Tablets


2
Dec 13

The Lenova Yoga Tablet

YogaTabletwithMagazineIt’s been a month since I have been using the Lenovo Yoga Tablet and I am becoming more enraptured by it. The Yoga Tablet 8 is Lenovo’s first multimedia mobile device. It stands out in many ways, for a start it is shaped like a magazine with a bar at the bottom that allows you to use it in three modes; one where you can hold onto it while you read, another where you can tilt it while you type and surf the net and the last one where you can perch it on a table while you watch TV shows and make Skype calls. Basically the tablet adapts to your needs and lifestyle as opposed to forcing you to adapt to the technology. The Yoga also has an amazing up to 18 hours of battery life which is so handy and means that you are not charging it every night. The screen resolution is very good and all things look bright and beautiful from video, blog posts on feedly and websites. The audio is pretty nifty too with Dolby® audio and front-facing speakers which create a powerful surround sound experience. While I had to use headphones with the Acer Iconia to listen to my TV shows, the Lenovo provides a much better experience. The bluetooth keyboard makes this the ultimate companion to take around either as a work station or as a tablet. No more lugging around a heavy laptop for me. It’s not all perfect though, the Lenovo suffers from the odd glitch or two which means that I have to turn the power off and back on. Also certain radio apps takes ages to kick in, put it this way when I try to open Talksport I could have made a cup of tea and come back but the numerous pros make up for it.

For those of you who don’t know Lenovo used to be IBM till the Italian company bought out the personal computing division in 2004. Lenovo became a worldwide known brand when they sponsored the Torino Winter Olympic Games in 2006. Ashton Kutcher is the face of the brand and its newest product engineer and it was his face which appeared out at us during the livestream at the launch event in Milan. I am not sure what his expertise is in tech hardware but Ashton is a pretty savvy businessman so I am sure he will be an asset to the brand. The Yoga Tablet comes in two sizes, 10 inch and 8 inch models and is priced at £249 and £199 (VAT included) respectively. Considering that prices for the iPad start at £399 then you are frankly laughing. On the tech spec side the Yoga Tablet runs on MT8125 for Wi-Fi models and MT8389 Quad Core processors for 3G models with 16 or 32 GB capacity and feature Android 4.2. It can even charge other devices such as smartphones via its USB on-the-go. I just love this tablet!

For more information about the Lenovo Yoga Tablet just go to the website.


3
Jun 13

Acer Inconia A1

Iconia A1_front_left_screen

A few weeks ago I was invited down to the W Hotel to celebrate the launch of Acer’s new tablet, the Inconia A1. As well as mingling with a mixture of bloggers, tech press, testers (customers who try out new gadgets ahead of release) and other media types I got to find out about the tablet. In tablet land there are three camps; Samsung, Kindle and the master all tablets – the iPad. With those three in sight they are a pretty hard nut to crack, rather like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. That being said, Acer have a real contender to the throne with the new Inconia. At 7.9′ it is aimed at modern day digital creatives who often have to work on the go. It comes in a sleek case that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The internal aspects are equally impressive: it has a quad-core processors for faster media performance as well as vibrant visuals on 20.1 cm (7.9”) LED-backlit display with IPS(1) technology and 5MP camera.

Pros

The size is perfect, you can hold it on one hand and use it effectively. It is also dinky enough to fit into your bag.
The hook up with Google is a life saver, the Inconia was connected to my email, Instagram, Google Reader and other apps very easily. I love the fact that I get alerts about new emails, Twitter messages and updates as soon as they come in.

It fills the gap between a laptop and smartphone. This works perfectly for me for when I am out and about and do not want to carry my laptop about or when I am at home and I am too lazy to fire up the laptop. It also acts as an extension of my Samsung and makes it easy for me to read news and blogs on a larger screen.
Watching videos on the Iconia is a cinch because it just boots up instantly unlike the Kindle which takes ages to load.

Navigation between apps on is very easy and you can find whatever you want quickly.
The battery lasts quick a while – seven hours on the box – I haven’t actually tested this but I tend to to use it on and off for a good few days before it runs out of juice.

Cons

The elasticity feel of the keyboard makes it difficult to type on. I prefer a much sturdier keyboard.

The plastic case gives it a cheap feel which is a shame considering that the Iconia is on par with the Kindle Fire HD except the Kindle looks like a much more quality product.

Internet connection can be a bit iffy.

So as you can see there are a lot of positives about the Inconia and at £169 it is a pretty good steal.

The Acer Iconia A1 is available to buy now.

For more information please go to the Acer website.


11
Mar 13

Powering up the Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD

Apart from playing around with a friend’s iPad this is my first real experience with a tablet. I have to admit that if I had a choice in receiving a tablet it would not be a Kindle Fire I would probably go for an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab. I was sent a review model of the Kindle Fire HD by Ladbrokes Poker who are celebrating their latest technology improvements in their games. When you think of Kindles images of portable grey devices come to mind but this model is completely different. It is an all-purpose tablet that gives you everything that you need at your fingertips – films, music, apps and games which you can purchase from the Amazon store. The technical specs for the Kindle Fire are 1.2 GHz, 8 or 16 GB, micro USB connector port; HDMI port 9-11 hour battery life, bluetooth, Dolby Digital Plus audio, dual band antenna for faster downloads, microphone and unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content. The seven inch screen is perfect to slip into your bag or pouch. Despite the slim build, the it feels solid and very well made. All the ports are tucked away on the side which gives it a very sleek look. The crispness of the screen is amazing and watching videos on the Kindle Fire  is a dream.

I found navigating a bit difficult because the home and back button are not very easy to find. However that is just a minor flaw and the Kindle Fire has a lot going for it. The size is great and fits perfectly into the palm of my hand which means that I can browse the features while on the go. The screen rotation is great because it means that I can switch over from portrait to widescreen whenever I want. The Kindle Fire allows me to have the full experience of web browsing but without the chore of carrying around heavy hard wear. I love it and will certainly be considering investing in a model soon. I think the Kindle Fire HD will be giving the iPad Mini a real run for its money.

Kindle Fire HD can be bought from Amazon for £159.00

Pic taken from Ximadu on Flickr.

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