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Windows 10 – Good or Bad for Touch and Mobility?

Posted on 01 October 2014 by

Is it too early to be worrying about Windows 10 and how the changes will affect touch and mobile users? I don’t think so. The test and feedback program starts today (October 1st, see preview.windows.com) and as a touch-focused user that was very happy with the clear split between sandboxed, touch-friendly RT apps with sharing and always-on capability and the desktop as my productive, mains-powered space i’m now looking at a […]

Windows 10 is coming mid-2015 with Continuum and Unified apps store. (Event precis.)

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

At last. Microsoft have just announced the name of the next version of Windows and to everyone’s shock it’s going to be called Windows 10. I’ve been following the live blog at The Verge and hundreds of tweets coming out of the event and it’s already clear that Microsoft is going to be focusing on business with Windows 10. A familiar look, security and management is being promoted which, for […]

HP Stream to join the confusing low-cost Windows Tablet party.

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

The HP Stream 7 and HP Stream 8 have been launched and the cheapest version will cost just $99.Both models come with just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage . That’s all I’m going to tell you right now. What can I say? Having had a bad experience with 1GB RAM on the Toshiba Encore 2 WT8 I just can’t get excited. I’m also confused about why manufacturers think […]

Wait! 13.3-inch, Full HD IPS and SSD for $329? (…and it weighs just 3 pounds!)

Posted on 25 September 2014 by

This, my lightbook-loving friends, is going to be a big seller in Q4 of 2014. The Toshiba CB35-B3340 is a 13.3-inch laptop with a full-HD screen, SSD, Skull Candy speakers, a 51 Wh battery and it weighs just 3 pounds – 1.36KG. The price? $330. It’s a nice product for entry-level consumers but it’s a problem for Microsoft.   The Toshiba CB35-B3340 is a Chromebook and Chromebooks based on a Baytrail-M […]

Analysing the next Surface Pro platforms.

Posted on 22 September 2014 by

Surface Pro 3 is an amazing piece of engineering. Even with the keyboard it’s one of the most powerful self-contained PCs by weight and with 5-6 hours of working battery life, fast storage and a digitizer it doesn’t cut corners. We’d all like to see a full SD card slot and for it to run a little cooler under load but unless you’re really doing a lot of ‘lapping’, it’s a true […]

Toshiba’s Encore Mini is too cheap. (Hands-on Video)

Posted on 17 September 2014 by

There’s ‘value’ and there’s ‘cheap.’ The Toshiba Encore Mini falls into the latter group and even at $119 it’s got too many issues to be recommended for most types of user. The Toshiba Encore Mini was one of the first devices I got hands-on with at IFA earlier this month and although it was an attractive size it was immediately clear that it had cut many corners. The screen, a non-IPS […]

Ultra Mobile Reporting Kit #13 – Unlucky for some.

Posted on 17 September 2014 by

It had to happen on #13 right? On my recent 14-day tour of IFA and IDF (Berlin, San Francisco) I prepared myself with four devices. One Windows laptop. One Chromebook. One smartphone and one featurephone. What I didn’t plan for was a total failure of the main Windows laptop. Chromebooks don’t work as a fallback laptop. Everything had gone very smoothly with my Haswell-based Ultrabook. The platform has great battery […]

Quick Benchmarking session with the Core M 5Y70

Posted on 12 September 2014 by

In an Intel-led Core M benchmarking meeting today I saw a set of controlled benchmarks from a 6W TDP Core M product. The tests were performed in an 685 gram 12.5-inch Llama Mountain reference tablet with a machined aluminum rear casing that is optimal for this design. We also saw a copper-based rear casing that can handle a lot more thermal energy but you won’t see that happening in consumer […]

Dell Venue 8 7000. Hands-on and Realsense Snapshot demos

Posted on 11 September 2014 by

I was asked for my opinion on the price of the Dell Venue 8 7000 just after it was announced and all I could think of was the nice looking Lenovo Tab S8 which is very similar, for about $199. After handling the Dell Venue 8 7000 I now see a product worth much more than that. The amazing OLED 2K screen is punchy and sharp. The 6mm thin design […]

Dell Venue 8 7000 3D photography video

Posted on 10 September 2014 by

Mobilegeeks got the best video of the Dell Venue 8 7000 at the Intel Developer Conference today. (This Android tablet launched earlier today, here’s my coverage.)   A reminder of the specs. 2K resolution screen (Ultra HD( Edge to Edge screen. 8.4 inch screen 6mm thin. 2GB RAM MicroSD 16GB SSD Realsense ‘snapshot’ capability Early November availability I’ll write no more. Please just watch the video.  

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