Since HP is in a pretty serious slump as far as traditional PC sales are concerned, the company’s newfound focus on portable alternatives (read tablets) didn’t really surprise anyone. But the once mighty computer maker’s slate strategy is all over the place, with its Android portfolio in particular making no lick of sense.
When it comes to using mobile devices hands-free, you’ll have an easier time and improve your comfort with a stand. When it comes to choice of stands, there are so many out there that range from ok, good, and great. After having used quite a few, I’ve decided to never settle for less than the best. The top two criteria are portability and adjustable angles.
Nvidia entered the Android device manufacturing scene quite abruptly last year, taking us all by surprise with a pioneering Shield handheld game console design and pretty bold Tegra Note tablet.
It’s been a bumpy, rocky, painful road for Sony in its effort to bring at least one of the two smoking hot Xperia Z2 devices on a US carrier, but all’s well when ends well, and starting today, the Z2 Tablet can be had via Verizon. The Z2 phone? It’s still up in the air, although Big Red is tipped to (ultimately) pick that up too.
Anyone in the market for a compact little Android tablet with 4G LTE connectivity, but unwilling to pay the premiums charged by Samsung for the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 or Tab Pro 8.4? Then I’m pretty sure the upcoming AT&T-bound LG G Pad 7.0 will be of interest.
Unlike in Samsung, Sony, HTC and even Lenovo’s camps, things have been awfully quiet on the KitKat updating front for Asus thus far. But the Taiwanese are looking to mend a few fences with their novelty-savvy clients, first rolling out Android 4.4 for the PadFone 2 a couple of weeks back, and now giving the same royal treatment to the Transformer Pad TF701T.
Samsung has an array of punchier, larger, cooler slates than the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 (the Tab S, Tab Pros) in its lineup nowadays, yet since most prospective buyers want affordability ahead of anything else, the mid-range 8 incher is getting the biggest distribution push stateside.
Inexpensive Chrome OS-running notebooks, aka Chromebooks, are definitely moving up the PC market ranks, against all odds and in spite of a painfully sluggish start back in 2011.
Most of Asus’ highly versatile Transformer Book and Pad hybrids have detachable keyboards going for them and thus a portability edge over devices like Lenovo’s Yogas. But if for some reason you want an Asus-made Yoga clone, here it is, up for grabs via Microsoft’s online store.
Despite how powerful and convenient smartphones and tablets are, they can’t always compare to that desktop experience. Many tasks are easier on a large screen, and Window’s menu system is pretty handy and familiar. Some smartphones can wirelessly connect to and mirror images on specific television sets, but in limited ways. Additionally one could purchase an HDMI adapter to connect a smartphone to a TV, but then there’s that awkward issue of cabling.
While Apple and its retail partners have been unusually generous with prospective buyers of the iPhone 5c, 5s and both iPad mini generations lately, iPad Air promotions have always been hard to come by and mostly crappy.
The Google Nexus 8 tablet is said to be in the pipeline, with the task reportedly given to HTC. We’ve seen reports hinting that HTC is manufacturing the upcoming Nexus tablet, with a codename HTC Volantis. Not too long ago, the well-connected @evleaks dropped some information about the specifications of the alleged tablet.