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Sumvision Cyclone Voyager 2 Android tablet review

on Monday, December 9th, 2013

I’m a recent “convert” from iOS to Android.  After owning first-and second-generation iPads, along with the iPhone 3GS and 4S, I decided to move over to Android, since those devices had more interesting features and naturally integrated with all the Google apps that I used.  With more features coming out in Android OS updates, I’ve Read More…

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Ematic launches the EGP008 Android tablet for $130

on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Ematic is a leader in “value tablets”, and they have just released the EGP008, an HD Pro Series 8” tablet with Android 4.1 (“Jelly Bean”) and Google Play.  The tablet has a 1.6GHz dual core processor and dedicated quad core GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of memory (expandable with up to 32GB more with the microSD slot, Read More…

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Android App Spotlight: CyanDelta Updater – Incremental Cyanogen 10.1 nightlies

on Monday, May 27th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

If like me your Android devices are rooted and running alternate ROMs  then you’ll be sick of downloading 200+MB files everytime an update comes out. If you’re running Cyanogen 10.1 nightlies then you’ll be downloaded these files, well, every night.  CyanDelta Updater is an app that does incremental downloads of your CM 10.1 nightly downloading only Read More…

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Greenify *ROOT* Android app review

on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

I’m going to make a strange admission here for a gadgeteer:  I’m not really a power user on my phone or my tablet.  Though I use my devices for all sorts of things, though I love to play with alternate ROMs and want my devices to be fast and responsive, in the end I’m a Read More…

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Archos introduces the ChefPad, an Android tablet especially for cooking enthusiasts

on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The ChefPad from Archos is a full-featured Android tablet that’s been pre-loaded with the best apps for cooking enthusiasts.  The tablet has a dual-core 1.6GHz CPU, a quad-core GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB capacity (expandable via microSD card) and is powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).  It also has a 9.7” 1024 X 768 capacitive screen, 2MP Read More…

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HP announces the Slate 7, their new 7″ Android tablet

on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The Slate 7 is the newest Android tablet from HP.  The Slate 7 has a “fully-featuered” 7″ screen and front and rear cameras.  The back is made of painted stainless steel, which probably explains why this small tablet weighs 13 ounces.  This tablet runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and as HP says, it’s capable of running Read More…

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FunTab Pro 7″ kid-friendly Android tablet

on Friday, November 30th, 2012

QVC is offering the FunTab Pro 7″ Android tablet (4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS) for $149.96 as their special value for today (Nov. 30, 2012).  The tablet has a 7″ 800 X 480-resolution display with a capacitive multi-touch screen, 1GB processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (expandable via microSD card), built-in WiFi, and 0.3-megapixel front camera and 2.0-megapixel Read More…

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Titanium Backup – zip through a restore

on Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Posted in: Android related, News

Titanium Backup is one of the essential items in a serial Android ROM flasher’s toolkit.  It was one of the first apps that allowed a rooted device to fully backup a user’s apps and data and made restores after flashing a new ROM  much easier. But it still meant flashing a new ROM, rebooting, downloading  Read More…

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Google Asus Nexus 7 review

on Friday, October 12th, 2012

Those of you who have followed my posts will know that my first tablet was the original  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″. I thought this was a fantastic form factor: slim, light and portable. It was so convenient with its 3G slot, and because of its small size, you could even throw it into your back Read More…

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10.1″ Toshiba Excite 10LE Regza Edition Android Tablet

on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

QVC is offering a 10.1″ Toshiba Excite 10LE Regza Edition tablet at a “today’s special value price.”  The Excite 10LE has a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 Dual-Core Processor with 1GB DDR3 RAM and running Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich.”  It has a 10.1″ diagonal LED-backlit Gorilla Glass capacitive 10-finger multi-touch display with 1280×800 resolution at a 16:10 Read More…

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Barnes and Noble Nook HD and Nook HD+ – Let the battles begin !

on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

It started with the Amazon Kindle Fire, then came the Google Nexus 7, the Kobo ARC, and the Amazon Kinde Fire HD and HD 8.9.  The next entrants in the low cost Android-based tablets battle has just been released by Barnes and Noble. The Nook HD is a 7″ tablet  running at 1440 x 900 Read More…

Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet OTA 3.5 Firmware Update

on Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Lenovo (in conjunction with N-Trig) has just released OTA 3.5, a firmware-only update that addresses two of the major issues that still exist with their Thinkpad Tablet. Issues fixed 1) Tablet Pen input not recognized sometimes 2) Screen Unlock not spontaneous Already released for US, WE and UK roms, reports have so far been good. Read More…

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Archos Introduces New Line of Gen10 XS Android Tablets

on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Archos has introduced a new line of ultra-thin Android tablets that feature a Coverboard that serves as a keyboard, stand, dock, and protective cover for the tablets.  The Gen 10 XS line of tablets will run “unskinned” Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradable to 4.1 Jelly Bean).  The Archos 101 XS model is the first Read More…

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The Matrix One – Another Sub $100 Android Tablet

on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

While the big guys are trying to field tablets in the $200-$250 range, some sellers are introducing 7″ Android tablets in the under-$100 range.  The Matrix One is a 7″ Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet with a Cortex A8 1.5Ghz processor, capacitive screen, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of memory for $89.99.  Screen resolution Read More…

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Casio Paper Writer Tablets Are for People Not Quite Ready to Leave Paper Behind

on Monday, August 6th, 2012

“Smart and Tough” is how Casio describes their new Casio Writer Table, which is available in 4 different configurations. Combining a more traditional tablet with pen input, and an even more traditional paper pad, the tablet is aimed at those who haven’t quite fully made the transition to the digital age. Using a front-facing camera, Read More…

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Ematic Introduces Its Latest 7” Android 4.0 Tablet for Only $79.99

on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Ematic makes a line of value-priced tablets that always keep portability, accessibility, and productivity in mind. Their newest 7″ tablet is called the eGlide 4, and it runs the Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” OS.  It has a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage and 5GB of cloud storage.  You can Read More…

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Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet Keyboard Folio Case Quick Review

on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

I managed to get my hands on the Thinkpad Tablet Keyboard Folio Case from Lenovo recently, fairly cheaply.  I hadn’t worried about one before as I found that the Tablet was fine without it for my current needs, but the offer was too attractive to knock back. I’ve mentioned in several of my Thinkpad Tablet Read More…

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My Android Apps Makes App Management Easier

on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Posted in: Android related, News

New to the Google Play Store, My Android Apps makes app management on your Android devices so much easier.  As you can see above, you can now manage each device’s apps separately including the ability to update and uninstall  apps all via your web browser.  Not only that, if you lose your device and have to replace it, Read More…

Google Nexus 7 – Eat the Jelly Bean

on Thursday, June 28th, 2012

There’s been rumours floating around for a while, but finally Google has their Nexus 7 tablet available for pre-order.  Based on Google’s latest Android version, Jelly Bean, the 7″ tablet made by ASUS has a Quad Core Tegra 3 processor, a 1280 X 800 screen, 8 hour battery life, and will come in 8 and 16GB Read More…

Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet – The Rest of the World gets ICS

on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
Posted in: Android related, News

Lenovo has started pushing Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3) out to Lenovo Thinkpad Tablets using the Rest Of the World (ROW) and Japanese (JP) image.  Implementation seems to be good, and it seems to be stable and faster than Honeycomb.  If you have an ROW Tablet and you haven’t got the update yet, you can go Read More…

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How to: Mobile Blogging With my Android Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet

on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

At the moment I’m not a big blogger, well truthfully if you don’t include my Gadgeteer posts I’m not a blogger at all. I’d never used WordPress before until I joined the writers on the Gadgeteer and hadn’t even looked at any other blogging sites. To me blogs are kind of moot unless you’ve actually Read More…

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Archos Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 Themed Child Pad Now Available

on Thursday, May 31st, 2012

We told you about the Child Pad from Archos a couple of months ago.  This 7″ compact tablet runs Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, and it’s powered by a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.  The interface features colored icons and folders, and the tablet is pre-loaded with games (like Angry Birds), apps, and books.  You Read More…

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Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet Users get a Taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

on Monday, May 28th, 2012
Posted in: Android related, News

Lenovo promised Thinkpad Tablet owners ICS 4.03 for their tablet in May, and while there’s some conjecture on the forums whether they missed their stated deadline by a small amount, they have delivered.  OTA3 is starting to deploy to Thinkpad Tablets with  UK and Western Europe images, and so far the feedback’s been pretty good. Read More…

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Archos Announces the Child Pad 7” ICS Kid-Friendly Tablet

on Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Children always want to have things like their parents have, and I’ll admit that my daughter had her first (hand-me-down) PDA when she was five.  Before that age, I wouldn’t have been comfortable even letting her play with my devices because very young children can have trouble understanding the need for being very careful with Read More…

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Why I Love My Android Tablet – Widgets

on Friday, March 2nd, 2012

How do you use your Android tablet? How are your screens set out? Is it just a bunch of apps ? This article is supposed to be in the vein of my Thinkpad Tablet review, a “how it works for me” rather than any sort of technical discussion. ( And you’ll note that I haven’t Read More…