Fire Phone Sales are so Bad, AT&T is Now Bundling a Fire HDX Tablet for $49

fire phoneAT&T may have just confirmed what that market survey report suggested last week: practically no one has bought the Fire Phone. The telecom has just announced a new bundle offer for the Fire Phone. Buy one and they will throw in a Fire HDX tablet for $49.

That tablet retails for $179 on Amazon.com, which means that AT&T and/or Amazon have decided to eat $130 of the retail price in order to move more Fire Phones. And that is on top of the current low low price for the Fire Phone, which is available with a two year contract for under a dollar. Continue reading

Hands On with the Fire HD 6

Fire HD 6 HorizontalAmazon’s $99 Android tablet will probably never grace my todo list (not unless my current unit dies) but that doesn’t mean I’m not as interested in it as the next gadget blogger.

While digging through Youtube today, I found a hands on video worth watching. It wasn’t made by a pro gadget blogger (which is part of the reason why I like it), but the guy has used Amazon’s other tablets and he regularly shoots videos of RC helicopters and other topics. Continue reading

Hands On With the Google Nexus 9

2615100_Tinhte-Google-Nexus9-15Google announced their latest Android tablet earlier this week, and while the English language blogosphere is still waiting to touch the winder-tablet a few lucky souls in Vietnam have gotten their hands on this 9″ tablet.

Sforum has posted a hands on video of the Nexus 9. It doesn’t exactly share a lot of the more intricate details, but the video does give a good idea how the Nexus 9 will look in the real world. Continue reading

Survey Says: The Fire Phone is the eReading Device of Last Resort

fire phonePundits have been speculating for a couple months now that sales of Amazon’s smartphone have been dismal, and of there’s any truth to the consumer survey which just crossed my desk, they’re right.

A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows that Amazon prime members, consumers who could be described as the company’s most loyal shoppers, aren’t buying the Fire Phone.  Continue reading

First Impressions of the Boyue T62 Android eReader

Boyue-T62[1]After 3 weeks of impatient waiting, my newest ereader has finally arrived.

The Boyue T62 is the next gen follow on to the T61, aka the Icarus Illumina, aka my preferred ebook reader. According to the specs it has twice the storage and audio support with basically all the same buttons, ports, and card slots as the T61 (more details here). Continue reading

The New 10″ Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is Now (Secretly) in Stores

samsung3[1]Thanks to SEC filings we’ve long known that Barnes & Noble was under contract to release a 10″ Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook, and now it seems they have started to arrive.

My inside sources have told me that B&N stores have started to receive demo units, and that they’re not being put out just yet. Instead I’m told that the demo units are being shown to educators who are being given first dibs on pre-orders. Continue reading

Kindle For Android Updated with Support for Dutch, Signalling Imminent Launch of New Kindle Store

kindle itunes logoDo you know all those rumors I have been repeating about Amazon launching a local Kindle Store in the Netherlands? Amazon just confirmed them.

The retailer rolled out a new update earlier this week for the Kindle app for Android. In addition to the usual bug fixes and improvements, the app also gained a couple new features. Users can now start listening to an audiobook before it is fully downloaded, and they can also tap on a highlight to edit it. Continue reading

Who Needs Android on a Smartwatch When You Can Run Windows 95? (video)

wrist computerWhen Byte published the image at right on their cover in 1981, I’m not sure they ever really expected it to become a reality.

But thanks to one Samsung Gear Live owner the idea of putting a real computer into a space the size of a wristwatch is no longer a joke (though it is a little funny how close a microSD card is in size to that floppy disk). Continue reading

Dropbox for Android Updated With Option to Export Your eBooks to an SD card

dropbox-logo[1]Dropbox rolled out an update yesterday for their Android app, adding a feature which many budget tablet owners will appreciate.

In addition to miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements, Dropbox v2.4.5.10 for Android now enables users to shift files to their SD card or other removable storage. Continue reading