Articles By Melissa J. Perenson

Tablets of 2012: faster, thinner, higher-resolution

What will tablets look like in the coming year? Tablets are out of their infancy and moving into adolescence--which means that we can expect big changes ahead as tablets' design and components improve.Tablet

Published on: December 9th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

Kobo Vox a more open alternative to Kindle Fire

The Kobo Vox is a value-priced tablet with a twist. Like its E Ink sibling, the Kobo Touch e-reader, the Vox has a social focus, and places an emphasis on sharing reading experiences.

Published on: November 24th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

Biz app compatibility makes Windows 8 tablets a must

Interoperability: It's a big word that describes an even bigger problem--namely, that of the compatibility of your apps and databetween different devices. And while the mobile worlds of Google'sAndroid and Apple's iOS have

Published on: September 13th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

HP TouchPad update fails to address performance lag

My first review of the HP TouchPad said it and many others agreed: This tablet was terribly slow. Even HP promised there would be a firmware update to improve performance issues. More than

Published on: August 8th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

Amazon Android-based tablet rumoured for fall release

All indicators point to Amazon readying a tablet for this year. And according to a report by the Wall Street Journal today, the online retail giant will introduce its first color offering "before

Published on: July 14th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

Kobo eReader Touch innovative and inexpensive

It's rare to find an inexpensive product that also introduces innovation into its category. And yet that's exactly what Kobo Books' Kobo eReader Touch Edition does. It's rare to find an inexpensive product

Published on: June 15th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on par with Apple on design

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi is the first Android tablet to effectively challenge Apple's iPad 2 at what Apple does best: Design. Let's face it, when it comes to tablets, design is

Published on: June 9th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

Asus Transformer tablet sweetens Honeycomb design

On its own, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Tablet doesn't look as if it's about to set the tablet wars on fire. But after spending time with the Transformer ($399 for the

Published on: May 9th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

BlackBerry PlayBook review: great size, poor software

To say that Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook is a study in contrasts is an understatement. After extensively testing a PlayBook ($500 for 16GB of storage, $600 for a 32GB version, and $700

Published on: April 15th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

5 things you need to know about BlackBerry Playbook’s Android support

It's the day after the big news that Research in Motion will, albeit indirectly, support Android 2.3 apps on its BlackBerry PlayBook -- and questions swirl over what this means for users, for

Published on: March 28th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

How to buy a tablet device

As more tablets come to market, be prepared to be wowed by the power that some of these slates are capable of. But also be prepared to be disappointed: The tablets already on

Published on: March 7th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

Tablets will never live up to CES hype

With so much chatter about tablets this year, you might think that the handheld, rectangular devices being unveiled represent a significant innovation. The reality is that so much of what we're seeing is

Published on: January 18th, 2011 Melissa J. Perenson

Awesome touchscreen sets Sony’s mini e-reader apart

No matter how slick an e-reader's physical design, it's hard to resist the urge to touch the screen. Now you can easily use the screen to navigate, with the Sony Reader Pocket Edition

Published on: October 8th, 2010 Melissa J. Perenson

Dell’s Streak is smartphone with a tablet heart

After much teasing and a European launch, the Dell Streak smartphone has finally arrived here in the U.S. The Streak goes against the gradient, with its roomy 5-inch touchscreen and a design that

Published on: July 22nd, 2010 Melissa J. Perenson

Apple iPhone 4 will delight users in many ways

The Apple iPhone 4 is everything that a new piece of technology should be: innovative, attractive, and ahead of its competition. In comparison, previous iPhone upgrades seem inconsequential.  The phone officially goes on

Published on: June 9th, 2010 Melissa J. Perenson