Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook shop screen

When Samsung and Nook finally unveiled the tablet they were launching together, the only real mystery about the $179 Galaxy Tab 4 Nook was to what extent the Nook software would run the show. I don’t think many people expected to see Samsung hardware and the same Nook version of Android used on older tablets like […]

Hands-on with the Samsung Chromebook 2 Series

Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6 inch

Ready for another round of new Chromebooks? Samsung is launching two new models as its Chromebook 2 series. There’s an updated 11.6-inch version and now a shiny new 13.3-inch version. Both cost less than $400 and both have consumer-ready looks even though Samsung thinks they’re more likely to be used by students than by the […]

Hands-on: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2

The Gear 2 smartwatch that Samsung announced this week is the smartwatch that should have launched first instead of the device we got last year. That watch was very clearly a beta product, despite how expensive it was. It became clearer over time that Samsung was just testing the wearable waters and trying to figure […]

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

When Samsung introduced the Galaxy S4 it felt like the company was trying very hard to make a phone that did about 10 thousand things so that every person in the world would find at least one or two of them that they couldn’t live without. The launch of the Galaxy S5 seems tame in […]

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

A few years ago when Samsung first launched the Galaxy Tab line, the company got a bit of a reputation because it seemed to put out a new tablet every other week. For a while there Galaxy Tabs proliferated at a rate only rivaled by ASUS’ netbook output. More recently Samsung backed off from that […]

Hands-on: Dell Chromebook 11 is intended for the classroom

Dell Chromebook 11

Just ahead of this year’s Dell World the company announced a new 11.6 inch Chromebook, set to come out in January, 2014. As far as Chrome OS machines go, the Dell Chromebook 11 is pretty standard: Celeron 2955U processor, 16GB SSD for storage, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and 1366 x 768 display resolution. With […]

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Review

Galaxy Note 10.1

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is Samsung’s second 10-inch, pen-based Android tablet. Just like last year’s Note 10.1 this premium slate is designed for productivity and not just entertainment. Priced at about $550 the Note is at least $50 more than it’s closest tablet competition. The higher price isn’t just because of the HD+ resolution […]

5 Tablets that changed the Android landscape

Samsung Galaxy Tab Original

You can’t swing a dead cat5e cable around without hitting an Android tablet these days. It’s almost hard to believe that tablets weren’t always part of the Android landscape. I mean, there were some attempts to put Android on all kinds of platforms in those early days. Later there were a few large-screen Android tablets […]

Handwriting recognition broken on latest Galaxy Note models, here’s how to fix it (maybe)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (2014 Edition)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition owners may have noticed that one of the more useful features available on these devices doesn’t work. The default Samsung keyboard includes multiple input options, including one that takes handwritten input. Samsung’s been offering handwriting recognition since before the company released the first Galaxy Note […]

Hands-on: Dell’s Venue 7 and Venue 8 tablets (Video)

Dell Venue 8

Dell’s new Android tablets, the Venue 7 and Venue 8, aren’t as exciting as some of the other products unveiled this week. They do have one claim to fame: Intel inside. Both tablets have Intel Atom processors where most Android tablets utilize ARM-based chips. Another big plus is price. The Venue 7 costs just $150 […]

Hands-on: Is the Dell Venue 8 Pro a “Just Right” Size?

Dell Venue 8 Pro

Most Windows tablets that have popped up in the last year tended to be on the larger side. There are a few below 11 inches, many 11.6 inchers around, and some 13.3 and 14 on the shelves. It’s easy to understand why this is–Windows 8 tablets are supposed to be just as good for productivity […]

Hands-on TO THE EXTREME: HP Slate7 Extreme

HP Slate7 Extreme

If you add the word EXTREME to the end of a product name, does it make it 10% more awesome or 25% more? HP clearly hopes consumers will focus on the EXTREME in the HP Slate7 Extreme rather than the Slate7 bit. After all, the first Slate7, which came out earlier this year, was pretty […]

HP Spectre 13 hands-on: Ultrabook with an ultra wide touchpad

HP Spectre 13

HP’s newest Spectre 13 ultrabook is just as thin and gorgeous as previous models in this line but should have better battery life and graphics performance, as well as a higher-resolution display and a remarkably wide touchpad. The HP Spectre 13 with an Intel Haswell processor will be available for pre-order on October 16th and […]

Hands-On: Kobo Arc HD10 Android tablet

Kobo Arc 10HD

Not long ago, Barnes & Noble decided to scale back its tablet business. This week, competitor Kobo decided to go all in on it. The eBookseller is launching three new tablets, the Kobo Arc 7, Arch 7HD, and Arc 10HD, all due in mid-October. Last year’s first Kobo Arc was a surprisingly competent Android tablet — […]