Category Archives: Android

Ematic Hits New Low With New $50 Dual-Core Android Tablet

Ematic has made a name for itself over the past couple years by releasing cheaper and cheaper tablets of questionable quality, and this week they reached a new low. Brad Linder of Liliputing tipped me to a new Ematic tablet that runs Android 4.4 on a dual-core CPU and only costs $50 at TigerDirect.

That price only comes after a $20 mail-in rebate, so it’s not strictly the retail price, but it’s still darned cheap. And even at $70 this is a cheap tablet, so much so that I would avoid it. Continue reading

Amazon Fire Phone Review Roundup

firephonetilt-140x259[1]Amazon’s first smartphone starts arriving tomorrow, and late last night the gags were removed from all of the early reviews. All of the major tech and business blogs got a Fire Phone, resulting in an excess of reviews.

I’m still working my way through the reviews but I don’t think very many of the reviewers liked the phone. Here are a few of the choicer excerpts. Continue reading

Icarus Excel 9.7″ E-ink eReader Updated, Now Runs Android

icarus-excel-1The Dutch ereader retailer Icarus is back again today with their second device launch in as many weeks.

Icarus is launching a 9.7″ ereader called the Excel 2. It improves on the model launched last year with a faster CPU and more RAM, but it is still unfortunately using the same screen and touchscreen panel. Continue reading

Review: Hisense Sero 8 is Good but Not Great

hisense-sero-8[1]The Chinese gadget maker Hisense thrilled gadget buyers last year when it released the Sero 7 Pro, a $149 Android tablet that set the standard for the budget tablet market last year.

I for one was expecting Hisense to repeat that trick in 2014, but that hasn’t happened. Now that I’ve had my hands on the Sero 8 for a week I can see that Hisense has made a good tablet, just not one which deserves the praise lavished upon the Sero 7 Pro last year. Continue reading

New Leaks Show Nvidia Shield Tablet Ships on 29 July, Will Cost $299 and Up

nvidia-shield-tablet_01[1]Rumors have been circulating for a couple months now that Nvidia was going to release a gaming tablet to complement their Shield handhend gaming device, and over the past couple days a trio of leaks have moved this 8″ gaming tablet out of the maybe slot and firmly into the “why hasn’t it launched yet” category. Continue reading

Hisense Sero 7+ Clears the FCC

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A replacement for last year’s unimpressive Hisense Sero 7LT cleared the FCC this week.

With a slower but (probably) better CPU and more storage, the  Sero 7+ is a slight improvement on the Sero 7LT. The new tablet runs an unknown version of Android on a respectable 1.2GHz dual-core Rockchip CPU with 1GB RAM and twice the storage of last year’s model. Continue reading

Icarus Launches Updated Illumina eReader with Android 4.2, Dual-Core CPU

illumina_big[1]eBook readers which run Android are nothing new, but today I came across one which made my heart skip a beat.

The Dutch ereader retailer Icarus has unveiled an updated version of their Illumina  HD ereader. Initially launched last fall, the Illumina  HD sported a 6″ Pearl HD E-ink screen with frontlight and touchscreen. The new model launching today sports a sleaker, slimmer design with fewer buttons and runs Android 4.2 on a 1GHz dual-core CPU. Continue reading

Budget Tablet Buying Guide: July 2014

Many_Tablets[1]For the past four years Android tablet have been a hot market niche, with dozens of device makers releasing new models willy-nilly. Some were good, many were bad, and as a result the tablet market in July 2014 is glutted with tablets.

There are so many tablets on the market that it is difficult to tell which ones are good; even a reviewer such as myself can’t test more than a tithe of what’s available.

But as I sat here this morning, looking for a tablet to buy and review, I realized that my process for choosing a tablet included a number of rules which might be useful. Continue reading