You have to applaud Microsoft for daring to be different with its upcoming Windows 8-powered Surface tablet. A fresh rumor suggests the Surface could gain Microsoft a foothold in a decidedly tough market dominated by the iPad.
Sure, most tablets are sold as consumption devices, but who says that they can't be serious creation ones too? Following in the Galaxy Note's success, Samsung's bringing its S Pen stylus to a slate with a more accessible 10.1-inch display.
Stop! Don't pull that trigger last year's Kindle Fire just yet, new Kindle Fire tablets are coming. One major retail giant just let it slip that Amazon's preparing up to six Kindle Fire tablets for release.
Google's Nexus 7 has no doubt put a damper on Kindle Fire sales. To sum it up best, the Nexus 7 is the best 7-inch tablet to own. Its display is sharper than the Fire, its thinner and it has at least one camera. That's all in the past, because the next Fire will supposedly kick the Nexus 7's heinie.
Now that the smoke has settled and we've all had a chance to take in Microsoft's sudden Surface tablet announcement, we need to ask ourselves, can the Surface live up to its hype? Here's three things Microsoft needs to get right if it wants the Surface to have any chance of success at disrupting the iPad and Android-dominated tablet market.
Much praise has been heaped on Windows 8 tablets for being a different experience than iOS and Android, but there is still no poster child tablet to rally up consumers. New speculation suggests that Microsoft could unveil its very own flagship tablet to lead the Windows 8 charge next Monday.
Rather than shove "me-too" MacBook Air clones down the throats of consumers, Intel's vying new form factors — hybrid ones — to give the Ultrabook a chance to really become a whole new category of mobile computing.
Samsung's never been shy about releasing tablets and smartphones in a bajillion different screen sizes. The new Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (henceforth called the GT2-7.0) is the successor to the original Galaxy Tab released in 2010. The GT2-7.0 isn't going to make waves as any iPad slayer as the original did (remember, the original Tab was the first major Android tablet released). The GT2-7.0 is an evolutionary product — thinner, lighter and faster — with a killer price — $250 with no contracts in sight.
It's not an understatement when we say Android 4.0 tablets have been a disappointment. But things look to be changing this year. With tablets like the Asus Transformer Prime and the IdeaTab S2109 from Lenovo, Android tablets are starting to look like a much more capable alternative to the iPad.
There's been a lot of buzz about Google's "Nexus Tablet." Most rumors suggest Google has contracted Asus to build a sub-$200 Android tablet, and now the Wall Street Journal weighs in, firmly stating that Google will open a new online store that'll sell co-branded Android tablets by other makers.