Though it has garnered a lot less attention than Amazon's Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble's latest NOOK - the NOOK Tablet - it was released to solid reviews. The $50 price premium over the Fire - while warranted because of the doubled internal storage, doubled RAM, and SD card slot - also helped the Kindle Fire sell more units. Now, though, the Tablet is on sale for $199 with free shipping at eBay Daily Deals - meaning it matches the price of the less powerful Kindle Fire.
This edition focuses only on new tablet apps or ones that added tablet support. Regular apps and games are coming soon.
As was the case with the previous tablet edition, tablet-only apps are a dying breed, as almost every app works on tablets to a degree and with ICS, this distinction is now even further washed out.
Mobile games are a hot category these days. Multiplayer tablet games, on the other hand, are a bit harder to come by. The larger form factor lends itself well to multiple players gathered around a virtual game board, but few apps pursue this route. Fireballs HD is one of those few. Up to four players can join a Tron-like game, competing to keep their fireball alive without hitting the trails of others.
While the world waits with bated breath for whatever tablet Samsung or ASUS comes out with next, Archos is busy gobbling up the budget tablet market. Woot's here to help with a deal on the Archos 101 G9 Turbo
Extra Super Ultimate XT MX S. The 8GB model, sporting a speedy 1.5Ghz dual-core processor is on sale right now for $279.
We can't seem to find the Archos 101 G9 Turbo
Two-Disc Limited Edition in an 8GB model from any US retailer.
Yes, we were excited too, but it looks like owners of Verizon's LTE Xoom still have to wait a bit for ICS. The tablet is about to receive a software update (HLK75H) "soon". Verizon's support page doesn't specify when. There's not much to the update, though. Your tablet will now support dual International Mobile Subscriber Identities (IMSI), as well as a bugfix for restoring data connectivity after exiting Airplane Mode.
In other words, this update is for the subset of the already small group of people who own Verizom Xooms that use their tablets for frequent international travel.
Every tablet and phone out there has its own dock, stand, and range of accessories. Few are quite as nice, however, as the R1 tablet stand from Satechi. At $50, this universal tablet stand is an investment. Unless you know you'll be using tablets for a while, you might want to skip this one. If you know you're in it for the long-haul, though, this stand will last.
Satechi didn't skimp on the materials with the R1.
You guys remember Rhapsody, right? The music streaming service that was sitting in the back seat next to Rdio, MOG, and GrooveShark back when Spotify was stealing all the U.S. spotlight? Rhapsody was the one desperately trying to wash the stink of Real Player off its clothes. Well, it's back with another update to its mobile app, and this time it's bringing with it a sweet new tablet interface.
Of the major music streaming services, Rhapsody appears to be the first to create a proper tablet interface for its mobile app.
A new tablet is coming to the Sprint network next month, though it's definitely on the budget-minded side of things. The ZTE Optik will be available to Sprint customers starting February 5th through Sprint's online store, with a brick and mortar appearance to follow on March 11th. Here's a quick breakdown on the need-to-know specs for the Optik:
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor (we'd expect TI OMAP 4430, but that's a guess - yours is as good as ours)
- 7" display (resolution unknown - we're predicting 1280x800)
- 1 GB RAM / 16GB internal storage
- MicroSD card slot
- 5MP rear / 2MP front camera
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity
- 4000mAh battery
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb
- $99 w/ 2 year agreement, $349 off-contract
Check it out, below:
Thanks, Captain Anonymous!
This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon, and you can find the tablet app roundup here.