Panasonics Toughpad 4K Tablet

Panasonic recently previewed their new 4k Tablet at NAB this year and ever since the industry has been keen to know when it may be avaiable.

The tablet is a 20 inch monster that has been ruggedised for commercial use. The tablet delivers Ultra-HD+ to Windows 8.1 to assist photographers, video professionals, architects, artists and more who demand the highest quality imaging from thier devices. Panasonic have released the pricing for the US market at $5999 and a release date of Jan 2014.

The full specs are available on the Panasonic blog and will be soon releasing some hands on coverage of this beast.

 

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Tablet market shakeup, Samsung leads in customer satisfaction

Engadget bring us a J.D. Power study that shows that Samsung lead the way in owner satisfaction with Apple second and Amazon third.

The study ranked tablets by manufacturer and scored them on a 1000 point scale. Samsung scored 835 with Apple scoring 833 and 826 for Amazon.

The study was based in the U.S. and is evaluated on 3375 tablet owners. It was conducted between March and August 2013. It uses metrics such as performance, ease of operation, styling and design, features and cost.

More here via Engadget: Note this: Samsung tablets rank highest in J.D. Power’s owner satisfaction study.

The rotten Apple – opinion

I’ve been saying this for some time now, Apple Corp is on the way down. Apple have undoubtedly had some amazing marketing and great success in pedalling those flashy products to people. Many people perceive Apple as an innovator and their products as bleeding edge. In a way they have been bleeding edge, but it should not be assumed that these products were the first to bring their features to the market. Apple Corp are just now releasing their market earnings statements and the signs are that even though iPhone sales are up (mostly due to taking to new markets such as China) however iPad and Mac sales are down.

There could be many reasons for this but in my opinion Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung have some great offerings and ironically enough the logo and namesake is a perfect metaphor for Apple right now. You see, Apples look so nice and fresh on the tree and it’s pretty hard not to pick one and take a bite. You soon tire of this however and see an even shinier and more red apple sitting on the tree. This continues for some time until eventually they all look the same and many begin to rot and drop off the tree. Apple Corp have enjoyed the shiny apple experience for some time now and managed to market those apples effectively, however, those apples are just apples and many people are starting to look at the orange groves, grape vines and other various fruit available in the market. The other orchids are also starting to market much better and people are seeing these alternatives more and are giving them a try.

Nokia, Samsung and Microsoft are the orange, grape and other fruits. They are quite delicious and provide choices to the consumer. Apple now have the Granny Smith (iPhone 5C) but it’s still just an Apple, there’s no escaping that.

Each new shiny Apple is just another apple, dressed up differently with a different sticker. You can see this in the latest earnings reports and in the share price of Apple Corp; they enjoyed a high of over $600US/Share and are now below $450US/Share.

Android is enjoying a run right now and Windows Phone is making ground.

Currently the total market share is as follows (as of q2 2013 via bgr.com):

Samsung has a global market share of 26.2%

Nokia are still number 2 at 14.1% (mostly due to their low end handsets)

Apple slides in to third with a 7.2% global market share with very modest gains.

Windows phone has reached double digits in parts of Europe and reportedly has a 7% market share across the EU region.

Blackberry has dropped to a sad los of only 2.4% in the EU.

Other manufacturers such as LG and ZTE are coming up fast and have around 3.7 and 3.5% share respectively worldwide.

Even Steve Wozniak was not impressed with the latest round of Apple devices. “When I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn’t hit my needs………Yes it’s thinner, but I wanted storage. I don’t have broadband at home, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple has a 256GB iPad.” was his words as he spoke to reporters at Apps World recently.

They may have some marketing genius left in them yet and no doubt they will see continued strong revenue but mark my words, they will soon be relegated back to the annals of history as a bespoke machine that only the true fanboys will continue to use to their own detriment.

There’s only so long you can sell snow to Eskimos before they realise they can get the same thing or better elsewhere.

 

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/362205,apples-results-fail-to-excite.aspx?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=iTnews+

Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2

The Nokia Lumia 2520 is Nokias first entry into the tablet space. It is based on the existing Lumia body with smooth lines and bright colours. The Microsoft Surface 2 is Microsofts second attempt at the tablet market and is very closely based on the original Surface with some upgrades to it’s specs.

When it comes to Windows RT there really are only a couple of options and aside from the ASUS VivoTab RT, th above is all there is.

So whats the difference between the Surface 2 and the Lumia 2520; well according to Qualcomm who makes the Lumia’s Snapdragon 800 processor

“The performance on [the Lumia 2520] is brilliant……It’s really at the next level. It’s not even really a contest [compared to Surface 2] … In every area, it’s much bigger, faster, and lower power.” Qualcomm’s senior VP of product management for Qualcomm’s application processors, Raj Talluri, told CNET in an interview.

What is the real difference between the two you may ask, well essentially they are quite simlair in regards to specs and ability. The Surface 2 has the all too familar kick stand and both have keyboard options. The Lumia packs Qualcomms Snapdragon 800 processor, a quad core CPU clocked at 2.2GHz while the Surface 2’s Tegra 4 processor is only clocked at 1.7GHz.

On the surface (no pun intended) this would indicate a performance advantage to the Lumia and with a quoted 11 hours battery life, that’s quite a package.

I guess it remains to be seen in further reviews if the actual perceived difference is much between the two.

Via

 

Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2 is a ‘no contest,’ says Qualcomm | News | TechRadar.

Windows 8 Editions

From the Windows Team Blog:

Announcing the Windows 8 Editions

First, Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows.

For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), we will have two editions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly (more details on this feature can be found in this blog post),which was previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows. For China and a small set of select emerging markets, we will offer a local language-only edition of Windows 8.

Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT is the newest member of the Windows family – also known as Windows on ARM or WOA, as we’ve referred to it previously. This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. For new apps, the focus for Windows RT is development on the new Windows runtime, or WinRT, which we unveiled in September and forms the foundation of a new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds.  For more details on WOA, we suggest reading this blog post which shares more detail on how we have been building Windows 8 to run on the ARM architecture.

The below chart breaks down key features by edition (this list should not be considered an exhaustive list of features):

Feature name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium

x

x

Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate x
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles x x x
Windows Store x x x
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video) x x x
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) x
Internet Explorer 10 x x x
Device encryption x
Connected standby x x x
Microsoft account x x x
Desktop x x x
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software x x
Updated Windows Explorer x x x
Windows Defender x x x
SmartScreen x x x
Windows Update x x x
Enhanced Task Manager x x x
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) x x x
Better multiple monitor support x x x
Storage Spaces x x
Windows Media Player x x
Exchange ActiveSync x x x
File history x x x
ISO / VHD mount x x x
Mobile broadband features x x x
Picture password x x x
Play To x x x
Remote Desktop (client) x x x
Reset and refresh your PC x x x
Snap x x x
Touch and Thumb keyboard x x x
Trusted boot x x x
VPN client x x x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go x
Boot from VHD x
Client Hyper-V x
Domain Join x
Encrypting File System x
Group Policy x
Remote Desktop (host) x

via Announcing the Windows 8 Editions.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview – It’s here, the next step in your PC, Tablet and Phone Experiences

“It’s Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It’s an all-new touch interface. It’s a new Windows for new devices. And it’s your opportunity to be one of the first to try it out.”

This is a game changer, a unified platform across mobile and desktop devices, an operating systems with you as the focus. Interact with your devices like never before with the Consumer Preview (Beta) of Windows 8.

This is the desktop Consumer Preview, initial reports are that it’s quite stable. A review from me coming shortly.

Download here

via Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

The Aussie Designed and Owned Windows Tablet

That’s right you read correctly, Aussie designed and Aussie owned and Windows.

10.1” Capacative Multi-Touch Screen
    Windows 7Home Premium
    Long battery life10+ hours

Intel Z670 “Oak Trail” processor @ 1.5GHz
2GB DDR2 RAM
32GB SSD (optional 64GB)
2 x USB 2.0 port
1 x microSD slot (supports 32GB additional storage)
1 x HDMI port
Full HD video playback (1080p)
1.3 MP front facing camera
Video conferencing
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
3G + GPS (optional)

Maestro S.