Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Toshiba AT300 View

It was only a few months ago that I reviewed the Toshiba AT300's predecessor, the AT200. Still, this new tablet has a revised design and updated specifications. There are three AT300 models: two are Wi-Fi-only with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage costing £274 and £315 (ex. VAT) respectively, while the third is a 16GB Wi-Fi/3G model priced at £329 (ex. VAT).

Toshiba has equipped the AT300 with plenty of punch and a neat physical design, while maintaining reasonably affordable prices. This  thin and light 10.1in. Android tablet measures 260.6mm wide by 178.9 deep by 8.95mm thick and weighs 590g. It doesn't have the most solid feel in the hand, but the stippled silver backplate is nice and grippy. I do prefer the look of the previous model, which is also a bit thinner and lighter, although the AT300 is certainly no monster.

Toshiba's insistence on a proprietary power connection will irritate anyone who uses their tablet a lot and needs regular access to mains power, as it means carrying another AC adapter. The device's Micro-USB port can be used for data exchange and USB host, but not for powering the battery.
Toshiba AT300

The LED backlit 1,280-by-800-pixel screen is protected by tough Gorilla Glass, but does seem to lack the top-end brightness I've seen from the very best. There's also a slight problem with sound: there are two speakers, and they deliver a fair volume, but audio quality is tinny and doesn't really improve with headphones, either.

Toshiba scores well on connectivity, with Micro-HDMI on board as well as a full-sized SD card slot. I rather like this: microSD cards can be accommodated via a caddy, but the larger slot makes it easy to get images from a camera on to the AT300. If you'd rather use the tablet's main rear-mounted camera for image capture, its 5 megapixel capability isn't that great, but it does have a small LED flash. There's a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video communication too.
The AT200 shipped with Android 3.2, which is upgraded to Android 4.0 on the AT300. Toshiba adds a fair few apps to the standard bundle, including ThinkFree Office, Evernote, a file manager, Splashtop for remote access to another device and the McAfee Mobile Security suite.

The tablet is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM, and is admirably responsive when running applications and games.
The Toshiba AT300's build quality and camera could be better, and I really don't like the proprietary power cable. On the other hand, the quad-core processor is capable, connectivity and expansion facilities are good, and the price is attractive.

from zdnet

Monday, August 13, 2012

Best Cheap Tablets Under $200 for 2012

With the tablets becoming more and more popular, plenty of folks want to own one. For the powerful functions and portable value, you can see tablets everywhere, like school, company and even meeting room. Of course tablets are all the rage, but not everyone can afford a $500 iPad or android tablet. The good news is that competition among an active tablets market should eventually drive down prices. In fact, Amazon Kindle Fire has already started that process and then Google nexus 7 continue the process. And many other good android tablets have started to come down a bit in price. Here we can see a list of best cheap tablets for 2012.

Google Nexus 7
Undoubtedly, Google nexus 7 brings the tablet to a climax and it turns out that cheap price also can produce best android tablet. At $199,Nexus 7 is a great balance of performance and price for anyone not married to the Apple ecosystem. It’s a revolutionary steal that’s more advanced and powerful than the Transformer, but just as cheap, entertaining, and portable as the much slower Fire. You might have to do a little hunting to find great content on the Nexus 7 (m0re on that later), but 600,000 apps in the Google Play and a mediocre movie, music, and magazine selection is enough to get by for this class of device, especially if you’re willing to take the time to rip the music and movies you already own to use on it. Google nexus 7 can be a miracle of android tablet in 2012, and you will never regret buying it.

Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire is produced by Amazon, a well-known online retailer. The Kindle Fire is a 7-inch tablet that links seamlessly with Amazon's impressive collection of digital music, video, magazine, and book services in one easy-to-use package. It boasts a great Web browser, and its curated android app store includes most of the big must-have apps (such as Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu). The Fire has an ultra-affordable price tag, and the screen quality is exceptional for the price. Though it lacks the tech specs found on more-expensive Apple and Android tablets, the $199 Kindle Fire is an outstanding entertainment value that prizes simplicity over techno-wizardry. And if you don’t like nexus 7, maybe kindle fire is your great choice.

 Nook Tablet
The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is a full-featured tablet with a vibrant 7-inch touch screen, built-in Wi-Fi, 16GB of built-in storage, and a microSD expansion slot. In addition to a full slate of books and magazines, it offers more than a thousand apps through its integrated (and growing) Nook Store and is optimized for Netflix and Hulu Plus video playback. The built-in Web browser works well and offers Flash support. The things we should concerned are there are no access to full Android Market; no Bluetooth, GPS, or camera; no video rental (or purchase) option; sideloaded content beyond 1GB needs to be housed on microSD for Nook tablet.Whatever, the Nook Tablet is a worthy--albeit slightly more expensive--competitor to the Kindle Fire.

Blackberry Playbook
RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones have an impressive following in the UK business community, but the momentum failed to carry over to the 7-inch PlayBook tablet. Now, nearly a year after its launch, RIM has released an operating system upgrade that adds much-needed features, and with most retailers cutting the price of the PlayBook substantially, it’s become a serious contender. The dual-core 1GHz processor will let you run several apps in different windows and swap between them. Each app takes up the full screen, but swipe upwards and it’s minimised into a window tile that you can scroll through or close down. The new OS update brings support for ported Android apps like Angry Birds, which means the limited selection on App World should start to grow. This is a very well made tablet available at a very reasonable price. Compared to the other devices, the PlayBook stands out as the clear favourite.

Kobo - Vox tablet
The Kobo Vox is something you should consider if you really are on a shoestring budget – being the cheapest Android tablet in this rundown – you can pick one up. Kobo Vox has very little storage space (8GB, approx. 10 movies or 4,000 books), but you can insert up to a 32GB SD card into it to expand the memory if needed, for just a small price. Mainly built as an eReader, this is a great 7″ tablet for those that are considering both a Kindle and a tablet. Essentially, it is both of the two fused together in a stylish little package. The quilted style backing is something that stands out and Kobo can be proud of their innovatively on that one. The unique design continues into the buttons, with the power, menu and back buttons all being touch sensitive (and therefore not sticking out).Compared to others, maybe Kobo Vox is kind of low popularity,but it still be a good choice for those who want to look for a real good cheap android tablet.

Certainly there are many other cheap android tablets, but these tablets I have listed will be the best for 2012.Maybe you will like them,too.

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Kindle Fire vs New iPad, Which is Right for you?

Kindle Fire and iPad
As Amazon’s first foray into the tablet market, Kindle Fire is widely perceived as the first real competitor to the iPad. Many people who want to buy a tablet just cannot decide which one to buy. Although the release of Nexus 7 makes the condition changed, Kindle Fire is still a great choice for most people for its popularity. So for those who want to buy one from Kindle Fire and New iPad, getting a better understanding of these two tablets is very important. Following we will compare these two tablets in every possible ways.

Specs

First,the considering factor should be the price. At $199, the Kindle Fire will be a full $300 cheaper than the lowest-priced iPad 2. That's possibly an easier entry point for folks who are intrigued by the iPad but can't justify spending $500 for a portable computer when they already have a smartphone and a laptop.
New iPad vs Kindle Fire
Hardware cannot decide everything. That means the new iPad thoroughly creams the Kindle Fire in a strict spec comparison. However, not everyone needs Apple's dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics. After all, the dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP4 processor in the Kindle Fire is no slouch. A tablet's screen is one of its most important features, and the iPad's 9.7-inch 2,048-by-1536-pixel Retina Display can't be beat. But what if you want to slip your tablet into your jacket pocket? The Kindle's 7-inch (1,024-by-600-pixel) display makes it a lot easier to tote, but it also limits your screen real estate.

Both tablets offer unlimited cloud storage for their respective eco-system content, so internal storage may not be a huge factor, but it's worth thinking if you need to load your own content. The Kindle Fire offers 8GB, while the iPad comes in 16G, 32G, and 64GB capacities. MicroSD or any other storage expansion options are not available on both these two tablets.

As to connectivity, The new iPad offers 4G LTE compatibility, which gives it an edge over the Kindle Fire, but don't forget that there are plenty of solid and affordable mobile hotspot options that will bring the same capability to Amazon's Wi-Fi-only tablet. Both tablets are 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi compatible, but only the iPad supports AirPlay and Bluetooth—this is especially important if you want to stream music or videos wirelessly to your compatible speakers or HDTV.

If you want your new tablet to own a digital camera, then the iPad's new 5-megapixel camera will be a big factor. The Kindle Fire lacks a camera, but the general usefulness of tablet cameras is still up for debate. For Battery life, Kindle Fire is likely to be longer on the iPad.

Software

More than anything, the software is what sets the Fire and the iPad apart. The Fire’s home screen is a dark faux-wood bookshelf; a search box is fixed on the top, and a list of media categories is spread out underneath it. Below that, recently used items appear on a “carousel” and take up most of the bookshelf, with the rest reserved for a scrollable “favorites” area, where you can pin apps, books, magazines, websites, videos, and even music. The interface is all about getting to your media quickly; rather than tapping on an app and then drilling down to the media you want, à la iPad, you can just click on the media itself. It’s an interesting concept, and it works well.

While the Fire runs a heavily modified build of Android 2.3, you can still feel Android when you’re using it, in the jerky scrolling, in the ever-present software Back, Home and Menu buttons, and in the slightly modified notification drawer. The browser on the Fire, called Silk, has a feature that’s supposed to accelerate page loading: Popular pages are monitored by Amazon and cached on their servers, so when you browse to one of those sites, it loads faster. The problem is that the service doesn’t seem to work well; Vimeo user Sencha did a video comparison of the Fire’s browser with acceleration turned on and off, and the results showed that Silk doesn’t make much of a difference. For now, the iPad’s browser is just as fast as the Fire’s, but Kindle Fire now can upgrade to Jelly Bean which is considered as the best android system so that it can run faster on the web.

Apps

The Fire will run on a modified version of Google's Android operating system. That means users will have access to several thousand apps in Amazon's app store for Android. The New iPad, of course, has access to more than 425,000 apps in the Apple Store. So, advantage iPad on this one.

Amazon has, of course, optimized the Fire for its own content, like streaming movies, e-books and music. It also will come with a 30-day free look at Amazon Prime, the company's premier service that offers free two-day shipping of products from Amazon.com and free streaming from a library of more than 11,000 movies and TV shows.

Conclusion

We can get the conclusion that New iPad is better than Kindle Fire,but its expensive price may keep many people from buying it. Whatever, Kindle Fire is a best android tablet with an inexpensive price.When you decide to buy one from this two,you should synthesizes each factor and make a wise decision.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sony's Next Xperia Tablet Shows Face

Prior to the “unveiling event” that Sony’s planning to hold in Berlin at the end of the month, some details regarding its mysterious Xperia tablet have recently popped online. From the use of Tegra 3 processor to its 9.4-inch HD display, the leaked slides show that Sony means serious business this time around by featuring specs that won’t disappoint, in order for the device to compete with the best tablets in the market.
Xperia Tablet
While the specs definitely seem promising, the slides didn’t have any clear pictures of the tablet to really pique our interest. That is, until promotional pictures of the “evolved” Xperia tablet have been mercifully leaked.
Xperia Tablet
Gone is the wedge shape that the previous Tablet S comes with. Actually, it’s not completely gone, but it’s somewhat been refined. The back cover is cladded with plastic on top, where you can see the Xperia branding, while the rest of the body is covered in aluminum. The power and volume button, meanwhile, are positioned on the right side of the tablet. Software-wise, the tablet seems to be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Xperia Tablet
Aside from the fact that it’s set to be another gorgeous tablet offering from Sony, we now know that Xperia will be part of the tablet’s name. If the tablet is really priced to move (cheapest 16GB model to start at $400), we think Sony will have a good Q4. Guess we’ll have to wait for a couple of more weeks to find out the complete details. In the meantime, enjoy the leaked pictures of the slate. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How to Upgrade Your System to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean?

Jelly Bean 4.1.1 has become the best android system with the appearing of Google Nexus 7,and the powerful function makes it a very hot android system. Jelly Bean features such as the buttery smooth performance, improved search in Google Now, and many more are also part of the package. Many people who don’t have a Nexus 7 tablet, however, cannot use this perfect android system .Fortunately, there are a few devices that can upgrade to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 now. Following let’s have a look at measures of upgrading to Jelly Bean 4.1.1.

1.Upgrade the Iconia Tab A500 to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean via AOSP-based ROM
Acer Iconia Tab A500
With Acer Iconia Tab A500, You can finally enjoy features such as the smooth-as-butter performance in scrolling, paging, and animation owing to XDA Developers member randomblame’s bringing the Jelly Bean by compiling the ROM from AOSP source code.

Preparation

• Acer Iconia Tab A500 with ClockworkMod Recovery installed.To install ClockworkMod Recovery on your Acer Iconia Tab A500, download Acer Recovery Installer from the Google Play Store and install it on your device.
• Download the latest version of AOSP Jelly Bean ROM for the A500 (JELLYTIME_AOSP_BUILD_5.zip, 120.61 MB)
• Ensure that your tablet’s battery is charged to 60% or more to avoid turning off in the process of installation.
• Backup all personal data(e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) on your tablet ,in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.For backup tips, get guides on how to sync your data to the cloud and how to create local backups of your mobile data.

Instructions
  • Copy the downloaded ZIP file to your tablet’s internal SD card.
  • Turn off your tablet and boot it to ClockworkMod Recovery. You can do this by pressing the Power button while holding down the Volume Up button until your tablet boots into Recovery.
  • Select Wipe data/factory reset and select Yes to confirm the wipe. Wait until the data wipe is completed.
  • Select Install ZIP from SD card then select Choose ZIP from SD card. Locate JELLYTIME_AOSP_BUILD_5.zip file on your SD Card and select it. Confirm installation by clicking Yes.
  • Once the installation is completed, go back to main recovery menu and select Reboot system now to boot your tablet to Jelly Bean.
2. upgrade the Kindle Fire to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean via Jandycane custom ROM
 Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire users who would also like to taste the features of Jelly Bean can now do it with the new Jandycane custom ROM developed by XDA Developers member lithium 76 based on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. You can see a more expansive screen and buttons seem to be comfortably enlarged using Jandycane.Following is a guide on how to upgrade to Jelly Bean.

Preparation

• Amazon Kindle Fire with TWRP Recovery installed
• Download latest version of Jandycane ROM (jandycane_otter-v1.7.2_0xD34D.zip, md5sum: fac84e6f2c3af111caf39afd646cf1b5) and GApps (Google Apps) package (gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip, md5sum: f62cfe4a827202899919fd932d5246d7) to your PC.
• Ensure that your tablet’s battery is charged to 60% or more to avoid turning off in the process of installation.
• Backup all personal data(e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) on your tablet ,in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.For backup tips, get guides on how to sync your data to the cloud and how to create local backups of your mobile data.

Instructions
  • Copy the jandycane_otter-v1.7.2_0xD34D.zip and gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip files to your tablet’s internal SD card. Do not extract the files.
  • Turn off your tablet.
  • Boot it into TWRP Recovery. You can do this by pressing the Power button. Once you see the triangle icon on the screen, press the Power button again to boot into Recovery Mode.
  • Backup your existing ROM by tapping on Backup. This will create a backup of your current ROM in case the custom ROM does not work properly on your tablet.
  • Go back to the main menu by tapping on the Home icon.
  • Tap Wipe and then Factory Reset to wipe your data. You can skip this step if you came from the previous version of this ROM.
  • Select Cache and confirm the action on the next screen.
  • Select Dalvik cacheand confirm the action on the next screen.
  • Go back to the main recovery menu and select Install. Locate and select the ROM’s ZIP file to start installation.
  • Once the installation is completed, go back the main Recovery menu again and select Install. Locate and select the GApps ZIP file. This will install the Google apps package which is not present in the ROM by default.
  • Once installation of GApps is complete, click on Reboot System to boot your device to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
3. upgrade the Transformer TF101 to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean via AOSP-based ROM
Transformer TF101
Being one of the oldest tablets in the Asus product family, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 was launched using the first dedicated tablet OS for Google, Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Recently, the tablet received a port of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, which added the features of the ROM built from AOSP source code to the device thanks to XDA Developers member rayman3 With Jelly Bean running on the device, the tablet will experience faster performance, a better and smarter keyboard, advanced search functionality, and voice recognition.

Preparation

• ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 with ClockworkMod Recovery installed.
• Download latest version of Jelly Bean Android 4.1 ROM (jelly_tf101_alpha3.zip, md5sum: 104727ca5b85fb11c7718c177177b9d9) and GApps (Google Apps) Package (gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip, md5sum: f62cfe4a827202899919fd932d5246d7) to your PC.
• Ensure that your tablet’s battery is charged to 60% or more to avoid turning off in the process of installation.
• Backup all personal data(e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) on your tablet ,in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.For backup tips, get guides on how to sync your data to the cloud and how to create local backups of your mobile data.

Instructions
  • Copy the ROM file to your phone’s internal SD card. Do not extract the file.
  • Turn off your tablet and boot it to ClockworkMod Recovery. You can do this by pressing and holding down the the Volume Down and Power buttons together. Once you see words scrolling at the top left of the screen, immediately press Volume Up within 5 seconds to boot into Recovery.
  • Select Wipe data/factory reset. Select Yes to confirm data wipe. Wait for a few minutes until the wipe is completed.
  • Select Install ZIP from SD card then select Choose ZIP from SD card. Locate jelly_tf101_alpha3.zip file and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes > Install jelly_tf101_alpha3.zip. The ROM will then start installing.
  • Go back to the main menu and flash the GApps package in the same manner as in step 4.
  • Once the installation is complete, select Go back then select Reboot system now to reboot your tablet to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
4.upgrade the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
 Galaxy Tab 8.9
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (GT-P7300 and GT-P7310), which was released last year, has also been blessed with the recent release of Jelly Bean custom ROMs. Galaxy Tab 8.9, either the Wi-Fi-only variant or the Wi-Fi+3G variant and Jelly-Bean-based CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) custom ROM can help you to know what people have been raving about.

Preparation

• A Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (GT-P7300 or GT-P7310) with ClockworkMod Recovery installed.
• A Windows PC
• Your tablet’s USB cable
• Download one of the following ROMs to your computer (choose the right file for your tablet’s model):
o CM10 ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 GT-P7300 (cm-10-20120804-UNOFFICIAL-p5.zip, 139.83 MB)
o CM10 ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 839 GT-P7310 (cm-10-20120804-UNOFFICIAL-p5wifi.zip, 138.83 MB)
• Download the GApps (Google Apps) package (gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip, 83.1 MB)
• Ensure that your tablet’s battery is charged to 75% or more to avoid turning off in the process of installation.
• Backup all personal data(e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) on your tablet ,in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.For backup tips, get guides on how to sync your data to the cloud and how to create local backups of your mobile data.

Instructions
  • Copy the ROM file and the GApps package to the internal SD card of your tablet.
  • Turn your tablet off and boot into ClockworkMod Recovery. To do this, press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons together until the screen turns on and you will see two icons on the screen. Select the Recovery Mode by pressing the Volume Down key and press the Volume Up key to confirm.
  • Select Wipe data/factory reset and confirm the action on the next screen to wipe your data.
  • Select Install ZIP from SD card and select Choose ZIP from SD card. Select the ROM file and confirm the action on the next screen. This will install the ROM to your tablet.
  • After installation is complete, install the GApps package in the same manner as step 4.
  • Once installation is done, select Go back and choose Reboot system now. This will reboot your tablet to the recently installed Jelly Bean 4.1 CM10 ROM. The first boot may take up to 5 minutes so don’t worry, it’s not stuck.
If your tablet is one of the tablets mentioned above, you can experience the features that Jelly Bean have with these guides.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Best Android Tablet Review:Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

As a successful and outstanding android tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has many merits which attract people to buy it. Although nexus 7 has become the most popular tablet now, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still a great choice for you.

It is lighter and thinner than the Apple iPad 2, and has a smaller footprint than either the Motorola Xoom or the Acer Iconia Tab A500, which are heavier and bulkier than most tablets. Following we will review this fantastic tablet and you will have a better understanding of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Design and Hardware

The dominated 1200 x 800 pixel touchscreen is surrounded by a black bezel, and the device is all screen. An on/off switch, volume rocker and 3.5 mm headphone jack are located on the top edge. The sides sport stereo speakers that won't send chills up your audiophile spine but are much better than might be expected as built-ins. Plus, a proprietary charging and docking port are set on the bottom and the back cover is available in white or metallic gray. Besides, the heart of the device lays in a peppy nVidia Tegra2 Dual Core 1GHz processor which provides to run the device smoothly over a wide variety of applications. Also, it comes with 1 GB of RAM and Android 3.2 Honeycomb and now it should be getting Android 4.0 at some point.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
You will be excited about a 7000 mAh Li-Polymer battery on a Galaxy tab 10.1 that offers about 10 hours of usage on a charge. of course actual battery life will depend on how you use the tablet. Wireless connectivity is by Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and the device also supports Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR Connectivity.

Performance

Above all, the browser application is excellent for such a portable device. It offers the complete internet experience and has tabbed browsing just like on a computer with full-content webpages. Pages are displayed as fast as you'd expect with any brand new computer.

Then, many games looked better on Galaxy Tab 10.1 than on the iPad 2 with more vibrant and appropriately saturated colors. For example, “Toy Story 3" was vibrant and colorful and teemed with more life (yes, even in a cartoon) than on the other Android tablets. The speakers are powerful, and capable of deep, thumping bass.

The 8-megapixel rear camera took high-quality pictures for a tablet camera with a sharpness and level of color vibrancy. The default camera app exists at a slightly more streamlined interface and includes a few options like white-balance setting and a timer, but a zoom function is unavailable. When panning around, before taking a still pic, the video frame rate was noticeably delayed compared with the Acer Iconia Tab A500 or the Xoom.
galaxy rear
We can find two apps unique to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are included on the device: the aforementioned Samsung Apps, and Pulse. With Samsung Apps, we were able to do download Rilakkuma pics While Pulse is a news aggregator that organizes news items into small previews, categorized into news, social (with Facebook functionality), entertainment, and so on, usually accompanied with a pic.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is set to its highest possible brightness by default, measuring 336 candelas per square meter (cd/m2) at its highest and 0.30 cd/m2 at its lowest, delivering a very good contrast ratio of 1,120:1.

Summary

Tablets are intended to make their users' lives easier so there's little toleration for one that is at all difficult to operate. For consumers, there’s virtually no learning curve in getting up to speed with the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Icons, widgets and drag-and-drop functionality make using the tablet simple and pleasurable. Its multitasking ability is a major plus, and the web browser experience is essentially identical to using a computer.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is remarked as the best Android tablet and it is really worth the praise. Its design is not coincidentally similar to that of the Apple iPad 2, which continues to set the standard but is now being challenged. If you're a fan of Samsung or android, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is definitely the tablet for you.

Friday, August 3, 2012

How to burn The Dark Knight Rises to Blu-ray?

If you have never heard of The Dark Knight Rise directed by Christopher Nolan, you may be out. Since The Dark Knight Rise is released on July 20th, it has ever top the box office. Nobody can deny it's a technical marvel and it brought us astonished moments. People gave much attention in it and it get popular and hot. Many people want to watch it in the theater with friends or family, even there is an article listed five reasons to watch the movie. For those who watch it in the Internet, and download the film, and want to burn the movie for a HD format and have a Blu-ray player,maybe burning The Dark Knight Rise to blu-ray is their best choice.

Undoubtedly, speaking of burn films, many people may think dvd is a good choice, but if you want a better quality and a large content, blu-ray is a better choice.And I have recently find a new leawo blu-ray creator on cnet which is remarkable.I downloaded it and have converted My loveable family videos to a blu-ray, it really works well.If you want to burn the The Dark Knight Rise to a blu-ray disc, first download and installed this blu-ray burner and following steps is provided to your reference.
Leawo Blu-ray Creator

1. Load your download film.

Click “add video ”to add The Dark Knight Rise. You can preview it on the right side.If you burn more videos, you can add them,and you can merge the videos casually by right click.
Imput the dark knight rises

2. Edit the flim.

Click “Edit” button, and you will enter the editing interface, you can do some trimming and cropping, and adjust the video effect or add individualized design features through effecting and watermarking in this windows.
Edit video

3. 3D setting

Maybe you want to set the 3D effects, you can do it by clicking “3D setting “button.
3D setting

4. Design menu. 

Click the right button “design menu” to customize your Blu-ray menu.You can set the theme,background,button and others.
Design menu

5. Burn to Blu-ray disc

Click the “burn” button, and you can do some blu-ray setting on pop-up windows and click “Ok”, then the software begin to work.You can follow the process on the burning interface.
Burning setting

Blu-ray burning

So, you have done all the operations and you have got your Blu-ray of The Dark Knight Rise. Just enjoy it with your friends.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Laptop vs Tablet, How do you Choose?

tablet
Laptops and tablet PCs are both viable options for people at present.And with google nexus 7's rise and Olympics'coming,tablet become more and more popular.So people really don't know which should buy.They are similar,but they some some key differences. In order to get the best computer for your individual needs, it's important to compare the key features of both laptops and tablets.

Interface

Laptop interfaces mimic a typical desktop setup, complete with a keyboard and mouse. Tablets, however, have a special touch-screen display designed for use with a digital pen, rather than a keyboard or mouse.

Price

Laptops generally cost less than tablet PCs with comparable features according to  article "Tablet PC vs. Laptop: How Do You Choose?"

Portability

laptopVirtually all laptops are designed to be portable. Conversely, some tablets are lightweight and portable, but others are bulky, designed only for desktop usage.

Battery Life

Along with portability, battery lifespan is very important to ensure lasting usage. Laptops usually have a better average battery lifespan; however, some tablet PCs can be upgraded with "smart batteries" that improve charge duration.

Functionality

Laptops often feature better hardware for faster performance with most general programs. However, the touch display of a tablet PC allows increased functionality with certain digital imaging programs like Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw. 

After evaluating the pros and cons of both mobile computing systems properly, you can make your choice. It depends on what you really need to have. There are also hybrid laptop tablet PCs available in the market today, which are basically tablet PCs, but you can attach a keyboard and mouse to them, and use them in a vertical position just as you would use a traditional laptop. Incidentally, these are also the better selling of all varieties. 

from ehow

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T Review

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T
When it comes to manufacturing high quality tablet devices, Asus doesn’t cut corners. From build quality, to hardware and software, Asus tends to hit the nail on the head when creating tablets. Their recent onslaught of devices have all been well received by almost everyone who’s had a chance to use them. I had the pleasure of receiving the Transformer Pad TF300T, which is basically the TF201 Prime’s little brother.

But, make no mistake, the TF300T holds it’s own against any competitor, thanks to an impressive arsenal of specs, software, and accessories.

Hardware

The TF300T is no underdog. In fact, it’s packing the specs to compete with the absolute newest and hottest tablets on the market. It’s internals are as such:
  • Size: 263 × 180.8 × 9.9mm ; 635g
  • Display: 10.1″ WXGA (1280 × 800) LED with IPS
  • Processor: Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3, 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 1GB RAM DDR3
  • Storage: 16GB, microSD slot expandable
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi, micro HDMI
  • Camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front-facing
  • Video: 1080p HD
  • OS: Android 4.0.3
  • Available with a full mobile dock/keyboard
The device is slightly thicker than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Lenovo Ideatab S2110. It felt no heavier in the hands, I must say. Here are the three tablets stacked, with the Asus being on top.

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

The Tegra 3 is a massive CPU, and was capable of handling the most taxing actions I could hit at it. Nvidia, of course, pushes the gaming abilities of the Tegra 3, so I was sure to test that thoroughly as well. ShadowGun, Dead Trigger, Riptide, and the preloaded Glowball were no match for Tegra 3′s quad-core intensity. The Tegra 3 within the TF300T obtained benchmark scores that are slightly under the scores of the Tegra 3 chip found in the Transformer Prime and the HTC One X.

Software

The TF300T is running Android 4.0.3 with the Asus Launcher running on top. The Asus Launcher is much less noticeable than TouchWiz or other manufacturer overlays, and keeps in-line with AOSP Android. Asus has also included three different modes of operation to complement the Tegra 3 processor – Power Saver, Balanced, and Performance. You will also find a bundle of native widgets that are quite useful and attractive.


Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

Design and display

The 10.1″ IPS display on the Transformer Pad 300 is surrounded by a somewhat large bezel, but still provides a hefty amount of screen real estate. The 1280 x 800 resolution looks incredible when gaming or watching videos. The brightness is quite impressive as well, due to the additional backlights embedded in the device. The pixel density is equal to that of the Transformer Prime, coming in at 149 ppi.

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

Mobile Dock/Keyboard

In my opinion, the keyboard dock is an incredible addition to the tablet. The dock is extremely easy to use, lightweight, and basically turns the tablet into a quad-core netbook. Not too shabby, right? My only complaint is that it’s a bit on the small size, so it will take some getting used to, typing-wise.

The hinge between the TF300T and the keyboard is extremely strong, and offers the same adjustability as most laptops.

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

Camera

At 8MP, the Asus’ camera is not something to shake a finger at. The five element lens aids with focus, and produces impressive images. The camera software has the general configuration of most ICS devices, with multiple settings and effects to choose from. Here are some images taken using the rear-facing camera.


Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

Video Review


Many of the TF300T’s features are better left to be experienced by seeing them. So here is our full Transformer Pad 300 video review !


from androidauthority

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Using Nexus 7 with a keyboard?

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My Nexus 7 is almost always in my hand, surfing the web, researching articles, reading an ebook, or otherwise consuming content from the web. It is particularly useful for those purposes as I have detailed in the past. I am getting asked if the Nexus 7 would be useful for creating content with an external keyboard. My answer is absolutely not.

I have a reputation for using tablets in my work by using them with keyboards to write thousands of words. They are very good at that as my working history proves, but only to a point.

The Nexus 7 will never be good for writing as I do, even with a good external keyboard. That's due to one factor: size. While the 7-inch display makes the Nexus 7 perfect for a portable companion, it is too limiting for use as a laptop replacement.

This limit is due to two factors, keyboard width and display size. Just like the original 7-inch netbook, the Eee PC, the Nexus 7 is too narrow to support a case with a workable keyboard. I never could type well on the Eee PC, and the same would be true for any keyboard for the Nexus 7.

The screen size is even worse for using in a laptop configuration with a keyboard. While the small display is perfect while held in the hand not too far from the eyes, it's a different ballgame when propped up with a keyboard for typing. The small screen is too far from the eyes and just too darn small to be useful.

That's why I can't see ever using the Nexus 7 as a standin for writing, even if it's the only gadget in the bag. While larger tablets like the iPad work well for me for such tasks, I am not willing to use something that makes the process difficult. A tiny display would certainly do that so I'll stick to using the iPad for writing and the Nexus 7 for most everything else.

from zdnet

Monday, July 30, 2012

Samsung 11.8 inch tablet disclosed in court documents

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Dozens of Apple and Samsung products are being leaked to the public in the blockbuster patent trial that got started in San Jose, Calif., today. The latest of these leaks comes from court documents that show Samsung might be working on an 11.8 inch tablet with Retina display, according to The Verge.

Codenamed "P10," this tablet would reportedly have LTE connectivity, 2560 x 1600 resolution, and a pixel density of 256 ppi, according to The Verge. This is much bigger than the iPad tablet, which currently features a 9.5 inch screen, 2048 x 1536 resolution, and a pixel density of 264 ppi.

According to The Verge, Samsung is one of the largest suppliers of LCDs and AMOLEDs, so it makes sense that it would look to get into the world of Retina display for its Galaxy line.

Sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 are currently banned in the U.S. due to the patent case with Apple. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ordered an injunction on the tablet in June at Apple's request. Apple said that the key design patents that cover its iPad also seem to apply to Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. In its counter-argument, Samsung has repeatedly referred to that design as "generic."

In addition to the possible "P10," other leaked products via court documents include two Windows Phone 8-based Samsung devices, codenamed Odyssey and Marco, and dozens of early prototypes and sketches of Apple's iPad and iPhone.

from cnet

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Some Galaxy Tab 10.1 Buyers thought they Purchased iPads, Returned the Android tablets,according to Best Buy

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Things continue to look not-so-good for Samsung in its complicated patent-based lawsuit against Apple. The two giants are going to face each other off in courts starting with July 30 in the U.S. case, the most important one of for both companies–and they’re fighting it out in over 50 cases in 10 countries.

Earlier today, we heard that Google warned Samsung that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked too much like the iPad, which is what Apple was able to get apparently from Samsung documents.

Now we hear that the iPhone and iPad maker scored other similar documents that reveal internal Samsung discussions regarding similarities between its products and Apple’s. One of the interesting tidbits, which Samsung will have a tough time fighting, is the fact that Best Buy customers returned Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices after realizing they were not iPads, which is what they though they were buying in the first place:

Samsung was forced to release a bunch of documents it had been keeping under seal that show the likeness between its products and Apple’s. Examples outlined in the documents include comments from Samsung workers discussing similarities with Apple’s products, and reports Samsung got from retailer Best Buy that Samsung tablets were being returned because customers thought they were getting iPads. Samsung still has a pending motion to prevent all of this information from being included at trial.

So far, Samsung did not have such a great time in courts, where Apple has won more favorable rulings than the South Korean company did, with the most recent one being scored in the U.S. case – the jury was instructed to take into account that Samsung did not preserve documents that could have been used by Apple as evidence in court.

We are thoroughly following the Apple vs Samsung battle because it’s one of the most important legal fights out there for the mobile business, so we’ll be back with more details from the U.S. case that’s about to begin.

Meanwhile, if any of those Best Buy buyers that returned Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices after realizing they were not iPads are reading these lines, then let us know what happened back then and why you made such a mistake.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire,Which One Should You Buy?

Nexus 7
Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire are two hot and favorable android tablets at present,and most of people cannot decide to buy which one.My suggestion is buy the Nexus 7 unless you're a huge Amazon user. Then get the Fire.

There you go. No beating around the bush. Just a simple answer. Or is it?

Let's regroup for a second and really look at the question. The Kindle Fire is Amazon's $199 7-inch Android-based Kindle device. It's WiFi-only. The Nexus 7 is Google's $199 7-inch Android device. It's also WiFi-only.

Now you can see why there's some level of confusion. The two devices are the same size and the same price. There are some differences, however.

Physical device

The Kindle Fire weights 2.6 ounces more than the Nexus 7. It's 14.6 ounces, while the Nexus 7 is 12 ounces. In a handheld device, 2 ounces is something you'll notice.

More to the point, the Nexus 7 is a lot more machine for your $199. It's got a much faster CPU, a graphics processor, twice the RAM of the Kindle Fire, and (for an extra fifty bucks) can store twice as much as the Kindle Fire.

On raw horsey-power, the Nexus 7 gets the win.

Android OS

Although both devices are based on Android, you'd be hard-pressed to notice Android on the Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire is a Kindle first, with Android 2.3 running underneath, hidden from view.

On the other hand, the Nexus 7 is Google's current benchmark tablet, running Android 4.1 (otherwise known as Jelly Bean).

On Android compatibility, the Nexus 7 gets the win.

Software compatibility

Here's where things start getting interesting. You'd think the Nexus 7 would run more Android apps, but because it's the first Jelly Bean product in a 7-inch tablet form, many Android apps (like Instagram) won't run because they check the version number. 4.1 is higher than many apps are comfortable with.

On the other hand, the Kindle Fire runs apps primarily from the Amazon app store. While you can side-load regular Android apps, there's some hoop jumping involved.

When it comes to software compatibility, at the time of writing, neither wins the top slot. It's a draw.

Gaming

There are quite a few nice, little games for the Kindle Fire. But the Nexus 7 has a built-in Tegra 3 T30L graphics processing unit. Almost, without a doubt, and especially since the system also has twice the RAM, the Nexus 7 will be the better gaming machine.

Nexus 7 gets the win.

Security

This one is interesting. Android security is somewhat problematic, especially if you decide to download apps from secondary app stores. Apps purchased through Amazon have a much higher chance of being safe. In fact, the entire Kindle experience is tied into your Amazon account, and is secured by Amazon's relatively strong attention to detail.

For security, the Kindle Fire gets the win.

Media

Here's where Amazon takes the lead from Google. Amazon has a rich media experience, and also provides a substantial library of free movies and TV shows to Prime customers. Google Play isn't nearly as good. Jason Perlow also pointed out that only actual Kindle devices (not just those devices running Kindle software, like an iPhone), can take things out from the Kindle Lending Library. So if you want to read best-sellers for free, the Fire is your best bet.

On the other hand, the Nexus 7 will play that media better, because it has substantially more power and a higher-resolution display.

We'll call this a draw.

Which should you get?

Without a doubt, the Kindle Fire is a Kindle, while the Nexus 7 is an Android tablet. If you want a Kindle more than you want an Android tablet, then you might be happier with the Kindle Fire. Likewise, if you want to stay out of the morass that is the Android ecosystem and just want to stay in the welcoming, comforting arms of Amazon, you'll be happier with the Kindle Fire.

Kindle FireOn the other hand, if you want a powerful, inexpensive, solidly designed pure Android tablet, the Nexus 7 is a no-brainer.

My wife and I have two iPads and two Kindle Fires at home. I'm honestly thinking about selling my Kindle Fire and getting a Nexus 7 to replace it. If you do decide to sell your Kindle Fire, make sure you remember to decommission it before you sell it. Otherwise, the device has access to your entire Amazon account.

Hmmm...maybe the Kindle Fire isn't that secure, after all.

from zdnet

Watch Streaming Olympics Live on Your Android Tablets

2012 London Olympics'opening ceremony is about to kick off tomorrow and what the surprise will the long-anticipated sports events will bring us? I am so excited and I believe many people especially the folks in UK are the same as me. Unfortunately, I cannot watch TV live because I just don't have a TV. Thanks to some apps, I can watch streaming Olympics live on my android tablets. Maybe you have the same problems, so I just list the way how to watch the Olympics on Android tablets.


The most convenient way to watch the Olympics live on the tablet is follow the YouTube Olympic Channel by IOC (International Olympic Committee). You can see free live streaming & broadcast of all Olympic Games without the need of downloading any app on android tablet. Besides, you can choose the country and the sports live as you like. Just go to YouTube channel with your tablets and you can enjoy the live.

NBC Olympics Live Extra app Installed on Android tablets

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If you lived in America, maybe NBC Olympics Live Extra app will be your best choice to watch the whole Olympics. In this way, you have to install the apps on your tablets to ensure you can watch the sports. NBC Olympics brings live coverage of London Olympics to USA and you can follow live Olympics, videos, highlights. In addition, the Live Extra is equipped with a free live streaming feature that will allow you to watch all the Olympic events live as they take place in London over the next month.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Get you started with the Nexus 7 with five Great tips

Getting started with the Nexus 7 can be a bit daunting if it's your first tablet, or if you're not familiar with Android. But, that's why we're here. We have rounded up the best Nexus 7 tips and tricks to help get you started with your latest tech addiction.

Customizing the Nexus 7

The first thing you're going to want to do is personalize and customize your Nexus 7. Donald Bell came through with a great video full of Nexus 7 tips and tricks. You will be shown how to change widgets, the wallpaper, or even unlock the Nexus 7 using nothing more than your pretty face. You'll feel a lot more comfortable with the Nexus 7 after watching the video.

Google Nexus 7 tips and tricks


Taking a screenshot

After customizing your Nexus 7, you'll probably want to show off your setup. You can take a screenshot on the Nexus 7. With the new actionable notifications in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, sharing a screenshot is possible from the notification tray.

Learn how to take a screenshot on the Nexus 7


Print using the cloud

From time to time you may need to print a document, photo or even a screenshot from the Nexus 7. Thankfully, setting up Google Cloud Print and using an app to print from your Nexus 7 is a breeze.

You can print e-mail attachments and nearly any document or Web page from the device to any printer you have set up with Google Cloud Print.


Where's the camera app?

The Nexus 7 comes equipped with a 1.2 MP front-facing camera, and no rear camera. The front camera is intended to be used for video chats, but third-party apps can also take advantage of the less-than-stellar quality camera.

One thing you'll find missing from the Nexus 7, however, is the Android Camera app.

Well, thanks to a developer, you can install an app from Google Play and gain access to the standard Jelly Bean Camera app.


Turn the Nexus 7 into a Kindle Fire -- kind of 

If you're switching from the Kindle Fire to the Nexus 7, bringing content you've already purchased over with you is possible -- to an extent. The process is simple; you'll just need to know what settings need to be changed and how to access the Amazon App Store on your Nexus 7.

Thankfully, Donald Bell has put together another great video showing you how to get your Kindle Fire content on to your Nexus 7.

How to turn a Nexus 7 into a Kindle Fire

 

Bonus tip

USB accessories

Sharon Vaknin recently showed us all how a little $2 adapter, called a USB on-the-go (OTG), would allow you to connect USB accessories to an Android device. She was able to connect and use a PS3 controller, a keyboard, a wireless mouse, and even her iPhone with an Android device. Make sure you read the list of supported Android devices and accessories in her post, then watch the video to see how easy a USB OTG is to use. 

from cnet

Stability Face-off:Nexus 7 vs iPad

Recently,some people have done some test for Nexus 7 and iPad, and the results revealed that Nexus 7 is better than iPad in terms of stability.They mainly test the Nexus 7 and the iPad to see how they fare when they are dropped from chest height, Table top height and when they are dunked in a bath tub.
Testing
The test results:
  • Falling from a height
The back and front of Nexus 7 is all intact except for kind of corner wear while iPad’s screen has worn down even some cracks can be found on the screen although the back of iPad is intact.
  • Falling from a chest height
No obvious damages have be found on Nexus 7.But some cracks existed on the back of iPad and the corner of iPad have worn down seriously.
  • Falling into the water
The touch screen of iPad and Nexus 7 are both normal, but iPad cannot be audible and Nexus 7’s sound is normal.

You can watch the below video to enjoy the entire process.