It’s raining tablet computers. The latest to join the tablet war is leading Korean consumer electronics giant, Samsung which is planning to launch a tablet style computer rumored to be called Samsung Galaxy Tab in the month of September. Samsung plans to design the tablet PC on the lines is its successful and latest smartphone Galaxy S and is holding a special event on August 11 to unveil the details and feature list of the device.
Now let us take a sneak peak at the outlined features Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will come with. Though the company is yet to disclose a detailed feature and specification list of the device but still we have a feature wrap up of the Tab which is due to launch in September this year. The Galaxy Tab will run on most recent version of Google’s OS, the Android 2.2. It will have a super AMOLED 7 inch touch screen for that bright and crisp image.
Samsung Galaxy Tab will run on a fast A8 processor for high speed web browsing. The device comes with 16 GB memory and with expandable memory of 32 GB via micro SD card. The users will be able to connect online through Wi-Fi or through 3G network. It will have two cameras one for clicking pictures and the other to video call
Notion Inks CEO Rohan Shravan mentioned on his blog last week that there were a lot of internal meetings debating the merits of launching their Tablet PC with Gingerbread 3.0 or Froyo 2.2. It seems that Notion Ink is now officially launching with Google Android 2.2 and will upgrade the operating system a few months after the release.
The Adam tablet will come to market sporting Android 2.2 Froyo. Some speculation had the device coming later with Android 3.0 otherwise known as gingerbread under the hood. The Notion Ink Adam will be released with the second generation Nvidia Tegra Chipset
Smartbook AG hits back with its new gadget which is nothing but a tablet PC dubbed as ‘Smartbook Surfer’. The Smartbook AG tablet is specially built for the folks in Germany. This Smartbook AG tablet PC comes packed with the amazing features which look better than the iPad specs.
The Smartbook AG tablet PC dubbed as ‘Smartbook Surfer’ comes packed with a Telechips TTC8902 720MHz processor, the device boasts a 7-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen display, a 256MB DDR2 RAM, a 2GB of flash storage, a miniSD card slot, a webcam, GPS, WiFi, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port and a 1400mAh lithium battery.
An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc.
The 159-year-old glass pioneer is ramping up production of what it calls Gorilla glass, expecting it to be the hot new face of touch-screen tablets and high-end TVs.
Now, the latest trend in TVs could catapult it to a billion-dollar business: Frameless flat-screens that could be mistaken for chic glass artwork on a living-room wall.
Because Gorilla is very hard to break, dent or scratch, Corning is betting it will be the glass of choice as TV-set manufacturers dispense with protective rims or bezels for their sets, in search of an elegant look.
Here comes another tablet PC which has been dubbed as MasterPad Windows 7 tablet. The MasterPad Windows 7 tablet comes with good number of specs which are far better than the Apple iPad. The MasterPad Windows 7 tablet comes with the features such as a 11.6 inch touch screen, resolution of 1,366 x 768, a 1.3 MP web camera, 2 x USB ports, memory card reader, an accelerometer, mini-HDMI port, 3G connectivity, and 32GB or 64GB solid state drive options and weighs around 990g.
The MasterPad Windows 7 tablet also comes with a 5 hours battery life and 1.66 Atom N450 processor and also gives you a perfect playback of 1080p. The MasterPad Windows 7 tablet also comes with the compatibility of Flash.
Now that Apple showed how a real tablet device should look and work, everyone else is scrambling to make their own tablet that will be at least on par with the iPad.
according to this new patent application for a “Mobile terminal having dual touch screen and method of controlling content therein”, Samsung has been thinking about how to add their own touch (no pun intended here , to the tablet form factor UI.
Their idea? A dual touch screen tablet. With a traditional operation on a big touchscreen on the front of the device. And a second touch sensor layer on the back of the tablet, allowing for additional touch control gestures and operation patterns.
With Android 3.0 expected to be released this fall, a few manufactures all ready have PC tablets in development.
Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread, is advancing in its development and appears to be on target for an October release. Android 3.0 is expected to have a more intuitive interface and support upcoming services like Google Music.
According to Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, Android 3.0 will be the heart of Motorola's 10 inch tablet design that’s expected to ship in November and come preloaded with the new OS. Motorola is also responsible for some of the most successful Android-based smartphones, including the Droid and DroidX.
Motorola has not yet formally announce such a tablet but did provide some hardware info on a 7-inch tablet running Android at CES 2010
- DRS Tactical Systems, a subsidiary of DRS Technologies, has recently unveiled its newest ARMOR™ rugged tablet computer, the ARMOR™ X10gx. This all-new 10.4" rugged tablet enhances the efficiency and productivity of an increasingly mobile workforce and is planning to ship by September 15, 2010.
"The ARMOR™ X10gx is our tenth generation offering. We have drawn upon many years of our experience as well as the experience from our military and commercial personnel that have deployed our rugged mobile computers around the world,” said Mike Sarrica, vice president and general manager for DRS Tactical Systems.
Tuesday, Rupert Murdoch chairman and chief executive officer of News Corporation said tablets are “a perfect platform” for cheap, convenient and up-to-date News Corp content. Murdoch said all of this at a media debate in Sydney, Australia where he also unveiled his companies new plan for taking advantage of the new technology available.
If you can remember back when the Apple iPad was just about to be unveiled he said some pretty negative things. Now that the iPad and many other different types of tablets have sold in the millions he is changing tune. He and the News Corp. company are now looking to hedge the new technology for financial gain.
Over the past few months, everyone and his grandma is jumping into the tablet bandwagon. Viewsonic, who are pretty much known for the manufacture of computer monitors are learned to be working on launching a tablet computer of their own. As with many other OEMs, this one too loves open source and has reportedly picked Android as the platform of choice.
There is not much info on the specifications of this new tablet PC though it is speculated that the device will measure 7-inches and shall run on Android 2.2. The device is also expected to be equipped with a built-in camera, 3G connectivity and voice call support.
iTablet Europe is currently gearing up to launch the iTablet range and is in the final stages of discussions with TV-based retailers, multiple high street retailers and major supermarket chains. It also intends to pursue significant opportunities with leading service providers including some of the UK’s largest mobile phone retailers.
iTablet Europe has been formed as part of a joint venture with one of the world’s largest manufacturers of personal computing products. This Taiwanese group has a turnover of $1.4billion in 2009 and produces more than 20 million laptop computers each year as well as printers and SatNav units for some of the largest global brands.
This will be fully supported by both Microsoft and Intel who see the iTablet as one of the first serious tablet PCs to hit the market offering full compatibility with commonly used Windows applications and the ability to connect to home or company networks.
Is it a trackpad or a tablet? Microsoft kept its fans guessing after it posted cropped images of a black gadget with Microsoft emblazoned on the cover on its hardware Twitter account
t has been dropping clues as it posted a text saying "Here's a hint for you: 'Don't be so touchy...flat is where it's at'" and the text was followed by another picture which gave an extra glimpse of the product.
With multiple rumored launches like a tablet-PC, a smartphone and a multi-touch capable mouse, the teasers are sure creating a lot of buzz.
Also since the teasers are coming from Microsoft hardware, it's a possibility that it could be a peripheral rather than a tablet-PC
Could "Magazine Everywhere" be next? Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes hinted he wants to make tablet-computer subscriptions for the company's magazines available to people who already subscribe to the print versions of the company's titles, which include Time, People, Sports Illustrated, Real Simple. The key, he says, is to get subscribers to enjoy TW's products over all broadband devices, reports The Wall Street Journal.
HP is pioneering some interesting technology lately, and is putting out a bevy of beauties to be hitting the retail shelves hopefully by December 2010.
In December of 2009 HP filed for a trademark on the word “Zine” and now they have just filed an FCC Application for a new tablet device called the “HP eStation Zine”
Although there is no official word of the operating system, many people are aludeing to this device has being the HP Tablet PC.
With the acquisition of Palm in the Books in July, HP admitted that Palm and WebOS will be a fringe programming group, perhaps utilizes in smart phones exclusively, although they are developing some neat printers using WebOS.
From what we know, the eStation Zine will be a capacitive tablet using Google Android 2.2 Operating System. It will be using a exclusive skin layed, much akin to Motorola’s “Motoblur”
It will have a SD Slot, HDMI port, and a built in Web Cam. Its glory is perhaps the e-reading functionality of the device. HP will pair this tablet with the Barnes and Noble eBook Store.
I’ve been critical of the software on Windows tablet PCs. With a few exceptions, most notably Microsoft OneNote, there are few broad Windows applications that really take advantage of multi-touch or pen-based input. But Lenovo has filled in some of the gaps here.
The SimpleTap utility gives you quick access to a set of large buttons that you adjust system settings with your fingertips. You can also add your own tiles to quickly launch a program, or open a Web page or file with a single tap. For example, I created a shortcut that opened The New York Times and SimpleTap automatically created a tile with the NYT logo. The Tablet Shortcut Menu button has many of the same settings, but also lets you adjust pen and tablet settings, configure the multi-touch display or switch to presentation mode without using the keyboard.
Kmart had a run on a new tablet PC powered by Google’s Android operating system when it knocked a mere $20 off the price. The big-box discount retailer offered the Augen Gentouch78 for $150, leading to shortages.
“On July 25th Kmart had unexpected phenomenal response to the Augen 7-inch tablet, which runs on the Android OS,” Kmart’s blog said. “This product that was featured in the Kmart circular for $149.99 and has currently sold out. Eager customers who found shortages of the tablet were offered ‘rain checks’ through July 31st to ensure they could secure the Augen tablet at the advertised price at a later date.”
Best Buy's chief technology officer Robert Stephens recently posted photos of a prototype tablet on his Twitter feed, fueling speculation that Best Buy is creating its own in-house branded tablet computer.
The photos Stephen posted are the only information available about the potential Best Buy tablet. The photos are only form factor representations without guts inside, according to Stephens. He did hint at the possibility of using Android as an OS when he tweeted "the question is: Is 2.2 ready for the tablet interface?" -- a likely reference to Android 2.2, or Froyo.
The New York Times points out the Best Buy tablet's physical similarities to the Hewlett-Packard Slate -- a tablet that was heavily hyped by Microsoft in January, but then quietly disappeared, with all indications that HP plans to use its newly-acquired Palm WebOS instead of Windows 7.
According to an Apple Daily [Chinese] report published today, Taiwanese notebook maker Quanta Computer will take up the task of manufacturing RIM‘s much rumored “BlackPad” Tablet PC. The tablet PC joins the many other competing Android tablets in November 2010.
The tablet will come with support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and can get 3G internet via a Blackberry smartphone connection. Guess what? The tablet device is expected to be priced at a very usual $500, and pre-orders will be taken sometime in September 2010 and be shipped through. Quanta plans to ship at least 2 million devices in 2010 itself, followed by 8 million in 2011.
Tablet PCs have the potential to bring about a dramatic shift in the way we use traditional media for entertainment and information. Rather than reading newspaper or magazine for information or watching television for entertainment, increasing number of consumers are likely to use Tablet PCs for accessing digital version of their favorite newspapers, magazines and books, and watch movies or television shows on demand from Tablet PCs.
Many popular Tablet PCs are WiFi/3G enabled and are equipped with microphone (and soon, a front facing video camera if not already) making them a great device for connecting with friends and family members over the internet at a fraction of cost of connecting over phone lines.
Tablet PCs, given their large Hi-resolution screen with multi-touch input, Accelerometer sensor for UI and Touch-sensitive controls, have the potential to change the way we use Social Media tools and take Social Networking to a whole new level. Current Social Media tools such as Twitter or Facebook are “text” or “web-page” UI based. NextGen Social Media tools will leverage full range of functionality available in Tablet PCs and make media consumption for information & entertainment or playing online games a truly Social experience.
Most importantly, a fully functional Tablet PC costs just a few hundred dollars, a little more if it is a premium brand like Apple (note the price tag on Android powered Tablet PC I mentioned earlier in this post). And by all accounts, prices are likely to drop further as sales volume increase.
Speculation has been swirling for months around a tablet PC from Samsung Electronics, and the waiting may finally be over next month.
Korea’s top mobile phone maker will unveil the device at the IFA consumer electronics show, taking place in Germany from Sept. 3 to 8, according to a high-ranking official at the tech giant yesterday.
A few months after Apple introduced its iPad tablet in January, rumors began to spread that Samsung was developing a rival device. Industry observers then called it the “S-Pad” but have now nicknamed it the “Galaxy Tab,” after the company’s Android-based Galaxy S smartphone line.
“We will showcase our latest Smart TV and interchangeable lens camera models at the show,” the source said. “We will also showcase our tablet PC for the first time officially.”
In fact, a host of other Korean companies, including LG Electronics and TG Sambo Computer, are said to be developing tablet PCs, signaling a rise in competition among companies seeking to gain an edge before the iPad arrives in Korea, though no release date for that device has been set yet.
LG will reportedly release its latest tablet PC within the year. It already sells “convertible-type” tablet PCs with attached keyboards. TG Sambo also said it will introduce its tablet PC in the third quarter. Multimedia player maker iStation and MP3 player manufacturer Cowon may also launch tablet PCs.
Group Mobile, well known for carrying the top brands in rugged laptops, rugged tablet PCs, rugged UMPCs (Ultra Mobile PCs), rugged PDAs, and rugged handheld computers has added two new rugged tablet computers from Xplore Technologies to its product offerings - the iX104C4CR tablet PC for clean room environments and the iX104C4M military rugged tablet PC.
Motorola Tablet PC is now the talk of the gadget town. Motorola is reportedly designing a tablet PC, which would be similar to that of an Apple iPad in terms of the size and dimensions. Like all their smartphones, this tablet PC too will run on Android OS. Earlier this is a mere speculation, but now the Boy Genius Report added more strength to the speculation.
Motorola Tablet will sport a 10 inch screen, and 1 GHz or 1.3 GHz processor. Motorola Tablet will feature Android 3.0 OS!!! This tablet might make its debut by the end of 2010.
Research In Motion is moving closer to the production of its tablet called the ‘BlackPad’. The company has chosen Taiwanese notebook manufacturer Quanta to produce at least two million tablets this year, says a Chinese language paper Apple Daily.
RIM and Quanta are reportedly targeting a September shipping and a $500 price tag for the BlackPad to make it competitive against Apple’s iPad.
The BlackPad will support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity through tethering to a Blackberry smartphone, says the paper.
This is not the first time that information about the BlackPad has leaked out. In June, the Wall Street Journal reported that RIM is testing a tablet that could act as a “companion” to its BlackBerry phone. Before that, the Boy Genius Report web site said the BlackBerry tablet is likely to have a 8.9-inch screen.
Microsoft’s product groups are busy crafting their answer(s) to the Apple iPad. But Microsoft Research is working on slate/tablet-related projects of its own, including a way to add physical keys to the backs of these kinds of mobile-computing devices.
Microsoft Research’s RearType project is dedicated to finding a way affix keys to the backs of all kinds of tablets and slates, but in a way that users can reach them by gripping the sides of the devices.
Researchers have taken the two halves of a QWERTY keyboard and rotated the keys in a way that a user’s thumbs remain on the front of the surface and the other keys are placed within reach of the thumbs. (Microsoft Research’s shots of the front and back of a prototype device using RearType are featured to the right and can be expanded by clicking on the images.) An on/off button for activating/deactivating the keys to avoid accidental typing is a must, the researchers note.
Twenty-ten has been called the “Year of the Tablet” for some time now, but we’re already half way through the year and the only truly worthwhile tablet device that we have to speak of is the iPad and a couple of so-so Android tablets. But, there are tons of Android-, BlackBerry-, and webOS-powered tablets scheduled for the rest of 2010 and 2011, so there’s still time for a serious iPad competitor to rise to the occasion. We’re going to give a rundown of the “T0p 5 Most Anticipated Tablets” that are expected to hit sometime later this year, or early next year.
Keep in mind that some of these tablets are still just rumors, and specs are subject to change at any moment. That said, hold onto your seats!
The Adam from Notion Ink is definite the tablet I am holding out for. This tablet sports every feature you could expect from a tablet, and it does it with style. The Adam may not be as sexy as some of the previous tablets, but it packs a punch where others fall short. The Adam is the first tablet we’re hearing of that will sport a 10 inch Pixel Qi display, which can be used in a full color mode, or a black and white e-reader-like mode when the backlight is off, which can offer you days of use. The Adam has gone through a handful of delays, but the launch window is still set for before the end of 2010. (We’ll believe it when we see it)
We've been trying to find out when HP would launch a webOS tablet since the company first bought Palm, and we're now hearing from several trusted sources that it'll be calendar Q1 2011. We're told Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley mentioned the date during an all-hands employee meeting yesterday, and that the project is indeed known internally as "Hurricane." (We're assuming this is what that PalmPad trademark filing was for, but we can't confirm that.) Shipping a killer tablet would be one way to change the subject from ex-CEO Mark Hurd's recent troubles, we suppose
With a 5-inch screen, the Dell Streak is bigger than a smart phone but smaller than a tablet PC. The Streak will begin shipping by week's end.
Dell Inc. will begin taking orders from select customers for its new Android-based tablet device Thursday.
With a 5-inch display, built-in Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, the Streak seemingly straddles the divide between smart phones and tablet devices such as Apple's iPad. The device can make calls and features a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera and 2 gigabytes of internal storage.
Fujitsu has announced a new addition to its Lifebook T Tablet PC range, the Lifebook T730. A significant step forward for this class of notebook from Fujitsu is the inclusion, as an optional extra, of GPS.
This comes in addition to the optional 3G (capable of download speeds to 7.2Mbps), and the ever present Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Between them these connectivity options should help make the Fujitsu Lifebook T730 a desirable notebook for the ever-travelling professional who needs to be connected wherever they are.
Fujitsu says the Lifebook T730 can deliver all-day battery life from its primary battery. This longevity is assisted by energy saving features like an ambient light sensor which helps with automatically adjusted screen brightness.
Armor has unveiled a new tablet PC that is rugged and designed for a life of hard work in the field. The new tablet is called the X10gx and runs Windows 7 Ultimate for the operating system. The little tablet is built to military specs for ruggedness.
Armor says that the machine meets MIL-STD-810G, is approved for use in explosive or hazardous environments and has an IP rating of 67. The tablet weighs 4.7 pounds and has an integrated docking system. The hardware inside the little tablet includes an Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 CPU.
Nvidia Corp., the maker of chips for computer graphics cards, is working on a microprocessor for tablet devices that would directly compete with Intel Corp. products, two people familiar with the matter said.
Nvidia has a team of engineers developing chips that could be used by computer makers instead of Intel, said the people, who declined to be identified because the project hasn’t been made public. Nvidia began working on a tablet chip after an earlier effort to create laptop processors didn’t pan out, the people said. Those chips weren’t cheap enough to compete with Intel’s Atom chips, according to the people.
The effort would help Nvidia tap the burgeoning market for tablets, spurred by the success of Apple Inc.’s iPad.
Hackintosh, the electronics products maker is going to unleash its new tablet PC
Axon Logic. The Axon Logic is featured with touchscreen LCD, handwriting capacity, webcam, three USB ports, and Wi-Fi. This Hackintosh Axon Logic tablet PC is compatible with every Drawin OS like PureDarwin and Apple operating system X etc. The 320 GB multi-boot setup is also one of the best feature of Axon Logic.
A new video shows the dual-screen Toshiba Libretto W100 strutting its stuff in uncharted territory somewhere between a tablet and a traditional clamshell laptop.
What is the Libretto W100? It's a small 1.5-pound, 7-inch Windows 7 clamshell device that sports two capacitive LCD screens: one for viewing, one for typing. The typing screen is much like the virtual keyboard on the Apple iPad. Of course, the W100 can also function as a dual-screen tablet, which--in this respect at least--trumps the iPad.
That said, it needs to be stated up front that the Libretto W100 won't be cheap, roughly twice the cost of the cheaper iPad models. You do get two screens, however, and two batteries and a dual-core processor. (More specs are provided on the Libretto W100 Web page.)
In the first challenge to Apple's four-month-old iPad scene stealer mounted by a major supplier Dell just started selling its Android-based Streak Tablet in the U.S. this week.
Dell unveiled the hybrid device in January. It's part phone, part Internet device, part MP3, good for e-mail, texting, instant messaging, voice calls, music, and of course social networking.
The widget's base 2GB of storage can be expanded to 32 gigs, which will let it store 42 movies, 32,000 photos or 16,000 songs.
The carbon black widget with its five-inch multi-touch WVGA display is supposed to go for a pricey $299.99 with a two-year contract with A&T or $549.99 unlocked. Both AT&T, which also carries the iPhone, and Dell will push it.
The tablet from Apple runs iOS, not Mac OS X. Before the iPad's debut on stage earlier this year, however, many speculated that the tablet would be running Mac OS X as a competitor against Windows-based tablet-PCs.
The iPad does not have the functionality or features of the true-multitasking Mac OS X, and for fans of the desktop or even laptop experience, the official tablet may not be enough.
Enter Axon with its upcoming Haptic tablet. It's essentially a touch screen tablet with hardware very similar to netbooks that were friendly to hacked installs of Mac OS X – or Hackintoshes.
A new tablet PC has been released by Fujitsu that could appeal to users who travel frequently.
The Lifebook T730 offers a number of features that might interest commuters, such as built-in global positioning, WLAN and Bluetooth.
According to the manufacturer, the device is ideal for use in airport lounges or on public transport, while its ambient light sensor automatically adapts its display to fit its environment.
Customers could be interested in the product due to its 12.1-inch twist-to-touch bi-directional Tablet screen and Windows 7 multi-touch technology, as well as its bundled second battery for convenience while on the move.
Brad Hagan, product marketing manager for mobile clients at Fujitsu UK & Ireland, said: "Customers choose tablet PCs for their added functionality, convenience and greater flexibility. Fujitsu has a long history of producing high quality tablet PCs and the Lifebook T730 is no exception."
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Asustek have announced a number of new devices and the first on the scene will be a simple Eee Pad costing just $300. That one should arrive in October.
The Taiwan based company is the latest to jump on the tablet computer bandwagon in attempt to cash in on some of the success that Apple has had with their iPad. However, the Eee Pad isn’t going to be a threat to the iPad at all, it’s more likely to give current eReaders a run for their money though.
We don’t know yet if the Eee Pad will keep that name, some say it could be called the Eee Note, which would also be a more apt description for this device.
The new tablet will have an 8 inch LCD touchscreen and will run on a Linux operating system. The device appears to be aimed primarily at students as it has three main functions. It works as an eReader, it is designed for browsing the web so has onboard Wi-Fi, and you can take notes on it using a stylus on the touch screen.
It also comes with a camera so that students can take snapshots of white boards at lectures and a sound recorder to record lectures. Battery life is excellent if it lives up to the 10 hours without a charge that Asus claim it will. You also get 2 GB of storage memory and a MicroSD slot.
Asus are also planning three other models of tablet computers and this bunch may well have been competitors for Apple’s iPad if they had arrived sooner, but they’re not expected to appear until early next year.
Rimouski-based ExoPC is about a month away from launching the first new tablet PC that will run on a Windows environment.
It will be go on sale in Canada only by the end of September, said Francis Lamontagne, the chief operating officer of ExoPC. It is currently being built in Taiwan, and will be sold online at ExoPC.com. It will also sell in several stores, and the company will confirm where the device will be sold in the coming weeks.
The tablet's name isn't finalized, but Lamontagne said it will likely not be ExoPC, rather another name, and the device will say that it is "powered by ExoPC."
The company is still in the process of finalizing its U.S. launch date, which will be sometime this fall.
The tablet will run on an Intel Atom processor, which is used in most netbooks, so it will be slightly more powerful than the iPad. It will run its own user interface over a Windows 7 operating system, which means that any Windows-supported software will run on it, as well as specific applications designed for the device. Lamontagne said independent developers have already come out with between 500 and 600 applications designed specifically for the device.
Like the iPad, the tablet will have a touch screen, but unlike the iPad, it will respond to the pressure of the user's touch.
An unreleased firmware update for Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet computer point to an impressive offering that could challenge Apple's iPad. The Android-based Galaxy Tab will have front and back cameras and may be offered by Vodafone UX. Tablet computers like the iPad and Galaxy Tab could move the Internet onto wireless carriers' networks.
In the growing firmament of the tablets category, there will soon be a new Galaxy. According to information based on a firmware update for the not-yet-released P1000 Galaxy Tab tablet computer from Samsung, the new device could become one of the challengers to the undisputed king of tablets, Apple's iPad.
The date on the firmware was August 2010, and the Galaxy tablet is expected to be released in the third quarter this year. According to industry rumors on the web, Vodafone UX will carry the Galaxy Tab, and the tablet itself will be unveiled in early September at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.
The tablet was confirmed in a Wall Street Journal interview in June with a Samsung executive. The new information presents the apparent specs and release date.
Tablets are becoming, or may soon become, good friends of wireless carriers in Europe and the U.S. In part, this is because they are built on mobile operating systems, such as Apple's iOS and Google's open-source Android
Coby plans to introduce a tablet PC at the 2011 International CES, along with larger-screen LCDs in the fourth quarter.
"I think there's a major opportunity with tablets," Michael Troetti , Coby's president, told Dealerscope, adding that the Wi-Fi enabled devices would sell for about $179 and ship sometime during the second quarter of next year.
The imminent arrival of Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy slate, which may debut as early as next month, signals that interesting times are ahead for video-chat users. Businesses and other early-adopters hoping to conduct face-to-face meetings via smartphones and tablets may be in store for a frustrating experience.
A baffling array of mobile devices, many equipped with front-facing cameras and video-chat software, are arriving now or will be soon. In addition to the the aforementioned Samsung tablet, iPhone 4 and HTC EVO 4G, there's the Cisco Cius business tablet, the tepidly received Dell Streak, and a host of other Android-based slates. There's a good chance that Apple will bring a camera and FaceTime to the next-gen iPod touch and iPad too.
Recession Plus Apple Equals No Competition While lack of operating systems in the game may be part of the problem, Jeff Orr of ABI Research thinks it’s more than that. A recession, combined with Apple’s bucking of the traditional rollout schedule, left many prospective tablet makers in a holding pattern, he says.
“In January at CES there was no shortage of announcements. I think every company dipped their toe at that point and said, ‘Here’s what we think we can do.’ And normally when you see those kinds of announcements at CES, they’re pretty well baked, meaning that they should fall in line with a PC-type production cycle, which consists of a spring refresh and then a fall launch.”
That hasn’t happened, which Orr attributes at least in part to a slowdown in R&D at the end of 2009. “There was a lot of R&D spending that just didn’t happen last year. If it couldn’t prove that it was meeting the bottom line, it just didn’t get funded, and a lot of tablets fell into that. They were too speculative,” he says.
The second reason Orr cites for a lack of tablets is Apple managed to throw everyone off with its unorthodox launch and ship cycle for the iPad. Orr says companies typically stick to a fall launch with spring refresh. “I think partly it’s a response to Apple putting an offering out there in January that starts shipping in April, and there was some interest in being able to watch and see what they did and use that as a benchmark,” Orr says.
More details are emerging about a Chrome OS tablet set to launch for the 2010 holiday season. If the reports are accurate, HTC, Google, and Verizon are working together to launch a Chrome OS tablet on Black Friday to kick off the holiday shopping season.
The HTC Chrome tablet will offer some much-needed competition for the Apple iPad. The Dell Streak is available now, but its diminutive size and phone functionality make it regarded primarily as a smartphone with a thyroid problem more than a tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab--an Android based tablet--is expected to launch this fall, but aside from that Apple stands virtually unopposed in the tablet arena.
You are familiar with the phrase "better late than never". Well, that isn't always the case. Launching on Black Friday is really the very latest that it's practical to launch a tablet right now. After the holidays most people will be out of discretionary income, and the impending iPad will be the focus of attention. If a manufacturer can't get a tablet on the market in time for the holiday shopping season, it may as well delay launching it until after the next-generation iPad--expected sometime in early 2011.
The company which gave birth to the international tablet competition through its iPad is now planning for some new but smaller tablet at the end of this year around Christmas, according to some major Taiwanese Newspaper. The Digitime’s Newspaper of Taiwan had given this report in the last week that the Taiwanese companies have started to assemble a 7-inch iPad for Apple.
The 7-inch LCD screen of iPad 2 will be provided by Chimei Innolux and this one is going to use the same IPS technology which the original iPad used, the main goodness about this technology is that it improves the viewing angles and color on the LCD screen.
Rumor has it that the next magical, revolutionary product Apple plans to launch is a smaller, 7-inch version of its hit tablet, iPad. Is there something special about that 7-inch size that makes Apple believe such a device will be a hit on par with the original iPad?
There are obvious benefits. A 7-inch tablet would be easier to carry than the current iPad, which sports a 9.7-inch screen. It would also look less silly–though still rather awkward–if held up to the ear when making a phone call. Perhaps most importantly, a smaller iPad could be priced more cheaply, allowing Apple to capture a different range of consumers than the larger ($499-$829) iPad does.
A 7-inch iPad may also indicate a new standard is emerging for this still-evolving category. When it comes to tablets, 7 inches might meet the Goldilocks Rule of being “just right”–not too big or too small.
Manufacturers have already been criticized for producing tablets that miss this range. Dell’s new Streak, for instance, is an interesting twist on a tablet, but its unusual size has elicited some gripes. At 5 inches, some felt it was too small to be a tablet and too large to be a smartphone.
If Apple is indeed making a 7 inch tablet, it will be far from the first manufacturer to bet on these proportions. Archos and Huawei started selling 7 inch tablets this summer. Acer showed off a 7 inch tablet in May and said it would go on sale this fall. Cisco’s version of a tablet, the business communications-focused Cius, measures 7 inches. Both Samsung and Research In Motion’s upcoming tablets are said to be 7 inches. Dell is believed to be developing a 7 inch version of the Streak for release later this year.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Kessler reportedly offered the previous statement as an explanation to why the two companies would likely not make a deal together, despite Netflix's best efforts. That's par for the course, so far, but what is new and exciting from the interview is an off-hand comment that in six month's time, HBO Go would be available "through all major cable systems, on Apple Inc.'s iPad, on mobile devices and elsewhere," free for those already signed up to HBO.
With the imminent release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet computing is about to get a whole lot more interesting: the Android-powered device is a real rival to Apple's iPad, promising multi-touch goodies without the expense of Apple kit.
At least, that's what we hope is happening, because the Samsung Galaxy Tab price is still secret.
It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet will be the first Android tablet to actually ship, so the stakes are high: if it's a dog it could seriously damage Android tablets' reputation - and if it's great, it could tempt prospective iPad purchasers away from the Apple Store.
Here's what we know.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab looks awfully like an iPad
As with mobile phones, there's not much you can do to differentiate your tablet from Apple's one: the screen has to dominate, which leaves precious little room for design flourishes.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will run Flash
Is there an app for that, Apple? Eh? Eh? EH?
The Samsung Galaxy Tab release date looks like September
It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab release date is imminent: the official announcement is due in September, and we'd expect sales to start pretty much immediately so Samsung doesn't miss the crucial Christmas sales period.
Research In Motion Ltd. is turning to technology used in BMW audio systems and the Army’s Crusher tank as it tries to distinguish its new tablet computer from Apple Inc.’s iPad, said three people familiar with the plans.
The yet-to-be-announced tablet will run on software developed by QNX Software Systems, which RIM bought from Harman International Industries Inc. for $200 million in April, said the people, who didn’t want to be named because the plans haven’t been made public. QNX’s software is used in products from companies including Cisco Systems Inc., General Electric Co. and Caterpillar Inc.
RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, is racing to introduce its tablet as rivals debut similar devices that fill the gap between smartphones and laptops. By using QNX technology, RIM could take advantage of the independent software developers who already create applications for QNX and build on the popularity of its BlackBerry smartphone with corporate customers.
Apple launched the iPad in April of Q2. According to JiWire's data, the device quickly settled into the number three slot of most popular Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices. The iPhone remained in the top spot though dropping 11.4 percent. The iPod touch remained at number two.
It looks like Android devices are making moves to draw even.
Apple devices continue to dominate the top 10. However, the HTC Droid Incredible has become the most popular Android device, followed closely by the Motorola Droid, facilitating the platform's increase in market share and taking away from the Apple iOS. This quarter, both the Android and RIM platforms increased 1.2 and .07 percent respectively, while Apple's platform declined 2.3 percent despite launching two new products.
Apple launched the iPad in April of Q2. According to JiWire's data, the device quickly settled into the number three slot of most popular Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices. The iPhone remained in the top spot though dropping 11.4 percent. The iPod touch remained at number two.
It looks like Android devices are making moves to draw even.
Apple devices continue to dominate the top 10. However, the HTC Droid Incredible has become the most popular Android device, followed closely by the Motorola Droid, facilitating the platform's increase in market share and taking away from the Apple iOS. This quarter, both the Android and RIM platforms increased 1.2 and .07 percent respectively, while Apple's platform declined 2.3 percent despite launching two new products.
Tablet PC’s are not only getting better and faster, they are now also getting even more durable. This feature especially may have quite a number of uses in areas of work where toughness and durability is essential. The American Industrial Systems, Inc. or AIS has introduced a new rugged vehicle computer.
The new AIS 12.1″ Rugged Vehicle Computer is designed for use in tough environments. It is designed to operate even in extreme temperatures, strong vibration, wet and other harsh environmental conditions.
LG's VP of Marketing just threw out a big fat claim about the company's future tablet.
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Chang Ma boasted, "Our tablet will be better than the iPad," because it will have, "high-end features and new benefits," and be "surprisingly productive."
We're highly skeptical of Ma's claim for a number of reasons, but one big red flag is that he says it's coming the fourth quarter of this year. The LG tablet will be running on Android, which apparently isn't ready to scale up to tablet size.
If your a drawing fanatic and like to draw on the computer you have probably used a digitizer tablet. Now digitizer tablets are great but they are expensive and you have to go out and pay even more for a good program. Well a tablet like the iPad want’s to liberate you from your digitizer.
The Apple iPad comes with a nice 9.7″ IPS multi-touch display that has a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. The iPad is perfect for drawing wirelessly and there are some professional level apps available for it as well.
Autodesk has created a really awesome application with pro level features and it’s priced at $8. The SketchBook Pro application is one of the best applications currently available for true artists who want to show their talents on the iPad. The SketchBook app is available now on iTunes.
Hewlett-Packard will release a tablet PC based on Palm's webOS operating system in "early 2011," the head of HP's PC division said Thursday.
HP's tablet plans have been under close watch since it announced plans to buy Palm in April for US$1.2 billion. There was speculation at the time that HP would ditch its plans for a Windows 7 tablet and use Palm's webOS instead.
Since then the company has said it will sell tablets based on both operating systems, but it hadn't confirmed when the webOS device will go on sale
Within the next few months, subscribers to Verizon FiOS service could watch live TV through an application on their tablet computers. That's the word today from Verizon, which says it expects to roll out a full range of television programming to tablets, including the top-selling Apple iPad – and presumably the influx of Android- and Chrome-powered slates expected by the holiday season.
Verizon reps announced at a press conference that the application was, in a technical sense, ready to go. But Reuters is reporting that Verizon will still need to "convince content providers like Time Warner or Walt Disney Co to give it permission to extend live TV viewing to devices such as tablet computers and home appliances."
It's important to note that what Verizon seems to have in mind here is not a stream-on-demand service such as the one Netflix offers. Instead, tablet owners would be able to watch television programs and sporting events at the same time they hit the cable box
LG in an interview today positioned its upcoming Android tablet as the antithesis of Apple's iPad [sub. required]. Marketing VP Chang Ma told the WSJ that the slate, which will go under the Optimus badge used for phones in Korea, should be "surprisingly productive." Apple's device is more focused on consuming content, he said.
Ma wouldn't say how the tablet shipping in the fall would achieve LG's goal. Android by itself doesn't have any inherently creative apps pre-installed and doesn't yet have any apps optimized for tablet size that could help. The iPad does have creative apps, including drawing tools as advanced as Alias Sketchbook Pro as well as Apple's iWork suite, DataViz's Documents To Go and numerous music apps.
LG will take on Apple in the US, but the executive didn't say if the tablet would have 3G or have options for either unlocked or carrier-discounted models.
South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics might be closer than expected from launching on shelves its first Android-based tablet PC, the so called Samsung Tab, which was spotted into the wild today.
Although no official details on this are available for the time being, it seems that Samsung already started the live testing of this device in various markets, and that the actual launch date might not be that far in the end.
The yet unannounced Galaxy Tab can be seen in the video below, which Electronista claims was shot in Sydney, Australia.
The slate, which was seen “hands of an anonymous telco worker at a train station,” resembles a lot with that already rumored Galaxy Tab Android-based tablet, but no specific info on it was unveiled.
Word out of TechRadar UK is that ViewSonic is set to jump back into the tablet game with both a 7″ Android tablet as well as a 10″ model that will dual-boot Windows and Android.
The debut will reportedly take place at IFA 2010 in just a couple short weeks. ViewSonic was an early player in the tablet market back in the day. They introduced their first slate running Windows XP Tablet PC edition in November 2002. Their rumored new line, however, reaches back to their pre-Tablet PC days by resurrecting the “ViewPad” brand, which included both Windows CE and Windows XP (not Tablet PC edition) slates.
The Android tablet will be called the ViewPad 7 and offer connectivity via Wi-Fi and 3G. It will feature front- and back-facing cameras and have access to “thousands of applications”. It is not stated if these applications will come through the Android Market or their own store. Other features include assisted GPS, storage via microSD, Bluetooth, accelerometer and USB connectivity.
The larger 10-inch model is unnamed, but one can guess it will be the ViewPad 10. It is claimed it will use an Intel processor and dual-boot Windows and Android
Seems like only yesterday I was warding off ignorant attacks against the viability of tablet computers. “Users want keyboards,” they said. “Tablets have already failed,” they claimed. Fast forward to today and not only do people want them, but vendors are scrambling to meet demand.
Apple made tablets popular. Like it or not, Apple opened the door to tablet-mania, just like many long-time Tablet PC enthusiasts said they could. Admittedly, until the iPad came along, the vision was that of a tablet running Mac OS X, much like the Axiotron Modbook. However, the general consensus was that they’d tailor the software and back it with the power of their marketing machine, which they did with the iPad, and that would trigger a cascading effect to get everyone else into the game, which also happened.
And this brings us to today. With Best Buy aiming to serve up a big bunch of tablets this holiday season, the “Year of the Tablet” could be upon us. We can thank Apple for kicking things off, but while I and others thought they could make tablets popular, we didn’t claim they’d only make their tablet popular. There’s a big opportunity here, and it’s great that so many are taking advantage of it. Yes, in many ways, we’re taking a step back with the functionality compared to Windows-based Tablet PCs, but sometimes you need to take one step back to make a big leap forward. Get a tablet in everyone’s hands today and that leads to better, more powerful tablets tomorrow.
Best Buy is known for stocking thousands of electronic gadgets. To date, that assortment has included just one tablet computer–Apple’s iPad–but that will change in coming months, Forbes has learned.
“Going into the holidays, we will make tablets a focus,” said Shawn Score, the president of Best Buy’s wireless retail unit, Best Buy Mobile, in an interview. “Like e-readers over the last couple years, we think customers will think of Best Buy for tablets and expect us to have the right ones.”
The support of Best Buy–the largest U.S. retailer of consumer electronics by sales–could transform the burgeoning tablet market. A number of electronics vendors have exhibited tablets over the past year, but only a handful of major brands, including Apple and Dell, have brought devices to market.
A new crop of tablets, including devices from Samsung, Acer and Research In Motion, is expected to debut in time for the holidays.
On college campuses across the country this fall semester, some students are getting iPads upon admission while professors and administrators are trying to determine if this latest digital gadget will have a place in the world of academia, with its dusty libraries and lecture halls.
The College Park program "is really aimed at the student who is a so-called digital native, who grew up doing interesting things online," said Matthew Kirschenbaum, associate English professor and director of the digital cultures program. "The iPad isn't just a tool or instrument for the classroom. It's also going to be an artifact, an object of study."
The iPad isn't even a year old but is expected to popularize tablet computers. Its benefits include a vibrant touchscreen and media presentation, long battery life, and mobile Internet accessibility.
The popularity of the Apple iPad does not mean others will fail in the tablet market, according to Thursday data from Forrester. A recent study found that 14 percent of U.S. online consumers – or 27 million people – intend to purchase a tablet in the next year.
"[This] is encouraging for Apple's would-be tablet competitors: There's interest in the category that goes beyond the iPad," according to the report.
At this point, however, there are very few tablet options except the iPad. Dell recently released its Streak tablet, but with a five-inch screen, it's really more of a large smartphone. Meanwhile, in its earning's call this week, Hewlett-Packard confirmed plans to build a WebOS-based tablet. Last month, LG also said it is working on an Android-based tablet, and there are reports about a Lenovo Android device and a Chrome OS-based tablet from Google and HTC.
"Apple was smart to focus on media consumption: Tablet buyers really, really care about media,' the report said. "Compared with all U.S. online consumers, they are more likely to use every type of media — from offline radio to online video to Facebook and Skype. In addition, they spend more hours consuming all types of media than all US online consumers do, with the exception of offline TV."
Surveys reveal that a substantial chunk of U.S. customers plan to buy a tablet in the next year, and it’s not necessarily going to be an iPad.
Fourteen percent, or 27 million U.S. online consumers, intend to buy some kind of tablet in the next 12 months, says a Forrester research report published Thursday (chart below). Customers interested in purchasing a tablet aren’t primarily Apple customers, and they’re well aware of the crop of upcoming tablets from competitors such as Google and Hewlett-Packard.
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A new report from market research firm Forrester credits Apple's iPad with kicking off what it calls "tablet mania."
Since Apple reported selling 3.27 million iPads in its fiscal third quarter, numerous iPad competitors have been announced. Not surprisingly, most contain the word "pad" in their name, as companies hope to cash in on Apple's success and associate their product with Apple's.
In its report released last week, Forrester cited the WebOS and Windows 7 tablets from HP, the Dell Streak, the Toshiba Smart Pad, rumored tablets from Acer and Samsung, and a Lenovo entry called LePad. One that Forrester didn't mention is the rumored BlackPad from Research In Motion
Those lamenting the choices in the battle against Apple's iPad are now being given two options from Hewlett Packard: WebOS or Windows. The announcement late last week by HP execs said that they will create tablets for both operating systems, rumored to be called the Windows Slate and the PalmPad. But just how good a buy will these tablets be for your business? Here are five reasons to consider one.
Apple’s tablet PC- the iPad is no doubt the best tablet PC available in the market and there is no competition so far. Now the question is: Will iPad continue to dominate the tablet PC sector or some one will halt iPad’s dream run and stand up as a worthy competitor.
It looks like Motorola and Verizon can join hands to come up with an iPad rival like they did to come up with rivals for Apple’s hugely successful smartphone- the iPhone.
Experts maintained that Motorola could establish itself in the tablet PC market by delivering an aesthetically appealing and highly functional device. The success of Droid phones has proved that despite all the hype and hoopla surrounding the iPhone there was room for other devices and same goes for iPad as well.
During his Consumer Electronics Show (CES) keynote address back in January, Microsoft
CEO Steve Ballmer infamously held up a prototype HP tablet device and declared, in not so many words, that Microsoft was back in the Tablet PC game. "We're talking about something that's almost as portable as a phone, and as powerful as a PC, running Windows 7," he said. "[This] emerging category of PCs really takes advantage of the touch and mobility and capabilities of Windows 7, and is perfect for reading, for surfing the Web, and for taking entertainment on the go."
Microsoft's public pronouncements about slates and other next-generation Tablet PCs have recalled this netbook experience, and the company believes it can perform a similar about-face in the coming days, confining the iPad to also-ran status. Whether that's possible is uncertain and largely unrelated to the central argument here. Sure, Microsoft is reacting to the iPad. But so are other industry heavyweights. From what I can see, Microsoft and its hardware partners are closer to delivering viable, Windows 7-based iPad competitors than are the other major players, which will offer Android and WebOS offerings.
Whatever happens, this holiday season should be interesting, regardless of which platform you prefer.
The Apple iPad has been embraced by businesses much faster than its iPhone predecessor. That acceptance is primarily a result of the success of the iPhone, but it also opens the door for iPad competitors to enter the business world more easily once they're available.
A report from the Wall Street Journal states, "The company's tablet-style device seems to be sidestepping the resistance that the iPhone and other consumer-oriented devices have faced in the corporate environment. Indeed, many businesses have raced to snap up iPads."
The iPad has a jumpstart on other tablets in two ways. First, it has the advantage of riding the coattails of business adoption of the iPhone. Second, it has the benefit of being first to market among the next-generation tablets.
The good news for competitors like Samsung, HP, and Asus, is that other tablets get to stand on the shoulders of previous technology as well. The fact that the iPhone blurred the line between consumer and business--and broke down corporate barriers--paved the way for Android and other smartphones to enter the corporate culture much easier.
The acceptance of the iPad into the business world will open doors for the tablets that follow. Now that Apple has laid the foundation and opened up the possibilities for transforming mobile computing, tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab can follow in the iPad's footsteps--but also learn from its mistakes--and push the envelope of what tablets are capable of as business tools.
iPad File Explorer ($15, free demo with nags) is a Windows application which provides important functionality to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch that's missing from iTunes: the ability to browse the folder structure of the device and easily copy files back and forth. You can even create new folders on your device and use them for mass storage, if you wish.
Due to Apple's propensity to rename every file and bury them within folders, iPad File Explorer isn't suitable for backing up your iPad or restoring it. This app's use is getting specific files off your Apple device without dealing with iTunes's esoteric syncing rules, and for creating folders on the device for use as mass storage.
Pioneer Computers is expanding their Android OS tablet lineup by adding a new device to its existing lineup which includes the DreamBook ePad 7 tablet. Their latest tablet is the DreamBook ePad N7 which is a 7-inch Android tablet.
The N7 does lack full high definition support like its predecessor. However, the 7-inch tablet does include a touchscreen display with WVGA resolution which supports 16 million colors and 800×480 pixel resolution. The N7 also comes with a few enhancements over the ePad 7 including a faster processor, improved graphics support, as well as expanded memory and storage. More specifically, the unit includes 512MB DDR2 RAM, 4GB storage space with a microSD card slot for expanded memory, a 1.3MP digital camera and a 2-cell battery for power. The tablet also comes with WiFi support with 3G/Bluetooth being optional features. The DreamBook ePad N7 runs on Android 2.1 and will sell for $499.
Although the iPad has only been available for a few months, a surprisingly high number of corporate employees currently utilize the tablet PC device, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The popularity and predicted sustainability of the iPad in the corporate and IT sectors is predominately due to the new technology’s business-friendly features, the news source reports. In fact,
has attributed a great deal of the overall success of the product to its reputation in the business world.
Of the approximately 11,000 applications that are available through the iPad, more than 500 were specifically designed for corporate use. One such business-related app developed by Citrix Systems has been downloaded more than 145,000 times.
What would you like to see in a HTC tablet? Something running Android? Chrome OS? A touchscreen built by N-Trig, the same guys who were behind the Microsoft Surface?
According to Haaretz.com, HTC has employed the services of Israeli manufacturer N-trig for its tablet’s touchscreen tech – the very same touchscreen that was used in Microsoft’s Surface table, along with other products such as the Dell Latitude XT. This tablet is supposedly on track to launch on November 26th, and will be offered “in cooperation with the US telecommunications company Verizon.” Hmm.
*Worth mentioning that while the Surface table was touch-sensitive, it wasn’t actually a touchscreen – instead using five cameras to capture motion from objects (and fingers) placed on the table.
Also, while Microsoft invested money into N-Trig earlier this year, N-Trig’s website states that “N-trig was not involved with Microsoft’s Surface computer, which uses optical technology. That is, infrared cameras and a projector behind its touch screen, which helps explain the Surface computer’s high price and large size. In comparison, N-trig uses a capacitive touch sensor. The circuitry is located along two sides of a thin, transparent screen sensor, which allows N-trig to implement the technology inside a thin laptop or tablet display.” Headline changed from “HTC’s Tablet Could Have Same Touchscreen Tech as Microsoft Surface” to reflect this.
AT&T Inc.’s emerging devices president, who oversees the carrier’s relationship with Apple Inc., said tablet computers costing as much as $1,000 might soon make many laptops obsolete.
“You’re going to see those 10-inch pieces of glass become full-on computers,” Glenn Lurie said in an interview this month in Atlanta. He said he expects there to be a variety of tablet computers costing $300 to $1,000 in the next five years. The Apple iPad ranges in price from $499 to $829.
AT&T may draw more revenue by compelling new and existing customers to buy tablet computers that will complement their smartphones. The carrier is the exclusive data-service provider for the iPad, which has sold more than 3 million units since its April 3 introduction.
Sales of tablet devices probably will grow to 23 percent of the U.S. computer market by 2015, from about 6 percent this year and less than 1 percent in 2009.
When the Apple tablet went on sale to the public last spring, Woodbury ordered 30 for the libraries at North Carolina State University in Raleigh to be available for checkout by students and faculty. Demand was immediate and widespread.
"Literally, the hour we started [lending out iPads], we had students lining up to use them," said Woodbury, NCSU's Learning Commons Librarian.
That popularity is likely increase this fall. Universities and schools around the nation--and even the world--are distributing iPads to students and faculty to start the new school year. Some are using the device to lure talented freshmen; others hope faculty and students will merely experiment with the tablet as a learning tool. But a few educators are betting the iPad will herald a revolution in the classroom, once-and-for-all displacing musty textbooks in favor of a mobile multimedia device that can engage students in new and innovative ways.
Lately I've been feeling very self-conscious when talking on the phone in public, and it's not because I'm worried about strangers listening in on my private conversations.
Rather, it's because the cell phone I'm using — the just-released Dell Streak — is actually a touch-screen tablet device that makes some of the clunkiest handsets from the late '90s look diminutive by comparison.
The Streak ($300 with a two-year AT&T contract) is a complicated gadget. For a tablet computer, it is fairly small and thin — a fraction the size of Apple Inc.'s popular iPad. Its face is dominated by a touch screen that is 5 inches diagonally, compared with the iPad's 9.7-inch display. Yet Dell insists it is also a phone, and as such it is fairly enormous and uncomfortable to talk on. Beyond that, it comes with an older version of Google Inc.'s Android software. Overall, it's just too awkward to bear.
Everyone wants to compete with Apple’s iPad. After Google announced the launch of their tablet, analysts expect that a partnership between Motorola and Verizon will lead the launch of a new Tablet PCs, which will seriously compete with Apple’s iPad.
There were rumors saying that the Finnish manufacturer, Nokia, is planning to launch a tablet this year.
Motorola’s new product will also enable users to watch TV, according to Financial Times.
The new Tablet PC will have a 10-inch screen, will use the Google Android operating system and users could access programs like Adobe Flash.
Thanks to the TV broadcast application, Verizon customers could use FiOS service.
Although both Verizon and Motorola’s officials haven’t made any comments yet, in the past, Motorola discussed for several times the possibility of launching a new product to compete iPad.
There is a word that another tablet PC is on its way to launch. Orange is planning to roll out three tablet PC’s powered by the Android platforms by Christmas. The self branded tablet PC would be manufactured by the Asian organizations such as Acer or MSI.
The self branded Orange android tablet PC’s would come up with the ready to use 3G connectivity with cheaper prices. With the mobile carrier coming out with its own tablet, it is likely that the demand for the product will be higher than other tablet PC’s in the market.
The iPad has been a runaway success story for Apple. Samsung, HP, Dell, Acer, Asus, MSI, Toshiba, Lenovo and other companies all plan to enter the tablet space in the next year. So what about Sony? Nothing. The company has been very quiet about any tablet ambitions it may have.
But you know what? That’s not surprising at all. Sony was also one of the last PC makers to enter the netbook space. The company insisted that it didn’t want to launch another me-too product and wanted something that would stand out from the crowd. The first Sony device that vaguely resembled a netbook was the Vaio P, an almost-pocketable mini-laptop with a high resolution 8 inch display and a price tag that was about double that of its competitors.
In an interview with Handelblatt, Sony computer chief Kazuo Hirai points out that as many as 22 companies will launch slate PCs in the next year. He says that if Sony jumps into the fray, it wants something that will make its product stand out.
Right now, Hirai isn’t sharing any announcements — and I suspect we won’t hear much from Sony about a tablet… until the company is ready to claim that it’s created the best things since sliced bread… or the iPad.
Nonetheless, I think Viewsonic is on to something with a 10-inch tablet that can boot either Android or Windows. Viewsonic hasn’t said much about the tablet yet, except that it will be powered by an Intel chip and that its first appearance will be at the big IFA consumer electronics trade show next month in Berlin. But the concept alone makes this tablet one of the more interesting rivals to Apple’s iPad.
The problem with stuffing a bare-bones Linux build into a Windows laptop is that Microsoft’s platform is clearly dominant. In a netbook or notebook PC, the benefits of a secondary, lightweight operating system — fast access and slower battery drain — are outweighed by the need to eventually get some work done.
But with tablets, productivity is secondary. The real joy of these devices is in lounging on the couch or in bed while reading e-books, checking e-mail or browsing the Internet. Android excels at this kind of computing, because the operating system was built specifically for touch screens and because the Android Market is loaded with apps for consuming media.
In a dual-boot tablet, I see Windows taking the back seat, becoming an ace in the hole on the occasions when you need to edit a PowerPoint presentation or use specific desktop programs. Having that ability would allow you to travel with only a tablet, and perhaps a small keyboard and a mouse for those serious work sessions.
When I asked a Viewsonic spokeswoman for more details, she noted that the tablet was being introduced by Viewsonic U.K., its British arm. She said Viewsonic U.S. had plans to enter the tablet market, but she wouldn’t elaborate
Toshiba's Android tablet has been given a more definitive name and specs in a scoop that points to an Apple influence. Now labeled by Notebook Italia as the Folio 100, the device not only has a proprietary Apple-style dock connector but a similar cradle to match. Toshiba will also try ot take a cue by running its own store, Toshiba Marketplace, as a supplement to Android Market.
The slate will be competitive in most respects and will have the previously hinted dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 250, which should help output 1080p over HDMI as well as downscaled content to the 10-inch, 1024x600 screen. It should have an iPad-matching 16GB of internal storage and the expected 3G, Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi for wireless. Toshiba will claim an edge in expansion with both full-size and mini USB ports as well as an SD card slot and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. Battery life would be a significant drawback, however, as it would have just seven hours of web or video use versus Apple's 10 hours.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Vs Apple iPad: South Korean electronics giant Samsung is all set to unveil its own tablet PC- the Galaxy Tab very soon. Leaked photographs and a video posted by Samsung suggest that the device will be a 7-inch tablet running Google's OS- the Android 2.2. The device is expected to give a tough competition to Apple's iPad (being called iPad killer by many) and it remains to be seen that how much competition will the Tab give to iPad?
The Galaxy Tab comes loaded with two cameras; while the iPad has none. The rear camera is of 3.2 megapixel and the front-facing camera is for video-calls. The presence of front camera will definitely attract customers. The Samsung's device will support both- Wi-fi as well as 3G.
The iPad had a 4:3 aspect ratio screen with 1024x768 pixel resolution. The ratio is better suited for reading books and websites. The iPad boasts of a 10 inch screen, while the Galaxy S has a 7 inch screen but with a widescreen aspect ratio. The Galaxy Tab has a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is better suited to watch videos.
It is expected that the Galaxy Tab will have a microSD card slot. The device will also come loaded with internal memory of 16GB or 32GB just like the Galaxy S. The microSD card slot will allow the users to connect their digital cameras directly to the device and view their picture on a a7 inch screen before mailing them off or uploading it on a social networking site.
The Galaxy Tab runs Android 2.2 a.k.a Froyo, which means it will support Adobe's Flash Player 10.1. Going by the specs, it seems that the Tab is a formidable rival for iPad and its release will definitely force Apple to come up with an improved iPad very soon.
Apple's iPad tablet is being used by doctors, lawyers and businesspeople to ease their workloads, but many believe the popular touchscreen device can't yet replace a laptop for functions such as writing long documents.
The IT shop at Chicago-based law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal allows the firm's lawyers to use iPads, and up to 100 of the 800 attorneys around the globe are already doing so -- at their own expense.
Another professional who uses an iPad is Dr. Jon Wahrenberger. A cardiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., Wahrenberger said he and four other cardiac surgeons use iPads. The iPad offers a "low profile" that doesn't seem intimidating to patients during exams, he said.
But the bigger value comes from the fact that he's able to use his iPad to interact with patients' electronic health records
The iPad caught a huge scale of customers like a jungle fire. The device is still considered to be an elegant form of computing. That’s why, over 3 million copies were sold during March and June 2010.
However, there is our good old Windows 7, the upcoming OS for new tablets and smartphones. The CEO of Microsoft – Steve Ballmer will be personally hovering over a number of projects after the release of the OS. Some tablets, such as the MSI WindPad and HP Slate are already lined up for release in 2011.
Take a look at some key aspects that will supposedly make Windows 7 Tabs a huge success:
• Enable Curated Computing via a “User Experience Shell”
Microsoft will probably give a different look to tablets. They don’t want their customers to think of Windows tablets as laptops. According to research analyst – Forrester’s report – “Microsoft needs to embrace Curated Computing that synchs with the Xbox 360 and provides a new interface.”
In the initial few months of its release, Microsoft can offer Quality over price. If those tablets are placed at a price lower than the iPad, Microsoft has a fair chance of exceeding beyond expectations.
Fourteen percent of U.S. online customers plan to buy a tablet computer within the next 12 months according to a new study from leading market research company Forrester Research. The 14 percent was ahead of the 13 percent planning to buy a laptop, 11 percent planning to buy an eBook reader, 8 percent planning to buy a netbook, and 8 percent said to be planning to buy a desktop computer.
The survey, which questioned almost 4000 consumers, could translate as 43 million tablet sales in the US by the end of 2011.
Chinese computer company Lenovo is currently developing a new videogame console as well as a computer tablet PC and smartphones in its bid to expand its product portfolio.
Lenovo has established a gaming console company called Beijing Eedoo Technology Ltd. which will develop an entertainment console that will be called eBox. The initial development was already done by Lenovo who made a console prototype.
“We saw game consoles as an area with growth potential,” Lenovo spokesman Jay Chen said.
The world’s largest PC maker by unit sales is also busy developing a computer tablet PC joining other computer companies like Hewlett-Packard, Acer, and Dell in seeking to gain share of the expanding tablet market sparked by the success of the Apple iPad.
Apple has had the tablet market all to itself this year with the iPad, which is a bit of a shock as the media hyped that 2010 was going to be the year of the tablet PC and not the netbook. We do not want to dwell on the past, let us look to the rest of the year and see what iPad alternatives we can expect for not only 2010 but 2011 as well?
The first device that springs to be mind is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, as we recently learned that they had released a teaser video. This could be the first iPad rival, but does it have what it takes? The simple answer is yes, as it has more than capable hardware and the Android 2.2 OS– but is that really enough? The tab has a 7-inch display, which seems funny, as there have been rumors that Apple could be working on an iPad of the same size.
The rest of the tablet market is a strange one, there have been a number of reviews of different tablets, but none of them will threaten the iPad any time soon. However, there are those that have the potential, but we are still in the dark as to their names, spec and release date details.
August 31, 2010
ViewSonic Europe ushers in a new product category to its portfolio with the introduction of a premium capacitive multi-touch screen 7" tablet.
31st August 2010 – ViewSonic Europe ushers in a new product category to its portfolio with the introduction of a premium capacitive multi-touch screen 7″ tablet.
The ViewPad 7 is a world’s first 7″ Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet with phone functionality, multi-tasking capabilities and front and back-facing cameras, VGA and 3MP, resolutions respectively.
Within a lightweight, pocket-sized design, this device is ideal for anyone who needs a mobile connection to the world via email and video and wants to enjoy a wide-range of applications.
With full 3G and phone functionality, a full size SIM card slot and integrated Bluetooth connectivity the ViewPad 7 will support instant messaging, text/mms messaging, VOIP and standard voice calls all in a single device.
It features an easy to use familiar interface with a G-sensor that reorients the screen depending on how the device is held and access to the Google Android app store featuring over 100,000 applications.
Additional features includes a Micro SD slot for up to 32GB of storage; Wi-Fi and 3G functionality for web browsing and USB connectivity. It also boasts advanced features including Assisted GPS and an office document reader, along with the capability for hand-written note taking. There is also an e-book reader, when combined with the crystal clear LED screen, makes the ViewPad 7 an invaluable travelling companion.
Superior to other tablet offerings with resistive touch technology the ViewPad 7 incorporates a capacitive multi-touch screen and is a portable, easy-to-use and competitively priced device that will transform the way that consumers read, watch, listen to and interact with media in a mobile environment.
“We are proud to announce another world first at Viewsonic. 3G phone functionality combined with dual cameras gives the ability for use of Android apps to use augmented reality or video calling on the move with the benefit of an excellent 7″ screen” says Derek Wright, European Product Marketing Manager. “The ViewPad 7 is aimed at users who require the ‘always on’ connectivity they are used to from a mobile phone with a more agreeable screen size for longer term use.”
The official announcement of the 7-inch tablet is slated for September 2. Samsung has only disclosed only a few details about the Galaxy Tab so far. However, in a bid to drum up anticipation for iPad 'killer', Samsung released earlier this month a teaser video of the Galaxy Tab tablet. The video doesn't reveal much, except the 7-inch screen size, and the fact that it will have a rather sizeable camera on the back, something missing from Apple's hit-selling tablet.
As for software, the Galaxy Tab will come with Android 2.2, together with support for Adobe Flash. Support for SWYPE typing technology would be embedded with the software keyboard, but there's no word whether Samsung's TouchWiz Android UI modifications will allow for Android Market functionality.
Information technology distributor iData has signed an agreement with Motion Computing to sell and distribute it’s Motion computer tablet PC in South Africa.
Formerly called ProScan Distribution, iData is a distributor of mobile technology and automated identification products for the reseller market. The agreement makes iData the first VAD that offers Motion Computing’s computer tablet PC in the region.
Motion tablet PCs cater to the mobile workforces market segment. Each unit is lightweight for easy portability yet rugged enough to withstand the elements. Its integrated system allows users to access, collect, and share data across mobile environments such as in construction, health, manufacturing, hospitality, government, education, distribution and point-of-sale systems.
Autodesk is bringing its AutoCAD architecture, design, and engineering software back to the Mac OS after an 18-year absence, the company announced this evening. But the company plans to do more than offer a Mac OS X version of AutoCAD: It says it will release a free version of the software, dubbed AutoCAD WS, for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch that lets users review, edit, and share AutoCAD files on those popular mobile devices.
iPad production is starting to catch up with demand. Or, gasp, the growing supply of alternatives may be starting to chip away at the iPad's popularity.
The holiday tablet season is heating up as tech shops put the final touches on their would-be iPad competitors.
Adding to the emerging field of iPad rivals are tablets from Samsung, Motorola(MOT) and computer display specialist ViewSonic.
No. 2 phone maker Samsung is working with Verizon(VZ) on the introduction of a 10-inch tablet called the Galaxy, according to a BoyGeniusReport Tuesday. Motorola has a similar tablet also powered by Google's Android 3 operating system that may be in the works at Verizon.
And in an entirely flattering imitation of the iPad, ViewSonic announced the ViewPad 7, a 7-inch Android 2.2 powered tablet that has both WiFi and 3G access, making it a large phone or a small tablet.
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.