Vita Price Drop: Just What the Doctor Ordered, Or Too Little Too Late?

Sony went in to last week’s German trade show Gamescom with the proverbial guns a-blazing. A firm release date for the PS4 (November 15th here in North America) and a bold commitment made to the indie game development community underscored Sony’s plans for the future, but they also took another major stride toward continued relevance in the current generation with a price drop on the struggling PlayStation Vita handheld. But is it enough to save the floundering portable?

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Review: Sony Xperia Tablet Z

When it comes to mobile devices, I’m pretty solidly in the Apple camp. Between iPods, iPhones and iPads, Apple has a pretty solid “in” around our house. I do own Android versions like a Nook tablet, but they tend to not see the same kind of use that the Apple gear does. Having just spent a week playing with a Sony Xperia Tablet Z, I have to say, the next time I’m shopping for a tablet that’s not an iPad, this thing will be at the very top of my list.

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Kobo Aura HD Review: Amazing Display Makes This the Ultimate Device for E-Book Fans

It’s no secret that I’ve become a real fan of e-readers over the past few years. There’s a lot to like about the switch to digital books — no ruined covers, no misplaced novels, no worries about beach damage and new books on demand thanks to Wi-Fi and online bookstores. I was running out of room for bookshelves, too. I used to write about the e-reader industry extensively, and besides testing dozens of models, I count six among my personal collection, including units from Kobo, Sony, Amazon and B&N. But tablets have slowly been taking over from the old school E Ink e-reader in my life. I do much of my reading at night, and since e-reader lighting has ranged from bad (clip-on lights) to iffy (built-in lights that tend to be uneven and spotty), an iPad and Nook Color have largely taken over around here. However, I just wrapped up testing on a new device that’s completely changed that equation. The Kobo Aura HD is the e-reader that will make you think twice about using a tablet for consuming digital books. This is the best device you can buy today for reading e-books.

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