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The five best Android tablets you can buy right now (September 2018)

Even though tablets aren’t the most popular tech right now, there are still some fantastic options on the market. Those who continue to make tablets are really pushing the bar for what we can expect from them. Today, we’ve compiled a list of some of your best options if you want to pick up a tablet from any price range. These are listed in no particular order. Here is our list of the Best Android Tablets!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

The brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is putting a priority on getting things done. It comes out of the box with a new desktop mode that gives users more power to open apps in windows, resize those windows and drag and drop content between them.

If you need more screen real estate, you can use a USB C to HDMI adapter and plug this bad boy into a monitor or a television. You can then use the Tab S4 as a trackpad or sketch pad with the included S-Pen to get some work done. And the S-Pen does more than that too! Returning from the Galaxy Note 8 is the screen-off note feature that will let you jot down your thoughts even when the display goes dark.

Read more: Samsung announces the all-new Galaxy Tab S4 with Dex support

If you want a tablet that looks good, you’re probably going to want to start with the Tab S4. Samsung has reduced the bezels just small enough to not impact usability but make it looks sleek. We really love how this one looks and just want to hold it and play with it.

As for specs, the Tab S4 comes with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display that clocks in at a 2560 x 1600 resolution. It also comes with four speakers tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos. A 7,300 mAh battery keeps things moving while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4 GB of RAM power the show. If you need to store a ton of work documents or movies for that long business trip, the 64 GB of onboard storage and micro SD card slot capable of supporting up to 400 GB cards should be your best friend.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 purchase links: Amazon | Samsung | Best Buy | Verizon Wireless

Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4-inch

 

The Huawei MediaPad M5 is our pick for a smaller tablet that packs a punch. The 8.4-inch display offers enough space for productivity and media consumption, but it’s not so big that it’s hard to handle. The 8.4-inch IPS LCD display has a 2560 x 1600 resolution and looks absolutely fantastic. You’ll never see a pixel or a fuzzy image on this thing.

Inside, we find Huawei’s own Hisilicon Kirin 960s processor running the show. This octa-core chip provides excellent performance without killing your battery in the process. The rest of the key specs include 4 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of onboard storage, and a microSD card slot that supports chips up to 256 GB.

If battery life is important to you, you’ll love the 5,100 mAh embedded battery. It simply lasts forever. The MediaPad M5 is also one of the only tablets on our list that has a fingerprint scanner. Fingerprint scanners are almost a must on cell phones these days, but for some reason, OEMs haven’t added them to tablets. Huawei bucks this trend and adds a fast and accurate sensor to the front of the device.

Huawei MediaPad M5 purchase links: Amazon | Newegg

Amazon Kindle Fire

Instead of picking one Kindle Fire from the vast lineup, we’re going to recommend them all. No matter your budget, Amazon has a Kindle Fire for you.

Starting with the cheapest option, the 7-inch Kindle Fire 7 offers decent performance for an absolute rock bottom price. For only $50, you get a tablet that offers a ton of apps in the Fire Store, easy web browsing, and access to Amazon’s smart assistant, Alexa. It has a microSD card slot so you can watch all of your movies and shows on it during those long car or plane rides and the battery life is plus.

The Fire HD 8 kicks it up a notch with an 8-inch HD display and double the base storage of the Fire 7. You also get unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content, up to 12 hours of battery usage, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. For only $80, it’s a steal.

The last Fire tablet in Amazon’s arsenal is the Fire HD 10. As the name indicates, the tablet comes with a 10-inch display that has a 1920 x 1200p resolution and looks great when viewing movies and TV shows. The Fire HD 10 bump its base storage again, doubling that of the Fire HD 8, and comes with a quad-core processor. It’s a little bigger, but the HD 10 delivers as a media consumption workhorse.

Amazon Fire 7 purchase links: Amazon | Best Buy
Amazon Fire HD 8 purchase links: Amazon | Target | Best Buy
Amazon Fire HD 10 purchase links: Amazon | Target | Best Buy

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[Sponsored] Pick up one of Bestek’s high-speed USB C chargers for just $0.01

Bestek’s latest promotion is offering one of their high-speed, snail shaped USB C chargers for just a penny. Sounds crazy, but if you’ve got a social media account you legitimately can get this accessory (or something else they’re offering) for just $0.01, including free shipping. Read on and we’ll explain how it works. The charger […]

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Get MCSA-certified with this $39 training bundle

If you’re someone interested in Information Technology (IT), web development, and everything in-between, there comes a time when your interest becomes a love that motivates you into a lifetime career. And yet, as you well know, you can’t make it in the web sector without certification.

The AndroidGuys Deals Store has a terrific bundle designed to get you MCSA Windows Server certification.

Called the Ultimate MCSA Certification Training Bundle, it provides a number of courses designed to test your abilities in needed areas that you’ll engage once your career takes off (or advances, for those already in the field).

Three courses with nearly 1,000 lessons, totaling around 50 hours are included in the certification bundle.

In course 1, titled “Installation, Storage, and Compute,” you’ll learn about Storage Space and Data Deduplication, Windows Server 2016’s Hyper-V platform, and Containers.

Course 2 is all about BranchCache & the Distributed File System for branch office scenarios, planning and implementing IPv4 and IPv6 address schemes, Domain Name System, assign IP addresses using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, and advanced networking.

Course 3 of the Lifetime MCSA Windows Server 2016 Bundle pertains to the implementation of Group Policy, the deployment and configuration of Active Directory Domain Services, to install and configure domain controllers, as well as perform backup and restore.

The Ultimate MCSA Certification Training Bundle normally costs $897 but has been discounted by 95% — bringing the price to $39. If you want to get MSCA-certified, this is the way to do it. Don’t wait on this offer, because, unlike your membership, it won’t last forever.

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Best smartphones that don’t come with a notched display

Whether you like it or not, the smartphone notch is spreading like wildfire. After the iPhone X and Essential Phone brought the notch to the masses, many other major brands including Huawei, ASUS, LG and OnePlus have followed suit.

But what about fans of the classic design? What are they to do in 2018? Is the only solution to abandon yourself to the notch? Far from it. Fortunately, there are still many companies that have chosen to abstain from including the notch into their flagship.

And today we’re going to take a look and see what options you have at your disposal if you’re on the market for a classic-looking premium smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+

Samsung is one of the major Android OEMs who has gracefully avoided the notch up until now. And with the S10, things are expected to remain the same. Anyway, the current S9/S9+ retain the now classic InfinityDisplay with curved edges and 18:5:9 aspect ratios. So they can be a great alternative for the notch-hater.

The S9 duo packs a truckload of advanced features including a Snapdragon 845, super-slow-motion video capabilities and a new authentication method called Intelligent Scan.

But perhaps the biggest upgrade of the S9 line consists in the addition of variable aperture. Basically, the main sensor on both devices can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on lighting conditions. Speaking of which this year the Galaxy S9+ was outfitted with a dual-camera setup, while the S9 still boasts a single sensor on the back.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 9 is Samsung’s latest flagship and it also comes sans notch. The phablet,  which recently went on sale, flaunts a massive 6.4-inch AMOLED display and offers up to 512GB of storage by default.

Like the Galaxy S9 duo, it’s also powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor but includes as much as 8GB of RAM on board. The Note 9 also retains the dual 12MP camera setup of the Galaxy S9+, complete with variable aperture.

Obviously, one of the phone’s biggest drawing points is the new and improved S Pen. The stylus is now equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy to wirelessly communicate with the phone. Samsung is using this tech to offer a bunch of new features. For example, the button on the S Pen can function as a remote shutter for taking pictures.

Samsung’s also packed a pretty large 4,000 mAh battery underneath the hood of the Note 9, among the biggest we’ve seen on any Note device so far.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

HTC U12+

HTC is one of the few Android OEMs who has also resisted notches so far. The company’s latest flagship the U12+ proves that by offering a standard panel on board. It’s 6-inches in size and features QHD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio.

The U12+ is in line with most of today’s flagships, so it includes a Snapdragon 845, as well as plenty of RAM (6GB) and storage (64GB/128GB).

HTC’s flagship is also among the few mainstream flagships that feature dual-cameras on the back, as well as the front.

The device is offered with a very unique Translucent Blue back, as well as with a Flame Red gradient color. For those who prefer more standard colors, there’s also a Ceramic Black model.

Buy the HTC U12+

Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony has also been quite slow to jump onboard new design trends. The company was not very quick to follow the 18:9 aspect ratio movement, although its latest flagships do adhere to this norm.

The Xperia XZ3 is Sony’s latest premium smartphone and it comes with a 6-inch OLED display with QHD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The unique thing here is that the screen is powered by Sony’s Bravia TV technology.

Sony says this should translate into more accurate colors and textures. Moreover, the company’s color reproduction tech promises to deliver a wide array of colors in natural shades and hues.

Other than that, the Xperia XZ3 takes advantage of a Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There’s also a single 19MP Motion Eye camera on the rear that can shoot very slow-mo video and a 13MP selfie snapper on the front. The XZ3 is actually the first smartphone to be announced with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.

Pre-order the Sony Xperia XZ3

LG V35 ThinQ

This summer LG unveiled the G7 ThinQ which features a notch and the notch-less V35 ThinQ, for the more conservative crowd.

The phone is an AT&T exclusive and comes boasting an OLED display instead of the LCD that can be found on the G7. The phone also comes with a headphone jack, a long-lasting battery and water resistance.

Based on a Snapdragon 845 processor, like almost all the devices in this list, the V35 ThinQ bundles 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also includes a dual camera on the rear and runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Although, it will probably receive the Android 9.0 Pie update at some point, given that it’s a flagship and all.

Buy the LG V35 ThinQ

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Indeed, Google is two weeks away from launching the next-gen Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but even so, the Pixel 2 duo still remains a good alternative for those who dislike the notch.

This year the Pixel 3 XL will feature a large display cutout, thus adhering to the trends. Although the Pixel 3 will still offer a standard panel.

But if you don’t want to wait, you can opt for one of the Pixel 2 models. Indeed, they are both based on last year’s Snapdragon 835 platform and don’t come with things like wireless charging and slimmer bezels. And chances are this year’s models will. Which is why you might want to delay making a purchase.

But if you’re sure, the Pixel 2 models are waiting for you complete with an awesome camera and plenty of RAM and storage (4GB and 64GB/128GB).

Buy the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

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Amazon announces a slew of new Echo devices to bring Alexa to every room in your home

Amazon launched a ton of devices during its event at its Seattle headquarters, and besides announcing a refreshed Echo line-up, the e-tailer also unveiled a bunch of other smart devices ranging from a microwave with Alexa built-in to the Amazon Smart plug and other auxiliary devices, as well as the Echo Wall Clock. Join us […]

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Android Easter Eggs: The definitive list

For those that may have never heard the term, Easter eggs in this post will not be referring to the wasted pastel omelets you may be used to seeing in April. Rather, they are in reference to hidden UI elements that developers commonly like to stash inside their hard work. It turns out that the folks behind Android also enjoy this tradition and many can be found throughout the evolution of Google’s operating system.

The roadmap to find these “Where’s Waldo” type images has stayed the same over the generations. First, go to the Settings app. Then, System and press About Phone. Got it? Good. Now, tap the Android version repeatedly until you see the hidden treasure pop up on the screen.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The commonly accepted birth of the Android Easter egg seems to point to Gingerbread being the first OS build with one included. As with most early ideas, it’s arguably the weirdest one on our list. Yep, you see that right. It’s a zombie Gingerbread man hanging with the Android logo being flanked by a crazed zombie mob. Look, at least they are all using phones that you’d assume are running Google’s favorite OS.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Android Honeycomb came with a multitude of changes for the OS. From the “Tron-style” UI changes to the first tablet elements, Honeycomb saw a maturation of the Android operating system that laid the groundwork for where it is today. The Easter egg also saw a much more polished look. Honeycomb stayed true to its moniker and saw a buzzing Android honeybee in the hidden option. Oh, and if you press the Bugdroid you would get the nice “REZZZZ” text, which is another homage to Tron, as Rezzing is the word for creating an object in the film.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich was seen as a “small” Android release. It did, however, see a new design language that was a continuation of the groundwork laid in Honeycomb. It even got a name: “Holo.” ICS also brought a new twist on one of the most popular internet memes of all-time. Remember Nyan Cat? Yep. The flying rainbow cat. Well, this Android Easter egg borrows heavily from Nyan and starts as an ice cream sandwiched Bugdroid. When long-pressed, the Android mascot becomes a sky riding entity very similar to the Nyan Cat.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Android saw even more additions in 4.1 Jelly Bean. Notifications and the lock screen got an overhaul. It was also the first time that Google moved to Google Chrome as the default browser. Easter eggs were kind of a thing by this point and Google continued the tradition with a sweet, smiling jelly bean.

Tapping and holding the bean-shaped licorice caused the screen to be filled with even more small jelly beans. So, what was the fun part? As the beans bounced around you could manipulate them by flicking them around the screen.

Android 4.4 KitKat

Android KitKat wasn’t seen as a major update, but it was named after one of my favorite chocolate treats. This was news in itself because it marked the first time that Google used a trademarked moniker for an Android release. Google Now is probably the most notable addition found in KitKat but we weren’t denied a new Easter egg.

Once you went through the previously mentioned tapping through the settings. This presented you with a simple splash screen with the letter “K” which you could spin by moving it around with a finger. Tapping it presented a KitKat themed red wrapper with the candy name replaced by the word Android. Tapping this would then drop you into an interesting tile layout with logos paying homage to all the previous Android version.

Android 5.0 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow

I’ve grouped these two together and I promise there’s a reason. Remember the app crazy popular game called Flappy Bird? Well, it was a big deal for consumers and it must have been at Google as well. The company tipped its developer hat to the mobile game on the Easter egg for Android 5.0 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow in back to back releases.

Tapping the Android version opened an image with nice, orange lollipop aptly named “lollipop.” If you continued to tap the stick candy it changed colors, and when long-pressed, you were launched into a very Flappy Bird game avoiding obstacles while flying along as the Bugdroid mascot.

Android 6.0 followed this with a similar scenario, but with a few twists. First, you had to avoid floating marshmallows as your main source of barriers while flying about. The big kicker was that this version of the Easter egg brought multi-player functionality to the encoded game. There are additional plus and minus icons at the top of the screen to allow for up to 6 players to interact at a time and add quite a bit of challenge.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Lollipop and Nougat received closely related versions of their Easter eggs and came with its own duality in a different way. Android 7.0 technically had two releases of its Easter Egg and both were completely different. The first came in the form of another popular internet sensation and the Android N developer preview 4.

“Namey McNameface” is a nod to the Boaty McBoatface meme that swept the web after British intelligence left the internet, yes the internet, to vote on the name of its new research ship. Well, people are funny (and sometimes the worst) and they overwhelmingly chose Boat McBoatface. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long on the dev preview and was replace when Android Nougat became official.

Yep, instead, it was another cat-related game that took over in Nougat’s proper release. Namey McNameface was replaced by Android Neko. This is a nod to a popular Japanese game with the main goal of collecting cats. Just like all the Easter eggs before it the hidden feature is revealed with the same UI combinations from Settings.

One key difference is that once it’s turned on the Neko cat game is played by turning on a new Quick Settings toggle in the notification shade. A new option will be there for “Android Easter Egg” and you can add the new cat-themed icon to the shade toggles. Once launched, you have an empty dish and you have to lure kittens to the plate by adding food to the dish. After this, you can then add, delete, and rename the cats in your collection.

Android 8.0 Oreo

While Android O was monikered with another trademarked name of Oreo, it was also an ode to the latest Easter egg to be found in the OS. Getting to the nugget is the same all story with trudging through the Settings and tapping the Android version several times. Then you are greeted with a giant “O” that looks understandably similar to an Oreo.

After a long-press of the Oreo, you are launched into an ocean scene with a floating octopus with a head that’s actually shaped like an Easter egg. While he’ll happily splash around all on his own, you can use your finger to maneuver the sea creature around the screen. As you slide him across you will see the octopus change size and alter to the corners and edges of the phone.

Android 9.0 Pie

Every one likes Pie. And if you don’t, I simply don’t trust you. Android 9.0 has been a huge overhaul of both the UI and backend processes. We’ve also seen a huge push of Google’s artificial intelligence getting a more user-facing existence within the OS. However, when compared to its heritage, the Easter egg is very colorful but also subtle.

You will need to navigate to your trusty Settings in the Menu and go through the taps of the Android version. Then you are presented with a crazy psychedelic splash screen with a “P” on display. This time, there’s no game or cute creatures. The longer you keep the screen active the rings move and the colors change. You can also pinch to zoom it. That’s it. Simple but don’t stare too long.

Those are all the Android Easter eggs currently available in Android today. People have their own personal favorites, but which one is yours? We’d also love to hear your ideas for what might be there in Android “Q” next year. Hit up the comments to sound off with your suggestions and favorites.

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Here are the coolest things we saw at IFA 2018

IFA has come and gone, and we’ve had a few weeks to settle in and collect our thoughts on everything that was shown off at the conference. It’s not always a mobile-heavy event, but that doesn’t mean you don’t see companies pull out some crazy phones and gadgets to bring us back in. We’ve sifted […]

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Amazon launches Echo Auto alongside refreshed Echo Plus, Dot, Show devices

Amazon launched a veritable swathe of new Echo and Alexa-related devices at an event held at its Seattle headquarters which included the new Echo Auto, which is an invitation-based product launch at the current time. Join us after the break to find out more about the refreshed Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, and Echo […]

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Huawei trolls Apple again by parking juice van outside flagship store

It’s that time of year again where people queue up to buy the new phone from a company named after a fruit. While I would give you points for saying BlackBerry, it is, of course, Apple, and the people are queuing up to get their hands on either the iPhone XS or XS Max that […]

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