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Whether you’re channeling your inner Ranbir Kapur or Deepika Padukone, chugging pitchers of thandai or sneaking in some bhang, you can live stream your dhamaal to the world using 4G this Holi. 

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On 16th January 2014, Samsung announced its latest innovation in the tablet category. They also revealed that the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite tablet would be available globally in white and black colours. However, the Korean giant didn’t mention any details about the cost for this version of Galaxy Tab 3 slate. Like the earlier Galaxy Tab 3, this Lite version comes with a 7 inch display.

 

There are many features in the new Lite version that are similar to the current Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. Samsung claims that this Lite edition has a slimmer and more portable design than the Tab 3.

 

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The Tab 3 Lite is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor that gives fast and smooth processing speed. It offers a 7 inch display that provides a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Samsung has moved the menu bar from the screen to the bezel to shrink the size of the tablet. The screen resolution of this tablet is same as the original Galaxy Tab. Even though Samsung has mentioned the size of the processor for Lite version, they haven’t specified the type of the processor used. However, a manual for this device leaked online a day before Samsung’s announcement. This user manual claimed that the new Lite version has a Marvell PXA986 dual core chip which is clocked at 1.2 GHz. Currently, Samsung has not revealed any details of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite’s release date and price.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite also offers various connectivity features such as Wi-Fi and 2G/3G networks. This is a Wi-Fi only model which includes 2G and 3G networks for mobile broadband. It offers 3G radio that supports HSPA download speeds up to 21 Mbps with uploads speed over 5.76 Mbps.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite has many amazing specifications. The best feature of this Lite version is that it runs on the Android 4.2 OS. It features an 8 GB of internal memory wherein the users can store media, documents and videos. The users can also get additional storage using microSD card which is expandable up to 32 GB. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Lite 3 also comes with a 2 MP sensor on the back. However, this tablet doesn’t provide a front facing camera. It is packed with a 3600 mAh battery which is expected to give eight hours of video playback.

 

As Samsung has not yet revealed the exact pricing details for Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, it is a bit difficult to determine whether it is a good tablet. However, there are many speculations about its pricing on the Internet. Only time will tell, whether this Lite version is aggressively priced and listed among the currently trending budget tablets.

 

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When high definition television (HDTV) hit the market, they ushered an era of superior resolution and sound. These televisions have enabled us to enjoy a wide range of features along with the HD content. Some HDTVs lacked the capability of connecting other devices like the smartphone to videos and other multimedia content. Due to this, people have begun to opt for smart TVs which offer easy accessibility to other devices. Have you ever thought of purchasing a smart TV? Perhaps your HDTV is too good to be replaced and barring a few smart features. Lately, several modern HDTVs act as all-in-one computers that run on apps and games, access the web and lots more. Here are five tips which will help you derive the benefits of smart TV in an HDTV.

 

Use an HDMI cable or VGA and audio cables to connect an HDTV

Many HDTVs feature in-built HDMI ports that are useful to connect your laptop to the TV. However, some HDTVs don’t feature HDMI ports. If you have an HDTV without HDMI port then you can use your VGA port and audio port to connect your laptop. The VGA port is used to connect the laptop’s display to the TV screen while the VGA port is used to get audio on your TV. You can also use the Google Chromecast HDMI dongle that you require to plug into the HDMI port on your TV. It is a media-streaming device that can be set up with a simple mobile app. The Google Chromecast HDMI dongle is a great way to connect your smartphone to your HDTV. With this device, you can easily get content from various streaming sources such as YouTube and Google Play Music & Movies and view it on your HDTV. It allows you to enjoy your favourite entertainment including movies, TV shows, music and more on your HDTV. Apart from smartphones, Chromecast also works with other devices such as tablets and laptops. To use this device, you just need to set it up with a simple app from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

 

Use a Dedicated Dongle

 There are many HDMI dongles available that you can connect to your TV. Like Google Chromecast dongle, there are also some Android-based HDMI dongles that you can use to connect the smartphone, chromecast-150x150.jpgtablet or laptop to your TV. These dongles run on Android operating system and are capable of transforming a TV into a mega-sized tablet. They Android-based dongles, you can easily stream videos, play games and stay connected on Facebook. They also allow you to download apps from the Google Play Store. You can store the content you require in this dongle. To set up an Android-based dongle, you need to connect it to an HDMI port on your HDTV and enjoy your favourite movies, music or play games. These HDMI dongles are capable of converting your HDTV into an all-in-one computer running on Android operating system.

 

Connect your desktop computer, laptop or tablet

The Internet capability available on devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets, can be used to convert your TV into a smart TV. Once you connect these devices to your HDTV, it will enable you to access the Web. With these devices, you can easily watch HD movies as well as play 3D games on a large screen.

 

Use your video game console

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Another method to make your TV smart is to use gaming consoles such as PlayStation orXbox. Most people don’t realize that these gaming consoles can do lots more than just allow them to play games. These gaming consoles can work as a high quality Blu-ray player and also feature wireless Internet connectivity. With these devices, you can stream and watch YouTube videos as well as access loads of online gaming platforms. They also allow you to load content from the computer through USB ports and view the photos and movies on a large screen.

 

 

Connect your HDTV to a Home Theatre PC (HTPC)

 The most flexible and convenient way to transform your HDTV into a smart TV is to connect it to a Home Theatre PC (HTPC). HTPC is a computer connected to your HDTV. With this device, you can easily play sa-xr55-150x150.jpgmedia such as movies, music and photos and Internet media content. HPTC serves as a home theatre device to give you superior movie-watching experience on your HDTV. This device supports various media formats and provides a large storage capacity. You can use your desktop computer or laptop to build an HPTC. To set up this device, you need to connect it through an HDMI cable to your TV. With this device, you can easily stream and access the content from the Internet or streaming sources like YouTube.

 

These tips will help you to convert your HDTV into a smart TV. To figure out the perfect option to convert your HDTV to a smart TV, you need to first determine your requirements and availability of devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. If using one of these options does not prove to be a viable solution, then you can buy a smart TV with the required features from Croma.

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Long gone are the days when phones flaunted the inherent candybar design. With Apple, Samsung and Nokia going neck to neck in creating impressive designs that pack a smart operating system and rich, vibrant displays, how could LG be far behind? You will be lying if you say you never looked at a phone and went, Woah, I wish this phone was curved. Even better, I wish it folded all the way through. The LG G Flex is all but a humble start to fulfilling this fantasy. But does it hold its ground in delivering that extra wow factor? Read on to get a quick glimpse of the LG G Flex.

 

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A curved smartphone

Augmenting the curved phone era in smartphones is the latest LG G Flex. Everything about this phone screams for attention. And why not! It is, after all the first curved phone that went on sale in the United States of America. With an impressively sensuous design that grasps your attention from the word go, this curved phone from LG mesmerizes its users.

The talk of the town is that the phone’s ergonomic curved design is ideal as it matches your face while conversing over calls. Not that the microphone being a few centimeters closer to your mouth makes a difference, but hey! It’s cool.

 

The main advantage of the curved screen, however, is that is cuts down on the reflection. So, you get a crisp view of the screen and its content. No more do you have to squint to read under bright lighting conditions or run towards the darkness. You are thereby spared.

 

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Downer display

The phone sports a 6-inch OLED screen that displays content at a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. While the display is decently good, it’s not all there. The first thing you notice is that LG Display, the pioneers in display technology, could make such a blunder. The screen has a grainy appearance, which more often than not, you will find irritating.

 

If you still feel like stabbing your eyes because of the bland paper-like display, you can turn the brightness all the way up. Then, it is hardly noticeable, and you can live with the guilt of having bought this phone. Then again, it’s a trade off as it consumes more of your battery.

 

The phone, however, epitomizes curvy design. You can try to flatten it against a surface, and it will bounce right back into its actual shape. Ain’t that something? It also flaunts a scratch-resistant resin back, which more than makes up for the okay display quality.

 

Powerful? Yes. Voice Mate and camera? Nah.

The phone packs the amazing Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor to give you an ultimate user-friendly experience. This processor works perfectly with Android’s Jelly Bean operating system. The applications run smoothly to provide a holistic smartphone experience.

 

The phone’s voice command, Voice Mate, however, cannot match with iPhone’s Siri and Samsung’s S Voice. The response is delayed, and that can be irksome. The phone’s 13 MP camera also leaves a lot to be desired. The images clicked appear hazy and on zooming, becoming even more blurry. This takes you right back to the era of VGA cameras.

 

Bottom Line

 

What’s Good

  • Slender curved design
  • Low reflections, which means a better view
  • Sturdy built and scratch-resistant body

What’s Bad

  • Substandard display quality
  • Disappointing camera and Voice control
  • Inoperable in one hand

The final verdict

The LG G Flex is a bold move; there is no denying. But while it has a smart, reflection-cutting curved screen, thanks to the phone’s major pitfalls in the display and camera department, the whole point of this phone seems superfluous. In the bargain of creating a revolutionary design, the creators dropped the ball on the basics. This makes you wonder, “Are curved phones the future of smartphone technology or a haphazard step back?”

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Last year, Apple launched its latest innovation, the iPad Mini. It provides amazing Apple tablet experiences with its signature, yet new features. The Apple iPad Mini is a stylish tablet that offers 16 GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity. This entry-level model has a sturdy build and exquisite style that makes it a perfect choice for Apple users. Let’s look at the different features of Apple iPad Mini here.

 

Design and Display

The Apple iPad Mini With Wi-Fi and Cellular (16 GB, White) offers a 7.9 inch screen that is relatively larger than the original iPad. It is built with an aluminium chassis with the same colouring as the iPhone 5S. The Apple iPad Mini is a class-apart tablet that weighs about 308 g. In comparison with the other tablets, it feels quite lightweight to carry around. The Apple iPad Mini comes with a large 7.9 inch display with LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touch screen. It provides a resolution of 760 x 1024 pixels along with a pixel density of 162 ppi. The display of this tablet is well-protected with Oleophobic coating.

 

Processor and Operating system

The iPad Mini provides a 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor along with a 512 MB RAM. It also has an Apple A5 chipset that offers speedy execution. This tablet runs on iOS 6, which can be upgraded to iOS 7.1. The iOS 6 enables you to operate the tablet smoothly. It gives a wide array of features that includes Apple Maps, improved Siri, Facebook integration, shared photo streams, FaceTime over the cellular network, Safari improvements and many more. Due to the high-end processor and iOS 6, you will be able to get more detail and 3D effects while playing 3D games like Infinity Blade 3 on the Retina screen of the new iPad Mini.

 

Camera

The Apple iPad Mini tablet is equipped with a 5 MP rear camera that captures pictures at 2592 x 1944 pixels. The features of Apple iPad Mini’s camera include autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection. It also offers a secondary camera of 1.2 MP that lets you record videos of 720p at 30 fps. The camera of this tablet provides features such as face detection and FaceTime over Wi-Fi or cellular network.

 

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The Apple iPad mini With Wi-Fi + Cellular (16 GB, White) offers 16 GB internal storage to store data such as documents, videos and photos on the tablet. However, Apple also provides storage variants such as 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB.

 

Battery life

The Apple iPad Mini offers a 16.3 Wh non-removable Li-Po battery. It provides you with continuous usage for about 10 hours.

The Apple iPad Mini is a sleek and superbly designed tablet. With its amazing features, it is surprising that the price of Apple iPad Mini is comparatively less than the other tablets. The amazing Apple iPad Mini specs make it a must-have for every person who likes to stay updated with the latest technology trends. At Croma Retail, you can buy this Apple iPad Mini at a reasonable price. You can also browse through the different tablets that are displayed on Croma Retail’s online store.

 

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How do you think the majority of students use their smartphones? Are they on Instagram, or do they Tweet, Poke, Like, Snapchat or Circle their friends throughout the day? Is it only texting or is there more to it? On the face of it, students seem to be so into their smartphones that they are almost divorced from the world as it is on the outside.

 

True as this may be, it’s only half the story.

 

It might surprise one to learn that students are using their smartphones in many interesting ways. To cut to the chase – students use their smartphones for taking tests, studying smartly, and talking to each other. In fact, most students are using their phones to study and not chat with their friends as most would think. The infographic below shares the vision about the future of students’ use of smartphones.

 

We would love to know about your take on tech assisted studies. 

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(infographic courtesy: itecenkara)

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For many people in their childhood the word ‘computer’ was something only NASA had access to. With the onset of the IT revolution the word ‘personal’ got associated to the computer and made way into our offices, homes, schools and for some people, in their hearts.

 

Using laptops in colleges and universities is now a norm. However, that still hasn’t made way into the lower grades of the education chain. There could be various reasons for this, ranging from the financial feasibility to the archaic belief that devices in classrooms can be a source of distraction.

 

Imagine how enriching it would be to draw, write, and learn directly on your computer? While laptops are too heavy and expensive for kids to use, the 21st century paradigm shift, the Tablet, fits this bill with ease. Tablets are easy to use, interactive, affordable and totally practical.

 

While some educators are still skeptical about the possibility of tablets enhancing the learning process, here are some reasons how this shift can be interesting.

 

1. Paper Saving & Eco Friendly

Contrary to the popular method of saving the best for the last. It is important to address the key reason first. Textbooks are expensive and take a toll of the environment, and they are inefficient as well. Updating information in textbooks demands re-printing. eBooks solve this problem. Paper waste is minimized, along with the unnecessary time of collating, copying, and printing out documents that are disposed eventually. Imagine the amount of paper saved if a child went through 12 years of schooling using a tablet for all his e-books, papers, projects, and studies? That is a lot of paper! Also, the importance of being eco-friendly is inculcated from a tender age.

 

2. Interactive Learning

Learning with the aid of a tablet can be fun, interactive and very dynamic. Kids can learn to draw, learn and make music, create presentations, play interactive version of topics and even interact with other student across the globe. The availability of apps that promote engagement based learning is only rising. Possibly all subjects including science, geography, history, maths etc have apps and games dedicated to them. Imagine how quickly students would understand the Stone Age if it was an action packed game. Student can also be up-to-date with current affairs with news apps like CNN and other news feeds. Besides, getting a buy-in to use tablets easy, kids these days love gadgets.

 

3. Money Saving

Tablets may be an investment, but when you add up the cost and time of textbooks, you realize how quickly it pays itself back. Kids do not have to buy new printed textbooks each time the curriculum changes. They simply could download the latest curriculum. Tablets also offer other money saving benefits by integrating a camera and minimizing the cost of copying, ink, drawing tools, etc. Interestingly tablets come in wide range of pricing options.

 

4. Real Life Skills

After all those years of education on paper most people end up using computers in work spaces. Being proficient with computers in this day and age is as important as an actual degree. Doesn’t it make sense to have this skill developed right from the start? In addition to generic computer skills, there are fantastic apps that teach computer coding, software development, and other IT skills that can benefit them in the long run.

 

5. Accommodate Special Needs

For student who are deaf, and others handicaps (autism, Down syndrome, etc.) tablets can be a lifesaver. Their curriculum tailored through specific apps that help them learn through the faculties they have.
A student with autism may not be able interact with other children and express himself vocally, but maybe he could write it out in an online format? As tablets become more acceptable, we will start to see some more special education tools for educators.

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Gone are the days where teaching was limited to only textbooks and notebooks. Technology has made its way in to every aspect of our life including the way education is being imparted. Teachers can’t escape the emerging trend of technology in the classroom and terming it as a fad or a “hype” is an ignorant thing to do. More schools are looking at using tablets in the classroom.

If you wish to join this revolution, you’re at the right place. Here are a few tips for you to make the switch.

 

 

 

1. Look for Mobile-Friendly Curriculum

Ensure that the curriculum is tablet-friendly. Review your syllabus for the semester and identify interactive projects that are a natural fit for the tablet. PDFs and Word files are the best for sharing and annotation in the classroom.

 

2. Test Run your Content

Make sure that you practice before you deploy. Identify opportunities to utilize tablets, read reviews, cases studies and best practices to make the transition easy. It pays to be well informed. Beware that students already know how to use tablets. However, they may not know how it should be used for educational purposes. It is your job to have adequate rules and guidelines for tablet usage in class.

 

3. Be Prepared Of Compatibility Issues

Android Tablets, iPads & Windows tablets are different from each other. There are bound to compatibility issues across platforms. Make sure to test drive your chosen apps availability and compatibility on all the tablets your students may end up using. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Remember Murphy’s Law?

 

4. Students Could Find Better Resources than You.

Though it’s best that you take charge of developing and driving the overall plan for tablets in the classroom, it is a good idea to encourage students to demo new apps and mobile tech that they have discovered on their own. This allows for new idea generation, new course content, motivating student and also increases engagement.

 

5. Make Boundaries Clear

Limit internet access in class. It is easy to be distracted by Facebook, Twitter and emails coming in. If necessary, turn on “Airplane Mode” before handing out the tablets, or ask students to turn it on themselves if they are bringing their own devices. It will work wonders for engagement.

 

6. Organize the Content

Show students how to organize their digital work and school material. Store and share the course content on cloud storage. Make sure the content is organised in folders. Limit user privileges in terms of editing of the content if the need be. This is will ensure your sanity, help you stay in sync with class assignments, schedules, due dates and will also teach your students good organisation skills.

 

7. Encourage Collaboration

Collaboration is a great way to get students engaged in any classroom, and the portability and interactivity of tablets make them an excellent tool for this purpose. Students can collaborate, annotate and even correct each other’s work. The tablet can also be connected to a projector so that students can visibly see your content as well.

 

8. Drive the Paperless Goal

Drive and demonstrate how to be truly paperless. While fully “paperless classroom” is an idealist distant dream, minimizing the usage of paper in class is not. Lead by example; carry your notes and readings your tablet and also encourage students to do the same. Do everything electronically right from submitting assignment by email, to grading projects and also contacting parents of students.

 

9. Keep room for Offline Learning

While tablets can be exciting and engaging, students may suffer from burn out. Have room for tech time-outs. Make sure to get a right mix both digital interaction and conventional modes like pens, paper and chalkboard to keep things fun an interesting in class.

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The Kindle from global e-commerce giant Amazon, is a portable electronic device that can download, store and read hundreds of books anywhere. It allows users to shop, select and download books, newspapers, magazines and other content in digital format. E-book readers like the Kindle has a revolutionary screen that is much easier on the eyes and offers better readability than laptops or mobile phones. The e-book reader is portable, hand-held and comes with a full keyboard. The Kindle has digitally revolutionised the way books and similar content is being developed and distributed. Kindle Paperwhite, the latest offering, offer a great visual interface for reading all your favourite poems, books, personal documents, and more. Buy e-book readers in India and you carry novels and magazines wherever you may go. There are some purists who are not fond of the Kindle however there are some major advantages it has over conventional books.

 

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The main benefit of owning a Kindle is the power to carrymany books at all times, which is ideal for voracious readers. The Kindle is about the same weight of one print book however it can store up 3,500 electronic books at one time. Book worms can download books comfortably from their homes, offices or anywhere else. Owning a Kindle is like having a small library always at your disposal, may it be in your backpack or back pocket.

Easy On the Eyes

The Kindle has great screen size. The actual text size and images on the screens can be enlarged. Although some versions of the Kindle do not have colour, it offers 16 shades of gray, giving text and images a sharp resolution. This is handy when you need to browse through thousands of electronic documents that can cause eye strain.

 

Variety

The Kindle not only downloads and displays books but also newspapers, magazines, PDF files, e-mails andDOC files. Users can transfer word files to their Kindle via a computer, and read them at their convenience.

 

Audio Books

You can also listen to audio books on the Kindle. Audio books can be easily transferred to a Kindle via the supplied USB cable. There is also a headphones jack to plug your headphones. Currently, you cannot download the audio books over the air.

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Dictionary

If you come across a word you’re unfamiliar with, you can simply touch it and the built-in dictionary in the Kindle ebook reader will navigate and show you the definition. So much win-win for literature buffs and Grammar nazis.

 

Evolving Features

The newer versions offer a variety of new features, including the text-to-speech feature. This feature lets the user choose an audio format to read the book. Other features that have been incorporated are a music player & web browser. Amazon is focused to further evolve this amazing eBook reader based on the feedback it receives from other users.

 

Price & Availability

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The Amazon Kindle comes in different variants based on its feature offerings & price. Like the rest of the world, it is one of the highest selling eBook readers in India. Currently there are five different variants of the Kindle available in India. Following is a list of Kindles sold in India.

You can easily shop for Amazon Kindle tablets in India at the Croma store, and look for Amazon Paperwhite and other e-book readers. Croma exclusively presents the latest generation Kindle e-book to India and its numerous books readers.

 

Do share this blog with friends, particularly any voracious book readers you know of!

 

Also Read: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review

 

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On getting a first look of the HCL ME U1 tablet, it comes across as a classy device. This tablet has a glossy white shell that makes it look elegant and stylish. The 7-inch display of this tab and the fact that it runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich make it a must-have tablet. It doesn’t have any physical button on the front but has a 0.3 megapixel camera on the top left side. This is a great tablet that is available at a fairly good price.

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Design
The HCL ME U1 tablet is a well-built tab that has a glossy white finish which makes it a fingerprint magnet. The front side of this tablet has a 7 inch display with 480×800 resolution, a 0.3 megapixel camera and no physical buttons. It offers only a front facing camera and the absence of the physical buttons make it look clean and amazing. When this device is held in the landscape mode, the connectivity ports can be seen on its right. Apart from a mini USB port, it has a headphone jack, microSD slot, DC in and a USB port. The volume control buttons and the power/sleep button are on the top of this tablet.

 

Performance
The HCL ME U1 tablet is powered on a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor with a 512MB RAM. It has a 4GB internal storage and supports microSD slot which is expandable up to 32GB. Apart from this, it also has in-built Wi-Fi connectivity and the 3G dongle can also be directly connected to this device for Internet connection. It comes with built-in high quality speakers, internal mic and a 3.5mm audio jack that enables users to listen to music as well as watch videos and movies in HD quality screen. Music lovers can listen to their favorite music and create their customized playlists by using the Saavn app. It also lets users to watch free movies and download YouTube videos from MESmart app. Most of the professional apps such as LinkedIn, Push mail and ThinkFree Office come built-in with this tablet. Even though it has less RAM, the built-in games like Ninja, Tic-Tac-Toe, Solitaire and Angry Birds can be played pretty well on this tab. It has a 3600mAh Li battery that can last for five to six hours.

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Camera
The HCL ME U1 tablet comes with only a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera. It doesn’t have a rear camera and it has a VGA camera on the front. Even though the camera is not that great, its user interface is quite good. It enables users to capture images quickly but the pictures get blurry when the camera’s zoom feature is used. It does allow videos to be taken but it gives 3GP quality videos that are very poor.

 

Software
The HCL ME U1 tablet is running on the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich but it is not going to get the Android 4.0.4 update. People who are hoping that this tab will get the Android Jelly Bean update need to keep their hopes down as it is not getting the Jelly Bean update. It provides a great user interface that comes with three home screens. This tablet runs on a single-core processor and has less RAM so the high-end games cannot be played on this device. It has many connectivity features like Wi-Fi, USB port, microUSB port, 3.5mm AV jack etc but it lacks Bluetooth.

 

Verdict
On comparing the HCL ME U1 tablet with the other tablets available in the market, it is known that it is an average tab. The biggest drawback of this tablet is the absence of Google Play Store. The single processor and the poor RAM of this device causes lag in operation. But, this device is worth buying for people who are looking for a low-priced tablet.

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Amazon is known to create a very powerful revolution in terms of e-books. It enhanced the reading experience by providing a new range of e-reader devices known as Amazon Kindle. Even though these devices have not replaced the traditional reading experience, they offer additional features that keep the reader hooked up to these devices. Apple has followed Amazon and created the iPad that provides the same functionality as Kindle Fire HD. After Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, they have launched another e-reader device, Kindle Paperwhite which is considered one of the best and is available at a affordable price.

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Design

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has a soft-touch back panel and a black finish. It has a thinner bezel that is featured on its new capacitive touch sensor. Conversely, the earlier Kindle models had the chip-prone silver paint finish but this newer version looks far better.

 

 

Screen
The e-ink display of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is same as most Kindle tablets and is advantageous for viewing. Its LCD display gives proper contrast for comfortable reading. The screen gives resolution of 212ppi which is quite higher than other Kindle readers that have resolutions of 167ppi. This gives sharper text improving the reading experience. It also keeps its light constantly on due to which the users’ eyes don’t get strained. It also enables users to read most PDFs easily.

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Connectivity
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is available in various versions but the 3G version is most popular. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G enables users to download e-books and PDF files at a faster speed. This 3G model also helps in getting the e-books at all times. The Wi-Fi model is available at a cheaper rate and will enable users to download e-books at no extra cost.

 

Battery Life
The Kindle Paperwhite has a very impressive battery life that can stay without charging for up to eight weeks. Amazon claims that using this e-reader for reading once a day with light at full power can give users battery life for almost eight weeks. So, users can use this e-reader without charging for a longer time.

 

Conclusion
Amazon has been the one to introduce Kindle device to the world which wasn’t aware of the e-book readerdevices. This has changed the way people viewed electronic reading. Currently, Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the best known e-reader available in the market owing to its impressive hardware and amazing software. The physical design of this e-reader is sharp which makes it great to handle. It has a very slim, rubberized plastic body. The most excellent part of the Kindle Paperwhite is its screen. It provides higher resolution and adjustable levels of brightness for better reading experience. It is durable, lightweight and has incredible battery life.

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Samsung created waves in the tablet market this year after revealing its new Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, an Android tablet with a large 12.2” screen and Samsung S Pen. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro allows the user to view multiple windows and toggle between applications. These are just a few reasons behind the popularity of this highly functional tablet. Here, we list the five must-have apps for Samsung Galaxy Note Pro users.

 

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1. First on our list of best apps for android tablet Galaxy Note Pro is the Dropbox. Dropbox is one of the most famous cloud storage services. The app is ideal for sharing and editing documents, backing up and flipping through photos and emailing attachments directly from Dropbox. With 2GB of free cloud storage, Dropbox tops our list of must-have apps. Just keep a backup of your files on Dropbox and then even if you happen to misplace your tablet, you won’t lose your data.

 

2. EasilyDo Smart Assistant, as the name suggests, is a personal assistant app. You can directly connect to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and more with EasyDo. Right from monitoring emails to sending birthday reminders and even notifying you about bad weather, EasilyDo Smart Assistant takes care of multiple tasks. This app by EasilyDo Inc. is an essential app for every Samsung Galaxy Note Pro user who is in search of a personal assistant.

 

3. Flipboard is your one-stop resource for news that is relevant to your interests. Once you install Flipboard on your Samsung Galaxy NotePro tablet, all you have to do is select topics that you care about. It could be from a host of options such as film, photography, fashion, travel, music, world news and more. In short, Flipboard lets you make your personal magazine and lets you flip through articles of your interest. You can also add your Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram accounts to Flipboard and see updates from people in your network.

 

Also Read: The Most Anticipated: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

 

4. If you need an app to take notes, look no further than Evernote. Organise the information from your notebooks and share it with whoever you want. Evernote also offers an automated transcription feature to convert speech into text. If you want to use Evernote for free, you can enjoy 60MB of storage space per month. But you can also upgrade the service to premium versions for more space.

 

5. SketchBook Mobile is an offering of Autodesk Inc. This drawing app provides a host of sketching features and tools so that you can be artistic anywhere, any time. Produce artwork on your Samsung Galaxy Note Pro tablet using SketchBook Mobile whenever you want. It offers multi-touch so you can scale, move and rotate layers. You can even use a photograph from your phone or tablet and sketch over it using the S Pen.

 

So, these are some of the best apps for Android users of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro that will enhance your tab experience for both work and entertainment.

 

How did you find our list of must have apps for Galaxy Note pro? You can make our own list and let us know. If you liked our list, do share it with your friends.

 

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One of the most anticipated new Android Tablets coming out in 2012 – the Google Nexus 7 – has been officially unveiled. With this launch, the bar has now been raised in the smaller, lower-priced Android Tablet arena.

 

When you actually take the Nexus 7 out of the box, it looks like a tablet you would not be ashamed to take out in public. The Nexus 7 sports a 7-inch display and the tablet is on par with the competitors like the Amazon Kindle Fire and other Samsung Galaxy Tabs. It also offers some minor advantages related to screen resolution and battery life.  It looks fresh, of course, and runs on a newer Android software version – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sharpness and slightly higher resolution screen, sets it apart from its predecessors.Nexus-300x251.jpeg

 

Specifications

 

  • Design & Display
    The Google Nexus 7 by Asus is the world’s first 7-inch quad core tablet to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  It boasts a design that is similar to most 7-inch tablets available in the market. It has a scratch resistant Corning Glass and a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The other physical features include Power/Lock button, Volume Rocker, Headphone Jack, Microphone Pin Hole and Micro USB Port.
  • Multimedia
    Since it has a better resolution screen and a fast performing Quad-core processor, the Google Nexus promises excellent entertainment experience. The speakers at the back deliver good quality sound and the viewing angles are top-notch. It supports MP3, WMA and MPEG-4 file formats. You can now enjoy watching videos or listening to your favourite music.
  • Storage & Battery
    The tablet will give around 9 hours of battery life while playing HD video. It comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory. For those looking for more storage capacity, this may be a drawback, as the device does not come with any external memory option. However, they have the option of buying the 16GB device by paying a little more than the regular Google Nexus 8GB tab.
  • Features &  Connectivity
    It has GPS chips for use with navigation software as well as one for near-field communications. Google Nexus 7 is deeply integrated into the Google ecosystem. It comes with many Google apps like Google Music, Chrome, Google Plus, Google Maps and Gmail. Google Nexus 7 also features project Butter, which optimizes the system to run at a consistent 60fps. Google Now is one of the best features in Android 4.1 Jellybean. It is Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri. Google Now learns about you, the route you take to office, the music you listen to, the sports you follow etc. and generates information cards, which it thinks would be relevant for you.

The Nexus 7 tablet by Google is indeed an impressive entrant in the Tablet market and is a great gadget for the price. With so much buzz around and grand features to back it up, it seems to be a tab worth laying your hands on.

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After a much talked-about introduction in June, Microsoft finally entered the Tablet arena with the launch of the Surface tab. The Surface tab runs on an ARM CPU and features the Windows RT operating system. Among a few limitations of the Surface RT tab was the lack of an Intel CPU, and the lack of the full version of Windows 8.

 

In January 2013, Microsoft will unleash the Pro version of the Microsoft surface to deal with the shortcomings that the RT tab has. The Surface Pro is seemingly an attempt to reinvent laptop computing. Although its design is similar to that of the Surface RT tablet with a 10.6-inch touch-screen display, magnet-connected keyboard cover, the Surface Pro ships with a full-fledged, third-generation Intel Core i5 processor. And it also features the full version of Windows 8, as well as the ability to run regulation desktop PC software.

 

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Media
While the Surface primarily concentrates on multitasking and productivity, it is still a media-friendly device. The Windows 8 interface offers various services and apps, including two apps which plug into Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps. The Surface Tab allows you to make movie purchase and rentals, and the Music app allows free streaming of 30 million tracks, with a subscriptions model similar to Spotify.

 

The Surface Tab offers a 16:9 aspect ratio which in conducive to optimum viewing of TV and movies. It also offers the Windows Store and the built-in Xbox Store to let you download a multitude of apps. That said, the selection of movies is too US-centric and on the expensive side.

 

The Windows Surface Tab supports micro HDMI, allowing you to connect it to your TV or external display. One ace up the Surface sleeve is that the tab lets you enjoy all kinds of media files and lets you load them via USB or a Micro SD card, unlike Apple’s iTunes software which has those limitations.

 

Applications
The Microsoft Surface tab lays emphasis on a lot of DLC for apps with preloaded apps, and the Windows Store, which is the Google Play of Microsoft. Having an app store puts the Surface in direct competition with the iPad. That said, the Windows store could do more with more apps on store. It can be safely said that the Windows store is not the wide market of a multitude of apps that it will be in the near future. This is due to the lack of big brand names and quite a motley crew of apps.

 

Microsoft is reported to have put $1bn behind the marketing of Windows 8. In an ideal situation, just a fraction of this money could have been used to get big app brands onto the platform.

 

Microsoft Surface works as a capable gaming device. The supported games are interesting, and as the Windows store build up, there will be many more on offer.

 

Storage
The 32 GB Microsoft Surface RT offers only 16 GB of storage space to users. This is because the remainder of memory is used to install the Windows RT operating system as well as pre-installed apps such as the much dreaded Internet explorer, Microsoft Office home & student, as well as the Xbox media apps. This is quite the downer as Google’s 32 GB Nexus 10 tablet offers 27 GB of storage space at first use. Similarly, the 64 GB Microsoft Surface only has 46 GB of free space, while the 64 GB third-generation 9.7-inch iPad offers more than 56 GB of free space. Microsoft defends this situation by stating that the Surface has a Micro SDXC card slot that lets you used to expand the storage space of the tablet.

 

So it’s a pretty tight call as far as storage on the Microsoft Surface goes. Push comes to shove, users can free up 4 GB of space by deleting the Surface’s recovery partition and creating a backup bootable USB. One can only wait for the 63 GB and 128 GB variants of the Microsoft Surface pro to be out to identify the usable storage space that it offers.

 

Conclusion
The Microsoft Surface is a potentially amazing tablet. Notice how we say potentially. That is because while it has the tools, it lacks the platform to execute them. While it has the speed, it lacks high-brand heavy duty app support. We can only wait for the Surface pro come out to eradicate the shortcomings that the Surface RT has.

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Samsung has always faced a challenge when it comes to the Windows 8 and Android operating systems so it has found a solution by putting them both together along with the same Haswell chip in a single device. The design of the Samsung Ativ Q is based on this idea due to which it feels more like a laptop than a tablet. It features an impressive 13.3-inch display with high resolution of 3200×1800 and 275ppi. This is a well-designed tablet/laptop that has the dual booting modes for Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2.

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Display
Samsung is known for providing the different type of devices so one can compare the various models of laptops to buy the best suited laptop. The latest Samsung offering is the Ativ Q which it claims to be the brightest and clearest screen on a Windows 8 tablet. Samsung also claimed that when one compares other laptops with the Ativ Q, the Ativ Q will emerge victorious and can also be used in direct or bright sunlight. This tablet PC provides brilliant brightness and contrast levels along with great viewing angles that ensure that the users get crisp images on its display.

 

Software
The Samsung Ativ Q enables the users to get the facility to dual-boot the Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This is the first time Samsung has provided such a device that automatically switches to the dual-OS tile housed in the Windows 8 touch UI. It gives users the facility to switch back to Windows 8 from the Android by simply pressing the Windows button on the front or slide-out keyboard on this tablet PC. The dual-boot feature enables users to create shortcuts for Android apps on Windows 8. Samsung has put in this feature to solve the app shortage issue faced in Windows 8. If one is planning to buy a laptop then the Ativ Q would serve as a great choice as it is the first laptop to have the dual-boot feature for Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2. The transition between the two operating systems can be done smoothly due to which both of them complement each other.

 

Performance
The Samsung Ativ Q is powered on Intel’s latest Intel Core i5 Haswell processors that feature the Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics and come with a 4GB RAM. When one compares it with other laptops, the Ativ Q is fairly fast though it doesn’t enable users to run super-intensive Windows programs such as hardcore 3D modelling tools and games.

 

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Battery and Storage
Apart from increased power, the Haswell chips running on the Ativ Q laptop are quite efficient and so provide better battery life. This is why Samsung has put in such a battery that provides a nine hour battery life. Samsung has also claimed that one who buys this laptop will be able to get the longest battery life experienced on any non-Atom Windows 8 system. Its competitor, the Microsoft Surface Pro also provides only five and a half hours battery life which is less when one compares with these Samsung laptops. This tablet PC also comes preloaded with a 128GB SSD. 

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Even though the Samsung Ativ Q doesn’t offer out-of-the-box features, it does have the ability to dual-boot using Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2. This tablet PC has a large 13.3 inch display that gives high resolution display. If one is planning to buy a laptop then the Ativ Q is the ideal choice.

 

To sum it all up
Samsung has taken a step ahead with innovation by providing the first ever laptop that runs on both Windows 8 as well as Android 4.2.2. The Samsung Ativ Q is an amazing 13.3 inch laptop that provides many features that are far better when compared to other laptops. These laptops provide the multi-functional design that enables users to shift into four modes namely, tablet, typing, floating and stand for optimized comfort. Apart from that, it lets users to switch between the Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 based on their preference.

 

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With top-of-the-class hardware and a host of new features, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, is a practical business device. It has a large screen, pressure-sensitive display, better multitasking and new user interface, managing to pack a punch. Let’s take a look at the top 5 features of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro that make it an absolute delight for business users.

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1. Big Display: The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro’s 12.2” touch screen with 2560 x 1600-pixels takes the spotlight. For business users, a bigger display comes as a blessing. It gives more space to browse the web, use apps and read mails. It also features a built-in Wacom digitiser for a pressure-sensitive display, so that you can enjoy enhanced writing and precise pointing with the stylus.

 

2. Better multitasking: This device allows you to run up to four applications at one time by dividing the screen into quadrants. Swipe in from the screen’s right side and drag 2 or more apps from the Multi-Window drawer. These apps can then be arranged in any position on the screen. You can thus monitor your social media feeds and emails even as you browse online. All this wouldn’t be possible with a smaller display.

 

3. Productivity software: The host of must-have apps help boost the productivity. To view and edit documents, you have the Hancom Office suite. To gain virtual access to your desktop computer, there is remote PC software. For screen sharing during video calls, the Note Pro comes pre-installed with the Cisco WebEx app. There are also several prepaid subscription options to some of the best apps for Android such as Bloomberg Businessweek and Dropbox.

 

Also Read: The Most Anticipated: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro comes with the S Pen stylus that all Samsung Note devices are known for. A compact ‘Action’ menu can be accessed by pulling out the stylus, hovering the tip close to the display and pressing a button on its side. This menu lets you jump to five different pen input applications. There are apps for old notes and saving memos.

 

4. Laptop-style keyboard: A touch-screen keyboard just isn’t enough to keep up with today’s needs. For true productivity, one needs more. This is why the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro comes with an advanced virtual keyboard that bears a strong resemblance to a laptop keyboard. From Ctrl and Shift to arrow keys, you will have access to every standard key found on a laptop keyboard. Secondly, the Galaxy Note Pro’s new keyboard lets you press multiple keys together along with the standard keyboard short cuts such as cut, copy and paste. Also, the larger screen and keyboard add to the virtual typing experience.

 

5. Magazine UX: The old Touch Wiz Android has been replaced by a new interface called the Magazine User Experience. Magazine UX focusses on widgets, providing access to apps from the home screen. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro has three home screens, one of which focuses on the Note Pro’s business functionality. This business home screen allows you to view your email inbox, day planner and calendar. It also helps you gain access to key apps like file manager and business news on the internet.

 

If you find it useful, your friends in business will find it useful too. Do share it with them.

 

Also Read: Must Have apps for Galaxy Note Pro

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Tablets have not only made life simpler but also enabled users to express their creativity. If you have a tablet, you can use various apps to pass your time or create beautiful digital art. Most tablets provide a stylus that allows you to use your imagination and make something beautiful with the help of amazing sketch apps. Get on with your creative skills with the help of best drawing apps that can be used on your mobile phone or tablet.

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Sketchbook Express for iOS or Express for Android

Autodesk’s Sketchbook series provides a wide array of colours for you to bring out your artistic side. This mobile sketch app can run on multiple platforms like iOS and Android. It provides a clean UL with numerous tools that are useful to make your ideas come to life on your tablet’s display. This app comes with a full multi-touch interface that works amazingly with a stylus. It provides all the necessary drawing tools like layers, loads of brushes, pens and more, which you would look for in a well-built drawing app.

 

Paper for iOS

This Paper app is designed especially for iOS devices. It lets you create and design your notebooks based on the date, theme or anything else that you want to draw. This app is idle for doodling and provides you with some basic brushes and colours. It also allows you to share your creativity with your family and friends on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

 

Procreate for iOS

Procreate is a feature-packed software, which is fast and full of tools that make it worth the price. It provides many drawing and illustration tools that are packed in a streamlined interface. This app gives you the ability to control 16 layers to your images and experiment with your creativity using dozens of brushes and drawing tools. It also features 100 undo or redo strokes, auto-save, impressive user interface and much more.

 

Also Read: Must Have apps for Galaxy Note Pro

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ArtRage for iPhone/iPad

The ArtRage app is designed especially for iPhone and iPad users. It does a fabulous job of bringing the sketch or painting on Mac and Windows screens. This app is suitable for various devices including Mac and Windows computers as well as tablets. It comes with a natural drawing interface, combining tons of brushes and other drawing tools that are similar to those used in a canvas or paper. This sketch app provides you with a selection to work on a canvas or paper using watercolours, oil or acrylic paint. ArtRage drawing app is a serious painting and drawing tool, which is user-friendly for beginners and experienced illustrators.

 

Infinite Design for Android

In this list of mobile sketch apps, Infinite Design is the only app that works solely on Android tablets. It comes with specialised tools that enable you to doodle, make handwritten notes and create beautiful designs on the display of your Android device. This app provides amazing features such as canvas-wide effects, canvas rotation and infinitely zooming canvas that you can use while making your artwork. It gives you the facility to draw vector graphics, twist them using multi-touch gestures and save them. This app allows you to export your work to your gallery in the form of JPG, PNG or SVG files. It is a fast app that works great for creating quick sketches and doodles.

 

These fantastic apps serve as the best options for users, who like to sketch or paint on their tablets or mobile phones. They are not only perfect for amateurs but also beneficial for professional illustrators.

 

This list of must have apps prove handy for everyone, those who are into sketching and painting and even those who aren’t all that artistic. Share this article with your friends and make them express.

 

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Giving your children access to technology has always been a million-dollar question. The dilemma becomes worse when it comes to gifting your child a tablet. It is crucial to be technologically updated and here are ten reasons why you should allow your kids to use a tablet.

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1. Imposing restrictions

When we were young, our parents inhibited us from watching the R-rated films. But we still watched them at our friend’s place. It is better to let your kid use tablet phones so that you can decide what content is appropriate for him/her.

 

2. Resolving problems

Kids don’t back down if they are not able to accomplish something. If your children like to sketch and have a desire to learn new things, a tablet phone is a wise pick. They can watch tutorials on how to sketch a cat and know about the art all by themselves without the guidance of parents.

 

3. Lacking technology skills

Do you know what happens to people who are technologically impaired? Lacking technology skills can lead to unemployment, and you definitely don’t want your kids to go that way.

 

4. Electronic-learning in school

We live in a post-modern era, where even school kids are well-accustomed to tablet phones. Today, even second-graders make posters of animals with embedded QR codes, which can get redirected to a GLOG (graphics blog). This can be easily achieved via tablets!

 

5. Creating interest

After food, clothing and shelter, technology has become our basic need as well. This very need needs to be metamorphosed into interest. We have reached a level one could have never imagined because of technology. Kids can effortlessly sketch on tablets, learn different languages and practically do everything.

 

6. Caring about your child’s mental agility

Not many of us know the benefits of being in a virtual world. In fact, video games can enhance our problem-solving ability, making us faster and smarter.

 

7. Changing statistics

Statistically speaking, only 12% of computer science degrees go to girls. Women are less likely to enter the technology domain; however, wouldn’t you want your kid to explore this lucrative field?

 

8. Balancing every aspect of technology life

Technology is not our life; it is just a part of our life. It is important to let your child set aside enough time every day beyond the world of technology and indulge in extra-curricular activities.

 

9. Reading

Encourage your children to read books on their Windows tablet or Android tablet. Be it newspapers or books, every aspect of reading has been transfigured into electronics.

 

10. Moving along with the times

Youngsters are unfailingly drawn towards tablets. To be honest, we need to learn with them and evolve simultaneously with time. Therefore, don’t ban your kids from using a tablet as our mind space has become cyberspace.

 

Do not hesitate to tell people that kids need to be as updated as adults in terms of technology. Share this article and change their opinions.

 

Also Read: Revolution in Teaching: Teachers on Tablets,  

 

Tablets as a Learning tool: Saving paper in school and much more.

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Lenovo presents a new 10-inch ThinkPad tablet that runs on Microsoft’s Windows 8. The Lenovo ThinkPad tablet 2 has an amazing design that looks somewhat like a laptop. The built-in Windows 8 OS offers a huge range of software library and a keyboard dock with trackpoint mouse that provides word processing power. It also has a SIM card slot but it can currently only be used in U.S.

 

Display
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 has a resolution of 1366×768 and its display screen size is 10.1 inch. This screen is based on the IPS technology that offers wide viewing angles. Even though it has a pressure-sensitive pen, it provides quite less degree of sensitivity. It does have a great long lasting battery and quite good sound quality.

 

Performance
The Lenovo ThinkPad tablet 2 runs on the smooth Windows 8 and has the tile-based touchscreen user interface that is great when used with a stylus. It is powered with the Intel Atom 1.80GHz processor that allows multi-tasking without any slowdown. This tablet offers a 64GB hard-disk but only 33GB is available for usage. It comes with some pre-installed apps such as Norton Antivirus trial, Kindle, Skitch, Evernote, Accuweather and Skype. This Lenovo ThinkPad does all the day-to-day tasks with ease so it is a great device for an average user.

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Camera

The Tablet 2 offers an 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and motion JPG. Its camera is fairly good and provides amazing detail at full resolution. The shutter lag of the camera is quite less compared to other tablets. The close-up pictures taken from the Lenovo ThinkPad tablet 2 give a sharp background while the subject is blurred. Even though this Windows 8 tablet doesn’t offer any means to adjust the focus of the camera, it gives fairly good videos. Its mic is not that good so there is no way to remove the distracting background noise. It also has a 2 megapixel HD webcam with LED on the front.

 

Battery Life
The Lenovo ThinkPad tablet 2 can be used for nearly 10 hours. If the usage of the tablet is heavy then it can last up to 9 hours. If the tablet is used occasionally without charging for three days then the battery life stays till 36%. It has one of the best battery life when compared with other Windows 8 running tablets.

 

Verdict
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a great tablet that runs on Windows 8 and has a long lasting battery life. The performance of this tablet is quite stable and its design is also quite good.

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Some of the recently released small tablets are offering portability and immersive experience, which are considered better than the smartphones. So, looking at the mobile trends, one starts wondering whether the tablets will soon be replacing the smartphones.

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Dependence on mobile media is growing

 

Nowadays, traditional videos like movies, TV shows or YouTube content are readily available on the mobile devices. So, you might think, won’t it be better to watch video content on a high-definition screen, which is portable to use. It looks like this is the reason that is driving the desire to opt for larger smartphone screens.

 

Voice on a tablet is a good feature

 

Tablets come with speakerphones, wired headphones and Bluetooth headsets. These devices are useful for taking calls on tablets. If you see, Galaxy Tab comes with cellular voice capabilities that can be used for making calls.

 

User interface moves beyond pocketable screens

 

Voice interaction has steadily become a part of the digital world. This technology is yet in the early stages from the point of view of the end-user. However, some devices feature this technology. For instance, Siri or cars are using apps and connectivity for hands-free calling through smartphones or tablets. In the future, it is possible that Siri could become the invisible interface.

 

Also Read :  Should Kids Own a Tablet ?   Tablets offer same features

 

Even though tablets have the same features as smartphones, they provide a better experience for browsing, apps or email. In fact, there isn’t a single digital activity that you will find better on smartphone than on a tablet. Most of the tablets available these days allow you to do GPS navigation, web browsing, gaming, reading and many more activities the same way you would do on smartphones. These activities are likely to improve more and enhance the tablet market.

 

Judging is done based on today’s use cases

 

Most people argue that they can’t put a tablet in their pocket like a smartphone. However, you need to think of the actual amount of time your smartphone stays in your pocket. The answer is very less, and it’s because they are used more often. Rather than thinking about whether a tablet can fit in your pocket, you need to think about future and know that you will be carrying it with you. The demand for apps, mobile web and cloud-stored data is continually increasing, which is another indication that people with be more connected in the future. So, it looks like people will rely on mobile devices more than they do now. A few years back, laptop was considered to be a portable device to take anywhere. However, now, tablets also provide laptop-like features, last whole day on a single charge and are easier to carry around.

 

You must be thinking that this blog is about the iPad versus Nexus 7 or some other tablet that are currently available in the market. In reality, it is about the latest available tablets and additional features they may offer in the future.

 

Also Read : Best Creative Apps for Sketching on Tablets

 

The debate regarding tablets and smartphones is endless. The best thing would be making an informed choice. You could share this article with your friends and family to let them decide for themselves.

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Our readers are well aware that cromaonline hosts the best brands in the business on its site and it is the one stop shop for anything electronics related. But do you know Croma is not just an electronics store. It is a brand in its own right.

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The brand Croma includes a range of products under the section named “Croma Life Accessories”. The brand features more than 250 products across categories like appliance, computing, imaging and entertainment. Within a span of 6 years, the brand has earned quite an acclaim for itself. It now boasts of more than 35% share in categories such as small appliances, accessories and ACs. In addition, brand Croma also features tablets, smartphones and washing machines that have been a hit with the consumers in the past and sold like hot cakes.

 

One of the most popular products has been the portable air conditioners. These air conditioners are much cheaper than air conditioners of other brands and have proved their worth in terms of durability and performance. And notably, they won Croma the revered product of the year award. Same goes for Croma tablets and other entertainment accessories. Another notable achievement is the winning of coveted Global Brand Excellence award in Private Label by World Brand Congress for 2 years in a row.

 

Also Read : The iPhone 6 midnight sale at Croma!

 

We shall be doing more additions to Brand Croma in the near future. Until then, you can check out the already huge range of products here: http://www.cromaretail.com/Croma-b-9.aspx

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After the success of Galaxy S4, Samsung is back with another device for its consumers. Recently, it unveiled its latest flagship phablet, Galaxy Note 3 that is now available in the Indian market. As compared to its predecessors, this device has a bigger screen that can pack more pixels. This device is small and lightweight and has great newer additions than its predecessors. It comes with an upgraded S Pen stylus with added functionality to the device. This device has a better look and feel as compared with the Galaxy Note 2 with newer features which give improved user experience. The Galaxy Note 3 is made of plastic yet it gives a premium look. This device has a faux leather finish on its plastic back along with the chrome edges that look better. As compared to the Galaxy Note 2 which is made of poly carbonate, the Note 3 has a soft, textured-touch with removable back cover.

 

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Quality and Specifications

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a large 5.7 inch display that is designed to comfortably be held in hand. Note 3 has rounded edges which makes gripping it easier. Even though this Samsung smartphone looks bulky, it is lighter in weight and has a slimmer body than Nexus 4. The consumers in India can buy the 32 GB variant of this Samsung mobile phone online. The 6 GB of 32 GB storage is consumed by system memory while the remaining can be used for storage. The Galaxy Note 3 also has the facility of microSD card slot which can be expanded to 64 GB. Even though Indian users can buy the 32 GB variant mobile phone, there is no scope for the 64 GB variant to come to India. The Note 3 comes with a whopping 13 megapixel camera that lets users shoot rich and clearer pictures even in low-light conditions. Apart from the 13 MP camera, it also features a 2 megapixel front facing camera that gives good quality images.

 

Check out the main features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3:

 

  • 5.7 inch full HD super AMOLED display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, MHL 2.0, NFC
  • GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 13 mega pixel auto focus BSI Sensor
  • 2 mega pixel BSI sensor with Full HD video recording at 30fps
  • 32GB internal memory variant
  • microSD card slot expandable up to 64 GB
Samsung turned to making plastic bodies for its Galaxy mobile phones, tablets and phablets but it switched to leather for Galaxy Note 3 which comes in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink finishes giving it the best look. Samsung is going out of the way and providing its users with customisable seasonally-themed swappable backs and flip covers for its Note 3. It comes with an in-built Action Memo to scribble notes and turn into a command.

The Note 3 also has Scrapbook that enables users to save and organise content on webpages, You-tube and gallery simply by circling it with the S Pen. The Screen Write lets users to take notes using S Pen while S Finder searches through all the content on the device including handwritten notes.

 

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Price
Before India, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was unveiled for the first time in Berlin. It is priced at Rs. 49,900 and users will be available buy this mobile phone from September 25. In order to give tough competition to LG, Samsung has upped the price of Note 3 to half a lakh rupees. It is expected that this price tag will come down in a few months similar to Galaxy S4 that will enable users to buy this Samsung mobile phone at lower cost.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is considered to be one of the best mobile phones and it is hoped to give excellent performance to users.

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The latest offering from Samsung is the new and improved Galaxy Tab 3. This newest entrant is slimmer, narrower and has a thinner bezel, which makes it easy for handling. It is lighter in weight and doesn’t compromise on its performance. This Tab runs on a powerful dual core processor and provides users with dual cameras. It enables users to take the benefit of downloading more apps from Samsung and Google. The users can also make use of the 50 GB Dropbox storage for free.

 

In addition, the South Korean giant has also launched the Galaxy Tab 3 series which includes three new tablets for the Indian market. Samsung which is known for its amazing innovations has gone ahead and launched these tablets with 7-inch and 8-inch screen sizes. Below, the amazing features of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 have been highlighted, along with conclusions to help you understand whether it is worth a purchase.

 

Design and Build

 

Like every other innovation of Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211 is made with out-of-the-box features, which make it one of the high-end tablets available today. This tablet has been made as a blown-up version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Grandsmahones. The main difference between these smartphones and the Tab 3 is that it has a 7-inch display which is surrounded by grey trims giving it quite a decent look.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211 is made with slippery plastic material that can be found in most of its smartphones and tablets. It weighs 304 grams that makes it quite lightweight and has 1 cm thickness due to which it is quite comfortable to hold. The front of this tablet displays three buttons below the display which include the hardware button for home and two capacitive buttons for back, along with the options menu. A 1.3 megapixel camera is on the top front side of the tablet which is perfect for video chats and self portraits. A speaker, the light and proximity sensor are lined alongside the camera. There are stereo speakers, micro USB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack on the bottom of this tablet.

 

The other physical buttons on the tablet include a volume rocker and a power button which are placed on its right side, while there are two slots for SIM card and micro SD card on its left side. The Galaxy Tab 3 T211 has a primary camera on its back panel which is glossy and has a slippery feel to it. As opposed to most other tablets, Samsung provides its customers with the facility to make calls with the help of an integrated microphone.

 

Display

 

The best aspect of this tablet would be the 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and pixel density of 169 ppi. This tablet gives touch competition to its 7-inch rivals even when its resolution is lower than them, as in the case of Nexus 7 having resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The colour reproduction on the display of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211 doesn’t show accurate colours. Since it has low resolution, the images and videos appear less sharp though the screen, and is quite good for reading e-books and magazines. Its screen is quite reflective causing visibility issues in sunlight. The touch sensitivity of this tablet is quite good making it easy to operate.

 

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Camera

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211 features a 3 megapixel rear camera without flash. It provides average picture quality and is not ideal for serious photography. The users have to shoot pictures with on-screen buttons as there is no hardware button dedicated for the camera. The absence of flash causes issues when shooting in low light conditions. It is slow to focus and produces quite noisy and low quality images. This tablet’s camera app provides loads of shooting options, such as single shot, panorama, share photo, buddy photo share and smile shot. This app also enables users to add different effects to their images using photo effects like negative, black & white and sepia. The users are also given the facility to change the resolution of the captured images by setting it to 3.2 megapixel with 2048 x 1536 pixels, 2.4 megapixel with 2048 x 1152 and so on. It also comes equipped with a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera that is great for video chats and self-portraits.

 

Software/Interface

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211 runs on the buttery smooth Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and has Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. As per most Samsung Tab 3 T211 reviews, it is a bit disappointing that this tablet still runs on Android 4.1 when Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is already available in the market. It is hoped that Samsung would soon roll out a firmware update for this tablet. The TouchWiz UI has an apps section on the bottom right side of the home screen where it is subdivided into three sections namely, apps, widgets and downloaded apps. The top area of the notification tray is dedicated to quick access settings such as sync, blocking mode, mobile data, Bluetooth, screen rotation, sound, GPS, Wi-Fi and power saving mode.

 

This user interface of this tablet sports three home screens and can be further customized by the user to have app shortcuts and widgets. Another feature added by Samsung is the blocking mode that allows users to disable alarm, incoming calls and other such notifications when they don’t want to be disturbed. The default Android apps for Calender, Browser and Email have also been changed though its re-worked versions don’t have any added features.

 

Even though Samsung doesn’t provide many pre-loaded apps, the built-in apps available on this tablet are great for entertainment, social and office use. This tablet provides the usual Google Search along with a new Jelly Bean feature, Google Now which is a voice-based information assistant and extension of Google Search. This app uses cards that give information, such as weather forecast, directions, traffic information, scores, appointments and currency conversion.

 

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Lately, Samsung has also been providing some smart functions on its devices and it was hoped that Galaxy Tab 3 would also come with some new features, but it actually does miss on some basic apps as well such as Smart Stay, Multi Window, Reading Mode and Group Play.

 

Performance/Battery Life


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211 is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor with 1 GB RAM. It has 8 GB in-built storage and supports expandable microSD card storage up to 64 GB. The dual core processor gives fairly good and smooth performance to the user and doesn’t cause the tablet to crash often. This tablet tends to give frequent lags when navigating through the app menu or while loading an app. It also gives issues when playing heavy-graphic games such as Vector, Dead Trigger and Temple Run 2.

 

The 7-inch display of the Galaxy Tab 3 211 is great for viewing movies and videos. It can play full HD videos and supports various video formats, such as avi, mov, mp4 and much more. This tab comes with the same music player as the previous Galaxy Tab range and has twin loudspeakers that give loud and clear sound. The on-screen keyboard of this tablet does not have crammed keys, and make it easy to type using both the hands.

 

This tablet serves as a great surfing device and loads web pages faster for browsing. It also supports flash enabling users to watch YouTube easily, and has the dialer feature which is similar to the one on Galaxy smartphones. It comes with a 4000 mAh battery that is adequate for playing music, browsing the web and watching videos. The Samsung Tab 3 enables users to get long lasting battery life even when doing all the heavy operations.

 

Media

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211 has the same music and video player that is available on the previous Galaxy devices. This tablet has been re-designed so as to take advantage of the bigger screen. It gives users the facility to sort the music based albums, artists, folders or music square. The users can also group their favourite songs according to their moods such as exciting, joyful, calm and passionate. This tablet has speakers that give decently loud audio which is enhanced with a pair of headphones. The video player supports various formats, including MP4 and MKV though the MOV and FLV files cannot be played on it. It allows users to play full HD 1080 p videos smoothly, and also enables the use of the new Pop up play feature.

 

As mentioned in most of the Samsung Tab 3 T211 reviews, it is a great tablet and can be handled easily with one hand. It is worthwhile to buy the Samsung Tab 3 for its responsive touch-screen and decent battery life. It surely has some flaws like the low resolution display and below average camera, lack of FM radio and lag during multitasking and gaming. Even though it has less pre-loaded apps from Samsung, users can easily check out the Google Play store and download a wide range of apps.

 

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Pros

  • User-friendly tablet
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Light in weight

Cons

  • Average primary camera
  • Low resolution display
  • Lag during multitasking and gaming
  • Slippery back panel

Ratings (Out of 5)

Design: 3.5

Display: 3

Camera: 2.5

Performance: 3

Software: 3

Battery Life: 3.5

Value for Money: 3

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Google Nexus 9 is Google’s recently launched lead tablet, which is the first to feature the Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is also the first from the Nexus series to come up with a 4:3 screen, instead of a widescreen.This Nexus tablet has a strong competition from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4, which has already become a fairly compelling alternative. Let’s look at the Nexus 9’s amazing features

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Design & Display

 

The Nexus 9 has a shape and style similar to that of an iPad Air 2. In addition to that, this large tablet comes with a less widescreen aspect, which makes it look better. This Nexus tablet uses a plastic back cover with a metal frame that runs around its body. It has a soft-touch, textured finish with smooth edges. Subtle and comfortable, this tablet is the first HTC-built tablet. It has a clean and streamlined look with a sturdy, quality construction. This Nexus tablet is comfortable to hold as it has rounded edges that pleasantly fit your palms. It also has a brushed metal frame around its body, which makes it easy for your fingers.

 

This tablet comes with a large 8.9-inch IPS touchscreen with 4:3 aspect ratio, which is quite sharp and offers wide viewing angles. Its amazing display allows users to watch HD videos with a more colourful and detailed viewing experience. This Nexus tablet’s display is ideal for browsing the web, playing most of the games and using different kinds of apps without any problems. It provides a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels with a pixel density of 281 ppi, which ensures sharp images and text. This tablet’s display shows vibrant colours with good viewing angles, thus give you a rich user experience.

 

Launching Android Lollipop 5.0

 

The Nexus 9 is the first tablet to run on an Android 5.0 Lollipop. This new mobile operating system has a contemporary and aesthetic design, which looks visually pleasing on the latest Google tablet. This design involves a tweaked colour scheme with bold colours, which give the tablet a slightly more lifestyle-friendly look. It comes with several innovative features like a modified quick settings menu, interactive lock screen notifications and revamped recent apps function. This tablet displays the notifications prominently on the lock screen, so the user can launch the corresponding apps without the need to swipe the screen for unlocking. It also offers lets you control and edit apps that display notifications. This tablet displays an Android navigation bar on the bottom of the screen, which also gets a minimalist facelift. The keyboard case lets you work on this tablet even while travelling. Android Lollipop has improved the cross-device support that applies to the apps between an Android 5.0 phone and tablet.

 

Hardware

 

The Google Nexus 9 houses the 64-bit version of the NvidiaTegra K1 system on a chip with a 2.3 GHz dual-core Denver CPU and 192 coreKepler DX1 GPU. Even though this tablet doesn’t include microSD card expansion slots, it provides Google cloud-based services, which serve as an additional storage option for users. Currently, the Nexus 9 is available in two storage variants – 16 GB and 32 GB. However, another 32 GB, 4G LTE model will be available soon. This tablet enables users to navigate the operating system and switch between apps quickly. It provides an impressively smooth performance even when many apps are running in the background. This tablet works on the Kepler architecture that is commonly used in some dedicated GeForce graphics cards. Due to this new improvement, users can play exciting games like Dead Trigger 2 without any lag issues.

 

Camera

 

The Nexus 9 tablet phone features a slightly protruding 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, which is quite better than other tablets. It uses a simple native camera app and provides functions like lens blur, panoramic option and Photo Sphere for 360-degree picture capturing. Apart from that, it also allows users to record superb videos at up to 1080 p resolution. The pictures and videos taken from this camera at full resolution are sharp and contain realistic colours. The device is also capable of taking photos in dimly lit environments without flash. In addition to an excellent rear camera with a flash, this Nexus tablet also offers a 1.6 MP front-facing camera for video-calling and taking impressive selfies.

 

Connectivity

 

The HTC Nexus 9 provides a rich set of connectivity options, which include the optional quad-band GSM, CDMA, Penta-band HSPA and 4G LTE. It also offers connectivity options, such as Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX, Wi-Fi, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS and microUSB 2.0.

 

Battery and more

 

The Nexus 9 tablet houses a 6,700 mAh battery, which can last for about 10 hours on a full charge. However, it may last for about 8 hours with heavy usage. This tablet uses HTC BoomSound speakers on the front, which provide loud and clear audio quality with a decent amount of bass. It also offers a solid Wi-Fi connection for browsing the web at lightning-fast speeds. This tablet can download large apps quickly.

 

Final Verdict

 

The Nexus 9 tablet phone is a well-rounded offering from Google and HTC and serves as a powerful tablet with a premium Android experience. It is an intriguing tablet that combines the next generation specifications with all the functionality needed by today’s users. This tablet is a wise pick for its impressive features. It enables users to access all the content seamlessly, thus making it suitable for everyday use.

 

Also Read : Can tablets replace smartphones?

 

Nexus 9 is quite an improvement over its predecessors. Do share this article with you friends, may be it turns out just the thing they are looking for.

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It is that time of the year again. The Great online Shopping Festival (GOSF) is here in a new avatar. It is going to be the third such occasion and it is getting better each year. It is our promise that this time around, the festival will be much grander, much bigger, and will offer unheard of discounts on virtually everything.

 

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Croma is going to roll out a lot of discount coupons and great deals for its customers. If you were waiting to buy a camera, or a music system or anything electronics related, the sale is just the right time to do that. This year’s most awaited sale will offer you so much that you won’t be able to swallow it. The festival will run for three days, from 10th to 12th of December and going by the excellent response it got last year, projection are that it will see an even better turnout this year.

 

In addition to the regular offer, Croma retail is offering special incentives to Axis bank cardholders. They will get incentive coupons which will be valid during the festival. But even if you don’t have an Axis bank account, the offers will be so many that you will probably exhaust your wish list of a few months. You will order from the comfort of your home without having to push your way through jostling crowds and will get timely and guaranteed delivery without any compromise on the quality and brand. Trust us. December is going to be more awesome than ever.

 

 Also Read : 3 upcoming phones worth waiting for

 

Do share this article with everyone and let them know about the mega sale.

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Smartphones and tablets are powerful tools that are portable, handy and useful. They can fit easily in a pocket or backpack. Whether a student is a school- or college-goer, there is no harm in installing a few helpful apps that can serve as a studying accessory. Today, apps help students with science, mathematics, history and literature along with saving the precious time. With the technological advancement and competitive nature among students, there has been a need for apps suitable for students. There are numerous apps for people from every field of life yet the increasing stress of being the best in curriculum can be tackled in a better way. Using the current innovation of mobile apps, few best-known apps have features for studying tough portions. Let’s look at the most innovative and exciting must-have apps for students using Samsung tablets.

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1. Elements – Periodic Table

Having the periodic table handy is the most crucial aspect if you want to master chemistry. The period table of elements gives access to essential information with a single tap. With the guidance of this app, students can quickly discover the element’s category group, electronic configuration as well as its standard atomic weight. Download this amazing scientific app on your Samsung tablet and enjoy learning chemistry.

 

2. Human Anatomy

A free educational reference app with essential illustration and detailed look, human anatomy is a must-have app for students. It explains 16 different biological systems including the digestive and cardiovascular systems, skeleton, human eye, and muscles.

 

3. Calculo Schola Learn Math

Calculo Schola Learn Math is an interactive way for young students to get a grip on their timetables, as well as the addition, subtraction and division. This app enables children to write their answers with a finger or phone stylus. The calculo app automatically recognizes the number that was written on the screen and calculates whether the answer was correct or no. So, buy a Samsung tablet online, download the apps and encourage mathematics and easy learning.

 

4. AlarmMon (Alarm Clock)

Getting up on time for school is a must for every student. A fun way to wake up, AlarmMon helps to wake, no matter what the student’s age is. It features many appealing characters, each with a distinct alarm. The student can pick from a choice of adorable characters and opt for the vibration mode of the phone as well. An incoming phone call or other apps too cannot mute the alarm.

 

5. Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep

A brief time in between study sessions is a must for every student. TV and music are often too much of a distraction. Thus, Samsung has innovated an exciting way to give breaks while cramming sessions. Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep is an app that plays natural background sounds like bird songs, jungle sounds, surf or rain. The set alarm indicates the time of the break and the student can take a break between sessions accordingly.

 

6. Evernote

Evernote has gained recognition for its business users, but the same features make it an ideal app for students too. Extremely easy-to-use, students can type notes, record voice memos or take photos with Evernote. The to-do-lists are the perfect way to track the upcoming projects and work assignments.

 

7. Calculator Plus Free

Easy-to-use and designed aptly for calculating complex set of problems, Calculator Plus Free is one of the highly rated utility apps. This wonderful app features the ability to correct mistakes without having to start the calculation from the beginning. So, you can download this app and calculate without any errors.

 

8. 38,000+ Free Classic eBooks

The volunteers at Project Gutenberg have been digitizing and making freely available public-domain books. With this handy app of classic e-books, students can access and read the books on a smartphone or tablet. It is a perfect way to get knowledge by reading books with no costs involved.

 

9. Wondershare PowerCam

Today, it is all about social networking and efficient connections. Wondershare PowerCam is a free app that enables the students to add fun effects to pictures and post them on favourite social media websites. With dozens of added features like the ability to click panorama shots or automatic detection of smile before the snapshot, this app is a useful and appealing way to stay connected with friends.

 

10. Einstein’s Challenge

Einstein’s Challenge is one of the most famous free puzzle apps available today. It is meticulously designed to sharpen the concentration, visual and short-term memory. Easy to understand but tough to master, this app allows you to check your progress in comparison to the genius. Also, for students who are still learning, this exciting app is a great way to keep their mind active.

 

So, get these must-have Samsung apps to have fun study hours.

 

Also Read : Should Kids Own a Tablet ?

 

You can buy Samsung Tablets at Cromaretail . Also, do go through our informative articles and expert reviews on the latest electronic items.

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Google has already launched its Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, but there is no news yet about the release of Nexus 10 (2013) tablet. The rumour mills going over the weekend claim that the Korean tech company, LG will be manufacturing Google large size 10.1 inch tablet. This reflects that Google has distanced itself from Samsung who had manufactured the first generation Nexus 10 tablet that was released last November.

 

LG had earlier manufactured the Nexus 5 phone for Google, while Nexus 7 tablet was manufactured by Asus. Google Nexus 7 slates have always been head turners because of their sleek and compact design. The first Nexus 10 which was released with Google Nexus 7 featured a large 10.1 inch display and Android Jelly Bean OS.

 

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Google had unveiled the Nexus 10 slate a year ago, which enabled many tech gurus to understand its functionality and usefulness. Currently, speculations are rife that Nexus 10 is expected to make its debut in the coming weeks. It is being hoped that Google will keep the pricing of its predecessor in mind when releasing the 16 GB variant for India.

There have been many rumours going around about the most anticipated Google Nexus 10. Hence, we have rounded up all the speculated details about the release date and price of Google Nexus 10 in India.

 

When Nexus 7 was launched in July 2013, Google had let the information slip about a new version of Nexus 10. However, even after many months, there was no sign of Nexus 10 (2013). This caused consumers to wonder why the launch of the tablet was delayed.
Soon, Google announced in September that they were launching the next version of Android called, 4.4 KitKat. Even this announcement didn’t highlight anything about the release date for Google Nexus 10. In October, Apple unveiled its new iPad models, including iPad Air but even then Google was silent about the new tablet.

 

There is no confirmation about the exact release date of Google Nexus 10 in India, but it looks like it will be unveiled along with Nexus 5. Last year, Nexus 10 was launched with Nexus 4 on October 29. However, it has been more than a year, yet Google has not unveiled Nexus 10 (2013). The arrival of October also brought no news about the launch. But now, rumours are claiming that it will be released in December.
Apart from the release date, Google has also not revealed the price of Nexus 10 (2013).

 

After partnering with Google, Samsung had manufactured the first Nexus 10 tablet. Currently, rumours suggest that Asus who had manufactured the Nexus 7 models will be making the 2013 Nexus 10. The first Nexus 10 had impressive specifications, which made it an instant hit when it released last year. This has increased the expectations of the users for Nexus 10 2013. Like the first Nexus 10, the newer version is expected to have a similar 10.1 inch screen with whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution. The rumours suggest that it will be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset with 2 GB RAM. It is also a possibility that Google Nexus 10 (2013) will have an internal storage of 32 GB. There was another leak on PhoneArena that this tablet would have a Snapdragon 800 chip, 3 GB RAM and 8 MP camera. The only thing that is certain is that this tablet will come pre-loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat.

 

Below, we have listed the rumoured specifications for Google Nexus 10 2013 which are quite conflicting.

 

OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
Screen: Super PLS 10.1 in (2560 x 1600, 299 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor: 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or nVidia Tegra 4
GPU: Adreno 330 (if CPU is Qualcomm)
Storage: Up to 32 GB (no microSD)
RAM: 2 GB or 3 GB
Cameras: 8 MP rear, 2.1 MP front
Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-side NFC, microUSB
Battery: Li-po 9500 mAh non-removable

 

Many rumours and leaks about the Nexus 10 (2013) tablet have been circulating online. As soon as this tablet is officially announced by Google, we will give you more information about it. Till then, stay tuned to our blog posts.

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The tablet market has grown quite exponentially in the past few years, so much so that now people prefer tablets over personal computers, and even laptops. A tablet can virtually do everything that your laptop does and over that, it provides the ease of working with a touchscreen.
If you are in the market, you will surely be confused with the range of tablets available. Hence, to make an informed choice, you must be aware of some essential things before buying a tablet.

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This is a key consideration and you have quite a few options to choose from. Currently there are four operating systems available, namely, Google Android, Blackberry, Apple iOS and Microsoft windows. Apple iOS is the exclusive OS of Apple products. You won’t get it on non-Apple devices. Same goes for Blackberry. The most widely used OS is Google Android and has the same feel as that of Apple iOS, but the two are still different in many respects.

 

Memory

The other thing to look for is the storage capacity of the tablet, which ranges from 1GB to as high as 500 GB. Though most tablets come with an extendable micro SD card slots, it is an important point to consider because you can’t change the internal memory.

 

Battery life

Another important thing that can’t be missed is the battery life since tablets are portable units. Do keep in mind that there are two kinds of battery lives. One is the life in sleep mode and the other when it is in use. Check and double check the number of hours your battery can provide you backup for.

 

Inputs and outputs

Tablet is an advanced device. Hence, most of the connections will have to be made through wireless network. Nevertheless, a lot of tablets are equipped with a 3.5 mm jack and a docking port to connect it with a keyboard. Also note that you won’t find any such thing in an Apple tablet. So, make the choice accordingly.

 

Camera

All the tablets come with either one or two cameras. One of them acts like a webcam and the other is a rear camera that can be used to click pictures. The quality of the camera is almost the same as what we get in smartphones and the resolution is normally upwards of 4 MP.

 

Also Read: Leaked report reveals a new HP tablet in the making

 

There are many other little things that you will have to decide yourself according to your needs but these few things listed here must not be ignored.

 

Croma has a wide range of tablets in store for all kinds of consumers. Do check them out. Also, feel free to share this article with your family and friends.

 

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The Asus Transformer Book T200TA-C1-BL is a compact detachable-hybrid tablet. It comes with a good In-Plane switching (IPS) touch screen and can be used either like a laptop or a tablet by just detaching the screen.

 

Even with the connected keyboard, the ASUS transformer book is quite compact. Measuring about 1*12*8 inches and weighing about 3.3 pounds, this tablet is all set to become the new darling of the tech consumer. When you undock the screen, the weight comes down to 1.69 pounds. You can do it by just pushing a single button in the centre of a one piece hinge. The lock is mechanical which can make a few people feel more secure, who don’t like the magnetic latch on other hybrid tablets.

 

For a hybrid tablet, ASUS provides excellent connectivity. Equipped with a full size Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port on the keyboard, connectivity will never be a problem with this tablet. It also comes with a headset jack, a micro HDMI port and a microSD card reader. In short, ASUS provides more ports in total than other tablets in the same range.

 

Like many other sealed tablets, it doesn’t come with the option of upgradable solid-state drive or memory, but a 2.5 inch SATA hard drive can still be installed. To install the hard disc you will ah veto keep the screen docked to the keyboard, but once done you can carry your files in the tablet portion, supplemented with 64GB SSD. It is a great thing, since, like with most tablets, the storage space can be an issue with some people.

 

Coming to the keyboard, it is a QWERTY full size and non-backlit. It is provided with a large touchpad in the centre that makes it really comfortable to use. The screen is fantastic and responsive to the touch. The volume of the in-built speakers is soft but with headphones gives a satisfying listening experience.

 

Performance wise, Asus Transformer Book is equipped with Intel Atom Z3795 processor with Intel HD graphics. The performance is roughly equal to that of HP stream and Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series. Multimedia scores are excellent with 14:13 on Adobe Photoshop.

 

Battery life is quite adequate and won’t ever be a hassle, with tests suggesting that it lasts about 5 hours once fully charged.

 

Also Read: Things you must not overlook in tablets

 

Overall, the ASUS Transformer is a decent hybrid tablet with a reasonable price tag and is worth your money when compared to the competition.

 

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