Meet the newest members of the Apple ecosystem family, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.
Meet The iPad Air 2
The new iPad Air 2 is thinner than a pencil. No really. It’s 6.1mm thin. It’s the thinnest iPad ever made – making it the world’s thinnest tablet EVER. (It’s so thin that you can stack two of them on top of each other and together, they’re still thinner than just one original iPad.)
iPad Air 2 is powered by the new Apple-designed A8X chip, which delivers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance and 2.5 times the graphics performance of iPad Air, and still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life users expect while working, playing games or surfing the web. Combined with Metal™, the new graphics technology in iOS 8, the A8X chip unlocks realistic visual effects comparable to the most advanced gaming consoles. iPad Air 2 also includes the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and an all-new barometer which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.
Touch ID gives iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users a simple and secure way to unlock iPad with just the touch of a finger, plus the ability to authenticate within apps to better protect logins and data. Touch ID can be used as a secure way to approve purchases from the App Store?, iTunes Store® or iBooks Store?, and with Apple Pay, when paying for physical goods and services within apps.
Innovations to the iSight and FaceTime HD cameras in iPad Air 2 enable better photos and videos, with an 8MP sensor and advanced optics in the iSight camera to help capture rich, detailed images and add new features including panoramic in Photos, time-lapse video, slo-mo and 1080p HD video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light than iPad Air’s camera, and features burst mode as well as HDR stills and video. With thousands of powerful apps that take advantage of iPad’s amazing cameras and large Retina display viewfinder, iPad becomes a tool that can scan and annotate documents, help study the sky above and provide athletic performance analysis—all with just a tap.
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 come in three metallic finishes including gold, silver and space gray, and customers in 29 countries and territories can order online starting tomorrow – Friday, October 17.
Pad Air 2 with Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of:
$499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 64GB model $699 for the 128GB model.
iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 64GB model and $829 for the 128GB model.
iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi models $399 for the 16GB model, $499 for the 64GB model and $599 for the 128GB model.
iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 for the 16GB model, $629 for the 64GB model and $729 for the 128GB model.
iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space gray, are offered at now more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at $399 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, iPad mini 2 starts at $299 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, and iPad mini starts at $249 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model.
Although the new iPads are equipped with improved camera features, graphic display and touch id, I’m disappointed that it isn’t NFC equipped to handle the pay and go Apple Pay feature that’s launching (and available on iPhone 6 / 6 Plus devices) on Monday.
Would you use Apple Pay on the new iPad? Are you thinking about purchasing the new Apple tablet soon? Share your thoughts below.
It has been leading up to this for a while now. The Samsung Galaxy Note II just turned 1 year old in the last week of August. The Galaxy Note 3 is finally here. Just like many expected. Samsung announced three new Galaxy products. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, The Galaxy Gear, and a new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Specs
How is the Galaxy Note 3 Different from the Galaxy Note II?
Samsung Galaxy Gear (Smartwatch)
Features: Smart Relay, S Voice, Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet
As the publisher of DivasAndDorks.com I am constantly keeping an eye out on the pulse of all things fashionable & technology related. It’s no wonder why with the ever-changing climate of today’s style & tech advances that I stay on the go & even live in my suitcase throughout the year. It gets tough packing when you’re carrying a laptop, tablet, camera, smartphone and more with you on every trip. Luckily, the great folks at Intel suggested that I take the Ultrabook style quiz and discover which one of their amazing Ultrabooks would compliment my “on the go” lifestyle. After completing a series of multiple choice questions, I was paired with the perfect ultrabook to suit my needs.
The “Detachable” Lenovo Helix Ultrabook Convertible combines the power of a notebook plus the versatility of a tablet to create the ultimate combination of productivity while on the go. No matter if I’m editing videos or sharing a presentation on the detachable tablet, my Ultrabook has me covered. With Windows 8, Microsoft Office and the simplest user-experience I’ve ever had – the Ultrabook style quiz definitely paired me up with a winner. Why not take the quiz for yourself and discover which Ultrabook is right for you. What’s your #UltrabookStyle?
Check out my #UltrabookStyle video below, take the quiz and enter to win the Ultrabook of your dreams too!
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Intel, however all opinions and experiences mentioned are my own.
CONGRATULATIONS Janice T.!
Wacom Bamboo Mini Stylus
Are there times where you wish you had a stylus for your smartphone or tablet at any given time? Are you an iPad owner wanting to design more ideas on the go but tired of having dig into your bag or purse for one? Wacom is here to the rescue with their new line of Bamboo mini stylus.
Wacom Bamboo Mini Stylus
It seems that Samsung has a product for everyone. Earlier this Monday morning, they sent out the press release for their new 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. Not much has changed between this and the Tab 7 2. Although the Tab 3 shares the same design language as the Note 8.0 tablet, the internals are pretty much the same as last year’s Galaxy Tab 2.0 model. Check out the features:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Specs:
- Display: a 7inch LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution
- OS: running Android 4.1 with Samsung TouchWiz UX
- Processor: powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- RAM: 1GB
- Storage: 8 GB or 16GB with MicroSD expansion slot
- Cameras: dual cameras (1.3MP front-facing camera + 3MP rear-facing camera)
- Battery: 4000 mAh battery.
Samsung’s new budget tablet will come both a Wi-Fi model due out in May and a 3G model that makes calls in June. No word on pricing as of yet but stay tuned. Since it’s supposed to be a budget tablet, it should be noticeably less than the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Tab 2 series tablets.
Anyone in the market for a new budget tablet from Samsung?
hp envy x2
Last week HP invited a handfull of bloggers, designers, photographers and more for SPRING INSPIRATIONS with DwellStudio founder and creative director, Christiane Lemieux. During the preview event of DwellStudio’s spring lines, we also discovered new ways to use technology to bring ideas to life with digital design.
hp envy x2
hp envy x2
Using the HP ENVY x2 by Hewlett-Packard we were encouraged to create a themed collage as inspiration for redecorating space at home. (Participating in this project was sweet serendipity as I’ve been planning on reorganizing & redecorating my bedroom and office space as birthday gift to myself.)
hp envy x2
With the HP ENVY x2 creating a collage & presentation was easy. This laptop doubles as a tablet with a detachable keyboard that adjusts with the click of a button taking it from a laptop to tablet in a snap. With NFC technology, Beats Audio and Windows 8 Pro – this laptop comes ready to go, right out of the box.
hp envy x2
- Genuine Windows 8 32 OS, Beats Audio
- 11.6-inch diagonal HD LED-backlit IPS Display (1366 x 768), Intel Atom Z2760 (1.80GHz) + Intel Graphics
- 2GB 533MHz LPDDR2 SDRAM, 64GB (Solid State Drive), 2 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
- Front-facing HP TrueVision 1080p HD Webcam with integrated digital microphone
- Bluetooth(R), 802.11a/b/g/n, Standard Keyboard
Check out more inspirational collage presentations and photos from the SPRING INSPIRATIONS with DwellStudio event below.
What is the Microsoft Surface?
Haven’t you heard? Microsoft has launched its first tablet – Surface is what they call it and just like other tablets on the market it comes in a few flavors – Surface Windows RT and Surface Windows 8 Pro.
The Surface Windows RT was launched October 2012, and the Surface Windows 8 Pro will launch near the end of January 2013. Yes, these two tablets are identical in its sleek styling, durability, detachable keyboard, kickstand, front facing camera and social media and networking features. The sales and reviews for the RT version were not that great due to the omission of one key component buyers where looking for – Microsoft Office. Windows RT sold just 1 million tablets since its release in October. In comparison, the iPad sold 3 million tablets its first 3 days on the market. However, the high-end Windows 8 version as garnered much praised and it’s not even available yet. Why? Let’s compare the two.
|Starting Price||$499 Surface Windows RT||$899 Surface Windows 8 Pro|
|Operating Systems||Runs Windows RT – best for mobile computing with tablets.||Runs Windows 8, uses Windows desktop applications and integrates with enterprise infrastructure.|
|Stylus Pen||n/a||Standard with Stylus Pen|
|CPU||Quad-core NVDIA Tegra 3 2GB RAM||Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB RAM|
|Cloud Computing||SkyDrive, Xbox Music||SkyDrive, Xbox Music|
|Productivity||Microsoft Office Home, Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), joy of Xbox||Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint and more.|
|Connections/Slots||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port|
|Storage||32gb, 64gb||64gb, 128gb|
|Screen||10.6in, 1366 x 768||10.6in, 1920 x 1080|
|Interoperability||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store and add software that are not Windows based.|
The big differences between these two tablets is the storage space, the size and screen quality, the powerful CPU, and full Microsoft Office applications installed on the Surface Windows 8 Pro. Also, the added benefit of adding non-Microsoft products is a plus. Tell a diva – which would you buy?
We checked out the Surface and other Microsoft goodies a while back, check out our Microsoft Times Square visit below…
Could HTC’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note II be unveiled next week in NYC? According to GottaBeMobile.com
Verizon will likely launch a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 competitor in the form of the HTC Droid DNA, a device that was once called the Droid Incredible X and whose codename is HTC DLX. The device, which looks like a smartphone of the phablet variety, will aim to take on the LG Intuition and the Galaxy Note 2 this holiday season. Here is everything that we know so far about the device.
While Verizon already has one phablet, a name for a device that marries the features of a smartphone and tablet, out on the market in the LG Intuition, it seems as though it will be offering two other choices to consumers in the weeks ahead.
We’ll have to wait to discover what Verizon and HTC has up it’s sleeves for next week……
It’s official! Today, Samsung has announced that it had sold 3 million units of the Galaxy Note 2 after just 30 days – that’s three times faster than its predecessor. The original Galaxy Note was deemed a success, but took 90 days to hit the same 3 million mark. The Galaxy Note 2, at this point, is scheduled to surpass the original Galaxy Note in sales with the holiday shopping season about to hit full throttle and with launches on AT&T and Verizon, the United States’ two largest carriers, by mid-November. Last week, Samsung kicked off a huge celebration in NYC featuring Kanye West for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II and Samsung camera and this week they’re celebrating great momentum gearing up for the holiday season.
DID YOU KNOW: Samsung topped the global smartphone market in the July-September third quarter with 56.3 million sales, more than double Apple’s 26.9 million iPhone sales. The two companies controlled combined 46 percent of the global smartphone market.
AT&T’s Galaxy Note 2 has been up for pre-order since October 25th with a release date scheduled for November 9th. Verizon’s Galaxy Note 2 has been up for pre-order since then as well though its release date remains unclear. (C’mon Verizon – I need that Galaxy Note II, like yesterday…)