Android 9mm review

 

$149 for keyboard Google is back with yet another Android tablet. The latest hardware effort, the Pixel C, comes from an odd place inside Google: the Pixel team. Usually a "Pixel" is the latest, fancy  high-end Chromebook , but with the Pixel C, the traditionally Chrome OS-centric team decided to make an Android tablet. It's not just a tablet, though, there's also a clip-on keyboard base making it a Surface-style convertible.

While the Pixel team brings a great all-aluminum body and minimal design, our unit had a ton of quality control issues. The touchscreen frequently failed to register taps, and scrolling was unreliable. The keyboard also frequently disconnected from the tablet, which caused typing to go crazy. Many have wondered what was taking the Pixel C so long to come out, and we wonder if issues like this contributed to the late launch. While our review unit didn't come in a retail box, as far as we can tell, we tested a retail unit.

Even on paper, the Pixel C doesn't seem like a great idea. The company keeps iterating on hardware for an iPad competitor, but hardware was never really an Android tablet's big problem. The problem has always been software—mainly, the lack of tablet apps and the lack of an OS that really takes advantage of a big screen aren't fixed by new hardware. While we've seen hints of a split screen mode that would greatly help things, it's not present here. That makes the Pixel C tough to recommend when iOS and Windows are both much more capable on large screens.

Android 9mm review

The amount of new 10in tablets hitting the market has slowed down recently but Acer is one firm pushing on with updated models. Here's our Acer Iconia Tab 10 review. See also : Best 10in tablets .

Acer has a few 10in tablets so to avoid confusion the model on test here is the 'A3-A20'. Also see: Best new tablets coming in 2016 .

You can normally rely on Acer to provide tech products with cheap price tags and the Acer Iconia Tab 10 is no exception. For a full-size tablet, the asking price of £179 is more than reasonable. It's cheaper than tablets like the Google Nexus 9 but it does have some competition.

$149 for keyboard Google is back with yet another Android tablet. The latest hardware effort, the Pixel C, comes from an odd place inside Google: the Pixel team. Usually a "Pixel" is the latest, fancy  high-end Chromebook , but with the Pixel C, the traditionally Chrome OS-centric team decided to make an Android tablet. It's not just a tablet, though, there's also a clip-on keyboard base making it a Surface-style convertible.

While the Pixel team brings a great all-aluminum body and minimal design, our unit had a ton of quality control issues. The touchscreen frequently failed to register taps, and scrolling was unreliable. The keyboard also frequently disconnected from the tablet, which caused typing to go crazy. Many have wondered what was taking the Pixel C so long to come out, and we wonder if issues like this contributed to the late launch. While our review unit didn't come in a retail box, as far as we can tell, we tested a retail unit.

Even on paper, the Pixel C doesn't seem like a great idea. The company keeps iterating on hardware for an iPad competitor, but hardware was never really an Android tablet's big problem. The problem has always been software—mainly, the lack of tablet apps and the lack of an OS that really takes advantage of a big screen aren't fixed by new hardware. While we've seen hints of a split screen mode that would greatly help things, it's not present here. That makes the Pixel C tough to recommend when iOS and Windows are both much more capable on large screens.

The company that stuck a huge 10x zoom lens on the Galaxy S4, made seven Gear wearables in less than three years and paid Jay-Z US$5 million so that it could release his album for free? Well, those days are over.

The Galaxy S7 heralds the dawn of a new era. Welcome to the age of ‘sensible Samsung’, a smartphone maker of dependable excellence. Its latest flagship handset is the technological equivalent of a Steven Spielberg movie: the whole thing just oozes with quality.

Granted, this is not the most exciting gadget of 2016. Compared to LG’s G5 , the Galaxy S7 barely registers on the Richter scale of smartphone innovation. It looks almost identical to last year’s Galaxy S6, but has a better camera and has brought back the Galaxy S5’s water-resistance and microSD card slot.

Fantastic Metal Build
Great Battery Life
Amoled Display with saturated colors
USB Type C Charging Port
Affordable Price
Average performance

The BLU Vivo 5 offers by far, the best build design of any phone under $199. From it’s full metal build to it’s thinness and lightweight, the phone feels like it should cost a lot more. Although it isn't perfect, ultimately the BLU Vivo 5 is a fantastic deal for the money.

Over the last year or so we’ve really seen a number of smartphone companies step up their game when it comes to the entry-level and mid-range markets, and BLU, the Florida-based device manufacturer, is no exception to this. Last year BLU really raised the bar across the board, and we expect 2016 to continue this trend.

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