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Is Apple about to do it again?

1993: Apple Newton. Newton fails.
2007 – iPhone released. Dominates smartphone market.

1995-1997 – Apple Pippin. Pippin Fails.
2013…?

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Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013
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Sigma’s SD1 – Sigma’s Secret Weapon

Admit it. You’ve been looking at those Foveon cameras coming from Sigma with a growing sense that whilst the 3-layer process has benefits, and delivers real differences in image quality, the 4.5Mp output file is somewhat lacking. As consumer and prosumer DSLRs head ever higher, with a typical sample of products currently on the market under £1500 ranging from 12.1 to 21Mp; cameras like Canon’s excellent 550D and the bargain Nikon D3100 are so highly specified and versatile that the unique Foveon image quality really has to mean a lot to you to make sense. Well… Sigma’s taking the professionals’ needs more seriously, and here’s how they’re going to answer the question – “How are you going to compete?”.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
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Asus T101MT – Convertible Eee grows up

Asus Eee PC T101MTAsus are widely credited with redefining the netbook market, taking the 1990s concept of a “small, light connected laptop” that companies like Psion and Acorn pursued and Toshiba nearly cracked with the Libretto and turning it into the “small, light, cheap connected laptop”. Whilst there was a degree of the Eee riding the OLPC project’s coat-tails into the wider market’s consciousness the end result of that first device’s sub-£200 price point, robust SSD and Linux combination has been a flood of similar systems and the inevitable blurring of the netbook definition. You can drop the “cheap” bit for many, though functionality is very different to Psion’s Netbook. Asus, like Dell, Acer and Sony, are producing several models of netbook to fit any budget and requirement; the T101MT is particularly interesting in a tablet-obsessed 2010 and points to a surfeit of such devices for 2011.
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Posted on Sunday, September 19th, 2010
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Teso J-10 – SSD upgrades

After completing the review and a couple of other articles, the Windows 7 tablet went back to The Tablet Store; as a quirky and endearing little unit I missed it! Fortunately, it came back to complete some other articles – but with a difference. Jay’s been researching what can be done with the J-10, and in place of the Hitachi SATA Hard Disc, there’s a 64GB SSD drive.

Whilst there are no other charges to the J-10 currently, how does the SSD affect the J-10’s performance?
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Posted on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
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Archos shaking up the tablet market

Archos 101Usually I don’t do news on this site; there are plenty of sources for it and it simply increases the amount of “noise” for people looking for real information. However, the latest releases from Archos look to be the first serious attempts to bring Android tablets to market as a viable consumer product – whilst offering decent spec for the cost (Archos tends to charge for plugins and similar, so the functionality may vary and the cost to reach the same functionality as a competing device could be similar).

Have the Archos 28, 32, 43, 70 and 101 got the spec, pricing and performance to offer a similar experience to the iPad for Android fans – or even, with Android 2.2 Froyo and Flash support, provide an even richer user experience?
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Posted on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
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Archos 9 – UMPC, Tablet PC or PMP?

The Archos 9 has been doing the rounds for about a year now and was launched for sale in October 2009, enjoying a good run as one of the few low-cost UMPC style devices to make it into the mass consumer marketplace. Standing at the top of their odd-numbered range of Personal Media Player (PMP)/Tablet style devices, the 9 deviates from their crossover nature by being a full-fledged Windows system, albeit at sub-netbook specifications. Revitalising the appeal for the Archos 9, this weekend Amazon lowered their price to £369 from an RRP of £449 – making this one of the cheapest UMPC devices ever sold officially in the UK. Is there a value equation to be solved here or does the UMPC genre benefit from a few years and the Tablet’s newly-reconigsed status as a consumer product?
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Posted on Sunday, July 11th, 2010
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Tablet Store 10.1″ iPhone-styled Windows 7 3G Tablet

Shanzai gets it right sometimes, and Tablet Store UK’s Windows 7 tablet is one such case. Coming in at £449, with the 3G-equipped model tested at £499 with 160GB HD, HSUPA wireless from a Sierra Wireless 8781 and Bluetooth and WiFi via a combined module, this tablet is also known as the TESO J-10 and iiView M1Touch; it identifies itself as a THD PX1. Whilst many sites have opted to view this as an “iPad Killer”, such a concept is laughable – it’s an evolution of the Ultra-Mobile PC concept. So where has the concept been taken, and has it matured sufficiently to be worthwhile – and have the Chinese OEMs cracked something that few startup firms have managed…
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
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LG 32LH2000 HD-Ready 32″ LCD TV with Freeview

TVs aren’t something I expected to look at often, but this little TV caught my eye in Sainsbury’s last month at a bargain price of £299. I’m fully aware of the limitations of the specification compared to the latest, true HD models, but having bought it with the intention of using it as a stopgap TV, it has proven to be interesting in more ways than one. In fact, LG have produced a TV which punches well above its weight for the price.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
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