What to look for when buying a tablet as a laptop replacement

Tablets didn’t exactly take over the computing world, as Apple and Microsoft had predicted years ago. But they have been evolving to the point where they can fill in for a laptop under the right circumstances. Still, how do you ensure that the tablet you buy is good enough for you to leave conventional PCs behind? It’s not always easy — a tablet that’s powerful enough for one person might be overly complicated for another. We have some tips to help you navigate the shopping maze.

Which tablet should you get? We compare the iPad, Fire HD, Kindle, and Galaxy Tab devices

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Like the smart home hub market or robot vacuum market, the tablet market has no chill. The lineup is becoming overwhelmingly saturated with brands like Apple, Amazon, and Samsung trying to prove that their tablet is the best (and more than just an oversized smartphone). 

And when you're shopping for a new tablet (or looking to get one for the first time), it can be a challenge to compare features, screen size, apps, battery life, and more simply by jumping around from website to website.

Lucky for you, we've already done that.

Most tablets have the same basic touchscreens, game playing, and video watching features, etc., and it's seriously hard to tell at first glance what the differences are. Like anything else, which tablet you should get depends on, well, what you want it for.  Read more...

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Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, and tons of other stores are having huge Presidents Day sales

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Presidents Day: Originally George Washington's birthday celebration, but more importantly, a day that most of us get off of work and can spend shopping all the online sales. Thanks George, for being born and for giving us discounts on smart TVs.

A ton of stores are participating in the holiday this year, which lands on Feb. 19, and some of the sales are so good that they're almost comparable to Black FridayRead more...

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Today’s best tech deals include Echo Shows, Eufy robot vacuums, iPads, and Fire HD tablets

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and if you don't have a gift for your boo yet, you better get on that. Don't worry, though — we've got you covered with some serious deals on smart products, with almost all eligible for free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime.

Smart home the crap out of bae's life by giving the gift of Alexa. Save up to $50 on the Amazon Echo Show and Echo Spot and make rushed mornings and stressful nights a ton easier with hands-free smart lights, Netflix binging, food ordering, and more. Give the gift of coming home to clean floors with a Eufy RoboVac robotic vacuum, which also happens to be an Amazon's Choice product. If Continue reading "Today’s best tech deals include Echo Shows, Eufy robot vacuums, iPads, and Fire HD tablets"

Save up to $300 on Dell Inspiron items, pre-order Nintendo LABO Kits, and more of today’s best deals

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This one's for you, gamers. As you've probably seen splattered all over the Internet today, Nintendo has released a new DIY way to play Switch games — and it's made out of cardboard. The Robot Kit and the Variety Kit seem really cool and we are so pre-ordering this stuff. For the more traditional "I want a screen larger than an iPhone" gamers, deals can be found on numerous Dell Inspiron and Intel Core desktop PCs and laptops. Read more...

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Green Monday is apparently a thing and these are the best deals

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but there's another capitalism-fueled holiday you need to know about: Green Monday. 

Apparently, Green Monday was invented by eBay back in 2007 as a day to get all your online shopping done with enough time to spare before the holidays. It hasn't exactly caught on the way Black Friday has, but that's not stopping eBay from trying.

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Green Monday is apparently a thing and these are the best deals

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but there's another capitalism-fueled holiday you need to know about: Green Monday. 

Apparently, Green Monday was invented by eBay back in 2007 as a day to get all your online shopping done with enough time to spare before the holidays. It hasn't exactly caught on the way Black Friday has, but that's not stopping eBay from trying.

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The best Black Friday deals 2017

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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.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><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">Strategy Analytics</a><!--//-->

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
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What to expect for IoT for 2015

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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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