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My love hate relationship with Samsung's Galaxy Note range now spans over two years of smartphones and tablets. These flagship devices known for the signature S Pen stylus inputs, border gimmicky on one end and business essential on the other. With the Galaxy Note 8.0, Samsung has created a device that's definitely more latter than the former – putting a powerful iPad Mini competitor in the hands of consumers.

Microsoft surprised the world last year when it unveiled the Surface RT, a tablet manufactured by what is traditionally a software company. I was blown away by its beautiful design and dissimilarities to the iPad. In a field of Apple clones, the Surface RT is refreshingly its own device. Microsoft launched the Surface RT in New Zealand earlier this year and for the past few weeks I've been giving it a test drive. I'm still impressed by its aesthetic polish and look, but having gotten to know the device better I'm not impressed by what's on the inside.

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It wasn't as bad as Qualcomm's Born Mobile number at CES, but Samsung really pushed the schmaltz at today's Galaxy S4 reveal event involving role-playing families, awkward clapping and worst of all – child actors.

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Windows 8 tablets are still finding their footing in the pantheon of consumer devices, with various form factors and device-types being tested along the way. The Acer Iconia W510 tablet-laptop hybrid is a throwback to the days of the netbook in both design and purpose. It's small enough to be considered ultraportable, while full-fledged features like access to desktop apps for Windows and a USB port makes it computer adapted for people working on the go.

Soon kids in South Korea will walk free from book-laden backpacks, with digital textbooks set to lighten the load on their backs. Last week the country announced its plan to spend US$2 (NZ$2,4) billion on the development of digital textbooks with the aim to replace paper in all schools by 2015.