Whether you're looking to replace your laptop or just find something to keep you entertained, there's a tablet out there to suit you. But with an ever-increasing array of slates crowding the market, narrowing down the list can be a chore. So we've sorted through the pile and picked out some of our favorites for both power users and media consumers. Our complete buyer's guide is always just a few clicks away, but feel free to cruise through the gallery below for a quick rundown of the best tablets you can buy today.%Gallery-slideshow208733%
Summer can be a rough time of year for gamers. The slow release schedule coupled with the beginning of a new console generation has made this summer especially difficult, but things are finally going to start picking back up in August, as evidenced by a rather strong lineup of games for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.
Most of the iPhone 6 rumors floating around the blogosphere seem to point to Apple passing on the megapixel race. The firm instead appears to focus on advancing mobile photography using a number of hardware and software techniques to produce better-looking images.
And just as the pundits have started to accept that the iPhone 6′s back camera will be eight megapixels comes a new report alleging that Apple will switch to a Sony-made 13-megapixel module in its upcoming iPhone refresh. Interestingly, the same unit is expected to appear on the Sony Xperia Z3 handset…... Read the rest of this post here
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A remastered version of one of the most esteemed games of the last generation, The Last of Us, is coming to the PS4 in two weeks. I haven't done any extensive research on the matter, but I think this might be the shortest turnaround on a upscaled, triple-A rerelease in the history of console gaming, which immediately had me concerned as to the quality of the final product. After seeing the game in action on Tuesday, I'm happy to report that Naughty Dog is giving fans of the game and newcomers alike a whole lot to look forward to.
Five years ago, video game fans and analysts alike would have told you the next console generation would be the last. Many suspected the next round of consoles would fall flat, a prediction which gained some credence after the Wii U took a nosedive right out of the gate. The market was shifting to mobile and PC gaming, the generation had lasted years longer than it should have and nothing could possibly impress the skeptical enthusiasts. Then the PlayStation 4 launched.
Sony keeps trying to make its SmartWatch 2 an interesting device despite all the buzz surrounding Android Wear watches such as the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.
The Japanese company has invested hundreds if not thousands of developer-hours and it doesn’t want to through them away just because Google suddenly decided to turn its attention to our wrists.
So they’re out with another update to the SmartWatch 2, adding custom wallpapers and support for additional languages to the mix. Again, while that’s all cool, we can’t imagine a number of users getting over-excited about this. Chances are most folks are now looking at Android Wear and what Apple can do with its upcoming iWatch.
That said, we’re sure Sony is already working on the SmartWatch 3 which may use Android Wear instead of Sony’s own platform. Or not; we can’t be certain. What we’re hoping is that next model from the series will be much better looking than what we have today. Current SmartWatch 2 isn’t really the prettiest device we’ve seen, and we would love to see Sony striking back with, let’s say, a circular screen-equipped smart watch a la Moto 360. Now that would be something, don’t you agree?
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A few days ago some pictures of the next Sony’s leaked online. The Z3 has now appeared in yet more blurrycam images, this time showing off the design and subtle changes in this new model.
Sony appears to be retaining the “OmniBalance” design language, with just some minor tweaks.
The sides of the Z3 are curvier than the Z2, probably to help improve ergonomics. Another design tweak is that the front-facing stereo speakers have been moved from the top and bottom edges of the device, respectively, to somewhere in the middle of the top and bottom bezels.
The rear image of the phone also confirms that Sony is once again going with its 20.7MP Exmor R 2/3-inch camera sensor, which is already found inside its other high-end smartphones including the Z1, Z1 Compact and the Z2.
Their is no mention of final Spec’s but the Z3 is more likely than not going to come with a 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and 3GB of RAM — which would make the Z3 a next iteration upgrade to the Z2 rather than a totally new flagship device.
The jump from Sony's Xperia Z1 to the Xperia Z2 was relatively minor, so don't be surprised if this familiar-looking leak turns out to be legit. According to a Baidu Tieba post (which has since been deleted), we're looking at a prototype of Sony's upcoming Xperia Z3 aka L55t (China Mobile variant with TD-LTE) which is, surprise surprise, running on a more powerful Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC chipset (the Z2 uses MSM8974AB) plus Android 4.4.4. Judging by the photos, this device shares the same height as the original Galaxy Note and hence the Xperia Z2, meaning the screen size should stay at 5.2 inches. Likewise, the Z2's 20.7-megapixel camera is here to stay. What makes this prototype stand out is its new, simpler body design, which is a surprise given how the range's appearance has changed little since the Xperia Z. That is, unless, this phone turns out to be just a variant of the Z2, so only time will tell if our guess is right. %Gallery-slideshow206981%
Source: Baidu Tieba (deleted)
Sony's smartphones don't get nearly as much hype as new flagship phones from HTC, Samsung or LG, but Sony has been doing a nice job of improving its mobile phone offerings since the launch of the Xperia Z back in 2013. Now 9to5Google has snagged some pictures off of Chinese microblogging site Weibo that purportedly show us the Xperia Z3, which is tipped to be the next major flagship phone from Sony.
There’s no doubt that Sony makes some amazing products, and now you can get your hands on one of the best Sony tablets around, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. The device will be available from Verizon Wireless on July 17th, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow, July 10th. The tablet will cost $599.99 or $499.99 with a new two-year contract and touts 4G LTE connectivity. The Xperia Z2 Tablet was announced at MWC 2014 back in February, the same time Sony announced the Xperia Z2 and M2.
Here are some key features of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet:
- Waterproof, rated IP55/58
- 10.1-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS Display with Live Color LED with X-Reality for mobile
- S-Force Front Surround audio, Clear Audio+ and digital noise cancelling support
- 8 MP camera with Exmor RS image sensor and Superior Auto mode
- Preloaded Xperia camera apps including: Info-eye, Timeshift burst, AR effect, Social live and background defocus
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 Ghz Quad-core processor
- 3 GB RAM
- 6000 mAh battery
Not only is the Xperia Z2 Tablet a beast when it comes to specs, Sony’s throwing in some free goodies for those who purchase the tablet. Customers will receive access to six hit movies, as well as a 90 day free trial of Sony’s Music Unlimited service and a MDR-NC31EM noise-cancelling headset for free.
Press release follows below.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, The Slimmest And Lightest Waterproof 4G LTE Tablet, Comes To The U.S. Exclusively On The Verizon Wireless Network
ATLANTA, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Mobile and Verizon Wireless today announced the Xperia Z2 Tablet will be available in the U.S. as an exclusive to Verizon Wireless, offering consumers a premium Android™ 4G LTE connected tablet. Verizon customers can pre-order for the Xperia Z2 Tablet beginning July 10, 2014 at www.verizonwireless.com.
Premium device built to handle life’s everyday surprises
At just 0.25″ slim and weighing less than a pound, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is so slim and lightweight, you will forget you’re holding it. Even with its sleek build, you do not have to give a second thought about where you use it, since the Xperia Z2 Tablet is designed with a display that is scratch resistant and a body that is waterproof.
The Sony Xperia Z2 has a super fast processor in a tablet plus Sony’s latest battery saving technology, providing speedy and long-lasting performance to keep up with your daily activities. The 6000mAh battery plus STAMINA Mode can get you through longer than expected days of travel providing up to 10 hours of multimedia use. Additionally, the speed of the Snapdragon 801 processor paired with that of Verizon’s super fast 4G LTE network, helps you share your photos and files faster and stream your audio and video more smoothly.
An entertainment powerhouse with the best of Sony technology and content
Bringing together the best of Sony’s BRAVIA® TV and audio technology expertise, the Xperia Z2 Tablet lets you enjoy your entertainment in vivid detail. As the first 10.1″ Full HD TRILUMINOS™ for mobile display with Live Color LED technology2, the Xperia Z2 Tablet delivers an enhanced viewing experience with bright, true to life colors and sharp images. Through Sony’s Front Surround™ audio technology the device channels powerful, dynamic sound the way it was intended to be heard. Also, with digital noise canceling support3, the Xperia Z2 Tablet can help minimize background noise, even when you’re on the move.
With the purchase of an Xperia Z2 Tablet, Verizon Wireless customers will have access to an exclusive entertainment offer. The bundle gives Xperia Z2 Tablet owners six blockbuster movies, an exclusive early access pass to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ when it becomes available for digital download, and 90 days of free music streaming through Sony’s Music Unlimited4.
For a broader gaming experience, the Xperia Z2 Tablet comes pre-loaded with the PlayStation®App which offers “PS4″ integration; second screen gaming experiences; on-the-go access to the PlayStation®store to buy games and push them to your “PS4″; and access to the PlayStation®Network to stay connected with your friends.
An ecosystem of accessories
To expand the consumer experience, premium accessories will also be available from Verizon Wireless to complement your Xperia Z2 Tablet experience with additional accessories forthcoming:
- SCR12 Style Cover Stand – protect and display your tablet in style
- BSC10 Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad – enjoy dual-purpose audio and charging
- SRS-X3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker – delivers amazing audio, One-touch listening convenience, and hands-free calling
- CPF-10L Portable Power Supply – power up your smartphone and tablets anytime, anywhere
- DK39 Magnetic Charging Dock – prop up your Xperia Z2 Tablet in the dock and watch movies while your tablet charges
- SmartWatch2 Pro – take the Android experience beyond your tablet or smartphone to stay connected on the go and stay active with a silicone wrist strap and Runtastic app or keep it productive with a leather wrist strap and the TouchDown app
- SmartBand – automatically log your movements, communication, entertainment, and bookmark special moments to watch your life played back on the Lifelog app
“From our Xperia Z2 Tablet and accessories to exclusive Sony content and experiences, we’re pleased to be working with Verizon to bring a strong Sony proposition to their customers,” said Ravi Nookala, President, Sony Mobile Communications North America. “This newly forged relationship with Verizon is an exciting proof point as we continue to build momentum in the U.S.”
Pre-order for the Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE at Verizon Wireless will begin on July 10, 2014 at www.verizonwireless.com. The tablet will be available for preorder online starting tomorrow for $599.99, and for a limited time, the tablet will be available for $499.99 with a new two-year activation. Customers who pre-order the device will receive a MDR-NC31EM Noise Cancelling headset for free, while supplies last. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is expected to be available nationwide at Verizon Wireless retail stores, select national retailers and dealers and online beginning July 17, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/tablets/xperia-z2-tablet/specifications/#tabs.
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