In line with fan expectations, Samsung introduced a new member to its Galaxy Note family - the 8in Galaxy Note - at the Mobile World Congress event on 24 February in Barcelona. The new Galaxy series tablet aims to take a shot at Apple's iPad mini while bridging the technology gap between the second generation Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 that was officially announced in August 2012.
The 8in Galaxy Note features the same processor found on its younger sibling, the Galaxy Note 2, which is the Samsung Exynos 4 Quad chipset. The quad-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz is paired with a Mali 400 MP GPU and includes 2GB of RAM.
On the other hand, the iPad Mini imports the same Apple A5 chipset used in iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S. In other words, the Apple tablet is powered by a relatively slower 1GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, a PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU and 512MB of RAM.
The iPad Mini comes in two variants: Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi with 3G/LTE capability. The Apple tablet (3G/LTE model) offers connectivity options via Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. It supports a Nano-SIM for making and receiving calls over 3G/LTE network bands. The Wi-Fi only model also offers similar connectivity options via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but does not provide SIM capability for making or receiving calls.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 also comes in two variants: 3G and 4G LTE. Both the variants offer connectivity via Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. Like its Apple counterpart, the Note tablet also supports a Micro-SIM for making and receiving calls. In addition, the Note 8.0 features an infrared port for communication with infrared devices.
The venerable 9.7-inch iPad will get buried by the iPad Mini in 2013, NPD DisplaySearch said today in a research note.
If January is any indicator it could be a pretty sharp shift. Shipments of 9.7-inch tablet panels (iPad) "collapsed," falling to 1.3 million in January from 7.4 million a month earlier, DisplaySearch said.
But 7-inch and 7.9-inch (many of the latter are the iPad Mini) panel shipments grew to 14 million from 12 million in the same period.
And it will get pretty lopsided for the whole of 2013, DisplaySearch said.
"We now understand that Apple may be planning to sell 55 [million] iPad Minis (7.9") and 33M iPads (9.7") in 2013," wrote DisplaySearch's David Hsieh.
Originally, Apple's planning was pretty much the opposite. It had planned to sell 40 million iPad Minis and 60 million 9.7-inch iPads in 2013, DisplaySearch said.
"However, the reality seems to be the reverse," Hsieh said.
Presumably, a lot of the 9.7-inch iPads sold this year will be the iPad 5, which is expected to have an iPad-Mini like design and be thinner, among other features.
Summary: People continue to compare the Microsoft Surface RT and the Apple iPad and everyone has their own opinion. My opinion is that while they are similar they are very different. Surface RT includes Microsoft Office (but not Outlook) and has support for flash and the microsoft store has far less app's than the Apple store.
The Microsoft Surface running Windows RT is just about everything you'd want in a tablet, but how does it stack up against the market leader, the Apple iPad?
In our hands-on testing, the Surface RT stacks up well against the iPad -- once you realize that they're in two different stacks.
On paper, the Microsoft Surface RT looks like a competitor to the Apple iPad with Retina Display. They both start at $499. The screen of the Surface is slightly larger, with a 10.6 inch diagonal measurement vs. 9.7 inches for the iPad. They weigh nearly the same. Both have an operating system that's baked in and a host of apps that you can only get from the company stor
But there are key differences.
-- While the iPad is primarily a content consumption device, the Surface, which comes with Microsoft Office, is also designed for content creation.
-- Where the iPad isolates users from the world of networks, servers and enterprise printers, the Surface works with them seamlessly.
-- Where the iPad requires you to work with its iOS grid-of-icons interface, the Surface gives you a choice of tiles, icons or (hold on to your hat) an actual command line.
So, who wins? The answer is, it depends. The iPad has nearly a quarter million apps available that allow it to do nearly everything. The Surface can't come close in that regard. But the Surface has capabilities that the iPad can't match, and its app store is growing.
Summary: ASU requires that all freshman students have an iPad, which they can rent or purchase. While I understand the mobility benefits of this, since the majority of students cant afford to have two computers, and you cant use Microsoft office on an iPad, I don't know that i think its fair to require students who are Microsoft Windows users to give up Microsoft office which most likely they already own.
Arkansas State University recently announced their iPad Initiative where each freshman student starting this year is supposed to own an iPad or iPad mini that can be either purchased outside or in the university’s IT store or can be rented out for the course. It all began two years ago when Arkansas State University first started experimenting the educational value an iPad can add in a student’s learning. After testing it out immensely and planning various well thought out use cases ASU made it a compulsion for every student to own an iPad.
ASU’s new motto, “Learn on the move”, aims at improving teaching methodologies as well by sending out student instructors out into the field equipped with an iPad, allowing administrators greater freedom in monitoring teachers’ progress. Once the student teachers get acquainted with iPad ASU plans to expand the use case to monitor students instantly using Apple’s very successful FaceTime technology that improves response time compared to current system.
Summary: as the prices continue to drop the market for small tablets continues to grow. Inexpensive small tablets allow more people to have tablets that they can take anywhere they go. Younger people tend to gravitate toward the smaller screens. Personally I prefer a larger screen so I can see what i'm doing without having to put on glasses.
10-inch tablets once dominated the market, but that's already started to change, according to a market analysis firm.
NPD's DisplaySearch reports that shipments of 9.7-inch touchscreens collapsed in January of this year, falling from 7.4 million to 1.3 million when compared to the previous month.
At the same time, shipments of 7-inch and 7.9-inch panels showed noticeable growth, moving from 12 million to 14 million.
Apple iPad vs. iPad mini
The full-size iPad used to be the top-selling tablet, but it has been supplanted by Apple's smaller version, the iPad mini.
Before the launch of the 7.9-inch version, Apple had planned to sell 60 million 9.7-inch tablets and 40 million 7.9-inch ones in 2013, According to DisplaySearch. Once the level of demand for the smaller version became clear, Apple is reportedly expecting to sell 55 million iPad minis and 33 million iPads this year.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1™ will be available online and in stores beginning Thursday, March 7 for $599.99 on Verizon Wireless.
The Note 10.1 optimizes productivity with multiscreen viewing and advanced S Pen functionality, offers entertainment features at home and on-the-go, and allows for creativity through S Pen-specific applications. A list of specs and key features is listed below along with a link to the Note 10.1 product page on www.samsung.com.
Device Specs/Key Features:
Multiscreen feature on the Galaxy Note 10.1 gives users the ability to effortlessly utilize two different applications side-by-side simultaneously for true and easy multitasking. Users can view Web pages or videos, or launch other applications while writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen on the other half of the screen without having to toggle back and forth between apps.
Samsung Smart Remote, which transforms the device into a universal remote control that can control an entire home entertainment system and even recommend programs. Along with several features first introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, including: AllShare Play, Pop up Play and Group Cast.
Brilliant high-definition touchscreen display (1280x800), Android™ 4.1 operating system, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 5-megapixel main camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Note 10.1 is enterprise-ready and SAFE™ (Samsung for Enterprise) out of the box, meaning that enterprises across multiple industries can fully utilize these phones for business, including emerging Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs.
Summary: It comes as no surprise that the Apple iPad remains the Tablet that most people would like to purchase because Apple has done a fabulous job with marketing and a constantly growing number of app's. Apple got a giant head start and remains head and shoulders above the competition.
Apple's dominance in the tablet computing sector seems unlikely to wane in the near future, as a new consumer survey found half of the respondents looking to buy a tablet were planning on getting an iPad, with no other company seeing double digit interest.
The Yankee Group recently surveyed 506 consumers, asking them which brand of tablet they intended to buy. Apple's iPad was the tablet of choice for nearly half the respondent pool with 47 percent. Preference for the iPad was nearly seven times larger than Apple's next competitor, Amazon.
Sahara NetSlate a510 Certified by Konami Gaming, Inc. as Preferred Hardware Upon Which to Deliver SYNKROS Table Management
TabletKiosk has announced that Konami Gaming Inc., a leading provider of slot machines and casino management systems has selected the Sahara NetSlate a510 Tablet PC as a recommended hardware platform upon which to run the table management module of SYNKROS, its casino management system.
The Sahara NetSlate a510T is a 12” resistive touch screen Tablet PC which features high speed data transfer and connectivity via SuperSpeed USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and dual-stream 802.11n wireless networking. The Sahara NetSlate a510T, with its integrated magnetic stripe reader module, can be easily mounted to any blackjack, poker or baccarat table, as well as the central console in the pit, to provide easy access to the casino management system.
With the introduction of the xTablet T7200, and to ensure that your xTablet T7000 rugged tablets stay in top working order, we are offering a Tune-Up Program for a limited time. This program is intended to provide support and additional/replacement accessories that you may need for your installment of xTablet T7000 rugged tablet PCs.
Summary: Samsung is gaining on Apple in the able space the real question is if the Android OS will become as desirable in the tablet sector as it is in the mobile phone market.
Samsung is simply killing it when it comes to the global smartphone market share and they aim to take the same route for tablets as well.
Apple still very much has the upper hand when it comes to the tablet market and even though Samsung has had some success in the past with tablets like the Note 10.1, the overall Android tablet segment hasn’t really taken off the way smartphones have.
Samsung is pulling out all the stops. The newly announced, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 or 510 should be hitting store shelves by the end of March and the only real competitor in its sights is the Apple iPad mini. Let’s take a quick look at both these tablets and see how they stack up in a grudge match.
If we go purely by specifications alone, the Galaxy Note 510 is far superior to the iPad mini. It has a higher resolution screen, has a more powerful SoC, more RAM, expandable storage, S Pen stylus and better media playback support out-of-the-box. The success or failure of the Note 510 will entirely depend on the pricing, which hasn’t been disclosed yet.
Microsoft Surface Pro vs. HKC Surface Clone Tablet hands on at CeBIT 2013
The Microsoft Surface Pro comes with some fairly good hardware. It's no surprise the Microsoft shopped for the best components it could find to run its own operating system. Powered by a 1.7Ghz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 4000 video, and either a 64GB or 128GB SSD drive, this tablet will run just about any application without any issues. In fact, it out-performs other ultraportables in its class, and is capable of running some games as well.
I was very impressed on how well it ran Windows apps such as Photoshop and Light Room, with Microsoft Office running in the background with Internet Explorer. As far as gaming goes, it's not going to replace your desktop PC or even your iMac, but I had no issues running Torchlight 2, Counterstrike Source, and any game you find in the Windows Store. I wouldn't, however, expect spectacular performance on graphic- and CPU-intensive games on the Surface Pro.
Movies off of Netlfix or anime off of Crunchy Roll running in 1080 HD mode performed beautifully. I've also played HD MKV files using VLC and had no choppiness whatsoever.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is a unique device in a category of it's own. It's not really a tablet nor is it really a notebook.
Those who are looking for a device where they can read ebooks, play Angry Birds, surf the web, and watch countless hours of Netflix on the go should stick with the Apple iPad. If you are looking for an ultraportable notebook, there are many cheaper options out there with better hardware. In my opinion, having a pair of device like an iPad and a MacBook Air is still the best solution for the mainstream.
HOWEVER... If you are the type of person that needs a powerful-yet-portable notebook and need tablet capabilities, then there really is no better solution.
Hannspree has signed up as a Gold Partner of Boot Camp 2013, and will be giving visitors the chance to get hands on with its new range of table PCs.
“The PCR Boot Camp Expo provides us with the perfect platform to showcase the Hannspree 2013 product roadmap as well as to offer Hannspree’s expertise as original panel manufacturers and touch technology specialists to advise the channel on key products to sell in the current landscape and what to look out for in the future,” commented Martin Kent, territory manager UK and Eire, Hannspree UK.
“Visitors will be able to get hands on with the new Hannspree Tablet PC range which we believe will give our customers the edge in a highly competitive market. Attendees will also be privy to a new range of monitors featuring IPS display technology from our sub brand HannsG which is consistently a top five selling monitor brand in the UK.”
Nielsen’s annual Australian Connected Consumers report reveals that a third of Australian households have a TV that can access the Internet — slightly more than the number of homes with access to an Internet-enabled tablet.
The report's co-author, Lillian Zrim, said that many Australians were using their Internet-connected TVs to watch streaming TV shows and movies: "Almost half of the Australian online population watched TV content via internet services and sources, and the NBN rollout will facilitate a surge in the demand for streamed TV and movie content in Australia in coming years.”
Nielsen's statistics point to "significant growth" in the Internet-connected TV market this year, both on store shelves and in consumers' homes.
Another interesting statistic shared by Nielsen points to the ubiquity of always-on Internet connections and mobile devices in Australia. Almost three quarters of consumers surveyed by Nielsen simultaneously used a tablet, smartphone or notebook to ‘dual screen’ — to browse the Internet or interact on social media while watching TV.
Capital New Yorkreported on Friday that it had confirmed with a New York Magazine spokesperson that the upcoming app was close to an unveiling, but was not yet ready for rollout. The publication said that Michael Silberman, general manager of nymag.com, will reveal the new app at an Association of Magazine Media conference at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown Manhattan on March 28.
New York plans to have the iPad version of its magazine available to subscribers some time in April.
The new version is said to come with significant improvements over the magazine's current iPad app, which originally launched in 2010. That version, currently available in the App Store, is simply a digital reproduction of the physical magazine which does not take advantage of the features available in comparable apps. The forthcoming iteration will feature "interactive capabilities, distinctive features and unique design that set a new bar in the drive to respond to the rapidly changing media consumption habits of readers," says a description of the app's March launch event.
American Airlines owns 33,000 tablets and that's one of the largest corporate deployments, period. 23,000 of them are from Samsung, not Apple.
American bought 17,000 Galaxy Notes last fall. The Note is sometimes called a "phablet" because it's part smartphone and part tablet.
The idea is to equip each flight attendant with a device that gives them ready access to the latest flight information and other customer service info.
The Note was an interesting choice because American already had iPads on its planes. American's pilots use some 10,000 iPads in the cockpit. American considered using iPads for its flight attendants, too.
One reason Samsung won is because it has been pushing hard to lure enterprise customers with programs like "Samsung For Enterprise (SAFE)." SAFE adds security and management features to all Samsung Galaxy devices.
Business Insider talked to Lisa Canada, AA's Managing Director of Operations Technology, to get the details.
BI: Why did you buy so many tablets and what are you doing with them?
Lisa Canada: We’ve started rolling out the Samsung Galaxy Note tablets this year to our flight attendants, who use the device to access customer information like preferences and gate connections to better serve travelers.
Our aircraft maintenance technicians also use a Samsung device – the Galaxy Tab, giving them a modern tool to better troubleshoot and address any aircraft issues. We also offer Samsung Galaxy Tabs to our Business Class customers on certain routes for a premium inflight entertainment experience.
BI: Why Samsung?
Lisa Canada: We chose Samsung devices for select workgroups after months of testing different devices and gathering employee feedback. We felt that Samsung’s tablets were best suited to our enterprise environment, plus we were able to make customizations to fit our needs
If you've ever thought to yourself, "I wish I could pick up my PC's monitor off my desk and use it as an Android tablet," Asus has just the gadget for you. It's the Asus Transformer AiO P1801, and when it comes out on April 12 it'll cost $1,299 -- the same price as a 21.5 inch iMac.
More than meets the eye?
The Asus Transformer series started with an Android tablet that turns into a sort of netbook, provided you dock it with a separate keyboard attachment. When docked with the keyboard, it can fold flush with it to close up clamshell-style, and it also has a laptop-style touchpad for moving a mouse cursor with.
Instead of a keyboard dock, the Asus Transformer AiO comes with a "PC Station," which is basically an all-in-one PC like the iMac but sans the monitor, meaning it's a thick black slab on a stand, with a docking port for the 18-inch tablet screen to plug into.
The Asus Transformer AiO has an 18.4-inch, 1080p screen with 10-point multitouch. In PC mode, it has a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor and a 2 TB hard drive, and runs Windows 8. There's no word on how much RAM the PC Station has, or how much flash memory the tablet part has for storage.
It is a very beautiful and impressive tablet and HP ElitePad 900 will have to compete with the likes of Microsoft Surface Pro. But its high pricing may prove its undoing.
HP launches ElitePad 900 is going to give tough competition to market leaders in the tablet market. Coming with best specs and impeccable build quality, the tablet is one of the top tablets available in the market. And the best thing about this tablet is the fact that it comes with very impressive specifications, though comes with a very high price tag.
The technology giant has said that its tablet will replace other primary personal computer devices. The same claim has often been made by Microsoft following the launch of its second generation tablet Surface Pro. Microsoft was betting big on its next gen tablet, but of late there are indications that the tablet is not doing well in the market and demand for it is coming already down. The initial euphoria for the tablet has subsided and it seems people are not ready to shell out such a huge amount of money on a tablet.
As a follow-up to its just-released iOS edition of the Net Nanny "safe browser", ContentWatch is readying another version -- outfitted with cloud-enabled tools for monitoring children's social networking activities on all devices -- which will run on Windows 8 and possibly on Windows RT, TabletPCReview has learned.
Net Nanny is already available in Android, Windows 7, and Mac flavors, but features for protecting kids and teens from Web content vary according to the kinds of capabilities supported by various platforms, according to G.G. Benitez, a ContentWatch spokesperson.
Each of the current versions will do all of the following: filter Web content in a browser in realtime, mask vulgarity/profanity, and allow for user profiles such as child, pre-teen, teen, and "mature."
iOS Browser Works As Safari Replacement
Now available at an introductory price of $4.99 in Apple's App store, the iOS version works as a replacement for the Safari browser on iPads, iPhones, and iPods.
In Net Nanny's safety settings, iOS users can opt to either block or mask content such as "pornography, lingerie/swimsuits, abortion, and death/gore."
The still-unannounced Net Nanny for Windows 8 is expected to enter a short beta program in April, Benitez revealed, in an email to Tablet PC Review.
Windows 8 Edition to Support Both Explorer and Modern UIs
Supporting both the Explorer and Modern/Metro user interfaces (UIs), the Windows 8 edition will offer a centralized console where parents can manage settings and protections for family members on both PCs and mobile devices from a single location.
The Win8 edition will also come with "robust social networking tools" for monitoring social networking interactions of family members with others.
Mayor Philippa Klessig of Westlake Village, Adam Haverstock, Field Representative of the 44th Assembly District, TabletMan along with 30 VIP guests, and 55 employees attended Accessory Power’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, March 8th, 2013. The celebration was to commemorate the opening of Accessory Power's 6th and 7th warehouses in the United States and its 8th in Europe.
Summary: Dell computers has added a 18.4 inch all-in-one Windows 8 tablet computer that weighs less than 5 pounds and includes a touch screen and kickstand for ease of use and mobility to its line up.
Dell's latest attempt to bring the worlds of mobile touch and desktop computing together have been on show at this year's SXSW festival.
The company have been showcasing their new XPS 18 All-in-one machine, an 18.4-inch Windows 8 computer with touchscreen smarts and a kickstand, letting it work as comfortably as an on-the-go tablet as it does a stationary desktop computer.
Well, as comfortable as an 18.4-inch machine ever is - it's hardly iPad Mini portable, but weighing less than five pounds at least it wouldn't give you a hernia trying to move it about.
Aside from the full HD resolution of the screen and the near-certain baked in flash storage, little is known about the XPS 18 All-in-One. We'll keep you posted with full specs, pricing and release info as we get it.
Summary: Slowly but surely the Android OS is gaining on Apple in the small tablet arena. Most likely this is due to the lower prices available on some of the smaller android devices.
Shipments of tablets running Google's Android mobile operating system are expected to pass Apple's iPad this year as the overall tablet market grows, according to new data from IDC.
The research firm on Tuesday predicted that Android devices will account for 48.8 percent of total tablet shipments in 2013, while Apple's iPad will slip from 51 percent of the market in 2012 to 46 percent this year. IDC also increased its tablet market forecast for 2013 from 172.4 million units to 190.9 million, largely thanks to a "predicted surge in smaller, more affordable slate devices.
In the long term, iOS and Android will give up some market share to Windows-based tablets, the firm said. But for now, tablets running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system are expected to account for just 2.8 percent of 2013 shipments, while Windows RT-powered devices will make up just 1.9 percent.
Summary: Analyst Mark Moskowitz, thinks that that when an iPad mini with a retina display is released later this year that other tablet makes will be forced to lower the prices on their slate style tablets to under $200.00.
Analyst claims Retina display-equipped iPad Mini release later this year will encourage rivals to slash their slate prices.
An analyst claims that the arrival of the iPad Mini 2 will drive down the price of all tablets.
Mark Moskowitz of J.P. Morgan says that Apple’s tablets are more “compelling” to consumers than those of other manufacturers, forcing them to compete by lowering prices – and he feels that the launch of the second generation iPad Mini later this year will be the catalyst for sub-US$200. The arrival of other tablet makers on the market and the resulting increase in competition will also have an effect on prices.
Microsoft faced a few key challenges in developing its Surface tablet, according to team leader Panos Panay.
In an interview with the Verge, Panay offered some tidbits detailing the tricky evolution of Surface. The Surface team's general manager said that Microsoft had two goals in mind for Surface RT, code-named Georgetown: news of the tablet couldn't leak beforehand and it had to be ready to ship when Windows 8 launched.
Toward that end, Panay described the concept behind Surface in one sentence: people should be able to do more with it than they can with competing tablets. The major goal was to keep the device thin and light. Microsoft initially played around with rounded backs and edges before settling on a flat back and angled edges so that users didn't feel as if they might drop the tablet.
Microsoft may be proud of Surface. But the tablet still faces an uphill battle trying to win over customers and market share.
Summary: Apple has filed a patent for a new smart cover that has build in wireless charging that will be able to charge the iPad via and inductive power transmitter. This is an ingenious idea that is likely to become popular very quickly when it becomes available.
Apple's invention relates to a system, method, and apparatus for wirelessly providing power to the iPad through a future version of their Smart Cover.
Apple states that the body portion includes an inductive power transmitter arranged to wirelessly pass power to a corresponding inductive power receiver unit disposed within the iPad by inductively coupling, at least a first magnetic element, and at least a second magnetic element used to secure the body portion to the display in a closed configuration. In the closed configuration the first magnetic element is detected by a sensor disposed within the iPad, the detection altering a current operating state of the tablet device.
In another embodiment, a method for wirelessly powering an iPad is disclosed. The method can be performed by carrying out at least the following operations: determining if a protective cover is in a closed configuration with respect to the tablet device, enabling a wireless power receiver circuit in the tablet device when it is determined that the protective cover is in the closed configuration with respect to iPad and wirelessly receiving power from a wireless power transmitter associated with the protective cover.
Summary: Microsoft One Note is a great application, especially on a Tablet PC. The ability to copy and paste into one note, organize your information and thoughts into sections and search the information combined with he ability to use the pen for writing notes makes One Note an excellent application for Tablet users.
OneNote 2013 is an easy-to-use note-taking and information-management program. You can use it to capture ideas and information in electronic form. OneNote 2013 is the newest member of the Office 2013 clan and was designed with smartphones and tablets in mind, so was, from the start, more attuned to touchscreens and could handle finger or stylus input. It also has handwriting recognition built in and its own audio recorder. See all Office software reviews.
The application uses the analogy of a series of notebooks, each of which can be sub-divided into sections and pages, as needed. On these pages, you can type text, draw directly onto the screen and capture page elements, such as tables from web pages. All these things can then be dragged around on the page and arranged as needed. Finally, pages or items from them can be exported to Word, Excel, PowerPoint or other Office apps.
You can now link a OneNote page to a scheduled event in Outlook 2013, so that when the event occurs, the page of notes you previously linked is called up; useful when attending meetings, lectures or presentations. Once there, you can record what's said at the same time as taking notes and the audio is then linked to those notes, so you can refer to both together, when recapping what was said and what you wrote about it.
Maake your life richer, simpler, and more fun.
As a real life companion, the new Samsung GALAXY S4 helps bring us closer and captures those fun moments when we are together. Each feature was designed to simplify our daily lives.
Furthermore, it cares enough to monitor our health and well-being. To put it simply, the Samsung GALAXY S4 is there for you.
More from last nights Galaxy 4S launch coming soon
Summary: an excellent overview on how and why the pen is a valuable tool when using a Tablet PC. Personally I have been a fan of the pen for more than ten years and find that it makes many tasks easier while keeping the screen free of fingerprints.
Why a Stylus?
One of the best things about tablet computers is that they're so adaptable and portable, ready to go anywhere. So it might seem strange at first to add another peripheral to the mix. Before you dismiss the humble stylus as a bygone relic of the Palm Pilot, consider its advantages. Using a stylus (especially during long tablet sessions) can be much more comfortable than constantly jabbing the screen with your finger. It will also prevent most of those unsightly fingerprints all over the screen that require wiping off the screen several times a day.
A stylus also allows a much greater degree of control, which is especially important for artists. While tablet applications are rather finger-friendly, with large buttons and easy to use interfaces, they aren't perfect for every method of interaction -- hence the popularity of Bluetooth keyboards for tasks requiring extensive text entry. Most artists don't work in fingerpaints, so why would you try to create a digital masterpiece using only your fingers?
Apps like InspirePro (free), ArtStudio ($4.99), and SketchBook Pro ($4.99) can help you create truly amazing works of art, but a great app is only part of the equation. Any decent drawing app will allow you to choose from a variety of tools such as pens, pencils, and chalk, as well as several different line thicknesses, but when you add a stylus you will have a more natural drawing experience and finer control.
If you're a student, whether enrolled in college courses or taking technical training classes for your job, you might need to take notes that go beyond simple text. Apps such as NotesPlus ($7.99) and Notability ($1.99) allow you to add handwritten drawings, charts, graphs, and diagrams to your notes, allowing you to capture all of the information presented in classroom lectures, not just the words. While apps like these feature line smoothing and shape insertion, a stylus can make note taking both more comfortable during class and more readable later, while you're cramming for your exam, because those drawings will be smoother and more precise.
Summary: PC Magazine new favorite 7 inch gaming tablet is the Kobo Arc which is easy to hold, runs Android and had thumb controls.
There are a lot of different 7-inch tablets you can buy. Our current favourite is the Kobo Arc, which skirts a fine line between multipurpose tablet and dedicated e-reader. The Archos GamePad takes a different approach, adding thumb controls to the edges of a touchscreen to make this tablet a gamer’s friend.
Beyond the physical gaming controls, the Archos GamePad is a largely normal Android tablet. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is reasonably modern and versatile even if it isn’t as feature-packed as the most up-to-date Android 4.2 release.
Summary:The war between Goggle and Apple is on, but with such a commanding lead in the tablet sphere I think Apple has this one in the bag.
Tech investors follow the tablet market and its recent developments closely, and for good reason: This market is one of the fastest-growing areas in all of technology. Investors were recently given a new set of forecasts for the tablet market this year that have big-time implications for both Apple and Google. In the following video, Andrew Tonner breaks down exactly how investors should approach this new data.
Summary: Microsoft has finally caught up with the demand for Surface Pro Tablets and will begin selling the Surface Pro in other countries in the next few months.
Microsoft has reportedly sold about 400,000 Surface Pro units in the five weeks this Windows 8 tablet has been on the market.
This device debuted exclusively in the U.S. and Canada on Feb. 9. Microsoft's inability to keep up with demand for this tablet immediately after its launch can't have helped its sales figure.
More recently, the company has caught up with demand. This tablet is therefore scheduled to go on sale in a number of other countries later in the coming months. While this will certainly push up the number of units being sold, the big question will be whether this will be enough to allow this device fulfill Microsoft's hopes for it.
The sales figure comes from Bloomberg, who cites unnamed sources. Microsoft itself has never announced how many Surface units it has sold.
Summary: Now that business have the option to chose between the iPad and a Windows 8 tablet, those who have not already deployed iPad's are more likely to go for the Windows tablets because they have the ability to run all of their existing Windows applications as well as any of the new touch enabled applications they want or need.
"Enterprise tablets now exist that provide the best of both worlds between end user and IT, which puts the Apple in a precarious position of needing to add more robust enterprise features," Moor says in a white paper released Monday. "Until that point, Moor Insights & Strategy recommends enterprises re-evaluate their iPad pilot and deployments."
In other words, the enterprise party is over for Apple's tablets.
Two crucial components are Microsoft's Windows 8 and Intel's Atom processor Z2760. The former provides a touch-based interface that's a key element of any tablet's appeal, while the former delivers the performance and battery life. In fact, a comparison review by AnandTech found that battery life with the Z2760 surpassed the iPad 4 when Web browsing.
Because Intel has built a competitive chip based on the X86 construction set, the three tablets can run the latest touch-enabled apps for Windows 8, as well as Windows 7 apps. Among the most important app is Microsoft Office, the enterprise standard for office productivity. Office doesn't run on the iPad, and Apple's productivity tools are not regarded as being on par with Microsoft's.
There's also more baseline expandability with the Windows tablets. Depending on the vendor, the devices can come with a dock, USB, miniHDMI and microSD. Add other optional manufacturer-supported accessories and the iPad is left in the dust.
Summary: quick and easy tips for Microsoft Surface Pro & RT including how to get to the task manager quickly, install app's directly to a SD card, take Screen shots and more.
Microsoft's Surface RT and Surface Pro have been available for a little while now and for those of you looking to improve your time with these devices, check out these helpful tips and shortcuts that make things so much easier.
For example, there are several tips and shortcuts that will help you boost that weak volume on your Surface, help you reach the task manager quickly, reclaim precious storage space, help you boot from a USB drive and even install apps directly to the SD Card. Check out some of the top-10 tips we pulled together and hit the source link for more tips and shortcuts.
MobileDemand, the nation’s leading provider of Rugged Tablet PC systems in the Transportation industry, announces its annual Partner of the Year awards. Buckeye Mountain, CMAC, MobileWorxs, Atlas RFID and SDV Tech all received recognition for their exceptional performance in the 2012 calendar year.
Each partner was responsible for promoting and selling MobileDemand’s complete line of rugged tablet PCs including the xTablet T7000, xTablet T7200, xTablet C1200, xTablet T8700 and the xTablet T1200. MobileDemand xTablet rugged tablet PC systems enable companies to extend enterprise and business applications to mobile workers to access critical information and make better business decisions at the point of interaction. MobileDemand innovative rugged tablet PCs deliver high performance at a lower cost and enable greater efficiency and productivity in the field.
Summary: It looks like Microsoft is going forward with expanding even further into the Tablet space. With tablets in new sizes and "Windows Blue" and OS optimized version of Windows 8 that will cost less so that the new tablets will have a lower price point.
Looks like the future of computing lies in tablets and Microsoft is extremely eager to cash in on this trend. If it was the much touted released of Windows 8 and Windows RT based Surface tablets last year, according to latest rumors, the company is keeping itself busy creating Windows Blue, an updated version of Windows 8, to be used exclusively for tablets. And yes, expect more tablets sized between 7 and 11 inches from Microsoft in the near future as well.
Windows Blue would be an optimized version of the latest OS and would also be cheaper. In all likelihood, we can expect a 7-8.9 inch tablet to be released sometime this year running on this new OS. While the 10-inch Surface tablets are powerful computing devices, seeing the popularity of the 7-inch offerings like Google Nexus 7 and iPad Mini, Microsoft has decided to enter into this space soon. There’s more competition in this market segment and analysts are expecting the 7-inch tablet space to grow more than the full-sized segment.
Summary: While The release date rumors for the iPad mini continue to swirl and point to summer of 2013 Samsung has already announced the Galaxy Note 8 which looks like it may be a equally good if not better choice.
iPad mini 2 release date rumours have consistently pointed to the third quarter of this year. Many gadget shoppers could hardly wait. Three to six more months of waiting could try your patience. Samsung has already announced the Android 8-in tablet Galaxy Note 8. If you're still waiting for the next gen Apple mini, you probably want the iOS environment better. Either that or you're simply an Apple fan.
iPad Mini 2 Release Date Consistent, See 5 Reasons to Wait for the Next-Gen 8-in iOS Tablet
The Apple iPad mini was introduced less than five months ago. But it lacked certain features that prompted many users to wait for the next-generation device. Here are five of the reasons why many gadget shopping enthusiasts are more interested in iPad mini 2 updates than other devices.
Apple iPad Mini 2? 5 Reasons some gadgeteers would patiently wait for the iPad mini 2
1. iOS Environment. The iPad mini is only a secondary device for some users. Some of those who have full-sized tablets or "family-shared devices" running iOS are not keen on going Android. If they want a new small tablet, they'd get it only from Apple for smoother device communications.
2. Retina mindset. Some of those who deliberately skipped the iPad mini over its lack of Retina display have set their mind on the iPad mini 2, regardless of when the device will be released. Some bloggers blame Apple for getting their eyes used to only Retina.
Summary: the rumors for the next iPhone and iPad continue to grow and now include June 29, 2013 as being the actual launch dates for Apples next generation phone & tablet.
An “inside source” at Apple has revealed plans for the company to announce the iPhone 5S and iPad 5 on June 29. If correct, Apple would have extra cause to celebrate. That date would mark the sixth anniversary since the release of the original iPhone.
According to the Apple source, the company is calling the event “Original Passion, New Ideas.”
The next release of the iPhone and iPad lines are of increased interest for buyers. Analysts and Apple fanboys as they are the first to be rolled out with no input from deceased Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The former Apple head and company co-founder was known for his meticulous attention to detail, which helped pave the way to mobile and tablet dominance for the tech giant.
Summary: Sony's appears to lag behind its rivals in the Tablet sector and the Tablet S is no exception. The Tablet S runs Android Jelly bean and has a low resolution screen which give the device longer battery life.
As with its phones and TVs, Sony has lagged behind its arch-rival Samsung in the tablet market in recent years. The Sony Xperia Tablet S is out to change all that, but does it make the necessary moves? With a quad-core processor, slim profile and up-to-date software, it certainly sounds the ticket. However, Sony's typically 'premium' pricing structure means it's not much of a bargain – especially when compared to the likes of the Google Nexus 10.
As with the original Tablet S, we can imagine that many people’s first reaction will be to ask why Sony has stuck with the “flipped over book” design. However, in-use this unusual shape does actually make the Xperia Tablet S much more comfy to hold single-handed – especially in portrait orientation. The extra thickness of the fold is a bonus in this one-handed scenario, and the plastic grip is textured with raised dots to increase grip. In other words, what might initially seem like Sony showing off is revealed to be a surprisingly practical design choice.
MobileDemand, a global provider of rugged Windows tablet PCs, is excited to announce a unique and demanding application for the xTablet T7200. On March 26, three Duke University researchers and 12 research subjects will begin a 10-day trek up Mount Everest where they will study whether or not the amount of oxygen in blood is related to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), also known as Altitude Sickness.
Traveling to the Himalayan mountain range in Nepal, South Asia, researchers will spend 10 days hiking to Mount Everest base camp (17,598 foot altitude) and each individual will be wearing a pulse oximeter which will collect the necessary blood oxygen data. This data will be collected continuously for 24-hours a day for the entirety of the hike and will be downloaded each day to the MobileDemand xTablet T7200 rugged tablet PC for secure storage. The researchers have also created a data collection form so that the subjects can record daily AMS symptoms directly onto the tablet PC.
Summary: The number of quality app's in the Microsoft Store has now passed 50000 app's, which is a great thing for user of microsoft Surface and surface RT tablets. As the number of app's continues to grow more and more people will see the advantage of Microsoft Surface Pro over other tablets.
Could the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT Tablets finally be seeing some signs of a brighter future?
Over the course of the weekend, Microsoft made the official announcement that there are now more than 50,000 apps on offer via the Windows Store. Following extensive efforts and a huge push backed by the company’s “Keep the Cash” campaign, successful Windows 8 app submission have jumped to about 280 a day and helped Microsoft achieve the important
Of course, this is a figure that rather pales in comparison to the number of apps available through the Google Play store for Android and of course Apple App Store, but Microsoft has made it clear from the start that it is far more interested in quality than quantity. And then there’s the fact that this figure relates to Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, therefore doesn’t factor in the 130,000 apps available for WindowsPhone devices.
Summary: More than 10 years ago, Bill Gates predicted that Tablets would become the norm. Today that true. Unfortunately it isn't Microsoft who put them there its Apple.
Tablets are the new norm. The mere mention of tablet computing will, in most, elicit the knee-jerk reaction of praise for Apple’s iPad. Since the launch of the first version in 2010, the domination of the tablet market has been largely based on their unmatched combination of cost-effectiveness and high functionality.
Tablet computing success is threatening to sink the PC market. It is expected that the sales of tablets will reach 375 million in the next three years, a compound annual growth rate of about 46%. A report from market researcher Forrester Research states that there will be 760 million tablets in use by 2016. Over the next few years, tablets will only increase in features, processing power, and better wireless capabilities, which could, in turn, allow for options like full voice control, better accessory integration, and that “anticipates a user's needs.”
Most recently, Microsoft launched its new Surface Pro.
This seems to have more resources (i.e. money) put into the marketing strategy than the actual device. The Microsoft Surface Pro is very sleek in appearance, and packs a decent punch in the compact 10-inch tablet. It has a very clean, crisp design and sharp 1080p screen, along with a Type and Touch interface.
Microsoft appears to be banking on its Windows 8 mobile to pursue market share in the mobile arena. The more devices that use Windows 8 (whether built by Microsoft or not) is still a revenue source for it, and a foothold for later capitalization.
Summary: Microsoft, which for the past few years has been very hush, hush about what coming has broken the silence on " Windows Blue" which will be an upgrade to the current Windows 8 os.
In a blog post discussing upcoming plans, Microsoft for the first time publicly talked about "Blue," an upgrade for its Windows 8 operating system. The Redmond, Wash.-based company also used the opportunity to take a shot at one of its biggest rivals, Google.
Microsoft, which has launched Windows 8, two tablet devices and a variety of other software products in the last few months, said it has begun to look ahead and improve on each of its services. All together, these plans for improvement are internally referred to as "Blue," the company said in its post Wednesday.
"With a remarkable foundation of products in market and a clear view of how we will evolve the company, product leaders across Microsoft are working together on plans to advance our devices and services," the company said in the blog.
"Toughpad tablets are designed for mission-critical and highly mobile workers in fields such as defence, public safety, utilities, construction, healthcare, retail, maintenance, supply chain logistics and insurance," he told reporters at the launch of the tablet here today.
He said Toughpad was tested for drops, fluid ingress and temperature to ensure that they deliver reliable performance under circumstances that render more typical tablets non-operational.
Mizobata said he expected the new tablet to strengthen the company's position in the rugged mobile device market, in which it currently held a 60 per cent market share globally.
Summary : A study comparing the pros and cons of 3 hybrid tablets, the Acer Iconia W510, Microsoft Surface Pro and the Lenovo Yoga 13 Tabet
Since Windows 8's debut in October, there have been a range of hot-looking devices that try to combine elements of tablets and traditional PCs. These hybrids seem as if they would be great both for relaxing with an e-book and for writing stories when I occasionally need to snap back into work mode.
But trying out three tablet-PC hybrids running Windows 8 has convinced me that the good old laptop still reigns for creating documents quickly and accurately. It's still superior for working at a desk, table, counter, or on your lap. And it has the best possible mix of battery life, processing power and compatibility with legacy software.
Unfortunately, where the hybrids worked well as tablets, they fared poorly as document-creators, or the other way around.
I don't think I'm alone in wanting a be-all, end-all machine that bridges the gap between tablets and PCs. The three hybrid computers that I tried didn't meet my needs. They show promise if you're willing to give up typing speed for something compact, or if you don't mind a heavy tablet that you'll have to look down at in your lap. Just be aware of these constraints before you buy.
Summary: SOny was late geting into the Tablet game, but when they do put out a product its done well and the Sony Xperia Z Tablet is no exception
FCC has just been visited by the Wi-Fi only variant of Sony Xperia Tablet Z—Sony’s hottest baby and top of the line tablet. This report confirms the rumors that the much acclaimed tablet is all set for a release in the United States. Like its cousin- the Sony Xperia Z smart phone, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is also both dust and water resistant.
This tablet comes equipped with a large 10.1 inch LCD screen, which boasts of 224ppi pixel density and a 1920 x 1200 resolution. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ864 processor and has an Adreno 320 GPU.
Along with 2GB of RAM and 6000mAh battery, this much awaited product from Sony also has 16GB/32GB of native storage. The internal storage has the capacity of being further enhanced by a micro SD card. The tablet has an 8.1 MP camera rear-facing camera and is only 6.9 mm thin.
Summary: PC Pro runs down the best options for those who want a non Apple Tablet. The list includes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Nexus 7 & 10 Tablets, Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 and more.
In the market for a tablet but don't want an Apple iPad? The Android market is well-stocked with impressive alternatives
The market for Android tablets is growing, and manufacturers have released a diverse range of devices to meet the increasing demand. We've rounded up the best out there currently, from affordable 7in devices to luxurious Full HD tablets with keyboard docks.
Wishtel has come out with a 10.1-inch LED multi-touch capacitive touch-screen convertible tablet laptop "IRA Capsule". The device which runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is priced at Rs 16,000.
It will be available for the customers in India in the first week of April through 350 distributors across 35 cities in the country.
With focus on low budget tablets the company in the past had had launched WishTel tablets like IRA, IRA Thing 2, IRA Comet HD.
The IRA Capsule comes with metallic casing and aims to replace laptops. It is designed with built-in SIM slot for 3G data connectivity. The device supports microSD card up to 32GB. The device comes with a full complement of ports - USB, SD Card, audio and HD video to simplify the use of industry standard peripheral solutions.
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.