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ASUS Transformer Pad TF103CX


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
  • 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
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass sensor
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

ASUS VivoTab Windows Tablet


ASUS VivoTab Windows Tablet

ASUS VivoTab Windows TabletASUS VivoTab Windows tablet is a top quality, fully featured tablet PC.  This 11.6 inch IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 resolution and 178 degrees viewing angle, is a lovely tablet to look at and use.

Featuring Intel’s 1.8 GHz Atom Z2760 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 64GB of storage, this tablet is a serious machine. The optional Docking station (sold separately) with Full QWERTY keyboard adds additional 9 hours of battery life, to instantly turn the VivoTab into PC mode with up to 19 hours of battery life.

Fully loaded with Windows 8 and with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 bundled together, this tablet is ready for work right out of the box.

Check out the specifications:

Display 11.6″ HD WXGA Super IPS+ panel with 1366 x 768 resolution and 178 degrees viewing angle, multi-touch display
Processor Intel 1.8 GHz Atom Z2760
Operating System Windows 8
  • 2GB (RAM) DDR3
  • 64GB eMMC
  • 32GB 36 Months ASUS Webstorage Space
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 128GB
Camera / Flash
  • 2MP front camera
  • 8MP auto-focus rear camera with flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth V4.0
Inputs / Outputs Tab:
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader(SDXC)Mobile Dock:
2 x USB 2.0 port
Sensors G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, Hall sensor, NFC
Dimension, Weight 294.2 x 188.8 x 8.7 mm (WxDxH) , 675g
Battery Tab only:
10.5 hours; 30Wh Li-polymer Battery *2Tab with Dock:
19 hours ; 30Wh(Tab) + 25Wh(Dock) Li-polymer Battery*2
Other Features & Applications Applications:

  • SuperNote
  • Guide
  • Vibe Lite
  • ASUS Camera
  • MyLibrary
  • MyDictionary
  • Asus WebStorage
  • Amazon Kindle

Samsung Galaxy Tab S


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)
  • 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
  • Accelerometer
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Gyro Sensor
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • RGB Sensor
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

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro Tablets


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


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


  • 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

Toshiba Encore 2 Windows Tablet


Toshiba Encore 2 (WT8-B32CN)

Toshiba Encore 2 Windows TabletThe Toshiba Encore 2 8 inch Windows tablet is one of the new tablets on the market.  With Windows 8.1, Office 365, 32GB storage, and Intel’s Atom processor, this is a nice tablet for the price.

The Toshiba Encore 2 tablet includes a free 1 year subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 application suite.  Featuring full-versions of the latest Office applications, including Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, OneNote® and Outlook®.  These applications work on or off line, and will automatically sync to the cloud to keep all your files on all your devices in sync.

Encore™ 2 is preloaded with all the apps you want—like Xbox® Music & Video, Kindle® Reader and Skype™. Expand your collection by tapping into the Windows Store where you can grab more of your favorites, discover new apps, get personalized recommendations and more.

The 802.11n WiFi connection and the Bluetooth® 4.0 port allow for fast connections for downloads, streaming music and video, and enhanced connection to external speakers for great audio.

This small tablet comes with 32GB of internal storage plus the SDXC memory card slot will support cards up to 128GB.

This same tablet also comes in a 10 inch model with all the same specifications, plus the 10 inch model includes a HDMI port, which the 8 inch does not have.

Display 8.0″ Diagonal Widescreen IPS WXGA Display at 1280 x 800 Native Resolution
Processor Intel® Atom® Processor Z3735F (2MB Cache, Up to 1.83GHz) Quad Core
Operating System Windows 8.1 with Bing®
Memory 1GB Memory + 32GB Internal Storage eMMC
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 128GB
Camera / Flash
  • Front 1.2MP Fixed Focus HD Camera
  • Rear 5.0MP Auto Focus HD Camera
Wireless Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth® v 4.0
Inputs / Outputs
  • Micro-USB 2.0
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass
  • Hall Sensor
Dimension, Weight 5.2″ x 8.3″ x 0.37″ 13.4 oz
Battery Up to 11.1 hours
Other Features & Applications
  • Office 365™ Personal 1-year
  • Stereo Speakers, Internal Microphone, Dolby® Digital Plus



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:

  • 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
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass
  • Hall Sensor
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

Android vs iPad


Android vs iPad

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700 Is the Better Choice

Best Android tablet vs. iPadCompare the specifications of the best Android tablet vs. iPad and you’ll see that the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700 is the better option for a tablet PC.  The Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 Quad-core processor screams efficiency and power, plus the storage options with the SD card and the ASUS Web Storage out shines the iPad alone.

Add in the advantages of the stereo speakers and 8MP rear camera with flash, and a low light F/2.2 aperture seals the deal for me.

The additional flexibility that an Android tablet offers with multiple sources for apps, music, and movies leaves the iPad in the dust.  Who wants to live on Apple island and only buy apple when you have the Android option?

When you’re surfing the web in an iPad, you don’t see any Flash content.  Where there is Flash content, you just see a blank space.  Android tablets have full Flash compatibility.

Add in the optional Keyboard dock to the Infinity, and you get an additional USB connection for even more options.  Plus a fully integrated keyboard and touch pad, which also includes an additional 6 hours of battery life.

The iPad looks like it predecessors, if you set on next to an iPad 2, you might not be able to tell them apart.  The ASUS Infinity has much more style, and is lighter in weight and thinner than the newest iPad.

 Apple iPad 3  Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700
Operating System
iOS 5.1
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Display 9.7 inch Retina; 2048×1536 264ppi
  • 10.1″ 1920 × 1200 FHD
  • Super IPS+ screen with 178° wide viewing angle and600 nits out door readable mod,
  • Scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
  • 224ppi
Processor Apple A5X dual-core CPU, quad-core GPU
  • Qualcomm® MSM 8260A/8960 Snapdragon™ S4 Krait Dual-core 1.5Ghz CPU(3G/LTE) or
  • NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 T33 Quad-core 1.6GHz (WiFi) CPU (No 3G/LTE)
Memory 16, 32, or 64GB; No SD Slot (non-expandable)
  • Wi-Fi Model: 1GB (RAM) + 32GB/64GB Internal Storage
  • 3G/LTE Model: 1GB (RAM) + 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable up to 32GB with SD Card
  • Plus 8GB ASUS Web Storage
Camera(s) Rear: 5MP 1080p video; Front: 0.3MP
  • 2MP (front)
  • 8MP Auto focus (rear) with flash, F2.2 large aperture, backlit CMOS
Connectivity Wi-Fi HSPA+ 4G LTE; Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi HSPA+ 4G LTE; Bluetooth 4.0
Ports 35-pin dock, 3.5mm audio
  • 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
  • micro HDMI port
  • Micro SD Card Reader
  • Internal Microphone & Stereo Speaker
Demension / Weight 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.37 inches; 1.44 lbs 10.35 x 7.12 x .33 inches; 1.29 lbs
Adobe Flash Support
Battery 42.5 watt-hour, 9 hours over 4G LTE, 10 hours web surfing 25 watt-hour, 12 hours; 18 hours with Keyboard Dock

Dual-Core vs Quad-Core Processors


Dual-Core vs Quad-Core Processors

Does an Android Tablet need a Quad-Core Processor?

Historically, with desktop and laptop PCs, hardware manufacturers have included a built-in obsolescence plan to encourage (or force) owners to upgrade to the newer and faster machine.  And as the hardware became faster and contained more capacity, the operating system and applications grew to fully use the newer technology.  Which meant that if you wanted to use that new version of Windows, and/or Photoshop, Quicken, etc. you had to upgrade.

The desktop PC’s hardware was struggling to keep up with the software development.  Then, it all changed.   Lately, there has not been any Dual-Core vs. Quad-Core Processorssignificant hardware improvements as far as speed and capacity goes since the hardware capacity has finally exceeded the software demand.   Since then, the hardware manufacturers have concentrated their efforts on reducing size, power consumption, and increasing portability.  Now we have Solid State Drives (SSD) instead of HDD mechanical hard drives, and we have small tablets that have more power than some of the old main frame computers.  Although the SSD drives have a long ways to come before they match the capacity of the current HDD drives, I’m sure that day will come soon. Instead of laptops and notebook PCs, they are now pushing the super thin, light weight, ultra book PCs.

Even the new Windows 8 operating systems is not requiring new hardware to support it.  Microsoft is saying that if your computer is running Windows 7, it will also run Windows 8.  I suspect that some upgrade will be required to support the new features of Windows 8 such as the touch screen features.  But, it is a pretty big milestone in the hardware arena to have a major new OS release that does not require you to buy a whole new computer.

Enter into the picture tablet PCs.  These devices went from the embryonic stage to full maturity in a couple of years, and the operating systems grew-up as fast.  I agree that the first models were inadequate with the immature Android 1.5 and 2.0 operating systems and with just the single processors, along with apps that were barely there.  But, within a short time, we had dual-core processors, 1GB RAM, and 32GB storage, plus Android 3.0.  With tablets, we are experiencing the opposite effect with the software struggling to keep up with the hardware development.  So far, the hardware far exceeds the software and operating system requirements.

Dual-Core vs. Quad-Core ProcessorsThe hardware manufacturers are still doing development and pushing the envelop to make you believe that your dual-core tablet PC is inadequate.  However, even Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich runs well on a dual-core processor tablet PC. I’m pressed to find any app that needs something faster than a dual-core to do the job.  Adobe has announced some upcoming apps that may require something faster, but, so far, there are no indications that will be true.

Although, with my continuing attitude of always needing the best and fastest technology solution, maybe this writing is mostly to convince myself that my Xoom is more than adequate (which I’m very happy with) and that I don’t need to go buy a new quad-core tablet.

If you’re buying your first tablet, then heck, get a quad-core, especially if the price is not too different from a dual core.  But if you can save some significant bucks, I’m sure you’ll enjoy that dual-core just as much, and use the savings to buy that $5 game to play on it.

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T


ASUS Transformer Pad TF701TASUS Transformer Pad TF701T

This model of the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T is a fully featured high end tablet equipped with 2Gb of RAM and either 32 or 64Gb of storage.  The 2560 x 1600 300 ppi ultra high resolution display provides a brilliant show of media.  The super fast 1.9 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor will make your games and video perform better than any other tablet.  The combination of fast processor and ultra high resolution display makes this tablet the best option for gaming and media performance.

The best entertainment solution provides for 4k video via HDMI, or use a wireless connection to your HD TV with Miracast.  Check out the specifications for the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T tablet and you’ll be drooling, to be sure.

Display 10.1″ LED Backlight WQXGA (2560 x 1600) Screen
IPS Panel
10 finger multi-touch support
Processor NVIDIA® Tegra4™ Quad-Core, 1.9 GHz
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Memory 2GB (RAM) + 32GB/64GB Storage + 5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space
External Storage microSD (up to 128GB)
Camera / Flash Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Auto Focus 1080p recording
Sub(Front): 1.2 Megapixel 720p recording
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V3.0+EDR
  • Support Miracast
Inputs / Outputs
  • 1 x Micro HDMI
  • 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
  • 1 x MicroSD (SDHC/SDXC), supports up to 128GB of additional storage
  • 1 x 3.5mm headphone socket
  • Built-in stereo speakers, microphone
Sensors G-Sensor for LCD auto-orientation; Ambient Light Sensor, E-compass sensor, Gyroscope
Dimension, Weight 263 x 180.8 x 8.9 mm (WxDxH) 585g
Battery 13 hours; 31Wh Li-polymer Battery
ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T Other Features & Applications Premium Speaker with SonicMaster technologyNavigation: GPS & GLONASSMobile Dock:

  • 1 x USB 3.0 port
  • 1 x SD Card Reader
  • 16Wh Li-polymer Battery adds 4 additional hours
  • Dimensions: 263 x 180.8 x 7mm
  • Weight: 570g