Tablets

The fastest-growing category of portable computer is the tablet, which in 2011 accounted for some 15 percent of the market. A fiercely competitive market has developed, as Apple's competitors queue up to try and topple the iPad from its dominant position and gain traction in the developing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) IT landscape.

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Gartner says sales of hybrid devices will soar in 2015

Gartner says sales of hybrid devices will soar in 2015

The PC market may be down worldwide, but the future is bright for two-in-one notebooks and convertible tablets. A new Gartner report says sales in this category will rise 77 percent in 2015. The report also offers the first independent estimates of how well Microsoft's Surface devices are selling.

June 18, 2015 by in Hardware

Sony's tiny tablet PC

The Sony VAIO UX is one of the best tiny ultraportable computers we've seen. But its high price, poor battery life, and less-than-ideal typing experience keep it from being a home run. CNET's Michelle Thatcher takes a look.

July 6, 2006 by in Processors

Intel shows off the newest little PCs

Intel Mobile Group's Sean Maloney, speaking at the spring 2006edition of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, says several newminitablets are expected to appear on the market within weeks. Maloneysays the drive toward smaller PCs is being combined with moves towardless power consumption.

March 7, 2006 by in Hardware

Is there still hope for tablet PCs?

The tablet PC, once touted as the executive's cool new gadget, is losing out in the portable PC market, as businesses are sticking with less-expensive laptops. But tablets are serving an important role in vertical markets such as health care. We visited a medical facility in Middleton, Conn., to take a look at how the computers are changing the way doctors do business.

May 21, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Light workout for tablet PC

CNET's Brian Cooley looks at the new screen technology in Fujitsu's Stylistic ST Series Tablet PC, which features a reflective front light display for better visibility under a variety of lighting conditions.

July 14, 2003 by in Laptops

HP ElitePad 900 review

HP ElitePad 900 review

Although it's well built and delivers decent battery life, the ElitePad 900's combination of a basic Atom-based tablet and a range of optional extras is an expensive way to build a work-ready system.

July 29, 2013 by in Hewlett-Packard

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

The 8-inch Galaxy Note 8 is reasonably comfortable to hold one-handed in portrait mode to make jottings with its pressure-sensitive pen, and is a delight to use. Still, you'll need to really want the added features that pen input brings to the device, because it's relatively expensive.

June 14, 2013 by in Tablets

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 review

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 review

The chunky Toughpad FZ-G1 has a high-resolution outdoor-visible screen, is moderately rugged, and delivers decent performance and middling battery life with the standard battery. The biggest drawback, however, is the price.

May 3, 2013 by in Tablets

Asus PadFone 2 review

Asus PadFone 2 review

The second generation of this dockable smartphone/tablet combo has a lot to recommend it, although we'd prefer a better tablet screen, a storage expansion slot (or two) and a standard Micro-USB connector.

April 26, 2013 by in Smartphones

Dell Latitude 10 review

Dell Latitude 10 review

The Atom-based Latitude 10 is short on performance, but delivers excellent battery life — especially with the optional 4-cell battery. Although some aspects of the industrial design and build quality could be better, this is a decent business-class Windows 8 tablet.

March 11, 2013 by in Tablets

Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook review

Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook review

The swivel-screen XPS 12 offers clever design, solid build quality and a high-quality (if reflective) screen. Battery life is not great, though, and this system is severely lacking in connectivity — even by ultrabook standards.

March 5, 2013 by in Laptops

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Microsoft Surface Pro review

The Core i5-based Surface Pro combines ultrabook components with a (chunky) 10.6in. tablet form factor to deliver decent performance and excellent build quality. However, a few design issues, missing features and, above all, disappointing battery life suggest you'd be wise to wait and see how this product develops.

February 12, 2013 by in Mobility

Lenovo ThinkPad S230u Twist review

Lenovo ThinkPad S230u Twist review

An ultrabook that can convert to a tablet when the occasion demands, the ThinkPad Twist has a lot going for it. The build quality is very good, and there are enough business-friendly features to make it acceptable as a BYOD system. Battery life may be an issue though.

December 14, 2012 by in Laptops

Microsoft Surface review

Microsoft Surface review

Microsoft's ARM-based tablet has plenty of good points, but there are enough downsides to make caution advisable. The hardware platform and the Windows RT ecosystem will undoubtedly improve, so we'd suggest giving version 1.0 a miss unless you're an avid early adopter.

November 6, 2012 by in Tablets

Google Nexus 10 review

Google Nexus 10 review

The Nexus 10 sets the standard for other tablet manufacturers. If Google can persuade developers to fill in the gaps in the app market, then it will deserve to be wildly popular.

November 2, 2012 by in Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review

When it works well, the Galaxy Note 10.1's S Pen functionality is impressive and reliable. However, we'd like to see more emphasis on handwriting recognition. The quad-core processor can surely handle this, and we'll be looking for it in the next-generation Note device.

September 24, 2012 by in Tablets

Google Nexus 7 review

Google Nexus 7 review

The Nexus 7 offers an appealing combination of 7-inch form factor, quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, pleasing design and solid build quality. Affordable pricing ensures that Google has a winner on its hands.

August 20, 2012 by in Tablets

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 review

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 review

The Transformer Pad Infinity retains the superb physical design of its predecessors, adding a new high-resolution screen without impacting battery life. We'd like to see mobile broadband support, a lighter weight for the tablet/keyboard combo and a lower price, but the Infinity is still a class-leading product.

August 8, 2012 by in Tablets

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