The documents released for the Apple vs. Samsung trial have been a treasure trove for gadget bloggers, showing off Apple's early prototypes of the iPhone and iPad, amongst other findings. The Verge has also unearthed an intriguing skeleton in Samsung's closet: plans for a huge 11.8-inch tablet with Retina Display-like resolution.
Known as P10, the tablet would possess a pixel density of 256ppi with a resolution of 2,560x1,600. It would also come with LTE connectivity. But it would be one of the biggest slates available --
Given that the time frame for the P10 seems to have been pushed back from BGR's initial report, perhaps Samsung is planning to adapt the concept to a convertible laptop/tablet hybrid for Windows 8. Or perhaps its display technology just hasn't been perfected yet. In any event, it looks like you should be expecting a Samsung 11.8-inch Retina-like display on a portable computer sometime this year.
The Tablet i8 is the latest offering from Energy and will go on sale on 23 August for €185. The aluminium tablet features an 8in screen and Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
According to Energy"This new gadget will surprise you not only by its exceptional quality screen and perfect dimensions, but also by its high efficiency and stylish design."
The 8in screen uses an aspect ratio of 4:3 like Apple's iPad and has a resolution of 1024 x 768. Energy said the Tablet i8 has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot for expansion.
Images of a Sony Xperia Tablet, said to be from leaked internal Sony documents, show a considerably slimmed-down tablet with a keyboard-cover that flatters the Microsoft Surface.
The Apple iPad has inspired an industry full of copy-cat devices. Microsoft's Surface tablet, however, features a design that so notably stands apart that now it, too, has been honored with the highest form of flattery.
The Verge, via the German news site Mobiflip, has posted documents said to be leaked from an internal Sony slide show. The documents show an Xperia Tablet, a follow-up to the Sony Tablet S. While both tablets feature Sony's unique folded-magazine design, the new tablet has been paired with a keyboard-slash-cover that's a close cousin to the keyboard cover Microsoft showed off for its Surface tablets.
Microsoft's new tablets will arrive in two versions. Which is right for you?
The Surface Pro promises robust computing in a slimmed-down package. We haven’t seen any real Windows 8 software yet, so there we must withhold judgment. But Surface Pro will be able to do anything a desktop or laptop can do today, and it will have a serious laptop processor, the same Intel Core i5 as on an Ultrabook.
Surface RT relies on the new Metro interface of Microsoft’s Windows 8. That means you can’t use your existing desktop programs (you can do that only on Surface Pro); you’ll have to buy all-new Metro apps from Microsoft’s Windows Store, and that will be the only way to get Metro apps.
For Windows 8 to thrive, Microsoft must make sure consumers have viable Windows 8 tablets. While prominent PC makers like Hewlett-Packard target business users with their Windows 8 tablets, Microsoft apparently sees the need to jump-start the consumer market with an eye-catching flagship device. Ultimately, Microsoft will have company; I expect competitors to emerge closer to Windows 8’s launch.
The Transformer range of Android tablets has become the jewel of Asus's crown and the best alternative to Apple's new iPad.
Along with the Asus Transformer Prime and the Asus Transformer Pad 300, the most recent tablet – the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity – keeps the excellent keyboard docking station that made the range famous and adds (among other things) a much improved high resolution screen.
Any Android fan should undoubtedly have this at the top of their next-purchase list, but for those who still aren't too certain, there's plenty here that sets this aside from the glut of other tablets on the shelves. Read on to find exactly what makes this so special.
According to DigiTimes, the competitive duo will each begin a new Windows tablet venture in 2012, with Hewlett-Packard adopting chip solutions from TexasInstruments nd Dell using chips from Qualcomm.
Both Hewlett-Packard and Dell have some fierce sales to catch up to if they plan on dominating the tablet industry anytime soon. Taiwanese supply chain makers recently said that Apple is expected to move about 19.5 million iPad and iPad 2 panels in the company's third quarter alone.
"As Apple is revising the new iPad and plans to launch a new version of iPad, the vendor is expected to adjust inventory level of iPad panels, with shipments decreasing in July and August and then increasing in September, the sources said," DigiTimes reports.
How do the specs for the upcoming Microsoft Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows Pro compare with the Apple iPad? Here's what we know.
Surface will change your expectations of what you can do with your tablet. First and foremost, you are no longer buying into a dedicated mobile OS and its corresponding app ecosystem. Instead, you’ll be able to buy one app and use it on both a tablet and a Windows 8 laptop or desktop PC.
While the Metro face of the two Surfaces will be the same, the hardware flavors are fundamentally different. Surface RT will compete most directly with Apple's iPad and the current crop of Android tablets, all of which run on power-efficient ARM-based processors. And Surface Pro—though still a tablet—targets Ultrabooks and other ultraportable laptops.
That "our new family of PCs" bit certainly gives me the impression that we're talking about more here than just a few tablets.
It seems that Microsoft is doing everything it can to annoy and upset its hardware partners. Not only did it take on the job of building the Surface tablet with an as-yet unnamed OEM, but the company has also been working furiously to decouple Windows 8 sales from flatlined PC sales by pushing Windows 8 upgrades hard to existing PCs. The power that the OEMs once had seems to be dwindling, and that leaves Microsoft in a position where is has to pick up the slack and start selling.
If Microsoft does indeed enter the PC market not only with tablets but also its own desktop and notebook -- and maybe even Ultrabook -- systems then it's putting its weight behind Windows 8 like it has never put behind an operating system previously. And that will undoubtedly upset the OEMs.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and is the first tablet to boast 2GB of RAM. It features a stylus S Pen like the Galaxy Note and a 'Multiscreen' mode which allows two apps to be used at the same time.
Apps such as S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe Photoshop Touch and Polaris Office are included and are optimised for the S Pen.
Google’s first tablet called the Nexus 7 (which is actually made by ASUS) is a worthy device for anyone considering a lower cost tablet. It became such a popular tablet that the larger capacity (16GB) device was sold out within the first week of its release (orders are being taken again).
At $199 (8GB) & $249 (16GB), they are significantly cheaper than the larger iPads ($500-$900) or Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 ($400) and in my opinion, provides much more bang for the buck than the comparably priced Kindle Fire.
The only similar performing product at the moment is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (8GB $249)
The Nvidia quad-core processor combined with the latest Android operating system called ‘Jellybean’ and the smaller form factor make this a no-brainer for anyone that likes to play games on their tablet. The size and weight also makes it much more suited to game playing than the larger 10” tablets.
Amazon is also working on the Kindle 2 as a means to keep up with the pack, so if you aren’t in a big hurry to get a new tablet, waiting to see what each of these camps come up with is a pretty smart play.
The sweet spot for buying a tablet this year will likely be in November as the new product releases combined with holiday sales will yield some pretty interesting opportunities.
Use these tips from PC Advisor to download books, make phone calls, and get other vital information--all without investing in a data plan.
Today's Wi-Fi-focused tablets include the Wi-Fi only version of the Apple iPad, the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, the Google Nexus 7, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, to mention a few.
People are discovering that they just don't need to pay for an extra data plan. Check out these 10 tips for getting the most out of your Wi-Fi-only tablet.
If you already have a smartphone with a data plan, you don't need to waste money on an additional plan for your tablet. Instead, use your phone's plan to get an Internet connection for both devices.
There are two ways to tether, One is to use your phone's built-in tethering ability, which means you'll likely have to pay your carrier an extra fee for the service. The other is to download a third-party tethering app.
2. Invest in a Mobile Hotspot
Instead of tethering your tablet to your phone's data plan, you may want to consider picking up a mobile hotspot from your local wireless carrier.
A dedicated mobile hotspot will give you better results than tethering your phone's data connection. it's often faster & more reliable than a tethered connection. And whereas tethering can drain a phone's battery quickly, mobile hotspots commonly deliver many hours of battery life.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1, is an an Android-based tablet that launches later this month. Samsung has souped up the tablet’s specs to include a quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. More importantly, Samsung’s added some software features to help the new Note stand out.
As you can see in Samsung’s demo video below , the Note 10.1 will let users run certain apps side-by-side on the screen, including the web browser, a note-taking app, an e-mail app, a video player and a document editor. As with Samsung’s earlier tablets, the Note 10.1 will also come with “mini-apps” such as a calculator and calendar, which can float on top of whatever else you’re doing.
On Monday, Apple released a test version of its coming iOS 6 operating system, which powers iPads and iPhones, and developers promptly noticed that the YouTube app was missing from its lineup of built-in apps.
The change was noteworthy because Apple has included the YouTube app with iOS since it released the original iPhone in 2007. Its disappearance seemed to chill any remnants of the warmth that once existed between Apple and Google, which owns YouTube.
Apple said in a statement that “our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended.” It added that owners of its devices would be able to use their Web browsers to view YouTube videos, and that Google was working on a new YouTube app that would be available through the Apple App Store.
Microsoft surprised me with the unveiling of the Surface tablets. While many seem to be anxious for the Surface Pro version running Intel-based Windows 8, the RT version running on real tablet hardware has me stoked. I am anxious to see how well the Windows RT version of Windows 8 works on the Surface RT hardware.
How well the Surface RT tablet is received by the public will ride in large part on implementation and apps. The implementation of Windows 8 for the ARM-based hardware must be as good out of the box as competing mobile platforms. It must work seamlessly and not feel like Windows slapped on a tablet like in versions past.
The apps will be just as important to get buyers stoked about the Surface RT, and not only an impressive selection. How well the apps are written for the tablet hardware and form will be as key as the selection of apps. Apps must feel like they were developed especially for the touch tablet, and not like non-touch apps dropped on the tablet.
Windows RT must be able to run the Surface RT tablet on its own. By that I mean that even though Microsoft is offering keyboard covers that look really useful, the user must be able to use the Surface sans keyboard without compromise. The keyboard should be a welcome addition for the user, not required to get the full benefit of Windows RT. This cannot be overstated, it is vital to provide the proper tablet user experience with the Surface RT.
A war is raging in the tablet industry. With Google‘s Nexus 7 selling out at the Google Play store and Microsoft to release its Surface tablets, Apple is now facing pressure in an industry it has dominated for years. But, out of the three tablets which one will come out on top?
With its Windows 8/RT operating systems, Office Suite and built-in keyboard, the Microsoft Surface has bridged the gap between laptop and tablet, appealing to users who seek the full functionality of a laptop rather than a smartphone in a tablet. Google, on the other hand, targeted the market for 7″ tablets and enticed consumers with a significantly lower price point than the iPad. What does this mean for investors? Microsoft and Google should be able to take away market share in the tablet industry from Apple.
Surface for Windows RT
Surface for Windows 8 Pro
Google Nexus 7
NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM
Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
10.6-inch ClearType HD (1366 x 768)
10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1920×1080)
7″ 1280×800 HD IPS display
9.7-inch Retina Display (2048×1536)
Windows RT and Office Home & Student 2013 RT
Windows 8 Pro
2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi
2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi
WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
32GB or 64GB
64GB or 128GB
8GB or 16GB
16, 32, or 64GB
Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Palm Block
Microsoft's Office app for its Surface tablets will have some of its features removed to make the OS perform better and improve the battery life.
Macros, third-party add-ins and VBA (Virtual Basic for Applications) support will be pared from Office RT, according to the Verge. It also reported a "small number" of other features will be skimmed from the RT version of the software.
Tablets running Windows RT, the version of Microsoft's operating system designed for ARM-based processors, are expected to be generally available Oct. 26, the same day the company is scheduled to release the next version of its OS, Windows 8.
Those initial units are expected to include a "preview" version of Office 2013 RT, which you can upgrade to a final version sometime in 2013.
With the iPad's huge popularity, apps support, and ecosystem, Microsoft cannot charge directly at Apple without a sound strategy and it must know that releasing the Surface at the same price as the iPad will doom it. One simple tactic Microsoft should use is to undercut the iPad's price. Pretty obvious move, sure, but the question is: by how much?
It could cut as much as $100, which puts the Surface right in line with the Infinity. At that price it would likely sell a few more units, but I believe this would also communicate to the general public that the Surface RT isn't "worth" as much as an iPad and should be thought of as more of a second choice, if you decide to not get an iPad.
I don't think Microsoft's ego will allow for a price quite that low. Instead, I believe we'll more likely see prices of $530 for 32GB and $630 for 64GB. That's a small difference in price, but I believe a huge difference in perception. This is enough of an iPad undercut to get the attention of consumers who buy solely based on price (and believe the iPad to be overpriced), while concurrently communicating that you're still getting a premium tablet and not a "poor man's iPad."
Determining the price of the Pro is a bit trickier. The Surface Pro will include an Intel third-generation Core i CPU, DisplayPort, and USB 3.0, and runs a full version of Windows 8, bringing it closer to an ultrabook in capabilities.
Some have speculated that we'll see prices over $1,000. I think Microsoft will take a page from Apple's MacBook Air playbook and come in under the $1,000 physiological barrier.
That $999 price is effective at reeling shoppers in, increasing the chance that they'll eventually buy something, and a starting price of $1,100 would simply not be as effective. It's just not as sexy as $999.
So what does this have to do with the Surface? Essentially, I don't think consumers are ready to see a tablet retail for over $1,000, regardless of whether there's an ARM- or X86-based processor inside.
Lenovo on Wednesday announced the ThinkPad Tablet 2, which has a 10.1-inch screen and kicks off a new generation of the company's PCs and devices with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
The tablet will weigh less than 600 grams and measure 9.8 millimeters thick. It will come with Intel's Atom processor code-named Clover Trail and will be released in October with the Windows 8 Pro OS, which has been optimized for touchscreens. Microsoft will ship the Windows 8 OS on October 26.
Pricing for the tablet 2 will be announced closer to the launch.
With this new tablet, Lenovo will be switching over to the Wintel chipset, which is dominant in PCs but not in tablets.
The new Lenovois for office and home use, Lenovo said. Depending on the country, the tablet will come with optional 3G and 4G connectivity options. An optional keyboard and dock can be attached to turn the tablet into a PC.
Features include a "high-definition" display, front and rear cameras and wireless video streaming. High-definition TVs can be connected to the tablet through an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port. Peripherals such as printers can be connected to the tablet via a USB port. The tablet also takes stylus input.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will compete with Microsoft's Surface tablets, which will also come with Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT.
nfluential American magazine Forbes has run an article suggesting that movements in the tablet market could end Apple's dominance of the tablet market. But do the cheaper Nexus 7 and non-existent Surface really pose a threat to Apple?
Forbes columnist Panos Mourdoukoutas writes "Microsoft and Google are latecomers in a brutal industry that has already taken casualties ... But, perhaps, they have learned a thing or two from the mistakes of those that came before it."
Perhaps? But we're not quite so convinced by Mourdoutoutas' underlying arguments.
He claims that Microsoft's standard inclusion of a keyboard in the Surface and it's support for Windows 8 will appeal "to users who seek the full functionality of a laptop rather than a smartphone in a tablet."
Microsoft's Surface tablet will come with a keyboard and run Windows 8
Meanwhile, Mourdoutoutas claims that Google's Nexus 7 has "enticed consumers with a significantly lower price point than the iPad"
TabletPc2.com Editors Note:I do not believe that at this point in time Goggle or Microsoft is a viable threat to the iPad.
Despite Acer berating Microsoft for its venture into the tablet space, Lenovo said it isn't fussed by it. In response, it dished out a brand new tablet: the ThinkPad Tablet 2, aimed for business and enterprise users.
Why is Lenovo content with the Surface, while Acer cries foul? Because Acer has a lot more to lose than PC market share leader Lenovo. And Acer should be worried.
Acer, which stands in fourth place behind HP -- which will soon be overtaken by Lenovo as the world leader in PC building -- Dell and Lenovo, kicked up a storm that Microsoft's Surface will push out its existing OEM partners.
Of course, Lenovo isn't even remotely bothered by the Surface tablet; it's too high up in the chain for Microsoft to come close to touching it. Plus, the firm is working with Microsoft to get Windows 8 on the tablet in the first place.
Tablets are now nearly as popular as desktops and laptops for buying items on the Web, according to data from Web merchandising firm Monetate.
"Tablets are truly a competitor for the desktop [and laptop], with Web tablet users converting [to buy] at nearly the same rate," said Monetate's chief marketing officer Kurt Heinemann in an interview.
The average order value from a tablet in the second quarter also was larger than from a desktop or laptop, and much larger than in previous quarters, he noted. Tablet buyers spent an average of $96.11 for a purchase in the second quarter of 2012, while traditional Web buyers spent an average of $91.86.
Monetate encouraged businesses that sell on the Web to plan for adapting to touch-centric tablets as the devices grow in popularity and as a way to make purchases. One big difference with a touchscreen tablet over a pointer or mouse on a laptop or PC is that there's no "mouse-over" capability with a tablet, whereas a pointer on a laptop or a mouse on a desktop can hover over something on a Web page to make a ghost image appear with more detailed information. A user's finger on a touch tablet can't hover over something for more information.
Heinemann predicted that with the impact of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, which went on sale in mid-July, the smaller iPad tablet expected from Apple, and next-generation tablets coming from Amazon, there will be a "meteoric rise" in tablet use and purchasing.
Lenovo has really been upping its game this decade. It has generally been the fastest-growing PC company in a world that seems to think PCs are dead. Apparently, Lenovo never got that memo and is doing pretty damn well as a result. Last week, it announced its Windows 8 halo product, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8. While the name could use a little work -- I'm not a fan of sentence names in an iPad world -- every other part of this offering is stunning.
The Lenovo Tablet 2 is the product that now sets the gold standard for Windows 8, in that it is lighter than the iPad, almost as thin, has similar battery life, and still runs a full suite of Windows products, including all the new ones from the Windows 8 app store.
I was reading Ed Bott's column on Windows 8 tablets over on ZDNet last week, and he is clearly having trouble adapting to what is becoming a tablet world. Ed and I came from the first age of personal computers. I'm pretty sure he's younger than I am, and I think he is showcasing what will be a problem for many of us who grew up on PCs. Bigger is better, and tablets aren't bigger.
Now, on the other hand, I know of tons of kids who don't even use PCs or tablets and live on their cellphones. For these whippersnappers, tablets are bigger, and while Windows 8 tablets may suck for us "old folks" -- at least on iPad-size tablets -- those who came up on cellphones should love it.
I'll explore that this week and end with my product of the week: the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 -- what may be the first iconic Windows 8 product.
Barnes & Noble on Monday cut prices across its line of Nook e-readers, as the bookseller looks to match budget-friendly offerings from rivals like Amazon while hoping to undercut higher-end tablets from Apple and Google partners like Samsung.
Barnes & Noble's flagship 16-GB Nook Tablet got the biggest price cut, reduced 20%. The 7-inch, full-color touch tablet has been marked down from $249 to $199. It's now the same price as Amazon's own flagship e-reader/tablet, the Kindle Fire, which only carries 8 GB of storage.
The 8-GB Nook Tablet is now 10% less expensive, going from $199 to $179, while the price of the Nook Color is down 12%, from $169 to $149.
Barnes & Noble's tablets are now "available for the lowest prices ever,"
Android fans have another great Android tablet for which to open their wallets. It's been a wait, but it was worth it. Just like last year Samsung waited quite long before launching its new high-end 10-inch tablet, but since this Monday the Galaxy Note 10.1 is finally available. The Android 4.0 tablet is available for around £375 for the 16GB version without 3G, and for the one with 3G you will pay about £470
A Galaxy Note is only a Note if you can take notes on it. That's why Samsung has included a little S pen, that can be stored in the case just like last year's Galaxy Note smartphone. When you take out the pen, a side bar appears with pen-specific shortcuts. Using the pen is much more pleasant than on the original Note. The accuracy has been drastically improved, and you notice the increased sensitivity.
Samsung also decided against implementing a Full HD screen, which is surprising. The PLS panel on the Note 10.1 has a resolution of 1280x800, the same as last year's Galaxy Note which had a Super Amoled panel.
Motion Computing® has announced the next generation F5t and C5t Tablet PCs. Designed to enhance productivity for mobile workers across a broad range of vertical markets, such as field service, healthcare, construction and retail, the latest Motion® tablets deliver uncompromising levels of power, security and manageability.
Powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors designed for optimized mobility and featuring a variety of power saving technologies, these latest tablet PCs from Motion offer up to six hours of battery life*. The tablets also feature Motion’s hot-swap battery feature for extended, uninterrupted productivity in the field. Finally, built to run on Windows, the F5t and C5t Tablet PCs offer seamless business integration and virtually unlimited usability.
Dell , Samsung, Lenovo and Asus will make personal computers that boast Windows RT, a version of Microsoft operating system for devices using ARM technology.
Microsoft, which is relying on ARM-designed chips to help it vie with Apple Inc. in the market for mobile computers, discussed the manufacturing partners in a blog posting, its first disclosure of which PC makers will carry Windows RT.
Windows RT devices will join Microsoft’s own Surface tablet, its first-ever PC hardware, in a renewed effort to curb the dominance of Apple’s iPad.
HP has been teasing its forthcoming Windows 8 tablet in television commercials and will have more information to share about the device "pretty soon," said John Solomon, senior vice president of Americas sales for HP's printing and personal systems division, in an interview last week.
"We will be very focused on the commercial tablet opportunity, which is completely under penetrated. And, we have some unique intellectual property that we're going to apply," Solomon told CRN.
"The HP tablet is going to be different: It's going to have a specific area of focus, or multiple areas of focus, which will require a high degree of channel engagement to take full advantage of the opportunity," Solomon told CRN.
The ability to have use a pen to draw, write and enter data is a excellent feature for anyone who want to both have fun and be productive.
With Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1, the rebels have scored a small victory. It's a tablet that does something that the iPad doesn't do, and it does it well. This victory won't win the war, though.
Available in the U.S. starting Thursday, the $499 tablet comes with a pen, or more precisely, a stylus. It doesn't leave marks on paper, but the tablet's screen responds to it. I found it a pleasure to use: It's precise and responsive, and it glides easily across the screen.
The ability to have use a pen to draw, write and enter data is a excellent feature for anyone who want to both have fun and be productive.
HP has made it clear that its new tablet strategy is not geared toward consumers, but this is not something new with HP. Going as far back as Tablet PC's have been around HP, nine times out of 10 JP put there tablet PC in the enterprise category and did not market to consumers. In Fact at most trade shows HP would not even have there Tablet PC's out for people to see.
John Solomon, HP's senior VP said in an interview with CRN, that HP has some "unique intellectual property" that it will use with its forthcoming Windows 8 tablets. While Mr. Solomon However, did not divulge what the unique IP is, he did make it clear that HP is interested in pursuing the "under penetrated" commercial tablet market.
Without specifics on how an HP Windows 8 tablet experience will be different than any other Windows 8 model, it's hard to say how successful its strategy will fare. We now know it will also have to compete against the business-friendly Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which includes a stylus and robust encryption and VPN support (though running on Android 4.0).
The Windows RT version of Microsoft's impressive Surface tablet will be on sale 26 October when Windows 8 PCs ship. We have no idea how much it will cost, and rumours have put the price absurdly high and absurdly low by turns, with Microsoft saying nothing more than that it will be competitively priced.
Microsoft might feel it's said everything it needs to say about Windows 8 and that the product can speak for itself. Not announcing a price for Surface RT means Microsoft can react to other products launching. If the iPad Mini is real, it might make more of a difference to the final price of Surface than the Nexus 7.
Microsoft seems to want to save nitty-gritty details about Windows RT for the launch of Windows RT and the next BUILD conference. But when Microsoft doesn't speak out, the rumours proliferate
Samsung released the Galaxy Note 10.1 to stores on Thursday, looking to take on the iPad with a few tricks up its metaphorical sleeve.
The new Note tablet has a few features that set it apart, most notably a stylus and the ability to run a select number of apps in a side-by-side mode. Reviews have been mixed so far on the tablet, with several reviewers praising its functionality but saying that the overall experience still leaves them wanting. Here’s a look at the basics and what some reviewers have said.
Hardware: The tablet is light and thin, especially given its screen size. The device weighs about 1.3 pounds and has a thickness of .35 inches. That’s lighter than the iPad’s .37-inch thickness and its weight of 1.4 pounds.
The pen-to-text feature on the tablet is a main selling point for the device, though reviewers have found it gve off mixed performance. “It’s generally very solid if you’ve got clear, distinct, easy to parse handwriting for the Note to recognize,” said TechCrunch reviewer Chris Velazco. “But your mileage is going to vary if your penmanship skews toward the sloppy end of things.”
Engadget reviewer Joseph Volpe said that the addition of a mathematical function to the S-Note application is the “most noticeable and welcome improvement” to the app.
Lenovo’s head of North America operations, David Schmoock,told Bloomberg that the upcoming Windows 8 tablets will be priced between $600.00 & $700.00, and the Windows RT tablets will be priced $200.00 to $300.00 lower.
Windows RT runs on the ARM-based processors (so is the iPad) while Windows 8 tablets, processors will be from Intel and AMD. The Windows RT devices will be thinner, lighter and more power-efficient on average. According to Lenovo, they will be a much less expensive.
Only Windows 8 will be able to run legacy desktop software. Like the iPad and Androids machines Windows RT users will need to rely on downloading their app's from the Windows Store. Windows RT will however, have a desktop, and a few built-in applications, including File Explorer, Internet Explorer and a special paired down version of Office 2013.
“RT will play in consumer and retail at very aggressive price points,” Schmoock told Bloomberg. Windows 8 tablets, he said, will be aimed at corporations who still need legacy software.
If price ranges from Lenovo are accurate, for Windows 8 tablets, that’s good news. A price of $600 to $700 is in the same ballpark as the iPad, and that’s essentially for two devices in one. PC makers shouldn't be so quick to think only businesses would be interested in that.
Microsoft’s recently announced device, the Surface for Windows 8 Pro, aims to offer the benefits of a tablet while solving some of its enterprise limitations. Will it work?
Shifting to a Single Device
Tablets currently on the market have been used as supplements to desktops and laptops – not replacements. Microsoft wants the Surface Pro to be different. With the Touch Cover keyboard, built-in kickstand and data entry ports, it looks similar to an Ultrabook or laptop and provides comparable functionality.
The Transition to Windows 8
Businesses are going to be able to easily transition to Windows 8 because, Windows Surface Pro, can run existing app's and third-party products that people are already using with Windows 7. The backwards compatibility of Win 8, is a huge benefit.
Microsoft has taken a new approach by designing a tablet specifically for enterprise-level use. Both the Surface Pro’s hardware design and software capabilities and compatibility could make it a worthy competitor to the iPad in an enterprise setting.
In General, Tablet prices have fallen 13.6 per cent in the past year.
According to IMS market analyst Gerry Xu:
There are few innovations from vendors to differentiate their tablets; low price seems to be the major factor to attract consumers to buy tablets other than iPad's.
Archos tablets saw the biggest price drop, the average price of Archos tablet PCs declined the most from February to June 2012, decreasing by 27.2 per cent. The average prices for Samsung, Asus and Archos dropped 17.5 % during the time frame. The Apple iPad prices decreased only 4.5%.
THe price drop in tablets has a direct correlation with the number of new Tablets in the market.
2012 has been an whirlwind year for tablets. Forecasts have been adjusted showing the increasingly rapid market demand for more and more tablets. We've engaged in the debate both publicly and privately about whether tablets are PCs or should be called PCs. And now we’re seeing new entrants, with new ideas and even new business models for tablets.
It has been encouraging to see Microsoft and Samsung joining the tablet party. Both making claims that that their tablets are more versatile computing products than the iPad. Microsoft with Surface and now Samsung with the Galaxy Note 10.1 are joining Apple in sending the message that tablets can and should be used for more than just consuming media.
Many believed tablets would never become anything more than entertainment device, but consumers dictate the market, and the market is adopting tablets faster than any other piece of personal electronics in the history of the industry.
We can debate all day whether or not Surface will be successful, or if the Windows 8 philosophy is right or wrong, but we’d be missing the point that these types of products are necessary for the evolution of the tablet category in general. We learn from products’ successes and failures. The most important thing is that companies innovate, try new things and try to be leaders, not followers.
With the rising popularity of the Apple iPad and Google Nexus 7, should heavy print texts go the way of the buffalo?
In my opinion, YES. When I found out my fourteen year old nephew is expected to lug around an ridiculously heavy stack of books that don't fit in his locker I was appalled.
This is his first year of high school and it makes no sense to me that kids are put in a position where they can injure their backs, shoulders and necks from the weight of their text books when there is a lightweight solution that is healthier for them and far better on the environment.
Tablet PCs and eBook readers like the Amazon Kindle offer a wide range of possibilities through interactive textbooks, digital applications, light-weight and are enviornmentally friendly overall.
The PC is undergoing its most radical makeover since the advent of the IBM PC three decades ago. With ultrabooks & Windows 8 are leading the charge. Slim Ultrabook designs succeed where netbooks failed, delivering performance, battery life, and a full-featured computing experience. Ultrabooks, once seen as mere copies of Apple’s MacBook Air, are now extending its concept. Experiments such as Toshiba’s Satellite U845W, with its cinematic widescreen aspect ratio, are expanding the definition of what a PC is.
Today’s Ultrabooks—skinny, light laptops that Intel is pushing PC makers to build—represent the future of the PC. Tablets are great for browsing the Web and consuming media, but users need keyboards and expandability for better productivity. Ultrabook manufacturers are adopting some of tablets’ best features, like multitouch and long battery life, while retaining the essence of the PC as the ultimate digital productivity tool.
Swedish developer Tobii Technology, just received FCC approval for its "C12" tablet that allows users to manipulate the tablet PC with just their eyes..
This unique technology can help those with disabilities manipulate the user interfaces of today's PCs as easily as others might use mice and keyboards.
According to Wireless Goodness, which first reported about the C12 tablet's existence, the tablet uses eye-tracking software – which users can calibrate, we note – to discern exactly where a user is staring at the tablet's undisclosed-sized screen.
Can't cough up the half-grand to tote a new iPad around campus this semester? These six very capable Android tablets come at a fraction of the price
A shiny tablet, like the New Apple iPad, might help cure the back-to-school blues, but the $500 entry price it carries is to high for many students. The truth is, you can get a tablet that lets you watch videos, use Facebook & Twitter, read textbooks, and more, for less than half the price of an iPad.
Tablet PC Provider MobileDemand Teams with Lowry Computer Products to Help More Businesses Deploy Innovative Mobility Solutions to Increase Productivity and Reduce Operational Costs.
MobileDemand, the nation’s leading provider of Rugged Tablet PC systems in Transportation, announces a reseller partnership with Lowry Computer Products, a premier supplier to the United States government, automotive industry, and other commercial markets. Headquartered in Brighton, Michigan, Lowry has over twenty inside and outside sales personnel focused on commercial and public sector.
As a MobileDemand authorized partner, Lowry will help drive sales of the xTablet T7000, T8700, and C1200 rugged mobile computers and accessories along with its own integration and other professional support services.
MobileDemand xTablet rugged tablet PC systems enable companies to extend enterprise and business applications to mobile workers to access critical information and make better business decisions at the point of interaction. MobileDemand innovative rugged tablet PCs deliver performance at a lower cost and enable greater efficiency and productivity in the field.
“We are very excited about working with such a respected company such as Lowry in both the commercial and public sector markets,” says Bob Zink, vice president, sales and marketing. “The experience Lowry offers will not only help MobileDemand grow our business, but further develop targeted solutions that offer superior value to the vertical markets our companies serve.”
Today Inc. magazine announced that MobileDemand, the nation’s leading provider of rugged tablet PC systems in the Transportation industry, has earned the position of 1,034 on its annual Inc. 500|5000 exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.
The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. MobileDemand which was ranked 7th out of 45 in Computer Hardware and 8th out of 38 in the state of Iowa, joins Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani, Giftcards.com, KIND and famed hat maker Tilly’s, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.
MobileDemand is a leading provider of Rugged Tablet PC systems that help mobile workers improve efficiency, accuracy and productivity and make better business decisions at the point of work. President Matt Miller founded the company in 2003 when he decided to draw on more than 15 years of experience developing successful rugged tablet computers for other manufacturers in the mobile computing industry into a business of his own.
“We are proud to have earned the position of 1,034 on the exclusive 2012 Inc. Magazine list of America’s fasting-growing private companies, which marks our fourth year on the Inc. 500/5000 list,” says Matt Miller, president of MobileDemand. “We would especially like to thank our esteemed customers and partners, such as PeopleNet Communications, who put their trust in MobileDemand. Our mission is to understand the productivity needs of our customers and work with them to provide innovative mobility solutions that deliver long-term value. As an entrepreneur, it is extremely rewarding to be acknowledged for our achievements and contributions to the national economy. Together with our customers, suppliers, advisors, and employees, we built this successful and fast growing company,” Miller continues.
Amazon sent out invitations to members of the press for an event being held in an airport hangar in Santa Monica, on September 6th, 2012. We are expecting the event to be the Kindle Fire 2 tablet to launch.
In addition to the 7 inch Kindle Fire 2, rumors continue to swirl that Amazon may also be adding a 10 inch Kindle Fire. Both new tablets are expected to be thinner and improve on the Kindle Fire's poor build quality. a
We expect the 10in Kindle Fire to include more connectivity options, including micro USB and HDMI-out ports and a front-facing camera. The new 7 inch Kindle Fire 2 is also expected to have a 1200 x 800 screen.
Windows 8 is something to behold once you get the hang of it, and with a little practice, it starts to become second nature on a tablet. In addition to the fastest start-up times history, Windows 8 has great features to make using and installing Windows 8 a breeze.
That said, I also think there's going to be large numbers of people with new laptops or desktops running Windows 8 that will be in a panic and on the phone to Microsoft support asking what the company did with the Start button.
I think that had Microsoft kept the desktop separate for the Tablet, they would have have avoided a lot of confusion for users. New Windows 8 users, would have liked the design elements, loved swiping through the new Metro tiles with live updates, and enjoyed fast boot times right before shopping for new app's at the Windows Store. Desktop users would have the fast boot time, added security, and perks of the Windows 8 , but they wouldn't have to muddle through a touch-screen-based interface with a mouse, and most important, the Start button would still be in the lower-left corner of the desktop where they could find it.
As they get ready to launch Windows 8 in October, Microsoft has unveiled their first new logo in 25 years.
According to the Microsoft blog, the new logo uses the Segoe font, which Microsoft already uses in all of its marketing materials combined with orange, green, blue and yellow squares that are according to Microsoft “intended to express the company’s diverse portfolio of products.”
Samsung has posted a image of their new Series 5 Hybrid Tablet PC with the information that seams to imply that the full details will be revealed this week at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. Lenovo released the information that their upcoming Yoga convertible tablet pc will be available with the full version of Windows 8 and an Windows RT model.
The Lenovo Yoga has 360-degree hinged design that allows the tablet to fold back onto the keyboard section, the Samsung Series 5 Hybrid PC will let you detach the tablet and then reattach it via a magnetic dock. According to Engadget, the new Samsung Tablet will be running the full version of Windows 8, have an 11 inch screen and an Intel processor and include a stylus/pen.
New Students survived the dreadful heat and excitement of move-in day last Thursday, and now that they have settled into their dorms, Seton's Class of 2016 is excited to have be given the Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet PCs.
The Lenovo tablets, were issued with pre-loaded applications for the students in the Sciences, Honors and School of BusinessLeadership Programs. The Tablets were given out during the freshmen orientation "Pirate Adventure", and the students are thrilled to have them and excited to have the ability to take notes in class on their tablets.
For some, The lenovo tablet influenced their decision to attend Seton Hall,, “When colleges are really comparable, little things can tip you to Seton Hall or to a different school.”
If what were seeing is true, it looks like Sony is gearing up to give Microsoft Surface a run for its money with a new tablet pc hybrid called the Vaio Duo 11. The leaked photos from a PocketNow source, show a new Sony convertible tablet pc that is running Windows 8. There are only a few details as of yet, but the photos give us a hint as to what Sony has up its sleeve for their new hybrid tablet including a pen.
According to PocketNow the keyboard isn't detachable, with Windows 8 release coming in October we expect Sony to officially unveil the Duo 11 Tablet PC in the coming months.
Aparently Google is ready for the public to view the new Nexus 7tablet.
As of today the $199 tablet is popping up on Google's home page. This is a rare instance where Google is actively touting its own product.
Googles, home page were it available for advertisers would be is one of the most coveted spots for advertisers on the web, but in the past, for the most part they have refrained from having any paid advertisements for products on their main page.
Unveiled at IFA Berlin including Toshiba's Satellite U925t convertible tablet, or "tablet meets Ultrabook," as the company describes it. The Sleek and slim, Satellite U925t looks like tablet, but a slide out QWERTY keyboard quickly transforms it into Ultrabook.
Features include, 12.5-inch display, Intel Core i5 processor (Ivy Bridge), Intel HD 4000 graphics, 128GB solid state drive and DDR3-1600 memory, and a capacitive touch screen display, Corning Gorilla Glass, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology, HDMI output, two USB 3.0 ports (one with Sleep & Charge), front-facing HD webcam, 3MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus, media card reader, and assortment of sensors including ambient light, 3D acceleration, 3-axis gyroscope, and 3-axis magnetometer.
Hewlett-Packard is getting back into the competition against Apple's iPad - sort of - with a "hybrid" model that's part laptop, part tablet.
The Palo Alto company late Wednesday introduced the Envy x2, which has an 11.6-inch diagonal HD touch-screen display that detaches from the keyboard to create a stand-alone tablet computer.
"It's a nice-sized tablet that I can interact with, I can play casual games, I can surf the Web, I can do all the things that people today want to do with a tablet, but I can do it with one device rather than carrying around multiple devices," Fredrik Hamberger, an HP vice president, said during a recent product preview for journalists and analysts.
Sony Corp is releasing an upgraded version of its Android tablet. Sony's new Xperia Tablet is designed to compete with the Apple Inc's iPad and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab.
Available on September 7th, the new Xperia Tablet features a 9.4 inch screen and runs Android 4.0.
According to the press release, the Xperia Tablet will be priced at $399 for a 16 gigabyte and $599 for a 64 gigabyte model. There will also be a a keyboard that doubles as a cover available for $99.99.
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity which is the most powerful Android tablet is scheduled for released in the UK in the next few days. The Transformer Tablet will be entering the tablet market that has been dominated by Apple's new Ipad since its release almost six months ago.
The Infinity's features include a bundled keyboard dock, lightweight design and a bigger IPS+ display. Are those features be enough to entice customers away from Apple's new Ipad? Is the bundled keyboard dock on the infinity worth more than the keyboard-less Ipad? The Inquirer aims to answer these questions for you with their head to head review.
Here are our reasons why the Microsoft Surface tablet RT will be the tablet to grab this holiday season, and why the new iPad is not.
Microsoft's Surface tablet RT with the built in kickstand on the back is a better design.
Metro, or Windows 8 UI: The Surface tablet RT will be running Windows 8 RT operating system for tablets.
Office 2013 is Pre-installed on the SUrface RT Tablets
This is one of the main reasons the Surface tablet RT outshines the new iPad. Productivity applications like Office 2013 will position the device as something that is not just for play, but also for the business-minded individual.
While there are an assortment of Office app's for the new iPad, none comes close Microsoft office where productivity is concerned.
Microsoft Surface Tablets have USB Connectivity that allows users to attach accessories and add extra storage to their tablets.
Lenovo Announced 7 new tablets at IFA in Berlin, The new Tablets will be challenging Google's Nexus 7 tablet. The Affordable new range of IdeaTab tablets, start at $299 and run the Android 4.0 OS.
The US$299 IdeaTab A2109 comes with a 7-inch screen, while the $399 IdeaTab S2110 is an "entertainment" tablet with a 10-inch screen, Lenovo said. Both tablets have displays that can show images at a 1280 by 800-pixel resolution.
The lightweight IdeaTab S2110 runs on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and claims battery life of around 10 hours, that can be doubled to 20 hours with an optional keyboard dock. TheS2110 tablet also has a 1.3-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash.
Next is the The IdeaTab A2107 tablet with a 7-inch display, 10 hours of battery life, optional 3G connectivity, front and rear cameras, 16GB of storage and a micro-SD slot. The IdeaTab A2107 tablet tablet is expected to be available in be in November.
HP announced an Envy X2 tablet-laptop hybrid device with the Windows 8 OS, signaling the company's re-entry into the consumer tablet market, which it abandoned after the highly publicized failure of its TouchPad product.
At first glance, the HP Envy X2 resembles a netbook, with a keyboard base and an 11.6-inch touch display. But the device turns into a tablet once the screen is detached from the base.
"When I want it to, it can also be a great tablet," said David Conrad, director of product management at HP.
hybrid devices offer the best of both worlds for Windows 8, which doubles as a tablet and PC operating system, Conrad said. The tablet is 8.5 millimeters thick and 680 grams, and the display is 1366-by-768-pixel resolution.
Features for the Envy X2 Tablet include, Intel's low-power Atom processor (Clover Trail), keyboard base and a 64GB of solid-state drive and more than eight hours of battery life in laptop mode. The dock for the X2 Tablet includes an SD card slot, USB ports and an HDMI port.
At IFA in Berlin, Gianfrano Lanci, the head of Lenovo's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) division, said Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 tablet wouldn't affect the relationship his company has with the software maker and indeed showed Microsoft's confidence in the new OS.
"For sure it's not going to change the partnership," Lanci said. "I think it's very welcome if other people, including Microsoft, come with Windows 8 tablets. I think it's also proof that they believe in Windows 8." (Watch the video of Lanci's remarks above.)
Dell announced the The XPS 10 Tablet at the IFA trade show in Berlin, which puts them back in the tablet business. The Dell XPS 10 tablet,features an ARM processor and Microsoft's Windows RT OS.
According to Alison Gardner, director of product group brand and messaging at Dell, the XPS10 is designed for both work and play. Dell refrained from sharing price, availability or hardware specifications, saying more details will come in the future.
Dell's new tablet strategy will revolve around Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 and RT operating systems.
Sony told Wired it wants the tablet — which will sell for $400 with 16GB of storage, $500 for 32GB of storage and $600 for 64GB — to be seen as a premium second screen to be used in the home.
The Xperia features a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1-megapixel front camera and weighs in at just 1.26 pounds..
Another notable feature on the Xperia Tablet S is a a pre-installed remote-control app that Sony says offers the functionality of a $300 remote control. Like the Sony Tablet S before it, the Xperia Tablet S also features an IR blaster so the slate can act as a universal remote to control TVs, DVD and Blu-ray players, home stereos and cable boxes, even if they are not from Sony,
Today in Berlin, Acer unveiled their Windows 8 computers, which include ultrabook's, a tablet/PC hybrid, and a standalone tablet with its own doc.
Acer's Windows 8 tablet pcs, the Iconia W5 hybrid and the Iconia W7 tablet will be available in October when Windows 8 is released.
Like Dell & Samsung Acer in unveiled a laptop with a detachable screen that doubles as a tablet. The Acer Iconia W5 features a 10.1-inch touch screen that can be separated from the keyboard or swivel and fold back. The 3G-capable W5 includes micro HDMI and micro SD ports, which can be used to expand memory up to 32GB. Acer is claiming up to 18 hours of battery life and six weeks of standby on the W5 tablet.
The Acer Iconia W7 is a slate style tablet that comes with a docking cradle that includes USB 3.0 The W7 features an 11.6-inch, 1,920-by-1,080 display, 10-point touch, eight hours of battery life, and a 5-megapixel camera. An optional keyboard will also available.
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.