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By May 21, 2015 Read More →

A look at Archos Fusion Storage

vlcsnap-2015-05-20-15h10m09s283Several new device in the Archos range feature the exclusive Archos Fusion Storage system that seamlessly combines the memory of any MicroSD card* with the internal storage. This gives the user even more space for your apps, games and multimedia, anytime the device’s internal memory is running low, this smart storage system automatically migrates data, optimizes memory balance and splits and combines extra-large files so the user never has to worry about storage space or transferring files.

Here, we have a look at the system and attempt to work out just how it works and what changes to Android Archos have made.

 

By May 19, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Archos 80b Helium 4G

vlcsnap-2015-05-17-23h23m31s250Gareth takes a look at a the £135 low end tablet from Archos. This variant of the 80 combines dual SIM with with a modest 1.2ghz Quad core processor and a striking 8″ IPS display.

Stay connected anywhere thanks to built-in 4G LTE
8” multitouch screen with IPS technology
Quad core CPU @1.5 GHz
Built-in GPS
2 MP front camera & 5 MP back camera
Google™ certified with full access to Google Play™ with over 1 million apps

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By May 15, 2015 Read More →

Samsung unveils new Galaxy Tab A

Screenshot 2015-05-15 07.04.29Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that the all-new Samsung Galaxy Tab A will be available in the UK from 21st May. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A introduces a new screen size designed to create an improved viewing experience alongside high-performance features, making it a smart device that people can rely on every day.

The Galaxy Tab A is high quality yet affordable and designed to be used by the whole family. It can be customised to individual tastes, making it perfect for anyone looking for a device that can be used by more than one person. Designed to offer maximum portability the light, slim Galaxy Tab A measures just 7.5mm – perfect for people who want a practical device they can use wherever, whenever.

“The Galaxy Tab A has the power and performance our customers have come to expect from the Samsung Galaxy range, and with Wi-Fi, LTE and S-Pen versions available we are offering people more choice when it comes to picking a device that best suits their lifestyle.” commented Conor Pierce, Vice President IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland. “Combining innovative functionality that makes it possible to tailor the tab experience for more than one person with a compact design – the Galaxy Tab A can be used anywhere, anytime. With a new screen ratio designed to optimise the viewing experience, the new Galaxy Tab A is the perfect tablet for people looking for an everyday device that works for them and their family.”

An optimal viewing experience

The Galaxy Tab A features a new 4:3 aspect ratio screen designed to deliver the best possible viewing experience. Reflecting how people are using tablets, the new screen ratio optimises the format of web pages, e-books and e-magazines to provide a better-proportioned and more natural viewing experience. Complementing this new screen display, the Galaxy Tab A also comes pre-installed with a range of premium content via Galaxy Gifts, including free online storage solution OneDrive which gives 115GB of online storage, The Economist and Kindle for Samsung.

Enhanced Kids Mode

Available to download through Galaxy Essentials, Kids Mode allows parents to manage how their children use the Galaxy Tab A by controlling both the length of time children spend on the device and the apps and features they can access. Parents can also monitor usage through user-generated activity reports. At the same time, children can experience their very own ‘kid-designed’ Home Screen and take advantage of special features including Kids Music, Kids Drawing, Sticker Chart and specific ‘Friends’ and ‘Play’ sections, creating an authentic tablet experience that kids can enjoy at the same time as giving parents complete peace of mind. In addition, Multi-Kids Profile allows up to six children to have their very own personalised user profile.  

A refined user interface

Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Galaxy Tab A features a more refined user experience. The home screen grid system has been re-designed to fit the new 4:3 aspect ratio, while it is possible to easily transfer files via simple drag and drop into My Files. With expanded notification cards, people can view up to five notifications on the lock screen at any one time, whilst the removal of tabs at the top offers a simplified Contacts layout, with the Favourites list always showing at the top.  

Enhanced camera

Featuring a 5MP rear (main) camera and 2MP front camera, the Galaxy Tab A means capturing unmissable moments in stunning quality is easier than ever before. Auto Focus captures pictures of superb clarity, while One Shot Mode makes it possible to switch seamlessly between One Click Mode and One Click Recording. In addition, Continuous Shot offers the ability to take up to 20 pictures at once with just one touch. 

SideSync 3.0

SideSync 3.0 enables the screens, windows and data of the Galaxy Tab A to be shared seamlessly between tablet and PC monitor. Features include remote notification of calls and text messages and Document Share, meaning files can easily be moved from tablet to the monitor.

Quick Connect

Quick Connect* means customers can show videos from their Galaxy Tab A on their Samsung Smart TV; stream live TV from their Smart TV to their Galaxy Tab A; and display their ‘daily briefing’ including weather, time and daily schedule on their Smart TV.

Microsoft Apps

Customers can now access a full suite of pre-loaded Microsoft apps and services through the new Galaxy Tab A. Through Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft OneDrive, users can easily access, edit and store documents and photos, while the Skype app allows them to stay connected to the people that matter most. 

Multi-capturing and easy-sharing with the enhanced S-Pen

For anyone that seeks a practical device to meet both work and personal needs, the Galaxy Tab A with S-Pen is the perfect choice. The S-Pen enables mouse-like selection to easily select and move contents, while Smart Select enables images to be captured and text extracted.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A will be available in three different versions in the UK including, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (Wi-Fi and LTE) and Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S-Pen (Wi-Fi). The WiFi version will come preloaded with the convenient Multi User mode that lets people create their own personal profile. Running the new Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A features a 1.2GHz Quad processor, 1.5GB or 2GB RAM (depending on variant) 16GB storage and a Micro SD slot offering 128GB of external storage.  

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By May 4, 2015 Read More →

Archos 101 Oxygen Unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-05-04-14h51m17s807Gareth takes a look at the Archos 101 Oxygen. A price conscious tablet with a couple of extra ports you would not normally see on a tablet. Combining a 10.1-inch 1080p display, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and runs a Cortex A17 1.8GHz quad-core processor the Archos has a couple of tricks up it’s sleeve to add it to your list as tablets you might consider getting. 

  • 10.1” fullHD display (1920×1200 pixels)
  • Quad core CPU ARM Cortex A17 @1.8 GHz
  • 2 GB RAM, 16 GB flash memory with an expandable Micro SD Slot
  • Full connectivity : WiFi, Bluetooth®, GPS
  • 2MP front camera & 5 MP with autofocus back camera
  • Google™ certified with over 1 million apps, games, and more available on Google Play™

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By March 5, 2015 Read More →

Archos set to fuse things together

ARCHOS-101-Magnus_w_600Archos are at Mobile World Congress this year showing off a something a little different, as usual. Archos are introduced a new proprietary technology called “Fusion Storage.” Essentially, this combines the storage of an added microSD card with the tablet’s built-in internal storage. In this case, the technology is being used on their new Magnus range of tablets as well as some other upcoming smartphones and tablets. Select models will also become Fusion Storage capable by way of over-the-air software updates.

“Once activated, Archos Fusion Storage automatically migrates data from the microSD card and optimizes memory balance, resulting in an increase in install space for apps and games, as well as more storage for media and large files,” the press release states.

Archos revealed more details on the Magnus tablet line-up, which features the first tablet to sport 256 GB of internal storage. This new series includes the Archos 101 Magnus, the Archos 94 Magnus and the Archos 101 Magnus Plus. Prices are only available in dollars at the moment and whilst they are currently based on Android 4.4 KitKat the cost is only $179, $349 and $349, respectively. There is no word on a Lollipop update for the tablets, I’m sure this would require some tinkering in order to work around the fusion technology.

The Archos 94 Magnus has the largest internal capacity of 256 GB, and that’s not including the microSD card slot supporting up to 128 GB of storage. This model runs on a Rockchip RK3288 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, a Mali T764 GPU, a 9.4-inch IPS screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution and 1.5 GB of memory. Other hardware details include a 5MP camera on the front and a VGA camera on the back, a 6400 mAh battery, and more.

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The Archos 101 Magnus Plus run on the Rockchip RK3288 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, a Mali T764 GPU, and a 10.1-inch IPS screen with a spiffy 1920 x 1200 resolution. Other hardware specifications include 2 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal storage, a 5MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a microSD card slot supporting 128 GB of storage and a 7000 mAh battery.

The specifications also show that the Archos 101 Magnus Plus tablet measures just 0.39 inches, whereas the Archos 94 Magnus measures 0.39 inches and the Archos 101 Magnus measures 0.47 inches. Archos are hoping the 101 Magnus Plus and Archos 101 Magnus can hit the market in April 2015. The Archos 94 Magnus will be available next month as well, but the tablet will only be sold on the Archos website.

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By November 26, 2014 Read More →

Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 7 at Three store

PictureThere is a new Alcatel Onetouch tablet hitting the market in time for Christmas, – the PIXI 7 – a wifi tablet which has gone on sale in Three stores nationwide today for £69.99.

This 7 inch Android tablet features a 960 x 550 pixel screen, a 2840 mAh battery, a low quality 0.3 mp camera on either side of the tablet and an unusual triple core processor. Combined with KitKat and a price of £70 this might just be enough to catch a little attention from those not so sure that they need a tablet but are happen to have one somewhere.

 

ALCATEL ONETOUCH today launches the PIXI 7 to the UK market, a 7 inch WiFi tablet which offers affordability without compromising quality.  

The ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 7 is designed to be compact and light, weighing only 285 grams, making it one of the lightest 7-inch ULC tablets on the market. Available in Bluish Black the ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 7 has a sleek and modern design with rounded edges.
Powered on Android 4.4 (KitKat) the PIXI 7, comes with a selection of pre-installed apps making the tablet user friendly straight out of the box. This Android operating system delivers optimised memory and touchscreen functionality and redesigned e-mail.
The PIXI 7 is equipped with two cameras: a front camera and rear camera, so photos can be quickly uploaded to social networks thanks to the built-in high speed WiFi.
The ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 7 is also the ideal TV companion. It contains an infrared port which transforms the tablet into a universal remote control and the PIXI 7 also allows you to stream content straight from your tablet to your TV.

The ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 7 is available in Bluish Black from Three stores nationwide priced at £69.99.

For more information regarding ALCATEL ONETOUCH please visit www.facebook.com/alcatelonetouchuk.

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By November 24, 2014 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 hands-on video

SM-T800NTSABTU-353218-0In the battle for thin, Samsung may well be the sinner with their Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. This 10.5″ tablet boasts a gorgeous hi-res Super AMOLED display and 8 cpu cores but packs it all in to a form just 6.6mm thick.

In the video below you’ll see me fondling this little beauty. We take a look at the hardware before looking closer at the OS and UI.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is available now from Currys.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 specification:

  • 2G Network:     GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network:     HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G Network:     LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600
  • Micro-SIM
  • Dimensions:     247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm (9.74 x 6.98 x 0.26 in)
  • Weight:     467 g (1.03 lb)
  • Display:     Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 10.5 inches (~288 ppi pixel density)
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Card slot:     microSD, up to 128 GB
  • Internal Storage:     16/32 GB
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth:     v4.0, A2DP, LE
  • Infrared port
  • microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2.1)
  • Primary Camera:     8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, dual camera, panorama, HDR, 1080p@30fps video
  • Secondary Camera:     2.1 MP
  • OS:     Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • Chipset:     Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Exynos 5420
  • CPU:     Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 (S800), Quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (Exynos 5420)
  • GPU:     Adreno 330 (S800)
  • GPS:   A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Battery:           Non-removable Li-Ion 7900 mAh battery
By November 20, 2014 Read More →

The Nokia N1: A yawn or celebration?

nokia-n1-tabletRight now, we are dealing with a tablet influx. Many manufactures are rallying to get their tablets out in time for Christmas and with the Nexus 9, iPad Mini and Air refreshes alongside every company from Acer, Archos and Binatone to own other brands Tesco and Argos hoping to make some fast cash. This year is all about the upgrade as everyone who wants a tablet probably already has one and it’s going to take quite a push to get some to release their beloved companion.

I sit here with my Nexus 10. A device that has is simply a media player on my daily commute. Aside from a little gaming in the evening I rely on Chromebook for work and phone for communications. The Nexus 10 is merely a good screen for entertainment. With Lollipop on it’s way to the device I have no need to be looking elsewhere. Of course as an enthusiast I was curious about the Nexus 9 and having played with one for a day I really would only consider getting one if Lollipop does not speed up the now aging Nexus 10. 

So what will  a Nokia N1 bring to the tablet? Well, it’s not quite a Nokia device, we are seeing something designed by the geniuses at Nokia but built by Foxconn. There is the complicated Microsoft / Nokia relationship that probably confuses most and can really only be summed up by a re-badging exercise. It might say Nokia but this is a Foxconn product.

I guess the easiest way to view this device is the bastard child of so many. Built by the iPad people, designed by the Microsoft people and running the Google stuff. Could this be Expendables the Tablet? All the greats in one device?

Inside the Nokia N1 comes with a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor clocked at 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM. There is a PowerVR G6430 GPU. The N1 offers 32GB onboard storage, but there is no microSD card slot to expand it further. The camera is an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera.

Decently speced and nicely priced the Nokia N1 will likely be a hit this Christmas. Enough to tempt folks away from the Hudl II with the Nokia name and oddly the Nexus 9 as it’s main competitor and higher price that should see it as a threat. Personally, it’s not enough to get me on-board. Those who want the ultimate tablet are best spending a little extra and getting the iPad Mini 3 or Nexus 9, or sticking the a yearly purchase and picking up the Hudl II.

 

 

 

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By November 10, 2014 Read More →

HTC Nexus 9 hands-on video

N9-grid1-1600A few weeks ago HTC held a small press conference and announced the new HTC Nexus 9.

The Nexus 9 is one of the first devices featuring the latest Android 5.0 Lillipop. This new OS version breathes new life in to Android and unusually for HTC, the Nexus 9 has no HTC Sense overlay so there is a nice clean feel to the UI.

It has been quite some time since HTC produced a tablet and we have high hopes for the Nexus 9. In the video below we start with a short unboxing and then go hands-on with the hardware and a look at the OS and UI.

 The HTC Nexus 9 is available now from Currys. Our thanks to them for the for the review device!

 

 

HTC Nexus 9 specification:

  • 2G Network:     GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network:     HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G Network:     LTE
  • Dimensions:     228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9 mm (8.98 x 6.05 x 0.31 in)
  • Weight:     425 g (Wi-Fi) / 436 g (3G/LTE) (14.99 oz)
  • Display:    IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors,   1536 x 2048 pixels, 8.9 inches (~281 ppi pixel density)
  • Protection:     Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Stereo loud speakers
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Internal memory:      16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth  v4.1, A2DP, apt-X
  • NFC
  • microUSB v2.0
  • Primary camera:     8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, 1080p@30fps, stereo sound rec.
  • Secondary camera:     1.6 MP, 720p
  • Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Chipset     Nvidia Tegra K1
  • CPU     Dual-core 2.3 GHz Denver
  • GPU     Kepler DX1
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Battery:  Non-removable Li-Po 6700 mAh battery
By October 28, 2014 Read More →

Getting the most out of the Microsoft Surface

8583948813_4bbbb18bac_qRecent innovations in technology and the internet have seen us increasingly consuming more media on the move. The Microsoft Surface is kicking up a storm as the new laptop-meets-tablet hybrid on the tech and entertainment market. Boasting the key perks of each device; with the light weight of a tablet and the processor of a laptop, can the Microsoft Surface really do it all?

 

Key Features

Featuring a 12 inch screen, a fourth generation Intel Core processor and up to nine hours of battery life, the Microsoft Surface certainly packs a punch in the world of technology. Home to three ports and an optional keyboard, it takes the lead where earlier tablets have failed.

Keep it private

Unlike standard tablets, the Microsoft Surface allows for greater security with the regular 4 PIN passcode strengthened by a personalised picture password, meaning you don’t need to worry about sensitive information or even your kids picking up the device and having a go.

Personal touches

Once you’ve downloaded your preferred apps, you can then re arrange and even re name these on your home screen for quick and easy accessibility. You can also link your tablet up to multiple email accounts, social media feeds, networking and business messengers, allowing you to access both your work and personal emails on the go from one device.

Enhancing accessories & tips

Setting up your new Surface with Microsoft security software means that if your tablet is lost or stolen, your data will be encrypted and away from prying eyes. If you’re using the tablet for anything other than writing quick emails then consider purchasing a detachable keyboard as it will make your time much more productive.

As with all modern, powerful technology, battery life is the bane of your tablets performance capabilities. Never get caught short again by purchasing an external battery pack, these light and compact chargers will come to the rescue at your time of need!

To conclude

Although the Surface comes with a higher price tag than your standard tablet, it’s easy to see why. Microsoft has strived to create a tablet-laptop hybrid which shows off the ‘Windows experience’, allowing the user to access everything they need from one portable device.

If you’re looking at purchasing the Surface do some research, as the newer model may better suit your requirements.

 

Image by Jason Howle, used under the Creative Commons license

 

 

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