Jolla Tablet

Jolla Tablet

The World’s First Truly Crowdsourced Tablet

In the world of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, Jolla became the first company to launch the world’s first crowdsourced tablet. The Jolla Tablet was conceived to be a revolutionary approach towards designing and developing a utility oriented tablet and was listed on Indiegogo.com on November 19, 2014, to raise $380,000 as the seed capital. Deliveries of the new device were slated to begin during May of 2015, and investors were offered an option of pre-ordering the tablet at a discounted price.

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The crowdsourcing project met with an incredible response and managed to generate close to 250% of the goal within the first 24 hours. The tablet was priced at $189, which made it an attractive proposition, and the company received 1000 pre-orders as soon as the campaign was listed on Indiegogo. However, the company failed to live up to the expectations, and the deliveries were delayed indefinitely. If recent statistics is to be believed, even the first 1000 orders haven’t been delivered to its buyers as of November 2015.

The Jolla Tablet is powered by an Intel 64-bit 1.8 GHz Quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM and runs on their own proprietary Linux-based platform known as the Sailfish OS. The tablet is available in two storage options, 32 GB and 64 GB, and also has an additional microSD slot for expandable memory that supports up to 128 GB of storage. The Jolla Tablet has a display size of 7.85 inches with 2048 X 1536 resolution at 330 PPI, which promises to offer great texture and depth to colors for the display. This, in turn, offers better clarity and video resolution than other mainstream tablets in the market that includes the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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The Jolla Tablet is equipped with a 5 MP primary camera at the back and a 2 MP front-facing camera, along with a 4450 mAh battery that promises a good battery backup. The entire device weighs in under .85 lbs, which makes it an extremely light-weight and practical tablet. It was even awarded the “Best Tablet of the Whole Event” at the Mobile World Congress 2015.

The Jolla website currently lists the tablet as sold-out, but with initial buyers still waiting for their deliveries, we believe that it is hard to come by this tablet anytime soon. However, an unpaid and unofficial version of the Jolla Tablet with an Android OS is available for sale on a Chinese website known as Tabao, but the authenticity of the product cannot be verified. Therefore, if you wish to buy the Jolla Tablet, your best bet is to sign up to their newsletter wait for them open up their order book once again.

Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 Tablet Review

Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 Tablet Review

Samsung and Apple have been at the forefront of consumer choice when it comes to understanding user requirements for modern and feature-rich tablets, but they were always a touch expensive to acquire. This is where Huawei begs to differ by bringing their latest offering to the masses. The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 Tablet is the newest addition to the tablet market and promises to provide a lot of features for conventional tablet buyers.

Design

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The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 is a 10-inch tablet that is finished in sandblasted metal finish using an aluminum casing. The entire unit weighs in at 1.1 lbs and is easily one of the most attractive and premium looking tablets in the market. While it is designed and marketed as an affordable Android tablet, the MediaPad M2 10.0 does not come off as a budget tablet in any way and is one of the major selling points for Huawei.

The tablet comes primarily in two different specifications, the Standard edition, and the Premium edition. The Standard edition tablet with the basic specification costs $349 while the Premium Edition costs $419 for the basic spec.

Specifications

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Both the standard as well as the premium versions come with a 10.1-inch display having a maximum resolution of 1200 X 1920 pixels at 224 PPI pixel density. This does not offer the same texture and richness of color as the iPad but does not feel lacking in the entertainment factor either. Powered by an octa-core processor in a dual configuration (Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex A53 + quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53), the standard tablet is equipped with a 2 GB Ram, while the premium version comes with a 3 GB RAM. The storage also varies for both versions, with the standard version offering a 16 GB of internal storage while users can enjoy 64 GB of internal storage in the premium version.

As far as the camera is concerned, the tablet is equipped with a 13 MP primary camera with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture ratio, while the secondary front facing camera offers a 5 megapixels ratio.

The Premium version of the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 also features a stylus, known as the M-pen, which is a great accessory that will complement the design and performance of the tablet. However, there is no slot for holding the M-pen, and there is a chance that you will misplace it in the long run.

Perhaps the most important feature of the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 Tablet is the availability of four Harman/Kardon speakers that are located at the top and bottom of the tablet for a revolutionary audio experience. These speakers are supplemented by the SWS 2.0 Surround Sound and Clari-fi Audio Restoration amplifier that will work together to enhance the audio quality.

The company promises an immersive audio experience while playing all types of media, and is oriented at people who use their tablet primarily for gaming or for watching movies and videos. Therefore, if you are looking for an affordable android tablet for entertainment purposes, the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet is the answer.

Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft has done it once again, as it has managed to build a proper laptop that can also be used as a tablet. There have been numerous attempts at creating a hybrid laptop from several leading electronic manufacturers, but most of them failed to live up to their hype due to some expected shortfalls. Sure, there are several affordable ‘convertible’ laptops available in the market, but these are merely glorified versions of existing tablets. Therefore, when it comes to computing power, performance, and utility, Microsoft Surface Book is certainly looking good to rewrite the history books.

So, Is It A Laptop Or A Tablet?

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Microsoft Surface Book is primarily a laptop that has a detachable screen and two separate CPUs. Unlike conventional laptop hybrids, you can use the Microsoft Surface just like a laptop, and it even offers the versatility and computing power required to run complex and resource-intensive programs. And when you feel like using it as a tablet, all you have to do is press a button and wait for a confirmation to detach the screen from the body. Once you detach the screen, it can be used as a full-fledged tablet, with its own memory, CPU, and a stylus.

Design

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The Microsoft Surface Book has been designed with the user in mind, and it looks marvelous from any angle. It is slim, elegant, and has a design that will put the MacBook Pro and Chrome Pixel to shame. Sure, there is an awkward gap when you fold the laptop, but it seems like a design feature that supports the hybrid functionality. The exterior of the laptop is made of brushed magnesium and has a fully functional keyboard that is a breeze to use.

Display

Microsoft has been successful in displaying their prowess in design, as the entire laptop is just 12.3 inches wide, but the engineers have managed to stretch the screen size to 13.5 inches diagonally. This puts the Microsoft Surface Book comfortably into the laptop category. Over engineering has also played a vital role in ensuring that the highly touch-sensitive display has a 3000 X 2000 pixels resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio at 267 PPI. This provides rich color and depth to the screen that comfortably beats the MacBook Pro and Chrome Pixel, both of which will inevitably be compared to the Microsoft Surface Book.

Specifications

The Microsoft Surface Book can be configured with a Core i5 or i7 processors from Intel along with an Nvidia GPU having 1GB of GDDR5 Memory. You can also opt for an 8 GB RAM or a 16 GB RAM according to your requirements, and the primary storage ranges from 128GB to 1TB PCIe flash storage.

The laptop comes with two USB 3.0 ports, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi network adapter, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a 5 MP front camera, an 8 MP back camera, an SD card reader, and a battery that can support up to 12 hours of video playback in laptop mode. The entire laptop weighs just under 3.5 lbs, making it extremely light and convenient to carry around.

Price & Where To Buy

Prices for the basic Microsoft Surface Book starts at $1,499 for 128 GB storage and Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB RAM. The top end laptop with 1TB storage and Intel Core i7 processor with 16 GB RAM can set you back by $3,199. All version of the Microsoft Surface Book can be ordered online from the official Microsoft Store or other online stores like Academicsuperstore.com .