While it's hard to imagine many iPad owners are waiting with anticipation to find out how much Microsoft's upcoming Surface tablet will cost, the company's own online store appears to have leaked the numbers ahead of its release.
The release of the iPhone 5 has helped keep the iPad mini rumors at bay, but Barnes & Noble is stirring the pot again on Wednesday by introducing a pair of high-resolution tablets squarely aimed at Amazon and Apple.
Yesterday, Amazon's Jeff Bezos took the stage to talk about the company's new line of Kindles. The Paperwhite, despite its sort of goofy name, looks promising enough. But the Kindle Fire HD may prove the most stunning example of how Amazon plans to muscle its way into tablet market domination. Can it really beat the iPad at its own game?
Early reviews of Google's first Android tablet have been so positive, many are calling it the first real iPad competitor--so much so that Apple might be gearing up its own Nexus 7 killer for the fall. Size, weight, price and, yes, even the OS have industry experts singing its praises, including Apple stalwart Walt Mossberg, who went so far as to call it "a better choice than the iPad for people on a budget." But it looks like Google's race to the bottom with Amazon (the display costs just $10 more than the far smaller iPhone), has had some unfortunate side effects.
Google I/O kicked off this morning with a highly anticipated keynote, announcing innovations and inventions surrounding the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google Nexus 7 tablet by Asus, Nexus Q media player, and Google search improvements. The theme was the extension of the Android ecosystem beyond typical mobile devices.
Perhaps unwilling to tread the same path that search giant Google has walked with Android tablets, Microsoft held an event on Monday to show off a pair of its own Surface tablets, available in Windows RT consumer and Windows 8 Pro editions. When can you actually buy one? Beats us.