Summary: Everyone has an opinion on the iPad mini and its high price tag, and I don't happen to agree with the statement that the iPad mini will be the most anticipated or the best Tablet PC of 2013. All Tablet buyers should keep in mind that the best tablet pc for is the one that best suits their needs NOT necessarily the most popular tablet. You need to chose a Tablet that will allow you to accomplish what you need to do on a daily basis. If you need to be productive, want to use your legacy app's including but not limited to Microsoft Outlook, than a Windows Tablet will be a much much better choice for you than a iPad, iPad mini or Android tablet.
Expectations are very high for 2013, since a lot many high end devices are in the pipeline to be released. The most awaited device will be the iPad Mini 2 which is rumored to be in its manufacture stage and will be released in the second quarter of 2013.
The iPad Mini was launched by Apple to establish a hold in the burgeoning 7 inch Phablet market. The iPad Mini was supposed to be a budget tablet but its premium price range belied the talks of a budget tablet. The tablet got a cold reception from the consumers who were angry at the high price and also the fact that the iPad Mini screen was not Retina Display. It fared poorly when compared to other tablets of the same configuration like the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire.
To say alive in the small tablet market, Apple needs to produce a second generation iPad Mini as early as possible. The original iPad Mini, which hit market with large fanfare, has been reviewed as a failure. The device has infamously missed a Retina display, quad core processor, better look and more. Indeed, there has been a lukewarm response to iPad Mini compared with its competitors like Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire. Further, Apple put a big price for the tablet. You need to pay $329 to get the basic model of the handset
Summary: Never underestimate the learning power of a child with a tablet. Children are inquisitive and tablets are intuitive, but them together and you have the potential for great learning.
What would happen if you handed a thousand Motorola Xoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never seen a written word? Well, for starters, they might learn to teach themselves English and how to circumvent an operating system.
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization delivered several boxes of tablets to two remote Ethiopian villages, where the literacy rates are essentially zero. Technicians only showed the adults how to connect the tablets to solar chargers. Once a week, a technician would come and swap out the memory cards so that researchers could study how the tablets had been used.
OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte commented, “We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He’d never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android.”
MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, announces the availability of the Slider S20 Ultrabook Convertible, a clever blend of portability and performance featuring a slide out keyboard, Windows 8 and Intel® Core i5 processor.
The Slider S20 is the perfect companion for business travelers, students and all users seeking computing power without sacrificing portability and battery life. Equipped with state-of-the art components, including a16:9 1920x1080 full HD 10-point touch screen, 8GB of DDR3 memory and 128GB of SSD storage, the Slider S20 weighs 2.2 lbs. and is less than 1 inch thick for lightweight on-the-go computing.
“Many users prefer the mobility of a tablet, but still need the processing power of an actual laptop computer,” said Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI US. “MSI’s S20 Ultrabook Convertible solves that problem by combining the best of both worlds, giving users the choice of using it as a tablet or as a laptop.”
Netbooks were designed to be affordable low-power devices for casual and mobile use. They were companion devices that weren't intended to achieve anything other than support a user who also owned a "proper" PC.
Unfortunately these machines just weren't that good.
"The problem is netbooks aren't better at anything. They're slow, they have low quality displays, they're just cheap PCs," said Apple's Steve Jobs when launching the iPad. Speaking to investors in 2008, he stated: "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk. Our DNA will not let us do that."
Signs and portents pointing to the demise of the netbook appeared almost as soon as the iPad first shipped:
Apple is the world's biggest PC vendor, if you include iPad sales within the mix -- Canalys in July declared the global PC industry grew last year, with iPad sales accounting for 22 percent (or more) of PC sales.
Summary: It comes as no surprise that Apple's iPad is still the front runner in the tablet market. I do however think that as people get used to Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface pro tablets are released that we will begin to see a shift in the numbers.
According to the latest data presented by Chitika, Apple’s iPad line maintains its lead in the market based on the latest web traffic obtained from sites that serve Chitika ads. However, Chitika’s data is suggesting that Apple’s tablet PC web traffic lead during Post-Holiday season shrinks whilst its rival grow.
Unsurprisingly, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is still the most popular Android tablet based on web traffic with 7.51 percent of market share, followed by Samsung’s Galaxy tablet lineup with 4.39 percent. Also worth noting is the first tablet computer lineup of Google, the ASUS Nexus 7 and Samsung Nexus 10 tablets posting a market share growth of 0.92 percent with the current share of 2.04 percent.
Honorable mention is the new Microsoft Surface tablet computer with ARM processor. Apparently, its market share is smaller than Amazon’s and Google’s. Sporting 0.17 percent market share increase, the Surface Tablet currently holds 0.40 percent of the web traffic market share. As reported by Chitika, losing tablet PC is the BlackBerry PlayBook of Research in Motion with 0.02 percent decline resulting to 0.68 percent share.
So overall, the Apple iPad with the new iPad 4 tablet PC and iPad mini topped the chart with 78.86 percent of the current tablet PC web traffic, however, its share is 7.14 percent lower than its shopping holiday market share in United States and Canada traffic.
Summary: TabletPc2.com was the first to advocate Tablet PC and Toddlers and were happy to see that that manufacturers such as Polaroid and Vinci are seeing the value in Tablet and learning beginning at a young age.
Polaroid is pleased to introduce a tablet specifically designed for children—a 7.0” kids tablet. Featuring the Android 4.0 OS, the tablet combines all the fun and entertainment kids love with the security, durability and educational content that provides parents with peace of mind. The tablet will be on display in the Polaroid Booth #13613 & Southern Telecom Booth #13022 at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The Polaroid kids tablet has been named a CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the Tablets, E-Readers & Mobile Computingproduct category. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.
“Throughout our75 year history, we’ve been known for creating innovative and easy-to-use products that are fun for all ages,”says Polaroid President and CEO Scott W. Hardy. “The kids tablet is no exception. It epitomizes the Polaroid brand personalityand brings together a host of features that will delight kids and parents alike.”
Multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device makes computing collaborative
Connects families with library of learning and entertainment apps by top game-makers
Lenovo has taken the wraps off of the Worlds First Table PC, the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, The Horizon is the world’s first "interpersonal PC," a multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device for the home that allows users to turn their personal computing experience into a shared computing experience.
As a Table PC, Horizon can lie flat on any surface, lets two or more people use the screen at the same time, supports interactive physical gaming accessories and is designed for touch screen game-play among several players. Horizon takes advantage of Windows 8 touch functionality to bring customized games from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft to life in a way players have never before seen. Horizon can also easily transform into a 27-inch high-performance desktop to handle whatever productivity tasks users need to do.
At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Lenovo also today demonstrated a large 39-inch wide-screen Table PC, code-named "Gamma." While still an early concept, Gamma illustrates the outstanding multi-user entertainment experiences such a large screen can provide and is indicative of Lenovo's future direction in Table PC computing.
Portfolio of consumer laptops, all-in-one desktops & mobile monitor
Lenovo has announced its new lineup of consumer and business Windows 8 touch-optimized devices at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. Headlining the collection are new additions to the ultra-portable IdeaPad U Series Ultrabooks™ and the multimedia intensive IdeaPad Z Series laptops as well as new models of IdeaCentre all-in-one desktops, from the sleek and stylish A Series to the affordable and space-saving C Series.
Lenovo also introduced an extreme performance gaming desktop PC, the Lenovo Erazer X700, designed for enthusiast-level gaming and graphics-hungry applications. For small businesses, the ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 laptops introduce a unique Lenovo OneLink technology for new docking capabilities, and to complete the new range of Windows 8 touch devices, the ThinkPad Mobile Monitor makes a great companion as a second display, especially for complementing non-touch devices with touch functionality.
“People love touch. It’s everywhere in today’s PC+ world and is driving new interactions with devices and digital content,” said Peter Hortensius, president, Product Group, and senior vice president, Lenovo. “We’ve aggressively integrated touch across our consumer PCs so that we have one of the largest portfolios of Windows 8 touch products available.
Introducing “Rip and Flip” ThinkPad Helix and the First Multimode Mini-Ultrabook Tablets
Lenovo today announced two new additions to its family of convertible laptop-tablet devices: the ThinkPad Helix, a premium convertible for business professionals featuring a “rip and flip” design - a blueprint for the next generation of laptop designs – and a more powerful and productive IdeaPad Yoga 11S, the first multimode mini Ultrabook™ equipped with powerful Intel processors and featuring Windows 8.
ThinkPad Helix Fuses Laptop, Tablet and More with “Rip and Flip” Screen
The ThinkPad brand’s premium convertible, Helix, defines the next generation of mobile computing through its ground breaking “rip and flip” design. This special design gives users absolute mobile freedom and versatility with four unique ways to use it.
ThinkPad Helix first functions as a high performance Ultrabook. For added mobility, the 11.6-inch tablet can separate from its base to become the thinnest full-function Intel® 3rd generation Core™ tablet with vPro. Adding to its mobility, the tablet weighs 835 grams, also making it the lightest in its class1. Unlike other convertibles, the innovative “rip and flip” screen lets users flip the tablet 180° and snap it back into the base – this mode, called Stand mode, transforms Helix into a mini-movie theatre or business presentation central. From here, users can also fold the screen down to use it as a tablet while keeping the base connected for added ports and connectivity.
Collaborates with AMD to Deliver Consumers a Premium Mobile PC Experience
VIZIO revealed today the latest addition to its family of premium PCs with the VIZIO 11.6" Tablet PC featuring Windows 8. Designed to provide a fully-functional desktop Windows 8 experience, the 11.6" Tablet PC offers the flexibility and versatility of a mobile device, while challenging the very notion of what a traditional tablet can do. VIZIO will be showcasing the 11.6" Tablet PC at the 2013
Summary: Vizio jumps into the Tablet Market with the 11.6 in tablet with an AMD processor. Named "The Tablet", Vizio's new Tablet features 1080p resolution, is fingerprint resistant and has good audio quality, which is a very rare feature for a Tablet PC.
When we first read this tablet's spec sheet, we started bracing ourselves for one thick, heavy device. To be sure, it's neither the thinnest nor the lightest at 0.4 inch thick and 1.66 pounds, but we'll say this: it's a lot easier to hold than we thought it would be. We're pretty sure the build materials have a good deal to do with that. The backside has a rubbery, soft-touch finish that's easy to press your fingers up against. (It also hides fingerprints and looks good, to boot, so that's a plus.) Additionally, there's some slight beveling on the front side of the device around the display -- just enough that there's a little groove where you can rest your thumbs.
The audio is also promising. Mind you, we didn't exactly have the chance to roll through out extensive music library, but we were encouraged to find that the tablet has stereo sound, with two speaker grilles each on the right and left edges. That alone seems like an act of common sense on Vizio's part: far too many tablet makers stick the speaker openings on the back side, which means unless you have the device propped up in a dock, the audio's bound to get a little muffled.
As you'd expect, that 1080p resolution looks nice on such a relatively small screen, but beyond that, we were also impressed by the viewing angles. Vizio says this isn't technically an IPS display, though the panel does make use of some other wide-angle viewing technology (Vizio wouldn't say which one)
NVIDIA just pulled its reference design for Tegra 4-based tablets out from behind glass for the first time at CES on our very own stage. This isn't the first Tegra 4 machine we've seen, but the reference design caries a lot of weight (or in this case weighs next to nothing) when it comes to how other build their own Android tablets.
Asus , Lenovo, Intel and Nvidia are using CES to show off their latest tablet and PC innovations headed to store shelves later in 2013. But gadget makers would be better off focusing on slates rather than notebook PCs, one market research firm suggests.
Tablets in 2013 will become more popular than ever blowing past worldwide shipments of notebook PCs for the first time. Leading the tablet charge will be one-panel touch slates with 7- to 8-inch screen sizes. That's the bullish prediction from NPD DisplaySearch in its Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast report. The market research firm says that tablet shipments will reach 240 million units worldwide in 2013 followed by notebook PCs at 207 million units. The gadget predictors are also betting that by 2017 tablet shipments will account for nearly 75 percent of all tablet and notebook PC shipments combined.
At last year's Consumer Electronics Show, gaming peripheral maker Razer debuted Project Fiona, a PC gaming tablet concept with a pair of control sticks affixed to the side. It looked ridiculous, but there was promise there. That promise is realized this year in the Razer Edge, a full-featured, crowd-sourced gaming PC with the form factor of a tablet, shipping soon and starting at under $1,000. You won't believe what they've packed inside this thing.
The Razer Edge features a 10.1 inch screen housed inside a tablet that's two pounds heavy and .8 inches deep. Weight-wise it's right in line with the Microsoft Surface Pro, with a bit more depth. It's not an ultra-thin tablet, but it's not incredibly beefy either.
The tablet will be supplemented by a number of docking stations. There's the silly stick dock, which we've seen. There's also a keyboard dock ($199), perfect for players of chat-heavy MMOs.
The standard Razer Edge (the $999) unit comes packed with an Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GT640M LE graphics, 4 GB of DDR3 memory and a 64GB SSD drive. If you winced as much as I did at that small amount of storage, then you'll probably be more interested in the Razer Edge Pro, with 8GB of memory, an Intel Core i7 CPU and either a 128 or 256GB SSD, starting at $1,299.
Compared to a traditional gaming PC the Razer Edge packs fair amount of power. Compared to any other tablet on the market, it's insane.
Razer has been trying to make PC gaming more portable for years now, and they've created some pretty far-fetched concepts and products in the process. Products like the Razer Blade, the $2,500 gaming laptop that sacrifices power for portability, which surprised its many naysayers by selling out at every turn.
Summary: The Launch of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets is getting closer and people, myself included, are very much looking forward to its release. Priced at $899 for the 64GB model and $999 for the 128GB edition Surface Pro Tablet should be available in less than a month.
Microsoft Surface Pro release date is just weeks away and it is making headlines across the world. Though the enthusiasm is not as high as it was prior to Microsoft’s first tablet Surface RT’s launch, nonetheless many people are seriously awaiting the introduction of the new tablet. They are hoping to see as to how the new tablet runs full Windows 8 of the Redmond-based software giant and how it feels different from its first avatar launched in the market around three months ago.
Many Microsoft Office fans are dreaming to use Microsoft’s forthcoming tablet from their homes, offices and outdoor travels, without bothering to worry about what files they will be using in office, and will have to change the machine at home. Even while outdoor, they are not going to worry about how they can keep in touch with their office. Now they have to use multiple machines throughout the day and have to keep in mind as to which file they can use on which machines. This is a big issue for many professionals and they are looking forward to solve it with the introduction of Surface Pro.
Surface Pro was brought to the CES 2013 by Microsoft and several top tech writers were handed it for hours to get a feel of it. Joel Santo Domingo in his hands-on review of the tab in PCMag says, “The Surface Pro looks almost identical to the older Surface tablet from the front while operational, with many of the same tiles greeting you from the 10.6-inch touch screen. A sharp eye will notice that the Surface Pro’s screen has a bit better contrast thanks to the higher quality 1,920 by 1,080 resolution screen…The system is heavier than the Surface (2.0 vs. 1.5 pounds officially), but the Surface Pro didn’t feel much heavier or less balanced in the hand…Microsoft moved the microSD card slot to the right-hand side panel, and put in a USB 3.0 port instead of the USB 2.0 port that the Surface with Windows RT has”.
A great aspect of the new Microsoft tablet is the fact that it comes with an impressive pen like Samsung’s S-Pen. A report in The Verge while praising the pen says, “The pen snaps magnetically to the side of the tablet and it has a small ridge that slots into the charging port…Removing the pen from its resting place allows you to take advantage of this unique display. As you bring it closer it starts to react with the Windows 8 UI on screen, allowing you to glide it above the glass while the cursor tracks away…Palm rejection works as you’d expect so that you can rest your hands on the screen while you take notes or draw”.
Summary: A new survey claims that today's teen no longer think the iPad and iPhone are the best options, do I believe this survey is correct? When it comes to the iPad I don't. I do however believe that if it were priced competitively the Surface Pro tablet, when it is is released would have had the ability to go head to head with the iPad. I do However agree that that teen no longer see the iPhone as the best choice for a phone. Today's teens are a tangibly savvy group and there is no question that the Samsung Galaxy SIII is a far superior phone.
Since the debut of the iPhone, Apple has been considered as the coolest company around. However, if a new survey of things that teens prefer turns out to be true, Apple could be in for serious loss of sales to Microsoft.
The teenager demographic is very important to every company who deals in mass market technology products. Once a company can convince teenagers to use its products and get their friends to do the same, success is not difficult to achieve. One cannot deny the role teenagers played in driving the iPhone into the history books; it was the coolest and most innovative smartphone at the time, even though it lacked many smartphone features.
After its long success with the iPhones an iPads, it appears Apple is on the decline as a Buzz Marketing Group survey suggests that teens are rallying around the Microsoft Surface tablets and Samsung Galaxy smartphones while slowly pushing Apple products aside. This could be due to the lack of anything truly new with the iPhone 5. The device was a disappointment to many, which led some Apple fans to jump ship to a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2.
"Teens are telling us Apple is done," says Tina Wells of the youth marketing agency Buzz Marketing Group. "Apple has done a great job of embracing Gen X and older [Millennials], but I don't think they are connecting with Millennial kids. [They're] all about Surface tablets/laptops and Galaxy."
Could this mean Microsoft has a real shot with the Surface line of tablet devices? Definitely, but the window (no pun intended) of opportunity is small, so the company needs to move swiftly. One deciding factor would be the price. Right now the Surface Pro is way too expensive and the price needs to match that of the iPad and Android based tablets.
Summary: Time will tell but, If their tablets are anything like their televisions the Vizio tablet could end up a strong player in the he tablet market.
Vizio is going to launch itself into PC market through Windows 8 Tablet PC. As said, different people, different opinions, and here also some have liked it and others have found some drawbacks.
Experts said that the product is impressive, but it has certain drawbacks, which cover up its positives. It is now only that Vizio has started developing computers and it has already put its head into developing Windows 8 product.
Vizio said that one of the main aims to develop the computer was to provide customers with an uncompromised Windows experience. Moreover, they have also made sure that customers do not have to compromise on quality and that is the reason that they have provided a complete HD display.
Summary:PC Tablet has a good comparison of the features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Newest iPad - While you can compare the features I don't necessarily agree that in general, you can or should compare Apple's IOS to Android because its comparing apples to oranges. If your an Apple person your going to prefer the Apple IOS, if your not your might prefer Android or you might prefer Windows RT, in the end, all three operating systems work, all three are dependant on there individual app stores. You have to decide which is best for your individual needs.
Today in the world of tablets, The SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 and the APPLE iPAD 4 are on the top of the charts. When I say APPLE iPAD 4 I actually mean ‘The New iPad’ which comes with the new lightning connector. Both these tablets are considered to be the best in anything and everything you compare them for. The most interesting point is that they are both ‘Rivals’ as well.
The SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 represents Samsung whereas the APPLE iPAD 4 represents Apple. So let us see what happens when both these devices go head to head on a one-on-one battle. Let us check how good these tablets really are and what makes them so ‘Most Wanted’!
The SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 has a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor supported by the high performing Nvidia Tegra 2 GPU and a 2 GB RAM. The APPLE iPAD 4 on the other hand has the famous Apple A6X chipset which has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and a quad-core graphics processor. Even though it has a 1 GB RAM, the tablet performs as good as all those with a 2 GB RAM. Another interesting fact is that even though the APPLE iPAD 4 has a dual-core processor, thanks to the experts at Apple this processor works and performs as good as a quad-core processor.
This really is a tough battle. But each tablet has advantages and dis-advantages when compared to its opponent. The SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 10.1 gives you more storage space and a comparatively larger display and is decently lighter than the APPLE iPAD 4. On the other hand, the APPLE iPAD 4 has a very clear retina display, high performance battery and is ready for 4G.
The Ira Thing 2 Pink is allows users to connect through 3G and WiFi. The WishTel IRA Thing 2 Pink is available through retail outlets across 50 cities in India. It also bundles HDMI cable, wireless headphone, WLAN to USB port cable.
The Pink tablet is priced at Rs 5,499. The tablet PC is said to be packed with a spate of ladies-targeted apps.
The 7-inch, multi-touch capacitive tablet runs Android 4.0 (Icecream sandwich) and is powered by a 1.5GHz processor; it has 1GB RAM. The tablet has 4 GB internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB.
It comes with a 1.3 megapixel inbuilt front camera. It is said to be capable of playing 1080p HD content. The tablet comes engineered with a 3000mAh battery. The Ira Thing 2 Pink also offers Indian language keyboard to support 14 Indian languages like Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Oriya.
Summary: Complete with pictures, this detailed instruction on how to update from the review version of Office 13 to the final version on your surface tablet is easy to follow and will have the job done in no time.
The Microsoft Surface running Windows RT includes Office 2013 Home and Student Version which runs on the tablet’s desktop. Out of the box it comes with the Review version of Office, but you can upgrade tothe final version which is currently available, here’s how.
You’ll need to run Windows Update from the desktop mode to find the update – not Windows Update through the metro-style UI. Use the keyboard shortcut WinKey + X to display the power user menu and click Control Panel.
I also recommend running Windows Updates again to get the latest updates for the final version. Yup, as usual with Microsoft, you need to update the updates.
Summary: The fact that Surface Pro will run legacy app's makes it a better choice for anyone who needs or wants to use the app's they already own to be productive. That said, the cost of Surface is sure to make anyone question the value of the device when there are plenty of machines out there that cost considerable less money. Surface is cool but is it worth the hefty price tag?
While Windows administrators have little use for Microsoft's Surface RT in the enterprise, the upcoming Surface Pro may prove to be a viable alternative to Apple's iPad for companies that rely on tablets.
Microsoft is due to announce general availability of the professional version of its tablet, the Surface Pro, this month. The Surface Pro is built on an Intel Core i5 CPU, and runs Windows 8, unlike the earlier Surface RT, which uses an ARM processor and runs Windows RT.
That means the new Microsoft Surface Pro will run legacy Windows applications, something the Surface RT can't do. Along with other features, such as Windows 8's ability to be managed with group policies and join Active Directory domains, the Surface Pro is a better fit for enterprise IT use, according to users and analysts.
"[The] Surface Pro is Windows 8. The problem with Surface RT is it's not [Windows]," said Jack Gold, president of analyst firm J. Gold Associates, LLC. in Northborough, Mass.
Microsoft Surface RT vs. Surface Pro
Microsoft launched the Surface RT tablet on October 25, the same day it delivered Windows 8. But to compete with more popular tablets, such as the iPad, Microsoft designed the Surface RT around an ARM processor, which is faster, uses less memory, and is miserly when it comes to battery life.
Early on, IT pros made it clear that they wanted a tablet they could manage the same way they do other PCs and notebooks under their purview.
The high Surface Pro price may surprise some, though. It will -- at least initially -- come in two models: a 64 GB version will cost $899, and a 128 GB unit will cost $999. A snap-on touch keyboard will cost an extra $130.
Summary: speculation around the next iPad and Apple product launches is gathering steam at a rapid clip. In this case Kuo who is predicting the next iPad will be much lighter and thinner than its predecessor is the one who correctly predicted that that Apple would launch a modified new iPad before the end of 2012.
Apple's full-size iPad is set to shed some excess, with a thinner and lighter fifth-generation redesign expected to arrive this year.
The next 9.7-inch iPad is expected to borrow design cues from its smaller sibling, the 7.9-inch iPad mini, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He expects the fifth-generation iPad to be "significantly lighter and slimmer" than the design featured in the third- and fourth-generation models.
In addition, Kuo said Apple's "iPad 5" will feature a narrow border design, similar to the one found on the iPad mini. To compensate for that smaller border, the iPad mini features advanced software that allows the system to ignore unintended touching of the screen during one-handed use.
Kuo has forecast Apple to release a new full-size iPad in the third quarter of 2013. That goes against some other recent rumors, which pegged a fifth-generation iPad to launch in March, which would be about six months after the launch of the iPad 4 and would continue with a twice-per-year upgrade cycle.
Microsoft's full-blown PC-tablet, the Surface Pro, should be available very soon after the first run came off the production line on Tuesday.
"On my way to the factory to check out Surface Pro coming off the line... arriving in the coming weeks," Panos Panay, Microsoft's general manager of Surface products announced via Twitter on Tuesday.
As a result, Microsoft looks set to make the expected January timeline set for Pro's release. The comany has said it was aiming to have the Surface Pro available within 90 days of the Surface RT's October 26 release.
The key difference between the Surface RT and the Pro is that the latter will be able to run any application compatible with Windows 7 desktop, offering owners a much larger choice of software than the RT.
The Surface Pro runs an Intel Core i5 processor, and will come in a 64GB version for $899 and 128GB version for $999, however Microsoft is yet to reveal availability and pricing outside the US.
The two devices sport roughly the same dimensions with a 10.6 inch screen, however the Pro is 0.5 pounds (226 grams) heavier and approximately 50mm thicker. The specifications for both devices can be found here and ZDNet's hands-on review of the Pro is here.
Google's Nexus 7 is gaining market share in Japan and topped Apple's iPad in one survey.
Japanese digital device consumers are some of the savviest in the world. So, a report Thursday showing that the Nexus 7 has bested the iPad in market share is worthy of attention.
Based on a survey of 2,400 consumer electronics stores in Japan, Google's Nexus 7 tablet had 44.4 percent of the market versus the iPad's 40.1 percent, according to Nikkei, Japan's largest business daily. The survey was done by market research firm BCN in December.
Not surprisingly, one of the big draws of the Nexus 7 -- which is co-branded with Asus, the manufacturer of the tablet -- is price, according to Nikkei. It's about a $100 less in Japan than Apple's least expensive tablet, the iPad Mini.
The survey did note, however, that there was a shortage of the iPad Mini at stores and that this may have contributed to Apple's market share decline. But the gist of Nikkei's analysis is that the Nexus 7's price is a bigger factor.
Panasonic Marketing Middle East and Africa is pleased to unveil its highly anticipated series of Portable Power Supply packs. The release of the new Portable Power Supply, mean consumers are no longer without the ability to communicate and connect on the go once their mobile battery is low.
This easy to use and compact Portable Power Supply allows users of smartphones (such as iPhone*1*6, Blackberry*2*6, and Galaxy*3*6), tablet PCs (such as iPad*1*6), digital cameras (such as Lumix*4*6), portable game consoles (such as PSP*5*6) and MP3 players (such as iPod*1*6) to charge on-the-go their gadgets, wherever they are.
So, with the latest Panasonic Portable Supply packs, you can never have an empty battery again when you are on the go, travelling or visiting festivals!
This device can also charge tablets and equipped with two USB outputs, allowing to charge two USB gadgets at once. QL-101 model serves needs of the frequent users and can charge a 1400mAh battery capacity smartphone one time.
Summary: The new Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet with pen and kickstand will set the bar for tablets in the future.
Acer might have been on to something when it warned Microsoft that competing in the hardware space is no easy task. Undeterred, Microsoft entered the battlefield with its Surface RT tablet, an ARM-based slate running a gimped version of Windows 8 that doesn't support legacy applications. It's an okay tablet for content consumption and poking around the web, but for Windows enthusiasts, the real party starts when Surface Pro arrives.
Surface Pro rocks a 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, and with that x86 foundation comes the ability to run all sorts of Windows software. It's basically an Ultrabook in a tablet form factor. Other features include a 10.6-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display with 10-point multi-touch and pen input support, 4GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB solid state drive, full-size USB 3.0 port, microSDXC card slot, mini-DisplayPort, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and other odds and ends.
Summary: Rolling Stone's first iPad edition is now available from itunes from the Apple's Newsstand.
The new Rolling Stone iPad edition brings all of the music news, album and movie reviews, celebrity profiles, and national affairs reporting of the print edition, along with support for rich media content. Articles on musicians and albums will contain links allowing readers to preview and buy songs from iTunes.
The publishers behind the magazine said the app is part of a planned progression that has seen more content from Wenner Media — the company that owns Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, and Us Weekly — appearing on the iPad. In 2011, Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner said in an interview that magazine publishers were "crazy" to embrace the iPad, given the then-low sales of publications on the device, the cost of conversion, and a small revenue stream from digital content.
Sony Corp., the electronics maker struggling after four straight annual losses, will sell a new tablet computer in Japan this year as it tries to lure customers away from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.
The Xperia Tablet Z will be 6.9 millimetres thick, weigh 495 grams and have a 10.1-inch display, Sony’s mobile unit said in a statement Monday. The waterproof device may debut in Japan as soon as March before appearing elsewhere, Noriko Shoji, a Tokyo-based spokeswoman for Sony, said by phone. The price hasn’t been determined, she said.
Sony chief executive officer Kazuo Hirai is focusing on mobile devices to revive the company, whose TV unit has been unprofitable for eight straight fiscal years. The Tokyo-based company introduced its first tablet model in 2011, making it the last among the world’s top 10 laptop makers to tap the surging demand triggered by Apple’s iPad.
2013 is the year when gadgets are going big, in terms of display size. It’s not just the time for 5-inch phablets to gain popularity, but with companies launching a slew of 10-inch tablets, looks like consumers this year will get to go full-size with their tablets too. And there’s a lot to look forward to this year. If it was the Google Nexus 10 and the Microsoft Surface RT that launched late last year, this year began with Microsoft launching the Surface Pro tablet. Shortly after that, we’ve heard about Sony coming up with the Xperia Z tablet. And we wonder if Apple would succeed in making the iPad 5 maintain its top-spot in 2013 against such fabulous devices.
Sony Xperia Z Tablet: Well, the Xperia Z smartphone hasn’t yet hit the stores to start with but has already got us drooling. And just when we lost our hearts to this one comes Sony’s announcement of a similar waterproof and dust-proofe Xperia Z Tablet. Sporting a 10-inch display with a resolution of 1920X1200 pixels, and powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2 GB of RAM, this full-sized Android Jelly Bean tablet is definitely worth noticing. It will have 32 GB of internal storage, but we’re not sure if you can expand it through microSD cards. It will also have an 8.1 MP camera in the rear as well as a 2.2 MP front-facing camera. Powering it will be a massive 6000 mAh battery, which means you’d never have to worry about running out of charge when on the move.
Summary: Apple tried to wipe Samsung off the map in court and it didn't work, Now Samsung comes back fighting with the 8 inch Galaxy note Tablet.
Samsung next month will roll out a new entry in its Galaxy Note series aimed at taking on industry rival Apple's iPad mini in the mid-size tablet segment.
An 8-inch Galaxy Note device has been rumored for some time, based on the notion that Samsung would not leave the mid-range tablet segment to its competitors. While Samsung was among the earliest of major manufacturers to enter the mid-range segment with its Galaxy Tab 7.0, the mid-range tablet market didn't begin to take off until late 2011, when Amazon's Kindle Fire debuted to brisk sales. The next year saw the addition of Google's Nexus 7 tablet, a new line of Kindle Fires, and, finally, the long-expected iPad mini, which launched to considerable demand and is thought to have shipped eight million units in the last quarter.
Of course, a Note 8.0 would feature the Note line's signature S Pen stylus, which is pressure sensitive and slips into a special holding slot on Note devices. Little else, though, is known about the unannounced device's specifications. Samsung news blog SamMobilecites trusted sources in predicting that it will feature an 8-inch 1280x800 TFT display, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 as its operating system.
Those same sources say the Note 8.0 will be larger than Apple's smaller iPad, though not by too much. The iPad mini measures 200x134.7x7.2mm and weighs 308g, while the Note 8.0 is said to measure 211.3x136.3x7.95mm and weigh 330g.
Sony, the electronics maker struggling after four straight annual losses, will introduce a new tablet computer in Japan this year as it tries to lure customers from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co.
The Xperia Tablet Z will be 6.9 millimeters (.27 inches) thick, weigh 495 grams (17 ounces) and have a 10.1-inch (26- centimeter) display, Sony said in a statement today. The waterproof device may debut in Japan as soon as March before appearing elsewhere, Noriko Shoji, a Tokyo-based spokeswoman, said by phone. The price hasn’t been decided, she said.
It’s a rational strategy for Sony to focus on mobile devices including tablets as its TV business is no longer a cash cow,” said Keita Wakabayashi, an analyst at Mito Securities Co. in Tokyo. “Still, the tricky part of the tablet business is that products can conflict with laptop computers on one hand and smartphones on the other.”
Tablet Demand Worldwide tablet shipments probably totaled 120 million last year and may reach 340 million by 2016, market researcher IHS Inc.’s iSuppli said in December.
Summary: Vizio, a company known for inexpensive HD televisions expands its product line to include Windows 8 Tablets PCs
The most important is that this is a Windows 8 device, designed to deliver that desktop experience in a portable package. Another important feature on the Tablet PC is full 1080p HD, which means there’s a hearty 1920-by-1080 resolution on that touchscreen. That’s great for the occasional movie or even for graphics work and other high-def needs. It also has support for 10-finger multi-touch gestures and expansive 64GB on-board SSD storage, as well as AMD’s Z-60 APU processor with Radeon HD graphics for any type of work tasks, even when HD photos and video are included in that daily grind.
While 11.6 inches may seem a little large for a tablet, this thing is built to travel. The Tablet PC measures a mere 0.4 inches thick, with a weight of 1.8 pounds. It also has a machined aluminum frame and soft-touch rear panel, which is stylish and allows users to get a comfortable grip on the device.
Other features include an SRS Premium Sound HD audio system with DTS technology and a micro-HDMI output for connecting the tablet to an HDTV or projector. The unit also comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Signature, which includes things like Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, Skydrive and Windows Defender security features.
“We built a tablet PC with Windows 8 that truly allows consumers to accomplish any task while being mobile,” said Matt McRae, VIZIO’s chief technology officer. “We are excited to work together with AMD to bring consumers a Tablet PC with the Windows experience that also delivers exceptional visuals using AMD’s expertise in superior graphics processing.”
Summary: I don't like to post rumors but, since so many people are interested in the buzz around the iPad 5 I've posted the information below.
According to a report by Patently Apple citing a Chinese website MYDrivers, an insider from Hon Hai Precision Industry, which owns Foxconn claims that iPad 5 will sport a new design with narrow bezels, chamfered edge corners and will look like a magnified iPad Mini. Further, the report also suggests that the device will be codenamed as sapoxx.
Going by earlier reports, the next generation iPad will be thin measuring 7.2 mm, which is similar to the thickness of iPad Mini. Also, the upcoming full sized iPad will feature a new A6X processor and a smaller Lighting chip.
Analyzing the tablets that are in tow for this year, it looks like the Cupertino tech titan is planning to refresh its tablet lineup in response to demand and to keep itself equipped in the competitive market.
Even before Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Note 8.0, its leaked images have surfaced on the net. And looks like it’s a direct competitor to Apple’s much talked about iPad Mini. While the iPad Mini has a 7.90-inch display with a resolution of 1024X768 pixels, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 has a slightly bigger 8-inch screen with a 1280X800 pixel resolution.
From the leaked images, we can see that this device is powered by a 1.66 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM, making it more powerful than the iPad Mini. Its design has striking similarities with the Galaxy Tab 2 and the Galaxy Note 10.1, and with its 8-inch screen, it seems to fit in perfectly in the middle between these two devices. It’s also got S-Pen capabilities and has a slot for it in the back of the device.
Now, one thing that surprised us is the lack of LTE connectivity – apparently, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will work only on 3G networks,
Samsung will announce a new Android tablet, the Galaxy Note 8, at a mobile trade show next month, a company executive revealed to reporters earlier this week. But the unveiling has come a little early, if these photos from an Italian technology site are to be believed.
Digital Day Revolution published these pics of what definitely looks like a mid-size Samsung tablet, smaller than the Galaxy Note 10.1 but slightly larger than the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. As the name implies, the Galaxy Note 8 will be a tablet with an 8-inch screen, very close in size to the iPad mini.
From the photos (more are below), the overall design of the new tablet is very close to the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, with similar curved sides and a front-facing camera (with dual sensors) positioned on the bezel along one of the shorter sides (since users tend to hold smaller-screen tablets vertically). It also sports a physical home button, which is found on the GSIII but not on the Note 10.1.
The Note line's trademark stylus appears to be housed in the tablet's lower-right corner. There's a rear camera, too, but doesn't appear to have a flash.
Summary: 9 to 5 mac has found both a premium sku and pricing on the next iPad which point to a new 128GB ipad being added to the line.
We’ve gotten word from sources that Apple is preparing to release (in some fashion) a single, additional iPad model. This would be a new SKU for the current fourth-generation iPad with Retina display line. At this point, we do not have pricing information, so it is definitely difficult to pinpoint exactly what this new iPad model is.
Here is what we do know:
It is a fourth-generation iPad, not a new design.
It comes in both the current black and white color options.
It comes in both WiFi-only and WiFi + Cellular versions.
It is a more premium SKU that will join the current line of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB fourth-generation iPads.
10-pack deals (in both colors) for educational institutions will be offered.
With developers finding code in the soon-to-be-released iOS 6.1 that points to 128GB iOS devices, and with recent findings of 128GB references in Apple’s recent iTunes 11 release, speculation naturally points to Apple releasing a 128GB iPad in the very near future. While it is certainly plausible that this new iPad model is the 128GB iPad, we are currentlynot confident enough to outright claim that, but it seems likely based on the evidence.
Update: We’ve received pricing information for this new iPad model. The pricing is in line with a higher storage capacity, coming in at around $799 for the WiFi-only model and $929 for the Cellular-compatible model in the United States. So, new capacity sounds even more likely.
Summary: Costco's prices on Microsoft Surface RT Black and Cyan covers will be lower at costco than other retailers.
If you are planning on buying a Microsoft Surface tablet, there is one more place where you can buy it from other than Microsoft Store, Best Buy, and Staples. And that is Costco. Yes, Costco is going to stock Microsoft Surface RT tablets anytime now. This becomes apparent from the leaked screenshot of its inventory system. The tablet is going to be running on an ARM based processor, so there is no need for you to confuse it with the Intel processor powered tablet.
The 32 GB version of the Microsoft Surface tablet will cost you $499.99 at Costco, just like any other store. But this retailer will shine when it comes to accessorizing your tablet. The two main accessories from Microsoft for the Surface tablets are the type cover and the touch cover. These covers are dual function covers. They protect the display of your Microsoft Surface tablet, plus, provide you with a QWERTY keyboard. Yes, there is a full QWERTY keyboard built into these covers which provide raised keys. So if you typing fast and you are a content creator, you would definitely need a physical keyboard. You can buy this.
This is where Costco will make more people buy the tablets from them. The black and cyan touch covers will cost you $10 less than the touch covers in any other color. If you want to buy a 32 GB Microsoft Surface RT tablet with a touch cover of any color, it would be $599.99, but with black and cyan touch covers, it would be $589.99. And if you want to buy a 64 GB Microsoft Surface RT tablet with a touch cover of any color, it would be $699.99. But with a touch cover in black or cyan colors, the price will drop to $689.99
Motion Computing®, a global provider of mobility solutions based on leading rugged tablet technology, today announced the release of the Motion® J3600 Tablet PC, the next generation in the J-Series line of tablet PCs. The dual touch, rugged J3600 offers improved power, performance and connectivity, helping utility field workers stay productive throughout the day. Motion will demonstrate the new product, along with its entire suite of mobile solutions for utilities this week at DistribuTECH. Attendees who visit Motion booth #1437, attend the Norris Public Power presentation “How to Save Time, Increase Productivity and Enhance Customer Service with Mobility Solutions”, or stop by the Esri booth #3139 will learn how Motion solutions deliver both immediate benefits and long term value.
“Enabling mobility to improve work performance is what we are all about,” said Peter Poulin vice president, marketing for Motion. “Motion has an entire suite of solutions meticulously designed to optimize utility workflows such as field inspections and asset management. Our powerful combination of advanced technology, tailored accessories and services along with innovative partner offerings enables users to more quickly and seamlessly gather and document data - resulting in improved productivity.”
Summary: Apple has made it official, begriming February 5th you will able to purchase a 128GB iPad. This is not a new iPad, its still the 4th generation, only the amount of storage and the price has changed.
Apple today said it would begin offering its fourth-generation iPad with double the storage capacity.
The 128-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only iPad will cost $799, while a cellular version pushes close to four figures at $929. The new iPads will be available on Feb. 5.
Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel both confirmed they would carry the higher capacity iPad. AT&T wasn't immediately available for comment.
The updated iPad represents a minor update to a device that already got a slight overhaul late last year. Many expect Apple to unveil a new iPad with more significant changes in the coming months.
The 128GB iPad has all of the same features as before, including a 9.7-inch Retina Display, a FaceTime HD camera, and an A6X processor.
Apple is hoping the higher-capacity iPad will be better suited for the business world. Over the past few years, the company has made a concerted push to get into companies for professional use.
Summary: Since its aimed at a different audience, sales of the 128gb iPad should have little or no effect on other ipad or iPad mini sales, and the price point on the 128gb iPad helps fill the gap between Apple's 64GB iPad and the $999.00 MacBook Air.
FORTUNE -- What at first glance seemed like a ho-hum memory boost may have deeper implications for Apple , its margins and its competitors.
Wells Fargo's Maynard Um: A 128GB fourth-generation iPad. "We believe the new device will be in addition to the current product portfolio and will fill a hole in the market for tablets with larger storage capacities (business users and/or high-end consumers). Given that the new iPad is, in our opinion, geared towards a different end-market than the current iPad portfolio, we believe there should be minimal cannibalization of existing iPads.
Citigroup's Glen Yeung: Margin and Marketing Implications. "Apple's announcement of a 128GB 4th Generation iPad is clearly focused on the corporate market. At $799, this latest iPad SKU is priced above the average selling price of a laptop ($703), bringing the two squarely into the same wallet discussion.
Finally, although he's not a Wall Street analyst...
Apple Insider's Daniel Eran Dilger: Apple's 128GB iPad aims to drive profits up a path competitors can't easily follow. "The surprise announcement ... demonstrates how quickly (and unpredictably) Apple can shift direction.
Summary: in 2012 more than 25 million Tablet PC's were sold in the United States. According to market research, the sales of Tablet PC's will continue to grow in leaps and bounds and will almost tipple by 2018.
According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Tablet PC Market - U.S. Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast, 2012 - 2018," the tablet PC shipment in the U.S. was 34.2 million units in 2012 and is expected to grow to 71.6 million units by 2018, at a CAGR of 13.1% from 2012 to 2018. In 2010, iOS based tablet PCs held the largest share, accounting for more than 80% of the overall U.S. tablet PC market. However, Android based tablet PC shipment is expected to surpass the shipment of iOS based tablet PCs by 2017.
The U.S. tablet PC market is mainly driven by the growing demand from consumers for technologically advanced products. Moreover, smaller size compared to laptops, better battery life, and multi-tasking ability enables the use of tablet PCs in number of applications. In addition, there is growing demand for tablet PCs, especially from business enterprises as these devices are adapted for business software such as CRM, business intelligence and dashboards.
The study provides assessment of the U.S. tablet PC market based on intended use, screen size, interface (operating platform and user interface) and retail channel. In terms of screen size, tablet PCs with screen size ranging between 9.6" and 11" is the largest selling segment, with more than 25 million tablet PCs sold in 2012 in the U.S
Summary : Is Microsoft really to late to jump into the tablet game? in nine days they will launch the Surface Pro Tablet PC, which is aimed at business users. Since Surface Pro runs legacy app's such as Microsoft office, outlook and everything else that runs on existing Windows PC' it's likely to be a better choice for most people and business. So, the question is, will Apples 128gb iPad be enough to lure business users away from Surface Pro? Time will tell......
Both tablets are aimed at businesses, and while Apple has market momentum on its side, Microsoft has a massive business software library.
When Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet goes on sale Feb. 9, it will face competition from a new, high-capacity version of Apple's market-leading iPad. On Jan. 29, Apple surprised the industry by unveiling a 128GB version of the fourth-generation iPad with a Retina display. The device will cost $799 for the WiFi-only model. Those who opt for the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) version will pay $929. It's a move that could see Apple's tablet rocket to the top of IT buyers' shopping lists.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, Apple's timing could derail its hopes of cornering the market for business tablets. Not only will the iPad 128GB model beat the Surface Pro to market by a few days—Feb. 5 vs. Feb. 9—it will carry a significantly lower price. The top-of-the-line 4G LTE 128GB iPad will sell for $929, $70 cheaper than the WiFi-only 128GB Surface Pro. Microsoft does have a couple of reasons to be optimistic about the Surface Pro's chances against the new iPad. With an Intel Core i5 processor under the hood, Surface Pro is capable of running the full version of Windows 8 Pro. In effect, it offers seamless compatibility with a vast library of Windows software and laptop-like performance in a tablet form factor. Touch-enabled capabilities and pen input are icing on the cake. Early reviewers are smitten. New York Times tech columnist David Pogue wrote, "You're looking at an entirely new kind of machine, one with new possibilities." Surface Pro shatters the distinction between desktop and tablet software, added Pogue. "It's a touch-screen tablet, of iPaddish proportions, that runs desktop software: Photoshop, Quicken, the full Microsoft Office, iTunes (and Apple's online movie and music stores). Desktop software on a half-inch-thick tablet. That's a first."
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.