Archive for the ‘Tablets’ Category
The Nexus 8 that we had heard about earlier turns out to be a Nexus 9 that is currently being made by HTC. The tablet is rumored to be running on a Nvidia Tegra K1 chip which is a 64-bit processor. The resolution of the display is an odd 2048*1440 with an aspect ratio of 4:3 – more like the iPad Air. The rear-facing camera is an 8MP shooter with optical image stabilization, and it’s backed up by a 3MP front-facing unit and 2 GB of RAM.
This tablet will launch in Q4 2014.
Samsung announced yet another line-up of tablets to increase it’s current market share in the tablet space today. Two variants, an 8.4 and 10.5 inch tablets with Super AMOLED displays have been announced.
Samsung says, that at 6.6mm, these tablets are their “thinnest tablets ever” which is true and pretty significant for a device of this size. Another highlight is that high resolution, over saturated, high contrast, candy colored display at a resolution of 2560*1600 (WQXGA).
The Galaxy Tab S have the following specs inside : The processor is either a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa at (1.9 GHz quad-core + 1.3 GHz quad-core) or a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.3 GHz (dependent on variant). 3GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage (with microSD expansion capabilities), an 8MP rear-firing camera and a 2.1 MP front camera.
Samsung has also bought interesting software features like a new Sync that pairs up with your Galaxy phone and allows you to control everything remotely, and alongwith software, they have brought a new Bluetooth keyboard this time which looks interesting too.
Apple kicked off this years WWDC with the announcement of a refreshment to it’s OS X with the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Here is an update you should be most excited about if you use a Mac or even intend to buy one. So here are some key highlights of the new OS X 10.10 :
The design of the OS X 10.10 Yosemite is iOS 7 inspired in a lot of ways, from the color palette used to design icons, from the cleaner, flatter look of the icons – everything looks fresh. The system now has transparent UI elements that make their way inside windows, even the Dock has a transparent background now. Plus, there is an inclusion of a Dark mode that basically changes a few menus to match a dark theme.
HandOff is a key highlight feature of this year which is common between the iOS and OS X, primarily because it is meant to be a gateway to access your tasks seamlessly between your devices. HandOff allow your apple devices to sense which other device is nearby, it then shows a notification of the relevant task so you can pick it up on your secondary device. It also allows you to answer or decline your calls from the iPhone, right from the OS X desktop.
Notification Center :
Apple redesigned the notification center with a new “Today view” to help you plan and organize the upcoming and current tasks. Third party apps can make use of the real estate on the sidebar to show useful and relevant information.
Search functionality on OS X has been completely revamped, a big search bar appears in the middle of the screen. Not only can you search for documents and contacts locally, Spotlight is able to pull down content from the the web and bring up results from Wikipedia or Maps and everything here is in-line.
iCloud Drive :
Apart from these compelling changes, Apple even redesigned their email client which was long pending an update and now looks dated, there a few improvements to Safari too and now AirDrop would work with your Macs too. Did Apple miss a feature? What do you think about the new OS X Yosemite?
This makes the Galaxy Tab S, the first tab that would be rocking a fingerprint scanner, Apple had a chance but it missed this time. Another nifty feature is the Ultra High Power Saving Mode that Samsung implemented on the S5 and we see that it is going to make it’s way on the Galaxy Tab S as well.
Since last year when Apple announced the iPad Air, there was a growing buzz of speculation that joined the dots to comment that the iPad Air and the MacBook Air may converge to form a bigger and more capable device.
Today we have leaks of a chassis that looks like a bigger iPad Air, somewhere around 12″ inches. Observing the photo closely, it is just difficult to call it off as a fake cut out. It looks more like an early prototype of the upcoming plus size iPad Air. The question then is that will Apple be making the regular iPad Air as the entry-level tablet or will the iPad Mini still stay? We wish Apple doesn’t make do with the Mini just yet, we really like the overall package that it offers.
How big do you want the next iPad Air to be – 11 or 13 inches?
As the name suggests, the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 would come in with a 10 inch screen, so far known to carry a resolution of 12800*800, which is not so very impressive, and it is not meant to be, since Samsung has it’s higher end PRO line of tablets for that now. Other specifications include a a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, alongside a 3MP/1.2MP shooter combo, and Android 4.4 KitKat on-board.
With the lower end specifications that this tablet has we really will have to wait to find out how competitive the pricing would be. Maybe till April 24(thats what the render suggests).
After Samsung upgraded the Tab line with the Pro line of high performance tablets, it’s around time the Tab series start seeing their share of rumors so as to what the new line may have. Turns out form the leaks, a lot of it is all about sharing looks with the S5.
So now the TabPRO series is the high end line while for other Samsung fans, the Tab series is seen as an affordable series. The first thing we notice about this design is how those side bezels are substantially reduced compared to last year’s Tab 3, also the corners are more squared, a design language we’ve seen with recent Samsung products like the S5.
That pretty much is all we can say about it being different from the Tab 3. The usual home and capacitive buttons are still present.
No one can disagree to the fact that Google makes the most affordable Tablets and Smartphones when it comes to their Nexus series which is meant to deliver the best Android experience.
But more often when one does purchase a tablet or phone, people expect to protect their devices since not every one is planning to upgrade each year. That explains the existence of cases and protection films, Google’s prices are on the steep side of things, and the designs haven’t always won us over. Folks at Android Central reported that thier unit of the Nexus 7, which was picked up last year with the folio case, in turn damages the unit over time.
The red folio case had deposited orangish marks that were more than just a breeze to remove. Sure it’s just a case but for one that costs $50, this is far from expected. Why would anyone allow their accessories damage their precious devices, specially when Amzer has some awesome picks at crazy prices!
Rumors of a future possible Nexus 8 has been in the air since quite a while since the Nexus line of tablets is pretty much depending on only one update strong contender at this moment – the Nexus 7 2013 edition.
“The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications”, claims the report, which also mentions “high-performance” specifications. With the Nexus tag, does come the non premium price tag and quoted in the report is a tag of more than $299.
The report says that HTC may be the manufacturer for this, but let’s keep this in the rumors category for now.
The Nexus series, specially the Nexus 7 has been a benchmark tablet to lead the industry in terms of best specs at rock bottom prices. There were rumours of an 8 inch version of the Nexus slate and here is some update on the same.
According to a report “sources from the upstream supply chain”, Google might turn its attention to the eight-inch tablet market, with plans for a Nexus 8 by mid-2014. The same report says that Asus would be the manufacturer and Intel’s Bay Trial-T would be the preferred power plant.
Would you like an 8 inch Nexus?