There are quite a few Android tablets available but sometimes it's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Fortunately, ZDNet has come up with a list of the best Android tablets for September. This list should prove useful if you're in the market for a new Android tablet but aren't quite sure where to start your buying decision.
According to ZDNet:
Here's my top Android tablets picks for September 2014.
All of the tablets features here are very capable, powerful workhorses, and are ideal not only for home users, but also for enterprise users or those looking for a BYOD tablet. Any one of these will give you an excellent Android experience, and when combined with the right apps, will allow you to get a lot of work done when you're away from your desk.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
EVGA Tegra Note 7
Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1
Google Nexus 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch
Google Nexus 10
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
HP 7 PlusMore at ZDNet
Amazon has a list of Android tablets, and also a list of the overall best selling tablets on its site. I highly recommend that you check Amazon's user reviews before making a final decision on a purchase. I've often found important and useful tidbits posted by owners of the product I'm interesting in buying, and it can sometimes help you avoid getting stuck with a lemon.
As I noted last month, my choice would probably be the Google Nexus 7. I'm a big fan of the smaller form factor because it's easier to carry, and far more comfortable for me to hold for longer periods of time. Your mileage may vary, of course, and some folks really do need or want the larger screen tablets. But smaller is better for my needs and the Nexus 7 is a great option for people like me.
Android Wear 2.0 may be released on October 15
Android Police is reporting that Android Wear 2.0 may arrive on October 15.
According to Android Police:
According to an unnamed source, we're going to see OTA updates for some Wear devices on or around October 15th. We don't know what's in Wear 2.0 (but GPS and Bluetooth headphone support are good bets), which devices are getting it and exactly when, but it is happening.
We're keeping this one short and simple, and the information is, we feel, very credible. Unfortunately, we can't publish the direct evidence for this rumor for a number of reasons, but we're very confident in the reliability of our source here.More at Android Police
Android Police sounds fairly confident about its source, but I recommend taking this report with a grain of salt. Android Wear 2.0 may or may not show up on October 15, but it's very clear that Google does have a significant update in the works (scroll down to the second item). I hope Android Police is right though, the sooner the next version arrives the better for everybody who owns an Android Wear device.
Philips announces 4K Android televisions
CNet reports that Philips is offering 4K Android-based television sets.
According to CNet:
Trying to stand out in a crowded market, TP Vision announced three models of Android-powered 4K TVs, the lower-end Philips 7900, the curved Philips 8900, and the high-end Philips 9100. The products all have screens with 3,840x2,160 resolution -- aka 4K, Ultra HD, or UHD -- which is the main thrust of TV makers' efforts today to encourage flat-panel owners to spring for new models.
The new Philips TVs include apps for YouTube, Spotify, Facebook, Netflix, and Dropbox. Other built-in Google apps include search and voice search, Google Play movies and music for purchasing content, and the Chrome browser.More at CNet
Wow, I have to admit I'm impressed by the specs and features of these Android-based televisions. But I wonder if it's not just a tad bit too early to buy one of them? How much content is available that will really make use of a 4K television? Frankly, I'm not sure but I do wonder if it might be better to wait another year or so to get more for your money along with perhaps a larger selection of movies and TV shows.
It would be a real bummer to pay for a 4K television and then find that your viewing options are relatively limited in terms of content. PC Magazine has an article from late last year that tries to answer the question: Should you buy a 4K television now or wait? After reading it, I'm leaning even more in the "wait a while longer and get more for your money" direction.
What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.
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