Monday, March 17, 2014

AT&T Gains Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE Tablet

AT&T has just revealed that it is bringing yet another device into its tablet family. The newest addition coming to AT&T is Microsoft's Windows RT tablet. Known as the Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE, this tablet is expected to hop onto AT&T's shelves beginning on March 18 with a $679 price tag.

The tablet itself is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM. In addition to that, this 4G LTE version of Microsoft's tablet comes with mostly the same internal and external specs as the WiFi only versions. The only real difference here is that Microsoft added a GSM micro-SIM card slot just beneath the volume button.

This 8.1" tablet also comes with 64GB of internal storage and also features Microsoft Office 2013, which is perfect for homework, office work or other tasks of the sort. As this is an AT&T tablet, it naturally comes with a few different data plan options. Included in the data plans is AT&T's family share plan, though the availability, coverage and pricing of the whole package still depends on your location. It has also been announced that this tablet ships unlocked with AT&T being the only carrier to provide this specific tablet.

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While the price of this tablet may seem steep, it actually looks a lot better when compared to Apple's $800 price tag on the iPad Air. Taking into account that the tablet includes a built-in Micro HDMI port and full-size USB 3.0 ports along with the MicroSDXC card reader, this means Microsoft is offering a pretty competitive tablet. The only real downside to this tablet is the fact that it is incompatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 PC programs and its app store is severely lacking.

However, like all products on today's market, individual needs are what determine which tablet is best for you. If you need a tablet that has productivity at its core and cellular on-the-go connectivity then this offering from Microsoft may be the perfect fit.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A New Upgraded Chromebook From Samsung Is On Its Way

9 times out of 10, there are plenty of options when it comes to picking the right laptop. As time has moved forward, schools have even begun to use laptops and other tech in their schools. It all a matter of keeping up with times. Not all of the laptops that we, let alone schools, use are up to par with some of the models that get more media attention. Take a look at the Google Chromebook. The last series was able to hold up fairly well. Many schools used them, and with good reason too. They had a long battery life, were relatively cheap, and came with built-in cloud compatibility. The only draw back from the first series is the lack of performance power. They did tend to struggle at times. This is where Samsung has decided to step in and help out.

If you are interested in the new Chromebook 2 Series, you'll be seeing HD screens along with some nice powered up processors! The Chromebook 2 Series is will be available in two different screen sizes. The larger model being a 13.3 inch screen, and the smaller option being an 11.6 inch screen. If you are going with the larger model, you'll be pleased to find a Full HD screen, sporting a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution rate. Should you decide to take the smaller route, you will suffer a slight resolution rate with it being only a 1,366 x 768 resolution rate. Both models, however, are coming equipped with octa-core Samsung Exynos processors. The higher end model will receive a 2.1GHz processor while the lower end model will come with a 1.9GHz processor. They will also be receiving different methods for charging. Instead of using a microUSB charging port, the new Chromebook 2 Series will be going with a DC power connector for charging.

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Since these are Chromebooks are are supported through Google, it would only make sense for them to use the Chrome OS. Samsung has promised to become optimized for Google+ and all of the affiliated apps that come with it, including the Hangouts messaging. When purchasing the new Chromebook, Samsung will also be offering customers a "premium" app package. Samsung's new Chromebook models will also be given 100GB of Google Drive space for up to two years upon purchase.

These new models will be available in April, so not much longer. They have definitely upgraded in terms of there specs, which is nothing but a positive for the series. They are still pretty affordable as well. With the larger screen model going for $400 and the smaller screen version going for $320, its hard to pass up on a deal like that. Again, a lot of these other models, such as the Chromebook get swept under the rug due to the higher demand and marketing for the better advertised models such as the Macbook. If you are still on the fence about getting one of the newer Samsung models because you've worked with the last Chromebook and weren't impressed, it may be better to rent the new model when it comes out just to test the waters with it.