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iPad Faces A Stiff Test From Samsung

The iPad has dominated the tablet market for the better part of 2 years now, with its ever-popular trademark Apple style, and operating system, and ease of use and operation. Now, Microsoft is looking to bring Seattle rain on the Cupertino, California labs of Apple with an upcoming piece of what’s labeled as competition, The Samsung Series 7 tablet. With a release date of October 2nd, it is guaranteed to cause more than one spit-take. I’ve got a breakdown of the specs for this iPad challenger, and it’s nothing to sneeze at. Unless you are allergic to reading this article, in which case, you may want to think about getting a tissue.

First off, this smooth operator has a glossy, capacitive 1366 x 768 resolution screen. It’s great for playing back your favorite You Tube videos of kittens. The screen comes in at 11.6 inches, complimented by a front facing 2 megapixel camera with light sensor. And that’s not the only camera on it, with a 3 megapixel rear camera. Also, with a whopping 1.6 GHZ Core i5 processor, given a helping hand by 4 GB of ram, and a 64 GB solid state drive, which is a type of hard drive that does not have any moving parts. They are faster than your average disc-storage hard drives, but lack the technology currently to have massive storage space, and are not recommended for powerful applications or programs, but are perfect for tablet computing. It also has your typical on-screen keyboard, and a very interesting handwriting application.  Finished off by Wi-Fi, a USB 2.0 port, and a micro HDMI port, this tablet is a shockingly powerful piece of hardware.

What’s Making It Work?

Out of the box on the scheduled October 2nd release date, the Series 7 will be running Windows 7. But, that’s not what this was built for.

At the recentMicrosoft Build conference the big thing that had the 5,000 attending developers ready to crap their pants with excitement, was that each and every one of them got a Samsung Series 7 slate, with Windows 8 on it. For free to all the attendees. Now, Windows 8 does not have an official release date yet, rumors are late this year, early next year.

As you can see from the video, Microsoft is making a huge push for multi-touch interfacing, and “touch tiles”, and those 2 things are perfect for tablet computing.

Are you antsy for Windows 8? Can’t wait to get your mitts on it? Well, search no further! What appears to be some of the developers from the Build conference have decided to cash in on tech nerds, and compulsive 1st to own people, by putting a few of the tablets they were given at the conference on E-Bay. A few with bids in the $2,000 dollar range, and then there are a few with a reserve of $3,500 dollars.

Of course, I would not suggest for you to sell your car, your stamp collection, or your wife to buy one of these tablets on E-Bay. Sure, it would be great to be the only person you know, or look at on the street to have it, but wait! I have a simpler, cheaper solution for you, sitting there, reading this, sweating with anticipation…….

Go buy the Samsung Series 7 Slate when it’s released to the public for $1099.99, and then go home, giggle yourself dizzy opening the box and setting it up for the first time. Once you’re done flailing around like a Christmas morning child, go to Microsoft directly and download the free developer’s version of Windows 8. Heed the warnings, however. It IS A BETA. That means it might not be stable, and you’re using it at your own risk, and with risk to your current hardware, and operating system. Please don’t take this warning as something to be feared, just cautious. It CAN happen, not WILL. That’s why it’s a beta.

This looks like direct competition for Apple’s hold on the tablet market, as Android goes head-to-head with the iPhone. Will the bright and colorful touch interface of Windows 8, combined with the massive mobile power of the Series 7 slate, knock the iPad down a peg?  We’ll see. I’m ready to see the tale of the sales a few months from now. Are you?

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