Tablet Battery Life Test

Guess which tablets have the longest battery life on the planet

By on January 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Guess which tablets have the longest battery life on the planet

There are dozens of different features to weigh when buying a new tablet. The size is important, the platform and ecosystem matter of course, specs and available storage impact buying decisions, and plenty more must be considered. Battery life is likely near the top of many tablet buyers’ lists as well, since buying a tablet means having yet another device that needs to be charged on top of your smartphone and laptop. So for those who find battery life to be extremely important, which tablets offer the best battery performance on the market today? More →

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Tablet Survey Worst Features

This is what everyone hates the most about their tablets

By on December 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

This is what everyone hates the most about their tablets

People love their tablets… except when they don’t. Fixya, a self-described “community based trouble-shooting resource,” has followed up on a report it released last month about the biggest smartphone pain points with a new report showing what everyone hates the most about their tablets. Fixya said that it created its latest report by “sifting through over 10,000 problem impressions to determine the most common issues with each device,” so it does seem to give a pretty good snapshot about tablet owners’ biggest frustrations. More →

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Surface Pro 2, Surface 2 Sold Out

‘Extremely popular’ Surface Pro 2, Surface 2 sold out at retailers

By on December 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM.

‘Extremely popular’ Surface Pro 2, Surface 2 sold out at retailers

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets are selling very well, according to Mashable‘s checks with various retailers where the devices are sold out with just over a week to go until Christmas. It’s unclear whether Microsoft built smaller quantities of tablets and might be manufacturing the sellouts, or whether the company is actually enjoying a hot streak with Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 sales. More →

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Nokia Lumia 2520, Surface 2 Display Comparison

Display expert: Microsoft has much to learn from Nokia about tablets

By on December 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM.

Display expert: Microsoft has much to learn from Nokia about tablets

Although Microsoft is a much larger company than Nokia with a bigger workforce and more resources, it seems that the one-time Finnish dynamo has managed to completely trump Microsoft when it comes to building a top-notch tablet display. DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira, whom we last saw trashing the Retina iPad mini’s display, writes that the display on the Nokia Lumia 2520 is superior to the display of Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablet in just about every way in terms of brightness, contrast and overall color gamut. More →

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Microsoft Surface 2 Sales

Surface 2 tablet reportedly won’t take Microsoft very far in the mobile market

By on October 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM.

Surface 2 tablet reportedly won’t take Microsoft very far in the mobile market

There is absolutely no question that Microsoft’s second-generation Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets represent a huge improvement over the company’s first-generation slates. Where the Windows RT-powered Surface 2 is concerned, however, some report suggest those big improvements likely won’t be enough to get consumers to care about Microsoft’s tablet OS. Digitimes Research, the market research arm of well-known Taiwan-based digital trade paper Digitimes, says that Microsoft will push the new Surface 2 aggressively following its launch next month — but in all likelihood, it won’t matter because Windows RT may be a lost cause at this point. More →

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Microsoft Surface 2 Tablets Delta

Microsoft’s Surface 2 scores an early win as Delta signs on to buy 11,000 tablets

By on September 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM.

Microsoft’s Surface 2 scores an early win as Delta signs on to buy 11,000 tablets

In an attempt to save money and be more environmentally friendly, Delta is providing its pilots with 11,000 next-generation flight bags that will each include a new Surface 2 tablet. The Windows RT 8.1 slate will “provide flight crews real-time access to essential tools and the most up-to-date flight-related resources.” It should also save the airline over $13 million per year in the process thanks to reductions in fuel costs and other related expenses. The previous electronic flight bags weighed in at around 38 pounds, and considering the amount of flights Delta makes in a year, every pound counts, so the reduced weight should at least marginally cut down on fuel costs. Delta is currently seeking approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use the tablets “during all phases of flight,” which might also be a good sign for the possible upcoming changes to in-flight electronics use rules.

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Microsoft Surface 2 Ad

Video: Microsoft ditches dancing, unveils a strong Surface 2 ad

By on September 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM.

Video: Microsoft ditches dancing, unveils a strong Surface 2 ad

Microsoft’s marketing campaign for its original Surface was undoubtedly one of the worst for a major product launch in recent memory: Instead of showing people what the Surface was capable of doing, Microsoft literally had people break dancing while twirling the Surface up in the air. The good news is that the company seems to have learned its lessons and has produced a solid ad for its Surface 2 in which it explains why the Surface can do a lot more than an iPad. What makes the ad interesting is Microsoft’s framing — it first describes the Surface 2 as “not just a laptop” before also says that it’s “not just a tablet,” which indicates that the company is trying more to pitch the device as a super-portable laptop replacement more than a direct iPad rival. Microsoft’s full ad follows below. More →

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Microsoft iPhone Trade Program

Microsoft’s in-store exchange program now includes iPhones

By on September 25, 2013 at 6:15 PM.

Microsoft’s in-store exchange program now includes iPhones

Now that the new Surface tablets have made their debut, Microsoft might be looking to add one more incentive to its trade-in program later this week. According to Forbes, “an inside source at Microsoft” said that the in-store exchange program will expand this Friday to include the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 at some Microsoft Stores in the U.S. and Canada. Microsoft will reportedly offer its customers a minimum of $200 for Apple’s phones, which is identical to the iPad promotion already in place. Keep in mind Microsoft is already offering to buy back Android and iOS devices via an online program, so it would appear that the company will soon have all its bases covered.

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Microsoft Surface 2 Marketing Criticism

What Microsoft can learn from BlackBerry’s big mistake: People like ‘toys’ after all

By on September 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM.

What Microsoft can learn from BlackBerry’s big mistake: People like ‘toys’ after all

“Tools, not toys! Tools, not toys!” Does this refrain sound familiar? It’s the same tune that BlackBerry executives whistled in the dark as they insisted that people didn’t really want iPhones and Android smartphones because those devices weren’t secure and couldn’t help people do “real work” as BlackBerry devices did. We all know how well this has turned out: It seems that most people did actually want iPhones and Galaxy smartphones after all, no matter how often BlackBerry and its fans derided those devices a mere “toys.” More →

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Microsoft Surface 2 Analysis

Sorry, Microsoft: The Surface 2 looks dead on arrival

By on September 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM.

Sorry, Microsoft: The Surface 2 looks dead on arrival

So Microsoft unveiled its Surface 2 tablet on Monday and there were absolutely no big surprises. The device features a 10.6-inch 1080p full-HD display, a Tegra 4 processor, a USB 3.0 port, a 25% improvement in battery life and a redesigned kickstand. The device is priced at $50 less than the original Surface RT at $449 but overall this is basically the Surface RT with better specs and a presumably improved Windows RT 8.1 operating system. It goes without saying that this will once again not end well for Microsoft. More →

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Microsoft Surface 2 Hands-on

Hands on with Microsoft’s Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2: In search of a tablet turnaround

Hands on with Microsoft’s Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2: In search of a tablet turnaround

By on September 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM.

When I reviewed Microsoft’s first tablet last year, I said it showed a great deal of promise but that Windows RT had some serious wrinkles that needed ironing, not the least of which was a severe app problem. Beyond that, the $630 price tag with a keyboard attachment was a huge barrier. I also said it was my favorite tablet on the planet in terms of hardware design, though, and that it made me really, really want the Surface Pro. Then in January I finally got my hands on the Surface Pro I had been waiting for — and it was worth the wait. This gorgeous machine featured almost everything I loved about the Surface tablet, but it also ran full-blown Windows 8 Pro and therefore supported tens of thousands of Windows apps from day one. But the sleek slate was priced higher than people expected and the battery life was disappointing to many. In the end, Microsoft’s debut tablet family went nowhere fast. But if at first you don’t succeed… More →

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Microsoft Surface 2 Release Date Pricing

Microsoft announces the Surface 2

By on September 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM.

Microsoft announces the Surface 2

Microsoft is hoping that the second time’s the charm with its Surface tablet. The company on Monday announced its new Surface 2, a Windows RT 8.1-based sequel to the Surface RT that will launch on October 22nd and will sell starting at $449 for the 32GB model. As expected, the new Surface will feature a  10.6-inch 1080p full-HD display, a Tegra 4 processor, a USB 3.0 port, a 25% improvement in battery life and a redesigned kickstand that will provide better “lapability” for people who want to stand the devices up in their laps. Microsoft claims that the device will be three to four times faster than the first-generation Surface RT. The device will also ship with the full Microsoft Office suite — including Outlook — and will come with 200GB of free cloud storage on SkyDrive. More →

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