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29
Aug

UPDATE: Samsung finally patches Galaxy Note Pro 12.2; users rejoice


You may have recalled my article three weeks ago about Samsung’s update for the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 that broke all competitor’s Bluetooth keyboard functionality with the niche tablet. Finally, as of earlier last week, Samsung rolled out a patch that fixes the dreaded Bluetooth bug that has locked out many keyboards from working with the over sized tablet, most notably the $120 Logitech Keyboard Pro Case made specifically for this product.

The update rolled out about 5 days ago and the only details about the patch released were that it fixed the Bluetooth keyboard connectivity problems and fixed some other bugs. After testing it out for an afternoon, I must admit the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is running much smoother after the update. What a shame that Samsung took about 6 weeks to fix this problem and did not communicate at all during the process with end-users who rely on this business orientated tablet for productivity in the work place.

You can grab the newly updated and almost bug-free super-sized tablet on Amazon for $649.99.

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26
Aug

Galaxy Tab S2 pre-orders start today


You can now finally pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 having been announced last month and will hit ‘select’ US retailers and carriers as of September 3rd.

A 9.7-inch WiFi model with 32GB of storage will cost $499.99, whilst the 8-inch model with the same capacity will cost $399.99.

Both sizes are available in black (AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, T-Mobile), gold (WiFi only) and white (Verizon). Samsung also says that they are working with Amazon and Best-Buy to offer a trade-in scheme whereby bringing in a qualifying tablet will take $100 off the Galaxy S2’s price.

The 4G LTE will undoubtedly add a premium on that price but will dependant on carrier. Will you be ordering the Galaxy Tab S2?

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25
Aug

LG G Pad II 10.1 unveiled ahead of IFA


Usually, manufacturers unveil a device at the showroom, but LG has gone ahead and given us a sneak peek at what their newest tablet, the G Pad 10.1 II has to offer.

Featuring a quad-core 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM, the device has a large 7,400 mAh battery which should keep the light on for a while. The 1920 x 1200 screen is, as the name of it indicates, 10.1 inches across which results in a PPI of 224.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop comes with the package, taking up some of the 16GB storage space, although you can expand that with the MicroSD slot. A mediocre 5MP camera adorns the back. LG said they’ll reveal more about the pricing and availability at the IFA launch. And yes, there’s LTE on board.

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LG claims the thin bezels and large battery make the tablet a good offer in the market. Keep tuned to AG for more!

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25
Aug

LG G Pad II 10.1 unveiled ahead of IFA


Usually, manufacturers unveil a device at the showroom, but LG has gone ahead and given us a sneak peek at what their newest tablet, the G Pad 10.1 II has to offer.

Featuring a quad-core 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM, the device has a large 7,400 mAh battery which should keep the light on for a while. The 1920 x 1200 screen is, as the name of it indicates, 10.1 inches across which results in a PPI of 224.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop comes with the package, taking up some of the 16GB storage space, although you can expand that with the MicroSD slot. A mediocre 5MP camera adorns the back. LG said they’ll reveal more about the pricing and availability at the IFA launch. And yes, there’s LTE on board.

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LG claims the thin bezels and large battery make the tablet a good offer in the market. Keep tuned to AG for more!

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21
Aug

Huge 18 inch tablet in the works from Samsung?


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A new report indicates Samsung has a new tablet device codenamed Tahoe that is in the works that will be equipped with an 18.4-inch HD display. Unlike 2014 when Samsung made it a point to work on the tablet market, they have quietly been working on new models in 2015 like the Galaxy Tab E, the Galaxy Tab A, and the Galaxy Tab S2. This new super-sized tablet could join the ranks in Samsung’s portfolio this year.

The Tahoe tablet appears to have the model number SM-T670 and will have a TFT LCD screen running at a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Helping keep things running will be an Exynos 7580 processor running at 1.6 GHz, 2GB of RAM, and at least 32GB of internal storage. Available information indicates Samsung is equipping the tablet with an 8MP rear camera, which should not be used in the middle of a crowd, and 2.1MP front-facing camera.

No information has leaked about a potential release date, a final model name or pricing. Let us know in the comments if you would be interested in a tablet with such a large screen.

source: SamMobile

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21
Aug

Acer Predator gaming tablet on way to market as production commences


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With the tablet market cooling off so much recently, companies are starting to look for niches where special purpose tablets may make sense. One of those companies is Acer which announced plans to produce a tablet device that targets gamers. The only device on the market now that really focuses on the gaming market is the NVIDIA Shield. Acer hopes to capitalize on interest from gamers with the Acer Predator 8 tablet.

The Predator will be an 8-inch tablet based on an Intel Atom processor running at 1.6GHz, although it will have boost capabilities of up to 2.4GHz used to power the Android operating system and hopefully whatever games are thrown at it. Acer is also mixing in dual force feedback mechanicals and a quad-speaker setup.

A release date has not been announced, but it is expected to occur before the end of 2015, especially now that Acer has moved the device into actual production.

source: DigiTimes
via: G for Games

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20
Aug

Samsung might be working on a 12-inch Windows 10 tablet


samsung_microsoft_logosSamsung really wants to replace your laptop. This isn’t the first time we are hearing about Samsung working on a Windows powered device. However, it’s been over a year since the company has released any sort of Windows powered hardware. A new leak on Weibo suggests the company is working on a Windows 10 powered 12-inch tablet guided for highly productive users.

Samsung might be prepping the large screen tablet to compete with Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro 4, which is scheduled for an unveiling this fall. We are likely looking at a display resolution of either 2560×1600 or 3840×2400, a 14nm Intel Core M chipset backed with 4GB of RAM all inside a thin and light body. The tablet may also include an S Pen (or similar digital pen) to that of the Galaxy Note 5. Maybe we’ll even see interchanging features. The tablet is still in its early stages so take this report with a grain of salt. There is no word on when or even if this tablet will ever be officially announced, hopefully we’ll find out more details in the fall.

Source: Weibo via GforGames

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10
Aug

Cheap tablets: what to avoid, what to look for


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Buying an affordable tablet? Let us just say you are stepping into dangerous territory. The low-to-mid-end tablet market is full of devices, but so many of them will make you regret your investment, as small as it may be.

That’s not to say there’s no good options out there when it comes to cheap tablets. In fact, we’ve seen plenty of good cheap tablets, but you will need to be able to identify them accurately, and that is why we are here today. In this guide we will show you what to look for, what to avoid and what you can expect out of these affordable tablets.


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Make sure the tablet comes with Google Apps pre-installed!

There’s a plethora of cheap tablets out there, and surely they manage to reach that lower price point by making some sacrifices. That’s OK when the tablet is simply a little slower or the screen is of lower resolution. We get it, but there’s no reason to take things as far as dismissing the inclusion of Google Apps support.

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And the problem is not exactly that you don’t have Gmail, Google Search and all those apps. You could just download them (or an alternative), right? Wrong! The problem here is that the Google Play Store is one of these Google Apps, and at this point the official application market is imperative.

Seriously, you are more than likely to have a horrible time using a tablet if you can’t get Google Play Store access. Sure, some of these pads may have other app markets, including Amazon’s, but those are simply not the same. Save yourself some trouble and go for a Google Apps-supported affordable tablet. There are plenty!

Affordable tablets don’t have to be dreadfully slow

I often see people buying super cheap tablets with specs that make me think we are back in 2010. Guys, affordable tablets don’t have to perform badly. We are at a point where technology can be more than usable even at lower price points.

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Let’s give you some examples: The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 comes with a 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor and 1 GB of RAM. The Acer Iconia Tab is not bad either, sporting a 1.83 Intel Atom Z3745G quad-core SoC and 2 GB of RAM. Alternatively, the LG G Pad F 8.0 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and 1 GB of RAM.

As you can see, all of these tablets come with well-known processors. They don’t have the specs of your dreams, but they will take care of most tasks just fine.

Take a good look at the display

Buying an affordable tablet usually means having to sacrifice on the display department. Because specs are usually sub-par and resources are limited, you will have to say goodbye to high definitions. The truth is you don’t always need super high resolution panels to get a good viewing experience, though. There’s other factors that come into play, such as contrast, brightness, color reproduction and more.

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This is definitely something you will want to look into before you buy a cheaper tablet. I am personally fond of the Acer Iconia Tab 8 display. This gadget is only $179.99 and the screen resolution is fair at 1920 x 1200p. That’s not what makes its screen great, though, it’s the vivid colors and bright lighting that really take it to another level. Likewise, LG’s and Samsung’s lower-end tablets are also known for their good displays.

You will often have to deal with slow updates and older software

One of my main gripes about affordable tablets is how much manufacturers tend to ignore them after some months of their release. And this seems to be especially the case for tablets, as opposed to phones, as companies have been doing great with keeping budget phones up-to-date lately. Either way, just make sure you keep in mind that updates will usually come in slower (if they come) when you purchase a budget tablet.

The best advice we can give you is to go with a larger manufacturer that will be more likely to continue supporting your device. Also, try to buy the newest budget tablets, if this is a big deal to you.

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Make sure to see how old its current software is. You will often find that some affordable devices will still have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or something insane like that. There is really no excuse for that to happen at this point.

Watch out for bad battery life!

This is a big one, considering most of us place high value on battery life. I have often seen people buy those $50 tablets, which seem to work well for a while, but don’t you dare unplug that thing! Some horror stories tell us about the occasional tablet lasting an hour on a full charge.

Of course, this is not the case with all affordable tablets, and I am sure it’s not a similar experience for most customers. The point is battery life is important, so try to find some reviews to see about how portable your new device really is.

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Keep an eye on the brand

We are not really telling you to go with the big guys all the time, but there’s a certain sense of security you get from sticking with a larger manufacturer. You know they will try harder to deliver their promises, not to mention the fact that they will usually have better support and superior customer care.

We are past the point when tablets are over-priced. Even the big guys have to be able to keep up with the competition, which is brutal right now. With that said, just keep in mind that Samsung, LG, Acer and some other main players do have great affordable offerings. Also, look into the Xiaomi MiPad, if you can get a hold of one in your market. That device has stunning specs and only costs RM 799 (about $204 USD).

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Forget about the camera

Many of you can attest to the fact that tablet cameras are no good most of the time. And this also applies to high-end tablet shooter. Photo quality is just not usually a priority when building a tablet, as they are usually meant for casual usage (video chatting, simple shots, etc.). Odds are your tablet camera will be average, at best.

Conclusion

I have always said that an affordable device doesn’t have to be a cheap one, especially in today’s market. We have great options to choose from, so try and do some good research before you hand out all that hard-earned cash.

Those are the main tips and suggestions we can give you, so now you are on the right track. I have used plenty of mid-end tablets that offer a great experience, including the ones i mentioned in the article (Acer Iconia Tab 8, ASUS MeMO Pad 8 and LG G Pad F 8.0).

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Now it’s time to take it to the comments section! What can you guys tell us about your experiences buying affordable tablets? Any horror stories? Are there any other tablets you would recommend to the budget conscious? Also, what other tips can you give your fellow readers?

Be sure to also check out our own list of some of the best cheap tablets on the market!

7
Aug

Samsung is testing an 18.4-inch tablet


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Whenever I hear the word phablet, Samsung is the brand that instantly pops to mind. The South Korean manufacturer has been at the top of the oversized smartphone market for as long as I can remember and now it looks like they’re set to be the first to create a tablet that’s bigger than most laptops currently available.

Earlier today, an unidentified ‘Sample Samsung Tablet PC’ entered India purely for testing and evaluation purposes. The device was transported from Samsung’s hometown by Delhi Air Cargo and has simply been described as an 18.4-inch slate that must be destroyed after all the relevant testing has been done.

So as it stands, it would appear that the company is working on a tablet that’s bigger than any of Apple’s current MacBook offerings. With such a huge screen, the device will be entering a very niche category and we can’t see it being used in any environment other than a commercial one.

Pricing information included in the import document lists the value of the unit at INR 32,371, which is approximately $510.

Source: NoWhereElse

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4
Aug

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to be sold in Gold color variant (at least for Taiwan)


Despite the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 was leaked in various forms for months on end, it was just a few weeks ago that the Korean conglomerate took the wraps off the product officially. It has long been established that the device in question will come in two color variants: Black and White. Now it seems however, that Samsung will in fact be releasing a Gold color variant, at least in select markets.

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White or Gold? Taiwanese consumers seemingly will be unable to chose a Black color option.

Samsung Taiwan has a dedicated product page for the upcoming device on its website, and indeed there is a gold option. Curiously absent, however, is any trace of a black variant. It is possible that in select Asian markets, where Gold colors tend to do quite well, the Tab S2 is receiving the special color treatment, similar to how the Galaxy Tab A has a Blue variant in the United States.
As has already been discussed, while the tablet’s frame is made of aluminum, the back side is decidedly plastic. This will hardly be the first time Samsung has released a gold colored frame, as both last year’s Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 were offered in the precious metal-themed tint. For more pictures, have a look at some press renders of the smaller size variant below:

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Also present on Samsung Taiwan’s website, the official book covers for the device, which snap into place using the two mounts on the tablet’s rear. There are five color options present, including white, black, gold, red, and blue. The white color looks to be more of a beige, and the gold looks to be much lighter in tone than the bronze-esque shade from last year’s Book Cover. No pricing is available, however based on last year’s offerings we would expect them to retail in excess of $60+.
The Galaxy Tab S2 comes in an 8-inch, and 9.7-inch variant, both of which employ a 4:3 aspect ratio 2048×1536 SAMOLED display, and will be available in LTE and Wi-Fi-only configurations. It features an Exynos 5433 Octa-core SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of on-board storage, and an 8-megapixel rear, 2.1-megapixel front camera set-up (no flash, sorry). It will ship with Android 5.0.2 and features the same “touch-based” fingerprint sensor used in the Galaxy S6 and has support for microSD. The 9.7-inch variant will include a 5,870mAh battery, and the 8-inch variant a 4,000mAh power-cell.
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Pricing is still unknown in most markets, however yesterday in connection with the official announcement of South Korea’s variant, we know that the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 will cost KRW 599,000 (approx. $513), while the larger 9.7-inch model will cost KRW 719,000 ($685). Samsung will also sell the larger tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard case for KRW 799,000 ($685) in South Korea.
For those interested in more coverage of the Galaxy Tab S2, make sure to read our opinion piece, as well as comparison feature.
It remains to be seen as to which territories the Gold color variant will be released in, however now that the existence is basically a reality, is anyone interested in this new option? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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