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Best cheap 10 inch Android tablets available today

Are Android tablets on their sure way to extinction, caught in an inescapable chokehold by rapidly soaring phablets and slowly recovering conventional Windows PCs? Hard to cast a definitive verdict, but even Apple’s mighty iPads seem to be losing steam, as iPhones close the size gap.

ProductBrandNamePrice
LenovoLenovo Tab A10 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (59413342) Midnight BlueBuy on Amazon|$399.88(Price as of 02/16/2019 18:32 ET)
AsusASUS Transformer Pad TF103C-A1-Bundle 10.1-Inch Tablet with Keyboard Bundle (Black)Buy on Amazon|$254.99(Price as of 02/16/2019 18:32 ET)
AmazonFire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa, 10.1" HD Display, 16 GB, Black - with Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)Check Price on Amazon
HPHP Slate S10-3500US 10-Inch Tablet with Beats Audio (Silk Grey)Check Price on Amazon
LGLG Electronics E10 LGV700 10.1-Inch TabletBuy on Amazon|$650(Price as of 02/16/2019 18:32 ET)
LenovoLenovo TAB2 A10 - 10.1" Tablet (ARM Cortex A53 Quad-Core, FHD IPS, 2GB SDRAM, 16GB SSD, Android 4.4 KitKat) ZA000001USBuy on Amazon|$89.95(Price as of 02/16/2019 18:32 ET)
AsusASUS ZenPad 10 Z300C-A1-BK 10.1" 16 GB Tablet (Black)Check Price on Amazon

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Woman with tablet

What’s crystal clear is Google-endorsed slates have trouble standing out without an obvious, compelling selling point. The superior productivity of laptops can’t be denied, and convertible models are no longer significantly bulkier than, say, your average 10-inch slate.

Meanwhile, there are 5.5, 6-inch, even 6.4-inch “handhelds” around that can essentially do whatever a 7-inch tab is capable of, plus make and receive voice calls. Game over for Galaxy Tabs, Amazon Fires, G Pads, Asus ZenPads, and so on, and so forth? Not so fast, given some of those still hide an important ace up their sleeve.

Namely, extreme affordability, combined with a footprint phablets don’t come close to… just yet. Yes, dear readers and friends, the best budget 10-inch Android tablets on the market today should stay in the spotlight a while longer, and tempt you with their quality-pricing ratios, generous screen real estate, and in a few cases, remarkable versatility.

Lenovo Tab A10 – $240 (Bluetooth keyboard included)

The first product featured on our list of best inexpensive 10-inch tablets is not necessarily the absolute best, but it’s the costliest, when you factor in the companion keyboard cover accessory. Without it, the first-gen A10 doesn’t look great on paper, sporting mediocre 1,280 x 800 display resolution, and packing humdrum quad-core MediaTek 8121 power.

Lenovo Tab A10

But you have to consider the ensemble’s economical price when judging its specs, and at least appreciate the 8-hour battery life, 16 GB internal storage space, microSD support, dual front-facing stereo speakers, and relatively slim design. On the not so bright side, you’re offered an ancient Android iteration out the box, 4.4 KitKat, and 1 gig of RAM hardly makes this a multitasking champ.

Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-A1 (keyboard bundle) – $233

Another 4.4-running 2-in-1 machine, the TF103C further ups the endurance ante, to close to 10 hours, and likely improves raw speed as well, thanks to an Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3745 CPU. At 545 grams, keyboard not included, the Transformer Pad is no featherweight, but it’s decently robust, and more importantly, comes with over $270 worth of free content and services.

Asus TF103C

Before you yell crapware, let us mention Asus gives you 500 gigs of complimentary WebStorage cloud depository for two years, in addition to a 16 GB ROM and microSD card slot. Even the six gratis mini-subscriptions to your favorite magazines out of a very generous library sound pretty enticing.

Amazon Fire HD 10 – $230

It has barely gone on sale, and so, it’s untested at the moment, but the closer-to-stock-than-ever Android user interface alone makes it an attractive prospective purchase. It’s also the thinnest Fire family member to date, at 7.7 mm, and yet, it still vows to last a solid 8 hours between charges.

Fire HD 10

Like all Amazon products, the Fire HD 10 is ideal for e-book reading first and foremost, though the on-board Dolby Atmos audio system means listening to music is always an option. And the 1,280 x 800 display isn’t that bad, delivering decent HD video content.

HP Slate S10 – $200

Is the Palo Alto-based computer giant really so delusional that it believes an affordable 10-inch tablet can actually sell in 2015 loaded with decrepit 4.2 Jelly Bean software “treats”, and powered by a dual-core Marvell SoC?

HP Slate S10

Technically, HP isn’t the one charging two Benjamins through Amazon for this Beats Audio-armed bag of mediocrity. It’s a third-party merchant, which had better consider a discount if it wants to clear lingering inventory. Make it $150, and maybe, just maybe, the 9-hour promised autonomy, 5 and 2 MP cameras, and 16 GB ROM will justify the buy.

LG G Pad 10.1 – $199

Forget archaic OS builds, obscure processors, and questionable aesthetic choices. The 10-inch G Pad was released on 4.4 KitKat, then recently upgraded to 5.0 Lollipop, it’s fashionable and slender, and the quad-core chip under the hood is a speedy, respected Snapdragon 400.

LG G Pad 10.1

Even better, the 8,000 mAh cell is massive, the 5 MP rear cam above-average, given the price range, the stereo speakers loud and sharp, and proprietary LG software add-ons like Knock Code, dual window and Q pair 2.0 destined to enrich your user experience.

Lenovo Tab 2 A10 – $179

Lenovo Tab 2 A10

Want the best all-around cheap 10-inch tablet in the world? This is probably it, with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,200) IPS LCD screen in tow, 64-bit quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT8165 SoC, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, 10-hour battery, 8 and 5 MP snappers, immersive Dolby audio, 8.9 mm profile, 74 percent screen-to-body ratio, and a planned update to Android 5.0 Lollipop for the near future.

Discounted from its $200 MSRP, the Tab 2 A10 would likely be worth as much as $280, if tablet sales weren’t hurting so badly on a global scale.

Asus ZenPad 10 – $159

Asus ZenPad 10

The least pricey tab on our roster is clearly not the worst pick, since it also features 2 gigs of random-access memory, Lollipop goodies, a quad-core 64-bit Intel Atom CPU, sleek aluminum finish, lightweight 1.1 pound design, 16 GB local data hoarding room, microSD capabilities, and even 100 GB of free Google Drive cloud storage for your first two years of ZenPad ownership.

Any downsides to buying this ultra-low-cost 10 incher? A few: lousy 2 and 0.3 MP cameras, lackluster 800p panel, unremarkable sub-8-hour battery life.

ProductBrandNamePrice
LenovoLenovo Tab A10 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (59413342) Midnight BlueBuy on Amazon|$399.88(Price as of 02/16/2019 18:32 ET)
AsusASUS Transformer Pad TF103C-A1-Bundle 10.1-Inch Tablet with Keyboard Bundle (Black)Buy on Amazon|$254.99(Price as of 02/16/2019 18:32 ET)
AmazonFire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa, 10.1" HD Display, 16 GB, Black - with Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)Check Price on Amazon
HPHP Slate S10-3500US 10-Inch Tablet with Beats Audio (Silk Grey)Check Price on Amazon
LGLG Electronics E10 LGV700 10.1-Inch TabletBuy on Amazon|$650(Price as of 02/16/2019 18:32 ET)
LenovoLenovo TAB2 A10 - 10.1" Tablet (ARM Cortex A53 Quad-Core, FHD IPS, 2GB SDRAM, 16GB SSD, Android 4.4 KitKat) ZA000001USBuy on Amazon|$89.95(Price as of 02/16/2019 18:32 ET)
AsusASUS ZenPad 10 Z300C-A1-BK 10.1" 16 GB Tablet (Black)Check Price on Amazon

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5 Best Chromeboxes For Turning Any Monitor Into A Computer

If you’re looking for a way to turn any monitor into a computer, the Chromebox might be the perfect solution. Chromeboxes are portable mini computers that you can take with you anywhere, allowing you to turn a monitor into a computer (with the Chrome OS operating system), so long as you have a mouse and keyboard to connect to the Chromebox. Chromeboxes are also excellent solutions for small businesses, allowing them to buy up a bunch at a much cheaper price than they would a traditional computer setup. If a regular computer package (monitor included) costs $800 a pop, Chromeboxes (with separate monitor purchase) can cost you a whole lot less, probably around half.

Best Chromeboxes

ImgAmazon.com LinkBrandProductAmazon.com LinkPrice on Amazon.com
AsusASUS M004U716
AcerAcer CX12-2GKM372.28
HPHP J5N50UT315.01
AsusASUS Chromebit CS1085.28
LenovoLenovo ThinkCentre ChromeboxCheck Price

If the Chromebox has piqued you’re interest, follow along below, and we’ll show you the best ones you can get your hands on today.

Acer CX12-2GKM

The Acer CX12-2GKM Chromebox has a lot of great hardware in it. You get an Intel Celeron 3205U clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 16GB Solid State Drive as well as integrated Intel Graphics. This is one of the higher-end models, coming with four USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, and a microSD card for expanding storage.

The neat thing about this specific Chromebox is that it comes with a keyboard and mouse, removing the need to pick them up from the store. It adds much more value for money in this package.

You can pick up this model for $175 on Amazon, but if you’d like something with a little more memory, a model with 4GB of memory is available for a little more at $200.

Buy it now: Amazon

ASUS M004U

ASUS also offers an excellent Chromebook with decent hardware. It’s equipped with a Intel Celeron 2955U clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 16GB Solid State Drive/Hard Disk Drive hybrid, integrated Intel HD Graphics, and it’s, of course, running Google’s Chrome OS. There are different combinations available, allowing you to get a faster processor or more memory.

Unlike the above Acer model, the ASUS M004U does not have an included keyboard and mouse; however, the base model will only set you back $150. That price can quickly go up, depending on the hardware combination you choose, though.

Buy it now: Amazon

HP J5N50UT

The HP J5N50UT has the same processor as the ASUS model — a Intel Celeron 2955U, but is equipped with double the memory at 4GB. You also get a 16GB Solid State Drive, 4 USB ports, HDMI and an Ethernet port. Chrome OS is included, and supposedly, the J5N50UT will soon be getting a version of Chrome OS that runs Android applications, increasing its functionality exponentially.

You can pick up this one off of Amazon for just over $200.

Buy it now: Amazon

Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox

The ThinkCentre Chromebox from Lenovo might be the best option on this list, sporting a high-end (for Chromeboxes) Intel Celeron 3205U processor clocked at 1.5GHz with 2MB of L3 cache, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 16GB Solid State Drive, integrated Intel HD Graphics, and a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port.

With it, you get two USB 3.0 ports, two regular USB ports, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort. Lenovo’s box actually can support two displays at the same time, allowing for much greater work efficiency. On top of that, this package comes with an included mouse and keyboard.

You can pick up Lenovo’s option off of Amazon for just $200; it’s great value for money, when you pit it against the rest on this list.

Buy it now: Amazon

ASUS Chromebit CS10

Last up on our list is the Chromebit CS10 from ASUS, and one of its best features its sheer portability. It only has a single HDMI port and a single USB port, but because it’s in the form of a stick, you can take this “Chromebox” anywhere with you, turning any monitor into a home computer. You obviously use the HDMI portion to connect it to a monitor, but the single USB port will allow you to connect up a peripheral for using the computer. You can even pick up an adapter that allows for two USB slots.

You can pick this up on Amazon for just $85.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

Any Chromebox you pick on this list will work just fine and operate at lightning speeds. However, if you want something with more portability, the Chromebit CS10 is your best option, but you do sacrifice some much-needed USB ports for that portability. Ultimately, it’s up to you and what you need out of a Chromebox.

Best Chromeboxes

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AsusASUS M004U716
AcerAcer CX12-2GKM372.28
HPHP J5N50UT315.01
AsusASUS Chromebit CS1085.28
LenovoLenovo ThinkCentre ChromeboxCheck Price

Lenovo Smart Display Vs Echo Show Comparison Best Home Assistant Device 2019

There are a lot of smart home devices to choose from. In fact, some of the most common ones are options like Google Home and Alexa, which are purely voice-activated smart home assistants. Now, there are other more interactive options entering the market. These options can look like a traditional tablet, but are actually a nice centerpiece for your home, still equipped with voice assistant functionality. In fact, they bring some added functionality, such as being able to video chat with friends while cooking dinner or even looking up a quick YouTube video for a recipe you’re experimenting with. Or, instead of your Google Home or Amazon Echo simply telling you what the weather looks like, it can show you a hourly forecast (or even through the next few days).

One of these devices is the Amazon Echo Show, one you might’ve heard of and already be familiar with. But what has come to compete with it is the Lenovo Smart Display, introduced at CES 2018. In this roundup, we’re going to pit the two against each other and show you which is better. Follow along below!

Lenovo Smart Display

If you’re familiar with Amazon smart home devices, the Lenovo Smart Display is a little different, as it has Android front and center paired with the Google Assistant AI (similar to what you would find on Google Home or the Pixel 2). Lenovo just introduced the Smart Display at CES 2018 this year, and it’s a 8- or 10-inch modern-looking device that sits on a table or counter, just like Google Home with.

Since it has a screen, you can video chat with friends over Google Duo, check out some interesting videos over on YouTube, or even ask Google Assistant for weather and traffic updates. You’ll not only get audio feedback, but can see the results of those questions visually, too.

When the Lenovo Smart Display isn’t being used, it can double as a photo album, too. Load some photos up on the Smart Display, and after a certain period of time, it’ll start cycling through all of your memories. If you need to use it again, it’s as simple as saying “Hey, Google” followed by your prompt.

The Lenovo Smart Display isn’t available just yet, with plans to launch early this summer for $250 (the 10-inch model) or $199 (the 8-inch model). Find out more below.

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Amazon Echo Show

The whole idea behind the Echo Show is that Alexa, the voice assistant found in most of Amazon’s smart home products, is able to show you things. For example, if you were to say something like “Alexa, how’s the weather,” you would only get audio feedback with the Amazon Echo. With the Echo Show, you ask Alexa how the weather is, and you not only get audio feedback, but shown how it is, too.

It does a lot of other neat things, too. For example, you can tell Alexa to play some music, and it’ll show the lyrics as they’re sang with Amazon Music. You can make video calls to friends, you can watch your home security feed. In fact, you can even hook up the Echo Show to your baby monitor, and Alexa will be able to bring that up, too. There’s thousands of little different things you can do with the Echo Show and Alexa.

When it comes down to it, the Echo Show is a glorified Amazon Echo. It adds a few extra features, and enables Alexa to do some cool things since you have a screen to look at now, but inside, all it really is is an Amazon Echo backed by the Alexa voice assistant. Check it out for yourself below.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

So, if you’re looking for a audio/visual voice assistant tool, should you pick up Lenovo’s Smart Display this summer or pick up the Echo Show right now? It can be a tough decision, but if all of your stuff (accounts, apps, devices) are all weaved with the Google ecosystem, we’d recommend waiting for the Smart Display to come out on store shelves, as you’ll get the best experience with your Google account and Google Assistant all tied together.

If you can’t wait, by all means, pick up the Echo Show. If you don’t entirely care what ecosystem you’ve been using, the Echo Show would be our first choice. It’s a higher quality product at an affordable price point (just $230). On top of that, Amazon is always upgrading it, adding more “skills” and functions to it. You really can’t go wrong with a product that’s already been on the market and battle tested. We’d recommend the Echo Show to anybody without any hesitation, but once again, it ultimately comes down to what ecosystem you most use, as you’ll always get a better experience if you use Google over Amazon a lot more, or even the other way around.

How to fix Motorola Moto G5 Plus that won’t turn on (easy steps)

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is a premium phone with really impressive hardware specs. When it comes to performance, you can expect that this device can compete with other devices in its category. But just like any other devices, it’s not free from errors and problems. Among the most common issues reported by our readers has something to do with the phone’s capability to turn on or boot up. Some said they found out their phones were dead after leaving them connected to their chargers overnight. Others, however, said their phones just turned off by themselves without any apparent reason and would no longer turn on.

In this post, I will walk you through in troubleshooting your phone that won’t turn on. We will try to see if this problem is actually just a minor issue with the firmware or if it’s a serious hardware concern. I will share with you the solution we’ve been using to address similar issues in the past. So, if you’re one of the owners of this device and are currently bugged by a similar problem, continue reading as this post may help you one way or another.

For smartphone owners who found our site while trying to find a solution, try to see if your phone is one of the devices we support. If it is, then visit the troubleshooting page for that device, browse through it to find issues that are similar with yours and feel free to use our solutions and workarounds. However, if you still need our help after that, then fill up our Android issues questionnaire and hit submit to contact us.

How to make your Moto G5 Plus turn on again

While this problem may seem like a serious hardware issue, in reality, it’s not. In fact, it can be just a minor issue with the firmware provided that your phone doesn’t have any physical and / or liquid damage. That said, if you dropped it on a hard surface and you can actually see some scratches on the outside and then this problem started, then it’s probably a hardware problem. Likewise, if the phone got submerged in water for a long time and then it suddenly turned off, then it must be a liquid damage.

Assuming it’s not due to physical and / or liquid damage, here’s what you need to do:

First solution: Forced Reboot

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus, even if it has a removable battery, will respond to a Forced Restart procedure which simulates battery pull. More often than not, this problem is due to a system crash and doing the Forced Restart will fix the problem. That’s what you need to do in this section:

  • Press and hold the volume up and power keys at the same time for 10 seconds or more.

This will reboot your phone and if it actually does power up, then the problem is fixed but there’s no guarantee that it won’t happen again in the future. At least, now you know what to do if it would turn off by itself and become unresponsive again.

On the other hand, if the phone doesn’t respond to the first procedure, you can try this:

  1. Press and hold the volume up button first and don’t let it go.
  2. Press and hold the power key while holding down the volume up button.
  3. Keep both keys held down together for 10 seconds or more.

It’s basically the same as the first procedure only that we’re making sure the power key is pressed after holding down the volume up button because doing otherwise won’t give you similar result. If the phone is still not responding to this, however, then you should try the next procedure.

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Second solution: Charge your phone and do the Forced Reboot

It’s possible that the battery got drained so in this section, you need to try to charge your phone. But there’s a bit more you need to do than just charge it:

  1. Plug the charger to a working wall outlet and make sure you’re using the original charger.
  2. Using the original cable, connect the phone to its charger.
  3. Regardless whether your Moto G5 Plus responds to its charger or not, leave it connected to its power adapter for 10 minutes or so.
  4. After giving the phone some time to charge, press and hold the volume up and power keys for 10 seconds or more to do the forced restart.

A drained battery is not really a problem but there are times when you let the battery run out completely that the firmware would crash as some services may not be shut down properly. In such case, you have a phone that won’t respond due to a firmware crash and you have a device that won’t turn on because there’s not enough power. Doing the procedure above will fix the issue but if the phone is still not responding after this, then it’s time to bring it to the shop so that a technician can check it for you.

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Top 10 super-slim smartphones you can actually buy today – April 2015

Update:  Check out our updated article on the latest Android phones available that are considered the best slim phone 2017

The world’s thinnest smartphone title has become a thorny affair in recent years, as new contenders basically pop up out of nowhere once every few weeks. Most of the times, no-name Chinese manufacturers are behind these designs that defy gravity common sense, and the goal is to score free publicity for future products with better build quality.

BLU-Vivo-Air

Essentially, while there’s nothing inherently wrong with scouring the market for sub-7 or even sub-6 mm “supermodels”, there is such a thing as too slim. Too slim to handle daily use and abuse, too slim to offer decent hardware performance and, especially, too slim to last more than a few hours between battery charges.

At the same time, it’s important to distinguish the obvious vaporware from handhelds destined for a long, happy life on the catwalk. Here are ten ultra-slender gadgets available via the world’s largest e-commerce outlet that aren’t going anywhere in the coming months and aren’t too svelte for their own good:

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Alpha G850a 32GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Smartphone (Gold)Buy on Amazon|$94.95(Price as of 02/16/2019 18:31 ET)

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BLU Vivo Air – $190 in black; $200 in white gold

BLU Vivo Air

At 5.1 mm, aka approximately a fifth of an inch, the 4.8 incher promises up to 24 hours of continuous juice in talk time. Via 2G networks, that is, with 3G speeds draining the 2,100 mAh cell twice as fast. That’s far from impressive, but compared to other ridiculously thin phones, the Vivo Air is at least quite cheap and, according to folks who’ve touched it, not as frail as you’d expect.

It’s compatible with every US GSM carrier you can think of, caps off at HSPA+ in the connectivity department and tips the scales at, get this, 97 grams. Fashionistas, that’s probably your cue!

Huawei Ascend P6 – starting at $170 unlocked

Huawei Ascend P6

6.2 mm won’t break any records… anymore, yet it allows the P6 to come in at a 120 grams weight with 4.7-inch glass in tow and a robust all-metal chassis. Even less expensive than the Vivo Air, the P6 is old news, having seen daylight in June 2013, but rumor is it’ll nab over-the-air Lollipop treats eventually.

Samsung Galaxy A7 – $444

The mobile ruler’s newfound fondness of swanky, graceful gear has recently translated in not just the company’s handsomest flagship to date, but prettier-than-ever-before mid-rangers as well. Case in point, the aluminum framed A family, headlined by a fairly steep 5.5 incher with Full HD screen resolution, octa-core punch and 2 GB RAM.

Samsung Galaxy A7

The middle spectrum of the Android décor has sure come a long way. Alas, the A7 can’t possibly deliver respectable autonomy, given the 6.3 mm profile forces battery capacity to cap off at 2,600 mAh. With such a bright Super AMOLED panel, plus an Exynos Octa powerhouse in the equation, that’s a goner in a few casual gaming hours.

Huawei Ascend P7 – $324

Huawei Ascend P7

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed P6 is, as you’d presume, better-looking, more technically impressive and pricier. Also, slightly thicker, at 6.5 mm, which is a good thing, proving once again a little meat on the bones comes with its share of advantages. Most prominently here, a significantly larger 2,500 mAh ticker.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra – $288

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

This oldie but goldie gargantuan phablet measures 6.4 inches in diagonal, weighs in at 212 grams yet touts a 6.5 mm wasp waist. It’s almost a paradox, but one you’d be lucky to get at less than $300. Yes, you’ll bear your charger with you at all times (or maybe an external power bank), however the 1,080p Triluminos display, IP58 water resistance and 2 GB RAM will make the efforts and sacrifices all worth it.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha – $298 and up unlocked; starting at $0.01 with AT&T

Galaxy Alpha

Credited as the one that started Samsung’s metal revolution, the 6.7 mm Alpha preserves plastic remnants of an age past, standing out with amazing construction prowess in addition to style and slimness. Also, fingerprint recognition technology, Lollipop software (on Ma Bell at least), octa-core muscle, 2 GB RAM and generous 32 GB internal storage space.

Oh, but how tiny the 1,860 mAh cell sounds!

Samsung Galaxy A5 – $321

Samsung Galaxy A5

The middling member of the middling Galaxy A family looks a lot like the Alpha, measuring the same 6.7 mm in depth, only it’s bigger, at 5 inches, heftier (123 grams), and longer-lasting, presumably, courtesy of a 2,300 mAh battery.

Definitely longer-lasting, since a frugal quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor runs the performance show, paired with 2 gigs of random-access memory.

Samsung Galaxy S6 – $750 factory unlocked; $200 with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon pacts

You can’t have a “best of” list sans the as-yet uncrowned heavyweight champion of the world, the 6.8 mm/138-gram “next big thing.” Sure, it’s costly opposite every other mobile on our roundup, but it’s most likely a battery champ too, which is certainly no easy feat.

Galaxy S6

Okay, maybe not a champ per se, yet I think we can all agree 17 hours of “moderate usage” is a substantial number for an octa-core Quad HD beast with an eating disorder. What more can we say about the S6 we haven’t already said? It’s a must-buy. Period.

Samsung Galaxy A3 – $238

Samsung Galaxy A3

Practically tied with the S6 in physical narrowness, the SIM-free A3 is less than a third of the top dog’s price, and consequently, offers specs that are thrice as humble. A lackluster 4.5-inch 960 x 540 pix res screen, quad-core 1.2 GHz S410 CPU, 1.5 GB RAM, 1,900 mAh heart, etc., etc. On the plus side, the metal-clad budget trooper can probably keep the lights on from dawn to dusk if you take good care of it and don’t exert too much pressure on the average qHD display/64-bit processor combo.

Lenovo Vibe X – $127

Lenovo Vibe X

How is this “anorexic” 6.9 mm fellow so cheap? Well, it’s ancient for one thing, turning one and a half recently, and it’s also still on an archaic Android iteration – 4.2 Jelly Bean. Then again, the quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6589T SoC is probably good for cell endurance, while the 5-inch FHD IPS display, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP and 5 MP cameras are really mind-bending features for Vibe X’s price range.

Forget Moto Es and Gs, this is the real low-cost MVP!

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Alpha G850a 32GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Smartphone (Gold)Buy on Amazon|$94.95(Price as of 02/16/2019 18:31 ET)

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Best back-to-school Android tablets for 2016

As smartphones grow in size and affordability, and laptops shrink their prices to stay afloat, tablets find themselves in a seemingly inescapable chokehold. The textbook definition of a passing fad, they rapidly soared half a decade back at the expense of uninspired netbooks, and are now in the process of becoming obsolete as “the next big thing” emerges.

Best Android Tablets

But as trendy as phablets look, and regardless of the market’s reported oversaturation, Samsung Galaxy Tabs and devices like the Nexus 9 still have some life left in them. Probably not enough to conclusively turn things around for the entire caste, but surely plenty to remain in the spotlight a couple more years.

Tablets in school

Therefore, it’s wise to buy Android slates this back to school season. They’re cheaper than ever before, they’re trying their hardest to survive, and offer phenomenal bang for your buck. Or your parents’.

Kids with tablets

Either way, here’s the definitive list of the best classroom-friendly tablets available stateside, ordered from priciest to cheapest:

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet – $619

Guess Sony didn’t get the “tablets are dying” memo, or the “iPad Air 2 starts at $368” note. We won’t try to find the Japanese manufacturer excuses, or the outrageous tag justifications. But if you can afford it, the 10.1-inch Xperia Z4 is really the best in its class.

Xperia Z4 Tablet

It’s large, yet not uncomfortably so, super-slim (6.1 mm), but far from fragile, withstands dust and water interaction, delivers Quad HD content on a breathtakingly sharp IPS panel, and runs literally every game you throw at it, thanks to an octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip and 3 GB RAM.

Be warned, parents, the Z4 Tablet could induce addiction and provide one too many distractions while doing homework.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″ – $399

Galaxy Tab S 10.5

The Samsung Galaxy Tab2 is quite affordable… considering, and it’s almost as strong a fashion statement as the aforementioned $600+ Z4.

It’s also extremely secure (and a bit gimmicky), thanks to fingerprint recognition, Quad HD-capable, octa-core-powered, and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop.  Weighs under 1 lb so can be easily carried around campus or to the coffee shops.

Google Nexus 9 – $341 and up

Nexus 9

A mobile gamer’s wet dream, as well as the answer to the prayers of software purists, the N9 might not get a follow-up this year, partly because it’s already pretty darn great.

It aims to make your transition from iPads as smooth as possible, with a high-res 4:3 screen, it’s guaranteed for a swift Marshmallow update, lasts a good 8 hours between charges and, though not as flashy as some of its rivals, boasts a winning, slim-bezeled design.

Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-A1 – $254 (keyboard dock included)

Asus Transformer Pad

If productivity is what you seek, the aging TF Pad can’t be beaten. Granted, the typing experience on the bundled keyboard doesn’t stand a direct comparison against a conventional 13-inch+ notebook. Then again, the ensemble’s versatility and portability make it a must-buy for students, who need something light and casual while on break, and a touch of extra functionality when getting down to business.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8 – $229

Lenovo-Yoga-Tablet-2-8

The world’s PC sales leader best understood the people’s need for innovation and reinvention in the distressed tablet landscape, so in addition to cutting prices, Lenovo improved some of its mobile devices by way of kickstands.

Sounds… pedestrian at first, but the cylinder that makes the 8-inch Yoga we’re dealing with here look a little awkward helps its flexibility and durability. Not only you can use the slate in “Stand”, “Tilt”, “Hold” and “Hang” modes, you can use it for up to 18 hours sans going for a power plug.

Asus ZenPad S 8 – $199

Asus ZenPad S 8

It’s compact, it’s brand new, remarkably inexpensive for what it brings to the table, and it’s “perfectly suited for creative tasks such as sketching and painting”, courtesy of Z Stylus support. Phew, for a moment there, it looked like we had to recommend the overpriced Samsung Galaxy Note Pro for digital pen enthusiasts.

We’ll admit, we’re blown away by what Asus offers in exchange for two measly Benjamins, namely 2,048 x 1,536 display resolution, 64-bit Intel Atom Z3530 punch, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB (!!!) internal storage, Android 5.0 software, 6.6 mm frame and “cinematic” DTS-HD audio.

Fire HD 6 Kids Edition – $149

Fire HD 6 Kids

Tweens need their fix of Android gear as the school year kick-off approaches, and thoughtful moms and dads should look no further than Amazon’s proprietary 6 incher. It’s tiny, yeah, and it’s no powerhouse, with just 1 GB RAM in tow.

But it’s not like your little one will insist on watching Full HD content on this thing, or multitask like there’s no tomorrow. Instead, you want something they can easily carry around, something playfully designed and virtually unbreakable.

Well, the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition can break, but Amazon vows to replace it, no questions asked, up to two years after your purchase.

Amazon Fire HD 7 – starting at $139

Fire HD 7

A tad larger, less robust but friendlier to adolescents and even fully grown up college students, the Fire HD 7 is very hard to argue with from a business standpoint. It’s got a quad-core CPU under its hood, 1 GB memory, 8-hour battery, stereo speakers and free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content. All for the low, low price of $139.

LG G Pad 7.0 – $125 Wi-Fi-only; $100 with AT&T pacts, $200 contract-free in LTE-enabled configuration

LG G Pad 7.0 AT&T

Wait, don’t jump the gun on the Fire HD 7 just yet. The G Pad 7.0 directly goes up against Amazon’s low-cost 7 incher, and hands down LG’s biggest forte is a much closer to stock Android experience. Not to mention a newer version of Google’s mobile OS, i.e. 5.0 Lollipop.

Besides that, there’s very little to set the two apart, as the smallest member of the G Pad family also promises respectable autonomy, quad-core speed and covers data hoarders with an 8 GB ROM to start with. On the plus side, there’s a microSD card slot here that enables expansion up to 72 gigs in total.

Nabi DreamTab HD8 – $120

Nabi DreamTab HD8

Another kiddie-designed “laptop replacement”, this time lacking Amazon’s build quality pledge and advantageous warranty program. Nabi, aka Fuhu, more than makes up for those small inconveniences with big, big strengths.

A Full HD display for $120? Mind-blowing! Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 muscle? You’ve got to be kidding! 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, microSD support, “Dream Pen” capabilities, parental controls, a boatload of carefully selected children-friendly free apps and games?!? We’re… out of words.

[Deal] 45mm Moto 360 Sport for $111.95

Moto 360 Sport

The #Moto360Sport is now available for just $111.95 on eBay. The seller only has the White version of the smartwatch in stock, which means you don’t have much say in terms of colors. But that shouldn’t be much of a problem since the White model is the most attractive variant (for me anyway).

The smartwatch runs Android Wear by default and comes with support for all major updates that are sent out by Google. So how is this different from the standard Moto 360? Well, it comes with a bunch of fitness related features that make it ideal for runners and athletes. There’s built in GPS, a heart-rate sensor and a whole lot more with the Moto 360 Sport.

It can easily replace the best of your fitness bands that are selling in the market. Keeping this in mind, be sure to check out the wearable from the eBay link below.

Get the Moto 360 Sport for just $111.95! 

[Deal] Unlocked 32GB Moto Z Force DROID for $469.99

Moto Z Force DROID

Moto Z Force DROID

The #MotoZForce was launched via #Verizon as the Moto Z Force DROID. Naturally, the device had some limitations, mainly related to network compatibility. An eBay retailer is now offering the unlocked version of the handset for just $469.99. The device comes with the same specs as the Moto Z Force, but with Verizon branding on top.

The Moto Z Force comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display (shatterproof), the quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 21-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and a 3,500 mAh battery. The smartphone is perhaps the best rugged phone you can get for this price. It must be noted that only the glass on the front is marketed as shatterproof, and the rest of the hardware is expected to have standard durability.

The Moto Z Force DROID for this price is surely an unmissable deal. Hit the link below for further details.

Get the 32GB unlocked Moto Z Force DROID for $469.99 on eBay!

[Deal] 64GB unlocked Moto Z for $575.99

Moto Z

The #MotoZ is Moto’s most exciting smartphone lineup. Starting this year, the company replaced the Moto X with the Moto Z as the flagship offering of the year. The device is now available via eBay for just $575.99. The smartphone is heavily packed with the latest hardware, but what makes it attractive to the customers is the support for the Moto Mod accessories. This basically allows users to transform their phone into an audio station, a projector or even a super cool camera.

The Moto Z comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, the quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC, Android 6.0 Marshmallow (upgradable to Nougat), and a 2,600 mAh battery. This is a flagship ranged offering, so the pricing mentioned by the retailer seems justified. Be sure to check out the Moto Z from the link below. Stocks might be limited so make sure you hurry.

Get the unlocked 64GB Moto Z for just $575.99 on eBay! 

[Deal] Moto 360 Sport for $99.99

Moto 360 Sport

The #Moto360Sport is now available for just $99.99 on eBay. This is Motorola/Lenovo’s most recent smartwatch which was released late last year. The device runs Android Wear out of the box, with support for all of the new features that have been released by Google. The 360 Sport also features GPS and WiFi, which makes it perfect for outdoor run sessions as well as cycling.

The Moto 360 Sport here is available only in White, so you have don’t have plenty of choices. But that shouldn’t be much of a problem since the White variant is the preferred choice for many. Given the price that it’s selling for, the Moto 360 Sport is a pretty attractive offering and something that could be gifted to your loved ones as well.

The smartwatch might not stay in stock for long, so we suggest you head over to the eBay link below.

Get the Moto 360 Sport for just $99.99 on eBay!

[Deal] Unlocked Moto Z Play for $369.99

Moto Z Play

Moto Z Play

You can now snatch the unlocked version of the #MotoZPlay for just $369.99 on eBay. As you know, the unlocked model of the handset is pretty hard to come by in the U.S. as the DROID version is mainly sold in the region. So this is a pretty rare deal we have here. The handset comes with all the features that we see on the North American variant, so there’s really no distinction barring the fact that it’s unlocked.

The Moto Z Play comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, the quad-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and a 3,510 mAh battery. The Moto Z Play also comes with support for Moto Mods, so should you have one with you or if you were planning to get one, there’s no better time to try it out with the Moto Z Play.

Get the unlocked Moto Z Play for just $369.99 on eBay!

[Deal] Moto 360 Sport for $124.99

Moto 360 Sport

Moto 360 Sport

You can now grab the 45mm #Moto360Sport for just $124.99 on eBay. This is a significantly discounted price on the original price tag of the wearable, which makes this a fairly attractive deal for everyone. The Moto 360 Sport is basically like the standard 2nd gen Moto 360, but with some added features which will appeal to the fitness buffs. If you’re one to go on a jog or want to track your workouts every day, then the Moto 360 Sport is meant for you.

What’s even better is that the seller is offering the smartwatch in two colors – White and Orange/Flame. That’s plenty of options for a wearable. The Moto 360 Sport comes with standard Android Wear related features on board as well, so it’s not just a fitness wearable. The smartwatch comes with a 45mm band. Be sure to check out the smartwatch from eBay’s page below.

Check out the Moto 360 Sport for just $124.99 on eBay!

Promo images of the Moto M leak out

Moto M

Moto M

The #MotoM is expected to be Lenovo’s next big push in the high-end segment under the Moto branding. The handset has just leaked out in a series of images, revealing some key hardware and design aspects of the device. For starters, we’re noticing a change in the placement of the fingerprint scanner. While previous Moto handsets had a front facing fingerprint scanner, the Moto M seemingly uses a rear fingerprint scanner, more in line with some of Lenovo’s devices.

It is also revealed that the handset will be packing a 16-megapixel rear camera, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 3,050 mAh fast charging battery on board with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The phone will also be water-resistant as per one of the images, although the level of protection is not known yet. All the promo images are in Chinese, so there’s still a lot that we don’t know. But given the little information that we have, we can decipher that the Moto M will be an exciting handset.

Moto M - Camera

Source: TechDroider

Via: Android Headlines

[Deal] 3rd gen Moto G for $69.99

2015 Moto G

Moto G

The 3rd gen #MotoG can now be yours for just $69.99 on eBay. The smartphone is available for a very reasonable price here, especially considering the hardware it’s packing on board. The Moto G is a pretty decent flagship and was released in mid-2015, so it’s not exactly an old device. The handset offered here comes with support for Virgin Mobile’s networks.

The 2015 Moto G comes with a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop (upgradable to Marshmallow), and a 2,470 mAh battery. The retailer is currently offering the handset in a solitary Black model, so there aren’t a lot of color variants to pick from.

The Moto G is a pretty stellar device for this price, so be sure to snap it up before stocks run out. Hit the link below for more details.

Get the 3rd gen Moto G for just $69.99!