Microsoft is only just getting into the 10″ tablet market with its Windows RT powered Surface tablet. Meanwhile, Google has hit back with an updated Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. Join us as we pit the Nexus 10 against the Microsoft Surface and guide you through deciding which the right device is for you.
Now that the tablet market has offerings from all three major tech companies (Microsoft, Google, Apple), it’s time to find out which one makes the most bang out of our buck. So we set out to answer the question, which tablet makes the most money? The Microsoft Surface, the Google Nexus 7, or the Apple iPad.
The newly launched Microsoft Surface tablet is already being used as a balloting device for state and national elections at a precinct in Virginia. It is a remarkable display of faith in a just-launched technology by the Issaquah-based firm Democracy Live, which works with various states to deliver electronic ballots and voter information.
The iPad mini is currently the latest important budget tablet that hit stores this year – although budget in this case still means that Apple is turning a profit on iPad mini sale compared to its rivals – after the Nexus 7 and the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD families. But it looks like we’re not done seeing new creations from top companies interested in the ever-growing mobile ecosystem.
Last year, IHS found that the original Kindle Fire cost Amazon around $187 to make and now they have taken on the new Kindle Fire HD to see exactly how much it Amazon pays to build one. The company redesigned the new Kindle Fire HD and IHS tore down the device to see exactly what’s inside. The results are quite interesting.
We talked about Microsoft’s Xbox SmartGlass app quite a few times since being made official way back in June. While the app is already pre-loaded on Microsoft Surface tablets, and will be available on various other Windows 8/RT machines, the company will not restrict SmartGlass access to its Windows ecosystem.
In the good old days, Microsoft did software and everyone else made the hardware, even on the Macintosh platform Apple made the hardware and Microsoft added Office etc. But those days are gone. Today, any serious contender in the post-PC era designs the hardware and the software. Apple do it, Google do it, Amazon do it and now, with the advent of the Surface tablet and Windows 8, Microsoft do it. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, has told the BBC that the Redmond company won’t stop at the Surface and that it has other hardware plans.
A couple days ago, Microsoft’s base-level Surface (32GB version without Touch Cover keyboard) completely sold out in 24 hours. While that was an impressive feat, it now seems that the 32GB and 64GB versions, both including the Touch Cover keyboard and thus more expensive, have also sold out. This means that you can no longer pre-order a Surface, no matter how badly you want one.
Come October 26th, Microsoft will release its new Surface device to the high street. However, particularly devoted customers may be able to snap up the tablet sooner rather than later by visiting their closest Microsoft store.
Despite efforts from Microsoft and Nokia, Windows Phone has yet to really have much impact in the market. With the Microsoft Surface tablet causing a fair amount of buzz, many rumors suggest Microsoft could release their own Surface phone as well. Now Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has stepped up and said that he would welcome the idea of Microsoft having its own smartphone. The executive says it could promote and expand the Windows Phone ecosystem.