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Best business-friendly Android tablets money can buy in December 2014

Once upon a time deemed harmless toys incapable of challenging the conventional laptop’s productivity, tablets have grown in mainstream popularity of late not only because they’re smaller and, often, easier to master than computers.

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They’re also slowly but steadily moving up the enterprise ranks, becoming safe, functional and, most of all, cheap enough to use in business environments. Besides, tablets allow professionals and entrepreneurs to take their work with them wherever, whenever, with increased comfort.

Juggling between one’s relaxation and entertainment needs, and office endeavors is a walk in the park, and a slew of optional accessories and add-ons like keyboard docks or stylus pens often bring tabs perfectly on-par with larger PCs as far as productivity goes. Sometimes, higher.

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Granted, many tablets, especially in the Android ecosystem, remain focused on light tasks, gaming, or multimedia playing. Which is why you may need a little guidance into picking the pads that mean business the most. Here are seven top options available today, each one fitting a different enterprise profile:

Google/HTC Nexus 9 – starting at $400 on Amazon

At first glance, there’s nothing businessy about the latest entry in the “pure Google” Nexus franchise. Quite on the contrary, if we’re talking strictly from a software standpoint, as Big G is never keen on adding software optimizations or security “enhancements” in the mix.

What makes the N9 a sensible choice for corporations and corporation workers is the dedicated keyboard folio, up for grabs on Amazon at $88. Sure, most tabs support third-party docking stations and keyboard cases. Many of which might be larger and thus more productive than Nexus 9’s accessory.

Nexus 9

But this one is specifically made for Google’s 8.9 incher, and you’re guaranteed perfect compatibility and a smooth user experience close to the one offered by a traditional laptop. All for less than $500, in a package weighing under 800 grams in total. Nice!

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – $549 in 32 GB configuration

It’s perhaps needless to point out why a stylus could come in handy for a graphic artist, or just a scribbler always attending meetings and always in need of easy note-taking tools. Well, the Note Pro 12.2 is one of the easiest and best all-around, along with its beautiful, greatly prolific S Pen.

Galaxy Note Pro with keyboard

A fantastic multi-tasker and a bona fide powerhouse, the Note Pro 12.2 offers all the screen real estate you’ll need to create and tweak spreadsheets in comfort, and of course, an Office Suite built with your enterprise requirements in mind.

Plus, Knox security, a wireless printing-dedicated app and a bundled keyboard if you’re willing to cough up $720 and up. Not exactly a bargain, but it could be money well spent.

Asus Transformer Pad TF103C – $299 (keyboard included)

Looking for a bargain tablet/laptop hybrid, and don’t mind cutting a few performance and productivity corners? This aging Transformer Pad is a smart buy no matter how you look at it, even if it’s smaller than the Note Pro and doesn’t come with a stylus in tow.

Asus Transformer Pad

Not quite a speed champion, the TF103C can last for a full day’s work on a single charge, and the bundled keyboard is particularly impressive, touting a decently sized trackpad and as such replicating to the letter a notebook’s typing experience.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition – $449 and up on Amazon

Something for everybody. That’s our motto today, and the 10.1-inch Note aims to meet the desires of those who see the Note Pro as too uncomfortable to lug around, and the Transformer Pad as underwhelming in the performance department.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

Not too pricey, and not too cheap, if you know what we mean, this baby comes with Polaris Office pre-installed, S Pen support on hand, the same exquisite multitasking abilities as the 12.2 incher and an optional case/stand. No keyboard love? Afraid not, although there are numerous external choices.

This $26 Newstyle, for instance. Or this “premium” $47 ProCase. This $37 Supernight? Your call.

EVGA Tegra Note 7 – up for grabs at $159

If your employer is not the generous kind, and you’re simply looking for an inexpensive, light, sleek travel companion instead of a top-of-the-line laptop replacement, the Tegra Note 7 is perhaps the safest bet.

EVGA Tegra Note

It ain’t extremely productive, obviously, but it’s decent for note-taking, courtesy of the intuitive Nvidia Direct Stylus experience, and will let you answer a few urgent e-mails on the move. Oh, and don’t tell your boss man, but the Tegra Note 7 is a bitching gaming device. Almost like an oversized Shield console.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – $530 on Amazon

Pencil pushers (no offense) make up merely a tiny portion of the target audience addressed by business tablets. A solid business tab should handle itself in the wild outdoor too, and in need, fight off water dips and dust contact.

Enter the waterproof, dirtproof Xperia Z2 Tablet. Perhaps not the ideal gadget to visit a construction site without a helmet on, the 10.1 incher is incredibly easy to carry, tipping the scales at 439 grams and measuring 6.4 mm thick.

Xperia Z2 Tablet

Now, elegance may not be the prime concern of enterprise slate users, but if you’re to be available for your business partners and execs at all times, at least do it in style. Speaking of all-times availability, the 10.1-inch Z2 can be had with just Wi-Fi connectivity, or Verizon LTE speeds. The latter, high-speed connected around the clock, costs $500 with two-year contracts, and $600 outright.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active – $563 on Amazon

Meet the Terminator of business-friendly tablets. This thing can take a beating without flinching, and needs no helmet in its construction travels. The Tab Active is the protection helmet, its rugged exterior ensuring security against four-foot drops.

Also, against accidental water immersions up to 30 minutes, and interaction with dust. Basically a Tab 4 8.0 squeezed into a protective case, the Tab Active is “enterprise-ready, productivity-ready and solutions-ready.”

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How so? With Knox security, NFC, C-Pen support, a bundle of special apps to crank up productivity, various data encryption methods and, last but not least, a daylight-readable LCD screen.

Do we have an enterprise champion? Maybe, although we’d like to stress again each business user is different, and has a very particular set of skills in need of polishing and support. All considered, is anyone thinking of purchasing one of the above? Which one and why? Sound off in the comments section below.

NVIDIA announces Tegra Note 7 LTE, coming to market in Q2 for $299

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NVIDIA launched its Tegra 4-powered Tegra Note tablet last year, with an aim to offer a powerful (at least in processing power) tablet at a reasonable price and direct software updates bypassing the manufacturer of the device. Today, the Santa Clara company has unveiled an LTE-enabled version of the Tegra Note 7, priced at $299 with a launch date set for sometime in Q2. It is manufactured by EVGA like the Wi-Fi-only model, and comes with LTE support on AT&T and T-Mobile and HSPA+ connectivity.

The Tegra Note 7 LTE runs on the latest version of Android, aka 4.4.2 KitKat, which will also begin rolling out to the original Tegra Note starting today. The hardware specs include a Tegra 4i processor with four Cortex-A15 cores and a 72-core GPU, 7-inch IPS LCD display of 1280×800 resolution, 2GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear and VGA front-facing cameras, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot, front-facing stereo speakers, and 10 hours of battery life when watching an HD video. Like the Tegra Note, the Note 7 LTE supports stylus input, though you’d be better off getting one of Samsung’s Galaxy Note tablet for the true stylus experience.

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NVIDIA rolling out Android 4.3 update along with several other features for Tegra Note tablets

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NVIDIA Tegra NoteNVIDIA announced the Tegra Note platform recently, which would allow third party manufacturers to use the design and hardware to market the tablet under any brand name. The most recent of these tablets came from Gigabyte and little known manufacturer EVGA. NVIDIA now is rolling out a software update to all these tablets, just like Google would to its Google Play Edition and Nexus devices. This was one of the highlights of these Tegra Note devices as NVIDIA holds control of all future software updates, so the manufacturers don’t have to break a sweat as far as updates are concerned.

The update list includes Tegra Note devices from ADVENT, EVGA, Gigabyte, ZOTAC, Shezhen Homecare Technology and XOLO, so if you own a Tegra Note tablet bought from either of these manufacturers, make sure you’re on the lookout for an update.

Speaking more about the update, this will formally introduce Android 4.3 along with several other NVIDIA specific features. Users will now be able to move apps on the internal storage onto a microSD card slot, which is a neat addition as well. Another feature which makes its way with the update is AOHDR or Always-on HDR camera which will output exceptional images from the camera, although nothing out of the ordinary. The update also brings improvements to the stylus that is supplied with the tablet. So this isn’t just another update which people will forget in a couple of days, as it is pretty significant. It’s commendable that NVIDIA has finally lived up to its promise of supporting Tegra Notes with the latest updates. We hope NVIDIA continues this run and provides all major updates in the future, including Android 4.4.

Source: NVIDIA

Via: Android Police

NVIDIA announces Tegra Note for $199, comes with a stylus

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NVIDIA Tegra Note

NVIDIA has officially announced the Tegra Note tablet packing support for a stylus, as rumored in several leaks. The tablet however will not be sold directly by NVIDIA, but by its partners who will market it in their respective markets. This is pretty much what Intel does with its Atom based smartphones over the world. The Tegra Note will be priced at $199 and will be available from October.

The tablet packs a pretty decent hardware with a 7 inch 1280×800 resolution display, 16GB of internal storage coupled with a microSD card slot and a “groundbreaking” camera of unknown resolution which is capable of taking HDR images and slow-mo video. The Tegra Note runs on NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 chip and promises over 10 hours of HD video playback on battery.

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The key selling points of the Tegra Note are the new camera and the stylus which has deep support right within the chipset. Despite NVIDIA handing out the responsibility of marketing the tablet to its partners, software updates will still be rolled out by NVIDIA which could mean more timely updates for the Tegra Note.

Source: NVIDIA Blog

Via: The Verge

Clear images of the NVIDIA Tegra Note leaked

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Tegra Note

We were all aware that NVIDIA is launching its own tablet, but now we have some proof and confirmation coming through from China. Meet the Tegra Note from NVIDIA, which is the same tablet as the one we’ve seen in leaks so far, but only with a different name this time. The tablet has all the features which were rumored earlier, which is not surprising. These leaked images provide clarity on every aspect of the tablet and we’re very impressed.

What’s noticeable from the front of the tablet is that it features dual stereo speakers like the HTC One. Other noticeable features include the presence of a stylus and a micro HDMI port sitting next to the power button, 3.5 mm headphone jack and the micro USB slot. The back has a familiar pattern and a 5MP camera without LED flash. The tablet also seems to have a camera on the front for video calls. One of the images reveals a case similar to the iPad Smart Cover, which might raise a few eyebrows during launch.

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The display is rumored to be 7 inch 1280×736, while the chipset on board is undoubtedly the NVIDIA Tegra 4. There’s no word on storage variants as of yet but the tablet apparently has expandable storage thanks to the microSD card slot. We can expect the device to be announced during the IFA event later this week with pricing and availability details to follow.

Source: China DIY

Via: Techkiddy