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Top 5 cheap tablets 2015





Tablets might not be en-vogue at all times, but there are certainly a lot of ups for owning a tablet, especially when you’re talking cheap tablets. As we passed in to the New Year and came across Spring, many people during their seasonal cleaning spree have realized that tablets could be useful in their households or in their bags, thanks to their portability and functions. When it comes to cheap tablets, you can easily get Chinese ones that do the trick, but they won’t offer a lot of performance, nor timely updates, nor a good user experience, in most cases. Naturally, there are cheap tablets coming from Chinese manufacturers, too, but often times they are hard to get as you have to pay a lot more to have them shipped to your country, and in case something goes wrong during shipping, it’s hassle to send it back. That is why we’ve devised a list of cheap tablets for 2015 that aren’t the least expensive ones on the market, but they do offer excellent value for the money and promise a long shelf-life. Once you get a tablet, the goal is to keep using it for several years, as the main purposes of such devices is usually media consumption, social networking and internet browsing.

If you’re not sure whether cheap tablets or tablets in general are for you, here’s a few scenarios in which you might find them very handy. First off, the kitchen is a great place for a tablet. If you have a good stand a top of your head, in view when you’re cooking, a tablet will most likely fit in there nicely and you can enjoy touch controls or even interacting with a stylus, if you choose to invest in one or have one lying around. Compared to a laptop, a tablet takes up much less space and the touch interface allows for easier access with just one finger, while a laptop would have you typing, selecting, tapping and scrolling on a touchpad, which might be cumbersome in the kitchen.

Another scenario when cheap tablets can come in handy is traveling. Most of the tablets on this list come with very good battery lives, which means they will take you through your commute without a problem. If you’re on a train that has power sockets, you won’t even have to worry about that. Compared to a notebook or laptop, tablets are much more portable and maneuverable and you won’t have to fiddle a lot when you’re done with your tasks. Moreover. most tablets are 4G or at least 3G enabled, whereas with laptops, you usually have to tether, use a stick or hope that you can connect to some Wi-Fi. Cheap tablets also come in handy in the home, for interactive purposes within a family, for example. But if you’re a Youtube fan who spends relaxing time watching videos, a tablet might be more friendly because you can lay down and hold it in your hands, whereas a laptop would need much more support than that. Also, it’s good for kids and pets – yes, pets like to watch videos on tablets and pat away at running objects on the screen. These being said, I’m sure you can find many more useful purposes for cheap tablets in your household or in general. Without further ado, let’s see which are the best cheap tablets for 2015 right now.

1. Amazon Fire HD 6″

Smaller tablets are usually the cheap tablets, which is proven by the Amazon Fire HD 6″. This badboy is only $100 on Best Buy right now, and it comes with free shipping, so it’s definitely worth a try. Although the Amazon Fire Phone was a total bust, the Fire HD tablets that the ecommerce giant has released were quite the success with a lot of positive reviews out and about on the internet. The Amazon Fire HD is on the cheap tablets list because, yes, it’s cheap, but it also is rather powerful, considering the fact that it is an older model. The tablet comes with a 6 inch panel, that has an 800*1280 resolution that adds up to 252 ppi pixel density. It runs on a customized version of Android 4.4 KitKat, so you’ll have access to Google services and the Google Play Store (but you have to install these yourself). It gets a quad core CPU, backed by 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. It also has a 2 MP primary camera that can record video at 1080p and a VGA front camer ain case you want some selfie-action. It features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a battery that lasts for about 8 hours with mixed use. When it comes to cheap tablets, this is as good as they get. Although it’s about as big as the Nexus 6 and it doesn’t have 3G or LTE, it’s perfect for when you’re on a budget and just need something with a bigger display that’s ultra portable.


The most affordable in the cheap tablets list

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7″

This is one of those cheap tablets that comes in a compact format and provides most of the things that other flagship tablets do. It’s only $140 on BestBuy at the moment, and it comes with free shipping. Like the Amazon Fire HD 6″. it doesn’t have cellular connection, which is a bummer, but hey, if you want this for the home, it should be perfect. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite gets a 7 inch TFT display, with a 600*1024 resolution that adds to a rather low 170 ppi pixel density. The display is certainly not the best out there, and the Amazon Fire HD 6 beats it at that, but if you want something bigger for kids or pets for example, this might do well. Its performance is also a bit inferior, as it gets a dual-core Marvell chipset, 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. The added benefit for this is that it comes with a microSD card slot, so that you can save as much media as necessary, which makes it ideal for basic games and entertainment, especially for children. It gets a 2 MP camera, but it doesn’t have good shooting qualities nor a front-facing camera to pair it with. It does have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an 8 hour battery life, which is nice. Samsung thinks that if you only listen to music on this baby, it will hold out for 200 hours. We haven’t tested that yet, but it would be interesting.


Powerful, and still one of the cheap tablets

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8″

As we’re going up in size, we’re going up in price, too. The Galaxy Tab 4 8″ is one of the cheap tablets that offer a pretty high-end entertainment experience for the user, so it’s definitely better suited for commuters and such. I wouldn’t let this be scratched up by toddlers or cats. Currently, The Galaxy Tab 4 8′ price at BestBuy is $200, free shipping included, and it’s on a $50 discount, so it’s definitely worth the investment. There’s an LTE enabled version of this, but it’s double the price, so we’re staying with this one for now. The Galaxy Tab 4 8″ comes with an 8 inch display that has an 800*1280 resolution, adding up to a decent 189 ppi approximately. The processing power of this one is a bit atop of the other cheap tablets we’ve already mentioned, as it gets a quad core Snapdragon 400 CPU, backed by 1.5 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. You do get a microSD card slot, as usual with Samsung products. It also features a 3 MP primary camera with can shoot 720p at 30fps, which is decent. The front facing camera is a 1.3 MP one, so you’re not going to get much out of that. The battery life on this one goes up to 10 hours, which is rather nice for an 8 inch compact tablet that’s also rather affordable.


Cheap tablets galore

4. Asus Transformer Pad T100TAF 

This is the largest in the cheap tablets list this time, as it comes with a 10.1 inch display and a corresponding $300 price with free shipping on BestBuy right now. This is one of the best cheap tablets out there, because it’s not just a tablet: it’s a convertible. For the price, you also get a keyboard dock with a touchpad included, which is a great deal in my opinion. The Transformer Pad T100TAF is a bit heavy on the bezels, but it’s definitely a very versatile device that would be perfect for those who like to use their tablet for the occasional office-work or things like that. Moreover, the best part about this, and what makes it one of the best options in this cheap tablets for 2015 list is that it comes with Windows 8.1. How about that? Other specs aren’t that impressive, but they’re still pretty neat. It runs on an Intel Atom quad core CPU, which is a 64 bit chipset, so it’s pretty darn fast. It’s backed up by 1 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. It gets a 10.1 inch HD panel, a microSD card slot, a 1.2 MP camera on the front, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2 pretty great speakers, and about 7 hours of battery life with the dock.


That’s right, a convertible in the cheap tablets list

5. Apple iPad Mini 2 with Wi-Fi

As no cheap tablets list can be complete without an example from the Apple factory, we’ve decided that the best deal right now is the iPad Mini 2. You can find this slate for $300 at BestBuy right now and the big advantage about it is its high-end display. It gets a 7.9 inch Retina display, which coupled with the beefy Apple A7 CPU and M7 motion coprocessor makes for a pretty good performance. It will supposedly last for about 10 hours with mixed use, but our tests found it konking out at about 8, so it depends on usage very much. If you’re an iOS fan, this is definitely a good buy for you. It gets a 5 MP iSight camera which is surprisingly good, and a FaceTime HD camera for the occasional video calls. Oh and you’ll get 16 GB of internal storage, 1 GB RAM and Wi-Fi only. There’s a data enabled version too, but that will set you back about $150 more.


Apple can make cheap tablets, too

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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4 Most Interesting Crossovers in Gaming





Gaming crossovers are a great way to bring in new people and drive up interest in a title. With that being said, crossovers aren’t as rare as they once were. More and more gaming companies are now embracing crossovers, to the point that some may say that it has lost its appeal. And while this is true to some degree, there are still crossovers that are really effective when it comes to adding a whole new dimension to a game. To prove our point, we’ve put together a list of five of the most interesting crossovers.

Forza Horizon 4: Halo

Forza Horizon 4 is the eleventh installment in the Forza series. The Forza series is known for its ability to emulate realistic racing conditions and offer accurate representations of real-world cars. And while they’ve partnered with car manufacturers before, Forza Horizon 4 features one of the most interesting collaborations in the entire series.

For a series that prides itself on realistic racing, Forza also knows when to cut loose and have a little fun. Nothing exemplifies this more than the Halo crossover that features Master Chief and the iconic Warthog.

Fortnite: Travis Scott

Fortnite is no stranger to crossovers. But if we had to pick one as the most interesting it would have to be the Travis Scott concert. Not only did this crossover include custom skins and emotes but it also paved the way for one of the most unique digital experiences of 2020.

The Verge’s article on the Travis Scott crossover details that the crossover included an interactive digital concert that turned the Fortnite island into a music stage. What’s great about this crossover is that it hints towards a future wherein music and video games will be working hand in hand to deliver immersive musical experiences to millions of people from all over the world.

Merge Dragons: Rick and Morty

When you think of the popular TV show Rick and Morty, a fantasy puzzle game isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. This is what makes this Rick and Morty crossover so interesting. The sheer absurdity of this crossover shows what gaming collaborations can achieve when one thinks outside the box. The game features original dialogue spoken by the characters that matches their characteristics from the show. It is a fun addition to the puzzle game.

However, this crossover shouldn’t be too surprising as Rick and Morty have appeared in other games, demonstrating how they have become pop culture icons. The comic nature of the duo makes them perfect for every type of genre, including slot games. Foxy Bingo’s pop cultured-themed slots include an official Rick and Morty game that features the iconic imagery and characters from the show. The show has also produced its own game in the form of the Pokémon-clone Pocket Mortys. One thing that all of these games have in common is that they maintain the show’s penchant for fun and wacky adventures. This is seen in Merge Dragons with the exclusive cow-dragon hybrid featured in the crossover event.

Mortal Kombat 11: Rambo

While crossovers in fighting games aren’t exactly new, Mortal Kombat has always had a knack for creating interesting crossovers for their iconic fighting game. One way that they’ve done this is with the inclusion of popular film characters. The franchise has had everyone from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Jason of the Friday the 13th franchise appear in their games.

However, the latest iteration of the game may have topped all of the previous crossovers. This is because Mortal Kombat 11 features John Rambo of the legendary Rambo franchise as one of its available fighters. To add to this, CNet’s article on Mortal Kombat 11 details that Sylvester Stallone voiced the digital John Rambo. This is certainly a treat for fans of the popular action film franchise, as they can finally play as one of the most influential action heroes of all time.

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Loot Crate vs. The Curiosity Box: A Beginner’s Guide to Subscription Mystery Boxes





With all the loot box shenanigans we’ve witnessed this year, you might have, while searching for more information, accidentally stumbled across something by the name of Loot Crate. Unlike the reviled loot boxes, Loot Crate isn’t a digital gambling scam. Instead, Loot Crate is a physical, subscription-based mystery box you receive in the mail that contains a bevy of geek-related material. Moreover, Loot Crate isn’t the only available service. Alongside the vanilla Loot Crate Classic, the Loot Crate company supplies geeks with anime-themed items with Loot Anime, gaming swag with Loot Gaming (Loot Crate also sells HaloMinecraftFalloutCall of Duty, and Destiny 2 themed boxes), and film/TV merchandise with Harry PotterFireflyMarvel, and Star Trek themed boxes. Loot Crate also has a rival in the form of Geek Fuel, which is more expensive than Loot Crate Classic but contains more (and more expensive) merchandise. While I don’t have a Geek Fuel box to compare to a Loot Crate, I received a different subscription box for Christmas, The Curiosity Box. This mystery box is a joint venture between the company behind Geek Fuel and the YouTube Channel VSauce, which is admittedly cool. So, without further ado, let’s get into what sets apart a Loot Crate from a Curiosity Box and determine which is right for you.


On the surface, Loot Crate and The Curiosity Box seem similar. They arrive in big cardboard boxes and contain random items. Well, not precisely random; each box focuses on a different theme, and the items provided center around that theme. While a lot of geeks subscribe to these boxes for various bits of swag, perhaps the biggest draw is the exclusives. The companies behind these subscription services make deals with other firms to create unique pieces of merchandise that are literally impossible to find anywhere else, aftermarket/marked up eBay sales notwithstanding. Some of these exclusives are just color variants of readily available products, such as a glow in the dark Funko POP Groot figure and orange Quantum Mechanix Tribble.


Most exclusives, however, aren’t available elsewhere in any other form and include items like the The Walking Dead art print, the Yeti temporary tattoo, the tower of magnetic rings, and “collectible” pins.


Furthermore, while most exclusives are decorative, some are practical items, such as a pen shaped like the Sledge Saw from Dead Rising 3 and light-up beverage coasters with periodic symbols.


Finally, these subscription boxes have some of the most awesome, exclusive, geeky shirts this side of ThinkGeek or Hot Topic.


The exclusive items tend to be the best pieces of merchandise in each box and are usually worth the price of the subscription alone. Usually.


Let’s get this out of the way: the most obvious differences are the prices and subscription models. Loot Crate Classic is about $20 per box and comes once a month, while The Curiosity Box is well over $50 and arrives once every three months. More importantly, these boxes are designed for two completely different audiences. The Loot Crate (and likely by extension Geek Fuel) is aimed primarily at adults or older teenagers and provides geek-related decorations and practical items, such as the Dead Rising 3 pen, Star Wars and Deadpool fridge magnets, and a Mega Man car air freshener.


Also, Loot Crate tends to include non-exclusive products that are part of a series. Case in point, during my brief stint with Loot Crate, I received (among other things) a Kidrobot Glow in the Dark Ooze Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle vinyl figure and a Funko ReAction Alien figure. I got Donatello and the titular Alien, respectively, but I easily could have found Leonardo or Ripley in my Loot Crate subscriptions instead. However, since The Curiosity Box is almost exclusively made up of exclusive items, there is no element of randomness and everyone receives the same merchandise.


While Loot Crate caters to the video game, movies, comics, television, and everything pop-culture side of geekdom, The Curiosity Box is more science oriented and is designed for the family. For example, parents who bought the Summer 2017 Curiosity Box got to enjoy a t-shirt, a set of periodic table beverage coasters, a magnetic ring tower, a t-shirt, and a Nikola Tesla (as a sloth) enamel pin, while children will have fun with a temporary tattoo, a unique embroidered sticker patch, a solar system wall decal and poster set, a mobile microscope, and a castle cross-sections book. Finally, the Summer 2017 Curiosity Box came with the Universe Sandbox 2 Steam game, which is fun for all ages.


Since each Loot Crate and Curiosity Box contains new themes and items, you might find the contents of one particular box more to your liking than another. For example, one Curiosity Box contained a “grow your own glow in the dark crystals” kit, while another included a plush of The Curiosity Box’s mascot, the orange octopus Inq. Meanwhile, past Loot Crates have contained a Batman mug, a Doom Marine Funko POP figure, and the One-Punch Man manga.

While I only have personal experience with Loot Crate and The Curiosity Box, they are not your only options for subscription boxes. Geek Fuel is another decent mystery box, and it has come with its fair share of good products, including a South Park: The Fractured But Whole shirt, a Loony Toons Kidrobot blind box vinyl figure, and an exclusive Legend of Zelda pixel sword power bank. While I cannot recommend the Loot Crate, Curiosity Box, or Geek Fuel (or other) subscription boxes enough, you should research each to know what you should expect from these services. Sure, you technically can’t know what to expect since each box is supposed to be a mystery, but look into each specific subscription and figure out which one is right for you. Which do you think tends to have the best exclusives? Which box caters to your interests? These questions are important and will severely impact your enjoyment. Of course, luck also plays a big role, but that’s also part of the fun.

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Google Drive will Shut Down in 2018





It seems like yesterday when Google introduced Google Drive 5 years ago. Back then, people didn’t have a good grasp about what Cloud Storage did. Nowadays, there are many Cloud Storage services that it’s only a matter of preference to choose one for your file keeping needs. However, what struck me as an oddity was how Google Drive will pull their Google Drive service come 2018.

That’s right, Google Drive will completely shut down on March 12, 2018. With the software no longer being supported on December 11, 2017. People will have several warnings about this, for now, so they will have plenty of chance to switch to the new version of Drive, Backup and Sync.

This new program is basically a combination of the features between Google Drive and Photos. It’s readily available now for Windows and OSX systems and will be the new host for the Cloud storage. Alternatively, users can get a hold of Drive File Stream, which will become available on September 26, 2017.

The core differences between DFS and BaS come when you compare how they help customers. As shown in the image below:


A day without Google Drive.

It seems like users will have their first experience without Drive today though. Because as of this morning, the service was down for many users who constantly used the GSuit app. According to the independent site Downdetector, more than 7,000 users are experiencing issues with the service. This has been going on since 10:04 AM EDT, but the number of reports has been lowering afterward. You can check the stats here.

Thousands of users reported Google Drive issues

It’s a shame to see Google Drive go. To be frank, it was my preferred Cloud Storage option besides MEGA. However, it’s not a huge inconvenience considering they are not shutting down a Cloud Storage service altogether. So we at least have that.

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