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Ultrabooks vs. Macbook Air

Apparently, it takes a bunch of companies, a load of manpower, and a number of specially designed laptops to just begin to rival the Macbook Air. But is it even a rivalry yet?

We were promised last year by Intel that ultrabooks would be a significant portion of the PC market, but we haven’t quite seen that come to pass yet. That said, there have been a number of ultrabooks which are notable. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the ultrabook lineup was created to combat the new computer niche started by the Macbook Air, a niche no one knew they needed until Apple’s precedent. Of all the ultrabook we’ve seen and waited for in the last months, only a few have impressed enough to be a viable alternative to the Air. The main point that companies can beat Apple on is price, so it’s key that the manufacturers can get customers the biggest bang for their buck.

Below is a thorough comparison of the features and factors which come into play with the Macbook Air and the ultrabook competitors. See if you think the offerings of Sony, HP, Asus, and Samsung can stand up to Apple’s.

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The Best and Baddest: MWC

This week has been huge with Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress being earlier this week. We previously covered the first two days of the show, and here we’ll wrap it all up. There’s a lot to talk about in technology today, so we’d better hop to it. Look below for the best and baddest of each category.

Tablets:

  1. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 makes previous Android tablets look like child’s play with its 10.1″ 1900 x 1200 pixel FHD Super IPS+ display with a wide 178° viewing angle. The new frontrunner tablet from Asus comes in two versions, the first, a WiFi version with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip clocked to 1.6 Ghz, the other variant with a 1.5 Ghz chip and 4G LTE campatibility.
  2. Another promising tablet is theSamsung Galaxy Tab 2.0, having both the 7″ and 10.1″. The 7-inch offers similar specifications like their dual-core 1Ghz CPUs, but the major difference is that there is no micro-SD slot like the larger tablet. It is also notable that the 10-inch tablet offers an astonishing 7,000 mAh battery, while its counterpart has only 4,000 mAh. Nonetheless, these batteries could be a game-changer combined with Samsung’s new competitive pricing.
  3. Huwai surprised everyone with its new MediaPad 10 FHD, a tablet reportedly headed to the US and Europe and not only Huwai’s home in China. The tablet’s design befits the uninspired black-slab aesthetic, but it’s specifications are impressive.
  4. Samsung also has a somewhat interesting offering using the S-Pen technology from the Galaxy Note smartphone. The Galaxy Note 10.1 ICS tablet offers technology perfect for writing on and with your tablet, along with productivity applications such as Adobe Photoshop Touch. The new Note offers a dual-core 1.4 Ghz chip, and otherwise predictable specifications.

Phones:

  1. The Samsung Galaxy Beam is the first major phone to be released western end of the world that is fully integrated with projector technology. The phone manages a thickness of just under half an inch (12.5mm), and can project a 640 x 360 pixel image about 4ft (about 1.2m). The phone has satisfying specs with its 4″ screen and dual-core 1GHz. The only phenomenal thing is the amazing 6GB of RAM included presumably for the projector.
  2. The only Windows Phone from MWC we haven’t covered is the Nokia Lumia 610. The smartphone isn’t a flagship device, but rather a mid to lower-end competitor with a very impressive design. It has a meager 256 MB of RAM, and could be a sign to fragmentation in Windows Phone, given some apps require a little more power under the hood. Given Nokia’s close work with Microsoft, it is expected that some issues will be addressed in the upcoming two-part Tango update for the platform. Horsepower aside, the device is nice, and could be a strong competitor for lower end markets and third world countries, strengthening the platforms worldwide presence.
  3. The Lava Xolo X900 is a device which is the first to present Android ICS on a Intel Atom Medfield powered device. The 1.6 GHz chip sets it apart, along with its NFC, HDMI, and HD recording and playback. The India-based company Lava has done something currently unprecedented in processor technology with Intel, and it will be interesting to see if it becomes more popular.

Sources: technoholik.com, The Verge, WPCentral, Phone Arena

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