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Portability Is Not Everything – Top Five 10-Inch Android Tablets (Features, Pricing, Availability)

Ranking the best large Android tablets might seem odd with mere hours left until IFA 2013’s official kick-off. After all, even though 10-inchers are no longer the hottest things in town, they’re still deemed fairly important for the tablet businesses of OEMs such as Sony, Samsung, Asus, Acer and so on and so forth.

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In other words, odds are the 10-inch slate class will be turned upside down by the IFA unveilings. But will it really? The new Nexus 10 is unlikely to make any sort of cameo appearance in Berlin, Samsung seems to have set its sights higher, Sony looks mostly focused on the Xperia Z1 and Acer has already brought to light the Iconia A3, which is nothing special.

That only leaves Asus with an ace or two up its sleeve, but even if the new Transformer Pad turns out to be spectacular, it’s unlikely to actually go up for sale earlier than next month. So, you see, if you want a 10-inch Android and you want it now, these are your top five choices and will remain so for the foreseeable future:

 5. Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

Tablet/laptop hybrids haven’t taken off as some predicted, both in the Android décor and in the Windows world, but I highly doubt there aren’t people out there that get the benefits of owning a gadget like the TF300T.

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Especially if you’re a student or always-on-the-move professional, there’s nothing cooler than having both a portable, sleek tab and full-sized, fully functional notebook at your disposal. Or, you know, close enough, as the Transformer Pad is a little cramped when used along with its keyboard dock.

And forget about paying an arm and a leg for a 2-in-1 device, as this particular hybrid costs around 300 bucks nowadays with 32 GB of internal storage, plus $100 give or take for the docking station. $400 for the entire ensemble? Dayum, that’s cheap.

But let us talk about specs for a second too, which of course are not exactly high-end material… anymore. Then again, they’re not entry-level either, including a snazzy quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, 1,280 x 800 pix res IPS panel, 1 GB RAM, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and… 8 MP rear camera. Not too shabby, eh?

4. Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700

The 700 works essentially the same as the 300, it also shares a number of design elements, but it clearly ups the ante when it comes to raw performance and display crispness. Not to mention it rocks a much sturdier, more elegant exterior, with aluminum all over the chassis, plus it’s a lot thinner (8.5 vs. 9.9 mm) and lighter (598 vs. 635 grams).

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The overall piece de resistance is definitely the 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution Super IPS+ LCD screen, though my guess is Asus isn’t ashamed with Infinity’s 1.6 GHz quad-core SoC, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or 8 MP camera either.

On the not so bright side, the 700 is much pricier than its “cousin”, going for $420 with 32 GB of on-board memory sans the optional keyboard dock. Ouch!

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

This is a much more conventional tab, in that it can’t seamlessly transform into a mini-laptop, but in a way it’s also focused on functionality and productivity first and foremost, courtesy of its S Pen support and the unique apps that go with it.

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One big flaw of the Note 10.1 is that it doesn’t run Android 4.2… yet, although 4.1 is really not that bad. The quality-pricing ratio is a little off as well, since Sammy’s 10-incher sports a fairly modest 1,280 x 800 display and still costs a whopping $450 in a 16 GB flavor.

On the whole though, the Exynos quad-core CPU, 2 GB RAM and massive 7,000 mAh battery should make the Note 10.1 worth your while… and hard-earned money.

2. Sony Xperia Tablet Z

I wanted to rank the Tablet Z at number one, I really did, but as much as the design and hardware leave me breathless, the thing is too darn expensive. $500 with 16 GB of storage? Come on, Sony, you can do better than that.

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Aside from the pricing, the Z has two big flaws in my eyes. It packs a 6,000 mAh battery, which I’m afraid is petite, and a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU that has aged fairly well, but, unlike the Tegra 3, has the disadvantage of being followed by two outstanding chips – the S600 and S800.

Other than that, the design is flawless, you get water and dust protection, which is really unique, the 1,920 x 1,200 display is mind-blowingly crisp, multitasking is a breeze courtesy of 2 GB RAM and there’s even a high-res 8.1 MP camera slapped on the slate’s back.

1. Samsung/Google Nexus 10

Who needs an iPad when the biggest, fanciest Nexus device ever can be had for just 350 bucks, or two thirds of the price of Apple’s leading tab?

And no, the N10 is not only about affordability, running silky smooth software (aka Android 4.3) with no ugly skins on top, plus boasting the most incredible display ever seen on an Android – a Super PLS panel with 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolution and 299 ppi pixel density.

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True, the dual-core Exynos 5250 CPU inside the tab is likely no match for Apple’s A6X when it comes to raw speed, but the 9,000 mAh battery, splendid design, 2 GB RAM and wide array of connectivity options more than make up for it.

Honestly now, don’t you feel a little guilty for ripping Google off when you purchase such an outstanding piece of technology for a more than modest $350? I know I would…

And that’s a wrap, ladies and gents, but be sure to hit back at us with your own personal top five and any future potential contenders you can think of. The floor is all yours.

New Asus Transformer tablet teased online

New Asus Transformer tablet

A new Asus Transformer tablet is being previewed online on the manufacturer’s Facebook page. Over the past few days, Asus claimed that the device would “transform your possibilities,” “transform your mobility,” and “transform your perception.”  The new Asus Transformer tablet is expected to be revealed on September 4th.

New Asus Transformer tablet
New Asus Transformer tablet

According to Android Authority, these hints possibly point to a refreshed Transformer Pad Infinity tablet, which Asus showcased during Computex earlier this year. During the unveiling, the device offered a 10.1 inch IPS display with a WQXGA resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and 178-degree wide viewing angles ad . It also comes with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU, 72-core GeForce GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and expansion via SD card slot. Furthermore, it packs support for 4K Ultra HD through an HDMI port, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n with Miracast, and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. The interface includes an audio jack, stereo speaker, and internal microphone. It draws power from a 31Wh Li-polymer Battery and offers the following sensors: G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, and GPS. The tablet has dimensions of 263 x 180.8 x 8.9mm and weighs 600 grams. It sells for $399.

Asus is also selling a separate QWERTY keyboard dock that works with the tablet. This dock adds 16Wh of battery life, as well as a USB 3.0 port and SDXC Card Reader. Bundled together, the tablet and mobile dock cost $499. It measures 263 x 180.8 x 7mm, and weighs 450 grams.

In related news, an unknown ASUS tablet with model number K00C was recently spotted at the FCC. The listing did not divulge much information about the tablet, save for its 10-inch display, as well as support for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Asus is among the group of manufacturers which have released teasers prior to the trade show. Sony, HTC, and Samsung have all hinted about their upcoming releases.

via androidauthority, engadget

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity has 10.1-inch display, 4K output, Tegra 4

Asus has just unveiled the new Transformer Pad Infinity, a refresh of the company’s flagship tablet, during the Computex expo in Taiwan.

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Among its most noteworthy features is its 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display which boasts of a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. This allows the Asus slate to compete against the Nexus 10 tablet, which packs a display with the same resolution.

Meanwhile, under the hood, the Transformer Pad Infinity offers the new quad-core Tegra 4 chip with a clock speed of 1.9 GHz. 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for expansion are also onboard.

According to Asus, the device also supports 4K-resolution output through HDMI. This will ensure remarkably crisp images in Ultra HD, or 3840 x 2160 pixels on large displays that support 4K resolution.

Engadget reports that the device comes with an aluminum chassis. Such chassis is said to be comparable to those found in other devices in the Infinity product line, as well as the Asus Zenbooks.

The company likewise introduced a multi-touch trackpad as well as a USB 3.0 port to its keyboard.

All in all, it appears that the Transformer Pad Infinity is set to be quite an impressive device, combining a powerful processor with a high-resolution display and 4K output. Unfortunately, apart from these, the other specifications of the Transformer Pad Infinity are still unknown at the moment.

The Verge says that the tablet will retail for $499 with the dock, and $399 without it. It is expected that the device will hit the market around the third quarter of this year.

The Transformer Pad Infinity joins the other devices which Asus revealed during the expo, including the MeMo Pad HD 7 and the FHD 10, which are two tablets aimed at the low-end market segment. The company also showcased the FonePad Note, a device which will compete against the Samsung Galaxy Note, due to its 1080p IPS+ display, 1.6Ghz dual-core processor, and stylus support.

via engadget, androidpit, androidspin

Back To School Android Tablet Guide 2012: The Best Tablets for High School and College Students

It is that time of the year again when students start preparing to head back to school – a time when many start shopping around for new gadgets they need for their studies.  If you are an Android fan, finding the right tablet can be quite a task especially since there are so many tablets to choose from.  In this post, I will give you a brief recommendations of what to look for when shopping for a tablet.

The most important consideration when shopping for a tablet for high school and college use is productivity – one that can be used to take notes with ease and has a battery good enough to last a couple of lessons a day without recharge.  The size is also an issue – there are 7 inch tablets and there are 10 inch tablets, which one is convenient for you?  Lastly, for students, the price is a consideration since they do not have a whole lot of money to spend on designer tables.  Here are our recommendations:

Budget: [easyazon-link asin=”B008J6VYUC” locale=”us”]Asus Nexus 7 (Google Tablet)[/easyazon-link] $200 ($250 for 16GB)

The best budget tablet you can get now is the Asus Nexus 7 tablet, also called Google tablet.  It is a 7 inch tablet with a fantastic form factor – light and easy to carry around and comes pre-installed with Android Jelly Bean.  Its quad core Tegra 3 processor means that tasks will process fast and you will not have to wait for slides to load.  When out of class, you can watch HD videos on the tables on the 1280 X 800 IPS panel screen.  The tablet comes in both 8GB and 16GB internal storage capacities – pick the memory size depending on the volume of files to store.  Note that if you already have or can get a Bluetooth keyboard, the Nexus 7 has inbuilt Bluetooth that you can connect to and has WLAN 802.11 b/g/n WiFi capability.

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Mid-Range: [easyazon-link asin=”B007P4YAPK” locale=”us”]ASUS Transformer Pad TF300[/easyazon-link] – $375 ($505 with keyboard dock)

For $375, you can go for the Asus Transformer Pad tablet – a high productivity gadget that offers a wide range of extended functionalities including USB connectivity, SD and MicroSD cards slot and an option to add an internal battery to add an extra 5 hours to use without charge.  For an extra $130, you can also get a keyboard dock that effectively turns the tablet into a small laptop.  The Transformer Pad 300 has a 10.1 inch 720p WXGA (1280 X 800 pixel multi-touch screen, built-in microphone, 8MP rear camera, GPS, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage memory and a Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad core processor.

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High Performance: [easyazon-link asin=”B008F4NL04″ locale=”us”]ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity10.1-Inch Tablet[/easyazon-link] – $500 ($630 with dock)

Some people may argue that the Nexus 7 tablet qualifies as a high performance tablet based on their experience, but everyone who has used the Transformer Pad Infinity will agree that it is one of the finest gadgets in the market.  Marketed as a full HD tablet, the Infinity features a 1920 X 1200 resolution on the 10 inch screen, has Bluetooth V3.0 and WiFi connectivity options, an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording capability, GPS, G-Sensor, Light Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope and weighs only 1.3 lbs.  The tablet is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 T33 quad-core 1.6 GHz CPU, has 1GB RAM and you get to choose one with 32GB inbuilt memory or the 64GB version.  If you want the best Android tablet money can buy, then the Infinity (TF700) is the best you can find.

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Asus Announces The Transformer Pad Infinity Tablet

Asus is having a rather good show here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain.  We reported earlier in the day that Asus finally unveiled the re-tweaked Padfone and is preparing it for market. Now up for your consideration is the new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.

The Transformer Pad Infinity will come in three varieties: Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G.  The Wi-Fi version will sport the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The two versions with cellular connectivity, 3G and 4G, will have the 1.5ghz Qualcomm MSM8960 dual core processors. So far from what we’ve seen at the show Qualcomm has been doing a great deal of business because Nvidia couldn’t integrate 4G/LTE with the Tegra 3 processor.

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