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[Deal] Amazon Fire HD 10 selling for just $169.99 as part of Cyber Monday

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Amazon Fire HD 10

The #Amazon #FireHD10 tablet is now available for just $169.99, down from $229.99 as part of the retailer’s Cyber Monday promotions. The tablet is a recent addition on Amazon’s roster, so the discount has certainly taken us by surprise. The tablet was recently selling via Amazon for $199.99, so this deal further undercuts that by another $30.

The Fire HD 10 is a budget device, as evidenced by its original pricing of under $230. However, given the price, it comes with a more than decent hardware specs sheet to suit your multimedia and productivity oriented needs. One missing feature on the device is Google Play Services, but the suite of Amazon apps and services make up for it to a great extent.

The tablet comes with a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, a quad core MediaTek made chipset, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a battery that offers relatively long battery life. This version of the tablet comes with Amazon’s “Special Offers” which is another term for advertisements.

Head over to the link below for more details on the Fire HD.

Source: Amazon

Best Android tablets and deals for back to school season 2014

Sorry to break it to you, kids, but summer is nearly finished and the start of the new school year is upon us. And sorry to be the bearer of bad news, parents, however like it or not, your monthly spending budget will skyrocket in the coming weeks.

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Tuition fees aside, you have textbooks to take care of, new, hip clothes for your offspring to show off his or hers unique fashion style, plus the ultimate marker of the continuous 21st century education advances: gadgets.

Whether we’re talking smartphones, tablets or laptops (or something in between, like a hybrid), your children need gizmos to handle their homework, keep up with their friends and relax during study breaks.

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But what to choose to deliver a perfect multi-purpose learning/entertainment experience, and not cost an arm and a leg? A MacBook? An iPad? A Microsoft Surface? Nah, Android is, as always, the answer to all your prayers, with the following magnificent seven providing solutions for every possible desire or need:

The budget champion – Google Nexus 7 2013

Ah, the classic second-generation Asus-made, Google-promoted N7. Always a crowd pleaser, and especially when you work hard for every penny you make. The Nexus 7 2013 is mom and dad’s safest bet in terms of compact, easy to carry slates with plenty of punch to handle both gaming and quick Wikipedia research for, say, chem papers.

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And kids, we know you really, really, really wished for an iPad Air because the football team’s captain and the lead cheerleader each own one, but come to think of it, aren’t the two glorious d-bags? Be unique, be smart, and don’t talk back to your old man when he buys you the N7 2013.

At $218 in a 16 GB Wi-Fi-only variation, it secures a healthy college fund boost. Or, better yet, get a certified refurbished (read like new) 16 GB-er, and only spend $165. In the mood for spoiling your “heir”? The 32 GB model is $262, and LTE versions start at $340.

The ultimate gamer – Nvidia Shield Tablet

Tread carefully here, parents, and make sure you know what you’re getting yourselves into. The Shield Tablet is a highly addictive console-type device, with “extreme” performance, power and portability. By itself, it’s $299, but if you really trust and want to spoil your spawn, the $60 wireless controller and $40 tablet cover are also must-buys.

Shield Tablet

And yes, in theory, the Shield is a multi-purpose 8 incher, being just as fitting for mundane tasks like online research, e-mail or homework dispatch like any standard, non-gaming-focused Android tab. It’s just that, once it gets in your blood, you won’t feel like doing much reading or calculus.

The productivity hero – Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-A1

Technically, we really could have picked any one of Asus’ countless Transformer Pad family members to nominate in this category. Every last one of them can seamlessly convert from a tab to a mini-laptop and offer optional physical keyboards, opening up a sea of possibilities for classroom, home and on-the-go use.

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But the TF103C-A1 is not just productive and versatile, it’s damn cheap too, at $289, with the docking station included. To be clear, less than three Benjamins buy you a KitKat-running, quad-core Intel Atom-packing 10-inch slate which you can turn into a KitKat-running, quad-core-packing 10-inch notebook whenever, wherever.

The kiddie favorite – Fuhu Nabi 2

Guess there’s not a whole lot left to say about the OG Nabi 2 after it topped our kid-friendly Android tab charts, despite recently celebrating its two-year anniversary. Except that it’s now even cheaper than before, at $155.88.

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And your 3, 4, 5, possibly 6 and 7-year-olds will love you to death when you give it to them. Even when you’ll insist on restricting their light gaming time and cranking up their learning-through-gaming.

Best for reading – Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Say what you will about Amazon’s Android fork, or its stubbornness to ban Google Play access, but buy your kid a Kindle Fire HD or HDX and trust me, you’ll get them reading in no time. Amazon’s library is gigantic, and there’s such a multitude and variety of free titles that a normal person would need ten lifetimes to go through them all.

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The amazing display of even the most affordable Fire HD, the $139 8 GB 7 incher, makes the experience that much harder to forget, and the beefy battery makes sure you aren’t interrupted just as the big twist starts unraveling. Oh, yeah, and the HD and HDX are pretty cool for gaming, multimedia or browsing too, particularly the 8.9 inchers that start at $320.

Parents’ choice – Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Look, it’s good to be modest, self-conscious and look out for the best interests of your children first and foremost, but hey, you deserve a little treat once in a while too. Or a big one, if you don’t mind coughing up $650 for the 32 GB Note Pro 12.2.

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It’s well deserving, what with its mouth-watering screen real estate, 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolution, 3 GB RAM and Snapdragon 800 oomph. Alternatively, if you hate being a big spender, or just can’t afford to spend that much, the Dell Venue 7 is nowadays a pithy $128.

That’s an incredible 100 bucks off the mid-ranger’s list price, which makes it the kind of bargain parents live for. Besides, the Venue 7 is nowhere near as technically humble as the discounted retail value suggests, carrying a whopping on-board 2 gigs of RAM among others.

Teachers’ choice – Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

This wouldn’t be a complete back-to-school guide without a recommendation for educators, who need to stay in touch with the latest technology trends themselves. And what better way to balance work and fun than purchasing a gizmo designed specifically for quick, easy note-taking?

Granted, that’s why the Note Pro 12.2 is around, and the Note 10.1 2014 Edition caters to the same exact needs as well. Only the Note 8.0 does it at the best price, $270, also allowing for the easiest transportation, which is a key factor for a teacher whose satchel is always full and heavy.

There you go, toddlers, tweens, teens, parents and teachers. Seven (mostly affordable) ways to make back-to-school season more easily digestible. Come on now, September 4 doesn’t have to be such a sad, sad day, does it?

Best sub-$150 Android tablets available today (July 2014 edition)

A whole lot can change in the shifty tech décor in the space of nine months. Heck, even one month sometimes makes a world of difference. Take last month. Lenovo rolled out a slew of A-series budget-conscious slates, HP and Toshiba one-upped each other with the dirt-cheap 7 Plus and Excite Go, and Asus refreshed the increasingly successful MeMo Pad family.

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Just like that, we got half a dozen of brand new contenders at the low-cost, lightweight crown, and in case our little listicle from back October 2013 wasn’t dated enough, all these exciting releases prompted an immediate update.

Since only one of the fresh title candidates fits the old budget though, we’ve decided to supplement it with 50 bucks. After all, you need to keep up with technological progress, and often, that means ponying up a bit of extra dough. Not a lot. Clearly, $150 is no small fortune.

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Besides, our latest top picks for the best affordable Android tablets around still include a $100, $110 and $120 slab, so if $150 is too steep for your monthly spending plan, you’ve got options. Without further ado, here they all are:

7. Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7

I can just about hear Amazon admirers boiling with rage at Fire HD’s “offensive” number seven ranking, but you should actually take it as a compliment. A most flattering compliment, given the 7 incher’s advanced age. Mind you, four of its six rivals are barely a month old.

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Meanwhile, the Fire HD is nearly ready to blow out its birthday candles for the second time. So yeah, it’s amazing it made the charts, but not at all surprising looking at some of its specs: 1,280 x 800 pix res IPS LCD screen, 1 GB RAM, 10-hour battery life (in “mixed” use). Too bad about its decrepit TI OMAP chip, microSD absence and clunky OS.

6. HP 7 Plus

Our sole sub-$100 contender offers exactly the kind of humble features we’ve come to expect from sub-$100 tablets. But hey, it’s one lousy Benjamin, so don’t even think of complaining about the laggy quad-core 1 GHz Allwinner CPU, crappy 1,024 x 600 pixels resolution display, painful 2 MP camera or minuscule 2,800 mAh battery.

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If you really want something to bitch about, I guess the pre-loaded aging copy of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean best fits the description. On the bright side, HP discounted the low-ender to $84.99 for a second there, so similar deals are likely in the cards for the near future.

5. Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50

I could’ve just as well picked one of A8’s little A7 siblings, especially since they have the affordability edge, but ultimately, the richer screen real estate propelled the A8 in our top seven list. Also, the generous 16 GB storage space.

Lenovo A8

The 8-inch panel ain’t bad resolution-wise either, at 1,280 x 800, and the cameras are pretty impressive all things considered: 5 and 2 megapixels. So then why on Earth couldn’t Lenovo set up the A8 with KitKat out the box? Anyone?

4. Acer Iconia A1-830

Exactly as large and cheap as Lenovo’s bad boy, but boasting a crappier 1,024 x 768 display, the A1-830 prevails in the processing power battle, thanks to a dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 SoC, as well as in the battery life bout (up to 7.5 hours of continuous juice).

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It’s also overall sleeker and more elegant than the A8-50, which sadly can’t hide the fact it too runs Jelly Bean. “Upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat when available”, Acer says. Yo Acer, KK has been available for roughly eight months now.

3. Toshiba Excite Go

Whoa, whoa, whoa, Best Buy sells the Excite Go for $99.99?!? That has to be a mistake. The MSRP is $110, and it’s way too early for discounts. Oh, well, maybe it’s a limited-time deal. In which case you better hurry up and order it.

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Then again, even at $110, this is a must-buy. It’s one of the very few in its class powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, it tips the scales at 354 grams and packs quad-core oomph, courtesy of an Intel Atom Z3735G. Yes, the 7-inch display is cringe worthy, sporting 1,024 x 600 pixels resolution, and yes, there’s only a disappointing VGA front-facing cam and no rear snapper.

But erm, KitKat for 100 clams? I’ll eat my hat if you find an OEM as high-profile as Toshiba that offers something similar.

2. Asus MeMo Pad 7 ME176CX

The newest MeMo Pad is by far the zippiest and most frugal, carrying an outstanding quad-core 64-bit (!) Intel Atom Z3745 “Bay Trail” processor beneath its hood. The chip delivers around eight hours of autonomy, and, with the exception of cameras, everything else about the MeMo Pad 7 is state-of-the-art… for mid-range standards.

Asus MeMo Pad 7

The 7-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS panel is as good as it gets, Android 4.4 KitKat is as smooth as it gets, and 1 GB RAM takes care of the multitasking business. Tech hoarders have 16 GB of internal storage to use, plus up to 64 gigs external, and not only is the tab elegant, it’s also stylish, rocking four distinct chromatic options: white, black, red and yellow.

1. Dell Venue 7

Believe it or not, we’re not done yet. Because as awesome as the ME176CX is, the Venue 7 is actually awesomer. How’s that even possible? Simple: 2 GB RAM. Sure, the Intel Atom Z2560 inside Dell’s 7 incher is considerably less punchy than MeMo Pad’s Bay Trail. And the software isn’t quite up to date: 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Dell Venue 7

Plus, the Venue 7 is somehow just as thin as the MeMo Pad 7, yet 20 or so grams heavier. But at the end of the day, the extra gig of RAM makes all the compromises worth it. For crying out loud, Dell used to charge a whopping $230 for the 7-inch Venue. Needless to say therefore that $144 is an extraordinary bargain.

What say you, bargain hunters? Agree with our list entirely? Only partially? Which parts would you alter? Sound off below. We’re all ears.

Amazon offering a flat $30 discount on all Kindle Fire tablets

Kindle Fire HDXAmazon is offering a good deal on its entire lineup of Kindle Fire tablets as it is slashing $30 off its prices until tomorrow with the use of a coupon code. This deal is applicable on the Kindle Fire HD as well as the two Kindle Fire HDX tablets. This means you can get the 7 inch Kindle Fire HDX for as little as $199 and the 8.9 inch version for just $349. The 2012 Kindle Fire HD can be snatched up for just $109 after discount. Amazon is offering this promotion as a thank you to the customers for voting the online retailer #1 in terms of customer satisfaction. Or maybe they just want to move more units of these tablets as the sales die down a bit after the holiday season.

But given how low the profit margins are with these tablets, it’s commendable of Amazon to introduce this promotion to its customers. The offer is valid until the 11th of January 11:59PM PST, so you have the whole of tomorrow to think about making the purchase.Make sure you use the coupon code MAYDAY30 to avail the $30 discount on your purchase.

Hit the links below and have your pick.

Source: Kindle Fire HD, 7 inch Kindle Fire HDX, 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HDX

Via: Droid-Life

Deal: Amazon slashes prices on Kindle Fire HD and HDX models by 20%

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets got a good discount during the Black Friday weekend, but if you missed out on the chance of buying one of those back then, you can get a smaller discount on most of the Kindle Range today, December 9th. As part of Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX are on sale with their prices slashed by 20 percent, making for a $45 discount on tablets that are already quite cheap for what they offer.

The deal is valid through the day and applicable on the 16GB models of the Kindle Fire HD 7″, Kindle Fire HDX 7″, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, and also on the original Kindle e-reader. You probably know it already, but we’ll say it anyway: the Kindle Fire HD and HDX are amongst the best Android tablets you can buy today, with beautiful screens, fast processors (at least on the HDX model), and access to Amazon’s huge content ecosystem, so this is a deal you shouldn’t miss. There’s no Google Play access, but again, the amount of content available in Amazon’s own stores should ensure you don’t miss that in the slightest.

Head to the source link to check out the deals.

Source: Amazon

Cyber Monday Deal: Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 7 and HDX 7 get $50 discount

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It’s Cyber Monday, and as the last day of the Black Friday weekend officially winds to a close in the next 24 hours, we’re bound to see quite a few good deals on mobile devices crop up here and there. For those that have been looking to buy a 7-inch Android tablet, Amazon has a few of its Kindle Fire models on sale – the prices of the original 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX 7 (16GB models) have been reduced by $50, to $119 and $179 respectively. The deal will be valid throughout Monday, though stocks are limited, meaning you’ll have to move quickly if you want to get one of the Kindles at the lower price.

Thanks to the deal, the 16GB Kindle Fire HD 7 is actually cheaper than the 8GB model. The specs of the Fire HD include a 7-inch 1280×800 LCD display, 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1GB RAM, and Android 4.0 beneath Amazon’s custom Fire OS. Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 comes with a 7-inch 1920×1200 screen that’s considered one of the best in the business, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, 16GB of storage, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, once again hidden under Amazon’s custom OS. There’s no access to Google Play, but with Amazon’s own content ecosystem being a giant one, that’s not exactly an issue that should deter you from buying either tablet.

Hit the links below to buy the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 or HDX 7.

Buy: Kindle Fire HD 7 | Kindle Fire HDX 7

Amazon rolling out Kindle Fire OS 3.1 to Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets

kindle-fire-HDXUsers of the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX will be pleased to know that Amazon has started rolling out the Fire OS 3.1 update to these tablets. This update brings support for a feature called second screen, which basically allows users to flick content from their tablet to an external display, which is pretty neat if you’re watching a movie. Also included in the update is the support for Goodreads which is now integrated even deeply with your tablet. Users can share quotes or purchases with their friends on Goodreads. Below is the full changelog of this update:

  • Find and share books with Goodreads: Goodreads on Kindle lets you connect with the Goodreads community to follow friends and see what they are reading, and share and rate books on your Kindle Fire.
  • Organize your content with Cloud Collections: Organize your content library into collections like “Favorite Books” and “Sports Apps” that are synchronized with compatible Kindle devices and reading apps.
  • Watch movies and TV shows on another device with Second Screen: Fling movies and TV shows from your Kindle Fire to your 2013 Samsung Smart TV or PlayStation 3 using Second Screen.
  • Learn more about books with Smart Lookup: With the Smart Lookup feature, you can quickly look up words in the dictionary or Wikipedia or translate text in a book.
  • Print from Your Kindle Fire: Print Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, photos, e-mails, calendar events, and contact information from your Kindle Fire to a printer that supports mobile printing.
  • Free up storage space with 1-Tap Archive: With 1-Tap Archive, your Kindle Fire groups all content that has not been used recently so you can move it to the Cloud with just one tap.
  • Enhanced enterprise features: Manage security certificates and connect to your company’s Wi-Fi network—whether you’re at home or at work—with remote VPN capabilities.
  • Set alarms and view additional time zones with the Clock app: Use the all-new Clock app to check the date and time, set an alarm clock, and more.

Impatient users can get the update directly from Amazon by heading over to the link below or simply wait for an update notification to pop-up if time is no bar.

Source: Amazon

Via: Android Central

Amazon Kindle Fire HD now on sale for $139 with revamped internals

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Amazon has never been a company to rest on the sales of hardware, always opting for the software and content solution. CEO Jeff Bezos looks at tablets as being consumer devices customers want to use every day and this usage will pay the bills in the long term.

The new Kindle Fire HD shows the company’s confidence in this model, which has already gained Amazon around 20% of the tablet market, the largest competitor against Apple’s dominant iPad and iPad Mini. Amazon has decided to price drop the Kindle Fire HD to $139 while slightly revamping the internals to fit the new generation.

For the newest generation, Amazon offers the Kindle Fire HDX tablets, new and improved with two sizes: 7-inch and 8.9-inch. The two new tablets come with high-resolution displays, 1920 x 1200 and 2560 x 1600 respectively and Snapdragon 800 CPUs.

Inside the older Kindle Fire HD model, Amazon packs a 1280 x 800 resolution, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, dual-stereo speakers, Fire OS 3.0 (Android 4.2) and Amazon’s huge collection of content on demand, books, streaming options, apps and e-shops.

For $139, the Kindle Fire HD really is a steal tablet, it is $100 cheaper than the new Nexus 7 and the seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX and much better quality than any other $139 tablet on the market, even if it does have a reputable company name on the back.

New Kindle Fire HD spotted in benchmarks with Snapdragon 800 chip

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The upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire HD refresh has leaked on a few occasions, mostly in rumors. But today, GFX Bench has revealed some interesting information about the GPU of the upcoming top end Amazon tablet. Contrary to previous reports which claimed that Amazon could be using a MediaTek made chipset for its Kindle Fire HD tablet, this new leak reveals the existence of the Adreno 330 GPU hence indicating that a Snapdragon 800 chip could be on board. The display resolution is apparently 2560×1600 as previously rumored.

The tablet could either arrive during a standalone launch event from Amazon or at the IFA 2013 event next month in Berlin. Amazon will most likely launch two variants of the Kindle Fire like last year, with one low cost variant set to take on the likes of the Nexus 7 and a top tier 8.9 inch tablet, which is the one mentioned in this benchmark leak. September, it seems, is a very lucrative month for the smartphone industry with several launches slated to take place including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Honami.

Kindle Fire HD benchmarks

Source: GFX Bench

Via: Android Community

New Kindle Fire HD tablets may run on MediaTek processors

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Recently a rumour hinted at the new Kindle Fire HD tablets running on quad-core Snapdragon 800 processors, on top of some hefty specs to keep the Kindle Fire in the tablet battle-zone.

This may not be the processor Amazon will finally go for on the Kindle Fire HD, a new rumour points to the MediaTek octo-core processor. This is the first true mobile octo-core processor with big.LITTLE ARM technology.

MediaTek has yet to make a sale with the new octo-core processor, named the MT8135, until now. It seems Amazon will be the first buyer, the question is will it come on both tablets or just the Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

Amazon was left to choose out of a few new processor makers when Texas Instruments decided to move out of the mobile processor industry, citing the fact they simply could not compete against Qualcomm and NVIDIA.

Qualcomm has emerged as the leader for most high-end mobile chips, with no Tegra 4 smartphone on the market right now and we have heard most companies adopting the Snapdragon 600 and 800 chips.

It is true, the MediaTek processor would be very impressive when it comes to multitasking, but it has yet to be tested on any smartphone or tablet and Amazon has always been an American company, working with Texas Instruments and other US suppliers, it would be weird to see them choose MediaTek over Qualcomm.

Source: Android Community

Amazon Drops Kindle Fire HD Price, Starts At $159

One of the best 7 inch tablets in the market today may be new Nexus 7 but that does not mean that you shouldn’t consider any good deal that other brands are offering. One such deal is happening at [easyazon-link asin=”B0083PWAPW” locale=”us”]Amazon right now and it’s for a limited time only[/easyazon-link]. The Kindle Fire HD just had its price slashed by $40 making the $199 16 GB model now cost only $159. The price drop applies to all versions of the 7 inch Kindle Fire HD.

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While the device has certain limitations in terms of hardware and software its price drop does make it look attractive right now. If you are looking for gift to give to someone then this makes a perfect choice. This also is a perfect device to use for someone heavily invested in Amazon’s services.

Kindle Fire HD Technical Specifications

  • OS: Android 4.0.3
  • Display: 7-inch screen, 1280px x 800px (supports 720p “HD” resolution)
  • CPU: Dual Core TI OMAP4 (4460) HS, 1.2 GHz
  • GPU: Imagination PowerVR
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal storage: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a ; Bluetooth

If you don’t want special ads to be displayed on the device then you can get one for $174. The 32 GB version with special offers costs $189 while the one without special offers costs $204.

Considering that its hardware is a little bit outdated one of the best reasons to get this device is to have access to Amazon Prime. Right now the company still hasn’t given access to Google-equipped Android devices access to its streaming videos.

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Best Small Android Tablets (8 Inches or Less) – Features, Pricing, Availability

How bizarre. While the smartphone market seems to be evolving towards a “bigger is better” credo, with practically every high-end device measuring 4.7 inches or above, the tablet world is undergoing a shift in the exact opposite direction.

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10-inchers are no longer the bomb and everyone, from Google to Apple and from Samsung to Asus, is craving for a piece of the small (and affordable) tablet pie. Even Microsoft is rumored to be working on a 7 or 8-inch Surface and Nokia is actively pursuing all possibilities.

And though it’s true that the “full-sized” iPad remains the best-selling tab in the world, it’s only a matter of time until that thing will be playing second fiddle for gizmos like the iPad Mini, Google’s Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fires.

For now, we’re just glad the competitive nature of the small tablet niche has grown considerably, to the point where it’s tough to pick only five solid contenders for this once upon a time insignificant crown. And that’s without counting the iPad Mini.

Without further ado, here are the five best smaller than 8-inch Android tablets today (i.e.: August 1, 2013):

5. Asus Memo Pad (ME172V)

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The good:

  • It’s incredibly cheap, being very close to reach the $100 sweet spot that we couldn’t even dream of until not long ago;
  • Despite being so very cheap, it has the guarantee of a quality brand, whose reputation has grown considerably due to the Nexus 7 Google partnership;
  • It packs a generous 4,270 mAh battery, which should be capable of handling his own for a good seven or eight hours of continuous use between charges.

The bad:

  • Its build quality is reported to be pretty shallow by many reviewers;
  • The design is not its strongest suit, having massive bezels and a pretty bulky figure;
  • The 1 GHz VIA WM8950 processor is clearly not ideal for gaming or even heavy browsing;
  • The 7-inch screen is… well, pitiful, boasting a 1,024 x 600 pixels resolution and 170 ppi.

Pricing: Available via Amazon for $108 in greywhite and pink

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

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The good:

  • S Pen support. Enough said, right?
  • Ultra-slim bezels and a waistline that could make a world-class supermodel jealous;
  • Available in several different flavors, including with 32 GB of storage and 4G LTE connectivity;
  • It has microSD support, unlike all of our top three tabs;
  • Packs a great amount of heat under the hood, courtesy of a quad-core Exynos chip and 2 GB of RAM.

The bad:

  • It’s outrageously expensive, at least compared to Amazon and Google’s contenders;
  • For a tablet so pricey, the 8-inch 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution panel is modest;
  • Again considering its price range, it’s not exactly premium-looking, rocking an all too familiar plastic exterior.

Pricing: Available via Amazon for $379 in a Wi-Fi only version and $463 with 3G (both with 16 GB of internal storage space)

3. Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7

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The good:

  • Great overall value for money, though still a little ways behind the Nexus 7;
  • Surprisingly sharp 7-inch display, considering it doesn’t boast the resolution of a lifetime (1,280 x 800 pixels);
  • Micro HDMI port;
  • Excellent “ecosystem” (if you’re not a “vanilla” Android fanatic).

The bad:

  • It’s occasionally extremely sluggish, packing a now modest dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP chip;
  • Lacks Google Play support, with Amazon’s Appstore sometimes incapable of compensating;
  • No microSD support, rear camera or GPS, plus a fairly modest front snapper.

Pricing: Available via Amazon for $214 in a 16 GB variant and $244 with 32 GB of storage

2. Google/Asus Nexus 7 (2012 edition)

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The good:

  • With its follow-up recently introduced, it’s likely to see imminent price drops (not that it’s very expensive as things stand);
  • Runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already and should be one of the first in line for a 5.0 Key Lime update in the fall;
  • It’s not made of aluminum, but it looks and feels great in the hands of users, being elegant and unexpectedly robust;
  • The quad-core Tegra 3 processor is an oldie, but a goldie, providing enough oomph for most casual gamers and unpretentious users in general;
  • NFC connectivity;

The bad:

  • Lacks microSD support and rear camera;
  • The display is a little on the disappointing side of things, though it still holds its own against the Kindle Fire HD panel, for instance.

Pricing: Available through Google’s Play Store for $199 with 16 GB of memory and $249 with double the storage.

1. Nexus 7 (2013)

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The good:

  • Although it’s a gigantic step up compared with its predecessor, it’s only 30 bucks more expensive;
  • Awesome design, with slimmer bezels than before, 290 grams weight and 8.7 mm profile;
  • Stunning 7-inch IPS panel with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution;
  • Blazing fast (at least on paper), being powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and 2 GB of RAM;
  • Optional 3G and 4G LTE support;
  • Runs Android 4.3 and will benefit from the fastest software updates in the business.

The bad:

  • Still lacks microSD support;
  • Packs a 3,950 mAh battery that’s not only worryingly tiny, but also impossible to replace (sans a screwdriver, a lot of effort and warranty voiding, that is).

Pricing: Available via the Play Store for a starting price of $230.

That’s a wrap, ladies and gents, and now you have the floor. Had a different top five in mind? Different order? How about the iPad Mini, if we were to take that into consideration, where would it fit in these rankings? Are you planning to buy any 8-inch or smaller Android tablet? Which one? We’re all ears, so don’t be shy.

More specs of the 2013 Kindle Fire HD leak out

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New rumors of the upcoming Kindle Fire HD 2 tablet have surfaced revealing some insightful information. The new duo of Kindle Fire HD tablets will be successors to last year’s widely popular Kindle Fire HD tablets (7 and 8.9 inch variants) and it is believed that both variants will receive substantial upgrades this year. The 7 inch tablet will apparently receive the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core chip clocked at 2.0 GHz.

To go with the beefy processor, the tablet is also rumored to pack a 1920×1200 display (same as the 2013 Nexus 7), a front facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 8, 16, 32 and 64GB storage variants as well as Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The tablet will reportedly have a cellular/4G LTE variant along with the standard Wi-Fi variant. If any of this is true, we can see the Google Nexus 7 getting some heavy competition, much like last year.

The 8.9 inch variant is rumored to pack the same Snapdragon 800 SoC, with a 2560×1600 display, an 8MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2. The 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD will be sold in 16, 32 and 64GB variants, it is said. A price increase is almost certain if these rumored specs are true, but that won’t be a concern as it is a major upgrade over last year’s tablets. The two tablets are also claimed to be thinner and lighter compared to the 2012 Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Source: BGR

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Next Gen Amazon Kindle Fire Details

A new report citing anonymous sources familiar with the Amazon’s plans says that the company is planning to refresh their Kindle Fire lineup for 2013. With Barnes & Noble announcing that they will not be making Nook tablets and Samsung not doing well right now it looks like Amazon is poised to dominate the tablet market with their new devices.

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One study shows that the Kindle’s are the second most desired devices right after Apple’s iPad. Although Samsung surpassed Amazon and claimed second spot in terms of tablet shipments worldwide Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plans to debut new devices in the coming months to reclaim their market share.

A recent report by BGR says that there will be at least three new Kindle Fire devices coming. These will be released ahead of the holiday schedule. While this isn’t official yet the website has reported on several Kindle Fire releases previously and got them right.

The first refresh is a replacement to the 7 inch Kindle Fire model. The company is currently selling this model at $159. While the overall display size will remain the same the company is said to increase its resolution to 1,280 x 800 pixels. This is the same resolution that is on the Kindle Fire HD. The current 7 inch Kindle Fire only has a resolution of 1,024 x 600. Aside from the bump in resolution, the refresh will most likely have the same specs as its predecessor.

The company is also said to release a new version of their Kindle Fire HD. This device is also going to get an upgrade in its display. It is reportedly getting an increase of 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution which is up from the current 1,280 x 800-pixels of the current model. The size will still remain the same at 7 inches.

The final device that Amazon is expected to release this year is a refresh to their 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD device. This device already has an impressive 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution but the company plans to improve this even more by increasing it to 2,560 x 1,600. At this resolution, it will even be better than Apple’s 9.7 inch Retina display which only has a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels.

All upcoming models are said to sport a new design. While the current Kindle Fire models has a back that slopes smoothly toward the edges the new models are said to have a more angular design which has a flat slope toward the edges. The physical buttons are also repositioned from its current location at the side to its new location at the sloping part at the back. The upcoming refresh models are also said to be lighter than their current counterparts.

Sources say that these new devices will launch this fall, probably by September, and will be priced more or less the same as the current Kindle Fire models.

via bgr