Dell Venue 8 Pro vs. Lenovo Miix 2 8 on Surface Geeks 45

We have new hardware for you again! This time it’s the Lenovo Miix 2 8.  We will compare this Atom based tablet to the Dell Venue 8 Pro that we unboxed last week.  Also, we have the ASUS T100 to show you.  There is a ton of video in the SurfacGeeks YouTube channel so you can take a look at all this gear!

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Blog post image courtesty of Dewain27

YouTube Channel

Metro Mail for WP8

SmartGlass Half Full

From the Forums – Dewain27 takes a look at both the Dell Venue Pro 8 and the Lenovo Miix2 8.

USB Adapters as shared by our live chatroom(i think i’ll get one of each!)

USB Male to 2-Port USB 2.0 Female + 1 Micro USB Male Charging HUB – Black

C&E CNE16187 Micro USB OTG to USB 2.0 Adapter

ASUS Transformer T100 – $399

Awesome Lock app for WP8

Nokia preparing an 8-inch Lumia tablet for early next year, The Verge, Tom Warren, November 4, 2013

Microsoft’s holiday goal: Sell 16 million Windows tablets, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, November 1, 2013

November 22nd is Zero Hour: Nokia Lumia 2520, Lumia 1520 and Xbox One all launch in the US, WPCentral, Daniel Rubino, November 6, 2013

The New Surface: Teacher, Advertisement on YouTube, November 4, 2013

Microsoft botched the Excel spreadsheet in its Surface tablet ad, David Yanofsky, November 5, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2: A Tablet With A Serious Identity Problem [Review], ReadWrite, Dan Rowinski November 6, 2013

Microsoft starts donating Windows 8.1 to nonprofit organizations and public libraries, The Next Web, Emil Protalinski, November 6, 2013

Microsoft to Windows RT 8.1 preview users: Come and get Outlook 2013 for Windows RT, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, November 1, 2013

Windows 8.1 surges in usage as XP continues to drop, ZDNet, Ed Bott, November 1, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1520 no longer up for preorder through Microsoft, Lance Whitney, November 6, 2013

Microsoft’s CEO short list falls short, CNet, Larry Dignan, November 6, 2013


Microsoft reorg: More pieces fall into place, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, October 31, 2013

Market Data

  1. comScore Reports September 2013 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share, comScore, November 5, 2013

Charts from the Report:

Top Smartphone OEMs3 Month Avg. Ending Sep. 2013 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jun. 2013Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Age 13+

Source: comScore MobiLens

Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Jun-13 Sep-13 Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Apple 39.9% 40.6% 0.7
Samsung 23.7% 24.9% 1.2
HTC 8.5% 7.1% -1.4
Motorola 7.2% 6.8% -0.4
LG 6.6% 6.6% 0.0
Top Smartphone Platforms3 Month Avg. Ending Sep. 2013 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jun. 2013Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Age 13+

Source: comScore MobiLens

Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Jun-13 Sep-13 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Android 52.0% 51.8% -0.2
Apple 39.9% 40.6% 0.7
BlackBerry 4.4% 3.8% -0.6
Microsoft 3.1% 3.3% 0.2
Symbian 0.3% 0.3% 0.0
Top 15 Smartphone Properties & AppsSeptember 2013Total U.S. Smartphone Mobile Media Users, Age 18+ (iOS and Android Platforms)

Source: comScore Mobile Metrix

Top 15 Properties % Reach Top 15 Apps % Reach
    Smartphone Browsing + App Audience 100.0%     Smartphone App Audience 100.0%
1     Google Sites 90.0%     Facebook (Mobile App) 74.3%
2     Facebook 84.0%     Google Play (Mobile App) 53.9%
3     Yahoo! Sites 82.2%     Google Search (Mobile App) 53.2%
4     Amazon Sites 65.5%     YouTube (Mobile App) 49.6%
5     Apple Inc. 50.8%     Pandora Radio (Mobile App) 49.3%
6     AOL, Inc. 50.1%     Gmail (Mobile App) 44.9%
7 49.6%     Apple App Suite (Mobile App) 44.2%
8     Microsoft Sites 46.5%     Google Maps (Mobile App) 43.0%
9     Wikimedia Foundation Sites 43.5%     Yahoo! Stocks (Mobile App) 30.9%
10     CBS Interactive 39.8%     Instagram (Mobile App) 25.9%
11     Turner Digital 38.1%     Apple Maps (Mobile App) 25.6%
12     eBay 35.3%     Yahoo! Weather Widget (Mobile App) 24.4%
13     ESPN 33.4%     The Weather Channel (Mobile App) 21.9%
14     Glam Media 33.0%     Twitter (Mobile App) 21.1%
15     Weather Company, The 31.0%     Facebook Messenger (Mobile App) 18.0%

*Apple App Suite includes iTunes, Apple App Store, and Apple Game Center

  1. A quarter of a billion smart phones ship in Q3 2013, Canalys, November 5, 2013

Some points from report:

  • Over a quarter of a billion smart phones shipped worldwide in Q3 2013 as the market grew 44% year-on-year.
  • Shipments of large-screen smart phones, 5″ and above, reached their highest ever level, accounting for 22% of shipments or 56 million units.
  • Canalys expects smart phones with screens between 4.1″ and 5″ will be most popular with consumers in 2014 as they offer the best balance between portability and legibility.
  • Samsung was the leading vendor across all regions except North America, where Apple held the top spot. These two vendors account for almost 70% of the market there. LG held onto third place in North America, while Nokia has moved from eighth to fourth place after making gains from its competitors with its new flagship products, the Lumia 1020 and 925.’
  • In terms of platforms, the Android and iOS shares were static sequentially, but Microsoft increased its share of the market to 4%. It increased its shipments by 185% to 9.2 million units against Q3 2012, which helped to place it as the second biggest OS in 19 countries, most notably Finland, with a 39% share; Vietnam, with 16%; Italy, with 15%; Thailand, with 11%; Turkey, with 11%; and Russia, with 8%
  1. Nokia and Windows global momentum continues, Kantar Worldpanel, November 4, 2013
  • The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to September 2013, shows Windows Phone now makes up one in 10 smartphone sales across the five major European markets*, has overtaken iOS in Italy, and is gaining momentum in emerging markets. Android remains the dominant operating system across Europe with 71.9%, an increase of 4.2 percentage points compared with the same period last year. (*The big five European markets includes UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.)


App News

Windows and Windows Phone grow closer as Microsoft unifies developer registration, The Verge, Tom Warren, November 6, 2013

Facebook, TeamViewer Touch and Yahoo Mail apps for Windows 8.1 receive updates, WinBeta, Ron, November 5, 2013

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SurfaceGeeks Shownotes by Mrs. Cohen aka Mrs. Shownotes.

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