7 Closes In On Formal Intro, Gets Captured In The Wild, Might Pack 4 GB RAM

By Adrian Diaconescu
July 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Whoa, talk about a rumor flood! We’ve been hearing bits and pieces about the Nexus 7 sequel (likely to be called “New Nexus 7”) for many months now, but an avalanche of information comes our way today, via a number of different sources. First, it seems that the 7-inch tablet will be [...]

Apple Facing Retina Display Shortage, Might Have To Delay iPad Mini 2 Launch

By Adrian Diaconescu
July 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

Since Apple’s first mid-sized, mid-range tablet has proven to be such a booming success, no one really doubted an iPad Mini 2 coming sooner or later. But the exact ETA of this new slate has always been the big question mark. (Well, that … and the specs and the pricing, of course.) [...]

Deal Alert: HP Slate 7 Available for Just $140 ($30 Off) via and Best Buy

By Adrian Diaconescu
July 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quick, what’s the best 7-inch Android tablet money can buy? And by “money,” I mean less than 200 bucks. Asus and Google’s Nexus 7, you say? Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD? How about HP’s Slate 7? No, the Slate 7 is not the best Android tab out there. Not even close. But it’s cheap. So [...]

Second-Gen Nexus 7 Specs Revealed Again … This Time by Asus Employee?

By Adrian Diaconescu
July 4, 2013 // 1 Comment

Here we go again. The second-gen Nexus 7 rumor storm calmed down for a second or two, but now it’s at full speed again. Was there anything left to be revealed about the N7-2 following the rumor bonanza from a few weeks ago? Not exactly, but it can’t hurt to get further “confirmation” of [...]

LeapFrog Intros $150 LeapPad Ultra Kid-Friendly Tablet, Release Slated for July 17

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Children-focused tablets might still be short of becoming mainstream gadgets, but it’s fairly obvious that competition is growing by the day within the niche. After seeing Ematic launch the modest but dirt-cheap FunTab Mini 2 very recently, it’s time today to welcome a new contender from [...]

Deal Alert: Asus MeMo Pad 7 Tablet Goes For Just $100 Via Adorama ($50 Off)

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Who said Android Jelly Bean tablets have to be pricey? Not us, not Asus, and certainly not Adorama, since the online retailer now sells the MeMo Pad 7 (aka ME172V) for just $99.95. That’s a whopping $50 off the slate’s list price, though in all honesty it’s just $10 or $20 less than what [...]

Ematic launches kid-friendly FunTab Mini 2, a tiny but robust $70 tablet

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Children-focused tablets very rarely come with top-notch specs and features in tow, but you can at least count on them to be cheap. In the case of Ematic’s latest, called FunTab Mini 2, really, really cheap. This slate is just $69.99 and is available already via Amazon and Tiger Direct, but be [...]

Leaked: Alleged First Photo of the Second-Gen Google Nexus 7 Tablet

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Google’s unveiling of the second-gen Nexus 7 tab is likely a matter of days, or, worse case scenario, weeks, so the pieces of the oft-rumored puzzle are one by one nicely falling into place. The first piece—pricing—was revealed last week. Big chunks of the spec sheet have subsequently [...]

(Hurry, Limited-Time) Deal Alert: Get a Barnes & Noble Nook HD for $129, Nook HD+ for $149

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

I know, I know, there are oodles of tablets cooler than Barnes & Noble’s Nooks around, starting with the uber-cheap Nexus 7 and the sleek iPad Mini. But with B&N holding constant “yard sales”, I dare you to find a slate with more bang for the buck. Leading to Father’s Day for [...]

Acer Iconia W3 Tablet Now Available for Pre-Orders via Amazon and Staples

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

The world’s first ever Windows 8-powered tablet to sport an 8-inch display has been the star of numerous “leaks” over the past couple of months, plus one or two (more or less) official intros, but it’s only now available for pre-orders. The name is W3, Acer Iconia W3, and Amazon and [...]

Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 and A3000 Now Available for Sale, Starting at Just $149

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

Say, do you happen to remember Lenovo’s IdeaTab A1000 and A3000? No? I can’t say I’m shocked, but let me give you the skinny real quick: The two 7-inch tabs were unveiled way back in February, although they’re only just now available for sale in the United States. Neither the A1000 [...]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Gets Much Awaited and Oft-Delayed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

By Adrian Diaconescu
May 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Samsung might have already started rolling out the third generation of Galaxy Tabs with the Tab 3 7.0, but that doesn’t mean it has forgotten all about the aging members of the family introduced back in 2011 and 2012. In fact, one of those, the Galaxy Tab 7.7, is reported to be receiving some [...]

Deal Alert: Amazon Slashes Price on 7-Inch Kindle Fire HDs in Time for Mother’s Day

By Adrian Diaconescu
May 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

As if to confirm a 10-inch Kindle Fire tablet is in fact in the works and coming our way soon, Amazon has decided to slash the prices of the thing’s existent smaller siblings, namely the 7-inch Fire HDs. However, the promo likely has nothing to do with the alleged coming of the 10-incher, being [...]

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