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ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C) — Review

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C) — Review

<!– //–> As a top 10 manufacturer of tablets, Asus has been a powerhouse when it comes to providing Android tablets. Asus has provided a full range of tablets in varying from factors, from Transformers to Fonepads, Padfones, and MeMO Pads, they know what they’re doing when it comes to tablets, especially Android tablets Asus really came to the fore when they began building the Nexus 7 tablets for Google, which as given Asus a lot of experience in building smaller form factor tablets, but with no new 7” Nexus in sight, the 7” tablet form factor is due for[Read More...]

by 9:51 AM on August 18, 2014 3 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA — Review

Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA — Review

Asus have been selling many different products in Australia for some time now. One of the pivotal moments for Asus as far as Android goes, was when the teamed up with Google in June 2012 to bring us the original Nexus 7. And, as they say, the rest is history. Since then ASUS have been bringing us various devices from a Nexus 7 clone, the Asus MeMo Pad 7 HD, through to their latest release of the Asus Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 smartphones. Now enter, the Asus Transformer Book Trio. Released late last year the Trio is a dual[Read More...]

by 10:08 AM on August 14, 2014 3 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
ASUS MeMO Pad 8 — Review

ASUS MeMO Pad 8 — Review

The MeMO Pad 8 is an interesting device, at least to me it is, because I’ve never used an 8 inch tablet before. I wonder if it will be too big to hold in one hand. I wonder if the material that it’s made of will be grippy and soft to the touch. I wonder if the performance will be good, like my Nexus 7: Will it be that quick at browsing and jumping in and out of apps? And what will the display be like? It will be bigger, but, will it be sharp, and will text be easy[Read More...]

by 9:13 AM on June 2, 2014 8 comments Reviews, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 — Review

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 — Review

Introduced this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Galaxy Note|Pro (NotePro from here on in) is a giant tablet, designed to meet the needs of the most demanding mobile professional. The specifications are mind-blowing so far as Android tablets go. It features a 12.2″ form factor, with WQXGA Widescreen (18:10 display ratio), running at 2560×1600 pixels (for those playing at home, that’s over four million pixels). Consuming media on this device is amazing. It doesn’t just look good. Under the hood, the NotePro is worthy of your respect. It’s rocking a 2.3GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, with[Read More...]

by 5:03 PM on May 19, 2014 10 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
Asus Transformer Pad TF701 — Review

Asus Transformer Pad TF701 — Review

Asus aren’t what you’d refer to as a newcomer to the IT market and have earned their place in the manufacturers’ pecking order. They’ve been involved in hardware manufacturing for years; PC’s, Laptops, Monitors and more recently Android devices such as the Nexus 7, Transformer Prime and more recently Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. They’ve had a couple of really good devices in the recent past that have seen mediocre sales which shows that Asus are (outside the Nexus product line) yet to find a strong footprint in the Android world with their own branding. Clearly, given Google chose them over other[Read More...]

by 9:44 AM on May 9, 2014 3 comments Design, News, Reviews, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) — Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) — Review

Samsung have been making some impact in the tablet market in the past 12 months but does the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 stand out in the ever-growing crowd of premium tablets? Samsung are the big success story when it comes to Android, they dominate the market with sales figures, profits and a huge market share with their “Galaxy” range of devices; the Galaxy S range of phones and the Galaxy Note range of phones and tablets. Apple’s iPad has held the lion’s share of the 10” tablet market since its launch, so there’s no surprise that many[Read More...]

by 4:07 PM on January 20, 2014 8 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 — Review

ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 — Review

Asus and Intel join forces in this mid range pitch for the large tablet market. The Asus Intel Proposition Asus has good market credibility in the Android tablet space. With successes like the Nexus 7 and Transformer line of tablets they are probably as well known as Samsung for innovation with larger Android tablets. Intel, on the other hand, are yet to really make their mark with a successful Android product. Reviewing this tablet has been a good opportunity for me to see what these two long time partners in the Windows world could come up with on a new[Read More...]

by 1:17 PM on October 9, 2013 9 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
Hisense Sero 7 Pro — Review

Hisense Sero 7 Pro — Review

The Sero 7 Pro is Hisense’s first foray into the ultra-competitive tablet market, and they’ve chosen to model it on Google’s Nexus 7. Since the Nexus 7 proved that there was a viable market for 7-inch Android tablets, almost every OEM out there has been clamouring for a piece of that pie. With the notable exception of Samsung, each manufacturer seems to be in a race to deliver the least skinned UI, while still doing something to differentiate themselves from their competition. Hisense have won this contest hands down, offering a 7-inch tablet with a build of Android so close[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 1, 2013 1 comment Design, Reviews, Tablets
Hisense Sero 7 Pro – first impressions

Hisense Sero 7 Pro – first impressions

Hisense’s first foray into the tablet market, the Sero 7 Pro, is very similar to last year’s Nexus 7 in looks and specifications – a 7-inch tablet running NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip inside its minimalistic black glass front and soft-touch plastic rear. I received a review unit directly from Hisense yesterday, and after spending yesterday with the tablet, I have some initial thoughts that I’d like to share with y’all. Let’s start with the specifications – a very good place to start: NVidia Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip 7-inch 1280×800 IPS LCD display 8 GB storage, with microSD card expansion up to[Read More...]

by 6:44 AM on August 16, 2013 3 comments Reviews, Tablets
Nexus 7 (2013) – First Impressions

Nexus 7 (2013) – First Impressions

When Google announced the new Nexus 7 on July 24, I knew I was going to buy one. Heck, I buy every Nexus – even the ill fated Nexus Q. I feel this allows me to compare the original and the new version properly. Google has unfortunately staggered the rollout of the 2013 Nexus 7. We still don’t know exactly when the 2013 Nexus 7 will go on sale here in Australia, but indications from retailers are that it will be either late August or early September. Google has remained silent when asked for a launch date on Google Play,[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on August 8, 2013 3 comments Reviews, Tablets
Jacobs Portal 9.7″ Tablet — Review

Jacobs Portal 9.7″ Tablet — Review

A sub $200 10 inch Android tablet usually spells danger, but does the Jacobs Portal 9.7” device deserve the stigma? As I stated in my recent review of the Leader Tab, there’s two distinctly different segments when it comes to 10-inch tablets. There’s the performance devices, which includes the Nexus 10 and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z; and the “budget conscious” range. There’s no end of contenders here, but there’s even more pretenders. The specs are about right but the optimisation just isn’t there. The optimisation of devices is something that higher end devices don’t necessarily need to worry about[Read More...]

by 2:30 PM on July 14, 2013 1 comment Design, Reviews, Tablets
Sony Xperia Tablet Z (16GB Wifi) — Review

Sony Xperia Tablet Z (16GB Wifi) — Review

Sony have a great name, but is the Xperia Tablet Z a great product? There’s some serious competition when it comes to 10 inch tablets currently, both in the budget conscious as well as the performance devices. Sony by way of their price tag have suggested that the Xperia Tablet Z is firmly entrenched in the latter. When looking at the 10 inch tablets, the clear and obvious head of the pack is the Apple iPad; it’s been around the longest and has somewhat of a stranglehold on the market segment. The Nexus 10 is very popular in terms of[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on June 21, 2013 11 comments Design, Manufacturer, Reviews, Tablets
Leader Tab 10″ — Review

Leader Tab 10″ — Review

Leader offers a breath of fresh air into a rough and stale market with their 10-inch Jellybean Tablet. When you’ve tested, reviewed and owned top end tablet devices, it can sometimes be tempting to dismiss tablets that aren’t in this same category. However, Ausdroid always offers honest reviews on all devices, with criticism and praise given where it’s due. I’ve tested low-cost products in the past and returned them without writing up a review, as the product quality was just too low. So, you can understand that I was a little apprehensive about reviewing a sub-$300.00 10-inch Jellybean tablet, knowing[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on June 8, 2013 5 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets