Huawei MediaPad M1 is a tablet that thinks it's a phone

BARCELONA, Spain -- Can't decide whether to buy a new phone or get a tablet? With the Huawei MediaTab M1, that might not be an issue. It's an 8-inch Android tablet, but its SIM card slot allows it to not only take advantage of 4G LTE data speeds, but also lets it make calls and send SMS text messages, as though it were a regular phone.

It has a 1,280x920-pixel resolution, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and comes running the now rather old Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Huawei hasn't said exactly how much it … Read more

Huawei MediaPad X1 is a skinny, 4G tablet that acts as your phone

When does a phone become a tablet? Is it all about the size or is there more to it? With the MediaPad X1, Huawei has blurred the line more than ever. It swears blindly that this 7-inch Android device is a tablet, but it also has a SIM card slot that provides 4G LTE data as well as letting you make calls and send SMS messages -- functioning, essentially, as a phone.

As well as its phone skills, the X1 packs a Full HD display, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, an attractive metal body and a 13-megapixel camera. It's … Read more

Kids play with gadgets more than toys, study says

Why bother twisting real, plastic arms when you can play twisting games on an iPhone?

What's the point of unpacking a board game when you can alleviate boredom instantly on an iPad?

Kids, you see, don't need the hassle. They just want instant gratification. Yes, they're little adults.

A study performed by child-education specialists the Michael Cohen Group, suggests that touch screens have overtaken all other forms of playful delight for kids.

The research, which examined the world of Digital Kids, shows that more than 60 percent of parents say their kids aged 12 and under play … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is a premium pixel-dense tablet for a premium price

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 may not be one of the most affordable tablets around, but you get what you pay for in the best way possible. The 8.4-inch slate offers a comfortable design, a bounty of software features, solid hardware with smooth performance, and one of the most pixel-dense screens to date.

In addition to Samsung's new Magazine UX, the tablet introduces a new standard with its 2,560x1,600-pixel-resolution screen. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is the smallest tablet to rock that high a resolution, a title once held by the slightly … Read more

Use Meet Me Halfway for Android to find a meetup spot

When you're trying to meet up with a friend or family member, it's sometimes hard to decide on a halfway spot. You may prefer a restaurant that's near you, and the same may be true for the person you want to meet. Meet Me Halfway is an app to help find the places in the middle of two points, so travel is equal for both people.

Grab a copy of Meet Me Halfway for your Android device. The app is available for Android 2.2 and up.

Put in your address, or a point near, … Read more

Meg Whitman: Traditional PCs drive growth, not just tablets

Hewlett-Packard executives had a lot of positive things to say about PCs in the company's earnings conference call on Thursday. And CEO Meg Whitman said she's seeing renewed interest in traditional PCs over tablets in business.

"There is some momentum in a long overdue PC refresh. What I think commercial customers are understanding from their employees, while they may want a tablet, they actually also need more traditional compute devices to do their real work," Whitman said during the company's earnings conference call for the first quarter of 2014. In the quarter, HP delivered better than expected results. … Read more

This is where you'll find your next smartphone

"Congress" usually isn't a word that inspires excitement, but the Mobile World Congress is anything but usual. Held every February in Barcelona, Spain, it is the the premier global event for the wireless industry. Think of a smaller CES, but pack it with only smartphones, tablets, and everything mobile, and you'll get the idea. Then, drop it all in one of the world's most seductive cities -- sorry, Las Vegas -- and you wind up with a most exciting tech show.

Full CNET coverage of the 2014 Mobile World Congress

But there's another very … Read more

Though still a great tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro isn't your laptop replacement

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro won't completely replace your workstation, but it comes closer to doing so than any other Android tablet before it. That's right, the Windows RT-based Microsoft Surface 2 is still the closest thing to a workstation replacement among ARM-based tablets in the market.

With enough accessories -- mouse, keyboard, or keyboard with a touch pad; none of which are included or come cheap -- the Note Pro could satisfy some business users looking to carry around something lighter, and cooler-looking, than their tired old portable "computer."

Still, the Note Pro's incredibly … Read more

Take your cooking to the next level with this tablet stand

The kitchen countertop is a dynamic environment. Food, in all of its various forms, finds its way onto the kitchen counter, only to end up eaten. But it's all those steps before the grand finale that keep it interesting. Before the first bite can happen (not counting the nibblers), all the sorting, chopping, and general prep work must take place. With all those moving parts sooner or later something is bound to fall to the floor. More and more, that something is in danger of being a tablet.

Tablets of all sizes have made their way into the kitchen … Read more

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 leak hints at thinner profile, KitKat

It looks like Sony might really have a new smartphone and tablet to unveil later this month at the Mobile World Congress.

Less than a month after details of an alleged flagship handset emerged, a fresh leak shows what is purportedly the Xperia Tablet Z's replacement. According to an image and specs tweeted Monday by @evleaks, the tablet's 10.1-inch display will maintain its 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution. The device also will have a 2MP rear camera.

However, the waterproof body has been squeezed to a thinner 6.4mm (0.25 inch) and is getting a bit more … Read more