Google Pixel C specs and review

Google Pixel C Review

Introduction

Google is very proud of the Pixel C tablet, and the tech giant even labeled it “the most advanced Android tablet” ever created. Curious why? The Pixel C has a powerful processor, beautiful 10.2-inch screen and an optional keyboard cover that attaches to the Pixel C without the use of latches.

The Pixel C is Google’s comeback to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and Apple’s iPad Pro, which are doing a fine job of promoting themselves as traditional PC alternatives.

Performance

This tablet has a high-performance quad-core Nvidia X1 CPU, which is paired with a 256-core Maxwell GPU and 3 GB DDR4 RAM.

If you’re searching for a tablet that can literally hand ANYTHING you throw at it, then the Pixel C is what you’re looking for. It scored higher on GPU benchmark tests than any other tablet to date, and there isn’t any 3D Android game that it can’t run.

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The Pixel C does in fact run Android 6.0, not Chrome OS. This is great because we all know and love Android, plus it has all the apps we can possibly need, from Google Docs to Trello.

Battery life is exceptional, actually it’s the best of all Android tablets, almost matching the iPad Air 2’s impressive battery life. If you steam Netflix or YouTube you can expect to lose about 10 percent of your battery per hour, while most other tablets will lose anywhere from 15-20 percent.

The 8MP rear camera isn’t impressive or anything you want to rely on, and the 2MP front camera probably isn’t as good as your smartphones front-facing camera, but as far as tablets go, you can’t complain.

The Google Pixel C tablet has a 32GB or 64GB internal storage version, starting at $499.99.

There are two speakers on the Pixel C that run along the short sides, so when it’s propped up you can hear audio quite well, and this is why many say it’s one of the best Android tablets for home entertainment.

Chrome OS is great, but Android is better because it doesn’t rely on cloud apps, so it works as a better laptop replacement OS.

There is a problem with the physical keyboard when playing video games, as some of them don’t recognize the directional inputs to control characters. It’s annoying at times but it doesn’t ruin the gaming experience.

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Conclusion

For $500 you can’t ask for a better tablet in terms of entertainment and performance. The Pixel C is an excellent small laptop hybrid when you connect the bluetooth keyboard, making it an affordable alternative to the Surface Pro line by Microsoft. It has top of the line processing power, battery life and graphics.

The thing is, the Pixel C isn’t needed by most folks. There aren’t many apps that actually need the powerful specs that the Pixel C features, and for a lot less, you can play all the same games on an Nvidia Shield Tablet K1.

But, if you want the best, then the Pixel C is for you. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of our Google Pixel C review!

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Best Mini PCs to Buy in 2016 – Excellent Desktop Replacements

Mini PCs are often overlooked by consumers who are more interested in traditional desktops and laptops. Many people aren’t aware that mini PCs these days are actually as powerful as most desktops, and can make a great desktop replacement. Want to set up a media server? Install your favorite Linux distro on a fast and compact device?

Not all Mini PCs are created equal, and there are some that could never run a game like Fallout 4 on the highest graphics settings, but there are still a few that can, and they are definitely worth looking into if you want to replace your traditional desktop with something smaller.

Mini PCs are great because many of them can mount against your monitor and remain out-of-site. You will sometimes have to buy your own RAM, operating system (plenty of free Linux operating systems, look at Ubuntu or Manjaro) and hard drive. But, this is okay because you can build a really powerful Mini PC if done right, and it can be done for a reasonable price.

So here they are, the five best Mini PCs to buy in 2016! There is something here for those on a low, medium and high-end budget so you can get the biggest bang for your buck.

HP Chromebox Mini PC

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The HP Chromebox has all the performance you can possibly need in a computer, thanks to the Intel I7 i7-4600U 2.10GHz processor. This 2.2 poound computer is powered by Chrome OS and features a 16 GB internal SSD with 8 GB RAM. Intel HD Graphics 4400, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, HDMI and 4 USB 3.0 ports make this a worthy desktop replacement.

You can buy the HP Chromebox Desktop Computer on Amazon from $425 and up.

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The ASUS VivoMini is a beautiful device, and for the price the specs are much more than what you would expect, and certainly better than any laptop in this price-range. 4GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and a powerful Intel i5 processor make the VivoMini one of the best Mini PCs on the market. Unlike other Mini PCs, this one comes with an OS, Windows 7 Professional.

It is perfect for business, as you can run Microsoft Office, a bunch of internet tabs, and Outlook without the computer lagging. It’s fast enough for most consumers, and although it’s not ideal for gaming, it can handle most games on lower graphics settings.

It is currently available on Amazon for about $400.

Gigabyte BRIX ports

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The Gigabyte BRIX is the only barebones PC I would recommend for those who want to play the latest games with the best graphics and have a flawless experience. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7-5500U processor that can handle anything you throw at it. This is the ideal processor to use for gaming on a desktop if want to stick with Intel, as it’s a reliable processor.

This Mini PC does not come with any internal storage, but it has support for one mSATA SSD and one 2.5 inch SATA HD. You probably want your video games, work documents, and other software on the SSD for better performance and loading times, but it all depends on what you can afford, as you have to buy your own hard drive and RAM.

It’s also worth mentioning how the Brix features an NFC reader so you can share files from your phone with a tap. You will need to buy your own OS. There are free Linux distros you may be interested in but Windows 10 seems to be the best for gaming support and software compatibility in general. If you’re going to use this PC for work then you might want to pick up a copy of Windows 10.

This product sells for about $500 and some places will sell modified versions with RAM, HD and OS included for more.

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Apple Mac Mini (2014)

For those of you who only use Apple products, the Mac Mini is a great option! The small 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4 inch device is equipped with a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz), 4 GB RAM, 500 GB 5400 rpm HD, and Mac OS X Yosemite. You can pay more for the 2.6Ghz i5 or the 2.8GHz i5.

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M83

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M83 is the perfect mini PC for business. It’s great all-around specs make it the one of the most reliable mini desktops on the market, with a powerful Intel Core i5-4590T processor and 500GB (7200 rpm) hard drive. It’s compact and won’t take up space in your office, which is something traditional desktops are known for doing. This 2.6 pound computer is available for $539.99 online directly through Lenovo’s website.

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All About the Lenovo Phab2 Pro with Project Tango

Introduction

Lenovo is launching the first smartphone on the market to include Google’s Tango technology, which enables augmented reality utilities, giving you the ability to measure physical objects with your phone. This technology can be used for many things, from playing with a virtual pet to redesigning your living room and seeing what different furniture pieces will look like together.

This idea is easier shown than explained, but once you see the video trailers and photos of Tango in use, you will see the potential.

Specs: Processor, Battery-Life and Memory

The Phab2 Pro has a 6.4 inch QHD screen at 1440 x 2560, and it does an excellent job adapting to various lighting conditions so you can read emails and text directly in the sunlight.

Lenovo doesn’t disappoint us with the 16 MP rear camera and 8 MP front-facing camera. The camera only takes 0.3 seconds to gain focus and take a pixel-perfect photograph.

If battery life is important to you then you will be pleased with the reasonable 4050 mAh battery, and the 2.4 x turbo charging speed. Sure, it’s not the best on the market and some smartphones have a much better battery, but this is reasonable and will do fine for most consumers.

Performance is definitely top-notch, with the Snapdragon 652 Tango Edition processor, optimized for Tango games and utilities.

The phone comes with 64 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM. More than enough to meet the average person’s demands.

Aesthetics have not been sacrificed to make this feature-packed phone, and the elegant design comes in both Gunmetal Grey and Champagne Gold.

Project Tango

Project Tango is what most of the buzz is about when you hear about the Phab2 Pro, as it’s the first phone in the world to feature the consumer-ready technology. The technology is very advanced and can help you visualize what objects will look in your home, or it can be used to do fun stuff like play games.

Sam Vang demonstrates playing with a virtual pet on the new Phab2 Pro phone at the Lenovo Tech World event, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in San Francisco. The smartphone will be clever enough to grasp physical surroundings, such as a room's size and the presence of other people, and potentially transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming. Tapping Google's 3-year-old Project Tango, the new phone will use software and sensors to track motions and map building interiors, including the location of doors and windows. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

 

Currently, the technology is being used in apps like Lowe’s Home Improvement, which helps you see what something will look like in its place before you buy it. This can help when picking out new chairs, refrigerators, plants, etc.

There’s also a game called Phantogeist, where our world has been taken over by phantom-like creatures and you must protect yourself. It will have you shooting projectiles at enemies and finding hidden portals.

Another game uses the technology so you can raise a pet, this game is called “Raise”. It will give the opportunity to select a pet from a 3D library and you’ll be able to train and take your pet with you everywhere you go.

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If you search the Play store you will find other Tango apps, and with the launch of the Lenovo Phab2 Pro we expect to see a bunch more in the near future.

Conclusion – Price and Release Date

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The Lenovo Phab2 Pro has all the right specs if you want performance, a nice camera and a phone with leading technology. Tango can be useful for many people, so it might be wise to watch a video or two on the features before making the purchase.

It’s not available yet, but you will be able to purchase the Lenovo Phab2 Pro online in the United States in August, and then it will become available globally in September. For only $499 the specs are a great deal, especially since it will give you access to some new and exciting Tango apps, and Google has even made a special app store for all the Tango content.

Echo

Amazon Echo

Wish to give some hands-free help for your man around the house? Take a look at the Amazon Echo, a smart home and Bluetooth speaker in one. What’s more? The Echo also has a built-in voice control assistant, Alexa. Even if your man already has Siri in his pocket, with the Echo, it will surely be a completely different experience.

With the Amazon Echo, the individual can now talk to their house every single day. From asking Alexa the day’s headlines while sipping coffee to asking it to play their favorite music while working out, this smart speaker will be a portable, affordable and useful helping hand for anyone for that matter.

The Amazon Echo is always on and always listening to the user and provides information and answers quickly, reminds them of things whenever needed, adds things to their shopping list, and typically makes the user’s everyday tasks much easier and fun.

It is quite easy to setup the Echo. Once it is plugged in, the Echo app has to be downloaded, and all the instructions have to be followed from there. The app is available for iOS and Android devices. Once the setup is done, talking to the less-robotic Alexa is the next thing to do.

In addition to the many default commands, there are also different things one can ask or discuss with Alexa. From some general commands like Cancel, Stop and Repeat, to various topics like facts, music, weather, lists, alarms, and more, the options are numerous. Not to forget, since the Echo is basically a speaker, it does that job pretty efficiently as well.

So, the next time you look for something useful for the men you know, Amazon Echo should be your choice. The product is available on Amazon for $179.99.

Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit Blaze

Have a friend, boyfriend, brother, or dad who is a fitness freak? How about give him something that he’ll absolutely love and find useful? Fitbit is now a household name when it comes to fitness trackers, and the Fitbit Blaze is the company’s new offering.

Basically a fitness watch, this device performs tracking, in addition to offering a lot of attractive and advanced features, which will be extremely useful for regular gym goers as well as runners.

Fitbit Blaze comes with a removable strap, which means that the person using it can buy different straps and swap between them, thus being able to use the device not just during workouts, but also as a regular fashion accessory. The watch is extremely thin and feels light on the wrist, so it would be extremely comfortable to wear it all day long. It can track calories burned, steps, active time, stairs climbed, sleep quality, and resting heart rate. In addition, it also comes with different sports modes to track specific exercises with its heart rate monitor.

With the touchscreen, it is easy to operate the watch. There are also different workout sessions, like warm up and warm down, 10 minute ab workout, etc., that can be seen on the watch. The Blaze also offers various smart features, such as getting texts, showing reminders and incoming phone calls, and music playback control. Another standout feature of the watch is that it can be connected with the GPS on the user’s phone to map routes.

On the whole, this is one comprehensive fitness tracker that will please any fitness enthusiast. The Blaze is available for $229.95 on the vendor’s website.

Nima

Nima Gluten Tester

For any individual, allergies would be their worst nightmare while dining out. With all the secret ingredients and new sauces, it is vital for those of you with allergies to remain cautious at all times. Though there are restaurants that offer gluten-free menus or food options, how much can you really trust them all? Fortunately, there is this new gadget that is designed to reveal the truth behind gluten-free food.

Nima is a portable gluten sensor. To test your food or drink, all you need to do is drop a sample into a disposable cartridge and then insert it into the device. It takes just two minutes to show the results. The device displays a smiley face if the food or drink is gluten-free, and the same displays a frown if not. Nima can be synched with an Android device or iPhone, via Bluetooth. For those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerant, this device could be an absolute game changer.

The key aspect of this gluten tester is its speed. While all the other testers available on market today are known to take anywhere between 15 and 20 minutes to deliver an answer, Nima just takes two minutes. So, you don’t have to encounter long and nervous waiting time when dining in a restaurant.

Nima is available for pre-order on the company’s website. The Nima Starter Kit will contain one device, 3 one time usable capsules, one carry pouch, and one micro USB cable, and is priced at $199. Another option is the Starter Kit with 12 packs of capsules for $247.

Grillbot

Grillbot

Whether you love grilling every weekend, or prefer using the barbecue throughout Spring, one aspect that probably annoys most of you would be the cleaning process. Keeping your grill’s surface clean is extremely essential, and if you are someone constantly thinking that there should be a better way to clean your grill, the Grillbot is exactly what you need.

The Grillbot is basically a robot designed to clean your grill, relieving you from the duty. This cool robot comes with three electric motors, a smart CPU chip that controls its direction, speed and movement, a rechargeable battery, and replaceable wire brushes for cleaning. The gadget is extremely easy to use and does an excellent job cleaning the surface of the cooking grate.

A standout feature of the Grillbot is that the brushes are dishwasher safe, so when they get dirty, all you need to do is remove and toss them in the dishwasher. The timer allows you to set the time for cleaning, and the alarm will go off for about 15 seconds when cleaning is over.

Overall, the Grillbot is an efficient gadget that will certainly help keep your grill clean. The ease of use and the ability to clean the brushes in the dishwasher make this robot an attractive choice for you frequent grillers out there. This gadget will also be a wonderful gift for a friend or family member who is into grilling.

The Grillbot will cost you $129.95 on the company’s website. There is another buying option, which is the Grillbot Bundle, which contains a Grillbot, replacement stainless steel or brass brushes, and a carrying case. The Bundle is priced at $144.95.

Lumigon T3

The Lumigon T3 – First Smartphone with Night-Vision Camera

Danish company Lumigon has recently revealed to us that their new phone, the Lumigon T3, will come with a 2K HD night vision-camera. This will make it the first phone to ever feature a night-vision camera, and it’s especially nice to know that it will be 2K HD as well.

“The T3 is the first smartphone in the world to have a 2K HD Night Vision camera that can capture photos and videos even in total darkness,” said Lumigon in a new statement.

Well, now Android users can say they have a feature that iPhone users probably won’t be getting for a very long time.

The new smartphone is made of stainless steel and Corning Gorilla Glass, so it’s definitely a high-qualty, durable phone. For those who like to splurge, there is a 24-karat gold version launching too. Otherwise, the regular version comes in black, white, or orange and will costs a little about $740 ($925 in Europe).

In a new video advertisement, we can see the night-vision camera capturing a cat walking through the grass at night. It’s impressive, that’s for sure!

Now, let’s talk about the specs!

Lumigon’s T3 smartphone is powered by Android 6.0 and features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display. It has 128 GB internal storage, 3 GB RAM and a MediaTek Helio X10 2.2 GHz 64-bit octa-core CPU.

We already discussed the 4MP night-vision camera with dual IR flash, but there is also a 13MP rear camera with dual tone flash, and a 5MP front-facing camera.

The Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is strong enough to protect your phone from harm, so it can definitely take a drop or two. High-grade stainless steel makes this phone incredibly durable, and it will definitely be one of the most resilient phone available when it launches. It is also dust and water resistant.

Lumigon did not spare any feature, and there is also a 360-degree fingerprint sensor so you can properly secure your phone.

So far, the only negative thing one can say about this device is it’s not aesthetically pleasing. The design is definitely not going to win over any Apple fans, and almost every high-end smartphone on the market has a better design – but the Lumigon T3 is definitely a feature-packed phone worth purchasing if you care more about functionality than aesthetics. In fact, it is probably the best smartphone for construction workers or anyone who is outside working a lot (while keeping your phone in your pocket).

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Features of Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV is a streaming multimedia streamer, which means it collect various content from the Web (Live TV, Games, Music, Videos etc.) and displays it on your smart television. The Amazon Fire TV comes in 2 different models: The Fire TV, which is a small box similar like Apple TV and The Fire TV Stick smilar like The Google Chromecast. The 2 models work equally but visibly there are some dissimilarities; otherwise the stick would not be $50-$60 cheaper now.

Some dissimilarities between 2 models of Amazon Fire TV

The Fire TV box links to your smart TV with a high speed HDMI cable. The Amazon Fire TV Stick plugs directly without any cables into a HDMI port on your smart TV, which styles it great for wall-mounted smart television’s. The power to run comes from a USB type cable that you can plug into a USB port on your smart TV with the included adapter comes with the box. Both models of Amazon Fire TV supports 1080p HD resolution. The Fire TV box also supports 4K resolution. The box is faster and has more memory. It also has a port for attaching it with an Ethernet cable and a USB port and microSD card slot to make available added storage, none of which the Amazon fire TV stick has. The remote control for the Amazon Fire TV box has voice-search ability; the latest version of the stick, released in the 2015, comes with a voice remote control as well, but you can also get it without a non-voice remote for $10 less.

The Main Features of Amazon Fire TV:
1. Listen to Streaming Audio, Videos.
2. Play Games
3. Mirror a Mobile Device’s Screen

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All models of the Amazon Fire TV come with Amazon’s voice-activated, aka Amazon’s Siri. In addition to allowing you search for content to play on your Amazon Fire TV box or stick, Alexa can also give you latest news headlines, latest weather reports, stock prices report, sports score update, business phone numbers for your need, etc. Some of these features may not be accessible on the Amazon Fire TV right now, but the corporation says they are development to stay adding competences over time. In early 2016, Amazon rolled out Alexa functionality to first-generation Amazon Fire TV boxes and sticks as well. To use it on the Fire TV stick, you need a voice remote, which you can buy individually.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review

Samsung is known for making high quality phones and tablets in all price-ranges. If you need a decent tablet without spending a fortune then you might want to consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. This device has a beautiful display, its incredibly lightweight, has a long-lasting battery life and comes with exclusive software perks that make it worth the price. There is an 8.4-inch and a 10.5-inch model, both are great but this review will cover the 8.4-inch one specifically.

Pros: This tablet is very slim so it doesn’t take up space in a bag or anywhere for that matter. It’s light, easy to hold and doesn’t get tiring on the wrist after holding it for a long time. The screen is great, so movies and other media look stunning.

Cons: As mentioned in the pros, movies look stunning. However, the GPU and WiFi performance is poor and can interfere with your app usage.

The Galaxy Tab S has a classy appearance, but what makes this tablet great is much more than aesthetics. It’s design is similar to the Galaxy S5, but with a cleaner, more elegant appearance.

They removed the larger chrome bezel that was around the edges of the S5 and replaced it with a subtle band, which is perfect.

Samsung could have given us more color options, but both the Dazzling White and Titanium Bronze options are nice. Actually, the white looks timeless.

This tablet is lighter and thinner than the iPad mini 3. Surprisingly, the Galaxy Tab 3 still managed to include a microSD slot. When you look at and hold the device you might find it hard to understand how Samsung managed to fit that slot in there, it’s amazing.

It’s easier to watch movies and YouTube videos on this tablet because there are speakers on the top and bottom edges, so when you put it in landscape mode and set it on a table you can actually hear the video you’re watching. This is a common problem and people often have to use headphones or other speakers if they really want to hear the videos well on other tablets.

Stream HD videos on this 2560×1600 AMOLED display, which looks way better than the same resolution display on the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9. That AMOLED technology makes a real difference.

All this combined with the 4,900mAh battery makes for the perfect tablet. It won’t die on you throughout the day and will remain charged even when using it. It can last about 11 hours, even

if you keep Wi-Fi on with the screen as bright as it gets and play games or stream videos throughout the day. Sure, watching more than an hour of video might lower this battery life, but it’s still way better than most devices on the market.

Samsung has equipped the Tab S with a custom octo-core processor Exynos. How good is the processor? Well, it’s good enough to handle any tasks you can think of on the tablet, and it can handle any game you want to play. There are four 1.9GHz CortexA-15 cores and four 1.3GHz cores for when it wants to save energy.

It’s clear the iPad mini line has better GPU performance, but the Tab S does not disappoint.

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Should You Buy A Galaxy Tab S?

There are probably only one group of people who won’t want to buy the Galaxy Tab S, and that is those who need the perfect high-end gaming tablet. Why? The Tab S only gets 14 frames-per-second onscreen with the GFXBench T-Rex benchmark, which is way too low for some people’s standards. For instance, the iPad mini 2 and Nexus 9 more than doubled that.

It’s still great for streaming movies and playing MOST Android games. Subway Surfers, Angry Birds, etc. Those will look great and run flawlessly. HD video on Netflix and other streaming apps will look flawless as well. In fact, they will look stunning as the color on this device really “pops”.

Yes, you should buy the Galaxy Tab S, especially since it’s a great deal at only $324.99 on Amazon.

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