Archive for the ‘Tablets’ Category

Could Apple ever do a “2 in 1″?

If you have heard Tim Cook talk about “2 in 1’s”, you already know the answer to this question. He likened the marrying of a tablet and a laptop to “converging a toaster and a fridge. You could do it but it would …...

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by Tim Bajarin   |   July 30th, 2014
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Panic Inside Apple and Cheers for Satya

The blogosphere has suddenly discovered the incredible array of products, tools and services Microsoft has long possessed. Better late than never, I suppose. Fact is, their realization of the obvious is in large part due to the accessible dynamism and …

by Brian S Hall   |   April 7th, 2014
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The Computer Chronicles

Why are you here? Why are you even reading this?

Me? I know why and am grateful for the odd, stirring, mostly unplanned path that brought me here.

My father spent over 30 years working inside an auto factory, the first 20 …

by Brian S Hall   |   March 31st, 2014
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Holiday Shoppers Gifting Themselves

Now that we’re fully in the throes and craziness of the holiday shopping season—just seven shopping days left until Christmas!—it seems appropriate to further investigate how the process really works, especially when it comes to electronics purchases. In fact, I’ve …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   December 17th, 2013
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Apple’s Free OS Upgrades and iWork Could Leave a Mark on Microsoft

Apple’s announcement Tuesday brought with it many innovations across the span of tablets, notebooks, and workstations. Apple introduced the new iPad Air, updated the iPad mini, redesigned the MacBook Pro, and provided more information on the Mac …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 24th, 2013
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Beware Geeks Bearing Hybrids

Anyone that has been paying attention to the evolution of OS X and iOS will have at some point noticed that the two operating systems are slowly acting more like each other.1 Agreed. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical who recently attempted to …...

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by John Kirk   |   October 15th, 2013
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Could Apple be Reinventing The Hybrid Notebook / Tablet?

I was quite intrigued by an article in CNET that shared a research report from Barclay’s Equity Research that speculated on the idea of Apple creating an iPad with a larger screen and using their new 64-bit processor in it. The …...

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by Tim Bajarin   |   October 14th, 2013
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Apple’s 5C Invasion Strategy

All the speculation around the iPhone 5C was that it was designed to be Apple’s product to infiltrate the lower tiers of the market and begin to take share from Android. You may or may not know that in …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   September 30th, 2013
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Microsoft Sinks Beneath The Surface

Dogs chase cars, but that doesn’t mean they know how to drive. Microsoft is chasing the tablet market, but that doesn’t mean they know how to take control of that market and drive it. Microsoft’s Flawed “Vision” For Tablets I was walking down …...

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by John Kirk   |   September 24th, 2013
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What the A7 being 64-bit Means for The Competition

Samsung declared that it too will follow in Apple’s footsteps and embrace 64-bit processor designs in their products. I have no doubt that Qualcomm and Nvidia will catch up with equally impressive 64-bit designs. That being said, Qualcomm …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   September 16th, 2013
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Are The New Nexus 7 Improvements Enough to Dethrone the iPad mini?

It’s hard to believe that 13 months ago, the preferred tablet form factor was 10” and Android was literally nowhere in tablets.  Then came the first Nexus 7 at Google IO in June 2012, Kindle Fire 2 …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 30th, 2013
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Time To Reboot Smartphone Benchmarks

Benchmarks are used in every market as one way to show why one company’s widget is better than another company’s widget.  Whether it’s MPG on a car, energy ratings on appliances, or a Wine Spectator rating, it’s …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 26th, 2013
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Why Windows RT Will Survive $900M Later

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they were writing off $900M in Surface RT inventory.  This is based on price reductions on Surface RT to clear inventory.  If we assume that Microsoft factored in $150 per unit and we do some simple …...

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by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 19th, 2013
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Why PC Modularity Could Be Successful

Modularity in electronics is defined as being able to transform or extend from one device into another. In smartphones, it has been very successful and for the most part, it has displaced the mp3 player, and GPS. For …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 18th, 2013
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Are the Latest 10”+ Android Devices DOA?

I’ll admit it, I have a love-hate relationship with Android. I love it as a phone choice, love it on 7” tablets, but think it provides a lousy experience on anything 10” display and above. I’m not alone …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 4th, 2013
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SKAA: Better Than AirPlay and Bluetooth for Premium Wireless Audio?

Wireless audio speakers and headphones are growing as a consumer category.  Best Buy has 192 different “wireless speakers” on their website, Amazon, 400.  The growth in wireless audio was helped by the growth of the premium music headphone phenomenon, started by …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 21st, 2013
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Can Microsoft Compete in a Post-PC World?

Microsoft says it sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8 in the six months it was on sale. Not spectacular, but not bad either. But for Windows RT, Widows 8′s tablet-friendly little brother, things haven’t been so hot. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 8th, 2013
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Windows 8: Hardware Innovation Is Outpacing the Software

 

Windows 8 hasn’t spurred a boom in PC sales, but it certainly is inspiring some unusual hardware designs. The problem, though, is that no one seems able to quite master Windows’ touch and keyboard-plus-mouse dual personality.

Acer is the latest to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 3rd, 2013
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Are Google Apps On iOS A Trojan Horse Or A Concession to Apple’s Dominance?

Grin And Bear It

Aside from Google Maps and Google Now, many users would sooner tap on Gmail, Google Chrome, and Google Drive than the apps Apple would much rather you use, and the result is completely antithetical to Apple’s insistence …

by John Kirk   |   May 2nd, 2013
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Android’s Leaky Bucket

John Paczkowski over at AllThingsD covered a report written by Carl Howe, VP of the Yankee Group. Carl makes a bold statement, indicating iPhone ownership in the US will exceed Android US ownership by 2015.

Carl has developed an analogy …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 26th, 2013

FileMaker Can Settle the iPad Productivity Argument

Of all the endless arguments that roil the tech world, there is none I find more tiresome than the endless debate over whether the iPad can be used for “real work.” My iPad has been an indispensable part of my working …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 24th, 2013
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What are the Implications of Increased 7” Tablet Popularity?

Last month, DisplaySearch published an analysis, entitled, “Smaller Tablet PCs to Take Over in 2013?”  The report essentially laid out the volume decrease of 9.7-10” displays and the increase of 7.X” displays in January of 2013.  While this …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 27th, 2013
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Are the New Crop of Enterprise Tablets a Threat to Apple?

Over the last three years, Apple has reshaped many industries, including the smartphone, tablet, PC and even SOC industry.  One area of Apple success that was in Microsoft’s own backyard was enterprise tablets, where, according to Apple, …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 19th, 2013

Asus FonePad Phone Functionality not as Odd as it Seems

After having spent a few days in Barcelona at this year’s Mobile World Congress, I have had the chance to play around with a few mobile “toys”. A few of these devices caught my eye and the Asus FonePad …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 26th, 2013
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A Few of My Favorite and Significant Products of 2012

One great thing about a tech industry in transition is that manufacturers amp up the amount and breadth of the products they announce. 2012 was a transition year for PCs, smartphones, and tablets, and there were so very many …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 31st, 2012