There's nothing like new gadgets to step up your spring swagger and indeed, we've got a couple of fresh faces in this month's buyer's guide to help shake off those winter blues. After spending some time with LG's G Flex2, we grew fond of its design, performance and display, making it a strong choice for your next handset. Meanwhile, if you're in the market for a mobile sound system, Ultimate Ears stepped up the volume and specs with its new Megaboom speaker, offering a 100-foot Bluetooth range and up to 20 hours of battery life. Don't worry, if you're still looking for more suggestions, we'll be flush in the coming months after we've had a chance to review all the stuff announced at MWC and GDC this week. In the meantime, there's still plenty of gear to be had and we've always got a selection of top picks at the ready in our complete buyer's guide.
Let’s get the unpleasant part out of the way from the beginning, the Nokia N1 is awfully similar to the iPad mini. Nokia didn’t even really try to deny the N1's resemblance to Apple’s tablet when showing me the device at MWC 2015. But the tablet is an unbelievably sexy device, and is quite possibly the only Android tablet you should consider buying in the near future.
Dell are here at MWC 2015 and whilst some of you may be thinking that it is odd for this to be case it isn’t really. The reason why it is not that odd is that although they are currently not making phone hardware, Dell still have massive presence in the Tablet worlds of both Android and Windows 8.
So what did Dell have to show us today?
This is the Dell Venue 7480 with Intel RealSense.
So what makes it so special? Well apart from the obvious chin on the base of the tablet the real magic is what Intel have brought to the party. Dell and Intel have created something very clever here as this device has not one, not two but four camera modules on it. Wait why do you need four did they get drunk in the design department and loose count when drafting the design?
No there are two normal function cameras and then there are two depth perception cameras. These depth perceptions cameras allow to capture photos with genuine depth in them.
So why is this a good thing? Well if you add depth of field into the picture you are able to start to do some very clever things with the picture it creates, such as measuring distance and add 3D like effects. I don’t really fully understand the intricacies of how it does this so I am calling it magic but hopefully this clip will help to explain.
Okay maybe this might be better
So as you can see in the video there are some really clever use scenarios for this camera technology, but that is just one of the reason why I am a big fan of this device. The other is just the insanely thin bezels that this thing has, I mean look at them its like they are not even there.
Add in the 2k AMOLED screen and we have got something that is genuinely special. It is also running a near stock version of Android 4.4.4 with Lollipop due very soon (tbc).
- Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core
- Memory/Storage: 2 GB LPDRR3 RAM; 16 GB eMMC internal storage and microSD support
- Display: 8.4-inch OLED 10-point capacitive touchscreen with 2,560 x 1,600 pixels
- Cameras: 2 MP front, 8 MP back
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0 combo, micro USB 2.0
- Operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 4.88 x 0.42 inches
On paper it does not look that bad and that is also the case in the hand. The screen is very responsive and when help in Landscape it fells very good to hold in portrait it is a bit weird due to the speaker positioning and it does lead to a slightly jeopardized movie playback experience however this design is a necessity of making it so bleeding thin. Also having the front facing camera there does lead to some fairly interesting selfie’s. Using the Realsense camera does require a bit of playing but once you get the hang of it then it become’s very useful. I can see some really interesting use cases for Realsense particularly in the business world where Dell have a vested interest.
That is all we have on the Dell right now but hopefully we will get hold of a review unit in the near future for a more detailed look.
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French Android device maker Archos at MWC 2015 announced the first Android tablet in the world that will have a massive 256GB of built-in storage, a new addition to its Magnus line of devices. On top of that the company also unveiled a new storage innovation at the show, called Archos Fusion Storage, that's supposed to improve the way memory on a device is handled. Obviously, I simply had to take a look at this new Magnus model, and I was almost able to do it too.
Lenovo have been busy at MWC 2015 and have launched the updates to their mid tier Android Tablet range and a new Windows 8.1 Entry level tablet.
I have already covered the tablets in a previous article here so we will just dive straight in with the video demo of the devices.
I think it fair to say that it is a pretty nice range of tablets there. I especially like the fact that the Tab2 A8 which is the upgraded version of the Tab S8 I reviewed last year has actually addressed the few issues I had with that product. My number one and primary issue was that the device has got a custom UI overlay which meant you had no access to the app drawer. This could be circumvented by using a launcher but that is a poor alternative and beyond the launcher you still had the custom overlay. Good news everybody this overlay has now gone on the Tab 2 A8 and in its place is stock Android Lollipop. I can also confirm that this will be coming to the Tab2 A10 as well in June.
Here are some more pics of the Tab2 A8
And of the Tab2 A10
The Miix 300 is a really well built inexpensive Windows 8.1 tablet with Bing which give you all extra mentioned in the video. I was pleased to see that at least for the screen they have followed the same design Language as they use on the Tab2 A8 as this makes it look really elegant. Around the back is a brushed metal finish which feels really nice in the hand and provides a decent level of grip.
And the Miix 3000
So al;l in all some really nice tablets coming our way from Lenovo very soon.
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After a lengthy hiatus, Mortal Kombat is coming back to the mobile world -- and it's giving you a few extra incentives to brutalize fighters while you're waiting for the bus. Mortal Kombat X will reach Android and iOS users on April 14th with not just the obligatory fatalities and other gory details, but a two-way reward system that encourages you to keep playing when you switch platforms. If you thrash enough suckers to unlock content on your phone, for example, you'll get some perks when you fire up your console at home. Something tells us the mobile MKX won't be as challenging as its full-size counterpart (swipe to finish someone off, really?), but look at it this way: it's not often that you get to break someone's jaw on your commute and feel good about it later.
Source: Warner Bros. (BusinessWire)
While its first Android Wear smartwatch might be grabbing the headlines, Huawei also has a new phablet on display at MWC this year. The MediaPad X2 is the sequel to last year's X1, which, depending on which way you look at it, was either a small tablet or an enormous phone. There's not a lot new to look at here -- aesthetically it's very similar to the X1 -- but internally there are a few changes.