This thick semi-throwback wasn't even mentioned by Apple, but it still exists. Like the cast in an Agatha Christie mystery, however, its ranks are being depleted. First the 17-inch version vanished back in 2011, and immediately after the October 2013 Apple press event, the 15-inch version disappeared from Apple's site, leaving only the $1,199 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro, which we are now referring to as … Read more
Apple just missed a big opportunity when it came to the pricing on its new iPad Mini.
The Cupertino, Calif., company on Tuesday unveiled its newest tablets, the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display, both with improved specs and features. It also will offer the older versions of those devices at lower prices, continuing its trend from the tablets' early days. However, this time around, Apple actually increased the price of one of its new devices, selling the iPad Mini with Retina for $399 instead of its predecessor's starting price of $329. And it dropped the original Mini's … Read more
Almost one year to the day that Apple unveiled its first small iPad, the company launched its successor, the iPad Mini with Retina Display. The much-anticipated device sports expanded LTE support, in addition to a better-looking screen.
Apple wasn't the only company to release new tiny tablets this year. In 2013, Google and Amazon refreshed their lineups with the Nexus 7 (2013 edition) and the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch. Now that Apple has taken the wraps off the iPad Mini 2 at its October 22 event, we can see how each tablet stacks up against the other.
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The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX has started shipping to people who preordered the tablet.
Amazon announced the news on Friday, saying customers who previously ordered the slate will soon have it on their doorsteps. Those looking to buy the tablet now, however, will need to wait: Amazon's page said the device won't ship on new orders until next week.
Amazon unveiled two brand-new Kindle Fire HDX tablets last month. Both devices come with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor and run the company's Android-based operating system, Fire OS 3.0. The 7-inch model costs $229, and the 8.… Read more
Amazon's growing app store has finally scored Candy Crush Saga, arguably the most popular mobile game at the moment.
King, the game's creator, announced that the game would land in Amazon's Appstore for "select" countries Tuesday, with a global release on Thursday. Candy Crush has more than 53 million daily players and is a top game on iOS and Android, as well as on Facebook, the network where it first gained its fame. Now all Amazon needs is its long-rumored smartphone to really capitalize on Candy Crush's addictive gameplay. It's a nice nab … Read more
Amazon's new 7-inch Kindle Fire is one tough tablet to take apart.
Subjected to the teardown treatment from the folks at iFixit, the new Kindle Fire HDX 7 doesn't want to give up its inner secrets too easily. The rear case wraps around the entire tablet, forming almost a total enclosure and forcing iFixit to crack it open. A cable joins the two halves together, offering another obstacle to be overcome.On the plus side, the volume buttons, microphones, and headphone jack are all separate parts, so they can be replaced individually. Back to the minus side, the … Read more
The effort is Amazon's latest to kickstart its app store, as it looks for ways to encourage developers to make better tablet apps.
The program, which Amazon rolled out Tuesday, asks developers to build their apps specifically for newer Android tablets, such as Amazon's Kindle Fire line. In exchange, Amazon will promote those apps, featuring them in a special section of its app store to increase the chances consumers will buy them. … Read more
As a "new" product, Kindle Fire HD utilizes a lot of old parts.
That's according to iFixit, which tore down Amazon's latest budget tablet. The bright spot: the Kindle Fire HD gets high marks for repairability, scoring an 8 out of 10.
The components themselves, however, don't really stand out, which isn't a surprise considering this is the lower-end branch of Amazon's Kindle family tree.
This year's Kindle Fire HD utilizes much of the guts of last year's model, with a similar motherboard and layout. Unlike last year's model, the … Read more
Amazon is working on not one, but two separate smartphones, according to a new report.
The e-retail giant's flagship handset is currently codenamed "Smith," TechCrunch reported on Wednesday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. The device was previously known as Project B, but after the Wall Street Journal reported on its features earlier this year, Amazon decided to change the name, according to the sources.
TechCrunch's sources have provided much of the same information on the devices as the Journal reported on earlier this year. The Smith handset will reportedly come with a 3D user interface … Read more
Not since free shipping has there been a better reason to become an Amazon Prime member than the Kindle Fire HDX 7. The new tablet is affordable, powerful, comfortable, and it boasts enough new and refined features to more than earn its $229 (starting) asking price.
With prices like that it's no wonder that as PC sales decline tablets have been on the rise. However, tablets are just as commoditized now as PCs were in their heyday. Apple arguably created the tablet market, and the iPad still rules the high end; an endless array of Android clones fight it … Read more