This week in tablets and smartphones, we’ve got a heavily discounted LG G2, a Nexus 7 2013 edition, a 5th generation iPad Air, and a 10″ tablet from HP and a great deal more! We’ve also got laptops, computer components, cameras and memory cards. Dig in for the deals!
The LG G2 is essentially the exact same phone as the Nexus 5, except better. It includes a better camera, and features such as KnockON, which activates the phone by simply tapping on the screen twice. It also offers LTE and a host of other features, including the Snapdragon 800 chipset.
I consider the Nexus 7 2013 one of the best 7-inch tablets on the market. It offers the Snapdragon 600, chipset, with underclocked quad core CPUs, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and the latest version of Android. Google commits to pushing out updates for at least 18-months following its 2013 release, so it still has a lot of life left. It also includes access to a wide library of custom ROMs and is among the most rootable of devices around.
As far as 10-inch tablets go, the HP Omni 10.1″ offers excellent specs for the money. For Around $250, you get Windows 8.1, the latest Intel Atom processor, which I believe is based on the low drain Bay Trail architecture. The total battery life comes in at over eight hours, which for a 1980 x 1020 resolution screen is excellent. You also get Microsoft Office, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. It compares favorably in pricing with the majority of 10″ tablets. I don’t imagine Amazon will keep this price for very long.
Lenovo’s laptop offers dual GT755M, mounted in an SLI configuration (meaning they operate in tandem with one another). It also includes Windows 8.1, a Core i5, Haswell CPU (4200M), 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. It’s actually a pretty solid gaming laptop
HP EliteBook 14″ laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo (refurb) — $164.99 via Newegg
ASUS 11.6″ touch screen, with Windows 8.1 laptop — $229.99 via Best Buy
Asus 15.6″ Intel Celeron, with Windows 8.1 laptop (expires 6/19) — $289.99 via Amazon
Seagate’s 600 series solid state drive (what’s an SSD?) is regarded as one of the best drives, for your money, around. It includes high-end performance with synchronous NAND memory modules. While it’s not the absolute fastest drive on the market, many reviewers believe it to be one of the best drives you can buy. For anyone wanting to upgrade their desktop or laptop, this is a great deal, particular in terms of per-gigabyte pricing.
I consider the AMD FX-8320 the best bang-for-your-buck CPU on today’s market. And at $129.99, it’s a steal. However, before buying, you need to be absolutely sure that your software supports multiple cores. For example, for video editing on Adobe Premiere Pro CS6+, the FX-8320 is great – but other for other applications, it’s not that great.
PowerColor Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 low profile video card — $9.99 after MIR via Newegg
As a proud owner of the EOS Rebel SL1, I can say it’s a great deal. It offers an extremely compact size for a DSLR with a Clear View 18MP. On the downside, it’s crop sensor (EF-S) and the telephoto kit lens (which is an optional $50 purchase) is beyond awful. I don’t advise that anyone purchase the kit lens.
If you do bundle a lens with it, I suggest a 50mm or a 40mm pancake lens as a daily shooter. Lighter lenses augment the compact and lightweight feel of the SL1.
Foscam 1.3MP wireless IP surveillance camera — $149.99 via eBay
Fuji digital camera bundle JZ100 + SD card — $49.99 via Staples
Fuji Film X-M1 mirrorless camera with 16-50mm lens — $449.99 via eBay
I’ve got two favorite picks this week: In cameras, I love the $449 for the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR. As an owner of one, I highly recommend it for shooting on the go. You can’t find a lighter DSLR with a better build quality. My second pick is the HP Omni 10.1″ tablet – it offers a really great combination of features, for a low price. The kicker for me is that it includes Microsoft Office, which is a killer combination for summer school. Combine it with a Bluetooth keyboard, and you have a virtual laptop for $250 + the cost of a keyboard.
That’s it for this week folks! Check back next week for the same great deals!