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New Review: Polaroid Kids Tablet 2

February 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Polaroid, Tablet, Tablet Reviews → 2 Comments

polaroid-kids-tablet-2-6[1]As a former camera company, Polaroid is not a brand I would have expected to see on a tablet, but they do alright.

I’ve just put away the Kids Tablet 2, Polaroid’s second kid’s tablet, and in spite of the fact that I am opposed on principle to buying locked down tablets just to give them to a kid, I must say that I was impressed.
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Review: The UbiSlate 7Ci is All Hype But No Substance

February 9th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Datawind, Tablet Reviews, Ubislate → 5 Comments

The Indian ubislate 7ci android tablettablet maker Datawind launched the UbiSlate 7Ci Android tablet in the US in mid-December 2013, and I have had my hands on it for a couple weeks now.

In that time I have come to the conclusion that this $48 tablet is one of the worst tablets I’ve ever had the misfortune to meet. In my opinion this tablet has no redeeming value other than its price, and I’m not sure even that is a strong recommendation.
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The Microsoft Surface is the Most Wonderful Tablet of All Time (video)

February 2nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · humor, Microsoft, Surface, Tablet Reviews → 13 Comments

When Microsoft debuted the Surface tablet in late 2012 they promoted it with a commercial which was both under-appreciated and quite truthful. That commercial shows off the one feature that makes the Surface tablet the best on the market: the kickstand.
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New Review: the Kobo Arc 7 is not the ‘Droid You’re Looking For

January 26th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, kobo, Tablet, Tablet Reviews → 4 Comments

Who kobo-arc-7-press-lead[1]wants to see me eviscerate Kobo in a review? Sorry, but you’ve come to the wrong place.

I’ve just finished a review of the Kobo Arc 7 and it revealed details about Kobo which surprised me. Read on for the full review.
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First Look at the UbiSlate 7Ci

January 20th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Tablet Reviews → 8 Comments

Datawindubislate 7ci android tablet has long been talking up the possibilities of a super-cheap Android tablet, but it was only recently that their tablets were available in the US. If you’re like me and have been wondering what an American thinks of this “below the bottom of the barrel” hardware, then you might want to check out a new post by David Rothman.
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New Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

January 19th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Samsung, Tablet Reviews → No Comments

samsung_galaxy_tab_3_3g-580x470[1]The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0  came out in mid-2013, and by the time the calendar ticked over to 2014 it had been reviewed by pretty much everyone. At this point you would think that there’s nothing left to say about this tablet, but you would be wrong.
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Video Review: Kobo Arc 10HD Android Tablet

January 3rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, kobo, Tablet Reviews, video → 2 Comments

Still wondering Arc 10 HDif Kobo’s 10″ tablet is for you? This video should help make up your mind.

K T Bradford (she writes for Liliputing and other blogs) posted this video review a few days ago which takes you through the basic abilities of the Arc 10HD. She starts with the custom interface which Kobo designed for this $400 tablet and works her way through the reading experience, hardware design, and included software.
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New Review: Nook HD+ is the Best Large Budget Tablet – Assuming You Plan to Hack it

December 28th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Barnes & Noble, Tablet Reviews → 8 Comments

I realizedNOOK-HD+[1] the other day that I have never read a review of the Nook HD+ as a budget tablet, so I set out to write one.

When Barnes & Noble launched the Nook HD+ in late 2012 it was a very different device from the one you can buy today. Sure, the hardware is the same, but the HD+ is no longer an enhanced ebook reader with a high price ($270) and a limited supply of apps (no Google Play).
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New Review: the Medion LifeTab E7312 is Good But Not Great

December 22nd, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Tablet Reviews → No Comments

30016239_PIC-H_Dtrick_002 All in all, the LifeTab E7312 was not a bad tablet. I didn’t like the battery life or some details about the hardware design, but there were a few things to recommend, including a better than average rear camera, a pleasant design, and decent performance.


New Review: Hisense Sero 7 Pro

December 14th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Tablet Reviews → 19 Comments

When HisenseHisense_Sero_7_Pro_contentfullwidth[1] first unveiled the Sero 7 Pro in May 2013 the tech blogosphere was shocked to see that such a great tablet could be had for such a low price. With specs that were equal to or better than the 2012 Nexus 7, the Sero 7 Pro sold for $50 less. It set a new standard for quality vs price, and the market shifted as a result.

But that was May 2013; will this tablet still be a good value 7 months later?

Read the review and find out.