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When Microsoft first launched its Surface line of products, it caused quite a stir in the mobile PC market. It may have taken a couple of iterations to get things dialed in to the point they are today, but simply entering the market with its own branded hardware put Microsoft in the position of essentially competing with its partners. Microsoft had a specific vision for the future of Windows-based mobile products, however, and decided to develop hardware that embodied that vision. Now that we’re a few years removed from the introduction of the original Surface and Surface Pro, it’s clear that Microsoft’s vision has merit, and now virtually all of the company’s major OEM partners are producing... Read more...
Periodically, Amazon updates and revamps its lineup of tablets with upgraded models and new names. While the company's tablets have kept the Fire branding over the years, the combination of letters and numbers that follow have changed. This year, for example, Amazon removed the HDX tag and now offers tablets with simply “Fire” or “Fire HD” branding. As its simpler name may suggest, Amazon’s latest Fire tablet is a more basic model that doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of the HD series, which is available in three sizes. Instead, the all-new 7-inch Fire tablet has an ultra-low $50 price tag that has the potential to shake up the market and get a tablet in the hands of people who might... Read more...
Are you the type of person who has to read a chapter or two of whichever book you're engrossed in before hitting the pillow for some Zs? If so, you're a prime candidate for a new bundle from Amazon that packages its previously announced Fire HD 8 tablet with some tantalizing extras, including a year of Kindle Unlimited. That right there gives you access to over 1 million books. The bundle also includes a limited a edition rustic leather cover. Packaged together, the Fire HD 8 Reader's Edition, as Amazon is calling it, costs a cool $250. If you were to purchase each item separately, the retail cost would run just a dime and four pennies shy of $350. "Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition simply delivers... Read more...
Rumblings around the web from iPad Pro owners who report a bizarre issue with their newfangled Apple tablets are growing in number. Complaints are coming in through various forums on the web and social media sites that the 12.9-inch slate stops responding after long charging sessions, and the only recourse is to hard restart the device. That's not a good sign for a tablet that, as Apple CEO Tim Cook expects, is supposed to cannibalize traditional notebook and desktop sales and kick start the post-PC era. We're paraphrasing a bit, but not really exaggerating. Even without the crazy talk, a frozen tablet fresh off the charger is a troubling symptom.Here's what one user wrote on Apple's support... Read more...
If you purchased a higher-end smartphone in the past two years, chances are good that it has an SoC under its hood that packs ARM's ARMv8 architecture. It's what made 64-bit mobile processors possible, and with that comes increased performance as well as the ability to utilize lots of memory, among other processing efficiencies. Today, it's not hard to find ARMv8 in even modest smartphones, some of which could cost under $100. But in emerging markets, the architecture has been nonexistent. This is a problem ARM is planning to solve. It plans to do that with its brand new Cortex-A35, a microarchitecture that aims for ultra high efficiency and will target the "next billion smartphone users... Read more...
Security firm Lookout has just revealed what could be one of the most hard-hitting pieces of malware to ever hit Android. It doesn't have an official name, except to be referred to as "trojanized adware", and right from the top, we can tell you that if you only stick to downloading apps through Google's Play Store, you have nothing to worry about. There are two things that make this piece of malware so severe. First, it's effectively wrapped around legitimate apps. Users can download these, such as Facebook and Snapchat, and install them normally. Nothing will look out-of-the-ordinary, and Google won't raise a fuss outside of the original warning that comes with installing out-of-store apps.... Read more...
Microsoft is fond of referring to the Surface Pro as a tablet that can replace your laptop, and based on our experience with them, it's not an incorrect statement, at least from a performance and usability standpoint. But as a teardown of the Surface Pro 4 reminds us, there is in fact a difference between tablet PCs and laptops at large.The folks at iFixIt put Microsoft's new Surface Pro 4 tablet on the operating table and carved into it like a pumpkin being prepped for Halloween. Well, eventually they did -- like the Surface Pro  3, the new model proved difficult to disassemble right from the get-go due to a liberal use of adhesive holding it together.It took some specialty tools to pry... Read more...
Samsung's going big with its next Galaxy tablet -- way big. We're talking about the oft-rumored Galaxy View, a slate with a monstrous 18.4-inch display powered by Samsung's own octa-core Exynos 7580 System-on-Chip (SoC) and 2GB of RAM. How do we know this? The specs come courtesy of an overeager online retailer. The Galaxy View was spotted for pre-order on Adorama's website. Apparently Samsung wasn't ready to let the cat out of the bag on this one, as the listing is no longer live. However, this is the web we're talking about, and as we've said on many occasions, there are no mulligans on the Internet -- once you put something out there, you can't take it back. If the pre-order page had the specs... Read more...
It may be a bit too early to be shopping for the holidays just yet, but doing a little research never hurts, particularly if you’re in the market for a new mobile device. Tablet makers are continually in the process of slimming down their devices and boosting battery life, even in the entry-level space, where products like the Android-based Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8 play. Lenovo gave this tablet an aggressive price point of $169.99 and designed it for entertainment use, which ought to make the Yoga Tab 3 8 appealing to a broad range of potential consumers. So, we decided to take the tablet for a spin and see if it has something to offer savvy, frugal consumers this holiday season...Lenovo bills the... Read more...
When Microsoft revealed its Surface Book a couple of weeks ago, we knew it was going to be a HOT product. What I'm not sure many of us realized, though, is that the available models would sell out so fast. For a product that starts out at $1,499 and doesn't have the Apple name attached to it, that's quite impressive. As it appears, though, all of the configurations can still be pre-ordered, but it's wise to jump in realizing that the product might not be delivered as quickly as you'd hope. There is one configuration that's been added that is likely to ship the fastest, though, simply due to the lack of people willing to spend $3,199 on a new notebook. This grand configuration features a Core... Read more...
We've sure come a long way since cell phones exploded in popularity. It used to invoke a great feeling to hold out that flip-phone and admire its sheer awesomeness. Today? Most would laugh at those older devices. Now, we have super advanced smartphones that can do everything from take great pictures to play videos to check your heart rate. And, as if that wasn't enough, we've since piled on tablets, smartwatches, and many other smart devices or wearables. With so much personal fragmentation like this, it can be a bit frustrating that if someone calls you, and you happen to be nowhere near your phone, you're not going to know about it. Wouldn't it be nice to leave the house for a jog and be able... Read more...
If you've been paying any attention to the security realm over the past few years, you're probably well aware that Google's Android OS has quite a number of issues and caveats surrounding it. It comes with the territory of the OS being placed into the hands of any vendor that produces an Android device - it becomes their responsibility to update, not Google's. Obviously, that's going to be problematic where patches are concerned. After the Stagefright MMS bug hit the world a few months ago, the need for better Android security really hit the limelight. Not long after, some companies, such as Samsung, began promising to get better about things. Ultimately, though, it seems like Google itself has... Read more...
As with most tech markets, mobile is one rife with competition. Thanks to that, it's an enormous challenge for companies to release new products that manage to "wow" us. But, at its launch event last week, Microsoft did manage to pull it off not once, but a few times. One such example was with its updated Surface Pro 4 tablet. It could be argued that Microsoft revitalized the tablet PC. Since the release of the original Surface, we've seen other vendors release their own takes to varying degrees of success. Even Apple recently announced a new iPad that mimics the overall design and goals. To say that Microsoft is very proud of its Surface Pro would be an understatement. It's interesting, then,... Read more...
When Microsoft first announced the Surface Pro back in 2012 (it launched in early 2013), many Apple fans snickered. Here was Microsoft, releasing a somewhat thick and heavy tablet that not only had a kickstand, but also an “odd” cover that doubled as a keyboard. And to top things off, the device made use of a stylus. The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously said in 2010, “If you see a stylus, they blew it.”  And many people thought that Microsoft did blow it, writing off nearly $1 billion in costs related to its Surface tablets during the first year. But Microsoft forged ahead with the Surface Pro 2, and later with the Surface Pro 3 (you can read Marco’s review here). Not only were customers... Read more...
Competing with Apple in the mobile space isn't rocket science, it's just a matter of sticking to a proven formula for success -- build a premium device with superior specs than the one Apple is selling, inject it with Android, and then undercut the iWhatever in price. That's not to say Apple is the only premium slate target of opportunity but we'd surmise Apple would consider it the sincerest for of flattery anyway. Incidentally, we've just described the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0. It's a well designed Android tablet with Intel inside, and it boasts better specs than the iPad mini 3. It's also less expensive -- as configured (see table below), the model we're reviewing runs a penny shy of $300, which... Read more...
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Microsoft should be “elated” that the competition is coming to market with tablet design that look surprisingly similar to its Surface Pro 3. The iPad Pro was introduced earlier this week with a 12.9-inch display, a fold-out Smart Keyboard cover and a much ballyhooed Apple Pencil (which is just Apple speak for an expensive stylus). Steven Sinofsky, the former Microsoft exec that had a hand in developing the original line of Surface tablets, took to Twitter to lay on the sarcasm following the Apple keynote: iPad Pro has a magnetic keyboard fold-out keyboard (with seamless key covers). What an awesome idea!! pic.twitter.com/ldspeuAysv— Steven... Read more...
At some point in the not-too-distant future, Microsoft will release a Surface Pro 4 tablet. In the meantime, Microsoft's been marking down its Surface Pro 3 family, and yet again the tablet line is on sale, this time with some tantalizing savings for students heading back to school.You might be thinking, "Doesn't Microsoft always give students a 10 percent discount on Surface tablets?" The answer is yes, though student discounts typically only apply to the retail cost. This time around, students can apply a special student discount of up to $150 to the marked down pricing for Surface Pro 3.What that boils down to is up to $300 off select Surface Pro 3 models. Here's a look at how it shakes out:Core... Read more...
In less than a week, you'll be able to waltz into an AT&T store and purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet, if that's what you're after. Unveiled back in July, the Galaxy Tab S2 is Samsung's newest generation Android tablet with a slim and light profile. In fact, Samsung says the Galaxy Tab S2 boasts the thinnest and lightest metal frame of its size. More specifically, the 9.7-inch tablet features a slender 5.6mm profile and checks in at just 389 grams. Compare those figures to Apple's iPad Air 2, which measures 6.1mm thick and weighs 437 grams. Granted, we're splitting hairs here, but as far as bragging rights go, they now belong to Samsung. "The Galaxy Tab S2 is not only our thinnest and... Read more...
LG Electronics is getting ready to officially launch its G Pad II tablet at IFA 2015 in Berlin, after which the 10.1-inch slate with a WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution will become available in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, the company announced today. Both LTE and Wi-Fi only versions will be available. The sleek looking tablet will feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor from yesteryear with a clockspeed of 2.26GHz and, presumably, an Adreno 330 GPU. Interestingly, LG didn't opt for a more modern System-on-Chip (SoC) foundation, such as a Snapdragon 808 or 810, both of which offer better power efficiency. In place of a more power efficient SoC, LG chose a capacious... Read more...
Samsung reportedly has two upcoming tablets in the works, and they are aimed at wildly different markets. The first tablet features a huge 18.4-inch display, and apparently carries the internal designation of SM-T670. Despite the massive screen size, don’t expect to see some crazy-high resolution with this tablet — this will strictly be a 1920x1080 device. Powering the tablet with all be an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7580 processor with 2GB of RAM. Other features include 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot which supports up to 128GB and a 5,700 mAh battery. Interestingly enough, the tablet is said to include an 8MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. I’m trying to get a mental image... Read more...
Vaio computers are coming back to the U.S., but much has changed since Sony sold off its struggling PC business last year and the new owners, Japan Industrial Partners' Vaio Corp pulled the brand from the U.S. The company now feels prepared to reenter the U.S. market and will soon launch a tablet called the Vaio Z Canvas at Microsoft retail stores. The Vaio Canvas Z is a 12.3-inch tablet with a built-in stand and a detachable keyboard. Expected to have an Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of memory, the tablet should be a performance beast. Vaio Corp also plans to load the Canvas Z with a 256GB SSD for storage. Vaio Canvas ZVaio Corpfaces a tough market, but it has a different strategy for the... Read more...
Apple didn't invent the tablet, but with the introduction of the iPad, it certainly popularized such devices. There were long lines for the original iPad model, and when Android device makers began offering less expensive alternatives, there was this silly talk of a post-PC era (as if!). Well, dedicated PCs are still around, and rather than compare PCs to trucks, as the late Steve Job famously did, Apple is busy trying to figure out how to reinvigorate interest in its suddenly struggling iPad lineup.The focus is on the software side of things. Apple is working with dozens of technology companies, many of which develop apps for accounting and sales presentations, to bring more attention to the... Read more...
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