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Acer Iconia A1-830 review: first look at £139 iPad Mini rival

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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If you don’t fancy paying £249 for the Apple iPad Mini, we think you could be tempted by the Acer rival we played with at a pre-CES briefing: the Acer Iconia A1-830.

The most compelling reason is the price. At a suggested retail cost of £139 inc VAT, that’s a whopping £110 less than the iPad Mini.

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Acer Iconia W4 review: first look

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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Acer debuted its new range of budget tablets at a pre-CES briefing today, giving us a chance to get our hands on the Acer Iconia W4-820 – an aggressively priced update to the deeply underwhelming Iconia W3 we reviewed last year.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet review: first look

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

DSC09372Under the jubilant “#betterway” hashtag, Lenovo has revealed its latest brainchild, the Yoga Tablet, in synchronised events in Los Angeles and Milan.

Running a lightly customised version of Android 4.2.2 and coming in 8in and 10in variants, the Yoga Tablet resembles nothing so much as an oversized Apple Magic Trackpad. Across most of the screen area it’s an exceptionally slim 3mm deep, but with a cylindrical protrusion of around 8mm bulging out along one edge.

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Apple iPad Air review: first look

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Apple has launched a new version of both the iPad mini and the full-sized iPad, and, bar a couple of small surprises – and a name change – it’s pretty much business as usual for the new tablets.
The big change for the iPad 5 isn’t the screen size, or resolution, but a revamped chassis, and upgraded internals.
As predicted, the iPad Air is slimmer than the iPad 4, which it replaces in the range, measuring 7.5mm from from front to back, and in a strong echo of the iPad mini, it has narrower bezels all around for a much smaller all-round package. To bring it into line with the new iPhone 5s, the colours have changed, too, with the smart Space Grey now an option, in addition to white.
It’s certainly a more attractive design than the old iPad, but what’s most noticeable when picking it up for the first time, is how much lighter the iPad Air is than its predecessor. We took an iPad 4 into the even with us for comparison, and the difference is palpable, bringing Apple in line with lighter Android rivals such as the Sony Tablet Z. It weighs a mere 454g.
Below the screen, the home button now sports the fingerprint reader that adorns the iPhone 5s, allowing users to unlock the iPad and authenticate purchases with a dab of the finger. And, inside, Apple has boosted the power available to the new iPad, with the same 64-bit A7 CPU and  M7 motion coprocessor as the iPhone 5s.
We’ll wait until we have our review sample to report full benchmark figures, but if our experience with the iPhone 5s is anything to go by, it’ll be seriously quick. We certainly experienced no problems with the iPad Air we tried on the stand.
But what of battery life? With all that extra power and a significantly shrunken chassis, there’s a danger that battery life will have suffered. Once again , we’ll report back in full once we get  our mitts on one.

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Apple’s full-size tablet may have a new name – the iPad Air – but it’s pretty much business as usual for the new tablet. As such, the big change for the iPad Air a dramatically revamped chassis and upgraded internals.

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Google Nexus 7 (2013) review: first look

Friday, August 9th, 2013

DSC05389We’ve been itching to get our hands on the new, improved Google Nexus 7, and last night’s Asus event gave us our first hands-on time with Google’s updated 7in tablet. But if you’re expecting just another budget compact, you may be surprised: the new Nexus 7 is slimmer, lighter, sexier and equipped with a Retina-beating 323ppi display. Google clearly has its sights set on the more luxurious end of the market.

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Windows 8 on an Android tablet. Wait, what?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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Novatech is currently working with Chinese manufacturers to find a white-label Windows 8 tablet it can sell under its own brand. It hasn’t been an easy task, and as yet the British PC maker hasn’t found one it’s happy to put it’s name to.

Novatech has tested dozens of white-label tablets so far, few meeting the grade for build quality or features, but the one on tester Steve Kerrin’s table when I visited the company’s factory was certainly intriguing: an Android tablet running Windows 8.

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Tactus first look: the screen technology that adds a physical keyboard to a tablet

Friday, January 11th, 2013

We wouldn’t have believed this if we hadn’t seen it with our eyes, but Tactus has created a way to add a genuine, physical keyboard to any touchscreen device. The cleverest bit: it appears when you’re typing and disappears when you no longer need to enter text.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S review: first look

Friday, January 11th, 2013

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There are a lot of them at CES 2013, but is this the Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook you’ve been waiting for? Built using the same innovative design as the Yoga 13, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S’s screen flips around a 180-degree axis, allowing you to use it as a full-powered laptop when you want it and then move to tablet mode in a single, slick movement.

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Panasonic 20in 4K tablet review: first look and video

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Panasonic 4K Windows 8 tabletIt takes something a little special to make us go wow as we wander the halls of CES, but this product is it. Not that it’s even formally a product: Panasonic’s 20in 4K tablet is still a prototype and may never see the light of commercial day.

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HP EliteBook Revolve review: first look

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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If you’re not already sick of hybrid laptop/tablets — like PC Pro’s features editor David Bayon — HP’s adding another one to the pile here in Frankfurt: the business-focused EliteBook Revolve.

Unsurprisingly given the name, the Revolve’s 11.6in touchscreen display pivots on a hinge on the rear, swivelling round to be laid flat against the keyboard, turning the device into a tablet. The display is a fraction smaller than the keyboard part, giving it a stacked looked when folded up.

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