Does this name sound familiar…if so flash back to school and your old text books. They came to show off their Smartbook, digital textbook for computers and tablets. These books are said to create “dynamic, adaptive, and a personalized learning environment”. They are focused on the interactive multimedia which adjusts to the individuals upon need or preference. This sounds like an idea still a bit away but with the adoption of electronic devices in the classroom we should see these sooner than we know it.
If we have touch screen why not have convertible tablets we can twist and turn? Lenovo announces two new Windows 8 convertible tablets. Starting with the IdeaPad Yoga 11S, “world’s first mini Ultrabook”. This comes standard with Windows 8 Professional and a Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM. It’s so cool because it has a 360 degree flip from Ultrabook to tablet. The Yoga 11S still has a fabulous display with great viewing angles, and is super sturdy! The next convertible tab is the Windows 8 ThinkPad Helix. ThinkPad Helix has an 11.6” 1080p IPS multi touch display. Besides the convertibility it has “rip and flip” technology, which means you can take it apart and reattach in the opposite direction if you wish. It’s protected with the sturdy Gorilla Glass, has a pen touch option, NFC, Intel vPro, and a Core i3 processor.
Alcatel has two 7” tablets the One Touch Evo 7 HD with 3G/4G/LTE connectivity or Evo 7. Alcatel is trying to gain a distinguishing quality in each of their devices this year, the One Touch Evo HD has the option to upgrade it in the future by adding a removable module that provides either 3G/4G/LTE connectivity, there is a plain WiFi only version also. Besides this unusual feature it has a 1.6GHz Dual Core processor with 1GB RAM and Android 4.1 with a 3MP camera. The Evo 7 is the more basic model which runs Android ICS, has a smaller 1GHz and 1GB RAM, but if you want to opt with the unique module it can be 3G capable. Along with the whole One Touch Evo line they have One Touch tablets Tab 7” Tab 7” HD and Tab 8”. They are a downgraded version of the Evo tablets not having the connectivity module. What is great is that all three of these devices each have the 1.6GHz Dual Core processor, Android 4.1, a 2MP Camera!
Building upon their Toughbook tablet release last year, Panasonic announces two more tough tablets Android and Windows 8. First is the Toughpad JT-B1 which is 7” device running on Android. How tough is tough? This guy comes with a 5 foot drop rating and can withstand 122 degrees! Externally it’s durable so is the insides. It runs a 1.5GHz Dual Core TI OMAP processor and Android ICS (4.0). Other hardware includes a 13MP/1.3MP camera and a mega 5,720mAh battery with optional LTE. Following this is the 10.1 FZ-G1 Windows 8 Toughpad. It features a third generation Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM. This has the same temperature durability and IP65 rating for rain and dust as the 7” model, but this guy only can withstand a 4 foot drop. If you have butter fingers or just simply clumsy; either of these tablets can survive you or just about anything else.
Razer Edge a handheld gaming tablet with Windows 8. This has a 10.1” display with full Windows 8 a Intel x86 Ivy Bridge processor, and a NVIDIA GPU. This tablet is a bit chunkier due to the accessories: a two hand gaming controller which wraps around the device, detachable keyboard with an additional battery, and a standard docking station. All of the ports and two big vents are located on the top of the device, and even though it’s chunky it has a feeling of durability.
Table Top Tablets!
This is another trend electronic giants are getting on board with these excessively oversized tablets. Lenovo is on board with the massive 27”IdeaCentre Horizon Windows 8 tabletop tablet. The HD graphics pop well on the large display with NVIDA GeForce Graphics and runs on the third generation Core i7 processor with Windows 8. ViewSonic went a bit larger, enormous actually, here comes the 32” yes 32” TD3240. It runs Windows 8 and has a 10 point multi touch LED 1080p HD IPS display. On a ‘smaller’ route next up is ViewSonic’s 24” Smart Display it is also 1080p HD LED display. The Smart Display has a large 1.7GHz Quad Core Tegra 3 processor running Android Jelly Bean (4.1). This can be used either as a tablet or monitor by simply connecting keyboards and mice through the USB ports, wirelessly, or by Bluetooth. Panasonic said, what about a 4K tablet? 20” 4K Windows 8 tablet includes a stylus and is geared toward artist, designers, and architects they claim. Great image quality to work on a flat surface! They added some digital cameras to their announcement also, they release nine point and shoot cameras two of which being rugged. A big trend in 2013 in cameras is them having the ability be WiFi and NFC capable. We want to make our memories and share them with the world instantly!
Tablets good for the kids.
When we hear Polaroid we think cameras and pictures, but they broke into the tablet game with its 7” Internet kids tab. It is a tough design, shock proof, very difficult to break. It incorporates a Nook reader, 1GHz processor and uses Android. This small tab has tons of educational programs/apps which are categorized by age groups and user friendly widgets. Along with many Dr. Seuss and Smithsonian books, and incorporates a Nook reader, allowing parents to access Barnes & Noble’s Nook bookstore. Great for kid use starting as young as 2 ½ years. Next is OLPC; they just released their very first Android tablet, the XO. Just like their laptops their tablets have the old old fashioned hand crank option to charge or charge like normal. This is a 7” multi touch display with a Dual core 1GHz processor with a Marvell Armada chip and 4GB of storage. The green casing around the device is a rubber case which makes it more kid friendly.