Could this be the start of game-changing, fully functional Windows 8 tablets? This product by Dell certainly turns heads. Let’s start with the price, this tablet starts out at $229 (Amazon; seen here) for the 32GB version — absolute steal. Next, take a look at the specs, although they are not amazing, remember this is a fully functional Windows 8.1 Pro machine — meaning you can get real work done. This tablet can run MS Office, Photoshop, video editing suites and more. Reviewers are simply raving about this device and to be honest the rave reviews are well-deserved.
Dell has nailed price, performance and gave consumers a full versions of Windows on an 8″ slab — way to go.
Please see a detailed review from [Windows RT Review] below:
Bottom line: If you are looking for an affordable Windows 8 tablet or an affordable tablet in general — this is an excellent choice and the fact that it runs the full verison of Windows 8.1 is a great selling point.
Google fans unite! Rather, pure-Android fans unite. Whether you love the Nexus brand or not — it is always great to see another monumental device along with the latest version of Andriod be released around this time of the year. As a Nexus 4 owner, I am excited for the new features of Android 4.4 (KitKat) as well as the new hardware found on the Nexus 5.
Nexus devices show the market what Android is all about, that is without the skins, colorful overlays and played transitions. This is stock Android at it’s finest. Typically OEM skins can slow down your device and leave the user with a poor experience, which in turn leads them to blame the OS, not the OEM. When in fact you can pick up a Nexus device and always have a wonderful experience.
Nowadays, Android is stable, mature and bold and the software isn’t an issue unless it really brings the device down (Samsung’s TouchWiz, which could be vastly improved if it weren’t for the useless features baked in). The thing that any Nexus device will not have is extra unwanted bloat, be it from the carrier, OEM or vendor — giving the end user an incredible experience directly from Google.
I am ready for the Nexus 5; the next pinnacle of the Android experience.
Android, probably the most powerful mobile operating system on the planet, is great for numerous reasons:
- Customizations to make the device yours
- Great multitasking
- Fully integrated with Google services
- Many different OEM custom skins to suit everyone
However, there comes a time that users want to do a little more and have full control of their device. So, what is done — we root. Why do people root their Android devices? Here are just some of the reasons:
- Backing up apps and data
- Ad Blocking
- Removing carrier bloatware
- Wireless and network tricks 😉
Also, with a rooted device means that your bootloader is also unlocked so that you can flash custom ROMs to your device. A custom ROM is essentially the Android operating system from Google that a set of developers have taken and added their own custom tweaks for speed, functionality and differentiation. Custom ROMs can improve on battery life, allow you to customize your phone to a completely different degree and give you an overall great experience.
With so many ROMs to choose from, which do I prefer? Well, on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus there have been over 100 ROMs flashed from the popular Cyanogenmod, AOKP, JBSourcery and more. See below for a brief analysis of the top trio:
- Cyanagenmod — This ROM is probably the first custom ROM that any root user learns about and becomes enthralled in the sheer number of customizations that are available to you. However, in my experience I have seen that all of the options in this ROM absolutely destroyed my battery life and made the device quite slow.
- AOKP — After a stint with Cyanogenmod, I switched to AOKP and fell in love with the customizations and stabilty of the ROM, there is not a lot (if any) bugs in this ROM.
- JBSourcery — this is the most stable highly-customizable ROM that I have ever ran on the Galaxy Nexus, includes a JBSourcery Tool Center which offer complete manipulation of everything about your device.
So, which custom ROM is the best? That is a question that you must answer. Go forth and flash away my friends!
Visit RootzWiki for Android custom ROMs and kernels.
Bottom line: The world of hacking, modding and flashing new firmware to your device is fun and it is great that Google allows us to do it!
One hour. One hour is how long it took for Google’s latest Nexus flagship have it’s stock reduced to zero (both 8GB and 16GB versions).
That is pretty impressive.
If you tried to purchase the device there was error after error to be encountered. Some users even experienced Chrome crashing due to the Play Store being so overloaded. Though frustrating, those that showed perseverance have their orders now confirmed and they should have this beast of a smartphone sitting at their doorsteps in a matter of days to a week.
Bottom line: Congratulations to the lucky few. Great job Google on producing a wonderful device that consumers really want. One piece of advice stock up more so that everyone van get one!