28 Mar Microsoft Surface Book Is A Modular Design Achievement, Three Months In Review

Microsoft is a company not traditionally known for its PC hardware systems prowess, but the company’s Windows Devices Group has been working feverishly for four years to change that. Microsoft already created a new device category with the Surface Pro line of tablets, which I recently observed after four months of use. The first few years […]

16 Mar Four Months With The Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Credit: Microsoft) The PC market has seen brighter days, especially when it comes to the traditional desktop power form factor. In Q4 2015, the PC market continued to struggle, but according to IDC’s data there was a bright spot in the PC space that belongs to convertibles and detachables. This is […]

01 Mar Huawei Enters PC Market With Super-Thin Windows 10 MateBook 2-in-1 #MWC16

Huawei Technology Co. isn’t known for being a PC players, but they are a player in the telecom infrastructure business, #1 in LTE and recently became a global rising star in the smartphone world. Huawei has been consistently gaining market share globally and is now solidly the number three smartphone vendor in the world behind […]

21 Feb HP Makes Bold Move Into Modular Enterprise Workspace With Elite x3 Smartphone #MWC16

HP Elite x3 next to Mobile Extender I have been researching modular compute use cases for over twenty years. Historically, modularity and extensibility have had a mixed rate of success and typically, success or failure is directly related to the experiential “signal loss” of the base use case and the extended use case. Two examples: […]

18 Jun Why PC Modularity Could Be Successful

Modularity in electronics is defined as being able to transform or extend from one device into another. In smartphones, it has been very successful and for the most part, it has displaced the mp3 player, and GPS.  For many, the smartphone displaced a portable game device and a camera.  Some consumers are using their phones […]

12 Mar HP ENVY X2: One Step Closer to the Hybrid Future

As a technology analyst, I spend a lot time analyzing and keeping the pulse on the latest in inflection points, the ones that matter. Modularity is one of those factors and will be an important thing to keep an eye on for the next 5-10 years. In present day, modularity is important with the smartphone to […]

11 Dec Microsoft Surface: How Relevant Are Legacy Apps and Hardware?

Microsoft Surface has been on sale for a while now and reviews  are out where reviewers tell the public what they thought about their experiences. The reviews varied widely as I illustrate below, but I wanted to spend some time digging into one of the more controversial topics, Surface’s backward compatibility with legacy hardware and […]

27 Nov Dell XPS 12: Windows 8 Ultrabook Re-imagined

With the advent of Microsoft’s Windows 8, computer makers developed different form factors to take advantage of the new operating system.  Most of these new Windows 8 form factors were shown for the first time atComputex in Taipei and then at the official Windows 8 launch event in New York.  The new PC form factors extend the functionality by […]

20 Nov Samsung ATIV SmartPC 500T: Intel Strikes Back

Over the course of the Windows 8/RT industry discussions, ARM-based tablets have received the lion’s share of the discussion.  This has been particularly true with Microsoft’s announcement of Surface RT.  Does this mean Intel cannot deliver a competitive tablet solution?  Hardly.   Intel’s CloverTrail platform is shockingly competitive and I wanted to share some early experiences with […]

13 Nov Things I Prefer to do on my iPad versus my Surface

Last week, I covered areas and usage models where I preferred to use Microsoft Surface over my Apple iPad(s). I was actually surprised I would like Surface in so many areas given it is such a new device and ecosystem.   This week, I will reverse gears and discuss areas where I still prefer my iPad. […]

24 Oct Microsoft Surface: How Relevant Are Legacy Apps and Hardware?

Yesterday, Microsoft lifted its embargo on product reviews for its flagship Windows RT tablet, called “Surface”. That means all the reviewers who were seeded early units get to now tell the public what they thought about their experiences. The reviews varied widely as I illustrate below, but I wanted to spend some time digging into […]

19 Sep Dell Takes Unique Approach to Business Tablets with the Latitude 10

Today Dell announced a new lineup of business focused Latitude-branded notebooks, all in ones and tablets. One of themost unique products they launched was a business-focused Latitude 10 tablet. Unlike other manufacturers who announced consumer tablets or business tablets that seem more like consumer tablets, the Latitude 10 isall business. What makes a tablet business-worthy? In discussions last […]

31 Aug Kickstarter and the HumanToolz iPad Stand: Another Great Example of a Best Buy and Target Loss

It has been interesting how many disruptive and innovative products arecoming through Kickstarter, the crowd-funding site for cool, new ideas. Some of the more famous entries have been thePebble e-watch and the most recent,OUYA, a game console. A former colleagueof mine recently announced a new product on Kickstarter, called the HumanToolz Stand, one of the coolest and useful […]

19 Jun Surface Changes the Microsoft, OEM Dynamic Forever

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced Surface, a Microsoft-branded line of Windows tablets and convertibles. While details on battery life, pricing and availability were not available, Surface looks very impressive at first glance. The most unique feature is the thin keyboard case that converts the device into an extremely portable notebook. By competing with their own PC customers, […]

22 May Why Apple is Wrong About Convertibles

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On Apple’s last earnings call, CEO Tim Cook responded to a question on Windows 8 convertibles by saying, “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.” At first glance, this makes total sense, and from the company that brought us iPod, iPhone and iPad, this […]

17 Apr Two Sides of the Consumer Coin to Windows RT

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Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled via a blog the different Windows 8 editions and comparing the different featuresand functionalities. There are three versions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT. One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 versus previous editions is the support for the ARM architecture with NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments, and the […]

27 Feb NVIDIA’S Tegra 3 Leading the Way for Smartphone Modularity

I have been an advocate of modularity before it became popular to do so. The theory seems straight-forward to me, in that if the capabilities of a smartphone were outpacing the usage model drivers of a rich client PC, then consumers someday could use their own smartphone as a PC.  Large displays, keyboards and mice still exist in this […]

28 Nov The Scenario Where Smartphones Take Down the PC

If you’ve done any long term strategic planning you know there are few absolutes but, very many scenarios. Tech history shows that even disruptive innovations take time to rollout and many scenarios existed that could have gone both ways. BlockBuster saw digital media coming and I will bet they had scenarios that showed varying levels […]

11 Nov Quad Core Smartphones: What it Will Take to Become Relevant

There has been a lot of industry discussion on multi-core smartphones in the past year, and the dialog has increased with NVIDIA’s launch of Tegra 3, a quad core SOC targeted to phones and tablets. The big question lingering with all of these implementations particularly with phones is, what will end users do with all […]

17 Oct iOS Morphing Into a Desktop OS?

During the Apple WWDC, I was really struck at just how many features were added into iOS 5 and just how few new features had been added to Lion. Don’t get me wrong here, I like Lion a lot but after using many of the 250 new features, few altered how or what someone can do […]