Category Archives: Android Tablet PC

ASUS Transformer Pad TF103CX

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF103CX

ASUS Transformer Pad TF103CXThe New ASUS Transformer Pad is a 10.1-inch mobile entertainment tablet with a vivid 1280 x 800 IPS display, the latest high-performance Intel BayTrail quad-core processor, and a lightweight optional keyboard dock with USB 2.0.

The ZenUI is a new interface that helps you use the tablet more intuitively.  The “What’s Next” function helps you to identify upcoming appointments, things to do, or special reminders and helps you to focus on just what’s important now.  It helps to manage your time and to-do lists.

PixelMaster is a new feature that combines hardware and software to ensure your photos deliver incredible image quality.

The nice low price tag makes this tablet the best to buy today.

Display 10.1″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen;
IPS Panel
10 finger multi-touch support
Anti-fingerprint coating
Processor Intel® Atom™ Z3745 Quad-Core, up to 1.86 GHz, 64bit
Operating System AndroidTM 4.4
Memory
  • 8GB/16GB eMMC
  • 5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space
  • with an additional 11GB for the first year
External Storage MicroSD (SDHC/SDXC),supports up to 64GB
Camera / Flash
  • 0.3 MP Front Camera
  • 2 MP Rear Camera
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V4.0
  • Supports Miracast
Inputs / Outputs Tablet:
1 x Micro USB
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x MicroSD (SDHC/SDXC),supports up to 64GB of additional storageMobile Dock:
1 x USB 2.0 port
Sensors
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass sensor
  • GPS & GLONASS
Dimension, Weight Tablet only: 257.46 x 178.4 x 9.9 mm (WxDxH); 550gDock only: 257.46 x 178.4 x 19.8 mm; 550gTablet with dock: 257.4 x 178.4 x 19.8mm; 1100g
Battery Tab only:
9.5 hours,19Wh Li-Polymer Battery

Adobe Flash for Android Tablets

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Adobe Flash For Android Tablets

When Android tablets were first released, they used Adobe Flash for Android to allow users to view Flash content.  Then the technology is moving away from Flash in favor of HTML 5.  Beginning with Android 4.1 Adobe Flash was no longer included or supported.  However, there is still a lot of content that required Adobe Flash. So, how do you get Adobe Flash on Android tablets with Android 4.1 or greater?

All devices running Android versions between 2.2 and 4.0, inclusive, are compatible with Adobe Flash 11.  Devices with Android 3.0 will benefit from enhanced browser handling of websites containing both Flash, HTML, and images.  Each component will be rendered quickly and maintain their separate positions.  Devices using Android 2.2, 2.3, or 2.4 will not benefit from this enhanced browser feature and still may see some overlapping of components.

Apple has banned the Adobe Flash product from all its devices, including the iPad.  This is more than an annoyance to users since many websites and applications use Flash for at least a portion of their development.  Some websites contain a significant amount of Flash, which results in a blank display on devices not supporting Flash.

Here is how to install Adobe Flash on Android tablets with Android 4.1 or greater:

  • Make sure your Android device is connected to the Internet.
  • Open the Settings menu.
  • Select Security (or Applications, on older Android OSs).
  • Place a checkmark next to the “Unknown sources” check box.
  • Tap OK to confirm your selection.
  • Close Settings.
  • Launch the browser.
  • Search for “flash player archive page” or navigate directly to http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html
  • On the Archive page, scroll down to “Flash Player for Android archives”
  • Select a version of Flash Player that is compatible with your Android operating system.
  • Tap the link to download the Flash Player installer. Download begins automatically.
  • When download completes, close the browser.
  • Open Notifications.
  • Tap “install_flash_player.apk”
  • When prompted, tap Install.
  • When installation is finished, tap Done.

Android on an x86 Tablet

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Android on an x86 Tablet

Android on an x86 TabletAndroid on an x86 tablet?  Seemed like an impossible task, until now.

Previously, Android was limited to running on tablets and phones with an ARM processor, such as the NVDIA, Samsung and Qualcomm processors.  However, Intel has been working hard to grab a larger share of the market that currently uses ARM processors.

Companies such as Intel and AMD manufacturer processor chips or CPUs using an x86 architecture.  The x86 CPUs have been primarily for full size PCs supporting, originally DOS, and now, Windows, Linux, etc.  Previously, x86 CPUs were power hogs requiring large amounts of power and generating large amounts of heat. These machines required relatively large fans and heat management designs.  As PCs became smaller and more portable running on batteries, this caused a challenge with manufacturers to design more efficient CPUs that drew less power and generated less heat.  Even some notebooks had heat issues and required extra fans to keep them running at a good speed.

With the advent of the tablet PC, they don’t have fans.  The ARM processors run cool and draw much less power.  Batteries lasted longer due to the lower energy requirements.  x86 manufacturers felt the pressure to produce the same cool running processors, but maintain the speed and reliability.

Intel released the Atom line of processors as a low power SoC (System on Chip) to support the x86 based operating systems, such as Windows.  So, it was ARM for Android, and x86 for Windows.  Until now…..

Android on an x86 tablet

Last year, Intel announced a version of their SoC Atom processor family designed for smartphones and tablets.  Based on a partnership between Intel and Google, this new Atom processor will support the Android operating system.

Initially, the Atom family was not designed to support the Linux/Android operating systems, but that has been corrected with this new series of processors.

We are just now seeing Android on an x86 tablet from manufacturers such as the ASUS, Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, and HP are all running the Android operating system using an Intel Atom x86 processor.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 inch

Samsung Galaxy Tab SSamsung has released the Galaxy Tab S line of Android tablets which include a 10.5 inch or a 8.4 inch display.  But, the display is 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) 16:10 Super AMOLED screen.  This is a beautiful, vibrant, color enriched display.  This display delivers more than 90% of Adobe RGB color coverage, more colors than ever before.  Plus it has a nice 100,000:1 contract ration for more realistic images – blacker blacks, and brighter whites.  The AMOLED screen doesn’t use a back light, so there is less battery consumption.

The Galaxy Tab S comes with all the usual Samsung features such as multi-tasking, multi-screens, all the phone functions.  The Quick Connect feature will share information with nearby compatible devices.

Some unique features include Multi User Mode which allows users to have individual profiles and menus; a Fingerprint scanner for extra security; and a Kids Mode with a Kids interface and apps.

Here are the specifications:

Display 10.5” 2560×1600(WQXGA) Super AMOLED
Processor Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz Quadcore
Operating System Android Kitkat (4.4)
Memory
  • 3GB (RAM)
  • + 16GB or 32GB internal memory
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 128GB
Camera / Flash
  • Back: 8MP w/ Flash LED
  • Front: 2.1MP Full HD
  • Video: H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
    Recording : FHD(1920 x 1080) @ 30fps
    Playback: WQHD (2560×1440) @ 30fps
Wireless Connectivity
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO
  • WiFi Direct
  • Bluetooth®4.0
  • IrLED
Inputs / Outputs
  • Micro-USB 2.0
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Gyro Sensor
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • RGB Sensor
  • GPS & GLONASS
Dimension, Weight 247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm , 465g
Battery 7,900mAh
Other Features & Applications
  • Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
  • Applications: Papergarden, Professional pack, Multi-user mode, Sidesync 3.0, Gear & Gear fit manager
  • Group Play, S-Note, S Translator, Samsung Link, Scrapbook, Story Album, Video Editor
  • Chrome, Gmail, Google Search, Maps, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube, Google+, Hangouts, Play books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movies & TV, Play Music, Drive, Google setting, Photos

Barnes and Noble Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

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Barnes and Noble Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Barnes and Noble Galaxy Tab 4 NookThe Barnes and Noble Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a 7 inch modified version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 7 inch Android tablet.

Barnes and Noble took the Galaxy Tab 4 and turned it into a Nook tablet.  This tablet does not have Samsung’s Touchwiz software, instead it is loaded with Barnes and Noble’s custom software that turns the Galaxy Tab 4 into a fully functioning Nook tablet with all the features of a Nook, plus much more.

This 7 inch tablet with 8 GB of storage begs for the 32 GB add-on SD card.  I’m not sure you could download very many books and other media from Barnes and Noble without immediately needing the additional storage.  In addition to the on-tablet storage, Barnes and Noble will store all of you Nook related content on their cloud for free.  So, if you have good internet contact whenever you are using the tablet, it seems like the cloud is the way to go for storing the Nook stuff.

This tablet comes with several Nook apps about food, fashion, fitness, educational stuff for kids, and games – all pre-installed.  Plus, they will let you have up to $200 worth of free stuff when you purchase the tablet.  With a Nook device, you can read thousands of books, have subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that are automatically available monthly or weekly.  They have many movies and TV shows as well.

Overall, this seems like a pretty good deal.  But, you can get much of this on any tablet just by downloading the free Android app from Barnes and Noble.

Specifications:

Display 7.0″ Diagonal 1280 x 800 Pixel Resolution; 216 ppi
Processor 1.2 GHz Tablet Processor, single core
Operating System Modified version of Android, by Barnes and Noble;
Memory 8GB Internal Storage eMMC
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 32GB
Camera / Flash
  • Front: 1.3 MP
  • Rear: 3 MP
Wireless Connectivity
  • Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Inputs / Outputs
  • Micro-USB 2.0
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • microSD slot
Sensors
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass
  • Hall Sensor
  • GPS & GLONASS
Dimension, Weight Height: 7.36″ (187 mm)
Width: 4.25″ (108 mm)
Depth: 0.35″ (8.9 mm)
Weight: 9.74 oz (276g)
Battery Up to 10 hours
Other Features & Applications Loaded with Barnes and Noble Nook softwareAudio: M4A, 3GA, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AAC
Video: MP4, 3GP, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Gallery (pictures): JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Reader/Other: PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, HWP, HWT, HML, HWPX, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, DOT, DOTX, HWDT, XLSX, XLSB, XLS, XLSM, XLTX, XLTM, XLT, CELL, HCDT, PRN, TXT, CSV, TSV, HTML, HTM, PPTX, PPT, POTX, THMX, SHOW, HSDT, HTHEME

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro Tablets

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 inchSamsung Galaxy Tab Pro Tablets

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro line of tablets are designed and equipped for the serious business user. These tablets contain extra apps to enable the business users to achieve full security, plus usable apps for word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, communication, email, etc. All the included apps work with common file types using the Hancom Office Suite. The Samsung e-Meeting allows you to share your screen with or without WiFi. Printing is easy with wireless printing included in all the apps.

Add the optional keyboard dock for increased typing productivity.

The Galaxy Tab Pro tablets include 8.4″, 10.1″, and a 12.2″ models. All the tablets in the Pro line have 2560 x 1600 resolution with the 12.2″ model having more than 4 million pixels for an ultra high dynamic display.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 inchAll the Pro tablets have long battery life with as much as 13 hours. Featuring the S-Pen for hand written notes which speed the entry of information. Using the S-Pen can be much faster than typing on the screen (unless, you are a doctor and have unreadable writing skills). The hand written scribble can be converted into digital text and saved. When using the S-Pen, you can turn on the feature which predicts what word you are writing which also speeds entry.Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 inch

Each of the tablets also include Multi-Window where you can have two apps open and viewable simultaneously. This is especially nice when you have an email open and want to reference a web page at the same time.

The Galaxy Note Pro also includes Samsung KNOX, which helps keep sensitive information secure, and the Samsung Mobile Print app to send documents to any wireless printer.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro Keyboard Dock

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a upper class tablet PC with more functions and capability than the typical tablet.  This tablet comes standard with 3Gb of RAM, and your choice of 16, 32, or 64Gb of storage.  The 2560 x 1600 resolution display is a marvel to watch HD video or games on. The additional feature of the S-Pen, with several useful apps, makes this tablet even nicer to use.  With handwriting recognition, you can quickly jot down notes, emails, phone numbers, contact information, etc. and the tablet changes the hand written scribble into digital text and saves it. The Multi-Window feature allows for multi-tasking on this tablet where you can have two apps open simultaneously in separate windows.  The main feature missing in this tablet is an included HDMI connector.  However, an adapter can be purchased separately which uses the USB port on the tablet.  The USB to HDMI MHL adapter works very well and has a port to connect a charger to keep the battery charged while using the HDMI connection. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet works very well for doing PowerPoint presentations on a large HD screen TV. Here are the specifications:

Display 10.1” 2560×1600(WQXGA) TFT
Processor 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos 5420 Quad-Core Processor
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Memory 3GB (RAM) + 16GB/32GB/64GB Storage
External Storage microSD (up to 64GB)
Camera / Flash Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED FlashSub(Front): 2 Megapixel Camera
Wireless Connectivity
  • Bluetooth technology v 4.0
  • WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Inputs / Outputs
  • micro USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • microSD card reader
  • Built-in stereo speakers, microphone
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light, Gyroscope
Dimension, Weight 243.1×171.4×7.9mm, 540g(WIFI)/ 547g(3G,LTE)
Battery Standard battery, 8,220mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Other Features & Applications Video:

  • MPEG4, H.264, MP43, VC-1, WMV 7/8, Sorenson Spark, H.263, VP8 1080p Full HD video @ 60fps

Audio:

  • MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-WB, AMR-NB, OGG, M4A, 3GA, WMA,FLAC, WAV, MIDI, SP-MIDI, i-Melody, XMF
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack
  • Dolby Virtual 5.1 surround sound

Value-added Features & Services:

  • Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
  • S Pen Experience (S Note, S Planner)
  • Samsung Apps
  • Samsung Hub – Readers Hub/ Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub
  • Samsung S Suggest (App recommendation service
  • Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
  • Samsung AllShare Play
  • Samsung Kies/ Samsung Kies air
  • GoogleTM Mobile Services – Android Market™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Maps™, Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google Search, Google +
  • Adobe Apps – Photoshop Touch, Adobe Ideas
  • Polaris document editor
  • A-GPS(3G version), S-GPS(WiFi version); Glonass
  • Android Ecosystem
  • Samsung Hub / Apps / WatchON / Link

Enterprise Solutions:

  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • On-Device Encryption
  • Cisco VPN(Virtual Private Network)
  • Juniper Junos Pulse VPN

ASUS MeMO Pad 7

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ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C)

ASUS MeMO Pad 7ASUS has a new MeMO Pad out with a 7 inch screen, and powered with Intel’s Atom processor at speeds between 1.3 GHz to 1.86 GHz, depending on the model you purchase.  The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 is shipping with Android 4.4 (KitKat) right out of the box.  With your choice of either 8GB or 16GB models, both with up to 64GB external storage on the SD card.  ASUS sweetens the deal with 5GB of free cloud storage for life, plus 11GB for the first year.

OK, so ASUS is pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to tablets, so a new ASUS MeMO Pad 7 inch, with 16GB would be about the best 7 inch tablet you can buy – at least as of today.

Check out these specifications:

Display
  • 7″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) ScreenIPS Panel
  • 10 finger multi-touch support
  • Anti-fingerprint coating
Processor Intel® Atom™ Z3745 Quad-Core, 1.86 GH
Operating System AndroidTM 4.4
Memory 8GB/16GB eMMC5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space; with an additional 11GB for the first year
External Storage microSD (up to 64GB)
Camera / Flash 2 MP Front Camera5 MP Rear Camera with Auto focus( 1080p Video Recording )
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V4.0
  • Support Miracast
Inputs / Outputs
  • 1 x Micro USB
  • 1 × 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
  • 1 × Micro SD Card Reader,up to 64GB
Sensors
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass
  • Hall Sensor
  • GPS & GLONASS
Dimension, Weight 113.7 x 189.3 x 9.6 mm (WxDxH)295g
Battery 9 hours battery life , 15Wh Li-polymer Battery
Other Features & Applications Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster technology

USB Accessories for Android Tablets

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USB Accessories for Android Tablets

USB Accessories for Android TabletsUSB accessories for Android tablets including  keyboards, mice, cameras, and memory cards.

Probably the most common use of a USB port is connecting to a PC to transfer files between the PC and tablet.  This link discusses that method in detail –> How to Connect a Tablet to a PC.

There are 3 types of USB ports available that can be used on a USB device.  The difference between USB 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 are significant:

  • USB 1.0 – 12 Mbit/s, Does not support extension cables or USB hubs due to power limitations. There are not any devices that are using this USB type any longer.
  • USB 2.0480 Mbit/s (60 MB/s) High Speed (40 times faster than 1.0), also added support for battery charging and micro ports.
  • USB 3.0 – 5 Gbit/s (625 MB/s) (10 times faster than 2.0), lower power consumption, backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.0.

Most tablet PCs being released today have USB 2.0 ports with a couple that have USB 3.0.  While there are not many USB accessories using USB 3.0 yet, this would still be the preference for any tablet.

Android tablet PCs support a variety of USB devices in two modes, Host and Accessory.  When a USB device is operating in Accessory mode, the device is acting as the Host.  Examples of USB accessory devices include medical equipment, robotics controllers; docking stations; diagnostic devices; musical equipment; kiosks; card readers; etc.

USB Accessory Mode

USB devices running in Host mode include digital cameras, keyboards, mice, Pens, Bluetooth dongles, and game controllers.  It is important to note that you must have Android 3.1 or greater in order to use a USB device in Host mode.

USB Host Mode

The degree of success you will have using a USB device will vary, meaning, some will work, some will not work.  One might work on an Acer tablet, but not work on a Samsung tablet, and vice versa.  The USB APIs are the same for all Android 3.1+ tablets, however, each manufacturer applies some customizations to the OS for their own tablets.  Samsung’s TouchWiz OS overlay is an example of this.

In theory, you should be able to connect an USB keyboard, mouse, and storage device to a tablet PC.  Which some readers have done with varying degrees of success.  Also, be aware of the size of the USB connector, most tablets use a micro USB connector, which is not a common connector size for keyboard, mice, etc.

When you connect a keyboard to the USB slot, then open an app that uses a keyboard, instead of the on-screen keyboard automatically opening, you will see an icon on the notification bar which looks like a keyboard, which is indicating that the tablet recognizes that an external keyboard is attached.  If you touch the keyboard icon, a dialog will open allowing you to select options for using the external keyboard.

Reports from various forums recommend using a USB hub with a connector that fits into your USB connector (use an adapter to make it fit).  Then plug the USB devices into the hub.  It also seems that a tablet will only read one storage device at a time.  So plugging in a USB memory card and a camera will not work, be sure to remove your SD memory card before you connect a USB memory stick.

ASUS Fonepad 7 (ME372CG)

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ASUS Fonepad 7

ASUS Fonepad 7The ASUS Fonepad 7 is a 7 inch mobile phone with full tablet functionality loaded with Android 4.2.

  • Built-in full phone and cellular 3G data function
  • High quality 7-inch HD (1280×800) IPS panel with 178 degree view angles
  • Intel Atom™ Processor for lightning-fast web and application loading
  • Enjoy an immersive entertainment experience with dual front speakers
  • 8/16/32GB of internal storage
  • High quality pictures are a snap with 1.2 MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear camera

Enjoy great sound from this 7 inch tablet featuring SonicMaster from ASUS.  The Intel 1.6GhZ Atom processor gives amazing speed in this small tablet.

Display 7″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen IPS Panel 10 finger multi-touch support
Processor Intel® Atom™ Z2560 Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz
Operating System Android 4.2
Memory 1GB (RAM) + 8GB/16GB/32GB Storage
External Storage microSD (up to 64GB)
Camera / Flash 1.2 MP Front Camera ( 720p Video Recording ) 5 MP Rear Camera with Auto focus( 1080p Video Recording )
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V3.0
  • UMTS DC-HSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:42 Mbps
  • 3G
  • WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • 2G
  • EDGE/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900,
Inputs / Outputs
  • 1 x Micro USB (USB OTG support)
  • 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
  • 1 x MicroSD, supports up to 64GB of additional storage
  • 1 x Micro SIM*4
Sensors G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity & Light sensor, Hall sensor, GPS, GLONASS & AGPS
Dimension, Weight 120 x 196.8 x 10.5 mm (WxDxH) 328g
Battery 10 hours; 15Wh Li-polymer Battery
Other Features & Applications Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster technology
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