Tablet PC News Archive
November 4, 2013
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Australian Review: This Is The Future
Tablets are great consumption devices. Media looks great on a portable screen you can just shove in your bag when you’re done, but actually being productive on one is a pipe dream. Thankfully, with the Surface Pro 2, that pipe dream is finally becoming a reality.
There’s so much to love about the Surface Pro 2. It’s faster, smarter, better featured and more customisable than ever.
It’s still just as beautiful as it ever was, with the matte-black finish and that wide 1080p screen that makes your content shine. It also now has that second-stage on the kickstand which means you can work in more places.
The accessories are really a slam dunk for the Surface Pro 2, allowing you to expand on your experience almost endlessly. That’s really the whole point of an operating system like Windows 8.1 paired with this sort of device: make the base device small and portable for the majority of people who want that sort of thing, while also adding the ability to expand on the experience for others with clip-on keyboards, expandable display ports, USB 3.0 ports and even a whole desktop dock for office-bound folks. It’s perfect. It’s a true all-in-one.
LG tablet has phone alerts as well as multitasking
For a short time, LG had the distinction of having the rare 8-inch tablet with a high-resolution screen. But then Apple came along and stole the spotlight when it unveiled a new iPad Mini with an even better screen.
That doesn't mean you should dismiss LG Electronics Inc.'s new tablet outright, particularly if you have an Android phone. There are a number of features that improve how you work with multiple apps and stay connected without touching your phone -- features that other tablet makers ought to consider. These additions, though, aren't enough to distinguish this device as the best tablet for the money.
The new LG G Pad 8.3 has a screen that measures -- surprise -- 8.3 inches diagonally. With a screen resolution of 1,920 pixels by 1,200 pixels, it's enough for high-definition video.
It went on sale in the U.S. Sunday for $350 -- cheaper than the new iPad Mini, which will start at $399 when it comes out later this month.
Lenovo eyes bigger share in PHL tablet market
According to Nielsen, the country’s tablet take-up rate is expected to grow by 5 percent this year. This growth is driven by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend that is becoming more prevalent among office workers. Lenovo, which hit the No. 1 spot in the local and global PC market last quarter, will be introducing a family of tablets to ride the BYOD trend among Filipino consumers. This includes the recently launched seven-inch Android tablets Lenovo A1000 and Lenovo A3000.
“In the past fiscal quarter, Lenovo’s combined sales of smartphones and tablets surpassed PC sales for the first time ever, demonstrating our acceleration as an emerging PC Plus leader and enabling us to reach our current standing as the third largest maker of smart connected devices globally.
With no new Nexus 10, iPad has few iPad has few rivals in high-end tablets
Apple may be seeing an army of rivals jumping into the tablet business, but the iPad is still largely standing by itself when it comes to the category of large premium products.
Last week's debut of the Nexus 5 smartphone -- and not a new Nexus 10 tablet -- suggests that Google is ceding the market for high-end tablets to Apple as it focuses on budget-friendly mobile devices. If nothing else, it knocks out the iPad's biggest competitor.
The Nexus 10 was supposed to take on the larger iPad with updated software, super-crisp display, and faster processor. CNET editor Eric Franklin called the Samsung-made device the best iPad alternative in the market, lauding its sharp screen and high-end specs. Despite the critical praise it received, the Nexus 10 didn't take off as quickly as its smaller brother, the Nexus 7 (which did get an update earlier this year).
"I think the lack of a Nexus 10 refresh (at least to date) reflects the fact that the market for a premium Android tablet is still pretty small," said Tom Mainelli, an analyst at IDC.
For Apple, the high-end tablet business is more critical than ever as the company faces an assault on a tablet market as a whole that it once dominated. In the third quarter, the company saw its share fall to just under 30 percent from 40 percent a year ago, according to IDC.
Apple iPad Trade-In Offers Could Spur Air Sales
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Several retailers are offering Apple iPad trade-in options for consumers seeking an iPad Air. Walmart is making the best deal with a $20 discount out of the gate for the entry-level 16 GB iPad Air. It is selling for $479. But you can also trade in your existing iPad for up to a $300 value. That means you would walk away with a new Apple iPad Air for $179.
T-Mobile is also offering a deal. You can buy the 4GiPad Air for $629 with payments split up over 24 months and get 200 MB of free cellular service monthly. Or you can buy the iPad Air anywhere and tap into the free data plan with no contract.
AT&T and Verizon let you trade in last year's iPad 4 for a $200 credit. If you want more, you can opt for trade-in sites like NextWorth and Gazelle. At the end of the day, you can get your hands on a bright and shiny new iPad at steep discounts because there's plenty of appetite for older iPads on the resale market.
November 5, 2013
Verizon Wireless Unveils Ellipsis 7 Tablet Available Nov. 7
The new Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet offers users another option when shopping for a new fully featured tablet at an affordable price. Exclusive to Verizon Wireless, this compact tablet has a 7-inch HD screen and is easy to carry. Readers can download e-books using the Amazon Kindle app, and because of its size, the Ellipsis 7 is ideal to hold with one hand. Entertainment seekers, on the other hand, can use Redbox Instant to watch their favorite movies when they are traveling, at the gym, or at home when someone else is using the TV.
With the holidays approaching, family members scattered across the country may want to stay in touch and exchange greetings. A front-facing camera combined with 4G LTE connectivity on the Ellipsis 7 makes video chatting with loved ones during holiday festivities fast and easy. Instead of passing the phone around, a family member can hold the tablet and get all the kids in one frame to greet an uncle or aunt face to face.
The Ellipsis 7 is the first product from Verizon Wireless in the Ellipsis family. It will be available online and in Verizon Wireless stores starting Nov. 7 for $249.99. For a limited time, customers can get $100 off any tablet, including the Ellipsis 7, when purchasing with a new two-year contract.
iPad Air is TechRadar's first 5-star tablet
A five star tablet has been absent altogether - until now.
The iPad Air has stepped onto the scene with a sleeker, lighter frame, new design and beefed up innards, and it means Apple has finally managed to nail every aspect of its 9.7-inch slate.
Our Phones and Tablets Editor Gareth Beavis said "the iPad Air is a big step forward for Apple in so many ways – not least through design and setting a precedent for the future."
There's very little to dislike about the iPad Air, and a special mention should go out to the A7 and M7 chips which make the tablet hugely impressive when it comes to heavy lifting - surpassing all of its rivals.
We'll leave you with this closing statement from Beavis: "It's not just Apple's best tablet, it's the only tablet you should be considering this Christmas if you're keen on a larger screen."
Is Google Planning a Tablet Onslaught for the Holidays?
ust as Google unveiled its new Nexus 5 smartphone, speculation is now turning to a couple of possible tablets Big G might still have up its sleeve. Nexus 10 inventory was exhausted last week, suggesting that an update is imminent. On top of that, an inventory listing for a new model has been spotted that could be made by Asus, the same OEM that makes the Nexus 7.
Furthermore, a product mockup has also been spotted on the Android homepage showing an unknown tablet that doesn't match any existing offerings. The small tablet fits in one hand and has smaller bezels than the Nexus 7, and it could easily be a Nexus 8. Apple has shown with the iPad Mini that 8-inch devices can be quite compelling, and it's smart for Google to address this market.
If all of these rumors come to fruition, Google could have a Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 8, and Nexus 10 all available in time for the holidays this year.
Google, Nokia 8-inch tablets break cover: First glimpses of the Google Nexus 8?
If rumours are right, new 8-inch tablets could soon be joining the Android Nexus and Windows RT camps to take on Apple's iPad mini in the hot sub-8-inch tablet market.
Google is quickly gaining a reputation for letting images of its new products slip through in marketing material. The Nexus 5 debuted in an early KitKat promo and yesterday a previously unseen Nexus 7-like tablet with a thinner bezel than the current 2013 model appearing on the Android KitKat apps and entertainment page.
November 6, 2013
Black Friday 2013: Amazon, Best Buy & Target offer tablet trade-in Deals
As the Black Friday 2013 deals approach, several retailers are offering customers a chance to get some credit back on their older tablets. Among those offering the incentive for used Kindles, iPads and some other tablets are Amazon’s website, Best Buy and Target, all of whom give nice cash back in the form of a credit to use at the store. It could be a great way to get some credit to use on any upcoming deals on newer gadgets as well.
A report via TIME on Nov. 5 indicates that Target is giving $200 to customers for a first-generation iPad.
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Sony to Reveal Laptop/Tablet VAIO Multi-Flip PC with Flipping Screen
On November 12 at the Seoul Sogong-dong Lotte Hotel, Sony Korea held a press conference to reveal its “VAIO Fit Multi-Flip PC” product with a flipping screen for both laptop and tablet PC uses.
This product allows users to flip the screen 180 degrees. Therefore, users can use it as a laptop for typing, and as a tablet PC for watching content or web browsing. When the keyboard is flipped 90 degrees, the product is in its “Viewer Mode” for sharing with other people.
There are two types of this product, depending on the screen size. The VAIO Fit 13A Multi-Flip PC has a 33.5 cm (about 13 inch) screen, and the VAIO Fit 15A Multi-Flip PC is 39.5 cm (about 15 inches).
It features a Digital Stylus Pen for digital writing, and a Clear Audio Plus sound system from Sony, with Triluminos Display for Mobile display technology.
Apple Store starts accepting orders for iPad Mini Retina
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Apple's latest second-generation smaller tablet - the iPad Mini Retina - was opened for orders at the Apple Store at midnight on Monday. The tablet is expected to be in short supply at the time of its release.
With the Apple Store now accepting orders for the new iPad Mini Retina, which is priced at $399 for the base model, it is being reported that the tablet's 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi-only versions will likely be shipped to the customers in 1-3 business days.
However, the shipping of the 64GB and 128GB versions of the new iPad Mini Retina will take 5-10 business days, as will the shipping of the cellular connectivity versions of the tablet.
Review: Pricey iPad Mini Keeps Apple Premier Brand
Apple is probably one of the few companies that can pull off a price increase.
The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year's model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed and display.
There are plenty of cheaper choices out there, including tablets for just $229 from Google and Amazon. None of them match Apple's iPads in app selection, design and cachet.
Apple started selling the new iPad Mini on Tuesday, 11 days after the full-size iPad Air came out. The starting price of last year's Mini has been cut to $299. In both cases, versions with cellular access are available for $130 more.
November 7, 2013
Black Friday Apple Deals on ipad, iPad Air, iPod and MacBook
With two weeks left until Black Friday, worldwide dealers are still crumbling regarding Apple deal ads. However, like other years, best dealers will come up with greater deals than Apple Store itself. In 2013, Black Friday is expected to be spectacular, with some companies announcing promising deals, including Apple which teased its fans with some early Black Friday deals, proving to be very prospering.
Nevertheless, good news comes from Walmart who wisely put on early Black Friday sale Apple’s iPad air. This comes as an innovative strategy of Walmart’s Black Friday campaign. Commonly, putting a new Apple product on sale right after its launch is not quite frequent yet Walmart came up with a great idea. A client can purchase an iPad air for 499$ in Apple Store while Walmart offers the same product for 20$ less which is a pretty good deal. Also keep in mind that only the 16 GB model can be purchased with discount.
If Walmart can’t be reached, iPad air can also be found at 479$ on Target and Staples who also cut the price.
Surging Lenovo Takes Aim at Apple and Samsung
After Apple and Samsung Electronics, is there room for one more smartphone-tablet-PC powerhouse? Chinese computermaker Lenovo has had the Big Two in its sights for a while now, and today the company showed it's becoming a more serious challenger. Lenovo's July-to-September earnings jumped 36 percent, to $219.7 million, as sales climbed 13 percent, to $9.77 billion.
Archos announces Archos 101 XS 2 tablet with detachable coverboard
Archos has announced its latest affordable Android tablet. The 10.1-inch Archos 101 XS 2 includes a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, detachable Coverboard and more for $279.00.
The company is known for releasing affordable Android tablets that include specs and features found on more expensive tablets. Archos just announced its latest tablet, the 101 XS 2, which has been designed for speed, high performance, and productivity. The tablet ships with a very welcome accessory that has multiple purposes.
One of the first things you'll notice about the Archos 101 XS 2 is that it comes with a magnetic Coverboard in every box (something Microsoft should consider for Surface). The Coverboard is an ultra-thin keyboard that attaches to the XS 2 via magnets. It is also acts as an integrated cover to protect the tablet's display, has a built-in kickstand to make watching movies more comfortable, and also acts as a charging dock for the tablet.
The Archos 101 XS 2 features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core A9 processor, quad-core Mali graphics processing unit (GPU) and 2GB of RAM. The tablet includes 16GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion slot that will support up to 64GB microSD cards to increase storage.
November 8, 2013
Panasonic unveils 20" 4K tablet PC
Panasonic has announced its latest Toughpad device: a Core i5-powered pro-grade tablet computer with a 20" 4K-resolution IPS display.
The giant Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 is a tablet you're unlikely to want to stick in your bag as daily carry: with an impressive 20" diagonal, the IPS Alpha LCD screen offers a 3,840x2,560 resolution - meaning 230 pixels per inch (PPI) and a 15:10 aspect ratio. As an IPS panel, you can also expect good viewing angles - although Panasonic hasn't shared formal figures for that.
Behind the behemoth of a screen - which also boasts 10-point multi-touch tracking - the tablet features an Intel Core i5-3437U vPro processor and discrete Nvidia GeForce 745M graphics
Buyers will also have the option of picking up a Panasonic Electronic Touch Pen accessory, which uses infra-red signals to interact with the display and a Bluetooth connection to communicate with the laptop. Capable of operating at various angles, the pen is claimed to include 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Panasonic has announced US availability for the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 for January 2014, at a recommended retail price of $5,999 (around £3,730 excluding taxes.)
Review: Surface Pro 2 notebook/tablet computer
Before you read this review, take a second to realise that Microsoft is in the tablet computer game for the long haul. In fact it invented it. Now, with the launch of Surface Pro 2, it means business.
I don’t think Microsoft gets enough praise for what it has achieved with the Surface Pro, but I’m confident it will steadily drive a wedge into the one-dimensional arena occupied by devices like the iPad and various Android confections. In reality, it’s a little like comparing a WWI byplane with a WWII USAF Mustang.
With the Surface Pro 2 – as far as I’m concerned – we’re entering the jet age of tablet computing.
Windows 8.1 sees the return of the Start button and a neater way to see all your apps in one place by simply sliding the screen up with your finger.
Overall, the Surface Pro 2 is definitely faster and the longer-lasting battery is a real bonus. The device also has the ability to launch directly into desktop mode on start-up, which could suit businesses looking to equip their mobilised workers with powerful computing on the move.
Finally, you can do real work, and enjoy real play, on a sturdy device with a great battery. What beckons, however, is true mobility and I look forward to the day when finally the Surface devices include 3G and 4G radios. Now that would be quite the thing.
Video: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 review - a worthy tablet rival
The Yoga Tablet has one of the most innovative designs we've seen from a tablet with the ability to be used in various different modes. It's also a great looking device, too.
It's cylinder and wedge shape meant that the device is much easier to hold in portrait because the weight and centre of gravity are shifted towards your hand.
The shape also means that, when placed on a flat surface, the tablet is angled slightly towards you, Flipping out the built-in kickstand angles it further but isn't its main use.
The Yoga Tablet 8 is one of the best designed Android tablet's we've seen and has a reasonable price tag. Battery life is very impressive; however, mediocre hardware and performance stop it from trumping the competition.
24CT Gold iPad Air, iPad Mini Will Only Cost You Over $1800 To Own
Gold Geenie has once again come to the aid to those who would like their tech gadgets covered in gold as they have announced they will begin offering a 24CT gold iPad Air and iPad Mini. Unlucky for you, Gold Geenie’s products are REALLY expensive. Prices for the 24CT iPad Air range from £1386/$1871 for the 16GB version all the way up to £1825/$2463 for the 128GB tablet. As for the iPad Mini with Retina Display, expect to pay around the same prices as the iPad Air as the 16GB version will cost you £1377/$1858, while the 128GB one will cost £1777/$2498.
November 11, 2013
Here's why Windows 8 tablets really do have a future, in business at least
When asked "Is there a real demand for Windows 8 tablets in business?" TechRepublic's CIO Jury of tech decision makers voted 'yes' by a margin of nine to three, suggesting Windows 8 tablets may gradually start to make an impact with business users at least.
Matthew Oakley, group head of IT at Schroders: "The ability to have a full (secure) corporate build laptop in a tablet with handwriting recognition that actually works without training is significant. Suddenly OneNote makes sense...Surface Pro2 is a bit heavy, we prefer the Lenovo – but the idea is one whose time is dawning (finally!)."
Some tech chiefs have already started to make the move to Windows tablet. For example, Shawn Beighle, CIO at the International Republican Institute said: "I've already moved off my laptop and am now working exclusively off of a Surface Pro 2. Using a USB 3.0 docking station, I have two full sized monitors going, which gives me three monitors total counting the Surface itself, a full size keyboard and mouse, external speakers, hardwired Ethernet network connection and an external printer."
He added: "So far this little machine has taken everything that I've thrown at it, including running QuickBooks 2013, Lync, Skype, OneNote, Outlook, Excel, iMindMap, all while streaming music from Pandora and watching two different video streams on YouTube, and all at the same time. The cursor hasn't even stuttered."
Surface 2 Review
The biggest changes are to the display and what’s keeping the Surface 2 ticking. The first model had a 1366 x 768 resolution, 10.6-inch screen, and Microsoft used its ClearType HD smoothing technology to try to squeeze out more detail than the panel itself necessarily supported. It met with mixed responses, however, with some complaints of fuzzy text or even headaches after prolonged use.
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For those who might be looking to get a different tablet, Amazon or Best Buy may be the best options to try. Both are offering trade-ins on various tablets including older Kindle Fire tablets and iPads, as well as iPhones and other electronics (trade-in restrictions and policies differ by retailer). Check out the full tablet trade-in page for Amazon, and the Best Buy trade-in info for more details.
Samsung sets its sights on being number one in the tablet market
In recent years, Samsung has aggressively marketed its Galaxy smartphones and found ways to set themselves apart as the go-to brand for those looking for something different than “just another iPhone”. As a result, for many less tech-savvy individuals the “Galaxy” brand has become nearly synonymous with the word Android.
Winning over the smartphone market is impressive, but Samsung has its sights on even more. At a special Analysts Day event held today in South Korea, we learned about Samsung’s future tech plans when it comes to CPUs, displays and even cameras.
Beyond that, the company’s CEO JK Shin also revealed that their latest goal is to steal the tablet crown from Apple, and become the “most beloved” company in the mobile world. Of course Shin gave no exact time-line for this feat.
So what stands in Samsung’s way? If their growth continues at this rate, we imagine very little. Traditionally though, Android has been known by consumers as a “weaker” platform when it comes to tablet apps, which may have previously held back Samsung’s growth.
The good news is that the number of tablet-optimized apps for Android seems to be on the rise and Google has even begun pushing several changes to its Play Store that should help further stimulate the growth of Android tablet apps.
Neowin: Google Nexus 7 (2013) review
We put the Nexus 7 to the test to find out whether or not the best things really do come in small packages.
The new Surface comes with Microsoft Office, has a keyboard to do real work and great apps like Bing Smart Search and Xbox for having fun. See how the new Surface with Windows gives you one experience for everything in your life.
November 12, 2013
Apple's iPad Mini 2 with Retina display goes on sale
Apple's iPad Mini 2 with Retina display has gone on sale in the UK, with shipping promised - for some models, at least - within one to three days.
The iPad Mini with Retina display is available now from Apple's online store and is likely to arrive in the company's retail outlets before the week is out.
At the time of writing, Apple's 16GB and 32GB WiFi-only iPad Mini 2 tablets, in both White Silver and Space Grey, are promised to ship within one to three days. The higher capacity 64GB and 128GB models, along with all of the 4G-enabled iPad Mini 2 models, will start shipping within five to 10 days.
Walmart Black Friday 2013 ad leaks: Laptop, desktop, tablet PC deals
Now the big guns are finally being unleashed for Black Friday ad leaks. After Target's ad surfaced online, Walmart has rolled its specials out (as has Best Buy, which will be covered in a subsequent post), and while it doesn't have a ton of computer deals, it's still the 700-pound gorilla in the room with the sales it does offer.
Target tried to stand out with a $100 gift card offer with the purchase of the new iPad Air during Black Friday, but Walmart has chosen to focus on the first-generation iPad mini. Like Target, it is offering a store gift card when you buy a iPad mini (not the new Retina-display one, however), but Walmart is providing a $100 gift card instead of the $75 one Target is giving. The bad news is that Walmart is only makng this deal available at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving for one hour with a guarantee that buyers will receive the product. (If the store runs out of stock, Walmart says impacted customers will receive their item "before Christmas.")
In addition to the usual ultra-cheap Android tablet deals the company likes to trot out at turkey time (for example, a $49 7-inch RCA slate at the 8 p.m. Thanksgiving one-hour guarantee event), Walmart has a couple of other notable tablets specials. Starting at an undisclosed time on Thanksgiving morning, you'll be able to purchase an iPad 2 with a Bluetooth speaker and accessory kit for $349 through Walmart.com. And like OfficeMax, Walmart will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch tablet for $299, or $60 less than Samsung is presently selling it for on its own site.
Apple Inc. is developing new iPhone designs including bigger screens with curved glass and enhanced sensors that can detect different levels of pressure, said a person familiar with the plans.
Two models planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified because the details aren’t public. Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models, the person said.
With screens of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, the two new models would be Apple’s largest iPhones, the person said, and would approach in size the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3
The new Apple handsets are still in development and plans haven’t been completed, the person said, adding that the company probably would release them in the third quarter of next year.
If Your Transportation Fleet Isn't Using Tablets, You're Missing Out!
Does anything says “mobile” more than transportation fleet operations? It’s the kind of enterprise environment where ruggedized tablet PCs can really show off their capabilities, helping you optimize nearly every aspect of your fleet’s performance. From pickup and delivery scheduling and execution to company-wide logistics, rugged tablets help you manage the various processes and make ongoing refinements necessary to stay productive and efficient.
How well you capture efficiencies, increase productivity and minimize costs can directly reflect how effectively you’re using your Tablet PC systems. They combine full-screen high-performance computing with nearly unlimited mobility, so you can use them anywhere, any time, even literally on the move.
November 13, 2013
Windows RT 8.1 – now comes not only with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, but Outlook too, making it a far more realistic prospect for business users, but they’re still traditional Windows-style apps, rather than matching the more finger-friendly Metro-style interface the rest of the tablet sticks to.
That’s still a work-in-progress, and if you head into the Windows Store expecting the same breadth of titles that you’d find in the App Store for iPad or Google Play for Android tablets, you’ll be disappointed. Want Chrome, or Firefox, or another big name browser other than Internet Explorer? Sorry, they’re not there. Neither is an official Tumblr or Instagram app, though you’ll find several unofficial titles trying to deliver the same functionality, and Google Maps addicts will have to sate themselves in the browser, since Google doesn’t have a standalone app for RT.
The challenge the Surface 2 faces has evolved in the meantime, though. Party lines for iOS or Windows are pretty much decided – most people, if they’re considering Surface, know if they want one or the other – and in fact the main competition to the updated slate comes from within the Windows ecosystem. In abandoning Windows RT, Microsoft’s OEM partners have instead focused their efforts on lowering the prices of full Windows 8.1 tablets, to the point where it’s now more affordable to get the complete version of the OS running on Intel’s excellent Bay Trail platform (for ARM-style levels of runtime).
That’s overall a net win for Microsoft, arguably, but it leaves Surface 2 in a difficult position. What it does, it does well, but for the most part the other options out there are either cheaper or better.
November 14, 2013
iPad Air vs new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, tablet victor
Two of the most popular tablets this holiday season will undoubtedly be the Apple iPad Air and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014). These devices both have top-notch specs and for some people it will be difficult to choose between them. Therefore we have an iPad Air vs. new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 video comparison that may help in your decision.
Microsoft Office still isn't available for iPad, but now HopTo fills the void
Eventually, Microsoft will bring a touch-optimized version of Office to the iPad. Until that day arrives, however, there’s Apple’s iWork—and now HopTo, which offers a reskinned version of Word as lovely and useful as an iPad app should be.
Best of all, it’s free, and the HopTo app is available Thursday in the Apple's App Store.
Why try it? Because other virtualized, cloud-based versions of Office have largely failed to gain traction on tablets, hamstrung by the need to route virtually every instruction through a remote server. The virtualized apps are slow and unresponsive, and always threaten to disconnect and crash at the worst possible time. Worse still, users have typically had to pay for their troubling experiences, often via a monthly subscription.
HopTo, however, appears to have changed the game. Chief executive Eldad Eilam gave me a demo of a final version of the HopTo app a short time ago, before it entered Apple’s app approval process. It doesn’t provide a total replacement for Apple’s iWork suite—for example, you can create and edit Word and Excel files, but only view PowerPoint documents at present. But it also adds file management (a capability iWork lacks), as well as the ability to work with multiple cloud providers. And it uses a licensed version of Office 2010 as its base, providing “per-pixel” compatibility with Office.
As such, HopTo's iPad suite provides an inexpensive complement to a traditional PC. “I’m not going to suggest that the iPad will replace the PC” as a tool for productivity, Eilam said. “Just part of it. And the entire world is still on Office.”
Eilam says that Office files opened within HopTo will provide “pixel perfect,” 100 percent compatibility with Office. That appears to be the case. Since HopTo is based on Office 2010, XML-based file formats like .DOCX should display just fine.
November 15, 2013
Which Tablet You Buy May Not Matter
Some have argued that tablets are such good consumption devices that older PCs and secondary computers are being replaced by tablets . Of course, for content creation, consumers and businesses still use PCs.
However, with the advent of more powerful tablets and innovative Bluetooth keyboards, as well as convertibles, the line between tablet and PC is being blurred. Microsoft seems to be leading this charge with its advertisements for the new Surface 2. Billed as the "one device for everything in your life," Microsoft wants users to look at the Surface as their tablet and PC.
The idea that tablets aren't powerful enough to create content is going away as well. The new iPad Air has a 64-bit processor, and Samsung, Amazon.com and Google have debuted tablets with quad-core processors. The hardware that used to reside only in PCs is becoming common in the tablet world.
Kindle Fire HDX vs. iPad Air
International Business Times
Amazon just released their brand new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet PC. Many sources agree it is one of the best tablet offerings to date. The device shares the stylish appeal of the iPad Air. It also gives Apple's popular device a run for its money in terms of resolution and screen. The new Kindle starts at $379 which falls under a good range appealing to more people. Has Amazon truly delivered this time? How will the Kindle fair with the iPad Air?
The HDX guarantees premium features. The touch screen offers 339 pixels per inch assurance bright and vivid display. Based on the pixel density, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX trumps Apple's iPad Air. The Air only offers 264 pixels per inch. For those looking for an ultimate tablet viewing experience, the HDX is a good deal.
November 18, 2013
Switched On: The Yoga Tablet does kickstands with a twist
If one takes a narrow view of the tablet market, the largest PC makers have fared especially poorly as a group. At the launch of the iPad, HP, Dell, Acer and Lenovo had little experience with the Android ecosystem, which itself was not optimized for tablets. And Windows, their go-to operating system, was still not available in a version that would show off bold, finger-friendly tiles and yield long battery life in a slim form factor. Even now as these companies have experimented with all kinds of hinges and accessories on Windows, their Android efforts can be hard to differentiate as with HP's Slate 7 and Dell's recent 7- and 8-inch slates.
Into this spiritless landscape, Lenovo has dropped the Yoga Tablet, available in 8- and 10-inch sizes. Unlike its namesake Windows laptop, which reveals no obvious signs of its differentiation at first glance, the Yoga Tablet has a silver, cylindrical side that is reminiscent of extended laptop batteries. Indeed, it contains the battery here as well as making for a grip that is at first unfamiliar, but which allows the rest of the tablet to be very thin.
Surface Pro 2 stocks are running low, Surface 2 still available
The holiday season is now upon us and if you're looking to get your hands on a Surface Pro 2, you had better hope that more find their way to the stores soon. Take a look in the Microsoft Store and you'll find that only the 128GB model is available -- the 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variants are all out of stock.
All is not lost, though. Anyone looking to take a take a step in to the world of Surface can do so via the non-pro versions. Both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the Surface 2 are available to buy for $449 and $549.
November 19, 2013
Lenovo S6000 tablet review offers specs overview
Lenovo has come on leaps and bounds in the tablet market in recent months and are now a viable option for those consumers who are looking for an alternative tablet from the likes of the Apple iPad Air and Google Nexus 7 tablets.
Recently we told you about other Lenovo tablets, such as the affordable Lenovo IdeaTab K3011 Lynx as well as two exciting new Lenovo tablets under the new Yoga brand – the Yoga 8 and the Yoga 10.
Now though, we switch our attention to the Lenovo IdeaTab 6000, a tablet that features some powerful hardware specs that can match anything that is available on the market today. It also is a tablet that could be available with a big discount during the sales, so consider this our heads-up to you.
Specs of this tablet include a 10.1-inch IPS display with a quad-core MT8125 1.2GHz Quad Core processor and 1GB of RAM. Decent gaming performance will be possible with an integrated MT8389 GPU, while you’ll have plenty of storage options with 16GB of internal memory and support for up to 64GB with MicroSD card.
Full specs can be seen over at Lenovo’s product listing here
6 Things You'll Love About the Microsoft Surface 2
Microsoft has released the Surface 2, a new and improved version of the original Surface, that is faster, a bit thinner and lighter. But there are a lot of Windows 8 tablets to choose from these days, so why choose the Surface 2? Here are 6 things that you’ll love about the Microsoft Surface 2.
Nokia Lumia 2520: Top 3 Features for Business
Nokia’s first Windows tablet launches this week with a slew of business-friendly features.
The Nokia Lumia 2520, which boasts a sharp 10.1-inch display, hits store shelves Friday (Nov. 22).
Because it runs on Windows RT 8.1, it lacks the desktop functionality found in pricier Windows tablets like Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 2. That means users of the Lumia 2520 or Surface 2 will have to rely on mobile Windows 8 apps.
November 20, 2013
Review Surface 2: Microsoft's productivity tablet dreams finally come true
The Surface 2 is everything the original Surface should have been. It’s fast, versatile (it can finally sit on your lap!), and at $449, it’s priced to compete with other big tablets.
Perhaps most intriguing, it shows that Microsoft’s initial bet on hybrid computing devices, one that sits between a laptop and tablet, is beginning to pay off.
I found the tablet to be a far better when it comes to pure productivity than anything from the Android and Apple camp thanks to the inclusion of full Office apps and decent multitasking. And as more Windows 8 apps appear, it will only get better.
Microsoft also upgraded both of the Surface’s keyboard covers to make typing a far better experience this time around. The touch-enabled Touch Cover 2 ($120) is even thinner than the original and has 10 times as many touch sensors (which means it’s better equipped to survive the onslaught of fast typists). The Type Cover 2 ($130), which sports physical keys, is also thinner and has backlit keys. Both covers are massive improvements over Microsoft’s original Surface covers (and they’re also compatible with older Surfaces as well).
Five ways Surface RT beats Android tablets
Donovan Colbert highlights five reasons why he's increasingly been using Microsoft's Surface RT more than any of his Android devices.
Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, famously said, “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not gonna be pleasing to the user.” However, Surface RT was a different story. In fact, I've increasingly been using Surface RT more than any of my Android devices. Here are five reasons why.
1. Microsoft reimagined the OS
Windows 8 wasn’t a mature mobile OS, but the interface leverages mobile touch devices in a form that follows function. iOS and Android both took a classic icon-based desktop design, shrunk it down to smartphones, and then expanded it to run on larger tablets. Microsoft reimagined the OS to work around the device. Gestures take some practice to master, but they make navigation more intuitive. Windows 8 on a touch device gets out of your way. The actions become natural to interact with apps, to navigate through the OS, and to organize and customize the platform.
I recently talked to someone who said that when they go back to their non-touch Windows desktop, they find themselves reaching out to perform touch actions. I found the same thing when returning to Android tabs after using Surface RT. When you miss features that are absent, something is done right.
5. The general freedom of an NT OS is baked into Surface RT
Surface RT offers the basic open freedoms of Windows. While you can’t install Classic apps, use alternate markets, or sideload apps, much of the general freedom of an NT OS is baked into Surface RT. You can browse networks and copy and manipulate files as much as you'd like. You can launch files or apps multiple ways and directed to multiple destinations. Peripheral support on Surface RT is also unmatched by Android or iOS, including keyboards, mice, joysticks, external drives, and (most significantly for me) printers.
Samsung Grabs Bigger Share of Tablet PC Market
Samsung is moving closer to dominating the global market for tablet PCs. According to Strategy Analytics on Tuesday, Samsung sold 10.5 million tablet PCs around the world in the third quarter, accounting for a 20.2-percent market share.
This is the first time its quarterly sales surpassed 10 million units and market share 20 percent.
November 21, 2013
State of the slate: A tablet guide for newbies
As we head into the holiday season no doubt many are considering tablets for the first time, either for themselves or to give them as gifts. This has tablet makers scrambling to produce models to appeal to shoppers and get them to open their wallets. It can be a daunting task for tablet newbies to decide which slate is just the right one. It's worth taking a look at the current state of the slate to shed some light on what is out there.
There are little tablets and big tablets of all makes and models. Let's break down the biggest choices.
This fast growing tablet segment is in a way the last to appear. While Windows tablets actually predate all the others, they haven't taken off until Windows 8 arrived. They've gotten a big boost from the recent release of Windows 8.1, as Microsoft has refined the OS to better handle all sorts of tablets.
There are many different styles of Windows tablets, from bendy, twisty convertible notebooks to simple slate designs. While the convertibles can function as tablets, albeit not very svelte for use, most tablet newbies will likely want to look at pure slates. These are most like the competition in appearance and thus most likely the preferred form for most.
Most of the major PC makers are now producing Windows 8 tablets and any of those would be good choices. Microsoft is really pushing its own Surface brand, and they are nice tablets. The Surface 2 is Microsoft's attempt to single-handedly keep Windows RT alive, but you don't need to worry about that. The Surface 2 is a solid tablet that will be a good stocking stuffer this year.
Those looking for a smaller tablet now have a good one from Dell as an option. The Dell Venue 8 Pro is an 8-inch slate that runs Windows 8.1, and reviews are pretty good. It's also gentle on the budget so a good one to consider.
Nokia Lumia 2520 review: Meet Microsoft's new candy-coated tablet
Nokia has done an amazing job in releasing a 10-inch Windows RT 8.1 tablet that bears no resemblance to the Surface 2.
Nokia has launched a Windows RT 8.1 tablet that competes directly with Microsoft’s Surface 2. It’s a curious situation, as Microsoft recently acquired Nokia, and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop—his spotty track record in Finland notwithstanding—might soon become Microsoft’s new chief executive.
Those questions are fun to ponder, but ultimately the answers may not matter much. Microsoft just wants happy Windows RT users, and it doesn’t care which hardware line brings new customers to the table.
Decked out in glossy red plastic, the Lumia 2520 evokes the pop-art whimsy of 1970s product design. Corners are soft. Edges are chamferless. Sitting next to the Surface 2, the Lumia tablet looks like Andy Warhol sitting next to Darth Vader. Nokia has done a great job in creating visual separation between its first foray into the tablet market and Microsoft’s own tablet line, and from a purely aesthetic perspective, there’s something undeniably inviting about the 2520’s candy-coated shell.
November 25, 2013
Google Nexus 10 2 vs. Microsoft Surface 2: Which 2 is a Better Buy?
International Business Times
As a 10 inches device, it is pretty obvious that the second generation Google Nexus 10 is a competitor to the Microsoft Surface 2. The question now is that, how do the two devices stack up against each other?
The Microsoft Surface 2 has a slightly bigger screen, but the Google Nexus 10 does boast a higher resolution. Although both devices have the same available storage space, the Microsoft Surface 2 does benefit from the ability to extend storage with its USB port.
Apart from the aforementioned, there are a bunch of considerations that you need to keep in mind. The OS, of course, is one of these. Android tablets are extremely popular, but they are not for everyone. On the other hand, the Windows 8.1 RT has an advantage when it comes with productivity purposes because of the Microsoft Office; but it has a rather more limited range of apps than regular Windows.
In Microsoft Surface's favour, there is a far more familiar desktop-like experience with it, not to mention that the keyboard covers the device is basically a cheap laptop. Undoubtedly, the Google Nexus 10 has a solid grounding to work off, but the Microsoft Surface 2 is proving more popular than its predecessor. It is interesting to find out how the two powerful devices fare against each other.
REVIEW: The New iPad Mini Is Nearly Perfect
I can't give you one big reason why I had stopped using my iPad. It was a mix of things. The iPad isn't a great device to write on (yes, even with one of those nice Logitech keyboard cover things), and I do a lot of writing both for my job and in my personal time. My old iPad was also too heavy and bulky for extended use when reading or watching video, two of the most common tasks on a tablet.
This year, Apple released the perfect iPad, or at least the perfect one for me. It's the iPad Mini with Retina display. I've had it for a week and I'm already using it more than my iPhone. In seven short days, the iPad Mini has become my device of choice for everything but my job.
The iPad's biggest advantage over the competition is its app selection. As good as its two biggest rivals, the Kindle Fire HDX and Nexus 7, may be, those devices simply don't have as many good tablet-optimized apps as the iPad does. The Google Play Store for Android apps is full of great software, but most of it is designed for smaller screen smartphones.
The Mini's form-factor strikes the perfect balance of portability and extra screen real estate. It's big enough for casual reading on the couch or in bed, but small enough for me to throw in my bag and catch up on articles in my Instapaper queue on my subway ride to work. I'm glad I no longer have to squint at my tiny iPhone 5 screen on the train anymore.
Microsoft Surface 2
The Surface 2 might be thicker than the competition, but that leaves room for a full size USB3 port. You could turn the Surface 2 into a basic Desktop computer with a USB hub for your keyboard and mouse, or go wireless if you have Bluetooth peripherals. You would also need Microsoft’s official HDMI adaptor to connect to an external monitor, as the tablet only has a proprietary video output. There’s also a Micro SDXC card reader hidden behind the kickstand, which is handy if you fill the 32GB of internal storage with multimedia files.
The screen has received a major upgrade, swapping the low resolution 10.6in panel of the previous model for a Full HD, 1,920x1,080 resolution display. It’s gorgeous when viewing photos or video, with rich, vibrant colours, excellent viewing angles and ample brightness. We had no trouble reading text in direct sunlight, as the screen was clearly visible at only half brightness.
November 26, 2013
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 101: Utilize handwriting recognition
Sure, applications and PCs with touch screens or pen tablets have supported handwriting for some time, but with the Surface 2, the recognition is better than I've seen on earlier devices. When using a Surface without the keyboard, handwriting on the screen can be much faster than tapping the on-screen keyboard to type. I don't have very good handwriting -- it's large and messy -- but in most cases (barring a bit of auto-correct), the word suggestion to insert is the word I was shooting for.
Uses for handwriting
Taking notes in a meeting is one of the most common uses I've had for handwriting. While this primarily takes place in OneNote, where the writing and use is free form, the conversion to typed text is possible. In other applications, you select the on-screen keyboard and choose the pen input.
You can write on the screen with your fingers (ala Steve Jobs) or with a stylus, and at a pause in your handwriting, the Surface will do its best to change what you entered into typed text.
Many applications now support inking on a tablet. Being able to draw or write on the display to annotate documents can also improve efficiencies. Not having to print a document for annotation can be a huge timesaver for all involved.
f you're just getting started with the Surface and Windows touch capabilities, I encourage you to give the handwriting recognition a shot. It might add to the productivity of the Surface by making it easy to work without a keyboard and mouse.
View the entire article with photos here
November 27, 2013
Last-Minute Tablet Shopping Guide For The Holidays
Before you plunge into your holiday shopping
here’s a look at some of the newest tablets to hit the market.
Apple iPad price wars have now begun
A new iPad Air or iPad Mini is at the top of many Christmas wish lists this year. And everyone knows that Apple sets a price for its new gadgets, so it's the same price everywhere. Right? Not necessarily.
iPad Price Wars
It used to be that whether you were waiting outside the Apple store for the minute it opened or you shopped a discount store, a current edition iPad would always be $499.
But that's changing: the iPad price wars have just begun.
Walmart and Target are selling the brand new iPad Air for $479, which is $20 less than Apple.
But on Black Friday, the prices drop even more. Apple is expected to discount iPads online, but will not give away the price before the deals start.
Black Friday iPad Air Deals
-Best Buy will sell the iPad Air for $449, a $50 discount over list price.
-Target will give you a $100 gift card with that iPad Air, dropping it to just $379 after gift card
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2: all the news that's fit to print
The Australian Financial Review
I’ve been using Microsoft’s latest tablet, the Surface Pro 2, for almost a week – and, moreover, I’ve been using some of the peripherals that form part of the Surface ecosystem – and it’s hard to escape the realisation that, out of the blue and completely unexpectedly, Microsoft has become one of the most inventive companies operating in the market.
It’s far more inventive than Apple, for instance, though that’s not saying very much nowadays.
I’m not talking about the software, though the software needs to be addressed because it’s the fact that the Surface runs Windows 8.1 that most obviously sets it apart from Apple and Android tablets.
From the compact power adapter to the way the Pro’s electronic stylus sticks securely to the magnetic power plug when neither of them are in use, the Surface Pro 2 is a very well-built, very nifty machine.
November 28, 2013
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