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The best smartphones and mobile gear for students

Some of us here at Engadget can remember a time when cellphones on college campuses were strictly "for emergencies" (read: calls home to Mom and Dad). By now, of course, things have changed: Our handsets come with us everywhere, and most of us don't have to worry about pissing off our parents by exceeding our minutes allotment. We imagine many of today's college freshmen already have phones, but for those of you who've earned an upgrade, we crammed five into our back-to-school guide, including some budget options. Not in the market yet for a new phone? You might still want an external battery pack, a fast microSDXC card or, heaven forbid, a "selfie case," which is definitely a thing.

Source: Engadget's 2017 Back to School Guide

What happened to tablet sales?

 Apple and Samsung have refreshed their flagship tablets for the first time since 2014. Much has changed in the space — mostly for the worse, as overall sales have continued to slip. There’s room for debate as far as precisely how down the overall market is, but there seems to at least be a consensus that early predictions of the tablet space eclipsing PCs missed the mark. Read More

iPad regains share in a shrinking mobile tablet market

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/1600x1200+0+0/resize/1600x1200!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/aa6ec35672d39fd49c552c61bf68b70d/203609653/201623iPadPro_9_7+43JT.jpg" />Apple's share of the tablet market has been <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/05/14/white-box-tablets-outship-ipads/">sliding for a while</a>, but it's making a comeback... if not for the reasons the company might prefer. Strategy Analytics <a href="https://www.strategyanalytics.com/strategy-analytics/news/strategy-analytics-press-releases/strategy-analytics-press-release/2016/10/31/apple-follows-microsoft's-lead-on-2-in-1s-to-rebuild-ipad-growth#.WBdnrOErL-o">estimates</a> that the iPad climbed from 19.1 percent of the market in the third quarter of 2015 to 19.9 percent a year later. However, that's mainly because the market as a whole shrank 10 percent. The analysts believe that many tablet manufacturers' shipments dropped year-to-year, and that Apple simply experienced a <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/25/apples-iphone-sales-keep-falling/">smaller decline</a> than most. The one major exception is Amazon, whose $49 <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/04/21/amazons-fire-tablet-16gb-colors/">Fire tablet</a> helped its shipments more than double.
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Tablets Are Dead

tablet-graveyard In 2010, tablets were supposed to be the new hot thing. Apple released the first iPad, Samsung was working on the Galaxy Tab and countless of others were about to flood the market with Android tablets. Six years later, there wasn’t any tablet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Companies and consumers have moved on — tablets are dead. Read More

Shipments of ‘white box’ tablets overtake iPads

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The hottest-selling tablets aren't likely to be iPads or Galaxy Tabs these days -- if anything, they're the cut-rate slabs you see in the back of the drug store. Strategy Analytics estimates that shipments of generic "white box" tablets (which typically run Android) overtook iPads in the first quarter of this year, claiming 28.4 percent of the market versus Apple's 24.3. The analysts largely chalk this up to consistently tepid iPad sales, but they also suggest that small, budget-minded tablet makers are having a field day. That's not totally surprising. Low-cost Android gear also dominates the smartphone market, and a lot of these tiny outfits operate in China, where price is more of a concern. You don't need a $500 slate just to watch video in bed, after all. Filed under: , , , , Comments Source: Strategy Analytics

How LG and Motorola are assailing Samsung

Since the rise of the original Galaxy S, Samsung has sat atop the Android handset market, furthering its distance over other rivals supporting the operating system over the years. The company’s dominance is particularly impressive when one considers that it is the only successful feature phone company to expand its success in the post-iPhone era. However, with the company’s smartphone margins declining as smartphone penetration inches higher, the company is seeing reinvigorated competition from two old rival brands from its feature phone days — LG and Motorola. How they are taking on the Android giant represents a study in contrasting strategies. While LG has taken many pages from Samsung’s playbook, Motorola has pursued a strategy that might be called the anti-Samsung approach. LG, of course, has long been a primary Samsung competitor in both companies’ home country and around the world across a wide array of electronics products for decades. In
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How LG and Motorola are assailing Samsung

Since the rise of the original Galaxy S, Samsung has sat atop the Android handset market, furthering its distance over other rivals supporting the operating system over the years. The company’s dominance is particularly impressive when one considers that it is the only successful feature phone company to expand its success in the post-iPhone era. However, with the company’s smartphone margins declining as smartphone penetration inches higher, the company is seeing reinvigorated competition from two old rival brands from its feature phone days — LG and Motorola. How they are taking on the Android giant represents a study in contrasting strategies. While LG has taken many pages from Samsung’s playbook, Motorola has pursued a strategy that might be called the anti-Samsung approach. LG, of course, has long been a primary Samsung competitor in both companies’ home country and around the world across a wide array of electronics products for decades. In
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Verizon Moto X 2014 with Android 5.0
Continue reading "How LG and Motorola are assailing Samsung"

What to expect for IoT for 2015

The smart home, smart grid, IoT platforms, and industrial IoT applications are key sectors that will lead in innovation. Table of Contents
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    The smart home, smart grid, IoT platforms, and industrial IoT applications are key sectors that will lead in innovation. Table of Contents
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      These are the tablets to put on your Black Friday hit list

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      The retail sales battle lines have been drawn: Black Friday is upon us. Some deals will be genuinely rare and valuable, while others will simply be normal discounts dressed up in Black Friday camouflage Distinguishing between the two will be fairly difficult, but you can cut through some of the false signals by properly establishing your targets early on. If you're thinking of snagging the latest and greatest tablet, we've devised a short list to make composing your battle plan a little easier

      GOOD: Amazon Fire HDX (8.9-inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi version $379)

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      Engadget Daily: Google’s Nexus 6, new iPads, standalone HBO Go and more!

      What's happened in the past 24 hours of this connected life? Quite a bit: Google dropped the curtain on its new line of Nexus devices including Motorola's $649 Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 tablet from HTC and the Nexus Player set-top streaming puck. Apple has you covered ahead of tomorrow's iPad event too with an early look at its new set of slates. We also have a review of the Galaxy Note 4 and some other wild stories for you right in the gallery below. %Gallery-slideshow233015% Filed under: , , , , , , Comments

      New Galaxy Tab S voxpop ad continues Samsung’s assault on Apple

      Samsung Galaxy Tab iPad ad Samsung won't let up with its advertising campaign that focuses on Apple and its competing mobile products. This latest advertisement published on YouTube pits the iPad against the Galaxy Tab S in a series of "man on the street" interviews with willing New Yorkers. Samsung asks each participant whether they prefer the iPad or the Galaxy Tab, with all people not surprisingly choosing Samsung's supposed "Thinner. Brighter. Lighter" tablet device. Check out the ad below and let us know what you think in the comments.

      New Galaxy Tab S voxpop ad continues Samsung's assault on Apple originally appeared on TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

      TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004New Galaxy Tab S voxpop ad continues Samsung's assault on Apple originally appeared on TUAW: Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004 on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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      Apple and Samsung agree to drop all their patent lawsuits outside of the US

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      So much for fighting to the bitter end -- Apple and Samsung have just announced an agreement that will see them end all patent lawsuits against each other outside of the US. For those not keeping score, that means they're dropping cases in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea and (phew!) the UK. The two tech companies aren't automatically buddy-buddy after this, however. Besides continuing their existing American cases, they aren't pursuing any licensing deals or other pacts that would avoid trouble in the future. Still, if you've been hoping that Apple and Samsung would finally make nice and focus on beating each other in the marketplace instead of the courtroom, you're much closer to getting your wish. Filed under: , , , Comments Source: Bloomberg

      Even Samsung Can’t Screw Up the Galaxy Tab S

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      The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is so much like Apple's iPad, it's kinda scary. Samsung's flagship tablet is thin and light, has an extremely high-res screen, and it comes in two sizes. The Tab S is clearly meant to challenge Apple directly, with a large-size 10.5-inch tablet and a smaller version with an 8.4-inch screen. The strategy here, while bold, is also the product's greatest weakness. The direct assault on the iPad invites direct comparisons to Apple's tablet, and they're often not favorableSamsung may be able to match or even beat Apple on aspects of the hardware, but it's the overall experience that a customer buys — something Samsung has always struggled with. Read more... More about Android, Reviews, Samsung, Ipad, and Tablets

      iPad vs. Samsung tablets visualized

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      Having just launched a new pair of iPad competitors last week, Samsung's tablet arsenal seems to be growing at an exponential rate. To get a better idea of just how many weapons Samsung is stockpiling in its attempt to lure customers away from Apple's much more popular tablets, I gathered a list of all the Samsung tablets launched in the past 18 months. Here they are, compared to the tablets that Apple has launched in the same amount of time.
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      In case you're wondering, here's the list of Samsung tablets shown in the graphic.
      • Galaxy Tab S 8.4
      • Galaxy Tab S 10.5
      • Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
      • Galaxy Tab 4 8.0
      • Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
      • Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2
      • Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
      • Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1
      • Galaxy Tab 3 Lite
      • Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
      • Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
      • Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
      • Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids
      • Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
      • Galaxy Note 8.0
      • Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
      This is compared to the iPad Air and 2nd generation iPad mini, which are the only two new tablets Apple launched over the same period. So why isn't Samsung dominating Apple in tablet sales? Well, if I were in the market for a new tablet and was considering Samsung's hardware, my first question would be: How could anyone possibly choose?

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      Battle of the Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab S vs. iPad

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      Samsung launched on Thursday perhaps the most direct competitor to the iPad we've seen yet. In fact, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S comes in a larger and smaller size too, just like its Apple counterpart. Both versions of the iPad (the mini and the standard 9.7-inch size) have the same display resolution, processor and storage space as the other (just the size is different), while specs built into the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab devices largely go hand-in-hand too.

      But of course there are differences between what Samsung's offering compared to Apple, so we've stacked the details side by side for your easy-snacking pleasure. Check out the chart below. Read more... More about Samsung, Ipad, Tablets, Tech, and Apps Software

      Samsung: Not Afraid of the iPad Anymore

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      Apple's dominance of the tablet market is so overwhelming that most other players in the space tend to "counter-program." Rather than try to match the iPad feature-for-feature or spec-for-spec, they go out of their way to differentiate and offer features the iPad simply doesn't have. Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets, for instance, are really virtual storefronts for the company's popular services. The Microsoft Surface line offers (more or less) a full PC experience in a tablet form factor, complete with a Desktop.

      Even Samsung, Apple's most reliable hardware rival, plays the counter-programming game. For the past two years, Samsung has shined a spotlight on its Galaxy Note line of tablets, whose claim to fame is a digital pen, and all the cool things you can do with it (such as marking up maps with handwritten directions). Read more... More about Apple, Samsung, Ipad, Galaxy Tab, and Tech