It’s alive! The Nook brand, although badly hurt by the downfall of e-readers, lives on in the form of a Frankensteinian hybrid that combines Barnes & Noble’s Android skin with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI for the most non-Android Android experience not hailing from Amazon’s labs.
There aren’t many device manufacturers as involved and successful as Lenovo in so many different branches of the vast tech market, but as versatile and rich the company’s product portfolio currently is, there’s apparently room for more.
Summer vacation is nearly over, so you young rascals out there are probably trying to make the best of the little free time you have left. But if you can spare a moment between all the partying, the wandering around aimlessly and carefree and the not thinking about school, maybe we can smoothen your return to the classroom.
Seeing Sony tease its next month’s IFA presence with no hint whatsoever regarding a tablet announcement sure caught us by surprise, but we figured the Z3/Z3 Compact smartphone pair simply required too much work to leave room for a Z3 Tablet.
After tweaking its larger 10-inch ThinkPad tablet to accommodate higher-end specifications back in April, Lenovo seems to have just done the same for the ThinkPad 8. With little to no fanfare, that is, as the new, upgraded 8-inch Windows slate showed up unannounced on Lenovo’s German online store, going for €460 and up.
Completely absent from the tablet game not long ago, LG made a critically acclaimed and mainstream-appealing comeback with the G Pad 8.3, but that was just the beginning. Next up, the Koreans brought to light a trio of lower-end G Pads to battle Samsung’s countless Galaxy Tabs.
Say what you will about Asus, but the Taiwan-based PC, tablet and smartphone producer has never been a big fan of prudence. Its entire device roster, from PadFones to Fonepads to Transformer Pads and Zenfones, has risks written all over it, and even in terms of release timelines, Asus has rarely applied caution.
While waiting for the no doubt groundbreaking, Quad HD display-toting, potentially metal-made Galaxy Note 4, hardcore fans of Samsung’s S Pen-supporting gadget line may be tempted by the family’s largest member yet.
Acer may have concentrated most of its recent Android tablet efforts on the low-cost, low-end 7 to 8-inch compact niche, but by the looks of it, at least one larger model is due for an announcement at next month’s IFA expo in Berlin.
Apple’s iPad Air is likely a mere month or so away from getting a sequel, and although odds are the sixth-gen 9.7 incher won’t revolutionize anything, it’s probably smart to hold off until the follow-up is official if you’re considering the purchase of a large iPad.
Have you ever wondered why Asus smartphones and tablets don’t sell like hotcakes in spite of their really unique identities and productivity edge over, say, Samsung, Sony or LG-made rivals? Of course, the Nexus 7 line is the exception, with its popularity mostly owed to Google’s co-branding stamp.
If the recent exposé of the high-end Pro Slate 8 wasn’t enough to prove HP is gradually becoming serious about its Android prospects, newly harvested information on a Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus and Pro Slate 12 should once and for all clarify the PC maker’s growing mobile ambitions.