Category Archives: Hardware Reviews

Roundup: Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Reviews

Galaxy-Tab-4-NOOK_25[1]It’s been just over a week since Barnes & Noble launched their latest tablet, and the reviews are trickling in.

Unfortunately for both B&N and for potential buyers, there weren’t very many blogs interested in writing a review for this tablet. I only found 5 actual reviews (not counting the fake review posted by Publishers Weekly), which is far fewer than the dozen reviews I found for the Fire Phone. Continue reading

New Review: Toshiba Excite Go

toshiba-excite-go[1] I’ve just finished a new review of the Toshiba Excite Go, a $99 Android tablet which got a lot of attention when it was launched in May but little attention (and no reviews) since it shipped last month.

You can find the review here. Continue reading

Review: Acer Iconia A1-830 is a Disappointing iPad Mini Clone

acerICONIAa1-830[1]Acer might not be the biggest tablet maker but they are a well known name with an established reputation for quality.

Alas, sometimes Acer’s generally adequate tablets miss the mark.

The Iconia A1-830 is a mid-grade 8″ tablet which launched in April 2014. I didn’t get a chance to review it until July and August, and now that I’ve spent some time with it I am glad that I didn’t buy it myself. This is a rather disappointing tablet that actually made the cheaper Hisense Sero 8 look good. Continue reading

First Impressions of the InkCase Plus

inkcase plus 1Thrilled at the possibility that the InkCase Plus might add a secondary E-ink screen to your smartphone? You should be.

My InkCase Plus early review sample arrived a mere 2 weeks after the Kickstarter campaign began, and I can see how the design has been improved over the models released last year. 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

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

Review: Onyx Boox T68 Lynx eReader Android Tablet

Following in the footsteps of the Nook Glow, Sony Reader Wifi (T1, T2, T3), the Tolino Shine and Vision, and a couple 6″ ereaders from Onyx, the Onyx Boox T68 Lynx is certainly not the first ebook reader to run Android.

But it is the first to get it right. Continue reading

Review: Skytex Skypad SP458 4.3″ Android Tablet

Skytex is one of the many small gadget makers that first got into ereaders in 2010 and then quickly got out of that market and into tablets. They have produced many Android devices over the past 3 years, both good and bad, and the Skypad SP458 definitely falls into the latter category. Continue reading

Video Review of Onyx Boox i63ML Newton – Android 2.3, 6″ Carta E-ink Screen

Onyx-Boox-i63ML-Newton[1]Next up on the list of ereaders which will never launch in the US is the Onyx Boox i63ML Newton.

This 6″ ereader launched in Russia last month with a retail price tag of 6,990 rubles (around $200 USD). It’s a slightly updated version of the existing i63ML ereader with a Carta E-ink screen, 8GB internal storage, frontlight, and an IR touchscreen. Continue reading

Video Review of Onyx Boox C65 AfterGlow eReader

onyx-boox-c65-afterglow-Kopia-nowe-459x600[1]I’ve been Youtubing today, getting ready for my new ereader, and I came across a related model which isn’t strictly available in the US but can be ordered online.

The Onyx Boox C65 AfterGlow is a 6″ Android-equipped ereader which can be bought from one of Onyx’s retail partners. It’s a little pricy for the US market, but on the upside it ships with Google Play, a feature which few ereaders can boast. Continue reading