Apple iPad Mini Retina vs. the new Google Nexus 7

It's a Prizefight punchout between Apple and Google once again and both sides of this longstanding have brought their best 7-inch tablets to the table.

Apple's iPad Mini finally brings its Retina Display, the best-designed 7-inch tablet, and the power of its iTunes and App Store ecosystems.

The new Nexus 7, which is one of the most feature-packed 7-inch tablets on the market today, is pushing the 7-inch tablet into new territory with its full-HD display, and the Google Play store is no longer a weak spot for Android.

Which tablet will reign supreme? Apple's iPad Mini … Read more

HP eyes Black Friday special with sub-$100 Android tablet

Intel has got the scoop on some tablet deals for Black Friday, including an Android tablet that's very light on the wallet.

That 7-inch HP tablet, branded the Mesquite, packs an Intel processor and will sell for $89 at Walmart. Don't expect any barn-burning specs, though. You'll likely get what you pay for.

And Intel has the skinny on a few more deals too.

For instance, if you buy a PC at Costco for $600 or more, you can get a $180 (regular price) Dell Venue 8 tablet (also Android) for $99.

Dell's Venue 8 is … Read more

Toshiba Excite 7 tablet bores with basics

Even though the Toshiba 7 has a temptingly low-price, if you're in the market for a budget tablet, keep your options open. The Excite 7 isn't as breathtaking as its name would suggest, donning an overwhelmingly plastic design and unfashionably dull display that's accented by lackluster performance.

At its $169 starting price, 7-inch device lacks any interesting or compelling reason to choose it over tablets in the same price range with similar specs, better performance, and higher screen resolutions.

With the number -- and quality -- of tablets under $200 impressively increasing, the Toshiba Excite 7 morosely … Read more

Dell Venue 7 tablet packs pure Android, starts at $149

Marrying simplicity and value in a modest Android tablet, the Dell Venue 7 offers a comfortable design and smooth performance for a reasonable $149 starting price.

The Venue 7 has a no-frills disposition that can't compete with today's top tablets; it houses midrange specs, a subpar -- but decent -- IPS screen, and a humdrum design. However, the 7-inch Dell, which has a larger counterpart in the Venue 8, should have no qualms about its status as a budget tablet thanks to its steady performance and refreshing inclusion of a pure Android 4.2.2 OS.

These days … Read more

Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet combines low-key features with low-quality screen

Even when compared to other sub-$200 tablets in its weight class, the Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 comes up short in features, performance, and screen quality. While the microSD storage expansion is welcome here, it's not reason enough to buy the tablet. There are plenty of other microSD-toting budget tablets with higher quality screens and more useful features.

Speaking of features, the tablet’s inclusion of Dolby Digital audio enhancement is its one possible saving grace. It's geared toward audiophiles, but due to its headphones-only functionality and a lack of user-friendly integration, it's not as easily accessible as … Read more

What the next iPad Mini can learn from the Nexus 7

It's August, and Apple hasn't released a new iPad or iPhone in 2013. That should change soon, but to what degree? Yes, we're expecting at least one new iPhone, and maybe a redesigned Retina iPad...but what about the iPad Mini?

For the past week, I've been using a Google Nexus 7. Until that point, I'd largely been an iPad Mini user. Apple's smaller tablet is easy to love. It's very portable, very versatile, and...it doesn't have a Retina Display.

The new Nexus 7 has a far superior resolution for its … Read more

How the new Nexus 7 and iPad Mini compare

Last year's Nexus 7 kicked off the small-tablet movement and predated the iPad Mini, with an aggressive price and comfortable design, but a set of features that were slightly bare-bones (no rear camera). The iPad Mini offered a deeper feature set, but the new Nexus 7 has taken the lead -- at least, on paper -- once again.

Screen The new Nexus 7 has a 1,920x1,200-pixel 16:10 7-inch display, whereas the iPad Mini has a larger 4:3, 7.9-inch display at only 1,024x768 pixels. The iPad Mini's screen was bigger and better than … Read more

Nokia Lumia 625 to sport 4.7-inch screen, say reports

Nokia's Lumia 625 phone will try to lure potential buyers with a 4.7-inch screen.

Specs released online via various sources point to the supersized screen -- the largest yet for a Lumia -- and a few other features. Despite the larger display, the 625 will be considered a low-end, entry-level Lumia, sources told The Verge, with a resolution of just 800x480 pixels. The goal is to gear up a Lumia with a lower price to attract more customers.

No information on U.S. pricing or availability has been revealed, though one variant of the 625 with support for AT&T's GSM networkRead more

Nook HD vs. Kindle Fire HD

It's a Prizefight punch-out! The 7-inch tablet has established itself as the sweet spot for size and price, so we're facing off the recently updated Barnes & Noble Nook HD and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD!

The Nook HD gets a major software update and brings the entire Google Play ecosystem and Chrome as its primary browser.

Amazon has built a powerhouse ecosystem for content and Amazon Prime members get even more with the Kindle Fire, but will its more closed ecosystem hurt it?

Which is your pick to be the Prizefight King of the Ring? Barnes & … Read more

Apple looking at 5.7-inch iPhone, claims report

Apple is exploring iPhones as large as 5.7 inches, as it feels the heat from large-screen rivals, according to Reuters.

The company is considering the introduction of "at least two bigger iPhones next year," the report said.

One could sport a 4.7-inch screen and the other a 5.7-incher, Reuters said, citing sources in the Asia supply chain.

"Suppliers have been approached with plans for the larger screens," the report claimed, adding that the move is "still under discussion."

The motive appears to be a growing need to respond to large-screen smartphones … Read more