31 10 / 2012
On October 26, 2012 Microsoft formally launched its latest operating system – widely known as Windows 8, with innumerable changes to its features and interface. The OS has been termed as the next generation OS that would succeed Windows 7.
Usually Intel or AMD processors are used to run laptops, notebooks and the new Windows 8 systems. On the other hand, modern tablets run on processors that are designed by ARM. These chips are specifically designed for tablets as they consume less battery and are fit for portable devices.
Keeping the ARM-based chips in mind, Microsoft has also launched a lighter Windows 8 version known as Windows RT. This is particularly developed for tablets and other mobile devices that don’t require high processing requirements. Using this OS, you won’t be able to use software such as Photoshop, PC games etc. Furthermore, apps for the tablets running on Windows RT would be designed to be used with the modern user interface. With this OS, users would get Microsoft Office 2013, which is touch-optimized for Windows RT devices.
However, systems running on Windows 7 don’t require upgrading to Windows 8 immediately but if you are planning to buy a new PC or tablet you must consider gadgets running on Windows 8.
This article lets you know about the four best Windows 8 based gadgets available in the market today:
13 9 / 2012
Ever since Windows 8 was announced and its trial version started getting launched, rumors and speculations about Windows 8 tablets were rampant. One-by-one companies are announcing the launch of tablets running on the Windows 8 platform. Some companies that have already revealed their plans to launch Windows 8 tablets are Lenovo, Asus, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard and Samsung. Very recently, ThinkPad Tablet has been introduced by Lenovo which will be running on Windows 8 platform. Like this there are many more.
In this article you will find top five tablets that you will witness once the Windows 8 platform gets finally launched.
Find below the best five Windows 8 tablets that can steal your attention:
Microsoft Surface RT
Apart from launching the software, this time Microsoft is also coming with a hardware product called as Microsoft Surface RT. This would among the first Windows 8 tablets available in the market. It offers a giant 10.6 inch screen display, USB 2.0, MicroSD slot, micro HD and Office Home and Student 2013 edition. With this tablet users won’t have any issue regarding storage space as it will be available both in 32 and 64 GB storage space. Information about processor, RAM and screen resolution is awaited.
Dell Latitude 10
It has been reported that Dell has made all the preparations to launch its first Windows 8 tablet. However, it is not officially confirmed by Dell but some leaked confidential documents implied that Dell will be coming out with the tablet,Dell Latitude 10. It will feature a large 10.1 inch display with 1366X768 resolution. It will be powered by 1.5 GHz Clover Trail Atom processor. Its other specifications are 128GB SSD hard drive for more storage capacity, Ethernet, four USB ports, HDMI, exchangeable battery and in-built mobile connectivity.
Asus Tablet 600
During the Computex trade show in Taiwan, Asus showcased two Windows 8 tablets that it is planning to launch. The first one known as Asus 600 features a large 10.1 inch display with 1366-768 resolution. Its other specifications include powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage capacity and 8MP rear facing camera. Accessories that you are supposed to get include clamshell and keyboard dock. Asus is yet to come out with its prices and date of final launch.
Samsung Series 5 Hybrid
Samsung Series 5 Hybrid tablet was showcased during the Computex trade show held in June 2012. The company refrained from revealing much about its technical specifications but off-course it has planned to launch this tab later this year. The slate is likely to feature 11.6inch display, Intel processor and front and rear facing cameras. You will get clamshell dock as accessories. More facts about this tab are awaited.
Acer Iconia W510
Acer revealed its plans to launch Windows 8 tablets by showcasing the Acer Iconia W510 during the Computex trade show in June 2012. It is featured with 10.1 inch screen display with 1920 X 1080 resolution. It is offered with a cradle with which the device can be placed for 70 degree of landscape viewing. It is a convertible tablet that works as a combination of tablet and keydock. The tablet is equipped with various connectivity options such as Thunderbolt, micro HDMI, a power jack and USB 3.0.
Apart from the above discussed Windows 8 tablets, you will find many more in this category such as Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and HP Win 8 Slate. With almost all companies coming forward with its own Win 8 tablet, one things looks more than certain that consumers are going to have wide options to choose from once Microsoft finally unleashes the Windows 8 in October 2012.
31 8 / 2012
Windows 8 tablets will be priced between $600 and $700 and the ones running Windows 8 RT will cost $200 to $300 less than that, revealed David Schmoock, Lenovo’s head of North America operations.
Windows 8 RT (RunTime) is the Windows version that will run the tablets that are built on ARM based chips. ARM chips are mostly used to run smartphones and some tablets including the iconic iPad from Apple. They differ from x86 tablets by virtue of power efficiency and thin structure. Lenovo has further revealed that these would be cheaper.
Windows 8 will be able to run the software of the traditional Windows based desktops and laptops. On the other hand, Windows 8 RT will have the new app store from Microsoft. Though it sounds new, but Microsoft is yet to prove its credentials when it comes to a new app store. Moreover, Window 8 x 86 version for PCs will run the third-party web browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox on the PCs.
It would be something to look forward to if Windows 8 based Lenovo tablets are prices in between $600 and $700. Microsoft has also promised its new tablet, which would be priced somewhere around $200.
13 8 / 2012
Lenovo recently showcased its first Windows 8 based tablet. Called the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, this new gadget will have multiple uses ranging from a provisional digitizer to 3G data connection over Lenovo Mobile Access and other 4G models. It’s also got advanced security features like a fingerprint recognition and add-on services for business and enterprise use.
The tablet has been designed keeping in mind the versatile functions and the different usage of different customers for both home and workplace. Lenovo is also seeing this as an opportunity to make a close association with the IT giant, Microsoft. The ThinkPad tablet 2 is the outcome of combined effort between Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel.
The new device from Lenovo runs on Intel Atom Processor and operates on Windows 8 Pro, the ARM version of Windows 8. It sports an ultra-slim design with 9.8 mm in thickness and weighs below 600 grams. The 10.1 inch screen gives users ample viewing capabilities along with support for multiple input methods. Lenovo has retained its age old tradition of backing the ThinkPad tablet 2 with a stylus that makes it very convenient for jotting down quick notes. You can equip the tablet with a keyboard and dock if your usage requires you to key in data frequently. What’s more, you get a USB 2.0 port for added benefits of plugging in USB data cards and flash drives.
For the ThinkPad tablet 2, general users would like the multiple functionalities while business users would definitely find the enhanced security and IT manageability to be useful. The sophisticated design and powerful processor would be enjoyed by all. Support for both 3G and 4G connectivity on this tablet is best suited for people who need to travel frequently.
06 8 / 2012
Microsoft launched the Windows 8 Release Preview (RP) in the beginning of June 2012 giving quite an insight into its features and design. Since it has been already many days you might have learnt a lot about the OS and probably started planning to use it in the way Microsoft has planned especially its Metro environment for the touch users.
If compared to the existing mobile devices operating system such as Android from Google and iOS from Apple, only half the work is accomplished. These operating systems are prevailing in the industry with thousands of utility apps that remain the cornerstone of their grand success. To make Windows 8 a success, Microsoft has to get help from third-party apps that will go with the touchscreen-friendly interface. Windows 8 Store has many such apps that can add to the convenience of the users. Below mentioned are the ten best apps that you must try with the Windows 8 touch OS.
If you are an ardent food lover who loves experimenting cooking styles, this app is not to be missed out. By taking this app with your Windows 8 tablet into the kitchen you can enjoy many new recipes and flavors. This app carries an amazing interface that is powered by BigOven. It enables you to access more than 200, 000 recipes right at your fingertips.
2. Sky News
If you are one of those who love tracking news as well as national and international developments then Sky News is a necessity for you. You will find the layout of the app very similar to the iPad version that makes it convenient for you to track news and stories that you have worked on the iPad.
3. Cut the rope
Cut the Rope is a popular gaming app used by Android and other users. This time it has been designed for Windows 8 tablet users. Its’ graphics look amazing and is eye catching enough.
Every major mobile platform offers Kindle. So getting it on the Windows 8 touch version is not at all a surprise. Its library interface gives it an amazing look and the app is very useful in storing books and arranging them as per the user’s preference. Using the app, you can not only store the books locally rather also pin them to the Start screen for easy access.
Evernote is a useful app for managing and storing notes. It is typically very useful for students or office goers who need to keep and arrange various types of notes. It helps you remove the clutter from your system and manage notes effectively. However, the current version of the app does not offer much about creating and editing notes yet its sleek interface makes navigation easier.
6. Fit Ball
Fit Ball is an ideal app for people who want to remain fit without stepping out of their room. You simply require to stand in front of your screen and launch this app. This app will use your webcam to track you. It allows you to make your way through various levels. Using Fit Ball is really fun.
Tweetro is a Twitter app available with Windows 8 tablets. Users have found it very useful as this was in use by Android users. By using this Twitter app you can post status updates, view recent photos and follow your timeline. The Metro’s side scrolling interface in Windows 8 makes this app more attractive and user-friendly.
8. Fruit Ninja
Fruit Ninja may not be so exciting if you are using a mouse to play with this gaming app but it is fabulous if used on a touchscreen device. For Windows 8 users, it will be very similar to the iPad version. If you have played it on iPad before then you will find it very friendly and easy to navigate.
AccuWeather is an interesting and useful app that lets you know about the current climatic as well as weather conditions. It has been designed to benefit Windows 8 users by updating them with local and foreign weather reports. As it has been designed for 1,366x768-pixel displays, you may get to see the unsightly box effect if your screen is of higher resolution. You can go through the live weather information through a tile on your Start screen without opening the app.
10. National Rail
You should have this app on your Windows 8 tablet if you are travelling by trains on regularly and making use of the services of National Railways often. It’s a railway enquiry app that provides you information related to the current location of the train as well as the timetable for arrival and departure. Using the GPS it lets you know about the nearest train to your current location.
24 5 / 2012
The much awaited Windows 8 will reach retail stores through the Intel tablets by November this year, as confirmed by trusted sources. Apart from tablets, Intel will also be launching a hybrid device of ultrabook and tablet.
The slated launch has put Windows on a higher platform as its new OS would be able to run more than 4-5 architectures – three Intel, ARM and AMD.
Windows 8 is a revamped OS from Microsoft that will run on both ARM and x86 chipsets for laptops, desktops and tablets. The new OS will feature the Metro UI that was first introduced with Windows Phone back in December 2010.
All the devices that are coming up, viz. the tablets and convertible laptops are built on Intel’s Clover Trail Atom chip. This would be the first dual-core chip from Intel based on 32 nanometer process technology. This chip is rumored to be very powerful. To offer an enhanced computing experience, these devices would be backed by the high-powered Ivy Bridge processor.
The single core version of the Clover Trail chip currently finds its use in a phone from India-based Lava and would soon be used by Orange, Motorola and Lenovo.
Unlike its predecessor, Windows 8 would be powered by chips from Advance Micro Devices and Intel and is stated to run the legacy applications. In a futuristic attempt to follow-up the Clover trail, Intel has been reported to develop a 22-nanometer chip, the “Bay Trail”.
Following the Intel launch, a totally separate release is planned for Windows RT ARM tablets. Those tablets are expected to release soon after Intel’s device offering.