It’s no secret that Android tablets have died off over the last few years. We have been expecting to see the eventual move from Android to Chrome OS on tablets, and the initiative has gotten underway. Google has announced the new Chromebook Tab 10 from Acer, which is powered by Chrome OS. The announcement comes a day before Apple’s Spring event, where a new budget-minded iPad is expected to be unveiled. The Chromebook Tab 10 features a 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. This has been coupled with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a built-in stylus. On the processor side of things, Acer has included the same OP1 chipset that Samsung included in the Chromebook Plus. This is an ARM-based processor, but should still be quite serviceable for your new Chrome OS tablet. As for pricing, the Chromebook Tab 10 will be priced at $329 when it launches in North America next month. And the nice thing is that while Acer is gearing this tablet towards education, … [Read more...] about The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is the first tablet powered by Chrome OS
Android tablets are not and were not ever very good. There. I said it. From the very first devices that launched without Google's blessing, to the overhyped, underdelivering ones that did, all the way through Google's last-ditch effort to save them, Android tablets never hit their stride. Sure, there were some bright spots, occasionally. Like the 2013 Nexus 7, which was beloved for its low cost and simplicity. It was the antithesis of the $500 iPad: a frugal hot hatchback to Apple's fully-loaded luxury sedan. But the Nexus 7, and most small, inexpensive tablets, were short-lived in their mainstream popularity as our phones started growing larger and larger. A 7-inch tablet isn't much more useful than a 6-inch phone, and so most people just stopped buying small tablets. Which, it turned out, was most Android tablets. But not all of them. Perhaps the most stinging rebuke of the Android tablet, paradoxically, has been the success of one Android tablet in particular. Though … [Read more...] about Ready or not, Chrome OS tablets must replace Android tablets
In the wake of Apple's spring iPad and education event, I've received a lot of questions about how the base-model 2018 iPad fits in next to the 10.5-inch and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro line — does giving Pencil support to the base-model iPad eliminate the need for a Pro-level iPad? In short, no. But why? Here's how the two models compare, and why you'll probably want to stick with a Pro for more high-level work. Processors & RAM Let's start with the big one: The 2018 iPad features an A10 Fusion chip and 2GB of RAM, while the iPad Pro line rocks the A10X and 4GB of RAM. On paper, this might not look like a huge difference: It's half a version number, right? But the A10X is a huge powerhouse of a chip with some incredible graphics power to throw around. In our Geekbench tests, the A10X 10.5-inch iPad Pro walloped its new sibling: There's only a modest 3904 increase over the 2018 iPad's 3254, but on multi-core, the 2017 iPad Pro line hits 9292 to the 2018 iPad's … [Read more...] about iPad vs. iPad Pro: Which Apple tablet should you buy?
The new iPad is unapologetically an iPad. And looking around, I don't see any Android tablets that truly compete with Apple's latest entry-level tablet. There's the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, which comes with a built-in S Pen, but that thing's a year old and it's slow as molasses compared to the new iPad. Acer's new $329 Chromebook Tab 10 running Chrome OS and Android apps seems like a better deal since it, too, includes a built-in stylus, but its puny OP1 chip can't compare to the A10 Fusion. Amazon's cheap Fire tablets are good devices for consuming media, but they're not designed for creating things. Which leaves the new iPad in a class of its own. If you're into drawing or writing handwritten notes, the new iPad and Apple Pencil are fabulous tools for expressing your creativity that won't break the bank. And even if you're not interested in Apple Pencil, the new iPad is still excellent for all your regular tablet needs (you can always get an Apple Pencil later if you change your mind). … [Read more...] about iPad 2018 review: Still the best tablet for everyone
Last October, Huawei CEO Richard Yu revealed that the company has a working foldable phone that could be released in 2018. The timing of that comment is important, because just one month prior to Yu's statement Huawei filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The patent was published today by that organization, and includes images of what Huawei has in mind.In the open position, the foldable Huawei device is a full-sized tablet. It appears to fold in the middle to become a smartphone. Back in October, when he discussed the foldable phone that Huawei was working on, CEO Yu mentioned that there was a "small gap" between the two screens when they are opened in the tablet position. At the time, he said that Huawei had to find a way to get rid of the gap. Since this patent was filed before his comments were made, we assume that the mechanism in this patent does not solve that issue.Other phone manufacturers are believed to be working on a foldable … [Read more...] about Huawei’s folding phone patent shows how a phone turns into a tablet and vice versa