Having one device to rule them all sounds good in theory, but the Surface brings too many compromises. I tried to use the Surface 2 as my main device for over two months and found that it doesn’t provide any more connivence than carrying my Macbook Air and my iPad. I had to carry both in my backpack when traveling and the extra weight of having two devices was very marginal. The Surface 3 might be a lot better than the 2, but I still see it as an inelegant compromising device for most. It might be the perfect device for some, one who can make do with a single USB Port and cables hanging off the top.

iPhone 5c + iPad mini = Mi Pad

Principal Gleeson of Mountrath Community College in Laois on switching over to e-books using exclusively the HP Elite Pad:

We had a number of issues with the devices.

We met with HP yesterday, not for the first time, and they are doing everything in their power to resolve the problem.

The HP Elite Pad has proved to be an unmitigated disaster. We have met with HP representatives on a number of occasions to address the issues.

To ensure stability and continuity of education I have ordered a full set of books for all the students.

We wanted a device that was effectively a computer in tablet form for our students, so it would have a word processor, sufficient memory etc

The memory of the HP device is 64GB, it far exceeds other tablets’ memory capacity

A year and a half’s worth of research was put into choosing the right device for us.

I feel bad for the students that were obligated to buy the turd for €550.

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX comes with Mayday, a virtual Genius Bar. It’s pretty amazing, if it works as advertised. I can’t see how a service like this could scale but if anybody can do it, it’s Amazon.

An amazing device at an amazing price, but the Android tablet ecosystem still sucks. I’ll probably get one anyway.

Now with a super dense 323 pixels-per-inch display, Android 4.3 that has multi-user support, and optional LTE support.

Huawei’s new MediaPad 7 has phone capabilities and they want you to hold it up to your face. It looks perfectly normal, no?

Huawei’s new MediaPad 7 has phone capabilities and they want you to hold it up to your face. It looks perfectly normal, no?

(Source: http-consumer-huawei-com-en-tablets-overview-s7-601u-en-htm)

Let’s break down the comparisons:

  • The iPad is a hair thinner, no big deal.
  • In real world usage the iPad can last about 1.5 hours longer.
  • The iPad is 2.24 ounces heavier.
  • Microsoft didn’t draw the screens to scale. The iPad actually has a larger screen area (45.16 vs. 43.56 square inches)
  • The iPad has less ports and requires pricey adapters ($79 total) if you need HDMI out or a SD card reader.
  • The Asus VivoTab Smart may work with “most printers,” but it’s a nightmare to get it setup.
  • iPad users can also get 7GB of free Skydrive cloud storage in addition to their free 5GB of iCloud storage.
  • The iPad doesn’t have Microsoft Office apps, but there’s hundreds of alternatives, some that are even better.
  • The iPad doesn’t support multiple user accounts.
  • Windows 8 allows you to see two apps at once, the iPad doesn’t
  • The iPad is $250 more expensive
  • Bonus: The iPad has 34GB of more usable space (57GB vs 23GB)

Acer announces the Aspire R7. It combines a desktop, laptop, and tablet; but I can’t understand why anyone would want to use a trackpad that’s behind the keyboard.

  1. Camera: Nikon D600
  2. Aperture: f/10
  3. Exposure: 1/50th
  4. Focal Length: 60mm

Or maybe Blackberry will be dead in 5 years…

The Nexus 10 is a dud, sales are negligible. The struggling Microsoft Surface tablets have even reportedly outsold them.

And it continues, Windows 8 is not helping.

Using your tablet to make the occasional VOIP call comes in handy, but do we want it to be our Smartphone too? and one that is designed to be held up to our ear?

With the announcement of their 7-inch stock Android tablet at a very competitive price (starting at $169.99) and a reported sell off of Web OS to LG (for use in smart TVs), HP might be going all in on Android. This doesn’t bode well for Microsoft.