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November 30, 2015

The best iPad and tablet deals for Cyber Monday 2015

Cyber Monday

iPad deals for Cyber Monday in the US are making Apple's tablet fly off of virtual shelves, with slashed prices for 2015 on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini and more.

We're also seeing some of the best Android tablet prices today, November 30, with Samsung tablets discounted to their lowest levels at Amazon, Best Buy and even Staples.

iPad deals for Cyber Monday 2015

iPad Air 2 is on sale for Cyber Monday with a $100 discount on the 16GB model, now just $399 at Amazon.

iPad Air 2 with the bigger 64GB of storage also saves you $140 this holiday season came and went for just $459 at Amazon.

All iPads are discounted with the handy promo code CYBER15, which magically makes them 15% off at Target.

Yep, even the new iPad Pro, which with the 15% off code, comes to about $680 at Target.

Android, Surface Kindle deals for Cyber Monday

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch is our favorite new Android tablet and it's $100 off, now $297 at Amazon US

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch is an Android tablet and it's Cyber Monday deal is even better since it's $160 off, now $339 at Amazon

Microsoft Surface 3 serves up a killer deal now that it is being featured with a $100 discount, bringing the price to $399 at Best Buy

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is way more powerful, but comes in under the thousand dollar mark during Cyber Monday for $999 at Best Buy. It comes with 256GB of storage space on a 12-inch display.

Dell Venue 8 7000 is the thinnest Android tablet out there, and it can be had for $200 less than its original price today, now $199 at Dell.

See the full list here



Top 5 best gaming tablets (late 2015 edition)
Phone ArenaTop 5 best gaming tablets

The last time that we've discussed the best tablets for gaming was back this spring. At the time, we pointed out to slabs such as the Nvidia Shield Tablet, the Google Nexus 9, and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact from the Android camp, as well as towards the Apple iPad Air 2 from the iOS side.

As months passed, however, the tablet market has evolved up to the point where our previous recommendations for the best tablets for mobile gaming are no longer accurate. As such, we've decided to revisit the topic, and now we're back with the top 5 tablets for mobile gaming as the situation presents itself in late 2015. 

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

Recently, Nvidia has announced the new Shield Tablet K1. The new slab maintains most of the hardware and software features available on the original Nvidia Shield Tablet, but the manufacturer has removed the bundled stylus from the entry-level model and has shaved $100 off the price tag. At $199, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 offers great value for the money, and, in many ways, is the best tablet for gamers currently available




November 26, 2015

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November 25, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Comes as a victor in 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - The tablet-laptop hybrid has 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front shooter. But this time around, Microsoft made a point of focusing more on turning the tablet into an exquisite device than insisting on the hybrid aspect of it. And that is simply because it really feels like the Microsoft Surface Pro line of tablets has managed to nail it with the third iteration of it and now are just attempting to polish what they had already achieved with the Surface Pro 3.

The Surface Pro 4 is very good as a laptop, and very good, maybe marginally less so due to the dearth of compelling of universal store apps, as a tablet. And here is why.




November 24, 2015

Apple and Microsoft Black Friday deals are worth checking out
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iPad Air 2: Apple didn’t update the iPad Air this fall so the Air 2 is still the newest of Apple’s 9.7-inch tablets. Save $125 on the 128GB version and $100 on the 64GB and 16GB versions. Those are regularly priced at $699.99, $599.99, and $499.99 respectively.

iPad Mini 4: Apple updated the iPad Mini this fall but this is on sale too, with savings of $100 on 64GB and 128GB models.  Regular price is $499.99 and $599.99 respectively.

Surface 3: One of the most prominent products receiving the discount treatment is the Surface 3, the smaller, less expensive cousin of the Surface Pro 3 tablet. This 10.8-inch tablet will be discounted $150 with the Type Cover keyboard, which is usually sold separately.  The regular price starts at $499 for the device and $129.99 for the type cover. The discount with the keyboard will bring the price down to $479.

Surface Pro 3: This 12-inch tablet will get a price reduction of up to $200, to $699, off the regular price of $899 with 128GB of storage.  (Note that the latest generation is the Surface Pro 4.)

Best Buy also lists savings of $300 “on select Surface Pro 3” tablets from Microsoft. 




November 23, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review: Configured like a 'real' computer, this isn't your old wimpy tablet
Financial Post

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4 tablets are really full-fledged Windows PCs in tablet clothing. They run Windows 10, and are configured like “real” computers, with plenty of memory and storage, and a Surface Pro 4screen worthy of a high-end laptop.

That screen, all 12.3 inches of it, is a tad bigger than last year’s 12-inch Surface Pro 3, with resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 – 267 ppi. That trumps the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, at 264 ppi. My only problem with it isn’t the screen itself, it’s the Intel driver, which, as it did on the Surface Book we looked at recently, has an unfortunate tendency to crash for no apparent reason. It’s not the hardware’s problem, but it does adversely affect the overall experience.

The 3:2 aspect ratio makes it easier for professionals to see a reasonable amount of content on the screen, even if it does create the letterboxing that the 16:9 short and wide screen common on many laptops eliminated in videos. OK, so maybe you get a black bar at the top and bottom of the screen during a movie, but doing real work is a much more pleasant experience, and it doesn’t take away from the quality of the video (which is amazing). The audio was also very good; when playing a bass-heavy YouTube music video, I could feel the device vibrating.




November 20, 2015


HP Inc Elite X2: Surface Pro 4 rival packs Windows 10 and Intel Skylake

Claimed to be the first tablet 'truly built for business'

PC MAKER HP Inc has unveiled the Elite X2, a business-focused hybrid device designed to take on the Surface Pro 4.

Like Microsoft's latest 2-in-1 device, the HP Inc Elite X2 runs Windows 10, and has a sixth-generation Intel Core chip and a kickstand. This allows the device’s 12in Full HD display to be tilted, and the U-shaped kickstand, similar to that seen on HP's Spectre X2, offers 150 degrees of adjustability. HP Elite X2 Tablet

Looking to get one up on Microsoft's Surface Pen, the Elite X2 ships with the firm's Active Pen based on Wacom technology. The pen has a feature called App Launch that lets you tap a button to launch any application of your choice. 

A choice of two "enterprise-class" backlit keyboards will be made available as optional extras with the Elite X2. The HP Inc Advanced Keyboard offers near-field communication for added security, while the Travel Keyboard is thinner and lighter and targets on-the-go workers.

Speaking about the keyboards, HP Inc told The INQUIRER: "HP Inc has institutional knowledge. Until now we've been building PCs," taking a clear swipe at Microsoft.

HP Inc clearly hopes that the device’s enterprise focus will tempt buyers away from the Surface Pro 4, and boldly describes the Elite X2 as the "world's first tablet truly built for business".

Companies will get pre-loaded features such as HP Inc Sure Start with Dynamic Protection, HP Inc Client Security, TPM and an optional fingerprint or smartcard reader. HP Inc also said that the device is designed for easy serviceability, unlike the Surface Pro 4, if iFixit’s teardown is anything to go by, and that features such as the kickstand, display and battery can be quickly and easily replaced.

The Elite X2 has USB Type-C, Thunderbolt and standard USB ports, with optional docking stations that enable users to wirelessly hook up dual 2K or 4K displays. The tablet has a claimed 10-hour battery life, and will be offered with optional 4G connectivity.




November 19, 2015

Vaio Z Canvas Review, Specs: Powerful 12-inch Tablet
Latin Post

The Vaio Z Canvas is a tablet similar in size to the new iPad Pro, but it runs a full version of Windows 10 and not a mobile operating system.Sony Vaio Z Canvas

The Vaio Z Canvas has the power of a full PC and is aimed at professionals and people who like to use a stylus pen on a screen, CNet reports. The tablet commands a high price of $2,200.

The tablet will run a full version of Windows 10, has a detachable keyboard, a stylus, a high resolution screen and enough power to run video-editing programs. This makes the tablet perfect for media professionals working on the go.

A very powerful Intel Core i7 processor is included in the Vaio Z Canvas. This is the same chip that the most powerful and expensive laptops uses. In addition to a fast and powerful processor, the Vaio Z Canvas comes with Intel's best graphics card, the Iris Pro.

The battery-powered stylus pen is not quite as accurate as the one offered for the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets. This could frustrate some media professionals or graphic designers.

The design of the Vaio Z Canvas is very similar to the MacBook Pro. They are both made out of aluminum, but the Vaio Z Canvas uses the materials in just one slate instead of a foldable laptop. The Vaio Z Canvas also provides a touchscreen.

The 12.3-inch screen on the Vaio Z Canvas is similar to the 12.9-inch screen on the iPad Pro. The resolution on the Vaio Z Canvas is 2,560 x 1,704 pixels, or 250 pixels per inch (ppi). The resolution of the iPad Pro is slightly better at 2,732 x 2,048 pixels, or 264 ppi.




Find out why we're so impressed by the new Surface Pro 4
PC Advisor

We're eagerly awaiting the launch of the Surface Book but for now Microsoft has released the Surface Pro 4 as its latest Windows 10 tablet. Here's our full and in-depth Surface Pro 4 review.

As Microsoft continues driving to make its own hardware with Lumia smarphones and other devices such as the Band 2, the Surface Pro 4 is here with the aim of being 'the tablet that can replace your laptop'. But has Microsoft achieved this by 'reinventing the Surface Pro'? Find out in our Surface Pro 4 review.

There is a great deal to like and rave about the Surface Pro 4. The design is thinner and lighter for starters. The screen is awesome, there's plenty of power available, the new Surface Pen is better and the Type Cover is a vast improvement on the last one. However, the design is inherently awkward at times, it's more expensive that a lot of laptops and the Type Cover, which you'll pretty much need, isn't included lowering the value.




November 18, 2015

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: A Contest Of Value

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a strong device, but don’t overlook the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 as well, as it can hold its own in providing value. How does it do against the new tablet by Microsoft?

In terms of size the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 comes in at 12 inches while the Microsoft Surface Pro goes slightly bigger with 12.3 inches. Lenovo offers 300 nits; Microsoft delivers 267ppi. Lenovo provides standard flash and auto-focus alongside an optional RealSense 3D camera by Intel for its 5MP rear camera, while its front-facing one is 5MP. The Surface Pro 4 has 8MP for its rear camera and 5MP for the front one.

Both devices offer 9 hours of constant video playback battery longevity. Besides microSD and microSIM support, the IdeaPad Miix 700 has a USB 3.0 and 2.0 port. The Surface Pro 4 provides a DisplayPort, USB 3.0 and microSD support.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 is at a good $700 with a keyboard; the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is more expensive at $900 but comes together with a Surface Pen. A Type Cover keyboard however, costs an extra $130.




Jony Ive: Why Apple Pencil won't replace your finger on iPad Pro
Cult of Mac

Given that Apple Pencil critics love to whip out Steve Jobs’ quote about how, “If you see a stylus [on the iPad], they blew it,” it was always going to take a require a good reason for Apple to adopt the iPad Pro Apple Pencilstylus, as it did for the iPad Pro.

In a new interview for design journal Wallpaper, Jony Ive lays out some of his thought process on the decision — which, from the sound of things, Apple didn’t exactly take lightly.

It’s a fascinating discussion, not because of what it reveals about Apple’s manufacturing process (aside from the interesting tidbits that Ive uses a Hermès ink pen as designed by his BFF Marc Newson, and a reminder that Apple doesn’t use focus groups), but because it’s Ive describing the user interface elements of the Apple Pencil to someone who understands design language.

One of my favorite answers relates to how the Pencil and the finger are designed to do different things on the iPad Pro:

“I think there’s a potential to confuse the role of the Pencil with the role of your finger in iOS, and I actually think it’s very clear the Pencil is for making marks, and the finger is a fundamental point of interface for everything within the operating system. And those are two very different activities with two very different goals.

So we are very clear in our own minds that this will absolutely not replace the finger as a point of interface. But it is, and I don’t think anybody would argue, a far better tool than your finger when your focus becomes exclusively making marks.

The traditional pencil could have been replaced by a dish of powdered charcoal, which you dipped your finger into to make marks with. And that didn’t happen.”

If you’re looking for a deeper dive into the wave Apple solves design problems, the entire interview is worth a read — which you can do here. Ive talked more about the Apple Pencil in his other recent interview with U.K. newspaper, The Telegraph.




November 17, 2015

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 or Apple's iPad Pro: Quest for true laptop replacement
Delhi Daily News

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 or Apple's iPad Pro: Quest for true laptop replacement - The Apple iPad Pro reviews are in, and they are all over the place. The general consensus seems to be that it's a fantastic iPad, but not an effective laptop replacement.

On the other hand, Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 is in a better position as it runs a full-fat desktop OS in the form of Windows 10, whereas Apple's iPad Pro, in spite of the Pro branding, still runs on the company's mobile OS, iOS 9.

Both the devices have keyboards and stylus-support, but they differ in quite a few other ways. The Surface Pro 4 is very much a PC for a post-PC world, while the iPad Pro looks to build on what users are already doing with tablets in a more professional environment.

Design and Specs

It really does look like the Surface Pro 4 conveniently beats the iPad Pro if you are looking for a tablet/hybrid device that will allow you to do away with carrying around a separate laptop.

The biggest difference is that the Surface Pro 4 comes in more options than the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro gives you 3 options: one 32GB sized model and two 128GB sized models. All the 3 models have 4GB of RAM and the same A9X chip




NVIDIA Re-releases SHIELD Tablet As SHIELD Tablet K1, Drops The Price To $199
Android Police

In my personal opinion, NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet has been one of the better Android tablets on the market for the last year and a half (give or take). Sure, it's had its ups and downs — a mandatory NVIDIA's SHIELD Android Tabletrecall due to battery issues back in August probably hurt it more than anything, but NVIDIA did what was right and replaced all affected units.

Now the company is bringing back the original SHIELD Tablet, albeit with a few changes and a nice new price tag.

. The primary change on the hardware front is that the stylus has been removed (even the bay is gone). The display technology is still there for users who wants to pick up a stylus of their own and use it, so they didn't kill it completely — it's just not part of the package now. The DirectStylus options are also missing from settings, which makes sense since most of that was controlling what happens when the stylus is removed from the bay. No stylus bay, no need for options.

The other main difference is that there's only one version this time, and it's the 16GB Wi-Fi model. There is no option for 32GB of storage, nor is a carrier-connected version available. One tablet keeps things simple. And of course there's a microSD expansion slot that allows for more storage to be tacked on whenever users see fit. So, really, the 16GB of storage isn't that big of a deal.

There is one other thing NVIDIA cut in order to get the price so low, however, and it's one that I've never seen before: the charger. Yeah, SHIELD Tablet K1 doesn't ship with a charger. It makes sense from a cost-perspective, but I think it's kind of a ballsy move. The thinking here is that most users already have half a dozen phone chargers lying around that will have no issues juicing up SHIELD Tablet, which I do agree with. But I also think a lot of customers are going to be dumbfounded at this choice if they don't know about the lack of a charger going into it.




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