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Groupon offers 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $150
December 9, 2014 | 7:38 pm

If you were disappointed when Google stopped selling the Nexus 7, this deal on Groupon might make you feel a little better. Groupon is offering a new, not-refurbished 16 GB 2013 Nexus 7 for $149.99. That’s $50 less than Amazon’s price. That’s the generation 2 model, with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 gigs of RAM, and a full 1080P display, capable of running Android 5.0 Lollipop without breaking a sweat. Made by Asus, branded by Google. The high-resolution, 323 pixels-per-inch display is one of the best you can get for e-reading short of an e-ink display. ...

Will the Asus EeeBook X205 bring back the great days of netbooks?
November 3, 2014 | 10:25 am

netbooksMost readers not still in short pants will remember how Asus basically invented the netbook category in 2007 with the original $300 Eee PC, causing consternation in the process for other PC manufacturers, who saw their fat margins on notebooks threatened. Now Asus seems primed to revisit the concept, and revive the brand, with the announcement of its new $199 EeeBook X205 notebook ... or netbook? Of course, the home computing market has changed considerably since 2007, in ways that are immediately obvious from the new EeeBook's design. Remember how heavily compromised the original Eee PC was in terms of hardware and software, with...

New Nexus 7 Closes In On Formal Intro, Gets Captured In The Wild, Might Pack 4 GB RAM
July 19, 2013 | 11:11 am

Nexus 7Whoa, talk about a rumor flood! We’ve been hearing bits and pieces about the Nexus 7 sequel (likely to be called “New Nexus 7”) for many months now, but an avalanche of information comes our way today, via a number of different sources. First, it seems that the 7-inch tablet will be officially showcased for the first time on July 24 (i.e. next Wednesday), during a special event hosted by Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior VP for Android and Chrome. We’re suspecting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will also be made official then, but that’s not so very important. What is important is that,...

A question for our readers: Is the Mac price premium still worth it?
July 14, 2013 | 10:57 am

MacHere's a question the 'Tablet Revolution' has me asking: Is it still worth it to buy a Mac over a PC? It used to be a slam-dunk "yes" for me. Every PC laptop I have ever owned has died at exactly two years old, and every Mac has passed the four- or five-year mark easily. Paying $900 every two years for a PC was more expensive than paying $1,100 every five years for a Mac. But now ... a few things have happened. First of all, I have off-loaded most of my Web browsing and on-the-go work to a tablet. I even have...

Rumor: Second Gen Nexus 7 Release Expected Later This Month
July 12, 2013 | 2:21 pm

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem A bunch of rumors suggest that Google will unveil the next generation Nexus 7 tablet later this month. We did hear news a few months back that the device will be released at Google I/O in May, but of course that didn't happen. Now, a new rumor is suggesting that the new gen will come with either a $299 or $229 price tag, and will be released by the end of July. The information comes from a Japanese site, which mentions that the second generation tablet will be released by Asus, as was the original. (Actually, I don’t think there...

Deal Alert: The 32GB Nexus 7 is $199 at Staples
July 9, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Nexus 7By Jenni Lada Need a new tablet? Staples has a fantastic deal July 7-13, 2013. Brace yourself: You can now get a Nexus 7 32GB tablet for only $199. It’s an incredible deal, and one any potential Android tablet owner should consider. See, a Nexus 7 32GB tablet normally costs $249.99. Usually, it’s the 16GB model that’s $200. But for this week, Staples is taking $50 off the price of one of the best tablets out there. This model has between eight and 10 hours of battery life, depending on what you’re doing. Plus, with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and a NVIDIA Tegra 3...

Deal Alert: Asus MeMo Pad 7 Tablet Goes For Just $100 Via Adorama ($50 Off)
June 25, 2013 | 1:01 pm

Asus MeMo PadWho said Android Jelly Bean tablets have to be pricey? Not us, not Asus, and certainly not Adorama, since the online retailer now sells the MeMo Pad 7 (aka ME172V) for just $99.95. That’s a whopping $50 off the slate’s list price, though in all honesty it’s just $10 or $20 less than what sellers like Amazon or Newegg currently charge for the MeMo Pad. Then again, free money is free money, plus Adorama’s $100 ME172V is in all likelihood the cheapest ever Jelly Bean-powered slate. (At least the cheapest coming from a well-known manufacturer like Asus.) Now, what does the 7-incher...

MyAudio Arena in Budapest shows Europe’s generic device makers pushing up-market
June 18, 2013 | 9:23 am

MyAudio ArenaWith some e-reader and tablet manufacturers apparently feeling the strain, and other brands pushing hard to corner more of the increasingly commoditized market in smaller generic tablet devices, Budapest showcases one example of a regional device maker trying to build itself some brand equity and move up the value chain, closer to the dizzy heights of an Apple Store. Hungarian tablet, smartphone and mobile device manufacturer MyAudio has opened its MyAudio Arena on central Budapest's hip Király Street, showing off its product range in fine style. The MyAudio Tablet Series 7 range is probably the most suitable for e-reading, with the...

ASUS announces MeMO Pad HD7, a nicely priced 16GB Android tablet for $149
June 3, 2013 | 2:43 pm

ASUS MeMO PadThe tablet gods seem happy with us today. Aside from the obvious news of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3-, 8-, and 10-inchers, Taiwanese company ASUS has also rolled out their latest mobile slate computer on Monday. This time, they’ve updated their MeMO PAD, consciously keeping its overall affordability and target audience. For the most part, the MeMO Pad HD7 takes on where its predecessor left off, remaining a budget-friendly tablet with modest features, perfectly suitable for an average user. The 7-inch tablet introduces HD resolution to the MeMO family with a 1280×800 IPS display and came down a bit in size...

Rumor: Google’s Next Generation Nexus 7 Tablet to Appear in July
April 3, 2013 | 3:02 pm

NexusWe love the Nexus 7 tab. Google’s valiant iPad competitor nicely packs inside everything we enjoy about the company’s Android OS, their services and the streamlined symbiosis among them. Oh, and it being a full ‘Benjamin’ cheaper than Apple’s must-have tab makes the 7-inch Nexus even more desirable. First unleashed in July, it makes sense for an updated version to be quickly approaching, no? Well, we’re happy, as a report published today from Reuters leads us to believe exactly that. Google will allegedly be discontinuing its first batch of Nexus 7 devices alongside the roll out of its next-gen model. Ridding the floor plans of NVIDIA’s...

Survey finds half of tablet consumers plan to buy an iPad
March 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

iPad When looking for a new tablet, it seems consumers have Apple on the brain. The Yankee Group recently disclosed the results of a December survey in which it asked, "What brand of tablet do you intend to buy [next]?" For Apple, it was good news as nearly half of the 506 questioned picked the iconic brand. Apple Insider contends this is bad news for the rest of the tablet market, as 47 percent of surveyed consumers mentioned their intention to purchase an iPad. That left 26 percent of respondents going for an Android-based tablet, and 23 percent saying they were unsure, or didn’t know. Just one percent...

Why the Google Nexus 7 is my new favorite e-reader
January 26, 2013 | 9:30 am

Asus Google Nexus 7 tablet dimpled backNo, this doesn't mean I've given up on my Kindle Touch. It still has its uses, but I am really liking the Google Nexus 7 as a e-reader. For all my complaints in my earlier post about the Kindle app for Android, reading on it is a beautiful thing. The screen is gorgeous, and the text is clear and sharp. I've almost completely stopped reading on my iPad because the screen resolution is so much better on the Nexus 7. As soon as Instapaper is updated to add page flipping in the Android version, the only reading I'll be doing on...

The $149 Asus MeMO Pad Tablet Is No Nexus 7 Competitor
January 14, 2013 | 12:00 pm

By Jeremy Hill Asus recently revealed its new MeMO Pad tablet that’s going to be released in “emerging markets” this month, and the United States in April. This 7-inch tablet will be priced at $150, and it specifications go right along with its budget price. The MeMO Pad isn’t meant to lure anyone away from the Nexus 7 (which Asus also manufacturers) but those looking to save a little money may find this device enticing. The MeMO Pad has a 7-inch 1024×600 display, 1GB of RAM, a 1GHz processor, 8GB-16GB of expandable storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  This tablet also differs from...

Judge refuses to shut down Asus Transformer Prime tablet sales over Hasbro complaint
March 28, 2012 | 9:15 am

Remember that lawsuit from Hasbro complaining about Asus naming its new Android tablet the “Transformer Prime,” out of concern that consumers might confuse it with Hasbro’s popular transforming robot toy line? It’s still going to trial, but a judge has expressed sufficient skepticism over Hasbro’s claims to deny the company’s request for a preliminary injunction that would have stopped Asus from continuing to sell its tablets pending the outcome of the trial. The judge didn’t find sufficient resemblance between the Android tablet and Hasbro’s toys to warrant worries over consumer confusion, and noted Asus’s case is strengthened by the...

Transformer Prime makes Asus prime target for Hasbro lawsuit
December 22, 2011 | 2:20 am

Optimus-Prime-13-sPerhaps this isn’t directly about e-books, except insofar as a tablet can be used as an e-reader, but I was so amused to learn today that Hasbro is suing Asus over the name of its latest hybrid tablet/netbook device that I just had to share it. I’m not surprised. I can honestly say I had half-expected it since I heard Asus was calling its original such device the Transformer, and I completely expected it when I heard the newest version was the “Transformer Prime”. I mean, really, what is any child of the eighties going to think when he...

ASUS DR-900 9.7″ ereader shipping in the UK
October 27, 2011 | 9:06 am

Asus dr950 e reader img assist custom 300x188 ASUS announced the DR-900 back in January 2010, and it's finally shipping now in the UK for £279.99 ($450). The DR-900 is a 9" e-reader with a touch Sipix (AUO) display. It has 4GB of internal memory (and an SD card slot) and supports Wi-Fi and 3G (and optionally WiMax, too). The DR-900 got a web-browser, a virtual keyboard and it supports handwriting input. Formats include PDF, TXT, MP3 and ePub. Via E-Reader-info...

ASUS & Page Foundry launch Versent Books to deliver ebooks to ASUS customers
June 7, 2011 | 9:46 am

Screen shot 2011 06 07 at 9 45 59 AMFrom a press release I received today: Fremont, CA & Barrington, IL (June 7, 2011) - ASUS, the world's top 3 consumer notebook vendor, and Page Foundry, the leading provider of white label digital content solutions for OEMs, are proud to introduce the Versent ebookstore, powered by Page Foundry. The new ebookstore enables ASUS @Vibe customers to quickly and easily find, buy and read today's most popular eBook titles including New York Time's Bestsellers, Digital Bestsellers, and hundreds of thousands of top selling ebooks. "At the heart of the @Vibe experience our customers will find convenience and choice," said Vira Chang, head...

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