EVENTS, ADVANCES, AND NEWS
COMPUTERS and NETWORKING
Is It An AIO Or Tablet?
If you can't decide whether you need an all-in-one desktop or a tablet, maybe you don't have to. One of
the latest from Dell ( www.dell.com) is the XPS 18
which is pretty much both. When propped up on its
(optional) powered stand, you can use it with a mouse
and keyboard. You can also yank it off the stand and
use it in tablet mode. At 4.85 lb ( 2. 15 kg), it's about 3. 5
times as heavy as an iPad, so it won't be as easy to
carry around. However, it sports a full HD 1.84 inch
capacitive touch display which nearly doubles the
iPad's diagonal measurement.
The XPS can be had with a choice of Intel Core i3,
i5, or i7 processors, up to 8 GB of SDRAM, and a 500
GB drive. A 32 GB Flash module is optional. You get up
to five hours on a battery charge, and it comes with
Windows 8 installed. The list price (depending on
options) runs from $999.99 to $1,499.99. ▲
■ Dell's XPS 18 can be used in desktop or tablet modes.
Is It A Smartphone Or Tablet?
In another effort to straddle the space between two popular device configurations, some manufacturers are selling larger-screen smartphones
inelegantly dubbed "phablets." The one that first comes to mind is probably
Samsung's Galaxy Note, but a comparable — and cheaper — alternative has
been introduced by LG in the form of its Android-based Optimus G Pro.
Both come with quad-core processors and 2 GB of RAM, but the
Optimus specs are better in most categories. It's 6g lighter, has a better
display (401 vs. 267 pixels per inch), and comes with higher-res cameras. The
main drawbacks seem to be that it doesn't have a stylus and is available only
through AT&T. It does have a built-in "infrared blaster," so you can use it as a
remote control for your TV, if you care about things like that. Look for a price
tag of $199.99 with a two year agreement. ▲
■ LG's Optimus G Pro, designed to give
Galaxy Note a run for the (less) money.
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