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Nexus 7 VS Transformer Pad Infinity

Two ASUS-made tablets going at it. One with Stock Android, and one with a 1080p display. It’s the Nexus 7 vs the Transformer Pad Infinity, both on Jelly Bean but different versions of Jelly Bean. Both have quad-core Tegra 3 processor, so who’s going to come out on top? Let’s find out.

Specifications

Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7. Google’s first Nexus tablet. Announced at Google I/O in June 2012, and made available in July. The Nexus 7 launched on Android 4.1, and has since been upgraded to Android 4.2. Google shocked the world with the Nexus 7. Offering a kind of high-end tablet for just $199/249 for the 8 and 16GB respectively. Although know it’s the 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249.

The Nexus 7 is a beautiful device, on the back all it has is a speaker and a nice looking ‘Nexus’ logo. Then coming around to the front you’ll see the 7″ display with the front-facing camera at the top. Pretty simple design, with some rather large bezels at the top and bottom of the screen. Which makes it easier to play games like Grand Theft Auto, Asphalt and Riptide. As you have a place to rest your hands without covering up the speaker.

Pros:

  • Pricing: a quad-core tablet with the latest version of Android for only $199? Kinda hard to beat that
  • Tegra 3; it’s a great processor, with 5 cores. The fifth core is a bit slower than the other 4, but fast enough to handle most tasks
  • Great for gaming, the 7-inch form factor is great for gaming. It’s not to big and not to small either.

Cons:

  • 1280×800 resolution, while it’s a good resolution for the price, when you look at the Nexus 10′s resolution of 2560×1600 in comparison it looks like crap
  • Only 1GB RAM, while the rest of the Nexus family has 2GB. Well the newer members anyways.

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700

The Transformer Pad Infinity was announced shortly after the Transformer Prime was released. It made quite a few Transformer Prime buyers very upset. Mostly because of all the upgrades the Infinity got. It came with a 1080p display, larger battery, and a better front-facing camera, among a few other things. It was first announced at CES in January of 2012.

On the back of the device you’ve got the 8MP camera, then on the sides you’ve got the volume rocker, power button, micro SD card slot and SIM card slot for the 3G and LTE models. On the front you have the beautiful 1080p IPS+ display along with a 2MP camera at the top. The Transformer Pad Infinity also has a keyboard dock that is sold seperately which gives you an extra 6 hours of battery (about half the size of the one in the actual tablet) and a USB port.

Pros:

  • Keyboard dock; it’s a great accessory, it’s too bad that it doesn’t come with the device.
  • The display; 1080p displays are just gorgeous. And IPS+ means you can use it outside in the sun
  • Fast updates; it’s not a Nexus, but ASUS has been very quick at bringing updates to their devices lately

Cons:

  • Price; it’s pretty pricey for some people. Selling at $499.99 for the 32GB and $599.99 for the 64GB
  • Still sitting on Android 4.1

Winner…

This is a hard decision. A lot of the internals are the same and both devices are made by ASUS. But the Transformer Pad Infinity is the winner based on how good the productivity is on it. Mostly due to the keyboard dock. So if you can afford the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, I’d say go for it. If you want something a bit cheaper, go for the Nexus 7. They are both great ASUS tablets.

Google Nexus 10 VS Sony Xperia Tablet S

Google Nexus 10 (manufactured by Samsung) going up against the Sony Xperia Tablet S. The Nexus 10 is running on a dual-core Exynos processor and the Xperia Tablet S is running on the popular and powerful quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Let’s get this battle started with some specs.

Specifications

Google Nexus 10

The Nexus 10 is Google’s new flagship, high-end tablet that launched with Android 4.2 in November of 2012. Samsung manufactured the Nexus 10, and gave it one of the best screens in the industry. The Nexus 10 has an amazing 10.055-inch display along with side speakers on either side of the display and a 1.9MP front-facing camera above the screen. On the back, you’ve got a plastic backing with a huge ‘Nexus’ logo in the middle. And honestly it looks really nice. There is also a 5MP rear-facing camera where you can take advantage of Photo Sphere, which is a new feature in Android 4.2.

Pros:

  • Android 4.2; Photo Sphere, Enhanced notifications, more project butter, multi-users, and much more
  • Display; the Nexus 10 has a 2560×1600 resolution on it’s 10.055″ display. The best in the industry right now at almost 300 PPI
  • Battery; featuring a 9000mAh battery, which should get you through the entire day

Cons:

  • Display; despite the awesome 2560×1600 display, many apps cannot handle that resolution.
  • No expandable storage
  • No cellular connectivity, you can’t through a SIM card in the Nexus 10 for HSPA+, 3G or LTE connectivity

Sony Xperia Tablet S

Sony Xperia Tablet S

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is a great piece of hardware. Which makes it even more puzzling as to why Sony does so poorly with sales in the US. The Xperia Tablet S has quite a few great accessories that help you do just about anything with the device. Despite it running a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, it’s still not as fast as the Nexus 10 which is dual-core. The Xperia Tablet S has a huge bezel on all sides of the the display, and it has a poor 1MP front-facing camera. Then around to the back you’ve got the 8MP rear-facing camera which is great for taking pictures.

Pros:

  • Variety of sizes; comes in 16, 32 and 64GB versions. And can have another 32GB added via Micro SD card
  • Large battery; although its a 6000mAh battery and two thirds the size for the Nexus 10 battery, it should keep up with the Nexus 10 due to the difference in screen sizes.

Cons:

  • Android 4.0.3; the Xperia Tablet S is very far behind in updates
  • No cellular connectivity; so no 3G, HSPA+ or LTE

Winner…

Like you even had to ask, it’s the Nexus 10. For many reasons including the screen, software version, and it being a Nexus. Which means it’ll get updates first, before any other tablet. Except the Nexus 7. Both tablets are Wi-Fi only, so connectivity isn’t much of a factor here. Except the fact that the Xperia Tablet S doesn’t have NFC, DLNA, or Wi-Fi Direct. Both of these tablets are great choices, so the choice is up to you.

Samsung cancels Windows RT tablets in parts of Europe

Samsung ATIV Tab

Samsung has confirmed to German tech news site Heise that it no longer plans to offer its Windows RT tablet, the ATIV Tab, in Germany and some “other European countries.” The decision was reportedly made after the Korean conglomerate surveyed retailers and found there was little demand for Samsung Windows RT products. Today’s news echoes Samsung’s decision to not offer the Ativ Tab in the US. It made that call citing customer confusion over what Windows RT is, claiming that limited consumer interest in the OS made the cost of educating potential users too high. We’ve reached out to Samsung to confirm Heise’s report, as well as to clarify which countries it is pulling out of.

by: theverge.com

Most Powerful Samsung tablet

Exynos 5 Octa on the ARM architecture was announced last year by Samsung.

Now on MWC 2013 it became possible to estimate the rate of this 8-core chip for example on a tablet.

Exynos processor 5 Octa has four Cortex-A15 cores, which are used to process the performance of games and play high-quality video, while the other four energy-efficient Cortex-A7 core is used for less productive tasks, such as reading electronic books, surf the web or listen to the music .

Thus, there is an even distribution of power and saving precious battery life.
Unfortunately, Samsung has not opened the secrets about the new GPU platform. According to rumors, it uses GPU PowerVR Series 5, the previous models was successfully used in the Galaxy S series and even on the iPhone.

The previous version of the Exynos V processor is used on the Nexus 10 tablet – one of the most powerful tablets on the market.




AMD presents Turbo Dock technology (automatic overclocking) on “Compal” prototype devices +video

AMD recently introduced technology Turbo Dock. The idea of ​​it is that, when you connect the tablet to the dock you will have not only more capacious battery, keyboard, and outputs, but also the increased computing power. In other words, in the tablet mode, the device tries to obtain the maximum energy, and in the format of the notebook provides enhanced performance.

At the exhibition MWC 2013, the company demonstrates a prototype devices that uses this technology (the real products are expected later this year). Created by “Compal” prototype includes a tablet with a 13 inch screen and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a 4-core SoC Temash, which connects to the docking station to increase capacity will consume 15 watts instead of 8 watts and use active cooling system through special ducts to drain excess heat from the chip.

AMD claims that the tablet with the docking station can provide the same level of performance as the full-fledged notebook with a modern 17-watt processor Intel Core i3. To judge by the test package Microsoft Fish Bowl HTML5, the boost from overclocking is pretty impressive 40%.