A few years ago, tablets were poised to replace laptops as the computing device of choice. That never happened, as we’ve largely stuck with laptops and phones as our daily drivers, with tablets relegated to a secondary role. If you don’t use a tablet that much, it certainly seems wise to avoid dropping a lot of cash on one. But a lower price often means compromises, and too many compromises means you won’t be using the tablet at all. To figure out how many corners you can cut when it comes to purchasing a sub-$200 tablet, we’ve gathered opinions from across the web, from our own reviews to the opinions of other trusted critics. Which cheap tablets balance performance and price to still deliver a good experience? When is it worth spending just a little bit more money? And which deals are too good to be true?
Welcome to Smartwatch Mania! Wow. Passed couple hours have been very intersting indeed, folks. ASUS, LG, and Samsung all teased new smartwatches today that will be officially unveiled at IFA. Not bad designs for these smartwatches. I kind of dig LG’s new design with that circular face. Let us know which watch will be landing on your wrist, or will you still go with the Moto 360. Enjoy the Daily!
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ASUS has pushed out a number of teasers for their upcoming smartwatch that will be unveiled officially September 3rd at IFA in Berlin. The new addition from ASUS will be their first Android Wear powered watch, and hopefully not the last. As usual, ASUS has released a series of teaser videos to build up the hype. The suspension is nearly killing me. The latest video offers up a sneak peek of the watch, along with its name, the ZenWatch,
In the video it appears to show little bits of a brushed aluminum with rounded corners. It certainly looks thin and the glass looks pretty. Details on the internal components used and battery life are non-existent at this point. We can only hope that ASUS is looking to bring a competitor in the Android Wear department. The Moto360 is undoubtedly the unreleased king and I don’t think ASUS will be able to compete with it if this one comes in near the same price tag. I’m not sure I have high hopes for the ZenWatch though, simply because the Zen branding from ASUS on the device front has typically been low-cost midrange series of devices. That could work for ASUS if the ZenWatch can pull great battery life and a lower price tag than Samsung and LG have done so far. We will have to wait and see.
What do you think of the teaser?
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By design, tablets are less about work and more about play — though you’ll find some notable exceptions in our roundup of top slates for the back-to-school season. Among them are Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, which features a keyboard case that makes typing on the go bearable, and the ASUS Transformer Book, which also gives you hardware keys via a bundled dock. Of course, there are still plenty of slates made for enjoying your downtime. Click through the gallery below to see them all, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our guide!
We’ve seen ASUS tease their new wearable already, however they may have felt inclined to reveal a little more about their device after LG showed a much more revealing teaser of their own. The result is the above image, showing what look like concept art that helped design the ASUS smartwatch, which will presumably look very similar to the product that ASUS announces at IFA 2014 next month. The same quote by Khalil Gibran from the previous teaser is present again as if to confirm the new smartwatch’s innovative credentials.
Details about the ASUS smartwatch are a bit hazy, but we’re fairly certain the wearable is going to be running Android Wear after ASUS was announced as one of the partners of the operating system at Google I/O. The ASUS smartwatch is going to have some stiff competition at IFA as it will be announced alongside devices from Samsung, LG and Sony, and those are only the ones we’ve heard about. Still, it’s going to be an exciting event and we won’t have long to wait as the announcement event is scheduled for September 3rd.
What do you think about the concept art of the ASUS smartwatch? Let us know your opinion.
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We’ve heard rumours that ASUS is preparing a smartwatch for announcement at IFA 2014, but now it has been all but confirmed. The teaser seen above shows the very shadowy outline of what can only be the ASUS smartwatch as well as telling us to save the date, September 3rd. The teaser is rounded out by a quote from Lebanese poet, Khalil Gibran, who says “Time has been transformed, and we have changed,” presumably referring to ASUS’ new direction with wearables as well as the time keeping properties of a smartwatch.
— ASUS (@ASUS) August 19, 2014
Running Android Wear, the only additional information we can glean from the teaser is that the ASUS smartwatch will be a slightly form factor to the other Android Wear wearables launched this year. Not quite square, but not quite round, it looks like it will be of plastic construction. Despite this, ASUS has done amazing things with ‘cheap’ materials in the past, so we can’t wait to see the device when September 3rd rolls by.
Are you interested in what the ASUS smartwatch has to offer? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments below.
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If we’re honest, it’s reasonable to assume that ASUS will announce a smartwatch on September 3rd. After all, if the rumors saying that the company’s working on an Android Wear device aren’t enough, then the pretty obvious teaser image should be. According to those pesky rumor-mongers, the unit will be priced between $99 and $149, making it the cheapest Google-approved wearable on the market. We’ve also heard, thanks to our own sources on the grapevine, that despite the lower price, the watch will use similar hardware to both the Gear Live and G Watch. The only concession apparently being in the battery life department, which will linger somewhere between the 300mAh on the Gear Live and the 400mAh found on the G Watch. Still, whatever the truth, there’s only a fortnight to go before we’ll find out for ourselves.
Source: ASUS (Twitter)
Asus will introduce its first Android Wear-powered smartwatch at IFA in early September, reports Focus Taiwan. According to their sources, the device is “well-received” by Google and looks better than those currently offered by LG and Samsung. What’s more, the Asus product will allegedly come in with a lower price point, which means less than $199……. Read more »
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We have previously heard that Taiwanese manufacturer, ASUS, is working on an ASUS Android Wear smartwatch, and it appears likely that the device could be announced at IFA 2014 in Berlin next month. Whereas the offerings from Samsung, LG, and probably Motorola too, have costed about $199 USD, it has been hinted that the ASUS smartwatch will undercut them all, priced at around $99-149; not too shabby. Furthermore, ASUS CEO, Jerry Chen, says he prefers the appearance of the ASUS offering over wearables from the other manufacturers (but of course he would!); frankly, it would be hard to out do the Moto 360 on style, but we’ll hold our reservations.
Chen also commented about the future of wearables at ASUS, saying:
“We’re dreaming big about the future of wearable devices, but the dream will not come true this year or in the first half of next year, because the market demand has not picked up”
And that’s probably true; despite the fact that we in the Android community have pored over the new and future Android Wear devices, they have yet to become truly mainstream in the same way that smartphones have become part of our lives. Still, it’s an exciting time, and we can’t wait to see what ASUS brings to the table, particularly at such an attractive price point.
What do you think about the ASUS Android Wear smartwatch? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments.
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