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iPad mini Getting Pricier, 7-Inch Android Tablets Getting Cheaper

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:15 -- Alex Gardner

Apple is purportedly working on the second-generation iPad mini with Retina display... And if the rumors are correct, the new tablet will not only see a bump in resolution, but in price as well. The iPad mini is already one of the priciest 7-inch tablets on the market at $329, and the newly announced HP Slate7 will be one of the most affordable tablets in the near future.

Affordable Android Tablet

HP unveiled the Android Jelly Bean Slate7 on Sunday. Weighing just 13 ounces, and starting at just $169, the Slate7 sounds like a great tablet to take on the road. The 7-inch tablet is powered by an ARM Dual Core Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor, and features a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a front-facing VGA camera for video chatting.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a Tablet, eReader and Phone

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 11:52 -- Marshall Walker

We already knew an 8-inch Note was coming since January, but Samsung made it official at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona over the weekend. Unfortunately Samsung didn't announce the only thing we didn't know, pricing and availability.

Samsung MWC 2013

Samsung is touting the new mid-size Note as an all-in-one home companion. Not only does it replace the need for traditional pen and paper thanks to the S Pen, the Note is also an ereader, phone and TV remote! The Reading Mode is not only compatible with other third party ereader apps, but it controls the LCD display to make reading on the tablet easier on the eyes. The Note also offers a Smart Remote function for controlling other devices such as your TV or Blu-ray player.

Mobile World Congress 2013 Teasers

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 09:38 -- Marshall Walker

The Mobile World Congress is ready to kick off on February 25th in Barcelona, Spain, and ASUS' "Ultimate Craftsmanship" teaser already has everyone talking. You can check out the 30-second video and a few other early press releases and leaks below.

LG Optimus F7 and Optimus F5: Specs are unknown at this time, but here is a purported early look at LG's Optimus F7 and Optimus F5 via @evleaks. LG also released a teaser image and video over the weekend.

HTC Officially Announces HTC One Flagship Smartphone

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:59 -- Alex Gardner

HTC officially announced its new flagship HTC One smartphone at two simultaneous events in London and New York on Tuesday, February 19th. The HTC One is one of the first smartphones to utilize Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor. It sports a Gorilla Glass 2 protected 4.7-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display and a machined aluminum shell. It weighs 143 grams and measures at 5.4 (137.4mm) x 2.7 (68.2mm) x 0.37 (9.3mm) inches.

HTC Flagship 2013

There are dual stereo speakers with a dedicated proprietary amp designed for reducing distortion, and two capacitive buttons (back and home) positioned on the front of the device. There is also a 2.1 MP front-facing camera with 88-degree wide-angle lens capable of capturing 1080p video. On the back of the handset you'll find what HTC is calling the "UltraPixel camera" and a single LED flash.

Black HTC One Leaked Before Big Announcement

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 14:31 -- Marshall Walker

HTC is expected to announce the HTC One (M7) smartphone along with the newest version of Sense on Tuesday February 19th. Below you can see an image of the black version which was leaked on Monday. An image of a silver/white model was also "leaked" earlier this month.

HTC One 2013

The black model's display shows the date February 19th and the location "New York". The white model shows the same date but displays "London" as its location instead. This is because HTC is holding two separate events in both cities on the 19th.

Nexus 4 Wireless Charger Now in Stock

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 22:12 -- Sammy Snyder

After waiting months for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 4 Bumper case to come back in stock, Android fans were a little nervous they would have to wait even longer for the Wireless Charger to arrive. Luckily, the Nexus 4 orb showed up pretty much on schedule, first at Puremobile, and now through Google Play. The Qi inductive charger allows Nexus 4 owners to charge their device without the need for clunky accessories or annoying wires. Nexus 4 Accessories

The bad news is the official Bumper case has sold out again. If you waited around and missed it, you might want to check out these third party cases. The official Bumper case retails for $20.

Google Nexus 4 Only $50 for a Limited Time

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:58 -- Marshall Walker

If you do not feel like spending $300 to $350 on a Nexus 4, T-Mobile is offering the Google handset for $49.99 with a two year contract. The deal is for new online customers only, and includes a $50 mail-in rebate. If being locked into one carrier is not your thing, the Nexus 4 is still available unlocked from Google Play. Shipping times are listed at 2 to 3 weeks for both the 8GB and 16GB model. The 8GB model is $300, and the 16GB model will cost you $350.

Google Nexus 4

Google has not released any official numbers on the Nexus 4, but a group of XDA forum members have estimated at least one million units have shipped, based on some interesting IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) math.

Save $50 on Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE [Deals]

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:54 -- Alex Gardner

Amazon in knocking $50 off the already affordable 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE model, and $30 off the Kindle Fire HD Wi-Fi only model. The offer is good until February 8th, 2013, or while supplies last. The discount applies to the 16GB (Wi-Fi only), 32GB and 64GB (4G model only) versions of both models.

Kindle Fire HD

To save $30, go to the Kindle Fire HD Wi-Fi only model page, select either the 16GB or 32GB version, and enter the promotional code FIRELOVE before you finalize your order. To save $50, go to the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE page, select either the 32GB or 64GB model, and also enter the promotional code FIRELOVE. The discount will be added on the confirm your order page before you finalize your purchase.

Protect Your Google Nexus 7 and 10 with These Recommended Cases

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:47 -- Marshall Walker

We've looked at the available cases for the Kindle Fire HD, and we've covered the limited choices for the Nexus 4. Now it is time to see what case manufacturers have to offer Google Nexus 7 and 10 owners.

The Nexus 10 has been going in and out of stock through Google Play, but the 32GB model is available at other retailers like Walmart. The hard to find 16GB version is $399, and the 32GB model is $499. The Nexus 7 is available everywhere, and retails for $250 for the Wi-Fi only model and $300 for the HSPA+ version.

rooCASE Dual Station Folio Case for Google Nexus 10:


Nexus 10 Accessories

The rooCASE Dual Station Folio case for the Nexus 10 allows you to view and use your tablet in various landscape angles. It also features a built-in magnetic strip for waking your device, and a place to store your pen or stylus. The case is made of synthetic leather, weighs just 0.50 lbs. and has open access to all the necessary ports. The rooCase is $32.

Angry Birds Teases Escape from Hoth Star Wars Update

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 17:27 -- Alex Gardner

Angry Birds developer Rovio tweeted an image of the Millenium Falcon hiding in an asteroid on Tuesday. The caption read: "Squawk! What will the birds find at the end of this tunnel?" Followed by the tags: #ComingSoon #EscapeFromHoth #AngryBirdsStarWars. The image suggests "Escape from Hoth" will be the followup to the popular Angry Birds / Star War crossover released on November 18, 2012.

Angry Birds

Rovio also released a line of Angry Birds Star Wars toys and costumes along with the original game. It's unclear if Escape from Hoth tie-in products will also follow the release of the sequel.

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