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For everyone pining for a larger tablet from Apple, the ModBook Pro is here - a 13.3-inch (1280x800) tablet running Mac OS X. The mysterious makers of the ModBook seem to convert MacBook Pros by hand - every order takes 6-8 weeks, and you can even buy their conversion kits if you feel like doing it yourself. My colleague Tony Kueh jokes that the ModBook Pro, which uses a stylus, not touch, for input, should've been "codenamed: Newton." The specs are powerful - 2.5-2.9 GHz Core i5/i7 processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 480 GB of SSD storage. You can also get Windows 7 preinstalled. The prices are commensurate, starting at $3,499 and going up to $4,819. U.S. customers-only starting in mid-November.
If there is a Guinness Book of World Records entry for Largest Tablet, the Sony VAIO Tap20 would be it. This is basically an all-in-one Windows 8 PC with a 20-inch, 1600x900 capacitive 10-point multitouch screen. But...it actually has a built-in battery with an alleged life of 3.5 hours. At its size (140 sq. inches, 11.4 pounds), you'll probably only lug it around your home or office, setting it up in flat or reclining mode (with the rear kickstand). Specs are full PC-like, with your choice of Intel Core i3 to i7 processors, 8 GB RAM and up to 1 TB hard drive space. Alas, you pay for what you get, with a Japan price of between $1,800 to $2,300.
While we dream of a possible Samsung P10 (2650x1600 resolution) tablet, there are two pretty worthy options available today: the Series 5 and Series 7 tablets. Both are 11.6-inch tablets. The mid-range Series 5 has the Intel Atom Clover Trail processor and 9 hour battery life, while the Series 7 has a Core i5 and 5-6 hour battery life. Both support pen input, ala the Galaxy Note. Unlike other Windows 8 lap-tablets, the $100 keyboards are strictly optional. The Series 5 starts at $649, while the Series 7 starts at $1,119.