This month's best Android tablets

In today's Android roundup: ZDNet has a list of the best Android tablets for August. Plus: The Moto 360 smartwatch charger has been revealed, and Sony kills Playstation Mobile for Android

There are a lot of different Android tablets, but sometimes it can be a time-consuming headache to find the best ones. ZDNet has a helpful roundup of the best Android tablets for this month, and there's even one from Nvidia that will appeal to Android gamers.

According to ZDNet:

Here's my top Android tablets picks for August 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.

Nvidia Shield

Google Nexus 7

HP 7 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch

Google Nexus 10

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

EVGA Tegra Note 7

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1

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That's a pretty good list, but before you run off to buy one of them I'd recommend poking around at Amazon first. You can see a general list of Android tablets at Amazon or peek through the best-selling tablets list.

Amazon will likely have most of the tablets listed in the roundup plus many others, and you will also be able to read customer reviews to see if what ZDNet says actually matches up with the experience of real-world customers.

Sometimes even the best roundups miss problems and headaches that pop up in devices, so it's always a good idea to seek out feedback by people who have actually purchased the product and used it before buying one yourself.

If I were going to buy a new Android tablet, I'd probably go with the Nexus 7. There's something about the smaller form factor that really appeals to me, but your mileage may vary. Some folks like the bigger screens and I can understand the appeal. But smaller works better for me.

The Moto 360 smartwatch charger

Android Central reports on how the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch charges itself.

According to Android Central:

The charger is unlike any that we've seen so far for a smartwatch. It appears to cradle the Moto 360 with the watch face pointing outwards – so, still looking at you while its charging – with the power cable plugging in round the back.

The images of the rear of the watch also show off what the retail units will likely look like round there, and there are a few more details than the ones we saw at Google I/O. Nothing out of the ordinary with things like "pedometer" and "water resistant IP67" or indeed that it is stainless steel.

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The Moto 360 looks like a cool device, but I'm still not quite sold on the round form factor. If you haven't seen it in action, be sure to watch this video:

You can sign up to get alerts about this smartwatch on the Moto 360 site. And an Italian site has lots of pics of the Moto 360 if you want a good look at it.

PlayStation Mobile for Android dead

Push Square is reporting that Sonny has "pulled the plug" on PlayStation Mobile for Android.

According to Push Square:

PlayStation Mobile has been dead for a good while now, but Sony’s more or less pulled the cord today. Originally intended to offer a curated content hub on PlayStation-certified phones and tablets, the platform holder quietly announced this morning that there’s a “possibility that content may not work correctly with devices that have been updated to Android OS version 4.4.3 or later”. In other words, it’s dead.

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I generally hate when companies let something like this die a slow death. It's much better for them and for users if it's just put out of its misery quickly and efficiently. It makes it easier for everybody to just move on and forget the dead product or service.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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