Tablet PC News Archive
October 1, 2014
Hands-on: Acer Switch 11 2-in-1 convertible tablet
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 is a Windows tablet with an 11.6 inch display. It comes with a detachable keyboard dock, which is part of the reason it’s called the “Switch,” since it lets you switch from tablet to notebook mode and back again.
But you the connectors on the dock work whether the tablet screen is facing the keyboard or facing away, which sort of makes the tablet a 3-in-1 device which can also work like a kiosk or all-in-one touchscreen desktop while you use the keyboard as a sort of kickstand.
The Switch 11 looks a lot like a slightly larger version of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 I reviewed recently. And there’s good reason for that: it’s based on the same design.
But Acer takes advantage of the extra size to include a full-sized QWERTY keyboard instead of a slightly shrunken one, and there’s room for a full-sized USB port on the tablet, rather than just a micro USB port.
There’s another full-sized USB port on the keyboard dock, so you get a total of two expansion ports with the Acer Aspire Switch 11. But the keyboard doesn’t house any other goodies like a battery or hard drive.
Acer plans to offer several versions of the Switch 11. For under $400 you’ll be able to pick up a model with an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail CPU, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, and 2 USB 2.0 ports.
Third Place Up for Grabs in Tablet Market Share
Samsung's and Apple's share of the tablet market is eroding, though they still lead the pack
It will be tough (not impossible) to catch up with and/or surpass Apple or Samsung in the tablet race, though the sprint for third place is a ferocious one led by Lenovo, Amazon, and Asus, as well as other "emerging vendors," according to ABI Research. Lenovo is especially well positioned to take the No. 3 spot in tablet market share and is expected to ship 21 million slates by 2019.
That would give Lenovo a 7.3 percent share of the overall market and solid footing in third place. The potential to increase its standing is particularly high with each passing quarter, as Samsung and Apple can't seem to maintain any kind of forward-moving momentum.
"The questionable need and longer lifecycle of tablets is creating a stall in advanced and mature markets," says research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. "This stall is giving other vendors the opportunity to close the prominent gap and claim third place. The dent emerging vendors are creating in the market is impressive, but continuing that success is going to be the real challenge."
For consumers, the positive in all this intense competition is the potential for prices to drop. Alternately, price points could stay the same, but tablets could come with more features baked in as vendors try to one-up each other.
October 2, 2014
Avoid buying stolen iPhone, iPad using this Apple iCloud tool
Users that are looking to buy a second-hand iPhone, iPad or iPod touch are recommended to first make sure that the device is not stolen using a new iCloud tool released by Apple.
As the popularity of Apple's mobile devices continue to increase, theft of the devices also continues as the demand and prices also rise.
Apple released the new tool that allows users to check the activation lock status of an Apple mobile device being sold to see if it has been stolen or if it legitimately belongs to the person selling the item.
"Before you purchase an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from somebody else, make sure that Find My iPhone Activation Lock is turned off and the device is ready for you to use," said Apple on the tool that can be accessed as an iCloud service.
To use the tool, users will only have to enter the IMEI or serial number of the Apple device that is being sold, along with an authentication code that prevents bots from spamming the page.
MobileDemand xTablet T1400
Thin and light Intel "Bay Trail" quad-core powered rugged tablet with full 1920 x 1200 pixel capacitive sunlight-viewable display
by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer
In April 2014, MobileDemand announced the xTablet T1400 as the first in a series of thin and light rugged tablets the company said it will introduce in 2014. The xTablet T1400 is designed for workforce functions found in fields such as utilities, field service, public safety, field sales, delivery and transportation. In this article we're taking a detailed look at MobileDemand's initial "thin-and-light."
We should say right upfront that the MobileDemand xTablet T1400 is a superb example how very far rugged computing hardware has advanced over the past few years. The table below shows some comparison specs between the new T1400, and MobileDemand's flagship back in 2007, the xTablet T8700. The T8700 was a mature, third or fourth generation tablet that represented the very best in rugged Tablet PC technology just seven years ago.
Windows 10 is Microsoft's universal OS with multi-device compatibility
Windows 10 is here and Microsoft claims it is the most complete version of its OS ever.
The main talking point of the new software is its ability to run across a range of devices, from PCs to mobiles (and even Microsoft’s next-gen console; the Xbox One), through the use of a single app store.
Design-wise it is a mixture of Windows 7 and 8, the start button that fans of the OS adore is back and so is the touch-screen live tile screen, which had a rather mixed reception in the past. Here, however, the two have been combined within the start menu, where PC and laptop users will now be able to see the constantly updating live tiles.
For Windows tablet users this means that they will still be able to use touch controls. Windows 10 will recognise when a keyboard is attached to a tablet (such as a Microsoft Surface Pro 3) and automatically switch between the touch interface to the desktop.
A new task view button on the traditional toolbar will minimise all ongoing activities into one view on the screen for a different perspective.
Another handy feature on the updated OS is the multiple desktop option, which allows users to switch between several desktops running different apps at the touch of a button. Additionally, the search function will now search both your device and the internet.
October 3, 2014
Mobile Choice Consumer Awards: Apple iPad Air wins Tablet of The Year
Mobile Choice has named the Apple iPad Air as its tablet of the year for 2014, beating competition from Samsung, Sony and more.
Announced at the annual Mobile Choice Consumer Awards in central London, the award goes to the iPad Air for its ability to combine great looks, solid build quality, a class-leading display, and the iOS operating system which continues to leads the way in the tablet market.
But the tablet market is no longer as one-sided as it used to be, as rivals including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and Apple’s own iPad mini with Retina display prove how the choice for consumers is greater than ever.
October 6, 2014
What might Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 look like?
Almost Every Single Detail About Apple's Next IPad May Have Just Leaked
Business Insider Australia
Technology columnist Michael Andrew and his team atThe Michael Reportclaim to have obtained photos and illustrations of the second-generation iPad Air from sources within Apple.
The report closely lines up with rumours we’ve heard about Apple’s forthcoming iPad, which is expected to debut on Oct. 16. Andrew didn’t publish the pictures, but did describe some of the design differences in as much detail as possible. Here’s an overview of the changes outlined in his post:
- The new iPad Air will reportedly come with Touch ID built into the home button, just as rumours have indicated.
- It will also come in a gold colour option, according to the report.
- The new iPad is said to come with an 8-megapixel camera instead of the 5-megapixel camera on the first-generation iPad Air.
- As expected, the report says it will run on an Apple A8 processor and will come with 2GB of memory as opposed to the 1GB of memory found in the current iPad.
- Apple may get rid of the 16GB option and could instead offer 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage variants.
- The design is said to be almost identical to the current iPad Air, but the new tablet will be 0.5mm thinner.
- Expect to see one row grill speakers rather than the two row grill on the current iPad Air.
- The mute/vibration switch is said to be completely gone in order to keep the design super slim. The volume buttons are also more recessed.
We’re expecting to hear more about Apple’s next iPad later this month, but in the meantime, check out the full post at The Michael Report for more details on what it could potentially entail
Leapfrog LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi reviews – tablets specially built for kids
The Leapfrog LeapPad is one of the most popular tablets for kids, being a top seller for the past three Christmases. The latest models include the LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi.
The Ultra is a larger, higher-resolution screen 7-inch tablet, but in terms of functionality there isn’t a huge difference any more between the five-inch entry-level and top models of LeapPad.
The LeapPad3’s smaller screen is still ample space for Leapfrog’s large range of fun, educational apps and games. It might even suit smaller hands better than the larger and slightly heavier Ultra model. Later on in this review we look at the differences between the two LeapPads and compare to suggest which might be best for you.
The new LeapPads build on the success of the original LeapPad Explorer and later LeapPad 2 and LeapPad Ultra, which won multiple toy awards and were Christmas bestsellers. Its principal rival in the kids tablet battle is Vtech's InnoTab 3S tablet.
LeapPad or iPad, Android tablet?
The LeapPads differ from normal tablets – such as the iPad or Androids – as they are built specially for kids; Leapfrog recommends them for children aged 3-9. We think 3-7 is a more realistic age range, although our 8-year-old tester still enjoyed using them. Any older than 7 and we think children would prefer a more mature tablet, such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, which has decent parental controls such as screen-time limits.
LeapPads are also more robust than fragile adult tablets.
The LeapPads, and compatible software, are tailor made for learning while having fun. They are not iPads that you can use for email and play dumb-but-fun arcade games on. You buy a LeapPad not only to entertain your child but principally to help their education from reading and writing to maths and logic puzzles. They are child proof (well as much as anything can be) and child safe as they are closed devices compared to other tablets that aren't configured to child-only environments.
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Docking Station and new Universal Mobile keyboard are key to my home office
Back in July I wrote about my home office being powered by a Surface Pro 3. I have since expanded that a bit with the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, brand new (released yesterday) Universal Mobile keyboard, and a Dell S2240T touch monitor.
This new setup allows me to function with a dual display setup and seriously increase my productivity. I used to go upstairs to use my wife's iMac for heavy duty tasks, but haven't touched the iMac for at least a month. Let's take a closer look at the accessories centered around my Surface Pro 3.
Universal Mobile Keyboard
I tested out the new Logitech K480 Multi-Device keyboard early last month and found it to be a decent option at $50. However, after testing out the new Microsoft Universal Mobile keyboard I would spend the extra $30, available now for $79.95, for this accessory instead. It is much more portable, has rechargeable batteries that last up to six months, and is a higher quality product.
Surface Pro 3 Docking Station
Microsoft sent along a Surface Pro 3 Docking Station for me to test out and it really serves as the piece that brings it all together as my Surface Pro 3 has completely replaced my desktop.
With five USB ports (three are USB 3.0) and a handy magnetic post to hold my stylus, the docking station couldn't be better. I have my TomTom GPS watch dock permanently connected to one USB port with a USB port to my new monitor connected to another (I explain why in the next section). Another port is used to transfer files with a USB thumb drive.
The Docking Station has a Mini DisplayPort, but there is no cable provided so I had to order one on Amazon for my monitor. It was fairly inexpensive, but I think a cable should come with a $200 docking station.
At first I angled my Surface Pro 3 into the dock to get the right side connector seated properly. It wasn't until my second week of use that I realized the two front post pieces slide out so you can drop your Surface Pro 3 into the slot and slide the front posts in to secure and make the connection. I guess sometimes reading the directions can be valuable.
The dock is sturdy, provides all the ports and connectivity I need, and is angled perfectly for my Surface Pro 3 to be used as a second display.
October 7, 2014
Dell XPS 18 review: A near-perfect hybrid of Windows tablet and all-in-one desktop
PC World India
I've taken to calling oversized tablet/all-in-one PC hybrids such as Dell's XPS 18 "tabletop tablets," and the XPS is the crème de la crème of that category. It's just the right size and weight to move easily around the house, it's equipped with a gorgeous 18.4-inch touchscreen display, and it comes with a charging stand for those times you want it to remain stationary.
But as much as I like the XPS 18, it's not perfect. The configuration I prefer--with a nimble Intel Core i74510U processor, 8MB of DDR3L/1600 memory, and a speedy 256GB SSD--costs a pretty penny: $1500, to be exact. Dell offers three less-expensive models (same display, but with slower processors, less memory, mechanical hard drives--and in one case--no charging stand), but I'm sure they don't deliver the same kick.
The heavily weighted, articulated charging stand lets you angle the display over a wide arc, so you can use it while seated at a desk or while standing over it. You must position it just so to make the proper electrical contact to charge its battery, but I'll take that minor dance over fumbling with a mechanical latch any day. Besides, an LED on the stand helpfully lights up when you've achieved success.
The tablet can also be charged independently of the charging stand. If I were to buy an XPS 18, I'd buy a second power brick to avoid the awkward reach-around that's required to unplug the power supply from the stand. But if Dell's engineers are reading this, how about adding a gigabit ethernet jack to the stand next time? I dig 802.11ac, but a wired connection will always be faster. That and an HDMI input on the tablet (not to beat a dead horse) would be Nirvana.
Remove the display from the stand, and you can use it as a conventional tablet (with a magnesium frame and an aluminum backplate, the XPS feels lighter than its five pounds), or you can flip out a pair of feet on the back and use it like a conventional all-in-one. You can also lay it flat for playing two-player games on its touchscreen, or flip it around so its feet are at the top and lay it almost completely flat. The strong flipper feet are how Dell gets away with selling the lower-end model without the charging stand.
October 8, 2014
Adobe Partnership Could Be a Game Changer for Microsoft's Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's problem with mobile has largely been a software one. As the company has learned, it's not enough to make powerful tablets or phones if the software isn't there to support it.
But Adobe might be able to help.
Though the two have worked closely together in the past, it wasn't until Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took the stage with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen during Monday's keynote presentation at Adobe's Max conference, that it was clear the two companies have a closer partnership than ever, which may signal big changes for Microsoft's Surface platform.
That the two would want to work together closely is not a surprise. Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has much more advanced software capabilities than iPads an other tablets — ideal for resource hungry applications like Photoshop and Illustrator.
On the software side, Adobe rolled out a new version of Illustrator optimized for the Surface Pro 3. "This touch workspace lets designers create on the go what they could once only accomplish sitting at their studio workbench before," wrote Panos Panay, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Surface in a blog post. "This new workspace exposes the core tools and controls for drawing and editing, making it super simple to start creating with pen and touch."
October 9, 2014
Built for entertainment buffs with built-in tablet-projector
13-in media tablet with exhilarating JBL sound including a subwoofer
Offers incredible up to 15 hours of battery life now with a fourth mode - Hang
Lenovo today announced a new way to read, watch, connect and create with the new YOGA Tablet 2 Pro. Developed with Ashton Kutcher, who joined Lenovo as a product engineer a year ago, the new YOGA Tablet 2 Pro redefines the tablet experience. Not only does it surprise and delight users with a number of world's first technologies, it delivers
innovation that ties together hardware and software innovation in a new way.
Designed to focus on a premium media experience, the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro has as its star feature a builtin Pico projector. The projector lets users turn inside walls into an instant TV or movie screen1. Lenovo paired this premium technology for great video with unbelievable sound by giving the tablet a JBL sound system with a subwoofer. These exceptional features along with a host of other technologies make the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro like no other tablet.
Tablets Go Big Screen for Massive Multi-Media
As more and more people are using tablets to consume the ever growing volume of digital media photos, videos and games percent of people are devouring large amounts of digital content on tablets at home, and more than half of them watch TV several times a week on their tablet2. That insight plus focus group feedback led to the creation of the larger 13-in screen YOGA Tablet 2 Pro media tablet. Designed from the ground up specifically for digitally-hungry consumers, it features a QHD 2560x1440 screen for life-like images.
A New Way to Watch and Hear with World's First Technologies
Whether presenting in a meeting to colleagues or lying at home watching a movie, the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro makes it easy to view and share content with its Pico projector. Users can project a 16:9 high resolution image onto any surface for an instant 50-in theater experience. With automatic image adjustment and up to three hours playback time, users can get through a double feature before having to plug in the tablet. The tablet's enhanced audio system also provides a captivating 8 total watts of sound, quadrupling the speaker power of an average tablet. Its dual, large-chamber speakers are front-facing for dynamic audio, and a subwoofer on the back rounds it out with deep bass notes while Dolby® Audio and Wolfson® Master HiFi™ ensure a multi-channel listening experience, just like the movies.
18 hours of battery life
Lenovo has announced more choices for consumers with the expansion of its popular YOGA line of tablets with the new YOGA Tablet 2.
Consumers can now for the first time choose Windows models, available in 8-in and 10-in sizes. Lenovo is also offering new Android models in 8-in and 10-in models with the new 13-in YOGA Tablet 2 Pro. With even more features that adapt to users like the new Hang mode and improved kickstand, these tablets give consumers a new way to do more of the things they love. Designed for today's mobile and digital lifestyles, they feature captivating audio, high resolution cameras, Intel® Atom™ processors and dual band speed WiFi with optional 4G1 supported by the Intel® XMMTM 7160 modem.
A New Way to Do More
The new YOGA Tablet 2 models focus on technology that adapts to users, making computing intuitive and fun. Still thin and light in all sizes, the tablets provide a new level of flexibility starting with the new Hang mode. Users can still enjoy the three original modes – Hold, Tilt and Stand – and now discover a fourth mode - Hang - that lets them hang their device to display content. Responding to customer feedback, Lenovo also improved the kickstand in Stand mode for more stability when pressing the 10- point multitouch screen.
9 Hours of Battery Life
Lenovo has announced the new YOGA 3
Pro, an ultra slim convertible PC. The new 13-in YOGA 3 Pro uniquely address users' desires for an
extremely stylish device, best-in-breed performance capabilities and the hardware and software
adaptability they crave. The YOGA 3 Pro provides this and more: an unbelievably thin and light frame
with new watchband hinge design, a QHD+ screen and Harmony, Lenovo's intuitive software that adapts
to users' personal preferences as they use the device in its different modes.
Also today, Lenovo introduced the new ThinkPad YOGA 14 built specifically for small-to-medium businesses. This thin and light convertible packs in robust features with a stunning FHD 1920x1080
screen, large storage and optional NVIDIA GeForce graphics.
Watchband Hinge Pushes Boundary on Thin and Light
While the YOGA 2 Pro became synonymous with thin and light, the new YOGA 3 Pro takes this concept
even further by shaving 17 percent from its predecessor's frame at just 12.8 mm thin – thinner than a
pencil when opened. The PC also comes in lighter at 1.19kg – 14 percent less than before - lighter than awater bottle.
The device achieves this incredibly thin and light design thanks to Lenovo's new watchband hinge constructed from more than 800 pieces of steel and aluminum. Lenovo engineers redesigned the original YOGA hinge so that it now provides the same degree of flexibility and flatness seen in metallic watch bands.
Here's Some Evidence That Apple's Next iPad May Come With A Super Sharp Screen
Editors Note: Hands down the best tablet display available is The OLED Screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, which is far superior to "Triple retina"
The iPad Air already comes with one of the sharpest displays you’ll find on a tablet, but there’s a chance that the screen on Apple’s next iPad will be even more impressive.
A developer claims to have found a clue in the beta for iOS 8.1, Apple’s next software update for iPads and iPhones, that hints a sharper screen is in store.
Developer Hazma Sood said he discovered assets for “triple Retina” user interface elements for the iPad within the beta code for iOS 8.1, Apple’s next software update for iPads and iPhones, according to 9to5Mac.
So what exactly is triple Retina resolution? Daring Fireball’s John Gruber does a great job of explaining how this works for the iPhone, but basically, it means content would be displayed at three times the base resolution for the iPhone, which would ultimately result in sharper images.
The 12 best budget tablets of 2014
24 months ago there wasn’t such a thing as a budget tablet, or at least one that we would recommend. Now the market is positively booming. Here's where we review and rank the 12 best budget tablets available to buy in the UK in 2014. Also see: Best SIM-only deals: Best SIM-only and Data SIM deals for smartphone and tablet users
When buying a budget tablet there are a few things that you need to consider, rather than just looking at our very informed chart of the 12 best tablets of 2014.
The first thing that you need to get your head around is that for less than £250 you’re not going to get a tablet that is going to compete with the iPad 4 in terms of specs and performance.
You should still be looking to buy a budget tablet with the best specs on offer. The key areas you should be concentrating on are: storage, screen size, pixel density, processor power, battery life, and size and weight. With regards to all of these hardware categories – excluding tablet dimensions - bigger is always better. For example, a dual-core processor is likely to be better than a single-core processor and a screen with 323 pixels per inch will look much better than a screen with 132 pixels per inch, as a rule
The last thing that you should know is that pretty much every budget tablet around today comes with Google’s Android operating system. This isn’t a bad thing though, as it’s very easy to use and is improving all the time. What this also means is that you are locked into the Google Play app store, but once again, in our expert opinion this isn’t a bad thing either. The Google Play store has an extensive amount of apps, movies, books, magazines and songs available to download. Just make sure that you have a recent version of Android, and that your tablet offers access to the Google Play store. Not all do.
October 13, 2014
Learning Tablets and Accessories for Kids
Toys R Us
Find Your Perfect Tablet!
Tablets have introduced a new world of learning and play…but how will you know which is right for you? We’re here to help you sort through the different types and features -- including WiFi, battery life and parental controls -- so you can find the perfect tablet.
October 14, 2014
Microsoft is 'coaching' NFL announcers not to call the Surface an iPad
Microsoft's Surface is the "official tablet" of the NFL, and it's trying to make sure that sportscasters get the message. After it became clear that announcers may not know what the Surface was — with one announcer referring to it as an "iPad-like tool" — Microsoft has been working with broadcasters to make sure that mistake doesn't happen again. "It’s true, we have coached up a select few," Microsoft tells Business Insider. "That coaching will continue to ensure our partners are well equipped to discuss Surface when the camera pans to players using the device during games."
October 15, 2014
Microsoft: Surface Pro line is here to stay
Summary: Microsoft's latest public compatibility commitments regarding the Surface Pro tablet line refute new rumors that the company is planning to discontinue completely its Surface products.
Microsoft officials seldom deny publicly rumors about product futures, even when they are from some sites with less-than-stellar Microsoft-prediction track records.
But on October 9, Microsoft execs broke that rule (at least indirectly) and posted on the Microsoft Surface blog that "Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay."
In spite of CEO Satya Nadella's recent characterization of Surface (and hardware in general) as supporting rather than "core" Microsoft businesses, Microsoft isn't dumping the Intel-based Surface line, officials said.
"Surface Pro 3 is off to a strong start with both individuals and businesses," maintained Surface General Manager Brian Hall in that blog post. He said Microsoft is guaranteeing that Surface Pro 3 will be upgradable to Windows 10. And he said the current line of Surface Pro 3 accessories — Surface Pro 3 Type Covers; power adapter, Ethernet adapter and other "infrastructure accessories", and the docking station — will be compatible with "the next generation of the 'Pro' line of Surface."
October 16, 2014
Watch Todays Apple Launch Event Live
Pre-orders begin tomorrow, and they'll begin shipping next week
Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will come in your choice of , 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. (same as the iPhone 6)
The iPad Mini 1 will stay in the line up for $249, the cheapest iPad ever. iPad Mini 2 is $299.
TouchID is confirmed to be coming to iPad
Camera roll to return in iOS 8.1
Craig Federighi confirmed that in response to customer feedback, the Camera Roll is to return to iPhones and iPads.
Why the Surface Pro 3 has quietly replaced my work PC
About two weeks ago, I unplugged my Lenovo ThinkPad Twist laptop and set it aside. I replaced it with the Surface Pro 3, connected my peripherals to Microsoft’s docking station, and powered everything up.
For the first time in my life, I’m working from a Windows tablet. Full time. For work and play.
Simply put, the Surface Pro 3 feels like a full-fledged PC, not a tablet. Connect a Bluetooth keyboard to an older tablet, and chances are you’ll notice a brief but discernible delay as your keystrokes take time to register. Switching between apps can also be sluggish. But with an Intel Core i5 4300U and 8GB of memory inside it, I’ve never experienced anything of the sort with the Surface Pro 3, nor would I expect to.
The real surprises emerge when you use Microsoft’s tablet to play games. When I “log off” at night, I can fire up Steam and play titles like Batman: Arkham City or even the Thief reboot on the Surface Pro 3 at acceptable quality levels. Sure, because of space and cooling requirements, you’re never going to have a tablet that can offer all of the performance of a notebook, let alone a powerful desktop. But I’ve been surprised by how well the Surface Pro 3 performs as a PC gaming machine.
October 20, 2014
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8 First Look: Designed To Deliver Differentiated Experience
"Why do you want the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2?" That's an important question when considering your next tablet. Apple's iPad still dominates the world tablet market share and continues to be the top ranked tablet vendor. Meanwhile, Lenovo aims to be a strong player in the tablet market with the newly launched Yoga Tablet 2 series. While it still comes in 8 and 10-inch screen sizes, however, the new series promises breakthrough in design and software integration.
Ever since the first iPad came into the scene, Apple has been beating Android for years now in the tablet market scene. That's no longer the case: yes, Lenovo has changed the game entirely. Last year's Yoga Tablet series won rave review for being so effortless. Now Lenovo is once again trying to change consumer's perception with its Yoga Tablet 2.
Like its predecessor, the Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch) features a metal stand and a long lasting battery. It's even got a Full HD resolution.
Apple iPad Air 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Features, Specs, Display
On October 16, at Apple's Town hall Auditorium California, the company announced its latest iPad Air 2. iPad Air series has achieved successful sale volume with its previous installments and the company is expecting to see the same positive, if not better sales volume for the iPad Air 2. However, the tablet is also going to face some tough competition from Samsung, which has already announced its new tablets this year. iPad Air 2 in particular, can be matched with the Galaxy Samsung Tab S 10.5 because of the nearness in their sizes. Let's take a quick review of latest Apple iPad Air 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
Apple iPad Air 2 is a 9.7-inches tablet with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution. The pixel density is decent for the large screen with 264 pixels per inch. The display type is LED backlit IPS LCD and the glass is protected by oleophobic coating. This feature is similar to what can be found in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has a stunning 10.5-inch display size at 288 pixels per inch. The display resolution has 2560 x 1600 pixels.
The display type is Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen as mentioned in CNET. Both the devices offer sharp image quality but with the greater pixel density along with the resolution, Galaxy Tab S 10.5 leads the display segment.
October 21, 2014
Toshiba Radius 11: A Neat Convertible With Bags of Storage on the Cheap
This is Toshiba's new Satellite Radius 11, a convertible PC-cum-tablet. Yes, it looks a lot like a Lenovo Yoga—but if you're on a budget and need a (quite literally) flexible computer, it might be for you.
Inside, the laptop can be configured with the latest Intel Pentium or Celeron chips, up to 4GB of RAM, and either a 32GB flash drive or a 500GB hard drive. The latter is probably one of it's biggest selling points, allowing you to use the device as a tablet and workhorse laptop, too. There's also the other connectivity you might expect—USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card slots and the like. It runs Windows 8.1.
But perhaps the best part is the price. Available from $330, the Radius 11 is pretty cheap. So if you're on a budget and aren't quite sure if a laptop or tablet is the right choice for you, this may be just the ticket. It goes on sale October 26th.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - Top Reasons Why You Should Buy One
The Fuse Joplin
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is an alternative to a laptop, being thin, powerful enough, and definitely beautiful. Some may not be satisfied with the ultrabooks because they’re heavy, but this isn’t the case of Surface 3, which weights 800grams.
Let’s analyze the Surface Pro Pen, which will give you the feeling that you’re applying a pen on a paper. It may not be such a big deal for others, but it’s still a great feature for those who use to type codes on a keyboard.
If you’re a doctor, then you can take notes with the pen when doing rounds. You can help your patients by drawing on diagrams and explain your patients the concepts. Also, you can save the info into the tablet without having to run to a computer, to enter the data. It will save you time and energy and you’ll be more efficient!
The Surface Pro 3 can also be used by sales representatives, which can use it as a portable note-taking device which can be transformed into a presentation tool. Just press a button on the pen, and your Pro 3 will awake the OneNote program, and you’ll do a better job with the presentation.
The Surface Pro 3 has three variants of processors – i3, i5 and i7, it has cameras on both panels, of 5MP, and the internal storage is available in variants of 64, 128, 256 and 512 GB.
Amazon Fire HD 7 review: the 2014 tablet is overpriced compared to rivals
With Amazon's 2014 tablet refresh comes a new 7in model, the HD 7. It's almost the same as the new HD 6, but has stereo speakers rather than mono, and a screen that's one inch larger.
In truth, it isn't much different to last year's 7in Kindle Fire HD, reviewed, but it does have front and rear cameras, which the outgoing model lacked. It seems Amazon realised that people want cameras on their tablet: it's just a shame that they're the same as the awful pair found on the much cheaper Fire HD 6.
Amazon Fire HD 7 review: hardware and performance
Despite the extra price - you don't get any extra storage. The base model has 8GB (5GB usable)
The Fire HD 7 obviously lacks any Google apps or the Google Play store, but Amazon's services are tightly integrated so it's easy to buy a new Kindle book, an app, game or MP3 album. The Prime Instant Video service has improved since last year with more titles on offer and the newfound ability to download certain movies and TV shows for watching offline (finally!)
October 21, 2014
Windows 10 Gets iPhone-Like Notification Area
Gotta Be Mobile
A new Action Center area for tracking notifications is joining the new Start Menu in a new update for the Windows 10 Technical Preview.
Microsoft revealed its first significant update to the Windows 10 Technical Preview that users can download for free earlier today at Blogging Windows. In that post, company representatives talk a bit about what it’s calling the Action Center and some changes its making to the Windows 10 Technical Preview distribution process.
As leaks throughout the year accurately revealed, the Action Center is a centralized place to get information from apps installed on Windows 10. The screenshot provided by Microsoft indicates that users should expect both Desktop and Windows Store apps to surface notifications there in chronological order. Each notification is sorted under the app that it originated from, giving users all the information they need to know.
Microsoft says that it focused on giving users notifications with this Windows 10 Technical Preview build, not fully implementing its vision for the Action Center. It plans to add “quick actions and cleaner UI [user interface]” later. As the Action Center came from Windows Phone 8.1, we can conclude that the Quick Actions that Microsoft is referring to are the customizable shortcuts that let Windows Phone users toggle Wi-Fi, tethering and more quickly.
October 22, 2014
Barnes & Noble Supersizes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
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Samsung and Barnes & Noble have partnered again to launch a 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The device, which is available now in black for $299.99, is a larger sibling to the 7-inch version launched in August.
The larger version of Tab 4 Nook is essentially the same device as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, just with a Nook overlay from Barnes & Noble. That means the tablet has a 1280×800 resolution, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, 16 GB of onboard storage, and a microSD slot for expandable storage.
The Nook ebook store is pre-installed on the device, but users also get the Google Play store that comes standard on all Android devices for apps, music, movies, and more.
AT&T bundles $1 Amazon Fire phone with $49 Fire HDX tablet
Amazon’s Fire phone can’t get any cheaper than free, so AT&T is doing the next best thing and bundling it with a cheap Amazon tablet.
Starting tomorrow, AT&T customers can get an Amazon Fire HDX tablet for $49—a $130 discount—with the purchase of a Fire phone, which costs just $0.99 on a two-year contract. The deal will last until November 20, according to The Digital Reader .
Amazon’s Fire phone launched in July for $200 on-contract, but had its price slashed to a dollar last month in response to weak sales. Without a contract, the phone costs $449.
Why this matters: The new bundle is just another sign that the Fire phone was a major flop, even after last month’s price cut.
October 23, 2014
Surface Isn't Dead As Revenue Doubles With Microsoft's Third Version
Microsoft’s division in charge of the Surface hardware has doubled its revenue over the last year, with the team reporting revenue of $908 million for the quarter which ended on Sept. 30.
Ben Kepes takes a look at Microsoft’s Q3 numbers in more detail here on Forbes, but I want to zero in on the numbers around the Microsoft Surface, and specifically the Surface Pro 3.
The third generation of Microsoft’s reference design for a tablet (or a laptop) that thinks it is a laptop (or a tablet) went on sale during the last quarter, and generated $908 million in revenue. That’s more than double the same quarter for the previous year, which saw the division post revenue of $400 million.
According to legend, Microsoft takes three revisions to sort out a product. The Surface range does fit into that pattern if you count the original Surface RT and Surface Pro devices as generation one, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 as generation two, and the current Surface Pro 3 as generation three. More importantly, the Surface Pro 3 moves away from the ten-inch 16:9 form factor that typifies a tablet and was built with a twelve-inch screen in a 3:2 ratio. That change makes the Surface Pro 3 feel much more business-like and suited to being an ultraportable laptop, as opposed to a very powerful tablet.
That change has a positive effect on the perception of the Surface tablet. It feels like a business machine in this third iteration, and this will have driven more interest to the Surface hardware. Microsoft must be expecting a billion-dollar holiday quarter for the Surface division, and for sales to continue growing in the New Year. This will be helped by a commitment from Microsoft to long-term support for the Surface Pro 3 for enterprise and business customers.
October 27, 2014
In-depth review: Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3
Apple's latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 incorporate Touch ID and support for Apple Pay within apps, with the same 10 hour battery life of previous models. The full size iPad Air 2 is also now 18 percent slimmer with an improved, antireflective display and gains a faster A8X chip, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, a barometer, and a significantly improved iSight camera.
The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 both gain Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor for easy unlock (supporting Activation Lock without needing to regularly enter your passcode manually) and for purchasing through iTunes, just like last year's iPhone 5s.
In addition — like this year's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus — both new iPads also support Apple Pay within apps, thanks to the new Secure Element they incorporate.
12-inch Sony tablet might be in the cards for early 2015
Android manufacturers are likely looking into larger tablet markets, and, Sony in particular takes the headline in this recent report. A 12-inch tablet branded by Sony is expected to land early next year; the report claims an announcement of such a product is possible in the first quarter of the year 2015. Luckily, the first quarter of 2015 is also a time when not one, but two major shows are taking place: the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (January 2015), and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (March 2015), and our best bet is indeed MWC (in case Sony doesn’t hold a special press event).
The information comes from “Taiwan-based supply chain makers”, who also claim that other manufacturers are also likely to unveil larger tablets in the same period of time. Whether the 12-inch Sony tablet rumored will be part of the Xperia Tablet line-up, or another family of product, is yet unknown. It is also unknown whether said tablet will be powered by Android, or Windows. Same sources mention that the upcoming mega tablet will feature “high-end specifications and come with a stylus, targeting mainly markets that have demand for graphics-related applications”. This might be a good candidate for a powerful Windows-powered slate, but Android managed to already prove that it plays well with a stylus (thanks to Samsung and its Galaxy Note line-up).
October 28, 2014
Apple's A8X powers iPad Air 2 graphics faster than Google's Nexus 9 with Nvidia Denver Tegra K1
Apple's new A8X Application Processor not only trounces other Android tablets in CPU tasks, but is also advancing iPad Air 2 to the front of the line in graphics operations as well, even before considering the ten-fold boost potential of iOS 8's Metal API.
Nvidia announced the Tegra K1 at the beginning of this year at CES, calling it "the first mobile processor to run Unreal Engine 4," the latest video gaming engine from Epic Games targeting PCs, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. This summer however, Apple brought Epic on stage at WWDC (below) to demonstrate its Unreal Engine 4 running on Apple's A7 chip from last fall, using Metal to supercharge its performance.
October 29, 2014
Lenovo has announced a new addition to the new YOGA Tablet 2 family with the new YOGA 13-in Tablet 2 with Windows. This latest Lenovo tablet offers consumers a unique experience by blending the productivity and familiarity of Windows 8.1 along with a host of entertainment features all on a brilliant 13.3-in Quad HD display.
The YOGA Tablet 2 with Windows 13-inch joins the 8-inch and 10-inch Windows models announced during the YOGA global launch event on October 9. True to the spirit of the YOGA brand, the YOGA Tablet 2 with Windows (13") offers technology that adapts to users with four distinct usage modes – Hold, Stand, Tilt, and the newest mode, Hang.
"As we continue to expand and refine our popular line of YOGA tablets, we're listening to customers to give them more of what they want – from new modes like Hang to screen size to operating system," said Jeff Meredith, vice president, Tablet Business Unit, Mobile Business Group, Lenovo. "The Lenovo new YOGA Tablet 2 Windows (13") tablet now gives
users who seek more productivity options and a larger screen size the perfect option."
The YOGA Tablet 2 with Windows offers the same intuitive computing experience as its YOGA tablet counterparts, including an Intel® Atom™ quad core processor and an ultra slim Bluetooth AccuType keyboard cover for laptop-quality typing. Its dynamic sound experience features cinematic Dolby® Audio surround sound with a 5W subwoofer and two 1.5W
speakers from JBL®, while a Wolfson® Master Hi-Fi™ codec chip optimizes audio processing for studio-quality noise reduction. The newest YOGA tablet also offers a Quad HD IPS high resolution display in a larger 13-inch screen size and up to 15 hours of battery life for enjoying TV and movies along with the flexibility to create content anywhere.
Why Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Sales Soared as Apple's iPad Sales Plunged
Apple reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Oct. 20, impressing investors in all areas except for iPad sales. iPad shipments fell year over year for the third consecutive quarter, dropping 13% to 12.3 million units. iPad revenue ($5.3 billion) also came in lower than Mac revenue ($6.6 billion) for the first time in years.
Three days later, Microsoft ) posted its first-quarter earnings, revealing that sales of its Surface tablets had more than doubled both year over year and sequentially, to $908 million. Microsoft attributed that surge in demand to "strong interest from students, professionals, and increasingly enterprises for Surface Pro 3."
The decline of the iPad and the sudden rise of the Surface highlights an interesting divergence between the tablets and "laplets" markets. Let's look at what this market shift could mean for both companies in the long run.
Surface Pro 3: A long-term review
Surface Pro 3: Why my clamshell laptop is history
Summary: Can the Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop? In my case, the answer is yes. For the first time in 20 years, I no longer own a conventional clamshell laptop. Here's my long-term review, based on more than four months of daily use.
I reviewed the Surface Pro 3 earlier this year and gave it high marks. This report is a long-term follow-up that focuses on my personal experience and how I’ve incorporated the Surface Pro 3 into my workflow.
When I’m in the office, the Surface Pro 3 is typically snapped into the $199 Surface docking station, where it gets recharged, connects to a wired network, and backs up to an attached external drive (using the File History feature of Windows 8.1).
The design of the docking station is superb. The tablet portion of the Surface Pro 3 clicks very confidently into position, allowing full access to the complement of network, USB, and display ports on the back of the dock.
If I were a less demanding user, I could easily envision using the docked Surface Pro 3 as a desktop replacement. Even the entry-level i3 model has enough graphics oomph to drive two external monitors, and the i5 has no problems with two 27-inch displays running at 2560x1440 resolution.
October 30, 2014
Intel-Based Tablets Offer Competent Low-Cost Android Alternatives For The Holidays
Recently, I took a deep-dive look at Android on Intel X 86 performance on two low cost tablets from Dell and Acer . The new for 2014 Dell Venue 8 and Acer Iconia Tab 8 are just two examples of budget-minded 8-inch Android tablets that are power by Intel’s Bay Trail Atom and Merrifield Atom SoC (System On Chip) architecture. Both tablets run Android 4.4 Kit Kat along with Google’s strong Play store app ecosystem. Both tablets also have high resolution 1920X1200 IPS displays that look great as well. They also drop in at just under a $200 very competitive price point, at $199 with occasional sale pricing to be found a low as $179. However, the primary difference between the tale of two slates here, lies in Intel’s different chip architectures.
Before you go write off the quad-core Acer tablet as better than the dual-core Dell tablet, I’d suggest looking more closely at the numbers. For standard computation throughput, the quad-core Intel Bay Trail Acer tablet does score higher marks for things like physics calculations and general compute tasks. However, for graphics, gaming and multimedia horsepower, the dual-corel Intel Merrifield-based Dell tablet offers more juice. Merrifield is actually a newer implementation of Intel’s Atom architecture where Intel licensed the graphics core IP from Imagination Technologies. And their graphics core choice upped Intel’s game nicely, pun intended. That said, that doesn’t mean the Acer Bay Trail-powered slate falls flat. In fact, for multitasking and other mainstream general purpose computing, its quad-core Atom SoC offers better performance. It all just depends on your usage model.
October 31, 2014
6 Best Tablets of 2014 includes Apple iPad Air, Amazon Kindle Fire and more
It hasn’t been very long when tabs were foreign devices for many.
But, today, almost everyone has used or owns one, which has seen their demand rise considerably.
A lot of people find it tough to opt for the right one to suit their needs.
Seeing the number of releases every now and then, the decision has become more difficult.
In case, you are looking to buy a tablet, then here is a list of the top 5 devices you should consider.
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