Samsung's new(ish) relationship with Barnes & Noble has already resulted in one new product, the Nook powered Galaxy Tab 4. The union has now doubled its product range with the announcement of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, a larger Nook/Galaxy slate that is as much full blown tablet as it is e-reader.
Apple has always said the iPad is among the quickest slates, but the company does not discuss specs or benchmarks to prove its point. Competing with device with beefier specs, the smooth and light iOS has always ensured that Cupertino's slate it always among the fastest on the market. The newly launched iPad Air 2 is no exception according to Geekbench result compiled by Laptop Mag.
Apple posted some stellar fourth quarter results yesterday, but there was one blot on the earnings call, the iPad. In fact, Cupertino?s slate has been a problem (and a declining business for some time now, but Apple CEO Tim Cook remains bullish about the iPad's future prospects and its position in the market.
There is often an argument by Apple fans that the company they love has this massive success (it does) and on a device per device basis it destroys anything on Android in terms of sales (it does). They say that iPad is taking the fight to hundreds of companies with just one device, the iPhone or the iPad for example.
Two days after it launched the Google Nexus 9 tablet has landed on Amazon and is now available to purchase. The HTC built slate arrived on the online retail giant is offering the new Nexus at $400 for the lower 16GB version, or $480 if you opt for the 32GB variant.
Not that the iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2 are out in the open some of you may be thinking, "I can now get an older model for a more affordable price" and you would be right. At its launch event in Cupertino today, Apple detailed a slew of price cuts for its remaining iPad range giving the company its first ever coverage over multiple price points.
As well as launching the iPad Air 2 today, Apple also launched another slate. No, sadly it wasn't the much rumoured iPad Pro, but it was a new version of Cupertino's iPad Mini. However, after getting a little closer to the new iPad Mini 3, I am left wondering why Apple bothered as this is as incremental an update as you could imagine.
Apple today launched the new iPad Air 2, the company's latest tablet flagship that arrives amid declining sales and a slate market that is more competitive than ever. However, while Apple's iPad business is declining, it is only mirroring the general tablet trend as a whole and the outgoing iPad Air has comfortably maintained Apple's position as the company to beat in this niche. Can the iPad Air 2 continue to do that, can it dominate ever better competitors, and can it help to breathe new life into the tablet market as a whole?
With Android 5.0 Lollipop now ready to land at the end of the month on a slew of Google Nexus devices, other companies are confirming or reaffirming their plans for the software. The latest to detail its Lollipop plans is NVIDIA, with the company saying its Shield Tablet will be getting a lick of Android 5.0, although has not confirmed exactly when.
Google is getting all the limelight today after announcing the Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet, but the spotlight will shift off Mountain View very quickly. In fact, tomorrow all eyes will be on Apple is it launches its new iPads, sadly making the Nexus devices quite literally yesterday's news. However, it seems Apple didn't even want to wait a day as the company has "accidentally" leaked the new iPad Air 2 and a new iPad Mini today.