We saw a lot of new technology demoed at Intel's Computex keynote this afternoon, but the most impressive thing may have just been MeeGo running on a 10-inch Moorestown Quanta Redvale tablet. While the demo on stage was very brief, we caught up with some of the product managers right after the presser and convinced them to give us a peek at what is coming in 2011. To say we're impressed with the "pre-alpha" version of the software is a huge understatement. So, what are you still doing up here? Hit the gallery for a ton of hands-on shots and then that read more button for some impressions and video.
In a move that was as inevitable as rain on a bank holiday weekend, Asus has unveiled a couple of new tablet computers -- the 12-inch Eee Pad EP121 and the 10-inch EP101TC.
The larger of the two machines, pictured top, sports a dual-core Intel CULV processor and a full copy of Windows 7. We're told it supports multitasking, so you can run several applications at once, and Flash, which opens it up to a world of videos, games, applications and Web sites the Apple iPad currently can't handle.
Asus has yet to demonstrate the EP121 in full working order, so we can't tell whether using a full desktop OS like Windows 7 makes it hard to handle, or whether Asus will provide its own finger-friendly graphical user interface -- as it has on existing touch devices such as the Eee Top.
What we can tell you, however, is that it's a pretty-looking thing with a shiny aluminium bezel, a thin profile and a healthy range of ports, including mic and headphone jacks and mini USB.
There is no denying the fact that the competition in the tablet PC sector is getting tougher with each passing day as all major players are now entering into the market. Last week, Acer Inc, the world’s second largest PC vendor, launched a 7-inch touch screen tablet that runs on Google’s Android OS. One of America’s largest PC maker HP is also set to launch its own tablet PC- the slate very soon. HP will use its own OS, which it has made its own after acquiring Palm.
On May 29, Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha had announced that his company is also looking at developing a new tablet-style product that could run Google's Android operating system. Jha made the remarks while addressing an investor-driven conference in New York City.
Last forthnight, Dell had announced that it would launch its own tablet PC- the Streak. Dell’s device is almost half in size of iPad. Streak is Dell's bold attempt to grab a share of Tablet PC market which is seeing a host of new devices from PC makers across the board. It has a 5-inch WVGA screen and features a multi-touch display. Streak will definitely give tough competition to iPad.
Jerry Shen, the CEO of Taiwan’s Asustek Computers Inc, launched Asus Eee Pad on stage at Computex yesterday, hordes of journalists rushed towards the stage to see the device, which has been launched to compete with Apple’s hugely popular tablet PC- the iPad.
Earlier, Asus had launched Asus Eee Tablet to compete with e-Readers like the Nook and the Kindle and now the Eee Pad has been launched to go head-to-head with the iPad.
It really is the year of the tablet at Computex 2010. ASUS has already launched one, while Intel and Microsoft are both hot for them. Of course all of them are being launched in the considerable shadow of the Apple iPad, which already has a two million unit head-start on them.
Taiwanese system and component-maker MSI took its time in coming out with the Wind netbook after ASUS had, once more, set the pace with that form factor, but it's among the first to get a tablet out this year.
Mercedes-Benz Financial is bringing the Apple iPad to the showroom floor to benefit dealers and customers. Using the point-of-sale dealer system called MB Advantage, dealers will be able to instantly access to marketing programs for specific models, move more quickly through the credit application process, and increase speed and efficiency on the return of lease vehicles.
Initially, Mercedes-Benz Financial will distribute iPads to 40 selected dealers throughout the United States to test iPad as a business tool. The company will monitor iPad usage and collect feedback from dealers and field sales staff over the summer.
Adobe on Tuesday announced its new digital viewer technology, aimed to help publishers convert their magazines to an interactive format viewable on portable devices like Apple's iPad.
The technology was first demonstrated with last week's introduction of the Wired magazine e-edition. Though the publication was originally intended to be released based on a version of Adobe's Flash, the software was completely rewritten in Objective-C for approval on Apple's App Store.
Utilizing the 9.7-inch touch panel of the iPad, the e-edition of Wired offers unique features such as video, slide shows, 360-degree rotatable images and more. The digital version was designed by the magazine's print team and employs multi-touch gestures, such as zooming.
"Our partnership with Adobe allowed us to re-imagine and build a print issue into an amazing digital magazine experience on the iPad," said Thomas J. Wallace, editorial director of Conde Nast. "Wired's visionary execution of Adobe technology expands the potential of this new medium for all Conde Nast magazines. Our work with Adobe is just the beginning. We expect to use this technology to deliver more of our publications over the coming months."
Yes, the iPed sounds like a cheap clone -- and the name smarts of an impending lawsuit. But Orphan Electronics is not alone.
The opening of Taiwan's Computex, the second-biggest tech trade show in the world, saw the unveiling of many other tablet-style PCs to compete with Apple's iPad.
Asustek, the giant computer manufacturer that introduced the world to the netbook, launched its own tablet computer on Monday. Asustek executives said their new device, called the Eee Pad, will start selling in the first quarter of next year. The touch-screen tablet personal computer will use Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system and Intel's Core processor.
The tablet will be put on sale in the first quarter of next year, with prices expected at between $399 and $449. Mr. Shih gave few details about the application store, but said Asustek will develop it jointly with Intel and that the store will also run on Windows.
Qualcomm is also said to be showing off a tablet, dubbed S7. That company's new devices are based on its Snapdragon chipset platform -- which also powers the new tablet PC from Dell Inc.
It seems it's only a matter of time until the market is flooded with tablet style computers.
Asia's largest and the world's second largest computer expo marks 30 years in Taipei on Tuesday. The much-hyped portable tablet computers were the highlight of the show, as hardware makers hope to take advantage of the buzz surrounding Apple's newly launched iPad.
The iPad hit overseas store shelves on Friday, with buyers storming Japanese and Australian shops to snap up the long-awaited tablet PC.
At this year's Computex, which runs through Saturday, Acer, Micro-Star International, Asustek and China's Hanwang Technology showcased their own tablet designs and electronic reading devices, or e-books.
The Wind Pad, a tablet PC designed by Micro-Star International, features facial recognition and costs 450 U.S. dollars, around 100 U.S. dollars less than Apple's iPad.
These tablets, with bright LCD touch screens, longer battery lives and wireless connectivity, will share the stage with a line of high-end all-in-one desktops and sleek laptops that allow users wearing special shutter glasses to play 3D games.
Get ready for the iPad clones. In a week that, according to Apple, saw iPad sales hit the two million unit mark, IDG News Service reports that the Computex Taipei trade show is anticipating demonstrations of a dozen or more rivals to the iPad.
While the announced tablets differ in specifics, they share two major features: they don't run the Apple iPhone operating system, and they don't have access to the Apple AppStore. The question for manufacturers and consumers alike is whether a different set of hardware and software features can rival the iPad experience for users.
Acer and MSI are expected to show tablets at Computex joining, according to Gearlog, companies like Dell and Sony that have already announced plans for tablet computers this year. All the tablets showing and announced follow a theme of using Windows software and filling perceived holes in the hardware specs of the iPad.
E100 Packs Impressive Features Into 3-Pound Frame, Including 800 NITS Display with Hot-Swapping battery, 3G Wireless Network, and the industry's-best 5 Year Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty
Getac Inc., a leading innovator and manufacturer of rugged computers that meet the demands of field-based applications, has upgraded its lightweight E100 fully rugged tablet PC designed to meet the growing demand for highly functional, all-in-one solutions for customer service, utility workers and general field use. With its improved CPU, expanded storage capacity to accommodate larger digital files, and solid state drive, the new Getac E100 has been designed as a power tool for field service personnel in all industries.
Weighing in at just 3 pounds, the compact E100 is one of the lightest Rugged tablet PC on the market. Safely nestled in its rugged magnesium alloy case are some of the most advanced technologies essential to providing maximum productivity, security, and connectivity in the field. For starters, the E100 meets MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards for durability and protection against dirt, dust, water, motion, vibration, temperature and other factors that would severely damage or disable a commercial-grade PC. In addition, its standard solid state drive further protect files and documents from vibrations, accidental drops, and other physical abuse typically encountered in the field and is ideal for extreme temperature environments.
For Hardcore PC users tablet fatigue is slowly setting in. It seems like almost every week we hear another rumor or two about upcoming devices, and its only going to get worse. A recent patent application shows that Sony is the latest company preparing to pile on the bandwagon, but this time you might be interested to hear they are taking a page from the scrapped Microsoft Courier, namely its dual displays.
Described in the application as an "electronic book with enhanced features" the screens would take on different characteristics depending on its orientation. If held like a paperback book the device would simply function like a normal e-reader, but flipping it over into portrait mode would reveal and onscreen keyboard. It is unknown at this point if the device concept is for an e-reader or a multifunction tablet, but only time will tell.
Does that screen look extra-bright to you? According to rumors, Samsung's first proper tablet (after the Q1) will stock their SUPER AMOLED display. Seen here is the first leaked photo of the Galaxy Tab, next to the Galaxy S phone.
It came via the South African Samsung team's Twitter account, with the tweet describing it as 'Android-powered,' promising 'more pics to follow.' After a tweeter asked for more details, the @SamsungBlogSA account replied saying it measures 7-inches, and "has a high-res TFT screen. At the top-end it has a 3.5mm jack."
Merlin, who resides at a research center in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, is shown an object, like a ball or plastic duck. Then, trainer Jack Kassewitz shows Merlin a picture of the same object on a waterproofed iPad's screen. The dolphin has learned to peck the image that corresponds with the object, and Kassewitz says this marks the beginning of a language-enabling communication between humans and dolphins.
Rob Enderle rounds up some possible competitors to the Apple iPad such as the Dell Streak tablet that will be hitting store shelves soon.
The Apple iPad is a very well designed and executed device. As I’m writing this it just passed 2M unit sales in 2 months – most PCs and cell phones can’t come close to those numbers. In fact one analyst effectively believes it will pass the Mac by year end. On the other hand, for those folks that like the Kindle and are focused on books, it simply isn’t good enough, but the Kindle is a one trick pony and the iPad should easily pass it in total sales by the end of the year as a result. The product we are waiting for is one that combines the iPad’s multimedia/app functionality with the Kindle’s eBook features and, I would argue, isn’t tied to either Apple or Amazon. Both have content limitations and neither have everything you want to read or watch. While the small 2nd generation Kindle is closer to the ideal sub $200 price point for this class, both products remain too expensive to penetrate the market broadly yet.
Speaking here at the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital Conference, Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs said that he had thought of a tablet computer before coming up with the idea for the iPhone.
During his on-stage interview by the conference's co-hosts, Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walter Mossberg and All Things Digital blogger Kara Swisher, Jobs said that he had the idea for a multitouch tablet in the "early 2000s." But when he saw an early design, he realized that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) could build a phone with it, he said.
While the iPhone went on to become a smash success, Jobs said Apple's tablet idea was "put on the shelf" until the company had the time and resources to work on it.
Rise of the tablet, fall of the PC?
While much has been said about tablets like the iPad cutting into sales of more traditional PC designs like notebooks and more recent products like netbooks, Jobs didn't predict the death of the personal computer just yet.
However, Jobs did say that tablet devices like the iPad are likely to take over as consumer devices.
Panasonic in Japan today announced [JP] the “Let’s Note CF-C1″, which the company says is among the world’s lightest convertible tablet PCs. The latest addition to Panasonic’s “Let’s Note” series of notebooks weighs just 1.46kg (including the battery, 1.67kg with two batteries). The company says it was able to push down the weight by choosing lighter materials and changing the display’s open-close and rotating mechanisms.
Australian low-cost carrier JetStar plans to test the iPad as part of a new in-flight entertainment program, according to numerous media reports this week.
The Sydney Morning Herald writes JetStar, a Qantas subsidiary, "will launch a trial of a new in-flight entertainment system featuring the new iPad tablet computer. The program will roll out later this month on selected domestic routes across Australia." Travel technology website tnooz.com writes Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan "says if successful the service will be extended across the airline's domestic and international network."
A new dual-screen tablet from California startup Kno aims to make electronic textbooks into a viable business.
It’ll need some luck: Tech giants like Amazon and Apple haven’t yet cracked the e-textbook market, despite multiple attempts.
“If you look at why e-textbooks have failed in the last ten years, the biggest problem is the size of the screen,” says Osman Rashid, co-founder and CEO of Kno. “Textbooks won’t fit into a 10-inch or 12-inch screen so you have to scroll up and down and right and left.”
“It makes for a poor learning experience,” he says.
Kno founders say they can fix that. The device has two 14-inch LCD touchscreens that fold in like a book. The idea is to make textbook pages fit perfectly across the screen and flow from one digital page to another. Kno made its public debut at the D8 technology conference Wednesday
The tablet will be powered by an Nvidia Tegra processor. It will include a stylus for handwriting recognition, have a full browser, support Flash and offer six to eight hours of battery life. The Kno will offer 16 GB or 32 GB of storage–enough to store 10 semesters’ worth of files, documents and books, says Rashid.
Speaking at the D8 conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has insisted that his company will revolutionise the tablet PC market in the near future.
On being asked about Apple's CEO Steve Jobs claim that PCs will be phased out in the near future, Steve Ballmer emphasised the relevance of PCs amidst the launch of new gadgets like iPad tablet, saying: “ Nothing that people do on a PC today is going to get less relevant tomorrow. I don't think the whole world will be able to afford five devices per person”.
He beleives that PCs will evolve on a regular basis and will continue to remain popular, even with those that own tablet devices.
Companies showed off over a dozen new rivals for the iPad at Computex this year, including a nifty 10-inch touchscreen tablet that docks into a speaker from Compal Electronics.
The number of tablets at Computex Taipei 2010 pays testimony to the trend Apple set in motion in April. Now that the company has sold 2 million iPads in just under two months, PC vendors globally want a piece of the action.
In the weeks leading up to Computex, it appeared Google might sweep the show with Android-based tablets, but Microsoft swooped in with some key victories and the launch of Windows Embedded Compact 7 software for small devices.
One company that says it will make tablets using Android, Windows and the MeeGo software developed by Intel and Nokia, also showed off one of the neatest devices at Computex, complete with its own user interface (UI) and speaker-dock.
Compal Electronics, the world's second largest contract maker of laptop computers, unveiled a sleek Android-based tablet with a 10-inch touchscreen and a stereo speaker it docked into
Demand for tablets has risen thanks to the iPad, Compal CEO Ray Chen said at the show, adding that, "we have a lot of customers that are very interested in tablets."
Acer, the world's second-biggest PC vendor, offered a glimpse of its own prototype Android tablet just prior to Computex, at a news conference in Beijing. It has a 7-inch display and a keypad, but Acer didn't say when it might be released or how much it will cost.
Several smaller Taiwanese and Chinese companies had Android-based tablets at their Computex booths, including Browan Communications, Firstone Technology, Digitran and FuJian Sanxi Electronics.
Arm Holdings, which designs the processing cores popular in Android devices, estimates there will be about 40 tablet devices made using Arm-based processors this year
Apple has unveiled its new iPhone 4 after a couple wild, unprecedented months of leaks. Sure, it looks exactly like we expected it to (Steve compares it to an old Leica camera), with a glass front and back, but it's what's on the inside that counts, kids. The stainless steel band that goes around the phone is an antenna system, while also providing the main structure of the phone, though it's plugged into the same old GSM / UMTS radio you all know and love
there's a reason they didn't call it the iPhone 4G. There's also of course that front facing camera we were all anticipating, a rear camera with LED flash, and a new high resolution display that doubles the pixels in each direction (960 x 640) for a 4X overall pixel count increase -- Apple calls it a "Retina Display."
Under the hood is the A4 processor that runs the iPad. Despite the new engine (and the 25% thinner chassis), Apple managed to make the battery slightly larger, and the new handset is rated at 7 hours of 3G talk, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of WiFi browsing, 10 hours of video, and 40 hours of music. Oh, and that WiFi? It's 802.11n now. The camera has been bumped to 5 megapixels, with 5X digital zoom and a "backside illuminated sensor," which now can also record HD video at 720p / 30fps.
The phone will be available in white or black, retailing at $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for 32GB. They go on sale June 24th, and AT&T will be giving some extra grace upgrade timing -- up to six months early.
This year's center-stage rivalry in tablet computers is shaping up as Apple versus Android, according to analysts. Windows, meanwhile, remains hobbled by its PC past.
The rise of the tablet happened almost overnight, after the April release of Apple's iPad, which, as Steve Jobs boasted recently, has been selling at a clip of "one every three seconds." So, the burning question for analysts and consumers alike is, which technology will compete most effectively with that of the iPad, which runs on Apple's iPhone OS?
Expectations are high for more Android tablet designs. A version of Lenovo's compelling U1 hybrid tablet/laptop is expected to appear later this year as an Android device. "The Lenovo U1 is interesting," Bajarin said. "It's a hybrid computing model in the short term, while people grasp the differences between touch-based computing and keyboard-and-mouse computing," he said.
But tablets are more about the software than the underlying hardware, and Intel's present--and future--strategy doesn't necessarily bode well for Windows. "There's no longer that one-to-one relationship that, if it's Intel, it must be Microsoft," ABI Research's Orr said. Intel is now supporting Android too--what Intel calls it's "port of choice" strategy.
Overall, maybe the simplest way to predict the upcoming tablet software rivalry is by looking at the current high-end smartphone market. Today, iPhone OS and Android smartphones are duking it out for market share leadership.
The Notion Ink Adam tablet is being expected to show-up the Apple iPad but it seems like Notion Ink just doesn’t want to release it yet. The Adam tablet’s official release date has been pushed back to November, no word really as to why they would do this but we hope it’s for the best. However the actual release date could be problematic with the amount of new products coming at that same time like the new iPhone and numerous tablet devices
Avaya isn’t exactly well know for tablet computers, but yesterday the company passed a device called the 210-70D01A-003 through the FCC. The device, pictured above, is referred to in Test Reports as a ‘Tablet PC’, although it looks more like a digital photo frame than a tablet computer.
We don’t know much about Avaya’s tablet PC, except that it will support 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. The device also has a Harman Kardon logo on it’s front bezel, suggesting that it will have a decent set of speakers. EUT images also show the Avaya tablet PC in a docking station, although it’s not clear if this dock was only used for testing.
At the recently held D8 conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has sighted that his company will revolutionize the world by giving a different meaning altogether to the tablet PC market.
Ballmer further acknowledged that Microsoft's Mobile market although was not that hit but it won't be the same in case of tablet PC market.
According to the CEO the dynamism observed in the PC market will aid Microsoft to compete against its rivals, and this dynamic nature has already witnessed the market leadership change twice in the last five years.
The tablet fad kicked off by Apple Inc.’s iPad turned into a frenzy this week, as a host of manufacturers unveiled their version of the new computing device at a tech trade show in Taiwan.
“Apple paves the way for other companies to follow,” Ticonderoga analyst Brian White said in a phone interview. “Apple is opening up a new market. There’s going to be many, many competitors.”
Last week, Dell had unveiled its Streak tablet in the U.K., based on a Qualcomm processor and Google Inc.’s Android operating system. The company said the device will be made available in the U.S. later in the summer.
Qualcomm also said it was demonstrating a Huawei tablet, dubbed S7. The company said it was also showing off new mobile devices, including smart phones and smart books, based on its microprocessor technology.
Meanwhile, Asustek of Taiwan introduced its tablet device, dubbed Eee Pad, based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system and Intel Corp.’s processor technology.
As I teased earlier, I’m currently evaluating a Fujitsu Lifebook T900 Tablet PC on loan from Fujitsu. I’ll be shooting some video of the pen + multi-touch system in action as well as of the general hardware. But since I have some quiet time now, I thought I’d spill some thoughts about the inking.
I’m writing this in Windows Journal on a desk surface using a page template similar to my usual one. Still tweaking The width a little bit. The screen resolution and dimensions are lower than my Toshiba. 1280×800 on 13.3″ vs. 1440×900 on 14.1″ respectively.
The inking feature that’s really hooked me, however, is the two-finger scrolling. Pen or single touch on the screen only activates inking. Two fingers allow the screen to be pushed up and down. Such a convenience compared to using the scrollbars. I only wish I didn’t still need that tiny button in the corner to add a new page.
Well, that’s it for now. I hope to record some special video of the T900 in action this weekend
We got some time with MSI's latest tablet - the WindPad 100 - for some finger frenzied action at Computex 2010.
First things first - Wow! The WindPad 100 is the right size and shape for a tablet PC, so we're off to a good start, and it looks neat in its docking station, which will be bundled in the box with it.
While the WindPad 100 might have a glass touchscreen, the rest of it is plastic rather than aluminium. Despite that, even this early sample was solidly built and felt good to hold. We expected the plastic shell to reduce the weight of the WindPad, but at 800g it actually weighs more than Apple's iPad, which many people already deem to be too heavy for a tablet.
The multi-touch, LED-backlit screen worked well and was as sensitive to our touching and stroking as any other device on the market. MSI has upgraded the tablet concept with a few extra ports, including a 3.5mm minijack for headphones, a mini-HDMI port, a few discrete navigation buttons on the edge for volume, mute, the video camera and a return key
The Apple iPhone 4 is everything that a new piece of technology should be: It's innovative, attractive, and ahead of its competition. In comparison, previous iPhone upgrades seem inconsequential--that's how much iPhone 4 brings to the table.
The phone will ship on June 24, priced at $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model (in white or black).
Like its predecessor, the iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch display. But the new phone's display doubles the resolution to a 960-by-640-pixel IPS display. At 326 pixels per inch, this is the highest resolution available on a phone to date.
That display truly makes a difference. Whereas the iPhone 3GS's text--in the menus, in apps, or on Web pages--appears thick, fuzzy, and undefined, the iPhone 4's text is razor sharp, even when enlarged (as I tried doing when viewing a PDF).
The new "Retina display"--so named because it surpasses the number of pixels the human retina can process--also greatly improves the sharpness, clarity, and visible detail of images.
iPhone 4: A Computer in Miniature
The iPhone 4 uses Apple's A4 CPU, the same processor powering the Apple iPad. And it runs the newly renamed iOS 4 operating system (which the iPad will also use, starting in the fall).
As part of iOS 4, the iPhone 4 gains a bevy of capabilities. One of them--multitasking--feels long overdue, but as with Apple's long-awaited cut-and-paste feature, the company delivers on the promise of making multitasking work smoothly.
As UMPC netbook comes up recently, people are expecting the most perfect one. And Samsung CPU tablet PC is definitely the best choice for its super strong functions and intelligent operating system. By adopting the powerful Samsung 533MHz CPU and windows CE5.0 OS, this mini netbook will ensure you a high performance in operation and high speed and smooth experience when surfing online. It has delicate body and portable light weight.
Since armed with Wifi and light in weight, it’s convenient for you to enjoy anything you’re interested in the Flat World. Now, with this mini size pad, built-in GPS, equipped GPS module, you can drive anywhere, and don’t have to worry that you will lose your way. What’s really exciting is this 7 inch netbook even embed a Live TV! It will never disappoint you from now on.
Especially, this pad show brilliant performance in entertainment, apart from Live TV, You Tube, and the tablet also is with e-book reader, Skype, and HiFi stereo speaker. It’s really very practical for its lower overall costing which has up to 30% saving on normal notebook
It is a little over two months since I got my hands on the iPad (WiFi model). I did an update 1 month in and while this two month update may be a few days late, it is only because we’ve been working hard to open Wayside Theatre’s season opening production of Shenandoah. That happened Sunday night (the opening was a great success.) During the month since my last update there have been a few new apps and updates that have made the iPad a more worthy tool in my work-flow. What’s that you say? Work-flow? Isn’t it just a consumption device? Well, yes, but increasingly no. Thanks to a few app developers the iPad has found its way into my work day. Here’s how.
First, unless you’re really new to the pages of GBM, you know that I spend a lot of time taking notes as a part of my job as a theatre director. Some of these notes are taken in meetings, but most are taken in rehearsals. This is why I got into Tablet PCs to begin with. And, like many Tableteers I have been dismayed and saddened to see the move away from Digital Inking on Tablets in favor of touch. That’s a well worn story and we’ve all heard it too many times.
Does it replace a Tablet PC in my situation? That’s a close call and the answer is no. I can’t obviously do as much with notes scribbled into Penultimate as I can using OneNote on a Tablet PC. There’s no search. I can’t lay the script in to take notes on. I can’t Ink a quick email in rehearsal. The Inking is not as smooth. But, when push comes to shove, I can sit for a full day of rehearsal and take notes with a stylus on the iPad. So, why is it a close call? Although I had to change how I had been taking rehearsal notes a bit, I was able to do so. I miss my system, but during the next show, which starts rehearsal in a few weeks, we’ll see if that lasts or not.
Over the last few months, we've gotten incredible feedback from the hundreds of thousands of users in our Office Web Apps Technical Preview. We’ve been busy incorporating much of that feedback, and today, Office Web Apps on SkyDrive are now available to everyone in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. We’ll have more to share next week when Office 2010 is released to consumers, including how Office 2010 + SkyDrive + Office Web Apps give you the best productivity experience across the PC, phone, and browser.
In the meantime, if you live in the US, UK, Canada, or Ireland, you can head over to Office.live.com today to start viewing and editing Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote documents right in your web browser – and share them with your friends.
It seems the month of July is turning out to be a season of tablet PCs as not one or two but its 5 tablets in all that is coming our way – courtesy Aigo. Yes, the company that has been making USB memory sticks and Solid State Drives for several years now has gone into overdrive and decided to unleash all of 5 tablet PCs in one go. So come July, there will be Aigo Tablets in the 4, 5 and 7 inch categories available from retailers.
The most noteworthy amongst the 5 tablets from Aigo that stands for ‘patriot’ in Chinese is perhaps the N700, which if it indeed makes it to the market will be the first Tegra 2 powered Android tablet to do so. What makes the N700 Tablet PC special is the impressive array of features that makes it a top class tablet to look forward to. Built on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform, the N700 right now will be running the Android 2.0 though the 2.2 Froyo will also be included as and when the OS becomes commercially available. Connectivity options will be taken care of by the built-in 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth functionalities. Of course, the highlight of the N700 is likely to be the same 7-inch capacitive touchscreen. Storage requirements will be taken care of by a 32GB of disk space.
The newly launched 7 inch Google Android Tablet PC is really a desirable tablet which has received people’s recognition. The reason why it can gain so many attentions is that it has features that other UMPC does not have
This 7 inch Android tablet pc has 16:9 wide and 800*480 high brightness TFT LCD screen. It supports full size touch operation. Therefore, you can find yourself flying in a real scene when you are watch videos with it.
It sports plenty of functions such as Google Maps, Google Earth, Goggles, You Tube, Google Calendar Buzz, Gmail, Google Contacts, Google Shopper, Google Talk, Google Finance and Latitude, etc. All these functions are very useful and practical that is able to satisfy your common use.
If you still doubted the strength of the tablet market after Apple said it had sold 2 million iPadswithin 60 days, I've got another item for you. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty has taken a look at the numbers and has decided the iPad is on pace to become one of the most popular mobile devices ever.
Already, the iPad Web-browsing market share is above that some smart phones, Huberty said Tuesday in a research note, the highlights of which were published by All Things Digital. And the tablet is shaping up to be a much more Web-centric device than its smaller screen counterparts.
"Why is this important?" Huberty said, according to ATD. "Web browsing is arguably the most important computing task for the average user and early adopters are realizing similar productivity levels relative to traditional PCs. Based on our experience with iPad Web browsing, we would not be surprised to see tablet daily Internet usage exceed traditional PC Internet usage in the coming years.
The tablet that has everyone going gaga these days really is quite a nice piece of gadgetry; I bought one and have no regrets. It's great for Web surfing, reading the news, and even its soft keyboard is more effective than I expected. Certain types of drawing even seem to work pretty well, although that's a judgment I leave to those who can--well--draw.
But it's not very good for taking handwritten notes. A stylus and a program like Dan Bricklin's Note Taker HD makes note-taking on an iPad practical by letting you write in a magnified window into the page. But it would be hard for me to describe handwriting on iPad as either "magical" or "revolutionary." This, I think, is an interesting fact, given that historically mobile tablets (including Apple's own Newton), have tended to focus on handwriting and other forms of writing directly on the screen. In fact, the difficulties associated with doing reliable handwriting recognition often get cited as a reason that tablet PCs have never really gone mainstream.
Essentially, the iPad has deprecated handwriting as a primary mode of interacting with a tablet.
To help create an infrastructure that would support a variety of rich new advertising opportunities for the emerging technologies of tablets and e-readers, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today announced it has formed the Tablet Task Force, a group comprised of senior publishing and interactive industry executives. Tablets and e-readers are the latest electronic tools that enable the new era of interactive content experiences available to consumers anytime and anywhere.
“The ad market is developing for tablets and e-readers as the excitement builds for those devices,” said Bob Carrigan, CEO, IDG Communications Inc., Co-Chair of the Tablet Task Force and a member of the Executive Committee of the IAB Board of Directors. “Their growth will create new revenue for media companies, agencies and technology companies and new experiences for users.”
As part of its initial effort to provide context and information on these new platforms, the IAB's Tablet Task Force recommends the recently released “tabvertising—iPad and other tablets: the advertising and marketing opportunities,” a preliminary overview of the tablet and e-reader consumer experience written by Jack Wallington, Head of Industry Programmes, at the IAB UK.
For more information on the Tablet Taskforce, and to download “tabvertising—iPad and other tablets: the advertising and marketing opportunities,” please go to www.iab.net/tabvertising
The Tablet PC Gift Dads and Grads Gift Guide includes something for everyone. A variety of technology gifts & accessories for the Dad or Graduate in your life and you just may spot an item or two for yourself as well.
Nintendo reinvented the video game business several years ago with the Wii and its motion-sensitive controller, demonstrating that women and families who had no interest in traditional gaming systems could nonetheless be lured into interactive entertainment with an easy, intuitive interface.
Now, Microsoft is coming after Nintendo with Kinect. Kinect (previously known as Project Natal) is an add-on for the Xbox 360 that uses advanced camera and software technology to allow you to control and interact with action on a TV screen without holding any controller at all. You just wave or move your body in front of the screen and the system recognizes your actions.
Incredibly, it works.
Kicking a soccer ball, driving a race car, navigating a whitewater raft – Kinect allows all of these virtual experiences through physical gestures. As with any interactive experience, it is ontologically impossible to convey the feeling of doing through mere words; you have to do it yourself to understand it. But the first time you find yourself ducking, dancing, kicking, leaning, waving and pushing, smiling and laughing all the while, you will.
Microsoft does not invent product categories. It just redefines and takes them over. The Xbox brand was originally meant to appeal to hardcore gamers. Now, with Kinect, Microsoft is attempting to reorient Xbox for families, children and women.
As the U.S. awaits Samsung's hot new smartphone, the Galaxy S, the manufacturer is rumored to be ready to roll out yet another device -- a tablet computer to compete against Apple super-popular iPad. The first mention of the Samsung Tablet came in March, on Samsung's South African Twitter page, but details have been leaking out at a substantial clip this month.
The new tablet reportedly will be called either the Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Tape, depending on which source you believe. A report on Vietnamese site Tihn te, says that the device will run Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), and come with a 1.2-GHz processor, 4,000 mAh battery, 16-GB storage/32GB microSD slot and a 7-inch Super AMOLED screen. The Galaxy tablet is reportedly slated for a September debut.
With the release of Apple's iPad, the JooJoo tablet probably isn't going to be the most exciting tablet device around. That doesn't seem to stop folks out there who are keen to fiddle with it, though, as a video has surfaced of a user who managed to install Windows 7 into the tablet, using just the stock hardware (4GB SSD and 1GB of RAM). According to him, 720p movie playback is possible, based on the video (after the jump), Windows 7 seems to be running pretty well on the JooJoo. The only downside of this at the moment seems to be the lack of accelerometer support, as well as the inability to use 3G. View the video here
June 15, 2010
Tablet Pc 2 is On the way to E3 Expo stay tuned for coverage
E3 Expo is the world's premiere trade show for computer and video games and related products.
Apple’s iPad seems to be going down well in Japan and there are several Japanese companies hoping to grab a share of the tablet PC market for themselves. NTT, for example has hinted at tablet PCs in recent months.
However, NEC is without doubt the first to actually nail the spec of their tablet PC and when they plan to get it in the shops.
The LifeTouch is expected to feature a 7-inch TFT LCD screen (800×480 resolution), is due to weigh in at 400 grams, and, as mentioned, will run on Android 2.1.
NEC are saying at this stage that users will be able to choose to operate the LifeTouch either with their fingers or a stylus
Getac Inc. has upgraded its E100 rugged tablet PC by adding an improved CPU, a more readable display and an optional dual smartcard capability. The small and lightweight PC – designed for field service applications – also comes with a ‘hot swappable’ battery to keep the unit functioning when switching out power sources.
The Getac tablet PC weighs in at about three pounds and is encased in a magnesium alloy housing to withstand the rigors of field service work. In fact, the E100 meets MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards for durability and protection against dirt, dust, water, motion, vibration, temperature and other factors that would severely damage or disable a commercial-grade PC.
The small system also includes a solid state drive to further protect files and documents from vibrations, accidental drops, and other physical abuse typically encountered in the field – especially extreme temperature environments.
Tablet PCs have become one of the hot gadgets to have over the past year or so and the Archos 9 PC Tablet hopes to tap into that expanding market by offering a relatively solid tablet. The 8.9-inch tablet is powered by the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system that allows for good multimedia use and lapside Internet surfing, but it isn't without its weaknesses.
The Archos 9 comes to surface after the generally well-received Archos 5 tablet, which was Google Android-powered. This model doesn't run any mobile operating system, but rather Windows 7 Starter edition, which is aimed at netbooks and similar computers.
Other specs include only 1 USB 2.0 port and the ability to add another 2 USB ports and an Ethernet connection through using an Archos port expander. There is also integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well. There's no expansion slots (not even an SD card) or any optical drives.
Come this fall, every sixth grader at Sacramento Country Day School in California will receive an iPad -at not cost to their parents. "There are hundreds and hundreds of educational apps for the iPad," he said. "We found that there are so many [that] we felt there was a tremendous opportunity to bridge the gap between the traditional pen and paper and textbook and laptop," Stephen Repsher, headmaster of the private school told ABCNews.com.
It's just another tool in the quiver of tools that educators use to help children understand and learn and develop critical skills as they move toward college," according to Repsher.
Another private school cited by ABC, St. Catherine's High School in Racine, Wisc., says it intends to give iPads to its sixth and seventh graders. The bigger goal: By 2012, the plan is to equip all students and teachers in grades 6-12 with iPads instead of textbooks.
Samsung Electronics Co. plans to launch a tablet computer in coming months, a move the company hopes will help it sustain earnings growth later this year as the weak euro weighs on mobile-phone sales.
The new tablet, which will be called Galaxy Tab, is expected to run on Google Inc.'s Android operating system and will launch no later than the third quarter, said J.K. Shin, president of Samsung's mobile division, in an interview. Mr. Shin declined to provide further details, such as the price and in which markets the device will be available.
The move comes as the release of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet earlier this year has global electronics makers scrambling to come up with similar devices.
Apple's iPad is enjoying strong sales as an both consumers and enterprise customers view the tablet as a worthy upgrade over netbooks or other mobile devices that don't fit the bill. But that doesn't mean that the iPad is the only tablet that will be successful in today's marketplace. Now is the time for tablet makers to get started on matching Apple's tablet. Whether they like it or not, they need to find ways to trump the iPad. And they can only do that with a solid understanding of what it takes to be successful in that space. Let's take a look.
1. The Touch Screen Is Important A tablet is nothing without a high-quality touch screen.
2. Size Matters
The tablet market is unique when it comes to size. In most cases, the bigger the device, the better. In other cases, the smaller the product, the better. But in the tablet space, the device needs to hit the sweet spot between being big enough to accommodate those that want to use it for entertainment, and small enough for those that want it to be their companion while on-the-go. Apple's iPad boasts a 9.7-inch display. It's right in the sweet spot for size. Tablet makers might be able to trump Apple's device by delivering a slightly larger screen size of, say 10.5 inches.
6. Design Is Everything
The overall design of a tablet is a key factor in the success or failure of a device. If a new tablet is poorly designed and fails to deliver the kind of aesthetic consumers are looking for, they will opt for the iPad. It's important for any tablet maker to remember that. No matter what kind of software comes with a tablet, it can only go as far as its design. An ugly device won't work.
We put the analysis to its pace to find out which will be the better tablet with the Dell Streak vs Apple iPad
With the release of the iPad most technology based firms have been looking into how to tap into the tablet market and hope that their products would be welcomed by their customers, to be honest if they didn’t you know they would be turning to Apple to pick up their products. As they say once you turned to Apple you don’t look back
2012 may very well be a year of transformation. While the world may not end, it will mark the end of the netbook era, at least according to Forrester Research,. It was fun while it lasted. Tablets will outsell netbooks by 2012 says Forrester in a new report, The US Consumer PC Market In 2015, released today.
By 2015, approximately 23% of all PC sales will be in the tablet “form factor.”
The PC is no longer first-and-foremost a productivity tool. With the boom of music and video content over the past few years this shift is well underway. A tablet is our portal into the future. It’s what the Jetsons would use. We are a content-consuming nation, and nothing allows us to hyper-consume more than a touch-screen interface. The swiping is where it’s at.
Revealed as Part of Toshiba’s 25th Anniversary of Laptop Innovation Milestone, libretto W100 Demonstrates Next-Gen Ultra-Mobile PC Design With Full Windows 7 Functionality
Embodying a quarter-century of innovation, Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the libretto® W100, a next-gen ultra-mobile concept PC. This limited-edition 25th Anniversary device goes beyond slates and netbooks to deliver something more: a full Windows® 7 experience that can be enjoyed across two multi-touch touch screens.
“The libretto W100 continues the libretto brand’s heritage of defying convention by packaging a full Windows computing experience into highly compact ultra-mobile form factor,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “This concept PC sets the pace for Toshiba’s continued commitment to innovation, demonstrating what’s possible in the next generation of ultra-mobile PCs.
“We will issue a limited run of the libretto W100,” continued Pinto. “We design our products around the way people actually want to use them, so getting this concept PC out into the hands of early technology adopters will allow us to gather invaluable feedback that we can filter into future product developments.”
Toshiba announced on Monday a limited edition dual-touchscreen ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) running Windows 7 that will be available for purchase from select retailers later this summer. Called the Libretto W100, it could be a challenge to Apple's iPad, suggest some critics; however, unlike Apple's single-panel touchscreen computer, Toshiba's new UMPC sticks to the traditional clamshell design found in most laptops and netbooks. Toshiba did not announce pricing for the W100.
How do the Dual Screens Work?
The W100 can be configured as a traditional laptop with a viewing area on one screen and a full keyboard on the other. You can also open the device flat and use both screens as one slate--albeit with a break in between them--to view Web pages and other documents requiring more screen space. You can also use each screen to run different applications at the same time such as an e-mail application on the bottom screen and your Web browser or music application on the top.The W100 also has a built-in accelerometer that lets you use the device in both landscape and portrait modes
Enhancements include advanced Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, and a host of new options including dual touch technology, durable Gorilla™ glass and expanded storage capabilities
Motion Computing®, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, today announced the J3500 tablet PC. Built on the Motion® J-Series line of tablet PCs, the J3500 features Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors for enhanced performance, security and manageability. The J3500 also offers a variety of integrated features including touch technology, Gorilla™ glass, and expanded storage options.
New Capacitive Dual Touch
The J3500 with capacitive dual touch enables mobile workers to take advantage of the natural gesture navigation features built in Windows® 7 and other software applications. Optimized for digitizer and touch input, users can navigate touch-enabled software applications or legacy programs with smaller targets that require the accuracy of pen input. For more flexibility, palm rejection technology distinguishes between intentional and false touch while stylus recognition enables users to easily switch between input modes.
Very nice. Motion has released the J3500 Slate Tablet PC, a ruggedized entry into their lineup that in review testing seems to be not only a reliable performer but one that will give users an excellent touch and pen experience.
I was fortunate enough to spend a few days with the J3500 Slate, and I’m quite impressed with what Motion has done here. Keep in mind that this is a niche Tablet PC aimed at a niches that need ruggedized computers, but for those who fit the markets Motion is going for, this will most likely be a welcome choice to consider.
Touch and Pen
The dual digitizer touch and pen experience work very well. We’ve seen this dual approach before, but this is as smooth an implementation as I’ve seen with Windows 7 Professional as the OS. Inking is smooth as silk using the included stylus, and the two finger touch works well. Switching between the two input methods is effortless.
In conversations with Lenovo at a press event held outside the Consumer Electronics Association's CEA Line Shows, the editors at TechnologyGuide mined some interesting details on the Lenovo U1 hybrid laptop that made a splash at CES earlier in the year.
Lenovo announced in the spring that the innovative hybrid notebook would be delayed indefinitely as Lenovo scrambled to replace the tablet portion's OS to Google Android from a custom Linux build.
The Lenovo reps made clear at the event that the last-minute OS swap and delay were due to the changing OS landscape - one in which Android wasn't much of a player when U1 development began.
Tablets must be cheap enough to lose. Right now the iPad will cost you $500 or more. When the price drops to the point where the first digit is 1, we’ll understand that the cash you put into your tablet computer should pay for content, not glass and silicon. We won’t worry too much about upgrades making our expensive purchase obsolete— because that purchase won’t be so expensive. And the cost will be low enough for certain publishers—paging The New York Times!—to include the device with a two-year subscription, no problem.
Tablets must be as light as paper. You would think that 1.5 pounds isn’t much of a burden. But when you’re reading a novel for three hours or watching Lawrence of Arabia, that avoirdupois begins to weigh on you.
Tablets must always be connected. The functionality of the basic iPad is severely limited if you aren’t near a Wi-Fi hot spot. The 3G version solves that problem—if you are in one of the filled-in zones of AT&T’s spotty 3G coverage map of the US. Also, 3G is slower than Wi-Fi and costs $30 a month.
HP today announced an education-focused Mini netbook designed to help schools around the world acquire affordable, reliable computing technology.
The HP Mini 100e Education Edition features a modern, innovative design with the durability and functionality essential for classroom computing. Complete with an array of hardware and software tools, the HP Mini 100e aims to close the digital divide by offering students and teachers an interactive learning experience at an affordable price.
HP Mini for the classroom
Created to seamlessly integrate into education environments, the HP Mini 100e features a practical clamshell design starting at only 3.19 pounds. Its 10.1-inch diagonal LED-backlit WSVGA display, 92 percent of full size QWERTY keyboard and an integrated carrying handle allow for maximized comfort and efficiency in the classroom and on the go.
The RTC-1000AS from Aaeon is not only suitable for harsh/severe environments, but it features a 10,2" sunlight readable panel with 500 nits brightness and is slimmer in design compared to the company’s previous rugged tablet PCs.
This model employs a 10,2" WSVGA (1024 x 600) 16:9 TFT LCD display with LED backlight that can be viewed in wide angles and are sunlight readable with a patented AOT (advanced optibond technology) touch screen. This advanced technology is for display impact protection that is often required by rugged applications. In addition, numeric keypad and programmable function keys on the front panel are included.
Tablet PCs have been around for a while. They’re even fairly common in business applications. But the newest generation of power-thrifty processors and touch-sensitive monitors turns them into a viable proposition for the home user.
Sure, you have a laptop. You may have a smart phone, too. Ever try editing text extensively on a smartphone? Is a laptop suitable for reading on the beach? Is it easy to drag out of a carry-on on a plane?
Enter the tablet. With a tablet PC, you can read books just as well as on Amazon’s Kindle. Better, in fact, since with the right software tablet PCs are versatile enough to handle just about any e-book format ... plus you can browse the Internet, run all of your regular PC-based programs, watch movies ... in short, anything your laptop can do, your tablet PC can do, too.
When I say “Tablet PC,” I’m referring to true, dyed-in-the-wool tablets, no keyboards need apply. Apple iPads are out, too. They just don’t offer the flexibility of a true tablet computer.
Motion Computinghas introduced the J3500 tablet computer, which the company says can withstand “harsh mobile work environments.” That refers to tumbles, drops and rain if you were wondering.
Powered by Intel Core i5 or i7 processors (depending on your budget), the J3500 sports a 12.1-inch Gorilla Glass display that allows for dual pen and touch input. Motion Computing promises up to ”4 times improvement in breakage resistance” from the predecessor, the J3400, plus a new anti-smear coating.
Along with being able to survive some damage thanks to rugged exterior, the J3500 also comes pre-loaded with Intel’s Anti-Theft technology in case of the tablet being lost or stolen with all of that top secret, corporate information.
The Apple iPad tablet gives you a clear indication of what Apple is capable of creating. The iPad is a very powerful tablet PC, with loads of features and applications that make it a wonderful gadget. It is a computer, an iPod, a laptop, a personal digital assistant and a great connectivity tool, all rolled into one. The Apple iPad gives you a great way to stay connected, lets you create professional quality documents and manage your mail from wherever you are.
On the Apple iPad, you can view videos of high definition quality almost as comfortably as you would view on your television monitors. The iPad is capable of playing HD videos, TV shows, YouTube videos and many more media. The iPad boasts a specially designed YouTube client that lets you view and search for videos on the video-site. The Apple iPad specs include the special, complete integration to iTunes. The Apple iPad boasts of all the applications that run on iPod or the iPhone. Touch or interact with the albums, songs and videos on your Apple iPad.
Google isn't going to let Apple have the tablet market to itself
There's no denying that Apple has created something of a stir with the iPad.
Despite the fact that only six months ago, no one really cared about tablet devices, today it seems like consumers would happily trample each other if an iPad was waiting for them at the end of a queue. But it looks like Apple could be facing some pretty stiff competition before too long.
Now that Apple has rekindled, or should that be sparked interest in, the tablet form factor, there's a host of new hardware waiting in the wings.
However, it's not a particular device that will prove to be the biggest threat to the iPad, it's the user interface that's being adopted by many of the forthcoming tablets, and that interface is Google's Android.
Texas Instruments is getting involved in the Tablet PC race putting out their first offering that should be available around August, called the “Blaze”
The New Tablet is mainly a developer machine and probably will not be available in a commercial retail setting. The device does have some impressive specs though. It features the new Arm Cortex A9 Chipset, has a resolution of 1024-768 which is impressive for a tablet PC. The tablet itself is around 10.4 inches, features multi-touch and has the ability to play full HD video.
As well, it has Bluetooth, WI-FI, a built in GPS and FM radio transmitter! It even has the ability to work as a smart phone with it’s built in SIM slot. The Blaze also has 1GB of RAM, 32 GB of flash memory, 2 USB ports and a HDMI port. Finally the device has a built in accelerometer, gyroscope and more! Which means it will work in landscape mode and held up.
What we really like about this Tablet PC is that it has a SIM card, and is able to do 3G and wireless data! Paired with the latest in Bluetooth technology, you can hold this thing in your bag or backpack and make calls
Nokia is planning to launch a MeeGo-powered ARM-based tablet PC in Q4 2010. The tablet is expected to have a 7 or 9-inch screen with OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics for gaming, integrated cellular wireless connectivity and WiMAX for 4G Internet access and expected to run on a ARM processors as opposed to earlier information which suggested Moorestown. The tablet will run on Nokia’s MeeGo operating system, but will be different that MeeGo version that is on the Nokia N Series smartphone. Nokia is looking to implement the MeeGo OS in to cell phones, laptops, desktops, and now tablets
The tablet version of MeeGo is still in pre-alpha form but is up and running as shown in this video
As I sit here at my pen-only Tablet PC, reviewing my notes from a better time, I can’t help but wonder how much brighter my life would be if I had worked harder, made some smarter decisions, and arrived at this point with enough throwaround money to buy a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, the computer I wistfully call “My Next Tablet PC.”
For me, the T900 is a big win. I cannot emphasize enough how much it feels like a slate in slate mode. On paper, it looks heavy and large, but the balance goes a long way to making it feel light and nimble. Battery life is as good as can be expected given its size and speed and can be boosted with a second battery. I really appreciate now why Fujitsu owners invariably speak highly of their tablets. That quality, of course, does not come cheap. The Fujitsu Lifebook T900 is a premium tablet starting at $1,989 with a dual digitizer and the specs I listed earlier. If you want a Tablet PC that really trucks, the T900 scales up very nicely with faster processor, more memory, SSD options, and a second battery in the modular bay. As of now, this is the Tablet PC I’m saving my pennies to get.
Let's not forget that before "tablets" were all the rage there were, well, tablets. While most tablet PCs were -- and still are -- aimed at the business market, the HP TouchSmart tm2 (which began as the tx2000) was one of the first tablets for the average Joe. And despite rumors of a slate product and future WebOS devices, HP hasn't given up on the tm2, and rightfully so. Just updated with a brand new Core i3 ULV processor, the convertible has a 12.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, a new TouchSmart layer for laptops, an onboard stylus for taking notes, and a striking design with a rather stellar chiclet keyboard. There's no doubt the form factor still appeals to students or those simply looking for the power of a PC with a touch experience, but we wish HP paid a bit more attention to a few key features before shipping. Find out just what those are in our full review.
Of course, slate-like tablets are the new thing, and some will opt to pick up an iPad and then a cheap laptop to get their computing fill, but there's still something appealing about having an all-in-one device that can do it all. We really just wish the touch interface did its thing a bit more briskly.
Touchscreen tablets were the darlings of the 30th annual Computex show, held earlier this month in Taipei, Taiwan. More than a dozen models were shown, most of them X86-based tablets running Windows or ARM-based devices running Android. Processor manufacturers represented included Freescale, Intel, Marvell, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Via, all of which have design wins in touchscreen tablets running all sorts of Linux derivatives. Microsoft also announced Windows Embedded Compact 7 at Computex and showed it running on a Freescale-based tablet in its booth.
Most of the touchscreen tablets displayed at Computex were prototypes, but Archos Inc. (London) showed its already-available Android-based tablets in several sizes and at a range of price points. All of the Archos models fit into docking stations that provide HD outputs for bigger screens. Likewise, Sharp's year-old Netwalker was shown sans its original keyboard (and still using a stylus) and running the Linux derivative Ubuntu on a Freescale i.MX processor.
Many a case of smoke has been experienced where there was not even a flicker of a flame. Manufactures have promised or boasted about the product and finally it all ended up in zilch. SurfaceInk has now given us talk about just one more product that all have been waiting for, a Tablet PC with a 12.1 inch screen. However, there’s a problem. Not many have ever heard of SurfaceInk. So whether the dream object turns into a reality is something that remains to be seen. Of course there will be added scrutiny of the device once it enters market. And in case they hold true then we may have one more big player in the Tablet segment by next year calling the shots with their large screened Ubuntu tablet.
Everything is still in the prototype stage and nothing has been set in stone as yet. Though what is known is that the tablet will have a 12.1 inch dimension 1280 x 800 WXGA screen. It is a multi-mode touchscreen supporting capacitive multitouch finger-control and can also accept stylus input, something that will make the device enticing to students who wish to use a tablet device. The tablet runs the standard version of the Ubuntu operating system while there is also reports of an Android version being in the making.
Intel has posted a video showing the features of its Linux-based Meego OS for tablet computers on YouTube.
The MeeGo OS is targeted at mobile and embedded devices and was first announced in February. MeeGo is a collaboration between Intel and Nokia and is managed by The Linux Foundation. The MeeGo version for netbooks was released last month.
The video, which also shows the operating system's multitouch support, multitasking and integrated social networking runs for 3 minutes and also demonstrates how people can use the pre-alpha version of MeeGo OS 1.1 using a multitouch tablet PC.
The LifeBook TH700 features the latest dual digitizer technology with pen input and multi-touch interaction, modular bay, bi-directional display hinge, and the performance of all new 2010 Intel® Core™ processor technology. This is a do-it-all Tablet PC that is sure to simplify your internet surfing experience with the convenience of the touch functionality in either notebook or tablet mode. You'll wonder how you ever survived with just a notebook.
Those disappointed by the current crop of underpowered Android tablets and iPad clones might find something to like with Merel Technologies’ mTouch. For starters, it’s powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz processor, sports a SATA 320GB hard drive, and has 4GB of DDR2 RAM. In addition, it supports up to 20 touch points on its LED-lit LCD screen and is tough enough to double as a drink coaster.
Despite the limits of touch technology, the mTouch table tablet has a handful of impressive features, including gesture recognition and integrated sharing and email functionality, which mTouch CEO David Merel demonstrated by manipulating a magazine at the recent CEA Line Shows in New York:
It is projected that tablet PCs will see a boom in the coming years, largely thanks to the success of Apple’s iPad device. Leaked Microsoft documents gave us a first impression of the Windows 8 Tablet PC hardware requirement.
It has to be noted that Microsoft may change these at any time. The requirements have been extracted from a sheet detailing sensors and hardware capabilities. Some requirements might be optional as well.
A 9″ diagonal display, at least 768px width
A Direct X accelerated graphics processing unit (GPU)
GPS for location aware applications (likely optional)
Wireless LAN connectivity
Camera for facial detection
3-Axis Accelerometer (likely optional)
Ambient light sensor with adaptive brightness (likely optional
DTK Computer Middle East has launched a new netbook model that doubles as touch tablet device.
The Swift i-Touch comes with a 10" capacitive multi-touch display that can be turned 180 degrees and folded to transform the i-Touch into a tablet device, with a stylus for added ease of use.
It's powered by the Intel Atom N450 (1.66 GHz) processor, operates the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition, weighs just 1 kilogram and includes 1GB of memory that can be upgraded to 2GB, as well as a 320GB hard drive.
Other features include an integrated 1.3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity and optional 3G broadband connectivity.
Apple's iPad tablet may have some serious competition from one of the biggest IT vendors on Earth: Networking giant Cisco today announced a new tablet PC of its own, the Cius.
Based on the Google Android operating system and targeted at business users, the new Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Cius -- which is slated for customer trials in third quarter and full availability in the beginning of 2011 -- includes a number of features designed to appeal to on-the-go information workers.
For example, the Cius offers both front- and rear-facing 720p HD cameras to enable full video collaboration. It will also integrate with Cisco's suite of collaboration software including the Cisco Quad, WebEx and instant messaging platforms. The device is also designed to be lightweight, tipping the scale at 1.15 lbs.
Chambers did not specifically mention Apple or its iPad during his keynote address, though the popular iPad has established itself as the product to beat in the nascent tablet PC space, having become one of the fastest-selling products in Apple's history.
Despite backing its own tablet PC, Cisco hasn't shied away from jumping on the Apple bandwagon: For instance, it provide collaboration tools for iPad users as well.
It's half tablet and half notebook, but it's unique in that it has rather impressive specifications. Most of these are underpowered, but not the Lifebook TH700. There's a 2.26GHz Core i3-350M processor, a 12.1" WXGA touch panel (which is a dual screen that accepts finger and stylus inputs), a removable dust filter, a 320GB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a DVD burner (rare for a tablet, of course), an HDMI port and even Bluetooth.
A group of electronics makers in China are looking to make an inroad in the potentially huge tablet personal computer (PC) market, a move market observers say will possibly drive the bourgeoning mobile terminal product market into a boom.
Suning Appliance Co., Ltd. , which competes with Gome, is reported to follow the heels of its rival to order tablet PCs in an attempt to profit from a market thrilled by Apple Inc..
The expansion of Gome and Suning in the tablet PC market comes after domestic electronics makers saw their self-developed products win favor of consumers in the world's most populous market. Electronics makers that have launched tablet PCs include China Greatwall Computer Shenzhen Co., Ltd.
Netbooks are in a process of evolving into tablet PCs, said the world's leading market researchers Forrester Research, Inc. and DisplaySearch in their reports in early June, noting that the sparkling iPad is leading the evolution. Sales volume of tablet PCs in the world, standing at 3.5 million at present, is expected to exceed that of netbooks in 2012.
The expected explosive growth in tablet PC sales will be attributable to the expansion of Chinese electronics makers, apart from the robust sales of iPad around the world, pointed out market observers.
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.