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ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD (US Version) Review: Blurring The Lines Of What We Consider 'Budget'

We're at a crucial time for Android tablets. The little green robot is finally starting to gain some traction in the tablet space, manufacturers are beginning to realize what users want from their devices on many different levels (price, hardware, etc.), and the newest versions of Android work as flawlessly on large devices as they do on small.

The front runner of this Android tablet "revolution" was last year's Nexus 7, the flagship tablet from Google that literally changed the entire landscape.

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[Deal Alert] Kindle Fire HD (7") Is $40 Off For All Models: Starts At $159, Matches Non-HD Price

The shiny new Nexus 7 may be the current king of the 7-inch jungle, but that doesn't mean you should pass up a good deal. The Kindle Fire HD - that's the upgraded 720p tablet, not the newer non-HD Fire - is $40 off for all models at the moment. The Amazon storefront shows "For a Limited Time," so we have no idea how long this price will last.

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The price drop applies to all the variations of the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD.

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ZeroLemon Takes On The Nexus 4 With The Gigantic "Juicer" Case: $40 For A Swappable 2250mAh Battery

The trend towards integrated, non-removable batteries has caused much weeping and gnashing of teeth among the Android faithful, and nowhere is it more passionate than from the Nexus crowd. If you've been lamenting the Nexus 4's lack of a removable battery, ZeroLemon (purveyors of ridiculously huge extended batteries for major phones) has something they'd like you to see.

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That's an external battery case, a form factor famous for turning svelte, short-lived iPhones into hulking bricks of longevity.

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z LTE (SGP321) Receives Android 4.2.2 Update, Gets A New Hybrid UI That's Part Nexus

When I checked out the WiFi-only version of the Xperia Tablet Z I was surprised by how solid it was. One of my main gripes was the old software and the UI that came with it. Well, the first variant of the Tablet Z is now getting an update to Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, and it changes the interface to a hybrid of the old UI and new UI used on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

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Samsung Schedules Unpacked Episode 2 Event For September 4th, Teases New Galaxy Note Hardware

It was only a matter of time. Samsung just sent out invitations to the their latest Unpacked press event, this time labeled "Episode 2." It's scheduled for 1PM EST on September 4th, just under one month from today, before the annual IFA show in Berlin. Android newshounds will recall that the original Galaxy Note got its debut at the same venue back in 2011.

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There's little doubt that new Note hardware will be the focus of this event: stylized text reading "NOTE THE DATE" is emblazoned on the invite.

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Android 4.2.2 Updates Rolling Out To Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE (GT-N5120) And Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 3G (GT-P3100)

Samsung seems to be on a bit of an update spree lately, trying to get its devices up to speed on Android 4.2. This time it's the LTE Galaxy Note 8.0 and the somewhat older Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with 3G. Attacking the system update button like an enraged jungle cat won't do any good, folks. These updates are rolling out in stages.

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The Note 8.0 update is starting in the UK, with expansions to more countries soon.

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[Deal Alert] Verizon's Brown Galaxy S4 On Sale Through Amazon For $119 (New Lines) And $149 (Upgrades)

For most people, a black phone is fine. The slightly more trendy might be drawn to a clean white exterior. But not you. Oh no, you want a phone that's brown like fine Corinthian leather. A phone that you can feel proud to hoist above your head and exclaim for all the world to hear that you are a man, and this is a man's phone! Ladies will probably like it too, but for different reasons.

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BubbleUPnP And ClockworkMod Developers Show Upcoming Chromecast Features: Stream Any Local Or Cloud File To Your TV

The Chromecast is a nice and easy way to send videos to a local TV, and you can't argue with the price. But right now it's limited to just a few apps streaming directly from existing video and music services. Bubblesoft, makers of the BubbleUPnP media server, are showing off features of an upcoming version that would make Chromecast a lot more useful: streaming nearly any file on your smartphone or cloud drive.

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Sony Releases Open Source Files For the Gigantic Xperia Z Ultra

Sony is pretty cool about supporting the open source community by contributing code back to AOSP and helping developers tinker with devices. So it's no surprise that the company has already dropped source files for the Xperia Z Ultra.

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The Xperia Z Ultra is, of course, a very large phone. It's not just big like other phones are big – it's obscenely large. The Z Ultra has a 6.4-inch 1080p screen, and it's not a tablet, it's a phone.

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[Deal Alert] Office Max Coupon Entitles You To 20% Off Tablets Like The New Nexus 7, But Only In-Store Through Aug 10th

Assuming you are not a shut-in who gets everything delivered via Amazon Prime, we've got a way you can save 20% on that 2013 Nexus 7 purchase. A new OfficeMax coupon allows you to save on a variety of items when you buy in the store, including printer ink, printing services, office supplies, eReaders, and tablets. You need that other stuff? Cool, but why not get the best Android tablet that's ever existed too?

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