Android tablets

Stellar e-reader and Netflix viewer: 10.5″ 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By David Rothman
August 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s too late to buy a 10.5” 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab S refurb for $330 from A4C, but a restock may be coming, and you can also look elsewhere. I know this one’s good, because I own the same model myself. The 10.5”  screen of 2,560 x 1600 pixels can do justice to anything from Moon+ [...]

Latest IDC numbers: Another tablet upset?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker has brought joy to the hearts of Luddites everywhere with the news that: “worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the first time since the market’s inception in 2010. Overall [...]

Size matters, as tablet makers go for the big time

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

News has emerged of several tablet manufacturers targeting the mega-device space, with HP announcing an Android Pro Slate design with a 12.3-inch screen. According to the original HP announcement, the HP Pro Slate 12 and its little brother the HP Pro Slate 8 are: high-definition (HD) [...]

Gentlemen take Polaroids

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Polaroid brand has been enjoying a sort of second life for a while now as a budget Android tablet line, with Chris Meadows reporting on a mini-tablet from them roughly a year ago. With this year’s CES, the legacy brand managers Southern Telecom have come out with two new Android tablets [...]

TalkTalk picks up Blinkbox from Tesco: Hudl tablet safe for now

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

UK ISP and media player TalkTalk Group has announced the acquisition of “the blinkbox Movies business and the Tesco broadband and fixed line voice base from Tesco Plc.” And UK supermarket major Tesco, as many will remember, has won recognition for its own Hudl tablet brand, now expanded [...]

Have we hit Peak Tablet? IDC says maybe

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

A new study from International Data Corporation (IDC) minces no words about its prognosis for the global tablet market, predicting “a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013.” The forecast also highlights “the expectation [...]

Android accelerates away from Apple

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 22, 2014 // 2 Comments

A recent article on Android Central entitled “The Insane Pace of Android” encapsulates a lot of what’s going on in the Android ecosystem – and why that should be a first concern among anyone looking to buy or upgrade a mobile device. Apple is basically eating Android’s [...]

Intel rolls out new reference design platform for Android tablets

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

Prospects for more, cheaper, higher specced, more up-to-date, tablets for ereading and other purposes took a turn for the better when Intel announced their new reference design platform for Android devices, with both hardware and software components. “At IDF today, we announced the Intel [...]

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Want to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to [...]

Deal Alert: HP Slate 7 Available for Just $140 ($30 Off) via HP.com 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 [...]

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 [...]

Deal Alert: Walmart Offers Free $70 Gift Card With Every Nook HD+ Purchase

By Adrian Diaconescu
April 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Did you miss out on last month’s Barnes & Noble deal bundling every purchased Nook HD+ tablet with a free Nook Simple Touch e-reader? Well, I wouldn’t sweat it too much, seeing as Walmart is now offering the same Nook HD+ as part of an equally as lucrative promotional offer. Every [...]

John Lagerling on Google's Nexus strategy

By libertyc
November 5, 2012 // 1 Comment

Last Friday, the New York  Times‘ Bits blog ran an interesting Q&A-style interview with John Lagerling, Google’s Android director of business development, “about the company’s strategy with the Nexus brand, one that revolves around lower prices,” as the [...]

You too can have a body like mine — with e-books!

By libertyc
October 24, 2012 // 5 Comments

My wife had been a keen customer of the local women’s-only gym for several years, so after last Christmas, when they closed down and re-opened as a unisex establishment, I decided to go along, too. Nine months later, I’m still among the regulars, dragging my aging body along four or five [...]

Cupcake, Gingerbread and Jelly Bean: A user's guide to Android's many different versions

By libertyc
October 7, 2012 // 3 Comments

One secret of Microsoft’s success is the rapidity with which they eradicate their older software versions when they bring out new ones. Just like last month’s copies of Playboy at the newsstand, last year’s version of Windows disappears very rapidly from shops and other outlets when this [...]

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