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What to do with an old tablet?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 4, 2015 // 3 Comments

With the news that Android M Marshmallow won’t be released for the aging Nexus 7 2012 tablet, my own Nexus is now staring obsolescence in the face. It’s been semi-retired for a while anyway, ever since I invested in my smaller, lighter, faster Lenovo A7-10. And in any case, it kind of [...]

The Fire’s SDXC slot may be its most compelling feature

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch opens its review of the new Amazon Fire HD 8 by admitting that it’s silly to make such a big deal out of removable memory, but it actually is one of the most compelling features of Amazon’s new Fire tablet line—it can support up to a 128 GB SDXC memory card. (Update, Oct. 2, 2015: [...]

What’s in Chris Meadows’s gadget bag?

By Chris Meadows
September 16, 2015 // 3 Comments

David did a great post about his work environment a while back, and I was thinking of doing something similar. But it occurred to me that since we’re a mobile device blog, maybe I should do something about my mobile devices first and foremost. So, I grabbed my gadget bag—the bag I pack with all [...]

My experience so far with Android Lollipop 5.1

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

Previously I posted about my experience on my Nexus 7 2012 edition with the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. And my first positive impressions of the new Android iteration got a lot of negative response. So here goes again. My machine has just upgraded to Android Lollipop 5.1, and here is my [...]

Groupon offers 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $150

By Chris Meadows
December 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you were disappointed when Google stopped selling the Nexus 7, this deal on Groupon might make you feel a little better. Groupon is offering a new, not-refurbished 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $149.99. That’s $50 less than Amazon’s price. That’s the generation 2 model, with a quad-core [...]

Android latest: Lollipop does not suck

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 22, 2014 // 105 Comments

My first-generation Nexus 7 tablet recently updated itself to the latest version of the Android OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop, thanks to Google’s commitment to keep the entire Nexus system abreast of the latest developments in its platform. And so far at least, despite some other reports to the [...]

Pre-paid WiFi roundup: TruConnect, Wal-Mart, Karma

By Chris Meadows
March 21, 2014 // 6 Comments

A while back I talked about the TruConnect Mi-Fi portable WiFi hotspot I had purchased. It’s time for an update, and discussion of a couple of reasonable prepaid Wi-Fi alternatives. First of all, I still use the TruConnect MiFi. In fact, I’m on my second one now. The first one stopped working [...]

Reading Manga On Tablets: Using the Viz Media App

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
December 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

As I continue to switch to consuming more digital media, I was looking for a way to read manga on tablets. I wrote earlier this year about Viz Manga coming to Kindles, and writing that motivated me to download the Viz app to my iPad and Nexus 7, where it sat until recently when Viz had a big sale. [...]

Office Max store closings offer bargain tablet, e-reader opportunities

By Chris Meadows
December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

[Bumped due to factual correction.] Looking for a good tablet bargain? Check out your local Office Max or Office Depot store—it’s possible you might find one that’s going out of business. Offices Max and Depot merged this year, and my local Office Max store is closing. (Probably because [...]

Deal alert! 2013 Nexus 7 tablets, $40-$50 off

By Chris Meadows
December 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here’s a great deal on the 2013 Nexus 7. Office Depot has the 16 GB version for $180, $50 off list (sold out online; in-store pickup only), and the 32 GB version for $230, $40 off the $270 list (currently available both on-line and in-store). Sale ends 12/21. Of course, sales tax will apply to [...]

Google Auto Awesome may be a bit too automatic

By Chris Meadows
December 9, 2013 // 6 Comments

How far is going too far to get consumers interested in your services? It’s a question Google must have to ask itself repeatedly. Sometimes, as with the Google+ privacy debacle of a couple years back, they get it wrong. And I ran into another possible case of it this morning. I’ve been trying [...]

Queens library members can start borrowing tablets next week

By Susan Lulgjuraj
November 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

People in Queens, N.Y. will be able to use tablets for free starting next week. Google donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to the New York State Community Action Association, and Queens Library received 5,000 of those units. The library is going to lend the tablets to library card- customers starting [...]

Android 4.3 Made My Old Nexus 7 Faster… For Now

By Jeremy Hill
August 2, 2013 // 3 Comments

Google is currently rolling out Android 4.3 to a handful of devices, such as the Nexus 7. It’s a rather tame update as far as brand new front-facing features are concerned, but Google has made a change under the hood that has improved my tablet’s performance. In recent days, it was discovered [...]

Tablets and mobile just took a generational leap forward

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

With the blogs and newswires buzzing over Google’s update of its hugely popular Nexus 7 tablet, as well as Google’s release of the new ChromeCast HDMI dongle, it’s not hard to conclude that quite a lot is happening in the world of Android. The Nexus 7 tablet, after all, was [...]

Google’s New Nexus 7 Tab Will Get You Some Tail (Video)

By Matthew Marchesano
July 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Say it with me: Tech is sexy. Feels a bit weird, right? But hey, I’m not the first to say it—I even felt a bit squeamish when I first heard a friend’s reaction to the form factor of a certain mobile device as such. You see this with car enthusiasts, treating their prized ‘whips’ like [...]

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