Archive | March, 2014

IDF and BUILD – What to expect for Windows Tablets

Posted on 31 March 2014

It’s going to be one crazy day for me on Wednesday. Two important events will take place that will give us a deeper understanding as to what’s going to happen with Windows tablets this year. Intels IDF event takes place in China and later in the day Microsoft kick-off their BUILD developer event. I’ll be covering them both.

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Offers on four low-cost 8-inch Windows 8 tablets.

Posted on 27 March 2014

[USA-focused post] The 8-inch Windows tablet segment is pretty hot right now which is no wonder considering that these usable tablets are also fully-capable PCs. Microsoft have price reductions on three of the 8-inch low-cost Windows 9 tablets today and Amazon have an offer on the Lenovo Miix 2 8. Here’s an overview for you. Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet – 32GB $229.00 (was $299.00) save $70.00 You’ll find the […]

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Lenovo Miix 2 8 Review

Posted on 24 March 2014

The 8-inch Windows Tablets all look similar but underneath the specifications there’s always one or two unique features. The Lenovo Miix 2 8 offers us the lightest 8-inch Windows 8 tablet build, GPS, a good price and some good looks but are there any issues lurking under the cover? We take a deep-dive in our Lenovo Miix 2 8 review.

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Acer Iconia W4 (3G) Overview Video

Posted on 22 March 2014

The Acer Iconia W4 is a recent addition to the 8-inch Windows tablet scene and it brings with it a full line-up of specifications that include HDMI, GPS, large-capacity battery as well as an interesting set of keyboard accessories. There’s a 21Mbps 3G version available too and that’s the one we’ve got here. Thanks to Acer Europe for sending it over for review.

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Video – Acer W4 Overview, Lenovo Miix 2 8 Summary Review, Q&A.

Posted on 21 March 2014

Live session has ended. Recorded videos below.  In the Hangout this evening I presented the Acer W4 (HSPA+ version) and the Lenovo Miix 2 8 YouTube Videos will be made during the show. Bring cold beer. I’m likely to stay on until 2300 for Q&A.    

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Modern: Helping to seed a unified Store through low-cost tablets.

Posted on 21 March 2014

From a mainstream perspective by a user-interface expert sitting at a desktop PC it’s easy to see why Windows 8 Modern got this poor feedback. It’s shockingly different for some people and doesn’t reach the ease-of-use levels of the IOS or Google Android OS. Unfortunately for Modern haters there’s a while to go before you’ll be able to turn that UI off because the Store needs a springboard. Store unification […]

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Ramos i10 Pro launches with Dual OS and 3G. i10 Note and i8 Pro in development.

Posted on 20 March 2014

At an event in China today Ramos introduced three Windows 8.1 tablets. Two of these we’ve seen before but one is new. There’s also some information about the dual OS ability of the i10 Pro. We’re expecting variants of these device specifications to appear over time but for today Ramos have pitched three devices are three different segments. The 8-inch i8 Pro runs the Z7340D CPU and comes with the […]

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Updated Medion Akoya P2212T Gets CPU and RAM boost.

Posted on 20 March 2014

The original Medion Akoya P2211T/P2212T has been around since the end of 2013 but the version available in Germany since the beginning of March and coming to Australia at the end of March has a faster CPU and 4GB of RAM. This 2-in-1 Windows 8 tablet has been getting good reviews and, because of the 399 Euro price (about US$ 460 in pre-tax equivalent,) it will probably sell well. Baytrail-T […]

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Ramos i10 Pro Dual OS Event Tomorrow. Leaked photo reveals Quadrant score

Posted on 19 March 2014

The Ramos i10 Pro Windows 8 dual-operating system tablet will be given a press launch in China tomorrow which means we’ll have new information in under 24hrs. Why is this important? Ramos are launching a dual-OS 10-inch tablet on Baytrail and the product development has been supported by Intel. We could get the first glimpse of how Intel plans to architect its Windows / Android Dual OS solution. Have they […]

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Dell Venue Pro 11 with Baytrail beats 2.5 year-old Core i5 Tablet in CPU test.

Posted on 17 March 2014

In 2008 we were measuring netbooks with a test called Crystalmark. It was a quick and simple test that allowed us to do compare across the devices we used it with. Two CPU tests, three GPU tests, a memory test and a disk test were all we needed to get a feel for the performance of a device.  In late 2011 we got hands-on with a Core i5 Windows 7 […]

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Dell Venue 8 Pro under $200 at Amazon.com

Posted on 15 March 2014

The Dell Venue 8 Pro, in many respects the best 8-inch Windows 8 tablet out there, has just dropped below $200 at Amazon. I’ve tested them all and trust me, the Dell is the one you should go for if you want the best screen with the best-ergonomics. It’s $198 at Amazon right now. Update: It’s up to $250 again now. Keep an eye out for more offers. (and note […]

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Dell Venue Pro 11 Unbox – Live Videos

Posted on 14 March 2014

Update: Live Q&A is over but the stream and edited HQ version is available below. At 2100 Berlin time (about 50 minutes from this posting) you’ll be able to see the Dell Venue 11 Pro (Baytrail) unboxing, comparison with the Lenovo Miix 2 10. Q&A will be open for those joining with a Google account on the event page. Full live stream (90+ minutes) and edited HQ version below.  

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