Feature-packed and stylishly slender, Sony’s new tablet is a Nexus 9 killer.
If you want to buy a premium, small Android tablet, what do you choose? The Nexus 7 (2013) is nice, but not really premium in price or design. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with its gorgeous AMOLED screen? Again, a good device, but it doesn’t feel really high quality. In issue 45 we reviewed the slightly larger Nexus 9, giving it a maximum score of 5/5. But the game has just been changed. Enter the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
From the minute you unbox the tablet and hold it in your hand, you know that it’s something special. Quite often when we review devices, we talk about the feeling of quality that comes with weight and density. The Nexus 9 is a prime example of this approach: it feels solid and therefore it feels well made. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact comes at it from a completely different angle – it’s incredibly light, unbelievably thin and exceptionally finished. Not everybody is a fan of the ‘OmniBalance’ design theme that Sony has been perfecting since the original Z phone, but there’s no denying that the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact offers one of the best implementations of it to date.
Turned on with the now traditional power button on the right of the device in the style of a watch crown (or by double-tapping on the screen when configured), the tablet immediately demonstrates another of its most impressive features – the 8-inch, 1920 x 1200 Triluminos display sitting between front-facing stereo speakers. It has taken a while for Sony to really deliver on its potential when it comes to displays (the original Z and Z1 were particular lowlights), but it finally seems to have got it right. The screen is clear, sharp and, like the Xperia Z3 itself, incredibly bright.
Samsung’s full metal Galaxy A7 has had a specifications leak before its launch.
Samsung has had moderate success with the A series, so far, and their next device the Galaxy A7 looks set to be another impressive offering. Although Samsung is undoubtedly aiming the A series at a high-end audience, it’s treading new ground with the A7, as it’s going to be their thinnest phone yet. Full specifications below.Samsung Galaxy A7 specifications Display: 5.5-inch full HD Dimensions: 150 x 75 x 6.3mm Processor: Exynos 5433 octa-core Memory: 16GB storage, 2GB RAM Camera: 13-MP rear, 5-MP front Battery: 2600mAh OS: Android 4.4
Its high-end specifications means we can expect the A7 to be near the top of Samsung’s pricing list (in the region of £549). With MWC on the horizon, Samsung will be looking to release the A7 early in 2015 within South Korea, before eventually expanding overseas.
Here’s two festive apps to help you prepare for Christmas, courtesy of budgetmobilecover.co.uk
There’s so much to organise in the run up to Christmas we thought it was a great idea to gather together some of the best apps to help you through the festive season, courtesy of our friends at Budget Mobile Cover.
Here’s two apps guaranteed to make life easier:Inkly Cards (Free):
Everyone hates the tedious task of writing Christmas cards, so why not use this app that makes card writing just that little bit more enjoyable – as well as taking half the time. Inkly Cards enables you to design your Christmas cards, selecting from over 1,300 designs that you can personalise by including a message written in your very own handwriting. Inkly was recently updated just in time for Christmas. You can get 50% off your Christmas cards and order by the 22nd December and still get it in time for the special day!
Tesco and Aldi won’t just be going head-to-head in the shopping aisles this christmas.
Tesco aren’t the only supermarket giants who are looking to compete in the tablet market. The budget-friendly Aldi are set to launch the Medion Lifetab S10346 as a direct competitor to Tesco’s fantastic Hudl2 tablet. On paper, the Lifetab ticks a lot of boxes. It includes a 10.1-inch HD screen, a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM.
Around the back is a 8-megapixel camera, while the front-facing camera is a standard 2-megapixel affair. It packs in the usual GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as nifty IR blaster for channel hopping. There are no exact details on battery life yet, but Aldi has claimed users can expect to get a solid 10 hours of power between charges.
The Medion Lifetab S10346 will be available for £149.99 at most Aldi stores later this week.
Stop people gaining access to your apps with a volume key combination
Some of the apps on your device can store information that you’d prefer not to share with people. Whether it’s photos, sensitive data or important files, stopping people from accessing them used to be a difficult process, but there’s now a simple solution to keep things safe. The Oops! AppLock app may have a strange name, but it’s in fact a surprisingly detailed locking system, which can be tinkered with to keep your apps secure.
One of its best features is being able to use your device’s volume keys to map out a combination that people will need to input to access the app. Once done, the Oops! AppLock app then disappears from your app list, but we’ll show you where to find it. Also in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to get started with this feature and go through the process of creating a unique volume key combination from scratch. —
For more tutorials like this, make sure to pick up the latest issue of Android Magazine.
Not one for the (already) spineless
Telltale Games’ zombie-filled story has been resurrected on Android for a second season. It’ll even use your Season One save to continue the story based on your previous choices. As before, the post-apocalyptic adventure is divided into five episodes – while the first is free, the others cost £2.99/$4.99 each. Best played with headphones, for maximum scare factor, it sees you touch-dragging the young Clementine to move her around the gloomy and sometimes gory scenes.
Interactive selection points are helpfully circled and tapping one results in an action or cut-scene. As previously, the game is a combination of decision-making and reaction/memory-testing action sequences. It’s pretty grim stuff at times, but an involving and satisfying experience that will keep you coming back for more.