When Amazon first introduced the Kindle Fire, its low price attracted a lot of attention. But for the price, you got a mediocre standard def tablet with a weird custom Android interface. With the Kindle Fire HDX, it’s got a better screen, processor and interface. And it’s even got a built in help button that will get you connected to a live Amazon help representative in seconds, 24 hours a day. Because that’s how they roll.
Even though Microsoft’s original Surface tablets sold like buckets full of shit, the company is dedicated to manufacturing tablet hardware, and so have introduced the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro.
If you’ve been on the fence about getting a Microsoft Surface tablet, now might be a good time, that Microsoft just reduced the prices of the tablets, with the base 32GB model starting at $349.
Android is in your phone and in your tablet, but what about on your desktop? Taking up the market space that was supposed to have been occupied by Linux— a desktop computer at a lower cost by using an open source OS— here is the HP Slate 21, a 21 inch desktop/tablet hybrid with Android built in.
The Slate 21 was just announced this morning in Beijing, so there aren’t a whole lot of details yet available. It’s a 21.5-inch, 1920×1080 kickstand-toting all-in-one equipped with Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC and running Android 4.2.2, and that’s all we’ve got for now.
At SXSW earlier this week, Dell introduced the XPS 18, a “desktop” computer that’s really more of a convertible desktop/tablet hybrid. It’s an 18” full Windows 8 tablet with a stand and a keyboard, so you can work on your work and then detach the screen to work on your not-work.
Well, the reason is clear— Apple just wants to continue to diversify its iPad line, but does anyone really need a 128gb iPad right now? A large capacity phone is one thing, for carrying around all your music and photos and videos, but Apple wants you to store most of that shit in the cloud anyway. Plus, at a price of $800 for WiFi or $930 for 3G, you’re starting to get into MacBook Air territory anyway. But hey… a 128gb iPad now exists.
Of the oversized tablets at CES this year, Panasonic showed up with a 20 inch tabletop tablet sporting a Retina Display-destroying 4K resolution screen. That’s some incredibly high detail for all that porn of yours.
You think your mobile phone or tablet processor is bad? You ain’t seen bad. Today at CES, Samsung introduced the Exynos 5 Octa, a massively powerful yet tiny 8 core processor that could make your phone the speediest computer you own.
Just ahead of CES, Lenovo held a presser today to show off some of its new gadgets. One that stands alone is the IdeaCentre Horizon 27 Tablet PC. It could be just a normal touchscreen PC, but it’s also a multitouch tablet you can throw down on your coffee table for some serious web surfing, board games or other multi-player games.
There are already Android tablets by the dozen, but not really any that do Linux. PengPod will be able to do both— a mobile Android interface and a full Linux desktop in a tablet that will only be $100 when it launches in January.
Today, Microsoft announced its pricing for the upcoming Windows Surface Pro tablet, which will have the hardware to run the full, unaltered version of Windows 8, just like it were a touchscreen laptop. People had been expecting pricing starting somewhere between $1200 and $1500, but it looks like you’ll be able to get a 64gb Pro starting at $899. Okay Apple, you can come out with an OS X tablet… any day now…
Even though QWERTY isn’t the perfect keyboard layout, it’s the one almost everyone is used to, and so it’s the one that ends up on anything with a keyboard. But for tablets and touch screens, there may be a better way to type— using chords of fingers instead of pressing down individual keys.
In a pair of remote villages in Ethiopia, the One Laptop Per Child organization is conducting an experiment. They dropped off crates of Motorola Xoom tablets for the children, with no instruction and no one to teach them. These kids had never seen a printed page nor any sort of writing. Completely illiterate and having never seen electronics, yet they quickly learned how to use the devices and then learned how to read and write, and then learned how to hack the devices to get around restrictions OLPC had put on the tablets.
Microsoft wasn’t the only one with a big product launch today. Google also had their own conference on the dry and sunny west coast to show off a new Google phone, a new Google tablet an the latest version of Android. The new phone is the LG Nexus 4 and the tablet is the Samsung Nexus 10.