I suppose we can look back on the Apple iPhone 5s and see it as an innovative device. It arrived with a 64-bit processer, something Android is still yet to do consistently and it also featured a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, tech that rivals have not quite matched in terms of quality. Oh yes, the iPhone 6 also came in a gold hue, a color that has been copied by just about every major rival since. It is a small innovation, but hey, Apple started the gold trend people.
Over the last 15 years, no company has sold more PCs than HP and the brand is still considered among the biggest computer manufacturers in the world. Like many PC vendors, HP missed the boat with mobile, but with its coverage, market cachet, funds, and technological nous, HP should be a force in smartphone and tablets. The simple truth is though that it isn't doing well in mobile and the reason is products like the new HP Slate 17.
The last couple of weeks have been dominated by Apple and the iPhone 6, with even devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 taking a back seat. If you thought the Cupertino hype machine would die down now and let others take the spotlight you should think again. Apple of course has another all-conquering product in its arsenal and a new one is due to land in October, so let it all start again.
Amazon has taken a thrashing in the smartphone market with its Fire Phone flagship flopping to be one of the tech disasters of recent years. However, the retail giant does have a history of making moderately successful hardware with its Kindle tablets, while the company's Kindle e-readers have proven the market leaders in that niche.
Samsung copies other companies and gets sued a lot. It is almost an unwritten rule of mobile tech, but every so often a Samsung court case where the company is accused of patent infringement tends to throw up some juicy information. The latest brand trying to take Samsung to the cleaners is chip maker NVIDIA (the suit is also against Qualcomm) and during the case some information about the Nexus 9 tablet was released.
Acer is not one of the high flying names in the mobile space and has struggled to make a successful transition from its PC heritage. That said, the company tends to make decent hardware that is affordable, and that has been summed up by its new tablet line-up launched at IFA. The company has rolled out three new slates in Berlin, each delivering the typical Acer bang for buck.
All the buzz around ASUS at IFA this morning may have been because of the ZenWatch wearable, but the Taiwanese company had some other products to show off too. Such as the new MeMO Pad 7, a tablet that really blurs the lines between slate and smartphone, almost looking like a phablet handset as opposed to a full tablet.
Tablets running full Windows 8.1 have obvious advantages over their iOS and Android counterparts and we have seen them get cheaper and cheaper. No high level company has managed to do what Toshiba has, and that?s release a Win 8.1 slate that costs just $120. The Japanese company has done just that, launching the Encore Mini at IFA.
Apple recorded some pretty stellar financial results last month when the company revealed that record amounts of iPhones had been sold, while Cupertino's Mac business grew too. With profit and revenue soaring, it is easy to focus on what's going right over at Apple, but we also shouldn't ignore what is going wrong. Talking about the iPad at the moment is addressing the elephant in the room at Apple.
We have known for some time that HTC is making a tablet, but it has been a long time coming as the so called Volantis seems to have been on the verge of launching for several months. If any further confirmation was needed that this slate is real and is imminent, then a new Wi-Fi certification for a HTC tablet should seal the deal.