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11/30/2014 | 12:06:42 PM
Re: Beware ...
@Michael – I was thinking the same, tablets from unknown OEMs are much risky than "Trustworthy" android devices. However its always best to have a look at the device physically before making the purchase. 
shakeeb
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11/30/2014 | 12:01:50 PM
Re: Exploit the moment
@Shane – I personally love having a netbook just because it was much portable compared to a laptop. These netbooks usually don't come with much processing power and lacks a DVD rom which is a huge disadvantage. 
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11/30/2014 | 11:58:44 AM
Re: Beware ...
@Lorna – Thanks for sharing.  I thinks its always good to format and reset the settings on your device as soon as you get your hands on it. If you still suspect of having malware you could use a tool to detect and remove them before you configure any other social or email tools. 
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11/30/2014 | 11:56:18 AM
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@Ariella – If you're hoping to get your hands on a tablet it best to look for a good discount offer.  You could buy an accessory for your new tablet with the money you save on the offer. 
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11/30/2014 | 11:51:00 AM
What's the next step?
Michael,

As always, excellent article!!

This year I couldn't help but conclude that Microsoft portoflio offering in a lower price range is a definite strategic plan to attract and appeal to a broader audience.

In fact, most (if not all) devices offered were in the lower end regarding capabilities, offering basic computing (web browsing and media consumption).

Another trend were many OEMs outputing various options that target all consumer types (the HP stream is a good example of something that can appeal to both media consumers and business users)

So my question is...what's the next step for Microsoft? Is Windows 10 part of that strategy and try to capture an even more broader audience? where does windows phones and windows fit devices fall in?

As you can tell....I'm a windows fan, and I definitly would like to see a come back :)
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11/30/2014 | 11:46:32 AM
Re: Beware ...
@Angelfuego,

I think that even though we can't deny that these years doorbustes were trully good deals, online offerings were pretty aggresive as well.

By doing some simple google searches you would find sites that compiled eletronic offerings on various sites (I confirmed this when trying to see if there were deals on SSDs)
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11/30/2014 | 11:44:19 AM
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@Michelle,

Do you think that Microsoft targetting a lower price range is part of there strategic plans?

If we compare last years product portfolio to today's, there's definitly a huge difference, not only in price but also in capabilities, since most (if not all) offered tablets/laptops target basic computing capabilities, mostly towards web browsing and media consumption.
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11/29/2014 | 6:37:09 PM
Loathing Windows 8
The sub $200 level computer sounds so appealing. I've been buying sub $400 laptop computers with great success. These selections are pretty good. I know someone will ask about cheap laptops this year - I'll send them here. Thanks for doing all the research!
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11/29/2014 | 5:12:39 PM
Re: 10 Window Tablets, Laptops Under $200: Holiday Steals
Great deals! I have a handy little Acer laptop. Its inexpensive and makes a a nice little back up device in the household.
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11/29/2014 | 12:01:18 PM
Re: Beware ...
I did some comparison of Android capabilities vs the blue box study. Decided on a Kindle because, more power for about the same money. Plus, Amazon does a nice job with security and updates. Ymmv.
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