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Old 10-12-2012, 06:55 PM  
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The REAL tablet wars are about to start

Up until now the choices have actually been rather spartan when you compare the tablet market to the PC space. That is about to change in the next two months... and prices are going to reflect the change. (Though I doubt right away, it will take some time to shake it all out)


New tablets coming soon:

Windows 8 tablets: these are the most interesting due to the fact that they can double as a laptop and run x86 based programs. In theory these should dominate the market over time but in reality pricing will determine their adoption rate. Color me skeptical for now.

Windows RT: meh... basically windows version of an Android or iOS tablet, I see very limited potential here but who knows.

iPad Mini: Also will depend on pricing. If it isn't at least CLOSE to the $200 price point, I can't see any compelling reason to purchase one other than the typical Apple fan "have to have the cool new thing" factor. Of course, we know jack shite about their specs so I could be way off here... but it's always good to have more choices.

As for all the other Android tablets... I see a number of major price drops heading our way.. take a look at the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 at $299 and the Nook HD+ at $269.. that's unreal. We are about to have quality tablets getting close to the $250 mark.

EDITED TO ADD RUMORS:

Google is supposedly releasing a $99 tablet and a 10.1" Nexus with REALLY high end specs (made by Samsung) both are rumored to start manufacturing in December.

Any thoughts?

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Old 10-21-2012, 02:35 PM   #46
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Ipad has awesome apps for Instrument approaches and weather.


Having a backlit ILS plate on my lap at night in bad weather would be very nice. Almost all of my pilot buddies have one.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:41 PM   #47
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I've found out Tablets are not for me. I don't have a use for 4 devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, smart phone). I have the admit though, the windows tablet that can also act as a laptop is a cool idea.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:41 PM   #48
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So, should I wait on a Windows8 tablet to come out for my business or go with an Ipad or Android Tablet?
Well you should wait until the end of this month. At that point, Microsoft, Google, and Apple will all have new products out.

After that, pick the one that you like the best and fits your needs the best.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:07 PM   #49
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Well you should wait until the end of this month. At that point, Microsoft, Google, and Apple will all have new products out.

After that, pick the one that you like the best and fits your needs the best.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:38 PM   #50
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Kindle Touch bites the dust

You're only allowed to touch the Paperwhite

By Simon Sharwood, APAC EditorGet more from this author

Posted in Hardware, 22nd October 2012 23:35 GMT
Just a week after removing the jumbo-sized Kindle DX from its range of e-readers, Amazon has erased the Kindle Touch from its catalogue too.

The Touch was introduced just last year, as a mid-range e-reading option that improved on the eensy-weensy keyboard offered in early Kindles, and was rather more elegant to use than the four-way button on more recent pieces of kindling.

But the first 'readoslab' has not been able to survive the arrival of its brighter and similarly tactile brother, the Kindle PaperWhite, the Wi-Fi-only model of which usurped the Touch's US$119 price position.

There's more bad news for those keen on a Kindle, as Amazon says you can expect to wait four to six weeks before either Paperwhite model reaches your hands.

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Old 10-23-2012, 11:45 AM   #51
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It's interesting that the REAL tablet wars are just about to start.... considering Apple has now sold over 100 million iPads....

Better late than never I suppose..

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Old 10-23-2012, 12:02 PM   #52
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I have an Asus Transformer 300t, Samsung Galaxy 3, a four year old desktop, and a two year old laptop. The laptop is used to stream Netflix to my TV and is rarely used for anything other than a backup when my office is busy hosting guests. It doubles as our guest room. All other activity is done on my tablet (which I love) and smartphone. I also still use my desktop daily. My laptop has become the disposable device. I thought it would be the desktop but nope.

I have been an Android user since G1 and could care less what Apple does.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:16 PM   #53
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I have been holding out on any new tech items for a while now to see how the surface pro looks. I have a few things I like to do on a computer and unfortunately they all need different hardware. I currently edit and do some 3d and 2d graphic side projects on my 8 year old apple G5, write extensively and watch movies while traveling on my 6 year old sony vaio micropc, read on a kindle, work/home email and browse the internet mostly on my droid.

I would pay alot of money to consolidate. I have been holding out because nothing new has offered to compete with what I currently have while also moving me toward my goal of less devices.

If I could consolidate all but the editing/ CG work (the power needed for that is unique and I'm not likely to find it portable,) it would be worth alot of money to me. The surface pro with a full featured operating system could be the first real contender, though it still falls short of my consolidation goal. If I could make a call now and again from it and made a choice to read on a back lit screen, I could have one mobile device and a monster desktop. HEAVEN.

Sadly, still waiting for the big winner, though I will look seriously at the Surface Pro. I think I probably am their target demographic, but it still falls short of my wish list.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:43 PM   #54
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Isn't that kind of the overall problem with the Surface? It's either an underpowered laptop with crappy keyboard or an overpowered tablet running a desktop operating system.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:45 AM   #55
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Kindle Touch bites the dust

You're only allowed to touch the Paperwhite

By Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor Get more from this author

Posted in Hardware, 22nd October 2012 23:35 GMT
Just a week after removing the jumbo-sized Kindle DX from its range of e-readers, Amazon has erased the Kindle Touch from its catalogue too.

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But the first 'readoslab' has not been able to survive the arrival of its brighter and similarly tactile brother, the Kindle PaperWhite, the Wi-Fi-only model of which usurped the Touch's US$119 price position.

There's more bad news for those keen on a Kindle, as Amazon says you can expect to wait four to six weeks before either Paperwhite model reaches your hands.

Not at all unexpected given the response to the Kindle Fire. Technology was just progressing too quickly for the standalone e-reader to remain a viable device for very long...
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:47 AM   #56
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I have an Asus Transformer 300t, Samsung Galaxy 3, a four year old desktop, and a two year old laptop. The laptop is used to stream Netflix to my TV and is rarely used for anything other than a backup when my office is busy hosting guests. It doubles as our guest room. All other activity is done on my tablet (which I love) and smartphone. I also still use my desktop daily. My laptop has become the disposable device. I thought it would be the desktop but nope.

I have been an Android user since G1 and could care less what Apple does.
I think most people in your situation would ultimately decide the desktop is the one to go.

I've completely settled in with my iPad.

I use my laptop for work and my Android for making phone calls. I use the iPad for basically EVERYTHING else.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:47 AM   #57
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Isn't that kind of the overall problem with the Surface? It's either an underpowered laptop with crappy keyboard or an overpowered tablet running a desktop operating system.
Basically.

Having used Windows 8 for several months, I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:03 AM   #58
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I think most people in your situation would ultimately decide the desktop is the one to go.

I've completely settled in with my iPad.

I use my laptop for work and my Android for making phone calls. I use the iPad for basically EVERYTHING else.
I thin it just depends on an individuals preference and situation. For me it was the laptop. My kids now use my old laptops for games, etc.......I still like to use my desktop PC for any work or productivity work i do at home. I have a seperate den/office with a nice desk in my house so i like using the room. My iPad i use all around the house for any fun stuff like surfing and Netflix. I dont really play PC games anymore. Only console.
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I thin it just depends on an individuals preference and situation. For me it was the laptop. My kids now use my old laptops for games, etc.......I still like to use my desktop PC for any work or productivity work i do at home. I have a seperate den/office with a nice desk in my house so i like using the room. My iPad i use all around the house for any fun stuff like surfing and Netflix. I dont really play PC games anymore. Only console.
I have a similar setup - office with a desk, only play console games, etc.

What it came down to was that I like to be able to use productivity/desktop apps from places other than my desk. So the laptop won out over the desktop.
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I just saw the the Ipad Mini is going to run $329.
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