Tablet PC Devices

Tablet PC Review

Reviews of new Tablet PC devices that have been officially announced:

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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.
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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 … (read more…)

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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 … (read more…)

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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.

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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 … (read more…)

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ASUS Transformer TF701This model of the ASUS Transformer Pad 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 this tablet and you’ll be drooling, to be sure.

Display 10.1″ LED Backlight WQXGA … (read more…)
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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.

Multi-tasking is a new feature also with 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. … (read more…)

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ASUS FonepadASUS has announced that they will be releasing a 7 inch tablet that will function as both a full featured tablet, and phone.

Wasn’t it a couple of years ago that Blackberry released a 5 inch phone / tablet?  And it failed because it was too big to be used as a phone?  People complained that the size was impracticable, too big, some said they could not hold it in their hand.

Then Samsung released a version of their 7 inch Galaxy Tab II that has phone support, then Samsung released the 5 inch Galaxy Note, then a 7 inch Galaxy Note, both of which supported phone features.  AND buyers were gobbling these up by the millions.

Now, ASUS has announced a 7 inch variety that will do the same thing.  Blackberry was, indeed, ahead of its time.

I doubt that anyon … (read more…)

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Intel Z2420Previously, Android was limited to running on devices 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.

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…..

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 ope … (read more…)

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HP Slate 7

HP is getting back into the Android arena with their announcement of the HP Slate 7.  AND they are slapping the competition with a price tag of only $169.

The tablet will have limited hardware features, but will be running the full version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The 7-inch screen will have a resolution of 1,024 x 600, and will have 8 GB of storage.  The microSD memory card slot allows for expanded storage space.  The 1.6 GHz dual-core processor will give it the power required to excel in the small tablet market.

Sony Tablet Z

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