Many CIOs hold Microsoft near and dear to their hearts, at least judging by their reaction to the idea that an iPad-thwarting, Windows-based e-book reader/tablet could be in the offing. Microsoft’s deal with Barnes and Noble (we’ve got the details below) holds the promise, however faint, of a Nook tablet with native Office editing functionality and compatibility with Windows infrastructures. But most CIOs fear it’s too late to stop the onslaught of the iPad. “There are a lot of loyal Microsoft fans, but I doubt anyone is waiting,” Stuart Kippelman, CIO of Covanta Energy, told CIO Journal in an email. But in true loyalist fashion, he added, “I wouldn’t write off Microsoft!”
Each morning at United Flower Growers, truckloads of fresh flowers and plants produced by local growers arrive at UFG's 26 loading bays. All products are visually inspected for quality before being offered for sale. Once accepted, pertinent sales data is scanned into UFG's custom-designed software using Microsoft® Windows®-based Motion® F5v Tablet PCs.
According to Dennis Lawson, general manager of operations, United Flower Growers, the Motion Tablet PC-enabled process has helped dramatically reduce manual input errors by 90 percent, which translates to a considerable cost savings.
“The tablets’ integrated cameras were an added bonus, and now we can take a live picture of the product and include it with the information presented to our customers,” said Lawson. “This is a considerable benefit when colors, size and overall look of the flower are the main determining factors for establishing price.”
UFG has also been able to reduce the time of the overall process, with the data entry now down to two and a half hours from what previously took four. “With data in the system faster, we can deliver it to the customer faster – our customers can see more of the inventory sooner, which allows them to make better buying decisions,” explained Lawson. “The tablets have definitely helped us enhance our customer service.”
“With the Motion Tablet PCs, the staff will be able to go to the customer and process the return on the spot, remotely printing the invoice, and the customer can pick it up when they’re ready. We expect to increase efficiency by up to 40%,” said Lawson.
The cover provides good protection for the surface of the iPad's screen, but does not cover the back of the tablet at all. You'll need to get a separate shell to protect the back of the tablet. Also, the magnetic attraction is a bit weak, so the iPad can detach while it's being transported inside a bag. If you're looking for serious protection, this isn't the keyboard to get.
Bluetooth pairing is simple and straightforward. Make sure the lock switch is off, press the Bluetooth button (the blue LED should begin to blink), and pair in the settings menu of your iPad. You only need to pair once, and the Logitech Ultrathin will automatically reconnect after sleep or full power down. Pressing keys will also wake the iPad from sleep. Logitech rates the battery life at up to six months on a single charge.
As we move further into the digital age, the art of penmanship is losing a battle to typing skills. With computers becoming more heavily integrated in classrooms, the focus on handwriting is at risk of diminishing. When deciding what tablets PCs to use as a teaching tool, Hale School in Western Australia, together with 12 other schools around the country, chose the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T731 in an effort to keep students taking handwritten notes via the touch screen interface. The result was over 2300 new Fujitsu tablets making their way into the hands of eager students.
The LIFEBOOK T731 is a convertible device in that it can act as a traditional notebook using the keyboard but the monitor can be twisted and closed with the screen facing outward to be used solely as a tablet. It has multi-touch capabilities, like a regular tablet, but also comes with a pen and handwriting recognition software to convert notes to text. It also has three powerful security services to protect data including Advanced Theft Detection, GPS/Wi-Fi tracking and fingerprint recognition. Advanced Theft Detection is particularly useful for the school environment as it allows an IT Department to deactivate a lost or stolen PC remotely and delete data if necessary.
It appears that $400 or less marks the new sweet spot for 10-inch class tablets. First Apple reduced its iPad 2 to that price, and now we have a pair of Android tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A200 and the Asus Transformer Pad 300, coming in at $350 and $380, respectively. If you have four bills and want a 10-inch tablet, which of these represents the better deal? The answer may surprise you.
The toughest sell around Android tablets today remains the rough state of Android tablet apps. There are a handful of apps that impress, and the rest, well, don’t. And finding apps truly optimized for 10-inch class tablet remains a challenge, more than a year on from the introduction of the first Android tablet operating system. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has not been the great savior for tablet apps as was once hoped; too many apps continue to look like blown-up smartphone apps, instead of apps that truly take advantage of a tablet’s extra screen real estate.
If you’re buying into a tablet because you’re looking for nifty software, and want to keep your costs down, you’re still better off with iPad 2. But the Android platform has its advantages, too, and the Transformer Pad 300 remains the best value choice today
Under the previous system, Soldiers and test officers would have to write down their observations and notes by hand in the field and then transcribe them into a computerized database at the end of the day.
"The idea behind the tablets is saving time for the user," said Maj. Bradley Stremlau, an evaluation officer with ATEC's Army Evaluation Center. "In the old days we just had pen and paper and the Soldiers and test officers were just writing their observations down, and they'd still have to go to a network kiosk and input all this data. So you would have 20, 30 or 40 pages of notes you'd have to input."
After a long summer day of operations in the New Mexico desert, sitting down at a computer late at night to accurately copy over notes can be daunting. Using the tablets, data collectors can instead just visit the nearest network kiosk and upload their day's notes.
"There are going to be eight kiosks, or data collection sites, up range through the NIE, all throughout the range, and the object of the game is, the Soldiers or data collectors will take their tablet to this kiosk, hook it up to the network and then download their day's work," said Fil Macias, chief of the networks and control division of the Systems Integration Directorate.
A couple of months ago, Apple made a big fuss about the greatly improved camera in the new iPad. Five megapixels, 1080p video, advanced optics, and so on.
I need a camera in a tablet like I need a radio in a toaster. It's just not a feature I have much use for, and in fact I've rarely used it at all. I suspect I'm not alone in this sentiment, as evidenced by the massive popularity of Amazon's lens-free Kindle Fire.
The one saving grace? FaceTime, Skype, and other video chat apps. The bigger the screen, the better. Of course, I know very few people who actually like video calls; most folks try it once or twice as a novelty, then go back to plain old voice calls.
Fujitsu Laboratories has announced development of the world's smallest and slimmest palm vein authentication sensor that is capable of being employed in tablet devices. By upgrading the technology's design with new image sensors and other optical components, Fujitsu Laboratories has slimmed down the new sensor to a thickness of 5mm.
The new sensor preserves the same authentication performance as existing technology while halving thickness of current models. This also enables easy deployment to mobile devices, such as tablets and slate PCs, which are becoming increasingly slimmer, and helps to expand the range of applications for palm vein authentication. More customers will now be able to perform secure authentication using simple operations.
The allure of tablet devices is also changing the way businesses plan future IT investments, the report indicated. Approximately 26 percent of respondents said that their company would be buying fewer or far fewer laptops as a result of their tablet purchases in 2012, while 24 percent of SMBs surveyed indicated supplying corporate tablet devices to employees as part of an official policy.
Technology management is also changing in response to the growing influence of tablets at work. ITdepartments surveyed were likely to oversee the purchase, management, maintenance and support of desktop computers (90 percent), and laptops and netbooks (89 percent), but only 55 percent of SMBs managed and maintained tablet devices.
Dolby Digital Plus will function on any PC, tablet or other mobile device licensed to run Windows 8, the company said. But Windows 8 is not expected to start shipping during Dolby's current fiscal year, which ends in September, so the choice won't affect Dolby's results until fiscal 2013.
Lenovo today announced plans to invest about $800 million in smartphone and tablet development over the next five years in an effort to boost its mobile lineup.
"As an industry leader, we are aggressively moving forward into the PC Plus era, and with our Mobile Internet Digital Home group actively engaged, we are accelerating development in smart phones, tablets, and other mobile Internet terminal markets," Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo Group chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
Thursday data from IDC put Lenovo in the No. 4 spot for global tablet shipments behind Apple, Samsung, and Amazon.
I love Evernote and have been a pro version subscriber for years so I was pleased to just receive the news that the acquired Penultimate. Penultimate is a fantastic ink application for the iPad, available for just 99 cents, and will remain an independent application with even more Evernote integration.
As stated by Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote:
Digital handwriting has been around for decades, but it has never gone mainstream because the hardware and software simply weren’t aligned. Thanks to Penultimate and the iPad, that’s all changing. For the first time ever, writing on a tablet is really great, which is why we chose this moment to make the acquisition. We have big plans for Penultimate that will both enhance the app and bring more capabilities into Evernote. It’s already the best handwriting app out there, and it’s only just getting started.”
Penultimate allows you to create handwritten notes, sketch things out, and really do just about anything you do on paper.
If you want a tablet that transforms into a notebook, then this is the tablet for you. Through the use of the optional keyboard dock ($149), not only can you add a keyboard and touchpad, but you also get 5 hours of extra battery life.
Features include: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor, 10.1-inch WXGA IPS capacitive pressure-sensing multi touch display, Front (1.2MP) and rear (8MP) cameras, 32GB SSD, 1 GB DIMM and 10 hours of battery life
Intel (INTC) and Microsoft (MSFT) have been the sleeping dogs of the stock market. In a world where we measure everybody else against Apple (AAPL), recent results are telling.
Over the last month, both MSFT and INTC have outperformed AAPL. AAPL has struggled to retest the highs it set prior to earnings in early April
How Intel, Microsoft Will Win
Intel has some new chips. Microsoft is about to hammer the market with a new operating system. Between the two, they’ll power a new generation of not only PCs, but, more importantly, ultrabooks, ultrabooks that double as tablets, tablets and smartphones.
Traditional tablet PC had the structure neck rotated and stuck to keyboard. Samsung Slate PC and Asus Transformer can attach or detach neck in the concept of notebook. If the structure that can be completely separated is adopted, the display part can be used as tablet PC-purpose and it will have strength on mobility and weight. Some adopt slide structure; it does not get separated, but has features more close to tablet PC. If you look at Asus products below, Slider or Transformer give you more sense of the nature of tablet PC. When typing is needed, you can type through slide function or docking keyboard, the option purchase available. Both products adopt Android OS, and CPU is not the one used by typical PCs. Also, screen size is 10.1”, too small to be a typical notebook.
Lenovo, the world’s second-biggest maker of personal computers, likely will offer a line of enterprise tablets loaded with Windows 8 sometime during the next year, a company executive told CIO Journal.
The new ThinkPad, not yet officially announced, will feature a touch screen and physical keyboard, allowing it to convert from laptop to tablet, Peter Hortensius, president of Lenovo’s product group, said. Hortensius said he hopes the new line will appeal to business people who carry multiple devices, and to CIOs looking for a Windows-based mobile platform.
“We’re seeing a lot of enterprise users carry a tablet, a phone and a notebook,” Hortensius said. “And there isn’t a good reason for why they should have to carry all three.”
The design of the enterprise device likely will be similar to that of the consumer-oriented Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga tablet.
Though Lenovo has offered Windows-based tablets for years, the touch screen interface was very limited. Windows 8, the new Microsoft platform, slated to launch later this year, will be designed for use on tablets, and will allow the kind of multi-finger swiping users have become accustomed to on Android and iPad interface.
Lenovo today announced its new ThinkCentre M92p “tiny” desktop PC, the industry’s first Intel® vPro™ Technology enabled one-litre desktop measuring just the width of a golf ball (34.5 mm). The ThinkCentre M92p, along with the new M72e tiny desktops, exhibits an innovative tiny form factor allowing it to fit in practically any space while maintaining first-class productivity with up to 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ vPro processors.
Lenovo's ThinkCentre M92p "tiny" desktop PC, the industry's first Intel(R) vPro(TM) Technology enabled one-litre desktop measuring just the width of a golf ball.
The GCN Lab recently looked at nine different models and rated them on a variety of features, including suitability for government use. But although all the tablets seemed to perform well, or at least adequately, they weren’t really on the same level as desktop systems in terms of functionality and power.
Now, let’s tie that in with what Greg Crowe wrote about his first impressions of Windows 8 after spending some time with the beta. He said the interface looked like a Windows phone. And it does look like a phone — or, perhaps, a tablet.
That’s because Microsoft is combining its tablet OS and its desktop OS. In a recent presentation, Microsoft spokespeople said that they would like to see devices that have all the comp
I think a tablet that’s as powerful as a desktop would be pretty neat. In fact, a few of the tablets in our roundup, such as the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Slate PC, approached that level of functionality, especially if you could add a keyboard, creating a sort of mini-desktop right there.
Tablet makers are moving toward selling only models equipped with cellular radios and away from having separate Wi-Fi-only units, as the added cost of 3G hardware falls below US$30, an AT&T executive said Tuesday.
Most tablets still are sold with only Wi-Fi. For Apple's iPad, by far the dominant tablet, no more than half of the units sold are equipped with cellular, said IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell. Buying a 3G or 4G model adds cost both for the hardware purchase and for the service plan.
Lenovo has announced a new series of ThinkCentre M and Edge Series desktops and all-in-ones (AIOs) designed to fit the needs of today’s demanding business environment via a range of models featuring a blend of essential features, powerful performance and affordable technology. The new desktops and AIOs not only include the upcoming 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors for powerful performance, but also feature the latest in Lenovo design and performance innovations including intelligent cooling methods and productive multi-screen functionality.
With an Infinity Glass front panel covering the 21.5-inch high definition IPS LED display and a design that’s 2.5 inches (65mm) thin, the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 92z is Lenovo’s slimmest commercial AIO with an eye-catching design. Under its modern, sleek look—one that looks like more like a monitor than an entire machine—the Edge 92z includes the essential features small-to-medium businesses (SMB) require, including choices of the 3rd Generation Intel Core vPro processor family with up to the Intel® Core™ vPro™ i7 processor and the Lenovo Solution Center powered by Intel® Small Business Advantage, which provides a set of tools for remote management of energy settings and PC updates.
The Edge 92z’s innovative features include an optional 10-point multi-touch display and Lenovo’s View Management Utility to easily manage multiple active displays
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced it will resume production of consumer tablets but says it will run them on Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system.
The world's largest technology firm suspended its touchPad WebOS tablet production line last year on poor sales.
Restarting production is a strategic move aimed at capitalising on the extraordinary growth in tablet sales, chief executive Meg Whitman said yesterday at the Global Influencer Summit 2012.
Todd Bradley, the executive vice-president for printing and personal systems, said HP's Windows 8 tablets will come equipped with cloud-based technology, enabling users to share and store content online between different devices.
He also said ultrabooks will be a key product aimed at both consumers and businesses this year.
Interest in owning a tablet PC has increased among people with household incomes over $100,000, even as overall tablet ownership rates have also increased, according to “Catching the Tablet Wave,” a new study from Ipsos MediaCT.
Overall tablet PC ownership increased from 10% in September 2011 to 16% in March 2012, according to the Ipsos study, which broke down ownership rates by various factors
Publishers and advertisers are scrambling to keep up with the surge of interest in tablet computers and digital publications designed for them. Last week the American Association of Advertising Agencies sent an open letter to the MPA asking publishers to provide more specific information to advertisers about digital magazine readership on tablets. Their list of requests includes breaking out tablet-audience metrics into subscription and single-copy sales, as well as distinguishing between subscribers who bought a new digital-only subscription and subscribers who simply verified a pre-existing print subscription to receive the digital counterpart; unduplicated numbers for readership on tablets, other digital and online platforms, and print; “an accredited, third-party research vendor for measuring readership across these new devices,” along with a consistent template for reporting tablet readership metrics from different publishers; data on consumer engagement with digital magazine ads; and separate print and digital ratebases.
GammaTech Computer Corp., a major international manufacturer and supplier of innovative notebook and tablet computers, will show its Durabook line of mobile rugged computers and tablets during the 2012 GSA Training and Expo in booth 1635. The expo will take place in San Antonio, Texas from May 15 to May 17, 2012.
U12C is the perfect companion for mobile government users on the go. It features a 12.1" WXGA Touch Screen with Digitizer and LED backlight display that quickly converts into a convertible Tablet PC.
R13C rugged convertible computer is built to stand up to some of today's harshest environments - it is tested for drop, shock, and spill protection, plus salt, fog and freeze/thaw standards. A pivot hinge allows the R13C to quickly and easily transform into a tablet.
RT10C fully rugged tablet is built to meet the mobile demands of mobile users.
T7Q - a small and lightweight rugged tablet with a 7" TFT LCD display
T10L2 Mobile Clinical Assistant slate style tablet features a 10.4" TFT LCD high-resolution display the T10L2 medical tablet is the best solution for any government healthcare environment.
Apple is reportedly planning to launch a 7-inch iPad, perhaps before the end of this year. When it does, the device will take out the Kindle Fire, which has already experienced slowing sales since it was released late in 2011. A 7-inch iPad might be the coup-de-grace for the Amazon tablet.
Considering how important the tablet space is to Apple, however, one cannot expect the company to accept any substantial challenge from the Kindle Fire. Quite the contrary, there's a good chance that Apple wants to take it down. And with a 7-inch iPad, there's an even better chance that it'll achieve that goal.
The Air Force Special Operations Command announced Wednesday that it has awarded a $1.9 million contract for Apple iPad tablets to Executive Technology Inc. of Phoenix. That’s the same company that won a contract in March from the Air Mobility Command for 18,000 Apple iPad 2 computers to store and display digital flight charts and manuals.
The AFSOC contract announcement did not specify whether the deal was for iPads or “equal” tablets as described in its April 9 solicitation but Capt. Kristen Duncan, an AFSOC spokeswoman, said the contract with Executive Technology is for 2,725 Apple Next-Generation iPads. AMC also used similar “brand name or equal” language in its tablet procurement before ultimately selecting the iPad.
Following a string of complaints across the globe (notably in Australia and the United Kingdom) regarding Apple’s branding of the 4G-LTE compatible iPads, Apple has tweaked the name of their cellular-connecting iPad in some regions. The new name is simply “iPad WiFi + Cellular,” and this is a shift from the former “iPad WiFi + 4G” branding.
The new iPad name of “iPad WiFi + Cellular” can now be seen across Apple.com, and the changes were officially made within the last 24-48 hours. Apple retail stores have begun changing out their signage to new “WiFi + Cellular” marketing.
At a conference in Shanghai this week Hewlett-Packard executives have been touting the company's reentry into the tablet market, this time with models running Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system. That's according to the Bangkok Post, which quotes HP big shots who say the move capitalizes on the high numbers of consumers investing in tablets and the fact that Windows 8 will let them share and store content online between different devices.
with Windows 8 on board, HP's new tablet will likely fare far better than the TouchPad did.
"The concept of a worthy Windows tablet has been a sort of Holy Grail since the launch of the Apple iPad. Windows 8, with its Metro interface, and compatibility with ARM architecture devices has established an expectation that Windows 8 tablets will fill the void Android tablets have been unable to, and provide some worthwhile competition for Apple -- especially in the business market,"
Ever since Apple's release of a multi-touch tablet PC, dubbed the Apple iPad on January 27, 2010, the frenzy that tablet PC unleashed around the world has attracted other vendors to join the tablet market competition by unveiling iPad-like products. In the Internet environment, users are able to connect to the world anytime anywhere by means of a tablet PC and therefore business opportunities can go beyond the limits of time and space through real-time connection. This report profiles eight mainstream tablet PCs released by five major brand-name vendors. Through a dummy variable multiple linear regression analysis model, tablet PC prices and benefits are examined, in order to identify key product benefits that influence tablet PC price differences.
Lenovo is working with chip maker Intel on a future ThinkPad tablet based on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, a Lenovo executive said.
The release of an Intel-based ThinkPad tablet depends on when Microsoft releases Windows 8, said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager of the ThinkPad business unit, in an interview. He declined to provide a specific date, though Windows 8 is expected to come out later this year.
Chips based on the x86 architecture such as processors from Intel provide many advantages to business customers, who are Lenovo's targets with ThinkPad tablets, Bhatia said.
"On the x86 architecture you get backward compatibility," Bhatia said. Windows 8 tablets with Intel chips support existing and legacy applications already running on Windows, which is the dominant OS in the PC market.
Intel later this year plans to release a tablet chip code-named Clover Trail, which will be released at the time Windows 8 becomes available. Intel's only potential competitor on Windows 8 is ARM, whose processors ship in most tablets today. The touch-based Windows OS will come in three versions -- Windows RT for ARM, and Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro for x86 chips.
A new report by CNET quotes a source close to the world's largest chipmaker, Intel as saying that Windows 8 tablets powered by its chips will ship in November. Reportedly the lineup will be heavy on hybrid form factors such as the eye catching "Yoga" design from Lenovo.
Source code from Google and Samsung suggest that the two companies are on track to produce a Nexus tablet -- a slate running a plain-vanilla version of Android. However, "it still appears that Android just doesn't have what it takes to compete with the iPad," Retrevo's Andrew Eisner said. "Amazon's Kindles had a competitive price, and that seems to have run its
Tablet PC provider MobileDemand, in collaboration with Norfolk Southern Corporation, has been named in the 11th annual listing of the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s “100 Great Supply Chain Projects.” Norfolk Southern, a leader in the railroad industry, is using approximately 1,200 MobileDemand xTablet T8700s to improve their in transit visibility in a 2 year deployment for 11 divisions, over the 2011 and 2012 calendar years.
Adobe Digital Marketing Summit EMEA -- Adobe today announced findings from its most recent Adobewhen the visitor is on a tablet, smartphone or personal computer (PC). The report found that tablet devices will generate more Web traffic than smartphones by early 2013 and that consumers find browsing websites on tablets nearly as engaging as on PCs.
The results indicate that tablets have become a channel very distinct from smartphones. While apps have proven a highly valuable and important component of a mobile strategy, companies would be well served to invest in optimizing mobile Web pages for the growing and affluent* tablet demographic. Key report findings include:
-- The share of website visits from tablets grew approximately 10 times faster than the rate for smartphones in the first two years after market introduction and grew more than 300 percent in the last year. This rapid growth is driven by both higher rates of tablet shipments and a disproportionately higher number of website visits per tablet than smartphones.
-- Tablets' share of website traffic will exceed smartphone traffic by early 2013 and reach 10 percent of total website traffic in 2014.
RMI Corporation is pleased to announce their partnership with MobileDemand. Through this agreement, RMI will offer its customers a rugged mini tablet PC that delivers exceptional power and reliability to ADVANTAGE Mobile Workers.
The MobileDemand tablet offered by RMI is a lightweight device equipped with a 7” touch screen display, built-in bar code scanner, and GOBI technology for mobile internet access anywhere. Optional accessories, such as mag strip readers and external keyboards, make it easy to configure the device for your business needs. MobileDemand units can be truck mounted and / or carried by the user.
Physicians really do love their digital gadgets. Digital device and media adoption are growing much faster than anticipated, with much of the growth occurring in the tablet market, according to a new study conducted by healthcare market research and advisory firm Manhattan Research.
Tablets have become mainstream, and physician adoption for professional purposes almost doubled since 2011, reaching 62% in 2012's survey. Apple's iPad emerged as the dominant tablet platform, according to the study. In addition, one-half of tablet-owning physicians have used their device at the point-of-care.
MobileDemand, the nation's leading provider of Rugged Tablet PCs in transportation, announces a reseller partnership agreement with RHx Systems Inc., a leading provider of professional trucking software for trucking and shipping companies.
The main use of the MobileDemand xTablet rugged tablet PCs by RHx Systems will be to provide current and new customers with an in-cab solution that will allow trucking companies to better control expenses by reducing operating costs while improving driver retention. Using RHx Systems software, drivers are able to check weather conditions, route information, tire tracking, fuel locations and see a personalized dashboard which makes it easy to jump from one screen to another.
“We are excited about partnering with RHx Systems to bring in-cab rugged tablet PC solutions to trucking companies who want to increase driver efficiency and productivity, cut operating costs and improve customer service. RHx Systems offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise with its 25 years of experience providing software to trucking companies and shippers,” says Bob Zink, MobileDemand Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
It seems when Steve Job's wanted to take on an industry he crushed it - With Apple now in the hands on Tim Cook, the next industry the tech giant is going after is the magazine industry - with their NewsStand platform exclusively on the iPad.
As spring reaches full blossom, it's not just the flowers that are beginning to show -- so are the new slates heavy hitters teased back at CES. So, what does that mean? It means it's high-time that we cast a fresh glance over the tablet landscape, took in a deep breath of slate-infused air and exhaled a hearty Engadget tablet buyer's guide.
we thought it only fair to give the now-mature tablet category one of its own. We're going to look at the main categories of fondleslabbery and carve out what we think are the finest offerings on the market right now. It doesn't matter if you're looking for something big, small, just good enough or so powerful that it could replace your laptop: we've collected our favorites and shepherded them safely into this one humble guide. Of course, if you want to cast your net a little wider, you can always check out our tablet review hub, but if you struggle with indecision, head on past the break to see what's hot right now in Tablet Land.
First quarter numbers from IDC showed that Android tablet shipments declined in Q1-12 from Q4-11, while Apple cruised ahead, reasserting dominance of the tablet market. Looking a bit deeper, we see that Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, a deviation from Google Android, is becoming dominant, and all the tablets from Samsung, Moto/Google, and other mainstream CE and PC manufacturers are losing share. This looks like a disaster for Android.
Android tablets that are positioned right against the iPad (Moto Xoom, Samsung GalaxyTablet) are losing ground. Asus, Acer, and Toshiba, which have more of a value strategy, are hanging on. The others have failed to make a mark.
Most important, there is a wave of competing tablets coming at the sub-$200 price point. Amazon has shown that there is demand for this class of product.
Android tablets are not having more success in the enterprise. I expected that the highly functional and open Android OS would attract developers to build enterprise applications. This has not happened yet, and Apple has done a great job in this segment.
But, don’t count Android tablets out. A wave of new, lower-priced products are coming for the fall selling season, and the game in the enterprise is far from over.
The 10.1in Acer Iconia Tab A510 runs the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operatingsystem, is powered by a quad-core processor and has 32GB of storage along with a microSD card for memory expansion. However, the real attraction here seems to be battery life.
Acer claims the Iconia Tab A510's huge 9800mAh battery will provide up to 15 hours of standby time. Real life battery use is often less than advertised figures, but this figure remains pretty impressive. If Acer's quoted figure is close enough to the mark, the Iconia Tab A510 will undoubtedly be the market leader when it comes to tablet battery life.
The Acer Iconia Tab A510 has a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and a HDMI-out port for connecting the tablet to a high definition TV or projector.
Apple effectively gives iOS away (it’s a hardware company, after all), and Amazon gets Android for free. Microsoft has to charge for Windows 8 and Windows RT because it’s a software company; if it didn’t, it wouldn’t make any money, which shareholders might see as a bit of a problem.
It's important thing to bear in mind is that it’s virtually impossible for OEMs to create a tablet that’s comparable to the iPad, for the same price. Apple’s design, supply chain, and manufacturing dominance is so stellar that the iPad is actually one of the cheapest tablets to produce. Famously, the fat, plastic-body, WiFi-only HP TouchPad cost more to manufacture ($318) than the 3G iPad 2 ($310). Once you factor in the additional cost of a Windows license, there simply is no way for similarly-outfitted Windows tablets to compete on price. (As an aside, this is the same reason that OEM ultrabooks are struggling to match the MacBook Air’s specs.)
As long as someone is willing to take a hit to their profit margins, then, it should be possible for Windows ARM tablets to compete with the iPad and Kindle Fire. Of course, all of this speculation doesn’t take into account the fact that Windows RT could be more desirable than iOS; users might actually be willing to pay a premium for Windows tablets. For that to happen, we’d need hundreds of thousands of Windows RT apps, though, and so far it doesn’t look like that will happen. We should also remember that Apple could quite easily block the entrance of Windows RT by dropping the price of its iPads, and still remain healthily profitable.
Microsoft is hoping the touch-screen-friendly Windows 8 is its ticket into the growing tablet PC market. But its pricing of the new OS may be doing the company no favors when it comes to competing against the established powers in the space.
Microsoft is hoping the touch-screen-friendly Windows 8 is its ticket into the growing tablet PC market. But its pricing of the new OS may be doing the company no favors when it comes to competing against the established powers in the space.
DLI, a leading manufacturer of rugged tablets, in-vehicle computers, and mobile POS devices today announced the release of the DLI 9000 Rugged Mobile Tablet.
DLI unveils its new 9000 rugged tablet and 5-in-1 mobile payment module option. Designed by DLI, this exclusive 5-in-1 payment module includes a magstripe, debit pin pad, contactless payment (NFC™), EMV™, and barcode scanning. The DLI 9000 rugged tablet is the perfect solution to capture the customer & complete the sale.
key features of the DLI 9000 rugged tablet include:
Choice of Operating Systems, including Windows® 7 Pro/Ultimate, Windows® Embedded 7, Windows® Embedded POS Ready 7, Android® 4.0 ICS
The Tablet PC Gift Dads and Grads Gift Guide is includes a variety of Tablets, gifts & accessories for those special Dads and Graduates in your life.
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Fujitsu is adding an Android device to its enterprise tablet line-up, offering businesses a choice of platforms while challenging Apple's iPad with a better set of corporate features, including built-in security, management tool integration, and support for Exchange email.
Set to be available from mid-June, the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 is based on a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with 1GB memory, 32GB of Flash Storage, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 10.1in device is expected to carry a price tag of £476 including VAT.
Fujitsu said it is seeing strong interest in the Android platform from the corporate market, and has designed the Stylistic M532 based on feedback to the Stylistic Q550 Windows 7 tablet the firm launched last year.
"The Stylistic M532 is in response to a changing market. Bring your own device (BYOD) has really kicked off in the last 12 months, and businesses are identifying specific roles for Windows and Android tablets," Fujitsu mobile client marketing manager Dave Shaw told V3.
Shaw said that the Stylistic M532 complements rather than replaces the Q550, which Fujitsu will continue to offer.
While the Stylistic M532 looks like a consumer tablet, the device comes pre-loaded with applications and features designed to appeal more to corporate users.
Motorola, founded 85 years ago, invented the cell phone in the 1980s, made it ubiquitous in the ‘90s with the StarTAC, and ushered in the era of stylish feature phones in 2004 with the RAZR. Then it utterly lost its way in the age of versatile touch-screen devices like the iPhone. When Google first came
calling, it was mostly interested in getting Motorola’s trove of 17,000-plus patents to help defend the Android operating system against lawsuits by Oracle, Microsoft, Apple, and others.
Woodside’s mission has since become more ambitious. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek before the deal formally closed on May 22, Woodside said Google also plans to use the Motorola division to produce smartphones and tablet computers that can help Google set the pace of innovation in the mobile business. “This is a huge opportunity to really show what Android can do in a well-designed, well-packaged, and well-marketed product,” he says.
MobileDemand, the nation’s leading provider of Rugged Tablet PC systems in Transportation, announced today that the xTablet T7000 rugged tablet PC is now Gobi 3000 certified. Gobi allows the computer hardware to access the 3G global networks provided by various wireless carriers.
MobileDemand users of xTablets equipped with Gobi 3000 will be able to take advantage of high speed mobile networks, embedded GPS capabilities and a Gobi application programming interface. All of this can be done at speeds up to 14.4 Mbps downlink and 5.76 Mbps uplink.
“Many of our customers have field operations that are mission-critical to their business. With the xTablet T7000 with Gobi 3000, they can extend enterprise applications beyond the four walls so that mobile workers can get the information they need to be more efficient and productive at the point of work,” says Bob Zink, MobileDemand Vice-President of Sales and Marketing.
Once again, the rumor of a Microsoft Office tablet app has reared its head, and this time, the app is reportedly coming to Android as well.
Microsoft Office will launch for the iPad and Android in November, Boy Genius Report’s “reliable source” claims. The software is reportedly the same as what The Daily claimed to have seen in February, with hints of the Metro design language that Microsoft uses in Windows 8. (The Daily had claimed that the app could launch in the”coming weeks,” which obviously didn’t happen. Also, Microsoft denied the authenticity of the app as photographed by The Daily.)
Microsoft's been pushing tablet computers for the best part of a decade, so you can imagine how happy the iPad's success makes them.
But Microsoft doesn't give up easily, and Windows 8 tablets will be with us later in the year. One such example, that we saw at CES from Lenovo - called the Yoga - is a wrap-around convertible tablet that becomes an ultraportable laptop.
The Windows 8 release date is late 2012, so let's see what Windows 8 tablets will have in store for us. It's a crucial product for Microsoft financially.
Entry level slates could hit the shelves with price tags of under $300 - although not everybody believes that price point would make sense. Indeed, Windows 8 manufacturers seem to be suggesting that Windows 8 touchscreen devices won't be cheap - Dell said in May that they would be priced higher - although he was mainly talking about laptops.
According to DigiTimes, Windows on ARM tablets will struggle to meet manufacturer's target prices to compete against the iPad - in other words, they could be a good deal more expensive.
Leading independent Apple authority iLounge today released The New iPad Buyers' Guide, the eighteenth book in its multi-million-downloaded series of iPad, iPhone, and iPod publications. Impressively designed from cover to cover, The New iPad Buyers' Guide delivers a smart, comprehensive look at the growing world of iPad tablets, accessories, and apps, featuring products from nearly 200 companies. There's something for everyone inside: shopping tips, beautiful photography, interviews with top developers, and even insights on the next generation of Apple devices.
Weighing in at 156 pages, The New iPad Buyers' Guide is iLounge's biggest and best iPad-focused publication yet. In addition to helping users though every step of purchasing one of the 24 different iPad models available today, the Guide includes a massive collection of top iPad accessories, a look at today's most essential 100 iPad apps, and a special section on the just-released third-generation Apple TV.
The Financial Times is working on an app for Windows 8, with a tablet due to be released by Microsoft in the autumn.
"We're very excited about Windows 8 and what that might do for the market place," Rob Grimshaw, managing director of FT.com, today said in a meeting titled 'Beyond the Desktop', at which he talked about the future of mobile.
"We think the tablet space has not yet been settled in who owns it," he added.
Speaking to Journalism.co.uk about the Windows 8 app, Grimshaw said: "Apple clearly have done amazing things in that space over the past few years with a device that defined a whole new category. But we can't believe that this is going to be a marketplace which is just dominated by one player in perpetuity.
"We think it will end up being a much more diverse market place and there is room for at least a couple more big players, and given the effort that Microsoft is putting into Windows 8 it's entirely possible that Microsoft will be one of those players."
So you love your iPad, but you wish you could work on Microsoft Office software, watch Flash video and generally have more of a PC-like experience? OnLive Desktop is one way you can.
OnLive Desktop does something similar, but with a suite of Windows-based Office programs. Essentially, remote servers do all the work, and OnLive's app shows a virtual desktop on your iPad or Android tablet. Because there's no storage on the tablet, everything works fast.
I tried out OnLive Desktop on an iPad 2. The OnLive Desktop app gives you access to Microsoft software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as Adobe Reader and a few other programs. You don't need to own these programs.
You can't add other software to the virtual desktop, however. The system is wiped clean each time you use it, though OnLive offers you a way to save document files to access later.
Thanks to some busy hands at German startup übi, a Microsoft Kinect sensor, together with a projector, is able to turn any wall or surface into a multi-touch display.
It might sound far-fetched, but it works perfectly well, Wired.co.uk explains. In the demo shown off in Microsoft's HQ in Seattle, a projector shone the Windows desktop onto a pane of glass. A Kinect sensor on the other side was used to track the movements of the user, allowing him or her to interact with Windows using touch, in exactly the same way you would with a Windows tablet or using a mouse on a regular computer.
In the demo video, the system seems to work very well, with multi-touch zooming on maps software seeming accurate and responsive. Angry Birds looked perfectly playable too, although the guy giving the demo clearly needed some practice.
For those who want to use Windows 8on tablets and touchscreen PCs, Microsoft includes a range of virtual keyboards. Here's a close look at Windows 8's virtual keyboard.
A lot of time and effort has been spent by Microsoft in making Windows 8 finger friendly. The prime example of this is the Metro interface. If, however, the operating system is to be used successfully on tablets it needs more than just a 'prod and stroke' friendly interface. You need to be able to enter text too, and that means you need a keyboard.
Microsoft is no newcomer to touch-based interfaces and it has a pedigree in supporting touch-based text entry. First there were Tablet PC editions of WindowsXP.
Tablets are likely to become the primary computing experience for workers over the next few years. What will it take to successfully shift IT delivery to these devices given the security worries, legacy IT landscape, BYOD, and other issues?
Reformulating IT delivery in an uncertain tablet world
While difficult and potentially risky, waiting for the dust to settle and for clear trends to emerge in the mobile industry just isn’t an option. Employees are using their tablets for work now. They’re using the apps they prefer and they also want access to company networks, intranet services, and enterprise data. And this strong demand is not just coming from line workers, but from the most senior executives as well, whose requests are far more difficult to ignore or put off. Organizations must have a strategy that will co-evolve rapidly with the tablet industry, providing ways to maximize the business value that tablets offer while managing the downsides, the largest of which — at least today — are generally perceived as security, data control, regulation, and compliance.
TabTimes offers in-depth look at how tablets change people’s lives and offers actionable advice on how to get things done in the post-PC era.
TabTimes for iPad, a business news magazine entirely devoted to tablets and delivered as a free iPad application, hit the App Store today.
The iPad has already changed the lives of tens of millions of people. TabTimes for iPad will report on the front lines of this revolution with a business perspective. It will focus on how tablets are used for business, work and productivity, with a mix of news, features, reviews, interviews and how-to articles.
TabTimes for iPad’s content is produced by a team of seasoned and passionate journalists, who previously worked for PC Magazine, MacLife, PC World and Infoworld. Our content team also includes columnists Ben Bajarin, a tech columnist for Time.com, Dan Rowinski, a writer at ReadWriteWeb, and Christina Tynan-Wood, a tech columnist at Family Circle magazine and a previous columnist for PC Magazine and PC World.
Apple will not be looking to merge its iOS and OS X platforms any time soon, according to chief executive Tim Cook.
Speaking at the opening session of the D10 conference, the Apple chief said that the company would not be following Microsoft's lead in building a single operating system to power both tablet devices and traditional note book and desktop PC systems.
"In my view the tablet and the PC are different," Cook said.
"You can do things with the tablet if you are not encumbered by the legacy of the PC."
Lenovo on Wednesday finally shipped the IdeaTab S2109 tablet after months of teasers, calling the $349 tablet one of the lightest in the market with a 9.7-in. screen.
The tablet weighs 576 grams and measures just 0.83 centimeters thick, Lenovo said in a statement. It is the first tablet that the company is shipping in the U.S. that includes Google's latest Android 4.0 OS.
The tablet is for entertainment, Lenovo said. It can play 720p high-definition video on its screen, but can play 1080p video on TVs connected via the HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) port. The tablet has a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 chip with a clock-speed of 1GHz.
The S2109 will compete with tablets optimized for entertainment content and applications such as Apple's iPad and Asus' Transformer Pad 300 (TF300), which has a quad-core chip and is priced starting at $379. General-purpose tablets with dual-core processors under $400 that ship today are largely capable of handling 1080p video, but have lower resolution screens.
The S2109 offers 10 hours of battery life when used for video or web browsing, Lenovo said. The device has 1GB of RAM and up to 32GB storage. Storage can be expanded via micro-USB and micro-SD card slots.
A new report has pegged a specific date for the anticipated launch of Microsoft Word for Apple's iPad: Nov. 10, 2012.
The date was reported on Thursday by The Daily, which said that the development team at Microsoft finished work on the project last month. The design team responsible for Office on iPad was also said to have wrapped their work soon after.
"The app is now in the hands of a usability team that appraises software that utilizes the Metro design language for 'Metro compliance' and suggests changes as needed," reporter Matt Hickey wrote. "When approved by the team, the app likely will go to Apple for app store approval, which could take a couple of weeks."
Apple's Tim Cook expounded on prior comments he has made on trying to shoehorn a PC into a tablet at the D10 conference last night. The Microsoft-Intel camp should listen.
Let's begin with what Cook said.
In my view, the tablet and the PC are different. You can do things with a tablet if you aren't encumbered by the legacy of a PC -- if you view it as different. If you say this is another PC, all of a sudden you're pulling all of the leadweight of the PC market and you wind up with something not as good.
Trying to do all those things that the OS of the PC does, and perhaps should do, it's trying to converge laptops and tablets and therefore you've got a clamshell kind of thing and you're lugging this thing with you, and so the industrial design is not optimized for tablet. People want tablets to be incredibly thin.
He's right. A shotgun marriage between a PC and a tablet isn't going to produce an eminently elegant device along the lines of an iPad--or even a Motorola Xyboard or Samsung Galaxy Tab.
And consumers -- judging by Apple's success -- don't only want Apple tablets to be "incredibly thin" and light: they want the same from the Windows 8 competition.
Windows 8 tablets may get there but it's a tough nut to crack for hybrids.
A fresh crop of ultrabooks sporting Intel's latest "Ivy Bridge" Core processors will start to go on sale next month, including 30 models with touchscreens, Intel said Thursday.
Intel will officially announce the Ivy Bridge chips at the Computex trade show in Taiwan next week. Some of the touchscreen ultrabooks will be convertible, meaning the screen can fold back to turn the laptop into a tablet, said Intel spokeswoman Becky Emmett.
Lenovo showed a convertible ultrabook earlier this year, the IdeaPad Yoga. It ran a consumer preview of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 and activated the touch-optimized Metro user interface when folded into a tablet. The Yoga had a 13.3-inch screen, was 1.6 centimeters thick and weighed 1.4 kilograms. Lenovo has yet to give pricing or availability for the ultrabook.
Dell will also launch touchscreen ultrabooks and tablets around the time Windows 8 launches. CEO Michael Dell last week said the touchscreen products would likely be priced a bit higher than similar products without touchscreens.
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.