Mind The Bumps In The Mobile Road
Have you ordered your Google Nexus 7 yet? Or registered interest for the Microsoft Surface? Or perhaps you are a Galaxy Note 2 person?
The Microsoft Surface is an interesting one as it looks as if it is going to be shipped in two versions each with a different operating system: either Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro. Presumably the RT is aimed at the consumer market whilst the heavier, thicker, and more capacious Windows 8 Pro version has its sights firmly on the Enterprise. I can’t help thinking that two versions is going to complicate matters in a way that the iPad doesn’t however if Microsoft get the back-end administration, and integration, right the Pro version could be the tablet ticket Enterprise has long been waiting for. I for one can’t wait to get my hands on that case/keyboard combination.
The latest news on the 7 inch Google Nexus 7 is that the tablet will ship possibly around 19th July (source: T3) and will be launched, initially at least, in the UK without access to music, magazines or television shows (according to the Guardian) – music being the immediate headache as that might have been the initial tempter for those looking at the iPod Touch – and don’t even get me started on the lack of the Kindle Fire in the UK.
The Galaxy Note 2, still very much a rumour, is expected to be released around September/October with potentially a bigger screen than the 5.3 inches found on the current Note (source UbuntuLife.net) and possibly a dual core processor based around the Exynos 5250 chipset. The Note is still a really cool device if carrying a tablet is too much of an ask and the recent ice cream sandwich upgrade has been a welcome addition.
On a looser note rumours still abound regarding a potential mini-tablet to sit between the 9 inch iPad and the, starting to look a bit small these days, 3.5 inch iPhone. It wouldn’t be a big surprise to see this happen as other vendors are finding a foothold in this mid-size market but I for one would prefer to see a widescreen iPad instead.