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 .

Kindle vs iPad

Kindle vs iPad

When it comes to reading, people are very particular about the device. The most preferred and popular names in reading e-books are Kindle and iPad. However, reading experience cannot be the same on both the device. There are different aspects of the two devices and a comprehensive comparison can detail out the experience of reading on the devices.

Both the devices were originally meant for pure text reading. The black and white texts and rough images made up the devices. However, both the devices have evolved a lot with time.

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Display

The Amazon Kindle has the screen size of 6 inches with 600*800 display resolution. The monochrome colored screen is quite handy for reading with 167 screen ppi. There is no touchscreen in the Amazon Kindle as well. On the other hand, the Apple iPad is a big 9.7 inches tablet with LED backlit multi touch display. The 1024*768 display resolutions with 132 ppi make it one of the best for reading. The fingerprint resistant coating and multilingual support also make it quite amazing.

Connectivity

Both the devices can be connected with the Wi-Fi and media can be downloaded. The devices come with USB Connector as well. Both the devices have Photo Viewer support.

Hardware

Apple iPad races ahead in this aspect. It comes with three variants of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB flash drive. On the other hand, Amazon Kindle has only 2 GB of internal storage.

Battery Performance

Amazon Kindle is far better than iPad here with up to 15 hours of battery performance. Apple iPad on the other hand has only 10 hours of backup. However, the Kindle can have very long battery performance.

Reading

 

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Amazon Kindle is meant for only reading but Apple iPad can be used for lots of things including playing games as well. Hence, it is important to compare the basic feature of reading. Amazon uses e-Link for reading and that suits many readers. However, the responsive and fast iPad can be brilliant for reading as well. The brighter and bigger screen also eases up the reading for iPad whereas the Kindle lags behind in this.

Amazon Kindle is basically promoted as Text Reading Tablet and may be spared to be compared from the technology aspects with iPad. However, as it comes to reading, the Apple iPad surges ahead due to the features and design over Amazon Kindle.

Best tablets for Christmas

Best tablets for Christmas

Christmas brings joy, happiness, festival, and togetherness. However, it brings many more. There is no better time in the year to buy something that you have been planning for years. If you are planning to gift someone special, then it is even better. Well, people may argue that how Christmas can be the best time to buy something. However, along with all others, Christmas brings huge discounts, offers, sales and price cuts as well. If you are planning for a Tablet this year, then you would get many options. If you do not have the time to do a market research, then here are the 5 best Tablets that you can buy this Christmas.

1. Apple iPad Air 2

 

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This is considered one of the best tablets in the world. It is known for the quality and features. The 9.7 inches screen of the giant tablet can be handy for many reasons. It is fit for day to day work. You can play the game and have fun with super speed quality. At the same time, you can do all your professional work with this iPad Air 2. This is the best that Apple has ever introduced in the market. The price range of the tablet that runs on the newly launched super-fast IOS9 is $399.99 to $644.76.

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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The Samsung is not a bad option either for this Christmas. This is sleek, colorful and, of course, a vivid screen of 8 inches tablet. The best part of the tablet is that it gives you the correct screen size to work and carry as well. It has a huge storage of 32 GB with microSD card extension. So, if you look to store music or games or your professional work, this is one of the best you have in the market. It also gives you long battery life and fingerprint scanner for higher security. The price range of the tablet is $347.99 – $399.99.

3. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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This tablet is costlier than others, but it is an amazing experience to use the Microsoft Surface Pro. This comes with a bigger screen and super shot quality of the screen. This is sleek and easy to use tablet powered by Windows 10. It is priced for $899.99. However, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 does not come with the keyboard and you have to get that from outside. If you are ready to pay for some quality performance, then avail this Christmas.

4. Google Nexus 9

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Android Lollipop 5.0 is out and Google Nexus 9 is the first tablet to get this feature. It has real premium build and it performs equally good. However, this has to be remembered that Google Nexus 9 is great for the multi-tasks. You can easily switch the apps randomly with ease and that makes it a very fast and reliable tablet as well.

5. Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

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There is no other tablet that provides more comfortable tablet than Amazon Fire HDX 8.9. It is the lightest and sleekest among all tablets. It is for those who love to try something new. Amazon is coming with its own new technology and OS to convince the market. However, the Firefly from Amazon has not been accepted in the market and thus it needs a try. This Christmas may be the right time to get an Amazon tablet for around $379.99.

The price of the tablets may change due to the various offers that Christmas brings. The high-quality tablets can be as effective as it can be.