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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Samsung Gloria: 10-inch Tablet Running Windows 7?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 12:30 AM

"According to rumors originally posted on Blogeee, Samsung is set to launch a 10-inch tablet in March or April, 2011. The device, called Gloria, is said to boast a full slide-out keyboard."

As Blogeee asks, Fini les Galaxy Tab? Is a replacement already lined up? All rumors to this point, but Samsung has had a tablet with a keyboard back in 2007, the split-keyboard Q1 Ultra, so it isn't beyond the realm of possibility. Another rumor speculates that Samsung is also developing a custom UI to make Windows more touch-friendly. No additional details are available, but a guesstimate of availability is March/April 2011.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Million Galaxies Among Us

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

"Samsung said it had moved one million Galaxy Tabs less than two months after launch and less than a month after its U.S. launch on T-Mobile on November 10."

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is on the fast track to becoming a household name. Samsung has reported that it has sold over one million Tabs and projects it will sell over 1.5 million by the end of the year. Not too bad for a device that has been on sale for less than 2 months!

Monday, November 29, 2010

When is an iPad not an iPad?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 01:00 PM

"The iPad, without doubt, energized a genre by pretty much redefining it. Of course, that energy is boosted by competition and nowhere is this stronger than the small army of Android-powered tablets that are now available for the seasonal shopper."

If anyone mentions the word tablet these days, most people will immediately think iPad. Slate tablets have definitely been around a long time, but the recent generation of tablets are unlike anything we have seen. While the iPad continues to dominate, there are many competitors which might be worth your consideration. Based on the reviews and comments from Daniweb, there seems to be many limitations to the current crop of Android tablets, and it may be best to wait for them to start supporting to newer Android OS versions which are much more tablet friendly. These tablets also seem to be lacking support for the Android Market, which pretty much means that that lovely tablet you just bought is likely to offer very little in terms of what you can do with it. If you must go Android though, the Froyo tablets are your best bet as they will give you as close to a full Internet experience as can be had. Otherwise, look towards the Fruit for your tablet needs.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab On AT&T, Bell and Rogers Also Has Phone Abilities

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

The Samsung Galaxy Tab now has the capability to send and receive phone calls on, not only T-Mobile, but on AT&T, Bell and Rogers as well. The phone feature is available after you follow the instructions and flash your device. But remember, the possibility to brick your Tab does exist. So proceed at your own risk!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Reviewed

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:00 PM

"Samsung's Galaxy Tab is fast becoming the main competitor to the iPad. With its hi-res 7-inch screen, a more travel-friendly design, and access to the Android Market, the Tab strikes a strong balance between a large smart phone and Apple's larger tablet."

Wondering if the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the tablet for you? Take a look at this review to help you make up your mind.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Price Comparison Chart For the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:30 PM,281...,2372723,00.asp

"The Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet will soon be available on five major carriers in the U.S., and while the various models aren't the same, they're similar enough to give similar experiences. They're all priced differently, so if you're interested in an Android tablet, take a look at our chart."

Hopefully, this price comparison chart will help you decide where to buy your Samsung Galaxy Tab. The chart shows pricing for the Tab with a two year agreement or no contract, as well as the cost of data over two years. Depending on how much data you will use with the device, you may profit more by going with a different carrier than you normally use.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ring, Ring: Samsung Tab Has Phone Capabilities On T-Mobile After Flashing

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

"...We now have the US TMobile Galaxy Tab making/receiving phone calls."

The T-mobile Samsung Tab in the US can make and receive phone calls if you flash it. The ability to make phone calls would make this one handy device! Would you consider flashing your Tab to have the ability to use the phone?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Samsung Nf310 Ready To Make Waves

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 03:30 PM

"If you're going to shell out $399 for a netbook, it has to be special. The Samsung NF310 makes the case for its premium price with a futuristic-chic design, a dual-core Atom processor, and a high-resolution display (1366 x 768) for a 10-inch screen. While this mini laptop doesn't offer the longest battery life, it's an excellent choice."

There is not much differentiating one netbook from another these days. Unfortunately, while the Samsung NF310 will stand out from its competition in terms of looks, that appears to be all that it really offers. But that is perhaps the final frontier for computers. With most of them having enough processing power to handle most everyday tasks, why not add a bit of style into them and make them more a representation of yourself? We do it with desktop backgrounds, screen savers, ringtones, why not make the whole netbook/laptop/desktop a statement of who you are? Does anyone remember the good old days when all computers looked pretty much exactly the same? They were all the same big beige steel box with a flip switch for power, an LED display telling you the speed of your CPU and one or two floppy drives. How things have changed from big and boxy to silver and clam-shaped. It does not suit my tastes, as I have always liked the no nonsense look of Thinkpads, but maybe it fits yours. What computers do you see as sexy and interesting?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Available November 14th At Sprint

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:30 AM

Samsung Galaxy Tab from Sprint will be available beginning Sunday, Nov. 14, through select Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web sales and telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1. It will cost $399.99...

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available through Sprint starting November 14th! The cost will be $399.99 for the device with a choice of either a $29.99 or $59.99 per month data plan. To get more details, read more!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Liftoff Date Set For the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

It appears that the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be landing at Sprint around November 14th! And the latest news on the pricing has the Tab set at $399 with a 2 year contract and $599 without. So start saving up that change found in the couch, because you have a little over a month before the Tab arrives!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Samsung's New Netbook Ups The Netbook Ante

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 09:30 AM

"The NF310 joins the similarly priced Asus Eee PC 1015PEM as being one of the first netbooks to use the Atom N550, the first dual-core processor from Intel specifically designed for such devices. According to Intel, the 45nm N550 has a 1.5GHz clock speed, 1MB of second-level cache, and an 8.5 Watt TDP."

While netbook sales have been slumping, there seems to be a little progress in advancing the category. While dual-core netbooks are becoming more common, the most notable difference between the NF310 and many other netbooks is that it offers a 1366x768 screen resolution. While the extra 168 rows of pixels may not sound like much, it means that the netbook is capable of playing back 720p movies without downscaling, and you get to see that much more while web browsing. Sure, you can scroll down webpages if you really want to, but being able to absorb that much more at a glance does make a huge difference for me. I have always felt that 1024x600 to be cramped, even though it leads to easier to read text. Maybe when I start telling people to get off my lawn, I will appreciate lower resolution screens more, where the letters are nice and big.

Monday, October 4, 2010

T-Mobile Pre-Registration Page for Samsung Galaxy Tab (Info)

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 11:00 PM,+and+Updates)

"We already know that the Galaxy Tab is landing in the UK on November 1, but those of us residing in the US and Canada are still eagerly awaiting information regarding pricing and release dates."

No additional details yet, but you can sign-up today for information in Canada and the US. UK arrival date is expected to be around November 1, 2010, so we can probably expect it sometime after that. I do hope that we will be able to purchase it 'contract free.'

Friday, October 1, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Unboxed...In Italian!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:03 AM

What's that? You want an unboxing in a lyrical language that you can't understand about a gadget that you really want? BOOM. Here you go. It's an unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it's in Italian. My Italian is about as good as my Atlantean (as in, non-existent), but boy, that's one nice looking Android tablet!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Coming to Sprint This Fall

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM

"Sprint (NYSE: S) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the upcoming arrival of Samsung Galaxy TabTM to the Sprint 3G network this fall. This new tablet combines the popular Android platform and award-winning data features of the Samsung Galaxy S lineup of mobile devices with the reliability and value of Sprint and access to the Sprint 3G network. Samsung Galaxy Tab weighs less than a pound and features a brilliant 7-inch Enhanced TFT touchscreen display, Android 2.2, a 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor, supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing, as well as dual cameras for video chat on-the-go. It offers two fast and easy ways to enter text onto the tablet - a virtual keyboard and SWYPE technology, which allows users to input text faster and more intuitively with one continuous finger motion across the virtual keyboard."

Well folks, looks like it's official for at least one carrier - Sprint will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab this fall. No word on a firm release date or pricing, and sadly it'll only be 3G, not taking advantage of Sprint's 4G technology. 3 MP camera on the back, 1.5 MP on the front (3?!? Why can't we get at least 5?)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Google Says That Froyo (Android 2.2) Is Not Meant for Tablets

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 11:00 PM

"Don't tell Samsung and all the other companies who have Android-based tablets on the docket, but Google isn't exactly sure that Android is designed for use on tablet PCs. In fact, they're certain it's a mismatch. Hugo Barra, Director of Products for Mobile at Google, recently spoke on the issue of seeing Android pop up on so many tablets, despite the fact that Android was built from the ground-up for use on smartphones."

Google is making it clear in the press that Android 2.2 (Froyo) is an OS that has been designed for small devices (Smartphones only), and that they do not officially support it on tablets (eg. no Android Market access). However, vendors like Samsung have been tweaking Froyo to support larger screens, and pretty successfully at that. Rumours are that Android 3.0 *will* directly support larger screens, so until then, vendors are on their own. Something else to consider: rumours abound of an upcoming ChromeOS tablet from Google ...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Slate For Every Taste

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 10:30 AM

"Last week alone saw ViewSonic, Toshiba and Samsung all officially unveil new models of keyboard-less computer, with a mish-mash of operating systems and screen sizes hoping to somehow build themselves a market in the wake of Apple's market-leading device. So here's a summary of five of the best tablets out there and on the way this year. Or, to put it another way, the iPad +4."

Is the slate tablet market really that hot, or is this simply a whole bunch of hype intended to get everyone to open their wallets? Tablets might be the next step in casual computing and thankfully, it seems like it draws a large part of its inspiration from smartphones. The only one that stands out for me, and not in a good way, is the ViewPad 100. Dual-booting just seems like such a hassle and it is not like dual-booting slate tablets have not been tried before. Just ask HTC. Most likely, the iPad will continue to dominate the space though there will be a large amount of Android devices to pick from.

Friday, September 3, 2010

New NF Netbook Series from Samsung

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Samsung Laptops & Netbooks" @ 05:00 AM

http://Samsung Announces New NF Series Netbooks

"Then there’s the NF210 with a 10.” 1024 x 600 display, Intel Atom N455 processor, integrated graphics, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 250GB HDD, 0.3MP webcam and Windows 7 Starter and a whopping 8850 mAh, 66Whr 6-cell battery good for up to 14 hours. I wouldn’t doubt it with that capacity. Priced at $379 and will be exclusive to Sam’s Club."

While I'll give them credit for trying something new on the design front, I'm not a fan of the "fins". But if they are your aesthetic thing the above model is the mid-range model and there is a lower and higher spec model to meet your needs.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Crazy Asian Marketing That Makes No Sense

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 07:00 PM

The delightfully stupid image above comes courtesy of Engadget's post on the Samsung N230. Engadget's gallery on this netbook has more images like the one above; is this really how Asian companies such as Samsung perceive North Americans? Do they really think that marketing their products like this is the best way to sell them? I often marvel at how impactful Apple's TV ads are, but when your competition is using marketing approaches like this - women in a field of grass playing with bubbles and holding your product - there's not much of a marketing battle going on. If you're going to advertise a netbook with a 13+ hour battery life, you need to show a business mobile worker, using your product throughout their busy day without needing to stop and recharge it - and it doesn't matter if that "worker" is a mom, a student, or a salesperson. Just please don't use "hot chicks" playing with bubbles - that's how you sell a whole different type of products, and netbooks aren't amongst them.

Samsung N230 Netbook Boasts 13.8 Hours of Battery Life

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:34 PM

"Come June 28th Sammy will rid the world of sadness and begin selling its latest netbook with your choice of 1.66GHz N450 or 1.83GHz N470 Atom processors and options for 32Wh and 66Wh batteries for up to 7- or a whopping 13.8-hours of power, respectively."

Samsung's netbooks have rarely caught my eye, but they've kept at it, and the N230 looks like it could be contender. The palm rest area looks like brushed metal, and the overall design is quite visually pleasing. The 1.83 Ghz Atom N470 would provide a bit of a boost, but the real big news here is the amazing 13.8 hours of battery life courtesy of the 66Wh battery. The question is, how big/heavy does the back end of the netbook get when you have the big battery attached? Full press release after the break. Read more...

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