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.
We told you earlier in the week how the first product from the Nook/Samsung union would be the Galaxy Tab 4, and now that slate come e-reader has been launched. As you would expect, this is very much a Samsung Galaxy device, from the overall ethos to the nailed on design language, and that all makes me a little sad.
Apple has always done a decent job of defying the ethos that says more RAM and higher numbered specs are better. For example, the iPad Air has just 1GB of RAM, while even basic Android slates pack at least 2GB. However, you would not notice a difference between the performance on the Air or on a high end Android tablet, such is the solid performance of Apple's product.
It is hard to argue against the all-round goodness of the iPad Air or Mini with Retina Display, Apple's slate nailing just about everything and packing it in one of the best designs in the mobile space.
Samsung has added its considerable weight to the e-reader market and given one of its struggling giants a huge lift and a chance at rejuvenation. The Korean giant recently announced that it would team up with Nook from Barnes & Noble (B&R spun Nook off as a separate entity in June) for a series of new slates, the first of which is now being teased.
LG has today rolled out an LTE version of its G Pad 8.0, bringing superfast data connection to the small tablet. The company issued a press release stating that the new variation of the slate will begin shipping in Europe next week, before moving to Central and South America, Asia, and Russia in the following weeks.
Microsoft's Surface line of tablets is still causing the company problems, with losses still being recorded and inventory written off. However, the well received and admittedly classy Surface Pro 3 is set to land in a host of new countries this month, broadening the availability of Microsoft's flagship slate.
After plenty of product leaks and reports over the last couple of months, it seems as though HTC will be launching something significant. The Taiwanese company has scheduled a press event to take place in New York City, Tuesday August 19, but of course HTC has declined to say what the event will be for.
When Amazon launched the Kindle Fire HDX last year it came as quite a surprise because it was a hugely affordable but high spec'd tablet. With a stunning screen and blazing performance, the HDX had a solid claim to being the best small tablet, even in a market that included the iPad Mini Retina, Nexus 7, et al.