Samsung takes on the iPad with its new Galaxy Tab S2

Just days after announcing its thinnest smartphone to date, the Galaxy A8, Samsung has just announced its thinnest ever tablet in the form of the Galaxy Tab S2.

At only 5.6mm thick, the new Galaxy Tab S2 is 1mm thinner than last year’s Galaxy Tab S, and even thinner than Apple’s 6.1mm thick iPad Air 2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung’s latest tablet comes in two sizes; an 8 inch and 9.7 inch model, both with a 3 x 4 aspect ration, which is much more reminiscent of the iPad’s dimensions than those of its widescreen predecessor.

The new tablets are not only super thin, but also extremely light, weighing only 265g and 389g respectively. They also have a 2048 x 1536 pixel super AMOLED display that, while lower res than its predecessor, is designed to provide bright, vibrant colours whilst also being easy to read.

As well as being slim and easy on the eye, the Galaxy Tab S2 is also fast and powerful, with loads of memory. It has an octo-core processor running at 1.9Ghz/1.3Ghz, and 3GB of RAM, with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which can be increased to up to 128GB via micro SD. There’s also a 8MP rear camera and 2.1 MP one on the front.

With its sleek design, altered dimensions and improved specs, it’s clear that Samsung is taking on the iPad, and the Galaxy Tab S2 may be its biggest rival yet.

Available in either black or white, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will go on sale in August although the price has yet to be divulged.

What do you make of Samsung’s latest tablet? 

GoPro announces tiny Hero 4 Session action camera

GoPro Hero 4 SessionNot content with already having some of the smallest and best action cameras on the market, GoPro has just announced a tiny new camera that is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the GoPro Hero 4 Black in its waterproof housing.

The GoPro Hero 4 Session is a small cube shaped camera measuring less than 1.5 inches on each side, and is submersible to 10 meters without the need for a bulky case.

The Hero 4 Session shoots video up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, and like the Hero 4 Silver and Black models, has a range of different modes including slow-motion and wide angle. It also takes 8 megapixel wide angle or 5 megapixel medium photos, and has time lapse and burst modes (up to 10 fps).

However, in order to shrink the Hero 4, Go Pro has had to compromise on certain features and the specs are not as high as its big brother. Most notable is the inability to shoot in 4K like the Hero 4 Black. There’s also no touchscreen, which given its size, is perhaps unsurprising. The Session’s diminutive size also means that there are very few controls on the camera itself. Other than a button to start and stop filming, and take stills, most functions are controlled via the mobile app or remote, which isn’t included.

On the plus side, the Hero 4 Session features a new dual microphone set-up for improved audio, which works by switching between a mic on the front and another on the back when it detects wind noise.

The Hero 4 Session will go on sale on 12 July at a price of £329, which is the same price point as the higher spec Hero 4 Silver. Whether or not consumers opt for size over specs remains to be seen, but there’s every chance that a 4K capable version is already in the making.

What do you think of the GoPro Hero 4 Session? Would you go for size over spec?

Amazon announces new Kindle Paperwhite with high resolution screen

Amazon Kindle PaperwhiteToday Amazon announced an updated version of its best selling e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite that will boast a much sharper display, improved layouts and a new font.

The 2015 iteration of the Kindle Paperwhite will have the same 300 pixel-per-inch density as the premium Kindle Voyager, making it twice as sharp as its predecessor.

The new model will also be the first Kindle to support Amazon’s new typesetting engine and Bookerly font, which the company claims will make it easier to read.

Other than these upgrades, the overall design and dimensions will remain the same as the previous two generations.

Despite an impressive upgrade in specs, the new Kindle Paperwhite will retain the same affordable price of £109.99 (plus an extra £10 to eliminate ads on the lock screen), which makes it much better value for money than the Voyager, and most other e-readers on the market.

The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is available for pre-order now and is expected to begin shipping at the end of the month.

What do you think of the new improved Kindle Paperwhite? 

Apple Music goes head-to-head with Spotify

Apple MusicApple Music was finally launched as a “one more thing” at the end of the company’s keynote speech at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.

Apple’s eagerly awaited music streaming service will launch on 30 June, and although initially only available on Mac, iOS and Apple TV, it will also be coming to PC and Android later in the year.

Users will be given a three month free trial of the service, after which it will cost $9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for a family of up to six people. UK prices are yet to be released but it’s expected to be less than rival services.

The platform consists of three separate elements, which Apple hopes will encapsulate “All the ways you love music. All in one place”.

Apple Music favouritesFirst and foremost there’s iTunes, which you can use to search for, and listen to music you’ve downloaded, or stream from a huge library of other tracks and albums. You can also use Siri to search for or suggest music, if you want.

The app will also have it’s own radio station, Beats 1 that will be fronted by Zane Lowe and broadcast to over 100 countries around the world.

Its final dimension is a social network, known as Connect, where artists can share exclusive content with users.

It remains to be seen whether Apple’s multi-faceted music platform will be able to rival its biggest competitor, Spotify, particularly as the music streaming giant has just announced that it has doubled its paid subscribers from 10 million to 20 million in the past year. Judging by his reaction to the launch of Apple Music – an “Oh ok” via Twitter – Founder Daniel Ek doesn’t seem to think so.

Do you think Apple Music will be able to rival Spotify?

Lily: the flying camera that follows your every move

Lily CamOver the past year several camera-carrying drones have emerged on the scene, including Nixie wearable drone, Hexo+ and the Go Pro drone, to name a few. However, the most exciting sounding yet is Lily Camera, which has just been launched, quite literally, by a small start-up in the US.

Rather than being a drone that carries an action cam, Lily Camera is being marketed as a flying camera that will follow and film you autonomously. All you have to do is throw it into the air and it will begin filming, tracking your every movement via a small GPS device worn either on the wrist on in a pocket. For more accurate framing, it will also have computer vision technology that will recognise your face.

The HD camera shoots 1080p at 60 frames per second or 720p at 120 fps, and stills at 12 megapixels. It can even sense the nature of your activity and trigger burst mode or slow mode accordingly.

Lily Camera is also extremely durable, with a polycarbonate hull to withstand crashes and a waterproof rating of IP67. For extra protection, the camera is also internal rather than being mounted externally. The tracking device is water resistant and comes with a waterproof case that can be used if it’s likely to be fully submerged.

It has a 2 hour charge time, which provides 20 minutes of flight, and comes with a 4GB micro SD and external memory card slot.

The device is still a work in progress and there are several issues that need to be ironed out before it goes on general sale, however it’s just been made available for pre-order at $499 (£322), which is significantly cheaper than the projected $899 (£580) retail price.

What do you think of Lily Camera? Share your thoughts below…