The Good The T-Mobile SpringBoard has an initial low contract price, fast 4G speeds, SD card memory expansion, Mini-HDMI, good build quality, and many useful preinstalled apps.
The Bad Committing to a two-year plan still gives us the heebie-jeebies. Also, its no-contract price is $100 more than that of the other current Honeycomb 7-incher.
The Bottom Line The T-Mobile SpringBoard has the performance and features to rival most small tablets, but the price is a bit hard to swallow.
Editors' note: Thanks to the release of recent, high-quality tablets, the overall score of the Springboard has been adjusted down from 7 to 6.5.
I'm against signing up for multiyear contracts for tablets. The way I see it, the market is still too young to be committed to a single device for so long. My advice is the same advice my uncle gave me in high school: it's best to shop around and not be tied down to any single device. Only he was referring to girls, if I remember correctly.
T-Mobile ends 'free data for life' for new tablet buyers
Activations before May 7 get to keep the deal as long as you stay with the network.
Get an iPad Air 128GB (Wi-Fi + 4G) for $449
That's $180 less than what Apple charges for a refurb; this one is new. Sellout risk: ginormous!
Got a new iPad and want to switch carriers? Turns out it's not so easy
So much for a universal Apple SIM. AT&T and T-Mobile both lock down new iPad SIM cards in their stores. The difference is a T-Mobile iPad purchased at an Apple store will remain open.
iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 equipped with carrier-hopping Apple SIM
The new Apple SIM card will let you bounce between carriers on short-term plans, without needing to get a new SIM card.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S arrives at Sprint
The 10.5-inch super-HD tablet is now available with 4G LTE capabilities.
Walmart and T-Mobile to offer tablets with free data plans
The self-proclaimed 'un-carrier' is expanding its tablet presence with a rollout of its "free data for life" offer at Walmart stores.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 family set for May 1 debut
The Wi-Fi Galaxy tablets, which range between 7 and 10 inches, will hit the US across a variety of retailers. Multiple carriers are also expected to carry 4G LTE versions this summer.
Sprint sells 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 for $50. For real
The carrier lures new tablet customers with a promotional price of $49.99 for a new contract.
Great tech-spectations: What's next in tech for 2013
A boring summer for tech is about to get a lot more exciting. Here's what to expect.
Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy 10.1 UK's first 4G tablets
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE and Google Nexus 7 are the first tablets to fizz up EE, the UK's first 4G network.
iPad mini 4G out now on pricey EE contracts, 3G available too
EE is flogging the iPad mini with a 4G connection! It's very expensive though, and you'll be waiting up to 35 days for delivery.
EE to sell 4G iPad mini 'in coming weeks', likely to be pricey
EE has confirmed it'll be offering the iPad mini, as will Orange and T-Mobile. But the prices could be wince-inducingly high.