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Acer Iconia W510: a good compromise

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A few weeks ago, we tested the Asus RT VivoTab, tablet and keyboard that were running Windows RT. The Iconia Tab W510 Acer presents the same form, but is equipped with an Intel Atom Clover Trail and thus work on Windows 8 of Dell Inspiron B130.

And it changes a lot. Because during our test of the product from Asus, we were quite satisfied with the work of the brand, but very doubtful about the Microsoft OS. With a product similar to Asus running Windows 8, the Acer Iconia Tab W510 seems to have serious advantages to make, starting with its compactness and autonomy announced as very important (18 hours!).

The W510 wife is more a hybrid format tablet / notebook that seems to be the one who convinced manufacturers, since the main market will be their declension: Samsung Smart PC Smart VivoTab Asus, HP Envy x2, Lenovo Lynx... Products comparable in all respects to that of Acer, and Dell Vostro A840 Battery the same processor.

Among the Windows 8 mobile products already tested by us (S7 Acer Aspire, Lenovo Twist), the Acer W510 seems best equipped to respond to the issues raised by the two heads of OS Microsoft. What happens in practice? The answer in this test.

The tablet back to overview

The Iconia Tab W510 is a tablet with a Windows 8 keyboard. Before coming to him, first of all talk about the main part of what the tablet product. In 16:9 and with a diagonal of 10.1 inches, it has a fairly simple design whose only trick is the double gray / white for the back of the tablet and its periphery, respectively.

Its size, however, Dell Vostro 1014 Battery is surprising, since most of the products listed above offer a diagonal exceeding 11 inches apart the Asus Smart VivoTab only to share the diagonal of the W510. Difference may seem small, but is in fact important at this level of compactness, which mainly allows Acer to distinguish it from the competition.

With this format, the Dell Studio 1555 Battery is naturally quite small: 570 grams on the scale, it is heavier than 30 grams compared to the RT VivoTab but gaining 110 grams compared to the size of Microsoft. If we take into consideration the keyboard however, the Acer product is less well placed: 1265 grams for the W510, against 1,080 grams for VivoTab RT and 894 grams for size.

While some see the return of the Compaq Presario CQ61 netbook, we prefer to qualify this statement somewhat. On the one hand because the price of the tablet from Acer is not that of a netbook, we will. Secondly, because the tablet is finite and does not suffer any structural defect. Finally, because the screen (and therefore the shelf) of the Iconia Tab W510 is much more qualitative than a netbook. The IPS panel chosen by Acer offers indeed very interesting viewing angles, while a hardened Gorilla Glass comes to avert any scratches. As for the screen resolution, it is indeed quite small (1366 x 768), but remains higher than that of netbooks at the time (1024 x 600 for the diagonal Dell Studio 1735 Battery).

The qualities of this slab are also quite commendable, since its luminance up to 300 cd / m², with a black dot at 47 cd / m². The contrast ratio of 640:1 is rather good, without too great a sacrifice in terms of colorimetry (deltaE average of 6.7). It is rather more skeptical about the sound performance of the Acer tablet.

Not that the sound quality is so bad: the Toshiba Satellite M305-S4848 power is relatively correct, and if the lack of bass is clear, the record is good enough for a tablet. But where the manufacturer as we make a mistake, it's about the location of the speakers, which are positioned in a place where the hands come to rest in landscape. Shame!

The dock back to overview

If part of the Compaq Presario M2100 tablet convincing, what about the dock that is associated? First remark, Acer thought to give hinge its large amplitude motion, which allows a large scale at 295 °, offering Tab W510 an ideal position to play a video. The keyboard is thrown back onto the support, but the inclination of the dock is sufficient to prevent the keys not rub against the surface of the support. It does not interest, but it is always good to show a little more hybrid side of the unit.

Covered with a gray plastic same as Acer has placed at the back of the tablet, the dock has a finish equivalent to this: it is not very "sustainable" (plastic is easily scratched) but it is assembled and the presence of many rubber pads on both sides of the dock, reassuring.

Only downside, the game suffered when the shelf is positioned in the hinge. About the device designed to separate the two, it seems to us quite relevant: unlike VivoTab RT, the button is positioned on the dock, not the tablet, which greatly facilitates the operation.

We have not encountered any difficulty to place the tablet in a hinge also fully lined with felt. Also note that Acer provides two connectors for the dock: the first allows you to charge the device, since it is equipped with a 29.4 Wh battery, and the other is a second (and significant) USB port 2.0.

We now come to the main interest of this dock, that is to say the keyboard. Let's outset, the keys are small, and even if the choice of chiclet provides additional spacing, typing is not the easiest. However, difficult to fault anything at Acer space is used up, and finally the 10.1-inch size, which limits the usability of this Compaq Presario V5000 keyboard. In the end, the manufacturer has done the best with the space available, and if we regret the small key caps or absence of specific shortcuts for Windows 8, we appreciate, however, the relatively long stroke keys and the presence of a second Fn key at the right end of the keyboard, which allows you to perform quick combinations for "back", "next page", "start" and "end".

We will however a little tougher with the touchpad, both too small (even if it is more comfortable than the surface) and unable to handle multitouch, gestures and therefore associated with Windows 8. Needless to some, since the screen is touch sensitive. Certainly. But it may also have wanted to work with a screen without fingerprints... Finally, our test was obviously suffering from a strange illness which made the Dell Vostro 1015 touchpad particularly capricious. Since none of our colleagues seem to have found the problem, we have assumed that our model has a defect that is specific. But reading your comments, it seems that the problem is not that our W510. Joined by our care, Acer has, for the time, made no reply.

Components back to overview

Among the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Windows 8 tablet hybrid, there are two types of models. They will be equipped with an Intel Core (such as Surface Pro), and those driven by a Clover Trail Atom, although less powerful, as is the case with Samsung Smart PC Smart VivoTab Asus, HP Envy x2, Lenovo Lynx. All these products use the Atom Z2760, a double heart SoC running at 1.8 GHz. With 1 MB cache, manages Hyperthreading but only works in 32-bit: if this is indeed Windows 8 (Windows and non-RT) that is installed on the W510 is a 32-bit version that we are dealing.

The chip also contains graphics, the Compaq Presario V2000 GMA 3650, based on a PowerVR SGX 545 and engraved in 32 nm. Operating at 533 MHz, it supports DirectX 9.1 and OpenGL 3.0. Without dedicated memory, GMA this is obviously not a lightning war and may not be used for the game, unlike a chip as Tegra 3, and a fortiori Tegra 4. Comparison with ARM processors is also interesting from the point of view of power / consumption: we will see what is going on with our tests. Please note that the Intel SoC heater small enough that the Acer tablet goes ventilation.

To support this chip, Acer has provided 2 GB RAM DDR2 low consumption. Storage side, you can count on the micro-SD slot to expand the capacity of the tablet, limited to 32 or 64 GB Especially as our test model, a 32GB version, has in fact only 7.5 GB available to the user. Insufficient. Fortunately, only the 64 GB version seems to be available commercially.

The rest of the equipment Iconia Tab W510 is in contrast to standard: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS, NFC chip, brightness sensor (deactivation and efficient)... Add to this a particularly rich connection for a tablet (micro-HDMI to VGA adapter, mini-USB 2.0 adapter to USB, micro-SD reader) and a second battery 29.6 Wh. Regarding the latter, know that it enjoys priority of the load and begins his Toshiba Satellite M305D-S4833 discharge after the dock, which is pretty well thought out.

Conclude with the photo part of this tablet: the front camera is equipped with a 2 megapixel sensor, while the camera on the back of the tablet is capable of 8-megapixel snapshots.

On our Satellite Pro U400 Series test scene, the picture provided by the Acer tablet is slightly overexposed, and shows a little less than the toe VivoTab. It is still usable, especially as white balance seem relatively well managed and that the colors are a little more dynamic than the picture obtained with the Asus tablet.

1080p videos produced by the W510 seem to lack fluidity and because there are only 24 frames per second. Passing in 720p, there are excellent fluidity. Obviously, the Atom Z2760 Tablet flange somewhat from this point of view.

Web, games, office: in practice! back to top

What this Iconia W510 in practice? Evoke the first touch layer, which manages up to five simultaneous support. A manipulation that also opens the Acer Ring, an application launcher rather well done can open some folders (My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos), to organize your favorite applications or access to a configuration menu very useful (network management wireless sensor brightness). The perfect management of this support to five fingers is the image quality of the touch layer of the W510: responsiveness is very good and does not suffer any approximation.

The Toshiba PA3818U-1BRS Battery accelerometer is equipped with this tablet also shows up: it is far from the mistakes of Lenovo Twist! Management is impeccable and every movement of the tablet is quickly and correctly interpreted on the screen. What is now the performance of components of the W510? The amount of RAM (2 GB) may seem low compared to that currently practiced in the world of laptop with Windows 8. But in practice, we have not suffered from any lack.

However, we must admit that the SoC Intel is far, far away to show the performance of a processor Core. This does not bother us when surfing or launch applications Modern UI and use advisory responsiveness of the tablet at least very similar to what exists in competition iOS as Android. However, do not expect to play tracks that greedy Reckless Racing Ultimate, to perform assembly or photo editing, as Sony VGP-BPS9A can Windows 8 yet.

Level of autonomy Finally, we set the brightness of the screen on an average value and enabled wireless circuits. A video in a loop until battery exhaustion. Obviously this test, the Intel Atom SoC is expected to face ARM. And despite the presence of two sets of interesting capabilities (about 60 Wh between them), the W510 fails to match the score (impressive) of VivoTab RT, either with or without the dock. As such, the remainder to the ARM SoC Intel. But 15 hours and 20 minutes of battery life, it is still remarkable! Note in passing the relatively long time for charging two batteries: Sony VGP-BPS9/S and Sony VGP-BPS9B about 6 hours!

Conclusion

In concluding this test the Iconia Tab W510, a question comes to mind: what else happens to Windows tablets RT? For one side, you have a space or VivoTab RT 32GB version sold at 600 euros with a keyboard, and OS clamped limited performance, and another the W510, with a swifter Atom , the "real version" of Windows (such as Intel likes to call it) and with a 64 GB storage sold... at the same price!

So obviously, the situation is a little steep and should qualify the subject. As to what is autonomy, Tegra 3 tablets that are VivoTab and size are more efficient. Similarly, these have nothing to envy to the W510 regarding the game, although in all cases it will settle securities particularly low resource intensive. Finally, the weight is also the advantage of two models under Windows RT, at least when we compare the whole tablet + dock. Blame it on a bigger Dell Studio PP33L Battery on the W510 as the VivoTab RT.

Still not months Acer tablet has a performance / consumption seems more interesting, and the presence of Windows 8 makes it possible to install small applications daily, which will delight those who not necessarily want to go through Modern UI. In addition, the W510 has a good level of finish and a remarkably compact, which implies however a small deficit in terms of ergonomics, particularly at the keyboard.

But between this and the Asus RT VivoTab or Microsoft's Surface, our choice is clearly the W510. Remains whether the NVIDIA Tegra 4 will or not new arguments supporters Windows tablets RT, and if other manufacturers manage to do better in Acer. As such, the Asus Smart Vivotab only real competitor of the W510 to date, has no second battery for Sony VGP-BPS9/B.

TAG:Acer Aspire One ZG5 Compaq Presario CQ60 Toshiba Satellite M300

 


Lenovo IdeaPad S206

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Presented earlier this year at the fair CES in Las Vegas, Lenovo IdeaPad S206 laptop is now available in Windows RT. This mini laptop offers a 11.6-inch display, an AMD K140 with integrated graphics, a weight of 1.3 kg and has a high level of finish, depending on the manufacturer. We wanted to know what it was exactly and test a configuration with the latest operating system from Microsoft. Here are our impressions during a complete test of the Dell Inspiron 1521 laptop that appears to 420 €.

The handling

The computer comes in a compact box with the battery charging. Out of the box, the IdeaPad S206 sensation. It has a beautiful design with nice lines. It comes in gray, white or pink. We tested the white model. This is particularly careful. It enjoys a coating plastic but certainly offers quite a nice effect. The exterior of the computer chassis is matte while its interior is bright.

The 11.6-inch screen opens with a central hinge (robust) which passed the lower part behind the main tray. A cam of 0.3 Mw is located above the screen.

The computer weighs 1.3 Kg It measures 299.5 x192x20, 7 mm which makes it easily transportable.

On the left side of the IdeaPad S206, there is the power connector, an HDMI output, a USB 3.0 port and an audio / microphone. On the right side, there is a SD card reader, a USB 2.0 port and a button System Recovery to recover the system in case of problems. The same button is also available on the Lenovo IdeaPad S400 we tested.

At the back of the computer, there is no trap to change any component. Worse, the battery is integrated within the box through unscrewing, it is not possible to change or replace it easily. Too bad because it eliminates any hope of fitting a second battery in low autonomy.

There is no optical drive.

The Dell Inspiron 1720 keypad is in the same color as the rest of matte board. The keys are of type AccueType to know that their bottom is rounded allowing better "catch". This is the same keyboard on the IdeaPad S400. The input is rather soft and comfortable. The Enter key is completely right that is a good thing while the Ctrl key is bottom left, easily identifiable. You can also count on multimedia keys directly (without going through the touch of a button Fn) to manage the volume, disable the touchpad, manage brightness, launch Task Manager, disable the screen or cut enable wireless networks, switch to another screen or just to close a window.

Under the keyboard, one hardly notices the touchpad. It is exactly the same colors as the palmrest with a glossy coating. It is only bounded by a small line around. A dash separates the right click of the left mouse button. It is wide enough and compatible Windows 8 which allows scans seem to applications running (shift to the right from the edge of pavement) or Search menu, Settings, Home and Peripherals (slip left from the edge of pavement) or the open browser windows (sliding down from the top of pavement).

The DELL Latitude E6510 screen measures 11.6 inches. There is no touch. It displays a definition of 1366x768 pixels which is pretty good for this size. According to our measurements, the slab is relatively homogeneous even though we may regret a slight loss of backlight in the upper left corner of our test model but it has nothing prohibitive for everyday use whether desktop or multimedia.

The viewing angles are not very wide. They are even lower than those offered by the IdeaPad S400. So take care where you stand in front, to avoid under or over.

Inside

The Lenovo IdeaPad S206 laptop running Windows 8 64-bit. It has a storage space of 500 GB with 420 GB are actually available for installing programs and saving documents. As the IdeaPad S400, S206 also offers the SSD 25GB for backup and restore the system.

Regarding the preinstalled software, you can count on the platform Intel AppUp (download application), OneKey Recovery, McAfee Security Advisor, Kindle, RaRa Streaming, eBay, Microsoft Office 2010, Evernote, Windows Live Essentials 2011 or by Lenovo Storage SugarSync.

The Dell Inspiron 1440 has a module Wi-Fi b / g / n, Bluetooth (on our test model but optional). The audio speaker uses two 1.5 watt each. They deliver sound just okay which may be sufficient for Windows sounds but not really to listen to good music.

Performance

Our test model of the IdeaPad S206 has an AMD K140 dual 1.5GHz heart. This processor integrates AMD chip E1-1200 (APU) and a GPU AMD Radeon HD 7310. It is associated with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM.

Lenovo IdeaPad S206 computer out of standby in 3 seconds, or as an Ultrabook as the S400. Just like its big brother, the S206 does not get too hot. Side noise cooling systems, it is quite reasonable.

Autonomy

This is where the shoe pinches. According to the manufacturer, the Dell Inspiron 1210 Battery is responsible for 3:30 intensive use. Wi-Fi turned on and the brightness set to 50%, we managed to loop a video while a little less than 3 hours, which is very low for such a machine. One might say that it will be equipped with an extra battery for long trips but the problem is that the battery is not available and therefore not interchangeable as is the case on the IdeaPad S400.


Sony Vaio T13: Test complete

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The Vaio T13 is the first ultra-portable 13.3-inch ultrabook type of Sony. Its rich expertise with models like the Z Series, the Japanese manufacturer is able to do it better than the competition, while respecting the standards imposed by Intel (power, thickness, autonomy...)? The answer is in this test...

At the out of the box, the T13 looks so beautiful with its cover aluminum alloy and magnesium, whose finish is very sensitive to fingerprints. Once opened, it displays a good level of finish although it seems still a little less elegant than Dell Inspiron 1420 Battery.

We also noticed that the cover that protects the screen goes under the chassis when it is fully opened. It is therefore this part that rests on the back of the T13 when it is open (see photo above). This allows to take off a few millimeters of the surface on which it rests and promote air circulation unfortunate consequence: it is then the hinges morflent when pressed on the hull.

The keypad separate, despite a respectable size and well proportioned keys, we have not conquered. In fact, it offers extremely short strikes which almost gives the impression that you tap on a table. Its use is not the most pleasant.

The touchpad, however, made a good impression on us. If it is not very spacious, fully clickable offers a smooth ride and accepts all the multitouch features (zoom / un-zoom with two fingers and the scrolling 2, 3 and 4 fingers).

Webcam (720p) provides a detailed picture in bright areas but shows a strong tingling in dark areas. For optimum, so make sure to use it in a well lit room.

The Dell Latitude D630 Battery connector is compatible with current usage. The T13 has two video outputs (VGA and HDMI), RJ45 port, a card reader (supports SD and Memory Stick), a headphone and mic combo jack (Headset) and two USB ports (1 x 1 x 2.0 and 3.0). The lack of a dedicated microphone jack penalize probably not many people, but a third USB port on the right edge would have been welcome, especially since the two ports can be blocked by this one big USB stick for example.

Positive, even when pushing its components with heavy applications or several benchmarks, the Sony T13 is quiet enough to go unnoticed until there is a complete silence. Another advantage it gives off very little heat despite the thinness of the chassis (17.8 mm). Sony has done a great job on this part.

The display color rendering quite disastrous (delta E 12.8) only the use of a calibration profile can improve. The contrast displayed by the 13.3-inch slab is less good (230: 1). This is not even a notebook. Another black spot this screen, full brightness not exceed 180 cd / m². With such a brightness and a glossy coating on the screen has absolutely no chance to avoid reflections of direct light (sun lamp placed in his back...). Finally, definition (1366 x 768 pixels) is fairly standard and can display characters legibly. Sony, however, a little late to this party because Asus has already happened in 1600 x 900 pixels on its 13.3-inch ultrabook (ASUS Eee PC 1005).

Honorable overall performance for the audio section. The speakers will not mark the spirits, but can broadcast a signal understandable and relatively clean. We do not ask for too much against in terms of power.

Side input-output measures are very good and the power should suit any headset or hands-free kit - remember that only a combo jack (headphone and microphone) is available.

Configuration tested:

Received test configuration includes an Intel Core i3-2367M, 4GB of memory, Intel HD 3000 graphics chipset and a 320GB hard drive backed by a 32GB SSD Express in cache. Unlike the rest of the test, which is valid for all Vaio T13 (see box below cons), only variant tested here is concerned with our comments on performance.

The embedded processor is a low-power variant of Intel's Core i3. It is a i3-2367M, less efficient than models like the i3-2330M. According to our measurements, which include, among others, 3D modeling, data archiving and full HD video encoding, it takes an average of 45% more time than the Core i3-2330M to do the same tasks.

Note that it is still more than 2 times faster than a processor Intel Atom or AMD E-450 found in netbooks and notebooks some very powerful. Without being the fastest, it therefore leaves some freedom in the choice of applications. Office and everyday tasks such as surfing the Internet remains a cakewalk for him.

The addition of SDS 32 GB Express Cache to support the hard disk of 320 GB delivers improved responsiveness, but also a start time of about 35 seconds, connect to Wi-Fi included. Time to extinction is him just 5 seconds.

As a reminder this SSD is not accessible to the user. This is the computer that controls and is used to store some data faster.

Games

No surprise on his skills in the game. Lack of a dedicated graphics card, it can launch a very limited number of recent titles like FiFA 11 in the native resolution of the Dell Vostro 1320 screen. Even on those, it will not be too greedy on the level of detail required (average at best) under penalty to bring down the frame rate. With regard to older titles like Half Life 2, the flexibility is greater.

If the T13 does not perfectly in games, the presence of the HD 3000 chipset, it provides however to decode 1080p videos smoothly.

Autonomy

Sony announced 7 hours, with our test procedure (720p video playback, screen at 100 cd / m², headphones plugged in and Wi-Fi off) the T13 has resisted 5:20. A correct value, coupled with a weight of 1.48 kg, it can travel easily. Its dimensions also allow to slip easily into a backpack.

Sony has provided a range of configurations to correct its T13. One tested here is the configuration the least powerful (sold around 750 euros).

It is possible to replace the CPU evaluated in this article more powerful models Dell Inspiron 1520 Battery (Intel Core i5-3317U or Intel i7-3517U). The amount of RAM may also vary between 4, 6 and 8 GB Finally, side storage, it is possible to stay on a HDD + SSD Express Cache and increase the capacity of HDD from 320 to 500 GB It is also possible to switch on only one storage provided by an SSD (128 to 512 GB). If one takes the highest configuration, the selling price of the T13 is now nearly three times compared to the first model.

For us, the evaluated configuration here that is offering the best price / performance ratio.

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iPad Mini: the Apple tablet to 7.9 inches

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The mark to Apple observers remember of course that its founder, Steve Jobs, said not so long ago there was no other good format for a Tablet than the 10 inches of the first iPad. And yet! This is that Apple released its first "small tablet", in the format 7.9 inches, intended to compete with the Nexus 7 and other Android tablets compact 7-inch format.

Presented as an iPad "fro" by communication from Apple, this iPad Mini has - you it all a large?

Design

Not content to be more compact than the iPad, the iPad Mini inaugurates a new design in mind close enough from that of the recent iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5th generation. The rest comes in two colours: silver-white or slate black. The body of the device is made of a unibody aluminum shell and finesse impresses, barely 7.2 mm thick, we may note the same work of aluminum on the chamfer on the screen as the iPhone 5. These are bevelled and polished to a mirror effect rendering.Dell F287H Battery Lovers of numbers will hold the iPad Mini is 23% thinner and lighter than a conventional iPad 53%.

Light therefore, only 304 grams on our balance, and that can be held with one hand (large), the Mini iPad yet gives a clear sense of robustness. The screen 7.9 inch is here most of the available space, the borders being part and other extremely fine screen. The rest as the Mini iPad is expected to be held with one hand with your thumb resting on the screen it is noted that Apple took into account this detail so that your thumb does not launch applications on the homescreen of iOS 6.0 mistakenly.

As its big brother, the Mini iPad has buttons for adjusting the volume on the slice, a button a button getting started on the Summit, and the inevitable middle button located below the screen, programmable door locks. The speakers reported by two separate sets of openings perforated at the base of the Mini iPad, in the same spirit as the iPhone 5 and, for the first time on an iPad, they issue a stereo sound. A mini-jack connector located on the top of the shelf.

A screen 7.9 inches

Before dwell us on the technical characteristics of this Mini iPad, let's go back to the dell inspiron e1505

screen. 7.9 Inches diagonal, it adopts a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. Then necessarily after praised the Retina display on iPad third-generation, critics will hold the iPad Mini has no Retina display. This is true and in the future it is surely a margin of progress for this tablet. In the meantime, do not lose sight of two things: the resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels is identical to that of the iPad and iPad 2. In fact, completeness of iPad applications developed to date operates natively on the iPad Mini without the need for specific update. Mine nothing, it therefore enjoys a repository of 275,000 titles... The other point, and not least, it is only where the 1024 x 768 pixels of an iPad were fair, with a clear pitch, the reduction of the diagonal of the screen with constant resolution in fact mitigates this defect. Still, the density of pixels per inch is 163ppi for this Mini iPad against 216ppi for the recent Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 and it is.

Include two other annoying points: the first is video playback. Here the dell inspiron e1705 battery is not capable of displaying in their full resolution HD movies in 720 p... This is a limitation in part offset by the technology of Adaptive streaming of iTunes for streaming movies. Remains for movies from other sources it can be unfortunate. Another pitfall: Although the iPad Mini has a non-Retina screen, applications you download will have mostly Retina graphics and known to the effect that this has on storage space, applications Retina tend to take their ease.

Technical characteristics

To animate his Mini iPad, Apple holds a processor dual-core A5, the same as on the iPhone 4s, and the iPad 2. In fact the iPad Mini is less well off on paper than the iPad's third generation or the brand new iPad Retina it with a 6, evolution of the A6 on the iPhone processor 5. Apple offers only, 512 MB of RAM with its processor while the device naturally comes with the usual radio interfaces: Bluetooth and Wi - Fi. It is significantly changing as Apple offers a Wi - Fi operating circuit at 150 Mbps, against 75 Mbps for the third generation for example iPad.

More importantly, the mark to Apple declines iPad Mini in cell version with a French model that does not support 4 G unlike sold on American soil. But fault network really deployed in France...

And on this Mini iPad the new Lightning connector that replaces the venerable 30 dock connector pin. Regarding the battery, Apple officially evokes a battery life of 10 hours while the adaptor supplied with the Tablet is identical to that of the iPhone. It is a model 5 Watts contrary to the iPad that benefit from a model 10 or 12 Watts. Cooldown seems to suffer: it seemed so long that it eventually catch a 'standard' iPad charger in our test.

5 Megapixel photo

For the camera part,dell xps m1210 holds a sensor 5 megapixel retroexpose. The same resolution as that proposed by the iPhone 4 but probably not the same generation of sensor both different results: perhaps one of the last iPod Touch? Or are the image processing algorithms that have changed. Indeed, if management of the digital noise is almost identical (a tad cleaner), white (in natural light) balance, dynamics, and Colorimetry have significantly improved. The photos look more natural (the colors are less saturated) and the transitions between dark and light areas appear more shades. However, rendering péchu iPhone 4 may be preferred the softer return of the mini iPad for images ready to use, that we share just after the shooting.

3.3 Mm lens opens at f: 2, 4 (3.9 mm and f: 2, 8 on iPhone 4): the framing is so barely wider than on iPhone 4, but above all to equivalent light conditions, the iPad mini access shorter installation times (1/25s against 1/17 s 160 ISO in our example of the unlit scene). To use, you can still lock the exposure area which unfortunately also locks the area. On the other hand, the HDR and the flash disappeared: it remains in the options as the grid composition. And it not to mention the pan on iOS 6 for the iPhone 5 and 4 S... In short, the photo sensor is pretty good for a Tablet but photo enforcement has been simplified to the extreme.

Video side, nothing to report in particular. The mini iPad films in 1080p at 30 fps, with a 17.2 Mbps in Mpeg4 AVC encoding bitrate. The results are good but it is a pity that Apple does still not continuous development for animated images, as do other competitors. There, need to touch the screen to prompt the mini iPad to recalculate its development.

Finally, note that the Mini iPad comes with a FaceTime HD camera, that is a front-facing camera HD in 720 p. It should be noted that the new iPad, i.e. the third generation iPad, merely a Facetime camera non-HD.

The Mini iPad to the use

We mentioned the iPad Mini is light, very light. At the time, keep one hand is entirely feasible contrary to his big brother, to condition however of having large hands. The unibody enclosure of the iPad if it inspires confidence in terms of robustness is here so fine that hold the iPad Mini has only one hand is sometimes dangerous. The metal has a tendency to drag while the iPad, fine and machined edges do not necessarily provide the best grip. If hold the fixture to the bare hand and vertical is sometimes acrobatic, adding the SmartCover iPad Mini manages to address its problems by adding the thickness while the protective coating slip significantly less than the hull of the Mini iPad. And since we are considerations on the design of the device, its smaller size makes its use in camera mode a bit less ridiculous than dell xps m1710 with a full Tablet 10 inch size as its big brother.

Side software environment, we will not return to iOS 6.0, having already dealt with this system in our columns. If the homescreen of iOS is still also dated, and frankly deserves the same level of customization offered by Microsoft with Modern UI, the ecosystem is it's most compelling. We found on this iPad Mini, a very wide selection of applications tablet of the inevitable Angry Birds passing by the House GarageBand application or the excellent fire Pinnacle Studio, to mention a few titles. As already mentioned, all the iPad apps are compatible with the iPad Mini, a good point. Need to update... Attention however: due to the small size of the screen with some applications some specific interface elements can become very small to manipulate what is sometimes somewhat delicate. This is particularly the case in the area search "App Store" application: difficult for example to move the cursor in this box by holding his finger pressed and seeing what you are doing both the space is reduced (found the same problem with iTunes also application).

Swift, the Tablet provides a user experience similar to what we are used on iPad. Siri is present on this Mini iPad that Apple still robs us of basic yet useful applications such as the calculator or the weather. It is true that iOS 6.0 has just enrich the clock for iPad app: do not brusquons them. Daily with this Mini iPad, we find that transitions and other effects of animation of the interface are fluid while Safari gives any satisfaction with regard to the display and rendering of Web pages. Naturally, this means no support for Adobe's Flash technology.

The virtual Vostro 1710 keyboard here gives any satisfaction even if keys are actually less clear than what we are accustomed on the Retina screen. The possibility to split the keyboard into two takes a little more sense on this iPad Mini, each area of typing easily falling under each of your thumbs. Remains a strange feeling... a quirk of this iPad Mini that it feels like using the keyboard, simply. The screen of the iPad Mini is soft. It does not offer the same strength as that of an iPad or an iPhone and descends slightly to strike, particularly on the central part of the screen.

Who says ecosystem also said Apple limitations that we know only too: not USB port on-board, mandatory synchronization with iTunes (or via iCloud it is true), optional SD card reader, new connectivity Lightning owner inconsistent with the Park of accessories with 30 dock connector pin, or even not standard HDMI connector (accessory is available but in stock at the Lighting format yet). Not to mention the passage by a conversion step necessary to not read of MKV.

We have naturally sought to measure the performance of the Mini iPad competitive. To do this, we use identical benchmarks on each platform recalling of course that the OS is different from one tablet to the other, these measures have any indicative. Level shelves, we adopt the iPad Mini, iPad third-generation but also the iPad 2 since the features of it are identical to the new Apple tablet.We do also appear the Fire HD Amazon Kindle when we were able to download applications from bench on the Amazon App Shop, as well as turn it award-winning Asus, the Nexus 7 couple Asus TF700 / Google and Note 10.1 Samsung Galaxy.

The smallest Dell Vostro 1088 Battery is the best with SunSpider! Note 10.1 Samsung Galaxy is head whereas the iPad Mini is slightly indented against the iPad 2. The third generation iPad is the fastest on the side of Apple. Facing the Nexus 7 MIni iPad proves faster while the gap with the Kindle Fire HD is even more pronounced.

Linpack evaluates various SoC power by measuring the number of operations at floating point they can run in the second. Here the iPad are the more swift and while iPad Mini to equal the third-generation iPad, the iPad 2 is the fastest. And faced with a Nexus 7, the performance gap is quite blatant.

Return on Linpack which focuses this time on our shelves performance by executing multiple threads simultaneously. The iPad are again at the top, the gap with Android being marked. Failure to draw conclusions, unlike platform with its bounds, there just as well as the iPad 2 is faster than the Mini iPad. Note that the Linpack Fire Kindle can run this test, it is therefore not present.

We are interested this time in graphics performance. Here the third generation iPad is widely in mind as the Galaxy Note 10.1 finishes second. Performance iPad 2 and iPad Mini are similar. It remains higher than the Nexus 7. GL Benchmark is not present on the Amazon store and we therefore could not run the test on Kindle FIre HD.

On the side of autonomy, the results are here expressed in minutes with our video of reference read on all platforms under identical conditions: light and sound at 50%, active Wi - Fi, Bluetooth off. The Fire HD Amazon Kindle explodes scores! As for the Mini iPad it takes more than 12 hours. Well, this is even better than the last iPad and the rest than the Nexus 7.

Conclusion

The iPad Mini is the result of a thoughtful approach to Apple about its Tablet features and their future uses or that it meets market demand and pressure of competition... hard to say. One thing is certain, Apple is being attacked on the Tablet market, and Android begins to seriously gain ground. The Cupertino firm had to react as the multiplication of compact formats, thought of course Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD, were what interested buyers seeking lighter than a 10 tablet sizes inches or a more attractive price.

In our eyes, the iPad Mini is a real alternative to the Dell Studio 1558 10-inch tablets whose dimensions and weight sometimes hinder certain uses. This is especially true for example for reading electronic books. That can be held with one hand, the iPad Mini is now perfectly credible in the role of electronic reading. Moreover while a tablet like the iPad can be cumbersome when you travel especially in the air, the Mini iPad here also has a card to play. But of course the iPad Mini is not reduced to only uses. And if the absence of Retina display is noticeable and may Squeak a few teeth, especially facing the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD which are equipped with an HD display, it has as that all the iPad apps running natively on this new variation. An argument for Apple against Android at the price it is true control the ecosystem either through iTunes or the restrictions on the connectors including.

In terms of design and finish there of course not much to say because Apple demonstrates once more the extent of his knowledge. And faced with a Nexus 7 by Google, iPad Mini is lighter... may be too much besides! It should be noted that Apple offers new accessories for the iPad Mini declining a version Mini its SmartCover in several colours.

Is the price. Announced at 339 euros in Wi - Fi 16 GB version, the Mini iPad appears at a rate higher than a 7-inch Android tablet. More expensive, it is no doubt, but also frankly tempting in the light of the points discussed throughout this article, the finish to the application catalog, via cameras embedded, the Mini iPad has serious strengths, if one ignores including its non-Retina display.

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Windows 8: test and review (1)

 Three years almost to the day after the launch of Asus a32-m50Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft gives a successor with Windows 8. Commercially available in final version from around the world on October 26, Windows 8 is one of the most ambitious paris made by Microsoft in recent years.

 

Shortly after the commercial launch of Windows 7, and while the sales figures were clearly in favor of the software giant, Steve Ballmer, CEO of publisher, said that the next version of Windows was his largest risk taking. While these remarks had caused some question at the time of development of the various versions of Windows 8 have enlightened us on why and how.

 

Since the first announcements at CES 2011, Microsoft likes to describe as a Windows 8 Windows reinvented the chipset to the user experience itself. And for good reason! And more open to the Asus G50 SeriesARM architecture with a dedicated version called RT Windows, Microsoft has good foothold in the market always coveted tablets with its new operating system.

 

And while the user interface étrennée on the latest smartphones Windows Phone has convinced critics for its freshness and originality, now it is found in the heart propelled the new Windows. Known during the long development phase as the Metro interface in question is now called Modern UI. Thought to take advantage of multi-touch screens tablets, Modern UI also works with your keyboard and mouse. Because with Windows 8 Microsoft has a single operating system intended for desktop PCs, tablets and other portable computers to experience billed as "no compromise". A challenge?

 

Before answering this question, the parallel with Apple is particularly instructive here. When Apple can not be accused of delay in the Post PC era, evolved in parallel two separate operating systems: Asus V50ViOS for mobile devices and Mac OS X computers, Microsoft a much more symbiotic. Fusion so that the next version of Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, is built around the core of Windows 8! Therefore two distinct approaches for the same purpose.

 

But Windows 8 is not an interface, it is also a strategic shift for Microsoft offering for the first time on PC, therefore with a commercial operating system, a shop application, Windows Store. Necessarily parallel with the App Store or Google Play is required, and if the user arrival of a boutique software is synonymous with simplicity (some would say a more controlled environment), it rhymes with source additional revenue to Redmond.

 

Beyond these considerations,Asus M50 SeriesWindows 8 brings a number of improvements in all directions, copying files to the installation experience through the side ultra-connected in the cloud. And while Microsoft is often criticized for too many editions of Windows and price, the publisher made a gesture! Windows 8 is broken down to the final customer in two editions with updated rate almost unheard of from Microsoft, but it is true of limited duration. Overview of Windows 8!

 

Modern UI design, a code, a language!

 

As the cornerstone of the new Windows Metro interface found, since renamed Modern UI for stories fairly explicit ownership of the brand in some markets. The reader will not hold us to refer to rigor Modern UI under the name Metro from time to time throughout this paper.

 

Back on the genesis... With the first version of Windows Phone, Microsoft showed a concept touchscreen GUI relatively novel one of whose characteristics is sobriety. While most of Microsoft's competitors were constantly aping Apple's iOS, the company Bill Gates managed to surprise with a truly unique interface with its own identity.

 

Modern UI with focus is given to the text and to information that is how the interface is very uncluttered and graphically speaking to showcase content via a font easily identifiable: Segoe. Giving importance to the text rather than icons... this is a concept with which Microsoft had already played for designing the interface of Windows Media Center and the Zune. With Metro, forgiveness Modern UI, iconography is relayed to the background and the tiny elements of the Asus A33-U50GUI in favor of hubs easily identifiable, ie large squares or rectangles of color.

 

Navigation provides a side-scrolling while the concept of tiles is obviously putting on a PC so that each application represented by a dynamic tile can deliver continuous notifications / information. We're here far from the pellet indicating the number of messages a iOS / Mac OS X. The tiles can thus continuously display of text, images and other elements based applications.

 

If Modern UI was originally designed for smartphones, its adaptation PC was of course made to be controllable with the mouse and keyboard, if the terminal is not without a touch screen. Over the months and Windows Phone, Microsoft has made ubiquitous by deploying Metro including its gaming console or entertainment device rather his salon, likes to say as Steve Ballmer, Xbox 360. With Windows 8, the loop is looped and Modern UI is at the heart of the multi-screen editor: Smartphone, PC, tablets and TV.

 

OS but two distinct user experiences

 

Before going further, it is necessary now to introduce two concepts cohabiting at the heart of Windows 8. While Modern UI is the GUI default Windows 8, which appears after loading the OS made, it is not a substitute for both the Windows desktop. It remains accessible from Modern UI, and that one is on a tablet PC or a laptop, Intel version or ARM version. This is from the desktop ASUS Eee PC 1005HAwhich is found in its traditional applications provided of course have a x86 system.

 

This is where Microsoft may be the first encounter real difficulty in his vision of "One size fits all." Because it is clear that Modern UI suited for mobile devices, it's a safe bet that the office is the interface of choice for PC users. In fact, if the publisher offers much the same operating system, the user experience will be radically different than it is on Modern UI or on the desktop. And as you can not choose between one or the other, trips / constant returns between these two worlds can grate on the nerves of some.

 

Windows RT: Wintel harmed!

 

For over 25 years, Microsoft is the partner of choice and reference Intel, the founder and manufacturer of Pentium or Core of our computers. In the past, Microsoft has made some unfaithful to Intel, but never Redmond had gone so far. Do you think Windows 8 is fully focused on ARM, as the Windows RT, and the avowed aim to bring Windows to other terminal types as single PC!

 

In this context, Microsoft has worked with three ARM chip manufacturers:ASUS UX50VNVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. The result is called WOA or Windows On ARM, since in Windows repabtisé RT, and it is according to a version that Microsoft Windows family joined in a broad sense as well as Windows Embedded, Windows Phone or Windows Server. The primary feature of Windows RT user experience identical to x86 and x64 versions of Windows 8: Whether to connect the system to launch an application or access the shop windows. And that's not all, because contrary to rumors last fall, the Windows desktop is alive and well in the heart of Windows RT. However, if the office is present, its usefulness is limited access to conventional tools for Windows file management, following Office 2013 included, or not Modern UI version of Internet Explorer 10.

 

As much clear now, that is one of the historical forces of Windows, namely software compatibility is not the agenda of Windows RT. It will not be possible to run Office 2010 on Windows On ARM or any other application legacy, Microsoft does provide for any emulation layer. One remembers that at the time of the transition to Intel Power PC, Apple had proposed Rosetta emulation solution for Dell Inspiron 1320 BatteryPower PC applications to run on the x86 version of Mac OS.

 

This inconsistency is all the more regrettable that the only source application installation for Windows is the Windows Store RT. This provides both the Modern UI applications for ARM architecture and x86/x64. Ditto for the drivers to be downloaded from the Windows Store duo or Microsoft Update / Windows Update. In short, not only you can not emulate X86 applications, but you will never see, eg, ARM versions of LibreOffice and other popular software, available for download.

 

The surprise is that RT comes standard Windows applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote from Office 2013 RT, but not Outlook. It is probably for Microsoft to overcome the obvious criticism of the lack of backward compatibility with Windows RT existing software. Indeed difficult to explain to Madame Michu, sorry to Mamie Cantal, its Office 2010 is incompatible with the tablet ARM unless of course he delivers the newest version of Office with. Remains how the regulators appreciate the thing, because at other times including a suite in an dell inspiron 6400operating system would clearly have been seen as an abuse of dominant position.

 

From a purely technical point of view, Windows RT course been many challenges, the definition of clear and quite strict specifications from Microsoft for its partner manufacturers to design a new kernel or kernel. This is what is more with a new boot process having to do with the peculiarities of the ARM architecture as the impossibility to enumerate the devices connected to the system from its inception. Moreover, the little guys Redmond had to write a number of generic drivers to operate devices as indispensable as Bluetooth, 3G, GPS or printers. Regarding the graphics cores in SOC embedded ARM as the famous NVIDIA Tegra is the designer of the chip to support DirectX driver development.

 

A final word on the non-management company acquired certain features of longtime Windows. RT and the Windows can not connect to a domain and hence the Active Directory. Some salute this initiative, as well as the Windows leaves RT anyway much less freedom to the user, while others find that it does stain when Windows claims that RT is part of the Windows family...

 

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A new development model for Windows: WinRT!

 

Since the Modern UI interface gives primacy to information and delivering the applications, it is of course new applications. And again the developers have redesigned Windows Redmond: the ex-Metro applications should be written according to a new development model.

 

While the Redmond highlights for years and its API development techniques such as Win32 or. NET (we dare talk about Silverlight here), the Modern UI applications must be written with modern development languages. XAML, with the HMTL CSS or JavaScript are here at the heart of Microsoft's recommendations even if the languages ​​are more traditional course of events (C / C + + / C # / JavaScript / Visual Basic). It should be noted, moreover, that most applications Microsoft for a Modern UI as Mail or Calendar are written in HTML and JavaScript.

 

Dell Studio 1558 Developers will build on the new WinRT API Runtime or Windows compatible with ARM architecture as well as the x86/x64 architectures. These allow easy access to key features of Windows based on three pillars: communication, data, graphics and media, and printing devices. However, there is of course no question of using WinRT to create services or drivers. But even this does not mean that WinRT API is limited to simplistic application development such as the famous Moo boxes... that made the heyday of the first Nokia. No, because WinRT applications can even call some APIs like DirectX Windows historic or even including Media Foundation. And as if all that was not enough confusion, Microsoft also allows applications using Modern UI WinRT to use subsets old API as Win32 and COM particular! What blur a little tracks.

 

In all cases, WinRT applications running in sandbox mode (sandbox in English), which gives them security and reliability: if a WinRT app crashes, it does not cause other crashes. Always safety, Apple WinRT must declare their digital certificates in the resources they will access, which will be verified by the validation team and Store Windows shown to the user when selecting a software on the Windows Store to install. And that's not all since suspended Modern UI app is an app that does not consume memory.

 

And of course it is always possible to develop for Windows 8 based on. NET or Win32 applications created and will not be compatible with Windows RT (variant of Windows 8 ARM) then they s' run in the desktop environment.

 

Arrival of Windows Store

 

For the first time in the world on Windows PC Inspiron 1210, Microsoft introduced a kiosk applications as Apple and the Mac App Store. However, the Windows Store is only accessible from the Modern UI interface and aims to provide above all Metro applications. If applications for the traditional Windows desktop can be referenced via the Desktop App Certification, the process of buying and downloading will run outside the Windows Store with a reference to the publisher's website.

 

We wrote earlier, the Windows Store offers everything both x86/x64 and ARM versions Metro applications, applications that will necessarily appeal to WinRT. But before falling into the listings of the shop, the Modern UI applications must comply with the requirements of Microsoft development and undergo the validation process established by the publisher.

 

It wants clear, documented, transparent (as opposed perhaps to that introduced by Apple?) And fast (6 days or less!). Developers in addition to being guided from the start of the design of their app from Visual Studio 2012 may follow step by step the stages of validation via a dedicated interface.

 

Modern UI for an app to be approved, it must undergo two gates: one is automatic and also available to developers through the Windows App Certification Kit that performs an analysis of the app and code for s' ensure that it does not violate any rules established by the publisher. The other is with a team of manual testers human ensuring that the application meets the rules laid down by Microsoft. These formalities app is found subsequently available on the Windows Store.

 

Another specificity of this shop: it will host a single version of software and software in principle each subject is available in x86 and ARM. In practice we see that this is not quite correct some software is available for Windows x86 drafts (in the case of Power Dell Studio 1440 Batteryfor example). A few months ago, Microsoft stated that Windows Store apps allow discovery via a trial period. This choice ultimately falling to the developer. Such a good idea that makes a number of applications now referenced on the Windows Store did not just trial version...

 

Side of licenses and their management, software purchased one can run on a maximum of five computers. On the sixth authorized computer it is possible to de-authorize computers from the Windows Store.

 

The Windows Store maintains the applications purchased and installed for their update. They are automatically downloaded when available (except on a 3G connection) and the user approves or not their installation. It is possible for the user to initiate the search itself update, Microsoft uses the opportunity to notify the user via its dynamic tiles by including a number on the icon Store Windows Start screen. This figure simply indicates the number of available updates.

 

And since we must speak of money at one time or another, Microsoft receives indeed a commission on each sale made from the Windows Store: 30% with a default rate reduced to 20% from the sales generated more than 25,000 dollars in revenue for the year. As the price of software, they can be free (so no perception of a commission by Microsoft) with or pay a minimum price of 1.19 euro. Finally, as a developer, must in all cases have a developer account paying Store Windows (37 € per year for individuals, € 75 per year for companies) to submit apps.