A Finland based company has raised the bar in the world of tablet computers with their new Eve V Windows 10 device. After launching a successful crowdfunding campaign the company has announced that production for the Eve V tablet is scheduled to start on April 25, 2017. (more…)
Microsoft is expected to unveil their all new CloudBook at their May 2 event which will be held in New York. Furthermore, rumors are floating around that this new device will run solely on a new version of Windows called Windows 10 Cloud. (more…)
The much anticipated ASUS Transformer Pro T304UA will soon be available for purchase. Revealed at CES 2017, it’s a sleek and high-end 2-in-1 tablet that won’t necessarily be cheap but will be more than worth every penny! (more…)
A brand new year is upon us and right off the hop tablet PC manufacturers are already beginning to slash prices. The NYE ball has dropped in Times Square but is this the only ball that’s being dropped? Take for instance the 9.4 inch Sony Tablet S, as of today both 16GB and 32GB models of the Android tablet are $100 cheaper. You can snag the 16GB model up for $399.99 and the 32GB model for only $499.99 which you can see for yourself on the Sony website. A high end tablet PC with mid range prices, a trend we’re likely to see more of and not a bad start to the new year for consumers!
On the other hand, price cuts are not always great news for tablet computer manufacturers. The fact that companies such as Sony (among others) are already initiating price cuts on the first day of the year and most importantly before even releasing newly improved models is not exactly a sign of thriving times. Now that 2012 has arrived the question is; which tablets will win the race, enter the race for the first time, or stay in the race for that matter, and which ones will fester in the giant pit of lonely and unsuccessful tablets which have flooded the market as of late?
There’s no doubt that competition will remain high in 2012 in the tablet PC industry and of course we’re likely to see several new devices hit the scene such as for example the iPad 3 and Nexus tablet very soon, but could this also be the year where the gap widens even more between true industry leaders/innovators and companies who just hopped on the tablet PC bandwagon with no real vision, strategy or mission other than hopes of gaining a piece of the pie?
Although the tablet PC market was flooded with countless new devices in 2011, we also saw trends beginning where devices such as the HP TouchPad and BlackBerry PlayBook practically fell off the map and surprisingly fast as well. Who would have thought this time last year that such dominant companies would fail so miserably especially with so much hype and cash spent on marketing campaigns. It stands to prove that not even the biggest price cuts can resurrect certain devices from the dead and it all comes down to the real state of the industry and what exactly it is that consumers want. Of course anything can happen and companies do bounce back but when it comes to tablet PCs I believe that only true innovators will stand a chance if they want to gain market share in a highly populated industry which has been flooded with cheap mobile devices that are rushed to market with no real game plan or long term vision. There’s a lot more to the bigger picture than just a device itself and what makes or breaks a tablet PC extends far beyond hardware and branches into many other areas which determine their fate whether it be good or bad. Some of these areas include but are not limited to:
- Tablet PC technical/customer Support
- Ecosystem (Namely applications, cloud based services, etc…)
- Frequency of mobile operating system upgrades
- Price and Warranties
- Solutions Provided for business, personal and educational use
- Ease of use out of the box
Of course I’m just getting started but you get the point that it’s a lot more involved than simply rushing a touchscreen tablet to market if companies want to remain on the cutting edge of a booming industry. Whatever the case, it’s sure to be another interesting and eventful year and who knows at this point exactly what 2012 will have in store. One thing is for certain, as always, we’ll be following the industry closely and keeping you informed.
As Ben Lloyd stated in a recent comment regarding this article:
…I have to say I believe he is spot on with that comment. What are some of your thoughts regarding the topic? As always we’d love to hear what’s on your mind.
That’s right folks, ’tis the season for tablet computers indeed and the ASUS Transformer Prime has arrived just on time! This incredible new Android device likely even has top Apple employees salivating. ASUS has delivered the perfect blend of specs and style with their newest addition to the tablet PC market which is sure to be a huge hit this holiday season!
Check out the latest ASUS Transformer Prime teaser video which was just recently released. This powerful, durable, fully featured and affordable tablet really does have it all.
ASUS highly impressed tablet PC fans and mobile tech junkies around the globe with their first generation Transformer tablet and they are truly raising the bar once again with their second generation model which is easily the most advanced and visually appealing tablet currently on the market. I’m the proud owner of the original Transformer but can’t wait to get my hands on one of these and of course I’m certain that I’m not the only one feeling this way!
We don’t like to be biased here but you simply have to give credit where it’s due, and there’s no denying that in a highly competitive market ASUS has earned the rank of being one of the most innovative companies out there when it comes to tablets that have both incredible performance as well as the wow factor. Christmas simply can’t come soon enough this year!
To be fair, there are quite a few nice tablets to choose from this year, far more than 2010 no doubt. The ASUS Transformer Prime is just one example of how much touchscreen tablets have evolved in such a short period of time and we’re sure that 2012 is going to be yet another very exciting year.
What tablet PC is on your wishlist this year? Another question I have for our readers is what new features and devices are you hoping for and expecting to see surface in 2012? Off the top of my head, one operating system I’m really looking forward to is Microsoft Windows 8 which I believe might very well be Microsoft’s best OS to date and there’s a lot of buzz surrounding this. Please share your thoughts and comments below, we always love to hear what’s on your mind.
And so, with a tear in my eye I begin Part 4, of this literary masterpiece entitled “Tablet Computer / eReader Comparison” Electric Boogaloo: Rise of the Fallen. During this series, we’ve shared a few tender moments, some laughs, tears, and a couple of uncomfortable weeks as slave rowers on a Viking ship. But that’s all behind us now, and we press ever onward to the conclusion of this epic journey. If you haven’t read parts 1, 2 and 3; you really should. It’s an epic story of woe, with more woe, and woe with a cherry on top. BTW, if you’re looking for links to the rest of the series; you’ll find them at the end of this article. Now, on to apps.
By, and large, apps are not much of a consideration when purchasing an eReader. This is due to the fact that so few eReaders are equipped to accomodate them. The Kindle Fire allows apps, but remember, it’s classified as a tablet. The Barnes & Noble Color Nook also allows apps, but it also can be considered a tablet, given its title “The Reader’s Tablet™”.
The only app-friendly eReader we could locate is the Kobo 7″ Vox Touchscreen Colour eBook Reader (with Wi-Fi). Based on the Android 2.3 operating system (OS), the Kobo Colour does far more than typical eReaders. With it, you can watch movies / TV shows, surf the web, check & answer email; even access your Twitter account. Dubbed as “the first social eReader”, it’s the first eReading platform to be integrated with Facebook Ticker and Timeline. Because its Android based, it naturally allows integration of Android apps. Is there anything this eReader can’t do? We’ve checked. It’s not dishwasher safe, and can’t make a Daiquiri to save its life; totally forgot the cocktail umbrella. On the bright side, there’s an app for that.
The Kobo 7″ Vox Touchscreen Colour eBook Reader comes with Facebook, and Kobo home screen widgets, allowing you quick access to your accounts. Word has it that you can even download reading material, and use it as a reading device. Nice.
To give you an idea of just how fast the industry is moving, in the time I’ve written the above paragraph, we’ve since learned of still another eReader hybrid called the Pandigital Novel eReader. You can learn more about this device in our article entitled “Tablet PC and eReader Hybrid Wars Are On”. In this same article, we also announced that on November 7th, 2011, Barnes & Noble will likely unveil the Nook Color 2. Exciting times.
If, and when deciding on a tablet computer, apps can prove to be a significant determining factor when deciding on which brand to choose. Virtually all tablet computers accommodate apps. That being said, Windows 7-based tablets cannot abide apps. However, Windows 8 will soon change all of that. Scheduled for release in 2012, Windows 8 will be a touchscreen-friendly OS. According to Wikipedia:[blockquote]Its user interface has been changed to make it better suited for touchscreen input…[/blockquote]
See: Windows 8 on Wikipedia to learn more.
Among its many improvements, Windows 8 will be far better suited for use with tablet computers. Accordingly it will allow for the development, introduction, and use of countless apps. In the mean time, Windows 7-based tablets cannot, and will not accommodate apps.
Your selection of apps will be determined by your tablet’s operating system. Apps are designed specifically to accommodate their operating systems. While it is possible to purchase the “same” game for different operating systems, apps will only work with their designated operating systems. For example, Angry Birds for Android will not work on an iPad. Accordingly, Angry Birds purchased from iTunes, will not work on an Android tablet, same game, different operating systems.
If you absolutely require a specific app, it’s vital that you find out which operating systems can support said app. You should make your tablet purchase accordingly. Below is a list of most of the significant operating systems available. They are as follows:[bulleted]
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS (coming soon)
- Android Honeycomb Mobile OS
- Android Gingerbread OS
- Apple iOS
- HP webOS 3.0 (currently in limbo)
- BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition OS
- Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet OS (coming soon)
eReader Input & Output Ports
So, with apps behind us we move on to the topic of Input / Output Ports.
Whether you purchase an eReader or a tablet, in all likeliness, you’ll eventually want to hook up various accessories directly to your device. Accessories could include any number of wired or Bluetooth enabled accouterments such as headsets, headphones, microphones, speakers, etc. Naturally, if your device doesn’t have input / output ports, you won’t be able to hook up your wired accessories. Again, it’s very important to consider how you plan to use a device, before making a purchase.
If you own a set of wired headsets, and would like to use them with your new eReader/tablet, be sure to note the size of the male jack, and whether your choice of mobile device can accommodate it. Another feature worth considering is the availability of Universal Serial Bus (USB) Ports. USB ports serve as a common connection method for electronics. They allow for the connection a various peripherals, many of which are listed below:[bulleted]
- Memory Sticks
- Storage Devices
- Network Connections
- Digital Cameras
- Video Phones
While it’s unlikely that you’ll be hooking up some of these devices to your tablet/eReader, this should give you a good idea of the sheer variety of accessories that can be hooked up to your device.
eReaders & HDMI Ports
Lastly we come to HDMI ports. According to Wikipedia:[blockquote]HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transmitting uncompressed digital data.[/blockquote]
When it comes to tablet computers, and eReaders, an HDMI port allows you to connect to properly equipped televisions in order to display your high-definition video games, home movies, TV shows, 3D movies, etc.
So, that’s a wrap for this series of articles. We hope they’ve proven to be both informative, and insightful. If there’s anything we’ve missed, or something you’d like to comment on, please feel free to do so.