Coolest Gadgets » Tablets Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blackboard offers you a new way to write Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:41 +0000

No, this is no ordinary blackboard that the older generation grew up with, where the use of chalk and a duster educated millions of children during their formative years. This is the blackboard of the 21st century, where technology has been fused to an ancient idea in order to deliver the best of both worlds. The folks behind the Boogie Board has come up with the definitive Blackboard, where it has been described as an electronic writing tool that features Liquid Crystal Paper, enabling one to write, edit and erase as though one was using pencil on paper.

Arriving in time for the holiday season later this year, the Blackboard has been touted to be the next evolution when it comes to writing. This revolutionary new electronic writing tool is the first of its kind that boasts of Liquid Crystal Paper, opening up new avenues for one to plan, write and design using one’s hand. In fact, it is so comfortable to use with your hand, it might not even feel new at all despite all of the high end technology infused within.

The Blackboard will write and erase electronically without requiring the use of ink or paper. Not only that, there are also new innovations which have been thrown into the mix, not the least of it being the proprietary Liquid Crystal Paper feature set that results in the most comfortable and natural paper-like writing experience to date. There is no lag or delay to worry about, and neither do you need to turn it on or plug in, which means no charging is required. The button cell battery has been touted to last for a good 5 years before a replacement is required, now how about that? If you want to get your hands on a 8.5″ x 11″ Letter-sized, semi-transparent writing surface, then the $44.99 Blackboard is right up your alley.

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Gamber-Johnson reveals trio of Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 docking stations Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:44 +0000 gamber-johnsonWhen it comes to tablets, the general trend of this particular device has been on a downward spiral for quite some time already, but there is still a decent enough sized market to keep new models rolling out from time to time. It is useful for such tablets to feature a dock, since there are times when you simply want to stop working and relax, and watching a movie on a tablet is far more enjoyable than on a (relatively) tiny smartphone display. A docking station would then come in handy, and for Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 owners, Gamber-Johnson has come up with not one or two, but a trio of docking stations that have been specially designed in order to safely and securely mount the all new tablet.

These docking stations will also play nice with the other Gamber-Johnson range of mounting equipment, and are well known to specifically work in vehicles like police cars, ambulances, OTR trucks, utility trucks, and forklifts. The new collection of products will continue to underline support by the company for its Android initiative, ensuring affordable accessory solutions when it comes to rugged Android tablets. Niche market segments like transportation and logistics that tend to require more rugged devices compared to traditional commercial products will definitely benefit from this.

Three different versions are available for this docking system version: a lightweight and low-cost cradle, a fully loaded docking station with a USB port to power your keyboard or mouse, and a kit version that will also be able to replace your tablet’s battery. The Gamber-Johnson cradle version helps to keep things nice and simple, tipping the scales at a mere 0.46 lbs, it will let you access all the features while keeping the Tab Active2 safe.

While no pricing has been announced, all three will be available soon, having passed Gamber-Johnson’s extensive rugged environment standard, undergoing cycle testing for 30,000 times before being released to ensure the utmost level of quality.

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LeapFrog offers the LeapPad Ultimate tablet for kids Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:00:04 +0000 leappad-ultimateWhen it comes to kids, you know that they can be boisterous. Very boisterous in fact, and through their hyperactivity and running around, they are bound to cause something to break. This means handing over a brand new smartphone is not the best of ideas, since a random drop is most probably going to result in two things breaking: the smartphone’s screen and your heart, which is why LeapFrog is able to identify with parents who want a solution by rolling out what is deemed to be the “perfect” first tablet for kids — the LeapPad Ultimate.

LeapFrog is no stranger when it comes to hardware for the little ones, having racked up an admirable amount of experience in this aspect over the years. The LeapPad Ultimate is supposed to be the culmination of their years of wisdom and experience, boasting of a perfect kid-safe design. To sweeten the deal, LeapFrog has thrown in over $100 worth of preloaded learning content that will feature core skills in mathematics, reading and science. Not only that, other aspects such as music, puzzles, logic and creativity intend to assist children in their preparation for preschool and after that, life in school.

With the unique library of content, the LeapPad Ultimate will be able to let the little ones get learning and playing right from the get go. We are talking about more than 1,000 learning apps, eBooks, videos and more, and will also offer access to pre-selected websites that have been approved by learning experts. This would certainly lift up some burden of policing the little ones by the parents when it comes to navigating through the digital minefield of content. Integrated parental controls enables parents to let different kids use the same LeapPad Ultimate, since it can set individual play time limits. The LeapPad Ultimate will target kids aged three to nine years old, with an asking price of $99.99 apiece.

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AT&T Primetime tablet delivers round-the-clock entertainment Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:00:01 +0000 att-primetimeA tablet is meant to be an alternative communications device to the smartphone, and many of us do happen to own a tablet that is a secondary productivity device. Well, while our smartphones might continue to be our primary portable media player that keeps us entertained on long road trips or across trans-Atlantic flights, this does not mean that we should discount the usefulness of a tablet. AT&T has come up with something interesting in the form of the AT&T Primetime, an exclusive tablet from the mobile carrier that comes loaded with entertainment and productivity features to help you get started right out of the box.

You will be able to pick up the AT&T Primetime for a mere $10 each month for 20 months in the form of an AT&T installment plan, or you can always settle for a $29.99 initial outlay which will be accompanied by a 2-year contract. This exclusive tablet from the mobile carrier will come with a slew of entertainment and productivity features such as TV Mode. TV Mode enables access to your favorite video apps such as DIRECTV in a single quick touch or swipe.

Not only that, AT&T Unlimited Plus or AT&T Unlimited Choice customers do have the option of adding in AT&T Primetime to their unlimited wireless plan as long as they are comfortable with the additional $20 monthly fee. Hardware specifications of the AT&T Primetime include a high-quality HD display, incredible Dolby audio sound via its dual front-facing speakers, a long-lasting 9,070mAh battery of up to 11 hours, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. In fact, getting started is so easy, since there is built-in Google Docs and split screen features that makes it all too easy to perform edits and multi-task at once. Any takers?

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Nextbook offers 2-in-1 tablets for students at a very affordable price Sun, 30 Jul 2017 13:00:53 +0000 nextbook-efunE FUN knows that it is time to get back to school, and students who are in need of something more substantial than their regular pen and paper equipment will be able to make do with a couple of 2-in-1 tablets that will not break the bank. These 2-in-1 tablets will arrive in 11.6-inch formats, running on both Windows and Android platforms, and will sport an asking price of just $179 apiece, being far more affordable compared to your regular, full-fledged notebook, right?

E FUN’s Nextbook 2-in-1 tablets arrive in both Android and Windows flavors in order to cater to different groups of users, depending on the kind of software that they prefer to run, while fitting in with the student’s needs as well as school requirements.

The Nextbook Android Ares 11A Tablet will sport an 11.6-inch display with an 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 resolution (IPS), running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow while offering access to the Google Play Store. This will open up the door to more than 1.3 million apps for the user, where most of them are free. Not only that, books, movies, music, and videos can also be purchased from the Google Play Store. With 64GB of internal memory and a microSD memory card slot for expandable purposes, a backlit keyboard, a pair of standard USB 2.0 ports, and a 9,000mAh internal rechargeable battery, the Ares 11A tablet is certainly worth checking out.

For those who prefer to rock to Windows, the Nextbook Windows 10 Flexx 11A tablet will sport similar hardware specifications, save for one difference. The microSD memory card slot here can hold only up to 64GB of space, as opposed to the Android-powered Ares 11A tablet. Running on Windows, you gain access to the Windows Store. Shared specifications include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, built-in front and rear facing cameras, among others.

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Urban Armor Gear guns for the new iPad Pro with its Metropolis case Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:00:52 +0000 urban-armor-gear-ipadproOwning a brand new smartphone or tablet often brings with it one specific accessory that is rather difficult to prise it away from — the protective case. However, with so many different kinds of model that are available in the market, just which particular tablet case that you would want to pick up for the latest collection of iPads from Apple? Urban Armor Gear has just the thing for you — with its brand new Metropolis Series Cases for the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models.

Urban Armor Gear (or UAG for short) always churns out cases that are tough as nails without having to sacrifice on design and aesthetics, boasting of unmatched, MIL-SPEC drop protection. The new Metropolis Series Case for the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models will be able to deliver 360-degree comprehensive protection from both drops and shocks, where there is a smart cover that protects the screen as well as doubling up as a multi-position stand. In the corners lie bumpers that deliver additional drop protection for the iPad’s display.

Not only that, UAG’s Metropolis case will also boast of onboard storage for the Apple Pencil. The removable smart cover will also be able to play nice with Apple’s Smart Keyboard. Similar to all of the other UAG products, oversized ports and cutouts enable the use of 3rd party cables and accessories.

Michael McVerry, Senior Marketing Manager at UAG, shared, “As devices continue to evolve and move touchscreens closer to the edge where it is more exposed to damage, our Metropolis Series Case provides maximum protection for the display, without adding unnecessary bulk and weight or interfering with touchscreen accessibility.”

The Metropolis Series Case for the iPad Pro 10.5-inch will arrive in Black, Red, and Cobalt shades which will retail for $59.95, while the Metropolis Series Case for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch too, will have similar color choices. The only difference lies in its price with a $89.95 tag.

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Wacom Clipboard intends to turn your business paperless Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:00:55 +0000 wacom-clipboardWacom is an old name when it comes to digitizer tablets as well as styluses that simply work, and work well. This time around, the Wacom Clipboard has been revealed to transform your business into a more paperless environment. Granted, one can never end up with a truly paperless environment, but there is the possibility of minimizing whatever use of paper wherever possible. With the Wacom Clipboard, such a vision becomes easier, since businesses are able to transform paper documents into the digital format — in real-time.

Also known as the PHU-111, the Wacom Clipboard is a smartpad which will allow users to complete and sign documents with the help of standard paper forms as well as ink. It will then convert the documents to a digital version in real-time. Biometric handwritten signatures will also be able to be captured and attached. The digital documents can subsequently be stored on local PCs, or simply have them uploaded immediately to servers or the cloud for easy document management.

Businesses such as service, healthcare, insurance industries and public sectors that still require paper forms but would like to move to a digital archive can always rely on the Wacom Clipboard to deliver a secure and easy method of instantaneously digitizing and saving these paper documents, all without having to change existing paper-based workflows.

The electronic clipboard will be paired to a host PC or a mobile device through Bluetooth, although there is also an option for USB connectivity when making use of a PC. Anytime a document is placed onto the Wacom Clipboard, the integrated barcode reader will be able to automatically identify the document, communicating with the PC or mobile device in order for the corresponding digital document to be called up.

While there is no word on pricing just yet, the Wacom Clipboard is tipped to be ready for shipping at the end of July 2017.

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E FUN Nextbook Flexx 11A tablet: So easy to use, even dads get it Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:00:21 +0000 nextbook-flexx-11aFather’s Day is coming, and if you have already run out of ideas on what to get him, here is something that is worth checking out that does not cost an arm and a leg. The E FUN Nextbook Flexx 11A tablet. This particular tablet from E FUN will run on Windows 10 as the operating system of choice, and is definitely easy enough to use that even dad is able to figure it out, regardless of whether he is into music, videos, reading books, playing casual games, or even browsing the Internet. The Nextbook Flexx 11A is able to perform all of that well with minimal fuss.

Since it has been designed around the Windows 10 platform, the Flexx 11A tablet will incorporate many of the features that have made Windows so widely used and accepted for years. Among these include USB ports, access to existing and legacy business apps via the Windows Store, the ability to multitask (whereas Android users only had that capability in a multi-window environment only in Android 7.0 Nougat), as well as being productive on the move thanks to the multipurpose Office Mobile.

Jason Liszewski, managing director and VP of sales for E FUN shared, “With its Windows 10 operating system, our Flexx 11A convertible tablet is ideal for Dad at work, Dad at play, or Dad kicking back at peace with the world. Most people would not normally associate Windows-enabled tablets with being so versatile, but the Nextbook Flexx 11A is one, and is right at home virtually anywhere Dad wants to use it and for whatever reason.”

You will be able to hook up different kinds of peripherals, ranging from USB 2.0 to microUSB 2.0. The microHDMI ports come in handy if there are media which you would like to play back on a big screen TV, while a more private viewing session is made possible thanks to the headphone jack.

Hardware specifications include a 11.6″ 1366 x 768 resolution IPS touchscreen display, an Intel Atom Cherry Trail 1.84GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 2MP shooter in front and at the back, a 9,000 mAh internal rechargeable battery that claims to deliver up to 8 hours of run time on a full charge, all crammed into a chassis that tips the scales at a mere 3 pounds. Expect the Nextbook Flexx 11A to retail for $199 a pop.

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ALGIZ 8X Rugged Tablet Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:00:03 +0000 algiz-8xWhen it comes to tablets, the regular models out there in the market are not exactly the toughest puppies around. In fact, many of us would have purchased a protective case of some sort in order to make sure that there will be no unwanted scratches or even worse, cracks in the screen because of a fall. Well, this brings to mind the thought of a rugged tablet — why not get one of these and bring it with you wherever you go? The ALGIZ 8X is one such rugged tablet, being a handheld computer that has been specially built for modern field workers who need to have a powerful, portable computer while they are on the move.

For starters, the ALGIZ 8X will feature communication features such as LTE and dual-band WLAN, in addition to an 8-inch projective capacitive touchscreen which is not only very bright, but also has been built for outdoor use. You can use it even when you are wearing gloves, and it works great regardless of the weather all around. Not only that, it has a chemically strengthened glass which is a sucker for punishment, being able to survive an impact test in which a 64-gram steel ball is dropped on the screen 10 times from a height of 1.2 meters. Just in case you do not feel like using your fingers to navigate the Algiz 8X, fret not, there is an optional active capacitive stylus to help you out.

It runs on Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB and will feature WiFi as well as Bluetooth connectivity, an 8Mp shooter located at the back with LED flash, a LAN port, a COM port and barcode scanner options. Not only that, a “backpack” system enables users to add more custom features and electronics if they so desire. It is IP65-rated for dust and water ingression, while meeting stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards.

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E FUN Ares 8 Android Tablet goes rogue this Valentine’s Day Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:00:32 +0000 efun-aresE FUN knows what they are doing when it comes to highly affordable tablets for the masses which do offer a reasonable level of performance without having to break the bank. Their Ares line of tablets in the past have done pretty OK for itself, and it does not look as though the trend is about to come to a stop anytime soon. In fact. The latest Android-powered tablet from E FUN would be the Ares 8, which has been specially released in time for Valentine’s Day this year.

Rather than giving flowers or perhaps chocolates and that expensive dinner, why not think out of the box instead this time around? The E FUN Ares 8 is a lightweight Android-powered tablet that does not skimp in terms of features, being the perfect computing device when it comes to any upcoming romantic rendezvous.

Touted to be an out-and-out entertainment machine, the Ares 8 will feature the Android music player that will surely be able to handle all of your favorite lovey dovey songs, in addition to a slew of preloaded apps like the Barnes and Noble NOOK for Android, its collection of VUDU Movies and TV app that ensures one can gain instant access to new film releases, Hollywood classics, and must-see TV shows. Oh yes, for those unique date nights, there are the Cloudlink and Flixster apps to fall back upon as well.

Tipping the scales at under two pounds, the lightweight Ares 8 is ideal to be brought along, sporting 16GB of internal memory, micro USB port for expansion purposes of up to 64GB, an 8” display with 16:10 aspect ratio and 800 x 1,280 resolution alongside IPS technology, a micro-HDMI port, and an Intel Atom processor running proceedings from within.

This rogue colored tablet will run on Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is the only shortcoming that we can think of since it is already the age of Android 7.0 Nougat.

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