8.1 Reasons to Buy a Windows 8.1 Tablet

For the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t buy a Windows 8.1 tablet. Then again, perhaps I’m not the target audience Apple or Google is looking for. I’m a power user who emphasises function over form most of the time.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence between a Windows, Android or iOS tablet, and feeling apprehensive about joining a platform that has been so widely ridiculed, perhaps these eight reasons could be enough to sway you over.

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HP Stream 13 Laptop First Looks

The HP Stream 13 Laptop is now available in Singapore, with a free 1-year Office 365 personal (incls 1 TB OneDrive Storage) for only S$349. It is a basic full Windows 8.1 laptop that is more than adequate for basic computing, with a 13.3″ inch display. The HP Stream 13 is available in orchid magenta and horizon blue.

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Deal Alert: HP Stream 7 US$99 (Ships Free to Singapore)

The HP Stream 7 is now available for orders. What’s so unique about this tablet? It is a 7 inch tablet that runs the full Windows 8.1 OS and costs less than US$100.

The HP Stream 7 tablet has a 1280×800 resolution display, an Intel Atom Z3735G processor (quad-core) with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz, 1 GB of RAM and a 32 GB eMMC drive for storage. Supports external microSD cards. It also has a 2 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera and its battery is supposed to last up to eight hours. The screen is a 7-inch IPS, 1280 x 800, with dimensions 4.36 inch w x 0.39 inch d x 7.59 inch and weighing at 0.8 pounds (362g).
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Lumia 1520 – My First Windows Phone Experience

The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be my first maiden Windows Phone review. Yet, I’m not a total stranger to Windows phones though; my dad uses one and I helped him set it up. So why the lack of Windows phone love? The ecosystem pales in comparison to Apple and Google. Let’s face it, even Xiaomi outsells Nokia / Windows devices. The below table sums it up, even Xiaomi, a pretty new entrant to the smartphone market, has two phones on the Top 10 List.

That being said, let’s focus on the Nokia Lumia 1520, a “Phablet” per se, with a huge six inch screen.

It has been in the market already for a good 4 months, and the current retail price in Singapore, is approximately $750-780, price without contract. The current market leader in the Phablet category is no doubt the 5.7″ Galaxy Note 3, and how does the Lumia 1520 compare? Well, the Lumia 1520 is slightly taller and also heavier at 206g, as compared to 168g. Physical dimensions are 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm. Detailed specifications can be found on the internet, but the Lumia 1520 is definitely not shabby with a 2.2GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.
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Windows 7/8 Tip: Deleting Folders (Access is Denied)

From time to time, when attempting to delete folders, Windows may deny you that ability and may pop up an error message that states “Access is denied”. Windows work in funny ways. This happened to me recently when I was trying to remove Windows.old which contained old Windows installation files that had been left behind after I upgraded to Windows 8. There was one specific file which couldn’t be removed and it irritated me to see the folder still there (signs of OCD).
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