OAPs to be given Samsung Galaxy tablets to SKYPE carers after cash-strapped council scraps home visits

A CASH-STRAPPED council is handing out high-end Samsung Galaxy tablets in a bid to make sick pensioners SKYPE their carers instead of receiving a home visit.

Up to 40 OAPs in Essex will be handed top-of-the-range 4G Samsung Galaxy tablets as part of the madcap scheme.

 Up to 40 Essex OAPs will receive top-of-the-range computer tablets as part of the trial

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Up to 40 Essex OAPs will receive top-of-the-range computer tablets as part of the trial

Last night Essex County Council bosses insisted the trial, run in partnership with Essex Cared LTD, will provide “a more convenient and prove a less intrusive method of interacting with a care worker, friends and family.”

But top GP Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard blasted: “What these patients need is someone to listen to them and to find purpose in life.

“GPs see patients, many of whom are widowed, who have multiple health problems like diabetes, hypertension and depression, but often their main problem isn’t medical, they’re lonely.

An estimated 1.1 million OAPs are chronically lonely in the UK, and lonely people are more likely to develop serious conditions like heart disease, depression and dementia.

Cliff Rich, CEO of Contact the Elderly added: “We gladly recognise the amazing strides modern technology has made in helping all of us, and especially older people, with staying in touch with family and friends who may live too far away to visit in person.

 Critics say the scheme will rob lonely pensioners of vital face-to-face contact

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Critics say the scheme will rob lonely pensioners of vital face-to-face contact

“However, we still believe that nothing can replace the essential human need for face-to-face interaction.”

John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “It is important that we keep pace with new technology.

“I am pleased that Essex is trialling this system to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

“It will allow our vulnerable adults to live independently, providing them with something that is accessible from the comfort of their own homes.”


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The best phones and tablets for LineageOS

The following post was written by Ryne Hager and Corbin Davenport.

The vast majority of Android device buyers don’t know or care what a custom ROM is. And that’s completely fine – a phone or tablet’s stock ROM will be enough for 99.9% of potential users. But for the 0.1% that like to tinker, the development community surrounding a given device can drastically impact the value. Your purchase can become a much better deal if there is a wealth of custom ROM options available, extending its lifespan for possibly years (and nearly a decade for the HD2).

There are quite a few popular custom ROMs in the wild, but LineageOS is probably one of the best overall. It has a huge community of developers, constantly adds new features, and supports a whopping 182 devices (at the time of writing) with official builds. CyanogenMod was the ROM of choice for users just wanting a basic stock experience, and Lineage Project has done a great job of continuing that effort.

So the question becomes this: what are the best phones and tablets for LineageOS? If you’re willing to unlock bootloaders and flash ROMs, which devices suddenly become more useful? That’s what we wanted to find out.

For this guide, we only took into consideration devices with official Lineage support. While there are many more phones and tablets with unofficial builds, they can often be buggier with slower updates.
Installing any custom operating systems on your device will potentially void your warranty, and the process required to do so can result in a dead device if you make any significant mistakes. Additionally, the security of your device might be more easily compromised, and some developers (like those for mobile banking apps and some games) do their best to block such devices from using their applications.

Unlocking your bootloader, installing a ROM or custom recovery (and rooting, if that’s your preference) are all things that should only be done when you understand the steps involved and the risks associated. Remember: a bricked device isn’t the worst case scenario, the really bad things just start there.

If you ROM a phone, expect mediocre camera performance. There are exceptions, but generally without the closed-source camera binaries most OEMs ship phones with, the quality of photos will be lower.

It’s also important to note that official LineageOS builds can also be buggy or unstable at times, even on the most well-supported devices. If you need your phone or tablet to be as stable/reliable as possible, custom ROMs probably aren’t a good idea. If a phone is still receiving OEM updates, keeping your firmware and bootloader updated may also be more difficult on LineageOS.

No matter how you slice it, Android tablets just aren’t popular anymore. Most of them are terrible generic units, usually available from the bargain bin of your local Walmart. There are a few outliers, like the Galaxy Tab S3 and ZenPad 3S 10, but there haven’t been very many good Android-powered tablets as of late.

Finding the best tablets for LineageOS was a challenge, because there aren’t many recent models with a large enough following for custom ROMs to crop up.

Google Pixel C

The Pixel C is Google’s latest attempt at a tablet, and probably its best. It was originally intended to run Chrome OS, but that operating system wasn’t quite ready for the tablet form factor, so Android was used instead. However, Android wasn’t in much better shape, as this was before stock Android had multi-window support.

Still, the Pixel C was a solid product (you can find our review here), and it became even better once Android 7.0 shipped with multi-window. As you may know, Google tends to support its devices with major updates for two years, and security updates for three. There’s a good chance Android Oreo will be the last major update, because December 2017 will mark two years since the tablet’s release date. As for hardware, the Pixel C is definitely the best-equipped tablet on this list. It has an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage, and a 2560×1800 IPS display. Google also sells a Folio Keyboard ($149 MSRP) that props up the tablet and allows for easy typing.

Thankfully, Lineage is here to the rescue. The Pixel C’s strange partition system and other issues kept more than a handful of ROMs showing up on the device, but Lineage started officially supporting the Pixel C back in June.

The only real downside to this tablet is the cost. Google originally sold two models, a 32GB unit for $499 and a 64GB model for $599, and prices haven’t changed much since then. On Swappa, the 32GB version hovers around $400-450, and the 64GB one is around $450-$500. It really should be cheaper, but the Pixel C absolutely still holds up in 2017. It’s important to note that some listings will include the folio case as well, which bumps up the price slightly.

Installing Lineage on the Pixel C is a breeze, as you would expect from a Google device. Just unlock the bootloader, flash the TWRP custom recovery, and use TWRP to install Lineage. You can find more details, as well as a complete installation guide, at the links below.

NVIDIA Shield Tablet/Shield Tablet K1

Back in 2014, NVIDIA released a tablet-shaped successor to the original NVIDIA Shield handheld, called the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. It was a pretty great tablet, with a Tegra K1 chip, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of expandable storage, and an 8″ 1080p display. It was pretty much a successor to the Nexus 7 2013, especially considering that NVIDIA is great with software updates.

Two years later, NVIDIA re-released it as the ‘NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1.’ There were a few minor cosmetic changes (you can see some pictures here), and it didn’t come with a stylus or charger. Those alterations were done to get the price down to $199. But as far as functionality goes, it’s the same tablet – you can even buy the stylus separately and use it with the K1. The original Shield Tablet goes for around $170-240 on Swappa, but they’re rare. The Shield Tablet K1 is around $220-$280, but availability is also limited.

LineageOS supports both versions with a single unified build, so you don’t have to try and guess what model you have if you’re not sure. The process of installing it is identical to Lineage on the Pixel C – just unlock the bootloader, install TWRP recovery, and use that to install Lineage.

Honorable mention: Google Nexus 9

The Nexus 9 was one of the most controversial Google hardware products in recent memory. Released in 2014, it is equipped with a Tegra K1 processor, an 8.9″ 4:3 2048×1553 screen, 2GB of RAM, and 16 or 32GB of storage. But the tablet’s battery life, unpredictable performance, and less-than-stellar build quality made it not a great choice. Google stopped providing Android updates for the Nexus 9 earlier this year, leaving it with only security updates (which will likely end late 2017/early 2018). Thankfully, official nightly Lineage builds are available for both the Wi-Fi and LTE models.

As far as I can tell, Lineage currently doesn’t have most of the software issues initially discussed in our Nexus 9 review. Most of the feedback on XDA has been positive, with a few bug reports here are there (which have been quickly fixed by the maintainer). The random performance slowdowns are due to the Nexus 9’s full-disk encryption, so if you want the absolute best experience, you should flash this custom boot.img that disables encryption before installing Lineage.

If you decide to disable encryption with that method, you will not be able to use Lineage’s built-in updater, because it will re-encrypt the tablet during the update process. Whenever you update, you’ll have to manually download the new zip and install it in TWRP yourself. This isn’t hard by any means, as long as you know what you’re doing, but it’s a bit annoying.

Because of the extra steps required to get encryption disabled, the fact that you can’t use Lineage’s built-in updater once you do, and the tablet’s not-so-great build quality, the Nexus 9 only gets an honorable mention. The Wi-Fi model alone goes for around $130-200 on Swappa (some more expensive listings also include accessories), making it the least-expensive tablet on this list. The unlocked LTE variant is around $150-300, though most listings include accessories.

Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi)

Nexus 9 (LTE)

Nextbit Robin

The Nextbit Robin is perhaps the best smartphone deal on the market. It started off as a flagship device priced for less (much like Nexus and OnePlus) in early 2016, and slowly crept downwards in price. Then Razer bought Nextbit, and the price absolutely plummeted, recently reaching $109.99 on eBay for a brand new unit.

But the price didn’t drop because it was a bad phone – in fact, it’s still a great device. Presumably, Razer has just been trying to clear stock. If you’re not familiar with the Robin, it has a Snapdragon 808, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 5.2″ IPS 1080p display, and a 2,680mAh battery. Pretty standard specifications for a late-2015/early-2016 flagship.

The Nextbit Robin already has Android 7.1.2, but it probably won’t receive any more major updates. Lineage is one of the many ROMs available for the phone (AOSPA is another good choice), with builds being generated nightly. There are a few reported bugs, like the notification LED staying on, but everything seems to be pretty stable. Installation is pretty simple – just unlock the bootloader, flash the TWRP recovery, and install Lineage with TWRP.

Motorola Moto G4/G4 Plus

As mentioned above, you won’t find a better low-end Android phone right now than the Nextbit Robin. But if you really want a different cheap phone to install LineageOS on, Motorola’s Moto G4 (and to a lesser extent, the G4 Plus) is probably second place. If you read our review, you’ll know that both phones are pretty solid, but neither have water resistance or NFC.

First, let’s go over the specifications. Both phones have a Snapdragon 617 processor, a 5.5″ 1080p LCD, a 3,000 mAh battery, and GSM/CDMA compatibility. The G4 has 2GB of RAM, while the G4 Plus has either 2 or 4GB depending on the exact model. Storage can also vary, with the G4 having either 16 or 32GB, and the G4 Plus having 16 or 64GB. Both models have microSD expansion. Finally, the G4 doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner, while the G4 Plus does.

LineageOS has official combined builds for these phones – meaning the G4 and G4 Plus use the same zip files. The only bug currently reported causes the phone to reboot when connecting a Bluetooth device, which will hopefully be resolved soon.

The unlocked G4 currently goes for around $100-150 on Swappa, and the G4 Plus is around $130-200. Considering that the Nextbit Robin has NFC, USB Type-C, and a fingerprint sensor (albeit a flaky one), it’s definitely the better deal at the moment. But if you really don’t want a Robin for some reason, the G4 and G4 Plus are the next best option in this price category. Before buying, make sure to check if the model you’re buying is supported by Lineage (see the ‘Supported models’ section of this page).

Nexus 6P

The Nexus 6P is a bit long in the tooth, but it’s still a decent phone. It has been known to have some battery problems as well as the potential for bootloops. But as one of the last Nexus devices, it was guaranteed to have fantastic ROM support, and that includes LineageOS.

Spec-wise, the Nexus 6P is no slouch, even today. It has a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 1440p AMOLED display, 3GB RAM, a fantastic 12MP rear camera, and a 3450mAh battery. At the time of writing, you can pick one up used for $200-370 on Swappa, depending on storage size. If you don’t already have one, that’s not a bad price, but there are other phones on this list you can buy new that pose a better value.

The Nexus 6P is also nearing the end of its mainstream software support, so tossing LineageOS on it might not be a bad idea. Since this is a Nexus device, LineageOS is fairly stable on it. So, while I wouldn’t be sweating the lack of future updates just yet, it’s worth a thought if you own one now and plan on keeping it for a while. Just keep in mind that it does have a history of hardware problems.

Le Pro 3

LeEco might not be doing too well right now, but that doesn’t mean the company’s phones are bad. Or, at least, that doesn’t mean that LeEco’s misfortune can’t be your gain – the Le Pro 3 might be the best value on this list. For just $199 on Amazon (at the time of writing) you can pick up a 2016 flagship. That’s a Snapdragon 821, 64GB storage, 4070mAh battery, and a 1080p IPS display, packaged together in an all aluminum body.

Our review of the phone was quite critical, but almost all our complaints came from the poor software experience. If you’re picking one up with LineageOS in mind, that’s no problem. You can look forward to a long-lasting battery with up to two days of life on a charge. The only real drawbacks are a mediocre camera and no headphone jack, and the latter can certainly be forgiven at the current price.

The biggest drawbacks to flashing LineageOS are a loss of IR blaster support and problems with SafetyNet that even Magisk can’t work around. Some people were able to change the build.prop values to report a certified device and found success, but your mileage may vary, and you’d have to do that with each update.

OnePlus 3/T

Given the almost $100 price difference between the two, and the near-identical feature set, the OnePlus 3 presents a better value over the OnePlus 3T in my opinion. In some markets, you can still pick the 3T up new, but in the US you’ll have to make do with used. The OP3 runs around $280ish, while the 3T is closer to $350. The Le Pro 3 is cheaper, available new, and has roughly the same specs, though.

The OnePlus 3 and 3T are about what you’d expect for 2016 flagships. You get a Snapdragon 820/821, 6GB RAM, 64-128GB storage, 5.5″ 1080p OLED display, 3,000/3,400mAh battery, and a 16MP rear shooter. For the full skinny, you’ll want to check both of our reviews.

I can speak from experience when I say that the OP3/T is a lovely device to ROM. It has an easily unlocked bootloader, excellent developer support for multitudes of different ROMs, including LineageOS. Although OnePlus initially promised to release the camera blobs for ROM makers, that never actually happened. While AOSPA came up with their own solution, LinageOS won’t have the same level of camera performance. Dash Charge should work, though.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

We’re often criticized for leaving phones from manufacturers like Xiaomi off these lists. They are popular with the same groups as ROM phones to begin with: people that like to save some money. We usually give these phones a pass because of source availability issues (in the US and other countries, you have to import them), and because they usually have incredibly limited support for frequencies used by carriers outside Asia. But, if you’re determined to pick a phone that can do phone things very well in most countries, the Mi 5s Plus exists.

Specs are comparable to the two above. You get a Snapdragon 821, 5.7″ 1080p IPS panel, 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, dual 13MP rear camera, and a 3,800mAh battery. Prices vary from $300-400. Again, the Le Pro 3 is probably a better value.

There are some hoops you’ll need to jump through to get all the hardware working, like flashing the global developer ROM from Xiaomi before flashing LineageOS. Random small bugs with things like the camera and intermittent performance problems also pop up more often than they would on other devices. But if you absolutely need to get a Xiaomi phone for LineageOS, it’s an option.

OnePlus 5

Working here, I (Ryne) get a lot of requests for phone recommendations. Budget providing, I have two answers for every person who asks me that question: buy the latest Galaxy phone or buy the current OnePlus. The latter I recommend to anyone interested in a stock experience, root, ROMs, or a slightly reduced budget. I may have returned my own OnePlus 5 as a result of problems with the display, but I am exceedingly picky, and I found the phone perfect in almost every other way.

On paper, the OnePlus 5 looks good. You get the latest Snapdragon 835, 6/8GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, 1080p OLED display, 16+20MP rear camera, and incredible frequency support. Our review gave it our Most Wanted accolade, too. And you can buy one now for $479-539.

Originally this phone wasn’t going to make the cut because it didn’t have official LineageOS builds, but they were just recently added. Given how new the device (and the Lineage ROM) is, you should expect a few bugs to be present. For example, there’s currently a problem with call volume and calls over Wi-Fi, but I’d expect issues like these to be resolved soon.

Galaxy S7 / edge

Honestly, this phone belongs somewhere between the high and mid-end on this list, but it had to go somewhere. It’s not the latest model, but it still presents an excellent value in both features and performance. And, unlike the newer Galaxy S8, it has official LinageOS builds. Used prices for both the S7 and S7 edge are also reasonable (around $350 for both on Swappa), and if you’re determined to pick one up new, you absolutely can.

The only officially supported hardware variants are ‘herolte’ and ‘herolte2,’ which correspond to the Exynos models. The SM-G930F, SM-G930FD, SM-G935F, and SM-G935FD are the ones you want to keep an eye out for. They have excellent frequency support, so you should be able to use them in most countries, including the US. To be safe, you should check the frequencies supported and your carrier to be sure. There are other Exynos-powered models for other markets that work with LineageOS, too.

Specs for LineageOS-supported models include an Exynos 8890, 4GB RAM, 32/64/128GB storage, 1440×2560 OLED display, microSD expansion, 12MP camera, and a 3,000/3,600mAh battery. Bugs have been intermittently reported for LineageOS on the S7/edge related to things like Bluetooth, hardware navigation keys, and network idle, so keep that in mind.

LG G6

Most models of the G6 are locked down pretty tightly. For example, even though the T-Mobile H872 model has an unlockable bootloader, there’s no way at present to flash a custom recovery. So, if you want to ROM a G6, your best bet is the US997 unlocked model or the H870.

That’ll get you a Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, dual 13MP camera, 5.7″ 1440×2880 IPS display with rounded corners, and a 3,300mAh battery. Compared to other Snapdragon 820 and 821 based devices on this list, it presents quite a poor value, but the 18:9 screen may be worth it to you. At $450 new it comes at a 2X premium compared to the Le Pro 3, which offers similar specifications.

It’s still early days, and there are a lot of bugs for Lineage on this device. There are reports that the mic, camera, and network connectivity on the G6 aren’t working perfectly just yet. It also probably won’t receive the same attention from developers/maintainers that more enthusiast-friendly devices like the OnePlus 5 will. But, the G6 is an option if you want one of the recent bezel-beating flagships on LineageOS.

There are a ton of phones that didn’t make this list, like the Moto Z series, LG V20, and Xiaomi Mi MIX, but we had to draw a line somewhere. Custom ROMs present quite a rabbit hole. We can’t make an exhaustive list and expect anyone to want to read it.

Although we might be a minority, there are a lot of us that buy a phone with ROMs in mind. Some of us buy a phone for the long haul and are prepared to take matters into our own hands when an OEM halts updates. Some of us have built our workflows around the extra features that ROMs like LineageOS provide, or we enjoy the privilege of truly owning our phone via that extra layer of customization. And some of us just want to try the next version of Android a bit early.

Whatever your motivation might be, from novelty to utility, if you are shopping for a phone with LineageOS support in mind, now you’ve got a few good ideas to base your search on.

Tesco Mobile are giving away free tablets and smartwatches worth £179 with Samsung phones

With the iPhone 8 now on shelves all around the country, Tesco Mobile are upping the ante on their Samsung stock, by offering free Samsung tech gifts worth up to £179 with any purchase of a Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphone.

Whether you’re stockpiling for Christmas, or just treating yourself, there’s a range of free gifts to choose from, including the stylish Samsung Galaxy Tab E (worth £179), the Samsung Gear Fit 2 (also £179) and a sleek accessories bundle with a clear cover and wireless charger (worth £99.98).

The freebies can be claimed on any pay monthly and pay as you go tariff with Tesco Mobile, and will last from now until the 31st October, both online at Tesco Mobile and in Tesco stores.

Get one of these high tech gifts – for free – when you buy a Samsung S8 at Tesco

Tesco Mobile appears to be taking a leaf out of Carphone Warehouse ‘s book, who is famed for offering generous freebies with certain handsets.

If you want to see what other freebies and discounts are available on the S8 price now, you browse our pick of the best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals from all networks including EE, O2, Vodafone and Three in our guide.

Samsung S8

  • Pay As You Go: £755
  • Pay monthly: from £42 per month for 2GB of data, 5000 texts, 1000 minutes and no upfront cost on a 24 month contract.
  • Anytime Upgrade Flex tariff: from £35.75 per month for 2GB of data, 5000 texts, 1000 minutes and no upfront cost on a 30 month contract. But you’ll need to head in store or order it over the phone.

Samsung S8 Plus

  • Pay As You Go: £829
  • Pay monthly: from £45.50 per month for 2GB of data, 5000 texts, 1000 minutes and no upfront cost on a 24 month contract.
Monthly tariffs start from £35.75 – including your freebie
(Image: Samsung)

If you fancy picking up something a little cheaper, we’ve also got a guide on the best cheap Android mobile phones for 2017.

It seems a good time to pick up a new handset at the moment, with Curry’s PC World currently selling Huawei P10 Lites for under £200.

Never used Tesco Mobile before? The wallet-friendly network is a joint venture between Tesco and O2, and according to Ofcom, it’s the least complained about mobile network in the UK. Although we’re far too more impressed by the expensive freebies.

Lenovo launches four new Android tablets

Lenovo has launched four new Android tablets (yes, they still exist) under its Tab 4 line. First spotted by PhoneRadar, the Tab 4 8, Tab 4 8 Plus, Tab 4 10, and Tab 4 10 Plus are the latest additions to the company’s tablet offerings. They all run Android Nougat. Let’s break them down:

Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

  • 10.1-inch Full HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
  • Up to 64GB of storage
  • Up to 4GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear, 5MP front-facing camera

The Tab 4 10 Plus is the most powerful tablet Lenovo announced. It comes with an Adreno 506 GPU, dual front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos support, a 7,000 mAh battery, a USB-C port, and a $279 starting price.

Lenovo Tab 4 10

  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor
  • 16GB storage
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear, 5MP front-facing camera

Essentially a budget version of the Plus, the Tab 4 10 is bigger and slower, with a worse display and doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor like it’s big brother does. And Lenovo hasn’t released pricing for it yet.

Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus

  • 8-inch Full HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
  • Up to 64GB of storage
  • Up to 4GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear, 5MP front-facing camera

Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus

The Tab 4 8 Plus is essentially a smaller version of the Tab 4 10 Plus with identical specs. The fingerprint sensor is integrated with the power button, it comes with a 4,850 mAh battery, and it’s available in slate black or polar white.

Lenovo Tab 4 8

  • 8-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor
  • 16GB storage
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5MP rear, 2MP front-facing camera

This is the slowest tablet of the bunch, and probably the one you should avoid. These specs would be great in 2011, but not today.

US users are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to these tablets, as the international versions are far more powerful. US configurations max out at 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for all of these tablets. But if you live elsewhere, these may be a good deal if you need a cheap Android tablet.

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At Computex, a computer and consumer technology trade expo held annually in Taiwan, Acer announced two new Android-powered tablets — one of which features quantum dot display.

Overall, Acer’s tablets are nothing to write home about. They get the job done, but they’ve never focused on creating premium products meant to compete with the iPad or Surface Pro line. For good or ill, that didn’t change with their latest tablets.

Iconia Tab 10

The interesting thing about this tablet is that it features quantum dot display. It will likely result in sharper colors, but we don’t expect it to be a game changer.

We don’t know the full details regarding the specs, but, from what has been revealed, they aren’t anything too powerful. The Iconia Tab 10 will make use of an unspecified MediaTek CPU. On the bright side, it does ship with Android Nougat and HD sound so it has that going for it. The advertised 8-hour battery life is also a nice feature to have.

All in all, this probably won’t be a great tablet for gaming or other intensive use, but it should work well for watching videos or browsing the web.

On slightly frustrating thing about this tablet is that it uses the same name as a previous Acer tablet, which may make things somewhat confusing though it’s not a big deal.

Iconia One 10

The Iconia One 10 is being pushed as a productivity tablet, but it’s lacking a few things in order to truly fulfill that role. In terms of ports, it features two microUSB ports. However, for some reason, only one of them is USB-OTG compatible, which makes it a bit limited in terms of accessories and connectivity.

The thing we know about specs is that it will feature the same CPU as the Iconia Tab 10 and Android Nougat. Having the latest version of Android is nice and all. Unless Acer reveals something truly impressive in terms of specs, however, we don’t see this taking off. There’s simply too much competition in the world of productivity tablets.

The Wrap

Overall, these tablets don’t look like they’ll set the world on fire, but that’s never been Acer’s goal with their hardware. Rather, they seek to create affordable, reliable, tablets. Based on what we know, these will fit that niche. Of course, it’s too soon to make any concrete judgments since we don’t know the full range of specs.

As of right now, Acer has not made any announcements regarding a release date or price for these two tablets.




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Acer announces new 10-inch tablets, one with a quantum dot display

Acer’s lineup of Android products mostly consists of low-end hardware with few (if any) unique features. At Computex in Taiwan, the company has announced two more 10-inch tablets. One of them has a quantum dot display, which appears to be a first for any tablet (as far as I can tell), and the other has a focus on productivity.

The Iconia Tab 10

The more interesting of the two is the Iconia Tab 10, with a model number of A3-A40. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Acer likes reusing product names. The tablet’s standout feature is the quantum dot display, which has primarily only been available on high-end TVs and monitors. Like OLED, the individual pixels can be turned on or off, but quantum dots should result in far greater color accuracy.

If you were hoping for top-end specs to go with that top-end screen, prepare to be disappointed. Acer didn’t reveal detailed specifications, but it does ship with an unnamed quad-core MediaTek CPU and Android 7.0 Nougat. However, you do get DTS-HD sound, so that’s something.

The other tablet is the Iconia One 10 (pictured at the top of this post), with a model number of B3-A40. Acer is billing this as a productivity device, since it has two microUSB ports. Oh, and only one of those ports has USB-OTG, so you can really only connect one external accessory at a time. It’s using the same unnamed quad-core MediaTek processor as the Iconia Tab 10, and ships with Android 7.0 Nougat and DTS-HD sound.

Acer has yet to reveal pricing and availability for either tablet.

Along with four speakers and a patented subwoofer that packs an extra punch, the new Iconia Tab 10 is made for media consumption at home and on the go

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Acer today announced a series of 10-inch tablets including the new Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A50) designed for premium multimedia experiences, and the new Iconia One 10 (B3-A40FHD) with dual micro-USB ports for flexible connectivity options.

Powered by quad-core MediaTek processors and Android 7.0 Nougat, the new tablets provide a responsive user experience and up to 8 hours[1] of battery life. Wide-viewing-angle IPS[2] displays and five-magnet speakers with DTS-HD Premium Sound provide a great audio-visual experience, while 802.11ac wireless provides blazing-fast network connections.

Iconia Tab 10 — True to Life Colors and Audio with a Punch

Designed with media consumption in mind, the Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A50) features a display with Quantum Dot technology, offering a wider color range with higher brightness, deeper saturation and better accuracy for dramatically more vivid visuals. An Acer-patented subwoofer offers an extra punch while maintaining a slim profile of under 9 mm (0.35 inch) in height, while four speakers provide a richer and more immersive audio experience. The Iconia Tab 10 also features Acer MediaMaster which allows users to set preferences for different types of movies or music.

Iconia One 10 — Enhanced Productivity with Dual Micro-USB Ports

With dual micro-USB ports and On-The-Go (OTG) support[3], the Iconia One 10 (B3-A40FHD) provides enhanced productivity as it allows the device to be charged and connected to external devices such as storage or a mouse at the same time, while a Bluetooth keyboard can be connected for text input. Android 7.0 also supports multi-windows and quick app switching, which further increases the device’s versatility.

Smart Tools that Simplify Tasks

The new Iconia Tab 10 and Iconia One 10 tablets feature smart tools developed by Acer that simplify everyday tasks:

  • EZ WakeUp — With simple gestures, the tablet awakens and loads a pre-selected app of choice.
  • EZ Snap — Makes it easy to take a screenshot with a simple three-finger pinch. Images can be easily edited and shared.
  • EZ Mode — Allows users to customize the system interface so that access to specified apps and data are restricted when sharing the tablet with family, friends or children.
  • Memory Cleaner — Manages the device’s memory, storage, and apps to optimize system functionality.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.

About Acer

Founded in 1976, today Acer is one of the world’s top ICT companies and has a presence in over 160 countries. As Acer looks into the future, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software and services will infuse with one another to open up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. From service-oriented technologies to the Internet of Things to gaming and virtual reality, Acer’s 7,000+ employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

TSA may ask you to unpack tablets and cluttered carry-on bags

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the TSA’s plans are still vague, but the agency has been testing a variety of security procedures at smaller airports before expanding them to major cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Boston and others. In some cases, passengers were required to remove all food items or put any electronics larger than a cellphone — meaning tablets and kindles too — in separate bins. In one failed test, confused passengers were even asked to take out any paper items in their bags, including notepads. The TSA hasn’t announced which rules it will implement yet and even when it does, enforcement will vary at each airport and security line. There’s even the possibility that an agent could ask you to take something out and put it in a bin without warning. While compliance is optional, non-compliance means stepping out of line for a manual check.

However, as TSA administrator Darby LaJoye told the Journal, agents won’t be looking for specific threats or dangerous devices. Instead, they’ll be monitoring the X-ray line to make it easier to scan each bag’s contents. “It is not any one particular item we’re worried about,” LaJoye said. “It’s not about paper or food or anything. It’s how best to divest those items.”

Apparently we can blame increased baggage fees for any extra hassle — as the Journal notes, fewer people are checking bags, which leads to overstuffed and cluttered carry-ons that cause a rash of slow-moving X-ray checkpoints. If you’re the sort of person who flies with a rat’s nest of cables, chargers and devices in your bag, then you might want to think about investing in a cable organizer or an extra sleeve for your gadgets. According to LaJoye, travelers who pay up for TSA PreCheck (an $85 five-year subscription) probably won’t be subject to the extra screening.

In related TSA news, the agency will also be installing new ID scanners around the country. The machines will read IDs and passports then automatically verify the name with the airport’s passenger lists, eliminating the need for agents to manually check boarding passes. The scanners will show up at Washington Dulles first and should be in every US airport sometime in the next two years.

Best Android tablets of 2017

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Best tablet overall: the versatile Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung introduced its new tablet back in February, and it has been on the market since April. It is a remarkable tool for productivity and multimedia enjoyment, and while it can’t replace a computer, it does allow you to work and play comfortably.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

System Android 7.0 Nougat
Display 9.7 inches, AMOLED, 1536 x 2048, ~ 264 ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM 4 GB
Internal storage 32 GB + microSD
Battery 6,000 mAh
Camera 5 MP (rear) – 13 MP (front)
Connectivity LTE 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions

237.3 x 169 x 6 mm

Weight 429 g (Wi-Fi) to 434 g (LTE)

Why is this tablet so well adapted for productivity? The first reason is obviously because you get an S-Pen with the tablet, allowing you to draw or write directly on the screen. The second reason is the possibility of coupling this device with a keyboard, but here we have a slight roadblock: this keyboard costs the tidy sum of $129.

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You can use the S-Pen to write directly onto the tablet. © AndroidPIT

Of course, the tablet is also suitable for multimedia, which for many is the main activity for tablet usage. So, you can easily watch movies and listen to music for hours. However, It should be noted that, overall, Android applications on tablets are unfortunately not as refined as what can be found on the iPad.

Aside from these aspects, we find a rather powerful device thanks to a processor from last year, the Snapdragon 820, accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. The screen diagonal is 9.7 inches, the definition is 1536 x 2048, which is rather high, but the whole is powered by a battery of 6,000 mAh, thus providing decent battery life.

In short, it is unlikely that you will be disappointed if you get a Tab S3 because it is one of the best tablets on the market.

Best tablet for productivity: the hybrid Lenovo Yoga Book

Launched at IFA 2016, the Lenovo Yoga Book combines innovation, design and performance in a single tablet. It is a hybrid between a laptop and a tablet, and thus the perfect tool to combine efficiency and productivity.

Lenovo Yoga Book 

System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Display 10.1 inches, LCD, 1920 x 1200 pixels, ~ 224 ppi
Processor Intel Atom x5-Z8550
RAM 4 GB
Internal storage 64 GB + microSD
Battery 8,500 mAh
Camera 8 MP (rear) – 2 MP (front)
Connectivity LTE 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions

256.6 x 170.8 x 9.6 mm

Weight 690 g

The Yoga Book can be used as a classic 10 inch tablet as well as as a laptop. The tablet has a flat keyboard integrated on a tactile surface, which is beautifully backlit. The surface on which the keyboard is located can also be used as a notebook using a stylus.

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Lenovo Yoga Book. © AndroidPIT

In terms of productivity, I think it’s the tablet running on Android that best represents the platform. In addition to Google services such as Google Drive and Photos, Lenovo pre-installed several Microsoft applications on the Yoga Book. There are desktop applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Unfortunately, the manufacturer had to make some concessions, especially in terms of battery life.

Best compact tablet: the multimedia Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4

The Huawei MediaPad M3 has a beautiful design and great build quality. With an 8.4-inch screen, it benefits from an excellent handling. The latest tablet from Huawei is a great alternative, in the world of Android tablets, to the iPad Mini. The device is certainly one of the best in this list in terms of performance, but it also attracts many users who want a compact tablet suitable for multimedia (video, games, web browsing)

Huawei MediaPad M3 

System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Display 8.1 inches, IPS LCD, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 359 ppi
Processor Hisilicon Kirin 950
RAM  4 GB
Internal storage 32 or 64 GB + microSD
Battery 5,100 mAh
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE 4G (optional)
Dimensions 215.5 x 124.2 x 7.3 mm
Weight 318 g

One of the highlights of the MediaPad M3 is the audio quality. Through a partnership with Harman / Kardon, Huawei has put in two 1 x 13 mm stereo speakers powered by a Smart PA chip.

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Huawei MediaPad M3. © AndroidPIT

Additionally, with the implementation of SWS 3.0 (Super Wide 7 Sound) technology, the tablet is able to automatically identify whether the user is listening to music or watching a video and produce sound tailored to the experience. During our tests, we were able to prove that it really works.

Best tablet for gaming: the relaunched Nvidia Shield K1

The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 is for true gamers who want to play with amazing graphics on the go. Users can also connect the Shield Tablet to a TV and use it as a game console.

Nvidia Shield K1

System Android 5.0 Lollipop
Display 8.0 inches, IPS LCD, 1920 x 1200, 283 ppi
Processor Nvidia Tegra K1
RAM  2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB + microSD
Battery 5,200 mAh
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Dimensions 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm
Weight 356 g

The first Shield tablet was replaced by its successor as the best gaming tablet. If you already have the first Shield-Tablet, there’s no need to replace it with the Nvidia Shield K1, since it is equipped with the same hardware – only the stylus pen is no longer there. So far no Android game has brought the Nvidia Shield K1, or its predecessor, to its performance limit. So, it is not only suitable for the latest Android games, but the K1 will probably cope well with upcoming Android titles, too.

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Shield Tablet K1: a great tablet for gaming. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Shield Tablet K1 can also morph into a game console for the living room. Simply connect the appropriate controller (available separately) and connect the console to the TV. Nvidia also offers its own game store, but you have access to the Google Play Store via the Shield Tablet as well. In addition, you can stream games via Wi-Fi from your PC via the Tablet to your TV.

Best tablet for kids: the kid-proof Amazon Fire Kids Edition

The Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet is designed for parents who want to make sure their children only have access to appropriate content for their age. Amazon brings peace of mind to the worried parent with the software of this tablet.

Amazon Fire Kids Edition

System Android Lollipop / Fire OS 5
Display 7 inches, IPS LCD, 1024 x 600 pixels, 171 ppi
Processor Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
RAM  1 GB of RAM
Internal storage 8 or 16 GB + microSD
Battery 2,980 mAh
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Dimensions 219 x 138 x 25.5 mm
Weight 405 g

The Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet is a sensible purchase for parents with children aged 4 to 12 years. Thanks to the two-year all-round care-free guarantee, parents do not have to panic when their child takes the tablet and accidentally throws it to the ground.

Opinion by Brittany McGhee

A two-year guarantee is a great idea for a device that kids are sure to break

What do you think?

amazon fire kids tablet
This thing is sturdy and comes with a two year guarantee. You can’t go wrong. / © Amazon

With FreeTime Unlimited, parents also get a growing and well-maintained range of child-friendly content. This is free for 12 months, after which Amazon charges a monthly fee, but this is an optional subscription. It comes in pink, green and blue.

Specs comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Lenovo Yoga Book Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 Nvidia Shield K1 Amazon Fire Kids Edition
Dimensions 237.3 x 169 x 6 mm 256.6 x 170.8 x 9.6 mm 215.5 x 124.2 x 7.3 mm 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm 219 x 138 x 25.5 mm
Weight 429 g 690 g 318 g 356 g 405 g
Display 9.7″, AMOLED, 1536 x 2048 10.1″, LCD, 1920 x 1200 pixels 8.1″, IPS LCD, 2560 x 1600 pixels 8.0″, IPS LCD, 1920 x 1200 7″, IPS LCD, 1024 x 600 pixels
Battery 6,000 mAh 8,500 mAh 5,100 mAh 5,200 mAh 2,980 mAh
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Intel Atom, 2.4GHz Hisilicon Kirin 950 Nvidia Tegra K1 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
RAM 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 2 GB 1 GB

What do you think is the best Android tablet? Let us know in the comments below.