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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another 7-inch Android Tablet: ZTE Light, by ZTE

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 09:00 PM

"ZTE didn't exactly manage to impress with its low-cost ZTE Racer Android handset, but the company's now back with yet another Android device: the 7-inch ZTE Light tablet."

Another tablet announced: 7-inch screen (no details on whether it's resistive or capacitive); Android 2.1 with a custom skin; WiFi and 3G (UMTS 2100 MHz/900 MHz HSUPA); 403 grams, or slightly less than 1-pound; 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM; built-in GPS; SD card slot; Bluetooth; 3MP camera; music and video player; a 3.5mm headset jack; and a battery rated at up to 10 hours. The picture is a rendering, so the shipping product may be different. No information on availability or price.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Be Prepared To Welcome Your Android Overlords

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Android News" @ 03:30 PM,+and+Updates)

"Apple seems pretty confident that they are going to keep the iPad at the top of the tablet market well into 2011. We know otherwise, but so does Gene Munster who is a Senior Research Analyst with Piper Jaffray."

Let us gaze into the Mystical Silica Ball and guess what the future holds in store. Hearing estimates and predictions from industry experts has always been entertaining. The interview did produce one nugget of information that I would apply to the whole tablet market, and that estimates can be hit or miss, not just for Asian production lines, but for estimates in the technology industry. Apple has certainly brought attention and revived the previously stagnant tablet market and in doing so, has turned everyone's focus on slates. Android certainly seems the next most suitable OS and will likely sellore units. I am not sure if that can be considered dominance though. Whether slates have fundamentally changed the PC market, well, those words were also said about netbooks and then smartphones. Technology is certainly moving fast, but I have doubts as to whether consumers are able to keep up with the pace that manufacturers want us to move. Do we really need to buy a new computing device every year or two?

Monday, October 11, 2010

CherryPad America - Silly Name, Maybe a Decent Tablet

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

"Cherrypal, a California-based manufacturer, today announced the availability of its new sub $200 Android tablet – CherryPad America. CherryPad is powered by Samsung ARM11 800 MHz processor and runs Android 2.1 with an upgrade to 2.2 is planned for the fourth quarter 2010. CherryPad America also comes with a 7-inch resistive touch widescreen display at 800×480 resolution with built-in gravity sensor and 3200 MAH battery. Memory, storage and wireless functions include 256 MBs of DDRII RAM; 2 GB NAND Flash; Micro SD (1x) reader, and WiFi 802.11 b/g."

Silly product name aside, here's a sub-$200 7-inch tablet with what appears at first glance to offer decent specs. Samsung processor, SD card support, 1.1-pounds, Aluminum case, 6-8 hour battery life ... With a 30-day money back guarantee, and a 1-year replacement warranty, this may be an affordable way to get to know Android. No camera, no 802.11n wifi, but several external accessories mentioned. Zecozi's website has the CherryPad America listed ( link ) for $188, and shows the country of origin as being China, with support coming out of Palo Alto, CA, if needed. The tablet is shipped from Hong Kong, for a flat fee of $18.80 to the USA and Canada, and can be expected to arrive in the USA in about seven (7) days.

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!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Can The Kindle Survive In a Tablet World?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 PM

"We can read books on our phones, laptops, and tablets. So why would we throw in a dedicated e-reader like the Kindle when packing our already cramped carry-on bags? As you might expect, CEO Jeff Bezos is happy to supply an answer: angry birds."

An interesting perspective, and one that I ultimately agree with. Although the Kindle and the iPad look similar on the surface, when one weighs 1.6 pounds and the other 8.7 ounces, one lasts hours on a charge while the other lasts weeks, and one is $139 and the other is $499, you start to realize they're very different sort of devices. I'm planning on getting a Kindle this holiday season - the cheap Wi-Fi one - and am hoping I'll like it quite a bit. I love reading, but devices have never reached the price point where I was willing to take the risk of purchasing digital, DRM-protected content. I think that point has finally come...and, yeah, I'm still thinking about buying an iPad. I think I'll wait for v2 there as well...

October 11, 2010: Will There Be a Windows Slate Under My Christmas Tree?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 08:00 PM

"Microsoft is planning to unwrap its slate strategy next Monday at a press event in New York City, Neowin has learned.According to sources familiar with the company's plans, Microsoft will hint at its future Slate plans at the event on October 11. The event's main focus is Windows Phone 7 but Neowin understands that Microsoft officials will speak briefly about the company's future Slate plans."Will Microsoft finally announce a Windows tablet computer? A big New York City event scheduled for Monday, October 11th is expected to concentrate on Windows Phone 7, but slate (tablet) announcements "may" be a part of the program. With the iPad selling in the millions, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab on the horizon, Microsoft certainly is worried seeing a drop in netbook sales, a drop in their share prices, and a drop in their valuation from Goldman Sachs. According to Steve Ballmer, Windows-based slates -will- be available "from this Christmas." Is this too little too late?

Netbook Navigator Nav 9 Slate PC = The Suck

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 04:00 PM

"With friends like these, Microsoft doesn't need enemies. Reminiscent of the exceedingly mediocre Archos 9 PCTablet, little-known company Netbook Navigator is entering the market with the 8.9-inch Nav 9. This Windows 7 slate has even shorter battery life and an equally frustrating resistive touchscreen. Oh, and it costs almost as much as two entry-level iPads. It's a shame, too, since Microsoft, already late to the tablet game, has barely any Windows 7 slates to show for all of its talk about going after the iPad with "big guns." So far, this seems the best its partners can do."

Ouch. But you really have to wonder what the guys at Netbook Navigator were thinking with this product? "Hey, let's make something that's twice as heavy as an iPad, an awful resistive touch screen, and costs twice as much as an iPad. Win? WIN! <high fives all around>" If you can't bring a product to market with some sort of notable advantage over your competitor, what's the point? Sure, it can run real Windows applications, but with a battery life of only 2 hours and 47 minutes, you won't be doing that for long. Windows 7 is an ugly choice for slates - that seems to be a clear fact based on what we've seen thus far.

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 30, 2010

7-Inch Nationite Rocktab Android Tablet Starting at $129

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 12:00 AM

"For those who think most high-end Android tablets seem way too pricey, but still like the idea of having a tab around, the entry-level Nationite Rocktab may prove to be an acceptable alternative with its modest $129.50 price tag (2GB model)."

Another in a series of modest but inexpensive tablets with a 7-inch resistive WVGA screen, this Android 1.5 (ouch!) device is available in 2, 8 or 16GB of storage, 128MB RAM, a Rockchip RK2808 600MHz processor, trackball, accelerometer and Wi-fi. Maybe a good entry-level device for Android newbies!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Android Tablets Coming Soon to a Store Near You

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 08:00 AM

"This report doesn’t come from one of our usual suspects in the tech blog word but the good folks over at Appolicious had a conversation with a T-Mobile rep. The most worthy note here, if this report is to be believed is that T-Mobile have an Android tablet available before the Christmas holiday. What’s more interesting is that this report coincides with our inventory sheet leak yesterday showing off the LG Optimus T which some of our readers believe is an Android tablet."

With slate tablets being as hot as Georgia asphalt these days, it is no surprising that companies are exploring the possibility of adapting the Android OS to the tablet form factor. While some say that Froyo may not be the ideal candidate, Android 3.0 is coming along and manufacturers such as HTC and Motorola will try anything for a piece of the tablet pie. I find it interesting that at least with the North American market, it looks like there will be two main categories of tablets to choose from. Generic, multi-purpose tablets that can be had from PC companies such as Dell and HP, and then those that will be tied to telecommunication carriers. Carriers must be salivating at the revenue potential of these babies. Not only will people be tied to their carriers owing to hardware limitations but with separate app stores like Verizon's V Cast's proposed app store, they stand to make a considerable amount of money. It does not seem that the strangehold that carriers have in the United States and Canada will not be loosened anytime soon.

Friday, September 17, 2010

LG Tegra 2-Powered G-Tablet Details Emerge

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

"A little over a week ago I was in Berlin lamenting that many of the sweet tablets on display were not coming to the U.S. yet, maybe ever. ViewSonic's ViewPad 10 and 7 were among them, but the company had some good news for us today. We got a sneak peek at another of the company's 10-inch slates, the ViewSonic G-Tablet. This one is definitely coming out in America, hitting shelves in late October. This won't be an online-only, no touching before you buy tablet. The company plans to sell it through outlets like Costco, Sam's Club/Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, Sears, etc. The list hasn't been finalized yet, but you get the idea. This is a tablet meant for the masses. On the other hand, a $529 MSRP (lower street) for a 10-inch tablet is pretty steep when you consider the Archos 101 will start at $399. Is this high-powered slate worth the premium?"

A little on the pricey side, but if you're a fan of LG's you might want to check out this recently released information on the upcoming G-Tablet.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Peek at the Dell Inspiron Duo Convertible

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:30 PM

"Dell Inspiron Duo touched for the very first time ... Yeah, you made me feel, shiny and new... We digress. That's jkkmobile's finger in the photo above, testing out Microsoft Surface Globe on the Dell Inspiron Duo convertible's swiveling 10-inch screen -- a rite of passage that you can watch after the break in all its low-res glory."

The video tells the story here, a convertible tablet prototype from Dell, with a 10-inch swivel screen, keyboard and touchpad, and weighing in at 1.4 kg (slightly over 3 pounds). Interesting how the screen swivels within the frame. Additional details were scarse, and the journalists were not allowed to handle the Duo, and of course had to be told several times to not touch. Dell (and Intel) may be onto something here!

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 ...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Toshiba Libretto W100 Unboxing and Review

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 07:30 AM

"Toshiba's Libretto W100 is an exceedingly expensive way to get dual LCD touchscreens in a clamshell device, so you'll forgive us if we pay close attention to early unboxing reports to see if its worth the $1,400+ importers are currently asking."

At about $1,400, the Libretto W100 Windows 7 tablet sports two (2) 7-inch 1024x600 LCDs in a clamshell form factor that can open to lie flat on a table or work surface, or be used side-by-side when used as a eReader. Sporting a battery that lasts two hours (a larger four-hour battery pack is included), the first generation W100 can be rotated to work in portrait or landscape orientation (using both screens). With Windows 7 Home Premium, 62GB SSD, 2GB RAM and an Intel dual core processor onboard, simply hit the keyboard button to switch one of the screens into any of five haptic keyboards. Both screens can be used by Windows and linked into one larger screen. This is intriguing technology, seemingly well implemented by Toshiba. Check out the unboxing videos, I think that you'll be impressed! I am!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

An Early Review of the Dell Streak

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Streak" @ 09:30 PM

"The Dell Streak is born into a hardware environment that desperately needs an Android-based tablet-or any kick-ass tablet that doesn't run Apple's "stop it now before it borgs the free world" iOS. Our current tally shows no fewer than 30 touch-operated tablets that could be launching in the next six months, and the majority of this freshman class of iPad killers will probably be running Google's mobile operating system."

This review rates the Streak as an average tablet, but as a pretty darned good (if huge) Smartphone. Simply holding the Streak up to an ear takes the author (and me) back to the early days of mobile phone bricks - it's really big. Using it as a tablet, some of the oft-described software quirkiness makes for a less than stellar experience, for example, web browsing on this 5-inch screen using the smallish on-screen keyboard. On the plus side, comparing the Streak to some typical Smartphones, its feature-set scores well.

I thought about getting a Streak, but rumors of upcoming models with larger screens (also from Dell) have convinced me to wait. That, and the fact that I need a tablet computer that runs Excel and Word ... meaning Windows in some flavor.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dell Streak Arrives ...

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Streak" @ 08:00 AM

"We fit the whole world into a 5-inch screen. Introducing the Dell Streak. The perfectly-sized, go-anywhere entertainment, social connection and navigation device."

The ordering process is open today for "pre-registered" users, and begins tomorrow (14-Aug-2010) for everyone else. Prices start at $299.99 USD with AT&T two-year contract activation, or $549.99 USD without a contract and without accessories. The Streak can be purchased without a contract. The voice plans start at $39.99 USD monthly for 450 "w/Rollover" minutes, the data plans start at $15.00 USD monthly for 200MB of data, and the 2GB plan will cost $25.00 USD monthly. No unlimited data plans are available on new contracts.

Reviews on Dell's site are mostly from UK users, but are generally positive. Plusses include Web browsing, the high quantity and quality of Android apps and screen size and clarity; minuses mostly surround battery life, the old Android version (1.6), and speaker quality. There are also lots of comments about this device being perfect in size between an iPhone and an iPad, and lots of comments from "switchers." Can't wait for some more local reviews to start appearing!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

$35 Android-based Tablet in India - A Real, Working Prototype

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 01:30 PM

"The Gadget Gurus, the Subcontinent's answer to The Engadget Show, got a special hands-on with that $35 Tablet PC the world's been buzzing about -- delivered by none other than India's Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal himself. While constantly referring to "the $35 laptop" (we guess you could hold it in your lap) Mr. Sibal gave us the following info: it sports 2GB RAM, WiFI and 3G, microSD storage, and it runs the Android OS."

Pretty amazing! India plans to use one million of these devices -- delivered in 2011 -- initially in their higher educational system. The $35 cost is that charged to the Indian government and any retail pricing would presumeably be higher. Already some discussions have taken place (OLPC Association/Nicholas Negroponte, Microsoft) regarding making this a "world tablet," and not limiting it to India. Minister Sibal's goal is to get the price down to $10 each. Looking at the video, this is a real device, on real hardware, running Android and "off the shelf" apps. The guys at Gadget Gurus spent two hours trying to crash the tablet, and didn't succeed. Their verdict: good quick hardware and software with a mediocre touch screen requiring use of a stylus for some functions. My first thought was that this just looks like a larger Nokia N900. But it is still a remarkable achievement!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dell Streak Priority Pre-Sale Ordering Begins August 12, 2010

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Streak" @ 02:00 PM

"Orders for the Dell Streak Tablet open up for U.S. priority pre-sale registrants at this Thursday, August 12. General availability follows a day later at The Dell Streak is available for $299.99 with new two-year AT&T contract†, and $549.99 without. Customers who purchase the Streak, and signed up during the pre-sale program, will receive a free second-day shipping upgrade. Customers who redeem their pre-sale coupon can purchase a Plantronics Bluetooth earpiece for 99 cents while supplies last."

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Delayed a couple weeks in the USA, ordering for the Dell Streak opens on August 12, 2010 for priority pre-sale registrants (click here to pre-register), giving you a 24-hour head-start on the general public. Lots of buzz about this 5-inch tablet -- shipping with Android 1.6 but expected to be upgradeable to Android 2.1 -- coming in the near future. Let the competition begin!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

HP's "eStation Zeen" - What the Heck is This?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 10:04 PM

"This is crazy, but we've now gotten multiple tips claiming that the Zeen is actually an Android-based tablet with e-reader functionality that can also dock with an HP printer and become its interface. E-reading, Zeen, magazine -- get it?"

So, any guesses as to what this is? It looks like it might be a Compaq-branded product (why they even have the Compaq brand any more is beyond me...), but as to what exactly it is...who knows. I know HP is trying to innovate in the printer space, but do we need a tablet to print stuff?

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