Posts Tagged ‘tablets’

Windows 8, Part I

Helpful Hints, News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis December 2nd, 2012

I’ve already had a lot of customers asking about the new version of Windows.  This will be a series of posts about the new operating system from Microsoft, and some details you should know both before and after buying.  First of all, this is really just a cosmetic build On TOP of Windows 7.  Unfortunately it is only an advantage FOR TOUCHSCREEN DEVICES.  If it doesn’t have a touchscreen, DON’T BUY IT with Windows 8.  For a normal desktop PC, it’s much more trouble than it’s worth.  Not only does it FORCE the large “Metro” screen on users, but they have disabled some of the handy desktop features that we’ve all grown accustomed to.  I’ll elaborate on that later.  Another thing to beware of before purchasing is that there is a second version for tablets called Windows 8 RT.  For the first time ever, this is based on architecture other than x86 (ARM-based).  The bottom line:  it won’t run any of your old PC apps!  You must get all new apps from the Microsoft store to run on this version.  I started to buy one of the new Surface tablets from Microsoft (see photo), but found out that the x86 version won’t be out until Spring.  Currently they only have the Windows 8 RT version for sale.

Tablet Stats

News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis March 15th, 2012

There are new numbers out regarding the sales of I-pads and other tablets, showing Apple with a major lead over all competitors (see graph).  BUT LET’S GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT HERE folks, Apple DID NOT invent the tablet!  They just did a much better job of marketing, and making it all seem “Fun”.  Tablets have been around since the 1990’s in various forms.  You can read the complete history hereThey became popular business tools when Windows developed a tablet edition with XP.  These early versions were more like a laptop, but you could swivel the screen and close it, then use the PC with a stylus (kinda like a pen that doesn’t have ink).  This allows for a lot more accuracy than plopping fat icons around with your finger, and it’s cleaner.  Alas, these were mostly high-end business tools, so the average Joe never got to use one.  The latest numbers from the IDC are showing that Android will give the tablet market a run for their money over the next few years.  Meanwhile the Kindle Fire is coming on strong.  I think if Google will get their …umm… ACT together the Android tablets may take over this market sooner than projected.  You can read the complete article from CNET here.

Android Tablet update

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis March 6th, 2012

Rumors have it the i-pad 3 will be unveiled tomorrow.  For the rest of us, there are some REALLY cool tablets on the market that use Android (A-tabs).  We bought a Sony 10.1″ Tablet S last Christmas, and I’ve been VERY impressed.  The graphics are stunning, and it’s very ergonomic and easy to use.  Performance has been great except for a Wifi issue out-of-the-box.  I keep watching the latest, greatest releases and I’m puzzled about one thing;  WHY isn’t ANYONE releasing a 12″ Android Tablet?!  Asus is up front with a commanding design lead in this market, yet even their newest release (the Transformer Prime) has a 10.1″ screen.  It seems to me that Apple hit the nail on the head with the size of the i-pad.  It’s perfect.  So I REFUSE to buy an A-tab for myself until someone releases a good 12″ version.  (there are currently some really odd 12″ off-brand A-tabs  coming from China that I’m avoiding).  Meanwhile, Google is REALLY going to push A-tabs in 2012 according to a statement they recently made at the MWC conference in Spain.  The number of new Android users each day is staggering, and with new versions named Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean (coming soon), it makes us hungry for more.  Thanks to Android Authority for their timely reporting and great articles.  (Note: we coined the term A-tab in this article… let’s see how fast it spreads across the web!) 

Android Tablets

Helpful Hints, News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis September 10th, 2011

HoneycombFor those of us with i-pad envy the key word is PATIENCE.  You can already get some really nice pad/tablet PC’s with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), but the word on the street says WAIT.   They’re not quite up to speed yet.   I think by Christmas this year, the market will be ripe with great alternatives.  Right now your choices are Motorola Xoom, the Asus Eee pad, the Samsung Galaxy Pad, Toshiba Thrive, and a few others.  All the Android based ones are comparable in price to the i-pad.  But these devices were rushed to market because of Apple’s new product, and each has had problems.  Not just the hardware, either; reviews tell me that there are still glitches in the Honeycomb OS.  Besides, all the apps need tweaking for bigger sreen size and detail.   Interestingly, you can buy the largest Asus 12″ pad with Windows 7 Home Premium, for a price ($1,000+).  That seems a bit high to me.  I’m willing to wait for a 12″ pad with Android 3.3.