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Toshiba Encore 2 WT8. This $192 Tablet PC arrives for review tomorrow.

Posted on 13 August 2014

Looking for a sub $200 Tablet PC option? The Toshiba WT8 is $193 at today but the newer, lighter Toshiba Encore 2 WT8 is $192. This Windows with Bing PC arrives for testing tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it. What features have been stripped out of this Bing version of Windows? Is the new platform better? Is there significantly more available storage space or is this 1GB RAM […]

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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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Should We Pay Attention to Chromebooks?

Posted on 08 January 2014

Should we, in the ultra-mobile computing sector, take any notice of Chromebooks? Of course we should. We should pay attention to Android, to IOS, Sailfish and Windows Phone too. Simple. Here’s the long answer about why we need to pay attention to Chromebooks but first let me admit that I’ve only recently been inspired to take a closer look after MyDigitalSSD sent me an M.2 SATA drive and a Chromebook […]

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What's your favorite Baytrail product so far?

Posted on 09 October 2013

  There are nine Baytrail products about to launch and I’ve detailed them all in this post. If money wasn’t an issue and if all online pharmacy of these mobile Windows 8 options were available tomorrow, which one would you choose? The first of these new tablets and 2-in-1 devices will be available next week. Pre-order has already started!

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Surface Pro 2 – Ultra Mobile, Ultra Productive, Both or Neither?

Posted on 27 September 2013

Now that a few days have passed since Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 2 it’s time for me to give some thought to the product and its target market. Why?  Because it confuses me. The Surface Pro 2 is a productive tablet with a detachable keyboard but at 10-inches it’s not ideal for that. Maybe it’s more focused on all-day mobility? Oh wait, there’s a docking station so it’s both? […]

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Do You See the PC Opportunity in the Growing Tablet Space?

Posted on 29 May 2013

I read a few IDC new releases today. The PC outlook is bad. The Tablet outlook is good. Take another look though, ignore some of the news articles riding on the back of the headline PR and you’ll see something interesting. Firstly there’s no obvious consideration of PC evolution into the tablet market. Secondly, there’s a huge opportunity opening up in the 8-13” segment. As tablet users start to prefer […]

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Microsoft Surface 7 Possible but Windows 8 Store is Critical

Posted on 12 April 2013

The Wall Street Journal says that “people familiar” with Microsoft’s plans are tipping a new line-up of Surface Tablets, including a 7-inch model. Is the UMPC coming back or are Microsoft planning a Windows RT-based 7-inch tablet? It’s simple. If the Windows Store grows, there’s an opportunity for some innovation in this area. But only if the Windows Store grows considerably.

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CloverTrail Smartbooks Start Tomorrow

Posted on 28 October 2012

Surface is out and the reviews are in. Most reviewers seem impressed; Many worry about the  lack of apps. From tomorrow you’ll be able to fill that app-gap with a product sector that I’m more excited about than a Chromebook on ARM, a Nexus 7 3G or a convertible Ultrabook. Atom-based PCs don’t exactly bring up images of advanced computing but since the netbooks died a few important things have […]

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An Unlikely Smartbook

Posted on 21 October 2012

You know what’s coming? The biggest personal computing fight, ever. Windows  8 and the expansion of the laptop into smartbook territory will go head to head with an important launch in the handheld computing space – the iPad Mini. Following that, Windows Phone 8 and a non-desktop Windows tablet, Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, will start shipping. There has never been a month in history where the personal computer has […]

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Android Tablets and Aligning Stars – From a UMPC Perspective

Posted on 02 July 2012

Since the decline of the UMPC  market there have been very very few handheld computing choices that have offered the same flexibility.  Yes, UMPCs never had fantastic mobile battery life and were relatively big and ultimately failed but there’s still a big requirement for mobile, productive and flexible computing that’s not solved by ARM-based mobile computing solutions. IOS is off-limits to many people looking for UMPC-like flexibility and Android simply […]

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Microsoft Surface – UMPC Done Right?

Posted on 19 June 2012

In 2007 Microsoft introduced 7” tablets based on low power CPUs and Windows with touch capability and an overlay user interface called the Origami Experience. The Origami UMPCs drove a huge amount of attention at launch but within 4 years all traces of the devices were gone from the market. Yesterday Microsoft introduced 10” tablets based on low power CPUs and Windows with touch capability and an overlay user interface […]

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Intel Could Succeed in the Android Market with HDRC

Posted on 31 March 2012

Back at IDF September, Intel and Google finally announced that they’d be working together to get Android up and running on x86 devices. While there were a number of Android-running x86 tablets and a smartphone prototype or two floating around IDF, it wasn’t immediately apparent what the major advantage of Android 0n x86 devices would be for your everyday consumer. In fact, it wasn’t even apparent exactly why any of […]

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