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.
Take a hike iPad 2, there's a new king in town. As with all Apple products, the rumors on the next models start nice and early — months ahead of the unveil day. For nearly a year, we've been following the rumor mill like bees flocking to their hives. Which ones ended up being spot-on and which ones were completely off? Read on for our full confirmed/denied scorecard inside.
Apple CEO Tim Cook fired up the company's big unveiling today by talking mess about the personal computer. "Apple has its feet firmly planted in the post-PC future," Cook declared. "The devices you use the most are more portable, more personal, and dramatically easier to use than any PC has ever been." Cook identified the iPhone, iPad and iPod as accounting for a whopping 76% of Apple's revenue. "We think the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world," Cook said, adding, "the iPad had to be the best device for doing the things you do most often, like browsing the web and checking email." With that, Tim Cook rolled right into unveiling the 3rd generation iPad, which the company has so far only referred to as "the new iPad." (Taking a page from the Nook, apparently.)
Nook Tablet owners can finally let out a collective breath of relief. Remember how Barnes & Noble only allowed 1GB of the 16GB of storage to be used for non-Barnes & Noble purchased content? The bookseller is now backtracking on that and letting owners partition more space for personal media.