Category Archives: Other Hardware

Tablets Versus Large-Screen Phones

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says iPhone shipments for the current product cycle “have peaked”

The analyst is blaming “industry structural changes” for a rather large 52.7% drop in iPad shipments from fiscal Q1 to Q2. The 10.1 million tablets Apple is estimated to have shipped in its fiscal second quarter is a 38.1% decline from the 16.3 million iPads it shipped in the same quarter a year ago. Declining iPad shipments, partially due to the successful launch of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus phablet, will continue next quarter as well with Kuo predicting a further quarter-to-quarter 28.5% drop in shipments of Apple’s slate.

We’ll have to see what Apple says in terms of actual numbers, but things seem to be getting weird in the tablet market.

Tablet news, reviews, and releases have collapsed in China. Companies that were in the news just two years ago aren’t heard from at all now. And it seems everyone wants to migrate to doing Core-M tablets for higher prices.

Have people really been abandoning tablets altogether in favor of large-screen phones? I’d still want — and need — a tablet even with a large-screen phone. But I have a special reading requirement: Google Books PDFs.

If Apple does indeed release an iPad Pro, the sales numbers of that will be very interesting.

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Sizes: Pebble Vs. Apple Watch

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Sizes: Xiaomi MiBand Vs. Apple Watch

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Xiaomi Exec Disses Apple Watch Design

Xiaomi TV Operations Director, Operations Director Li Xiaomi community, disses the Apple Watch on Weibo:

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The trouble with saying something like that is Xiaomi now has to reveal a better design.

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Sizes: Xiaomi MiBand Vs. Apple Watch

Via Weibo:

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USB OTG Host/Charge Adapter

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I was doing some research on YouTube and stumbled across a USB OnTheGo host adapter that can also charge a tablet or phone.

Up until discovering that, I thought a large USB hub that required AC power was needed.

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Sony Moving To USB-C Connector

Weibo:

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If I’m reading that right, the Sony Xperia Z5 will be introduced in September and have a USB-C port.

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UI: Apple Watch Versus Pebble Time

iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch

An early version of the software served you information in a timeline, flowing chronologically from top to bottom. That idea never made it off campus; the ideas that will ship on April 24 are focused on streamlining the time it takes a user to figure out whether something is worth paying attention to.

So what I thought was “insanely revolutionary” about the upcoming Pebble Time UI never made it out of Apple’s design labs.

Hmph.

Previously here:

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Pebble Time: Insanely Revolutionary

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Xiaomi To Add USB-C In New Products

Weibo from Lei Jun:

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ZOL Does Tablet 101 Tutorial

Even those who think they know everything about tablets will find at least one new thing in it [Google Translate].

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PC Online: ROM & RAM Matter Too

There’s an interesting article at PC Online that details improvements in ROM and RAM [Bing Translator].

With the Galaxy S6, Samsung has upgraded ROM and RAM in ways that make a big difference. How long before this cutting-edge tech trickles down to the tablet world?

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