It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not because of the parties for hosting and the marshmallows for toasting, but because this is when the PCWorld and TechHive editors get to recognize the year’s best new tech products.
We’ll present the top 5 products here and in the video below. After you watch the video, hit this link for a slideshow where we’ll present all 50 of the best tech products of 2013.
It’s been a good year for innovation on all fronts: hardware, software, and services. As you’ll see, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile products dominate our list. No surprise, right? That’s the fastest-growing market segment right now. But you’ll also find plenty of gadgets, tech toys, and entertainment products that made the cut.
One of the advantages of the Surface RT and other tablets in the Surface family is the presence of a USB port that allows these devices to be directly connected to a variety of peripherals, including printers, flash drives, and a mouse. If you want to use two USB devices at the same time, however, you need a USB hub. That is effectively what Juiced Systems' Adapter is, but in a compact mobile-friendly form.
The adapter plugs into the existing Surface USB port and hugs the side of the tablet so it is not easily displaced. It only has two USB ports of its own (and both are USB 2.0 because it was designed for the original Surface RT), but it adds storage options through single SD and MicroSD card slots. Admittedly the Surface and Surface RT already have the latter, but it is hardly readily accessible. With the 5-in-1 adapter you can pop a MicroSD card in and out with ease.
With the Surface Pro 2 I can keep up with any agenda item sent my way. The new processor runs cool and does not engage the cooling fans in regular use. This is a welcome improvement in meetings. I really appreciate the back lit keyboards, particularly when the lights go down in a meeting room for a presentation; it really helps on night flights as well. As a second generation Surface Pro owner, I am also grateful that the original peripherals work on my Pro 2.
Overall I am happy with the improvements of the Surface Pro 2. It is still a bit heavier than other tablets. It still does not have as many cool apps available as other tablets. It is still mired in the argument between tablet and laptop. But I can actually work on this laplet. The improved battery life means I don’t have to consciously switch to hibernate mode as often. The promise of the new Type Pad Power could mean a whole day without a recharge. For now, with the improved battery life of the Surface Pro 2, I don’t have to memorize the power outlet locations in airports or find that “right seat” at the board room table. Finally the inclusion of a rear facing 720p camera means I no longer have to bring along my camera on business trips.
After a month of use, I am convinced the second generation Surface Pro 2 is the best executive work tool currently available.
December 10 is Patch Tuesday, which means Microsoft is making available a number of updates across its Surface family of devices.
All four models of Surfaces -- The ARM-based Surface RT (now known as plain-old Surface) and Surface 2, as well as the Intel-based Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 -- are getting a variety of patches and fixes
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 may edge the battle of hardware specs and price, we think it is still going to come down to which operating system you feel comfortable with the most. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is included out of the box on the Note 10.1 2014, with an upgrade to Android 4.4 Kitkat inevitable.
Meanwhile, Windows 8.1 RT is also gaining huge popularity among consumers, although it isn’t the full version of Windows 8.1 on the Surface Pro 2 that allows you to run full PC programs.
There are a number of steps you can take to streamline your enterprise supply chain so it’s more responsive and less expensive. A lot of these opportunities weren’t even feasible a few years ago, but growing use of mobile devices such as ruggedized tablets has produced dramatic improvements in supply chain visibility, giving you far greater control.
Having a mobile all-in-one tool that’s reliable, tough and powerful sets the stage. Supply chain personnel are equipped with real-time data capture and access, computing and communications, along with integrated features such as GPS, imaging, barcode and RFID readers. Now you’re capable of fully using your transportation management system to gather and analyze the highly detailed data necessary to successfully adopt new approaches to supply chain improvement.
The Acer Iconia W700 is an Intel based tablet and has the ability to run Windows 8 OS. It is similar to Microsoft surface pro. The attractive 11.6″ Full HD display features 10-point touch and wide viewing angles, making the ICONIA visuals awesome. Windows 8 works smoothly and smartly which saves your time.
This tablet is packed with smart 3rd generation Intel Core i5 3337U Processor 1.8GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.7GHz supported by 4GB DDR3 RAM, which delivers amazing performance and superb experience. This device has a Micro-HDMI Port to connect to an external monitor, projector or TV for large-screen experience. You have to buy the connecting cable separately as it is not included in the box. With up to 9 hours of battery life you have the entire day to do what you want.
If we look at Nokia Lumia 2520 and Microsoft Surface 2 for the very first time, both the devices look very similar to each other. But, the Lumia 2520 is slightly more costly at $500 with the Surface 2 being available at $450.
Both the devices have sleek and similar designs, however the Surface 2 features a slightly bigger screen at 10.6 inches, when compared to the Lumia’s 10.1 screen.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 is equipped with a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC processor with 2GB of RAM. Whereas, the Microsoft Surface 2 is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, with 2GB of RAM.
Microsoft has unveiled printable manuals for the users of Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 to make their experience with the tablets more enjoyable.
These printable manuals have info and tips to help the users get the most from your Surface, says the Microsoft’s website.
Microsoft Surface User Guides are available for download on its website. The guide is available in PDF format and they can be opened on a Surface device using the free Reader App. Guidelines can also be read with Adobe Reader or other PDF reading applications.
The Surface manuals available at the following links:
As 2013 draws to a close, Tim Cook has to be smiling.
Earlier this year it seemed that Apple would take a fall. Samsung and rest of the Android players were gaining momentum and share as Apple was slow to update its product portfolio and was seeing its profit margins decline. The stock went from from above $700 in September 2012 to below $400 in July 2013. Following the fall introduction of new products and good sales numbers for the holiday shopping season, however, the stock has climbed back above $560.
But what has given Apple the opportunity to become the BMW or Mercedes of computing is a cycle that begins with reinventing and dominating a product category, as it did with music players, smartphones, and tablets. Apple owns the category for a period and then establishes a sizable minority share as competitors enter the space with more varied product lines and pricing. Like BMW and Mercedes, Apple's brand banks on commanding a premium price and industry leading profit margins.
Belkin and LEGO® Group teamed up to bring you the LEGO Builder Case for iPad mini, offering you a creative outlet to unleash your imagination. The bright, multi-colored case features an official LEGO base plate that lets you attach LEGO bricks and build your own creations. Construct a platform for your iPad mini, create a colorful mosaic, add a set of wheels or some LEGO people--it's a protective case that's fun to play with.
A Canalys report has revealed that these devices will make up a full half of all computers in 2014.
According to the research firm, Canalys, tablet commerce will soon have the potential to reach quite an explosive point, as these devices work their way toward dominance in the computing environment, worldwide.
They have predicted that these smaller screen devices will make up half of the entire market.
In fact, Canalys has said that tablet commerce will expand to the point that these devices will out ship nearly all other forms of personal computers combined. This will mean that they will make up almost half of the total consumer personal computer marketplace, which includes tablets, notebooks, laptops, and computers.
the Nokia Lumia 2520 is not a Windows Phone 8 handset but a 10.1 tablet running Windows RT 8.1. It's Nokia's first foray into the tablet world, and its first RT device, but don't expect it to be the last. Nokia told us it is committed to the tablet world.
There is a lot to like about the Lumia 2520. with 4G LTE as standard this is a lot of tablet for the money. And there is something to be said for diversity: Nokia now claims 'double digit' market share for its Lumia smartphones. We're not entirely sure what this means specifically, but it is true that in a world of iPhones and Android clones the colourful Nokia range brings something different, and it has captured some public imagination. John Lewis certainly thinks so as it has plumped for a three-month exclusive on the Lumia 2520, with all the promotion that will bring.
The Lumia 2520 has a pretty powerful spec for a Windows RT device - and it shows. A quad-core Qualcome Snapdragon 800 chip is partnered with 2GB RAM. We've never come across a really slow RT device although the original Surface could be a little sluggish, but the Lumia is noticably snappy. It is a responsive and rapid revice, even when you have it undertaking multiple tasks at the same time.
Since the release of the latest Surface revs, problems are continuing to be reported where the Surface will boot into a screen that requests the BitLocker Recovery Key before it can continue. This issue was also reported with the first revision of Surface devices, however, it was not as widely reported as it is now.
Luckily, Microsoft stores this number for you in the Cloud. Using a working computer connected to the Internet, just jump out to the following link and ensure you are logged in with your Microsoft account.
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Tablet computing is 23 years old this year and is now hitting its stride to become a mass market product. During most of this time, PCs and laptops ruled the world of personal computing.
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in 2010, it was clearly not the first tablet brought to market. Yet its design, ease of use and, perhaps most importantly, its focus as a portable consumption device is what really differentiated it from tablets of the past. He was the first to suggest that a tablet was not only a personal computer; it was also a personal game machine, personal music player and personal movie player. Jobs’ positioning of the iPad as a consumption device started rewriting the rules of personal computing. No longer were we tied to the laptop form factor. Instead, we were given a portable screen that just happened to have the guts of a PC in it, allowing us to use it just about anywhere and in just about any position.
I don’t think anyone can argue that the tablet has revolutionized personal computing and is starting to reshape the PC and consumer electronics landscapes.
Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable mobile computers since 1996, today announced upgrades to the Toughbook® CF-C2 semi-rugged convertible tablet PC. Offering 4G LTE multi-carrier embedded wireless broadband connectivity, approximately 14 hours of battery life and industry-leading durability, the Toughbook CF-C2 is built to enable reliable connections between data and decision makers, wherever, whenever and however they need it. Powered by a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor and optimized for the new Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, it delivers improved performance that makes it ideal for highly mobile professionals in fields such as healthcare and field services.
A new iPad Air or iPad Mini is at the top of many Christmas wish lists this year. And everyone knows that Apple sets a price for its new gadgets, so it's the same price everywhere. Right? Not necessarily.
iPad Price Wars
It used to be that whether you were waiting outside the Apple store for the minute it opened or you shopped a discount store, a current edition iPad would always be $499.
But that's changing: the iPad price wars have just begun.
Walmart and Target are selling the brand new iPad Air for $479, which is $20 less than Apple.
But on Black Friday, the prices drop even more. Apple is expected to discount iPads online, but will not give away the price before the deals start.
Black Friday iPad Air Deals
-Best Buy will sell the iPad Air for $449, a $50 discount over list price.
-Target will give you a $100 gift card with that iPad Air, dropping it to just $379after gift card
I’ve been using Microsoft’s latest tablet, the Surface Pro 2, for almost a week – and, moreover, I’ve been using some of the peripherals that form part of the Surface ecosystem – and it’s hard to escape the realisation that, out of the blue and completely unexpectedly, Microsoft has become one of the most inventive companies operating in the market.
It’s far more inventive than Apple, for instance, though that’s not saying very much nowadays.
I’m not talking about the software, though the software needs to be addressed because it’s the fact that the Surface runs Windows 8.1 that most obviously sets it apart from Apple and Android tablets.
From the compact power adapter to the way the Pro’s electronic stylus sticks securely to the magnetic power plug when neither of them are in use, the Surface Pro 2 is a very well-built, very nifty machine.
Sure, applications and PCs with touch screens or pen tablets have supported handwriting for some time, but with the Surface 2, the recognition is better than I've seen on earlier devices. When using a Surface without the keyboard, handwriting on the screen can be much faster than tapping the on-screen keyboard to type. I don't have very good handwriting -- it's large and messy -- but in most cases (barring a bit of auto-correct), the word suggestion to insert is the word I was shooting for.
Uses for handwriting
Taking notes in a meeting is one of the most common uses I've had for handwriting. While this primarily takes place in OneNote, where the writing and use is free form, the conversion to typed text is possible. In other applications, you select the on-screen keyboard and choose the pen input.
You can write on the screen with your fingers (ala Steve Jobs) or with a stylus, and at a pause in your handwriting, the Surface will do its best to change what you entered into typed text.
Many applications now support inking on a tablet. Being able to draw or write on the display to annotate documents can also improve efficiencies. Not having to print a document for annotation can be a huge timesaver for all involved.
f you're just getting started with the Surface and Windows touch capabilities, I encourage you to give the handwriting recognition a shot. It might add to the productivity of the Surface by making it easy to work without a keyboard and mouse.
As a 10 inches device, it is pretty obvious that the second generation Google Nexus 10 is a competitor to the Microsoft Surface 2. The question now is that, how do the two devices stack up against each other?
The Microsoft Surface 2 has a slightly bigger screen, but the Google Nexus 10 does boast a higher resolution. Although both devices have the same available storage space, the Microsoft Surface 2 does benefit from the ability to extend storage with its USB port.
Apart from the aforementioned, there are a bunch of considerations that you need to keep in mind. The OS, of course, is one of these. Android tablets are extremely popular, but they are not for everyone. On the other hand, the Windows 8.1 RT has an advantage when it comes with productivity purposes because of the Microsoft Office; but it has a rather more limited range of apps than regular Windows.
In Microsoft Surface's favour, there is a far more familiar desktop-like experience with it, not to mention that the keyboard covers the device is basically a cheap laptop. Undoubtedly, the Google Nexus 10 has a solid grounding to work off, but the Microsoft Surface 2 is proving more popular than its predecessor. It is interesting to find out how the two powerful devices fare against each other.
I can't give you one big reason why I had stopped using my iPad. It was a mix of things. The iPad isn't a great device to write on (yes, even with one of those nice Logitech keyboard cover things), and I do a lot of writing both for my job and in my personal time. My old iPad was also too heavy and bulky for extended use when reading or watching video, two of the most common tasks on a tablet.
This year, Apple released the perfect iPad, or at least the perfect one for me. It's the iPad Mini with Retina display. I've had it for a week and I'm already using it more than my iPhone. In seven short days, the iPad Mini has become my device of choice for everything but my job.
The iPad's biggest advantage over the competition is its app selection. As good as its two biggest rivals, the Kindle Fire HDX and Nexus 7, may be, those devices simply don't have as many good tablet-optimized apps as the iPad does. The Google Play Store for Android apps is full of great software, but most of it is designed for smaller screen smartphones.
The Mini's form-factor strikes the perfect balance of portability and extra screen real estate. It's big enough for casual reading on the couch or in bed, but small enough for me to throw in my bag and catch up on articles in my Instapaper queue on my subway ride to work. I'm glad I no longer have to squint at my tiny iPhone 5 screen on the train anymore.
The Surface 2 might be thicker than the competition, but that leaves room for a full size USB3 port. You could turn the Surface 2 into a basic Desktop computer with a USB hub for your keyboard and mouse, or go wireless if you have Bluetooth peripherals. You would also need Microsoft’s official HDMI adaptor to connect to an external monitor, as the tablet only has a proprietary video output. There’s also a Micro SDXC card reader hidden behind the kickstand, which is handy if you fill the 32GB of internal storage with multimedia files.
The screen has received a major upgrade, swapping the low resolution 10.6in panel of the previous model for a Full HD, 1,920x1,080 resolution display. It’s gorgeous when viewing photos or video, with rich, vibrant colours, excellent viewing angles and ample brightness. We had no trouble reading text in direct sunlight, as the screen was clearly visible at only half brightness.
As we head into the holiday season no doubt many are considering tablets for the first time, either for themselves or to give them as gifts. This has tablet makers scrambling to produce models to appeal to shoppers and get them to open their wallets. It can be a daunting task for tablet newbies to decide which slate is just the right one. It's worth taking a look at the current state of the slate to shed some light on what is out there.
There are little tablets and big tablets of all makes and models. Let's break down the biggest choices.
This fast growing tablet segment is in a way the last to appear. While Windows tablets actually predate all the others, they haven't taken off until Windows 8 arrived. They've gotten a big boost from the recent release of Windows 8.1, as Microsoft has refined the OS to better handle all sorts of tablets.
There are many different styles of Windows tablets, from bendy, twisty convertible notebooks to simple slate designs. While the convertibles can function as tablets, albeit not very svelte for use, most tablet newbies will likely want to look at pure slates. These are most like the competition in appearance and thus most likely the preferred form for most.
Most of the major PC makers are now producing Windows 8 tablets and any of those would be good choices. Microsoft is really pushing its own Surface brand, and they are nice tablets. The Surface 2 is Microsoft's attempt to single-handedly keep Windows RT alive, but you don't need to worry about that. The Surface 2 is a solid tablet that will be a good stocking stuffer this year.
Those looking for a smaller tablet now have a good one from Dell as an option. The Dell Venue 8 Pro is an 8-inch slate that runs Windows 8.1, and reviews are pretty good. It's also gentle on the budget so a good one to consider.
Nokia has done an amazing job in releasing a 10-inch Windows RT 8.1 tablet that bears no resemblance to the Surface 2.
Nokia has launched a Windows RT 8.1 tablet that competes directly with Microsoft’s Surface 2. It’s a curious situation, as Microsoft recently acquired Nokia, and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop—his spotty track record in Finland notwithstanding—might soon become Microsoft’s new chief executive.
Those questions are fun to ponder, but ultimately the answers may not matter much. Microsoft just wants happy Windows RT users, and it doesn’t care which hardware line brings new customers to the table.
Decked out in glossy red plastic, the Lumia 2520 evokes the pop-art whimsy of 1970s product design. Corners are soft. Edges are chamferless. Sitting next to the Surface 2, the Lumia tablet looks like Andy Warhol sitting next to Darth Vader. Nokia has done a great job in creating visual separation between its first foray into the tablet market and Microsoft’s own tablet line, and from a purely aesthetic perspective, there’s something undeniably inviting about the 2520’s candy-coated shell.
The Surface 2 is everything the original Surface should have been. It’s fast, versatile (it can finally sit on your lap!), and at $449, it’s priced to compete with other big tablets.
Perhaps most intriguing, it shows that Microsoft’s initial bet on hybrid computing devices, one that sits between a laptop and tablet, is beginning to pay off.
I found the tablet to be a far better when it comes to pure productivity than anything from the Android and Apple camp thanks to the inclusion of full Office apps and decent multitasking. And as more Windows 8 apps appear, it will only get better.
Microsoft also upgraded both of the Surface’s keyboard covers to make typing a far better experience this time around. The touch-enabled Touch Cover 2 ($120) is even thinner than the original and has 10 times as many touch sensors (which means it’s better equipped to survive the onslaught of fast typists). The Type Cover 2 ($130), which sports physical keys, is also thinner and has backlit keys. Both covers are massive improvements over Microsoft’s original Surface covers (and they’re also compatible with older Surfaces as well).
Donovan Colbert highlights five reasons why he's increasingly been using Microsoft's Surface RT more than any of his Android devices.
Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, famously said, “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not gonna be pleasing to the user.” However, Surface RT was a different story. In fact, I've increasingly been using Surface RT more than any of my Android devices. Here are five reasons why.
1. Microsoft reimagined the OS
Windows 8 wasn’t a mature mobile OS, but the interface leverages mobile touch devices in a form that follows function. iOS and Android both took a classic icon-based desktop design, shrunk it down to smartphones, and then expanded it to run on larger tablets. Microsoft reimagined the OS to work around the device. Gestures take some practice to master, but they make navigation more intuitive. Windows 8 on a touch device gets out of your way. The actions become natural to interact with apps, to navigate through the OS, and to organize and customize the platform.
I recently talked to someone who said that when they go back to their non-touch Windows desktop, they find themselves reaching out to perform touch actions. I found the same thing when returning to Android tabs after using Surface RT. When you miss features that are absent, something is done right.
5. The general freedom of an NT OS is baked into Surface RT
Surface RT offers the basic open freedoms of Windows. While you can’t install Classic apps, use alternate markets, or sideload apps, much of the general freedom of an NT OS is baked into Surface RT. You can browse networks and copy and manipulate files as much as you'd like. You can launch files or apps multiple ways and directed to multiple destinations. Peripheral support on Surface RT is also unmatched by Android or iOS, including keyboards, mice, joysticks, external drives, and (most significantly for me) printers.
Samsung is moving closer to dominating the global market for tablet PCs. According to Strategy Analytics on Tuesday, Samsung sold 10.5 million tablet PCs around the world in the third quarter, accounting for a 20.2-percent market share.
This is the first time its quarterly sales surpassed 10 million units and market share 20 percent.
Lenovo has come on leaps and bounds in the tablet market in recent months and are now a viable option for those consumers who are looking for an alternative tablet from the likes of the Apple iPad Air and Google Nexus 7 tablets.
Recently we told you about other Lenovo tablets, such as the affordable Lenovo IdeaTab K3011 Lynx as well as two exciting new Lenovo tablets under the new Yoga brand – the Yoga 8 and the Yoga 10.
Now though, we switch our attention to the Lenovo IdeaTab 6000, a tablet that features some powerful hardware specs that can match anything that is available on the market today. It also is a tablet that could be available with a big discount during the sales, so consider this our heads-up to you.
Specs of this tablet include a 10.1-inch IPS display with a quad-core MT8125 1.2GHz Quad Core processor and 1GB of RAM. Decent gaming performance will be possible with an integrated MT8389 GPU, while you’ll have plenty of storage options with 16GB of internal memory and support for up to 64GB with MicroSD card.
Full specs can be seen over at Lenovo’s product listing here
Microsoft has released the Surface 2, a new and improved version of the original Surface, that is faster, a bit thinner and lighter. But there are a lot of Windows 8 tablets to choose from these days, so why choose the Surface 2? Here are 6 things that you’ll love about the Microsoft Surface 2.
Nokia’s first Windows tablet launches this week with a slew of business-friendly features.
The Nokia Lumia 2520, which boasts a sharp 10.1-inch display, hits store shelves Friday (Nov. 22).
Because it runs on Windows RT 8.1, it lacks the desktop functionality found in pricier Windows tablets like Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 2. That means users of the Lumia 2520 or Surface 2 will have to rely on mobile Windows 8 apps.
If one takes a narrow view of the tablet market, the largest PC makers have fared especially poorly as a group. At the launch of the iPad, HP, Dell, Acer and Lenovo had little experience with the Android ecosystem, which itself was not optimized for tablets. And Windows, their go-to operating system, was still not available in a version that would show off bold, finger-friendly tiles and yield long battery life in a slim form factor. Even now as these companies have experimented with all kinds of hinges and accessories on Windows, their Android efforts can be hard to differentiate as with HP's Slate 7 and Dell's recent 7- and 8-inch slates.
Into this spiritless landscape, Lenovo has dropped the Yoga Tablet, available in 8- and 10-inch sizes. Unlike its namesake Windows laptop, which reveals no obvious signs of its differentiation at first glance, the Yoga Tablet has a silver, cylindrical side that is reminiscent of extended laptop batteries. Indeed, it contains the battery here as well as making for a grip that is at first unfamiliar, but which allows the rest of the tablet to be very thin.
The holiday season is now upon us and if you're looking to get your hands on a Surface Pro 2, you had better hope that more find their way to the stores soon. Take a look in the Microsoft Store and you'll find that only the 128GB model is available -- the 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variants are all out of stock.
All is not lost, though. Anyone looking to take a take a step in to the world of Surface can do so via the non-pro versions. Both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the Surface 2 are available to buy for $449 and $549.
Some have argued that tablets are such good consumption devices that older PCs and secondary computers are being replaced by tablets . Of course, for content creation, consumers and businesses still use PCs.
However, with the advent of more powerful tablets and innovative Bluetooth keyboards, as well as convertibles, the line between tablet and PC is being blurred. Microsoft seems to be leading this charge with its advertisements for the new Surface 2. Billed as the "one device for everything in your life," Microsoft wants users to look at the Surface as their tablet and PC.
The idea that tablets aren't powerful enough to create content is going away as well. The new iPad Air has a 64-bit processor, and Samsung, Amazon.com and Google have debuted tablets with quad-core processors. The hardware that used to reside only in PCs is becoming common in the tablet world.
Amazon just released their brand new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet PC. Many sources agree it is one of the best tablet offerings to date. The device shares the stylish appeal of the iPad Air. It also gives Apple's popular device a run for its money in terms of resolution and screen. The new Kindle starts at $379 which falls under a good range appealing to more people. Has Amazon truly delivered this time? How will the Kindle fair with the iPad Air?
The HDX guarantees premium features. The touch screen offers 339 pixels per inch assurance bright and vivid display. Based on the pixel density, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX trumps Apple's iPad Air. The Air only offers 264 pixels per inch. For those looking for an ultimate tablet viewing experience, the HDX is a good deal.
Two of the most popular tablets this holiday season will undoubtedly be the Apple iPad Air and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014). These devices both have top-notch specs and for some people it will be difficult to choose between them. Therefore we have an iPad Air vs. new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 video comparison that may help in your decision.
Eventually, Microsoft will bring a touch-optimized version of Office to the iPad. Until that day arrives, however, there’s Apple’s iWork—and now HopTo, which offers a reskinned version of Word as lovely and useful as an iPad app should be.
Best of all, it’s free, and the HopTo app is available Thursday in the Apple's App Store.
Why try it? Because other virtualized, cloud-based versions of Office have largely failed to gain traction on tablets, hamstrung by the need to route virtually every instruction through a remote server. The virtualized apps are slow and unresponsive, and always threaten to disconnect and crash at the worst possible time. Worse still, users have typically had to pay for their troubling experiences, often via a monthly subscription.
HopTo, however, appears to have changed the game. Chief executive Eldad Eilam gave me a demo of a final version of the HopTo app a short time ago, before it entered Apple’s app approval process. It doesn’t provide a total replacement for Apple’s iWork suite—for example, you can create and edit Word and Excel files, but only view PowerPoint documents at present. But it also adds file management (a capability iWork lacks), as well as the ability to work with multiple cloud providers. And it uses a licensed version of Office 2010 as its base, providing “per-pixel” compatibility with Office.
As such, HopTo's iPad suite provides an inexpensive complement to a traditional PC. “I’m not going to suggest that the iPad will replace the PC” as a tool for productivity, Eilam said. “Just part of it. And the entire world is still on Office.”
Eilam says that Office files opened within HopTo will provide “pixel perfect,” 100 percent compatibility with Office. That appears to be the case. Since HopTo is based on Office 2010, XML-based file formats like .DOCX should display just fine.
November 13, 2013< Windows RT 8.1 – now comes not only with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, but Outlook too, making it a far more realistic prospect for business users, but they’re still traditional Windows-style apps, rather than matching the more finger-friendly Metro-style interface the rest of the tablet sticks to.
That’s still a work-in-progress, and if you head into the Windows Store expecting the same breadth of titles that you’d find in the App Store for iPad or Google Play for Android tablets, you’ll be disappointed. Want Chrome, or Firefox, or another big name browser other than Internet Explorer? Sorry, they’re not there. Neither is an official Tumblr or Instagram app, though you’ll find several unofficial titles trying to deliver the same functionality, and Google Maps addicts will have to sate themselves in the browser, since Google doesn’t have a standalone app for RT.
The challenge the Surface 2 faces has evolved in the meantime, though. Party lines for iOS or Windows are pretty much decided – most people, if they’re considering Surface, know if they want one or the other – and in fact the main competition to the updated slate comes from within the Windows ecosystem. In abandoning Windows RT, Microsoft’s OEM partners have instead focused their efforts on lowering the prices of full Windows 8.1 tablets, to the point where it’s now more affordable to get the complete version of the OS running on Intel’s excellent Bay Trail platform (for ARM-style levels of runtime).
That’s overall a net win for Microsoft, arguably, but it leaves Surface 2 in a difficult position. What it does, it does well, but for the most part the other options out there are either cheaper or better.
Panasonic has announced its latest Toughpad device: a Core i5-powered pro-grade tablet computer with a 20" 4K-resolution IPS display.
The giant Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 is a tablet you're unlikely to want to stick in your bag as daily carry: with an impressive 20" diagonal, the IPS Alpha LCD screen offers a 3,840x2,560 resolution - meaning 230 pixels per inch (PPI) and a 15:10 aspect ratio. As an IPS panel, you can also expect good viewing angles - although Panasonic hasn't shared formal figures for that.
Behind the behemoth of a screen - which also boasts 10-point multi-touch tracking - the tablet features an Intel Core i5-3437U vPro processor and discrete Nvidia GeForce 745M graphics
Buyers will also have the option of picking up a Panasonic Electronic Touch Pen accessory, which uses infra-red signals to interact with the display and a Bluetooth connection to communicate with the laptop. Capable of operating at various angles, the pen is claimed to include 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Panasonic has announced US availability for the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 for January 2014, at a recommended retail price of $5,999 (around £3,730 excluding taxes.)
Before you read this review, take a second to realise that Microsoft is in the tablet computer game for the long haul. In fact it invented it. Now, with the launch of Surface Pro 2, it means business.
I don’t think Microsoft gets enough praise for what it has achieved with the Surface Pro, but I’m confident it will steadily drive a wedge into the one-dimensional arena occupied by devices like the iPad and various Android confections. In reality, it’s a little like comparing a WWI byplane with a WWII USAF Mustang.
With the Surface Pro 2 – as far as I’m concerned – we’re entering the jet age of tablet computing.
Windows 8.1 sees the return of the Start button and a neater way to see all your apps in one place by simply sliding the screen up with your finger.
Overall, the Surface Pro 2 is definitely faster and the longer-lasting battery is a real bonus. The device also has the ability to launch directly into desktop mode on start-up, which could suit businesses looking to equip their mobilised workers with powerful computing on the move.
Finally, you can do real work, and enjoy real play, on a sturdy device with a great battery. What beckons, however, is true mobility and I look forward to the day when finally the Surface devices include 3G and 4G radios. Now that would be quite the thing.
The Yoga Tablet has one of the most innovative designs we've seen from a tablet with the ability to be used in various different modes. It's also a great looking device, too.
It's cylinder and wedge shape meant that the device is much easier to hold in portrait because the weight and centre of gravity are shifted towards your hand.
The shape also means that, when placed on a flat surface, the tablet is angled slightly towards you, Flipping out the built-in kickstand angles it further but isn't its main use.
The Yoga Tablet 8 is one of the best designed Android tablet's we've seen and has a reasonable price tag. Battery life is very impressive; however, mediocre hardware and performance stop it from trumping the competition.
Gold Geenie has once again come to the aid to those who would like their tech gadgets covered in gold as they have announced they will begin offering a 24CT gold iPad Air and iPad Mini. Unlucky for you, Gold Geenie’s products are REALLY expensive. Prices for the 24CT iPad Air range from £1386/$1871 for the 16GB version all the way up to £1825/$2463 for the 128GB tablet. As for the iPad Mini with Retina Display, expect to pay around the same prices as the iPad Air as the 16GB version will cost you £1377/$1858, while the 128GB one will cost £1777/$2498.
With two weeks left until Black Friday, worldwide dealers are still crumbling regarding Apple deal ads. However, like other years, best dealers will come up with greater deals than Apple Store itself. In 2013, Black Friday is expected to be spectacular, with some companies announcing promising deals, including Apple which teased its fans with some early Black Friday deals, proving to be very prospering.
Nevertheless, good news comes from Walmart who wisely put on early Black Friday sale Apple’s iPad air. This comes as an innovative strategy of Walmart’s Black Friday campaign. Commonly, putting a new Apple product on sale right after its launch is not quite frequent yet Walmart came up with a great idea. A client can purchase an iPad air for 499$ in Apple Store while Walmart offers the same product for 20$ less which is a pretty good deal. Also keep in mind that only the 16 GB model can be purchased with discount.
If Walmart can’t be reached, iPad air can also be found at 479$ on Target and Staples who also cut the price.
After Apple and Samsung Electronics, is there room for one more smartphone-tablet-PC powerhouse? Chinese computermaker Lenovo has had the Big Two in its sights for a while now, and today the company showed it's becoming a more serious challenger. Lenovo's July-to-September earnings jumped 36 percent, to $219.7 million, as sales climbed 13 percent, to $9.77 billion.
Archos has announced its latest affordable Android tablet. The 10.1-inch Archos 101 XS 2 includes a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, detachable Coverboard and more for $279.00.
The company is known for releasing affordable Android tablets that include specs and features found on more expensive tablets. Archos just announced its latest tablet, the 101 XS 2, which has been designed for speed, high performance, and productivity. The tablet ships with a very welcome accessory that has multiple purposes.
One of the first things you'll notice about the Archos 101 XS 2 is that it comes with a magnetic Coverboard in every box (something Microsoft should consider for Surface). The Coverboard is an ultra-thin keyboard that attaches to the XS 2 via magnets. It is also acts as an integrated cover to protect the tablet's display, has a built-in kickstand to make watching movies more comfortable, and also acts as a charging dock for the tablet.
The Archos 101 XS 2 features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core A9 processor, quad-core Mali graphics processing unit (GPU) and 2GB of RAM. The tablet includes 16GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion slot that will support up to 64GB microSD cards to increase storage.
As the Black Friday 2013 deals approach, several retailers are offering customers a chance to get some credit back on their older tablets. Among those offering the incentive for used Kindles, iPads and some other tablets are Amazon’s website, Best Buy and Target, all of whom give nice cash back in the form of a credit to use at the store. It could be a great way to get some credit to use on any upcoming deals on newer gadgets as well.
A report via TIME on Nov. 5 indicates that Target is giving $200 to customers for a first-generation iPad.
Target stocks the newer iPads, making this a good deal for customers looking to get a brand new iPad Air for $300 or an iPad Mini for just $100 (2012 version). There’s yet to be news of the new iPad Mini tablets being releas/p>
On November 12 at the Seoul Sogong-dong Lotte Hotel, Sony Korea held a press conference to reveal its “VAIO Fit Multi-Flip PC” product with a flipping screen for both laptop and tablet PC uses.
This product allows users to flip the screen 180 degrees. Therefore, users can use it as a laptop for typing, and as a tablet PC for watching content or web browsing. When the keyboard is flipped 90 degrees, the product is in its “Viewer Mode” for sharing with other people.
There are two types of this product, depending on the screen size. The VAIO Fit 13A Multi-Flip PC has a 33.5 cm (about 13 inch) screen, and the VAIO Fit 15A Multi-Flip PC is 39.5 cm (about 15 inches).
It features a Digital Stylus Pen for digital writing, and a Clear Audio Plus sound system from Sony, with Triluminos Display for Mobile display technology.
Apple's latest second-generation smaller tablet - the iPad Mini Retina - was opened for orders at the Apple Store at midnight on Monday. The tablet is expected to be in short supply at the time of its release.
With the Apple Store now accepting orders for the new iPad Mini Retina, which is priced at $399 for the base model, it is being reported that the tablet's 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi-only versions will likely be shipped to the customers in 1-3 business days.
However, the shipping of the 64GB and 128GB versions of the new iPad Mini Retina will take 5-10 business days, as will the shipping of the cellular connectivity versions of the tablet.
Apple is probably one of the few companies that can pull off a price increase.
The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year's model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed and display.
There are plenty of cheaper choices out there, including tablets for just $229 from Google and Amazon. None of them match Apple's iPads in app selection, design and cachet.
Apple started selling the new iPad Mini on Tuesday, 11 days after the full-size iPad Air came out. The starting price of last year's Mini has been cut to $299. In both cases, versions with cellular access are available for $130 more.
At the time of writing, Apple's 16GB and 32GB WiFi-only iPad Mini 2 tablets, in both White Silver and Space Grey, are promised to ship within one to three days. The higher capacity 64GB and 128GB models, along with all of the 4G-enabled iPad Mini 2 models, will start shipping within five to 10 days.
Now the big guns are finally being unleashed for Black Friday ad leaks. After Target's ad surfaced online, Walmart has rolled its specials out (as has Best Buy, which will be covered in a subsequent post), and while it doesn't have a ton of computer deals, it's still the 700-pound gorilla in the room with the sales it does offer.
Target tried to stand out with a $100 gift card offer with the purchase of the new iPad Air during Black Friday, but Walmart has chosen to focus on the first-generation iPad mini. Like Target, it is offering a store gift card when you buy a iPad mini (not the new Retina-display one, however), but Walmart is providing a $100 gift card instead of the $75 one Target is giving. The bad news is that Walmart is only makng this deal available at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving for one hour with a guarantee that buyers will receive the product. (If the store runs out of stock, Walmart says impacted customers will receive their item "before Christmas.")
In addition to the usual ultra-cheap Android tablet deals the company likes to trot out at turkey time (for example, a $49 7-inch RCA slate at the 8 p.m. Thanksgiving one-hour guarantee event), Walmart has a couple of other notable tablets specials. Starting at an undisclosed time on Thanksgiving morning, you'll be able to purchase an iPad 2 with a Bluetooth speaker and accessory kit for $349 through Walmart.com. And like OfficeMax, Walmart will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch tablet for $299, or $60 less than Samsung is presently selling it for on its own site.
Apple Inc. is developing new iPhone designs including bigger screens with curved glass and enhanced sensors that can detect different levels of pressure, said a person familiar with the plans.
Two models planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified because the details aren’t public. Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models, the person said.
With screens of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, the two new models would be Apple’s largest iPhones, the person said, and would approach in size the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3
The new Apple handsets are still in development and plans haven’t been completed, the person said, adding that the company probably would release them in the third quarter of next year.
Does anything says “mobile” more than transportation fleet operations? It’s the kind of enterprise environment where ruggedized tablet PCs can really show off their capabilities, helping you optimize nearly every aspect of your fleet’s performance. From pickup and delivery scheduling and execution to company-wide logistics, rugged tablets help you manage the various processes and make ongoing refinements necessary to stay productive and efficient.
How well you capture efficiencies, increase productivity and minimize costs can directly reflect how effectively you’re using your Tablet PC systems. They combine full-screen high-performance computing with nearly unlimited mobility, so you can use them anywhere, any time, even literally on the move.
Everyone has their own opinion.
Which ever tablet offers the features that best suit your needs is the best tablet for you.
What is a Tablet PC?
Tablets: Touchscreen, lightweight products that offer mobility, such as Apple's iPad. The devices' diagonal screen size is about 7 inches -- bigger than the "phablet," a combination smartphone and tablet device -- to about a 12-in. screen diagonal. Tablets used to be distinguished not only by their size and touch, but also by their operating systems, which were different from those on full-fledged PCs. Microsoft's entry into this space with a full version of the Windows OS has changed the definition.
Slate Tablet PCs
Slate Tablet PCs have no lid or keyboard, which makes them slim and lighter in weight compared to most convertible Tablet PCs. You can hold a slate Tablet PC in one hand and write on the screen with the other hand—like a clipboard. If you want to use an external keyboard and mouse, you simply attach them to the Tablet PC. A slate Tablet PC can rest easily in the crook of your arm while you write so that you can take notes, fill out forms, or read and write an e-mail with ease while on the go, sitting in a meeting or class, or relaxing on your couch. You can also lay it flat on a table or desk to do your work.
You can use a tablet pen to select, drag, and open files, browse the Internet, draw freehand diagrams, add numbers and symbols, and more.
On some Tablet PCs, you can also interact with the screen by using your finger. Most Tablet PCs are small or moderately sized. They range from 2 to 4 pounds and have screens that range from 8 to 15 inches. There are two types of Tablet PCs: slates and convertibles.
Convertible Tablet PCs
Convertible Tablet PCs are notebooks that give users the best of both worlds by allowing them to be used in either in tablet mode or laptop mode.
In laptop mode, you can use the integrated keyboard and mouse or the tablet pen to navigate and write.
To use it in tablet mode, you rotate the screen and lay it flat over the keyboard so that you can write on it like a clipboard. Both positions enable you to work and write with a tablet pen.
The Apple iPad
Is fine for surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, and reading books. If your home on the sofa, traveling or out and about it's an easy way to stay in touch.
However, if you need to use your PC apps like, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Dreamweaver or view a web site that is flash based... your out of luck. There are no USB ports on an iPad and the only way to install programs is through the iTunes store.