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All posts tagged "tablets"


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sony Style Comes to the S1 and S2 Tablets

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/13/...nd-s2-hands-on/

"Now that Sony has spilled the carrier-exclusive beans on at least one of its tablets, the S2 clamshell, the company kindly gave us a chance to get some long-awaited hands-on time with both it and its sibling, the S1 slate. And at time when it feels like we handle a new Honeycomb Android tablet every other day, these at least usher in some pretty unusual form factors. On the one hand, you've got the S1, a 9.4-inch number whose rounded wedge profile was designed to mimic a folded magazine. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there's the S2, which opens to reveal twin 5.5-inch displays -- all the more of a novelty since we've barely seen Android 3.0 running on devices that don't have 10-inch displays."

Sony Style is alive and well in the tablet space! The S1 is a 'standard' tablet, with rounded edges and a wedge shape, making it ergonomically efficient, as well as easy to hold. Results indoors were very good, and the 1280x768 display was great for viewing a movie, even from the side and at an angle. Results outdoors are unknown, as this was a very short hands-on.

The S2 is a clamshell form-factor, with two 5.5-inch screens. According to the review, when closed, it looks like a large case for eyeglasses. When open, there is a bezel separating the bright screens, making for a less than optimal viewing experience. No other details are available at this time.

Nothing reported on software other than to mention that Honeycomb (Android 3+) is there, and Sony has done some work at the UI layer to make the user experience "better." Speed of the S1 and S2 seemed similar to other Android tablets, described as "pretty zippy," and both devices are both PlayStation Certified (hello games!). I like this clamshell idea, so it'll be interesting to see how apps perform with two small screens available - or is it logically one screen with a chunk of plastic bezel in the middle?


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Woz' Quote of the Week

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/159...l#lsrc.rss_main

"“On the subject of tablets, I read today that Android tablets are expected to surpass iPads, and I hope that never happens,” Wozniak said."

You never know what Steve Wozniak is going to come out with. At a Storage Networking World conference this week he made it clear that he doesn't think much of Android tablets. He has some other quotes too so make sure you follow the link for the rest. Steve is not totally anti-Android so I was a little surprised to hear this since I know he has a Nexus One along with some iPhones. I completely expect Android tablets to overtake iPads because Android did the same thing with phones and people said it never would. In the case of tablets, it should be easier since Apple set the bar so low with the iPads. Why do I think so? Notifications are terrible, no widgets, it needs iTunes, no standard ports, and no card slot are some of the reasons. What are your thoughts? Are you with Woz' on this or not?


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wi-Fi Only Galaxy Tab Coming Soon for $350

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/01/...ting-pre-order/

"$399.99 for a WiFi-only Galaxy Tab not low enough to pique your interest? Then perhaps $349.99 will be a bit more to your liking."

Interested in picking up a wi-fi-only Galaxy Tab? Fry's is taking pre-orders for only $350. No word on an exact release date at this point. The Galaxy Tab is a great little device, but with so many Honeycomb-based tablets on the horizon, this seems like a case of getting to the market a bit too late. If I were looking for a tablet at this point, I would be inclined to just wait for one of the newer devices.

How about you? Is this something you would pick up or is there a coming device that already has your interest? Let us know in the forums.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Figure Fudging and Fake Fans: When Will They Ever Learn

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

http://technologizer.com/2011/03/25...alaxy-tab-fans/

"When I got there, I found that the 10.1″ Tabs out on tables were the older, relatively portly version announced last month at Mobile World Congress. The new 10.1-incher (and its 8.9″ sibling) were inside glass cases, and they weren't powered on. I also discovered that my friend Fritz Nelson of InformationWeek had beat me to the booth-and he told me that he was trying to get Samsung to give him a Tab he could hold and judge."

Samsung appears to have created another PR nightmare for itself. It appears that the new Galaxy Tabs which are supposed to be thinner than the new iPads are actually a bit thicker. Additionally, interviews with actual users of the Tabs turn out to be staged. Is there anything wrong with that? Not normally, but when these are touted as being real-life users with no indication that they are staged, the line gets a bit blurred in my opinion. Why not just let the technology speak for itself? By all accounts the new Galaxy Tab devices are pretty decent, but they don't need negative PR before they even hit the market.

So, Samsung, if you're listening, just get the hardware out there and let it speak for itself. It's going to succeed or fail based on its own merits and no amount of pre-release trickery is going to help sales. In fact, you could end up hurting yourselves even more if you're not careful.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Verizon Waives Activation Fees for Xoom and Galaxy Tab For a Limited Time

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/15/...s-effective-re/

"In an unforeseen act of generosity, Verizon has decided to scrap the $35 activation fee it charges with purchases of the 3G-equipped Motorola Xoom and Galaxy Tab tablets"

If you're looking to get a tablet with Verizon, now is a good time. For a limited time (no word on how limited just yet) you can get a Xoom or Galaxy Tab with no activation fee on month-to-month contracts.

So what are you waiting for? Get ye to the Verizon store!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Android Tablets: Let the Onslaught Begin

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/14/samsung-galaxy-tab-10-1-showcased-on-video-doesnt-look-all-tha/

"We have no small amount of respect for Samsung for coming out and admitting that its Galaxy Tab 10.1 slate won't necessarily be the best thing since sliced Apples, but we wouldn't go so far as to describe it as 'inadequate' . . ."

Over at Engadget they have a video of the Samsung 10.1" tablet, which comes across as a decent looking piece of hardware. Meanwhile the guys over at DroidLife have a list of upcoming tablets from Staples. Looks like you'll have plenty of choices in the coming months if you're looking for an Android tablet.

Which tablets are you most excited about seeing? Will any of them be able to give the Cupertino mob a run for their money? Let us know in the forums!


Saturday, February 26, 2011

8.9 Inch Galaxy Tabs Coming This Summer

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

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/23/...model-by-summe/

"Not much detail here kids, but the Korean Yonhap News Agency is reporting that Samsung has an 8.9-inch Android tablet due in the first half of the year."

Just rumors for now, however this could be an interesting development for Tab lovers - the Galaxy tab, in your choice of 2 or 3 sizes. Neat!


Monday, October 18, 2010

Commentary on the Competition from Infinite Loop

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 11:00 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/apple-ear...l#axzz12l0mrov1

"The first 15 minutes of Apple's earnings call today were not all that surprising, although the numbers were impressive. Quarterly revenue at the end of the company's fiscal year (late September) was $20.34 billion, making this the company's biggest quarter ever. This exceeded analyst expectations and predictions, so big score for Apple. Then things got really interesting when Steve Jobs got on the call and started ripping his competitors a new one."

Let's see, biggest quarter ever, yet, there's still plenty of time to bash the competition, rather than graciously bask in the glow of spectacular financial results (Thank you consumers, you've voted with your wallets! ). I don't quite understand what benefit is derived from publicly pointing out the obvious - see! we sold more stuff than you sold. And, despite the fact that the competition in the tablet space doesn't have real products shipping in meaningful number yet (at least here in the US), we're told that they'll be inferior, and that the small size will be a disadvantage unless fingers can be made smaller. I read that, and thought, gee, I'd better get rid of my iPhone then, because I don't have sandpaper to make my fingers smaller. I love Apple products, because, as Steve J points out,"they just work," but I'm not real happy with the whole "cult of personality" that seems to be developing and causing bad feelings in the industry. All the sniping between CEOs is getting old! Just build the products and let the consumers decide.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Who Do You Trust To Build An Android Tablet?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/N...&query=+ANDROID

"HTC plans to launch a tablet PC, possibly equipped with Android 3, in the first quarter of 2011, according to Taiwan-based component makers."

HTC's leaked tablet plans come the same time as an announcement from inMEDIA that they'll be making an Android Tablet (Unfortunately stuck at 2.1). This begs the question - who do you trust to build you a quality Android Tablet. For me, HTC has a proven track record of producing quality handsets, so I think a tablet from them should be pretty good. inMEDIA? I have no idea what to expect. Are you waiting on a certain ODM / OEM to make your Android Tablet?

Tags: htc, tablets, inmedia

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