Articles Tagged with: tablet

Women Love 8″: Why Size Matters (for Tablets)


I Love My Nexus 10

I love my Nexus 10 Android tablet.  It wasn’t my first tablet – nor will it be my last.  I love everything about it – I love the size, the weight, the battery life.  I use it for almost everything.  I watch media on it.  I game on it.  I read on it.  Heck, I’ll even remote the PC across the room with it if I suddenly feel the urge to be productive.

The Impulse BT Controller

The Impulse BT Controller

The Nexus 10 comes with me everywhere (I even bought a man purse to assist me in carrying it and the various little accessories around with me; I have a tiny OTG drive, an OTG cable, a stylus, a backup battery (with power to spare) – heck, I even have a tiny little wireless Bluetooth game pad (the fun little Impulse controller) in case I need some Mr. Do on the go.

I’ve worked my way through the tablet world to get to this point.  I started with a hacked 7″ B&N Nook Color running a full AOSP-type Android rom.  I moved to a 10″ Asus Transformer 101 complete with docking keyboard, gave the TF301 a go, invested in a Nexus 7 and finally ended up finding what I wanted in the Nexus 10.

What I could NOT work through was why I couldn’t get my wife to buy into the tablet lifestyle. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Review: Samsung Nexus 10 Tablet


Before we settle in with the wash and rinse review of the tablet, you should hear a bit about my back story so you know where I’m coming from.  While not essential for the review, it will give you a good idea what mindset I come from with regards to tablets.  If you’re only interested in the meat and potatoes, feel free to skip ahead to the next section. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

What exactly is a “tablet”?


After duking it out on Google Plus and screaming in the streets about tablets (what is and is not), I figured we were due for an article discussing the whole tablet craze – once again in the interest of serving my fellow man.

What exactly defines what device is considered a “tablet”?  Ask 25 people, get 25 different answers.  Here is just a short list of what some people consider “tablet” defining characteristics: Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Tablets

10 Things You Won’t Be Doing With the Amazon Fire


These days there are two phrases that are making me crazy: “Android Fragmentation” and “Amazon FireTablet“.  Both of them are deceptive and largely incorrect and this article goes about setting the latter one straight.

I’d like to point out that even Amazon themselves do not call the Fire a “tablet”.  In fact, if you look over the entire Fire site, the only time you’ll see Tablet mentioned is by reviews that are quoted.  Does that seem strange to you?  It should.

Instead of picking apart tech specs and such, I’ll simply outline ten things you won’t be able to do with a Kindle Fire that you SHOULD be able to do with an actual tablet. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Gadgets, Tablets

How Much of a Threat is Mobile Gaming?


We’re all about disposability these days.  Nothing is built to last anymore.  Remember when you paid $300 for a top-loading VCR?  Chances are likely, that VCR is still working today for someone.  A 20 year car is almost unheard of these days – with people leasing and trading up every two years, who cares?

Of course, video gaming has taken a hit too.  Gone are the days when most games would give you months of entertainment; now games are designed to be purchased on Friday, finished by Sunday and returned to Gamestop for store credit by Monday.  We’re told DLC (Downloadable Content) is the answer to that – where not only do we buy the game ONCE, but we keep buying the content over and over again.  I remember when that sort of mentality was just for the yearly release of the standard sports games; bug fixes and new team rosters for only $60 a year. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Smartphones, Tablets

The nookColor: A Near Perfect Android Tablet?


Almost a decade ago, Microsoft said that tablet PCs were the future.  They figured that people would ditch laptops and even desktops if manufacturers would come up with a touch screen portable PC.  Instead of that taking off, we got netbooks;  aka neutered laptops.  These were well received and still enjoy a rather profitable following, even today.

Whether you’re an Apple fan or not (I fall into the latter category) you can’t argue the fact that Apple brought the tablet market back into the eyes of consumers with its iPad product.  People are eating up these “pads” or tablets and Apple isn’t the only one making them.

In fact, there are Chinese manufacturers by the hundreds making these things – with reputable manufacturers like HP, Samsung, Acer and dozens of others with a tablet offering either out now – or due out soon.  In fact, the Consumer Electronics Show this year was dominated by tablets. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Android Tablets, Tablets