Thursday, November 15, 2012

Microsoft Surface Tab Review

Microsoft Surface Tab Review
By Siman Andy
The Microsoft surface tab is one of the most recently released tablets into the growing market that is causing significant ripples amongst tablet enthusiasts. This review will go through some of the major features of the tablet to give you an outlook on what to expect before you buy it.
Design of the Tablet
First and foremost, we have to take a look at the overall design of the tablet. The first thing that you will notice when you hold it is that it is comfortably thin and does not weigh a lot. It has a cover that has been attached with magnets which if you want to put into place you can quickly do so without any hassle.
The front looks good with its black glass and minimal branding which is not like most Microsoft products. All that you see is a tiny windows logo. To make matters better, the windows logo is not placed there just for brand identification, it has a purpose. Hit the Windows touch button and it quickly brings up the Windows start screen. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the whole 10.6" screen responds to touch so you do not have to eliminate it as not being a touchscreen.
Built in Stand
Unlike most of the other tablets in the market that you always have to hold in your hand unless you buy expensive accessories, the Microsoft surface tab has a built in stand to eliminate this problem. It can be flipped out when needed and when not needed, magnets hold it firmly in place so you don't have to worry about the stand just unfolding by itself. When you want to use it on your lap, the tablet has a touch cover that will make sure it sits firmly in place as you do your typing.
Features of the Microsoft Surface Tab
When it comes to the ports on this tablet, Microsoft did their best not to put in too many. They actually put in the bare minimum. You will find that it has the keyboard connector, dual speakers and microphones and a USB 2.0. If you cough up for the Microsoft surface pro then you will get a USB 3.0 instead. You also have a Micro HDMI port as well.
Interface Usability & Power
The next important thing we have to look at is how convenient the tablet actually is when using it. The tablet was built to run on Windows which it does with great style. You will enjoy the touch screen controls windows took a lot of time to create for its Metro-style apps. The tablet has a reasonably powerful Intel Core i5 that can easily crunch very challenging programs. The touchpad is also one that they did a great job on as the precision is not one to be ignored in the tablet industry. The tablet runs on Windows RT and if you liked Windows 8 then you will also like Windows RT.
How much the Microsoft Surface tablet will cost is yet to be revealed. One can be sure however that it will be in the same range as their biggest tablet computer competitor, the Apple iPad.
All in all, the Microsoft surface tab is not one to be cast aside like many other tablets emerging in this budding industry. Many tablet enthusiasts like what they see so far and can hardly wait for the release.
Siman Andy is a noted magazine writer and editor. He has been actively involved in various fields of life including environment, education and poverty. Being such a versatile personality his passion for writing reports, dissertation and business plans is natural. Currently he is serving as a project manager in a top-notch research firm.

Kindle Fire Review - Top Five Features

Kindle Fire Review - Top Five Features
By Ket Phin Wong
It's undeniable that Kindle Fire is quite the rage these days; it offers astounding features at half the price of other tablets, hence it's not uncommon to find a rave Kindle Fire review. This 7-inch tablet is an excellent gadget that boasts of myriad features and with its increasing popularity, you'll be amazed that it actually lives up to the hype. The Fire is Amazon's latest addition to its numerous Kindle gadgets, only that its features are not limited to that of an e-reader. The vibrant coloured touch screen of this tablet uses the latest technology that allows for high resolution; making it perfect to watch movies, play games, surf, or read with. Through an easily set up WI-Fi, you can download your favorite content in a touch. Undoubtedly, the simple and distinct interface of the Fire enables the user to utilize its features with an apparent ease. And you'll find many a Kindle Fire review that raves at just how excellent this tablet is.
The Fire is widely known for its many fun and exceptional features. And while a Kindle Fire review can discuss all of them; it would be more efficient to focus on its top five features. One of the best is its fast dual core processor; which basically ensures that the Fire works in a faster pace. This means you can read books, download web content or videos, and stream music at the same time without any sort of difficulty. Now that's truly amazing, right? The Fire also uses a cloud browser called Amazon silk; which makes surfing the web a breeze on the Fire. Add this perk with the built-in WI-Fi and you'll be surprised at what you can do on this gadget. If you're more inclined to watch TV shows or movies, you can easily do so using the Fire. Since you're given access to 100,000 titles, boredom will be kept at bay when you're using the Fire. You can either rent or purchase the digital content of the movies from Amazon. If you'd rather spend time using the plethora of the popular apps, you can do so on the Kindle Fire. Thousands of them are accesible through the Fire, including fun and exciting games from developers like PopCap, Zynga, Gameloft and a whole lot of others. Most importantly, with the Fire, you can access an entire library of books, newspapers or magazines. It's definitely awesome to store up to 6000 books in your Kindle Fire; and these piles of e-Books can add up to your seemingly endless reading list. Besides, you can read them in full color screen. Isn't that brilliant? Well,these are the most notable features that makes the Kindle Fire stand out from the rest.
Still, there are loads of other features that the Fire provides. Surely a clear indication that this awesome gadget will let you access innumerable perks and apps. Hence it's not surprising that more and more people are going for this cool and relatively affordable gadget. It's definitely worth it, don't you think?
Ket Phin Wong is a Kindle Fire enthusiast who owns providing quality free information on Kindle Fire.

Feel the Heat: A Complete Kindle Fire Review

Feel the Heat: A Complete Kindle Fire Review
By Esmeralda Lundin
The Kindle Fire is an enhanced version of Amazon's original Kindle, which was released in 2007 and quickly became a popular bestseller worldwide. This Kindle Fire review will give you the run down on Amazon's latest product aimed at the tablet reader market. Some of the new enhancements added to the Kindle Fire include a color touch screen, increased processor speed, and an improved web browsing capability.
Color Touchscreen
The Kindle Fire includes a 7" color touch screen, which incorporates In-Plane Switching technology panel (IPS). This technology includes small crystals which lie parallel to the IPS panel. Hitachi originally developed IPS technology in 1996 in order to broaden viewing angles. This means you do not have to be directly in front of the screen in order to see what is on the screen. This can come in handy when simultaneously viewing movies with other people. IPS technology also dramatically increases color quality by delivering 16 million colors in high resolution. Amazon has seamlessly incorporated IPS technology into the Kindle Fire, which is a huge improvement from the original Kindle product's ink display screen. Additionally, the multi-touch screens responds well.
Dual-Core Processor
Amazon has also added a dual-core processor to the Kindle Fire for faster response when surfing the web and viewing e-books, magazines, and movies. This is a significant improvement from Amazon's original Kindle's processing power. Users will definitely notice improved speed and efficiency when streaming online media, such as music and videos. This is perfect for those who like to watch videos on websites such as YouTube or listen to music on Pandora. For those who enjoy multitasking online, the dual-core processor will help those who like to stream music while reading books. Download speeds have also greatly increased.
Intuitive Interface
Users will appreciate Kindle Fire's smart and easy-to-use interface design. You can easily browse through recently accessed reading material, movies, videos, and music directly from the home screen. You can easily access all types of media and content with a single touch. This can be quite useful for those who regularly perform Internet research.
Large Selection of Content from Amazon
One powerful advantage Amazon has over its competitors in the e-tablet market is the company's massive selection of content. The gadget can easily access Amazon's massive catalog of over 18 million titles of all types of electronic media with just a touch. This includes over 100,000 movies and television shows which users can stream, download, purchase or rent. Amazon Prime members may also stream over 10,000 select movies and television shows. This beats going to the movie theater or watching live television because Amazon has taken out all of the annoying movie previews and television commercials.
An Array of Games and Apps
No Kindle Fire review would be complete without mentioning the multitude of apps and games available. Amazon has tested thousands of the most popular apps and games to ensure proper compatibility. Fire users will also receive one paid app for free everyday. Most of the apps and games only cost between $0.99 to $1.49 on Amazon.
This is one of my favorite aspects of the gadget. I travel by plane regularly, which means that I have a lot of downtime waiting in airport terminals. Sometimes the airport terminal can be too noisy and distracting for reading a book, however a game, which requires me to be actively involved really helps to pass time quickly. One of my all-time favorites is the classic game of Solitaire, which is available on the Kindle Fire.
Amazon Silk Browser
The Kindle Fire features a new browser known as Amazon Silk. This new browser is cloud-accelerated, which means that it draws upon Amazon's Web Services cloud (AWS), also known as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This server contains extensive computational power, which is available to all Kindle Fire users. The EC2 server performs with a round-trip latency of 5 milliseconds or less, which is twenty times faster than most wireless connections.
The Amazon Silk browser delegates a portion of computational labor to the EC2 server, which connects more quickly to the Internet than the device's wifi connection. This conserves computational and battery power. The division of labor between the mobile hardware and the server is known as "split browser" architecture.
I personally have noticed that the Kindle Fire responds faster than the original Kindle when streaming video on websites such as YouTube. Download times are also faster than my original Kindle. Many other Kindle Fire reviews have expressed the same experience. If you bought the original Kindle and are looking for a mobile device that performs faster on the web, then upgrading to the Kindle Fire is a sure bet.
Magazine Layouts
One aspect of the original Kindle which I did not particularly care for is the inability to view magazines in the same layout available in the print version. Part of the appeal of print magazines is the craftsmanship of the magazine layouts. The device addresses this issue with its "Page View" option, which offers hundreds of magazines in full-color layouts just like the print versions. In fact, the Kindle Fire offers even more than what the print version contains by including video, audio, and other interactive media.
However, I have noticed other Kindle Fire reviews claim that the tablet's screen can be too small to read an entire magazine page in the "Page View" mode. Although, this is not my experience, if you prefer to view just the text of the magazine, then you can choose the "Text View" option. Additionally, although I have not tried it out myself, another Kindle Fire review I read claims that the device works well with comic book layouts as well.
Social Media
One aspect which I found to be lacking in the Amazon's latest gadget is the lack of built-in native social media apps. Although, overall I am happy about the device, I felt that a full Kindle Fire review should address this short-coming. Social media is such an important aspect of how we communicate today that it seems almost outdated not having some built-in native Facebook or Twitter apps. The supposed Facebook and Twitter "apps" are actually just links to the mobile sites. However, for some this may be preferable because the mobile sites do not take up storage space on the mobile device.
If you are looking to purchase a tablet reader, which offers more than just displaying simple text, then this gadget is a good choice. The Kindle Fire is also cheaper than its main competitor, the Apple iPad. Amazon's mobile device runs around $200, while the iPad can cost anywhere from $400 to $500.
This Kindle Fire review is based upon my experience using the device for approximately a month now. So far, I have had few complaints and the device has worked flawlessly. However, the device has only been on the market for a short time, therefore nobody has posted a Kindle Fire review based upon any prolonged use of the device.