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September 2010


September 1, 2010

Motion Offers New Tablet PC Support Programs
Gotta Be Mobile

Motion Computing announced two new support programs designed to minimize downtime Motion Tablet PCscaused by faulty or damaged Tablet PCs. Many of Motion Computing’s customers work in rough environments and a downed Tablet PC can have a serious impact on their organizations.

Customers who purchase Motion Express Tablet Exchange service will receive a replacement C5v, F5v or J3500 within one business day of reporting trouble. Instead of simply overnighting a replacement tablet to its customer, Motion Computing will send out a technician to hand deliver it and make sure it’s set up properly. The program is available to customers that purchase 50 or more tablets.  The service will be offered in two and three terms, with a price tags ranging between $349 and $649 per tablet.

Motion Computing is also now offering accidental damage protection. As you can guess, this program covers unintentional physical damage, covering both the Tablet PC and its peripherals. Protection plans for the C5v, F5v and J3500 will cost $199 (one year), $249 (two years) and $349 (three years).


Enspert Launches Korea's 1st Domestic 7" Tablet PC, 'IDENTITY TAB'
PR Newswire

IDENTITY TAB's (i-tab) powerful hardware includes a capacitive multi-touch LCD, a 1GHz CPU, 'IDENTITY TAB tablet pc8GB of embedded memory, a DMB chip (for television viewing), a light sensor, a GPS chip, an accelerometer, and a 3.0 megapixel camera. The table supports a diverse range of video codecs to ensure excellent multimedia functionality, performance and compatibility.

An e-Book viewer, MS Office (for document viewing & editing), and AR are some of the several pre-installed applications on the tablet. Powerful educational and entertainment features are available for younger users through numerous multimedia functionality. Popular social media applications such as Twitter, MeToday, and Facebook are also pre-installed for convenient SNS usage. The Android Market is available for more applications, such as navigation applications.

A special DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) based 3 screen solution is embedded on the IDENTITY TAB to enable seamless content sharing between a TV, a PC/Laptop, and a mobile phone. It will also come with a personalized delivery service, sampling and scanning the user's profile, interests, and propensities to find and deliver recommended content via intelligent push solution (Dynamic Contents Delivery). The 3- Screen and DCD solutions are developed by Enspert's parent company, Insprit (http://www.in-sprit.com ), and is a specialized function of the i-tab.


Archos releases five Android tablets

GADGET MAKER Archos has released five Android-based tablets.

It seems that the outfit is not keen on bringing out just one tablet to take on Apple's Ipad when it can field nearly half a dozen.

There seems to be one for every occasion, including the cheap as chips Archos 28, the portable Archos 32, a multi-media Archos 43, and the wide screen Internet tablets Archos 70 and Archos 101.

The outfit seems to be following Apple's idea that the tablet should be a consumer item targeted at web-browsing, games, ebooks, social notworking and other apps alongside HD video and music.

The company's history is as a manufacturer of small format consumer MP3 and video players.

The flagship is the Archos 101 Internet tablet, which is an Android device that offers fast web browsing and HD multimedia. It has a 10.1-inch high-resolution screen in a slim tablet that is 12mm thick and weighs 480g.

All of the tablets are built with a patented construction process that uses an over-moulded PVD stainless steel structure, Archos said.


September 2, 2010

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Tab Android - 7 inches of Android tablet goodness

There are a lot of Android tablets making their rounds in the blogosphere asof late, but the Samsung Galexy Tab Tabletoft-leaked Samsung Galaxy Tab is the only real Android-powered competitor to Apple’s iPad to be made official so far. Samsung has announced the 7-inch Galaxy Tab as their first Android tablet here at IFA 2010 in Berlin, Germany, and we’ve had a chance to get all touchy-feely with the new tablet device. At first, it might be hard to see how any device could give Apple reason to worry that its iPad isn’t the end all be all of tablets, but after spending some time with the Tab, it’s clear that Samsung has a potential hit on its hands.

Because it’s running Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box, the Galaxy Tab will come preloaded with the Adobe Flash 10.1 Player, allowing you to stream embedded Flash videos and interact with Flash menus on the web. You also get Thunkfree Office for editing Microsoft Office documents, as well as the Swype keyboard to make typing as easy as dragging your finger across the keyboard. And, with a fully functional 3G cellular radio on board, the Tab is capable of making phone calls using the onboard microphone and speaker or a headset of some sort (wired or Bluetooth).

Overall, though, the most impressive aspect of the Tab is its size. It’s thin enough to be sexy, which is only complemented by its glossy back cover. The 7-inch screen is incredibly hand-friendly. You can comfortably hold the screen with one hand, and typing on the on-screen keyboard is ridiculously easy. The Tab could give iPad reason to worry!


Samsung's Galaxy Tab is Official
PC World

I'm in Berlin for IFA, Europe's biggest consumer-electronics trade event. The show floor Samsung Galexy Tab Musicdoesn't open until Friday, but yesterday and today have been filled with press conferences by major tech companies - and Samsung's conference this morning ended with the official introduction of its Galaxy Tab tablet, the biggest IFA news so far.

The Tab is certainly an iPad-like device, but there are some striking differences. Its screen is 7", making the device a bit larger than a Kindle and substantially smaller than a 9.7" iPad. (Samsung says it's pocketable, and it is...if you're wearing a jacket.) The Tab weighs 13.4 ounces-far less than the pound-and-a-half iPad. It has cameras on the front (for video chat) and back (for snapping photos and apps such as augmented reality). And like the 5" Dell Streak, it's not only a 3G data device but a 3G device that can make phone calls.

Samsung estimates that the Tab will get eight hours of battery life; it's hard to judge that until you know whether the company is talking like a notebook maker (in which case eight hours might be ludicrously optimistic) or is using iPad-like realism. In either case, the iPad's ten-hour battery beats it, which makes sense given that Apple's tablet is so much larger and heavier.

Google's Tablet-friendly version of Android, 3.0 "Gingerbread," isn't ready yet, so the Tab runs a version of Android 2.2 Froyo that Samsung has customized for the device's larger screen and 1040 by 600 resolution. (The company says that it'll eventually upgrade the Tab to Gingerbread-and is planning an entirely different tablet which will run "Honeycomb," yet another Android variant.) The IFA preview showed glimpses of an e-mail client that looks rather like the one on the iPad, a social app, and a music store:

Samsung says the Galaxy Tab will be available in Europe in October. It isn't saying anything about when it'll go on sale in the U.S. or how much it'll cost-but it plans to sell it through wireless carriers, so expect a relatively low price and a contract obligation.


LightInTheBox.com's Android Tablet Gains Popularity With Consumers Worldwide
PR Newswire

The Android Tablet (http://www.lightinthebox.com/_p124253.html ) has been a consistent top seller for global online retailer LightInTheBox.com over the past two months.

Priced at under US$140, LightInTheBox.com's Android Tablet runs on Google's Android 1.6 operating system (OS), an open source platform that encourages users to expand on the tablet's many uses. Unlike the iPad, the Android Tablet is not limited to applications and games approved by the Apple Corporation. Users are able to design their own programs or access the Android Market (http://www.android.com/market/ ) to download from over 30,000 free and paid applications and games.

Other technical strengths of the Android Tablet include its ability to use Adobe products that have not been made available on the iPad, such as Flash, and its expandable memory feature via the TF Card slot.

The Tablet's Lithium-Ion battery allows for 2 and a half hours of simultaneous web, video and music usage. It is Wifi enabled and features a 7" 800x400 resolution TFT touchscreen. The Tablet is powered by a 667MHZ Samsung S3C6410 processor and weighs 332 grams.

LightInTheBox.com has discovered that many consumers are still unsure about how a tablet style PC can play an integral part in their lives. Consumers wanting to experience the tablet PC phenomenon and who are trialing the integration of the technology into their lives have also formed a strong customer base for the online retailer's Android Tablet. Available for less than half the price of the most basic iPad, the Tablet allows such consumers to trial the technology without having to make such a large financial investment.


Motion Launches New Suite of Tablet PC Support Programs
Business Wire

Motion Express Tablet Exchange and Accidental Damage Protection Programs Extend Tablet Support Services, Offering Multiple Coverage Options to Support a Broad Range of Business Needs

-Motion Computing®, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, today announced new support programs developed to ensure the highest level of customer support for businesses that rely on Motion Tablet PCs as critical tools in day-to-day business operations. Motion’s new Express Tablet Exchange and Accidental Damage Protection programs extend device protection beyond standard warranty offerings and will benefit customers across industries that require immediate support or replacement services.

Motion Express Tablet Exchange Service

Designed to meet the needs of customers that require minimal disruption, the new Motion Express Tablet Exchange service extends existing IT resources, enabling organizations to feel confident that when an incident occurs, the tablets can be back in use quickly and easily. Available to customers with a purchase of 50 or more C5v, F5v or J3500 Tablets, the service provides on-site, next business day delivery of a replacement tablet, optimized with the customer’s application-specific profile and location or site specifications. Tablets will be serviced by qualified representatives for immediate integration into the business environment at no additional charge.

Accidental Damage Protection

Motion’s new Accidental Damage Protection program enhances the company’s standard warranty programs, offering an added layer of protection against unintentional physical damage. It protects both tablet PC components and supporting peripherals in the case of accidental damage.

Motion Computing Tablet PC


September 3, 2010

Toshiba To Launch New Tablet Computer
Wall Street Journal

Toshiba Corp. said Friday that it will release by year-end a tablet computer that runs on Google Inc.'s Android operating system, as the Japanese electronics maker aims to grab a chunk of a Roshiba Folio 100 tablet pcfast-growing tablet device market spearheaded by Apple Inc.'s iPad.

The company said it will sell the Folio 100 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It has yet to decide whether to launch it in other regions such as the U.S. or Japan, a company spokeswoman said.

Toshiba is among many electronics manufacturers around the world looking to ride the wave of demand that has swelled with the iPad. Samsung Electronics Co. Thursday unveiled the Galaxy Tab, which also runs on the Android software. Sharp Corp. in July showed off prototypes of a tablet it hopes will be the "iPad made in Japan," and plans to officially unveil the new product later this month.

"The market for tablet devices like the iPad is attracting a lot of consumer attention," said the Toshiba spokeswoman.

The Folio 100 is not Toshiba's first tablet computer.



IFA 2010: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet PC
Shiny Shiny

So how do you take on Apple in the tablet PC market? Well I guess you do things a bit differently and add functionality that Apple users can only dream about. And that's exactly what Samsung has done with its Galaxy Tab which was announced at IFA in Berlin today.

I managed to get a bit of a sneak preview and was very impressed with what I saw. Here's a roll through the key features.

1 It has a 7inch screen - For me 5inch screens are too small, while the iPad and its 10inch screen (and the weight it adds) doesn't really feel like a portable device. I really like the 7 inch format. It does feel small enough for you to carry round with you everywhere but large enough to display the web in a bold and very readable way. It is much lighter than the iPad too and you can hold it in one hand. Samsung has said that 5inch and 10inch versions of the tablet PCs are in the offing but for now this will do nicely.

2 It has on board camera
- Unlike the iPad there's a 3.2 mega pixel camera for snapping plus a video camera for creating content and video calling. I am not entirely sure how often you would use the device to take pictures as it is too big to hold steady like a camera, but the video messaging facility is a very nice touch.

Overall I was pretty impressed. This clearly scores over the iPad in several key areas (camera, phone, storage, mobile connectivity). I also like the more portable size and the way you can hold it one handed. I'd have liked to have seen a USB socket on there though. If Samsung can deliver some attractive deals with networks it really will have a winner on its hands. I think the next gen iPad will look a lot like this too.



Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad: Specs, Features Compared
PC Magazine

Samsung yesterday introduced its Galaxy Tab, and from the looks of this 7-inch Android-powered tablet, it seems like it might be the first true Apple iPad contender. Since April, there have been a raft of reports of upcoming tablets from HP, Best Buy, LG, RIM, and others. The iPad has dominated this overhyped tablet space, not just because it's a well-executed device; but very few tablets have actually made it to market. And those that are (or were) available, haven't really made an impact. JooJoo anyone? We didn't think so.

This is not to say that the Galaxy Tab is available. According to Samsung, the Tab will come to Europe this month and to the U.S. "in coming months." But at least the company showed an actual working device at the IFA trade show in Berlin. In anticipation of the Galaxy Tab's availability, we put it side by side with the Apple iPad to see how they stack up specwise.

ipad compared to Samsung Galaxy tab


September 5, 2010

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New Smaller LIFEBOOK T580 Is The Gateway to Fujitsu's Tablet Line Up

Slate-beating LIFEBOOK tablet PC combines touch screen mobility with the convenience of a keyboard

Fujitsu today introduces a new smaller fully featured tablet PC, the LIFEBOOK T580, measuring up Fujitsu LifeBook T580 Convertible Tablet PCwith a 10.1-inch screen size. Leveraging Fujitsu's 20 years of convertible PC experience, the slate-beating LIFEBOOK T580 squeezes full-size notebook features and technology into a smaller, lighter and lower-priced package.

Fujitsu's LIFEBOOK T580 is the flexible alternative mobile working on a slate – removing the frustration of slow responses by packing much more processor power, and delivering convenient practicalities for all-day working, such as a keyboard, two USB slots, SD card and SmartCard readers, a webcam, and outputs for both VGA monitors and high-definition HDMI displays.

Weighing just 1.4kg, the new baby LIFEBOOK T580 converts from a notebook to a touch screen tablet PC with a simple twist of the unique bi-directional rotatable screen


Fujitsu t900 tablet PC


Competing With the iPad? Pricing Makes a Difference

2010 has been the year of the tablet. Little did Bill Gates know that years back when he introduced the tablet concept to the world, his biggest competitor would come up and steal the show with the same concept almost a decade later. The Apple iPad hit the market (already awash in the iPhone buzz) and sent various hardware companies back to the drawing board to compete in an all-new market segment. And we know the result already — there are more announcements than releases and more promises than products.

But we know that the competition will catch up sooner or later. Giants like HP and Samsung are pouring in all their efforts (and R&D money) to develop competitive products in the mobile market. In fact the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Tab actually blows the iPad out of the water when it comes to features. It's lightweight, open (it's an Android-based device), sports equally good hardware, and adds a camera. But all those comparisons are meaningless unless the price is competitive with the iPad. When Steve Jobs announced the iPad, he proudly claimed that his team has outdone themselves when it comes to the price target. Yes, the iPad lacks a lot of hardware bits that the Galaxy Tab would bring in, but given the hints we have, Samsung is clearly struggling to match the pricing.


Archos to Launch 5 Android Tablets: Archos 4.3 Inch to 10 Inch Android Tablets
Tech Techies

Archos to Launch 5 Android Tablets: Now we are having many Tablet PC’s in the market, with lot of new features and services. Samsung Galaxy Tab has recently announced, which is a good competitor for apple’s iPad. Now Archos has joined in the Queue to compete with the both. Yes, Archos is coming up with five new Android Tablets from 4.3 Inches to 10.1 inches. Interesting thing is Archos product price starts from £99 and ends at £299. All the Tablets from Archos are having unique features and coming at best price in the market.

Archos  Tablets

Archos to Launch 5 Android Tablets specs


September 7, 2010

TabletPc2.com's 2010 Editors Choice Tablet PC

Lenovo x201 tablet pc

The Lenovo Thinkpad X201 Tablet PC


Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 tablet PC
PC World Magazine

Fujitsu's LIfeBook TH700 is a 12.1in convertible tablet PC that's a lot of fun to use. Its Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 tablet PCtouchscreen works very well and you can write or draw on it using the pen, or you can use your fingers to select things and rotate and zoom pictures for example.

If you absolutely must own a decent tablet PC, then you should consider Fujitsu's LifeBook TH700. It's a notebook with a tablet-convertible 12.1in screen that uses Wacom dual digitiser technology so that you can interact with it either by using your fingers or a pen. Best of all, you can write and draw on the screen very comfortably so it’s a good solution if you’re a graphic artist who wants to use a notebook and a graphics tablet while on the road.

The LifeBook TH700 is actually a lot of fun to draw on — even if you have no talent!

While you’re in tablet mode, you can use the Fujitsu Menu application to access the Control Panel and change the screen brightness among other things. The screen itself is slightly reflective and not always easy to see depending on which orientation you have it set to. For example, if you look at it upside-down or in portrait mode, then the narrow viewing angles can make it a little hard to read. But overall, it’s easy to view in an office and even outdoors — unless it's a bright day.


Samsung Galaxy Tab Coming To Vodafone

The Samsung Galaxy Tablet PC is coming to Vodafone. It has launched the product jointly with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. It is expected to cost between $200 and $400 in the U.S.Samsung Galaxy Tab

Europe’s eagerness to market the Samsung Galaxy Tab has finally concluded with Vodafone’s launching of the Korean-made seven-inch tablet last September 2. Despite reports that the Vodafone is willing to pay a good price for it, the Korean Tablet PC will still be a bit lower in the United States at about $200 – $400 in retail stores, a source close to Samsung disclosed.

Another informant from Samsung also said that Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet PC will cost more than its Galaxy S smartphone which currently carries a price tag of about $200.

Vodafone is one of the largest mobile communications companies in the world by revenue. It has launched the Samsung GALAXY Tab Model GT-P1000. The Galaxy Tab is Samsung’s first tablet, “smart media device.” It is powered by the Android Operating System 2.2.

Vodafone will start to push the Galaxy Tab in October both in its European and other world markets.


Invasion Of The Tablet PC
World Internet TV on PC

After the massive success of the iPad, fears that the laptop could soon be phased out by Samsung Galaxy Tabhandheld devices are intensifying. There will soon be a selection of tablet computers to choose from and a range of iPad-style machines are being released by electronics manufacturers, which are tipped to even outsell the original trendsetter.

The laptop/notebook versions of computers, which have been gradually replacing regular desktop computers for the past few years are predicted by some to be consigned to the outdated list itself. And that it will be an army of pads and tablet pc’s that will now proceed to dominate the market. It is also a warning to the iPad, produced by Apple, which has had the market to itself, making over two million sales in the first two months of release.

This week, though, Apple will have its first challenger, as

Samsung became the first firm to unveil their own handheld tablet pc / mini computer / media player.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has superb graphics and a touchscreen much like the iPad’s, but has the advantages of being smaller, lighter and having a built-in phone too. On top of all that, it is expected to be cheaper as well. This is just the tip of the iceberg for Apple’s worries, as the Galaxy Tab is set to be the first of many immenent releases of new versions of the ‘tablet’ computer.

The new products also confirm that the use of Internet TV could also be moving to a dominant new hardware.

Although some of the models are yet to be confirmed, below are some of the other names that Apple will need to watch out for.


Will Samsung's Galaxy Tab be Pricey or Cheap? Maybe BothSamsung galaxy tab
PC World

How much will Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet cost? One report says it could go for around $1000, or twice as much as the cheapest iPad. But others quote less alarming estimates of $200 to $400.

Actually, all the figures could be correct: They involve multiple countries, and some are full price while others are what you'd pay after signing up for a 3G contract. (Samsung plans to sell the tablet exclusively through carriers, so most or all of the folks who buy one will presumably get a subsidized price.)


September 8, 2010

Trading Markets

As Samsung Electronics Co. ventures into a new device business with the rollout of its first tablet PC, the company is making a fresh bet about the future of reading that sets it apart from companies like Sony Corp.

Samsung, the world's largest technology company by sales, believes that the emerging tablet PC will eventually drive

electronic book (e-book) readers from the market and become a dominant platform for reading.

"The digital book market will be replaced by tablet PCs," Choi Gee-sung, the chief executive officer of South Korea's most valuable company, said in a meeting with reporters in Berlin.

The remarks were made a day after the company unveiled the Galaxy Tab on the eve of the 2010 IFA show, Europe's largest consumer electronics trade fair held from Sept. 3-8. The new tablet is seen as a challenge to Apple Inc.'s mega-hit iPad.


iPad Alternatives: 12 Tablet PCs To Try Instead Of The iPad
Huffington Post

Craving a tablet PC but loathe to buy Apple's iPad--no matter how "magical" Steve Jobs says it norton ink tablet pcis?

We've assembled a guide to a dozen iPad alternatives. Some of these tablet PCs have been released, while some are only rumored to be in the works, but all of these Android, webOS, and Windows-based slates are worth a look.

For those who find the iPad unwieldy, the Samsung Galaxy Tab may offer a more manageable, portable alternative. "With its 7-inch screen and form factor of 7.5 by 4.7 by .5 inches it is small enough to easily hold in one hand and use even as you walk around,"

Archos is launching five Android 2.2-based tablets later this year. The tablets vary in size, specs, and price, ranging from 3 to 10-inches in size and priced between $99.99 and $349.99


Samsung vows to ship 10 million Galaxy Tabs, grab a third of the tablet market

We may still be waiting on final word of pricing and availability for the Galaxy Tab, but it doesn't look like Samsung is wasting any time in making some pretty bold claims about it. Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Samsung product executive Hankil Yoon said that the company expects to ship 10 million Galaxy Tabs and grab a third of the global tablet market by next year. Yoon further added that Samsung eventually plans to introduce a whole family of Galaxy Tab devices, although it's not clear if those factor into his sales projections.


iPad, Android, Samsung: 10 Reasons Why the Tablet Market Is Competitive

News Analysis: It might seem like Apple’s iPad is leading the tablet space, but it’s not true. With Google, Samsung and others now competing for space, it’s far from decided.

The tablet market is an interesting space. It gets all kinds of attention, but the vast majority of folks have yet to buy one of the devices. Over time, that’s expected to change as the Apple iPad and its competitors, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, start attracting more and more consumers. But for now, it’s a small, nascent market that has a long way to go before it has a major impact on the industry as a whole.

Because of that, the tablet market isn’t even close to being decided. There are still far too many companies that have yet to reveal their strategies for anyone to crown Apple or any other firm the winner in that space.

Here, eWEEK takes take a look at why the tablet market isn’t dominated by any company just yet.


INTERVIEW-Lenovo to launch tablet PC later this year

Lenovo Group ( plans to launch a tablet computer in China later this year, joining its rivals and handset vendors chasing after the success of Apple Inc's.

Chief Operating Officer Rory Read said on Tuesday that the company, the world's No. 4 PC brand, will eventually sell the tablet PCs in emerging markets and then move to more developed economies.

"We'll see stuff even before the end of the calendar year, initially in China," Read told Reuters in an interview.

A large portion of Lenovo's operations are in China, although the PC maker's headquarters are in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Lenovo plans to sell a tablet along with a "hybrid" option that comes with a separate keyboard, he said, adding that it will be priced toward the "mainstream" consumer.

Lenovo has said that the tablet PC, known internally as LePad, would run on Google Inc's Android operating system.

"The tablet space, you'll see it grow in terms of information consumption, but it will be a much smaller portion of the market, at least for the foreseeable future, the next 5 to 10 years," he said.


September 10, 2010

TabletPc2.com's 2010 Editors Choice Tablet PC


AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to Carry New Samsung Tablet
Wall Street Journal

Samsung Electronics Co. has cut deals with Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and AT&T Inc.sAMSUNG GALEXY tAB TABLET to carry its new Google-powered tablet computer, three people familiar with the matter said, a significant step as Samsung tries to take on Apple Inc.'s hot-selling iPad.

The distribution deals with the three largest U.S. wireless operators mark a significant win for Samsung as it tries to take on the iPad. A Samsung spokesman declined to comment.

Samsung is scheduled to unveil the Galaxy Tab in the U.S. market at an event at New York City's Time Warner Center on Sep. 16, two people familiar with the matter said.

While a price hasn't been set, Samsung product executive Hankil Yoon said in an interview last week that it would likely retail for between $200 and $300, although the final price would vary depending on different carriers' subsidies. Mr. Yoon expects to ship 10 million units and take a third of the global tablet market next year. Verizon is still considering whether to subsidize the device, a person familiar with the matter said.

The Galaxy Tab is essentially an enlarged version of Samsung's new Galaxy S smartphone. The gadget has a seven-inch screen, runs on Google Inc.'s Android software, comes with a cellular connection and features a camera on each side.

Samsung launched the tablet on Sep. 3 at a technology conference in Germany. The tablet will debut in Italy, moving to other markets as Samsung locks in more carrier deals. Vodafone Group PLC, the world's biggest mobile operator, said it would start selling the Galaxy Tab in most of its European markets and a number of its other markets worldwide in October.


Apple to move aggressively on FaceTime, camera-equipped iPads
Apple Insider

Apple's iPad is unlikely to endure the company's traditional 12-month product cycle for iOSaPPLE IpAD device refreshes before seeing its first major enhancements, AppleInsider has been told.

A version of the tablet device with a built-in video camera and support for the new FaceTime video conferencing standard has already progressed to the advanced testing stages, according to a person with proven knowledge of Apple's future product plans.

Though the inaugural fleet of iPads has seen surprising momentum that's kept them out of a supply-and-demand balance since April, their FaceTime-equipped successors are said to be tracking for an introduction no later than the first quarter of next year.

And although Apple's historical product cycles would beg to differ, that person familiar with the company's plans claims that as of last month, there was an ambitious push inside Apple to verify the refresh for a possible launch ahead of this year's holiday shopping season.


September 13, 2010

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iPad To Be Released In Time For Christmas?
Only Kent

For those of you who are eagerly waiting on news of the arrival of the new Apple iPad, then you may not have to wait much longer! Gary Johnson at PR News has reported today, that rumor is spreading that the release of the new device may be just in time for Christmas.

As with all Apple products on the horizon, there is always a lot of speculation as to when they will be released along with spec details and pricing structure. This happened with the iPhone 4. PR News have had information from PCMAG indicating that Apple have been working on the new version of the iPad and because of testing now being in the latter stages, we could see the device sooner than expected.

New features to look forward to include, Facetime video chat

the new iPad will incorporate a new sleeker look, and the possibility of a front facing camera? Apple are pushing their testing through at a faster pace to try and get this new product on our shelves in time for that fantastic Christmas present.


Best Tablet PC: Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab or Toshiba Folio
By James

With Christmas just a few months away, I’m thinking of getting a new PC to replace my 5-year-old Fujitsu laptop which is starting to break down. Touchscreen tablet PCs seem to be the in thing these days so if the specs and price are right, I might get this gadget as a Christmas gift to myself this year.

Which one is the best? That’s what I’m about to find out. I’ll use this space to post some good and bad reviews that I can find for these tablet PCs.

The 3 emerging choices for me, after a preliminary search, seem to be the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Toshiba Folio 100.

Touchscreen Tablet PC?

If you don’t know what touchscreen tablet PCs are, it’s time to get out of that rock you’ve been living under. Tablet PCs are computers which are somewhere between a regular notebook PC and a smartphone in terms of size, price, and functionalities. Unlike previous versions of the tablet PC, the newer versions are touchscreen — meaning you don’t need a keyboard or stylus anymore in order to input something.


Tablets Threaten to Make Netbooks Obsolete
PC World

Analysts predict that Apple alone could sell 28 million iPad tablets in 2011. That doesn't even take the Samsung Galaxy Tab, or the rest of the upcoming tablets expected in the next few months into consideration, and doesn't bode well for other mobile computing platforms. The netbook in particular will be the primary victim of the rise of the tablet, and will quickly be rendered obsolete.

Some aspects of the tablet require users to adapt to new ways of embracing mobile computing, and a culture shift from looking at it as just another portable computer form factor. That said, tablets offer most, if not all, of the advantages of netbooks, and add in some new benefits as well, making it a more compelling mobile computing platform than netbooks in many cases, and making the concept of the netbook somewhat obsolete.


Target rumored to sell Apple's iPad in stores starting Oct. 3
Apple Insider

New evidence suggests that Target's U.S. stores may start offering the iPad on October 3, expanding the retail presence of Apple's touchscreen tablet.

A source with the retailer provided evidence to Engadget that Target is set to launch an unnamed product on Oct 3. The product will be available at six price points -- the same prices of the iPad, ranging from $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, to $829 for the 64GB model with 3G.


September 14, 2010

Acer is set to launch three tablet PC models featuring Android 3.0 in the first quarter of 2011. The respective models will feature a 7-inch panel, a 10-inch panel, and a 5-inch panel, with the 5-inch panel based device targeted at the market between smartphones and mainstream tablet PCs, according to sources from upstream component makers.


Tablet war: New tablets could hurt iPad's market share
International Business Times

As every electronic company is in a rush to launch a tablet PC and compete with the market Apple iPad Tabletleader iPad, the catching up of competition may hurt iPad's market share in the longer term.

Apple's iPad is a tablet computer marketed as a platform for audio and visual media such as books, periodicals, movies, music, and games, as well as web content. Apple released the iPad in April 2010, and sold over 3 million of the devices.

Market is expecting Apple to sell atleast 10 million iPads this year and over 20 million iPads in 2011.

Seeing the soaring popularity of iPad, even many PC makers from Dell to HP are launching iPad-like tablets. Samsung is preparing to launch its 7-inch Galaxy Tab, while Dell has already released its 5-inch Streak. HP is working on its Slate tablet with Windows 7. Research In Motion is reportedly exploring a BlackBerry-branded tablet, and Microsoft intends to port Windows 7 onto a variety of tablet form-factors.

Meanwhile, Toshiba, Samsung and LG are also expected to launch their tablet PCs over the next few months.


The Ensuing Tablet Wars: Who Will Emerge the Winner?

Did you really think Apple  would be the only tablet maker? And, did you really think you could only get it through exclusive outlets? As the tablet market explodes, be prepared to see Apple re-think its distribution strategy and Android  -backed products emerge in a steady stream. According to a recent Appolicious piece, the biggest threat to Apple’s dominance could be the slate of Android-backed products that are expected to receive high-profile treatment from carriers such as Verizon 

With the rising activity among the competition, Apple is gearing up for a fight. The company is reportedly seeking to expand its distribution channel for the iPad and if Engagdet reports are accurate, could expand to Target stores in October. The report only suggests rumors, so we might have to wait for confirmation. To compound the issue, Google announced last week that Android may not yet be ready for a tablet the size of the iPad. This doesn’t mean we won’t see a tablet soon; just that it may be smaller. 


September 15, 2010

Fujitsu Lifebook T900 is my NEW Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile

Here’s the situation: a few months back, I evaluated the Fujitsu Lifebook T900 Tablet PC, and Fujitsu Lifebook T900  Tablet PCbasically, I really liked it. Personal issues forced me to put off an upgrade this year, but I had every intention of making the T900 (or, if necessary, its successor) my next Tablet PC. And then Fujitsu beat me to the punch.

Another opportunity it opens is the ability to review new multi-touch applications, something prevented by my upgrade delay. Two applications I need to get back to are ritePen and PDF Annotator. The new versions of both offer multi-touch functionality, which I’d been unable to test. I intend to rectify this and get some InkShows done for them and other applications.

Lastly, I’ll be treating this evaluation unit as a business machine, not my personal tablet. I’ll have to do some personal things on it since it will be my daily productivity PC, but I’ll be keeping personal documents in Evernote and I won’t be syncing my iPhone with it. Part of that is because is because it’s an evaluation unit, but more importantly, my current computer set-up is already too fragmented. So I’m taking this opportunity to start fresh and transition my media PC as our central storage hub.


Galaxy Tab to Go Official at Verizon on Thursday

Samsung’s first Android-based tablet PC might be closer to landing on Verizon Wireless than ever before, with the latest news on the matter suggesting that the operator would plan on announcing the slate’s arrival on Thursday, while redying its launch for the coming weeks.

We already knew that the wireless carrier has plans on launching the device on its airwaves, and it seems that more info on the matter emerged.

Galaxy tab on sale at Verizon on Thursday

According to a recent article on Engadget, there are great chances that Verizon would announce on Thursday its plans for carrying the new tablet PC, during a Samsung event announced a few weeks ago.

Moreover, it seems that some internal Verizon documents leaked into the wild, showing clearly that the wireless carrier plans on adding this beauty to its offering pretty soon.

The said document touts Galaxy Tab as being set to land on the market with Android 2.2 Froyo on board, in addition to support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

The Android-based tablet is also expected to arrive with a series of exclusive applications, aimed mainly at differentiating it from the versions headed for AT&T and Sprint.

It seems that the list of applications pre-loaded on Galaxy Tab might very well include Skype mobile, already present on a wide range of handsets at Verizon, as well as the NFL Mobile app with live game streaming and the RedZone channel.


Dell unveils Inspiron Duo tablet
Times of India

Dell's back with another tablet. The company showed its Windows-based hybrid tablet at the DellDuo Tabletongoing Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Called Inspiron duo, the flipping Tablet/Netbook has a 10-inch screen, Intel Dual Core Atom processor, and runs on Windows 7 premium.

The tablet/netbook hybrid also hides a sliding keyboard unlike Dell's previous tablet Streak and Apple iPad.

The general manager of Intel's Architecture Group, David Zavelson, described Inspiron duo as "the world's most powerful 10-inch Windows tablet."


Mi-Co Partners with Group Mobile


Mi-Co, the Mobile Data Collection company, has formed a partnership with Group Mobile, a reseller of rugged tablet PCs, laptops and more, to resell Mi-Forms-Professional electronic forms software for Tablet PCs on Group Mobile's new software store.

Officials with Mi-Co  said that the company’s Mi-Forms for Tablet PC, already used in several Fortune 500 companies, leading hospital systems, and government agencies will now be even more accessible for small business customers and non-enterprise clients looking to maximally leverage rugged computing hardware with electronic forms software.

Company officials said that Mi-Co is now also a Strategic Software partner of Group Mobile and is looking forward to expanding its retail offerings for consumers using Tablet PCs and Slate PCs through this online software store.

"We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Group Mobile to explore e-commerce means of getting a consumer version of our flagship Mi-Forms electronic forms software to market,” said Greg Clary, the CEO of Mi-Co, in a statement.

“I am very optimistic that this will further lower barriers for consumers and small businesses to procure Tablet PCs and forms software that will enhance their productivity and make them more efficient," said Clary.


IN Media Announces Revolutionary Tablet PC -- Tablet PC Allows Integration of All Applications and Content in Simple Touch Screen Format
PR Newswire

IN Media Corp. today announced the launch of the IN Media tablet PC, which integrates all applications, media and content in a simple tablet interface using Google's Android 2.1 OS.

Along with seamlessly running all PC applications consumers can now direct and drive all of their content from any device through the IN Media tablet PC including their high definition television. The tablet comes in 7 inch and 10 inch LCD displays and is equipped with both a forward facing camera and HDMI interface, allowing users to video conference and broadcast on large screen high definition televisions. The IN Media Tablet PC is a full feature touch screen tablet device with wireless connectivity featuring both Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth EDR 2.1.

"Consumers can talk on the phone, play games, read ebooks, listen to music, view movies and experience internet content on both the device itself and many external viewing devices. The touch screen device will allow internet video sharing sites such as YouTube to be viewed anywhere or time. This is much more than a tablet. It's a computer, communication device, and entertainment center with an SD storage card good for up to another 32GB," stated IN Media C.E.O. Nick Karnik.


September 16, 2010

Motorola, HTC, HP, Dell Tablets coming, Android or not
PC World

Just yesterday, reports of Acer's three Android 3.0 tablets surfaced, and other manufacturers aren't missing the tablet party. Here's our scoop on tablets Dell, Motorola, HP, and HTC are toshiba Folio 100 tablet PCworking on.

1) Motorola Tablet: After the Droid X smartphone's success in the U.S., Motorola is reportedly aiming a tablet launch by early 2011 -- possibly after Gingerbread Android 3.0 is unveiled.

2) Dell Inspiron DUO: Showcased at IDF (Intel Developer Forum), the 10-inch Dell Inspiron DUO is a tablet-netbook hybrid. The Dell 10-inch tablet-netbook has a screen that flips.

3)) HTC Tablet: HTC is rumored to be prepping up an Android 3.0-based tablet for release in early 2011.

4) HP WebOS Tablet: Dubbed "Hurricane" internally, the rumored HP WebOS tablet is indeed confirmed for an early 2011 release. Specs on the HP WebOS tablet are unknown yet, but the company will reportedly launch a Windows 7-based tablet PC by the end of this year.

Top IFA Announcements: A lot of tablets were announced at the German trade show earlier this month. Top pick among them? The Samsung Galaxy Tab, undoubtedly.

1) Samsung Galaxy Tab: A 7-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab impressed us with its features and specs. Check out our hands-on preview with the Samsung Galaxy Tab and we give a head-to-head comparison between the Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad. Also, don't miss a video of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in action.

2) Toshiba Folio 100: Announced at IFA, the Toshiba Folio 100 is a 10.1-inch Android 2.2 tablet.

3) ViewSonic ViewPad 7: A 7-inch tablet running on Android 2.2 OS and a 3MP camera, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 comes with 3G and A-GPS integrated.


Comparison Between The Apple iPad With the Samsung Galaxy Tab
Top Tech Reviews

Targus unveils new cases, bags and a stylus for the Apple iPadTargus Zerra ipad case
iGear 360

Targus continued to add to its line of iPad accessories today with the introduction of the Zierra Case, above, a mini messenger bag, mobile charger and stylus.  The Zierra Case features a hard shell to protect the iPad, and provides lots of storage for business cards and other wallet-friendly items.  The Zierra Case has a top grain leather exterior, and will retail for $55.

The Targus Stylus for the iPad, left, is a classy-looking input device for the The Targus Stylus for the iPadiPad.  The Stylus has a rubber tip that allows users to easily write notes, draw or type on the iPad’s screen.  Like other pen-input devices for the iPad, the Targus Stylus doesn’t require any power to operate and is designed to be used on the iPad’s screen without scratching.  The Targus Stylus will retail for $15.


Microsoft Researcher: Microsoft Surface Will Be in Cost Effective, in Homes in three years
Tom's Hardware Guidemicrosoft surface Table

Microsoft 's Surface has been teasing us for way too long. Every time we see the massive, touchscreen tabletop used in an innovative way, we want to know when we can expect the technology to hit the mainstream so we can have one for ourselves. According to Microsoft researcher Bill Buxton, we have three more years to wait.

"Right now it has five camerain it and a projector and a bunch of other stuff. It’s just a lot. What will happen is that Surface will become no thicker than a sheet of glass," he told the Globe and Mail. "That will more or less be true. It’s not going to have any cameras or projectors because the cameras will be embedded in the device itself."

Buxton says he believes that they'll see this technology in living rooms in about three years with "really cost effective prices" to boot.


September 17, 2010

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Tablet

Samsung Galexy Tab Tablet

More Photos and details coming soon!

Designed as a true mobile tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab™ powered by 7-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2 platform with Flash Player 10.1 and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat support landing soon with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon

The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.




Designed as a true mobile tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab™ powered by 7-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2 platform with Flash Player 10.1 and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat support landing soon with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Tab at&t, Verizon, T Mobile, Sprint

DALLAS, September 16, 2010 —Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the  No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy Tab™ in the U.S with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The first mobile tablet from Samsung shares many of the powerful characteristics of the Galaxy S smart phone lineup that launched this summer. The Galaxy Tab is designed with several enhancements to create a unique mobile experience that other products can’t deliver.

The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.


Samsung takes on Apple iPad with Galaxy Tab

Samsung's assault on Apple is under way, as the company unveils its plans for its new tablet PC as well as a new service that allows consumers to purchase or rent TV shows and movies on their Samsung mobile devices.samsung Galexy Tab Tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android-based tablet that will be launched in Europe in early fall and in other markets including Korea, the U.S., and Asia in the following months. Pricing is yet to be announced.

At an event here at the Time Warner Center tonight, Samsung took the wraps off its iPad-killer, the Galaxy Tab. It also announced a new service called Media Hub, an iTunes-like service, which allows consumers to buy and rent movies and TV shows for their Samsung portable devices.

There are clear differences between Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Apple's iPad. For example, the Galaxy Tab is smaller and lighter than the iPad. It offers twice the RAM as the iPad. It also offers an expandable microSD storage slot. Apple's device is limited to the internal storage space only.

The Galaxy Tab has two cameras: a 3.2-megapixel camera that faces outward and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, which can be used for video chatting. The iPad doesn't have any cameras. Samsung claims the Galaxy Tab offers up to 7 hours of video playtime; the iPad can last up to 10 hours, according to Apple.

On the software side, the big difference with the Galaxy Tab is that it uses Google Android 2.2, which allows for Adobe Flash. This enables video playback and other multimedia elements to play on the device. Apple doesn't support Flash on any of its products. Meanwhile, Apple supports thousands more applications in its iTunes App Store. But Samsung executives say the Galaxy Tab has access to the Android Market and will also have many more optimized apps on the way.


September 20, 2010

Everything You Need to Know About Tablets Right Now
New York Times

You didn’t think Apple was going to have this whole tablet market to itself, did you?Samsung Galaxy Tab and HP Slate.jpg

Tech companies, sputtering and coughing in the dust left by Apple’s iPad, are readying their own devices for what is already proving to be a rapidly growing marketplace. Market researcher IDC expects 7.6 million tablets to be shipped in 2010; by 2014, that number is projected to grow to 46 million.

With summer behind us and the holidays around the bend, we’re now entering the silly season, where product introductions will come fast and furious. Here’s where things stand—and where I think they’ll be going in the months ahead.

My bet is that the tablet universe will resemble something like the smartphone market, but with a dash of the PC market added for seasoning. A few platforms will divide the known world (a la smartphones) but, more like PCs, the distinguishing features will happen at the software—not hardware—level.

For starters, design is less a factor for tablets than in the other categories. A tablet is supposed to be a mostly featureless panel of glass: that’s the whole point. The hardware will also be fairly standardized (display, cameras, microphone, chipset)—the only question will be who has the most and best apps. And if that’s the key (and it is), then consumers are not actually the people that tablet makers should be concerned about right now—it’s app developers. Win them over, and the shoppers will follow.


CBS Sports Uses iPad as A Sunday NFL TV Companion

This is going to be a big week for what I have been calling (and no one has stopped me so far) iPad Apps for CBS-Sport-Ipad-App"second screening" with the iPad. That is, we are getting to test two TV network apps for the Apple tablet that work in synch with live TV programming. The higher profile MyGeneration app from ABC and Nielsen will use audio cues from the program itself to activate interactive elements on the iPad. But we won't get to try that out until later this week when the program premieres. A second screen app that enjoyed less coverage but may be more useful to more people is the CBS Sports Pro Football App for iPad.

And so I imagine that the core functionality of CBS Sport's app for most people will be its global view of all the action occurring in every other game in the league, albeit in an abstract fashion. I guess that the dream scenario is for CBS to stream the feeds from the other games into the app, but who knows what regional licensing nightmare that unlocks.

But the app neatly organizes all of the current scores to the games in a top rail of updated info. You can pop into any of the games and seethe latest drive illustrated on the playing field, with lists of current box scores and stats. There is some streaming video but mainly it is pre-game clips designed for low-res mobile screens. In fact much of this live data is also available for cell phones on CBS Sports' mobile Web site and apps.


Tablet Round-up - iPad and 6 of the Best Alternatives
Geek WIth Laptop

Tablets are proving to be the biggest trend in mobile technology in 2010, as more and more manufacturers step up to the plate.  While it all began with the iPad only a few months ago, the rush is now on for mobile tech companies to take advantage of the growing consumer excitement.  GWL takes a look at the iPad, and 6 of the most promising tablet alternatives.

Before we dive into individual tablet design and feature set comparison, it is necessary to get a rough idea of why tablets are such a big deal right now.  While many commentators view the tablet as a simple extension of the smartphone, there is also a legacy of tablet laptops, gaming devices, and drawing tablets that have also influenced modern tablet design and construction.

However, there is little point denying that the Apple iPad has a strong resemblance to an over sized iPhone, and that smartphones have had a very big influence on tablet design.  Other than Apple, some of the other big names getting involved in tablets include Samsung, Toshiba, and Dell.

Tablets are based on a very specific kind of user interface, that provides users with a new visual and tactile computing experience.  In many ways, tablets are the culmination of the move away from desktop computing towards cloud-based remote computing, which is basically a move away from personal processing towards more remote processing.   The tablet form offers a window into the Internet and a frame for personal media consumption – in a very literal sense.

As other tablets enter the marketplace, the addition of ports that extend the capabilities of tablets are likely to be one of the biggest distinguishing factors for consumers.  Other key differences that are likely to influence consumer choice will be based around the OS, the form factor, the availability of apps, and the price.

While the Apple iPad is the innovator in terms of the form and user interface of the modern tablet, other companies seem very keen to stretch tablet specs through more flexible operating systems and hardware configurations.  Only time will tell how the tablet marketplace deals with the onslaught of these different devices, and if any of them have what it takes to beat the iPad.


WIPTE Coming October 25-26 Featuring Tablet PC vs iPad Smackdown
Gotta Be Mobile

The Workshop on the Impact of Pen-Based Technology in Education (WIPTE) will be holding its tablet VS iPad smackdownfall conference at Virginia Tech on October 25 and 26. This year it looks like it is taking on what many are thinking about when it comes to Tablets and Slates by holding a session on the Tablet PC vs the iPad, called the “Tablet PC vs iPad Education Smackdown” among other sessions.

 New to WIPTE in 2010 will be a “Tablet PC versus iPad Education Smackdown” debate-style session in which proponents of each platform describe the potential educational impact of these devices.

Additional information including the workshop schedule, travel information and links to an online registration form are available at www.wipte.org.  An early registration fee of $100 is in effect through September 30th. After that date the fee increases to $150.


HP Shows off Tablet Device for Printer
PC World

Hewlett-Packard showed off a tablet computer that serves as a control panel for its new printer. The tablet browses the Web and can be used as an e-reader.

It has a 7-inch screen and can be easily connected to HP's PhotoSmart eStation all-in-one printer, said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of HP's Imaging and Printing Group, during a press event in New York on Monday.

The tablet can be used to move and print documents and images from multiple media devices and can also be used to exchange content between the devices. The display is a larger version of the 3.5-inch control panel screens on HP's earlier Web-connected printers.

The Web-connected tablet will run customized applications to print specialized content such as weather reports, news, e-books and coupons.

Yahoo is developing widgets and applications for the tablet. The company's applications allow users to get sports, news, finance and weather content and choose pages that can be easily printed. Users will have access to e-mail, weather and news on the tablet and that content can also be printed.


Motorola co-CEO says company will release a tablet in 2011

The tablet PC sector is heating up, and soon Motorola will be joining the fray. Its co-CEO Sanjay Jha told attendees of a technology conference sponsored by Deustche Bank that his company plans to sell a tablet beginning sometime in 2011. Motorola isn't in a rush to bring the product to the market: it would only do so when it can assure the device could be competitive.

Indeed, rumors began to swirl in August that the company was planning to build a tablet computer with similar dimensions to the iPad. Verizon was also said to be part of the effort, and the device would tie in to the company's FiOS television service.

It also showed off a prototype Android-based tablet at CES as well, so the company has been working on tablet form factors well before this week's announcement.


September 21, 2010

Lenovo LePad Tablet Due in December, U1 Coming Later as Separate Dock

Lenovo’s LePad and U1 Hybrid tablet/notebook contraption was probably one of the best lenovo U1 Hybrid tablet PClooking, and most talked about pieces of tech to hit this side of the world in a long while. The talk only bumped up when there was “confirmation” that the Tablet duo devices was canned, and wouldn’t be seeing a release after all. And then it was resurrected as an Android-based device, heading towards China. And now there’s a confirmation that that is indeed the case — the LePad tablet is being released in December, and the U1 will be a separate dock that gets released later.

The 10.1-inch tablet will be obviously sized up against Apple’s own 10-inch tablet device. Unfortunately, at this time, we’re not exactly sure what kind of specifications are being put into the device. However, back in the day, the device was featuring an ARM CPU, and Skylight Linux OS. However, it has since been switched over to the Android-based system.

The tablet might also feature a 16GB flash drive, and 512MB of RAM. As for the separate dock, or the notebook side of things, that is apparently launching in 2011, some time in January.


BMW brings Apple's iPad to the back seat in X3
USA Today

Here's a simple development that could pretty much eliminate demand for backseat video iPad in BMWscreens.

BMW is going to install optional brackets on the rears of the front seats of the next X3 crossover that will allow backseat passengers to read, watch movies or just about anything else on their Apple iPads.

The bracket is adjustable so the iPad can be viewed horizontally in movie mode or vertically in book, magazine and or newspaper mode.

The idea may sound simple, but it's revolutionary:

It means that buyers won't have to order expensive backseat video units to keep their kids occupied on long trips. They can simply bring along their own, or their parents', iPad loaded up with their favorite entertainment.


HTC rumored to be readying an Android tablet for Q1 2011

The first alleged details for an HTC-branded tablet have surfaced thanks to a recent DigiTimes article. According to its sources, Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Pegatron Technology has started taking orders from HTC for an Android-based tablet due in the first quarter of 2011.

It's being reported that the device will feature a multitouch display with 1,280x720-pixel resolution and will run an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Other details should include a 32GB memory card, 2GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. We don't know an exact size screen, but considering the resolution I'd guess it will be 10 inches at least. For reference, the new Galaxy Tab offers a 1,024x600-pixel 7-inch screen.


iPad 2 May Include Cameras, 7-Inch Screen

A veteran technology analyst says the next generation of the iPad will be a downsized version ipad appsequipped with a smaller screen and cameras that support Apple's FaceTime video conferencing application.

Ashok Kumar, of Rodman & Renshaw, said the new features are almost a certainty and that he based his prediction on conversations with the Asian component manufacturers, such as Pegatron, that supply Apple with parts for its mobile devices.

Kumar, in a research note, said he believes the so-called iPad 2's screen will shrink to seven inches, from the current 9.7-inch size, and that the cameras will offer HD quality video recording. Kumar thinks the new iPad will arrive sometime in 2011.

If Apple does shrink the iPad, it would be taking a page from Samsung, whose 7-inch Galaxy is enjoying a positive reception from consumers and tech watchers.

The Galaxy, which runs Google's Android mobile operating system, is meant to bridge the gap between cell phones, seen as too small for comfortable multimedia viewing, and tablets like the iPad, which are too bulky to be easily carried in a pocket or purse.


September 22, 2010

Tegatech TEGA 3G Touch Tablet PC - Windows 7 Professional

Tegatech has provided ultra-mobile PC, Tablet PC and touch related technologies to resellers for Tegatech TEGA 3G Touch Tablet PCnearly a decade. With expertise in mobile computing Tegatech has decided to badge and ODM (Original Design Manufacture) its own device. Known simply as the TEGA, it is the result of receiving years of feedback from users all over the globe. With the intention of being a capable, yet affordable device, the TEGA will be efficient enough to cope with your workload, while fun enough meet your entertainment needs as you watch media locally and online. Tegatech decided to build in 3G connectivity as standard, Wi-Fi and bluetooth too. It's a thin, light and ergonomic device which will suit anyone passionate about mobile PC computing.


Dell to Sell Another Tabletdell 7 inch tablet pc
Wall Street Journal

Dell Inc. Wednesday unveiled its second tablet computer, a move that expands its portfolio of mobile devices and joins the list of competitors for Apple Inc.'s iPad.

The seven-inch tablet will run Google Inc.'s Android smartphone operating system, Chief Executive Michael Dell told an audience at an Oracle Corp. conference in San Francisco. He didn't provide other technical details or its expected release date.


HP TouchSmart tm2 Convertible Notebook PC

HP announced the next generation of the world's first multi-touch consumer tablet PC, the HP HP TouchSmart tm2 tablet PCTouchSmart tm2 offers you the versatility to touch, draw, or type. The unique, convertible design offers a full-size keyboard and can also be used in slate mode as a sketchpad with a digital pen.

This tablet PC provides a full notebook experience with power-efficient Intel processors and discrete graphics upgrades to meet your performance and budget needs, with up to 6 hours and 45 minutes of battery life. The sophisticated aluminum chassis with engraved illustration gives you a refined design to complement your style.

The tm2 features a capacitive multitouch, 12.1-inch diagonal, LED BrightView touchscreen display and provides a full notebook PC experience with Intel® Core™ i3 and i5 processors and AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5450 switchable graphics.

Pricing and availability
The HP TouchSmart tm2 notebook PC starts at $829.99 and is planned to be available Oct. 27 at www.hpdirect.com.


Samsung Galaxy Tab Seemingly Has No Android Apps Issues

Many experts are fearing that Android Market apps may not work very well on Samsung’s latest Android-powered tablet PC- the Galaxy Tab. We all know that Android, which has been developed by Google is working pretty well on smartphones but the OS is unlikely to show Samsung Galaxy Tabdesirable results when used in tablet PC because the Android 2.2 OS has not been optimized for devices having a screen bigger than 4-5 inches.

However, the hands-on experience of Android community at last Thursday’s Samsung Tab Event showed that Android apps are working fine on Galaxy Tab and their is nothing to lose sleep about.

Contrary to the experts’ opinion, the real world tests of the Galaxy Tab showed that the screen resolution of the 7-inch tablet will not prove a problem for apps running on the device. The Android community claimed that Android apps are working just like they work on smartphones and the scaling of the screen size has not affected the performance of the device so far.

Initial feedbacks about the Galaxy Tab showed that the Android-powered device will manage to find many takers because it offers a pretty good experience on a number of fronts reading, web browsing and video/multimedia. Notably, the Tab also supports video chatting.


It's Getting Crowded in the Tablet PC Arena
Manila Bulletin

More consumers are ditching the netbook in favor of the iPad, according to the CEO of Best Buy, the largest electronics retailer in the United States.

That is the good news for tablet PC vendors. The bad news is that the tablet PC market is getting to be a crowded place.

Of course, the iPad still reigns supreme. A good number of IT vendors, however, have announced their respective tablet computers, or their own tablet PC plans and vaporware. This series of product announcements and publicizing of some IT vendors’ wishful thinking is general expected to create one busy and highly competitive marketplace.

As more vendors set loose their tablet-PC ideas upon the consuming public, end users are likely to benefit from more choices and options, or become so confused they would not know what to do.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Samsung galaxy Tab

Among the recently announced tablet PCs so far, I think the Galaxy Tab from Samsung poses the biggest challenge to the iPad’s months-long reign.

The Korean Android-powered tablet PC is smaller (7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47 inches) and lighter (380 grams) than the iPad. It also has a smaller (7 inches) TFT-LCD screen than the iPad’s 10 inches of Retina display glory.

The Galaxy Tab, however, comes with several features that can burst the bubbles of even the most ardent Apple fans. For one, the Samsung tablet supports the Adobe Flash Player 10.1, offering users fully seamless viewing of Web-based videos.

Samsung’s Readers Hub, Media Hub, and Music Hub, meanwhile, ensure that users can have access to various ebooks and music and video files. Support and compatibility with 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth 3.0 greatly enhance the tablet computer’s connectivity features. The tablet computer also includes a rear-facing camera, as well as a front-facing camera. This makes the unit ideal for videoconferencing and shooting HD videos.

Also, Samsung seems poised to go toe-to-toe with Apple when it comes to marketing. In fact, Samsung might have an advantage over Jobs and company. All of America’s major mobile service providers have decided to carry the Galaxy Tab.


September 23, 2010

HP Slate Caught on YouTube
Tablet PC Review

An HP Windows 7 tablet prototype has been spotted on YouTube in a four-minute clip dubbed "Hp Slate review."


The user, who goes by the YouTube handle "x313xkillax" claims he received an advanced unit of a tablet device labeled "Property of HP – Prototype – Not For Sale," sporting a large HP symbol in the center and what the user describes as a "nice rubbery plastic texture."

The tablet PC features a 3MP rear digital camera as well as a front-facing camera, SD card slot, on-board mic, USB jack, home key, and ctrl-alt-dlt key. The user describes the tablet as thin and "lighter than the iPad."


Tega v2 Windows tablet: Designed by someone who loves, gets tablets

Tablet PC enthusiast and entrepreneur Hugo Ortega is in the process of designing his company’s latest Tegatech tablet. This week he shared a few interesting details about the upcoming Tega Tega v2 Windows tabletv2 Touch Tablet:

  1. It will have a dedicated Ctrl+Alt+Del button, something missing from many modern slate PCs.
  2. The tablet may be able to dual boot Windows and Android.
Up until now, it had looked like the new Tega tablet was going to be a Windows-only machine. Now it looks like you might be able to choose between operating systems at bot.

The tablet weighs 1.9 pounds and measure about 0.55 inches thick. It has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 processor and up to 2Gb of RAM and up to 64GB of solid state storage.

The Tega v2 has a 10.1 inch, capacitive multitouch display, a camera, WiFi and Bluetooth as well as optional 3G or 4G capabilities, and a G-Sensor. There are also 2 USB ports, an SDHC card slot, and a VGA port.


It’s an official Etch A Sketch iPad Case, and better yet, it’s cheap. $39, which is cheaper than Etch A Sketch iPad Casemost iPad cases out there today, and it also doubles as a hiding box for your iPad, because really, who’s going to jack your Etch A Sketch?

From the official PR:

But the Etch A Sketch® iPad case is more than just cool!  It is specially designed to protect and enhance your iPad.  Made of impact resistant plastic, the Etch A Sketch® iPad case will help protect your iPad.  Rubber feet and a felt backing gently cradle your iPad inside the Etch A Sketch® case.  Strategically placed windows throughout the Etch A Sketch® iPad case allow for easy use of all your iPad switches, ports, and buttons.  And retractable kick stands allow you to either lay your iPad flat, or angle it for easy use of the iPad keyboard.


Mobile industry is facing tablet fever
Techno Tech Gadgets

Mobile industry is facing tablet fever: Samsung may be the wings of its new device connected to the compressed Galaxy. AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint plan to offer versions of all seven-inch touchscreen device Android-based – that could break agreements with Apple, Samsung Card features a Galaxy offense will be effective, but dozens of other tablet-style devices  appear. It’s been  long  since Apple unveiled the iPad,  and from then  lot of its competitors are trying  to release a challenger to latest gamer changer.

Shipping companies locked out of IPAD and need to address their tablets. Even chip makers are tailoring their products in new segments. Ericsson  announced the launch of the second generation version of  netbook from 3G power management and sleep modes  in particular tablets. 


Shopping questionnaire – why a tablet might be for you
Mobile Computing News

In our ongoing shopping questionnaire series, we ask a series of question that will determine whether the computing device you’ve been eyeing is really the right piece of kit for you. The next device in the spotlight is the tablet computer.

Question 1: Do you value touch computing?Ever since getting a touchscreen phone, the idea of going back to button-based communication is crazy to me. And that’s because I value and enjoy touchscreen controls. If you’re all about touch-based interfaces, buying a tablet PC will be a smart move.

Question 2: Do you value alternative, differenttechnology?What many people forget, when they compare a tablet to a notebook or even a netbook, is that a tablet PC is not designed to behave like either. It’s intentionally designed to be different. And, by extension, the applications are intentionally designed to behave differently. This is why the idea of a Windows tablet is so off-putting – we’re trying to achieve a new way of interacting with devices. Not the way Microsoft designed in the 1980s and perfected back in the day with Windows ’95. If trying a new way of communication and input into your devices is important for you, buying a tablet PC is the right approach.


September 24, 2010

Panasonic Debuts Another “Heavy Duty” Tablet PC
Hardware Secrets

Panasonic today announced the newest member of its Toughbook Tablet PC product family, the Toughbook U1 Ultra. This guy is a heavy-duty product, ideal for users who work in extreme Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra.environments. It is resistant to drops, vibrations, cold, dust, heat, salt fog, moisture, gunfire, and humidity. It can easily survive falls of up to 6 feet (1.82 m), besides being water- and dustproof. Speaking of specs, the new Toughbook U1 Ultra features a magnesium alloy chassis encased with polycarbonate, a 5.6-inch WSVGA touchscreen (1024x600), a 1.6 GHz Atom Z530 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, a 64 GB solid state drive, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, two batteries that together provide up to 6 hours of operation, and optional items like GPS, fingerprint reader, barcode reader, and 2 megapixel camera. The operating system used can be Windows 7 or XP. The Toughbook U1 Ultra is available in the United States starting at USD 2,799. Even the price is tough…


Don't Count Out a Motorola Tablet PC, Even If It Arrives in 2011
Tablet PC Review

When it comes to Android tablet PCs, Droid smartphone maker Motorola will be forfeiting early Motorola Logomover advantage to Samsung and other manufacturers, if remarks made by company co-CEO Sanjay Jha hold true.

"We want to make sure that any tablet that we deliver is competitive in the marketplace, and I think all of us will make sure that we will only deliver that when that occurs," Jha reportedly said at an investors' conference. "Hopefully, that's early next year."

But if early mover advantage is important, it certainly isn't everything in the mobile space, if recent history in the smartphone market is any kind of a useful guide.

With manufacturers still searching for a recipe to success in Android tablets, and 4G networks from Verizon and AT&T not anticipated until next year, isn't it too early to count Motorola out in the tablet space?


Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Tablet Laptop Delayed to 2011
PC World

Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 -- a hybrid PC that can function as both a laptop and a tablet -- will be launched in China early next year, pushing back its release date from this past June.Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Tablet

The Chinese PC maker delayed the product because it did not meet company standards, according to comments made by Lenovo's Chief Marketing Officer David Roman to The Wall Street Journal. The company later confirmed the statement. Roman also said the computer could be redesigned before launch.

Lenovo announced the IdeaPad U1 this January, calling it "the industry's first hybrid PC for consumers." The device debuted as a Windows laptop with a detachable touchscreen that can be used as a separate tablet PC.

Instead, the company later announced in July that it was planning on releasing its own tablet PC called the "LePad", which will use the Android mobile operating system. The company has said the LePad will be released at the end of this year.

Roman said Lenovo has yet to decide if the IdeaPad U1 will be sold as a hybrid PC or whether it will sell the tablet portion of the computer as a stand-alone device.

Lenovo will release the tablet computers amid growing competition in China. Last week Apple officially began selling its iPad to the mainland market. Other Chinese companies have also begun developing their own devices as well.


September 27, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Vs Apple iPad: Fresh Perspective

Brace yourself for Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad; The Android vs Apple battle. Samsung recently unveiled its upcoming tablet device- the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung Galaxy Tab The Tab is a 7-inch slate and it is expected that it would compete with Apple’s hugely successful tablet device- the iPad. Some other Android tablets like Dell Streak is already in the market but Tab is seen as the first true competitor for the iPad

The Samsung Galaxy Tablet is smaller and lighter than iPad, which boasts of a 9.7 inch screen. Rumors are rife that Samsung will release larger editions before the end of this year. The Tab has the same speed processor as the iPad but it’s RAM is twice as stronger as iPad. The Galaxy Tab comes with different options for internal storage just like iPad. The Tab will also support up to 32GB of expandable storage; while the iPad is limited to the internal space only.

The Galaxy Tab comes loaded with dual camera. A 3.2-megapixel camera in the rear and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chatting. The iPad lacks camera. Samsung claims that the Tab will support up to 7 hours of video playback while the iPad can last up to 10 hours.


New Yorker Launches on iPad Tabletthe New Yorker
Wall Street Journal

The New Yorker is launching an iPad version of the magazine Monday, in a significant test of an iconic, old-media brand's efforts to refashion itself for the tablet-computer age.

The launch highlights the mounting pressure on Apple Inc. to give publishers a way to sell their magazines more than one digital issue at a time. Executives from the New Yorker and its publisher, Condé Nast, say the true value of apps like the New Yorker's can't be realized until readers are allowed to purchase subscriptions.

The New Yorker's iPad application, at $4.99 an issue, comes with many of the bells and whistles now familiar to readers of periodicals on the device: an animated cover, slideshows and bonus content including extra cartoons and a video guide to reading the issue featuring actor and avid New Yorker reader Jason Schwartzman.


HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

The HP Slate has had a tumultuous year, and it’s not even available yet. But a new video has us wondering if the Microsoft-backed tablet actually could be the answer to Apple’s iPad that HP Slate tabletwe’ve all been waiting for.

Since its official unveiling at CES 2010 in January, reception for the Slate has probably been less than what HP and Microsoft would have hoped for. An underwhelming device (especially when compared to the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab), it has been difficult all year to see where the HP Slate would fit in. There are plans for a WebOS-based Slate to roll out next year, which has received more praise than any other version.


Blackberry Tablet vs. Apple iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab: Specs compared of three tablet devices

Even though Research In Motion, the maker of Blackberry products, has not confirmed the Blackberry Tabletpossible release of Blackberry Tablet but it is commonly known after WSJ report that Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab competitor is coming soon.

No just we know that RIM plans to launch its tablet but we also know that the specification of the future tablet computer, thanks to Wall Street Journal.

Like Galaxy Tab, RIM’s Blackberry Tablet will have 7-inch touch screen and at least one built in camera. It doesn’t mean that Blackberry Tablet will be same as Galaxy Tab. Unlike Galaxy Tab, the device will only support the connection to cellular network though another Blackberry device.

Blackberry Tablet will be smaller than Apple iPad as Apple tablet has 9-inch touch screen. Like Apple iPad, Blackberry Tab is mainly targeted to business users.


Dell 7-inch Android Tablet is No Streak Replacement

When Dell CEO Michael Dell unveiled a prototype of a 7-inch, Android tablet computer Sept. 22 atDell Streak Tablet Oracle OpenWorld, he generated more questions than answers.

When will it appear? How much will it cost? Will carriers distribute it or will Dell sell it direct and solely? Will it run Android 2.2 like Archos' lineup or the Samsung Galaxy Tab? How will it differentiate from those tablets, as well as Apple's smash-hit iPad?

Moreover, is the 7-inch tablet designed to phase out the Dell Streak, whose 5-inch screen form factor some analysts see as too big for a phone and too small for a tablet?

Analysts said Dell's 7-inch tablet is par for the course for a computer company accustomed to taking a strong position in a PC industry that has been revitalized in recent years, first by netbooks and now by flat computers with touchscreens.

Gartner Research analyst Carolina Milanesi said if the Dell device could support the Android 3.0 operating system release expected later this year, she suggested Dell should go with a 10-inch display instead of the 7-inch display the Galaxy Tab offers.

Android 3.0 is optimized for tablet computers. Android 2.2, by Google's own admission, is not.


StreamTV's Android Tablet Available For Pre-Order
Skatter Tech

Since the release of Apple’s iPad, the market for tablets has been buzzing with activity. Many companies including HP, Acer, Asus, HTC, LG, Samsung and Toshiba have tablets slated for release between now and next year. What’s even more interesting is the number of relatively unknown companies trying to get their tablets out in the market. One such company is StreamTV, which is launching its own Android-based tablet by the end of this year.StreamTV's Android Tablet

Although much isn’t really known about the actual company StreamTV, what has attracted attention from consumers and analysts alike are the Elocity’s specifications. The Elocity is definitely no run-of-the-mill tablet. It comes equipped with Nvidia’s 1 GHz Tegra-II dual-core processor, an 8.2-by-4.8 inch capacitive multi-touch screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB ports, an SD card slot, and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. Since StreamTV does not have any carrier relationships, the Elocity doesn’t have support for 3G networks. Also, it only runs on 802.11 b/g as as opposed to including support for the newer 802.11 n technology meaning WiFi will be somewhat slower. For the operating system, the Elocity will run the newest version of Android (Froyo v2.2).

While the Elocity is not intended for actual content creation, it is capable of being used as an e-reader, running applications, playing games, and browsing the web. Also, the Elocity supports Adobe Flash Player unlike the iPad.


September 28, 2010

Toshiba Opens E-bookstore for Laptops
Toshiba Book Place carries more than one million titles with a superior, color reading experience plus interactive features that today’s readers want

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.,Toshiba Book Place today introduced Toshiba Book Place, an online electronics bookstore that adds easy-to-access, interactive eBooks to the suite of digital entertainment products that consumers can enjoy on laptops. In partnership with K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc., a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc. and the National Federation for the Blind, Toshiba Book Place will enable readers to download more than a million titles to create mobile libraries.

In partnership with some of the world’s largest publishers, Toshiba Book Place launches with more than a million free titles and thousands more for sale, including many of today’s bestsellers, making it one of the largest online sources of electronic literature. It also promises a new and exciting interactive reading experience as Toshiba Book Place preserves a book’s printed format, including the original layout, fonts and images in full, vibrant colors, with pages that turn like the real thing. Other noticeable features of the Toshiba Book Place experience include:

  • A read-aloud feature that makes instant audio books. Synchronized word highlighting allows children to follow sentences in their favorite books.
  • An integrated Web search that allows readers to leap instantly from the imaginary world of the story to the Internet.
  • Toshiba Book Place eBooks also make it possible for publishers to embed author commentary, background music and more, while users can insert notes in the margins of pages, as well as videos and hyperlinks into the text.

"With Toshiba Book Place, readers of all ages can enjoy an unparalleled digital reading experience that combines what they love about physical books - including the vibrant colors and crisp pictures - with interactive tools that make books come to life,'' said Ray Kurzweil, inventor of the flat bed scanner and character and speech recognition technologies, and founder of K-NFB Reading Technology.
Toshiba Book Place works with Windows-based devices and can sync up to five devices.

As part of the launch, Toshiba will be offering $80 worth of free books from a selection of titles. The promotion will be available through October 12.


Gigabyte launches the T1125 convertible tablet PCGigabyte T1125 convertible tablet PC
Techconnect Magazine

Taiwanese manufacturer Gigabyte Technology is finally releasing the T1125 convertible tablet (formerly known as M1125) in its domestic market today. The new mobile device features a rotative 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) touchscreen and is based on an Intel platform.

The T1125 is powered by a Core ULV (ultra-low voltage) processor, and has a full size keyboard, support for up to 8GB of RAM, GeForce 310M graphics, a 320GB or 500GB HDD, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, optional 3G, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, two USB 3.0 ports, and a 6-cell (7800mAh) battery.


The Coming Tablet War (and Why You Want a Tablet of Your Own)

Why would you want another computer? Why pay more than $800 for a big, heavy iPod Touch? Why are consumer electronics companies falling all over themselves trying to introduce their own tablet PCs this fall? 

Because the Apple iPad makes a great TV buddy. 

Many buyers are choosing a tablet computer -- specifically Apple's iPad, the clear leader in the space -- instead of a laptop these days. Best Buy admitted as much recently, saying the iPad was cannibalizing sales of notebooks. (Later, the company backtracked, noting that the death of the PC was "grossly exaggerated.")

Monday night, the Blackberry Playbook joined the crowd. And Toshiba and Hewlett-Packard have plans to introduce similarly sized tablets before the holiday shopping season.

In the case of the iPad, why would anyone pay twice the price of a full laptop computer for a device that can't do half of the things a notebook can do? Put simply, the iPad is the perfect coffee table book for the living room.


BlackBerry Playbook Tablet PC Launched

With a thickness of just 10 mm, sporting a 7-inch WSVGA capacitive touch screen with full multi-BlackBerry Playbook Tablet PCtouch support, the Playbook runs the BlackBerry Tablet OS built on the robust, secure and reliable QNX Neutrino architecture with support for symmetric multiprocessing. Armed with a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM, this does seem to be a powerful device. BlackBerry aims at making this the enterprise standard and has said that it supports Flash and device pairing and comes with out-of-the-box compatibility, thus not requiring any new data plans or new security.

It is expected to be available in early 2011 in the U.S. and will be made available internationally in the second quarter of that year. While the current model has Wi-Fi connectivity, BlackBerry has planned future models with 3G and 4G.


BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad

As with any tablet release that garners any kind of attention, the Blackberry Playbook Tablet PCinevitable has to happen: how does it compare to the iPad, Apple’s own tablet device? Unfortunately, unlike other tablet releases of late, comparing the BlackBerry PlayBook versus Apple’s iPad is a bit tough, as RIM made sure that their tablet was hidden behind some pretty thick Plexiglas. But, we can project what we imagine the differences may be, and we can compare sizes, where many people will wager their buying decision. It may not be as in-depth as we’d like, but it’s a start, at least until we can get our hands on the final build of a PlayBook.

As with the Galaxy Tab from Samsung, the 7-inch display on the BlackBerry PlayBook is significantly smaller than that of the 9.7-inch display on the iPad. And, while the iPad is thin, it looks like the PlayBook is just as thin, with a flat back. With the size, thickness, and weight of the tablet something to wonder about, considering we couldn’t actually hold it, just by size comparison it looks like the PlayBook is going to be easier to take around with you, on your day-to-day travels. And for a tablet device, that may be enough to gain some more attention.


September 29, 2010

Tablet Wars: How the BlackBerry PlayBook Measures Up
Wired News

When Research in Motion introduced its PlayBook tablet Monday, it was diving into a market already dominated by Apple’s iPad.BlackBerry PlayBook

But there’s other competition too, either already on the market or soon to be: The 5-inch Dell Streak is available now, and Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab isn’t.

Since the iPad started shipping in April, Apple has sold more than 3 million devices. In June, Dell introduced the Streak, a device billed as a tablet but priced like a phone. Samsung hopes to bring its tablet, the Galaxy Tab to market in time for holiday-season shopping.

RIM announced its latest device, the 7-inch PlayBook, at its developer conference Monday.

The PlayBook won’t be available till early next year. But it’s not too soon to see how its promised specs stack up with the main competitors it will face when it comes out.



Report: Dell's 7-inch tablet due in 'next few weeks'

Dell will unveil its second Android tablet in the next few weeks, this one sporting a 7-inch screen. And a 10-inch model could arrive sometime in 2011.dell tablet pc

The new tablet's debut was confirmed by Dell Greater China President Amit Midha in a Wall Street Journal interview published today. The news follows CEO Michael Dell's appearance last week at Oracle World in which he teased the audience with a brief glimpse of a 7-inch tablet but was mum on any details.

"It was showed off at Oracle World by Michael last week and we'll be launching very, very soon--within the next few weeks," Midha told the Journal.

Though Dell hasn't confirmed this, the new tablet could be the same 7-inch Android-based "Looking Glass" tablet that Engadget learned of in April courtesy of some leaked Dell internal documents. If so, the specs would reportedly include Android 2.1 (though that could be updated by now), an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, an 800x480 pixel screen, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and 4GB of storage. The tablet would be expandable with a 32GB SDHC card and offer an optional TV tuner.


HP PalmPad to Tilt the Tablet Tables

With word of an upcoming PalmPad, Hewlett-Packard shined a little daylight on its Palm plans HP Palm Padand its response to Apple's iPad.

Word of a PalmPad comes as more than a dozen tech sector players including giants like Dell gear up for a tablet sales boom. Apple's iPad has had the market to itself this year, but would-be rivals like Samsung's Galaxy, Research In Motion's(RIMM_) PlayBook and even Cisco's Cius will enter the ring in a big way next year.

As the no. 1 computer maker, HP's entry into the tablet market won't go unnoticed. Clearly the Palm WebOS-powered PalmPad will be among a variety of tablet type devices produced by HP. The company has dabbled in Google Android tablets in its printer division and it will likely revive its Slate tablet effort using Microsoft's Windows 7 system.


September 30, 2010

Onkyo to take on Apple iPad with release of 3 tablet computers in October
Mainichi Daily News

Japanese audio equipment maker Onkyo Corp. has announced it will release three tablet Onkyo Tablet PCcomputers running the Windows 7 operating system in mid-October.

The touch-screen tablets, which resemble Apple's iPad in appearance, will come pre-loaded with the Windows 7 operating system. With the easy-to-carry devices' sophisticated functions equivalent to commonly-used PCs, Onkyo expects demand from corporate customers in addition to individuals.

The new tablet PCs, with screens available in 10.1 and 11.6 inches, weigh 850 grams to one kilogram. Equipped with a USB terminal, Bluetooth, and WiFi, the products are designed to be easily connected to external devices. The tablets are expected to be priced at 49,800 yen to 69,800 yen.

Though other major Japanese manufacturers also plan to launch tablet PCs, Onkyo has reportedly become the country's first to release tablets with Windows pre-installed.


HP announces printer with detachable tablet PC

HP has announced an electronic printer with a detachable 7-inch tablet that allows remote HP  printer with tablet PCcontrol of users' net-based printing.

The all-in-one printer, called the HP Photosmart eStation, contains a detachable touchscreen tablet which allows full access to a variety of printer-based apps, allowing remote printing and management of other essential office tasks.

Users can also access a variety of additional features through the tablet, such as the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, effectively turning the tablet into an eReader, with the potential to then send an ebook to the printer if a hard copy is required.

Yahoo provides a number of additional applications for the tablet, such as Yahoo Mail, Messenger, Search, and Weather, making it more than just a remote control for printing. It will probably need a lot more in the way of apps if this tablet is to become anything more than an office tool, however.

It comes with HP's ePrint facility, which allows direct printing from other devices, such as Apple's iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone, providing they are running iOS 4.2. HP may be trying to cut out the middleman, however, by offering its own printer-friendly tablet.


Sharp to Launch its Android Tablet
Wiki Peers

Sharp is all set to throw stiff competition in the tablet-PC market as it Sharphas planned to launch its very own Android based tablet, as well as an e-book service in Japan. This could be a danger bell for Apple iPad and Sony Reader.

Expected to be released for sale in December, Sharp’s gadget would be named as GALAPAGOS reader. The users of this gadget will have access to more than 30,000 books, magazine, journals, and newspapers. This announcement was made by the company at an event held for launching the new tablet PC.


What's the best tablet PC for your organization?

Tablet PCs re-entered the tech-world spotlight with the release of Apple Inc.'s iPad earlier this year. The flexibility, mobility and clean design of the new tablet PC has created buzz across enterprises large and small -- but what's the best tablet for your specific needs?

A recent poll conducted by Sybase Inc. of 2,443 adults regarding mobile device use indicated that the No. 1 reason U.S. consumers use a tablet device is to work out of the office, and more than half reported that they are most likely to use a tablet to work on the go.

Midmarket companies, which often suffer from fewer legacy migration issues as compared with their large counterparts, are in prime position to increase worker productivity by sniffing out the best tablet PC options. While many information workers and executives have clamored for Apple's specific tablet PC model, there are a number of iPad competitors that can satisfy enterprise needs for information mobility.

After all, what's most important to the mobile workforce? Portability and reliability are two features topping the list. The Lenovo ThinkPad X200, with a WideView Standard WXGA panel and 80 GB hard disk drive, is a popular choice across the mobile workforce because it's light, compact and business-driven. The HP EliteBook 2730p, also a good travel companion for road warriors, features a solid design and a range of features, including a 12.1-inch Illumi-Lite WXGA UWVA antiglare display. For portability, consider the Samsung Q1UP-V -- its small, 7-inch screen makes it ultraportable.

For convertible tablet PCs, the Asus Eee PC T91 includes a few extras (such as a TV tuner and integrated GPS), making it a tempting choice for the road warrior desiring a device that bridges consumer and business needs. The Dell Latitude XT, featuring a full-sized keyboard, also comes with an integrated fingerprint reader for added security.


Why Tablet Computers Will Succeed Now

So why are tablets set to finally succeed when they have failed so many times in the past? The first reason is technical. Their imaginations fired by sci-fi movies, tablet designers dreamed of creating fast, compact devices that responded to the touch of a finger.

In 2010 technology finally caught up with the dreams of hardware engineers. Moreover, smartphones like the iPhone have already taught a generation of users how three-finger swiping and other multi-touch gestures work.

The second reason why tablets are ready is related to business: mobile apps are a proven, profitable industry. The iPhone has 225,000 apps, Google's Android has 100,000. These apps can be quickly brought over from smartphone to tablet with minimal rewriting. That makes tablets immediately attractive to potential buyers. Contrast that with Windows Tablet XP, which had plenty of non-touch apps but never attracted a large ecosystem of touch-capable developers.

he second reason why tablets are ready is related to business: mobile apps are a proven, profitable industry. The iPhone has 225,000 apps, Google's Android has 100,000. These apps can be quickly brought over from smartphone to tablet with minimal rewriting. That makes tablets immediately attractive to potential buyers. Contrast that with Windows Tablet XP, which had plenty of non-touch apps but never attracted a large ecosystem of touch-capable developers.

How To Prepare For The Coming Flood
Windows tablets have made inroads in specialized fields: for doctors to view and enter patient medical records, or for construction managers and others involved in field service. The iPad may lack their ruggedness and some other enterprise-grade features. However, it is also less than half the price while sporting more than twice the sex appeal.

IPads are already starting to make their way into corporations, with 80% of the Fortune 100 already testing and evaluating the iPad, according to Apple. In other words: iPads aren't being snuck in slowly like the iPhone was, but are flouncing through the front door straight into the welcoming arms of IT.


3 Reasons to buy a Tablet PC with Intel vPro
Tablet PC Buzz.com

1. SECURITY - Have you read an article about an organization that had a computer stolen and now they have to deal with the embarrassment of announcing that there was sensitive customer information on the hard drive? This scenario has occurred at companies both small and large. With Intel vPro, a tablet can be disabled remotely by the IT staff. Also, if the tablet doesn't "check in" with the company server in a certain period of time or has a number of failed logon attempts, the system can disable itself by removing the hard drive encryption key. This means that even if someone takes the drive out and puts it in another system, they can't access the data. The good news is, if the unit is recovered, IT can issue a new encryption key and unlock the system without having to reload all the software and data. You can see an Intel video that explains the feature here.

2. PERFORMANCE - With a Core i5 or i7 processor, your tablet can use as little or as much power as your application requires. When your tablet is in a state of minimal use, like when you are typing an email or reading a document, the processor will use just one of the cores.

3. REMOTE SUPPORT - If you have tablet users on the road and they need assistance, Intel vPro gives your helpdesk staff new tools that lets them fix the problem more quickly.


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