Former Apple Supremo Steve Jobs left a huge impact on the company and the tech world. So much so that when Apple goes against one of his ethos, the company is lambasted as if it should hang on every word Jobs said. A great example of this is the fact that Jobs was not particularly enamoured with the idea of a large screen stylus packing device, something Apple are now going to make this year.
You may remember last year that Samsung's 2014 tablet line up leaked early. History has repeated itself as the 2015 range of slates from the Korean company has also landed before any of the products launch.
A new LG tablet has been found on the listings at the FCC, the US body that passes products for sale in the country. The model number LG LK430 gives way to the description of "potable tablet" and the device seems to be well connected with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and interestingly Cat. 4 LTE 4G. According to the listing the new slate is destined for US carrier Sprint.
HP has quietly launched a new tablet on its website, opting not to reveal the device at next week's CES trade show in Las Vegas. That's because the HP Pro Tablet 408 G1 is not a particularly exciting slate and the PC giant is gearing it towards enterprise users and not general consumers. That's not to say you can't buy it, and it's arguably better than the company?s HP Stream 8.
Apple's iPad Air 2 is the best tablet on the market, and no I am not an Apple die-hard in the slightest (as my Android smartphone will attest). However, the Air 2 sets the standard in terms of getting the most things right, but even this amazing slate is lacking something. It, and indeed a multitude of Android tablets cannot offer the kind of productivity offered by Windows 8.1 tablets that rock a full PC OS.
There have been widespread reports that Apple will make a large screen iPad next year, while Samsung already has a "Pro" slate, but another company may be joining this growing niche. Sony is reportedly entering the fray with its own oversized tablet, a device that will be launched in 2015.
Nokia's recently announced N1 tablet is a monumental device in the company's history as the Finnish giant is starting all over again. After selling its devices division to Microsoft, Nokia is starting as a new entity and this is its first hardware step in a new direction. The N1 is pretty good, if a little too close to the iPad Mini, and it reminds us that Nokia actually knows how to make a solid device.
LG are in the Windows tablet/convertible market now after releasing the Tab Book Duo, a slate none of us saw coming and one that boasts a battery life that rivals iPads and Android tablets. The Korean company has surprised us with the Tab Book Duo, but we are hardly complaining as it seems like the kind of product that could work.
Jolla easily managed to reach its crowdfunding target on Indiegogo and the campaign has now come to an end with the company able to build its Sailfish running Jolla Tablet. The company managed to raise $1,824,055, much more than the $380,000 the Finnish brand was originally asking for. Due to the extra cash Jolla can spruce up the tablet even more with a micro SD slot supporting expansion up to 128GB and a split screen feature.
Panasonic are one of many Japanese electronics giants who completely missed the boat with mobile and let other companies steal a march on them in the market. The company still makes smartphones though and some of its efforts are very good, like the Touchpad FZ-E1, a handset that is perfect for the kind of person who like to go toe to toe with Mother Nature.