Might 2013 be the year that Android grapple's the tablet crown from Apple's iPad family (in terms of market share)? It's looking more and more likely. In addition to the handful of worthy 7-inch contenders -- Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD -- tablet makers are now starting to focus on affordable 10-inch slates that don't suck. Toshiba is hoping its new Excite 10 SE qualifies as such a tablet.
Microsoft had this grand vision of jumping into the tablet market with a pair of tablets built around Windows 8 -- one with ARM inside and the other a x86 slate running Intel hardware -- but the company may have overestimated the competitive landscape. Reportedly, the Redmond software giant has cut its Surface RT orders with overseas suppliers in half after failing to generate the kind of sales figures it was anticipating.
Google's recently launched Nexus 4 smartphone is apparently turning out to be this holiday season's hottest handset. At the very least, Google is having trouble keeping up with demand. After resuming online orders the other day, users who purchase the 8GB from Google Play are looking at waiting 8-9 weeks for the device to ship, while the 16GB model ships out in 6-7 weeks. That means the calendar could flip a year before it actually arrives, if you order today. Demand is so hot that Ebay is limiting the number of Nexus 4 devices some users are allowed to sell.
Generally speaking, guessing games are fun, just not when it comes to having the guess the price or launch details or a highly anticipated product. Good news, then. You can stop wondering how much Microsoft's Surface with Windows 8 Pro (Surface Pro from here on out) tablet will cost or when it launch, because Microsoft revealed both today. Short and to the point, Surface Pro will hit store shelves in January, 2013. Pricing details after the jump.
Amazon could hardly contain its excitement over how many Kindle devices it sold on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the busiest offline and online (respectively) shopping days of the year. According to Amazon, the holiday weekend was the "best ever" for the Kindle family, especially Cyber Monday, which ranked as the biggest day ever for Kindle sales worldwide. It was pretty much the same situation last year, which makes it even more impressive that Amazon managed to double its holiday weekend sales record from 2011.
It's almost as if Google played a cruel joke on smartphone shoppers when it released the Nexus 4. The unlocked device delivers an unadulterated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience with a potent feature-set and very reasonable price tag, the only problem being there wasn't enough stock to fulfill demand. Both the 8GB ($299) and 16GB ($349) sold out super quick on Google Play, but don't fret, more stock is coming.
Let's be real, even the best smartphone cameras can't compete with some of the better point-and-shoot cameras out there, not in terms of overall feature-set and picture quality. Nor do they have to. The fact is, some smartphone cameras are very good, excellent even, though all they really have to be is 'good enough' to get casual photographers to forget all about their point-and-shoot cams, and that's exactly what's happening.
Nintendo on Sunday launched its Wii U console in the U.S., and though it's sold out at most places (good luck finding one without an inflated price tag), that didn't stop Anand Lal Shimpi from Anandtech from carving into his like a Thanksgiving turkey. He got his mitts on the 8GB Basic Set (a higher priced 32GB Deluxe Set is also available) and posted several pictures of what makes the Wii U tick.
Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and every online store and brick-and-mortar retail shop was barred from selling Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5 devices. Do you turn to the Galaxy Note as well? That's barred too. In fact, you can't even buy a Jelly Bean device in this made-up scenario, because it infringes on Apple's patents. None of this has happened, mind you, but it could in a worst case scenario now that everything mentioned has been added to an ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung.
Compared to a year ago, worldwide sales of mobile phones dropped 3.1 percent to 428 million in the third quarter of 2012, but broken down by category, smartphone sales are surging. According to the latest data compiled by Gartner, smartphone sales are up nearly 47 percent from one year ago. Overall, 4 out of every 10 mobile phones shipped is categorized as a smartphone.