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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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.

published July 6, 2006 by

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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.

published March 7, 2006 by

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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.

published May 21, 2004 by

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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.

published July 14, 2003 by

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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.

published May 3, 2013 by

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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.

published April 26, 2013 by

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review

Although it's expensive for a moderate-performing Atom-based Windows 8 tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet 2's design and build quality are excellent, while pen support is a real bonus.

published April 8, 2013 by

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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.

published March 11, 2013 by

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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.

published March 5, 2013 by

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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.

published February 12, 2013 by

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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.

published December 14, 2012 by

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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.

published November 6, 2012 by

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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.

published November 2, 2012 by

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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.

published September 24, 2012 by

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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.

published August 20, 2012 by

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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.

published August 8, 2012 by

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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.

published August 8, 2012 by

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Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

This smart-looking, lightweight 10.1in. Android tablet comes with a good range of preinstalled business software. Although its lack of support for USB devices and USB charging is unfortunate, Fujitsu has made an admirable job of producing a tablet that's equally usable in the office and at home.

published July 30, 2012 by

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Acer Iconia Tab A510

Acer Iconia Tab A510

Acer's Olympics-branded Iconia Tab A510 isn't the most eye-catching of Android 4.0 tablets, but it does have a quad-core processor, a useful software bundle and above-average battery life. Business users may prefer the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T for its keyboard dock.

published June 27, 2012 by

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