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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?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dell Goes Streaking With Rogers

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 02:00 PM

"With this rollout, Canada joins the UK, the United States, Australia and India to become the most recent country where we've officially launched it. What’s a Dell Streak? This unique pocket tablet offers some of the best on-the-go entertainment, navigation and social connectivity in a pocket friendly size."

For those of you who looking for some tablet love but do not want to go with an iPad, there are plenty of options, among which, the Streak seems to be gaining a lot of attention. The good? It offers a lot of tablet-like goodness. The bad? It is an interesting size which might not suit a lot of people. It is also curiously sticking with Android 1.6. The worst? It is only available through Rogers in Canada. I will not object to Rogers as a provider, though like any provider in Canada, I have heard numerous complaints, but it would have been nice to see it available through other providers as well. Still, with the holidays soon approaching, I expect that I will be seeing quite a few of these around town. Of course, one does not really need an excuse to get a new toy, right?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Creative Ziio Tablets Shout "Me Too!" to the World

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 06:00 PM

"Somewhere in the world, Creative just announced a pair of 7-inch (480 x 800) and 10-inch (1024 x 768) Ziio tablets running the Android 2.1 OS. Both feature a ZiiLabs ZMS-08 processor, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, WiFi 802.11b/g, and microSD expansion."

Another vendor jumps on the bandwagon with a pair of Android 2.1 tablets. Creative has announced 7-inch and 10-inch tablets scheduled to ship in December 2010. According to many of the comments, the resistive screen technology is a big negative, but I think, if done right, they can be used in all types of weather, and offers a great deal of precision. Interesting that the commenters seem surprised that the tablet may be targeted to China, and 1.5-billion potential buyers (who prefer resistive technology for writing). Critics seem to be scared of the great numbers of tablets flooding the market, at all price points, but in my opinion, choice is good, and consumers will vote with their wallets.

Archos 43 Tablet Features Android 2.2

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:30 PM

"A connected AndroidTM palm-sized tablet A simple tap. Just a simple tap on the home screen of the ARCHOS 43 internet tablet and you'll be accessing all the major functions you need throughout the day wherever you are: HD video playback, HD camcorder, apps, emails and full Internet browsing. It's as simple as a tap."

An ideal form factor for carrying in a pocket at 4.3-inches, light at 4.6-ounces (130g), and sporting a ARM Cortex A8 processor with DSP at 1 GHz, as well as 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration, this Wi-fi only tablet seems like quite a bargain at $249.99. With Android 2.2 (Froyo) already on-board, and a 720p video camera (camcorder), it seems that the only thing lacking is access to the Android Market. Archos' own AppLib store is offered, but is really no replacement. Reviews have been good, but many tablet seekers seem to be waiting for the larger Archos 101, already on sale in Europe ( link ), and rumored to be available soon in the US for $299.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NOOKcolor Packs Android Goodness, Odd Capitalization

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

"NOOKcolor, built on Android, is a full-color touch device dedicated to reading that opens up a whole new world of digital reading materials. NOOKcolor provides access to the largest ebookstore with an unprecedented selection of over two million digital titles-all just a single search away. Plus, digital content - from bestsellers to favorite magazines in full color, and interactive children's picture books to enhanced cookbooks - has never looked better than on NOOKcolor's stunning 7-inch VividView Color Touchscreen."

Well well well... here we have a color eReader, although obviously not using eInk. The NOOKcolor (For some reason I think the C should be capitalized, but hey, what do I know). You can pre-order it for $249 now, and it should be shipping sometime around November 17, although given B&N's track record, don't hold your breath. Not a bad looking product though, and I do know a few NOOK lovers, so perhaps this will make the experience even better for the B&N crowd!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Archos Android Tablets Now Have A Real Marketplace

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

"Our biggest complaint about the variety of Archos tablets? The lack of the Android Market, of course. But while you've been able to sideload the Market apk on lots of these devices, there were apparently compatibility issues with Archos' new Android 2.1 / 2.2 tablets (like the Archos 32 we reviewed just a few weeks). But fear not: ArchosFans to the rescue!"

There may be a huge range of Android tablets and phones out there right now, but a depressing amount of them have been castrated by the lack of access to the Android Market. Some companies have tried are are trying to go their own way, such as Archos, Verizon, etc. However, those attempts find a much more limited selection of tools and toys. Part of what has made the iPhone the success that it is now is the app store. A simple, central location to get new programs and games and a fart app for any occasion. Without the Market, I find any Android device a lot less compelling to own. How about you? Is access to the Android Market a consideration when you get an Android based phone or tablet?

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

All I Want For Christmas Is An Android Tablet

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

"LG had initially said their tablet would be available as a Christmas stocking stuffing, but it appears it's been delayed until January's CES show now. It's no big deal really, but according to Bloomberg it's due to software issues."

This is not the first time that a product has not made its initial release date, though I wonder if missing the holiday season is a good decision as those who might like this delightful tablet may not want to wait and spend their gift money on a competitor, like, say, an iPad. With other Android tablets coming out, the claim that the delay is because of Android makes me wonder if the tablet really will be ready or reliable. It almost sounds like LG is working on their own layer on top of Android to try and differentiate themselves and are having problems making it a smooth experience. Whatever the problem is, it probably is best to wait until the reviews come out over this tablet to see if the added wait is worth it.

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!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

7-Inch Nationite Rocktab Android Tablet Starting at $129

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 11:30 PM

"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!

Sharp Announces Two Android-based Tablets for December

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"Japanese tech giant Sharp announced it would launch a 5.5-inch and a 10.8-inch tablet named Galapagos, as well as an electronic bookstore in December - but only in Japan."

I'm happy to see larger Android tablets released, and this is a great example. It looks sharp, and has a decent screen resolution. I'm not convinced that this will be a great device for reading books though, since it is just another device with it's own bookstore.

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 9, 2010

Viewsonic Shows Off Android Tablet

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

"Viewsonic was showing off their first Android tablet, the Viewpad 7, at IFA this week and we got to spend some quality hands-on time with the device. What I found was a pretty remarkable first effort from Viewsonic, but the Viewpad 7 will not be able to take on the Samsung Galaxy Tab."

The Viewpad 7 is a great looking Google-approved device, supports full-size SIM cards, and a front-facing camera for video-conferencing on the go. Anyone out there planning to purchase an Android tablet soon? If so, what are you most desired features?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dual-boot Tablet Runs Windows 7 & Android 1.6: The Best of Both Worlds?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

"After warning us last week of their impending dual-booting tablet, ViewSonic has now spilled the beans on the ViewPad 100's specs. I don't think anyone will be impressed by the Android 1.6 flavor, even if Windows 7's also there too."

I'm honestly not sure what to think of this device. Spec wise it looks to be a very nice "netbook-like" tablet, something I could see myself using while on the go. The part that I don't really get is the fact that you can choose to either boot into Windows 7 or Android 1.6. Beyond the fact that it is Android 1.6 and not 2.2, why would I ever boot a Windows tablet into Android? What do you guys think? Do you see any benefit in being able to choose to boot into Windows or Android on a single device?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Sports 7 Inches of Froyo Goodness

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 10:00 AM

"Berlin, Germany, September 2nd, 2010 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in mobile technology, today announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Tab (Model: GT-P1000). Powered by Android Operating System 2.2, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is the first of the company's tablet devices, representing a new category of mobile products for Samsung. The Samsung GALAXY Tab brings together all of Samsung's leading innovations to provide users with more capabilities while on the move. Consumers are able to experience PC-like web-browsing and enjoy all forms of multimedia content on the perfectly sized 7-inch display, wherever they go. Moreover, users can continuously communicate via e-mail, voice and video call, SMS/MMS or social network with the optimized user interface."

The Samsung Galaxy Tab looks interesting and may have some promise, but it also appears as if some features could be improved, such as the 3 MP camera and a more common power adapter. But then again, all genres of new technology have room for improvement.

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