Friday, September 28, 2012

Nook HD vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Nexus 7, which one is your thing?

7-inch tabletSince Barnes & Noble unveiled its new tablets Nook HD and Nook HD+, the new competition to make the best 7-inch tablet appears to be a three-company race: Barnes & Noble with the Nook; Google with its Nexus 7 and Amazon with Kindle Fire HD.Certainly it is indeed a blessing for all the customers who just want to own a android tablet when the new similar tablet is announced for the more options. But undoubtedly it has made us at a loss to decide which one to buy or order. So, we just need to differentiate them and choose our most proper one.

First thing ,price?

  • Google Nexus 7: $199 for 8G and $249 for 16G
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD: $ 199 for 16G and $249 for 32G
  • Nook HD: $199 for 8G and $229 for 16G with the up to 64GB expanded storage.
As to the price, I think all the three are almost equal.

Check out the screen quality
  • Google Nexus: 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi), Back-lit IPS display, Scratch-resistant Corning glass, weighs 340g
  • Kindle Fire HD: 1280×800 resolution (216ppi), HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle, weighs 395g
  • NOOK HD: 1440 x 900 pixel resolution, 243 ppi, fully laminated screen with no air gaps reduces glare and provides extra-wide viewing angles, weighs only 315g.
Nook HD definitely has the best display for its highest resolution for wonderful for video viewing and text reading, although the experience on Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD are also good.Also it is the lightest one which makes it more comfortable for traveling with a tablet.

Have a look at the basic spec

  • Google Nexus 7: 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 with 1G RAM running Android 4.1Jelly Bean;1.2MP front-facing camera; battery can last 9 hours video or10 hours of web browsing or reading; the input/output includes Micro USB, Microphone, NFC (Android Beam);supports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP4460 with 1G RAM running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich;1.3 megapixels front-facing HD camera;11 hours continuous use are available; USB 2.0 (micro-B connector),Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port and built-in microphone are supported for input/output; supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
  • Nook HD: 1.3 GHz Dual-Core, OMAP 4470, 512MB RAM for 8GB, 1GB RAM for16GB;runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich; battery can last 10.5 hours reading, 9 hours video; Input/output ports covers universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, charging port, expandable microSD slot, HDMI port and Dual stereo speakers; Supports Wi-Fi® (802.11b/g/n)
Through the specs described above, we can found that Nook HD and Amazon Kindle Fire HD are better than Nexus 7 in terms of processor and battery life. Kindle Fire HD is also the best one speaking of the Input/output ports and its HD camera indeed focuses people’s attention. Nexus 7 runs the most advanced android system while the others run the ICS and its special NFC service can be the good selling point. Nook HD seems no obvious advantages in these specs.

We can get the entertainment from…

  • Google Nexus 7: the entire Google Play app market, a wider, better selection of games and software across the board. Google Play Store (books, comic books, magazines/newspapers, movies), about 600,000 apps, over 4 million books
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Amazon Store (books, comic books, magazines/newspapers, movies), 51,000 apps, Whispersync with Voice pairs reading with an audiobook,X-Ray, FreeTime, etc. Over 950,000 books
  • Nook HD: Barnes & Noble store(books, comic books, magazines/newspapers, movies), about 10,000 apps, Nook magazine, Nook Video, Nook Catalog for shopping, Over 2.5 million books
For entertainment, Kindle fire HD maybe the most appropriate one, but if you just want to more games and apps, Nexus 7 is absolutely the right choice. Nook HD is more suitable for a family or kids for its featured kids’ books. Of course, for reading magazine, Nook HD is better than the others.

See what formats the devices Supported

  • Google Nexus 7:ePUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, WEBP, AAC, FLAC, MP3, MIDI, WAV, OGG, AMR, MP4
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4
  • Nook HD: PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, FOLIO, OFIP, CBZ, TXT, RTF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, PPSX, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, LOG, CSV, EML, ZIP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP4, M4A, 3GP, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AMR, MP4, 3GP, WEBM
We can found that Nook HD can support the most formats. And since the others cannot support most video formats, when watching the other format video,it just needs some apps or programs to convert it.

Last… 

In a summery, Nexus 7 is also the most advanced tablet in technology,Amazon Kindle fire is good one to have the enjoyment at your part time,Nook HD has the best display view and it is of course the best one for kids and also for magazines. I think you must have your decision now, and just take it.




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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Nook HD and Nook HD+ Unveiled: Another Fierce Competition at Tablet Market

Nook HDAfter the order of Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Barnes & Noble announced its Nook HD (7") and HD+ (9") tablets, available for pre-order today and shipping in late October. It is obvious that the joint of Nook HD exacerbated the intensely competitive tablet markets since the release of Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.

With the same size 7 inch as Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD at the moment holds the highest resolution 1440*900 among the 7 inch tablet market with a unexpected 243 ppi, which can attract more people for the highest quality text, graphic and video experience on a 7 inch tablet. Nook HD also sports a solid fighting weight at 315 grams, which compares quite favorably to the Nexus 7 (340 grams) and the Kindle Fire HD (395 grams). The tablet uses a 1.3Ghz dual-core processor which should be able to handle resource intensive games. The price of Nook HD starts at $199 for an 8 GB model and $229 for a 16 GB version.


Regarded as the lightest and low-priced full HD tablet ever by Barnes & Noble, Nook HD+ plays in the higher-end tablet market and boasts a 9-inch 1,920 * 1,280 pixel screen with a 256 pixel per inch density, which comes nipping at the retina iPad's 264ppi. It weighs 515 grams, or about 18 ounces, has a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and starts at $269 for 16 GB and $299 for 32 GB.

Both of the two models Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support and connect for free in all Barnes & Noble stores.  And the other main features about the new Nook tablets are:

  • over 3 million books
  • Enjoy your favorite magazines and newspapers on a gorgeous HD display! 
  •  NOOK Apps™ supplies about 6,000 apps for everyone — from games, news, and entertainment to business, productivity, and lifestyle.
  • One of the largest and most diverse collections of interactive books for kids of all ages.
  • Nook Video: Offers users standard HD movies and TV shows for streaming or downloading from Disney, Sony, HBO and more.
  • Nook Catalog of Shopping 
  • Convenient Newspaper Experience
  • Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 
  • Expanded storage(up to 64GB)
  • Up to 10.5 hours of continuous reading and up to 9 hours of video watching for HD,HD+ boasts up to 10 hours and 9 hours
The disappoint thing about the nook is that neither nook tablet has a camera, that means you cannot enjoy the fun of taking photos. Actually, this function is really we want today. Also, you may notice that there are fewer apps at Nook store than Amazon and Google play, and since the interface is unrecognizable as Android, users won't have access to the Play Store. Of course, you can solve the problem by rooting it if you're comfortable at the command-line and don't mind voiding your warranty though.

Undoubtedly, the Nook HD is more likely designed for family and you can find there are something for kids. Whether the Nook HD's great display is enough to make it the tablet to beat, it needs time to answer it.

Monday, September 24, 2012

What is Exactly Android Operating System?

Android Os
Android is no doubt the most widely used operating system in the world by smartphone and tablet producers. And you can find there are many new android devices like Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Samsung galaxy s3, HTC one x, etc, in this year. Since the android operating system has become hotter, what is exactly android system? Later let’s just have a better understanding of it.

Origin  

Android is a Linux-based operating system developed by Google in conjunction with the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 86 hardware, software, and telecommunication companies dedicated to advancing open standards for mobile devices. It is designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

However, the origin of it is not Google but a group of people headed by Andy Rubin in a company known as Android Inc, which is not famous at that moment. Android Inc. became known only when Google purchased it back in 2005. The company’s intentions of acquiring Android Inc. became known in 2007 when the Open Handset Alliance revealed itself to the general public.

Android Version
 

Since the release of Android beta in November 2007, the first commercial version, Android 1.0, was released in September 2008 run by HTC Dream. Since April 2009, a few versions have been released: Android 1.5 Cupcake, Android 1.6 Donut, Android 2.0 & 2.1 Éclair, and Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.3.x Gingerbread, Android 3.x Honeycomb, Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich, and the recent update Android OS Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean, which is used by Nexus 7.

Features 

Android uses single- and multi-touch inputs like swiping, tapping, pinching and reverse pinching to manipulate on-screen objects as user interface and provides a fluid touch interface. Internal hardware such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and proximity sensors are used by some applications to respond to additional user actions.

Android devices boot to the homescreen, which is similar to the desktop found on PCs, and is the primary navigation and information point on the device. Always present along the top of the screen is a status bar, showing information about the device and its connectivity.The open and customizable nature of the operating system allows it to be used on other electronics such as laptops , netbooks, smartbooks and the like.

Android also supports connectivity features like Bluetooth, WiMax, GSM, LTE, NFC, SMS and MMS messaging. Another thing need mention is Android has its own web browser.

Applications 

There are a large amount of apps that are available for Android. Some apps are free and some can be acquired at the Android Market Place called Google Play or at the Amazon App Store, or by downloading and installing the application's APK file from a third-party site.You can find many free android apps at Google Play and also you can find the most popular apps.

Security 

The sandbox in Android applications does not have access to the rest of the system's resources, unless access permissions are granted by the user when the application is installed. Besides, several security firms have released antivirus software for Android devices like Lookout Mobile Security,AVG Technologies, etc. 

In a summery, Android is one of the popular operating systems that runs many smart phones and tablet computers today. Just like PC that need an operating system like Windows, these mobile devices also require and operating system to function. And now the most advanced one is Jelly Bean and there must be the more advanced one in the near future.




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Thursday, September 20, 2012

How to Watch MKV Videos on Kindle Fire HD

Announced as the world’s most advanced 7-inch tablet at Amazon.com, Amazon Kindle Fire HD attracts people’s attention for its high resolution and fastest wi-fi speed and other reasons. As long as you see the detailed introduction, which is described by Amazon, you cannot keep indifferent. It is definitely the strong challenge of both Nexus 7 and iPad.

The high definition touchscreen display makes it a better experience to watch the videos on Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Unluckily,the same problem arises as other tablets, Amazon Kindle Fire HD cannot support all the video formats, that means, when you want to play the MKV or other popular formats videos (AVI,FLV,MOV,etc)on your new Amazon Kindle Fire HD, you have to convert the video to Kindle Fire HD compatible videos to enjoy them.

Considering the speed and the converted quality, here I suggest this best video converter that I have used all the time. Just download it at first, and then we can start to do the conversion step by step.

Step 1.Load the video.

Choose your video, just drag it to the interface or just click the “Add Video” button to input your video files. You can add multiple video clips and merge any two or more clips. The Right interface offers the preview of your videos.

Step 2: Edit the videos 

The program also offers you the basic editing on videos.And if you just don’t want to change the videos,just skip this step.Click the “Edit” button and enter the Video edit interface. You can trim,crop,set the brightness and other effects of video and add watermarks on the video.

Step 3:Customize the format 
We can easily get the information on Amazon Kindle Fire HD compatible video formats including  MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm) and then we must decide the output formats. Click the “setting” button and choose the Kindle Fire in the profile like the below picture.

Then, we start to set the basic specs such as the video codec, video size and so on. Since the Kind Fire has the same specs as the new Kindle Fire HD except for video size, so we just set the video size as 1280*800, which is the resolution of the HD one.


Step 4: Converting
After the setting,click the “convert” button, then the program begins to convert the videos.And when it finishes, you can play the videos on your tablet.

Then you can watch the mkv movies on your Kindle Fire.Just enjoy!


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Best 9 Free Android Apps You Must Have For Android Tablet

Best free android apps for tablet
So,you have a new android tablet and you are so glad to test its function Or your tablet has not many good apps. And then you will find that you should install some useful android apps for better enjoyment. As incompletely estimated, there are over 600,000 android apps at Google Play, and most of them are available for Android tablet. So how to choose the apps for the tablet is also hard to decide, here I filtered down from the Android Market some best android apps for your pleasure.

1.Chrome
 

If you want the simple and fast desktop browser on your tablet,then Chrome is absolutely your best choice. And if you use Chrome on the desktop, syncs your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords and more. You would experience the best browsing experience out of it.

2.Plume
 

If you have used the official Twitter app, you will feel disappointed for its tablet unfriendly. Luckily, Plume, a highly customizable Twitter app, works well enough on Android tablets so you won't miss Twitter on your Android tablet. It can offer a tablet-optimized interface, and it's functionally the best app for browsing Twitter out there. Also is Friendcaster for best Facebook experience.

3.Netflix 

Speaking of watching TV episodes and movies on your tablet, Netflix, delivering the best experience, is definitely the world’s leading subscription service. You can feel all the joys of Netflix in your pocket, all the time-including the power to battle that always growing Watch Instantly queue if you are lived in USA, Canada, Latin America, UK and Ireland.

4.IM+ 

IM+ is an IM app that lets you chat with your friends on AIM, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, Yahoo, Facebook chat and others so that you can use just one app to deal with all your messages.

5.Kindle 

You don’t have a Kindle, but you may be need to own the app Kindle. This Android application is for all the book lovers. You can simple browse more than 900,000 books across different stores by downloading it. Best is it maintains track of your previous read books, bookmarks and notes. So,do you just want to read any sort of books in any part of the world? Then, try it.Also,you can check out Aldiko Book Reader, another great e-reader android app for tablets.

6.Evernote
 

Want a note taking app? Evernote can be your answer. Evernote is simply a powerhouse of a note taking app available with its awesome tablet-optimized interface. Not only can you jot down notes but also you can take pictures, record voice notes and upload files to remember all on their cloud. Evernote is immensely popular and it is a app you must have for your android tablet.

7.Stitcher Radio
Perhaps you like to listen to radio and Stitcher Radio will be a great app for you. It plays over 10,000 radio stations, shows and podcasts from the best of NPR, CNN, Fox, BBC, Freakonomics, Adam Carolla and more.And you can listen to your favorite news, comedy, sports and talk radio shows on your Android phone or tablet with it. Stitcher is the best way to stay connected with the information that’s important to you.
 

8.File Manager HD 
If you want to manage your files on tablet easily ,try File Manager HD which reveals the file structure of the OS so you can find files, transfer stuff around and all that good stuff.

9.eBay 

If you are kind of eBay addict, this is a must-have app that makes it easy to browse, shop, sell and manage your eBay activity whenever and wherever you are! Another popular shopping app Amazon Mobile is for Amazon fans.

Now you can try some of the apps introduced above, of course there are many other customized android apps for android tablets, and maybe you will find other amazing apps for android tablet, so just leave a comment.



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Monday, September 17, 2012

The Comparison between Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7

Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7

Since Amazon released the version of 7-inch new Kindle Fire HD last week, the android tablet market is boiling after the launching of Nexus 7. Amazon announced its too faster than Nexus 7 with the same price of $199.So which one really deserves your cold hard cash?Let’s just do some comparison about them.

Appearance


Kindle Fire HD has 7-inch HD LCD display working at the same 1280 x 800 pixel resolution as the Nexus 7 launched with a 7-inch LCD display running at a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution that offers decent angles and good contrast levels.

Amazon also reckons it's got the edge with its polarising filter improveing the IPS display's viewing angles and anti-glare technology cutting glare by around one-quarter while Nexus 7 doesn’t offer them. The Kindle Fire HD also has a Micro-HDMI connector for HD video output. Nexus has only Micro USB port.

The Kindle Fire HD has an "HD" front-facing camera for video chat,while the Nexus 7 has a 1.2MP front-facing video camera for the same purpose. The Kindle Fire also has a pair of dual-driver stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus to deliver decent music playback and clearer video dialogue. The Nexus 7 has a plain old speaker.

One small detail is the fact that the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD, a tab that measures 193 x 137 x 10.3 mm with 395 grams, is a bit thinner but heavier than the Google Nexus 7 measuring 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm and weighing 340 grams. However, the Nexus 7 has a significantly smaller footprint.

Important Tech specs

The Kindle Fire HD processor is a Texas Instruments OMAP4 4460 (its bigger 8.9-inch brother has a 4470, which has faster graphics), which is a dual-core model running at 1.2GHz. The Nexus 7 processor is a Tegra 3, a quad-core rated at 1.3GHz. Both devices promise all-day battery life, with the Kindle Fire HD promising 11 hours of continuous use and the Nexus 7 nine.

For storage, Amazon Kindle Fire HD comes with 16GB and 32GB ,which is double the amount of storage as the Nexus 7 comes with 8GB and 16GB.

For connectivity,both devices are Wi-Fi only (a 3G Nexus 7 is incoming), and the Kindle Fire has has dual MIMO Wi-Fi antennas and operates in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands, and  using MIMO data transfer technology means stronger Wi-Fi reception and smoother video and music streaming. The Nexus 7 has a single antenna and only uses the increasingly crowded 2.4GHz frequency band, but it does have an NFC chip for device-to-device communication, and built-in GPS, accelerometer and magnetometer for location- and position-based apps.


Entertainment


Undoubtedly, the cool tricks on the new Kindle Fire HD are surely to appeal to lots of folks. Whispersync with Voice pairs reading with an audiobook, which is notably cool, especially when Samuel L. Jackson is reading to you. X-Ray is a great way to track down all of the mentions of a specific term within a book or a movie. And FreeTime is a set of parental controls that lets parents set limits on time and content.

Also,you can find a remarkable library of ebooks is built by Amazon for powering Kindles, but if you're into watching new shows and downloading media at large, you'll probably be better served by Amazon's ecosystem. But if it's apps, Google's Nexus 7 has the entire Google Play app market at its fingertips, which means a wider, better selection of games and software across the board.

Choice

If you just like to watch some movies or read some books,or a present to give to your parents, I believe Amazon Kindle Fire HD is your best choice, but if you are someone on a tight budget, students looking for a cheap laptop replacement , business travelers, or the mobile gamer, you may need to buy a Nexus 7.Of course, there are people who don’t mind the thing above, then just follow your hearts.




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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Amazon 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD VS Apple New iPad

Kindle Fire HD vs New iPad
With the faster and taller iPhone 5’s release today, Apple ensures its dominant space in technology again. Either smartphone or tablet, it is difficult to replace the Apple for both Google and Amazon. Amazon just wants to maintain more space on the tablet market and it announced the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD aiming to overthrow the Google Nexus 7 as the best budget tablet (price range: $199 – $249), and the 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD aiming to be a high-end device with the considerably price starting at just $299, lower than other tablets featuring the same kind of specs. And Apple’s iPad Mini is not unveiled and is anticipated to arise on Oct.

Apparently, Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch will give heavy pressure on iPad with high-resolution display (1920 x 1200)and MIMO (multi-input/output) functionality, which Amazon claims will give the Kindle Fire HD 40 percent faster Wi-Fi than the iPad. But what exactly are better, Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch or the New iPad?So let’s just compare them.

Display

The 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD has an 8.9-inch display (DUH!) that works at a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution (the same resolution used by the ASUS Transformer Prime Infinity) and a PPI(Pixel Per Inch) of 254.While the new iPad is at 9.7 inches with LED-backlit IPS TFT display uses a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, the highest resolution you’ll encounter on any tablet currently announced , and a PPI density of 264, also currently a valid record in the tablet market.

You maybe think that the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is not better than the New iPad from this aspect, but actually with the PPI of 254, the display on the 8.9 inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD is almost as sharp as that of the Apple iPad 3, although it is 0.8 inches smaller.

Besides, one advantage that the 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD has over the new iPad is the first’s anti-glare technology which you can creat a display that’s easy to view, even in overhead light.

Hardware


Amazon announced the 8.9-inch Kindle HD uses Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 chips and the chip is faster than the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC with a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor.Apple has used the new A5X chip, currently the fastest chip on the market when it comes to both CPU and GPU tests, inside the third-generation iPad with a 1.0Ghz dual-core processor. The performance offered by the CPU inside the Amazon Kindle Fire will be comparable, but the latter will not be able to compete against the iPad’s more powerful GPU.On to the amount of RAM memory, the latest version of Apple’s iPad carries 1GB of RAM, while the 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD is presumably using the same amount of RAM.

The Wi-Fi 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD, features a HD front-facing camera for Skype calls, comes in 16GB or 32GB models, Amazon is throwing in 20GB of cloud storage space for your own stuff, and unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content. The new iPad, which has a 5MP rear facing camera capable of 1080p videos and a VGA camera for video chatting comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions and offers up to 5GB of iCloud storage no matter whether they’re cellular-enabled or Wi-Fi-only versions.


The LTE version of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD (8.9 inches) will only work with AT&T while The LTE-enabled version of the new Apple iPad can work with both Verizon and AT&T.

OS and Ecosystem

 

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is powered by a forked version of Android 4.0 be able to get new apps from the Amazon Appstore. Basically you can do with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is to access Amazon’s Appstore or buy books, music and magazines or rent movies. Google’s products are virtually non-existent on all the new Amazon Kindle tablets.The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is also well integrated with Amazon's services, so Amazon Prime users will get access to thousands of free streaming videos and Prime users will also get the Kindle Lending Program, which grants free access to eBooks. Your content will be stored and accessible from the Amazon Cloud. Amazon's content ecosystem is roughly equivalent with what you can find in iTunes, although Apple may have a slight edge.

Apple’s new iPad uses iOS 5, an OS that offers over 550,000 apps inside the App Store. As far as the quality of the available apps goes, the wide diversity of quality, tablet-optimized apps offered by the iPad may be unrivaled even by fully-fledged Android tablets. Apple also has a stronger ecosystem than Amazon when it comes to tablets. It definitely has the advantage when it comes to apps and I'd give it a slight edge in terms of movies, TV shows and music choices. The New iPad ecosystem extends beyond software though, as you can find all sorts of neat covers and accessories specifically designed for the Apple tablet.

Price


The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will be significantly cheaper than the new iPad. You can also pick up a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 with 32GB for $369 and the $499 version gets you 32GB and 4G LTE connectivity ($50 a month for 250MB of data). And the new iPad costs $499 with 16GB. A 32GB version costs $599, a 64GB model costs $699 and versions with integrated 4G LTE modems cost $629, $729 and $829 for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions.

The Apple new iPad has been available since March this year, while the Amazon Kindle Fire HD will be released on November 20.

Verdict

All in all, the 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD is nearly as powerful as the iPad though iPad is in reality better than it. But if you just want to look a high-end entertain tablet, I think it will be a better choice than iPad, after all, not everyone can afford the iPad.

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is currently the tablet that offers the best bang for buck ratio around. And if you have interest in it, just wait for its coming.



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Monday, September 10, 2012

Root or Not Root Your Android Tablets and How?

Android tablet root
If you’ve had an Android device for a while, you’ll have heard of rooting: you just wonder what exactly is “root”, why and how to do it. With the question, you will get a full understanding here.

What is “Root”?

Android is based on Linux. On Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, the rooted user is equivalent to the Administrator user on Windows. After rooting your device, you have full access to the entire system and can run special types of apps that require root permissions. These apps can disable bloatware, control app permissions, enable tethering, and do lots of other cool things. By default, you don’t have root access to your Android device, and certain apps won’t function without root access.

In a summery, root is breaking certain safeguards placed on your device so that you have complete control over the underlying software and operating system.

Pros and Cons

For rooting system, some Android users will tell you that you’re not getting the full Android experience if you don’t root while others are perfectly happy with their android tablets in the state they bought them, and see no reason to change. So why do people have the different opinion for this? We should see the pros and cons of rooting our android system.

Pros

  • More Customization Options
Rooting allows you to install custom-tailored ROMs to install any current and future OS’s. Some developers have created their own custom ROMs, like CyanogenMod. Others then create new themes for these ROMs, which can totally revamp the way the device looks, acts, and feels. Stock Android already allows for a lot of customization, but this takes it to the next level.
  • Increase Performance or Battery Life
Once rooted, you’ll also be able to alter this yourself. You can replace many parts of the “Android core.” Doing so, you can add new themes, edit the core apps (Maps, Calendar, clock, etc.), change the recovery and boot images, add Linux binaries, and many more.
  • More application choices
You will be able to install apps that are only compatible with rooted phones. For instance, you can install an app for taking a screenshot of your phone, or for overclocking your device, or for tethering.
  • Install applications to your SD card
Once you’ve rooted your tablet, you’ll be able to completely move apps to the SD card leaving you plenty of room on your internal storage.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Tethering
After having rooted your tablet, you can also use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth tethering to share your cellular data connection with your laptop, PC, or other capable mobile devices.

Cons

  • Void Your Warranty
The most notable risk of rooting is that you will void any warranty that you have on your device .That is to say, if the tablet starts overheating or repeatedly restarting or suffering any other type of malfunction or there is something wrong with calls, text messages, and mobile Internet and any problems like that, your manufacturer and network provider are both entitled to refuse to fix.
  • Brick Your Tablets
Rooting is not a complicated procedure. However, some users may occasionally run into the problem of bricking the tablet.“Bricking” means breaking the device and making it about as useful as a brick. So do a little bit of research first and see if other people report success rooting your tablet is a good idea.
  • Security
If you’re using Google Wallet for NFC payments, you may want to reconsider rooting your tablet. The reason is that Google Wallet has vulnerability on rooted tablets that could allow other apps to access your PIN and other wallet information. Of course, Google Wallet will display a warning message if you run it on a rooted tablet.
  • Lose Your OTA Updates
Your tablet will receive over-the-air updates to its version of Android, for example, little bug fixes or a huge upgrade. If you’ve rooted your tablet, then trying to install any these updates will cause you to lose root — and you will not be able to re-root until someone figures out how to do that for the new version you just upgraded to.

How?


If you decide to root your android tablet after thinking twice,you just want to know how to root the tablet. It is a simple affair if you have the proper application. Before you download the rooting app to root your tablet, make sure the rooting app supports your tablet. Here are the apps that can help you root an Android tablet.

1. Universal 1-Click Root 

Use a well-known exploit to root. It cannot support Android versions 2.2.1 or above.

2. Easier 1-2-3 Droid 2 Root 

This is a desktop based rooting application working on Windows/Linux/Mac. Download the program, connect your tablet to the computer and run the software to root.

3. z4Root
It changes the root binaries to do its magic.
Download and install it on your tablet to root.

4.SuperOneClick Root 

This is the best rooting application ever working on Windows/Linux. Download it to your computer, connect your tablet and root it.

Now you should know the rooting better and whether you decide to root or not, it all depends on you.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Amazon will offer $15 opt-out for ads on New Kindle Fire tablets

Kindle Fire HD ads
The new Kindle Fire HD tablets from Amazon have good hardware and software technology inside that belies the low pricing. It turns out that pricing is low due to the inclusion of ads on the Fire HD lock screen and home screen.

These ads will be on all Kindle Fire HD models according to Amazon, without the ability to opt-out. Ads on Kindles are nothing new as Amazon has offered models of the ereader with ads at a lower price for some time.

Kindle buyers have the option to pay a little more for models sans ads or go cheap and put up with the ads. To be fair the Kindle ads have never been obtrusive.

The ads on the new Kindle Fire HD tablets will be on the lock screen that is displayed every time you turn the device on. These ads will include "sponsored screen savers" according to Amazon. The lock screen disappears as soon as you unlock the display so this may not be an issue with most users.

The other ads will be on the lower left corner of the home screen. Amazon insists they will not interfere with the normal use of the tablet, but that will be up to each user. It cannot be turned off so it's there to stay.

Amazon took this ad-supported route no doubt to keep the prices of the Kindle Fire HD as low as possible so it may be an acceptable trade-off for most.

It turns out the ads will "be available in both the US and the UK".And Amazon is now stating that no-ad options will be available for the Kindle Fire HD for $15.

from zdnet

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire HD,A Big Hit on Tablet Market After Nexus 7

Amazon Kindle Fire HD
When Google Nexus 7 has proved itself by its tremendous success, Amazon takes the wraps off people’s long-anticipated new tablets, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD and the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. Although the shipment is said to be on Sep. 14, the order has already started yesterday.
With the price of $199, the same as the current darling, the Nexus 7, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD adds more storage (16GB), faster performance, and a high-resolution display (1280x800) into the mix and with better hardware, which will the new kindle fire HD go even further to eat into the competition. Also you can take the 32GB for $249 (32GB).

Along with a slightly bigger screen (1920x1200),the larger 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has the same hardware improvements. It is designed for content consumption in every way, and at $299 will likely be a big holiday seller. It will be available in November to reach that holiday crowd. There's also an extra-fancy Fire HD with AT&T's 4G LTE support priced at $499 for 32GB and $599 for 64GB.

The new Kindle Fire HD also includes dual-band 2.4 and 5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi. And Amazon announces that they use two antennas the first time in a tablet for 802.11n' built-in MIMO (multiple input, multiple outputs) functionality and make the Kindle Fire HD 21 percent faster Wi-Fi than the iPad. For a processor, the new Kindle Fire HD uses a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor, which is a quad-core ARM-based processor. Bezos claims this processor is faster than Nvidia’s Tegra 3.What android system it will run is not certain.

Speaking of the features, lots of consumerism features are supplied such as FreeTime to let your kids not spend all day on the tablet; Dolby speakers for music and movies; X-Ray for Movies to let you get film info from IMDB while you're watching a film; and so on. Besides, the tablet comes with Microsoft Exchange support and out of the box can sync e-mail, contacts and calendars with Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo.

So you maybe wonder whether Amazon has profits to sell these at this price point. Well as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, “We want to make money when people use our device not when they buy our devices.” And it really gives all the people especially the kindle users the big surprise with its amazing performance and low price.

The Kindle Fire HD won’t offer a pure Android experience like the Nexus 7, but for Kindle users, Amazon Prime members, and those simply looking for a low-priced device to consume media on, the HD makes an extremely convincing argument in its favor, and also it will be a powerful competitor for both Google Nexus 7 and Apple iPad series including the forthcoming iPad Mini.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Common Problems and Solutions about Android Tablets

We needn’t say much about that android is at the moment dominant in the tablet and smartphone market. Even Apple’s ios cannot replace it. And when people want to buy a tablet, the majority will choose android tablets just like Kindle Fire,Nexus7,etc.It is avoidable that we will come across many problems when using the tablet, and here lists the common problems and solutions to help you when you don’t know what to do with your android tablet.
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  • No sound?
Solution: Check the volume to see if it is zero and then check the connection of earphone.
  • Severe noise?
Solution: Check the music file if it is damaged and try other audio files firstly. Then check the earphone plug to see if it is clean, contamination will result in noise.
  • Can't open the file menu on the main interface?
Solution: Check if it has been locked. If so, unlock and try again.
  • Can’t boot?
Solution: Connect to USB port of your PC or charger adaptor to see if it is low battery. If so, please charge for a while and they boot again. If it is still unable to boot, please contact the customer service.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Kindle Fire 2 and Glowing Kindle Touch Released on September 6

Amazon is expected to announce the second version of its Kindle Fire tablet at a press conference in Santa Monica, California, on 6 September. The Fire may come in both 7in and — less likely — 10in versions, along with an improved Kindle Touch. One tablet will be supported by advertising to reduce the cost, according to an unconfirmed report in the Wall Street Journal.

While predictions are always risky, Amazon sent us the biggest possible hint yesterday (Thursday), with the announcement that the original Kindle Fire had sold out forever. Visit the Amazon.com page for the $199 Kindle Fire, for example, and there are no new ones for sale, only second-hand products. The $99 Kindle Touch is listed as "Currently unavailable".

There is no prospect of Amazon discontinuing these products, so there must be new versions ready to launch.

A few details of the Kindle Fire 2 (or Kindle Blaze, or whatever) have already appeared. The most significant is an increase in screen resolution from 1024 x 600 pixels to 1280 x 800. The larger format is already used by other tablets, including Google's similarly-priced Nexus 7.

Last month, DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira told the AllThingsD website that this represented "a 67 percent increase in total pixels, and it is visually significant. It gives the display a PPI (pixels per inch) of 216." This should improve the readability of text, and will also enable the Kindle Fire 2 to show HD (720p) videos.

For comparison, Apple's iPad had a lower resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, which was doubled to 2048 x 1536 in the iPad 3. Apple also had to thicken the iPad 3 slightly to provide extra battery power to support the extra pixels, though the Kindle Fire 2 is unlikely to need this.
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