The first Android tablets, in fact, are large smartphones, which Samsung hastily released to compete with the then first iPad. Decent competition, however, did not work. However, everything has changed with the release of Android 3 Honeycomb.

Firstly, the third Android made it possible to create devices with a higher resolution screen and, as a result, with a larger diagonal. As a matter of fact, the first 10-inches on Android appeared only after the release of Honeycomb. But the main thing is that in the “troika” the desktop space is more rationally utilized. For example, in addition to application icons, large and very functional widgets appeared, which you can work with without even opening the application itself.

Samsung was the first global brand to pick up the idea of ​​Android tablets. But with the release of the updated Galaxy Tab 10.1, tablets from the category of “big smartphones” moved into the category of serious devices.

Secondly, the eternal problem of the motley fleet of Android devices received some kind of solution in the “troika”.

The system completely left the “iron” buttons, in most tablets there are only power and volume buttons. Yes, manufacturers both did and do their own assemblies of the system with proprietary shells and unique interfaces. But all the control buttons are exclusively virtual and are always in their places.

Thirdly, Android tablets have ceased to be smartphones and have forgotten how to make calls. Perhaps this is still good, because hardly anyone will use them as a phone. The SIM card in the GSM versions of the devices is needed to access the mobile Internet and send SMS. Yes, yes, with short messages, unlike the same iPad, the tablets on the “troika” are all right. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a diagonal of about 10 inches. This will seem a lot to someone. Indeed, the dimensions and weight of the device are such that it is unlikely to be able to replace you with a smartphone (yes, in fact, does not seek). But the Galaxy Tab is perfect for those who are tired of carrying a laptop, albeit even the most ultraportable. For most typical office tasks (including web surfing, working with documents and email), the tablet’s capabilities are enough.

Under the hood of the tablet is a dual-core ARM Cortex Tegra 2 processor with a frequency of 1 GHz. This is enough not only to watch videos of even the highest definition, but also three-dimensional computer games: the legendary GTA (Grand Theft Auto) or Brothers In Arms 2.

Separately, it must be said about the screen of the device. It uses the Super PLS matrix, which is a kind of improved (in terms of image brightness and viewing angles) analogue of e-IPS (used in many other high-quality tablets) and has approximately the same cost. Assess the color rendition and wide viewing angles is fully hindered by the easily soiled glossy coating of the screen. But, anyway, the supply of brightness is enough even for using the tablet in bright sunlight.

At the same time, the tablet demonstrates excellent battery life. Given the subtle possibilities of setting up energy consumption schemes, energy saving modes, etc., with occasional use, the tablet can be charged at all several times a week.

Unfortunately, there are no official firmware for the new Android 4 operating system for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (GT-7500) yet. However, at your own peril and risk, you can try unofficial firmware created by enthusiastic users.


Asus has long been experimenting with device form factors. Recall the same Asus Eee Pad Slider. His keyboard is with you all the time, but it is thick and, as experience has shown, the screen mounts to the “clave” become loose over time. Taking into account these shortcomings, the manufacturer endowed the Transformer series tablets with a removable keyboard, and even with a battery.

That is, when you do not need a keyboard, you can remove it. And when the charge level of the main device is over – just plug it in and the energy will be pumped to the tablet. According to the manufacturer, only the TF101G will come with a built-in 3G modem.

But Asus Prime is almost the only device in which the keyboard is not only a typing tool, but also a docking station. In addition to an additional battery, it has a full-sized USB connector and a second card reader. It is also worth considering that the keyboard itself is a reliable screen protection. And the tablet mount in the dock plays the role of the legs when opened.

There is a version on sale without a docking station (cheaper by $ 150), but it is less interesting. When you turn on the Asus Prime TF201, you are greeted by the Android desktop version 4.0.3. Under the hood is the quad-core Tegra 3 (Prime is the first tablet on this processor). He also has 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB (sometimes 64 GB) of disk space. All this is enough for editing documents, watching movies in high quality and launching a large number of applications in the background.

The TF101G model has a 2nd Tegra, 16 GB of memory (maximum 32 GB) and also 1 GB of RAM. Index G means the presence of a 3G module. The case of the TF201 model is smooth and made of metal. In the younger model TF101G, the surface, on the contrary, is plastic and embossed to prevent slipping out of hands. It remains only to decide which case is more convenient for you. Although rough, like the 101st, and thin, like the 201st, it seems the most optimal combination.

Even the “younger” has fixed USB port covers, and in the new – the usual plugs that are easily lost. Having rightly decided that a regular QWERTY keyboard is not enough to control an Android device, Asus perfectly optimized it. Where the [win] button was, the [Home] button is located. The top row, where function keys were usually located, was replaced with the player control buttons, screen brightness and volume control, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on / off, keypad lock and on / off. touchpad. But the arrows are rather small and “crowded” with the right shift and duplicate [Fn]. But there is a sufficient distance between the buttons and the dimensions of the touchpad itself, which does not support gestures and multi-touch.

The touch screen, keyboard and touchpad create some kind of redundancy, but you quickly get used to it depending on the situation, choose the most convenient solution. Both models have two cameras. For video calls – 1.2 megapixels. But external cameras are different: Prime has 8 Mpix., While TF101G has 5 Mpix., While the latter does not have a flash.

In terms of working time, two generations of tablets have a number of differences. TF201 (in balanced mode) holds a charge of 18 hours, versus 16 hours with TF101G. Both tablets have a charge indicator in the form of a light bulb near the charging connector. And in the Android tray, only TF201 has a separate indicator for each battery. TF201 also has a choice of three power plans. Doubtful advantage, since the difference in battery life differs slightly. But the screen mode called Super IPS + is a great benefit, especially in the sun.

Pre-installed software deserves special attention. Polaris Office allows you to not only open, but also edit MS Office documents. There is My Library – a reader for books, cloud storage service ASUS WebStorage and others.

Touch buttons “Back” and “Home” cause a double impression. On the one hand, this made it possible to make a thin frame and give the maximum area under the screen, on the other hand, when you hold the tablet in your hands (without a dock), false clicks often occur.
Thus, we can draw the following conclusion. Both generations of transformers are good in their own way. The “younger” TF101 has more communications and a peculiar case format. The “older” TF201 has better work with the OS and smaller dimensions with better performance. Which one to choose, you need to look based on preferences of use, well, and the size of the wallet.


The mobile version of ABBYY Lingvo dictionaries is primarily distinguished by its convenience and ease of use. We can say that any novice android user will understand it without any problems.
After installing the program, the user is prompted to download basic free dictionaries. There are 58 of them available, including 13 – for translation from Russian and vice versa. In addition, from the application you can purchase more than 200 premium dictionaries, including explanatory and thematic dictionaries. Among them are dictionaries of such authoritative world publishers as HarperCollins Publishers, Compact Verlag, Dicoland, Russian Language – Media, Russo, and also prepared by lexicographers of ABBYY.

Prices for paid dictionaries range from an average of $ 4 to $ 10 and above. Searching for dictionaries is quite simple: any form of the word is entered in the line, and the application searches for it in all the dictionaries downloaded. By the way, Internet access is not needed.

The dictionary search is intelligent – that is, even if the word is entered with an error, the program will offer possible options in the languages ​​available in the dictionaries. The general vocabulary card contains translation, transcription, word forms, and usage examples. In addition,
you can additionally download audio files with voice acting pronunciation of words.


Lack of time due to its incorrect organization is a rather familiar problem. Task planners can help solve it. Any.DO, a simple, convenient and very nice program, also belongs to such applications.

When the application starts, the schedule opens. Note that it is made minimalist and tasteful. In it, you can add a task and search for the desired action in the list. In addition, voice input is supported, as well as predicting the desired action. When a call is mentioned in the task creation, the list itself will have the opportunity to call from the application.

Different tasks are marked in the menu in a special way, for example, completed can simply be crossed out in the general list. To completely delete a specific task, you need to shake the device. And by clicking on the task, you can see a list of possible actions. It is possible to edit the task, set its priority (it will be marked in red), write a note and share it on social networks. You can also set a reminder about the action. This is done in a separate application window, beautifully and functionally
. There is also a choice of the folder in which the task is located.

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The Chinese company Shenzhen Eser Technology announced the ESER 072 tablet with a 7-inch display diagonal.


The tablet stands out primarily for its price – 51 US dollars, which at first seems like a ridiculous price. If not for the following characteristics: resistive screen, lack of Bluetooth and GPS modules. After that, the price already ceases to greatly delight. In addition, there is no data on the capacity of the battery and therefore it is not known how long the tablet will last without recharging.


7-inch resistive touch screen with a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels;

Boxchip Allwinner A10 processor (or ARM Cortex-A8) processor with a single core, the frequency of which is 1.2 GHz;

GPU Mali400 as a graphics accelerator;

512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory (can be expanded with a micro SD memory card);


mini USB, HDMI, and 3.5mm headphone jacks. The tablet supports 3G and has wireless Wi-Fi modules.