he Motorola Xoom tablet will be getting a huge marketing push and we’re just starting to see the first teaser ads which take a bunch of shots at Apple and the iPad.
As you can see from the ad below titled, “Goodbye 1984,” the Motorola Xoom will be pushed against the Apple iPad by focusing on the flexibility it offers compared to the Apple tablet. That includes multiple form factors, the ability to use 3G or 4G – the Motorola Xoom will launch with 3G and be expandable to 4G later – and the multiple cameras.
We should be seeing a larger Motorola Xoom tablet ad during the Super Bowl and we’ll be sure to let you know our thoughts on that one too.
Valentine's Day has been associated with lovers since it began, but in present times the scope of the Valentines Day has grown beyond lovers to encompass anyone and everyone we love. These days, people buy cards, flowers and gifts for their friends, spouse, parents, children, or anyone they find dear and express their love and affection for them.
There are countless ways to express your feelings on Valentines day. For those of you looking for something a little more unique than hearts and flowers this year, I've gathered an assortment that includes, Tablet's, a light and slim laptop, HD camcorder, treats & accessories so there is something for everyone.
T-Mobile USA, Inc. and LG Mobile Phones today unveiled their Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb)-powered tablet, the T-Mobile® G-Slate™ with Google™ by LG. With a brilliant, HD 8.9-inch 3D-capable multi-touch display, the T-Mobile G-Slate delivers a groundbreaking mobile entertainment experience, including the ability to record 3D and full HD video.
· Expected to be available this spring, the G-Slate is built for speed on America's Largest 4G Network™ and is the first tablet in T-Mobile's pioneering G-series of devices, which began with the world's first Android-powered smartphone just over two years ago. The first 4G tablet from T-Mobile and LG, the G-Slate is powered by Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the latest version of Google's Android platform, which is optimized for tablets.
· In addition, the G-Slate will be among the first tablets to feature 3D capabilities including built-in support for 3D graphics, enabling consumers to capture and share their own 3D videos and experience 3D HD content right on the device with the aid of 3D glasses.
· The sleek, lightweight G-Slate can easily be held upright in one hand for reading an ebook or magazine, watching streaming TV or browsing the web while on the go. Featuring a rear-facing stereoscopic video recorder with 1080p for HD video capture and a five megapixel camera with LED flash, plus a front-facing two megapixel camera. Customers can video chat with friends and family over T-Mobile's network or Wi-Fi.
LG Electronics Inc. the world's third-largest mobile phone maker, said Wednesday that it will release its first tablet PC in March in the U.S. market, as it tries to take its share in the booming market.
The upcoming product, dubbed "G-slate," is among the first tablet models to run on the "Honeycomb" operating system, which is Google Inc.'s latest generation of Android platforms designed for mobile devices with large screens.
The G-slate will be released in March through T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S. and a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG, according to LG's statement.
The G-slate features an 8.9-inch screen, smaller than Apple's iPad but larger than the 7-inch screen of Samsung's Galaxy Tab. It is powered by NVIDIA Corp.'s dual-core processor.
Meanwhile, the company said that its tablet PC model for the global market, named the Optimus Pad, will be first disclosed later this month during the Mobile World Congress show in Spain.
Google turns up the Android Honeycomb OS volume Wednesday at "A Taste of What's New from Android" event it will host at its Mountain View, Calif. campus. It's being billed as the first in-depth look at Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the search giant's tablet-ready mobile OS. Honeycomb is geared to go head to head with Apple's iPad.
Easy Interface -Google looks like it will be packing a lot of interface features into Honeycomb tablets. In Honeycomb there will be no hardware buttons, you will have 5 customizable home screens to fill up with widgets and app shortcuts, and something that looks a lot like a Windows task bar. All those interface features could be an advantage, but it could also end up being extremely confusing. The iPad is well liked because it takes the simplified interface of the iPhone and translates it nicely to a tablet device. Android needs to do something similar.
There are rumors out there that iPad 2 will have two built-in cameras, but the next Apple tablet has yet to make an appearance so who knows what the actual device will be like. Android tablets are going to be loaded with front- and rear-facing cameras from day one.
Dual-Core Processor, More RAM = Faster
The iPad may be a fun device to use, but it's far from perfect. For example, there are many apps on the iPad that are a little crash happy. The app for a certain national newspaper shouldn't crash every time you change screen orientation. An interactive magazine app I like to read often crashes the minute you open it up. Other apps have similar problems. It's not clear if this tendency to crash can be blamed on the iOS software, hardware constraints or just poor third-party app design, but regardless it's annoying to encounter. Many Honeycomb tablets will have a dual-core processor, but hopefully they will also be packing more RAM to make them faster, more capable and more robust than the iPad.
Several Interior Department agencies are buying small quantities of Apple iPads to evaluate whether the tablet computers boost efficiency, in a move that resembles the private sector's experimentation with corporate-issued iPads.
"We've done a limited pilot here at the Office of the Secretary" for staff who frequently travel or telework, said Andrew Jackson, deputy assistant secretary for technology, information and business services and one of the recipients of the popular device known for its virtual weightlessness, connectivity and portfolio of applications. "Where we see the biggest gains for productivity is out in the field." Interior's nine bureaus and five major offices make their own purchasing decisions.
Jackson estimates the price of an iPad, which retails for $499, plus ongoing service charges, is equivalent to one-third the cost of a typical government-issued laptop with Internet access. Furthermore, the tablet "is pretty much maintenance-free," he said.
The U.S. Geological Survey, an Interior agency that monitors the health of U.S. ecosystems, began trying out the devices last summer and now has about 1,000 on hand. On Saturday, the Bureau of Land Management issued a solicitation for iPads and other Apple information technology equipment, stating the tablet is "used in personal productivity and visual media." Jackson said the bureau plans to test its mapping capabilities
The most expensive advertising slots in the world are for the Superbowl – American Football’s equivalent of the Champions League final. So you know when you take out a Superbowl ad, you have to have faith in your product, as well as really bring on the heat. Motorola Mobility clearly has faith in the Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 tablet PC and aren’t afraid to let the Apple iPad take the stick for it.
2011 just like 1984
In what will go down as one of the best – or one of the worst – advertising plays in tablet PCs to date, Motorola has put up a teaser video alluding to its Superbowl ad. In the teaser, Motorola says ‘2011 looks a lot like 1984’, poking fun at how Apple has become like the very company it was poking fun at back then – IBM. The teaser continues, saying ‘One authority. One design. One way to work. It’s time for more choices.’
How much is this worth to you, Motorola Mobility?
If it wasn’t clear, let it be known now: Motorola Mobility is throwing its full weight behind the Motorola Xoom tablet PC. Given it is as important for Moto as Android 3.0 Honeycomb – which is the mobile OS it will run on – is for Google, expect this tablet PC to get a lot of attention, both paid for and earned, in the build up to its launch.
A number of Biological Sciences students have been issued with an iPad as part of an innovative e-learning project.
The study, led by Dr Neil Morris, will monitor how students' use of iPad technology influences their learning. It will look into changes into their academic performance, study skills and overall student experience.
Dr Morris explained: "Undergraduate students are increasingly using mobile devices in all aspects of their lives. This ongoing research project is examining students' use of technology in learning and studying whilst in higher education. The project aims to find out whether undergraduate students could benefit from having access to a mobile device when studying for a degree."
The iPads are preloaded with a number of educational apps and multimedia content including e-books, an online encyclopaedia and biological models such as the'3D brain' app - ideal for any budding neuroscientists.
Apple has caustically derided the idea of a 7-inch tablet PC. In the wake of the iPad’s insane, nearly unexplainable success – a year ago, few could figure out why anyone needed or wanted a tablet PC, its purpose and function unclear, and its name mocked as scatalogical – I would have agreed with them. Why buy a 7-inch tablet, whose screen is more like a third the size of an iPad’s?
Then I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab and started to use it. And I now understand a 7-inch tablet. I’m not saying the Samsung Galaxy Tab, available from all four major cell carriers in the U.S., is better than an iPad or even worth the price. But I understand its primary usage case – you can fit a Tab and any other 7-inch tablet PC into any pocket of a sports coat or other jacket or overcoat (other than the front breast pocket), or into the rear or cargo pocket of a pair of pants. That’s not exactly geeky, but being able to quickly access the device is what drove the cellphone itself to such popularity 20 years ago. The only question is, does Tab or any coming 7-inch tablet offer much more than pocketablility?
MobileDemand, manufacturer of rugged xTablet PCs, introduces the rugged, high-performance xTablet C1200 convertible tablet specifically designed for the always-mobile professional who needs superior connectivity and access to business applications anytime, anywhere. This versatile device quickly and easily transforms from a rugged laptop to a Tablet PC making it ideal for field service (utilities, maintenance and repair, insurance), military, public sector (fire, law enforcement, public safety, and inspections), health care, agriculture, delivery and other mobile applications. The easy-grip handle lets mobile professionals quickly grab it and go.
“We have added the xTablet C1200 to fulfill the requirement of some of our customers for a rugged mobile tablet with a full-sized keyboard to enter large amounts of free form data,” said MobileDemand President, Matthew Miller. “This xTablet convertible complements our popular xTablet slate computer line (xTablet T7000 and xTablet T8700) and allows us to serve our current customers better as well as open up new markets,” said Miller.
The xTablet C1200 is WLAN and WWAN compatible, offers optional Bluetooth, optional Gobi 2000 radio for 3G communication and GPS. Security features include TPM 1.2 technology, a fingerprint scanner and BIOS administrator password/boot password. The rugged xTablet C1200 with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional is powered by the high performance Intel® Core™ i5 520UM processor with Turbo Boost up to 1.86 GHz and Intel® HM55 chipset with 2GB RAM standard and with up to 8GB of memory.
Google showed off its Android 3.0 operating system, code-named Honeycomb, today at a press conference at the company’s headquarters. And it promises much better support for 3D graphics on larger tablet-size screens.
One of the stand-outs of Honeycomb is its support for a new 3D graphics rendering engine, dubbed Renderscript, which allows for the display of cool 3D games. It works with existing Android games such as Fruit Ninja, but it will also allow any apps to access 3D graphics easily. The company showed off a couple of cool-looking 3D games, including a real-time strategy game with hundreds of soldiers moving around on a medieval battlefield at the same time.
Google also streamlined Android’s user interface to be much faster when responding to a touch from a finger. You can now scroll through your emails, calendar, music collection, or other things very quickly. With YouTube, Google created a nice-looking user interface with 3D nuances that shows you which videos you can view. When you turn the page in an eBook, you will see a 3D animation of the page turning, much as it does with an Apple iPhone or iPad.
A big part of the message is that Honeycomb means speed. Tablet users don’t want to wait for something to happen. The user interface is also reoriented for touch uses. When reading your email, for instance, you can highlight something and then tap a bar at the top for options of what to do with that item, such as an email message. The bar changes to give you options such as trash, archive or reply. It’s meant for quick access. The touchscreens are now much more useful, allowing you to pick up and drag things around quickly.
ViewSonic, global technology provider and renowned worldwide leader of visual display products today announced partners, Bing Lee as retailer and Harris Technology as reseller for the ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 – the intelligent communicating tablet PC that transforms today’s digital lifestyle. The ViewPad is now available nationally from Bing Lee and Harris Technology.
Flaunting a slim 11.5 millimetres form factor and light 375 grams load, the ViewPad 7 features a 7” multi-touch screen presenting portability and power in a sleek, yet sturdy package. The ViewPad 7 eliminates the need for additional electronic devices, integrating unique and innovative tasks such as full mobile phone functionality, computing and gaming, along with e-book capabilities. Powered by the latest Google Android 2.2 operating system, work, lifestyle and entertainment needs are met in an amazing all-in-one tablet device with access to over 200,000 applications.
Executives tend to be iPad fans not just because of the cool factor, but because the devices are turning into useful tools for displaying ideas and mentoring co-workers, said Jonah Sterling, group creative director for Microsoft solutions partner IdentityMine. "For an exec, an iPad can become a whole conference room," he illustrated.
Health care is another big sweet spot for iPads. Medical device manufacturer Medtronics, for instance, last fall made a bulk purchase of 4,500 iPads for its execs and sales people. The University of Chicago Medical Center has expanded on an earlier pilot by providing iPads to all of its internal medicine residents.
Many doctors are discovering the iPad to be a convenient way of pulling up medical records and displaying X-rays to patients. With that in mind, Epocrates -- maker of a widely used drug interaction database that runs on multiple smartphone platforms -- is now stepping into electronic medical records with a Web-based Sofware as a Service system accessible from mobile devices.
Can the iPad be Beaten?
Can Microsoft's strategy succeed in denting the iPad? In raising this question to implementer and analysts, there are decidedly mixed opinions.
There's lots of agreement, though, that Windows offers better content creation capabilities than iPads, at least for the moment. "Content creation is an important differentiator. Windows 7 tablets are full-on PCs," Enderle affirmed.
Many Windows 7 tablets feature active pen input that can convert pen-drawn notes into typed text, powered by tablet mainstays Wacom or N-trig. The iPad and most Android tablets are limited to on-screen keyboards, though N-trig recently announced Android compatibility
The company behind the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and Fox News just launched a tablet-only news application called The Daily that owes nothing to those media brands.
News Corp.'s designed-from-scratch The Daily, a free download for Apple's iPad, will cost 99 cents a week or $39.99 a year after a free two-week trial. It's the most ambitious attempt yet by a traditional media firm to merge the subscription-plus-advertising business model of a print publication with the multimedia and interactivity of the Web.
News Corp. chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch and other executives introduced The Daily at an event in New York Wednesday morning. "Our aim is for The Daily to be the indispensable source for news, information and entertainment," said Murdoch.
Each issue will have original content and will run up to 100 pages, with a design that owes more to the graphics-heavy layout of a magazine such as Time or Newsweek than to any newspaper. Like a Web publication, it includes links to Web content and can also incorporate live Twitter updates. The Daily's readers can also share links via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail. But while their friends can read shared stories for free, the rest of each edition remains restricted to subscribers.
News Corp.'s press release spells out some other notable features and limitations
If you’ve ever used a drawing tablet, you know that they all come with a special stylus for drawing. The stylus allows you to draw naturally with your hand, and it will even measure how hard you are pressing down, and adjust how wide your brush stroke becomes, for example. One of the difficulties of using a drawing tablet is that while you are drawing on the tablet, you must look up at the screen to see what you’re doing. Unlike typing or mousing, this is one of those activities where looking down at your hands to see what you’re doing is actually preferable.
Drawing tablet makers offer a solution in their high end tablets by integrating a display underneath their drawing surface, but as you can imagine, these are very costly. All that may be about to change.
Patently Apple is reporting that Apple is developing a graphics pen for the iPad
I have an announcement to make. I will not be releasing a tablet in 2011.
Feeble attempts at humor aside, nearly everyone has a tablet in the works. It’s the technology’sindustry’s latest gold rush. With Apple selling 15 million iPads in 2010 and projected to sell as many as 45 million in 2011, everyone wants a piece of the public’s sudden infatuation with multitouch slabs of silicon. From the world’s biggest computer companies to obscure little parts makers, there will be an obscene number of companies releasing tablets this year.
So, which ones are safe to ignore and which ones are worth your attention? Here is my list of the 10 most significant tablets to watch for, at least until someone else announces another new one next week. The bottom line is that if you’re feeling the urge to buy a tablet right now (currently, the two main choices are the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab) then my recommendation would be: Don’t do it. Wait for one of these 10 instead.
Amidst reports that the Samsung may be touting inflated numbers for sales of its Galaxy Tab tablet -- and reports that those that do buy the device are returning it at an alarming rate -- one might jump to the conclusion that Apple has little to be worried about in the way of competitors to its iPad.
However, that would be a mistake.
While Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads in 2010 and closed the year with 75% market share in the tablet space, that was down from 95% in the third quarter of 2010, before the Galaxy Tab went on sale.
And regardless of whether or not the Galaxy Tab is a hit or a dud -- Samsung claims its return rate is actually 2% -- a slew of better Android devices are about to invade the market -- not to mention offerings from other players including RIM and Palm.
One advantage that upcoming tablets like the Motorola Xoom have on the Galaxy Tab is that they'll be using Honeycomb, Google's operating system that's optimized for tablets that was officially revealed on Wednesday.
While competition will intensify, the iPad will continue to be the best all-around product for consumers, and therefore Apple should maintain very high market share (50%-60%) for at least several years.
The fundamental difference between the tablet market and the smartphone market is distribution.
Whereas smartphone distribution is dominated by wireless carriers, we expect carriers to play a relatively small role in tablet distribution. Tablet sales will be centered around electronics retail -- the Apple store, Best Buy, Walmart -- and big e-commerce, and not around carrier stores.
Optically-enhanced tablet provides warehouse, field service and trucking businesses with better efficiency, improved safety and reduced total cost of ownership
Tablet innovator DAP Technologies today announced the availability of two new Windows CE 6.0-based rugged tablet computers. The voice-ready M8930 and M8940 models are the first tablets to incorporate breakthrough display technology that delivers maximum viewability in bright sunlight along with the portability, modularity and extreme ruggedness that warehouse, field service and trucking operators need to secure maximum value from their technology investment.
Both the DAP M8930 (a 7” full-screen model) and the DAP M8940 (equipped with a 6.2” screen and a 64-key QWERTY alpha-numeric keyboard) feature optically-enhanced touch screens that utilize ambient light to enhance viewability in all light conditions. Their ruggedness ensures they will continue working flawlessly in both indoor and outdoor settings, despite exposure to extreme temperatures, direct impacts, chemical spills, scratches, and other challenging conditions. The M8930 and M8940 conform to MIL STD 810F, are dust and water sealed to IP-67 standards and have been engineered to withstand multiple 4-foot drops. Both tablets are backed by a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Both tablets utilize Windows® CE version 6.0 (Microsoft’s latest release) running on a Marvell PXA-300 624MHz processor with 128 MB SDRAM and ample memory for storing data locally, including 512MB SSD (Solid State Drive) and an expansion slot supporting up to 16GB. Both tablets are powered by dual LI/ION batteries; one internal and a second that can be hot-swapped as needed.
Peers are to be allowed to use iPads and other mobile internet devices inside the House of Lords, in a rule change that edges them ahead of MPs in technological terms.
The Lords Administration and Works Committee said in a new report that current restrictions are "incomplete, outdated and contradictory".
For a trial period of one year, it is proposed that peers should allowed to refer to handheld electronic devices including all tablets, smartphones and ebook readers, during debates, provided they are set to silent. Laptops are to remain outlawed.
Internet-enabled Lords will be restricted in what they are allowed to browse, however.
Peers are to be allowed to use iPads and other mobile internet devices inside the House of Lords, in a rule change that edges them ahead of MPs in technological terms.
The Lords Administration and Works Committee said in a new report that current restrictions are "incomplete, outdated and contradictory".
For a trial period of one year, it is proposed that peers should allowed to refer to handheld electronic devices including all tablets, smartphones and ebook readers, during debates, provided they are set to silent. Laptops are to remain outlawed.
Internet-enabled Lords will be restricted in what they are allowed to browse, however.
The above video serves as a teaser for Motorola's full 2011 Super Bowl Commercial. While short, the viewer is left intrigued as to what will happen with the two characters involved.
The scene starts with a man standing on a subway platform using, and flipping through, what appears to be a tablet computer. The device looks remarkably similar to an Apple iPad, however the viewer is unaware of the brand at this point in the commercial.
The Motorola Xoom is a tablet computer set to rival Apple's popular iPad. The device features a dual-core processor and the Android 3.0 software, along with Flash compatibility and a 10.1" HD Display. Unlike the Apple iPad, the device also features a front and rear-facing camera, and Google software that is developed to best harness the power and capabilities of tablet PCs.
Oh, boy! Here we go again. We genuinely believe that rumors about the iPad 2 will never stop until the minute before it’s supposed to launch. But of course, it will be then followed by rumors of iPad 3 — and so goes the cycle. Anyway, here’s the latest goss on the tablet.
Apparently, the iPad 2 will come integrated with NFC (near-field communication) as well as the RFID (radio-frequency ID). These are two things that enable, among other things, mobile payment using the tablet. The iPad 2 won’t be the first if it were to come with the chip, but given that the technology has yet to take off — maybe Apple will come up with its own mechanism to monetize the concept better.
Next is the rumor that the iPad 2 will have a carbon body. Using carbon will certainly make the iPad 2 significantly lighter than the current aluminum shell, but it doesn’t come cheap. Supposedly Apple has this one patented already, so it may just materialize.
The upcoming Motorola Xoom tablet may be offered with a 3G contract similar to that of the iPad. That is, if Verizon maintains the current tablet contract scheme it offers with Samsung's Galaxy Tab.
Motorla's Xoom is one of the most highly anticipated tablets since the introduction of Apple's iPad early last year. The Xoom will be the first tablet to use Google's Android 3.0 operating system ("Honeycomb"), have front and rear-facing cameras, a dual-core Nvidia processor, and Google Talk with video chat, among other marquee features.
Verizon offers the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet--which has integrated 3G capability--only one way: for full price ($499.99) with a month-to-month 3G contract. This makes the structure of the 3G contract more or less the same as the iPad's, which is also month-to-month.
Verizon is already on the record, stating that the "XOOM device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi-enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2."
Apple's iPad led tablet sales in 2010 with 14.79 million units sold by Christmas. However, the Tab world seems to be shifting slowly towards the yet-to-be-released Google's Honeycomb OS version tablets, which are expected to enter the market soon.
Here are seven reasons why Android-powered tablet could fare better than Apple iPad:
1. Notification Bar: The new notification bar introduced in Honeycomb is a very useful widget compared to one found in the Apple iPad. The notification feature in Apple iPad disturbs the usage, and can reportedly freeze or crash apps in use. On Honeycomb, notifications stay out of your way. And when the messages appear in Android, it just appears at the bottom of the screen and disappears.
2. Multitasking: Both iOS and Android tablets can multitask, but some might find the Motorola Xoom, for example, slightly easier to navigate. With a single tab on the Home screen of new Honeycomb the user can bring out the applications and preview the running applications. In order to bring up an application in iPad one has to double click on iPad's home button, which is a bit less intuitive for people used to PCs.
7. Fast: The new upcoming Xoom and few other Android tablets PCs feature dual-core processors. All of them definitely feature more RAM compared to Apple iPad's 256 MB. For example, Xoom will feature a 1 GB RAM and the Notion Ink Adam features 1 GB. More memory may not matter to some, but as apps get more sophisticated and more memory-hungry, this could become an issue.
February may be the month of love but if rumours are true February 14th could be an important day for a very different reason this year. According to macnotes.de both iOS 4.3 and the Apple iPad 2 could be announced at the same event all within the next ten days.
If the rumours are true iOS 4.3 will first be shown then the iPad 2 unveiled to showcase the new features all at the same event. So we could finally discover if the dual camera, SD slot and retina display speculations are true.
One thing that is certain is that the leaks will continue to come so expect more before the long awaited unveiling happens. If it does come within the next ten days this would logically put the release around a month later supporting the April release date rumour of Apple’s second generation tab.
The rise of tablet computers have pushed the technology beyond those catchy tuned commercials, aimed at at-home consumers, and into the business world. Many business experts believe this technology will not only become a mainstay in the working world, but will also completely change work patterns going forward.
A recent article from Computerworld writer Matt Hamblen argued that the incorporation of Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Research In Motion's PlayBook will alter the way information is presented and how decisions are made. Tablet computers, much like smartphones, allow for workers to access their work files and data away from their desk. As a result of this, the decision-making process has become faster.
A recent Deloitte report agrees with Hamblen's take on tablet computers' emergence into the business world. In fact, the international accounting and consulting firm comprised a list of the top technology trends for 2011 and identified mobility penetration into desktop PC purchases at No.1. Many business experts believe that smartphones and tablets will begin to replace enterprise PCs beginning as early as 2011, because of the increased mobility management and cost-effectiveness they offer.
A leaked Best Buy flyer reveals a possible price (confirming an earlier leak) and launch date for Motorola’s upcoming Android tablet, the Xoom, and it won’t make potential buyers too happy.
Yes, the February 24 launch date isn’t very far in the future, but the price of $799.99 will make any would-be customer pause, as it’s a full $300 more than the cheapest iPad variant and $100 more than the most powerful version of Apple’s tablet.
Of course, the Xoom sports an impressive set of features, many of which dwarf the iPad, such as two cameras, 1080p screen resolution and a HDMI output. But Apple is expected to launch the next, more powerful version of the iPad this year, and (judging by the iPhone’s pricing) it’s quite safe to assume that it will probably cost the same as the original one, with the predecessor’s price dropping a hundred bucks or more.
You won't find this at the Holiday Inn, but those able to afford a stay at the 5 star Plaza Hotel in New York will find an Apple iPad in each guest room. The device helps guests control much of the room's properties and allows for quick and easy communications between those staying at the famous hotel, and the staff. Instead of using an older touch panel, the guest now uses an iPad to change the temperature of the room, to contact the front desk, order room service, stay in touch with the concierge, arrange a wake-up call and the iPad can even help print boarding passes.
the Plaza, "chose the iPad because it is a great piece of equipment that is here to stay and won’t disappear tomorrow," unless the same people that take home the Hotel's robes also make off with the device.
In Japan Seven-Eleven is taking customer service to the next level. The company made an announcement that they plan to offer patrons the opportunity order their meals and other store items from tablet PC menus. This is being done in an effort to support those reluctant shoppers like the elderly and those with mobility concerns.
Customers of Seven-Eleven Japan are already familiar with their internet and telephone ordering services. This new feature should make shopper even easier for the elderly and others with special needs. It will also help those that don’t have store location I their immediate area. Customers will them have three different options for accessing the store’s inventory from their home. The new service is a joint venture with NTT East Corp and Urban Renaissance Agency.
This new tablet PC service is still in the experimental phase and the developers will be running their trials for a 6-month period. They plan on targeting 500 households containing elderly individuals across seven buildings in the Chuo and Meguru wards of Tokyo.
When the Galaxy Tab arrived I was determined not to like it because it 'threatened' my gorgeous iPad, which I've owned for six months and totally adore. But it turns out the Galaxy Tab is smaller, lighter and easier to use - so now I'm torn between the two. I feel like I'm cheating on my iPad for saying that but I really do fancy the Samsung. As computer tablets go, it's so slim, neat and sexy that you just want to kiss it.
I often find myself stuck in my dressing room between film scenes, and the Galaxy is brilliant for whiling away the hours. I like watching TV shows and video clips to take my mind off things. The Samsung has a 7in screen, as opposed to the iPad's 9.7in, but the picture quality is equally as good. You can pinch the screen to zoom in.
I can also watch Adobe Flash movies on the Samsung, which is a big benefit. The battery life is about seven hours, if you are just watching films. It's unlikely I would ever download enough data using Wi-Fi or 3G to fill the 16GB memory of the Galaxy. I do know that you can retro-fit more memory if you want to increase the storage space, or add an additional 32GB memory card in the MicroSD slot.
The Galaxy is about half the weight of my iPad, partly because it has a lighter, plastic casing. It fits in my hand easily and feels like a giant phone from the Eighties, rather than a small computer.
he state of Georgia is reportedly considering a plan to get rid of conventional textbooks and shift middle school classrooms in the state to wireless iPads built by Apple, following positive iPad trials in place by schools around the US.
Republican Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams told the press earlier this week that the Georgia legislature and educators are considering a proposal by Apple to replace printed books, according to a report by Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"Last week we met with Apple Computers," Williams said, "and they have a really promising program where they come in and their [sic] recommending to middle schools – for $500 per child per year, they will furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system, provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher training – and the results they’re getting from these kids is phenomenal."
The senator added, "we’re currently spending about $40 million a year on books. And they last about seven years. We have books that don’t even have 9/11. This is the way kids are learning, and we need to be willing to move in that direction.”
Schools around the country go iPad
The report stated that New York's public schools had ordered 2,000 iPads, 300 of which went to Kingsbridge International High School in the Bronx. It also noted that 200 public schools in Chicago have applied for iPad grants.
Like it or not, the PC is going to become more like a tablet. I'm not just talking form factor or whether they have touchscreens; I'm talking about the very way you interact with your computer. And that's a good thing. But for some of us, depending on how things shake out, it could also be a bad thing.
Why Tabletification Might Not Be So Bad
Before we jump into that, though, let's be honest; there are tricks a the PC can learn from the tablet. OSes built specifically for tablets are significantly lighter weight than desktop OSes, which usually take up several gigabytes of disk space. Tablet OSes also represent something of a clean break from the traditional desktop OSes, so they don't carry as much digital baggage.
On the hardware side, there are definitely areas where PCs can learn from tablets. Imagine, if you will, a compact, ultra-lightweight Windows 8 notebook built around a system on a chip instead of a traditional PC processor and motherboard. It would be light, reasonably powerful (or at least powerful enough for most tasks), and feature solid-state storage and extra-long battery life. Think of it as the evolution of the netbook/ultraportable, but with the guts of a tablet.
Some leaked promotional images from Best Buy of the upcoming and highly anticipated Motorola Xoom tablet indicate that the device will go on sale for $800 when it hits store shelves on Feb. 24. For its part, Motorola hasn't confirmed the rumor, but considering that the chances of the Xoom being quite expensive are high, most believe the $800 price tag is accurate.
If it is, Motorola might have some trouble on its hands. The technology company is undoubtedly popular right now, thanks to its many outstanding smartphones, like the Droid X, but at $800, the Xoom could price itself out of the market. The device is an unknown quantity right now, and consumers might not know for sure if it's worth such a price. The better move for Motorola would be to offer a cheaper Xoom to spur demand for its product.
Read on to find out why:
1. It's only beating the top-of-the-line iPad
2. It puts it dangerously close to lightweight PCs
Tablets are made to be mobile companions for consumers and enterprise customers who want to do more while they're on-the-go. That means that tablets must compete with lightweight notebooks. The only problem is, at $800, the Xoom will be in the same ballpark with those mobile PCs. That will result in the tablet competing with both other tablets and lightweight PCs. Being sandwiched between two established product categories is never a good idea, and yet, that's where Motorola finds its Xoom.
Analysts are feeling bullish about tablet computers, with two recent reports predicting that unit sales could jump tenfold in the next few years.
In a report released Monday, NPD Group's DisplaySearch projects that worldwide PC sales will triple to about 56 million computers this year -- and will grow to more than 500 million computers by 2014, a third of which will be tablet or slate computers. Meanwhile, late last week IHS iSuppli predicted that worldwide consumers will buy 242 million iPads and other tablets in 2015, up from about 20 million last year.
Apple dominated the market last year with its iPad, essentially creating the tablet market by boosting sales by a factor of 10 last year from less than 2 million tablets in 2009, according to iSuppli. But in the next few years, growth will be driven by other computer makers, such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Research in Motion, jumping into the market to compete with Apple.
"The first wave, which is hitting in 2010 and 2011, was created by the arrival of the iPad and the ensuing tsunami of demand for the device," Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research at IHS, said in a statement. "The second wave, arriving in 2011 and 2012, will be propelled by a deluge of iPad competitors, particularly Android-based models. The third wave, which will turn up in 2013, will consist of a flood of models based on the Windows operating system that will expand the reach of tablets into traditional computer markets."
Doctors have fallen in love with the Apple iPad, becoming one of the biggest early adopters among professionals. They want iPads for personal use and to get their work done. It's the latter that has healthcare IT staff scrambling to secure the devices.
The problem is that the iPad's consumer-driven origins come into direct conflict with the nature of healthcare—namely, patient confidentiality and reliance on a few critical client-server apps.
Can the iPad succeed in hospitals?
"We had physicians coming to us as soon as the first iPad came into the Apple Store wanting to connect everything," says John McLendon, senior vice president of Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider with 44 hospitals across 12 states. He is also CIO for AHS Information Services, which maintains clinical and business systems for many of the hospitals.
Form-Factor: Hospitals Familiar with Tablets
The iPad took many hospitals by surprise, as well as their oft-conservative IT staff. "The way we do a lot of the more strategic-oriented projects here, we plan them out for a couple of years with road-mapping sessions," says McLendon. "We didn't have a plan to embrace the iPad."
"Healthcare moved so quickly to the iPad, there was so much pent-up demand, that there was that initial spike," says John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy technology at Good Technology, "and then things leveled off."
One of the reasons for the fast adoption of iPads in healthcare is doctors' familiarity with tablets. AHS, for instance, has Panasonic Toughbooks in its hospitals. But the difference between these tablets and iPads, at least from a security standpoint, is night and day, says Finney.
iPad's Security Shortcomings
AHS has a secured network at its hospitals that allows Toughbooks and other devices to communicate across it and access full-blown apps. AHS owns and centrally manages every device that touches this network. For instance, Finney can lock down these devices, remotely take control of them, install anti-virus software, and knock them off the network in a variety of ways.
"I can take a laptop, workstation or tablet and say you can only access these five applications and that's all you can do," Finney says. "I can say you cannot store data locally because that device is not rated and secured for that functionality. I cannot do that on an iPad.
HP didn't bother mentioning the webOS versions during its 'Think Beyond' event today, but based on a little fine print on the outfit's official Touchstone portal, we've learned that the TouchPad will ship with webOS 3.0 (a heretofore unheard of build), while the Veer and Pre 3 will get going with webOS 2.2. That said, the incredible Tap-to-Share functionality that'll enable these slates and phones to converse with one another will also support "webOS 2.2 or higher" on the phones, suggesting that an update could be in the waiting.
In a world where Apple's iPad and Android-powered tablets are ruling the roost, Hewlett-Packard is expected to launch two Palm Web OS-based Tablets today at a company event in San Francisco
The company is set to launch a 7" Tablet called OPAL and 9-10" Tablet called TOPAZ. Both these tablets will likely support both GSM as wells as well as CDMA networks.
HP is relying a lot on this event as it is expected to pitch Web OS against Apple's iOS, Google's Android, Windows 7 and RIM's QNX.
HP's Web OS tablets are coming at a time when tablet shipments are expected to boom in the next two years. Recently IDC said it expects tablet shipments of 44.6 million units in 2011, with the U.S. representing nearly 40 percent of the total. In 2012, IDC forecasts worldwide shipments of 70.8 million units.
Apple Inc. has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor, said people familiar with the matter.
The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model, these people said. It will have at least one camera on the front of the device for features like video-conferencing, but the resolution of the display will be similar to the first iPad, these people said. It will also have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor, they said
The new iPad will initially be available through Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., but not Sprint Nextel Corp. or T-Mobile USA in the U.S., according to some of the people familiar with the matter.
The tablet market has become more competitive since the iPad's arrival last year. Companies like Samsung Electronics Co., Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. are working on tablets with features the iPad won't have, such as support for high-speed high-speed 4G wireless networks.
The Latitude XT3 is a lot different than the XT2, which came before it. While the XT2 was a sleek ultraportable device, the Latitude XT3 appears to be a pretty chunky 13″ notebook at first glance. That’s probably because it is a 13″ notebook, rather than a 12-incher. HP, Dell and Lenovo have produced 12″ tablets for the enterprise for years. The smaller displays and low-powered innards make them thinner, lighter and easier to use on your feet. So it was pretty surprising to see the XT series moving on up.
While the new Latitude XT3 is bulkier, some Tablet PC users prefer more screen real estate for inking notes, reviewing documents and filing out forms.
Anyone looking for a good US made convertible tablet PC need not look any further than Mobile Demand from Hiawatha in Iowa, they have come up with the rugged xTablet C1200. This is a serious piece of kit and is ideal for people who have jobs that take them to extreme locations and yet these are jobs that still require the use of a computer, but in this case one that can be taken almost anywhere the xTablet C1200 is such a computer.
This convertible tablet device comes with a 12.1 inch (307.34 mm) diagonal widescreen (WXGA) Colour TFT LED back light to Touch screen standard with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, powered by the Intel I3-330UM/i5 520 UM, 1.06 GHz (1.866 GHz max. turbo frequency), 3 MB L2 Cache and DMI. However, one of the main features is that this convertible tablet uses a lightweight magnesium alloy for the case; this is around twenty times stronger than the more commonly used ABS plastic.
To look at them, there's not much difference between the HP TouchPad announced Wednesday, Motorola's Xoom (arriving later this month), and the Apple iPad. But if you look beyond the roughly 10-inch touchscreens, you'll find some significant differences.
Perhaps the most important unanswered question is how much these new tablets will cost. You can buy an iPad for as little as $499. Early rumors are that the Xoom may start at $799 (ouch!), and HP didn't give any information about price at its Wednesday event.
Finally, let's not forget that the iPad is a year old, and it's due for a refresh any time now. This means that by the time the TouchPad and Xoom arrive on the market, they will have to fight not only the old iPad (which may remain on sale at an even lower price) but also a freshly revamped iPad 2.
Unlike Motorola, which will apparently sell its new Xoom tablet for a whopping $800 starting in a couple of weeks, Research in Motion is taking a saner approach to pricing its forthcoming PlayBook tablet.
CrackBerry.com received a leaked internal document from Office Depot that shows that the PlayBook will be priced at $499.99 for the 16GB model, which puts it in line with the cost of the equivalent Apple iPad. The document also lists an on-sale date of late March/early April, which will precede the rollout of the HP TouchPad by a few months.
While RIM’s pricing is certainly more reasonable than Motorola’s, it still shows an unwillingness to undercut the price of the iPad. There are dirt-cheap tablets running Android from no-name vendors, but no major manufacturer is even trying to price its product at $39
Hewlett-Packard launched a slick-looking tablet computer on Wednesday based on a new release of its webOS, but the question many are now asking is, has HP done enough to steal some business from Apple's trailblazing iPad?
Physically, the 10-inch TouchPad certainly looks like the iPad, though it's hard to imagine a completely original design for a touchscreen tablet. But what HP hopes will set it apart is the software, in particular the tight integration it says it can offer among devices running webOS.
"Synergy is our central idea," said Jon Rubinstein, the former Palm CEO who joined HP when it bought Palm last year. "Because when we bring different things together -- whether it's different applications, different software, different devices, even different companies -- and get them to work in sync, we achieve a powerful result that's much greater than the sum of its parts."
That's a tough way to differentiate yourself against Apple, which is known for the tight integration among its own products: Plug an iPhone into your Macbook, and it syncs at the click of a button. Download music to a Mac from iTunes, and it rolls effortlessly to your iPod the next time you plug it in.
Last week’s dueling tablet news brought to mind an old Tablet PC argument. On one side, there’s The Daily, the digital newspaper designed for the iPad which retains the vertical orientation of print. On the other was Android 3.0 Honeycomb which demonstrated a distinct horizontal orientation. Makes me wonder how the old “portrait or landscape” question will affect the new tablet competition.
For as long as I’ve been using a Tablet PC, there has been debate over when and how to use a slate tablet in portrait or landscape mode. Usually it’s a matter of taste, but it also depends on the type of work being done or content being viewed. With the new crop of slates, however, hardware and software are making more of that decision for us.
While Apple plays up the notion that any side is up when it comes to the iPad, the reality is the side with the home button and docking port is clearly the bottom. The rest of the buttons are built around that, giving the iPad a distinct portrait-based design. Operationally, it’s more of a “hold in one hand, control with the other” device.
while the iPad and any Android tablet can be used in either orientation, there is a preference on each side. In my experience, a 4:3 aspect display like the iPad’s works better for alternating between orientations. While a widescreen can work better in portrait mode in some cases, such as reading long webpages, it usually works better in landscape. Whichever one holds the advantage depends on a user’s personal taste and usage
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HP's TouchPad looks pretty similar to Apple's iPad on the outside but the inside is a different story.
We know what the iPad brings to the table: a huge selection of tablet-optimized apps; access to the most popular digital music and video store in the world; and the ability to buy the tablet right now.
Notifications: HP's TouchPad has a dedicated bar at the top of the screen for notifications, using icons to inform you of incoming text messages or e-mails. Tapping these icons brings up a small pop-up, allowing you to sort through messages without leaving the current app. The iPad's notifications, by comparison, are crude pop-ups that interrupt whatever you're doing.
Resizable Keyboard, With Numbers: The virtual keyboard on HP's TouchPad comes in four sizes, letting you find the right balance between comfort and screen real estate. And unlike the iPad, which makes you switch to a different set of keys for numbers, the TouchPad's keyboard includes number keys above the main group of letters
Yahoo on Thursday announced the launch of a digital newsstand, initially available on Apple iPad and Android tablets.
"Livestand from Yahoo" will deliver personalized content results from various publishers, starting with Yahoo's content portfolio of Sports, News, Finance, Flickr, omg!, and the Yahoo Contributor Network.
Displayed in a magazine-style format, content will be chosen based on a user's selected interests, location, and time of day, Yahoo said. The platform hopes to attract publishers with an easy, one-size-fits-all approach to producing content.
Livestand will launch in the first half of 2011, initially on tablets, and then to mobile phones and browsers.
Thanks to the rising popularity of tablets, media companies have been scrambling to find ways to cash in on consumer interest in productivity and media tablet apps. In January, AOL announced a magazine-style iPad app with customized content results, AOL Editions. Flipboard and Rupert Murdoch's The Daily are similar digital magazine apps offering a magazine look and feel.
Visual 2000 International Inc announces certification of its popular Visual PLM.net product lifecycle management solution for use with a stable of newly launched Tablet PCs powered by Microsoft Windows 7. Testing of the fashion-focused PLM software was conducted by Visual 2000 in January using the ExoPC Slate device.
The ExoPC is an ultra-mobile, 11.6-inch touchscreen computer that utilizes the same interface and operating system found on most business computers. In contrast to consumer-oriented tablets like the Apple iPad, this new breed of Tablet PCs promise to be more appropriate for business content creators such as developers, merchants, sourcing managers, and other professionals that need access to full business software applications.
“While other mobile devices and phones may be fine for browsing web pages and viewing limited management reports, we believe that there is much greater opportunity to leverage the power of PLM by mobilizing its full capabilities through these innovative and full-featured Windows devices”, explained Charles Benoualid, vice president of research and development for Visual 2000. “As the first fashion PLM developer to embrace Tablet PCs, Visual 2000 affirms its commitment to delivering the best possible solutions to the apparel and fashion industry.”
Perhaps you've seen that a number of major vendors announced plans to introduce a tablet PC of some sort at CES. No, the 2011 CES. Yes, you are correct that those same vendors announced tablet plans at last year's CES and nothing ever materialized, but this year they're serious. Many of the specs and capabilities are superior to what the Apple iPad has to offer, unfortunately they all seem to fail at the only spec that matter: price.
The Motorola Xoom is apparently imminent, and the HP TouchPad and BlackBerry PlayBook are expected soon--among a plethora of other options. Samsung is getting ready to roll out its second-generation Galaxy Tab. Many of these tablet competitors have dual-core processors and four times the RAM of the iPad. They also have front and rear-facing cameras, and USB ports, and SD memory card slots for expandable storage, and they play nice with Adobe Flash. All nice features, but all overshadowed by the fact that these tablets all cost as much or more than the iPad.
Why is price the most important? Well, the economy has seen better days and consumers and companies are all a bit more hyper-focused on saving a buck. Tablets are still a fairly nascent market struggling to establish itself somewhere between ereaders and laptops. The tablet can replace a netbook or notebook as a primary mobile computing device in many cases, but it becomes a much harder sell if the tablet costs more than the notebook it's replacing.
You’ve held out for months, waiting and watching the market for some sign of a tablet that you think you’d like. But maybe you’re asking the wrong question. Instead of “Which tablet should I buy?” maybe you should be asking why you need a tablet in the first place?
We’ve written out a brief guide to deciding whether you need a tablet at all. As for a recommendation, the two devices we can unequivocally recommend right now are the iPad and, if you’re into Android, the Galaxy Tab (although there is some talk of an upgrade coming soon). However, don’t buy right now. The iPad 2 is on its way and the Xoom, Playbook, and TouchPad, are coming soon as well.
So before you break out the credit card, let’s talk about a few reasons to buy a tablet… and a few reasons not to.
1. Tablets make great e-readers. Although many would complain that the reading experience isn’t nearly as focused as single-purpose e-ink devices, and the text isn’t as legible, these drawbacks haven’t stopped users from cracking open PDFs, comics, long web articles, and so on tablets. Plus kids books are fun in full color, something Kindle can’t yet beat.
2. Tablets are portable productivity stations. There’s nothing like a calendar and an email window on a big screen. Although many of our phones now run PIM applications, the real estate afforded by a tablet makes for a far superior experience.
3. Tablets are better than older laptops. If you don’t need to type a lot, tablets will handle more content than a two-year-old laptop, and there are more modern apps and games.
4. Tablets are great for meetings. While you should probably paying attention during meetings, tablets are a great way to take notes unobtrusively and, when things get boring, play Angry Birds on mute.
5. Tablets are great for sharing photos and 1-on-1 presentations. Tablets are excellent for a communal photo sharing experience and are a boon for insurance adjusters, real estate folks, and salespeople. Having everything in front of you in cool little device sure beats firing up a laptop and running a presentation.
6. Tablets are great for movies and music. There’s nothing better in the car for kids than a copy of Cars or Dora on an iPad. Our kids love it and a tablet costs a bit less than installing soon-to-be-obsolete DVD-powered LCDs in the headrest. I also enjoy taking the iPad on a plane for movies, a job that used to go to the iPod Touch.
TabletPCs for nearly a decade ran almost exclusively with a Windows operating system. Enterprising users could install various forms of Linux and occasionally a third party would try their hand at the platform, but Windows was the only mass market option. That all changed in 2010 when Apple strolled along and changed how we think about the tablet PC environment and what we should expect from an operating system.
Shortly after, Android started appearing on tablets like the Galaxy Tab and we are on the cusp of the newest iteration of Android in the form of Honeycomb, developed specifically for tabletcomputers. What was once a one horse race with half a dozen spectators is now a sprint being televised around the globe
Despite the newcomers, Windows is still a big time player in the operating system wars. And Windows 7 isn’t a bad interface. It provides all the functionality of your PC in a mobile format, the Touch Interface Panel (TIP) is great for handwriting input, and support for multiple languages on the fly is great for those who travel. The biggest problem with Windows 7 on a tablet, unfortunately, is that we’ve all seen and used iOS and Android. They are faster and to the point and utilize a brilliant App model that allows small time developers to solve consumer problems with inexpensive software.
I have long preferred Windows on a tablet and continue to use it. That may change in the months to come, especially if Microsoft continues to ignore how and why people use tablet computers.
Acer is at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona showing off its touchscreen 10.1-inch tablet computer with Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.
The device, called the Iconia Tab A500, is sleek and smart according to the firm and will make the most of the Honeycomb OS, as well as multimedia and user friendly features.
The tablet, which was first suggested earlier this month, runs the dual-core Nivida Tegra 2 chip, which should boost multi-tasking, while its high definition WXGA screen will let users point at things on the Internet or watch HD videos wherever and whenever they fancy. Content can also be viewed on televisions and other displays through the tablet's HDMI port and HD 1080p output.
In fact Acer said that the tablet is designed for use with rich multimedia entertainment, including console-like gaming, and has wide viewing angles and high colour accuracy.
Casing enthusiasts will be wondering what the unit is housed in, and the answer is aluminium. Acer polished this information with the news that the 13.3mm thick tablet had a high gloss finish and laser engraved textures.
The unit also boasts a 5MP rear-facing camera and a front-facing HD lens, as well as WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity.
The cute and chubby Galaxy Tab will soon have a big brother. At least that’s what the rumors mills are up to these days, which further would like us to believe the new tablet will be better than the present Galaxy Tab in every which way possible. Like the new Galaxy Tab 2 (until Samsung comes up with a proper name) will be bigger than the present gen Galaxy Tab with a 10.1 inch display, a lighter and thinner form factor along with a much improved 8.0 megapixel camera. The new tablet will have a dual core Qualcomm heart while the operating system will be Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Also, as Pocket Int points out, the Galaxy Tab 2 will still have a smaller over all dimension compared to the iPad in spite of it having a larger display. It is this that might turn out to be decisive in maintaining superiority in the tablet race as surely one might not prefer a large sized device when its mobility that is called for.
Samsung announced a new type of display called Super PLS last year. This was with 30 patents to its name and it seems that their first customer is Apple! While we have not seen the Super AMOLED coming to Apple yet (as rumored extensively) and the rumored partnerships with Toshiba and/or Sharp indicates otherwise to us (also the fact that iPad has had display shortages, causing delay in launches). However its certain that Apple is investing very heavily on display technology and that remains a key area for them. The Super PLS from Samsung brings greater viewing angles, is 10% brighter and is 15% cheaper to manufacture.
Samsung already boasts of having the most successful Android tablet on the market with its 7-inch Galaxy Tab and now the Korean manufacturer is coming after the iPad with its recently announced Galaxy Tab 10.1. As the name implies, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a 10-inch (1280x800) tablet with a dual-core 1 GHz Orion processor from Samsung and 16 or 32 GB of storage. The tablet also includes a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080P recording and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera. Powered by Android 3.0 honeycomb, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can connect wirelessly via WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and HSPA+ at speeds up to 21 Mbps.
If you remove the operating system from the equation, the hardware specs on this upcoming tablet exceed that of the current generation iPad. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and other Honeycomb tablets like the Motorola XOOM include dual-cameras, a dual-core processor, and in some cases 1080P video recording and playback. Hardware is only part of the equation, though, and iOS offers many advantages over Android 3.0, not the least of which is an app store filled with applications designed specifically for Apple's tablet device.
At the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2011, HTC Corp. is expected to announce a much rumoured tablet computer. Branded as HTC Flyer, the tablet will have 7-inch touchscreen display and a 5 megapixel camera at the back as reported by Seattle Times. Packing 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, HTC Flyer is packed in aluminium housing. Sporting new HTC Sense UI, the Flyer tablet will run Google Android 2.4 update and is upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
HTC Flyer appears to be a real competitor of Samsung Galaxy Tab. Bearing a 7-inch display that supports 1024x600 pixel resolution, Flyer houses 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Flyer comes with 32GB on-board storage and will feature HSPA+ network support.
Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC North America said that Flyer will also have stylus as it is more polite way of taking notes than typing on the tablet or laptop during a meeting.
Samsung's announcement today of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 shows that, like Motorola, it is throwing in its lot with Nvidia, presenting an impressive challenge to Apple's upcoming iPad 2.
Samsung and Nvidia announced in Barcelona today at the Mobile World Congress that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will run Google's Android 3.0 ("Honeycomb") software on top of the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, the same software and chip being used by Motorola in its Xoom tablet.
"We've worked closely with Nvidia to raise the stakes again. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, with Honeycomb and Tegra 2, provides the optimal entertainment and multimedia experience without compromising the mobility Samsung is known for," Hyungmoon Noh, VP of Samsung's R&D Strategy Group, said in a statement.
Samsung's 10-inch tablet taps the Tegra 2 chip to drive "the first GPU-accelerated user interface designed for tablets and other larger-screen devices," Nvidia said in a statement. Nvidia's forte is designing GPUs, or Graphics Processing Units. With the Tegra 2, it couples an Nvidia GeForce GPU with dual-core processor design from ARM, more or less replicating what Motorola is doing internally with the Xoom.
Nvidia continued: "Tegra 2 enables consumers to engage in multitasking, [to] surf the Web quickly with fast-loading Web pages and Flash-based content, [and] enjoy console-quality gaming."
Intel has released a video demonstrating the MeeGo mobile operating system on a tablet PC, mere days after Nokia pulled the rug out from under their MeeGo partnership with Intel by embracing Windows Phone for their faltering handset line.
As part of its marketing onslaught at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company also published an Intel Tablet User Experience white paper (PDF).
LG has finally showcased it’s first ever tablet PC and the Optimus 3D smartphone at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this year. The main attraction at the LG stand was the Optimus 3D smartphone, which features dual-core mobile processor, dual memory, dual channel and above all 3D camera and display.
The Optimus has the capability to snap and record videos or images in 3D format and one can view it on any 3D display device. It could be running on the Google Android 2.2 or 2.3 operating system, but this has not been confirmed. Apart from the cellphone, the Optimus Pad too was a highlight from LG at the show.
Last week, John Gruber of the blog Daring Fireball wrote that "the next six months are going to set the foundation for the future of personal computing." Gruber argues that the rise of tablet computing marks the beginning of the "post-PC era." He makes a compelling case. The iPad is less than a year old, but it now accounts for 17 percent of Apple's revenue—nearly as much as the company brings in from the Mac. Sometime this year, Apple will announce a new iPad, and with that the tablet will likely become Apple's second biggest product line after the iPhone. (Gruber, one of the savviest Apple watchers on the Web, predicts that Apple will put out two new iPads this year: a camera-equipped iPad 2 that will arrive in the next couple months, and then some kind of advanced iPad 2—perhaps with a higher-resolution display—in the fall.)
Apple's rivals are rushing to catch up. Two weeks ago Google held a press event to show off Honeycomb, a version of its Android OS that's been optimized for tablet computers. The first Honeycomb device, the Motorola Xoom tablet, will go on sale later this month for $800. Last week, HP unveiled two new phones (the large Pre 3 and the small Veer) and a tablet called the TouchPad, all of which should go on sale in the next six months.
Though there’s no dedicated salesforce selling it in the enterprise market, Apple’s iPad has gained significant traction there. Since its debut, more than 65 percent of the Fortune 100 have deployed or piloted the device. This despite Apple’s continued focus on the consumer market.
“We haven’t pushed it real hard in business, and it’s being grabbed out of our hands,” Steve Jobs said last year. “And I talk to people everyday in all kinds of businesses that are using iPads, all the way from boards of directors that are shipping iPads around instead of board books, down to nurses and doctors in hospitals and other large and small businesses.”If Apple’s not pushing the iPad into the enterprise market, how is it getting there? Carried in by the rank and file–just as smartphones were. Employees are buying iPads, and other mobile devices as well, and enterprise is increasingly supporting them on the back end and sometimes even subsidizing them, or their use.
In other words, the consumer market has evolved into a de facto evangelist for Apple in enterprise, a lucky development for the company, which is uniquely positioned to benefit from it.
Honeycomb is coming. We pit the Motorola's Xoom vs. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs. LG's Optimus Pad to see which Android tablet offers the best chance of besting the next-generation Apple iPad.
Motorola was the first to debut its 10.1-inch Android Honeycomb tablet, the Xoom, back in January, but certainly not the last. Since then, tablets have continued to sprout from every electronics manufacturer we can name. However, unlike most, LG’s Optimus Pad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 are competing directly with the Xoom on almost every level.
Upon first glance, all three tablets look identical and have excessively similar stats. Which one should you get? Well, it may come down to price, but we’re going to break down the competition and find as many differences as we can.
Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Jha confirmed an earlier report on the Xoom's cost. Those looking to purchase a Wi-Fi only Xoom will be able to find it for "around" $600. Adding a 3G modem from Verizon Wireless boosts the price to $799.
Jha said nothing of subsidies from Verizon Wireless for the 3G version, which might help drop the cost a little bit. That could spell the difference Motorola needs to move this product.
The Motorola Xoom is an appealing product, no doubt. It has a 10.1-inch display, which is larger than the iPad's by a smidge. It has a widescreen touch display with 1200 x 800 pixels, and is powered by dual-core 1GHz processors. It will ship with a 3G radio for wireless broadband, but can be upgraded to 4G Long Term Evolution through a hardware modem swap later this year.
VTech (www.vtechkids.com) knows that kids want the latest technology, while parents want to make sure the experience is age-appropriate and helps children learn. Award-winning smash hits like V.Smile™, V.Reader™ and MobiGo™ are just a few examples that prove VTech's global leadership for bringing innovative technology to electronic learning toys.
With the new InnoPad, VTech brings to kids a cutting-edge, multi-function tablet. Interactive and animated reading, educational gaming and creative activities are offered through a cartridge library that features kids' favorite characters. Together with a rich collection of applications, InnoPad provides children aged 4-9 with abundant opportunities for development and fun.
"Tablet technology is immensely appealing and appropriate for young kids. It provides an ideal platform for this age," said Dr. Eric Klopfer, Director of the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program, Director of The Education Arcade and VTech Advisory Council Member. "The InnoPad capitalizes on the features and applications of tablets, but adapts them in a way that makes it safe and appropriate for kids, while maintaining their fun and educational value."
"Anyone who has used a tablet device knows its greatest value is its versatility, especially the wide range of applications that provide a unique experience for the user," said Tom McClure, Director of Marketing for VTech Electronics North America. "Most parents would be hesitant to give their own gadgets to young children, however, VTech has taken that cutting-edge tablet technology and applied it to the InnoPad, which encourages early learning in a fun product that is just right for kids."
InnoPad is a multi-media educational tablet for children 4-9 that combines interactive and animated reading, learning games, creative activities and a rich collection of applications. It features a 5" brilliant color touch screen LCD, a tilt-sensor for game control, microphone, as well as interfaces for USB, SD card and a headphone jack, all housed in a sleek, kid-tough and compact design for easy portability.
Soon, it will be possible to hand your child their very own tablet computer, providing, of course, you can pry your smartphone out of their hands.
At this week’s Toy Fair, two such devices were previewed, scheduled to be in stores later this year.
Vtech’s InnoPad ($80) comes with a 5” color LCD mono-touch screen, microphone, headphone jack plus an SD card expansion plus a USB connection to your to a computer, letting you fill the memory with your child’s favorite songs, movies or additional games, through a new store called the Learning Lodge Navigator.
For $20 more, Leapfrog’s LeapPad Explorer ($100) has nearly identical features, but adds an additional set of game controls and a camera. It can also run an library of existing Leapster Explorer cartridges.
Both come with a stylus, are powered by four AA batteries and run additional $25 software cartridges that feature many of the same characters your child watches on TV. In addition, built in accelerometers permit such grown up capabilities as automatic screen rotation, and a new bread of motion-sensing games.
Taiwan's HTC Corp. unveiled Tuesday its first tablet PC at the Mobile World Congress fair in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the world No. 5 smartphone maker's efforts to gain a hold in the booming market dominated by Apple's iPad.
The 7-inch HTC Flyer, powered by a 1.5 GHz CPU and Google's Android operating system, supports the high-speed HSPA+ wireless network that enables users to download streaming films and online games through cloud computing technology from on-demand gaming service provider OnLive Inc., the company said in an email statement.
"We saw an opportunity to create a tablet experience that is different, more personal and productive," HTC CEO Peter Chou said in the statement. "We are progressing down a path as an industry when people will no longer be in a single device paradigm but will have multiple wireless devices for different needs."
As many of you know I’ve been working with Tablets for well over a decade. I’ve owned countless Tablets, produced countless videos (and bloopers) and my enthusiasm has never wavered. Mobilecomputers have come a long way in the last year, and even a little over 13 months ago, as we were listening to Steve Ballmer’s declarations at CES and shortly afterwards being awed by Steve Job’s iPad, we knew 2011 would be special.
For years the tablet PC market was strictly dominated by Windows – first XP, then Vista and Windows 7. I am still very passionate about Windows and use it to this day. But, how can you not be excited by the other tools being developed. Android is finally coming into its own on a tablet through Honeycomb and if we do in fact see the Xoom on February 24th, the rampant comparisons to iOS will begin. Shortly after that, I expect we will see a flurry of information from Apple about their iPad 2. Who knows how many user wishes will be granted in the new iPad and iOS updates, but I’m sure it will be enough to keep driving the gravy train that is Apple’s market share.
This is where I tell you how 2011 is the year of the tablet and technology will leap forward this year exponentially – and it’s true! I see the Tablet platform as standing on the edge of a precipice and the consumer will be the one that will decide if it flies or it falls. This year is about realizing the potential unlocked by 2010’s big sellers and enhancing upon that with an ecosystem designed to focus on making Tablets useful and not just available.
Box Technologies, a Total Solutions Provider in a diverse range of technologies and services, is delighted to announce the launch of the new Motion CL900 rugged tablet PC in the UK & Ireland.
"Box has played a critical role as Motion has expanded its position as the leading provider of slate tablet PCs worldwide," said Nigel Owens, VP of worldwide sales for Motion. "As a premier Motion value-added distributor, Box already serves as an important extension of Motion in the UK & Ireland. With its history of excellent customer service and support, Box is an ideal partner to launch the exciting new Motion CL900 in the UK & Ireland."
The CL900 is Motion's first small form factor, rugged tablet PC designed for productivity and business integration. The Motion CL900 is a robust tablet with a flexible feature set that enables access to and utilisation of data while mobile. The tablet will enable users to take advantage of connected applications, while also supporting uninterrupted productivity in remote or disconnected areas. Motion has combined its trademark rugged design and robust solution set with the connectivity and portability of a tablet that is designed and built for business with the capability of transforming office life forever.
In our hands-on trial of the BlackBerry PlayBook we were able to have multiple applications running at once, including the BlackBerry web browser, the photo slideshow app, music and a game. To move between apps on the PlayBook you must swipe a digit vertically to get back to the app selection on the home page. A nice touch is that currently running apps are displayed as an array below the current one, so you can keep half an eye on an email or an important news announcement you're expecting while browsing through your music collection or editing a document.
The 7in-screen BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will support 1080i video playback, has both a 5Mp main camera and a 3Mp front-facing camera and come with 1GB of internal storage, but has a microSD card slot for additional memory. It runs off a 1GHz dual-core processor and weighs 425g.
The BlackBerry PlayBook will then offer the superior screen, multitasking and HD video playback that is not practicable on a smartphone. RIM is also keen to stress the PlayBook's "web fidelity". And in what will be an important distinction between the PlayBook and some other tablets, notably the Apple iPad, apps written in Adobe AIR will be able to be ported from one platform to another in a matter of hours. This could be a crucial difference for app makers who find success on one platform and want to replicate it as quickly as possible on another.
CoActiv, a healthcare software and IT systems provider, has released a new Exam-Pad PC Tablet designed specifically for radiologists. It blends the latest in communication technologies and healthcare IT to offer potentially lifesaving medical images (X-ray, CT, MRI, and more) to the benefit of medical care on-call.
Using a picture archiving communications system (PACS) application and the Windows 7 Pro Environment, the tablet PC offers instant, virtual, worldwide wireless access to medical images.
Some of the advanced features incorporated into the new PC tablet are: a 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch with 1024x600 LED display, built-in B, G & N WLan Wi-Fi, 3G & EDGE
Network, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Web-based video streaming and the latest touchscreen operation.
The tablet is integrated with CoActiv World-Pacs exam viewing technology that leverages
and 3G to connect users to the EXAM-PACS server
Many magazines are staying away from Apple's new iPad subscription system, which threatens to keep publishers in the dark about their own subscribers, but a small, diverse group of magazines has emerged to accept Apple's terms.
So what are Elle, Nylon and Popular Science doing, accepting Apple's terms?
Data is nice, but not always essential
For Nylon, a small independent magazine that said Apple approached it six weeks ago to participate, the advantages of a new distribution platform seemed to far outweigh the drawbacks. And plenty of subscribers will let Apple share their information with Nylon, a brand in which they're sufficiently interested to subscribe, after all, said Marvin Scott Jarrett, editor in chief.
And if they don't? They're still paying for the app: Good enough. "As long as they're paying the money to subscribe, why should we care that much?" Mr. Jarrett asked.
"As much data as we can collect is fantastic," added publisher Jaclynn Jarrett, "but it's not a free app."
It's more important for Elle, a much bigger magazine that woos advertisers with detailed information on its readers' demographics, to know its subscribers. But you've got to sell iPad subscriptions to know anything about iPad subscribers, said Philippe Guelton, exec VP-chief operating officer at Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., which publishes Elle. "I think by trying it and testing it you will learn," he said.
The tablet seems to be the big mobile product these days and at the top of the game sits Apple with their Apple iPad and soon to be released Apple iPad 2, but Android is mounting a considerable challenge in the tablet arena.
Well Apple isn’t going to get it all their own way because the rumour is according to an article over on PC World by way of the guys over at Engadget, Sony just might be upping the stakes in the tablet wars by delivering an Android PlayStation gaming tablet to challenge the Apple iPad 2.
We already know of course about the PlayStation certified Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone, the first PlayStation certified handset, and is the unnames source of Engadget’s turns out to be right we may see a PlayStation certified Android tablet at some stage.
Word is Sony has codenamed the device the “S1″ and is a 9.4-inch tablet sporting Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and will apparently be focused on music, games, videos and ebooks.
With the success of Apple’s original iPad,other gadget manufacturers are now trying to get into the tablet market. As a result, with Apple’s impending announcement on the iPad 2 hasn’t quite made a stir like the original did. As we all know, the first iPad became a huge hit not because it was a revolutionary gadget but it was because of its timely release and Apple’s very good marketing team. No offense to Apple but one could even say that the original iPad did well because it had little to no competition at all during its reign.
Fast forward to today.. we have Android based tablets being launched left and right, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2/Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola Xoom, the Sony S1 PlayStation Android Tablet to name a few and these tablets are push-overs.
The two tablets are just the tip of the iceberg, we have more tablets penned for release this year and we will be tackling them on a separate article.
What is a tablet computer? Tablet computers are mobile devices that do not have a keyboard or a mouse as input tools but instead have a touch screen where users can write with a stylus or use a keyboard display .
They are usually smaller than laptop computers and have been described as an electronic version of paper notebooks because they are easy to take notes on.
Why has Apple’s tablet computer — iPad — created such a stir? The iPad combines tablet computers’ strength in mobility with a user interface that has more in common with Apple’s iPhone than a traditional PC.
Users can employ the 400000 computer applications (apps) that they are familiar with on the iPhone — allowing them to play Scrabble or compose music, for example.
Should I switch to a tablet? It depends on your needs, but probably yes if you are not desk-bound.
With Apple due to launch its new version of the iPad soon and Motorola and Samsung their own tablet devices, consider which of these gadgets best suits your needs.
Jetstar will offer passengers the option to rent an iPad for $10 per flight from early April, pending finalisation of licensing agreements with Apple.
The touchscreen tablet will become a 'personal in-flight entertainment system' preloaded with movies, music, magazines, books and games.
The eventual aim is for the iPad to be available on Jetstar's A320s in Australia and Asia Pacific as a de facto in-flight entertainment system.
"Based on demand for the iPads as part of the trial, we'll be looking to roll out the devices across our entire domestic and international network" Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan predicted earlier this year.
"If the trial works, we want to put them on every aircraft because they're so much slimmer and lighter than our existing units" explained Jetstar marketing general manager David May. "It means we'll be able to get more on and it means more people will be able to have the entertainment service."
If you liked our March issue with Lady Gaga gracing the cover, we have good news: There is more.
This morning, Vogue magazine launched its first-ever iPad app, the “Vogue Cover Exclusive,” featuring the Lady Gaga cover story and photo portfolio—plus never-before-seen interviews, photographs, audio, and video from the Mario Testino shoot. To download the Vogue Cover Exclusive app now, go to vogue.com/coverapp.
Apple’s iPad tablet device is helping businesses take on more environmentally friendly habits, enabling them to cut costs and save resources.
Energy usage, environmental auditing and paper reduction are all areas where businesses are seeing improvements as a result of adopting the iPad. Read on for a closer look at each, and let us know in the comments how else businesses can go green with the iPad.
One of the best ways to save energy is to arm yourself with the proper tools for managing it. There are many types of energy management solutions — in the beginning, it was all about buying eco-friendly gadgets and appliances, coupled with energy-saving power sources. But more and more, the focus is on tackling the underlying problem — the overuse of energy — from the get-go.
Lutron is one of the top lighting control design and manufacturing companies, having created energy-saving solutions for homes and businesses of all types, including those that power The New York Times Building. Lutron is now leading the way in how people manage energy control systems from tablet devices.
With the Lutron Home Control+ iPad app ($19.99), home or business users with Lutron’s RadioRA 2 or HomeWorks QS control systems installed can monitor their systems while away from home, control multiple systems, adjust energy-saving preferences, modify time clock functionalities and edit presets. The app is basically a remote control for a user’s lights, window shades, temperature thermostats and appliances.
Stryker Corp.'s orthopedics division introduces two applications for Apple's iPad tablet designed specifically for surgeons.
The apps are the company's first to be specifically aimed at surgeons."Stryker Flipchart," was designed to help orthopedic specialists explain joint replacement procedures to patients. "OpTech Live" is a guide to Stryker Orthopaedics' products and surgical protocols.
"With the amount of information at everyone's fingertips today, medical device maker-surgeon interaction can be instantaneous, and medical device makers should be able to provide surgeons with digital access to educational tools that can support their dialogue with self-educated patients," Stryker Healthcare Innovations senior director Bob Campomenosi said in prepared remarks.
The apps are "only the beginning" of the company's shift to a digitally-enabled sales strategy, Campomenosi said.
Stryker's craniomaxillofacial, instruments, endoscopy, communications and neurovascular units and divisions are already using iPads to support customer interactions. The company revealed the apps today at the annual convention of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
With its standard 9-cell battery, the ThinkPad T420 delivers up to 15 hours of battery life, while the T420s, delivers up to 10 hours with its 6-cell and optional optical bay battery combined. For extreme battery life needs, the ThinkPad T420, with its standard 9-cell battery and optional 9-cell slice battery, provides up to 30 hours of computing power.
Video Calling, Smart PC & Battery Life Innovation Drive New ThinkPad Laptops
Lenovo today announced six new ThinkPad laptops - the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 - that maximize performance and offer a higher level of productivity for today’s mobile business professionals. These laptops are built upon a platform of new Lenovo innovations that respond to key business needs including: video and voice calling, smart PC features for power and performance management, all-day battery life, enterprise management and an intuitive, easy-to-use computing experience.
Japan's Fujitsu will soon launch a tablet PC for enterprise users that packs security features not available in most consumer machines
The Stylistic Q550 will get its official unveiling at next week's Cebit trade show in Germany and has a fingerprint reader, smartcard slot and trusted-platform module (TPM), the company said.
The computer will run Windows 7 Professional and uses an Intel "Oak Trail" Atom processor. It has a 10-inch LED touchscreen. Unlike previous Stylistic tablets that required a stylus, the touch interface on the new model also works with a finger.
Other features include front and rear cameras, a 32GB or 64GB solid-state disk (SSD) drive, an optional 3G module and a USB port.
Fujitsu says a combination of the low-power processor and LED-backlit screen have helped extend the battery life to around eight hours.
may not have to worry too much about Motorola's Xoom tablet considering its steep price and lack of the competitive feature Adobe Flash
Motorola's Xoom tablet is seen by many as the iPad's first big competitor, but its steep $800 price and lack of Adobe Flash support suggest otherwise.
Has the upcoming Motorola Xoom fallen at the first hurdle in the fight against Apple's iPad dominance? After Motorola announced its iPad competitor will cost more than the iPad, a Verizon promo uncovered the fact that the Xoom won't come with support for Adobe's Flash technology until sometime this spring.
Support for Adobe's Flash technology has been an argument for the Android operating system since Apple CEO Steve Jobs notoriously said that Flash is a dying technology and that it won't make it onto iOS devices for several reasons. Flash support appeared in Android with version 2.2 and Google even flaunted it as a killer feature for tablets running Honeycomb (3.0), like the Motorola Xoom.
But it looks like Adobe and/or Google have yet to put the finishing touches on Flash's implementation in Android 3.0. An advertisement for the Xoom on Verizon's site says (in 6 point text at the bottom) that Adobe Flash support on the Xoom is expected in Spring 2011, meaning this functionality won't be available at the launch of the first Honeycomb tablet on February 24
Creating realistic art on the AppleiPad just got easier thanks to the availability of the Nomad Brush for the iPad. The brush is a capacitive stylus with an actual brush on the end to allow artists to make lifelike brush strokes in painting apps. It is created with capacitive fibers making the tip feel just like an actual painting brush.
Artist and architect Don Lee designed the Nomad Brush. His invention will help artists work on any device that has a capacitive touch screen, like the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or one of the many Android tablets that are forthcoming or recently released, like the SamsungGalaxyTab and probably the Motorola Xoom.
Lenovo the PC maker of China is planning to hit the market with its new LePad tablet in June across the world. However, the new LePad tablet will be launched in China at the end of March.
The LePad tablet from Lenovo was unleashed in January in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics show. LePad is the first tablet computer from Lenovo. The device is armed with a wide screen of 10 inches and runs on Android 2.2 OS, with Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor of 1.2GHz.
Lenovo dominates the market of China and it is the fourth largest PC maker in the world. It has been working and developing on the rising ideas of tablets and smartphones. Also, the company has established a new unit of business focusing on the developing gadgets of such kind.
ay Chen, the spokesman of the company states that they are planning to sell the tablets overseas, but did not mention about the targeted markets. While, coming to the price tag the new LePad tablet may vary between $399 and $499.
Motion Computing has just released an update to its enterprise-targeted C5 line of tablets in the form of the C5v, which brings a lower cost Intel Core i3 option to the slate. Previous models of the C5 line use the Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, and the addition of Core i3 support will provide a lower entry point for the tablet.
The Motion C5v is dubbed a Mobile Clinical Assistant and is primarily sold to healthcare users. With a 30 GB drive and i3 offering, the C5v will cost $1,899.
When Apple introduced its iPad last April, it triggered a “tablet” craze. At the world's biggest consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas in January, the world's major high-tech vendors were all hoping to jump on the bandwagon
“I calculated that there were 85 tablet computer models at the International Computer Electronics Show,” said Alan Chang, managing director of the Asia Pacific Region for U.S. monitor maker ViewSonic Corp., soon after returning to Taiwan.
After sitting on the sidelines in this once unfancied market, many of the world's leading computer vendors (Acer, Asustek, and Lenovo), smart phone players (RIM and Motorola) and top consumer electronics brands (Panasonic and Samsung) were suddenly desperate to show off their best tablet designs, fearing that they might seem to be behind the curve on the tablet take-off.
Well, it's official: Apple has just sent out invitations to a press event being held March 2 in San Francisco.
"Come see what 2011 will be the year of," Apple's invitation reads. A large "2" features prominently on an iCal-like design over what appears to be the edge of an iPad.
The next generation iPad is predicted to be the star attraction at the event. "Apple will hold its much-anticipated event on March 2, where the tech giant seems poised to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad, according to multiple sources.
UPDATE: Apple COO Tim Cook said during an Apple shareholder meeting Wednesday that people should "look at the invitation" to Apple's March 2 event--"It might give you some clues," Cook explained.
The HP TouchPad is going to be the first tablet running the webOS, a powerful and user-frendly operating system.
The 9.7-inch, XGA (1024 x 768) touchscreen on the prototype unit I saw was beautiful, and it will be made of Corning Gorilla Glass to help keep it this way. This display is going to be big enough for casual web surfing, videos, and email, the most typical tasks done on tablets.
The HP TouchPad might look a great deal like the iPad, but it sure won't function like one. And that's a good thing, because that's going to set this tablet apart from its rivals.
In the webOS, each application window acts like a card. When you're using it, the app expands to fill the whole display, but when you want to switch between windows, you push the hardware button beside the screen to reveal all your cards/windows. You can move these cards around, group them, flick them off the screen to close apps, or tap on them to make one the foreground app.
In the tablet version of this operating system -- which may or may not be called webOS 3.0 -- HP has improved the notification system. This now functions a small drop-down box at the top of the screen that pops open to let you know about incoming emails or upcoming events. You can display or hide these notifications as you wish.
Rebtel, the world’s largest independent mobile VoIP company, today announced results from its latest study based on U.S. immigrant and first-generation consumer mobile usage and behavior. The results were based on 1,340 responses from immigrants residing in the United States, which represent a consumer segment of approximately 38 million consumers. According to the survey 13% of respondents currently own a tablet device, representing approximately five million Americans.
According to the survey, the iPad reigns supreme as the preferred tablet device, with two-thirds of tablet owners choosing the device. French Americans claim the highest percentage of tablet owners (17%), followed by Mexican-Americans (15%), Nigerian-Americans, and Ghana-Americans at 14% respectively rounded out by Ethiopian-Americans at 8% and Cuban-Americans at 7%.
HP today revamped its business notebook PC lineup with new technology aimed at boosting performance and productivity, while offering an enriched and sophisticated industrial design that improves notebook quality and reliability.
The company’s new “FORGE” design framework ensures HP business notebooks embody a timeless construction, with precision-engineered durability features that are designed for maximum reliability and with the environment in mind. Precision aluminum-alloy hinges, cast titanium-alloy display latches and the HP DisplaySafe frame are a few of the design highlights behind the approach.
New products and services include:
HP EliteBook 8460p and 8560p notebook PCs feature an aerospace-inspired HP DuraCase that meets the MIL-STD 810G military-standard testing specifications,(1) enabling it to withstand wear and tear while still sporting an attractive, professional-looking platinum color tone finish. The EliteBook 8460p also provides industry-leading battery life of up to 32 hours.(2)
HP ProBook 6360b, 6460b and 6560b notebook PCs offer configuration flexibility in areas such as processor, graphics and battery technology. Boasting an all-new 13.3-inch diagonal display option, the ProBook b-series also features a new smudge-resistant and wear-resistant tungsten-colored design.
HP ProBook s-series 4230s, 4330s, 4430s, 4530s and 4730s notebook PCs are available in an array of sizes – from ultra-light to desktop replacement – making them an excellent, affordable choice for small and midsize businesses.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is no stranger to iPad and we did cover their Martha Stewart Makes Cookies app in the past. Now the company is expanding the offering with the launch of the Everyday Food Magazine app that again goes for the Apple’s tablet users.
Included in the deal are “quick, delicious and family-friendly recipes” along with videos, slide shows, audio, animation and sharing facilities. The app comes pre-loaded with a January/February issue of the same-named magazine, which includes 74 email-ready recipes, 14 videos, 3 slide shows and more.
Verizon Wireless on Thursday will begin selling the Motorola Xoom—a tablet that has been touted as the one to watch as a rival to Apple’s iPad. It is the first tablet to ship with Google's tablet-specific Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform, a rival to Apple’s iOS4 mobile operating system for the iPad.
Cheaper than initially reported (some reports predicted it would sell at above $1,000) the Xoom is priced at $599.99 for those willing to commit to a two-year contract with Verizon or $799.99 for those who want to buy without a contract. Wireless 3G data will cost $20 per month for 1GB, and the Xoom can be upgraded to Verizon's 4G LTE service for free in the second quarter, PC Magazine reports.
By contrast, the starting price for the 16GB Apple iPad with just WiFi is $499, while the starting price for WiFi plus 3G is $629. But the Xoom comes at a time where there isn’t a snappy new Apple tablet in sight.
Microsoft Surface, the onetime “table computing” wonder, is back – now with added plausibility!
-Instead of a whole table, the 40-inch screen computer is about 4 inches thick, and weighs about 80 pounds. (Note: the picture shows the old version – the new one was displayed like a fat card table.)
-Instead of five bulky cameras taking in and projecting out information, the screen employs 2 million pixels and 2 million sensors, that are embedded during the manufacturing process. That helps on the cost, and also makes it sensitive enough to tell things like where a user is standing, or whether he’s got on a wedding ring.
Though HP bought over Palm in April last year, it took almost a year before the first HP-branded webOS devices were announced. The TouchPad, which sports the same screen dimensions as the popular Apple iPad, is the company's pioneer product in the up-and-coming tablet category. At a press event in Shanghai, the company announced that China will be the first country in our region to retail the HP TouchPad later this year, with the rest of Asia to follow at a later date.
While it's not uncommon for a device to take months to hit the market after the announcement, will the TouchPad be rendered obsolete by the time it hits store shelves, especially with the iPad 2 and waves of Google Android Honeycomb tablets waiting in the wings?
One major advantage the Palo Alto company has over its competitors is that it has the largest PC market share. It may be late to the slate market compared with iOS and Android machines, but tools such as the webOS PDK let developers port applications written for other platforms.
Why HP bought and developed webOS instead of licensing Android
While HP could have opted to use Android instead of investing in its own platform, there are strong reasons why this is money well spent. "Differentiation from other competitive products will be crucial for HP," according to Daryl Chiam, Canalys principal analyst. "With full control over its operating system, HP can truly differentiate in connected devices, as it has shown through Synergy, and more recently with Touch to Share
If you have yet to buy an iPad or try the Note Taker HD app, its developer has posted a set of demonstration videos online at youtube.com/NoteTakerHD. The clips give prospective users an idea of the app’s capabilities, and more information on the program can be found at the developer’s Web site (softwaregarden.com).
Lenovo is among the companies that make tablet computers that can be used to enter handwritten notes with a stylus. Many of these tablets use the Tablet PC features built into Windows, which converts hand-scrawled notes into typed text. Microsoft has an explanation of the software’s handwriting personalization at bit.ly/hcKBsz. The company’s OneNote program (office.microsoft.com/onenote) can also be used to compile handwritten notes.
Taiwanese PC maker Micro-Star International (MSI) said on Thursday it would target business users with the release of three new 10.1-inch touchscreen tablet PCs on June 1, two with Windows 7 and one with Google's Android Honeycomb OS.
The WindPad tablet running on Android Honeycomb uses an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. The second tablet has AMD's Brazos processor plus a display-enhancing chipset, and the third is equipped with an Intel Atom processor for handhelds.
The Android device will go on sale for US$399, while the Windows 7 WindPad with the Intel processor will start at $549, said MSI marketing manager Luc Liao. A price has not yet been set for the Windows 7 model with the AMD processor, but he said it will likely be between the prices of the other two WindPads.
The Android WindPad is among the first Honeycomb tablets to cost less than an iPad, which starts at $499. Motorola's Xoom, by contrast, carries an $800 price tag.
MSI claims battery life of six hours on the Windows tablets and eight on the Android system
DirecTV announced on Wednesday that it’s working on an iPad app that will let users of the satellite TV service browse shows, set up recordings, and control their DVRs using Apple’s tablet. The company already has an iPhone app that lets you view listings and schedule recordings.
DirecTV hasn’t given an official release date for the app, except to say that it’s “coming soon” on a special section of its Website, but the app promises to basically turn your iPad into a giant remote control
According to the DirecTV page, the app will launch at a home screen that gives you the latest info on shows and movies you’re watching, upcoming listings for your favorite shows, and even a sports roster—complete with scores.
You’ll also be able to program your DVR from your iPad by scheduling or canceling recordings, control DVR playback of recorded shows.
Apple Computer stands to lose its No. 1 rank in mobile PC sales this year as Hewlett-Packard and even Motorola eat into its market share, research firm DisplaySearch said late Tuesday.
Apple's shipment of 10.2 million mobile PCs gave it a 17.2 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2010 largely due to iPad tablet sales, California-based DisplaySearch said in a quarterly report. Mobile PCs include notebooks and tablets.
But consumer reactions to Motorola's Xoom tablet, seen as an iPad rival, could push that manufacturer up in the rankings, said Richard Shim, a DisplaySearch senior analyst in the United States.
Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad tablet, which has been dubbed an iPad killer, also could push HP upward from its DisplaySearch rank of No. 2 in the last quarter, he added. Both the Xoom and TouchPad were announced this year.
"In the mobile PC category, I expect there to be a shakeup in the ranking because of the introduction of new tablets," Shim said late on Tuesday. "If we look specifically at the tablet PC market, I expect Apple to maintain the top spot. However, if we look at the mobile PC market, which combines notebook, mini-note and tablet PCs, the success of HP's TouchPad will be very impactful to the overall rankings."
Apple's iPad is seen as a forerunner for a mass market of tablet PCs, which are lighter than netbooks and use touchscreen technology. A number of additional rivals such as Sony and Asustek Computer expect to move in on Apple's market share this year.
The STYLISTIC Q550 Tablet PC is a versatile, lightweight Tablet PC designed for mobile business users and others that need high mobility, productivity, security, and performance. It combines a brilliant wide-angle display, precise and pressure sensitive pen input plus a touch screen for multitouch input. It provides the ideal tools for creating data and collaborating.
The Windows® 7 operating system integrates perfectly with your existing IT infrastructure and the Q550 security features such as Fingerprint Sensor, SmartCard slot and optional TPM will protect your valuable information. The removable battery provides you full workday usage and ensures the STYLISTIC Q550 works as long as you do. It's the tablet PC that simply works for your business!
As one new tablet PC announcement after another surfaces these days, you may be asking yourself, "What does a tablet give me that I don't already get out of my computer or smartphone?"
At first, I didn't see why I would need a tablet. But after observing quite a few PCWorld editors using them around the office, I relented and picked up an iPad last summer. Initially I had purchased the device to browse my massive library of digital comic books, but soon I found it useful for other, more-practical tasks. I started taking the iPad to meetings and using it to do quick Web searches, and it became my preferred way to read and respond to e-mail.
With the Motorola Xoom and other Honeycomb-powered tablets in the works, and with HP announcing its WebOS-based TouchPad, consumers will have a much bigger pool of devices to choose from. Although a tablet may not totally replace your PC anytime soon, using one has its benefits. Here are my top five.
Portability: Next to ordinary computers, tablets by design are comparatively lightweight and relatively easy to carry around.
Intel’s PC and server processor business keeps chugging along. To entice investors, however, Intel needs a tablet computer story, badly.
But Apple, the biggest tablet maker, isn’t about to replace its own processor with Intel’s tablet offerings. For Intel the solution could be the new Thunderbolt technology it introduced Thursday.Co-developed with Apple, Thunderbolt offers high-speed connectivity for a multi-media age.With 10 gigabits of input-output capacity, it can blast a high-definition movie in just 30 seconds.
Apple sold more than 14 million iPads last year year, and has installed Thunderbolt on its latest MacBook Pro. The iPad 2 could easily beat that mark. That alone should be enough to make Intel’s new technology a new standard. Better still, it will give Intel a tablet story to tell investors.
Motorola's Xoom tablet is the first true challenger to Apple's iPad, in that it runs an operating system designed for tablets -- Android 3.0, or Honeycomb -- and is comparably-sized with a 10.1-inch display. And after months of hype, it's finally available at Verizon Wireless stores and ready to be picked over by the tech press.
Here's what reviewers are saying about the Motorola Xoom:
The Xoom has a 10.1-inch, 1280-by-800 resolution display. Compared to an iPad, it's taller and narrower thanks to the widescreen format and smaller bezel, but it weighs about the same. "The weight is manageable for periods of two-handed operation, but intolerable for extended one-handed operation," PCWorld's own Melissa Perenson wrote.
Motorola and Google come out of the gate with an impressive, but flawed product. In addition to the drawbacks noted by reviewers, and the steep $800 price tag, the Xoom is missing Flash support, 4G service and MicroSD storage -- all of which will be added later. So it's no surprise that there's a wait-and-see attitude among reviewers.
Bangalore-based Notion Ink has finally started shipping Adam, a 10.1 inch tablet PC with a PixelQi screen and a NVidia Tegra 250 processor. There are 4 versions of the tablet PC – the basic version with an LCD screen costs $399 and the one with the PixelQi screen, Wi-Fi /3G costs $498. Yes, all the prices are in dollars because USA is the target market. While Adam has a huge fan following for bringing innovations in the form of their custom UI ‘Eden’ and the latest specs to the evolving tablet PC segment, very little is known about the company – and the face – behind it. We at TechCircle bring you a quick, uncut interview with Rohan Shravan, the young and blunt founder of Notion Ink.
We already know for a fact that Apple will unveil the second-generation iPad next week, on March 2. What remains unclear is when the iPad 2 will actually be available to consumers. Reports have indicated that hangups in the device’s production could cause some delay in the actual release of the new iPad. But Apple Insider sources say the tablet may arrive much faster than anyone expected.
According to “people familiar with the matter,” Apple has begun making preparations for a “large-scale, consumer-oriented product roll out” for the second half of next week. Considering March 2 lands on a Wednesday, that would mean the iPad 2 could be made available to the public almost immediately after it’s official announcement.
As anyone who follows the ebb and flow of tech news knows, this information should be considered rumor until Apple gives its word on the matter. That said, Apple Insider stands by the accuracy of their sources, saying that the people who provided the iPad 2 release information “have consistently provided accurate information regarding Apple’s future product plans and the timing related to those plans.”
The possibility remains, of course, that iPad 2s won’t ship until the end of March, or sometime soon thereafter, as other reports have indicated. But at this point, rumors of a near-immediate release have just as much validity as rumors of a non-so-quick launch.
A new application has just been added to the Android Marketplace. The new application titled iDisplay allows your Google Android device to be used as a second display for your computer. The application isn’t exclusive to just Android it is also available for Apple iOS devices.
This application was designed with tablets as well as smartphones in mind but it offers a better experience on tablets. The 10.1-inch Motorola XOOM that was just launched today and the previously launched 9.7-inch Apple iPad are the two major devices that this application will shine on.
The new member in ToshibaToshiba's tablet offering will feature the latest Android™ platform and advanced audio and video capabilities
Toshiba Computer Systems, a division of Toshiba Europe GmbH, today announced that it plans to bring a new tablet model featuring the latest AndroidTM platform to the market. The tablet, measuring 10.1'' (25.7cm) diagonally, offers superior video and audio performance, has embedded GPS and features two video cameras. Toshiba is planning to expand its tablet range with the next generation tablet in Europe, the Middle East and Africa during the first half of 2011.
The Motorola Xoom, the first tablet featuring Android 3.0 ("Honeycomb") has gotten the review treatment from PCMag, and it appears we finally have a real competitor to Apple's iPad. But one of the great things about the iPad is all the available accessories—cases, docks, speakers, connectors, and much more. Can Motorola compete?
We got four different accessories to try out— the Speaker HD Dock, the Display Portfolio case, the Standard Dock and the Motorola Wireless Keyboard. All four add something different to the Xoom, making it more convenient, more user-friendly and even more powerful. We took pictures of them all, so hit the slideshow for more.
The two docks are probably the most useful Xoom accessories from Motorola. The Standard Dock ($59.99) can charge and sync the Xoom, and connect to external speakers—it would make for a nice bedside setup. The Speaker HD Dock ($149.99) does all that, but with the speakers in the box. The Speaker HD Dock also has an HDMI out, which allows you to mirror your Xoom's screen, and whatever's on it, with your HDTV.
Hyundai is arguably the current most talked about manufacturer in the auto industry, and now there’s another reason. The South Korean carmaker promoted during the Academy Awards commercials its unique top-of-the-line Equus feature — a free 16GB WiFi Apple iPad.
“Thankfully, every Equus comes with a 16GB WiFi Apple iPad, and instead of the boring owner’s manual, the Equus Owner’s Experience app teaches you everything you need to know through demonstration videos, interactive product and safety demonstrations via a downloaded application.”
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.