One of the real pains about buying accessories for a tablet or Smartphone is if you change the device you have to change the accessories too. This is no laughing matter and one reason why some people stick to the same device or brand, which limits the choices available to the consumer. However, that is not the case when it comes to the handcrafted Cydeburns stands, as they are fully adjustable to fit most tablets and smartphones. Not only that, this stand looks stunning as each one is made from solid handcrafted wood and finished with brass features.
The Cydeburns are available in either American Black Walnut, which is a darker colour or for a lighter look, there is the American Cherry to pick. If you are worrying about a storage and transportation there is no need as each set of Cydeburns come with a smart Horween leather pouch. You can get your hands on set of these handcrafted Cydeburns by pre ordering them from just £20, with delivery expected to be by the end of the summer.
For almost twenty years we have been hearing about paperless offices and yet if you go in many offices they are tripping over paper. But finally Sony think that they have the solution with Digital Paper. It is more than just an e-ink display, it has proper resolution, its light and has enough on board storing to get anyone through the day. The Digital Paper device comes with a high contrast reflective display offering a 1200 x 1600 of pixel resolutions which is clear enough for the text to be read clearly, even in daylight. The Internal storage is 4 GB which should be enough for around 2,800 PDF files of around 1 MB each, but this can be expanded with the slot for a micro SD card.
It comes with a handy built-in Wi-Fi functionality for file sharing over a wireless connection. It is thin and light measuring around .26 inches, which is about the thickness of thirty sheets of paper and it weighs in at 12.6 oz. Finally it comes with the Sony rechargeable lithium-ion battery, that according to Sony will provide the user with up to three weeks use on a single charge. Digital Paper from Sony is going on sale in May, which is great if this is the sort of thing that you need for your business, the downside is the $1,100 price, obviously as with all new products the price is high, but wow that is high.
Tablet wars are certainly taking off with the UK’s top supermarkets coming out with their own branded seven inch Android powered tablets. Adli have teamed up with German based consumer electronics giant Medion for their tablet. It only comes in black, but it runs apps from Google Play and so it is fully compatible with Android powered smartphones allowing the user to switch devices but stay with the same apps.
The Medion Lifetab tablet comes with a neat seven inch (17.8 cm) multi touch HD display with a 1024 x 600 of pixel resolution. It is powered by the ARM Cortex A9 Quad core processor with 1.6 GHz and will be running on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. There are two camera with this device, the first is the 0.3 mega pixel front web camera with an integrated microphone and the other is a 2.0 mega pixel camera on the rear. There is an Integrated speaker system and there is a handy built in orientation sensor.
The Medion seven inch tablet will be available to buy from Aldi stores with the attractive price tag of £80!
Here comes another tablet in the Xperia range from Sony, we remember this range simply because these devices are waterproof. Anyone who has ever been at the receiving end of a soaked smartphone or tablet, will understand the value of a waterproof device. However, there is much more to the Xperia than just waterproofing, it is slim and light too! So what else can we expect to be seeing with the Xperia Z2 tablet, well it comes with a 10.1 capacitive touch screen with on screen QWERTY keyboard, as well offering the user a TFT display with a 1920 x 1200 of pixel resolutions. It will be running on the Google Android 4.4 (Kitkat) operating system, powered by the 2.3 GHz Qualcomm APQ8074+MSM8974AB quad core processor and the Adreno 330 controlling the graphics.
As mentioned earlier, the Xperia Z2 tablet is fully waterproof to IP55 and IP58 standards and it is dust resistant to the IP55 standard. There is a powerful 8.1 mega pixel camera with 16 x digital zoom and a front facing camera offering 2.2 mega pixels at 1080p. As for the size, it measures up at 172 mm (L) x 266 mm (W) x 6.4 mm (L) (6.8 x 10.47 x 0.25 inches) and weighs in at just 439 grams (15.49 oz). Although new and not even on the market yet, expect to pay around £500 for this waterproof tablet device.
Source: Sony Mobile
There is nothing worse than seeing a very cool looking dock for a smartphone or tablet device, only to find out that it is only compatible with the devices that you do not own! It happens a lot and it also means that when you change your smartphone or tablet to another make, the dock has to be replaced too! This is something that goes on all the time, but with the Infinity Dock that is no longer going to be a problem. It has been designed and built to very high standards using high quality materials. However, the most important factor is that it will work with all of your devices.
Therefore, with this dock, it makes no difference if you use an Android or iOS powered smartphone or tablet, it is going to be compatible with the Infinity Dock. There is even a choice of colour from; matte black, champagne, frosted silver and matte blue, so this a dock that can offer the user universal usage and a choice of colours too.
If you like the look of the Infinity Dock then it is available for pre order starting from around $80 or £49 with an expected delivery time in the Summer.
Source: Infinity Dock
If there is one thing that is annoying when a new device is launched, it’s when it’s only usable by one manufactures devices, which is not an issue with the Paradock because it can take all smartphone and tablets with ease, making it the only dock you are ever going to need. The reason why this dock is good for this job is that it weighs in at three and half pounds, which gives it stability no matter what its holding, tablet, smartphone or both! Yes, you can dock two devices at once in the Paradock, without the fear of it tipping over and leaving your precious gear on the floor, which is never a good experience as it normally happens when the office is full.
The Paradock is going to be launching this summer, but they are already taking pre orders starting from $70 or £43, keeping your tablets and smartphones on your desk will never be the same again.
We have all been there before, you need a pen and just have a stylus, or you could really use a touch screen stylus but you only have a pen available. Well thanks to that well known disposal pen maker Bic they have come with a solution, the Bic Cristal 2-in-1 Stylus Pen (Pack of 3). The pen is a standard Bic Cristal with a 1.0 mm ball point pen with built in ink cartridge, while the stylus feature is on the other end with a soft pad that is suitable for most capacitive touch screen displays. It is the ideal two in one pen for tablet owners. The cost of these excellent Bic pens with Stylus feature will cost around £9 or $15 for a pack of three pens.
Tablet devices are great for mobile working, but when it comes to doing actual work on a laptop is better and easier! However, that does not mean that tablets are going out of fashion quite the opposite in fact, it just means that the tablet owner needs a bit of help. In this case, we are looking at the new Logitech Pro Keyboard it has been designed specifically for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 or the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet devices. The device has a couple functions, the first being a handy case for protecting the device, using the Essential Protection System (E.P.S.) that protects the back and the front of the device. While the other is that of a keyboard and suddenly the tablet becomes a useful tool for mobile working. The keyboard is a full size version with all of the standard keys and it even comes with its own built in battery pack so it is not going use the tablets battery supply. The user is able to use the keyboard either flat on a table or in an upright position similar to the angle of a netbook.
The Logitech Pro Keyboard is going to cost you around £110 or $184 when it launches soon.
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This is the Versi dock, it will securely hold and charge almost any tablet with or without a case it’s made from anodized aluminium so it’s going to be strong and very light making it ideal for this kind of design. However, the Versi is designed to help the user keep their posture in order to prevent back problems in the future. The Versi is named so because it stands for versatile, ergonomic, rugged, stable and iconic, this description actually does apply to the Versi in every way. It has a built in cable field that hides and keeps the tablet charging cable in place, making it easy to fit or remove. When they say it works with any tablet, they are not wrong as the list includes; virtually any USB powered device, smartphones, tablets and readers for these top brands Samsung, Apple, HTC, Motorola, LG, Nokia, Sony and Kindle, as well as many more too.
Once this stand goes retail it is going to cost around $100 or £62, but currently it can still be pre ordered from around $70 or £43 and that is a bargain, any savings you can find these days should be overlooked.
This is the Bpen it may not look like a new idea, but it is actually the first pen of its type to provide touch pen, holder and pen features all in one compact device. What’s more, it works with all popular brands such as Apple, Samsung and Sony. When you first see the Bpen with the Bpen base, it looks like one of those pens that you used get in banks! You know, the ones with the chains on! But, there is much more to the Bpen as it acts as a stand for the Tablet or Smartphone, while also helping with those little touch screen features that are a little too small for big hands.
One of the more interesting features is that it can be used in the car, simply place the Bpen base unit onto the dash and connect the device to the Bpen, now you have a cool looking stand that does not get in the way. The Bpen is made from aircraft grade aluminium, so it is going be tough and light. There seven cool colours to choose from; purple, black, pink, blue, white and metal finish, the Bpen is colour coded too, so that everything matches and looks real cool in the process. These real handy Bpen’s can be pre ordered from just $15 or £9 and they should be going on sale in a couple months time.
Lot of people like to relax at home or in the office with their tablet device, but has anyone though that it might be easier to have the tablet chilling on your desk. The iCushion is the ideal stand for this as it is filled with beans and comes with a lovely soft material on the outside so that there is not scratching or marking of the device.
The cushion stand comes in a cool red colour and is made from a soft velvet material, to give it the right shape and density it has been filled with polyester beans. As for the size, it measures up at 35cm (L) x 38cm (W) x 18cm (H), so you can see that it is going to be compatible with almost any tablet device on the market.
The relaxing cushion stand for the iPad or any other tablet that fits is going to cost around $42 or £25! Which is not too high, when you consider the quality of the design and product.
With so many tablets on the market these days, any company bringing out a new model will have to make sure that it has something different to offer the buyer. This is what Lenovo have done with the eight inch Yoga tablet that comes with three modes, Hold – which uses the shape of the battery for a more natural hold. Stand – this is where the clever little built in stand comes in, as it is able to support the device in the upright position. Finally, there is Tilt – using the stand to angle the device.
Here are the features available with this tablet; it comes with an eight inch screen in HD IPS display with a 1280 x 800 of pixel resolutions. It is running on the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system and powered by the ARM MTK 8125 quad core processor with a 1.2 GHz clock speed. There is 16 GB of eMMc built in storage and small 1 GB of LPDDR2 memory, which with a MicroSD card can be expanded up to 64 GB. For networking there is the 802.11 bgn Wi-Fi LAN with a Bluetooth 3.0/4.0 low connection.
Other features include the front and rear facing cameras, Micro-USB, 3.5 mm audio jack, accelerometer, GPS, e-compass, brightness sensor, vibration function and hall sensor. As for its vital statistics, the Yoga measures up at 22.4 cm (L) x 15.6 cm (W) x 6.6 cm (D) and weighs in at just 839 grams with the Li-ion polymer battery pack installed that Lenovo say will offer up to eighteen hours of usage.
If you fancy doing a bit of yoga with this Lenovo
tablet then your luck is in because on Amazon it has got 10% off making the price £180 or $295!
Just a couple of weeks after the supermarket chain Tesco launch the Hudl tablet, the High Street retailer Argos are looking to compete in this busy market with their own brand of seven inch tablet that they are calling MyTablet! It is actually made by Bush and is supposed to be aimed at the teenage market.
However, this is a tablet that can be used by anyone for a wide range uses, such as gaming, social networking and even catching up with last night’s TV! There are plenty of apps available on Google Play, although a lot of apps will use up a good amount of that 8 GB of internal storage that is available.
If you need some features, this is what the new Argos seven inch tablet has to offer the buyer; You get a seven inch screen with a (169 PPI) LCD display of 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It is running Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and is powered by the 1.6 GHz processor. There is a usable 8 GB of internal storage but it is expandable up to a better 32 GB.
Other features include the built in web camera, its wireless enabled with Bluetooth, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, microSD memory card slot, Micro USB, a HDMI out port and depending on usage up to five hours of battery life.
The new seven inch tablet is available from today online and in store at around £100; it comes in silver or pink.
Search giant Google is well known for diversifying into new markets, such as the Nexus tablet device! However, we are not talking about the device; it is the new Official design cases for the Nexus 7!
There is only one version of the case showing up on the Google Play page, but once launched it is believed that there will be a variety of colours and materials to choose from.
It comes in this cool colour combination; grey jersey, blue outside and blue inside. It measures up at 210 mm (W) x 125 mm (D) x 17 mm (H) and weighs in at 118.7 grams.
We are expecting the case to come in with a price tag of $50 or £31 when the case is eventually launched, currently on Google Play, it is saying “Coming Soon!” lets hops it’s not too long.
Source: Google Play
The BBC is looking to update the popular on demand iPlayer, it will be moving on from being just a catch up service to becoming the online hub for all BBC entertainment. However, in order for this to be a success they have to work on certain features such as; content, features and availability. When the iPlayer was first launched, it changed the way that people watched TV and the next generation iPlayer would need to do even more, if it is going to continue to lead the way in online entertainment.
According to Ralph Rivera, who is the Director of BBC Future Media, he said in the BBC announcement that;
BBC iPlayer is one of the BBC’s greatest inventions and one of the UK’s favourite brands. We plan to revolutionise iPlayer from a service primarily used to catch up on BBC TV to an entertainment destination for all – wherever you are. With innovative interactive features and a new design that helps you discover more hidden gems from the BBC, iPlayer will transform online TV for audiences now and in the future.
If all goes well the new BBC iPlayer should be launching sometime during the first half of 2014!
Source: BBC Media Centre
The supermarket giant Tesco are good at finding opportunities in markets other than food and this time it looks like they are taking on the likes of Amazon, Google and the other big players in the tablet market, with the seven inch display Hudl tablet device! Sure, the market is busy with devices, but this is Tesco and they have been smart to employ the talents of Archos for this device. It is powered by the quad-core Rokchip 1.5 GHz processor, is running on the Android 4.2.2 operating system and a battery capable of lasting nine hours.
According to the Tesco Hudl press release, these are the impressive specs to expect;
7″ 1440 x 900 HD screen
Android Jellybean 4.2.2
16GB storage, which can be expanded to 48GB with microSD cards.
Quad-core 1.5GHZ processor
9 hours video battery life (Conditions may vary dependent on video format and content, audio volume, screen brightness and processor load)
Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
Dual band Wi-Fi for a more stable connection
Access to over a million apps via Google Play
Comes in 4 colours: black, blue, red, purple
Sleek, high-quality design, with a durable, matte, soft-touch back for better grip
Scratch resistant touch screen
‘Getting started’ app that offers tips and guidance
Tesco will be selling the Hudl for just £119 ($193) from the 30th September in selected stores and online. However, for Tesco Clubcard holders it can mean that for just £60 of Clubcard vouchers a brand new Hudl could be theirs!
New from Samsung UK is the My Galaxy app, which not surprisingly is for the owners of Galaxy devices. What Samsung say about this app is that if you want to get more from your device then this is the app for you. The app puts the smart into Smartphone and at the same time, it will show the user all of the benefits of being part of the Samsung family.
Once installed you will need to either login with email or Facebook and then fill in the boxes to complete the process. Now you are ready to roll, launch the app and you will find a series of tile type features that have some cool offers, help from Samsung and the ability to connect with other Samsung devices. There is always the settings feature to fall back on, where preferences can be changed.
This is a free app for Samsung Galaxy users and its available now from Google Play!