Tablet PC News Archive
April 1, 2014
Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2: big screen, but at a price
If 10- and 11-inch tablets aren’t big enough, Samsung has rolled out the new Galaxy Pro Series that’s headlined by the 12.2-inch NotePro.
For starters, the thing is huge, but neither too heavy nor thick. There’s so much screen real estate it could double as a serving tray. It does feel a little on the hefty side, but this is a 12.2-inch tablet.
The eight core processor that blasts through tasks with ease – particularly important since you can multi-task with up to four separate windows on the screen at the same time.
Samsung is really pitching the productivity aspect of this tablet, and they’re backing it up with included free access to apps like Hancom Office (think Microsoft Office but for Android tablets) along with Remote PC, which does as it says. Several other productivity apps and services are also bundled for free.
According to Samsung, customers want to produce content and they want to do it on a large-screen tablet. Compared to most other tablets on the market, the NotePro 12.2 does the job.
The NotePro comes with a stylus that at first I thought was gimmicky. But over time I became addicted to writing with it, using the tablet’s text recognition software to turn my chicken scratch into legible print.
In some ways, the NotePro 12.2 could easily replace the laptop that many people lug around (in addition to their tablets). Toss in a wireless mouse and keyboard, and the average user would have a tough time justifying two very similar devices.
Microsoft Targets 25M Tablet Shipment
Reportedly, Microsoft Corp. plans to ship 25 million Windows tablets by the end of this year. Additionally, the company expects its own Surface tablets shipments to increase to 6 million from 3 million in 2013.
In order to achieve this target, Microsoft plans to provide incentives to vendors manufacturing Windows tablets. Reportedly, companies including ASUStek, Acer, Hewlett-Packard , Dell and Toshiba plan to ship Windows-based tablets in the near future.
Therefore, to bridge the gap between tablets and PCs, Microsoft upgraded its Windows operating system to Windows 8.1. The new and improved version is believed to address user complaints regarding the earlier version, Windows 8.
April 2, 2014
Evernote vs. OneNote
Which is better? Evernote or Microsoft's OneNote? This review compares and contrasts both note-taking applications in the first of a two-part series.
One of the original applications for computers was creating and manipulating documents, and once computers became portable, replacing the paper notebook seemed like an obvious application for technology. However, note taking on digital devices has remained a somewhat clunky affair, made difficult due to everything from a sub-optimal interface to difficulty sharing and organizing notes.
I'd been a OneNote user since it was first released in 2010, using the application in conjunction with a tablet PC to take handwritten notes, share notes with colleagues, and quickly retrieve past notes. Despite the negatives cited above, the application largely lived up to my needs until the iPad arrived on the scene. The iPad revolutionized mobile computing, yet lacked a client for the iPad. A quick search for a OneNote-like application that worked on mobile devices pointed me toward Evernote, and since 2010 I've used the application almost exclusively in lieu of OneNote.
More recently, I began using a Windows 8 tablet for my note taking due to the availability of active pen input. I was pleasantly surprised to find Microsoft had updated the Windows version of the application, created a free version for the "modern" Windows 8 interface, and tied them all together with cloud-based sync. As icing on the cake, a free Mac version of OneNote arrived this month, removing the last missing element for returning to OneNote for my personal note taking. However, the past four years have seen me largely in Evernote; has Microsoft done enough to merit switching back?
Microsoft Unveils Phone Software With Rival to Apple's Siri
Microsoft renewed its push to catch up with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in mobile devices, unveiling updated Windows Phone software with voice-search features that its rivals already offer.
Microsoft today showed off a voice-controlled digital assistant called Cortana that is similar to Apple’s Siri. Cortana is part of a new Windows Phone 8.1 software for mobile gadgets, said Vice President Joe Belfiore, at the company’s Build conference in San Francisco for developers.
Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, who was appointed to lead the world’s largest software maker in February, is working to remake Microsoft for an era where smartphones and tablets have become central
April 3, 2014
Windows 8.1 update aims to fix common issues
The latest update to Windows 8 will be available on April 8 and brings much-needed tweaks for desktop users, restoring some of the features Windows users have been missing since the Metro interface first launched.
First and foremost, the OS now detects whether you're using a tablet or desktop and mouse setup, and delivers the best experience for your device. This means that upon launch, if you're on a desktop computer, the OS will boot straight to the desktop, and on a tablet, you'll get the touchable tiles of Microsoft's modern interface. But don't worry if you prefer the way Windows currently behaves; you still have the option to choose your startup preferences in the settings.
Windows 8.1 Update -- Microsoft finally gets it right
Windows 8.1 Update, I’ll happily recommend to all. Sure, there’s still a slight learning curve, but it’s a much gentler one. Spend half an hour learning your way around, and you’ll be fine. Yes, there’s no Start menu, but the Start screen is great, and the tweaks Microsoft has made to it are good ones. Highlighting recently installed software makes it so much easier to find new programs and apps.
If you feel the absence of a Start menu undermines your productivity, install a third party one -- there are plenty of choices. Don’t let that one thing stand in the way between you and what is now a near perfect OS.
If you hate the Start screen, you don’t need to go near it. If you want nothing to do with full screen Modern apps, you don’t need to use or install them.
Sure, certain niggles remain but Windows 8.1 is still trying to be an OS that will work on a range of devices, from the tiniest tablet to the most powerful multi-screen PC, so that’s inevitable. And forgivable. The pluses easily outweigh the minuses.
If you’ve been sitting on the fence, undecided whether to upgrade to Windows 8.1, now is the time to jump. You won’t regret it.
Top Android tablets (April 2014 edition)
Summary: Want a tablet but don't want to buy a svelte iPad Air or the petite iPad mini because you want to stay away from the Apple walled garden? Not a problem! Here are my top Android tablets for April 2014 – and this month we have a couple of new entries.
Samsung currently has a lot of tablets on the market — over 30 by my last count — so it looks like they are shotgunning the market with every size and shape tablet possible, and seeing what people want.
The selling point of the Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 is the "PRO" label. Samsung have packed this tablet with power so people can get their work done.
EVGA Tegra Note 7 is Nvidia's entry into the fearsome tablet market, and what an entry it is.
While Nvidia itself doesn't make the hardware — it only provides the reference design — its long-term hardware partner EVGA has done an excellent job of putting together a quality tablet at a very competitive price. And EVGA is just the first of many OEMs who will be bringing their own version of the Tegra Note to market over the coming months.
One Windows, all devices: The new Microsoft app strategy unveiled
One Windows, all devices: The new Microsoft app strategy unveiled Metro apps will share the same runtime, so developers can create one app to run on all Windows devices.
Microsoft today announced its Universal Windows Apps technology, which is intended to streamline the process of building applications that can run on Windows Phones, Xbox game consoles, and the Metro environment in Intel-based Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs. Previously, developers had to create separate apps for the forthcoming Windows Phone 8.1, for Xbox, and for the tablet/PC Metro, which made it less attractive for developers given the relatively small size of those two markets. Now, they can address all three environments with a single app.
Microsoft also announced that Windows will be available to manufacturers at no cost for smartphones and for tablets with screens smaller than nine inches, as an incentive to get more hardware makers to develop mobile Windows devices.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 vs Apple iPad Air – Can Sony compete with price and specs?
The Gamer Headlines
Sony’s initial Xperia Tablet Z was one of the best tablets of the last year, and one of the few tablets on the market to realistically compete with Apple’s iPad Air, a tablet which is, to this day, considered to be the best on the market by some. Well, with the Xperia Tablet Z2, perhaps things are about to change? Are the new improvements, specs and price on the Xperia Table Z2 enough to overthrow the iPad Air from its silvery throne? Let’s find out!
the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 brings top of the line hardware under the hood, having a quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz and an impressive 3 GB of RAM. Graphics are handled by an Adreno 330 GPU. The only downside hardware-wise would be the seemingly limited storage space, the Xperia Tablet Z2 coming with 16 or 32 GB on-board storage space, but since the tablet can support microSD cards of up to 64 GB, this shouldn’t be a problem.
In general, tablets have mediocre cameras at best. Still, it can’t hurt to be able to use your tablet as a camera from time to time, so let’s see what the Apple iPad Air has, shall we? A 5 MP camera with 1080p recording comes on the rear, and a 1.2 MP camera is located on the front. Neither are mind-blowing, but the rear camera gets the job done if necessary.
The Xperia Tablet Z2 shows that Sony definitely likes to invest in good cameras, having an 8 MP rear camera and a 2.2 MP front camera. With some nifty features, Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z2 can take surprisingly good pictures even in low-light conditions. Add to that the ability of the tablet to receive phone-calls, and you have yourself a well-equipped tablet that can provide all necessary aspects of mobile life.
April 4, 2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Geek Bundle starting at $899
The Surface Pro 2 Geek & Sundry bundle celebrates the awesome gaming experience on Surface Pro 2 – and the new G&S Unplugged web series featuring Surface. Get a Surface Pro 2, Xbox Wireless Controller for Windows, and free downloadable content for two games: Farming Simulator 2013 and the Mustang Advanced Pack for War Thunder.. Valid 4/3/2014 until 5/1/2014, or while supplies last
Available exclusively at MicrosoftStore.com
April 7, 2014
Ears for the Surface Tablets
Ears are a simple solution to low volume levels on the Surface tablets. They don’t require wires, a power source or batteries.
The Ears for Surface tablet are small silicone pieces that slip over the top corners of your Surface RT/2 or Pro/2. They cover the speakers and redirect the sound to the front. Thereby, you get an increase in 10dB loudness and clearer sound when listening to music or watching movies.
Order Ears for Surface on Kickstarter
Will we soon see our first Chrome OS tablet? We'll find out in April
Summary: An Acer event at the end of April may signal the unveiling of the world's first Chrome OS-powered tablet. Could it give the platform the push it needs to be a success?
All eyes are on Acer as a possible contender to release the world's first Chrome OS-powered tablet, which could make its first appearance at the company's launch of its annual global product line-up later this month.
An event invite landed in ZDNet's inbox last week signalling the unveiling of the company's hardware and mobile offerings by new Acer chief executive Jason Chen.
Chrome OS remains the current underdog in the operating system market, compared to Windows, OS X, and iOS. But it's gaining traction. The Google-developed platform reportedly has just 0.2 percent of all North American web traffic, but that's double what it was five months prior.
But it's a key operating system for those wanting to break away from the traditional platforms.
Unlike Android, a mobile and tablet platform, Chrome OS runs on all platforms — mobile, desktop, and potentially tablet. It just hasn't reached the tablet form-factor yet. And don't be fooled by Lenovo's convertible Chrome OS-powered part-tablet, part-notebook. That doesn't count, and it's designed for a niche education market and not yet available.
Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Review As if Samsung's Galaxy range of tablets wasn’t broad enough with its plethora of Tab and Note machines in various screen sizes, the company has added a new subgroup: the Galaxy Pro.
The line-up consists of both Note and Tab machines – the latter minus the S Pen features. The Tab Pros are available with 8.4-, 10.1- and 12.2-inch displays with the Note Pro currently in 12.2-inch guise. All are available with optional 3G/LTE connectivity.
It’s the daddy of the range, the £650 Note Pro 12.2, that’s taking up a not inconsiderable amount of space on my desk as I write this and it begs the question: does the world really need an Android tablet this big?
I think the Pro 12.2 still has something rather concrete to offer. My thinking here is that as phones get bigger so surely should tablets. Speaking personally, my 5-inch Nexus 5 has rendered my Nexus 7 almost surplus to requirements but this new big Samsung has got me back into the habit of using a
tablet big time.
April 8, 2014
Five great apps to manage movies on your mobile phone or tablet
Tablets are a great way to watch movies - you can lie back in the comfort of bed but you don't have to squint at the small screen of your phone. But the default apps on both Android and iOS are pretty limited in terms of features; if you're looking for something smart that lets you use gestures, stream video easily, or manages your library in an intuitive fashion, then you need to turn to third party apps. Here are our top choices:
It's Playing Pro/Lt
Another paid app for iOS, It's Playing Pro is the Swiss Army knife of video players, full of a lot of useful features such as cloud connect to Dropbox, Put.io, Facebook, YouTube and HTTP cloud services, network support for a huge range of protocols and fine grained control over playback aspects like zoom, audio gain, speed with real time adjustments. The coolest feature though is fetching subtitles from OpenSubtitles.org with just one tap - it's a common feature on desktop players but this is the only good video app we found with this feature.
This free app is easily the best app to watch videos on an Android device. MX Player is fast, loads almost instantly, scans through all your storage to find movies, and comes with a host of features that make it a must have.
VLC has a long history on the PC, and it's a good option on both Android and iOS. It organises your library into thumbnails, and lets you see at a glance how much of the video has already been watched. The Android version is still a beta according to the developers at VideoLAN, but it seems to work fine too.
This iOS app is a paid app and costs Rs. 300 to download. If you're watching a lot of videos on your iPad though, then this app is a must-buy. features like gesture support, zoom control, lots of control over subtitles, passwords for folders, and TV-out support, and you end up with one of the most full featured pieces of software available as well. Simply put, despite the relatively high price, this app is an absolute must-have.
iPad Office users can print, and Cortado shows how
Henning Volkmer, President and CEO of Cortado, stopped by for a quick update and to explain how his company's ThinPrint Cloud Printer software combined with a little Microsoft One Drive three step can help iPad users print documents from Microsoft's Office for iPad.
The three-step iPad printing dance
Here are the three steps Volkmer presented in his demo:
- Use Microsoft Office for iPad to save document in Microsoft's One Drive
- Start Microsoft's One Drive app, open the file
- Select the Open in Other App in the One Drive App and then select Cortado's ThinPrint Cloud Printer app
April 9, 2014
Microsoft Prepares To Bring Windows To Your Car, And Audi Builds Its Own Tablet
CarPlay is a nifty interface by Apple. However, Microsoft is not far behind with coming up with their own idea of how to integrate your smartphone with your automobile. To make things even more interesting, while software companies are linking to automotive manufacturers touch screens, Audi has plans to build their own tablet, so they can do their own linking.
Using Mirrorlink, Microsoft plans to allow for open standards, where automakers can choose to incorporate different systems, including Windows, Android, and Blackberry. This will simplify the process of integration in the future. Here is a quick introduction of what Microsoft has come up with so far:
Thinking About the Future of Surface
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
Microsoft has to address the mini tablet market, and they will. I know that Microsoft planned to deliver a Qualcomm-based (i.e. Windows RT-based) Surface mini alongside the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 last year but pulled back at the last minute. I've not heard why, nor have I heard about any more recent plans, but I suspect it has to do with Windows RT. And when Microsoft does announce a Surface mini sometime soon, I further bet it will be based on an Atom chipset like all of the other Windows mini-tablets. It's clearly where the market is heading.
But what about that traditional PC crowd? Doesn't a touch-based Ultrabook also make plenty of sense? Something with a much more reasonable screen size (13-inches, minimum) than the tiny screens on the Surface 2 and Pro 2?
I think it does.
And I think such a device would be embraced by Microsoft's core audience of IT pros and knowledge workers. The businesses that are tired of crapware and of PC maker-modified versions of Windows. It could become the de facto standard for the small businesses that don't have the cash or technical expertise to customize their own Windows installs. And it needs to happen this year.
Basically, it's time for Surface to adapt to the changing market just like Windows is. In fact, these things should go hand-in-hand.
April 10, 2014
Hands On: Lenovo's Budget-Friendly A-Series Android Tablets
Earlier this week, Lenovo announced its budget-minded A-Series Android tablets; the A7-50, A8, and A10. The trio is rather unassuming compared with the company’s more radically designed Yoga Tablet line, focusing instead on core tablet features and overall value. We had a brief hands-on opportunity, so read on for our first impressions.
Lenovo’s Android skin is, in a word, extensive. It re-imagines basically every aspect of Google’s mobile OS, swapping in colorful, cartoonish icons and a new homescreen experience. There’s no app drawer, so all of your apps appear on a homescreen, like you’d find on an iOS device. Lenovo pre-loads a bunch of playful themes to suit a variety of tastes, but Android purists should look elsewhere. All of Lenovo’s tweaks run atop Android 4.2 and the company says to expect an OTA update to 4.4 sometime after launch.
The big selling point here is price: With the A7-50 starting at $129 and the A10 topping out at $249, the trio will be among the most affordable Android tablets from an established manufacturer. Lenovo reps also mentioned potential instant rebates of $30, which would put the A7-50 into impulse buy territory. Stay tuned for a full review once we can put all three through their paces in our lab.
How Tablets Are Bringing Boundless Creativity To Life
Portability, versatility and increasing computer performance of tablets are bringing completely new experiences, changing how we enjoy entertainment, shop, gather information, communicate and blend our digital and real worlds. This series by PSFK and Intel explores how improving tablet capabilities are changing the status quo in many aspects of our lives.
Do you ever stop and ask what’s behind the things that catch your eye? More often these days you’ll find digital technologies are playing a role, whether it’s helping a visionary to map out ideas, a designer make that idea come to life or how we experience a story or piece of art.
This becomes more apparent when you look at the rapidly evolving world of tablet devices. They have become incredibly powerful tools for creative people, many of whom are using tablets to chase their artistic endeavors in photography, video, music, painting, drawing and other areas in the world of arts.
On the other hand, as they proliferate, tablets are drawing more people into the creative class, increasing artistic expression in ways that may have never before existed.
Eric Gradman of Two Bit Circus and his merry band of interactive game developers are using tablets to put a high-tech educational spin on the traditional county fair. Games and activities built around tablets are an integral part of the traveling STEAM Carnival. Gradman, a self-proclaimed mad inventor, is serious when he says drawing younger generations into art is as important as appreciating science, technology and math.
April 11, 2014
Microsoft Surface Mini and its stylus will make it the 'best note-taking tablet on the market'
Microsoft's Surface tablets have yet to gain traction with consumers, but the company believes its note-taking-focused Surface Mini will offer an experience the iPad mini and other small tablets don't.
The Surface Mini will reportedly feature an 8-inch display and will be marketed as the "best note-taking tablet" on the market. The tablet will include support for pen input through the use of an included stylus, similar to Samsung's popular Galaxy Note S Pen. The slate is expected to include new pen-friendly applications from Microsoft that will highlight its rumored Wacom digitizer stylus-pen support.
There's no specific release date mentioned, except that it will "make its way to the market in 2014." We'll keep you updated as more Surface Mini details become available.
April 14, 2014
Top 5 secret features of Windows 8
Computer Business Review
Dig a little deeper and there's loads to love about Windows 8 and 8.1.
Got a new Windows 8 tablet or desktop? Finding it hard to adjust, or know there's more you can do with the operating system but just don't know how? Here's CBR's top five Windows 8 and 8.1 secret features.
Need a recipe? Hands free mode for the kitchen!
In the new food and drink app, there's an option to enable hands-free mode, so you don't get any of your recipe that's stuck to your hands on the computer or tablet. You can wave your hand to the webcam so the recipe turns pages for you!
There is an option to turn off the notifications you get with apps during preset hours of the day, meaning you won't be bothered by noises when you're at work or even reading. Windows 8.1 has the Quiet Hours setting under change PC settings > search and apps > notifications.
3D printing support
Microsoft has now included 3D printing support in Windows 8.1, so when you do eventually have enough money to buy that 3D printer you have your eyes on, you know you'll be sorted with Windows 8.1 It also stuck in support for NFC tap-to-print and Wi-Fi direct printing too!
Absence Of iPad Pro A Major Missed Opportunity For Apple
Design & Trend
Apple's lack of a "work tablet" is holding back the Cupertino-based tech giant from capitalizing on a $63 billion market, according to JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall.
The iPad Pro, Apple's rumored large tablet with laptop capability, could be a real game-changer for Apple, with 25 million units sold serving as a realistic figure if the device is priced between $500 and $1,000, Hall recently stated.
Microsoft was the first to offer a tablet of the sort with the Surface Pro.
"We believe that Apple is currently missing a $63bn market opportunity by only partially playing in the $500-$1,000 laptop market via the iPad," said Hall. "Our central assumption is that lower priced laptop buyers are not willing to purchase what amounts to an expensive tablet that doesn't fully replace a laptop. Should Apple address this market through iAnywhere we believe it could rapidly grow share toward the 40% it currently has in $1,000 laptops."
Here Are The Completely Different Ways Smartphones & Tablets Are Used For Shopping & Buying
mobile has too often been understood by retailers as a singular category, when in fact smartphones and tablets are used very differently.
Tablets are lean-back devices that consumers use to browse, research, and buy — great product views are key on these devices. Smartphones are much more commonly used as an in-store shopping companion. Smartphone retail apps should have QR code scanners and easily accessible price comparison information.
In a recent report from BI Intelligence, we take stock of the explosion in tablet-based e-commerce, analyze the best data available on tablet shopper behavior and how it's different from the behavior of smartphone owners. We also explore why retailers have lagged in creating tablet-friendly shopping experiences for their users, despite allocating budgets to ad campaigns meant to be viewed on tablets.
Surface 2 of Microsoft
The Football Examiner
The more expensive Surface 2 – priced at S$618 for the 32GB and S$748 for the 64GB – has a larger, sharper screen. But its main differentiator is in its great design.
sharper screen and a number of other enhancements to match the impressive design.
It’s a few grams lighter now and has a nice Full HD screen and a zippier Nvidia Tegra 4 processor compared to the Tegra 3 a year ago.
However, what you need to know about the Surface 2, as with all such Surface RT devices, is that the operating system will not run regular Windows 8 programs. That means you can’t run a Windows 8 version of, say, Adobe Lightroom, on a Windows RT tablet.
To be fair, though, the Surface 2 has what you use most of the time. Office 2013, as I mentioned, is great to have for folks who just want a light device to do their everyday work, like reports, presentations and e-mail, on the go.
There are also more apps today for Windows RT than a year ago. The Surface 2 won’t have all the apps you can download on an iPad or Android tablet, but it has some popular ones, such as Facebook and Zinio.
April 15, 2014
Microsoft Launches Office 365 Personal subscriptionn for $6.99a month or $69.99 a year
Today we’re announcing that it’s available for purchase–$69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/month (ERP)1–online at Office365.com, at Microsoft Stores and through online and retail partners.
An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365. By offering Office 365 Personal, in addition to Office 365 Home, we are better positioned to deliver the right Office to a broader range of households–whether it’s an individual or a family of five.
Whichever Office 365 is right for you, you’ll enjoy the freedom to get work done at home, school, or on the go–on any device.
Free AVG Antivirus Download for Android Smart Phones & Tablets
AVG Antivirus is the most popular free security system for Android smart phones and tablets. It is installed on over one million Android devices and catches more than 70 million threats monthly. Today we will take an in-depth look at mobile and tablet security. Keeping your PC secure is an old concern, and there are certainly multiple viable free antivirus programs for desktops. But what about mobile devices? In an era when mobile devices are used for anything from internet banking to reading business e-mails, keeping your privacy and data secure on your mobile device has become a highly important topic. What are your options in terms of free antivirus downloads for Android-devices? Well, there are a few, but the first one to come to mind is AVG, and for good reason.
First of all, AVG is completely free to download and use on any Android device, and it has support for Android 4.2, 4.3 (Jelly Bean), and is receiving support for Android 4.4.2 KitKat too. It comes with everything you’d expect from a an antivirus, but with features you’d be surprised to find in a free antivirus download. Obviously, AVG has malware and virus protection, and comes with an above average rate of threat detection. Keeping AVG updated is an extremely easy process (and a recommended one at that), and the antivirus, albeit free, does a perfect job of keeping your phone or table clean.
In addition, AVG brings some additional features, normally reserved only for premium, paid antivirus apps. It has a built-in theft protection platform, which works wonders. Should your phone ever be stolen or lost, you can remotely wipe any data clean through AVG, and you can also block access to the device completely. Additionally, the AVG Free Antivirus Download kit includes the Tune-Up utility, an utility that manages your phone resources for you and greatly increases phone performance. Sure, if you’re using the latest HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4, you might not notice significant changes, but for slower Android phones, phablets and tablets, the difference is significant.
April 16, 2014
Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Tablet: Windows 8.1 And A Gorgeous Display
Lenovo is targeting its ThinkPad 8 at business users, which makes sense. Everyone values portability and power, but it’s the business user who’s most likely to say “I need my tablet to be capable of doing everything that my main PC can do.” With a full 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 and a 1920 x 1200 display, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 very nearly can...
Intel’s Bay Trail Atom CPU powers the Lenovo ThinkPad 8. The Intel Z3770 quad-core Atom chip in the ThinkPad 8 runs at up to 2.39GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost. That’s a bit faster than the chip running Dell's Venue 8 Pro (a rival 8-inch, Windows 8.1 tablet) we recently reviewed, but it’s not the processor that’s going to get the attention of customers comparing the ThinkPad 8 to a Dell tablet: it’s the extremely sharp 1920x1200 full HD display, which we'll discuss on the following pages, that will turn heads...
“You can never have too little screen real estate” is a tagline for no one, but big players like Dell, Toshiba, and now Lenovo are rushing to squeeze Windows 8.1 onto 8-inch tablets all the same. Lenovo is targeting its ThinkPad 8 at business users, which makes sense. Everyone values portability and power, but it’s the business user who’s most likely to say “I need my tablet to be capable of doing everything that my main PC can do.” With a full 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 and a 1920 x 1200 display, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 very nearly can.
The ThinkPad 8 has a 2MP front camera for video chats and an 8MP back camera for snapping shots. The back cam comes complete with flash and autofocus, and it took relatively (for a tablet) high quality shots for us indoors and out.
Microsoft restocks 64, 512 GB flavors of Surface Pro 2 tablets
Microsoft has recently faced serious component shortages, being forced to temporarily halt sales of specific Surface Pro 2 versions.
Particularly, models packing 64 and 512 GB solid-state storage. Now, at long last, the manufacturing woes seem to have passed, and the two slates are back in action. Still pricey, I’m afraid, going for $899 and $1,799 respectively, but if you think about it they’re probably worth it.
Hardware-wise, they’re definitely champions, trumping the iPad Air in practically every department, from processing speed, thanks to an Intel Haswell Core i5 chip, to RAM (4 or 8 GB), to battery life and connectivity options.
Meanwhile, the 10.6-inch ClearType display is inferior to iPad’s Retina “thingie”, but clearly no pushover, and productivity fans can turn the Surface Pro 2 into a full-on laptop in no time, courtesy of Microsoft’s $200 docking station.
Running Windows 8.1 Pro out the box, the state-of-the-art tablet/notebook hybrid can also be had at $999 with 128 GB built-in storage and $1,299 in a 256 GB flavor, no physical keyboard included.
Apple Granted 37 Patents Today Covering Two Major iDevice Technologies, Five Designs and More
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two major iDevice technologies and five design patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Apple granted a Patent Relating to iDevices using an Accelerometer
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to a portable device. More particularly, this invention relates to operating a portable device using an accelerometer of the portable device.
Apple has been granted a patent today for another multitouch related patent. Apple's patent abstract states that an "Apparatus and methods are disclosed for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.
April 17, 2014
Sony's Xperia Z2 tablet, light in weight not on specs
Computer Dealer News
When you pick up Sony’s new Z2 tablet, the first thing you notice is its weight – or the lack of it. One of the slimmest, lightest tablets on the market right now, the 10.1 inch tablet is just 6.4 mm thick.
Actually, when we held it during our media briefing, it felt very, very delicate. The lightness is a great feature for someone on the go, but users need to bear in mind that it feels easy enough to break or bend.
The Xperia Z2 tablet – Slim and light, but powerful
Like the Z2 smartphone, the tablet is dust-resistant and water-resistant under 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes, as long as all ports have been shut tightly.
Packed into the slim frame of the tablet is a quick and powerful processor, plus a compatibility with the PS3’s dual shock controller, meaning tablet gamers can use the controller to play their games. There’s also the option to control a Sony TV remotely using the tablet, provided the user has one, of course.
Essentially, what Sony has done here is leverage the tablet to become an all-in-one device for the living room – and we’ll probably see more integration efforts like this as time goes on.
And again, like the Z2 smartphone, the tablet also has digital noise cancellation capabilities for users who want to buy cheaper five-pin headphones, rather than an expensive noise-cancelling set.
Tablets – the ultimate option
The tablet computer has made enormous strides in the last few years. Thanks to popular tablets like the iPad, the thin, touchscreen-operated computers have dominated choice for many computer users as they offer a great experience when browsing the web or using one of thousands of specialised apps.
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Tablets vary in their power and operating systems. Processors like the Intel® Atom™ provide considerable power for the current generation of tablets, and some tablets have dual core processors, including the Motorola Xoom and Asus Eee Transformer.
Tablet operating systems
Most tablets use a special operating system designed to make the most of a touch interface, one that gives the tablet the cool interactive feel that makes them fun and useful. A good operating system is an important part of a great tablet computer.
The 8 Best Alternatives to the Microsoft Surface
If you want a tablet built for productivity, but can’t stomach the Microsoft Surface, you might feel stuck.
You could go with the iPad. Apple tells us its tablet is made for work, the chosen device of high school football coaches, heart surgeons, and teary-eyed grandparents meeting newborns over FaceTime. There’s nothing wrong with this: Just don’t call it productive.
Meanwhile, other popular tablets do various tasks well, like the Kindle Fire HD (reading), Galaxy Note 10.1 (writing and drawing with a stylus), and Nexus 7 (logging into Google Plus), but none come close to serving as a proper laptop replacement.
We understand how you feel. We set out to pick eight solid alternatives to the Surface, each designed for true productivity. Choose your own adventure by picking the problem that matches yours most closely:
Laptop replacement: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
It may not come with a detachable keyboard, but the new Galaxy Note Pro is too powerful, and — literally — too big to ignore. With a massive 12.2-inch screen, 2.3 GHz processor, and 3 GB of RAM, its spec sheet reads more like a laptop than a mobile device. Take notes in class with the handy stylus, then grab a third-party keyboard to type up the essay back home, laptop free. You can give mom your old ThinkPad for Christmas.
April 20, 2014
April 21, 2014
Expectations High for Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 - 4K Display Tipped, 256GB Storage
The rumor mill is hitting its stride with predictions for the Surface Pro 3, which could see Microsoft take pride of place as a key contender in the tablet PC market after two rounds of near-misses
Expectations are off the scale this time around and judging by the lion’s share of rumors and analyst estimates, the Surface Pro 3 will not disappoint.
Leading the charge for the range-topper could well be a full 4K touchscreen of 10.6-inches, which would immediately give the new Pro a head and shoulders advantage over its rivals. There’s also talk of a double service of RAM this time around meaning up to 16GB, along with Intel’s latest Core i7 CPUs as standard.
It’s also likely that storage space will be upped this time around as apps and software are getting bigger by the day – 128GB is scarcely enough as it is, so chances are a 256GB option will join the mix. Cameras are also likely to be upgraded in a big way, though image quality hasn’t traditionally been one of the Surface range’s selling points so don’t’ be too surprised if Microsoft doesn’t get too carried away with the megapixel count.
Turn Your TV Into A Tablet
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Want to connect your tablet to yout TV? That's easy. Want to make your TV into a tablet? Until now, that was a tricky proposition, if possible at all. Not anymore, as Vivitar just unveiled Camelio TV, a device that turns your HDTV in an Android tablet. For under seventy dollars you can use your TV just like any Android tablet, and all the usual apps that go along with it.
Vivitar today unveiled its new Camelio TV, the world's first customizable TV companion device that turns any HDTV into a "big screen" family-friendly Android tablet that's customizable with a range of themes and characters via Camelio Personality Packs.
The company offered a sneak peek of the new plug-and-play device at the 111th Annual Toy Industry Association's International Toy Fair® 2014 in New York and expects the product to hit store shelves in late summer 2014. Priced at just $69.95 MSRP, Camelio TV promises to be the most affordable PC/Tablet-TV device on the market.
"Camelio TV is the first product of its kind that turns any ordinary HDTV into a personalized, full-featured Android tablet with interchangeable themes the whole family can enjoy," said Liza Abrams, VP of Licensing with Vivitar. "With Camelio TV, you can browse and view exclusive channels, plus stream all of your own photos, videos and music stored on any device straight to your TV, all wrapped in your favorite character-themed environment."
Will a larger iPhone steal sales from the iPad Mini?
Apple is expected to bump up the screen size on its next iPhone. Recent rumors even claim the company will unveil two new models later this year -- one with a 4.7-inch screen, the other with a 5.5-inch screen. Assuming this prediction proves true, a certain amount of cannibalization of the Mini is likely. But Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster sees the overall effect on Apple as neutral.
In some cases, consumers might update to the iPhone 6 to score the bigger screen instead of keeping an older phone and buying an iPad Mini, Munster suggested in an investors note released Monday. In other cases, iPhone 6 buyers who want a second device might simply choose an iPad Air instead of a Mini.
AMD to focus on high end tablet market
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The company plans to introduce new chips specially targeting tablets under code names Beema and Mullins.
Semiconductor firm AMD plans to focus high end tablets which are priced more than $300, and shun completion with Intel or ARM in sub $100 segment.
The US based company said it will be selective and focus on high margin and high value products unlike Intel which subsidise tablet makers to use its x86 chips through its "contra revenue" programme, according to PC World.
AMD global business units general manager Lisa Su said, "If we miss out on some units in the low end, so be it."
The new tablet chips will have new cores which will improve the performance to tablets and lengthen the battery life.
April 22, 2014
Top 6 Phablets for Business
If you can handle the extra bulk, phablets are good for business because they give you more room to work. Everyday productivity tasks, like checking your email or performing a Web search, are more comfortable on a big screen. And more intensive tasks, such as viewing and editing documents or spreadsheets, finally become feasible on a mobile device that offers enough digital real estate. Read on for six of the best business phablets money can buy.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is one of the few phablets you'll find with native Microsoft Office integration, since it runs on Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. That means you can edit a Word document or PowerPoint presentation on your phone, and then access the edited document from any other connected Windows Phone, Windows tablet or PC. Alongside the Lumia Icon, the Lumia 1520 is the most powerful Windows Phone on the market, so busy business users can look forward to smooth browsing and snappy multitasking. Plus, the phone's epic 11.5-hour battery life means you can work longer between charges. But what really sets the Lumia 1520 apart from other Windows Phone handsets is its massive 6-inch, 1080p display, which offers up enough screen real estate to do real work.
Continue here to see all six Phablets for Business
Hands On: Xplore XC6 Rugged Tablet
Rugged tablets may not be big sellers to the average PC shopper, but for the soldier in a sandstorm, the miner in a shaft, or an EMT at the scene of an accident, the need for a durable device has never been greater. Xplore Technologies has announced its newest fully rugged offering, the XC6 Rugged Tablet, and we got some advanced time with the new unit.
The Xplore XC6 rugged tablet features the Intel Core i7-4650U processor, up to 256GB of SSD storage, and an improved sunlight-readable display with up to 1300 NITs of brightness. The new hardware promises improved performance and better battery life, with Xplore estimating up to 8 hours, 30 minutes of use on battery.
Xplore has added a multitouch resistive touch screen. Instead of capacitive touch sensors, which don't work well with gloves or a standard stylus, the resistive sensor technology works in all manner of conditions, while still offering support for Windows 8.1 gestures and 10-finger tracking.
Xplore has also taken steps to reinforce beyond the standard requirements for a fully rugged device. Where MIL-STD-810G testing standards require a device to survive multiple 4-foot drops, Xplore has ratcheted the drop height up to 7 feet. It also boasts full ingress protection, making it effectively dust- and water-proof. You can submerge the tablet in up to a meter of water for half an hour, and Xplore was so confident
Hearthstone arrives on the iPad, but it is better on the tablet or PC?
The free-to-play digital card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has skyrocketed to success ever since its first release on the PC in March earlier this year. With its interactive maps, various decks and straight-forward gameplay that anyone can quickly grasp, it's not hard to see why Hearthstone has become so popular.
Fans of the game have been teased that a mobile version of the game would be out, and now it's finally in the Apple iTunes Store for everyone. The two different versions had me wondering if there is anything actually different between playing on the iPad version versus on the computer.
Find out in the video below
REVIEW: Sony's New Tablet Is Thinner & Lighter Than The IPad Air, Android Fans Will Love It
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Packed with a high-resolution screen and great battery life, the Z2 Tablet is among the best Android tablets you can buy today, although it doesn’t feel quite as premium as the iPad.
The tablet starts at $US499.99 for the 16 GB model. You can pre-order it now, and it will hit store shelves on May 4.
We had the chance to play with the Xperia Z2 Tablet for a week, and here are the first impressions we came away with.
Sony has packed its tablet with premium components on the inside, meaning it should be able to handle most computing tasks you throw at it. It runs on a 2.3-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which is one of the company’s newest chips and features an 8-megapixel main camera. There’s also 3GB of RAM on the inside and a full HD 1080p 10.1-inch display.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is IP55/58 certified, meaning it’s dust proof and can handle getting wet without breaking down. You can’t use components such as the camera or the display while the tablet is submerged, however, like you can with devices like the Xperia Z1s smartphone.
April 23, 2014
Looking for a Windows experience on a tablet? -- Meet the Toshiba Encore
The Morning Sun
Windows tablets have a tough road in front of them as they battle to get a hold in the tablet marketplace -- with other operating systems (namely Android and Apple’s iOS) dominating the market.
Still, they’re not giving up the fight and I recently tried out a new Windows tab, the 8-inch Toshiba Encore tablet, and I”m back with a full report on my experience.
The sound from this tablet is pretty strong from the Dolby Digital Plus stereo speakers, though it’s still a tablet so don’t expect miracles in this area.
The cameras are 2.0 megapixels in front, 8.0 megapixels in back.
You get a 30-day trial of Norton Internet Security, a full version of Office Home and Student 2013 (a nice touch), and installed apps from Netflix, iHeartRadio and others.
The Encore runs Windows 8.1, which many folks may be famiiar with from their PCs. Some people love, others quite the opposite. I often have both sentiments, both within the same day, but it’s starting to grow on me.
Still, it’s a system very much made for touch devices like this.
Microsoft Collaborates with HP To Launch Omni 10 Tablet
Tablets like the Apple iPad are being used by majority of teachers and students in the US. And to some extent classrooms are benefitting from modern day tablet devices.
While in the west several educationalists have recognized that tablets enrich classroom education, back home the case is completely opposite.
To make sure that that tablet computers could be adopted for educational needs, Microsoft India has partnered with HP and Pearson to launch a tablet for higher education students in the engineering and Management education.
HP Omni 10 will come pre-loaded with at least 10-eBooks and access to various Microsoft developer tools and servers through the DreamSpark student site.
In addition, Pearson will provide e-learning content, including theory papers of first semester engineering and MBA courses.
April 24, 2014
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Tablets hitting Stores on May 1st
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today introduced three new tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab line. The 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablets offer a variety of screen-size options, providing various form factors to meet the needs of consumers and businesses alike. The Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Tab 4 portfolio, featuring a lightweight profile with thin bezels and a textured backing, will be available in the U.S. beginning May 1, with pre-orders starting tomorrow.
“This latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family combines versatility with value,” said Michael Abary, senior vice president of mobile computing, Samsung Electronics America. “The HD display, multitasking capabilities and easy sharing features make the Galaxy Tab 4 a great fit for both consumers and businesses.”
With its HD display, the Galaxy Tab 4 makes a great entertainment companion for the whole family. Multi User Mode lets each member of the family make the Tab 4 their own with private, customizable profiles. Kids Mode allows parents to set limits for their children, restricting accessible apps and managing length of play.
Content You Want
Samsung continues to partner with leading news, productivity and entertainment sources to provide premium content for the Galaxy Tab 4. With Galaxy Perks, consumers have access to popular and best-selling news, social media, and cloud storage applications including: Google Play, Dropbox, Sirius XM and Audible.com. For more information, visit www.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks.
The 10 best 10in tablets of 2014: Best full-size tablets and iPad rivals
We review and rank the best 10in tablets you can buy in 2014. See also: The 25 best tablets of 2014.
The tablet market is mature but that also means its complex and the amount of devices on offer is somewhat overwhelming. We've whittled the huge market down to the best 10 tablets which have a 10in screen (or very close to that size anyway). Read: Best 8in tablet 2014.
While an onslaught of 7in devices have arrived, and plenty of other sizes too, the 10in tablet remains a strong option. A smaller device is easier to carry around and do simple tasks like reading and social networks. However, if you want to get work done, browse the web fluidly and watch videos without squinting then a 10in is the right size for you.
Apple's iPad remains the full-size tablet to beat with the latest Air model impressive all-round but there are plenty of Android rivals if you're not into iOS. There's also the iPad 4 which is still on sale at a lower price. Windows is still playing third fiddle with Nokia's Lumia 2520 just squeezing into the top 10
Rumoured Microsoft Surface Mini Tablet Crops Up In Amazon Listings
Although it hasn’t happened yet, it’s clearly only a matter of time before Microsoft officially unboxes a smaller form-factor version of its Surface tablet. A Surface Mini has been rumoured for well over a year – with both 7- and 8-inch options apparently being considered to augment the company’s existing line up of Windows powered tablets with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
As we wait for the inevitable to drop, here’s the latest heavy hint that a Surface Mini is coming: an over-eager consumer electronics vendor has posted two listings on Amazon (currently here and here) — which suggest an 8-inch Surface Mini is arriving in the not too distant future.
Both listings (by VSTN) include what appear to be images of the forthcoming Surface Mini, albeit clad in the respective accessories being showcased for sale.
The listings are for a smart cover and a Bluetooth keyboard case for a device dubbed “Microsoft Surface Mini tablet”.
The Bluetooth keyboard listing specifies that the case will “only fit Microsoft Surface Mini 8-inch tablet” — putting a size spec on the as-yet unreleased (and unconfirmed) tablet.
Both listings also say the Surface Mini accessories will be in stock on May 18. Long-time Microsoft watcher Mary J Foley has previously suggested an early 2014 launch is on the cards for the Surface Mini.
April 25, 2014
Video Review: Xperia Z2 Tablet is the first Android tablet that rivals or beats the iPad Air
Xperia Z2 Tablet: better than the iPad?
The Xperia Z2 Tablet is thinner and lighter than is the iPad Air. It is water- and dust-proof, and holding it to read or watch movies is comfortable because of the weight and design. Its display is stunning, a full HD IPS display no less. It's not great under natural light but it shows off images and movies perfectly. Even text looks crisp and colourful. According to our synthetic benchmarks the Xperia Z2 Tablet s even faster than is the iPad Air.
We don't buy the latter. In use the Xperia Z2 Tablet is plenty fast enough in general use and games, although occasionally a little laggy. Battery life is pretty good, Sony's take on Android KitKat is one of the better ones we've seen. We're not over enamoured of the cameras, although they are perfectly fine for tablet use.
Watch our Xperia Z2 Tablet review to find out why! Find out more about which tablet to buy in our tablets buying advice or read our full Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review.
April 28, 2014
7 of the best Windows 8 tablets
Tablets are everywhere today, with multiple new touch-friendly models released by every major manufacturer. Spurred on by the tablet-friendly Windows 8 and new hardware that fits PC power into slimmer and lighter devices, these handy PCs won't be disappearing anytime soon. But just because they're the hot new thing doesn't mean that every tablet PC is great, which is why we're here in the first place – to weed out the clunkers and help you know what's best, and why.
It's a brave new tablet-filled world, but it's not without new concerns. The thin confines of a tablet cause concerns about heat build-up – especially when that heat is literally in hand. Touchscreens add a new opportunity for frustration when taps and touches won't register properly, and the opportunities offered by docks and accessories also open up the chance to misplace a valuable part of your PC while out and about – say what you will about tablets, but you'll never misplace your keyboard while using a laptop.
At any rate, we've gone wading through the tablet swamp so you don't have to, and here are our top picks for Windows 8 tablets.
How to use your iPad to access everything on your PC and Mac like it was made for your iPad
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Parallels Access app for iPad lets you access every application on your PC or Mac – including Microsoft Excel pictured above – and use them like they were made for your iPad.
Parallels, maker of the No. 1-selling Parallels Desktop for Mac software for seamlessly running Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting, has a nifty Parallels Access app for iPad that lets you access every application and file on your PC or Mac via your iPad – and use them just like they were made for your iPad.
Bonus Tip: Download a free trial of Parallels Access from the iTunes App Store to experience the magic of accessing everything on your PC or Mac via your iPad.
April 29, 2014
Nevo Portal by Universal Electronics Brings Home Theater Control to Tablets and Smartphones
Wall Street Journal
Universal Electronics Inc. the industry's leading global developer of wireless, programmable remote control technology, today announced the availability of its Nevo(R) Portal device to cable operators in the Americas.
Nevo Portal offers cable subscribers the ability to browse EPG content and control their whole home theater with compatible iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. In addition, Nevo Portal acts as a standalone tabletop remote control that is always available and within arms-reach to control equipment even when a smartphone or tablet is not available.
Fast and Easy Setup -- A simple download of the free Nevo App for smart devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store onto a Bluetooth Smart Ready phone or tablet brings up a simple on-screen setup wizard to pair with the Nevo Portal and to select home theater settings.
Powerful Second Screen Remote Control -- the Nevo App can be used with the Nevo Portal as an IR blaster, enabling the smart device to control any home theater with the ability to set up multiple units for each room in the house.
Content Browsing and Selection -- The Nevo for Smart Devices application includes an integrated TV guide that enables browsing and tuning to live TV content using the guide on a phone or tablet. Channel change is as simple as tapping on the program and the application relays the channel change through the Nevo Portal.
Acer's bundles 'build-your-own-cloud' with new tablets, phones, wearables
Acer chief executive Jason Chen at an event in New York City on Tuesday said the company is starting a new trend that aims to shift its way to the cloud market, rather than the traditional PC market, in a two-fold strategy.
Not only will Acer dish out a range of devices, now and later in the year, including highly customizable laptops, tablets, and for the first time a wearable device — the company also wants to tie these devices together with its own cloud model.
Chen said most people store their data on their local storage and not in the cloud. "We want users to 'build-your-own-cloud'," he said. "We have a technology platform [where] you can access your data, documents, and photos, in your local hard drive to devices you carry with you, like smartphones and tablets," he added.
Using your Acer device as a "datacenter," Chen said, you can hook up other platforms, from Android, iOS, and Windows, and non-Acer devices, to keep data within your private circles.
- Acer Aspire Switch 10: four-position two-in-one laptop with a detachable hinge design. It has a 10.1-inch display and runs Windows 8.1.
- Acer Iconia One 7: Thin tablet running Windows 8.1, with ten color backing. It has an Intel dual-core processor and lands with a rear-camera.
- Acer Iconia Tab 7: A 3G-connected tablet with front and back cameras, sporting a quad-core processor. It comes with Bluetooth so users can hook-up wireless headsets.
April 30, 2014
Intel's new tablet built kid-tough
Review: Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA
Fusing an Android tablet with a Windows 8 Ultrabook is an impressive feat of engineering, but it’s far from an ideal partnership.
While Asus has created countless Windows and Android devices, the Transformer Book Trio TX201LA is the first to unite the two platforms.
Part-tablet, part-laptop, this 11.6in device teams an Atom-powered Android tablet with the body of a Haswell-equipped laptop, and allows you to switch between the Microsoft and Google operating systems at the press of a button.
There’s good reason for the Asus’ portly dimensions: the Trio TX201LA doubles up on more than only operating systems. Unlike the forthcoming Asus Book Transformer Duet TD300, which ingeniously powers both Android and Windows with the same Intel Core processor, the Trio TX201LA squeezes all the Windows hardware into the keyboard base – CPU, RAM, hard disk, wireless chipset and so forth – and has a different set of components in the tablet section, running Android on a discrete Intel Atom CPU.
The two parts are entirely independent. There’s a power button on the tablet for the Android hardware, and a separate button for the Windows system in the base. Indeed, if you want to walk off with the Android tablet portion and leave the Windows keyboard base attached to an external monitor, you can.
This two-headed approach has its benefits. For one, switching between Windows 8 and Android 4.2 is impressively slick. With the Trio docked and powered up, a dab of a key on the top right of the keyboard swaps between the two almost instantaneously. If either half is powered down, then a dialog box pops up asking if you’d like to power up the other system.
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