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Vector 17: Brian Klug on desktop-class mobile chipsets

Brian Klug of AnandTech talks to Rene about Apple's iPad & Mac event, the beefiness of the A7 Cyclone CPU, Google's Nexus tablets, and desktop power in tiny packages.

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Why the iPad continues to succeed where the Surface RT did not

Last week during their earnings report, Microsoft reported a $900 million write-down in relation to unsold Surface RT inventory. It's just over a year since the Surface RT launched, and yet despite continual efforts from Microsoft, including iPad baiting commercials, things don't seem to be going so well.

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Microsoft announces Surface Pro tablet pricing, makes us appreciate Tim Cook all over again

Microsoft has announced pricing and availability for their Surface Pro tablet/laptop hybrid -- tabtop? laplet? -- and it's going to hit on February 9 and start at $899. Unlike the rather disappointing Surface RT -- whatever that stands for? -- the Surface Pro runs full-on Windows 8 and includes an Intel Core i5 processor and the fans to go with it. Our own Daniel Rubino from Windows Phone Central lays it out:

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iMore show 327: Guessing games

Rene Ritchie and Jim Dalrymple talk about the differences in approach between Microsoft's Surface and Apple's iPad, Android marketshare vs. iOS usage metrics, and the future of Apple's services. This is the iMore show.

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iPad and alternative tablet gifts: 2012 holiday guide

If you're looking at getting someone a tablet this year, chances are you're looking to get them an iPad. For most people, most of the time, the iPad remains the best combination of hardware, experience, and content on the market. But which iPad should you get, the latest, greatest iPad 4 or the thinner, lighter, iPad mini? Should you consider an iPod touch instead? What if Apple isn't the right answer, should you look at a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10, or an Amazon Kindle Fire HD or a Microsoft Surface instead? The black and white choices of the past have become increasingly, confusingly gray-scaled. Do you want maximum power or maximum portability? Do you want something that's more mobile or more computer? Do you want a way to easily consume your content or create it as well? With all these choices, which tablet should you get?

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iPad 4 vs. Nexus 10: Spec shoot out

In addition to the new Nexus 4 smartphone, which we've already put up against the iPhone 5, Google and Samsung have announced the brand new Nexus 10 big boy tablet now as well. So experience vs. ecosystem, integrated vs. licenses, yadda vs. yadda, we're stacking that up against Apple's just-announced iPad 4 to get a sense of where exactly the different platforms are going, and what they're needing, hardware-wise.

And, of course, we brought the Microsoft Surface and BlackBerry Playbook along for the ride.

Check the specs up top, then hit the link below for our Mobile Nations sibling site, Android Central's, complete Nexus 10 coverage.

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Tim Cook says Microsoft Surface is compromised, confusing

During Apple's Q4 2012 conference call today, when asked about Microsoft's new Surface tablet, Tim Cook said he hadn't had a chance to play with one yet, but based on everything he'd read, he found it to be compromised and confusing.

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iPad mini vs. Kindle Fire 7 HD vs. Nexus 7 vs. Surface RT vs. PlayBook: Spec shootout!

Apple has just announced the iPad mini and that means they've fully entered the small tablet space. Priced starting at $329, however, they didn't obliterate it as some (including yours truly) thought they would. There's now plenty of room under Apple's umbrella for competitors to compete on price.

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iMore show 320: Selling trucks

Rene and Jim Dalrymple of The Loop talk the October iPad event, the iPad mini, Microsoft Surface, and the difference between the two types of compromises and companies.

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Microsoft: The Surface has a keyboard, kickstand, is fun, and convoluted

Microsoft has released the first Surface commercial (look up) and pricing information (look down). The commercial is interesting in that it's musical and fun, like an iPod ad, but also focuses on what Microsoft probably perceives to be differentiators against the iPad -- the keyboard, the kickstand, and dancing people in suits (i.e. business users using Office).

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