According to figures released by market research company BCN, Asus sold more tablets than Apple during the first half of 2014 in Japan. Asus’ market share rose 8 percent year-over-year during the first half of 2014, the report claims, giving it a 38.9 percent portion of the tablet market in Japan. Apple, on the other hand, holds a 36.4 percent share (via Nikkei). This is the first time Asus has ever held the top spot in Japan, according to the report. expand full story
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PSA: You can now get a new iPad mini at Best Buy for $199.99 shipped ($100 off)
Update: Best Buy only offers in-store pickup now.
Looking for a deal on a full-size iPad? Altatac (Top Rated Plus seller) via eBay Daily Deals has a 16GB WiFi model for $399.99 shipped (Reg. $499)
Nexus 7 Stories November 28, 2013
DisplayMate, a company specializing in scientific display testing and calibration, gave the Retina iPad Mini third place in detailed lab tests of three leading 7-inch tablets, criticising Apple for “really bad planning” for what it considers to be out-dated display technology.
And finally… the iPad mini with Retina Display unfortunately comes in with a distant 3rd place finish behind the innovative displays on the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and new Nexus 7 […]
All of this reliance on IGZO is really bad planning… Right now there is a readily available display technology that has much higher performance than IGZO. It’s Low Temperature Poly Silicon LTPS, and it is used in all of the iPhones and in all of Samsung OLEDs (so it’s available in large quantities). Two innovative tablet manufacturers, Amazon and Google, have significantly leapfrogged Apple by introducing Tablet displays using LTPS (in the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and the new Nexus 7), and they are significantly outperforming the IGZO and a-Si displays in the current iPads. Apple is now lagging in displays, an area where it was once the leader… expand full story
Nexus 7 Stories November 18, 2013
Although initial reviews of Apple’s new Retina iPad mini bemoaned its cost but praised its display, a slew of more hands-on reviews have realized a notably narrower color gamut (same as the non-Retina iPad mini) compared to other popular tablets including the iPad Air and Nexus 7.
While it may not be immediately noticeable to many consumers, it’s certainly a fine, in-depth critique when investing in what you expect to be the best tablet on the market.
Is the Retina iPad mini sharper? Obviously. But don’t expect to see its colors pop in the same way that the iPhone 5 display delivered after the iPhone 4S. Check out the detailed comments below:
Nexus 7 Stories September 26, 2013
Update to Google Search iOS app to bring cross platform notifications
Google is celebrating its 15 birthday and today announced a number of improvements to search on mobile devices including an incoming Google Search app update for iPhone and iPad that will enable notifications for reminders & more across platforms:
With this update, you can get notifications across your devices. So if you tell your Nexus 7, “OK Google. Remind me to buy olive oil at Safeway,” when you walk into the store with your iPhone, you’ll get a reminder. We’ll also show you Google Now notifications so you’re not late to your cooking class.
You’ll start noticing many new improvements to search on Android and iOS today, but Google says the cross platform notifications will arrive within a couple weeks through an update to the Google Search iPhone and iPad app.
More on all of Google’s new features for search on mobile on 9to5Google.
Nexus 7 Stories August 6, 2013
9to5Toys Last Call: $34 Sony 64GB SDHC/SDXC Class 10 memory card, $40 Timex Ironman Road Trainer heart-rate monitor, 50% off invisibleSHIELD, apps/games, more
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- New! OfficeMax 20% off: New 1080p Nexus 7: $216 (Reg. $269)
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- Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB Mobile Wireless Storage $80 shipped
- Jawbone BIG JAMBOX Bluetooth wireless speaker $190 shipped for students (Reg. $300)
- LG 23-inch IPS LED LCD 1080p Display $140 shipped
- Microsoft drops the Surface Pro price by $100
- Watch 20 James Bond movies in HD for free on Amazon Prime Instant Video
- Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection on Blu-ray $110 Shipped (Reg. $300)
- Bad Piggies: FREE, Up to 80% off Rockstar titles, Metal Gear Rising: $28 shipped, more
- Select eBooks starting at $1 from the Amazon Kindle Store
- 16GB Kindle Fire HD 7″ tablet + leather case + $25 gift card for $144 shipped ($255 value)
- Get a free $10 gift card when you sign-up for an Amazon Prime membership
- Free 2 month Hulu Plus trial for new customers
- $25 for $50 worth of protective gear from Speck for your iPhone, iPad, Galaxy and more
- 100 MP3 album downloads for $5 each from Amazon: Coldplay, Kanye West, Rolling Stones, U2, more
- Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook goes on sale for $219 shipped at Amazon ($269 for 3G)
- Nexus 7 (2013 2nd gen) Cases: rooCASE folio case w/ stylus $6, MoKo Slim-Fit Multi-angle $6
- Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player software $30 (Reg. $40)
Nexus 7 Stories July 17, 2013
Earlier today, Google invited the press to a July 24th event in San Francisco likely for an upgraded NExus 7 tablet, and we heard that the tablet will cost $229 for 16GB and $269 for 32GB. Retailers are also supposedly gearing up to receive stock of the device as early as July 20th and having firesales on the current versions.
Over at 9to5Google, we now have a gallery of images of what will likely be the next Nexus 7 tablet (by way of Android Central). Reports claim that the device will again be manufactured by ASUS and come in 16GB and 32GB models.
The tablet features two cameras, a 1.2MP shooter on the front and a 5MP rear made by Chicony.
As far as specs go, the Nexus 7 v2 is listed as having a Qualcomm APQ8064 motherboard with a Snapdragon S4 pro processor. The device is also said to have a whopping 4GB of DDR3L RAM?!?!, though that may not turn out to be correct. The tablet will also supposedly feature stereo speakers. These specs are exactly the same as what KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo predicted way back in May of this year.
Design wise, the device features a look similar to the original model. The volume rocker and power button are on the left hand side, while the microUSB port is on the bottom. It appears to be relatively thick for a 7-inch tablet and is made out of what looks like a similar rubber material…. expand full story
Nexus 7 Stories June 24, 2013
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Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5″ SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD) $150 Shipped (Reg. $250), 500GB $300 (Reg. $450)
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- 500GB Sony PlayStation 3 Assassin’s Creed bundle $230 Shipped (Reg. $300)
- Game/App deals & freebies: DataMan Pro: $2 (80% off), more
- Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt Wireless Camera w/ 2-Way Audio & Night Vision $65 Shipped (Reg. $90)
- Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $80 Shipped (Reg. $130)
- ASUS Google Nexus 7 Android tablet 32GB $200 + $7 Shipping (Reg. $250) or 16GB Refub. $150 Shipped
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- Logitech Solar Folio iPad Bluetooth Keyboard case $45 Shipped (Reg. $130)
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Nexus 7 Stories May 1, 2013
Research firm IDC is out today with preliminary data from its quarterly study tracking worldwide tablet market share putting Apple at 40% market share compared to Android’s 56.5% of the market in Q1 2013. In the year ago quarter, Apple held 58.1% of the market surpassing Android’s 39.4%. IDC says Android shipments were increased thanks to strong growth of Samsung’s smaller sized tablets, while ASUS moved into the number 3 spot with 350.0% year over year growth due to strong demand for the Nexus 7:
ASUS managed to move into the number 3 vendor spot as it continued to see decent tablet shipment demand from the highly marketed Nexus 7 device. But, with Google’s I/O conference right around the corner and expectations of an imminent device refresh, the company will need to find a way to sustain its momentum. Amazon fell to the number 4 position, once again the victim of a highly seasonal product cycle.
Despite Apple taking number two behind Android for tablet shipments by operating system, it remains the top vendor by OEM taking a 39.6% share of the market vs Samsung’s 17.9% and 5.5% for ASUS. IDC notes that Apple actually exceeded expectations for Q1, where it typically experiences a drop off in shipments, by selling 19.5 million units compared to a forecast of 18.7 million: expand full story
Nexus 7 Stories October 29, 2012
Google is making some big product announcements today, despite having to cancel its event due to Hurricane Sandy. Among the announcements: a new Nexus smartphone from LG, a Samsung-built Nexus 10 tablet, and updates to Google’s 7-inch Nexus 7 lineup.
LG Nexus 4: Google is launching the much-rumored LG Nexus 4 on Nov. 13 starting at $299. Much of the specs were confirmed previously, but Google has interestingly decided to not offer an LTE-capable model of the device. It is, however, including a wireless charging dock. T-Mobile is Google’s premier launch partner for the Nexus 4. Full specs on 9to5Google.
Samsung Nexus 10: Clearly, Google’s iPad competitor, its new 10-inch offering, is a Samsung-built tablet that packs in iPad-like specs starting at $399. The Verge said its 10-inch 2,560-by-1,600-pixel resolution (same as 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro) display is “on par with the iPad’s Retina display, with sharp text, excellent color fidelity, and great viewing angles.” Full specs and more here.
Nexus 7: Google has also confirmed today that its 7-inch Nexus 7 lineup is being refreshed. Google’s iPad mini competitor will now start at $199 for 16GB, and it will offer a 32GB model for $249. Those are both Wi-Fi-only, but Google will also offer an HSPA+ 32GB model for $300, $30 less than Apple’s entry-level iPad mini. The 8GB model is gone. That 32GB HSPA+ Nexus 7 is going up the bigger iPad mini that starts at $329.
Nexus 7 Stories July 23, 2012
Since the first credible rumors of a 7.85-inch iPad started surfacing last October, we have been trying to wrap our heads around what is coming. Beyond what is already reported, our sources haven’t had much to say…yet.
But that gives us some time for some broad Mini iPad speculation:
A 7.85-inch iPad with a 3:4 screen ratio is not the same thing as a 7-inch 16:10 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire. For better or worse, it is much bigger. Take these drawings from @trojankitten that were popular a few weeks ago:
Better, of course, being more screen real estate. While that will not help much for video content, which is generally in the 16:9 format, web pages will look better, Maps will be bigger, and, perhaps most importantly, books will be easier to read. Worse is that it is going to be much harder to fit in your pocket. In fact, as tight as the Nexus 7 is in those skinny jeans and purses, I am going to go ahead and say this form factory will be close to impossible to fit in pants pockets. So, forget that.
So, what is this thing good for?
Nexus 7 Stories July 6, 2012
iPad mini to be produced in Brazil?
The 7.85-inch iPad mini that is making the rumor rounds might be manufactured in Brazil if the latest report from Macotakara has any merit. The Japanese publication says the machining is done in China, but actual production will be in Brazil where Apple already makes the iPhone.
Some more details: