Microsoft-Intel 2-in-1 tablets have legs but still wobbly

Microsoft and Intel want you to buy 2-in-1 devices in 2014. I'm still uncertain about the category, though.

As I said last week, I've been using the Dell Venue 11 Pro, a Windows 8.1 tablet that's designed to be used with two detachable Dell keyboards.

So far, I see the promise but have some issues with the practicality.

The good news is: Dell has designed a fast, responsive Windows 8.1 tablet with a gorgeous display. Windows 8.1 is surprisingly smooth on top of Intel's Bay Trail Atom processor with only 2GB of memory. … Read more

For tablets and cellular, it's go time

In 2010, the iPad wedged itself into the market between the smartphone and laptop using the operating system of the former but something closer to the screen of the latter.

Apple's tablet has long offered cellular connectivity as an option, but tablets have developed a reputation for being homebodies, at least compared to their pocket-sized, cellular-equipped smartphone cousins. Indeed, the falling prices and declining sizes of tablets have resulted in a number of products where Wi-Fi is the only practical option at this point.

However, changes in the cellular landscape are not only making the case stronger for cellular … Read more

LG's Google edition G Pad 8.3 tops the original

If you're an Android purist, you're going to love this Google Play edition of the LG G Pad 8.3. Nearly identical to the original in hardware, the major difference you'll find between the two versions comes down to the operating system and skin that you interact with.

While LG's first version runs the company's Optimus 3.0 user interface, this G Pad runs the unadorned stock version of Android 4.4 KitKat. You do lose a lot of LG's built-in software features in the transition, which is a shame for the more useful … Read more

Most annoying Cracking Open teardowns of 2013

From smartphones and tablets to our first wearable item, we've cracked open a lot of tech this year. And as we do at the end of each year, it's time to take a look back -- this time with a twist. During this special episode of Cracking Open, I'm counting down my top five most annoying teardowns of 2013.… Read more

iPad, Surface, Kindle owners reveal their top gripes

Got a beef about your iPad, Surface, or Kindle tablet? Join the club.

The new holiday report from Q&A site FixYa sifted through thousands of problems reported by its Web site users to determine the most common grievances. The tablets that faced the firing squad included Apple's iPad Air and Retina Display iPad Mini, Microsoft's Surface 2, and Amazon's Kindle HDX. Let's see how they fared.

Microsoft's Surface 2 The Surface 2 was dinged for its poor app support, speaker quality, and Touch Cover keyboard. Users applauded the Microsoft Office suite that comes … Read more

Samsung said to unveil Galaxy Pro tablets in early 2014

Samsung may be targeting a new lineup of Galaxy Pro tablets for the first quarter of 2014.

Based on a tidbit from an unnamed insider, SamMobile said on Friday that Samsung is prepping three Pro tablets as well as a lite version of the Galaxy Tab 3. The pro lineup would include the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

All three tablets will be available in Wi-Fi and LTE variations and offer a color choice of black or white, said SamMobile. The 8.4 and 10.1 editions … Read more

10 most watched videos of 2013

Before we head into the new year, let's take a moment to look back at some of the most epic videos of 2013. This list represents the top non-product-reviewed videos most watched by you, our CNET viewers!

Though it never did come to fruition in 2013, Apple's iWatch still managed to stir up quite the commotion throughout the year. In the most popular video of 2013, let's take a look back on the very early rumors and speculations spilled by Apple Byte.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was one of the most viewed products of the year on … Read more

Protect your Android device from malware

The adoption rate of mobile devices continues to soar, with Android leading the way. The open-source operating system that is led by Google is now found on more than half of all smartphones. In fact, research firm Strategy Analytics found that 81.3 percent, or 204.4 million, of smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2013 were powered by Android.

This massive user base has caught the attention of cybercriminals, who have begun to double down on their efforts to illegally obtain personal information from Android owners. While most mobile malware is found in countries like Russia and China, … Read more

Samsung could intro 10.5-inch tablet at CES, report says

Samsung could introduce a 10.5-inch AMOLED tablet in early January, according to a new report from Korea's ETNews.

Details recently found in a shipping manifest point to at least one of Samsung's next Galaxy Tabs coming with a premium price tag.

Factor in earlier rumors of a high-end line of tablets designed to compete with Apple's iPad and iPad Mini and things line up nicely. It stands to reason that the SM-T331 described in the manifest could be a variant of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

Rumors have been spinning over the last few weeks … Read more

Nokia's insane new ad: Our new tablet is a mullet (what?)

Last night, a woman accosted me on the streets of Miami and tried to get me to pay $700 to make my eyes less wrinkly.

She was extremely attractive. But when I told her that looks weren't everything, so I wouldn't be spending, she didn't quite catch the irony.

I wonder if you (or anyone) will catch the beauty or the irony inherent in this work of utter cosmetic art from Nokia.

It purports to advertise the Lumia 2520 tablet.

To me, it isn't something as mundane as that. It's a meditation on existence, on … Read more