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Review: Original Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire marks the entry of Amazon into the competitive tablet market. This is a fairly unique move as Amazon are not strictly a technology hardware company, although in the last few years they have been branching into this realm with their e-reader product line. The Kindle Fire is a small tablet in the same category as the Google Nexus 7, but differs by way of its price and content services. The question is, does Amazon’s tablet compete effectively with market veterans? Read on to find out. Key Specs For The Kindle Fire RRP: $199 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Android 2.3 Display Size: 7 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi+ 3G Cameras: n/a Battery Life: 7.5 hours Kindle Fire: The Pros Speed: The Kindle Fire is one of the faster tablets on the market. Since the upgraded version was released in 2012 this has only become more true. With the Kindle Fire, you’ll find yourself opening up apps and zooming around the menu system without a moment’s pause. That’s great ne...

 


Review: ASUS Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Google first teamed up with Asus in order to create a laptop computer line. The next logical step from there was obviously tablets, and Google now have their very own line of tablet products, manufactured by Asus, to complement their laptop range. The Google Nexus 7 isn’t designed to compete with the big boys like the iPad 3 and Asus’ own device, the Transformer Prime. Instead, it slots in alongside other mini-tablets like the Kindle Fire and the small Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 edition. So how does it fare against these? Let’s take a look. Key Specs For The Google Nexus 7 RRP: $254 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Display Size: 7 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi Cameras: 8 hours Battery Life: 1.2 MP Google Nexus 7: The Pros Speed: The Google Nexus 7 is nothing if not fast. You’ll notice this in all aspects of performance, from start-up time to app loading times, and menu navigation too. Everything runs smoothly and seamlessly, and it’s clear t...

 


Review: Kindle Fire

Although the original Kindle Fire is still under a year old, the new Kindle Fire has already arrived. Amazon have tried to improve on the original in all the obvious ways, and are making this new version of the Kindle Fire the bottom end of their new Kindle Fire product range (at a very affordable price). With that in mind, let’s take a look at the new Kindle Fire and find out whether it really does improve on the older model. Key Specs For The New Kindle Fire RRP: $159 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Android Display Size: 7 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi Cameras: n/a Battery Life: 8.5 hours Kindle Fire: The Pros Speed: The most obvious improvement over the original Kindle Fire when using the new version is in the speed. Although the processor on this device still isn’t quad-core and so can’t match the Google Nexus 7, it’s a good bit faster than the original Kindle Fire’s processor was. On top of this, the new Kindle Fire has double the amount of memory compared to th...

 


Battle of the Tablets: iPad Vs. The Others

The tablet concept is synonymous with the iPad, and for this reason it can be hard to figure out whether the iPad really is the right choice for you. In this comparison article, you’ll get a good idea of which tablets are best in which areas, which will make choosing your first (or next) tablet a breeze. Speed And Multitasking: Overall, processing speed dictates how smoothly the tablet runs, how quickly it loads things, and how well it runs games. Multitasking, on the other hand, is the capacity of a tablet to carry out several tasks at once, such as playing music while browsing the web, etc. In practice, the highest performing tablet in terms of speed and multitasking is the Asus Transformer Prime. This is the iPad 3’s only true competitor on this front. However, the Google Nexus 7 is also a competitor, albeit not an iPad beater. Still, it offers great speed and multitasking in a compact device. The iPad 3 itself is very capable, and is a close match for the Transformer Prime. All three of t...

 


No Time to Read It? Text-to-Speech Can Help

Busy, busy, busy. If that’s your middle name, you’re certainly always looking for ways to complete tasks faster, quicker, and better. But what if you don’t have time to sit and read all those documents stacked up in your computer or virtual inbox? That’s where text-to-speech apps are your answer. What is text-to-speech? Often confused with speech-to-text (you speak and the text is generated), the text-to-speech turns printed material into spoken words. It lets you hear versus read information. What makes a good text-to-speech app? The quality of the reading voice, the accuracy of what it reads, and the speed at which it reads. Write & Say This free app is like having a virtual assistant who reads to you as you multi-task. The commands for tasks such as changing the pitch of the voice and the reading speed are easy to use, plus it comes in a variety of languages and includes a translation function. iSpeech If you make lots of notes but that you don’t have time to revie...

 


What’s Changed? iPad 2 Versus iPad 3

Apple is already considered the leader in tablet computing, as the first company to bring it into the mainstream. However, they had to go even further with the release of the iPad 3. Apple released the iPad 2 to the public in March of 2011. Exactly one year later, Apple released the iPad 3, which is referred to as the “new iPad”, in March of 2012. Although both iPads have similar functions, there are some major differences between the two computer tablets. Processing and Storage (GBs) The iPad 2 has a 1 GHz processor. Apple increased the power of the iPad 3 with digital core Apple A5X chip for faster processing. This is a new chip design in comparison to the iPad 2 and is faster at downloading from the Internet or from other applications on the device. Currently, the iPad 2 comes in one option – 16GB. It retails for $399 just for Wi-Fi connection, and $529 for 3G connection capabilities. The iPad 3 comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. It retails between $499 and $699 for only Wi-Fi connection...

 


Review: ASUS Transformer Prime TF201-B1-GR Eee Pad 10.1-Inch Tablet

The Asus Transformer Prime was one of the earliest tablets to offer quad-core technology, which easily set it apart from its competitors. As with all technology, however, rivals were quick to catch up, meaning that the Asus Transformer Prime has to have something else special if it's going to stand out from the crowd. Let’s find out whether the Transformer Prime really is the stand out product that it claims to be, and see if it’s worth buying. Key Specs For The ASUS Transformer Prime RRP: $499-$644 Release Year: 2011 Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS Display Size: 10.1 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth Cameras: 8 MP, 1.2 MP Battery Life: 12 hours ASUS Transformer Prime: The Pros Speed: Perhaps the most basic and obvious feature of the Transformer Prime is its speed. It was the first tablet on the market to offer a quad-core processor which not only improves the speed of the unit but also makes it better at multi-tasking. Even though there are now several rival tablets availabl...

 


What the iPad 3 Lacks

With the anticipation of the iPad 3, or “New iPad”, released by Apple, there were many predictions about the look and features. Although many did make the leap and buy the iPad 3, there were some disappointments from consumers in the areas of features and design. Design There was no change in the design of the iPad from version 2 to 3, except the fact that that the sides of the iPad 3 are slightly tapered, giving it a more rounded appearance. Some were expecting a smaller design option. Weight The iPad 3 has not only remained the same size, but it is only slightly heavier than the previously released iPad 2. The new features and internal components of the iPad 3 did little to decrease its weight. In order for Apple to make the iPad 3 lighter, they would have had to make changes to the battery. If the battery size had been decreased, the battery life would also be compromised. The new screen display of the iPad 3 needs the full battery power, so there would be no way for Apple to make this dev...

 


Review: Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung has really tried hard to conquer the tablet market, doing everything it can to rival or outdo the iPad. While the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and more recently the Galaxy Tab 2 have been the flagship contenders for Samsung, a somewhat overlooked tablet also offered by Samsung is the Galaxy Note. It’s a superior device to the Galaxy Tab 2 in nearly all ways, and looks like much more of a challenge to Apple’s dominance. So let’s see whether it’s a worthwhile purchase. Key Specs For The Samsung Galaxy Note RRP: $499-$549 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Display Size: 10.1 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Cameras: 8 MP, 1.9 MP Battery Life: 10 hours Samsung Galaxy Note: The Pros Fast: The first point to make about the Galaxy Note is that it’s fast. Not quite as fast as the iPad 3 sure, but not far behind. You’re unlikely to notice the difference. So whether you’re a gamer or just a casual user, you’ll find things...

 


Keep Your Child Safe on the Computer

Using the internet is sort of like letting your children loose in NY City. It's a dangerous place and much can go wrong if you're not educated on the facts. You need to understand how dangerous the internet is, what can happen, and how to prevent the bad things from occurring. You don't want to keep your kids from using the internet to discover wonderful things, but you do want to protect them from the seedier parts of life as long as you can. Talk to Your Child Talk to your child about the internet and how it's not private. They're not anonymous on the net no matter how careful they are with screen names, picture sharing and other instances. While most social networks offer some privacy settings, there are always those who can find ways to get around them. Assume anything you say or share online is available for the world's viewing. Any strange who asks to meet them is a danger. Monitor Your Child Place the computer in the family room while children are younger. After a child has reached an older age, ab...

 


Review: Toshiba Excite AT305T16 Tablet

The Toshiba Excite AT305T16 is one of the newest tablets from Toshiba. It’s a 10.1” tablet with storage options up to 64GB, and with a powerful quad core processor it’s got its eyes set on the iPad 3 as its main rival. That’s a tall order to say the least, as Apple have yet to be seriously competed with in the tablet race. However, the Toshiba Excite may be able to change this, so let’s se what it can offer. Key Specs For The Toshiba Excite AT305T16 RRP: $369-$649 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Android 4.0 Display Size: 10.1 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Cameras: 5 MP, 2 MP Battery Life: 10 hours Toshiba Excite: The Pros Fast: With the quad core Tegra 3 processor on board, this tablet is fast. Seriously fast. It’s one of the fastest tablets on the market, competing with other high end devices like the iPad 3 and Asus Transformer Prime. Speed like that is great for gaming, and makes the user experience smooth with great load times and no lag. Multita...

 


Kid Tablets – Vtech InnoTab 2 Vs. The Leap Frog LeapPad 2

When it comes to the hottest toys to buy, kids' tablets are coming out top on all lists. And the two most popular tablets are the LeapPad 2 (from Leap Frog), and InnoTab 2 (from Vtech). The Leap Frog LeapPad 2 and the Vtech InnoTab 2 seem to be very similar toys, but which one should you buy? Both companies have a good reputation and both offer a variety of educational, high quality products. The following information might help you to decide. Remember that, whichever you decide, it's important to put your orders in early before these items go out of stock! An Overview Of The Main Differences And Similarities Both the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 and the Vtech InnoTab 2 come in “boy” and “girl” colors - the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 coming in green and pink and the Vtech InnoTab 2 comes in pink and white. The colors of the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 are more vibrant and noticeable, but the look of the InnoTab looks less like a toy and more high tech. Both units come with video cameras and the ability ...

 


Review: Sony Tablet S

Sony, the long-time stalwart of high-end technology devices, have their own tablet aimed at competing with other top-level tablets from Samsung, Asus, Toshiba and Apple. The SGPT111US/S, otherwise known as the “Tablet S”, offers typical Sony stylishness, but does it stand up to the competition in practical terms? Let’s have a look. Key Specs For The Sony Tablet S RRP: $399 Release Year: 2011 Operating System: Android Honeycomb Display Size: 9.4 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Cameras: 5 MP, 0.3 MP Battery Life: 6 hours Sony Tablet S: The Pros Screen: The screen on the Sony Tablet S offers a different aspect ratio to other tablets on the market. Whereas most tablets, including the iPad 3, are set to 4:3 aspect ratio, the Tablet S uses a 16:9 aspect ratio. This is the ratio used for widescreen movies, which makes this device much better suited to movie viewing than its rivals. The 16:9 ratio also feels preferable for reading books, as it more closely replicates the shape of the typ...

 


Review: Apple iPad 3

The iPad 3 is the latest tablet offered by Apple, the company that invented the tablet concept a few years back with the original iPad. Since then, the iPad has been through a few revisions, and the latest device is bigger and better than the original in all ways – which is exactly what you’d expect. While Apple have been busy improving the iPad, however, a host of other rival tablets have cropped up that offer similar features and technology. The question we all want to know the answer to now is, how does the iPad 3 stand up against the competition, and is it worth buying? Let’s find out. Key Specs For The iPad 3 RRP: $499-$829 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Apple iOS Display Size: 9.7 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi+ 4G Cameras: 5 MP, 0.3 MP Battery Life: 10 hours iPad 3: The Pros 16GB / 32GB / 64GB Versions: Like most tablets, the iPad 3 comes in several different versions. In terms of storage capacity, there are 3 options – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Offering three di...

 


Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

After the original iPad was released, Samsung was one of the first companies to come out with a competitor. The Samsung Galaxy Tablet competed head to head with the iPad 2 in the second wave of tablet devices, comparing favorably. So how does the Galaxy Tab 2 compare with other tablets in the newest wave of tablet releases? Let’s have a closer look. Key Specs For The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 RRP: $249.99 - $399.99 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Display Size: 7 inches/ 10.1 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Cameras: 5 MP/ 8 MP Battery Life: 7 hours/ 10 hours Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: The Pros Speed: One of the strongest features of the Galaxy Tab 2 is its speed. Even though the processor isn’t a powerhouse like that found in the iPad 3 or Asus Transformer Prime, it still handles itself well, offering a great user experience that doesn’t suffer from lag. It may not be quite up to the high standards of the aforementioned tablet superstars, but then itâ...

 


Review: Coby Kyros 10.1 Tablet

The Coby Kyros is a budget tablet that doesn’t try to rival the big players. Instead it offers a decent range of features that try to tackle other low-end tablets like the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7. Coby are a well-established, though not widely known, technology company who have been in the business for over a decade and have plenty of experience. So can they deliver? Let’s find out. Key Specs For The Coby Kyros RRP: $289.99 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Display Size: 10.1 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi Cameras: VGA 1.0MP Battery Life: 7 hours Coby Kyros: The Pros Several Size Options: One of the most unique things about the Coby Kyros is that it comes in several size options. This is in contrast to most other devices which tend to come in a maximum of two size options, and emphasize storage options instead. However, the Coby Kyros doesn’t offer any storage options, instead putting the exact same technology into 5 different sized tablets. The ...

 


Invest in an iPad 3 or Stick with Your iPad 2?

In keeping with iPad tradition, Apple didn't leave too much time between the release of the iPad 2 and the iPad 3. It was long enough to get people excited, but is it really worth spending the extra cash for the slightly newer iPad 3? Interestingly, the future upgrade to iOS6 will be able to run on both the iPad 2 and iPad 3. So should you buy the iPad 3, or save money on an older iPad 2? To answer this question, you need to look at what both devices have to offer. iPad 2 After the release of the iPad 3, Apple reduced the price of its iPad 2 by $200. The lowest end model with 16 GB and only Wi-Fi capabilities is now available for $299. This is a very reasonable price for a great product that will also be able to run the iOS6 upgrade. The device runs on a 3G network, which is the most commonly found network in many areas. It has the same capacity as the iPad 3, allowing you to do the same type of work that you can do on the iPad 3, and both the iPad 2 and iPad 3 are able to run the same applications availa...

 


Which is Better? iPad iOS Vs. Android

The tablet craze started with Apple’s introduction of the iPad and slowly other manufactures followed suit with their own wireless tablets. This means there are now more models to choose from than ever before. The top two makers of tablets are Apple and Android, each competing for their share in the market. In order to decide which tablet is right for you, we can take a look at what each has to offer from their operating systems. A Note About Hardware Note that, while Apple's operating system – iOS – is only available through the iPad 3 and older models, Android is available on a number of tablets. Some of these are more powerful than others. This article will cover the main difference in the operating systems, rather than the hardware of various tablets. The operating system is the foundation of the device, and will affect the way you use it and the apps you can use on your tablet. iPad 3 iOS Often referred to as the “New iPad”, iPad 3 offers a beautiful, much crisper r...

 


Retina Display Explained

One of its main new features or upgrades of the iPad 3 is its Retina display. Retina is a marketing term used by Apple to clearly explain what its new display screen is capable of. According to some Apple users so far, this is one of the most amazing and liked features to first hit the computer tablet market. Here are a few things that Apple’s new Retina display can mean to you, the user and consumer: Sharper and Clearer Display Apple has revealed that there are 300 plus more pixels per every square inch of the iPad 3’s screen. It has more pixels than the best HDTV screen. This is four times more pixels than Apple’s Pad 2. Its resolution is measured at 2048 x 1536, which is outstanding for clarity. There is no other computer tablet like it. These pixels and resolution measurements allow for a crisper, more life-like image. Looking at the display is like looking at a real image. Higher Quality Pictures Due to the increased pixels and resolution, picture taking on Apple’s iPad ...

 


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