Why You Should Prefer Microsoft Surface Over Other Tablets?

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Yes, the Surface tablet has finally hit the stores, and if you’re all geared up to pick one up for yourself, we bring you some important information that could be of help to you. People who have had the Surface experience are raving about its design and ease of use, but there’s more to Microsoft’s maiden venture into the tablet arena.

The Surface starts from $499 for the basic 32GB model without the Touch cover, and goes all the way up to $699 for the highest model with 64GB of storage space a black cover. For those of you who want to buy a different colored Touch cover, be prepared to shell out $110, and if it’s the cover with moving keys that you’re after, pay up $129.99.

While the tablet works without the cover, for prolonged use, especially for content creation, you might as well invest in the cover. Another good thing about the Surface against the iPad are the USB and HDMI ports, as well as the Micro SDXC card slot for more storage. The Surface runs on Windows RT, which can only run apps from the Windows store. This means that legacy Windows apps would not function on the tablet.

The Surface tablet is an ideal option for those who want to work when on the move, but if you think that this can be a replacement for your laptop, we suggest you might as well download Windows 8 on your system instead. But if you’re still lusting after the tablet, you can wait for the Windows 8 Pro version for the Surface.… Read the rest

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Microsoft Surface: Is The Pricing Not Competitive Enough To Make It Successful?

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As splendid as the Microsoft Surface tablets look, if analysts are to be believed, the device may not do as well due to its ineffective pricing. Starting at $499, Shaw Wu – an analyst with Sterne Agee, feels that the tablet is far too expensive for consumers to want to pick one up. Microsoft also seems to be testing the waters rather cautiously, with intentions to build only 2-3 million units until December, as opposed to 5-6 million units of Google Nexus 7 and 3-4 million units of Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets.

The price point may also make it more profitable for Microsoft’s hardware partners like Dell, HP, and Lenovo to introduce competing products at cheaper rates. However, it may not be as easy for them to overtake the Surface in the Windows-based tablets. According to Wu, Microsoft will definitely find it hard to overthrow the reigning tablet makers, Google and Amazon, who are offering their products at competitive prices to gain maximum share of the market.

Even in terms of quality, the company will find it hard to overtake Apple’s offerings – the iPad and iPad Mini, which may be priced similar, but have more appeal among the consumers. Let’s hope the Surface doesn’t go the way of Zune – Microsoft’s competitor to the iPod.… Read the rest

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The iPad Mini: Review, Price, Specs

So, Apple finally did lift the veil off the iPad Mini – a 7.9 inch device weighing just a little over 10 ounces and just 0.28 inches thin. It does remind me of a miniature version of the iPad 2, in keeping with its name. So what does the iPad Mini feel like in one’s hands? Well, we haven’t got our hands on one yet, but we think this is pretty much how the experience would go.

It’s 5.3 inches wide, which makes it a little difficult to hold with just one hand – but the extra width does have its advantages in terms of viewing experience. It will take some time to get used to the narrow bezel, because it just makes it harder to hold onto the device without accidentally touching the screen. On the plus side, we have to say it’s pretty good space management on Apple’s part.

On offer with the iPad Mini are over 275,000 apps which are way more than what an Android tab has, which makes the iPad Mini a far more appealing option. You can do so much more with this device! The all aluminum body feels a lot more sturdy and expensive than the generic plastic version. The only challenge we see with the iPad Mini is that of the price. While there are many 7-inch tablets available in the $199 range, this one starts at $329 and goes all the way up to $649. With that kind of money, shouldn’t one ought to pick up the full-sized iPad instead?… Read the rest

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Apple iPad Mini: For All Those Who Want to Know More

So yes, finally October 23rd happened, and Apple did unveil the iPad Mini – rumors of which literally went around the world twice! It’s all of 7.9 inches, you can get in line for pre-ordering it from October 26 onwards, and it starts at $329 for the 16GB model with WiFi connectivity and goes all the way up to $649 for the high-end model. We love that it’s timed to come out just in time for the holiday season, so if you are still in the market scouting for a present, might we suggest getting the iPad Mini?

The iPad Mini is all set to go up against the likes of Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and a host of other Android tablets that are already out in the market. Of course, the Apple tag will give this tab an elitist appeal, but we wonder if the price tag could be considered a downer from the consumer’s perspective, especially when there are many other 7-inch tablets available in the $200 range.

It weighs all of 0.68 pounds, and is as sleek as a tablet can get. The iPad Mini is also equipped with Apple’s famed Retina Display technology to give you a brilliant resolution on the screen. We’re especially thrilled that the iPad Mini’s launch was timed perfectly to come out around the same time as Microsoft unveiled its Windows 8 and Windows RT OS, as well as the Surface tablet. Now, who’s going to emerge as the leader among the tablets?… Read the rest

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Why you should upgrade your OS to Windows 8



This Friday, as the world gets ready to welcome Windows 8 with open arms, we bring you some of the top reasons why you also should jump onto the bandwagon and get excited to install Windows 8 on your PC as well. Even if you don’t have a touch-screen based computer, there’s enough in store in the latest offering from Microsoft to thrill the regular PC users.

It’s not that pricey: For the first time ever, a brand new OS is selling this cheap, and that’s one of the biggest reasons for you to consider getting your hands on a copy of it. Downloading the version from Microsoft’s website will set you back by just $39.99 for Windows 8, and if you have recently bought a new PC or laptop, you can get Windows 8 on your system for just $14.99. Of course, you ought to act fast as this offer closes by January 31, 2013.

It’s faster: Yes, this is not surprising at all. Any upgraded technology does work faster than its predecessors, so if you’re all about speed, you may not even need the convincing. It boots up and shuts down way faster than Windows 7. Even if you don’t have a SSD drive, don’t despair, your system will perform faster with Windows 8.

Better reset and refresh: The “Reset your PC” option on Windows 8 essentially lets you restore the OS into its original state – the way it was when you had first installed it. While this resetting process would have taken around 30 minutes on a Windows 7 machine, with Windows 8, the entire process completes in less than 7 minutes! The “Refresh your PC” option will retain all your personal data and settings, as well as the metro-style apps that you download from the Windows Store.

Backup files using File History: The File History tool works better than the previous backup features. For starters, this feature isn’t activated by default – you can switch it on if you need it. It will save copies of your files in your Library, including documents, pictures, music, etc. and even your contacts, favorites, and Desktop items. What’s more, you can even select the folder into which your backup is created, so you total control over the backup process.… Read the rest

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Budget Tablet: The New Version Of Aakash Tablet Will Have A SIM Card Slot



Chances are that you buy the upgraded version of Aakash tablet with certain expectations. After all, a budget tablet has a way of conjuring up images of convenience and handiness. And indeed Aakash Tablet fulfills more than these expectations. As confirmed by Telecommunications Minister, Kapil Sibal, the new version of the Tablet along with Wi Fi only connectivity would have a SIM card slot.

Ecstatic about the new Aakash tablet Sibal further said that  in the coming five to seven years, every child in the country will have an Aakash tablet for as little as Rs 1,500.

As reported by IBN Live Sibal was speaking at the inaugural function of the Science Congress. At the event, Sibal further assured that the UPA government is working towards ensuring that the infrastructure for the virtual world will be completed at the earliest, in order to be able to connect 250,000 gram panchayats through the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN).


Sibal was quoted as saying, “Government’s plan is to connect 2.5 lakh panchayats through the National fibre optics connectivity, the last mile of which would be through wireless broadband.”Read the rest

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AT &T Pepped About Showcasing Nokia Lumia 920 Today In NewYork


AT&T is all kicked about the release of Nokia Lumia 920. The Nokia Flagship device would  be showcased today by AT&T Inc. , the second -largest U.S. wireless carrier.

The phone won’t be immediately available for sale after the unveiling, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details of the event aren’t public.

Nokia has pinned high hopes to Lumia 920 which is being considered a tough contender   in the smart phone market, largely dominated by Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Inc.’s Andriod. Along with Nokia Microsoft is also counting on Nokia Windows 8 devices to help it get it standing back in the smartphone market.

Lumia sports a 4.5 inch screen and its USP is the City Lens which displays names of restaurants and shops when users point their camera at them.

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. carrier, plans to start selling a Nokia Windows Phone 8 model later this year, reported Bloomberg.

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Nokia Lumia920 vs iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: The Price Point


Lumia 920 is hogging the limelight like it did never before. With stiff competition on the block from the reigning giants—Samsung Galaxy SIII and the iPhone5, Lumia enthusiasts had been holding their breath for the official price to be made public. And even before we could say “lumos” to see the price print, comparisons have started in regard to the price tags of its Apple and Samsung buddies. With varied pricing systems and taxes that are part of separate countries, it was tough to pinpoint the exact tag that Lumia would hold on itself.

Also see Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Samsung Galaxy Note: http://techthirsty.com/2012/10/02/samsung-galaxy-note-ii-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-the-clash-of-kins/

With the final revelation of the pricing, analysts and smarties who swear by their smartphones are surprised with the Lumia 920 price being about 25 percent higher as compared to Samsung S3. It is of course, more affordable than iPhone5 but as of now it is undecided as to how well the market would respond to this pricing tale over the coming weeks.

What we believe is that Nokia has brought in higher expectations from Lumia given that Samsung generally set benchmarks for Apple’s pricing too. Now if Lumia fails to impress despite its bank breaking price tag, it would really need to bite the dust on the Smartphone lane. More so—given that it comes with Windows 8 that is merely on its first outing. This holds true of global as well as Indian markets. The latter, especially has been pretty careful when it comes to splurging on such phones. Here’s a sneak peek into the price tagging for the three giants in the Smartphone sector this day.

Country Nokia Lumia 920 iPhone 5 32 GB Galaxy S3
Germany 649 Euros 739 Euros 550 Euros
India 40,000 INR 54990 INR 34,900 INR
Russia 24990 RUB 115000 RUB 35000 RUB
Italy 599 Euros 530 Euros
USA 199 Dollars 299 Dollars 199 Dollars
UK 517 Pounds 599 Pounds 500 Pounds
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