Microsoft Surface Fits Where?

Surface

I was handed a Microsoft Surface at work and asked to find out where or how it would fit into our daily workflow. We now have multiple devices for every employee. So where will this device fit in and just how good is it? I have been using an iPad as my tablet for years and I make it work with apps that I use day to day. I can say with the Surface being a Windows device it makes more sense in business that is a Microsoft shop such as we are. The screen size seems a little larger than the iPad which is nice. And the keyboard is attached even with a magnet that is better than the one I carry around with the iPad. It is also nice that I can connect the Surface to the same docking system we are using for our Windows laptops. I might have to give that more of a try and make sure everything works. I did just notice that I need to find a way to turn off the trackpad when using a mouse?

As you might have guessed I am writing this posting using the Surface and I find the keyboard is not bad. It has a little spring action on this model but I think this model is a few years older but still working well. I did upgrade it to Windows 1903 and everything seems to be working well. I think with a little practice I can get used to the keyboard. I just got the touchpad turned off when the mouse is connected. Progress is a good thing.

I will give you more updates as I become more aware of how this device works with our office workflows and do some more testing with this device.

Larger Phones Less Tablets?

Large Phones

I have the opportunity to get a shinny new iPhone 6 under the Verizon Edge plan. My first thought is that I know I want to get the 64 Gig. I have a 5C now with 16 Gig and it always seems full. As I have been looking at others who have the new iPhone I have been asking if I should get the Plus 5.5″?

The first person I talked to told me “YES!” She says that she never uses her iPad any longer. She tells me she can watch movies on it and read books. The next person I talked to said, “NO!” He said that he can’t use one hand to text while driving. Okay well not an issue. I don’t text when I drive and if I have to respond I use Siri. My daughter got a larger LG phone and she loves it.

My over all thoughts is that these larger phones and replacing the tablets. Normally if I take a class or sit in a meeting I bring my phone in my pocket and I bring either my iPad or Windows 8 tablet or laptop. It might be nice to just have my phone. I have started looking for some kind of keyboard for the iPhone 6 but then it would be just another item to carry. We will get more into touch typing another time.

So what do you think? Do you have one of these larger phones? If so maybe you can comment and give the readers your thoughts. And I do get one of these little monsters I will do a blog post using it. Then we can maybe find out if it will be my tablet replacement?

New 10.1″ Next Book

NextBook

I was searching some black Friday deals the other day and I came across this little charmer. Meet the 10.1″ Next Book. I picked this up from Wal-Mart. I know I always say you should not buy your computer gear from the same place as your toilet paper or your car oil. But then I  saw the price and thought why not. This little tablet runs a full version of Windows 8.1 Pro. It also comes with Office 13 and Office 365 for one year!. I am still getting use to the keyboard but I don’t think it will take to long.

I will be putting this tablet and keyboard through the paces and see what shakes loose. I will attempt to use it as my daily working unit and see what happens.

I will give you more about the unit and my reviews as I play with it more and more. Time to load up some software.

Still Reviewing The 7″ Tablet Form Factor

I connected a blue tooth keyboard up to the Toshiba 7″ Encore Tablet and I must say it is a lot easier to type this post. Since this is the second post about this little tablet let’s talk a minute about some of the trade offs you might want to consider when buying a smaller tablet compared to the 10″ models.

  1. First is the screen size itself. You will either need good eye sight or reading glasses when you work with this or any 7″ tablet.
  2.  The touch keyboards. They are good for taking quick notes but if you really want to type you will want a blue tooth keyboard.

Let’s table about some of the selling points or positive points.

  1. The 7″ tablet is very light! You can carry it all day and feel like you have nothing in your bag.
  2. Full Windows Pro operating system. This makes it nice in that you can install all of your favorite apps that you are use to running on your computer.
  3. Your apps will load but you have to understand that you don’t have a lot of hard drive space. I installed the full version of Office 2013 and had to remove it to make room for other apps.

At the end of the day the 7″ will find it’s place in your work flow. But looking at the smaller screen for a long time will make you want something larger. But for catching up on your online world and reading some news this device will find it’s way into your heart. And if you are looking for something for your kids for Christmas then the 7″ form factor will fit the bill.

New Toshiba Encore 7″Mini

I am writing this post on my new 7″ tablet. If anything looks weird its because of this touch screen. The touch keyboard is not bad. The down side if writing with two fingers! I ordered a mouse and keyboard for this device I will report on those items when I get them. So far for $109.00 this little unit works well and is very light to carry. More to come later.

Creating Content with your Tablet

Most people if not all will tell you that they use their tablet for reading or watching videos. If you watch the commercials you will notice that everyone is using the tablet to consume information and content.

Apple’s new commercial is showing the IPad and way’s that you can use to create content. I have been carrying my IPad to meetings and conferences for years. I have always use it for keeping notes. I have also used it for writing books, creating short videos, and recording audio. You can also use it to broadcast your audio online with a simple app. So yes you can create content.

The tablets have been out selling laptops and the laptops have been out selling desktops. Why? Because people want to be mobile, or at least not attached to a desk. Make you wonder why computing in schools are still taught at desks? Or why for that matter office workers are still made to sit at a desk and look at a monitor. Maybe allow your office staff to roam around the office space and create on their tablets?

A few applications or apps I use on the IPad are. DocsToGo: for creating slide shows, documents, and spread sheets, Numbers: Another Spread Sheet Program, Keynote: Another slide show creator, Pages: Another app to create documents. I use Garage Band to create audio files or for podcasts. And one of my favorite programs of all is EverNote, it allows me to sync my note over all of my devices.

So yes you can create content on your tablet. We have one staff member using her IPad on a daily bases to create all of her content. Talking to her yesterday was proof that this can be done. Now put that laptop down and get to work on your tablet!

Full Tablets

New Media and New Gadgets

I would like to invite you to enjoy some new media that I have been working on for this blog. Sometime ago I created a podcast for this blog called, “This Week In The Blog”. Each Saturday I give you a audio recap on my weekly blog postings and now I added five tech news items. This week I did the podcast LIVE and recorder it. Let me know what you think of the podcast and the LIVE session. Here are links to both the podcast and the recorded live show. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast check it out on ITunes,

ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jacks-tech-corner-podcast/id770207488?mt=2

Podcast Page: http://podcast.jackstechcorner.com/

Video: http://www.youtube.com/jackstechcorner

NEW GADGETS

And so I begins, CES which is the Consumer Electronics Show. The show is held in Las Vegas each year. It allows all of the electronic makers to show their newest gadgets. For the past few years it has been a TV fest. From what I have been reading it looks like we will be seeing more ultra books. And yes more tablets. Acer is set to release a new tablet for $149.00. If I find anything this week from the show floor I will be sure to share it with all of you.

Portable Computing The Easy Way

At one point I wanted to create a Christmas list of items that everyone would love to find under the tree. I still will reserve the right to create that list to help you to make some choices that are sure to make your loved ones smile.

This post covers the item that about a million or more people are asking for this year. The portable tablet computer. I have been in this field for so many years that I remember when the mini tower case was the portable computer. Computing devices are changing all the time. Bill Gates once said that he wanted a computer running Windows in every household. I also remember the same Bill Gates standing on a stage with a portable tablet in his hands saying “This will be the future of computing”! He was of course right, but like my self to many years early with his invention.

Today we see tablets all over the place. The number one of course is the IPad followed by about a thousand Android devices and then a few hundred Windows devices. To give the Windows devices their fair shake, I have tried them and they are really nice and easy to use.

Can a table replace your computer? In the way that many people use their computers more as a consumption device then I would say yes. You can also create on a tablet why do you think they make key boards for them?

My final thought on tablets and what you might be buying. If you family member ask for a IPad then buy them the IPad. If they ask you for a Kindle HD then buy them the Kindle HD. I know there are cheap knock offs out there and remember they are CHEAP for a reason. Happy Shopping!

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