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.

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.

Fuhu Introduces Affordable Tablet for Tweens: Cartman Does Not Approve!

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:49 -- Marshall Walker

I thought all kids wanted an iPad for Christmas, but Fuhu begs to differ, rolling out an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet geared towards "tweens". The nabi XD tablet is an "ultraportable" notebook / tablet PC with a 10.1-inch, 1,366 x 768 IPS display and NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad- core processor. It features front and rear facing cameras, NFC technology and up to 10 hours of battery life. Not bad for only $249 for the 16GB model and $349 for the 32GB model. However, this keeps reminding me of the South Park episode where Cartman's mom can't afford an iPad.

Fuhu Tablet for Tweens

The 10.1-inch nabi XD will be available late December in limited release and mid- January nationwide. Read on for the full press release.

Archos Announces 80 Cobalt Tablet

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 15:22 -- Marshall Walker

Archos quietly announced the 80 Cobalt tablet on Facebook. The WiFi-only slate is powered by a 1.6 GHz dual core processor, and Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. It features an 8-inch capacitive screen with 1024 x 768 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal flash memory, a microSD slot for up to 64GB of expandable storage, and 2-megapixel and 0.3-megapixel cameras. The tablet is only 2 mm (0.48’’) thick and weighs only 470 g (16.5 oz). There's no word on pricing or availability.

Android Tablets

Hurricane Sandy Can't Stop Google Nexus 10 Announcement

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 17:26 -- Alex Gardner

Google may have canceled a planned New York City event due to Hurricane Sandy, but that didn't stop the search engine giant from announcing a new unlocked 32GB Nexus 7 with HSPA+ mobile data and the Nexus 10. The device features a 2,560 x 1,600 display with 300 ppi, and a powerful 9,000mAh lithium polymer battery that is capable of nine hours of continuous video playback. There is a 16GB model for $399 and 32GB model for $499. Both versions are powered by a dual-core, Cortex A15-based 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 CPU, and sport a Mali T604 GPU, stereo speakers, 2GB of RAM, NFC, 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO + HT40) WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, with front-and rear NFC (aka Android Beam) radios.

Google Tablets

The Nexus 10 is equipped with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9-megapixel forward-facing camera, and multi-user support for saving individual game scores and other important personal data. The Google Nexus 10 will be available November 13th on Google Play in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. Check out the full press release and commercial after the jump.

Pre-Order the Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 11:08 -- Marshall Walker

Amazon announced the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets along with the Kindle Paperwhite eReader on Thursday. Pre-orders are currently being accepted for all three devices. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire measures 8.8mm thick and weighs in at 20 ounces. It is available in a 16GB Wi-Fi version for $299 or 4G LTE (32GB) version for $499. The 7-inch tablet is $199 for 16GB.

Aamzon Tablets

The 8.9 tablet sports a 1920 x 1200 HD display with 254 ppi, and the 7-inch features a 1280 x 800 display. Both tablets feature Dolby audio, a powerful OMAP4 4470 processor, dual antenna for faster Wi-Fi connections, 11 hours of battery life, and a front-facing HD camera with custom Skype application for video calling from anywhere in the world.

Pre-Order the Sony Xperia 9.4-Inch Tablet

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 13:16 -- Marshall Walker

B&H is currently accepting pre-orders for the newly announced Sony Xperia 9.4-inch tablet. As rumored the new slate features a Tegra 3 chip and up to 64GB of built-in storage. It's equipped with a high-definition 9.4-inch TFT color LCD display that supports a cinematic 1280 x 800 native resolution, 1GB of RAM, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 1MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, up to 32GB of expandable storage and Sony's IR Remote Control feature.

Sony Tablets

The tablet comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, and ships with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, but Sony promises a Jelly Bean upgrade is right around the corner. It also ships with several specialized apps such as Watch Now, Guest Mode and a Google Play redemption code for three free movies.

Is Amazon Still Working on a 10-Inch Kindel Fire?

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 16:11 -- Marshall Walker

It has long been rumored that Amazon had only planned to test the tablet waters with its original 7-inch Kindle Fire. Amazon's purported plan was to release a larger version of its "iPad Killer" if the original smaller version sold well. Even though the Kindle Fire didn't live up to its iPad killing nickname, it does look like Amazon is still moving ahead with a larger version of the tablet.


A recent FCC filing spotted by the The Digital Reader revealed that Amazon may be trying to hide the tablet by using a front company.

Nate Hoffelder explains:

"Every time Amazon has sent a device through the FCC they used a new front company and then hid the paperwork. This is what Amazon has done for every ereader and tablet since the second Kindle. (The first leaked accidentally.) In fact, when the K4, Kindle Touch, and Kindle Fire went through the FCC, Amazon used 3 front companies.

Samsung Galaxy Note Lands at T-Mobile

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 16:29 -- Alex Gardner

T-Mobile subscribers can now buy the Samsung Galaxy Note for $250. The "phablet" is now available at T-Mobile stores or online at The Android smartphone/tablet hybrid was originally introduced in 2011 through AT&T.


The Note features an extra-large 5.3-inch display, stylus and handwriting recognition, and exclusive note taking apps. The 4G LTE device is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. It ships with an 8MP camera, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in memory plus a MicroSD card for up to 48GB of expandable memory.

Google Announces $200 Nexus 7 Tablet

Wed, 06/27/2012 - 15:14 -- Marshall Walker

Google has officially announced its Nexus 7 tablet. The 7-inch slate is built by ASUS and is currently the only tablet shipping with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It's powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and features a 1.2-megapixel front camera, NFC and 1280 x 800 resolution. There is also a micro USB slot, but no SD card slot. The Nexus 7 is available in two models: an 8GB version for $199 and a 16GB version for $249.

Google Tablet

Android 4.1 features Google's answer to Siri called Google Now. The voice-recognizing digital assistant uses search results, daily routine and other data that it learns over time to answer questions. Other improvements include Project Butter, for smoother page transition, an updated keyboard and offline voice dictation.


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