Phandroid » Tablets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:52:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This is the Nexus 9 keyboard case Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:29:18 +0000 nexus2cee_HTC-UG08-1-665x374_thumb

Last week NVIDIA spilled the beans on the upcoming HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet. The leaked document stated the Nexus 9 will be released in the third quarter of 2014, which we are currently in. One of the exciting features of the Nexus 9 is the rumored Microsoft Surface-like keyboard case. We’ve heard rumblings of this accessory in the past, but now we can see it in the flesh.

It’s an interesting keyboard to say the least. At first glance it appears to be upside down. The area where a trackpad would normally be is above the keys. The reason for this is the tablet will fold out and cover that empty space. The benefit of a built-in kickstand, like the one on Microsoft Surface, is that space can be used for a trackpad. You can also notice some special keys for Android functions, such as a voice command button in place of Caps Lock. That way you can scream instead of SCREAM. One thing we can’t see in these photos is the charging mechanism.


Are you excited about the 9-inch Nexus 9 tablet? Will you buy this accessory to go along with it?

Thanks everyone!

[via Chinese VR-Zone]

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NVIDIA spills the beans on HTC-made Nexus 9 in court documents Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:24:01 +0000 NVIDIA-SHIELD-Tablet-benchmark-1

If there was any question Google was planning on launching a Nexus 9 later this year, a new discovery from the boys at Bright Side of News all but confirms it. A leaked court documents from NVIDIA in which they claim Qualcomm and Samsung are infringing on their GPU patents not only makes mention of a Nexus 9, but reveals the manufacturer Google will be partnering with: HTC.

NVIDIA PDF Legal Doc HTC Nexus 9

This HTC-made Nexus 9 will feature an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and according to the docs, is expected to launch during Q3 of this year. Given we’re already fast into September, it shouldn’t be much longer before this 9-inch Nexus Tablet is officially announced along with specs and pricing. Are you guys ready for it?


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Rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active announced for businesses Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:56:09 +0000 Galaxy-Tab-Active

Sometimes, business isn’t pretty — it’s rough, dirty and dangerous. And those types of businesses need devices just as much as the next. That’s why Samsung wanted to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active for folks having to work in that environment. The 8-inch 1280 x 800 device has been built to be able to withstand drops from up to 1.2 meters, and also sports classification for being water and dust resistant. Samsung made it a point not to use the word “proof” here so we imagine there’s still some danger to having the device exposed to the elements.

The device doesn’t feature anything out of the ordinary otherwise. It’s a Samsung tablet that has the company’s customer user experience sitting atop Android 4.4 KitKat. It has physical keys for home, menu and recent apps as these rugged devices often do. It also comes with a C-Pen stylus attachment for folks who might need to use the thing with gloves (such as those working inside a factory or at a construction site).

For specs, Samsung’s hooking us up with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, a 3.1 megapixel rear camera, a 1.2 megapixel front camera, 16GB of internal storage and more. The device will be available in both WiFi and WiFi+LTE configurations, and we imagine the latter will cost more should you opt for that version. Unfortunately Samsung had no details to share in terms of pricing and availability, but don’t expect 2014 to expire without being able to purchase one.

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Android Deals: $200 off the Galaxy S5, 75% savings on Jump Desktop, and more Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:32:37 +0000 deals

What’s in the old Android Deals goody bag this week? How about savings on a new Galaxy S5 or LG G Watch? Steep discounts on remote desktop software for Android and Disney’s Castle of Illusion? We’ve even got the tipoff on some audiobook and eBook deals that will give your brain a bit of exercise. Remember, all deals were active at time of posting but they won’t last forever. Read on and act quick to save.

Hardware & Accessories

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Take $200 off the price of an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 for AT&T. Normally priced at $649.99 off-contract, Samsung’s latest flagship device can be yours for only $449.99 as part of eBay’s Daily Deals. The savings of over 30% also include free shipping. Act fast before supplies run out and this deal ends. [eBay]

Get a 50% discount on a 4G-compatible Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage and pick up this Jelly Bean-powered tablet for only $159.99. Google’s 7-inch slate features an HD display and will soon be among the first to receive the highly-anticipated Android L update. [eBay]

Save $50 on an LG G Watch when you buy from Best Buy and be among the first to own an Android Wear-powered smartwatch. This smartphone companion and stylish timepiece sees its regular price of $229.99 slashed to $17.99. [Best Buy]

Become a master at presentations with the discounted X-Presenter Smart bundle. For $23.99 (50% off the regular price), you get the X-Presenter Smart Laser laser pointer and USB dongle, which turns any smartphone with a headphone jack and the X-Presenter app into the ultimate presentation tool. [AndroidArea]

Knock more than 50% off the price of select ruggedized cases for all the latest Android smartphones. These protective cases are reduced to prices as low as $10 and are available for handsets like the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5, and HTC One M8. [Amazon: LG G3, Galaxy S5, One M8]

Apps & Games


75% Jump Desktop for Android: Control your desktop from anywhere with your Android phone using Jump Desktop. This easy-to-use remote desktop software for mobile devices gives you access to all of your applications and files without the need to lug around a laptop or log into a PC. [AndroidDeals]



Music & Media


Download The Four-Hour Chef audiobook for free and improve your culinary skills almost instantly while learning valuable lessons that could even better your life beyond the kitchen. Tim Ferriss guides you through the building blocks of cooking in this free release normally priced at $20. [AndroidArea]

Save 85% on a selection of eBooks for Students and get ready for the new school year (or do some learning on your own time). With over 1000 titles to choose from, there is a little something for everyone. [Amazon]

Music Singles

Music Albums

Music Compilations


TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

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Best Android Tablets [September 2014] Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:00:50 +0000 best-tablets-april-2014

In the market for an Android tablet? Don’t know whether or not you should wait? With the summer behind us and IFA 2014 kicking off this week, now is precarious time to be in the market. Here are our picks for the best slates currently available and a look at what’s on the horizon.

Previously: AugustJuly | June | May | April

5. Nexus 7

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The Nexus 7 was never renown for its hardware prowess, but the tablet continues to deliver in other areas like price. As a Nexus device, it will also be among the first to see the highly-anticipated update to Android L. With an HD display and modest quad-core processing, the N7 will remain relevant until Google finally releases its long-rumored successor.

4. LG G Pad


LG recently launched G Pad refresh comes in three sizes with prices starting at $150, a price that by itself makes these slates worth consideration. Add in some of the subtle refinements LG introduced with the highly-touted G3 and you end up with a set of tablets that successfully mix mid-range specs with a top-of-the-line feel.

3. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet


The Xperia Z2 Tablet is about as “Sony Style” as it gets. With refined lines and the specs to give the competition a run for its money, if you want to turn heads while you effortlessly blow through video, games, and web content, the Z2 is the tablet for you.


nvidia shield tablet

When the SHIELD Tablet launched, we would be the first to tell you we weren’t holding out high hopes for the device. NVIDIA came through, however, with a device that takes the great gaming capabilities of their less-than-succesful SHIELD handheld and pairs them with an all-around solid Android tablet. A great device for hardcore gamers, the casual user should find it equally appealing.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S


The long wait for Samsung to bring their Super AMOLED technology to a tablet was worth it. The Tab S not only delivers gorgeous visuals via its hi-res display, but it sets the standard for every Android slate to come. Priced to compete with Apple’s iPad, it might be the first truly worth Android competitor the long-standing tablet king.

Honorable Mentions

galaxy-tab-4-nookWe don’t have room for every Android tablet in our top five, but here are several new and currently available slates worth your consideration.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook — Samsung’s popular Galaxy Tab meets Barnes & Nobles line of e-readers, and it’s a match made in heaven.
  2. Lenovo Yoga HD 10+  This flexible tablet features a built-in kickstand and can “yoga” itself into several positions for maximum usability.
  3. LG G Pad 8.3 — Still relevant despite the launch of new G Pads, look for this solid Android tablet to go on sale frequently.
  4. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX With easy access to Amazon’s library of digital content, this is a true media machine.
  5. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro — This “Pro” version of the Galaxy Tab might lag behind the Tab S in some areas, but it is worth consideration as one of the most powerful Android slates on the market.

Tablets to Look Forward To

IFA 2014 promises to bring even more tablets to look forward to, but here are the unreleased but announced Android slates that have quivering with anticipation.

LG Tab Book

lg tab book android

When the LG Tab Book hits the market, it will quite possibly be the most powerful Android slate available. It’s that simple. Unfortunately, since its announcement a few weeks back, little else has surfaced, including details on release date and regional availability.

ASUS Transformer Book V

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Since it was shown off at the beginning of summer we have been anxiously awaiting ASUS’ Transformer Book V, the successor the manufacturer’s popular line of Transformer tablets. This one cannot only go from tablet to laptop and back, but it can triple as a phone and then do it all with Windows.

Rumor Mill

Will  new Nexus Tablet launch before next month’s Best Tablets list is set in stone? Unlikely, but this month we have another that almost certainly will.

HTC Nexus tablet

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After earning its WiFi certification, the HTC Volantis/Flounder (codenames for what is presumed to be the next Nexus tablet) is closer to reality than ever. We are expecting to see an official announcement of this slate alongside the release of Android L and possibly a new Nexus phone. There is still some debate as to whether it will be a true Nexus 7 replacement or a new, larger tablet dubbed the Nexus 9.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

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Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet has been a favorite of ours since its release, and the rumored Z3 Tablet Compact could be equally as enticing. What do we expect of this new slate that could be revealed at IFA 2014 next week? A smaller display than the Z2 Tablet’s along with specs similar to the upcoming Xperia Z3 smartphone. That sounds like a recipe for success to us.

What Say You?

Did we leave your favorite tablet off of our rankings? Did we get it wrong or right? Take us to school in the comments below and let us know your picks for the best Android tablets.

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Sony gives us a quick glimpse of upcoming products in latest IFA teaser [VIDEO] Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:53:33 +0000

Sony’s big, fat cat is well out of the bag in terms of what they’re announcing at IFA Berlin next week. We’ve seen countless leaks of the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Now Sony is intent on teasing the goods themselves. The company posted a new teaser video to YouTube for the purpose of getting you excited for all that’s to come next week.

sony teaser

The teaser is littered with your typical cryptic imagery and secretive theme, but Sony threw in a quick half-second glimpse (around the 40 second mark) of three shadowy devices. We’re almost certain one of them is the Sony Xperia Z3, and another is bound to be the aforementioned compact tablet that borrows a similar name. There’s a third device pictured that looks like it could be the Xperia Z3 Compact, but we can’t know for sure. Confused yet? You won’t be next week when Sony finally lays it all on the table.

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Sony accidentally leaks possible compact tablet and new smart watch Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:51:09 +0000 sony smartwatch tablet compact leaked

We’re not sure if Sony has some of the world’s most untrained interns or if they decided some of the best marketing they can do is to leak their own products, but yet another announcement may have been spoiled ahead of their IFA conference next week. In a “Street Smart Summer School” promotion they’re hosting on Facebook to educate folks on on the SmartBand, the company accidentally posted an image of what appears to be a small tablet, as well as a smart watch that may or may not be the rumored SmartWatch 3. The image has since been removed.

The former device has been leaked in recent weeks as the Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact, with rumors telling us to expect a small form factor that was popularized by tablets such as the Nexus 7 and the LG G Pad 8.0. Highlights of its specs are said to be a Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM and an 8 megapixel Exmor R camera sensor. We’re not yet sure what else to expect from the device, though we imagine it’ll come in within that typical 7-8 inch range and sport HD resolution.

On the side of the smart watch? We’re just as clueless, though we know it likely won’t be an Android Wear smart watch as Sony has said time and time again that they instead wish to focus on their own platform (which should still be based on Android at the very least). It won’t be long before we’re doused with all the goodness we’re waiting for, so circle back around August 3rd next week when all of this information is scheduled to spill out.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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The HTC Flounder (aka Volantis, Nexus tablet) receives its WiFi certification as we inch closer to a release Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:52:37 +0000 HTC Flounder WiFi Certification

We’ve been hearing a lot of chatter around the internets in recent months about an HTC Volantis, otherwise known as the HTC Flounder. The tablet, which is rumored to be HTC’s entry for the Nexus 9, recently made a pit stop at the WiFi Alliance.

The tablet’s certification clearly lists HTC Corporation under the company name, along with the tablet’s codename appearing in the firmware as “flounder” and the operating system as “Android version L.” Doesn’t get more obvious than that. Also interesting are the 3 separate model numbers for the HTC tablet: 0P8210000, 0P8220000, and 0P8230000. Now the obvious assumption is that it could be referencing different color options, or possible the usual WiFi/LTE equipped models — but then what about the 3rd? We suppose that’s still anyone’s guess at the moment.

It was back in May we first references to an HTC-made “Flounder” tab appear in AOSP and in June, some of the device’s specs were tipped off. While WiFi Certification doesn’t really tell us too much, it is a clear indication of the device’s existence and that — ever so gently — we’re getting closer to an official release.

[WiFi Alliance: PDF Download]

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Deal: has the refurbished 16GB Nexus 7 for $130 [Today Only!] Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:48:46 +0000 New Nexus 7 hand wm

Looks like has a few more Nexus 7 units than they can carry. The company has yet again put the device on sale as their daily deal. You’ll get a refurbished version of the 16GB model for just $130. The tablet comes with the standard 90-day ASUS warranty so you shouldn’t have any qualms about its potential history.

The Nexus 7 2013 is sure to be outclassed by some very exciting tablets coming up at the end of this year, though without an accurate picture of what each manufacturer is working on (including HTC’s supposed 8-inch tablet for Google) $130 isn’t a bad price to upgrade your mobile life in the short term. The deal lasts today only, or until all stock is sold — whichever comes first. Oh, and there is a limit of 3 units per customer (which is actually on the high side, we imagine) so keep that in mind if you were looking to buy a boatload.

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How to factory reset your Android phone [Android 101] Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:53:27 +0000 Looking to sell your phone but want to protect your personal data first? Don’t want your app info, private messages, selfies, videos, and browsing history falling into the wrong hands? The factory reset is your friend, deleting everything on your smartphone or tablet until it’s a clean slate — just like when it came off the factory floor. Here are two easy methods that make formatting an Android device a breeze.

BEFORE YOU PROCEED: Be sure to back up any saved files or data you do not want to lose. Once a factory reset has been preformed, any deleted data will be gone for good.

How to erase all data from an Android smartphone from the settings menu


Erasing your Android device — whatever your reason for doing so — is an extremely simple procedure. You’re only a few taps away from a device wiped free of all photos, video, apps, personal data, and whatever else is lurking on its internal storage media. Here’s the skinny:

  1. Open the settings menu by tapping the gear icon within the notifications pulldown
  2. Navigate to Backup & Reset
  3. Choose whether or not to also erase the contents of any installed SD card (if your device is capable of utilizing expanded storage via memory cards)
  4. Tap “Reset Phone” to confirm and restore the device to factory condition

For older devices or those using custom Android interfaces, the factory reset option might be located within a different subheading of the settings menu. Look under menus with titles like “Privacy” or “Device Storage” if you can’t locate “Backup & Reset”

How to erase all data from an Android smartphone if unable to access the settings menu


If you have lost your Android device or if a broken display is keeping you from accessing the settings menu of an otherwise functional handset, there is still hope for you to perform a factory reset of your smartphone. The catch is that you will hopefully have previously installed Android Device Manager (available at Google Play) and enabled the remote lock and erase option. If so, follow these simple steps:

  1. Log into your Google Play account (the one registered to your lost or broken phone)
  2. Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner
  3. Click “Android Device Manager”
  4. Select the desired device from the drop down menu in the dialog box hovering above the location map
  5. Click “Erase”
  6. When asked to confirm, click “Erase” again.

Google will now do its best to connect to the device and initiate a factory reset via the magical powers of the internet. The result will be the same as if performing a factory reset directly from the phone via the settings menu.

Looking for even more tips and tricks to get the most out of your Android smartphone? Check out our complete archive of Android 101 tutorials.

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble come together for the Galaxy Tab 4.0 Nook Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:30:55 +0000 galaxy tab 4 nook

Well, isn’t this an interesting turn of events? Samsung and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to introduce a version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.0 that will almost exclusively push Nook content. This is in stark contrast to Barnes & Noble’s previous strategy of manufacturing their own Android tablets for purposes of selling digital books.

Unlike Barnes & Noble’s own-built tablets, Samsung’s version will come with your typical TouchWiz experience and full access to Google Play to download whatever you want. The difference here will be the multitude of pre-installed Nook apps and widgets, as well as the inclusion of over $200 worth of content for free (which apparently includes books and shows like Freakonomics, The Wanderer, and I Am Number Four, and an episode each of three TV shows: HBO’s Veep, NBC Universal’s Hannibal, and BBC America’s Orphan Black.) To that end, it’s the same Galaxy Tab 4.0 we’ve come to know since launch. Here are its specs:

  • 9.74 oz (276 g)
  • 7-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • 3 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • Battery lasts up to 10 hours of video3
  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • 8GB Memory6
  • Expandable Memory with up to 32GB microSD™4
  • Built-in Wi Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Dual Speakers

Beyond that, it’s your run of the mill tablet and should be able to cover all the bases of what a tablet is capable of should you not need to run an intelligence network from it. The device is going from $179, and you can grab it from any Barnes & Noble store or from their website right here.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact leaked in user manual Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:56:41 +0000 sony xperia z3 tablet compact leak

Looks like Sony could be prepping a new size-conscious tablet. A recently published user manual for Sony’s BSC10 Bluetooth Speaker makes mention of a “Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” in the list of devices it’s compatible with. Funny, that, considering we haven’t even heard anything about a regular Z3 Tablet. The document also doesn’t make mention of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 that we expect to see announced at IFA 2014 in a few weeks.

Unfortunately this leak doesn’t reveal any useful or meaningful information, though history suggests the device could be just as powerful as any Sony flagship can be. Sony is one of the few companies whose “mini” offerings are about as powerful as the full-sized options, so the Xperia Z3 Tablet’s “compact” designation doesn’t rule out the possibility of a powerful tablet. Beyond a previous rumor that Sony is working on an 8-inch tablet, we don’t have much of a starting point to go on as far as specs go.

All should be revealed in a few weeks, though, and you can bet we’ll be on top of all the latest developments and announcements as they come in. Let us know if you’d consider a smaller tablet from Sony as your next tablet should they bring the thing to IFA at their September 3rd event.

[via Techtastic]

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Android Deals: Top smartphones on sale, Robin Williams honored, and more Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:44:54 +0000 deals

Searching for a new phone? This week we dig up deals on some of the hottest handsets on the market plus a Google Play tribute to Robin Williams, a Minuum Keyboard sale, and more. Remember, all deals here were accurate at time of posting but they won’t last forever. Act quick!

Hardware & Accessories


Save 66% on an ASUS Transformer Pad TF-300 as part of eBay’s Daily Deals. Normally priced at $265, this budget-friendly version of ASUS’ popular transforming Android tablet sees its pricing drop to an even friendlier $135 for a limited time only (plus free shipping). [eBay]

Knock $100 on select smartphones at Best Buy including the LG G3 (Verizon, now $99), Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T, only $1.00), and HTC One M8 (all carriers, $99). Other deals include the Samsung Galaxy S3 for only a penny, LG G2 for $50, and HTC One M7 for $1. [Best Buy]

Get the an ASUS Iconia tablet bundle for $120 including a Targus QuickFit case, 16GB PNY memory card, and screen cleaning kit. Combined, this bundle would normally sell for $200. [Best Buy]

Apps & Games


Get three years of VPN Unlimited premium access for $19 and browse the mobile web with confidence. Operting over a secure Virtual Private Network, VPN Unlimited keeps your browsing habits private and encrypts your data, making it perfect for use when surfing a public network. A premium subscription offers unlimited browsing speeds and bandwidth. VPN Unlmited is available for Android and PC, and the price includes access for up to five separate devices. [AndroidArea]

Become a master Android programmer for $19 with this Learn & Master the Fundamentals bundle. The price includes 105 lectures spread over 9.5 hours that will give you all the tools you need to become proficient in programming for the Android ecosystem. [AndroidArea]

App Deals

Game Deals

Music & Media


After the tragic passing of Robin Williams, Google Play has a collection of the comedians more memorable films featured at reduced prices for all to commemorate his body of work. You’ll also find free Shark Week and a large selection of discounted albums at Google Play and Amazon.

Music Singles

Music Albums


TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]


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Best Android Tablets [August 2014] Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:19:30 +0000 best-tablets-april-2014

While not much has changed at the top of our list this month, one surprising new entry to our best tablets list managed to knock another recurring slate from this month’s rankings. Which was it? Read on to find out.

Previously: JulyJune | May | April

5. Nexus 7

New Nexus 7 atop box

As the fall approaches and with it the official launch of Google’s Android L update, there is a good chance at least one new Nexus Tablet is on its way. The good news for Nexus 7 owners is we can expect Android L support for this already available slate that Google released last year. The Nexus 7 won’t set the world on fire with its increasingly modest hardware outfit, but for its sub-$250 price it’s a hard tablet to beat.

4. LG G Pad

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Like the Nexus 7, the G Pad line from LG strives to provide as much bang for as little buck as possible (starting at $150), resulting in three middle-of-the-road tablets that offer a surprisingly robust feature set. Borrowing the interface and design language of the LG G3 — we consider it the best Android phone on the market — the G Pad makes a great all-around device for fun and play with a form factor (7, 8, and 10-inch models) to suit any taste.


nvidia shield tablet

The SHIELD Tablet arrived last month with the sort of hardcore processing power only a company like NVIDIA could provide. This tablet has impressed with its deft ability to transition between a serious gaming machine and a solid all-around tablet. It’s the perfect blend of NVIDIA’s rich history in gaming and their newer forays into mobile entertainment. The best thing is this one doesn’t break the bank at $299 (though gaming peripherals will run you extra).

2. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet


The stylish and powerful Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet made its debut on Verizon last month, giving even more customers the opportunity to experience one of the best Android tablet experiences out there. The classiness of the device belies its durability and waterproof construction, making the Z2 Tablet a go-anywhere device. And you’ll want to take it everywhere even if only as a fashion accessory.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S


Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S feels like the Android tablet they have always wanted to make: stunning Super AMOLED display, rock-solid hardware, and features that actually add to the device and take advantage of its form factor. Samsung was eyeing the iPad when they designed this slate, and it might be the first on the market that has a reasonable shot at competing head-to-head with Apple’s mainstay.

Honorable Mentions

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  1. Samsung Galaxy NotePro  This tablet’s high price and large form factor have finally bumped it from the top five, but for those that are looking for an ultra premium slate this is the one.
  2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 — Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 line is aimed at the budget-minded consumer but delivers plenty for the price tag.
  3. Lenovo Yoga HD 10+ — A transforming kickstand provides new ways to interact with this top-notch tablet.
  4. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX — For the Amazon lover, the Kindle Fire HDX provides access to their entire library of digital content and more.
  5. LG G Pad 8.3 — Usurped by LG’s updated G Pad line, the G Pad 8.3 has become an even more affordable option that still manages to hold its own.

Tablets to look forward to

The tablets we have to look forward to subscribe to the sentiment that bigger is always better. Offering more than one user experience with keyboard docks and swappable operating systems, the trend could become the next big thing in mobile computing.

LG Tab Book

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Debuting toward the tail end of July, the new LG Tab Book features an insane hardware setup to power its dual tablet/netbook design. We’re talking an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, Intel HD graphics, and 128GB of internal storage. Announced in Korea, our only concern is whether to not this Android-power Tab Book will see a larger global release.

ASUS Transformer Book V

ASUS Transformer Book V_PR02

Announced a couple months back, we have had plenty of time to salivate over this Android tablet behemoth. With five different modes (phone, tablet, and netbook with both Android and Windows modes), this is truly a device designed for multitasking. The ASUS Transformer Book V is still on track for a launch later this year (we’re guessing plans could be clarified at September’s IFA show).

Rumor Mill

How long must a rumor exist before it is either verified or debunked? It seems like we have been hearing of a rumored Nexus tablet for months, and it remains a hot item alongside increasing buzz pertaining to HTC’s own reemerging interest in the form factor.

HTC tablets


It has been a while since HTC has made any serious attempt at producing an Android tablet, but that could be changing soon. Talk of multiple HTC-made slates launching later this year has picked up in recent weeks, but there is still little known about the devices outside of potential model numbers.

Nexus tablet refresh

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Speaking of HTC-made tablets, the company is the name most often attached to a potential Nexus tablet refresh that could include at least the Nexus 8 but potentially more. The tablet has reportedly already entered testing but much about it still remains a mystery.

What say you?

IFA has a history of being a hotbed for new tablet releases, so take a good look at this month’s rankings. Things could be mighty different come the fall. Did we get it right or do you have your own take on the best Android tablet available. Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 brings support for Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet and One M8, tons of new changes Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:30:00 +0000 cyanogenmod logo 5

The latest milestone for CyanogenMod 11.0 has been released, and a couple of big devices have been added to the list. The Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 tablet and HTC One M8 have all graduated from nightly status. An M release is a monthly snapshot of all the latest changes. It isn’t quite stable, but it’s far more stable than nightlies have been and you can rest assured knowing it won’t make your phone explode in your day-to-day.

So what’s new in M9? The list is quite large and includes changes and fixes from June 31st through July 27th. Here’s what you can expect once you get your device upgraded:


  • Themes support for additional UI elements
  • Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes
  • Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure keyguard
  • Torch – Improve performance
  • Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc)
  • Center clock support
  • Quick Settings – respect locale changes on additional tiles
  • Proximity Wake-Up support – prevent accidental wake-up of device by checking to see if proximity sensor is blocked (eg. Device is in a bag or pocket).
  • Spam notification filtering – Set notifications to auto-ignore based on content (perfect for those pesky games that want you to ‘Save 20% on our new game’). Long-press offending notification to set as ignored; manage in Privacy settings.
  • Settings Search – Additional improvements and highlighting
  • Data Usage Info – Add support for CDMA devices without sim cards
  • Bluetooth – Add additional A2DP profiles
  • Bluetooth – Disable AVRCP 1.5 by default (fixes various car unit compatibility)
  • Email – Fix saving attachments to storage for POP3 accounts
  • Translations (Thanks CM Crowdin Team!)
  • Account for Play Services induced wake-locks
  • Fix encryption on some LG Devices
  • Dialer – add support for Korean and Chinese to smart-dialer

Not all of it is mindblowingly amazing, but you can’t be mad at a more solid and stable experience overall. You can find downloads for the new version for your respective device at CyanogenMod’s download portal here. For what it’s worth, we wouldn’t recommend flashing these on carrier variants without clarification from CyanogenMod. We’ll be reaching out to see if the  HTC One M8′s release is only for unlocked, unbranded versions. Hold off if you don’t have that version for now to avoid a massive headache.

Don’t forget to make a backup and charge your battery before you do anything, and always remember that whatever you flash to your device is your responsibility. That disclaimer aside, have at it!

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