Great Value Powerful Tablet – Fire HD 8

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I’m *always* on the look out for a decent quality tablet for my kids, one that’s powerful and punchy but more to the point affordable. We are now on to our fourth one due to breakages so a £500 iPad is definitely out of the question in our gaff….bring on the Fire HD 8 from Amazon, apparently it’s 1.8 times more durable than the iPad Air 2. Boom!  From the moment I opened the box I knew this was a goodie, largely due to the big stickers saying ‘certified frustration free packaging‘ how funny is that! I like it already.

It has a bright, clear picture and 1280 x 800 widescreen high-definition display. Great for watching movies on the go as we pretty much have been doing in every car journey! The handy micro SD card slot means you can expand the storage up to 128 GB as well as free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire so no running out of space in hurry, which also drives me mad!

It has a 5MP rear-facing camera for taking pics and vids and a front facing 720p camera which is good for Skype-ing. It’s the ideal tablet for watching all your fave shows on Amazon Video and Netflix as well gaming for the kids with around 300.000 apps available. Also has a handy 8 hour battery life.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is is a good value, easy to use tablet. It’s thin, it’s light and it’s powerful, what’s not to love.

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Vegas Diary – Day 2 – Getting Curvy

Day 2 of pre-CES saw a day of press conferences from all the big tech players. Standing out for me was certainly Samsung and its offering. CES sees the launch of Samsung’s first Ultra High Definition Television, the Bendable TV, an impressive Chef Collection for the kitchen and some hard-working, multi-tasking additions to its tablet range.


In the world of television for 2014 Samsung is embracing the curve for what is tipped to be a truly cinematic experience, The firm explains that with a wider field of view the audience is given the illusion of a larger screen size and also the effect of 3D without the awkward glasses. The unveiling of Samsung’s forthcoming Bendable TV range caused much excitement here in Las Vegas. At the touch of a button the Ultra High Definition flat screen television shape-shifts to become curved – offering the viewer multiple viewing perspectives.


Samsung’s Chef collection was also a highlight. The firm teamed up with Michelin starred chefs to create a multi-zone fridge offering varying temperatures for optimum food preservation. Thanks to a metal cooling plate and triple cooling system, meat and fish can be stored at a separate temperature to fruit and vegetables.


CES also sees the launch of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO series. Key features include a large 12.2″ screen size with multi-window capability, 10 hour battery life, a full size virtual keyboard, 3GB of RAM and the S Pen. Samsung has also incorporated a remote PC feature to the series making this a seriously hard-working and exciting tablet series launch.

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Asus Google Nexus 7

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This is a neat, compact tablet with a scratch resistant 7” display, powerful quad-core processor and up to 10 hours of battery life. It brings you the best of Google in a slim, portable device that fits perfectly in your hand or handbag for that matter.

Your Google Play library syncs automatically and with you have access to over 675,000 apps and games. The Nexus 7 also comes with some  content on it so you can start enjoying it straight out of the box too.

What I love about this tablet is that it comes with NFC  (Near Field Communication) so you can simply touch / go near other NFC supported devices to share information whether you’re sending files or streaming music or video, it’s all very quick and easy to do.

If you’re a fan of Skype the 1.2MP front facing camera is ideal for video calls and  the 5MP rear facing camera will take great photos and video too. It also features micro USB with SlimPort  so you can connect to your computer of other USB devices and display high def content on your HDTV as well. The handy headphone jack also allows you to listen to your tunes on the go.

This is a lightweight, powerful tablet and was a gift from Ladbrokes Poker to celebrate their poker site,  now available on Android.

The 16GB model will set you back around £150.

Tech Spec

Battery life  – Up to 10 hours
Bluetooth Enabled  – 4.0
Dimensions – H200 x W114 x D8.65mm
Graphics card  – Adreno 320
HDMI – Yes via SlimPort
Headphone socket -Yes
Internal Storage – 16GB
Memory Card Slots – No
Model name / number -NEXUS 7
NFC enabled – Yes
Operating system – Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Pixels Per Inch (PPI) – 323PPI
Ports – Micro USB with SlimPort
Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064
Processor Speed  – 1.5GHz
Rear Facing Camera – 5 megapixels
Screen Resolution – 1920 x 1200
Screen Type – IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with scratch resistant Corning glass
Sound – Built-in Stereo Speakers
Visible Screen Size (measured diagonally) – 7.02″
Webcam – 1.2 megapixels
Weight – 290g
Wi-Fi/3G/4G – Wi-Fi only
Wireless Networking – Wi-Fi- 802.11b/g/n





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Make calls for free with the FooTalk App

- Perfect for making calls to other users across the globe for free.

– Calls to landlines and mobiles are cheaper than Skype and other services.

FooTalk is a new app for iOS and Android that reduces the cost of making calls for smartphone and tablet users. It allows customers to make free calls to friends and family who also have the FooTalk app, anywhere in the world via Wi-Fi or 3G and 4G mobile data services.

FooTalk allows users to call any number in the world at extremely low rates (significantly lower than other alternative calling services like Skype). Whether calling abroad, avoiding expensive roaming charges whilst travelling, or simply calling friends nearby, FooTalk offers exceptional value compared to other services.

In addition to the cost saving benefits, FooTalk’s patent-pending Discovery service is designed to ensure a more reliable connection than competitor products. This combination delivers a customer experience that gives them the most complete alternative to their network operator in one, easy-to-use app.

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Archos announces the Child Pad

ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced a 7” Android™ tablet for children, called the Child Pad. The device features a compact light weight design, the latest Android version, 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The ARCHOS Child Pad will be available at the end of March for £99.

As a pioneer in the portable audio and Android™ tablet market, the tablet that offers hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids”, says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO. “ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents’ everywhere.”

Key Features & Benefits

Child friendly features of the Child Pad include access to the Kids App Store powered by AppsLib which is filtered down to 14-friendly categories and 10,000 apps including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, sports and more.

In addition, ARCHOS has created a child-friendly user interface with coloured icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles and the top 28 kids’ apps pre-loaded including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.

ARCHOS has also designed the Child Pad to comply with both CIPA and COPPA regulations, ensuring a safe tablet environment for kids and peace of mind for parents. The parental controls and safe web browsing is powered by Editions Profil, whose “Mobile Parental Filter” is ranked as the most efficient parental control software in worldwide benchmarks.

Availability & Price

The Child Pad will be available in stores starting the end of March with the recommended retail price of £99.

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