Tablets, Ultra Portables


Yesterday Dave Rees and I were chatting on Google Hangouts while we were watching Microsoft's new hardware event. Microsoft announced three new Lumia Windows phones, a preview of HoloLens virtual gaming gear and a new fitness tracking band that all looked somewhat interesting to us. But, what Dave and I were most interested in was [...]

Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Let's get this out of the way, this tablet has mediocre and outdated specifications. It runs Android 4.1, has a 1.5Ghz dual processor, and only 8 GB of built-in storage. This is not a top of the line tablet, but it should be fine for basic internet browsing, reading, and music streaming. So why the [...]

Posted in: Android, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

LG is "rolling" out an awesome looking portable keyboard. The Rolly Keyboard is a full sized keyboard that connects to a Bluetooth tablet as a stand, and then folds up into a an easy-to-carry stick that fits into any bag or pocket.  It supports tablets with displays up to 10 inches in diameter. It runs off of [...]

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Aside from my smartphone, my tablet is the device I use most. I use it to watch movies, read books, listen to music, make purchases, etc.; hardly a day goes by when I don't use my tablet. I often run into two problems when using my tablet. One, the volume isn't always sufficient for me [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Holding a tablet for an extended period of time can fatigue your hands and negatively affect your posture. The EzilStein (pronounced “easel + stein”) is a uniquely designed minimalist universal tablet stand that you wear for hands-free tablet viewing. The stand is made in the USA of lightweight anodized aluminum and wood that easily folds [...]

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Over the past few years, NKMOS Design Technology has created several versions of their premium smart-device car mounts: the Ultima and Ultima S, both of which began as crowdfunded Kickstarter efforts. Late last year (2014) they began a new Kickstarter project attempting to raise funding for a high end universal tablet stand. The AirStand is [...]

Posted in: iOS, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Imagine turning your 60-inch flat screen TV into a full-fledged Windows 10 computer that you can use to surf, watch movies, play games and more. Sure you can connect your laptop or desktop to your large screen TV, but that's not a very elegant solution. The ARCHOS PC Stick is a computer not much bigger [...]

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

You can forget about giving up your leg room to the tray table in your already cramped airplane seat when you use the Airhook drink and mobile device holder.  Hook the Airhook over the top of the tray and then lock the tray back into its upright position.  Your drink and your tablet or mobile [...]

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables, Travel Gear

This post brought to you by 3M Company. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gadgeteer. How many times have you sat next to a stranger on a bus, train, plane, or at a cafe, with your laptop or tablet's screen visible? Most of you will say, that it happens to you [...]

Posted in: iOS, Laptops and Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

I love the Samsung Galaxy S Tab 10.5 tablet that I bought earlier this year. I even took it with me on our last vacation to use instead of my Macbook Air. It worked pretty well except when I needed to type in a lot of text. For those times, I prefer an actual keyboard. [...]

Posted in: Android, Bluetooth Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

I work from home, so I don't use a laptop bag or large gear bag every day.  However, I do like to take my iPad with me when I go to an appointment, and sometimes I may even want to take my 11" MacBook Air.  I don't want to have to change bags every time [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Using a stylus with your Android, iPad and Microsoft Surface Pro tablets is perfect for note taking and drawing. But the one feature lacking in 99% of tablets is that there's no place to store the stylus when you're not using it. So it ends up at the bottom of your bag or is easily lost. [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, News, Styluses, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Typing on a touchscreen is more difficult that typing on normal keyboards because the smooth, flat screen offers you no physical clues to let you know if you've even touched a key as you type.  The Phorm case changes that by overlaying physical clues on the touchscreen when you need it.  Slide a switch on the [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Developed closely with Microsoft Corp. and Intel, the Nextbook Windows 10.1" 2-in-1 tablet from E Fun is the first Windows 8.1 device that can be used as both a laptop or a tablet that also has an MSRP below $200 ($179 at Walmart). It features a detachable POGO keyboard, a free one year subscription for Office 365 Personal [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

The photo of the cased iPhone 6 in space isn't an artist's rendering; it was taken by the camera sent up on the weather balloon with this phone.  Urban Armor Gear tested their iPhone 6 case by sending it up to the stratosphere and dropping it from 101,000+ feet.  During the trip up and down, [...]

Posted in: Android, Cases and Covers, iOS, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

The Earhart Tablet Carrycase from Materials + Process is a pouch to carry a tablet and a couple other things - perhaps a small notepad and a writing implement, as seen here.  The Earhart is made by a design firm in San Fransisco that was started by Christine Marcelino.  The company's  "mission is to design and craft [...]

Posted in: Bags, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

My love for styluses goes way back to the good old days of the Palm Pilot PDA. If you know what that is, you'll also remember the plastic "toothpick" stylus that started it all. When the iPhone and iPad came on the scene the stylus disappeared for awhile because touch screens changed from resistive to capacitive [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Flote Orbit tablet stand review


As long has there have been tablets, gadgeteers everywhere have been trying to find ways to hold them hands-free.  Today we look at the Flote Orbit, which on Flote's website is described as "Elegant. Ergonomic. Erresistible". (Click on images for full size) The Flote Orbit comes partially assembled in three parts:  The weighed base, arm, and [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Here's a holiday gift idea for all of the iPad and other  tablet fans on your shopping list. They are universal tablet stands from the French company Ninki-UP. They offer six styles of stands that are compatible with tablets ranging in size from 7-11 inches. These acrylic stands feature flexible arms that can be adjusted to provide [...]

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

How would you like to own a 100+ year old piece of railroad steel from the Louisville and Nashville Railroad? Nashville based Rail Yard Studios takes chunks of reclaimed forged rail steel and turn them into unique hand-made tablet stands that can be used to display your iPad, Android and other tablets. Each stand is [...]

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables