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.
If you think a 10-inch tablet is not suitable for consuming your favorite content, Toshiba's got a big surprise for you. Introducing its 13.-3-inch AT330 tablet — arguably one the largest, if not the largest — consumer Android tablet to date.
Forget about the new iPad for a second. Buried under the torrent of iPad news (yes, we know its screen is drop-dead awesome) is reported "confirmation" that Google is building a 7-inch "Nexus tablet" with Asus that will possibly be cheaper than the $200 Kindle Fire and come with the next version of Android.
Have you seen the lines at the box office? It's an avalanche! It's a torrent! It's the biggest hit on Broadway! Wait, that was "Springtime for Hitler." I meant to describe the third annual avalanche and torrent at Apple stores — and Verizon, AT&T, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and other retailers — that started selling the new iPad 3 this morning. (Yeah, I know — "iPad 3" verboten. Tough nuggies, that's what it is and that's what I'm calling it.) The question is, should you join the avalanche, stick with your current iPad or — heavens forbid! — remain tablet-less? Not surprisingly, I have some thoughts on these various usage case scenarios upon actually handling and seeing the iPad 3.
With the Nokia Lumia family of phones firmly planted, it's kind of a no-brainer that the Microsoft/Nokia partnership is running on course. A new rumor now hints that Nokia might show off a Windows 8 tablet by the end of the year. We'll take one to go please.
What were the brains at Apple thinking by not giving the "new iPad" a name? Are we just supposed to call it "the new iPad" now? That's how Apple's Web site refers to it — with a lowercase "n" in "new," so it's not even a name name. It's pretentious is what it is. But beyond pretension, calling it "the new iPad" is like referring to a new Canon camera as "the new Canon camera," or a new Cadillac as "the new Cadillac" or a new pair of Christian Louboutin shoes as "the new FABULOUS Christian Louboutin shoes." Can you be vaguer? You are aware there are more than one iPad model, right? Apparently not.