Tablets

Did the Asus Transformer Pad just pop up early on Amazon?

Last week the Asus Transformer Pad 300 -- the follow-up to the acclaimed Transformer Prime tablet that drops the "Eee" branding, as well as about $100 from the price -- started popping up on some retailers' sites for preorder, with an anticipated available date of April 22.

Now, as of this morning, the Transformer TF300 is listed as "In Stock" on Amazon, with three different merchants -- including Amazon itself -- saying they'd be happy to sell you one.

Of course, if you're thinking you can order one with your Amazon Prime account and … Read more

New Asus Transformer Pad 300 tablet coming April 22 for $399

It looks as though we'll have another new big-name tablet hitting stores in a little more than a week as a new Asus Transformer Pad 300 has started popping up for preorder at some online retailers.

The Taiwan-based tablet maker has apparently dropped the "Eee" from the name, and the new Transformer will join the Galaxy Tab 2 to make its debut on April 22, according to a report from PC World.

Like its predecessor, the Transformer Prime, the new tablet features a quad-core processor and snaps into a keyboard dock (sold separately) to become a full-fledged Android laptop, but at a lower starting price than the Prime. … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review: The anti-Kindle Fire?

The Kindle Fire. Sure, it's low-priced and has a built-in Amazon content ecosystem that conveniently delivers movies, music, books, and apps through a simple, if stripped-down, interface, but there are quite a few things it doesn't do that have stopped you short of actually buying one.

If you find yourself being hesitant about the purchase, then you've probably at one point or another asked yourself some of the following questions: "Is 8GB of storage enough?" or "I want to access the full Android store. Why won't the Kindle Fire let me?" and "I feel comfortable taking pictures with my tablet in public. Why won't the Kindle Fire allow me to do that?!"… Read more

Making a great cheap Android tablet

Ematic entered the Android tablet fray yesterday when it announced the inexpensive eGlide Prism.

Priced as low as $157, the device runs Android 4.0 and features a 7-inch 800x480-pixel resolution display. Powered by a 1GHz processor, it also brings 8GB flash memory, 512MB RAM, and a front-facing Webcam. While it's certainly not the type of hardware to contend with a Galaxy Tab 2, it's in that interesting space between a Kindle Fire and a "real" tablet.

I typically cringe when I hear the word "value" associated with mobile tech -- Ematic proudly call themselves a "leader in value tablets" -- since the word conjures images of creaky plastic and poorly lit, low-resolution displays. That's why I'll pass on this model and recommend that others save a few bucks on something else. … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch only $50 with new Verizon contract

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be available on April 22, and now Verizon is offering fire-sale pricing on the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Order one from the carrier now before the Galaxy Tab 2 hits stores and it'll cost you only $49.99 with a new mobile broadband plan.

The Galaxy Tab retails for $499.99 and Verizon normally sells it for $229.99 with a new two-year contract, so the discount announced today amounts to a $180 markdown. Of course, with the pricing for the Galaxy Tab 2 falling in line with the Nook Tablet at $250, it's hard to imagine many folks plunking down $230 for the older tablet -- especially one running Android 2.2.… Read more

Six tips for a paperless lifestyle

According to The Economist, the average American consumes almost eight 40-foot trees per year in paper. Even if you're not environmentally minded, reducing the amount of paper you consume has many benefits, including saving money and reducing clutter.

To help you get on the path to living a paperless lifestyle, here are six tips to consider:

Switch to paperless billing If you're still getting paper bills in the mail, consider switching to paperless billing. Many companies, banks, and utilities offer paperless billing options. The bills will typically be in PDF format, which you access online. When the new … Read more

Intel Studybook tablet designed for molding young minds

Intel has crafted a tablet built for students. Dubbed the Studybook, this charming 7-inch tablet has been built to withstand fingerpaint and can be powered either by Android or Windows 7.

The specs for this slate are fairly modest, no doubt designed so that schools can afford to buy big boxes of the things, and pay for replacements when kids inevitably hurl the Studybook into the class fish tank.

The 7-inch display has a 1,024x600-pixel resolution, and this tablet weighs 525 grams (about 1.2 pounds). There's a 2-megapixel camera glued to the back for taking photos of … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 hands-on

SAN FRANCISCO--The announcement that Samsung's follow-up to its Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be receiving some downgrades from the previous entry, filled me with a mixture confusion and disappointment.

I just couldn't wrap my head around why the sequel to one of the premiere Android tablets would launch with a less impressive spec list than its predecessor.

Today, Samsung revealed that the Tab 2 10.1 would be released on May 13 for $400. That's $100 lower than the original Tab 10.1's list price and it fills the logic hole I believe Samsung was falling … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 hands-on

SAN FRANCISCO--Going into today's Samsung media event in San Francisco, there was one device that I was having trouble wrapping my head around: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

The 7.0 Plus released last year was quite a good tablet and not four months later, here was Samsung showing what it called the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Surely this device would be thinner, sexier, and more powerful than any Samsung tablet before it right? Wrong.

Samsung announced that the Tab 2 7.0 would house a 1GHz CPU (down from 1.2GHz on the 7.0 … Read more

No U.S. launch date yet for Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1

Although Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with its larger stylus and screen at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, don't hold your breath for a U.S. announcement anytime soon.

As for the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung told a group of journalists today in San Francisco not to settle on the specs for the tablet we saw in Barcelona in February. The electronics giant wanted to show off something new and interesting at MWC, said a representative, but warned that there's still some time before the product will ship, and therefore … Read more