You may have heard recently that the mobile space is stagnant and that we need something new to come along. It's easy to think that with few gadgets grabbing major attention for a while. That's misleading as there has never been a greater choice of good smartphones, tablets, and laptops as we have today.
We seem to always be looking for the next big smartphone to come along, but the fact is there are a lot of great ones on the market. There are phones of every size and with features to make satisfy even the hardest to please among us.
The current version of the smartphone platform from Microsoft is as good as anything on the market. The two smartphone heavyweights, Nokia and HTC, have outstanding Windows Phones available today that could satisfy anyone. The Lumias combine innovative handset design with Nokia software to make some mighty fine smartphones. HTC is bringing its typical good hardware to bear bringing Windows Phone to life.
There is never a shortage of phones running Google's smartphone OS, and there are some very good ones. Samsung is pumping out Galaxy models including two great handsets. The S3 and Note 2 are as good as any phone on the market and good choices for many. LG has got the Nexus 4 that brings early Android updates direct from Google. HTC has some fine Android phones as does Motorola with the Razr line. Those are just the major players; there are lots of other Android phones worth consideration.
The iPhone 5 is selling like crazy,, and it's not the only one. While some analysts are calling for a cheap iPhone model there are actually two, the iPhone 4 and 4S. Tim Cook admitted that the iPhone 4 is selling great so there already is a cheap iPhone that appeals to buyers. While others might like to see a bigger display on an iPhone, it would appear that the iPhone 5 is still quite popular for those wanting a phone from Apple.
The new BlackBerry 10 phone(s) is (are) about to appear on the market and what we've seen of the hardware and new version of the BlackBerry software so far is nice. This will offer yet more choice to the smartphone buyer who already has a lot of phones in front of him/her.
The Surface RT has been out for a while and other Windows RT tablets are now available. The tablets are thin and light and most have keyboards available that turn them into laptops. Windows 8 tablets such as the Surface Pro are about to hit the market, for those wanting full Windows on a tablet. There will be good choices from all the major PC makers such as HP, Lenovo, and Samsung. Those wanting Windows on a tablet will have a world of choice in the next few months.
There have never been more models of Apple's tablet to choose from as there are now. From the older iPad 2 for the budget minded to the newest iPad, there is a big iPad for anyone wanting an Apple tablet. The new iPad Mini brings a smaller form for those who prefer an iPad that is easier to handle.
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There has seldom been a shortage of Android tablets and that is still the case. There are tablets running Android of all sizes and some with laptop docks for those wanting that feature. Google's Nexus 7 is a big seller for a good reason. Samsung is still king of the Android tablet, but all the major players have good choices for the tablet enthusiast.
Apple is still pumping out laptops for OS X fans. The MacBook Air is the definitive thin laptop that comes in two screen sizes. The Retina display MacBooks are also available in two sizes for those willing to spend a pretty penny for such features.
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Windows 8 is pushing laptops of every type imaginable from all the standard players--Lenovo, Samsung, HP, and Dell, to name a few. There are laptops sporting the newest Atom processor from Intel along with the Core family of performance processors. There are laptops of all screen sizes, and even screens that swivel and twist around like gymnasts. Many hybrids also serve as tablets when the keyboard is not needed.
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The Chrome OS is not for everyone but the new Chromebooks today are a viable alternative for many. Samsung and Acer have low-cost Chromebooks that have good hardware for the price. They offer a good alternative to the standard Mac and Windows laptops.
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Choice is good
There have never been so many great products to choose from in the mobile space as there are today. Whatever your preference for screen size, platform, or features, there is a smartphone/tablet/laptop to make even the pickiest buyer happy.