The high-resolution screen of the new iPad establishes a new benchmark in excellence, providing the best rendering of detail and color accuracy we've ever seen on a tablet display. As a result, the iPad tops our new tablet Ratings, posted today.
Performance on the new iPad ($500 to $830) was superb in virtually every other way as well. The 5-megapixel camera took very good photos. Verizon's 4G network yielded very fast, dependable connectivity to a 4G-compatible version of the iPad in our informal tests. And despite the energy-intensive display and graphics, the iPad still has longer battery life than all other tablets.
We also added 10 other tablets to our Ratings, and found several worth recommending. Among them is the 10.1-inch Toshiba Excite 10LE. It's the lightest 10.1-inch tablet we've tested, weighing in at just over a pound. It's also very thin, measuring just .31 inch.
Samsung's latest entry in its Galaxy Tab line, the Galaxy Tab 7.7, has the first OLED screen we've seen in a tablet. That display provides deep blacks and a wide viewing angle.
The iPad's display, however, is the best we've seen. It has remarkable fidelity, achieving the highest score we've ever recorded for color accuracy in a tablet.
As a result of the standout performance of the new iPad's screen, we have recalibrated our standard of excellence for tablet screens. The iPad alone now receives an excellent overall score for display quality.
What would you tell other people who haven't used computers about the iPad?
"Never in wildest dreams did I ever think I would be able to use a computer. I thought I would break it. I found it so easy and a great way to make contact with friends and family.
I became very comfortable using it after a few hours. Maybe too comfortable. I would write a message and couldn't hardly wait for response. It doesn't replace a conversation, but it is nice way to stay in contact.
My grandson Tim sent me a picture that I probably never would have been able to see otherwise unless I went and visited him.
What did you use the iPad for?
"I used Facebook quite a bit. It works real well for sending messages to family and friends. I was real excited after getting responses after only a few minutes sometimes.
I saw pictures on Facebook of the grandchildren. You showed me how to pinch to make the photos bigger, and they were very special on that big screen.
I was surprised to see messages from cousins and relatives who wanted to be my Facebook friends -- people that I wouldn't usually see until reunions.
I also listened to music (on the free streaming service Pandora), read the USA Today and sent a few emails."
Further intensifying the price war in the fast-growing tablet PC market, HCL Infosystems on Monday introduced U1 tablet, priced at Rs.7,999, that comes loaded with 17 applications covering jobs, games, social networking and music.
The company also launched ‘MyEdu Tab' focussing on the education sector.
“Our feature-rich tablets are designed keeping in mind the specific needs of Indian consumers. It has capacitive screen and 1Ghz processor with high performance and low power CPU. The tablet comes with a front camera and 512 MB RAM, with an internal memory of 4GB expandable to 32GB and a long-lasting battery. It also has a full USB, mini USB and a micro SD card slot,” HCL Infosystems Executive Vice-President and Head (Mobility) Gautam Advani told journalists here.
Digitimes is reporting that Intel plans to release a low-cost tablet, codenamed the StoryBook PC, in developing countries such as Brazil and China. The slate will use Intel's Medfield chip, which is specially designed for smartphones and tablets. It will be distributed in a similar manner as the Classmate PC, which means that it will likely be sold in bulk to schools when it's available in the second half of the year.
The Tablet will sport a 10-inch display and have dual operating systems. There's also the possibility that Intel will eventually offer this tablet to consumers at less than US$299. It's not the first time we are seeing affordable slates intended for students--the Indian government is backing a US$40 Android tablet.
Mobile phone maker Micromax on Tuesday forayed into the burgeoning tablet PC market with its 'FunBook' priced at Rs 6,499.
The device, targetted specially at the education sector, will be manufactured in India at the company's manufacturing unit in Haridwar.
Micromax has joined companies like HCL Infosystems and WishTel, which have launched tablet PCs, targetted at the education sector. Following the government's low-cost Aakash device, these companies are tying up with educational organisations to deliver multimedia content to students.
Rather than shelve the new iPad's predecessor, as it did with the original iPad, Apple decided to continue selling the iPad 2 starting at $399 -- $349 at some discounters. That will prod other tablet makers to reassess their pricing structure, Dealnews reasons in its monthly analysis of deal trends.
Non-Apple slate manufacturers will feel compelled to respond aggressively, and as such we've already seen a new all-time low on the Amazon Kindle Fire," it observes. "Could this be a sign of things to come from other tablets as well?"
Not everyone sees the iPad 2's pricing as much of a factor on the pricing at the low end of the market where the Kindle Fire lives. They argue that the iPad 2's pricing is designed to blunt competition from the growing number of 10-inch tablets in the $300-$400 price bracket.
Nevertheless, changes appear to be in the winds, according to decide.com. Decide combs the Internet for intelligence on pricing to predict price moves on products. Of the top eight non-Apple tablets, the website recommends only one as a "buy now" because its price isn't likely to drop -- Motorola's Xoom tablet.
Amazon the world’s largest online retailer, is testing a service that lets tablet users make purchases through mobile applications, a sign it may enter a market pioneered by Apple Inc.
The service being tested allows both subscriptions and purchases of individual items within apps.
Selling items from within downloadable software can generate revenue for developers as well as companies, such as Google and Apple, that distribute apps through online stores. Amazon could use the transactions to wring more sales from its Kindle Fire tablet and the widening array of applications that can be downloaded to the device.
If you're among the growing number of owners of Android-powered tablets, you may have experienced some frustration with app selection on Google Play (formerly Android Market).
That's because Google's app store mixes phone and tablet apps, with no clear-cut way to differentiate between them. Thus you'll frequently encounter apps that aren't designed (or at least optimized) for your tablet.
This isn't just some fancy filtering used to cough up a list of tablet-compatible apps; the developers pick and choose those that take full advantage of a tablet's larger screen and, where possible, leverage Android's Action Bar and Fragments API.
Readers have quickly taken to downloading magazines on their tablets. Now publishers are betting that readers will consume even more for an all-you-can-eat price.
After more than two years of preparation, a consortium of magazine publishers will release the full version of its digital newsstand, which gives readers the chance to purchase magazines for a monthly flat rate.
Next Issue Media, a group of publishers including Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Time Inc. and News Corporation, will announce the latest version of its tablet application, which will include 32 magazines like The New Yorker, Time, Vanity Fair, Better Homes and Gardens, Elle, Esquire, Wired, Fortune, People, Real Simple and Sports Illustrated.
Users who download the app can choose to pay $9.99 for an unlimited subscription to all the monthly magazines in the app, or $14.99 for access to all of the monthly and weekly magazines.
The new app will be available for use on tablets running versions of Android 3.0 software and higher.
The group has good reason to want to put its digital editions on tablets and make them available to readers. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, digital circulation of magazines — on tablets, paid Web sites and mobile phones — has doubled in the past year
According to an internal AppleCare document, Apple is actively investigating a series of WiFi-related issues affecting the third-generation iPad. Since the new iPad’s launch, many users have been complaining about third-generation iPad WiFi issues ranging from connection drops, slow download and upload speeds, or the device’s inability to even pickup local WiFi networks. A thread discussing the issue exists on Apple’s online support forums has almost amassed 700 replies from users with similar issues.
Apple tells AppleCare employees to ensure that devices they test are not facing these issues due to normal software bugs, but instead because of the actual hardware components.
WiFi-only third-generation iPads are the only devices affected by these issues, according to Apple. The 4G LTE models are presumably safe from these issues due to the extra network power allowed by the black rubber cut on the top of the unit.
Microsoft has unveiled a new software tool that allows users to experience consistent application and Windows settings when they log in to a virtual Windows desktop from a managed device such as a PC or tablet.
The User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) tool was introduced this week in beta, and will ship at an undisclosed date as part of the next refresh of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack.
When logging in to a Windows 7 or Windows 8 device in Microsoft's VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) environment, users with UE-V deployed on their systems will see consistent app and Windows settings regardless of the hardware they're using. That means their settings for Office apps, Explorer settings like Favorites and Toolbars, and even Windows desktop themes like color and sound will remain consistent across their devices.
The Google tablet formerly known as Asus MeMo 370T may be pushed back to a July release date, as Google and Asus tweak the design to achieve a lower price.
When Asus showed off its 7-inch, quad-core MeMo 370T tablet in January, it promised a price of $250 and a second quarter launch. Since then, Asus has been silent about the MeMo amid rumors that the company has changed plans and is now working with Google on a cheaper Google-branded tablet.
As The Verge points out, Apple is rumored to be testing a 7.85-inch iPad, with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber claiming that Apple has one in its labs. Apple tests lots of prototypes, and it’s unclear if this one will ever see daylight, but if Apple releases a smaller tablet, it would put Google, Apple and Amazon (with its Kindle Fire) on a collision course.
I enjoyed the way that this diagram-creating app embraced lean-back with its touch interface. My sofa beckoned, and I was able to create a professional-looking diagram in a creative, reclined position rather than hunched over a desk. This app really took advantage of the gesture-based differences found in tablets and phones compared to that of a PC UI.
The much talked about demise of the laptop in favor of tablet device, it could be argued, will be dependent on the tablet offering much of the functionality of the laptop. Gaping holes in tablet function will likely perpetuate the laptop as a tool.
Smart Diagram Pro from Sillycube, is the full version of a stripped-down Smart Diagram app that lets you create diagrams on your phone and tablet. The full version removes ads, lets you create as many diagrams as you want, and also save them.
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April 9, 2012
Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 Tablet Product tour
The Lenovo S2109 Android Tablet Comes with unibody shell and gunmetal finish. It's 8.9mm thin, has an IPS display for a wider viewing angle and has a 1.3 Megapixel front camera for clearer video conferencing. Comes with SRS Trumedia for an ultimate mobile entertainment experience, Quad speakers for stronger bass, Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB, Latest Android 4.0 Ice-cream sandwich for a smooth interactive interface, 10 hour battery life and much more.
Tablets are on track to probably be the most ubiquitous portable computers we will have in our homes and offices in the future. But to see this future, we need to “think different” about them. Today we see tablets like the iPad and similar ones from companies like Samsung, Acer and others as being operating system (OS) specific and brand specific. That is today, but in the future, that may not be the case.
If you look at any tablet when turned off, what do you see? It’s a blank screen. In this state, it is pretty worthless. But when turned on and connected to apps and the Internet, it comes alive and has great value. Many people will be willing to pay to have a specific OS and brand if they get extra value from what these brands offer them. But there is another scenario that could possibly be quite interesting for the mass market.
At various times when I needed to use a tablet, I just picked up the one closest to me at that time. And while all had different operating systems and apps, they all had one important common denominator: a web browser. Multiple surveys show that when it comes to tablets, 50% of the time spent on them is using the tablet’s web browser.
Now think about how many apps you use that also have web app versions: apps like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and others. While localized apps are great, if you have a connection to the Internet, the browser apps will work just as well. Yes, there will be apps like games and others that will work best on dedicated OS models, but web-based tablets could represent the real future of tablets, and they will be so cheap you could have one in every room of your house if you wanted to.
Apple is on the verge of doing what few others have: change the English language.
When you have a boo-boo, you reach for a Band-Aid not a bandage. When you need to blow your nose, you ask for Kleenex not tissue. If you decide to look up something online, you Google instead of search for it. And if you want to buy a tablet computer, there's a good chance there's only one name you'll remember.
"For the vast majority, the idea of a tablet is really captured by the idea of an iPad,'" says Josh Davis, a manager at Abt Electronics in Chicago. "They gave birth to the whole category and brought it to life."
Toshiba today announced a number of exciting new products, including three new tablets of varying sizes, including entry-level, premium and gaming laptops, as well as stylish All-in-One desktop PCs. This combination of new computing devices offers something for every budget that will meet every computing need. Whether you’re looking for a tablet for on-the-go Web browsing, a high-performance laptop for some intense gaming or an entertainment hub for your family room, Toshiba’s new offerings have you covered.
Tablets, laptops and All-in-One desktop PCs Toshiba unveiled today include:
Excite 10: This 10.1-inch tablet is a great choice for Web browsing, reading, games and apps.
Excite 13: This large tablet is the ideal coffee table show piece and overall home accessory. Its big, bright HD display makes it perfect for group movie watching, multi-player gaming and video chatting, as well as browsing through recipes in the kitchen.
Excite 7.7: This compact tablet features a brilliant AMOLED display that fits the needs of mobile gamers and movie lovers alike.
The advancement in the tablet PC market can be credited to the fact that consumers desire a gadget handier than a Laptop, more powerful than a Netbook, and more comforting than a smart phone and a Tablet PC could very well fill up all of those needs. In 2011, the global Tablet PC market reached USD 35.3 Billion, which is expected to grow further till 2016. The US Tablet PC's market is anticipated to grow at the CAGR of around 10.8% with the wide acceptance and increased demand from Enterprises.
According to report "United States Tablet PC's Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2016" United States is expected to witness a phenomenal growth in its Tablet PC market. The current trends and market acceptance of the Tablet PC is rising which in consequence will help the Tablet PC market to encounter some major positive developments in the coming times. The major drivers of the Tablet PC market in terms of its characteristics will be ease of use, long battery life, mobility, ability to multi-task, instant on/off and substantial breadth of applications coupled with the long range of available prices. "United States Tablet PC Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2016" discusses the following aspects related to Tablet PC's in United States.
Looking at the tablet segment usually results in seeing two players; iOS and Android. Pretty much all tablets sold currently fall under these two platforms, although with so many making Android tablets you could make an argument that says they shouldn’t all be lumped together for analytical purposes.
“We differentiate media tablets from tablets PC and windows 7 would fall under tablet PCs. We feel that media tablets are a different kind of tablet where not just form factor but the richness of the ecosystem of apps is part of the value proposition to users. Windows 7 was not an OS optimized for tablets.”
Gartner seems to believe that doesn’t matter because there are no apps for them and that Windows 7 is not “optimized for tablets”.
While the technical press spent most of last month fawning over the new iPad and its "retina" display, my retinas were enjoying a much deeper level of techie satisfaction. I was running full scale Windows apps, such as Visual Studio, on the Samsung Slate 7. The Slate, an Intel-based tablet, was recently released with these hardware specs: an Intel Core i5 Mobile processor, 4GB RAM, and 128 GB SSD. It's an 11.6-inch LCD display (1366 x 768), so somewhat larger than an iPad. Unlike the iPad or, in fact, any other tablets, it has an HDMI and a USB port. The Slate also has a docking station which has two USB and an Ethernet port. So, as you can tell, it's a true PC in the form factor of a tablet. The picture below confirms this.
So, what does this tablet have to do with software development? Lots, actually. If you subscribe—as I do—to the belief that high-end tablets will inevitably overlap with PCs in terms of performance and capability, then the Slate represents the future to day. It also means that insofar as tablets are concerned, the current model of downloading mobile apps will be supplanted in favor of using regular desktop apps.
Tablet computers are meant to be held, at least most of the time. But at what point does a slate become too unwieldy to function as a handheld device? The new Toshiba Excite 13, with its gargantuan (by tablet standards) 13.3-inch display, may soon answer that question.
Excite 13 is a quad-core tablet that weighs 2.2 pounds. T the new iPad is 1.44 pounds, and the Kindle Fire is 14.6 ounces (0.91 pounds).
Toshibaincludes a stand with its $650 to $750 Excite 13, an essential tool for someone who plans to use the Excite 13 for an extended periods and watching movies.
Efforts over the past several years to bridge the digital divide using low-cost computers have put millions of these devices in the hands of students in developing countries throughout Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Backed by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project, chipmaker Intel and others, these computers initially appeared in 2007 as stripped-down laptop PCs with Internet access and educational software. These devices are changing with the times, however, heavily influenced by the emergence of tablet computers, smart phones and portable digital video game players.
The newest entry is a durable tablet called the studybook designed by Intel.
A key feature of the studybook design is sturdiness. The Studybook tablet is constructed from a single piece of plastic, and its screen sits on a rubber gasket designed to act as a shock absorber, making the device water resistant and able to absorb a 70-centimeter drop without breaking, says Wayne Grant, director of research and planning for Intel’s Education Market Platforms Group. The price of the studybook—which can connect to networks via WiFi, 3G or Bluetooth—is set by local manufacturers, but Intel anticipates it will cost between $200 and $300, depending on how it is configured. A version using the Windows 7 operating system is available now and will be followed in a few months by one running Google’s Android Honeycomb operating system.
Intel said on Wednesday 75 ultrabook models are already in development and will include new form factors such as hybrids, which can switch from laptops to touchscreen tablets.
The chip maker also expects ultrabooks will reach a starting price of US$699 within several months by the back-to-school period this year, as the company works to boost retail visibility of the ultrabook form factor through a new marketing campaign. Currently ultrabooks are priced from about $800 upwards.
Intel announced the ultrabook concept last May, aiming to create new laptops that are not only thin and light, but also feature long battery life and quick turn-on times on par with tablets. To support the development, Intel has invested $300 million in companies that develop new technologies for ultrabooks.
"I think we can deliver the best of a tablet, and the best in what (users) know in a notebook," Skaugen told reporters.
Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Lenovo unveiled an ultrabook device called the IdeaPad Yoga, which has a touchscreen display that can flip into a tablet. The device runs Windows 8, which Microsoft will release later this year.
Interpret, a leading entertainment, media and technology market research firm, today released its Interpretations report, "Tablet Computers: Post-PC Wonderland or Utopia?," which examines whether Steve Jobs' "post-PC era" statement is a marketing ploy or a likely reality.
It's no secret that tablets are a hot technology, and the growth over the past year alone has been extraordinary," said Michael Dowling, CEO of Interpret. "However, tablet owners tend to be much more affluent than the average traditional computer owner, and the crossover between tablet ownership and smartphone ownership is high. So right now, tablets appear to be ancillary items, not yet replacing the computer or phone -- rather, just another gadget for consumers to entertain themselves. That said, with the continuing popularity of the iPad and with the Kindle Fire and other more affordable tablets coming to market, we may see consumers eschew the traditional computer for a tablet."
A new report claims that Windows 8 tablets will remain a distant third in the tablet market behind the iPad and Android tablets well into the foreseeable future. But there may be one bright spot: Enterprises will likely be big Windows 8 tablet customers.
Even by 2016, Gartner says, Microsoft will only have just under 12 percent of the tablet market share. That's certainly bad news. But hidden in that number may be some good news for Microsoft. Tablet use is expected to skyrocket. Gartner say that 119 million tablets will sell in 2012, double what was sold in 2011. By 2016 tablet sales will reach 496 million, Gartner says. So a nearly 12 percent market share adds up to more than 59 million tablets.
Microsoft's tablet sales will concentrate in the enterprise market. John Jackson, analyst at research firm CCS Insight, told Reuters.
PCs and cable companies alike fear the tablet’s ability to deliver content, but with 85 percent of people using their tablets while watching the television, the bigger screens may have just found a buddy, according to a report by Forrester.
Tablets are a weird, new breed. They act like computers, where we buy things, read the news and check e-mail. They’re also a televisions where we catch up on new shows. Apple chief executive Tim Cook recently said that the tablet will eventually cannibalize the PC. It’s a smaller, more portable, but still powerful machine that provides consumers almost all the same functions as a laptop. Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst with Forrester, agreed and called tablets “couch computers” in her report. Given the many different avenues for streaming video, the natural conclusion is that tablets will eventually kill off the TV too, but Epps says tablets actually complement the TV watching experience.
As mentioned, 85 percent of tablet owners use the device while watching TV. Nielsen also says that 30 percent of tablet use is spent while watching the television.
For $10 a month, you can read the latest full issues of 27 magazines on your tablet, and back issues to the beginning of 2012. Each downloaded issue includes the full, colorful design, all articles and even the ads that you’d see in the printed edition.
There are some great magazines in this collection: Better Homes and Gardens, Car and Driver, Condé Nast Traveler, Elle, Esquire, Fitness, Fortune, Glamour, InStyle, Money, Parents, People, Popular Mechanics, Real Simple, This Old House, Time and Vanity Fair.
There are also some slightly less mainstream magazines: All You, Allure, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, Essence, Golf, Health, People StyleWatch, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated Kids, Sunset.
Most of those are monthly magazines. For $5 more a month, or $180 a year in total, you can get the Ultimate plan, which adds a nice set of popular weeklies: Entertainment Weekly, People, Sports Illustrated and The New Yorker. By year’s end, the company hopes to double or triple the number of magazines in its catalog.
The main thing to know about the app is that it’s available for Android tablets only, and only 7- or 10-inch models, and only those running the 3.0 or 4.0 versions of Android.
The company says it will submit an iPad version for Apple’s approval in about six weeks. That approval isn’t a sure thing, however, since Apple offers a rival magazine app.
A new report out of China claims Apple is gearing up to build 6 million units of a new, smaller iPad to launch in the third quarter of 2012.
The new device will be priced at either $249 or $299, according to Chinese net portal NetEase, as translated byKotaku. The device is said to be intended to "counter attack" upcoming tablets running Windows 8.
In addition to Foxconn, which is Apple's regular device assembler, Pegatron is also said to be in the supply chain for the anticipated smaller iPad. Together, they will reportedly assemble a planned 6 million units for launch.
Windows 8 tablet may not pose any threat to Apple iPad 3 right now. But experts are of the view that Windows 8 tablets will bring next tablet revolution
Windows 8 tablet is expected to improve upon what Apple’s tablet brought to the market. Experts say that Windows 8 tablets will take the tablet market to the next level and will beat Apple’s iPad 3 that has completely dominated the market for the last two years.
Experts are of the opinion that Windows 8 tablet would be a lot improved, user friendly and better equipped to serve our daily needs than Apple’s latest tablet iPad 3. A report suggests that Windows 8 tablet will come with more personalized features that can be customized as per individual preferences. This means that a user can do a lot of things with tools and tiles in the Start screen. The user as reports suggest will also have the options of saving websites to this screen. These features will be completely new to a large number of tablet users and they will certainly fall for it.
Meanwhile Windows 8 tablet will come with a much more improved interface than what the existing tablets have. Windows 8 will come with a spectacular user interface. The Windows 8 UI will almost look like the interface of Windows Phone 7, which is named Metro.
Perhaps it is because I’m getting older, or rather that I on the side of the mountain where I realize I have less steps ahead of me in life than I have already taken on the journey. Or perhaps it is just because no matter how hard I try, I seem to be busier and busier with each passing day. Regardless, I find myself yearning for simple solutions, simple moments, and simpler times. As the discussion about Tablets and their future continues going round and round the same old circles, the center of gravity that these discussions rotate around all comes back to simplicity. But that’s always been the case to some degree. No matter where we entered the mobile game, much of what we’ve been searching for is a simpler way, whether that be to stay connected, get work done, or just play and relax. Simple may imply easy, but at times to get simple, things have been far too complex.
The benefit of hindsight shows that when I first got interested in Tablets it was from within a perspective of finding a simpler way of taking and archiving notes. That was a rationalization for spending a gob of money back then, but with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight it was more true than I thought. When I look back at the words I wrote about those Tablet PC days, that’s what I wrote then and that’s what they still say. But in the early days of Tablet PCs, while the process of physically taking a note digitally made my life easier, the devices and software that made it so certainly were not. Early Tablet PCs were full blown Windows machines and they came with all the benefits and all the complexities of any Windows device.
At IDF 2012 held in Beijing, Intel showed off a Windows 8 prototype unit that they have dubbed the Letexo. The device is a hybrid of sorts, allowing the user to “transform” it into either a tablet, an ultrabook or even an all-in-one PC. When placed flat against the keyboard of the device, the Letexo can easily pull double duty as a tablet, allowing it to act more as a streamlined unit rather than a bulky contraption. The screen of the device can also be pushed forward and have its screen propped up against a built-in stand. This will allow it to turn into a small all-in-one PC solution with a touchscreen interface.
A new iPad class is introduced at Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group's Allerton House at Hancock Park Assisted Living Community in Quincy. The tablet's easy touch-screen technology makes it a remarkable hands-on experience for seniors as they navigate the many different applications (apps) available on iPad. From email to photographs, music and word games, seniors at Allerton House at Hancock Park are keeping mentally challenged and up-to-date on "what's new" while staying connected to loved ones.
Staying connected. Learning new skills. Surfing the Internet. A new iPad class recently debuted at Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group’s Allerton House Assisted Living Community at Hancock Park in Quincy, MA, and residents couldn’t be more excited. Just as Apple Computer began selling the latest version of the iconic tablet, seniors at Allerton House were adopting the technology for fun, learning and socialization. They composed music on the keyboard display; played the Scrabble-like game “WORDS with friends®;” checked for weather and news updates and asked a lot of questions.
Splashtop Inc., the worldwide leader in cross-device computing, today announced that starting in May its award-winning Splashtop Remote Desktop HD will be pre-bundled on all Lenovo ThinkPadtablets and Splashtop Streamer will be pre-bundled on all Lenovo ThinkPad PCs. With Splashtop, ThinkPad users can easily create personal clouds to remotely access files and content on any computer from Thinkpadtablet and other mobile devices.
Lenovo ThinkPad is a leader in the personal cloud revolution, enabling all Thinkpad devices to seamlessly connect and share content and applications, said Mark Lee, CEO of Splashtop. "With Splashtop, ThinkPads can be quickly turned into a digital home or office private cloud."
Starting in May all Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets will be pre-bundled with Splashtop Remote Desktop HD to enable remote access to any computer. All Lenovo ThinkPad PCs will be pre-bundled with Splashtop Streamer.
While it may look like a tablet, this is in fact the first of a new series of prototype devices from Intel—hardware that it believes is the future of its self-styled ultrabook initiative.
Demoed in Beijing last week, this is Intel's Cove Point. It's reminiscent of two-in-one tablets like the Asus Transformer—with its hinged, folding design that switches from tablet to ultrabook-style laptop—but this thing is actually far, far beefier.
Speaking about the new design, Gary Richman, Director of Marketing for Intel's PC Client Solutions Division, told Wired:
"When we started talking about ultrabooks last year, we talked about different form factors, and touch and convertibles. This has been an evolution over time. Ultrabooks were never meant to be just clamshell designs... Where we see the future of computing going, with tablets and Windows 8, is the importance of the touch experience. [With Cove Point] we were looking to define the compelling form factors, usages and benefits of having a notebook design, while taking advantage of the touch experience in Windows 8."
Microsoft reportedly hopes to push Apple's worldwide iPad market share under 50 percent by the middle of 2013 with Windows 8-based tablets, Digitimes reports today, citing unnamed sources.
Microsoft is currently helping its many third-party vendors, including Dell, HP, and Acer, get their tablets out the door this year. Digitimes' sources say as many as 32 Windows 8-based tablets could launch by the end of 2012.
Intel's latest concept for an Ultrabook-tablet hybrid is beautiful, but it's not cheap.
Dubbed "Cove Point" by Intel, the reference design is a convertible PC with a touch screen, keyboard, and trackpad. For easier touch screen use, the display slides forward, and is propped up with a stand in the back. From there, the screen collapses down into a proper tablet.
The YouTube video below, of Intel's Developer Forum in Beijing shows the sliding mechanism at about the 1:10 mark.
Now for the bad news: According to Wired, Intel estimates that its Cove Point hybrid will cost around $1,000.
If you're looking for both a laptop and a tablet, this price point isn't catastrophic--because you're getting both devices in one.
In partnership with Intel, Cybernet has developed the most advanced Windows-based medical tablet PC in the market
Cybernet Taiwan and Intel Asia began discussions regarding Intel’s newest processor technology, Cedarview, for medical tablet use. The Cedarview platform has low power consumption, which is ideal for tablet devices. When Intel was developing the Cedarview platform, they were targeting many different markets where tablet use was on the upswing, one of which was health care. After their discussions, Intel Asia worked with Cybernet to provide technical data that was used to develop the first Windows-based medical grade tablet to use the Cedarview platform: Cybernet’s CyberMed T10. Cybernet launched the CyberMed T10 tablet in February 2012 at the HIMSS show in Las Vegas.
According to Cybernet CEO Hossein Asadi, the Intel-Cybernet partnership helped accelerate the development cycle for their new medical grade tablet. “Intel Asia was very interested in finding applications in the health care market for their new Cedarview platform. We were interested in adding a tablet to our line of medical all-in-one computers, but needed to find a processor with low power consumption that could handle the demands of today’s EMR and other medical software. The Cedarview platform was the answer. The timing was perfect, and we were able to get our CyberMed T10 tablet to the market more quickly as a result of our partnership. We are proud to be the first to bring this advanced tablet to the market and to present it to the world at Intel’s booth at CMEF.”
Still I was a bit taken aback by the emotion captured in a survey released by Viacom, “Tapping Into Tabletomics.”
The research talks about emotional connections to the device unlike any other in the household.
More than 50% of respondents said their tablet makes them feel happier and more relaxed, while 49% said tablets make them more effective at managing life. Forty percent agree that “my tablet brings out the best in me” and 39% said tablets boost creativity.
I’ve been using Windows-based tablet computers for almost a decade. I was hooked the moment Bill Gates trotted out Microsoft’s first prototype tablets at a developer event in mid-2001. I got my first tablet, a Fujitsu Stylistic, in 2003 and I’ve carried it or its successors to meetings ever since, migrating along the way from Windows XP Tablet Edition to Vista to Windows 7. Nothing beats a Tablet PC for capturing notes during meetings and presentations, especially if the material contains diagrams, graphs or mathematical equations. When I’m not using my tablet to take notes, I use it to get my mail via Outlook, or to work on documents and spreadsheets with Word and Excel. It’s usually the only mobile system, other than my phone, that accompanies me when I travel.
Windows-based tablets, which have been around since 2002, have always included the features needed for content creation, but lacked the easy to use interfaces needed for content consumption. The Metro User Interface in Windows 8 supplies these missing elements, and thus positions Win 8-based tablets as the only ones suitable for those who want to both create and consume content on a single device.
Digital Ink: Microsoft’s Unsung Advantage
Microsoft’s Tablet PC software includes a feature it calls “digital ink” that allows users to write on the surface of the display the same way one writes on a sheet of paper. The system makes no attempt to convert pen strokes entered this way into machine-readable text in real time, a la Apple’s failed Newton (although the option remains to convert information entered this way into a more conventional format if needed). Digital ink documents can be filed and searched in the same manner as conventional text documents. My tablet contains inked notes I’ve entered over the last eight years; I back them up, transfer them from one machine to another, and read them on my desktop when needed. Almost nobody knows this feature exists. Often, when I’m scribbling notes on my tablet at a conference, people sitting nearby will ask me what magical device I’m using. They’re amazed when I tell them it’s a five-year old tablet PC that runs Windows 7 and Office. I view Micro0soft’s failure to capitalize on this feature to be one of its biggest marketing disasters ever, almost as bad as Vista or Bob.
Birmingham. 19th April, 2012. Just when you thought that the Tablet PC market had settled, along comes a fresh brand flaunting an exciting collection of affordable, design-centric Tablet PCs to catch your eye. Introducing the JoyTAB Tablet PC series from new, UK based, mobile consumer electronics brand, Gemini Devices.
The JoyTAB Tablet PC series includes 7", 8" and 10" models and features Google's latest OS, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), ready to serve the ever growing fan base of Android powered mobile devices. Presenting a serious rival to the leading players currently fighting it out at the top of the Tablet market, the new propositions from Gemini Devices boast a winning combination of style, performance and quality.
Think people look ridiculous shooting stills or video with an iPad? Try throwing an SLR lens into the equation as well. Manhattan Edit Workshop founder Josh Apter developed the Padcaster as an inexpensive solution for mounting an Apple iPad on a tripod.
The "consumerization of IT" is a key term used by organizations to describe the influx of consumer tech in business. Employees are increasingly purchasing smartphone devices and expecting big enterprise IT support departments to allow them to access company email systems, intranet resources, and line of business applications. This presents a number of challenges for IT, especially when employees want to use their own personal equipment at work.
Microsoft recognizes this increasingly common trend and plans to include a management client on Windows 8 ARM tablets to potentially position them as "bring your own" devices for employees. Although some organizations have started to licence and use GOOD technology to manage iOS and Android email usage, Microsoft is detailing a way to offer Metro style apps to Windows 8 ARM tablets.
Windows 8 ARM tablets will not be able to join a corporate domain and be managed directly in Active Directoy, but the new SSP lets IT admins offer business apps based on Active Directory user group memberships.
Xplore Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of award-winning rugged tablet PCs, today said that its Chairman and CEO, Philip Sassower, described the company's turnaround and outlook during an interview with the Wall Street Reporter. The interview, which will be available through Monday, April 23 at noon, can be found at this link.
Xplore ( www.xploretech.com ) is engaged in the business of developing, integrating and marketing mobile wireless Tablet PC computing systems.
A paradigm shift may be coming to the digital lifestyle. Instead of the PC being the center of the personal computing universe, consumers will be opting for tablets as their primary computing device and relying on cloud storage to access their content across their devices, according to a new report.
"This burgeoning market is set to disrupt the personal computing device and OS markets," says the report from Forrester Research on the future of computing.
Instead of serving as a supplement to a desktop or laptop computer, the report said, these burgeoning cloud services will play such an integral role in the connected future that consumers will first choose a service, then the compatible device as the focus shifts from device to personal content storage services. And tablets such as iPad will become the conduit between consumers' digital devices such as smartphones and PC and the cloud-stored content.
"Over the next four years, tablets will gain new sensors, processing power, and better wireless capabilities for connecting with nearby devices," wrote Frank Gillette, principal analyst on Forrester's business technology futures team. "This will enable full voice control and dictation, increased gesture control, more situational context, better accessory integration, and software that anticipates a user’s needs."
I’ve been testing Samsung’s new 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 tablet (my full review is at TabTimes) and, in some ways, I like it better than the iPad. Sure, the newest iPad’s Retina screen (ironically, made by Samsung) is more dazzling and the iPad has a faster processor, a bigger screen and Apple‘s famed ease of use, but the new Samsung has its advantages too, beginning with a much smaller price tag. At $250, it’s half the price of Apple’s third generation iPad and $150 less than the iPad 2.
Unlike the iPad, but like other Android tablets, the Tab 2 supports Adobe Flash. Also, Samsung has equipped its new tablet with an microSD card reader, which means the 8 gigabyte unit Samsung loaned me can easily be upgraded with an additional 32 GB of storage for as little as $18.
IN Media Corp. today announced they have begun to ship new Android based Tablet PCs with Telephony capabilities using CDMA and GSM SIM Cards.
"We are now on course with our revenue targets as the consumers are now looking at Tablet PCs for their day to day infotainment needs. Combining Telephone capabilities has resulted in making Tablet PCs the new Desk Top communication device. Similarly, IP Set Top box brings web content to large screen TVs transforming a TV into Smart TV," Dr. Karnik reported.
"Our PC Tablets will come with access to over 2000 Hollywood titles as a bundled service," said Dr. Nick Karnik, CEO. "Consumers can now watch movies instantly using 3G network module built in the Tablet, avoiding dependencies on wi-fi networks' availability. With thousands of applications available on Android Market, including apps for Netflix, Skype, Etc., consumers can now use the Tablet PCs as a large screen smart phone. The Set Top Box provides wi-fi capabilities with HDMI output to watch 1080P content from the web as well as play Android based games. The Set Top Box comes with wireless key board for all web surfing needs."
IN Media has integrated into their line of Tablet PCs the capability of using both CDMA and 3G GSM Modules for data accessing. "We are now ready to offer the most technologically competitive product line for international use in 7 and 9.7 inch format," Dr. Karnik explained, "which will naturally work in the US market place too."
Asus on Sunday started shipping its Transformer Pad 300 tablet in the U.S., with the company pitching the tablet as a gaming device and laptop replacement.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch screen, Google's Android 4.0 operating system and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia running at a clock speed of 1.2GHz.
The tablet is priced started at US$379.99 for 32GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.
The tablet is the first that does not have Asus' famous "Eee" moniker, which debuted in 2007 with the pioneering Eee PC 700 netbook. Asus is upgrading its tablets at a furious pace, and the new tablet comes just six months after it shipped the Transformer Prime, which was the industry's first quad-core tablet
The Transformer Pad 300's 10-hour battery life can be extended to 15 hours with an additional battery in the optional $149 keyboard dock. The dock has a full keyboard and a touch pad to make the tablet a functional laptop. The dock has Android-specific buttons for quick access to tablet functions, and also USB 2.0 and SD card slots.
The 8-megapixel rear camera on the tablet can shoot video at 30 frames per second. There is also a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front of the tablet. A micro-HDMI port allows the tablet to be connected to TVs. For expandable storage, the tablet has a microSD card slot.
Tablets are quickly becoming the consumer device of choice, threatening to disrupt the PC market, according to a new report.
Sales of tablets are expected to hit 375 million by 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate of 46 percent, according to a report from market researcher Forrester Research. Additionally, the market researcher predicts that there will be 760 million tablets in use by 2016.
"Over the next four years, tablets will gain new sensors, processing power, and better wireless capabilities for connecting with nearby devices," Frank Gillette, principal analyst on Forrester's business technology futures team, wrote in the report. "This will enable full voice control and dictation, increased gesture control, more situational context, better accessory integration, and software that anticipates a user's needs."
Cheaper tablet computer models will account for 50 percent of Asustek Computer Inc.'s sales in this respect for the rest of this year, as the Taiwanese PC maker is aiming to take a bigger share of the fast-growing tablet market.
Asustek’s Transformer Pad TF300T, a 10.1-inch model unveiled in January with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera, is priced at US$379 for a 16GB model and US$399 for a 32GB version.
“The US$379 model is a special version but the US$399 tablets will remain our major product,” Samson Hu, vice president and general manager of Asustek's Eee system business unit, told reporters on the sidelines of a local technology forum.
“Models priced under US$399 will likely account for half of our tablet sales in the second quarter, and the ratio may remain the same level for the second half of this year,” Hu said.
Is the future of computers a hybrid gadget that will combine the battery life and computing heft of a laptop with the portability and ease-of-use of a tablet?
Some in the industry are leaning toward "yes." But Apple CEO Tim Cook pointedly says "no."
"Anything can be forced to converge, but the problem is that products are about tradeoffs, and you begin to make tradeoffs to the point where what you have left at the end of the day doesn't please anyone," Cook said Tuesday in response to a question during Apple's quarterly earnings report. "You can converge a toaster and refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user."
Cook's comments were at least in part a not-so-veiled jab at Microsoft, which, with its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, will be combining its PC and tablet operating systems.
Windows 8 is considered the computing giant's most serious push to become a player in the tablet market as well. The system is a ground-up overhaul of its industry-leading operating system that has garnered positive reviews since it was released in beta form about a month and a half ago.
Currently, there's no product announced that would qualify as a Windows-powered, tablet-PC hybrid. But it's definitely on folks' minds.
Success breeds competition, a lesson Apple knows well from its iPhones and iPads. Now Amazon.com is learning it from two new devices that take dead aim at its Kindle tablet-and-e-reader business.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a low-cost, color-tablet alternative to the Kindle Fire. Taking on the traditional monochrome Kindle is Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. Each has features that surpass Amazon’s current offerings.
At $249, the Galaxy Tab 2 is $50 more expensive. But you get your money’s worth in features missing from the Fire, including front and rear-facing cameras and a remote-control zapper for your home-entertainment gear. There’s also a more elegant design and more-up-to-date software.
The Galaxy, like the Kindle, operates only over a Wi-Fi Internet connection. Both are based on Google’s Android operating system. But while the Kindle runs a heavily modified version that requires you to get apps only from Amazon, the Samsung uses the latest tablet-friendly flavor, known as “Ice Cream Sandwich,” that allows apps from multiple sources.
While the Galaxy comes pre-loaded with e-reader software from Kobo, I immediately installed the free Kindle Android app, which gave me access to all the e-books I’d previously purchased from Amazon, as well as the ability to buy new ones from the best-of-breed Kindle Store.
Spending $150 to $200 on a tablet won't get you much these days: In most cases, you're looking at an off-brand Android product with a single-core processor, barely any RAM and a low-resolution, low-quality display. Depending on the device, you might not even have access to Google's app market or other basic services -- and while that approach may work with retailer-backed, limited-use products like Amazon's Kindle Fire, when it comes to more traditional Android tablets, it doesn't usually lead to the best user experience.
It's a stark contrast from what you get at the high end of the tablet spectrum, where $500 and up will buy you quad-core processors, a full gigabyte of RAM and eye-popping screens. Even midrange devices, which tend to have last year's hardware, are capable of delivering decent results. But once you hit that sub-$200 range, it's like you've entered a different dimension -- one filled with glorified e-readers and sluggish, subpar slates.
"As we continue to see the volume of existing tablets increase, prices naturally come down on component cost," explains Nick Stam, Nvidia's director of technical marketing. "You'll see a number of devices coming out this year that will be lower cost than what you've been used to."
Indeed, $249 may be only the beginning. Rumors have been rampant that Google is working with Asus on a product similar to the 7-in. tablet introduced at CES, only with a price closer to the $150 to $200 range. Numerous reports suggest the tablet will run a "pure" version of Google's Android operating system, with no manufacturer modifications, and will be a joint effort between Google and Asus -- similar to Google's work with other hardware manufacturers when creating its Nexus and "Google experience" devices.
Apple CEO Tim Cook this week sniffed at hybrid tablet-laptops, like those made by Microsoft and its partners, likening them to an ungainly cross between a refrigerator and a toaster. Cook's remarks weren't surprising. After all, why tout a product you don't offer. But the missing word here is "currently."
There's a number of reasons why it's likely Apple will eventually offer an iPad tablet that converts to a laptop. Here's a look at some of the most compelling.
Windows Hybrids Will Get Better
With some exceptions, most Windows hybrids on the market today are either too bulky to function as a true tablet or too underpowered to be a true laptop. But that doesn't mean it's going to stay that way. Microsoft is working with some partners that really know how to innovate around hardware, including Nokia, and it's only a matter of time before those partnerships yield a winner.
A Windows 8 hybrid that is light and fast, yet fully functional as a desktop and reasonably priced, could put a big dent in iPad sales. Apple would need to respond.
The 10.1-inch Asus Transformer Pad TF300 aims to reshape the tablet market by delivering top-tier performance at a value price. The device largely succeeds in this mission, delivering performance that's on a par with its pricier Transformer Prime sibling. However, the Transformer Pad had to make some compromises in its components and display to achieve its goal. And more worrying than those compromises--which include a slightly heavier weight and different materials than what's found on the premium Prime--were the frequent glitches I seemed to encounter, with no rhyme or reason, while using this Android 4.0
The Transformer Pad is the new value Android tablet in Asus's lineup. The Transformer Prime, which was released last December and was the first tablet with Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor, remains at the top of the pyramid, for now (Asus has already announced high-definition, 1920-by-1280-resolution 10.1-inch models, coming later this spring/summer season.)
Can't wait until the new Windows 8 tablets are released in the fall? These currently available tablets can handle the beta version of the OS now.
Run Windows 8 Now On These Tablets
Windows 8 tablets reportedly won't be available until October, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until Halloween to start using Microsoft's new touch-based operating system. The company has already released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which provides a pretty close approximation of what the final version of the OS will look and feel like.
Best of all, Windows 8 Consumer Preview is free to download, and it will run on a number of existing Windows 7 tablets, eight of which we present here for your consideration. But before you download Windows 8 CP and run out and buy tablet, there are a few important things you should know. The most basic is the system requirements: To run Windows 8 CP comfortably, Microsoft recommends a system with at least a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and Directx 9 graphics, with WDDM 1.0 or higher drivers.
Those tablets, from manufacturers like ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and Dell, will deliver a Windows 8 touch experience that's superior to the one Windows 7 tablets can achieve. Microsoft has worked with hardware OEMs to ensure that Windows 8 tablets deliver touch performance that is consistent across all parts of the screen, from edge to edge. That's important because Windows 8 has features, like the Charms bar, that can be accessed only by swiping the edge of the display.
An image of HP's Slate 8 tablet, running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and offering long battery life, hits the Web.
With the upcoming release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, it’s small wonder that images and information about notebooks, PCs and tablets are starting to leak onto the Web. The latest “leak” concerns Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Slate 8 tablet, an image and info of which were posted on the tech site Neowin. The iPad challenger will reportedly be thinner than Apple’s tablet, boast a 10.1in screen and offer battery life of 8-10 hours. Windows 8 will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and will be supported on PCs and tablets.
A major concern over the use of tablet computers in the coming school semester is the high average age of first-grade teachers. Some 70 per cent of the 450,000 teachers in primary and secondary schools are between 40 and 50 years old - and that could be a problem, a senior Office of the Basic Education Commission official said.
Because older teachers tend to be slower learners, a 50-minute training period may not be enough for them. Students might also be unimpressed with their teachers' performance on the tablets, which may be inferior to theirs, said Anek Rattapiyaphorn, director of the OBEC's Technology for Learning and Teaching Bureau.
With time short for a study on the impact of tablet use on students, SWU could not clearly identify all impacts. The university wants to continue studying impacts that are unable to be identified clearly, Chalermchai said.
"Students had only used them for a semester while our researchers were studying the tablets' impact on them. The period was too short to see, for instance, impact on eyesight.
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.