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Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Microsoft Surface 2 (left) and Surface Pro 2

The Microsoft Surface has been, by just about any measure, a commercial flop. When your company writes off US$900 million in unsold stock, well, that writing is on the wall. But that doesn't mean the first-generation Surface and Surface Pro haven't made some customers very happy. If you're part of that, ahem, "elite" group, or think you might be sometime soon, do you spring for the Surface 2 or the Surface Pro 2? Join Gizmag, as we compare Microsoft's second round of hybrid tablets.  Read More

The Miix2 8-inch tablet from Lenovo

Lenovo's Miix multi-mode tablet is about to be joined by a baby brother. The new Miix2 is the company's first 8-inch tablet, and features a latest generation Intel quad-core processor, runs Windows 8.1 and is available with an optional stylus.  Read More

The Archos Platinum Series tablets

Back in February, Archos announced three new Platinum tablets that appeared to offer top-shelf specs for wallet-friendly price tags. Sadly, only the two smaller models enjoyed a brief limited release in mostly Middle East regions, until now. The French portable consumer tech manufacturer has spruced up the Elements devices and issued a direct challenge to top-brand tablet makers like Apple and Samsung with the launch of the new Platinum Series tablets. The 116 Platinum of old has been swapped for a 10.1-inch device, which joins a 9.7-inch Retina rival and an 8-inch model. The three Android slates each feature a HD touchscreen, a quad-core processor, powerful graphics, and dual-band Wi-Fi.  Read More

The Mega sports a faux chrome plastic back

Whatever sort of smartphone you might want, Samsung has got you covered. Unlike its chief competitor, Apple, which recently broke with tradition by unveiling (gasp!) two new models of iPhone at once, the Korean monolith makes devices of all shapes and sizes. Samsung's huge 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega sprang forth from that spirit of concocting a flavor for every taste last month, and I've spent the past few weeks putting it through its paces to try to find out if there's room in my life for such a sizable smartphone. Here are a few of the conclusions I've reached over the course of my month with the Mega.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the new Kindle Fire HDX and Apple's aging 1st-ge...

Apple's iPad and iPad mini may still rule the tablet roost, but Amazon's Kindle Fire lineup also knows how to draw a crowd. Is Apple's iPad mini a better buy than the upcoming Kindle Fire HDX? Join Gizmag, as we put the two side by side, and see what happens.  Read More

The 7-in Hudl

UK supermarket giant Tesco has announced that it is to enter the tablet computing market place later this month with the launch of its 7-inch Android slab, Hudl. Tesco says the device has been designed with "accessibility and convenience" in mind, and its £119 price tag is competitive for its able specification.  Read More

The iSketchnote lets you create a digital copy of your physical scribblings

Many people are now using an iPad or other brand of tablet as a tool for writing notes and drawing sketches. Doing so makes a lot of sense as the form factor is built with such tasks in mind. It isn't perfect, however, and some of us are resistant to the move from physical to digital. If that describes you, or you simply need a physical copy of your work as well as a digital copy, then the iSketchnote could be just the ticket.  Read More

Toshiba's Encore tablet runs Windows 8.1 and has been optimized for Skype video calls

Though Acer pipped everyone to the 8-inch Win8 tablet post when it launched the Iconia W3 in June, Toshiba has teamed up with Microsoft to develop one of the first to feature the latest generation of Intel's Atom processor. The Encore tablet unveiled at IFA 2013 will also run Windows 8.1 and has been optimized for Skype video calls.  Read More

Toshiba has announced the Satellite W30t and W30Dt 2-in-1 laptops at IFA 2013

IFA 2013 is in full swing right now, and Toshiba has taken the opportunity to reveal some new additions to its line of 2-in-1 computers that can transform from laptops to tablets. The recently announced Satellite W30t and W30Dt feature detachable backlit keyboards and multi-touch screens to give users a more versatile Windows 8.1 computer in an extra portable package.  Read More

We've been impressed with Lenovo's Ultrabook keyboards before – will the new model continu...

Last year's Windows 8 launch was accompanied by a slew of new Ultrabooks, tablets, and hybrid convertibles. Out of that bunch, one of the most interesting has been Lenovo's series of Yoga PCs. Like a yoga instructor, the Yoga PC bends, stretches, and flips into several different poses. If you've been eyeing that form factor but haven't yet pulled the trigger, then you might want to know that Lenovo just announced its first proper follow-up, the Yoga 2 Pro.  Read More

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