PC Show 2013 - Telco, Tablets, GPS & Mobile Accessories Buying Guide


Tablets

Tablets Deals at the Show

Here are some highlighted tablets deals at the PC Show this year.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and has a 8-inch display (1,280 x 800 pixels). It is powered by a quad-core 1.9GHz processor and 2GB RAM. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is rather portable at 338g and measures just 7.95mm thin.

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PC Show Price: $588 (Wi-Fi), $788 (LTE)
  • PC Show Promotion: Samsung 16GB microSD card + Samsung Pouch + Samsung External Battery Pack (9000mA) for Wi-Fi OR Norton Anti-virus for LTE
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  • More Information: Hands-on Article

Location

HALL 6, BOOTH 6000C

AC Ryan Tab 7.2

The AC Ryan Tab 7.2 sports a 7-inch display (1,024 x 600 pixels) and is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has a host of connectivity options such as mini-HDMI, micro-USB, micro-SD and mini DC jack.

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PC Show Price: $159 (U.P $199)
  • PC Show Promotion: $10 discount for Citibank Cardmember + Screen Protector
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Location

HALL 5, BOOTH 5088

Toshiba Regza Tablet AT270

The Toshiba Regza Tablet AT270 runs on a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM. It has a 7.7-inch AMOLED display and 32GB onboard memory.

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PC Show Price: $549 (Usual Price: $599)
  • PC Show Promotion: Free Norton Tablet Security, Free Screen Protector, Free Portfolio Duo Case
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  • More Information: HWZ Review

Location

HALL 6, BOOTH 6006

ASUS Fonepad

The ASUS Fonepad is the world's first 7-inch tablet to be powered by Intel Lexington processor. It runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and has cellular data connectivity.

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PC Show Price: $369 (8GB), $399 (32GB)
  • PC Show Promotion: Free Bluetooth headset (for 8GB only)
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  • More Information: HWZ Review

Location

HALL 6, BOOTH 6005 & 6012

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

The most beautiful Android tablet to date, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is also water and dust-resistant. Despite having a 10.1-inch display, the Xperia Tablet Z is very thin at 6.9mm and weighs only 495g.

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PC Show Price: $348 with StarHub's MaxMobile Elite (11GB) at $51/month
  • PC Show Promotion: Free Sony PS3 Dual Shock Wireless Controller + Xperia Tablet Z Standee + OTG Cable + USB to mini-USB cable
  • Brochure
  • More Information: Hands-On Article

Location

HALL 5, BOOTH 5006

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (LTE)

Driven by a 1.4GHz qual-core processor, the Galaxy Note 10.1 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and features the S note. Also included is the S Pen, which provides enhanced pressure sensitivity, accuracy and control when writing.

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PC Show Price: $368 with SingTel Mobile Broadband 75 Plan at $49.90/month
  • PC Show Promotion: Free Bluetooth headset
  • Brochure
  • More Information: HWZ Review

Location

HALL 5, BOOTH 5002

 

PC Show 2013 Tablets Portal

Tablets Buying Guide

The tablet market is more crowded than before, with Apple iPads taking the lead and Google Android tablets fast catching up. Microsoft's Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets are beginning to make their presence felt in the tablet scene.

 

TABLETS TODAY

If you want to get a tablet today, there are three main options available: Apple, Google Android and Microsoft.

Apple is the company that started the tablet craze three years ago with its 9.7-inch iPad. Drawing lessons and experience from developing iOS for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Apple replicated the same formula and strategy successfully in the tablet space with four generations of iPads. 

It entered into the 7-inch tablet space last October when it unveiled the 7.9-inch iPad mini. While the market conditions were no longer friendly to Apple, the company managed to achieve significant sales of the iPad mini worldwide.

A wide range of tablet accessories, a robust mobile platform combined with an intuitive user interface and support of tablet-optimized apps enables Apple to stay ahead of the competition.

Before the introduction of the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, Google left the tablet wars in the hands of its Android vendors, who met with little success in toppling the market leader, Apple. 

Having decided to take things into its own hands, Google partnered with ASUS to manufacture the 7-inch Nexus 7 and offered it at extremely attractive price points. It also launched Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the smoothest Android experience to date. Towards the end of 2012, Google collaborated with Samsung to build the Nexus 10 which has an ultra high resolution display.

Since then, there's a race to the bottom in the tablet market as Android vendors built low cost, entry level tablets.

A smoother, more fluid user experience, coupled with the growing support of developers for the Android ecosystem may finally give Apple and its iPads a run for their money.

 

 

The tablet market has grown to be too big and important for Microsoft to ignore, and the Redmond company ventured into the tablet space with not one, but two Windows operating systems.

To compete with the sea of ARM-powered Android tablets and Apple iPads, Microsoft specifically designed a special Windows operating system, called Windows RT that can be used on devices powered by ARM processors.

As the competition has yet to conquer the enterprise sector, an area that is especially friendly towards Windows operating system, Microsoft licensed Windows 8 to its partners to develop tablets that can provide the same functionality as laptops and desktops.

Samsung, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS, Fujitsu, Acer have since jumped on the bandwagon to offer Windows 8 and RT tablet devices.

If you are looking for a desktop-like environment on a tablet, you can consider the diverse range of Windows 8 and RT-powered tablet devices from the various partners.

 

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

Should you get a 7-inch tablet? 7-inch tablets are better suited for reading due to their 4:3 aspect ratio. In addition, 7-inch tablet form factor offers better mobility and portability. However, if you are into heavy multimedia consumption and require larger screen real estate, it is obvious that 10.1-inch tablets are recommended. As a general guideline, there is no one size fits all for tablets. It depends on individual preferences, what and how you use the tablet.

Do tablets come with keyboard accessories? Yes, some tablets come with optional keyboard accessories while others are included as a bundle. For example, the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 comes in two packages : standalone tablet or tablet with keyboard docking station. Apple iPads, being the most popular tablet devices, tend to enjoy more support from third party vendors who make a wide range of Bluetooh keyboards for them. 

Should you get a Wi-Fi or cellular model of the tablet? Some tablet models such as the Apple iPad, iPad Mini and ASUS Nexus 7 are available in two variants: Wi-Fi only and cellular. The cellular models will definitely cost more, but bring the convenience of staying connected on the move. However, you have to fork out extra cash to sign up for a multi-SIM card or another data SIM card for the tablet. In addition, cellular models will take a hit on battery performance since they are constantly connected and searching for data connectivity.

It also depends on where and how you will be using the tablet. If you tend to use the tablet at home or office, it is advisable to get a Wi-Fi model as you can connect the device to the office or home's Wi-Fi network. If there is no Wi-Fi network , you can always tether from your smartphone. On the other hand, a cellular tablet model will come in handy if you tend to be outdoors most of the time. 

For more information on getting a tablet, check out our Tablet Tech Guide.

Check out the latest tablets at our HardwareZone Tablets Product Guide.