Google and Asus launched the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet this month. It’s faster than the original, has a higher resolution display, and sports more memory. It’s better in every way, but one: the price.
While the original Nexus 7 sold for $199 and up, the new model costs $229 and up.
If you don’t need all the new features though, there’s another option on the way. This week AnandTech reviewed the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7, a new 7 inch tablet from the maker of the Nexus 7. It’s a lot like last year’s Nexus 7, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Most importantly, available for pre-order for $149, it’s cheaper.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 reviewed: Almost as good as the original Nexus 7, for $50 less
AnandTech refers to the tablet as the Google Nexus 7.1. Also, if you haven’t read an AnandTech review, you really should. They write some of the most thorough, detailed reviews of any tech news site around. [AnandTech]
- Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview released
Microsoft is inching closer to the full launch of Windows 8.1. There’s already a preview version of the new OS for consumers. Now you can also test out the enterprise edition, with support for VPN, Windows To Go, Virtual Desktops, and more. [Windows Blog]
- Android 4.3 makes you aware of apps that are always running with persistent notifications
Running Android 4.3, and wondering why notifications for some apps never seem to go away? That’s because those apps never seem to go away. Google is trying to make it more clear to users when apps you’re not paying attention to are using your device’s resources — and hopefully encouraging developers to fix their apps so this doesn’t happen as much. [Android Police]
- Lower $350 price tag may be helping move Surface RT tablets (at Walmart, at least)
Microsoft released the Surface RT tablet in October and tried to sell it for $499 and up. That didn’t go very well. This month the company dropped the base price to $349, and if the fact that Walmart is now sold out of Surface RT tablets is anything to go by, it looks like sales may have started to pick up. [ZDNet]
- Update: Acer isn’t working on a new Iconia W3 tablet with a better screen (yet)
Remember that rumor that was going around, suggesting that Acer was already working on a next-gen 8 inch Windows 8 tablet with a higher quality screen featuring better viewing angles? Apparently it was just a rumor. It ain’t happening… at least not yet. [Tablets Magazine.nl]
- Goodbye Google Shopper: Android, iOS price comparison apps have about a month to live
Google Shopper is a mobile app that lets you scan a product barcode in a store and see if it’s cheaper online or at another nearby store. Or I suppose you could just use it to search for items before you go shopping. Either way, you’ve only got a month left to use it. Google’s killing the app, instead emphasizing the fact that you can get shopping results from the Google Search apps for mobile devices. [TechCrunch]