The iPad Mini with Retina Display may look a lot like the original iPad Mini, but it's a tad thicker and has a second microphone on the back that none of the leaked specs revealed. The result of those small design differences is that many of the existing iPad Mini cases don't fit the Retina version, and case makers have had to scramble to make new, slightly modified versions of their existing cases. It's taken them a little while to do that, so in the early going we're seeing fewer case options for the Mini Retina … Read more
It's a Prizefight punchout between Apple and Google once again and both sides of this longstanding have brought their best 7-inch tablets to the table.
Apple's iPad Mini finally brings its Retina Display, the best-designed 7-inch tablet, and the power of its iTunes and App Store ecosystems.
The new Nexus 7, which is one of the most feature-packed 7-inch tablets on the market today, is pushing the 7-inch tablet into new territory with its full-HD display, and the Google Play store is no longer a weak spot for Android.
Which tablet will reign supreme? Apple's iPad Mini … Read more
You don't need a keyboard for your iPad. But, if you're planning on an iPad being a laptop-replacing device, having one can come in very handy for getting writing done. I've played with a lot of keyboard accessories on the iPad, but these are my favorites.
Before the iPad Air, most cases would fit the second-, third-, and fourth-gen models equally. That's no longer the case. So, having used several new solutions and written on each, I've broken my recommendations down into categories of iPad: Air, previous generations, and iPad Mini.
You could also, … Read more
Asus has global ambitions for its PadFone.
A higher-end version of the PadFone Infinity is set to reach the US during the second quarter of 2014, CEO Jerry Shen told Engadget. Shen teased the device's US debut by saying Asus has a big operator lined up but didn't spill any specific names. And after the US, Europe is next on the agenda.
"Once this product is launched [in the US], we will definitely have no problem tackling Europe with the same product, because this US operator is very big." Shen said.
The model being prepped for … Read more
While a holiday price war is breaking out among laptops, Apple is staying comfortably above the fray with its iPad Air, according to Deutsche Bank.
About 60 percent of the 80 best-selling laptops at retailers that Deutsche Bank recently monitored cost less than $400, while 30 percent are below $300.
Deutsche Bank did a "series of online checks" that included Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart over cyber Monday.
"We believe this reflects the need for [laptop] vendors to close the pricing gap with tablets which continue to exhibit strong market momentum," analyst Chris Whitmore said … Read more
The 9.7-inch iPad has been resurrected.
After more than a year and half of mediocrity, Apple finally made its largest iPad worth hauling around. That's my impression after using the Air for a month.
I say mediocrity because the iPad 3 (the first Retina iPad, released in March of 2012) and the iPad 4 (released in October of 2012), were compromised by the extra weight and thickness needed to support the early Retina displays. (Dare I say kludgy about an Apple product?)
Specifically, Apple's early Retina iPad displays required a relatively large backlight apparatus and, concomitantly, more … Read more
The newest iPad Mini with Wi-Fi and cellular capability (3G/4G) has yet to reach carrier stores in the US, pointing to Apple's tight control of supply.
Verizon shows the iPad Mini with Retina Display back ordered until December 16, as of Friday morning Pacific time, while AT&T is still showing 21-28 days when the device is ordered online.
Neither carrier, when contacted by CNET, could provide information about when the iPad Mini Retina would reach its stores.
Google's Android ecosystem will be breathing down Apple's neck in 2014, according to IDC, which offered predictions for 2014.
Google Play/Android downloads and revenues "are making dramatic gains and the app ecosystem value gap will be significantly narrowed" with Apple in 2014, according to IDC. That was one of the predictions published Tuesday, among a bevy of predictions for 2014.
Here's what IDC said:
The mobile device onslaught will continue in 2014 with sales of tablets growing by 18% and smartphones by 12%. The Android community, led by Samsung, will maintain its volume advantage … Read more
The iPad Mini Retina's speed seals the deal.
A lot has been written about the Mini Retina's display. For good reason, of course. Take a display with 786,432 pixels (iPad Mini original) and put it up against one with over 3 million (iPad Retina) and you notice the difference.
But I have been more impressed with the performance of the Mini Retina. After using it for two weeks, the speed is what has sold me.
Opera Mini reduces your data charges by using less data than other Android browsers and downloading compressed Web pages from Opera's servers. Opera Mini is a pared-down arrangement of Opera, with a smaller footprint than the full mobile version of Opera. But true to the Opera tradition, it somehow delivers a stable, full-featured Web experience with fewer resources than the competition. Also like the others, Opera Mini is free but displays some ads.
Opera Mini's Home tab is highly functional, with customizable news feeds appearing under My News, a social networks log-on feature, and a long list of … Read more