Years before the iPad, Microsoft showed off its own tablet PC, but it failed to catch on. Then, in 2007, Microsoft showed off a cool touchscreen table computer called the Surface. But the $10,000 price tag was a non-starter for most.
The age of touchscreen tablets has been hailed as the beginning of an exciting new phase of computing, redefining our relationships with our gadgets. But this view tends to ignore the disabled, who may not have the ability to use a finger to swipe on the latest iPhone app. Now a new tablet accessory offers a solution for children who need a little extra help to access the world of touchscreens.
As Internet-only news sites continue to navigate the ever changing landscape of digital content, old-school players transitioning from paper have been experimenting with new models. Now the most recent high profile experiment, a tablet-only news project from the publishers of the Wall Street Journal, supported by Apple, has come to an end.
The tablet market has become crowded with dozens of devices looking to knock the iPad off its perch. So it's only natural that crazy promotions start appearing to promote some of these products, but every once in a while crazy equals awesome, as is the case with the Toshiba TabletMan.
The first reviews of Microsoft's Surface are trickling in, and the verdict so far is that the tablet is a promising platform off to a decent start with room to grow, but reading the reviews, there's one person who the Surface may speak directly to that other tablets really don't: writers.
The last few weeks have been a veritable smorgasbord of new device releases giving us new Amazon Kindles, the long-awaited iPhone 5, and even a Toys 'R' Us tablet. But there's more to come before the year is up, and next in line in the tablet wars is Barnes & Noble's new Nook HD and HD+.
A few months after the iPad came out, computer makers who had made convertible laptops started phasing them out, believing the iPad usurped their need. What's old is new again: several computer makers are planning to introduce new Windows 8 convertible laptops soon after Microsoft makes the OS official on October 26. I agree with the assessment that the iPad stymied the need for convertible laptops; if you need a keyboard with the lighter-than-a-convertible iPad, or even an Android tablet, you could buy an auxiliary Bluetooth QWERTY keypad. In fact, your bag would probably be lighter with an iPad and an ultrabook both contained therein, as opposed to a single convertible laptop. But if these new hybrids succeed, we can't keep calling them "convertible laptops" (for one thing, it takes too long to type). So, I'm inventing a new name for these sometimes-a-laptop, sometimes-a-tablet combo computers.
If you're sick of your kid borrowing your iPad or Galaxy Note whenever they want to do some kiddie stuff, perhaps it's time to get them their own tablet. Toys"R"Us has recognized this opening, and has introduced the Tabeo just for the younger set.
Sony's Tablet S is refreshing for two reasons: 1) it doesn't look like an iPad and 2) it has a unique asymmetric "curl" to one side that makes it feel like you're holding a folded magazine. What's more, Sony's mobile division has taken all of the feedback from last year's tablet and channeled them into creating the gorgeous Xperia Tablet S, a tablet it hopes will rule the living room.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 officially goes on sale August 16 in the U.S. (that's today), and with it comes the return of the stylus in the S Pen. The Note 10.1 is not a iPad killer; it's an iPad alternative and it's being targeted at people interested in creating content — most notably design-heavy content — that Apple once aggressively catered to. There's a lot like and a lot to dislike about the Note 10.1. Read on for our hands-on with Samsung's latest tablet.