"It's a machine out of its time, in a way. And a lot of us aren't quite ready for it yet." Those were our final thoughts on the Microsoft's Surface Pro way back in early 2013 — an impressive machine, but one that was too much future at the time. Well, the future is now, apparently.
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How do you get so close to releasing an interesting technology product, cancel it, and pretend it never existed? Microsoft's Surface Mini was real, and one person thinks it was actually better than the Surface 2.
Briefly: Microsoft has a "small gathering" for its Surface tablets planned for New York City on May 20th — read between the lines, and it looks like a reduced-size Surface is on the way. An 8-inch tablet would make the Surface even more portable, and give the reigning champion iPad Mini even more competition.
A new generation of Windows tablets has arrived with the launch of the Microsoft Surface 2, their second generation tablet, and the Nokia Lumia 2520, Nokia's first ever tablet. With virtually identical functionality and OS software, it is the quality and performance of their displays that really differentiates the tablets.
There is a disturbing trend in the gadget world, and it's that laptop, tablet and phone makers aren't taking battery life seriously enough. Yes, having touch on a Windows 8 notebook is great, but not if the computer lasts an hour and a half less than one without that capability. And what good is a smartphone with an HD display and superfast processor if you have to plug it in around lunchtime?