Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Beats Apple iPad 4 To Lead The Tablet War Movie, Microsoft Surface Pro, Kindle Fire Add Spunk As Supporting Cast

Turning the clock back by few hands, I remember being left with the Apple iPad  as a feasible choice for a sleek sexy tablet to garb. Coming back to the present– I am almost flooded with choices as diverse as the colors on earth. Samsung is oozing glamour with its Galaxy Note 8.0 while Microsoft Surface Pro has hit bull’s eye in the niche laptop consumer market. Before I forget, the Google Nexus 10 has become my next-best friend set to match shoulders with my BFF Samsung Galaxy.

  • Bite into the Apple Ipad 4- With rich legacy thronging its name, the iPad 4 boasts of rippling resolution that matches head with an uber cool  iOS interface.  While I find the iPad 4 too heavy to slip into my handbag, the functionality woos me back into a date with this Apple offering.
  • My prayers for a tab fitting into my handbag meet the right match with the Google Nexus 7. The Jelly Bean cooks up a taste that is yummy for Android fans. With a pocket-able price, the tablet is light both ways.  Just that, the app story could be worked upon to a fair bit on the Nexus.
  • Shopping for a compact tablet that comes between the Apple iPad 4 and the Google Nexus, I got hands on the Kindle Fire HD.  With high definition at the forefront on its 8.9-inch screen, the Amazon baby is a delight for flicking between Reader books or catching up a latest movie.
  • Come over all average tablets into a world that is called Galaxy. Samsung has played its cards too right and the Galaxy Note 8 barely disappoints. The seductive screen, the swipe-worthy S-stylus, the Airview-phew– variety indeed is the spice of life with the Note 8.
  • Microsoft was king and perhaps is yet to lose the battle of the latest to giants such as Samsung! With the Surface Pro, I was happy that Microsoft is back on war field. Despite hiccups with the bank breaking tag, the laptop grabbed buyers from the high-end consumer markets. With Windows 8 and its promise to take you across multitasking in a jiffy, the Surface is worth a buy if you rarely care for price tags.

For skeptics—here is a blow—these are no cons or inspired from Apple avatars. Each of the tab outing from the giants are fed with specs that kill and looks that amaze.

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Bad News For Google Nexus 7: Apple iPad Mini And Amazon Kindle Fire Sold More Units In 2012

The world loved the Google Nexus 7 when it first came out, and sure enough, the tablet did set the cash registers ringing. But looks like Google’s luck ran out pretty soon. According to industry analyst Benedict Evans, Apple’s iPad Mini and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD managed to sell more units during 2012 than the Nexus 7.

This information, however, wasn’t easy to come by, since Google doesn’t provide total sales figures of its devices. But Evans inferred that less than 4.8 million units of the Nexus 7 tablets were sold during 2012, from various statements made by ASUS’ CEO. Evans estimates that Apple managed to sell around 10 million units of the iPad Mini, even though it was launched late last year.

But the real leader in the low cost 7-inch tablet category seems to be the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. According to Evans, Amazon managed to rake up more impressive sales of its 7-inch tablet offering than Google did. However, this could change if recent rumors are to be believed. Apparently, Google is going to upgrade the resolution of the Nexus 7’s screen but still offer it at the same price. Maybe things will then look up for the Nexus 7 – iPad Mini and Kindle Fire, watch out!… Read the rest

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Kids’ Content Service on Amazon’s Kindle at Price of $4.99

New York: Leading online marketplace Amazon.com is launching a subscription service for children’s games, videos and books. With this service, Amazon is targeting kids so they use more Kindle Fire tablet devices. This service will allow kids to watch, play and read a variety of content available on Amazon. Better still, they can access it as many times as they want.

Aimed at kids between 3 to 8 years of age, the Kindle FreeTime Unlimited service is likely to be available in the next few weeks as part of an automatic software update. Amazon has said that with this service for kids, families will have access to ‘thousands’ of pieces of content. However, the company has not divulged any number. The services for kids is priced at $4.99 a month for one child. For members of Amazon Prime, it will be available at $2.99 a child.

For worried parents, the good news is that it comes with parental controls so they can set aside screen time for their kids. This move from Amazon will up the ante for competitors in the tablet market such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Microsoft and Samsung.… Read the rest

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10 Best-selling Android Tablets

Android tablets have come a long way from a rocky start to giving users the most refined experience. So for those who prefer an Android tab over iPad, we have listed down some of the best-selling Android tabs available in the market.

Take a look:

Google Nexus 7

$199 (8GB), $249 (16GB)
A small-screen tab, Google Nexus 7 makes a great choice at an incredible price. The best small-screen tablet, it packed with all features you would like in a tab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

$499 (16GB)
A 10-inch Android tab, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is consumer-friendly, fun, and easy-to-use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

$199.99 (16GB)

This 7-inch tab is packed with a small screen but great features.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201

$499 (32GB), $599 (64GB)

With quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, this 10-inch Android tab can be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asus Transformer Pad TF300

$379 (16GB), $399 (32GB)

Another 10-inch Android tablet in the list, Asus Transformer Pad TF300 comes packed with a a fast CPU, Ice Cream Sandwich, and an optional keyboard dock.

 

 

 

 

 

Asus Transformer Pad TF700

$499 (32GB), $599 (64GB)
Another Asus in line, this tab has a large screen, bright and sharp high-resolution display and blazing fast quad-core processor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

$249.99 (8GB)
Simple, elegant, and small, this tab comes with the power of Google’s latest mobile operating system, at a reasonable cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) (Verizon Wireless)

$349.99 (8GB)
This reasonable and reliable Android tablet is made with fast speeds and supports Verizon’s solid 4G LTE network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acer Iconia Tab A700

$449 (32GB)

This 10-inch tab lags behind others in terms of screen resolution and display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon Kindle Fire (2012)

$159 (8GB)

Prices really low, this entry-level device doesn’t quite measure up to this year’s crop of $199 tablets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 7 Inch Tablet Market All Set To Get A New Entrant: The Apple iPad Mini Production Starts

Widespread reports of Apple starting the mass production of its iPad Mini is hitting the web, leaving all Apple fans waiting for its launch. This smaller version of the iPad will be cheaper than its predecessor, which has a 9.7-inch screen.

The iPad Mini will have a screen size of 7.85-inch with liquid-crystal display and a lower resolution as compared to the latest iPad.

Earlier in September, there were reports that indicated that Asia-based LG Display and AU Optronics had already starting the manufacturing of LCD screens for Apple’s new device.

With Google, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon taking a deep plunge into the tab market with their 7-inch tabs, Apple with its smaller tab hopes to stay ahead in the competitive market.

The Google Nexus 7 was introduced in July. Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet comes with a price tag of $200, which is about half the price of iPad. Tablet from Barnes & Noble has a price range starting at $199.

Already a leader in the market, this smaller tablet would surely help Apple further up its sales. Apple is reportedly sending out invitations for its media event, where it plans to unveil the iPad Mini on Wednesday, October 17th.… Read the rest

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Amazon Has No Plans to Take on Apple’s iPad. Read On Why…

Not a 10-inch model as speculated, but Amazon plans to uncover two models of 7-inch Kindle Fire tablets, Sep. 6th!

Counter to the rumors of hitting directly at Apple with a bigger version of Kindle, Amazon will reportedly unveil two 7-inch Kindle Fire models at its media event coming Thursday.

So in case you were waiting for a 10-inch version, the wait is going to be a bit longer, I guess.

As per a report in CNet, out of the two 7-inch models, one will have a faster and better hardware with more connectivity choices, while the other will be an updated version of the already existing Kindle Fire, which Amazon has recently sold out and taken off the shelves in the US.

The innovative higher-end Kindle Fire model will also boasts of a faster processor, a camera, an HDMI port, and other hardware upgrades, which marks it to be a tough competitor of Google’s nexus 7. Whereas the lower-end or revamped model of the original is just slightly upgraded with a newer interface. This model is believed to cost lower than $199 and will also have ad support.

Currently, the Kindle e-readers display ads while asleep and on the main library page.

The new Kindle devices are set to make debut in a week’s time on Amazon’s media event that’s slated for Sept. 6th. The season seems to be great for tablets as Apple also plans to launch its iPad Mini this October. For now, we will just have to wait until next week when Amazon announces the pricing, naming, and availability of its devices!… Read the rest

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