Thursday, 31 December 2015

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 vs Asus Transformer Pad TF701T vs Google Nexus 10:Which is better?

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10                                                                                                                             The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10’s superslim, unique design makes it easy to hold.The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 hardware is actually not bad for its price, and the faux-metal finish makes it feel even nicer. The glass display and body give it a halfway decent feel.The Yoga Tablet is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a few modifications.The general style of Android has been changed including fonts, buttons etc and while the default looks a bit on the childish side, there are a couple of better themes to choose from.The opposite side of the power button is the 3.5mm headset jack, and above that is the volume button and a small microphone.When the device is facing you in landscape orientation, you'll also notice there are two front-facing speakers. If you purchase the tablet, you will have already noticed the Dolby logo on the box.In Lenovo's own words, the Yoga Tablet 10 has "epic battery life" and at a quoted 18 hours, it sounds like this may be the case. This figure is gained with a pretty varied usage though, rather than a more traditional video playback test – 12 hours are spent reading an eBook.It’s also only $300.
But, The tablet’s low-resolution screen looks fuzzy and oversaturated, and the heavily modified operating system is downright ugly.
The bottom line: Though it feels well-built and has a handy kickstand, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet’s poor performance makes it hard to justify even the low cost.                                                                       Specifications
Release date10/30/13
Display type10.1 in
OSAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
RAM1 GB
Processor1.2 GHz
Wireless connectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/nBluetooth 4.0
Dimensions (WxDxH)10.3 in x 0.3 in x 7.1 in
Weight1.33 lbs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 VS                                                                                                                                                           Asus Transformer Pad TF701T                                                                                                                 The new Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T is a premium Android tablet with speedy performance and a super high definition display at an affordable price. For a comfortable typing it comes with a handy keyboard dock. It features 10.1-inch screen which has a whopping 2,560×1, 600-pixel resolution, and there’s a quad-core processor purring inside.The Asus Transformer Pad TF701T has great gaming performance, useful app extras, a sharp screen, and a microSD storage expansion option.The keyboard module uses a full Qwerty keyboard with keys just shy of those you’d find on a desktop keyboard, size-wise. The idea is that it more-or-less turns the Asus Transformer Pad TF701 into a small laptop.The 7,820 mAh battery on the TF701T lasted 8 hours and 33 minutes on LAPTOP's battery test, which involves continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi with the display on 40 percent brightness.
But, The tablet is unnecessarily large and seems like an outdated design. The screen's color gamut is limited and cameras produce grainy, unbalanced images. The keyboard dock feels cramped to type on.
The bottom line: Despite its bulky design, the Asus Transformer Pad TF701T is one of the best 10-inch Android tablet values available, but it's worth your time to also look closely at its competition.                                                                                                                                                                                      Specifications
Display type10 in
RAM2 GB
ProcessorNVidia Tegra 4 1.9 GHz                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Price:$398.99                                                                                                                                             VS                                                                                                                                                          Google Nexus 10                                                                                                                                     The Nexus 10 is comfortable to hold in either landscape or portrait mode. It's both thinner and lighter than the most recent iPad at 9mm and 604g.The Google Nexus 10 is clearly a brilliant tablet. It's got top-end specs at a mid-range price; that alone makes it deserving of attention.The Nexus 10 has a beautifully sharp screen. It's light, durable, and has the fastest processor of any Android tablet. Photo Sphere is an incredibly cool concept. Google's content ecosystem is only getting better.                                                           performance:
Google's Nexus 10 is powered by a 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 dual-core processor along with 2GB of RAM. It's easy to get caught up in specs like the number of cores when talking about tablets (quad-core is quickly becoming par for the course these days), but it's important to remember that those numbers alone don't determine a device' performance.The experience of using the Nexus 10, in fact, is more consistently smooth and snappy than what I've experienced with most other 10-in. Android tablets - including those with quad-core chips. Navigating through the home screens is fast and fluid, apps load instantly and multitasking feels effortless. Web browsing is a breeze, too, even with numerous tabs open in the Chrome browser. There's nothing to complain about in terms of performance here; the Nexus 10 absolutely delivers.
The Nexus 10 packs a 9000mAh battery that promises nine hours of nonstop video streaming, seven hours of continuous Web browsing and 500 hours of standby time. I found the tablet's stamina to be top-notch; even with moderate to heavy use, I was often able to go a solid few days between charges.
One area where the Nexus 10 falls short is in storage: The tablet's internal space is limited to either 16GB or 32GB. Once you factor in system files and all that fun stuff, even on the 32GB device, you're left with only about 27GB to 28GB of actual usable space -- and the device does not have an SD card slot for external storage. As with its Nexus 4, Google is clearly putting the focus on cloud storage and Web-based streaming, but that kind of configuration isn't going to work for everyone.
The Nexus 10 has two cameras: a front-facing 1.9-megapixel, 720p camera for vanity pics and video chat; and a rear-facing 5-megapixel, 1080p camera for stills and general recordings. When it comes to still pictures, the cameras are okay but not great; they'll get the job done, but you'll get far better quality from pretty much any current high-end smartphone camera. (Does anyone actually take photos on a tablet, anyway?)
Google's Nexus 10 supports near-field communication (NFC) for contact-free sharing and services, including Google Wallet, which comes preloaded on the device. Contrary to some reports, the tablet does not support the new Miracast wireless display-sharing protocol announced for the Nexus 4.
The Nexus 10 is currently available as a Wi-Fi-based device; at this point, Google has not announced any plans for a 3G- or 4G-capable version.
Battery Life:
The Nexus 10 is powered by a non-removable 9000mAh Lithium polymer battery. During our time testing the tablet we found that it offers excellent performance. Indeed, in between testing various apps, capturing screen grabs, watching HD movie content, loading and re-loading dozens (if not hundreds) of websites, playing games, using the camera and all other manner of applications we were easily able to get a full day’s use of the tablet on a single charge. Given the power that’s required to light up all those pixels on the Nexus 10’s high-resolution screen this is really quite an achievement on Samsung/Google’s behalf. There are, of course, various ways and means to prolong battery life, such as switching the GPS off, however we’re confident that the majority of users will find that the Nexus 10 offers excellent battery life as is.
But, The included charger isn't fast enough to power the battery while playing a game; even while idle, it charges painfully slowly. There's no storage expansion option, and apps that take full advantage of the screen are currently few and far between. Navigating isn't quite as seamless as on the Nexus 7.
The bottom line: The Nexus 10's superior design and swift performance make it one of the best Android tablets to date.                                                                                                                                 Specifications
Display type10.055 in
OSAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
RAM2 GB
ProcessorA15
Wireless connectivityBluetoothNFCWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Dimensions (WxDxH)263.9 mm x 8.9 mm x 177.6 mm
Weight603 g                                                                                                                                             Price;$399.00

Lenovo Miix vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Apple iPad Air:Winner is...................

Lenovo Miix                                                                                                                                               The Lenovo Miix, a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet with its own keyboard case, is like the consumer version of the ThinkPad Tablet 2, with slightly different accessory hardware.The Lenovo Miix is smart, light, reasonably well-made and comes with an excellent keyboard to help you to use it like a laptop. The potential is here for it to be a great mobile work machine, provided you don't need to run anything too intensive.The 10.1-inch, 1,366x768-pixel-resolution, 16:9 IPS display supports five-finger multitouch, and the 10.1-millimeter-thin, 1.27-pound design resembles that of other thin and lower-power Windows 8 tablets.The Lenovo Miix uses the Intel Atom Z2760 processor, which is a 1.8GHz dual-core chip, though it does feature Hyper-Threading, so can act as four virtual cores..This is all backed up with 2GB of RAM, which is very favourable compared to other tablets.64GB of eMMC storage, a microSD card slot that can support an additional 32GB of memory, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, a Micro-USB 2.0 connector, a Micro-HDMI port, and Bluetooth 4.0 plus 802.11n Wi-Fi. The front-facing camera's only 1 megapixel, suitable for Web chat but not much else. There's an optional 3G micro-SIM port, too.Battery life is respectable, but not outstanding.  We got just over 6.5 hours (400mins) of streaming video out of the Miix, and you could probably stretch that closer to eight hours for lighter work, but that’s not particularly impressive when larger Haswell laptops can now offer 10 or more hours between charges.
Price:$550
 VS                                                                                                                                                           Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1                                                                                                                         The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 is a seriously well-specced Android tablet, with a class leading quad-core processor and a superbly sharp 10-inch display.
Samsung's S Pen stylus feels perfectly at home with this stunning screen, turning the tablet into a sketchpad, a notebook, a virtual scrapbook, and much more beside.The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 sports a proven, sensible design, a bevy of useful features, and fast performance. The S Pen Stylus is a unique addition.The 2014 Note 10.1 has a non-removable 8,220mAh battery. That's significantly larger than the 7,000mAh battery of the last model, but it's needed because of the higher-resolution screen.
To give the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 more of a chance against its competitors, we turned off most of the Samsung extras, such as the eye-monitoring Smart Stay before setting the tablet to play a looped SD-quality video. It lasts for a fairly impressive 12 hours of video playback.
But, Only a limited number of apps make full use of the S Pen and some of the ones that do can be buggy and confusing. Some S Pen features aren't enabled by default and others don't work properly.
The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is the best Samsung tablet yet. If you can get over its somewhat high price, it's a sound Android tablet investment.                                                                       Specifications
Display type10.1 inTFT active matrix - Yes
OSAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
RAM2 GB
Processor1.4 GHz
Wireless connectivityWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Dimensions (WxDxH)10.11 in x 0.35 in x 6.9 in
Weight1.29 lbs                                                                                                                                           Price;$409.00 to $536.66                                                                                                                                                                                               VS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Apple iPad Air                                                                                                                                          The Air is a tangible upgrade over the previous, fourth-generation iPad, no longer in production and so banished to the annals of history. The new iPad slots right in where its predecessor left off, priced at $499 for a lowly 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB, and $799 for the maximum 128GB configuration. The iPad Air delivers more performance and comparable battery life in an attractive and impossibly thin-and-light package. An improved front-facing camera makes FaceTiming look better, and the Retina Display still looks great.
But, The Touch ID fingerprint scanner, introduced on the iPhone 5S, is sadly absent here, meaning you’ll still have to type in a passcode with every unlock and a password with every purchase. Starting at $499 for 16GB, it’s still expensive compared with the competition.                                                                          Performance:                                                                                                                                             The iPad Air shares the same processor with Apple’s flagship phone, albeit with a slight bump in clock speed. While the 5S runs at 1.3GHz the Air runs at 1.39GHz. It can achieve this because of the increased space and improved heat dissipation of the Air compared to the much smaller iPhone 5S.
Indeed, before we go into the detail about performance it’s worth noting that the iPad Air manages to keep its cool with consummate ease. Even when running intensive 3D games and apps for hours it barely breaks a sweat and, therefore, neither do your hands.
In practice, the iPad Air is blisteringly fast. Apps open instantly and games like Infinity Blade 3 look sumptuous and run smoothly. The benefits of having a SoC means that the GPU can be used to tackle compute tasks, which makes video editing and compute intensive apps, like AutoCAD, show no hint of slowdown.
The iPad Air performs 59% faster than the iPad 4 in the 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited CPU and GPU test and 91% faster in Geekbench 3 tests. The Peacekeeper browser test, which assesses web browsing performance, shows that the Air trounces its predecessor by being more than twice as fast. It's also faster than the stonking Snapdragon 800 processor on the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Google Nexus 5. We're talking matter of degrees here, but the difference is there all the same.
Battery life:                                                                                                                                                 Battery life on the iPad Air is quoted at "Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music". We would say that's actually not a bad estimate, although the drain was closer to 2% every 10 minutes in general use, which equates to around nine hours' use.
Standby time is much, much better though. We found that we could stick the iPad Air in a bag, taking it out for the commute and messing about with on the sofa at home, for at least three days before it began to get low on battery.
In fact, the only real task that killed it was connecting to our amplifier via Wi-Fi while simultaneously streaming music to the same device through Bluetooth. It's doing things like this that make you realise that this is the kind of thing that we envisaged at the turn of the century, a tablet that has the brains and connectivity to do all the tasks we could want.In terms of connectivity, we've already mentioned the excellent Wi-Fi performance (in terms of distance from router, rather than improved speed) through the Multiple In, Multiple Out (MIMO) technology.
4G bands are now covered throughout the globe, and low power Bluetooth is also on board as well, making it an incredibly well-connected device.
The bottom line: Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.                                                                       Specifications
Release date11/1/13
Display type9.7 in
OSApple iOS
ProcessorApple
Wireless connectivityWi-Fi
Dimensions (WxDxH)6.6 in x 0.29 in x 9.4 in
Weight1 lbs                                                                                                                                             Price:$479.00

HP ElitePad 1000 vs Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10 vs HP ElitePad 900:Best fit for use is.....................

HP ElitePad 1000                                                                                                                                       The ElitePad is a solid Windows 8.1 Pro tablet prioritising longevity over performance. The ElitePad is Crisp, clear, bright colors and high brightness display; aluminum design; decent cameras; good speakers Helpful HP IT software preloaded; Good rear camera; Versatile optional dock.                                           The ElitePad has a 10.1-inch IPS display featuring a native pixel-resolution of 1920 x 1200, up from the Elitepad 900's 1280 x 800. It's a great resolution for the size of the device.Its touchscreen panel is very bright and easily viewable outdoors when set to full brightness. It offers excellent, near-180-degree viewing angles and is scratch resistant, with an anti-smudge coating that makes it easy to clean. Corning's Gorilla Glass 3's presence means it's also tough to boot. Touch input works flawlessly, allowing you to pick out icons, text and cursor points with good accuracy.                                                                                         Driven by a quad-core 64 bit Intel Bay Trail class processor, the HP ElitePad 1000 G2 isn’t intended to compete with top-of-the-line specs. But it’s also no slouch, boasting a normal speed of 1.6 GHz, and a “burst” speed of 2.4 GHz. We’ve already seen what Intel’s speed bursts can do in Acer’s Android tablets, and it’s quite impressive.                                                                                                                       Although this ElitePad may not measure up to higher end devices like theMicrosoft Surface Pro 3, it’s definitely nothing to be trifled with. And it’s certainly adequate for day-to-day corporate usage, as long as you’re not trying to play high end 3D games on your breaks. Not that the Intel HD4000 display subsystem would be good for that anyway. All this is rounded out by 4 GB of RAM and a 64 GB internal SSD.             The battery life on the tablet is fairly good, lasting 7 hours 35 minutes on rundown test. The HP ElitePad 900 lasted a bit longer (8:23), while the Microsoft Surface 3 Pro (8:55) had the longest-lasting solo battery among the devices compared. The longest-living device, however, was the Dell Venue 11 Pro, which only lasted 6:29 as a tablet alone, but extended this to 9:18, thanks to a secondary battery in the docking keyboard.                                                                                                                                                  Specs

Responsive: The touch screen’s anti-smudge technology helps support Windows 8.1 and the OS’s educational and productivity programs and apps                                                                                       Rugged: Milled aluminum chassis can survive tough educational environments

Efficient: Intel Atom processor provides plenty of power to run Windows 8.1 apps while preserving battery life

Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z3795

OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1

Display: 10.1-inch LED touch screen

Graphics: Intel HD Integrated Graphics

Memory: 4GB RAM

Storage: 64GB solid-state drive                                                                                                                  Price:$800                                                                                                                                                   VS                    

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10                                                                                                                           The design is great, the screen pops and the keyboard is good and I like the battery hump because it’s a great way to hold the device.The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 bundles a useful kickstand, an attractive high-resolution display, long battery life and a great keyboard into a package that's light and inexpensive. Lenovo packs its slate with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard you can use to get work done, along with a bright screen and superb battery life. You'll have access to all the same apps as you would on any PC but with the portability to easily slip this slate into a backpack or purse. Aside from a few design flaws, the Yoga Tablet 2 10 is a compelling multi-purpose performer.                                                                                       Performance

The Yoga is powerful, but not quite a match for some of the other top tablets on the market. It runs on a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor clocked at 1.86GHz, along with 2GB of RAM.

This combination helps the Yoga score 2,383 in the Geekbench 3 multi-core speed test, placing it just behind some of the most expensive tablets available. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro (2,517) and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (2,669) are slightly speedier, but the iPad Air 2 (4,509) stands well ahead of the pack.

It’s a similar story in the graphics department, with the Yoga hitting an impressive 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited count of 15,739. This leaves the Tab S (13,500) in the dust, though the 2 Pro (16,674) and Air 2 (21,797) again come out on top.

The result is a tablet that can blitz through everyday tasks such as browsing the web, composing emails and watching movies. It’s powerful enough to handle complex 3D games too. Favourites such as Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2 and Real Racing 3 play beautifully smoothly. There are no overheating issues either. The rear warms up a touch during particularly intensive use, but it never affects performance.

Battery Life

The Yoga 2 lasted through eight hours of screen time, which is impressive considering that I had maxed out the brightness and had attached Bluetooth speakers. The Yoga's battery life makes it the perfect tablet for long plane or car trips.

The downside of the impressive battery length is that it requires a great deal of time to recharge. This means you'll need to leave it plugged in for a few hours. If you aren't using the powerful wall-plug that comes with the Yoga 2, you might even need to wait overnight.

BUT,Weak magnets make the connection between tablet and keyboard dock a tenuous one.

THE BOTTOM LINE If you're willing to overlook the flawed keyboard dock, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows offers the full Windows 8 experience in an inexpensive package.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Key Features: 10.1-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 IPS screen; Android 4.4 KitKat; Aluminium and plastic build; Quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor; 2GB RAM; Built-in stand; 619g; Dolby stereo speakers; 8-megapixel main camera; microSD card slot

Manufacturer: Lenovo                                                                                                                                Price: $369.99                                                                                                                                        VS                                                                                                                                                             HP ElitePad 900                                                                                                                                       ElitePad 900 offers similar functionality to the Surface Pro in a much smaller and more stylish shell and - probably - at a cheaper price.The ElitePad 900’s display measures 10 inches diagonally and fits a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is better suited for productivity than the 16:9 “widescreen” format most Windows tablets and laptops use. HP has wisely placed the volume and power buttons along a single corner so they’re easy to access in both landscape and portrait orientation.Intel Atom Z2760 chip clocked at 1.5GHz-1.8GHz combined with 2GB RAM. Often tablets that run full-blown Windows sacrifce performance and battery life in order to offer full PC capabilities.

HP ElitePad 900 Windows tablet for a spin to see how it stacks up in a world of thin-and-light, high performance tablets.The HP ElitePad 900 is a well-built business tablet with an impressive array of add-ons and accessories.

But, The base tablet starts out expensive, and those docks and jacket accessories add even more to the cost. Intel's Atom performance continues to underwhelm.

The bottom line: If someone else is footing the bill, HP's expensive ElitePad 900 and its accessory ecosystem cover a lot of bases, but this isn't going to be a consumer crossover product.                                               Specifications

Display type10.1 in- LED backlight - Yes

OSMicrosoft Windows 8

RAM2 GB - LPDDR2 SDRAM

ProcessorIntel Atom 1.5 GHz

Dimensions (WxDxH)10.3 in x 7 in x 0.4 in

Weight22.2 oz                                                                                                                                           Price;$662.18 to $1,061.85

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 vs HP Pro Slate 12:Who is the boss?

 Microsoft Surface Pro 3                                                                                                                       Microsoft might not be the first company to break into 2-in-1 laptop, but it's one of the few to get it right. The first Surface was a suave new device that worked both as a laptop and tablet. Thanks to an ergonomic kickstand and excellent magnetic keyboard, it easy to use whether you're at a desk or even laying down. The Surface Pro 3 is thinner and lighter than the previous two versions, despite having a larger 12-inch display and higher screen resolution. A new kickstand makes it easier to set up and use, and the keyboard cover remains a best-in-class example. The Surface Pro 3 is now optimized for a digital pen, which is included.        Performance                                                                                                                                        Despite its remarkably slim and light frame, the Surface Pro 3 is a powerful machine. In benchmarks it's a match for pricey ultrabooks like the Toshiba Kira. Its 1.9GHz Core i5 processor scores 5,532, more than Toshiba (5,424) and the 2014 MacBook Air (5,401).
The MacBook and Surface Pro make an interesting comparison here. Apple favours a slower processor, but a faster PCI-e SSD and Intel's faster HD 5000 graphics. It's a trade-off that makes the MacBook very snappy, but the Surface Pro 3 is no slouch either.
That faster processor gives it an edge in processor intensive tasks, too. This is no workstation class processor, of course, but anything you can throw at an ultrabook works fine on the Surface Pro 3. That means any task or application you use in everyday work and life. It's an efficient and effective replacement for a work laptop or ageing desktop.
It isn't noisy, either. If you're just watching video or doing some other simple task, it's rare to even hear the fan spin up. Even when it does it's an unobtrusive whir. You'll notice it in quiet surroundings, but it's barely discernible over the hubbub of an office. It's another reminder of the incredible industrial design in the Surface Pro 3.                                                                                                                                         But That excellent keyboard cover is not included in the base price, and its improved touchpad still doesn't measure up. The chassis lacks pen storage, and even with tweaked kickstand and keyboard hinges, the Surface Pro 3 still doesn't fit perfectly on the lap.                                                                                       The Bottom Line While the new Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's best PC to date, it's more successful as a tablet than a laptop replacement.                                                                                                                       CPU: 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-4300U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 12-inch, 2160 x 1440 multi-touch display| Storage: 256GB SSD                                                                                 $649.99                                                                                                                                                    VS                                                                                                                                                Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 hands-on                                                                                            Samsung had announced a new larger-screened Android tablet in the form of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO is a 12.2-inch tablet targeting more business-minded users.                             Performance
 Apps loaded quickly, and screen transitions were smooth and stutter-free. Everything worked as gracefully as I expected it to with an octa-core Exynos 5 chip and 3GB of RAM.  It's a performance hiccup that only grew worse with the addition of more windows. Yes, the Note Pro 12.2 is technically capable of displaying four open apps plus floating pop-ups on top of that, but there's no real benefit for the user. How could there be when the experience is marred by a noticeable lag? In fact, there's a pervasive slowness to the Note Pro 12.2 that ruins any sense of rapid-fire multitasking. It's the opposite of what the device's prosumer customer would want.                                                                                                                                             As a media viewer, however, you can't really go wrong with the Note Pro's considerable screen size. That 12.2-inch screen's an ideal venue for showing off presentations and high-res photos. It's similarly fantastic for watching Netflix or any other streaming media, so long as you can find a comfortable way to position it. If you can find a suitable way to prop it up, the Note Pro 12.2 can even serve as a solid replacement for viewing media on your laptop. The dual speakers are powerful enough that you should be able to comfortably watch with chatty friends or even in a moderately noisy environment. As a bonus, there's also no distortion when the volume is pushed to the max.                                                                                        And now, back to that Exynos 5 chip. As noted earlier, this WiFi-only model comes equipped with 3GB of RAM and Samsung's octa-core processor inside; that of the big.LITTLE architecture. So you're not exactly getting all eight cores firing simultaneously, but a setup wherein the best-suited set of four cores, be it for light tasks or heavy processing, takes over. It's likely the reason the Note Pro 12.2 seems to take its time cycling through tasks when activity ramps up.                                                                                                            The Note Pro 12.2's 9,500mAh battery is a significant bump over the 8,220mAh one used in the Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Which makes sense, since it needs more juice to power all the pixels on that 2,560 x 1,600 display. If you've ever taken a look at your power management tab in Android's settings, you know that the display is the biggest drain on battery life. Knowing that, you should temper your expectations for longevity. During a normal eight-hour workday, the Note Pro 12.2 lost just under 50 percent of its charge and that was with what I'd consider normal usage -- some light browsing, emailing and monitoring of my Twitter feed. I'm sure it'd retain that charge even longer, perhaps for two days, if power-saving were enabled and it was left to mostly idle under light use.                                                                                                                         As well as playing host to the company’s now familiar S-Pen stylus, the high-end device packs in a raft of productivity features around a premium array of components and an all new user interface.Although pricing has yet to be announced, Samsung has confirmed that the NotePRO will start a global rollout this March in white and black versions.The specs on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are top of the range, the 2560 x 1600 TFT LCD display is dazzling, add to that 3GB of RAM; an 8MP rear-facing camera & a 2Mp front-facing camera; a 9,500mAh battery; Android Kitkat 4.4 and you’ve to the blueprints to a big screened tablet with a lot of power.                                                                                                                                     VS                                                                                                                                                             HP Pro Slate 12                                                                                                                                       The HP Pro Slate 12 is a nice-looking tablet, with a metal back, beveled metal edging, and big speaker grilles along the top and bottom of the display. It actually looks a lot like an oversize version of HTC's One M9 smartphone, and that's a compliment. The whole thing feels extremely solid and durable.The HP Pro Slate 12 makes a confident entry into the productivity tablet market with the ability to turn handwritten, ink-on-paper notes into on-screen text.The HP Pro Slate 12 does pack some impressive specs. Of course, the biggest (in every sense of the word) is the screen size. The HP Pro Slate 12 comes equipped with a massive 12.3-inch display. This is an IPS display which offers a 1600 x 1200 resolution. On the inside, the Pro Slate 12 is equipped with 2 GB RAM and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor (clocking at 2.3 GHz). In terms of storage, the Pro Slate 12 is equipped with 32 GB internal storage and also offers the ability to expand another 32GB storage, thanks to the inclusion of a microSD card slot. Moving to the cameras, the Pro Slate 12 comes loaded with an 8-megapixel rear-facing option, which is coupled with a more modest 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Additional features include front-facing stereo speakers (with DTS Sound+), a 3G SIM-card for those interested and the tablet comes running on Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop).                                                                                                                                         But,The HP Pro Slate 12 can house up to 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM (it starts at 16GB and 2GB of RAM), so don't expect this tablet to be your primary device. If you're leaning toward using it for everyday data entry and immediate storage, you'll want to purchase extra capacity in the cloud, or an external drive.     The Pro Slate's multi-core score is slightly below average. Comparable tablets, like the aforementioned Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000, performed better, with the Note Pro 12.2 narrowly edging out the Slate with a score of 2,797.
However, the Dell tablet, which features an Intel Core M processor, wallops the Android tablets with an average score of about 5,000 on third party tests. For reference, other notable tablets on the market also trounce the Pro Slate.
The Surface 3, which also features a Core M processor, scored in the 3,300 range, and its bigger brother, the Core i5-powered Surface Pro 3 scored in the magnificent range of 5,500. Just for reference, the iPad Air 2 scores about 4,500.                                                                                                                               The Duet Pen has a double-ended writing nib with a rubber stylus for use on the tablet at one end and an ordinary ink pen at the other. You pull out the nib and reverse it depending on how you want to work. This is not a particularly elegant solution, but it's easy enough to switch writing modes.                                              The Duet Pen is powered by its own battery, which you charge via a Micro-USB port. The tablet reports the pen charge level in its notifications area so you can see whether it needs a boost. To pair the pen, you simply place the nib onto a target area in the centre of the tablet's screen.                                                      The HP Pro Slate 12 is short of ports and connectors. Aside from the MicroUSB charge port, MicroSD and SIM card slots there's just a headset jack and a HP docking port which is not, at present, associated with any accessories at HP's website.                                                                                                           THE BOTTOM LINE : The HP Pro Slate 12 is a worthy productivity tool for most businesses, with great apps and reliable digitisation tech, even if the Duet Pen can't quite handle the ruled lines of certain design work and it's running a slightly outdated processor and operating system.                                           Pric:$569:00 

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Apple MacBook12-inch vs Samsung Ativ Book 9:Who is the King?

 Apple MacBook12-inch (2015)                                                                                                       Apple announced the new MacBook in early 2015, and it is finally readily available in Apple Stores in three colors and several configuration options.The new 12-inch Apple MacBook is amazingly thin and light, has a premium look and feel, and is available in three colors. It offers better battery life than other laptops with Intel's Core M processors, and performance that's as good as or better than those models. The new USB-C port allows you to charge from an external backup battery pack.                                                                                               The 12-inch Retina display sports 3 million pixels and 2304 x 1440 resolution, offering beautiful depth of colour and shade and crisp text. The pixels have been redesigned to allow more light to pass through, resulting in more vivid brightness and tone interpretation - particularly when watching videos. The display performed beautifully in low-light conditions, but was more difficult to make out in bright direct sunlight.                                                               It’s performance is excellent. You’ll have no problems with normal productivity and web browsing, even if you leave lots of tabs open at the same time. There’s 8GB RAM as standard, which is more than ample – as is the standard 256GB of flash storage.
Speaking of which, it’s the PCI-e flash storage that helps keep the MacBook so responsive and useable. It’s blisteringly fast – the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test measured it at 741MB/s read and and 405MB/s write. You’ll notice this most when opening applications or waking from sleep – it wakes as fast as an iPhone or iPad does.
This makes up for the slightly sluggish Intel Core M processor, which scores 4,502 in Geekbench 3. This makes it slightly faster than the Asus Zenbook UX305 (4,098) – another Core M laptop – but not to a significant degree, and about the same as the 2011 version Core i5 MacBook Airs.
Spun another way, the MacBook is 26% slower than the current entry-level MacBook Air. This doesn’t show during general use, but you notice it more when tackling chunkier tasks such as batch image and video editing. The MacBook is fine for light editing duties, but only in extremis. It’s a similar story for gaming – only basic 3D games need apply, but that’s predictable enough.

BUT,Its performance and battery life falls short of the MacBook Air and Pro. The new keyboard is shallow and takes some getting used to, and sharing a single port for all accessories as well as the power cord is almost immediately frustrating.
THE BOTTOM LINE The new MacBook is a fantastically light and compact laptop that delivers a rich display, long battery life and surprisingly strong ergonomics, but it needs more ports.If you can live with its limitations, the new 12-inch MacBook delivers a groundbreaking design that points the way to the next chapter in laptops.                                                                  Specs                                                                                                                                              Display size/resolution: 12-inch 2,304x1,440 screen PC CPU:1.1GHz Intel Core M 5Y31   PC Memory:8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz    Graphics:1,536MB Intel HD Graphics 5300       Storage: 256 SSD    Optical drive: None   Networking:802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0           Operating system:Apple OSX 10.10.2 Yosemite                                                                    Pric:$1299
 VS                                                                                                                                                             Samsung Ativ Book 9 (2015)                                                                                                          The Samsung Ativ Book 9 is one of the nicer Windows Ultrabooks around at the moment with stylish design and impressive-looking specifications.Solid offering of ports, Excellent sound,Beautiful display; Thin and light design; Solid overall performance. Samsung fits a good number of ports into its very slim 12-inch Ativ Book 9. The system gets the best battery life to date from a Windows system running a Core M processor.                                                   The 12.2-inch LED panel on offer puts out a sharp 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, right within Apple's "Retina" range. (Not to mention Samsung nixed touch control on this model, citing unsavory adoption rates.) But Samsung does you one better with an outdoor viewing mode that ups the max brightness from its standard 350 nit to a whopping 700 nit.                                               For the most the specification of the Ativ Book 9 is in line with the MacBook Air. You’ve got a latest generation intel Core processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD storage and around 12 hours battery life (Samsung claims 12.5hrs, compared to the Air’s 12hrs). However, it significantly trumps that laptop in one crucial area: its screen.
The Ativ Book 9 2015 Edition packs in a 12.2in display with a whopping WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution. It’s a superb quality display too, with great viewing angles, a reflection-free matt finish and bright, vivid colours. There is one significant trip up when it comes to features, though. Like the Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi, (another supposed MacBook Air killer), it lacks a full size SD card slot. This is a significant inconvenience for any photographers.
Otherwise connectivity is about on par with two USB 3.0 ports and microHDMI port and the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standards. You do also get a microSD slot, but it’s just not the same.
BUT,Shorter battery life than Apple's very similar 12-inch MacBook, and a matching configuration costs more. The lack of a touch screen and small touch pad aren't ideal for Windows 8.
THE BOTTOM LINE The Samsung ATIV Book 9 offers a level of ultrabook-caliber performance that few manufacturers can match.This very usable 12-inch laptop is a good, if expensive, tool for websurfing and casual use, but would benefit from better battery life.   Specs                                                                                                                                                 Display size/resolution: 12-inch, 2,560, x 1,600 screen                                                                 PC CPU: 1.1Ghz Intel Core M 5Y31  PC Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz                     Graphics: 2005MB Intel HD Graphics 5300  Storage: 125GB SSD                                                Networking: 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0   Operating system: Windows 8.1 (64-bit)          Price:$1199

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 vs Dell XPS 12 vs Sony Vaio Duo 11:Best performer is....................

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13                                                                                                                       The 13-inch Lenovo Yoga was one of the first convertible Windows 8 tablet/laptops.Packed into its flexible chassis, the Lenovo Yoga 13 has some tasty specs: its 13-inch IPS screen may not offer a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, but at 1,600 x 900 pixels it’s significantly higher than many affordable rivals and offers 10-finger touch. Under the hood, this Yoga can offer up to a Core i7 CPU, up to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, putting it at the top of the convertible game in terms of power – yet Lenovo still claims battery life of up to eight hours. All that’s lacking is pressure-sensitive stylus support, but as the Core i7 version comes in at under  $1,000.00 , that’s easy to forgive.Intel's 1.70 GHz Core i5-3317U, which has two cores capable of delivering four processing threads with bursts up to 2.6GHz, outputs a surprising amount of giddy-up.Upgrading to the faster Core i7-3517U, which runs at 1.90GHz with bursts of up to 3.0GHz and has a 4MB cache vs. the Core i5-3317's 3MB cache, will give you even more CPU kick.The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 looks as good as any 13-inch ultrabook, with the added attraction of a 360-degree screen and a laptop body that can fold into a tent, stand, or slate.
But, Tablet mode leaves the keyboard exposed, and the Yoga 13 costs more than standard ultrabooks with similar components.
The bottom line: The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a convertible touch-screen laptop/tablet that most importantly doesn't compromise the traditional laptop experience.                                                               Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5i5-3317U / 1.7 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Memory8 GB / 8 GB (max)
Hard Drive128 GB - Serial ATA-300
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type13.3 inIPS
Max Resolution1600 x 900 ( HD+ )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Optical DriveNone                                                                                                                                    Price; $1,000.00                                                                                                                                         VS                                                                                                                                                           Dell XPS 12                                                                                                                                             The Dell XPS 12 is a thin, powerful, very cleverly designed touch-screen convertible that flips into multiple screen positions.This machine’s key feature is a 12.5-inch touchscreen with a native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels that pivots inside its aluminum frame—just as on the original. Open the lid, and you can use the computer as you would any other notebook. You simply push the top front or bottom back of the display to pop it out of its frame, and then flip it over and close it to convert the machine into a tabletThe biggest improvement, though, lies in battery life. The Ivy Bridge version of the XPS 12 provided 5 hours of streaming video, but that figure rose to a 6 hours and 45 minutes when we tested again with the same test.The Dell XPS 12 is one of the most powerful Ultrabooks you'll find. It might be heavy and awkward as a tablet, but when you consider the value that's on offer, with the blistering processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD drive, there's more than meets the eye..
But, For all the hype about touch and tablets with Windows 8, the XPS 12 still works better as a laptop than as a slate. Its battery life is on the low side.
The bottom line: Dell has revamped its rotating Duo laptop concept into the much-improved XPS 12, but like most convertibles, it makes a better laptop than tablet.
Windows 8 (64-bit); 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-3517U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 32MB (Shared) Intel HD 4000; 256GB Lite-On IT SSD                                                                                                             Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5 3317U / 2.6 GHz
Memory4 GB
Hard Drive128 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type12.5 in
Max Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD 4000
Weight3.35 lbs                                                                                                                                         Price;$1,199.99                                                                                                                                           VS                                                                                                                                                           Sony Vaio Duo 11                                                                                                                                   Sony’s Duo 11 is one of that strange new breed of hybrid Windows 8 devices that can be used as either a tablet or a laptop computer. It's an Intel Core i5 3317U chip clocked at 1.7GHz - the same low power variety found in Ultrabooks. While 1.7GHz may seem low, it can Turbo Boost itself to a whopping 2.7GHz under heavy strain, which means it's no slouch.It’s certainly an attractive looking device, with an excellent high-definition, touchscreen.The Sony Vaio Duo 11 packs an 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS panel, which looks glorious. Not only is Windows 8's new interface sumptuously represented, but also apps, games and movies too.The Sony Vaio Duo 11 has a fine set of specs for an ultrabook and an excellent full-HD touch screen on which to take advantage of the Windows 8-style interface.Battery life is respectable considering the specifications. We got just over four hours when using Wi-Fi to stream video from iPlayer, so you can probably stretch that to around five hours for lighter web browsing or using simple office software.
But, The Duo's design misses the mark for use as a tablet and a laptop, feeling like too much of a compromise.
The bottom line: While there are certainly things to like about the Sony Vaio Duo 11, the design gets in the way of enjoying them.
Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5 3317U / 1.7 GHz( 3 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Memory6 GB/ 8 GB (max)
Hard Drive128 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type11.6 inIPS
Max Resolution1920 x 1080( Full HD )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Optical DriveNone                                                                                                                                     Price;$1,199.99

BlackBerry Priv vs Samsung Galaxy S6's:Who is the boss?

BlackBerry Priv                                                                                     The 5.4-inch QHD display on the Priv is excellent. Its subtle dual curved edges are attractive, detail is pin sharp and it enables you to actually enjoy videos and games on a BlackBerry device. The BlackBerry Priv delivers strong performance in a sleek, solid package. The subtle tweaks to Android are useful, and the compact keyboard packs in useful functionality. It's also fun to slide open, over and over again.                                                                 The Priv runs Android 5.1.1 on the capable 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 CPU with Adreno 418 graphics. This is a high end CPU that's bested only by the Snapdragon 810 in Qualcomm's lineup and by the latest Exynos CPU used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5 lines. The hexa-core Snapdragon 808 generates less heat and potentially offers better battery life than the 810, and that's a good thing because the Priv gets surprisingly toasty and doesn't have particularly good battery life. This CPU is also used in the LG G4 and Moto X 2015 edition, where it runs cooler, and we can only guess that the Priv's slim design and carbon fiber back transfer heat to your hand more than the thicker (at the middle) curved-back LG and Motorola phones. The Priv won't come close to burning you, but it can make your hands sweat when downloading a queue of app updates or playing games. Performance levels on benchmarks are similar to other Android phones with the same CPU, and on paper the phone is fast enough to take even demanding tasks. I say "on paper" because the Priv sometimes has small lapses or hiccups in performance in everyday tasks, though it performs well in demanding games and streaming 1080p video. I suspect some performance tuning and software/firmware updates could ameliorate this (and it's a good show for BlackBerry's first Android smartphone).
BUT,The sliding mechanism is fun to play with, while rekindling fond memories of phones gone by, but the physical keyboard it hides feels outdated and clunky.  The keyboard is a bit narrow for large hands, and the device feels top heavy when fully extended. This security-focused phone is missing a few modern protection options, like a fingerprint reader or iris scanner.
THE BOTTOM LINE Finally we have a BlackBerry smartphone with all the apps you want, with a screen you can actually enjoy videos and games on, and an interface that's far more familiar and intuitive (for the general public at least) than that on theBlackBerry 10. Android and an awesome keyboard make the Priv the best BlackBerry in years, but if you're not a keyboard lover and aren't much of a security seeker, you'll find phones that are cheaper, or offer better features than the Priv.                                                                             Specs                                                                                                     Operating system: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop     Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (8992) Hexa-Core, 64 bit   GPU: Adreno 418, 600 MHz          Display: 5.43-inch curved AMOLED, 2560x1440 resolution (540 ppi)   Memory: 3GB low-power RAM    Storage: 32GB Flash storage   Rear camera: 18MP, f/2.2, OIS, phase-detect autofocus
Front camera: 2MP, f/2.8, 1.75um pixel size   Battery: 3,410 mAh, 4.4volt Non-removable   Charging: Quick Charge 2.0 Qi wireless (some models)         Size: 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm184 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm (keyboard open)                     Weight: 192 g    Network: FD-LTE: Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 29, 30 HSPA+: Band 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE  Connectivity: Wifi 802.11ac Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, USB 2.0                                                 Price:$699
VS                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Samsung Galaxy S6's                                                                                The new super-skinny build does mean that this Samsung gets very warm in use, however. Actually, not warm, it gets plain hot. Finger-burning hot. This is something that's becoming more and more common with today's increasingly thin smartphones, particularly those that have metal bodies. But I'm pleased to report that even when it's got a fever on performance doesn't appear to be affected.                                                                                                                                                                                                             The upscale Samsung Galaxy S6's smooth glass-and-matte-metal body, improved fingerprint reader, and convenient new camera shortcut key make the phone a stunner. Samsung's decluttered take on Android 5.0 brings the beauty inside, too.
BUT,Longtime fans will bristle at the Galaxy S6's nonremovable battery and absent expandable storage. The phone has an intensely reflective backing and looks embarrassingly like the iPhone 6. Battery life, while good, falls short of last year's Galaxy.
THE BOTTOM LINE Worldly looks and top-notch specs make the impressive, metal Samsung Galaxy S6 the Android phone to beat for 2015.
 Performance
Octa-core Exynos 7420 big.LITTLE Processor; Mali T760 GPU; 3GB RAM
The Galaxy S6 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop integrated with a newly streamlined version of TouchWiz and it’s incredibly snappy to use. One of the best features is the multi-window functionality – I used it frequently.
 Multi-window lets you open and use two apps simultaneously by holding down the option button or dragging from the top left corner of the screen. It’s great for writing an email while checking details online, or sharing posts from social media while talking about them with a friend on WhatsApp, for example.
Overall, the streamlined look and feel of the TouchWiz is a winner. We did experience a couple of instances where downloaded and native applications would randomly stop working, but we imagine this will be smoothed out fairly easily with updates.
TouchWiz gets a huge helping hand by the fact this is the most powerful smartphone on the market right now. Only the HTC One M9, with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, gets close to matching its performance.
 The credit goes to the 64-bit Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM – it’s the first time Samsung has used this chip in a phone. It seems that switching away from Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon processor in its flagship phone has paid off handsomely.
The Exynos 7420 processor has an advantage over the powerful Snapdragon 810 processor used by the HTC One M9 because the chip is smaller and more energy efficient. You can read the software and performance sections of our Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review for a more detailed breakdown of how it compares to the competition, but needless to say the S6 impresses.
One of the best demonstrations of the Galaxy S6’s power is how smoothly it handles graphically intensive games like Real Racing 3 or Asphalt 8. There are no dropped frames whatsoever and the games are rendered better than we’ve seen on any other phone.                                                                         Battery life
 Battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S6. Now we get to the real issue of this phone. It's not good enough, and that's hugely frustrating.
Let me put this into context: it's as good as the HTC One M9 and iPhone 6 in terms of being able to last just about through the day. Given that last year we were seeing phones that could easily make it to bed time without running out of juice, it's maddening that Samsung, like others, has gone backwards here.
The reason is simple: the battery pack in the new S6 is smaller than last year, 2550mAh compared to 2800mAh. The reduction is there solely so Samsung could make a slimmer phone, focusing on design over functionality. And unlike previous years, the battery can no longer be removed, taking away one of the big things fans loved about the phones.                                                                                                                                                     Key Features: 5.1-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution screen; Octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset; Wireless Charging; 3GB RAM; 2,550mAh non-removable battery; Android 5.0 L with TouchWiz; Samsung Pay; IR Blaster
Manufacturer: Samsung