Vodafone has confirmed it’s stocking the Sony Xperia Tablet Z on two different price plans.
Sony’s latest tablet is a pretty nice piece of kit and Vodafone has just announced the Xperia Tablet Z is now available on its network. Users have a choice between two price plans, with the first costing £199 alongside a £28 per month contract, while the other costs a lowly £99 with a £32 per month contract. Either way you look at it the Xperia Tablet Z won’t be cheap, but it’ll be one of the first tablets to be on Vodafone’s 4G network when it launches later this year.
Source: Vodafone Mobile
Samsung has announced the next tablet to hit market, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.
Samsung’s third installment of the Tab series, the Galaxy Tab 3, has been officially announced by the Korean giants. Despite the new name, you won’t find much change in the design of the new Tab when compared to its predecessors, but there has been a bump in the specs. The Galaxy Tab 3 will contain 10.1″ 1280 x 800 display, a dual-core 1.6GHz processor alongside Android 4.2. There’s also a single GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded by microSD.
No official word on pricing or availability as of yet.
We round up the best new Android apps from the Play Store, including web browsers, a music app and a powerful launcher.Next Browser
From the GO Launcher Dev Team, Next Browser is the best new web browser on Android. Fast, lightweight and with an ultra-clean UI it is the epitome of a cutting edge mobile browser.
We review the Huawei Ascend Mate, the latest Android phablet. Can it beat Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 at its own game?
Samsung’s surprise success with the Galaxy Note has prompted several other manufacturers to start exploring the phablet phenomenon. Huawei’s Ascend Mate is the latest example, with a 6.1” screen that dwarfs even the Note II. But is size everything, or is there more to the phablet than meets the eye? Read on to find out.
The Ascend Mate is positively huge. With previous phablets, toting displays in the region of five and a half inches, they have carefully straddled the line between one and two handed use. The Mate is unquestionably a two handed affair. Even though it is built for use in portrait mode we still found ourselves needing the second hand to balance the weight as we swiped around the screens.
Motorola has announced their first phone since Google’s takeover, the Moto X.
Since Google’s acquisition of them, Motorola has been fairly quiet on the smartphone side of things, but all that has just changed. At a recent event Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has just confirmed the company will be working on a new device called the Moto X phone. Details are still scarce at the moment, but the new phone will include an OLED screen and be made in the US. The phone will be the first device that both Motorola and Google will be working on since Google’s purchase, so it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out.
More news on the specs, pricing and availability of the phone when we know more. The full press release regarding the Moto X can be read here.
We review the ZTE Blade III, a low cost Android phone with some attractive features which include a good hardware design and reasonably sized screen
ZTE started its life in the UK as a maker of phones that others rebadged in their own name. It has had a strong relationship with Orange, for example, having produced the San Francisco a few years ago – arguably the first phone that proved you could make good quality Android-based phones at budget prices.
ZTE now does its own thing and makes phones available in its own name – the Blade III is another low cost offering and Virgin Mobile has it for £69.99 on pay as you go plus another £10 for a top up. That’s not a lot of money for a smartphone, and there is a fair amount of competition hovering around the price so ZTE has its work cut out to make its place.
At first glance the Blade III looks like a more expensive handset than it actually is. The build is neat and tidy, and a raised lip at the bottom edge that’s rubberized like the backplate rather than shiny plastic like the rest of the front catches the eye. The phone feels sturdy too. We tried to bend and bow it in our hands and it resisted well.