Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga 11 Vs Microsoft Surface RT: Computing On The Move With Ease

We love that Microsoft made the new Windows 8 a lot more funky and cool to use, especially on the go. If it was tablets and smartphones that have been the rage until now, we’re pretty sure Ultrabooks and laptop-tablet hybrids will soon catch on as the flavor of 2013. So we decided to examine the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 in bit more detail. And here’s what we found:

To start with, we’re not really sure if we should classify it as an Ultrabook or as a hybrid. It can be used as a tablet, but its keyboard isn’t detachable – you can fold it back. So that makes it a little heavier to use as a tablet, but as a laptop, it sure is on the lighter side. Let’s get down to the tech specs first.

The IdeaPad Yoga 11 sports an 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366X768 pixels and is powered by a Tegra 3 1.4 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. It runs on Windows RT, which also makes it a bit of a downer. There’s a 1 MP camera that can help you video chat on the device, but that’s all. We’d have loved to see more RAM and Windows 8 Pro on it. It is $649.99, but for another $150, you can get the Windows 8 Pro on it.

It’s got a responsive screen, which is a huge bonus. And another good thing about the IdeaPad Yoga 11 comes with Internet Explorer 10 and even supports Flash. There are two USB ports as well as a SD card slot for those who need more than the onboard 64 GB storage.

But in terms of running apps, it could have been a little faster – Android tablets and the iPad loads apps faster. Even loading sites takes a little longer on this device. Also, for its price, we doubt if you really should bother splurging on this. Our advice – wait a while to see what else pops up in the market. You might just find yourself a better deal.… Read the rest

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Microsoft Works to Enhance Windows RT vs Apple iOS

Microsoft is putting its best foot forward to make Windows RT better than Apple iOS.  It won’t be wrong to say that Metro App store of Microsoft bores an uncanny resemblance to Apple App store. But as per Rubicon Development’s Paul Johnson, Microsoft is still lagging behind when it comes to promoting games.

War Games got a lot of fans to iOS still Microsoft is not playing the game card right to promote is App store. According to Johnson, Windows RT has just handful of semi- decent games and it cost Rubicon some £10,000 to port the game and it just managed to earn £52 in its first week on sale.

“That’s not a typo,” writes Johnson. “And despite this, and the fact that GBWG is one of only several halfway decent launch titles, Microsoft has confirmed they will not give us any promotional features or help us with visibility in any way.”

There is no doubt that Apple app store has larger user base as compared to Windows RT app store but still the RT version of the game is not even able to give outdo to Andriod and RIM as far as games are concerned.

“Apple regularly promotes our apps,” he continues. “Android regularly promotes our apps. Even RIM (Blackberry) regularly promotes our apps. We enjoy working with those companies and it’s nice to see them acknowledge that we bring them some small amount of additional value to their setup. Firms our size need a bit of a leg up, and we go out of our way to show our gratitude to the above for helping us out in this way from time to time.”… Read the rest

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