Tablet PC News Archive
November 1, 2015
Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book: How to fix battery drain by disabling Windows Hello
International Business Times UK
Another day, another issue for Microsoft's newly launched Surface tablets. This time it's an annoying battery drain that is the focus of discussion among owners of the new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.
Users on Reddit and Microsoft support communities have reported that their Surface Pro 4 (and likely Surface Book) overheats and drains battery even when the device is in sleep mode. While Microsoft is yet to acknowledge this issue, the newly introduced Windows Hello appears to be the likely culprit for the battery drain. Even though disabling it does not completely fix the battery lag it dramatically reduces drain.
he Windows Hello – a biometric authentication that allows you to use your face, iris or fingerprint to unlock your Windows 10 devices – was not present in the review units. A recent software update made available with the market rollout of these Surface devices brought this feature.
Consider disabling the feature to address the battery drain until Microsoft brings out a permanent fix. Take the following steps to remove Windows Hello:
- Go to settings
- Tap on accounts
- Tap on sign-in options
- Under Windows Hello box click on Remove button
- Now restart your system
Another potential fix is by tweaking the power settings, by changing to hibernate mode from sleep. If you are curious to know more about the functions your Surface does during sleep, run a command powercfg/sleepstudy from the command line. This will inform you that the CPU is running at full blast when the tablet should be in sleep mode.
Review: Surface Pro 4 login a welcome addition
It’s hard to miss the steady rise of Microsoft’s two-in-one Surface Pro range and the Surface Pro 4 strives to give you the best of both worlds. Attach the keyboard and it’s a laptop, without it you have a decent, albeit expensive, tablet that runs your favourite Windows programs.
The Pro 4’s biggest asset is the improved user experience, which begins when you switch it on and encounter Windows Hello. It uses face recognition to log you in and in a split second you have access to the tiled interface. It’s quite liberating not to have to log in with a password.
Hardware wise, the Pro 4 improves on its predecessor without reinventing the wheel. It’s still encased in magnesium and still silver coloured but it’s much thinner and lighter. The bezel has been cut back to deliver more screen real estate as well: 12.3 inches instead of 12 inches. The 3:2 aspect ratio has been retained so it’s wide in landscape mode.
iPad Pro to release next week, according to latest reports
Apple fans from across the globe literally stood in awe after Apple launched the Pro version of their iPad line of tablets just a few months ago. The spec sheet and features of the brand new iPad Pro was indeed impressive and would be a welcome tool to any gamer, artist, engineer, or any other professional who needs immense computing power and multitasking capabilities.
Since the introduction of the yet to be released 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro tablet last September during Apple's big unveiling event, where it also revealed its other products like the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, many users have been wondering when they will be able to get their hands on the device. Apple had only mentioned during the big unveiling that they would be releasing the iPad Pro this November, but no specific date was given.
Now, reports are coming from alleged numerous trustworthy sources, revealing that the iPad Pro is going to be released next week on Nov. 11, 2015. During that day, Apple will be making the brand new iPad available both through its physical stores and on its online stores. The report, however, states that it would first be released in the United States during that date and that the release date is not valid for any other territories. But seeing that it will be released in the US already, it shouldn't be long for it to appear on other iStore shelves soon after.
November 2, 2015
Microsoft Surface Book review: Expensive, but easily one of the best
For the first three generations, "Microsoft Surface" meant a Windows-running tablet with a snap-on keyboard that turns it into a laptop. But today that Surface definition has expanded, now including a new device where the tablet part takes a backseat. Though it costs a pretty penny, the Surface Book is one badass laptop.
But the Surface Book? First and foremost, this is a great Windows 10 laptop. It's the first Surface that feels 100 percent uncompromised as a notebook.
The main (bigger) battery lives inside of the device's keyboard, so when you're in laptop mode you get the long battery life you'd expect from a modern high-end notebook. But there's also a second (smaller) battery hiding inside the screen. With the press of a button, you can detach the screen for what Microsoft calls Clipboard Mode.
In case you're confused, "Clipboard Mode" is the same as "tablet mode." We're guessing Microsoft changed the term here to lower expectations. Tablet batteries are supposed to last all day long, so the company needed a new word for a huge tablet you can only use in short bursts. "Clipboard" works as well as anything.
The Surface Book's 13.5-inch display is a great all-purpose size for a laptop, but it also works well for an oversized slate. It has sharp 267 PPI resolution, and (unlike past Surfaces) doesn't lose its crispness when you move in closer for tablet mode.
That smaller battery in the screen means short battery life, but it makes the Surface Book's clipboard feel incredibly light in hand. It's much larger than the Surface Pro 4, but (sans keyboard) weighs either 6 percent lighter (compared to Core m3 Surface Pro 4) or 9 percent lighter (compared to all other SP4 models).
Bigger size and lighter weight – combined with its premium magnesium build – means it feels terrific in hand.
Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 screen flicker? Microsoft updates Windows 10 flagships' firmware
New firmware updates are rolling out to the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book on the heels of several hardware fixes Microsoft released in late October.
It appears Microsoft is trying to iron out some of the issues causing concern for owners of its new Windows 10 flagship hardware, the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.
A variety of problems emerged immediately after the first Surface Book deliveries reached buyers, ranging from random crashes to boot problems and repeat display-driver error messages.
Some users complained on Microsoft's support forums that their new Surface Books were plagued by flickering screen issues after installing its first October firmware patch.
Microsoft has heard those complaints and on Monday responded with its November firmware update, which appears to address some of the chief problems, with five driver updates for the Surface Book and four for the Surface Pro 4.
The Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 updates include a common fix for the HD Graphics 520 driver that "addresses some display issues, including some scenarios that result in screen flickering", according to Microsoft.
The update for both also contains a new audio driver to support the updated graphics driver, an updated Surface embedded controller firmware to improve overall stability, and a new Surface Pen Settings driver to support future Windows 10 features.
Apple iPad Pro: 4 Best Features
International Business Times
Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro release date has reportedly been set for Wednesday, Nov. 11. Therefore, it’s time to revisit some of the best features that make the gigantic 2-in-1 tablet worth the wait.
The gigantic 12.9-inch screen of the Apple iPad Pro features a killer 2,732 x 2,048 pixels resolution. Thanks to the bigger display size, the pixel density is quite modest at 265 pixels per inch (PPI). But then, Apple reportedly acknowledged that the display of the new iPad is sharper than the Retina screen clad MacBook.
In Jony Ive’s own words: “It’s [iPad Pro] actually the most advanced display we’ve made and with 5.6 million pixels it has the highest resolution of any iOS device.”
Similar to the Samsung S Pen and Microsoft Surface Pen, Apple’s brand new stylus is called a “Pencil.” Techno Buffalo, meanwhile, noted that the Pencil’s accuracy can trump any other digital pen. The stylus is apparently capable of understanding pressure-sensitivity with the help of the umpteen sensors housed on board.
The sensitivity metric considers the pressure as well as the angle at which the pen is used. To top it all off, there is apparently a built-in Lightning connector. Using which, an iPad Pro user can charge the battery of the stylus by plugging straight into the tablet.
Other than the Apple Pencil, there is also a new keyboard for the tablet. This keyboard can apparently double as a kickstand upon folding backwards.
The Apple iPad Pro comes powered by an A9X processor, which is reportedly 1.8 times faster than the predecessor A8X, housed in the iPad Air 2, according to Tech Buffalo. This translates to faster processing, efficient energy usage and improved graphics. Apple apparently touted that the new tablet can one-up the current PCs available in the market.
November 9, 2015
Apple took the wraps off its long-rumored super-sized tablet, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, back in September, but would only say its release would happen sometime in November. The company announced today that the Pro will go on sale this Wednesday online only, but will arrive in stores “later this week” (usually Apple code for Friday).
The Pro starts at $799 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model and goes all the way up to $1079 for a 128GB version with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. The tablet comes in silver, gold, and space gray. The tablet will be available in 40 countries at launch
The $99 Apple Pencil, $169 Smart Keyboard, $79 silicone cases, and $59 Smart Covers also go on sale on Wednesday and will appear on store shelves on Friday, if you want to add a few accessories to turn the Pro into a creative multitasking machine.
“The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said in a press statement on Monday.
Panasonic Toughbook 20
Rugged PC Review
On November 9, 2015, Panasonic introduced the Toughbook 20, a 2-in-1 device that Panasonic calls the world's first fully rugged detachable laptop. What you get here is, depending on how you look at it, a tablet that snaps onto an exceptionally well integrated keyboard, or a laptop where the display comes off and can be used as a tablet. The Toughbook 20 is the successor of the Toughbook 19 convertible notebook which was first introduced well over a decade ago.
Replacing the Toughbook 19 convertible
What's the conceptual difference between the Toughbook 19 and the new Toughbook 20? The Toughbook 19 had a rotating display that could be folded down flat onto the keyboard, LCD facing up, so that it could be used as tablet. That worked well enough, but made for a hefty 5-pound tablet that was two inches thick — not exactly handy. The new Toughbook 20, on the other hand, offers the display as a detachable tablet that weighs just 2.1 pounds and is only 0.8 inches thick. That makes it much more pleasant to use.
Overall, with the new Toughbook 20, Panasonic translates the increasingly popular 2-in-1 design approach to its storied Toughbook line of rugged laptop computers. This means a tablet part that's thin and light enough to really work as a tablet. And a keyboard part that truly makes the merged parts a Toughbook rather than just a tablet with a snap-on keyboard. There are some unavoidable compromises in doing that, but Panasonic went to great lengths to make it work. Only a hands-on examination can tell how well it all works in practice.
November 10, 2015
Xplore Technologies XSlate D10
Rugged PC Review
Xplore adds a much more powerful version of its compact, lightweight, and well-connected rugged Android tablet platform to its growing lineup of mobile solutions for the road
Just a couple of months after Xplore Technologies introduced the XSlate B10 as an updated and much more powerful version of their Windows-based Bobcat tablet, the company used the same approach on the Android side: the new XSlate D10, announced November 10, 2015, is an updated and seriously beefed up version of Xplore's existing RangerX. The only difference is that the new XSlate D10 replaces the RangerX, whereas the XSlate B10 complements the Bobcat.
For those unfamiliar with Xplore's thin-and-light tablets, they have 10.1-inch displays and roughly the same footprint as the company's ultra-rugged iX104 Series tablets, but they're only half as thick and weigh less than half as much. They use projected capacitive multi-touch, don't have a supplementary active pen, and cost significantly less than the top-of-he-line iX104s. Do not view them as junior versions of the iX104 Series, though. The XSlate Series, both on the Windows and on the Android side, are conceived as tougher and more reliable alternatives to standard consumer tablets.
Apple iPad Pro: Powerhouse Tablet Available This Week
Headlines & Global News
Apple's highly anticipated "PC-Killer," the iPad Pro, will be available for ordering online starting Wednesday, Nov. 11, with the 12.9-inch tablet arriving in retail stores, its carrier partners and Apple authorized resellers later this week.
The release of the device is coupled with the launch of its two primary accessories, the Apple Pencil and the new Smart Keyboard, which are priced at $99 and $169, respectively.
While there has been significant concern about the device using iOS instead of a full-fledged operating system like Windows 10 for Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller believes there should be plenty of apps that are available which can take advantage of the massive real estate of the device
"The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we're excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week. The iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we've ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display," he said.
Though the device is undoubtedly a powerhouse, Apple's most powerful tablet commands a very high price. Starting at $799 for the base model, the premier 128 GB, LTE model will set customers back as much as $1,079, which is already more expensive than the company's Macbook Air.
November 11, 2015
The iPad Pro: Bigger. Better?
Apple’s iPad Pro ($799-$1,079) is the best large-screen tablet with an attachable keyboard and optional stylus you can possibly buy today. If you’re in the market for a nearly 13-inch touchscreen, I truly, non-sarcastically think you will find the iPad Pro perfect for your needs.
There’s a lot to recommend about the Pro. The 12.9-inch display is one of the biggest, baddest, highest-resolution things you can hold in your hands. The four speakers are louder and fuller than on any other tablet you’ve encountered. The A9X processor moves things along quickly and smoothly.
To extend the Pro’s utility, you can buy two accessories: the Smart Keyboard ($169) and the Apple Pencil ($99).
But a bigger screen, attachable keyboard, and stylus do not add things I want or need to a tablet, nor do they evolve the iPad into credible competition for my still-perfect MacBook Air. The Smart Keyboard is clever, but a little clumsy. You can’t really use it on your lap, much less perched on your legs while sitting in bed. The stylus is maybe the best stylus ever, but I can’t draw and don’t see that changing anytime soon. (Also, Apple: Add a holder or something to the cover so I can keep the stylus with my iPad.)
Painting with pixels: The camera technology of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book
Let’s take a closer look at the imaging capabilities of the new Surface devices.
We recently caught up with Microsoft’s Luke Cui, a color-imaging scientist who leads the Surface image-quality team, to learn more about the care and expertise packed into the imaging software and cameras of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.
First, you should know that each new Surface devices sports three cameras:
- 8-megapixel rear-facing 1080p HD auto-focus camera
- 5-megapixel front-facing 1080p HD camera
- Windows Hello face-authentication front-facing camera
“Now, you can better focus on something with lots of detail up close, like a receipt or business card,” he said, adding that the built-in Camera app also features a 16X digital zoom.
The technology by itself isn’t enough to create visually appealing images. That’s because image processing and rendering is “part science and part art,” Luke said.
The science deals with factors such as sensor, lens, and camera module evaluation, selection, design and manufacturing. That lays the foundation to create high-fidelity images.
The art builds upon the foundation by tuning the image-signal processor and automatic-camera controls such as white balance, exposure, and focus, among other tools, to help create fantastic images. Basically, all this fine-tuning takes a less than optimal raw image and improves it so colors are rich and true and images are razor-sharp.
November 12, 2015
Hands-On With the New Apple iPad Pro
As an experiment, iPad Pro pushes boundaries. As a practical product, it leaves a lot to be desired, and it's hard to make a case for it against Microsoft's Surface Pro line, or its new Surface Book laptop/tablet hybrid. It's not that the big, high-end iPad isn't an impressive tablet, it's just that it's not a laptop replacement, and in some ways, its size makes it impractical as a tablet.
That makes iPad Pro a laptop/tablet hybrid that, in a lot of normal situations, replaces neither device. It's also in no way a desktop replacement, even though CEO Tim Cook suggested to Re/Code that it could be.
It's a really nice tablet
While it's hard to see exactly who would use the iPad Pro over a Surface Pro, a Surface Book, or even Apple's own MacBooks, it's still a pretty impressive tablet. The retina screen offers stunning detail, and the extra three-plus inches of screen compared to an iPad is especially useful in laptop mode.
The problem is that even though it's light for its size (1.57 pounds) and thinner than other iPads (6.99 millimeters, pretty similar to an iPhone 6), and reaching those numbers likely required many feats of engineering, iPad Pro is still awkward when used as a tablet. Imagine spending an hour reading a book on it, or watching a movie with no place to put it down?
If you use a tablet solely on a desk or a table, then this is the best one ever created. But, if like most people, you use a tablet in bed, on the train, and in other mobile situations, the iPad Pro is just too much device.
The keyboard is a fail
One of the biggest successes of Microsoft's Surface line is its innovative keyboard that also serves as a cover for the device. While it's not quite as good as a top-tier laptop, the Surface Type Cover offers a full keyboard with a decent trackpad, and all the keys you would expect to find. That makes Surface, especially the Pro 3 and 4, decent laptop replacements. This is helped by the kickstand in the back of the Pro Surface devices that allows it to be propped up in a variety of angles.
iPad Pro: Not A Laptop Killer Just Yet
While there’s certainly potential for the 12.9 inch tablet to take the place of a MacBook or Dell laptop one day with its magnetic, Smart Connector keyboard, the limitations on ports, its awkward lack of a kickstand and better features to manage files suggest that’ll take a few more generations of the device to get there.
Comparisons fall predictably into the old Mac vs. PC narrative, with the iPad Pro being far better suited to creative types and anyone who appreciates a more immersive digital experience — with its Pencil and wide range of apps – while the Surface Pro’s strengths are more focused on the practical tasks of getting work done.
iPad Pro diary: Day 1, first impressions
Using apps is a very mixed experience. Some are nothing short of fantastic! Reading a magazine in Magzster, for example, is just a joy. You don’t need to scroll or zoom on any page – it’s almost like holding the paper magazine in your hands. This one needs the iPhone 6s in shot for scale.
It’s beautiful. If you’re a magazine guy, and could afford to drop this kind of cash on the Pro, that’s almost enough reason right there.
Netflix is indeed a joy to watch, as you’d expect, but again could usefully reduce the size of the icons for the Pro.
Most apps are not yet optimized for the iPad Pro, so as Jeremy mentioned yesterday, mostly what you see are standard iPad apps, magnified. Everything works just fine, but many do look rather silly.
But web pages … that’s a different matter! With my iPad Air 2, I almost always keep the screen locked to landscape mode. But with the iPad Pro, portrait mode is just fantastic. Webpages start to feel like magazine or newspaper pages. Here’s how much of the BBC news site you can see in portrait model, for example – and on the Pro, the text is all comfortably sized.
It’s the same story with other websites (ours, for example). You see a lot of the page at once, and get a very magazine-like experience.
But by this stage I had discovered one drawback: I was really starting to feel the weight difference. The iPad Pro weighs 1.59 pounds against just under a pound for the iPad Air 2. When you’re holding it in one hand to scroll with the other, you do really feel that weight. When you have to hold it still with one hand to type with the other, then it’s nothing short of uncomfortable.
John Gruber even went as far as to suggest that this is the first iOS device designed to be used on a desktop rather than in the hand. I wouldn’t go that far, but yes, if you’re planning to type on it, you do definitely want it on your desk.
The iPad Pro is also undeniably less portable than its smaller brothers. I have a shoulder bag that accommodates my normal iPad, and this definitely wouldn’t fit.
November 13, 2015
I recently snagged the Surface Pro 4 keyboard that comes with the new Fingerprint ID that works with Windows Hello and logs you into the device using only your fingerprints. The new, updated keyboard actually works with the Surface Pro 3, too. The enhanced keyboard makes typing a much better experienced due to its redesign and, in most cases, will be a worthy upgrade for a Surface Pro 3 user. Read about it here: Two Reasons You Might Want to Upgrade Your Surface Pro 3 Keyboard.
The Fingerprint ID is a neat feature for this particular keyboard, allowing you to login using only your finger. Obviously, this feature is most important for the Surface Pro 3 since the Surface Pro 4 comes with the special cameras to allow login by facial recognition. However, setting the Fingerprint ID up is the same process for either Microsoft tablet version.
Follow through the gallery above to get the steps for setting this up.
Additionally, if you need to troubleshoot one that's not working, use this link: http://surface.com/fingerprintsetup
November 16, 2015
The Best Products of 2015
It's a record year for PCMag.com—we've tested and rated more than 2,500 products in the last 12 months. Sure, there were some real clunkers in there, but a lot of those products are excellent specimens of technology. Now comes the hard part. We had to narrow down the top performers to a list of categories, and then within that category, pick the best product. It's a lot more difficult than it seems. Even our own Editors' Choice award can't be the final arbiter, because, sometimes, multiple products can lead a category.
But as in years previous, we repeated the mantra, "There can only be one!" Friendly debates threatened to degenerate to fisticuffs in PC Labs as the merits of various contenders were hashed out, all in the service of narrowing the choice to the ultimate pick in a given category. Finally, bloodied but unbroken, our analysts and editors emerged from the room in which they'd been locked with a list. And that's what we present to you today: the very best products we reviewed in the past 12 months.
The list this year includes 100 products or services in 19 categories, with 88 of them winning our coveted Editors' Choice award.
Microsoft Surface Book
$1,628.99 at Amazon The Microsoft Surface Book compares well with the best premium laptops we've seen, and has the added feature of a detachable screen. It lasted over 15 hours on battery power during our testing, and its benchmark performance rivaled that of our top ultraportable laptops. It's also light in both laptop and tablet modes, and it has head-turning looks.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
$1,239.00 at Amazon The Surface Pro 4 is the best version of Microsoft's tablet yet, with a stellar display, snappy performance, and more than 10 hours of battery life. It weighs less than 2 pounds, yet has the power of a full-size laptop. It comes with Windows 10 and an improved Surface Pen. Add the updated Type Cover (sold separately), and the Surface Pro 4 can replace your laptop.
Tim Cook stamps out MacBook-iPad hybrid idea
Apple is not planning to merge the MacBook and iPad.
Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, made that clear in an interview with Independent.ie, published Sunday. “We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” he said.
Cook admitted that the difference between MacBooks and iPads is getting smaller with each iteration, but asserted that Apple still sees the two product lines as separate.
"...we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways,” he said.
Clarifying his recent comments about the death of PC, Cook said he actually meant Windows PCs, not Macs.
November 17, 2015
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 or Apple's iPad Pro: Quest for true laptop replacement
Delhi Daily News
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 or Apple's iPad Pro: Quest for true laptop replacement - The Apple iPad Pro reviews are in, and they are all over the place. The general consensus seems to be that it's a fantastic iPad, but not an effective laptop replacement.
On the other hand, Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 is in a better position as it runs a full-fat desktop OS in the form of Windows 10, whereas Apple's iPad Pro, in spite of the Pro branding, still runs on the company's mobile OS, iOS 9.
Both the devices have keyboards and stylus-support, but they differ in quite a few other ways. The Surface Pro 4 is very much a PC for a post-PC world, while the iPad Pro looks to build on what users are already doing with tablets in a more professional environment.
Design and Specs
It really does look like the Surface Pro 4 conveniently beats the iPad Pro if you are looking for a tablet/hybrid device that will allow you to do away with carrying around a separate laptop.
The biggest difference is that the Surface Pro 4 comes in more options than the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro gives you 3 options: one 32GB sized model and two 128GB sized models. All the 3 models have 4GB of RAM and the same A9X chip
NVIDIA Re-releases SHIELD Tablet As SHIELD Tablet K1, Drops The Price To $199
In my personal opinion, NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet has been one of the better Android tablets on the market for the last year and a half (give or take). Sure, it's had its ups and downs — a mandatory recall due to battery issues back in August probably hurt it more than anything, but NVIDIA did what was right and replaced all affected units.
Now the company is bringing back the original SHIELD Tablet, albeit with a few changes and a nice new price tag.
. The primary change on the hardware front is that the stylus has been removed (even the bay is gone). The display technology is still there for users who wants to pick up a stylus of their own and use it, so they didn't kill it completely — it's just not part of the package now. The DirectStylus options are also missing from settings, which makes sense since most of that was controlling what happens when the stylus is removed from the bay. No stylus bay, no need for options.
The other main difference is that there's only one version this time, and it's the 16GB Wi-Fi model. There is no option for 32GB of storage, nor is a carrier-connected version available. One tablet keeps things simple. And of course there's a microSD expansion slot that allows for more storage to be tacked on whenever users see fit. So, really, the 16GB of storage isn't that big of a deal.
There is one other thing NVIDIA cut in order to get the price so low, however, and it's one that I've never seen before: the charger. Yeah, SHIELD Tablet K1 doesn't ship with a charger. It makes sense from a cost-perspective, but I think it's kind of a ballsy move. The thinking here is that most users already have half a dozen phone chargers lying around that will have no issues juicing up SHIELD Tablet, which I do agree with. But I also think a lot of customers are going to be dumbfounded at this choice if they don't know about the lack of a charger going into it.
November 18, 2015
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: A Contest Of Value
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a strong device, but don’t overlook the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 as well, as it can hold its own in providing value. How does it do against the new tablet by Microsoft?
In terms of size the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 comes in at 12 inches while the Microsoft Surface Pro goes slightly bigger with 12.3 inches. Lenovo offers 300 nits; Microsoft delivers 267ppi. Lenovo provides standard flash and auto-focus alongside an optional RealSense 3D camera by Intel for its 5MP rear camera, while its front-facing one is 5MP. The Surface Pro 4 has 8MP for its rear camera and 5MP for the front one.
Both devices offer 9 hours of constant video playback battery longevity. Besides microSD and microSIM support, the IdeaPad Miix 700 has a USB 3.0 and 2.0 port. The Surface Pro 4 provides a DisplayPort, USB 3.0 and microSD support.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 is at a good $700 with a keyboard; the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is more expensive at $900 but comes together with a Surface Pen. A Type Cover keyboard however, costs an extra $130.
Jony Ive: Why Apple Pencil won't replace your finger on iPad Pro
Cult of Mac
Given that Apple Pencil critics love to whip out Steve Jobs’ quote about how, “If you see a stylus [on the iPad], they blew it,” it was always going to take a require a good reason for Apple to adopt the stylus, as it did for the iPad Pro.
In a new interview for design journal Wallpaper, Jony Ive lays out some of his thought process on the decision — which, from the sound of things, Apple didn’t exactly take lightly.
It’s a fascinating discussion, not because of what it reveals about Apple’s manufacturing process (aside from the interesting tidbits that Ive uses a Hermès ink pen as designed by his BFF Marc Newson, and a reminder that Apple doesn’t use focus groups), but because it’s Ive describing the user interface elements of the Apple Pencil to someone who understands design language.
One of my favorite answers relates to how the Pencil and the finger are designed to do different things on the iPad Pro:
“I think there’s a potential to confuse the role of the Pencil with the role of your finger in iOS, and I actually think it’s very clear the Pencil is for making marks, and the finger is a fundamental point of interface for everything within the operating system. And those are two very different activities with two very different goals.
So we are very clear in our own minds that this will absolutely not replace the finger as a point of interface. But it is, and I don’t think anybody would argue, a far better tool than your finger when your focus becomes exclusively making marks.
The traditional pencil could have been replaced by a dish of powdered charcoal, which you dipped your finger into to make marks with. And that didn’t happen.”
If you’re looking for a deeper dive into the wave Apple solves design problems, the entire interview is worth a read — which you can do here. Ive talked more about the Apple Pencil in his other recent interview with U.K. newspaper, The Telegraph.
November 19, 2015
Vaio Z Canvas Review, Specs: Powerful 12-inch Tablet
The Vaio Z Canvas is a tablet similar in size to the new iPad Pro, but it runs a full version of Windows 10 and not a mobile operating system.
The Vaio Z Canvas has the power of a full PC and is aimed at professionals and people who like to use a stylus pen on a screen, CNet reports. The tablet commands a high price of $2,200.
The tablet will run a full version of Windows 10, has a detachable keyboard, a stylus, a high resolution screen and enough power to run video-editing programs. This makes the tablet perfect for media professionals working on the go.
A very powerful Intel Core i7 processor is included in the Vaio Z Canvas. This is the same chip that the most powerful and expensive laptops uses. In addition to a fast and powerful processor, the Vaio Z Canvas comes with Intel's best graphics card, the Iris Pro.
The battery-powered stylus pen is not quite as accurate as the one offered for the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets. This could frustrate some media professionals or graphic designers.
The design of the Vaio Z Canvas is very similar to the MacBook Pro. They are both made out of aluminum, but the Vaio Z Canvas uses the materials in just one slate instead of a foldable laptop. The Vaio Z Canvas also provides a touchscreen.
The 12.3-inch screen on the Vaio Z Canvas is similar to the 12.9-inch screen on the iPad Pro. The resolution on the Vaio Z Canvas is 2,560 x 1,704 pixels, or 250 pixels per inch (ppi). The resolution of the iPad Pro is slightly better at 2,732 x 2,048 pixels, or 264 ppi.
Find out why we're so impressed by the new Surface Pro 4
We're eagerly awaiting the launch of the Surface Book but for now Microsoft has released the Surface Pro 4 as its latest Windows 10 tablet. Here's our full and in-depth Surface Pro 4 review.
As Microsoft continues driving to make its own hardware with Lumia smarphones and other devices such as the Band 2, the Surface Pro 4 is here with the aim of being 'the tablet that can replace your laptop'. But has Microsoft achieved this by 'reinventing the Surface Pro'? Find out in our Surface Pro 4 review.
There is a great deal to like and rave about the Surface Pro 4. The design is thinner and lighter for starters. The screen is awesome, there's plenty of power available, the new Surface Pen is better and the Type Cover is a vast improvement on the last one. However, the design is inherently awkward at times, it's more expensive that a lot of laptops and the Type Cover, which you'll pretty much need, isn't included lowering the value.
November 20, 2015
HP Inc Elite X2: Surface Pro 4 rival packs Windows 10 and Intel Skylake
Claimed to be the first tablet 'truly built for business'
PC MAKER HP Inc has unveiled the Elite X2, a business-focused hybrid device designed to take on the Surface Pro 4.
Like Microsoft's latest 2-in-1 device, the HP Inc Elite X2 runs Windows 10, and has a sixth-generation Intel Core chip and a kickstand. This allows the device’s 12in Full HD display to be tilted, and the U-shaped kickstand, similar to that seen on HP's Spectre X2, offers 150 degrees of adjustability.
Looking to get one up on Microsoft's Surface Pen, the Elite X2 ships with the firm's Active Pen based on Wacom technology. The pen has a feature called App Launch that lets you tap a button to launch any application of your choice.
A choice of two "enterprise-class" backlit keyboards will be made available as optional extras with the Elite X2. The HP Inc Advanced Keyboard offers near-field communication for added security, while the Travel Keyboard is thinner and lighter and targets on-the-go workers.
Speaking about the keyboards, HP Inc told The INQUIRER: "HP Inc has institutional knowledge. Until now we've been building PCs," taking a clear swipe at Microsoft.
HP Inc clearly hopes that the device’s enterprise focus will tempt buyers away from the Surface Pro 4, and boldly describes the Elite X2 as the "world's first tablet truly built for business".
Companies will get pre-loaded features such as HP Inc Sure Start with Dynamic Protection, HP Inc Client Security, TPM and an optional fingerprint or smartcard reader. HP Inc also said that the device is designed for easy serviceability, unlike the Surface Pro 4, if iFixit’s teardown is anything to go by, and that features such as the kickstand, display and battery can be quickly and easily replaced.
The Elite X2 has USB Type-C, Thunderbolt and standard USB ports, with optional docking stations that enable users to wirelessly hook up dual 2K or 4K displays. The tablet has a claimed 10-hour battery life, and will be offered with optional 4G connectivity.
November 23, 2015
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review: Configured like a 'real' computer, this isn't your old wimpy tablet
Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4 tablets are really full-fledged Windows PCs in tablet clothing. They run Windows 10, and are configured like “real” computers, with plenty of memory and storage, and a screen worthy of a high-end laptop.
That screen, all 12.3 inches of it, is a tad bigger than last year’s 12-inch Surface Pro 3, with resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 – 267 ppi. That trumps the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, at 264 ppi. My only problem with it isn’t the screen itself, it’s the Intel driver, which, as it did on the Surface Book we looked at recently, has an unfortunate tendency to crash for no apparent reason. It’s not the hardware’s problem, but it does adversely affect the overall experience.
The 3:2 aspect ratio makes it easier for professionals to see a reasonable amount of content on the screen, even if it does create the letterboxing that the 16:9 short and wide screen common on many laptops eliminated in videos. OK, so maybe you get a black bar at the top and bottom of the screen during a movie, but doing real work is a much more pleasant experience, and it doesn’t take away from the quality of the video (which is amazing). The audio was also very good; when playing a bass-heavy YouTube music video, I could feel the device vibrating.
November 24, 2015
Apple and Microsoft Black Friday deals are worth checking out
iPad Air 2: Apple didn’t update the iPad Air this fall so the Air 2 is still the newest of Apple’s 9.7-inch tablets. Save $125 on the 128GB version and $100 on the 64GB and 16GB versions. Those are regularly priced at $699.99, $599.99, and $499.99 respectively.
iPad Mini 4: Apple updated the iPad Mini this fall but this is on sale too, with savings of $100 on 64GB and 128GB models. Regular price is $499.99 and $599.99 respectively.
Surface 3: One of the most prominent products receiving the discount treatment is the Surface 3, the smaller, less expensive cousin of the Surface Pro 3 tablet. This 10.8-inch tablet will be discounted $150 with the Type Cover keyboard, which is usually sold separately. The regular price starts at $499 for the device and $129.99 for the type cover. The discount with the keyboard will bring the price down to $479.
Surface Pro 3: This 12-inch tablet will get a price reduction of up to $200, to $699, off the regular price of $899 with 128GB of storage. (Note that the latest generation is the Surface Pro 4.)
Best Buy also lists savings of $300 “on select Surface Pro 3” tablets from Microsoft.
November 25, 2015
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Comes as a victor in 2015
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - The tablet-laptop hybrid has 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front shooter. But this time around, Microsoft made a point of focusing more on turning the tablet into an exquisite device than insisting on the hybrid aspect of it. And that is simply because it really feels like the Microsoft Surface Pro line of tablets has managed to nail it with the third iteration of it and now are just attempting to polish what they had already achieved with the Surface Pro 3.
The Surface Pro 4 is very good as a laptop, and very good, maybe marginally less so due to the dearth of compelling of universal store apps, as a tablet. And here is why.
November 26, 2015
November 30, 2015
The best iPad and tablet deals for Cyber Monday 2015
iPad deals for Cyber Monday in the US are making Apple's tablet fly off of virtual shelves, with slashed prices for 2015 on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini and more.
We're also seeing some of the best Android tablet prices today, November 30, with Samsung tablets discounted to their lowest levels at Amazon, Best Buy and even Staples.
iPad deals for Cyber Monday 2015
iPad Air 2 is on sale for Cyber Monday with a $100 discount on the 16GB model, now just $399 at Amazon.
iPad Air 2 with the bigger 64GB of storage also saves you $140 this holiday season came and went for just $459 at Amazon.
All iPads are discounted with the handy promo code CYBER15, which magically makes them 15% off at Target.
Yep, even the new iPad Pro, which with the 15% off code, comes to about $680 at Target.
Android, Surface Kindle deals for Cyber Monday
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch is our favorite new Android tablet and it's $100 off, now $297 at Amazon US
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch is an Android tablet and it's Cyber Monday deal is even better since it's $160 off, now $339 at Amazon
Microsoft Surface 3 serves up a killer deal now that it is being featured with a $100 discount, bringing the price to $399 at Best Buy
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is way more powerful, but comes in under the thousand dollar mark during Cyber Monday for $999 at Best Buy. It comes with 256GB of storage space on a 12-inch display.
Dell Venue 8 7000 is the thinnest Android tablet out there, and it can be had for $200 less than its original price today, now $199 at Dell.
See the full list here
Top 5 best gaming tablets (late 2015 edition)
The last time that we've discussed the best tablets for gaming was back this spring. At the time, we pointed out to slabs such as the Nvidia Shield Tablet, the Google Nexus 9, and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact from the Android camp, as well as towards the Apple iPad Air 2 from the iOS side.
As months passed, however, the tablet market has evolved up to the point where our previous recommendations for the best tablets for mobile gaming are no longer accurate. As such, we've decided to revisit the topic, and now we're back with the top 5 tablets for mobile gaming as the situation presents itself in late 2015.
Nvidia Shield Tablet K1
Recently, Nvidia has announced the new Shield Tablet K1. The new slab maintains most of the hardware and software features available on the original Nvidia Shield Tablet, but the manufacturer has removed the bundled stylus from the entry-level model and has shaved $100 off the price tag. At $199, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 offers great value for the money, and, in many ways, is the best tablet for gamers currently available
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