High-street clothes retailer Next has launched its own tablet PC.
The Next 10in tablet features a sleek black and chrome design and is powered by an Arm 11 processor.
The system also features a resistive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 600, Wi-Fi connectivity and three hours battery life along with two USB ports and a 3.5mm socket. 8GB of flash memory and a built in accelerometer are also included.
To illustrate this point, I've dug up a collection of tablets we put together about five months ago, right around the iPad's launch. They're not all Windows tablets (but most are), and there are a few prototypes stuck in there, but real-world examples such as the Archos 9 PC Tablet and Viliv S5 slates, and HP's TouchSmart convertible tablet, prove that Windows tablets are alive, if not necessarily well, right now.
South Korean electronics giant Samsung has announced that it will release its upcoming tablet device- the Galaxy Tab for the UK customers on November 1. The company however, did not reveal the price of the device, which is seen as Samsung’s answer to Apple’s hugely popular tablet device- the iPad. Samsung said in a statement that retailers like Carphone Warehouse, Dixons Store Group, and T-Mobile stores will sell the Galaxy Tab.
“The Galaxy Tab will be available on a range of attractive price packages" that will be "as widely accessible as possible to all consumers," added the statement. The 7-inch Galaxy Tab was introduced last month. The tablet PC is powered by Google's latest Os- the Android 2.2 a.k.a. Froyo. The Tab runs on a 1-Ghz Samsung Hummingbird processor. It has a LCD screen with 1024-by-600 resolution. The Galaxy Tab comes loaded with dual cameras.
There is a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front, which is for video chatting. Talking about memory, the Tab has either 16 or 32 G-bytes of internal memory. It also has a MicroSD card slot supporting up to 32GB more. The tablet is pretty light at 13 ounces, and Samsung claims that the 4000 mAh battery will support seven hours of video playback.
Two weeks ago, Samsung had announced that it will release the Galaxy Tab on all four national wireless carriers in the U.S., but the company had not announced the release date at that time. It is expected that the Galaxy Tab will be priced at $299 plus data for $20 per month, with no contract.
The Apple iPad is by no means your only choice when it comes to a tablet computer. The HP EliteBook 2740p offers small businesses the flexibility of having both a tablet PC and a notebook PC.
With all the fuss over a certain Cupertino-come-lately, it's easy to forget that tablet PCs are not a new invention. Come November it'll be 10 years since Bill Gates showed a prototype at the Comdex trade show, and eight years since the official launch of a dozen models at the unveiling of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
HP was there, and HP has offered notebook/slate convertible tablet PCs -- or Tablet PCs, since Microsoft capitalized the phrase that discussions of Apple's iPad and its competitors put in lowercase today -- ever since. We'd say HP ranks second only to Fujitsu as a loyal rider of the tablet bandwagon. And the $1,699 EliteBook 2740p ranks second to none as an example of the much-refined and -improved convertible concept first seen all those years ago.
A tablet or a tablet PC is a flat touchscreen portable computer, which works with a stylus, digital pen or with fingers. Technology research firm IDC says that devices with 7-12 inch colour displays, harnessing ARM-based processors and running on lightweight operating systems such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android OS can be classified as tablets.
At present, the tablets can run on a number of operating systems, namely, Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows and Android.
However, there is major confusion around the word 'tablet'. There are some who go by the definition given by IDC (above), and others who say that tablets can be classified into three types - slates, convertibles and hybrids.
Slates are the most popular of all forms and resemble a writing slate. Users can work on them using their fingertips or a stylus, or using an external keyboard. They usually come with a screen size of 8.4 to 14.1 inches.
Convertibles have an attached keyboard, and are usually heavier and larger than slates. The keyboard is attached to the screen at a single joint called a swivel hinge or rotating hinge, which allows the screen to rotate through 180 degrees.
Hybrids are a combination of slates and convertibles, and come with detachable keyboards.
Digital magazine website www.themagpad.com has announced that it will give visitors the chance to win an Android Tablet PC totally free in November and December 2010.
Visitors will be able to win a free Android pad, simply by subscribing to TheMagPad.com mailing list, allowing winners to own the soon to be hottest selling products of the year before the holidays.
The prize is a high-end 7 inch LCD Touch Screen tablet running Google Android with full access to Android Marketplace Apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Google Maps, Google Talk, GMail, Amazon, Shazam, Qik, Weather Channel, Time Magazine, USA Today, plus over 100,000 more.
You will be able to surf the internet and check emails via built-in Wi-Fi. It has a 800 x 480 pixel display, up to 16GB of removable storage and a TF card slot for expansion. It also has a camera, camcorder and video player. There’s also an accelerometer which allows the screen to auto-rotate between landscape and portrait mode.
"We are very excited to offer our visitors the chance to win the Android Tablet PC for free. Demand will be at an all-time high for the latest tablets and the only thing our visitors have to do is join our mailing list for the chance to get their hands on a brand new Android Pad for free, through our website TheMagPad.com." said Robert West of MOGfise LLC.
Android powered tablet PC are available now at the The Mag Pad - www.themagpad.com and competitively priced versus the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad.
If negotiations don't stall, Verizon may add a powerful new feature to its list of services. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL intends to transition its games and programming to tablet devices, but -- for now -- there is still "a question of what shape or form." Verizon hopes its tablets present the solution to that question, and its recent $720 million exclusive mobile deal with the NFL may provide a significant advantage.
Verizon would like (as any provider would) to carry every NFL game, which would undoubtedly attract a significant and specific demographic of football fans. DirecTV already offers the NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go plan, which allows certain Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Palm subscribers to watch all of the weekend's games on their mobile gadgets. But, for fans and tablet owners who live in wooded areas or locations without satellite availability (or who are constantly on the move), Verizon could soon serve as the perfect carrier -- well, for a few months during the fall, at least.
LG Electronics Inc., the third- largest mobile-phone maker, will likely delay the unveiling of a tablet computer until next year to focus on offering handsets that can rival Apple Inc.’s iPhone, an LG official said.
LG will probably introduce the product running on Google Inc.’s Android operating system at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, said the official, who asked not to be identified because the plan hasn’t been announced. While the hardware is ready, LG is still working on the device’s software, the official said. The company said in July it planned to sell its first tablet computer during the fourth quarter.
The 6th Grade was greeted by the newest member of their class, Nobi, in late August.
Implemented at the beginning of the 2010 school year, the 1:1 Tablet Notebook Program provides each member of the 6th grade class with a personal tablet notebook. The tablet notebook, called the Nobi, is an Intel Classmate PC convertible computer that is designed specifically for student use. It has a touch screen that swivels for tablet use, and has a stylus for writing. It is running Windows 7 operating system, and the school has installed software for use in classes including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and much more. The Nobi connects to the wireless Powhatan network for seamless use, synchronizing with the SmartBoard technology in each classroom.
The tablet notebook, called the Nobi, is an Intel Classmate PC convertible computer that is designed specifically for student use. It has a touch screen that swivels for tablet use, and has a stylus for writing.
Motion Tablet PCs utilized by Hunt Construction Group increase productivity, safety on the job site
Motion Computing®, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, today announced that Hunt Construction Group was recognized by Constructech magazine with a 2010 Constructech Vision Award. Motion® was recognized with a Technology Enabler award, as the winning project from Hunt used the Motion F5 Tablet PC, helping to improve mobile productivity.
Presented at the conclusion of Constructech magazine’s fifth annual Technology Day Conference, the Vision Awards honor companies that have realized the advantages of applying innovative technologies to their businesses, as well as the solution providers that have helped them achieve their goal. Hunt Construction Group was awarded with a Silver Vision Award. Additional enabler awards were awarded to Meridian Systems and NoteVault.
“We are extremely pleased to be recognized as part of the solution that has enabled Hunt to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve safety,” said Mike Stinson, Motion’s vice president of marketing. “At Motion we are committed to delivering innovative solutions that improve business efficiencies, addressing the needs of a highly mobile workforce.”
Motion’s rugged tablet PCs improve jobsite performance through real time access to information at the point of construction. Combining durability, mobility and integrated features, the tablet PCs are significantly improving performance across a broad range of construction projects. Visit the Construction Solutions page for information on Motion’s solutions.
giant Toshiba is said to be launching its own line of Tablet PC’s on a world wide scaly by 2011. The company has said the launch will probably aim countries like Japan and America, and other technology prominent countries. The company officials have stated, that the market for tablet PC’s is very hot right now, and this will be a right time to come up with their product.
The announcement of the launch has come amidst the heat of Tablets available in the global market. Samsung is making its own plans to push its Galaxy Tab into the Japanese market in some time. Last month the company showcased the Toshiba Folio 100 Tablet PC at the IFA event.
Mr. Kasuya, official of Toshiba has said, that the company will be launching a line of Tablet PC’s around the world, but will not include the Folio 100, which means they have more products in store.
A Microsoft slate to counter Apple's popular iPad tablet computer will be seen by the Christmas holiday, Microsoft's Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday.
Ballmer did not say whether the palm-sized slates would actually be on sale in time for Christmas, nor did he say who would make them. Microsoft has been slow to respond to the iPad, and has also made little headway in mobile phones.
"You'll see new slates with Windows on them. You'll see them this Christmas," he told an audience of students, staff and journalists at the London School of Economics.
"Certainly we have done work around the tablet as both a productivity device and a consumption device," he said.
IT research firm Gartner expects 10 million tablet PCs to be sold this year as consumers begin embracing such devices, which include Dell's Streak and Asustek's Eee Pad. The Apple iPad alone sold 3.3 million in its first quarter.
At this year's Consumer Electronics show in January, Ballmer unveiled a Hewlett-Packard tablet computer running Windows, beating Apple's hotly anticipated move into the market.
The tablet market is starting to get a little crowded, with manufacturers falling over themselves to jump on the bandwagon following the runaway success of Apple's iPad - and the latest to throw its hat into the ring is Disgo, with the Tablet 6000.
Designed to be more compact than the iPad, the Disgo Tablet 6000 is based around a 7in 800 x 480 display - which is smaller than that of the iPad, but also lower resolution. The lower quality display is offset somewhat by the presence of an HDMI output, allowing the device to be connected to an external monitor or TV if you're watching videos.
As is increasingly common in tablets and slates, Disgo has opted to use Google's Android platform - although it is launching the Tablet 6000 with the increasingly aged Android 2.1, which means the many upgrades that come to the platform with the 2.2 release won't be present.
Flash support, however, does appear to be included in the device, with Disgo using Adobe's rich media technology to design a custom interface over the top of Android which it hopes is better laid out for tablet use.
LG Electronics Inc said on Mondaythat it had scrapped a plan to launch a tablet computer based onGoogle Inc's Android 2.2 operation system known as "Froyo", adecision that may delay the rollout of its first tablet PC slatedfor next quarter.
The decision could mark another setback for the South Koreancompany, which is seeking to bolster its loss-making handsetdivision with attractive new devices, as its tablet may come toolate to a suddenly congested market led by Apple Inc's successfuliPad.
"We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliableAndroid version ... We are in talks with Google to decide on themost suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2,"said an LG official.
The official declined to be named, saying LG had yet todecide on the timing for its tablet launch.
So the folks out at Tegatech out Australia way have announced their new tablet PC coming out fairly soon, and though it’ll look familiar, it’ll also bring some interesting features along for the ride. It’s called the Tega V2, and it’ll be making its way to us a lot sooner than you’d think.
The Tega V2 boasts a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 CPU, a gig of RAM and your choice of three solid state drive options, in 16, 32, or 64 gig. It runs Windows 7, giving Windows a valuable entrant into the mobile stakes, and it even offers both a capacitive touchscreen and an accelerometer. It even comes with drivers for Android 1.7, a dual-boot manual, and a dedicated Cntr-Alt-Del button.
Fujitsu have given a glimpse in their work in the tablet work with two prototypes at this weeks CEATEC.
There are two tablets on show, both run on windows 7 and are touch based devices. Fujitsu wouldn’t allow a hands on and won’t reveal any specs, so there isn’t much else to say other than both devices look interesting but the jury is out on whether or not Fujitsu have any chance of toppling Apple in the tablet market.
Microsoft will soon be taking on Apple's iPad with the first tablet computers equipped with Windows 7. In a speech Tuesday at the London School of Economics, CEO Steve Ballmer said the so-called "slate" computing devices -- launched in partnership with hardware companies such as Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -- will hit shelves in time for this year's holiday season.
The world's largest software maker will be challenging Apple for market share in the rapidly-expanding tablet-computer market. Research firm In-Stat last month predicted that tablet-computer sales will more than double in each of the next four years.
Personal computer (PC) major Dell, which announced the launch of its 5-inch tablet — Streak — in the Indian market on Tuesday, has set the ground for a tablet war in the domestic market.
With Apple, Samsung, Research in Motion (RIM) of Blackberry and others yet to enter the local market, experts says Dell will get the early mover advantage by becoming the first major player to release its tablet in India.
Dell’s Streak is somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet, which will address both enterprise and consumer markets.
“The Dell Streak hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets. We see this as an opportunity to help people find the right technology that best fits their mobile lifestyle. Though, we have got a lot of interest from enterprise for the product we are targeting consumers with this product in India,” Bhalla said.
He said Streak’s 7-inch and 10-inch models, which are yet to be released internationally, would be placed in the Indian market depending on how 5-inch model fared.
Lenovo could introduce a ThinkPad tablet for enterprises, depending on corporate adoption and customer demand for such a device, a company executive said on Tuesday.
Tablets are currently more consumer-focused and designed to view media, but many enterprise customers are interested in tablets as mobile devices that could complement PCs, said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president of the Think Product Group at Lenovo, in an interview.
"As it makes sense we'll absolutely enter that market," Hortensius said. "I think we have a great foundation from which to build for that."
Hortensius said it made "sense" to enter the tablet market, but the company would also keep a close watch on enterprise adoption of the devices. For tablets to be useful in enterprises, the devices need long battery life, great usability and more input capabilities to create content, Hortensius said.
The tablet would be an expansion of the ThinkPad line of products, which is primarily focused on laptops for enterprises and small businesses. Tablets took off earlier this year as devices on which consumers can read e-books, play games and watch movies. The tablet market is dominated by Apple's iPad, which in some cases is being used in enterprises to record data and make presentations.
Enterprise tablets for specific applications have been announced by companies like Cisco, whose Cius tablet is designed to work with Cisco's unified communications and collaboration tools. Hewlett-Packard has also announced a tablet for enterprises based on the Windows 7 OS.
AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega doesn't think the tablet phenomenon is a fad, and the leader of AT&T's mobile division said, during his keynote speech at CTIA San Francisco 2010, that we will soon see these computing devices have a big impact on consumers and businesses. With Apple rumored to have sold well over 8 million iPad units since its launch, and Android tablets coming hard and fast, de la Vega's assertion that tablets will become a major force in mobile computing isn't exactly hard to believe.
"The tablet revolution is coming and it looks like there's no way to stop it," said de la Vega during the opening keynote of the CTIA Wireless council. Indeed, there are numerous Android tablets already on market, with some seriously high-powered Android tablets due to hit market in the near future.
He said that tablet sales will rise 42% over the next five years and it will soon account for a quarter of all U.S. computer sales. The interesting thing about these devices, de la Vega points out, is that it will primarily be powered by mobile operating systems.
Tablets have been around for more than a decade but the Apple iPad really made it palatable for the mainstream. The "magical" tablet has almost made the market or, at the very least, accelerated the mainstream acceptance of these types of computing devices.
If the Apple iPad was a wake-up call, you can rest assured that other manufacturers got the message. Samsung has introduced the Android-powered Galaxy Tab and this 7-inch tablet will soon hit all four major U.S. carriers.
At CTIA, I also had some off-the-record conversations with Samsung people who told me that we can expect more tablets from the company in a variety of form factors. The company will also soon be pushing some of the home automation and controls that seem a natural fit for a tablet form factor.
Steve Ballmer the Chief Executive of Microsoft was talking to students at the London School of Economics and told them that as a company Microsoft had to “cover all form factors” and that they have been working hard on a Windows slate.
“You’ll see new slates with Windows on them. You’ll see them this Christmas. Certainly we have done work around the tablet as both a productivity device and a consumption device” said Ballmer.
Ok so he doesn’t actually say they’ll be on sale by then and he didn’t reveal who would actually be making the tablets, what the specs were likely to be, or anything else for that matter.
One thing is pretty certain though and that is that Ballmer will be hoping that their version of the tablet PC will be able to compete with the likes of the iPad, which has been outselling even the iPhone in the past weeks. Over 3 million of them were sold in the first quarter alone.
The Apple iPad has become an intriguing accessory for cars. The Hyundai Equus comes with one containing its owners' manual. We've seen one jammed into a Toyota Tacoma dash. At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the 2011 BMW X3 posed with dual iPads hooked on clever mounts to its front headrests.
Now Mercedes-Benz is in on the iPad act with a headrest mount of its own. Coincidentally, the iPad launches in Europe shortly, and Mercedes already has planned lots of apps for owners to stay in touch on the device, including a full version of its consumer Web site, optimized for the iPad's high-resolution screen.
So why not use a similar mount to the BMW X3's, and eliminate the need for aftermarket and optional DVD entertainment systems? With the setup, the iPad tucks on the backside of the headrests of just about any Benz products. Mounted on a grip between the headrest supports (just like a CruiseCam, for the pros), the system also leaves room for the ubiquitous white charging cord to slot into the iPad's bottom edge. The result: hours of adult-unsupervised content streaming right into the back seat, within easy reach of an earbud jack.
The iPad will not go unchallenged in the tablet market much longer.
Its competition is known as the BlackBerry PlayBook, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the HP Slate.
“The iPad is the tablet of choice almost solely because of the app store and because of the community behind it,” he said. “It’s like when you buy a Nike shoe, you pay $25 for the ‘swoosh,’ not necessarily because it’s a better shoe. The same thing happened with Apple and the iPad.”
Compared to the hardware of upcoming tablet devices, the iPad is severely outgunned, he said.
Though no official pricing models or release dates are available for the upcoming tablet contenders, there is a rundown of the rumored specs.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is powered by Google’s Android operating system and will be available for various wireless carriers, such as AT&T, Sprint, T-mobile and Verizon Wireless.
According to a leaked internal memo from Hewlett-Packard, the HP Slate tablet will sport an 8.9-inch display and will run Windows 7 as its operating system.
The device will be powered by a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of onboard memory with expandable memory options and will be available in a 32 or 64GB onboard-storage version.
The Slate also offers flash support in addition to USB capabilities, HDMI outputs to connect to a monitor or television and a VGA front camera with 3-megapixel rear camera.
Finally, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be similar to the Galaxy Tab in terms of size. The PlayBook offers a 7-inch multitouch display brought powered by the BlackBerry Tablet operating system, a 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor and 1GB of onboard memory with no expandable memory options.
When it comes to touchscreen tablet gurus, you don't get much more guru-like than Michael Tchao. He was heavily involved in the creation of the original Newton tablet at Apple, before leaving the company. However, last October he was poached back from Nike for a VP of product marketing role. Yes, iPad.
Samsung Galaxy Tab, the first Android-based tablet PC the South Korean telecoms leader brought to the market, should make an appearance on the market in the United States in the near future, and it appears that the specific release date and pricing for Sprint already made it into the wild.
The wireless services provider should make the new slate available for purchase on its airwaves starting with November 14th, it seems, though nothing was announced off icially on the matter until now.
However, the guys over at BGR say that the new device might retail for $399 upon the signing of a two-year contract agreement with the wireless operator.
Moreover, it appears that an anonymous source also unveiled the fact that the Android-based tablet PC would be priced at $599 if purchased free of contract.
These are the only details that were made available on the matter for the time being, but it might not be too long before more emerge, especially if the carrier indeed plans launching the slate in mid-November.
Several major news organizations are lining up behind a new tablet device from Samsung Electronics Co. built on Google Inc. software, in order to broaden mobile readership beyond owners of Apple Inc. popular iPad.
New York Times Co. and News Corp.'s Wall Street Journal will offer software applications for Samsung's Galaxy Tab, which goes on sale later this year, according to people familiar with the matter. Gannett Co.'s USA Today also is developing a software application, the publisher said.
The device, announced in September, is one of the most highly anticipated tablet launches since the iPad
While convertible tablets are not exactly a booming market, there still exists a need for touchscreen notebooks such as in the education segment. The HP TouchSmart tm2 is not only affordable, it also includes a suite of bundled programs that make full use of its touch capability.
This latest version of the TouchSmart tm2 was, surprisingly, not given a new model number, but we felt the Core-i processor upgrade and new TouchSmart Mobile 2.0 application does give the tablet a whole new computing experience. We explore the latest variant of HP's tablet and see what advantages it offers.
Upside: One of the main stumbling blocks to mainstream tablet adoption is the lack of programs that make having a touchscreen truly compelling. After all, it's hard to justify the premium for a convertible tablet when the standard mouse and keyboard interface work just fine. HP has a two-prong approach to this issue: Its proprietary TouchSmart Mobile 2.0 interface and the TouchSmart App Center.
While the software is what sets this convertible tablet apart from its competitors, the TouchSmart tm2 is no slouch when it comes to hardware. The top cover is made from etched aluminum, while the base consists of strong magnesium-alloy material. This allows the machine to slip in at 1.9kg, though in the process the optical drive has been relegated to an external device.
With an estimated 8.5 million units sold to date, Apple's iPad is now the best-selling tech gadget in history, according to a financial analyst who tracks sales of the device.
Colin McGranahan, of Bernstein Research, called the iPad "a runaway success of unprecedented proportion" in a research note to investors this week.
The iPad smashed industry records earlier this year when it sold 3 million units in its first 80 days on the market. Third quarter sales were in the range of 4.5 million units, and overall it's estimated that Apple has shipped about 8.5 million iPads to date worldwide.
This year, Neiman Marcus is distributing its legendary Christmas wish book via the iPad, so we can all drool over stuff we won’t be getting under our tree this year.
Since 1926, luxury retail chain Neiman Marcus has been sending out their lavish Christmas catalogs to their best customers—obviously people who have more money than sense. This year, maybe in honor of the recession, they’re making it possible for everyone with an iPad to shop for things they don’t need and can’t afford.
The Neiman’s 2010 catalog was unveiled this week, and comes with its own iPad app that lets customers browse and buy right on your touchscreen. You know you have someone on your Christmas list who’ll be thrilled to get that MetroShip houseboat for $250,000, provided you win the lottery by then. At least the app is free at the App Store.
We’re kicking off the first Tablet World Series with a match of epic proportions in the 10-inch league. Think New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays on crack. In this inaugural game, we’re pitting the master of the category, the Apple iPad, against a relative unknown Candian entry in the ExoPC Slate. Let’s break down the competitors.
Since Apple’s entry in the tablet-sphere they have redefined a category once defined by Microsoft. Their 1.5-pound iPad has a large 9.7-inch (1024 x 768 pixel) multitouch display, a 1-GHz Apple A4 CPU, and runs iOS. This Editors’ Choice-winning device sports an enormous app library, a good eBook store, and long battery life.
Sitting in the opposing duggout, the unproven ExoPC Slate is expected to throw some wicked curve balls, starting with its unique user interface
This Windows 7 tablet features a custom UI with a home screen loaded with tiny discs that serve as shortcuts to subscreens or folders or to apps themselves.
So, which tablet is best? Vote now, and let’s get the Tablet World Series off to a great start!
The Dell Looking Glass has been seen by a few people at Oracle Open World. It shares a resemblance to their smaller model, the Streak, but has more to offer. Read on to find out the features of this upcoming Dell tablet called the Looking Glass.
This tablet is the same size as some of the other high powered tablet PC competitors in the world. The Dell Looking Glass has a seven inch screen. The screen was not changed much from the smaller Streak model. In fact, the resolution for the Looking Glass screen is 480 by 800 pixels. This is the same resolution for the Streak. This means the clarity on this tablet will be lower than its smaller sibling. The iPad was given a screen that is nearly ten inches in size. The Looking Glass has a screen that is closer in size to normal books than the iPad. We will see if any book-style apps pop up for this tablet.
After months of speculation, Canadian telecoms company Research In Motion (RIM), famous for its BlackBerry smartphones, has launched the PlayBook, the latest rival to Apple’s hugely successful iPad.
The most surprising thing about the PlayBook is just how much RIM has borrowed from Apple’s iPad design. The device is exactly as I’d imagine the iPad would evolve after a well-run focus group: around 30% smaller, 40% lighter and with both front and rear-facing cameras, the PlayBook addresses all of the hardware criticisms of its rival. Usefully, the tablet includes USB and HDMI ports for hassle-free connections to computers, projectors and other devices.
The new interface borrows lots of visual cues from the iPad while adding useful technical improvements: multitasking support, for example, which was an afterthought on Apple devices, is beautifully implemented here in a style reminiscent of the film Minority Report.
Web browsing on the PlayBook also looks promising. It uses the same WebKit system found on the iPad, but usefully the RIM implementation includes Adobe Flash. This opens up an entire world of online video and interactive games that are currently denied to users of the Apple tablet.
There is no official launch date yet for the PlayBook – RIM is quoting the first quarter of 2011 for a US launch, with Europe following in the second quarter
Likely in an effort to loosen Apple’s stranglehold on the tablet market, some top news organizations are throwing their considerable weight behind a new Samsung-made, Google-powered tablet. None other than The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Gannett Co.’s USA Today plan to offer software applications for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which is, er, slated to hit shelves later this year. “The device … is one of the most highly anticipated tablet launches since the iPad in part because it is built on Google’s Android operating system,” reports The Wall Street Journal.
Forget about Windows 7 and webOS for a moment -- Hewlett Packard is tapping into Google's Android platform for its first tablet, the Zeen.
HP's Zeen isn't meant to take on the iPad, as it's a more specialized device. It will be sold bundled with the company's printers and include HP's TouchSmart interface for operating said printers. It's also smaller than the iPad with a 7-inch display.
As mentioned, Android sits at the heart of the Zeen, but it's a customized version with a few niggling restrictions. Gmail, for example, has been stripped out, and so too has the Android Market and multimedia playback apps.
IN Media Corp. today announced that it is receiving and booking significant orders for the IN Media Tablet PC. The product, which integrates all applications, media and content in a simple tablet interface using Google's Android 2.1 OS, is expected to be shipping in November.
The company has already signed and is executing on a major contract for its IPTV set-top boxes !ROFL in India and Sri Lanka. The strongest demand and the most orders for the Tablet PC are coming from China, India and Africa where consumers are eager to use the new tablet type computers for e-learning, reading books, magazines, and surfing the net.
Along with seamlessly running all PC applications the consumers can now connect socially. The tablet comes in 7 inch and 10 inch LCD displays and is equipped with a forward facing camera, telephony service, and HDMI interface. This is said to be a key feature for a market that's eager to socially connect.
"Our Tablet PC allows global users to bridge a significant digital divide. This device gives access to media content furnished by IN Media and other Internet sources with a touch of the screen," stated IN Media C.E.O. Dr. Nick Karnik. "There is a significant opportunity for the Tablet PC in Asia and Africa," Karnik continues. "The key is the delivery of a low cost, feature rich product appealing to consumers' growing digital needs."
IN Media Corp is a key driver in the convergence of Internet and broadcast television as Internet based content becomes more prevalent with mainstream consumers. IN Media's set-top and Tablet PC solutions take advantage of these initiatives.
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Can’t say I have a particular need for a rugged Tablet PC capable of withstanding dust and debris, crashes against the pavement, a jog through the rain, or explosive environments. But if I did, I’d definitely keep the ARMOR X10gx from DRS Technologies on my list.
As I shared in my “first impressions”, a rugged tablet is just a fun piece of equipment. There is something quite liberating about not having to worry about jostling the hard drive around or cracking the casing by bumping it around. On top of that, the ARMOR surprised me with its remarkable pen input prowess, brilliant display, and lightning responsiveness. I did find a small “crack in the ARMOR”, but overall, the ARMOR X10gx felt like a great Tablet PC to me. I put together this all-outdoor InkShow for it with a text-based review below. I put together this all-outdoor InkShow for it with a text-based review below. Full specs on their website.
For now, the Apple iPad still stands alone in the tablet arena, but the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is impending, and many are anxiously awaiting the Android tablet. Unfortunately, for all its formidable features and functions, the Galaxy Tab misses the mark on pricing--and that will be the Achilles heel that prevents the tablet from reaching its potential.
Details of launch dates and specific pricing are still shady, but reports have emerged that both Sprint and T-Mobile will offer the Galaxy Tab at a subsidized price of $399 with a two-year contract. The information so far suggests a $200 discount for contractual commitment, and a $50 rebate, implying that the full cost of the tablet will be $650.
Samsung is pursuing a tablet distribution model that forces users into an unnecessary contractual commitment with an individual wireless provider--a relationship that will ease the sting of the initial cost of the Galaxy Tab, but ultimately add significant expense to the cost of ownership for the Samsung tablet.
As impressive as the Galaxy Tab appears--and even those I know who have had an opportunity to work with a pre-production model have nothing but glowing praise for it--it is a crucial error to try and compete with the iPad at a higher price. People expect Apple products to cost a premium and it is just assumed that non-Apple products should be cheaper.
While Apple supply chain vendors in China and Taiwan claim Apple is gearing up to sell 45 million iPads for the next year, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks that number is "a little bit aggressive." He sees a more realistic figure falling in the 20-25 million range.
Munster foresees huge success for Apple in the tablet market, but he doesn't think the iPad will keep the majority of tablet market share forever. The biggest threat? Android.
"Ultimately, we think that Apple won't have the majority of the (tablet) market share. It'll probably be with Android-based tablets."
October 13, 2010
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Many tablets are currently on the market, most are not serious iPad opponents. This new tab but has the makings of a rival: the new flagship of the Korean electronics giant Samsung is Galaxy Table. Here is the check of my colleague David
The Galaxy Tab, with its 7-inch display, but a smaller surface than the competition from Apple, but the memory SD card up to 64GB of expandable by.
This offers the Samsung all-rounder a 3.2-megapixel camera – the iPad users are still waiting in vain for this extra. Highlight: The video call feature with an additional 1.3-megapixel camera! Again, the iPad) do not keep up (.
Great advantage of the Galaxy Tab also: the handy design. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is not much bigger than an outstretched hand, fits in any pocket. And with 380 grams almost half as light as the U.S. bestseller.
Even e-books look good on the tab from right, Bluetooth, music can be transferred. Important for users to the Internet and share the Samsung supports Flash – Apple’s archenemy.
ZTE has been slowly invading the European smartphone market with a range of cheaper offerings that promise not to compromise on user experience.
It seems it's taking a similar strategy for mobile computing, with plans to launch its first tablet PC. As you would expect, it runs on Android. According to Reuters it has a 7-inch touchscreen, smaller than the iPad's 9.7-inch screen, weighs 403 grammes and supports wireless mobile service using the GSM family of standards, including WCDMA.
Pricing has not been revealed but as ZTE is known for its affordable kit we predict this device will cost less than other Android tablets from the likes of Lenovo and HP. ZTE's entry could mark the beginning of a price war and kickstart cheaper slates. However, as we reported this month, a component oversupply could very well ring in an era of cheap devices as manufacturers are keen to take every opportunity to offload.
In the battle to win the tablet PC market, Motorola have announced they will develop, together with the US phone company Verizon, its own ‘tablet’, following the success gained by rival Apple iPad.
The new device expected by early 2011 will have a ten-inch screen and use the Android operating system. It is also expected to be linked with the pay television offering from Verizon, called FiOS, which includes popular shows and networks.
Motorola previously revealed a prototype tablet at the CES show, that device had a 7-inch screen, the Google Android OS, and capacity of 32GB of ram. It also was powered by a Nvidia chip and a Motorola modem.
The company reportedly want to offer, with the new ‘tablet’, functions that are missing from the iPad such as two cameras – one for video and one for photos – and support for the Adobe Flash format, used on many video sites.
It is also expected that the Motorola device is thinner and lighter than the iPad and can let users share their wireless data connection with nearby devices. Currently there are no firm details on price or the date of release.
McGraw-Hill CEO, has confirmed that Apple will be announcing a Tablet tomorrow, which will be iPhone OS Based. There is no denying this one. Straight from the man himself. Here’s video to prove it.
Yeah, Very exciting. Yes, they’ll make their announcement tomorrow on this one. We have worked with Apple for quite a while. And the Tablet is going to be based on the iPhone operating system and so it will be transferable. So what you are going to be able to do now is we have a consortium of e-books. And we have 95% of all our materials that are in e-book format on that one. So now with the tablet you’re going to open up the higher education market, the professional market. The tablet is going to be just really terrific.”
The rise of mainstream tablet computers is proving to have unforeseen benefits for children with speech and communication problems—and such use has the potential to disrupt a business where specialized devices can cost thousands of dollars.
Before she got an iPad at age two, Caleigh Gray couldn't respond to yes-or-no questions. Now Caleigh, who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, uses a $190 software application that speaks the words associated with pictures she touches on Apple Inc.'s device.
"We're not having to fight to prove to people that she is a smart little girl anymore, because it's there once they see her using the iPad," said Caleigh's mother, Holly Gray, who said her daughter can use the tablet to identify colors or ask to go outside.
The software, called Proloquo2Go by a company called AssistiveWare BV, is one of a growing number of apps aimed at people with speech difficulties developed for Apple's gadgets. Some of the apps offer images that users can press to make the sound of a word; others lead students through stories to teach them basic speech patterns.
Companies are also planning such apps for upcoming tablets that run Google Inc.'s Android software.
AT&T* and Apple® today announced that all three iPad™ Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available at more than 2,200 AT&T Stores starting Thursday, October 28. AT&T will offer customers 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad, complete with Apple’s easy on-device activation and management. All iPad data plans are available without a term contract and include unlimited access to AT&T’s 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots.
“As we approach the holiday season, we are very happy that customers will now be able to buy iPad Wi-Fi + 3G at AT&T Stores.”
“We can’t wait to showcase the amazing features of iPad Wi-Fi + 3G in our stores across the country just in time for the holidays,” said Glenn Lurie, AT&T President of Emerging Devices, Resale and Partnerships, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “With our breakthrough iPad data plans starting at just $14.99 and access to AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots around the country at no extra cost, our customers will have the best of both worlds.”
iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds — thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook — and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web using a 3G data network.*
The iPad may rule today, but eventually Android tablets will become more popular, while Microsoft will remain a non-factor. So says Gene Munster, Senior Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray. And I think he's absolutely right.
In an interview on Business Insider, Munster was asked if Apple will continue to dominate tablets, or whether Android tablets will catch up. He answered:
I think it will play very much like the iPhone played out. I think for the first year or so, it's going to be advantage, Apple. But I think that as more of the Android tables come out and get optimized, you're going to see some very stiff competition.
As a category, the tablet is undeniably going to be the winning category in mobile computing in the next decade, but as far as the market share win, ultimately we think that Apple won't have the majority of the market share. It will probably be with Android-based tablets.
Munster doesn't expect there to be a wide difference between Apple and Android tablets, with each getting close to 50% market share, and Android beating out Apple by a hair.
The V-tech Touch Tablet PC is available at Amazon for $124.95.
Kids like to be like us. They watch us and learn from what they see. They also like to do the same things we do like cooking and cleaning. They also learn from us how to use a computer. Kids are using them younger and younger. Now Vtech has designed a PC for kids that let them learn on their own computer.
This is an innovative, stylish laptop with detachable, touch-sensitive screen for on-the-go play. It features over 100 activities and teaches age-appropriate content in English, math, science, geography, history, and Spanish through arcade-style adventure. It guides children through activities with advanced level memory system. The laptop includes a word processor, personal organizer with address book, calculator, and savings tracker.
AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega and Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer were all smiles when they joined each other on stage Monday to introduce AT&T phones built around the new Windows Phone 7 mobile OS.
"When Steve and his team showed us Windows Phone 7 we knew it was going to be a winner," said de la Vega, at a launch event in New York City. Indeed, AT&T this year plans to introduce Windows Phone 7-based devices from HTC, Samsung, and LG.
But smartphones are just one of tech's two hottest categories. The other is tablets, or slates—and Ballmer and de la Vega appear to have very different takes on the type of software best suited to the latter.
But de la Vega on Monday said mobile operating systems, with their responsiveness, energy efficiency, and lightweight footprint are far better suited for tablets than their PC-bound counterparts.
"There's a tablet revolution going on. Almost every major OEM is coming up with a tablet device," said de la Vega, in an interview with a CNBC reporter outside the launch event. "The size, the ease of use, is going to be fantastic for the industry," said de la Vega.
Apple will soon be having a rival in HP for its tablet computer devices according to HP executive Richard Gerstein.
Gerstein, HP’s senior V.P for personal systems group confessed that Apple is a market leader in the tablet computer market at the moment but hopeful his company will emerge as a serious threat to Apple’s profitability on the market.
HP bought Palm in the beginning of the year and hopes to launch a major tablet PC manufacturing campaign using Palm’s technology and brand-awareness platform. Gerstein stated in the interview with Brandweek magazine that the company’s wants to see consumers desire for an HP tablet PC as a priority and not just an option.
Computers are amazing tools for writing. Well, scratch that: They're amazing tools for typing words into documents. When it comes to actually wrapping your fingers around a pen, most people find paper a more convenient platform than your typical Windows application. Thanks to tools like Ritescript's ritePen ($40, 3-day free trial), however, you can use your tablet PC--or any PC that has a graphics tablet--to write notes, mark up documents, sign contracts, fill in forms on "locked" PDF files, and do a hundred other things that, for all their advantages, PCs just don't handle very well.
As its primary function, ritePen runs in the background, waiting for input. If you use a tablet PC or a graphics tablet, simply putting your finger on the screen (or the tablet's stylus down on the stylus surface) engages ritePen. If you're running a word processing app, write the words anywhere on the touchscreen, and ritePen will make an effort to turn your handwriting into electronic text in the document.
DVD monitors are just so passé. Mercedes-Benz and BMW have just announced devices — cradles, so to speak — that will house Apple iPads, allow them to swivel and even charge them via a dock connector.
BMW showed off its version at the Paris auto show, installed in the new 2011 X3 S.U.V., due this year, although the iPad mount is likely to be made available for other models next year. The mount, which rotates to show off the iPad’s portrait and landscape modes, is called — here goes — the iPad Out.
While the BMW version attaches to the headrest spindles and hangs over the seat itself, the Mercedes-Benz version of the iPad accessory actually fits around the headrest, and that appears to make the angle of view and finger-touch accessibility a bit high. There was no price announced on either device yet.
South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung has unveiled a new tablet PC that runs under Google's Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, called Samsung SMT-i9100, and which is expected to make an appearance on the market only on the airwaves of KDDI in Japan.
This is the second Android-based tablet PC that Samsung brings to the market with a 7-inch touchscreen display on board, following the launch of Galaxy Tab in early September.
While Tab was set to land in Japan on the airwaves of NTT DoCoMo, Samsung also came up with a device for KDDI, so as to enable more users in the country benefit from what its Android slates have to offer.
However, the new Samsung SMT-i9100 sports a different look than the already available Android slate, and reportedly includes a series of different specs too.
According to some reports, Lenovo has plans to launch an Enterprise line of Tablet PC's based on the ThinkPad product line.
We have heard recent developments that executives from Lenovo have reveled their intentions to pursue the enterprise market, similar to Cisco and their Cius Tablet and their upcoming product line. Other companies are also about to enter the enterprise area of tablets such as Samsung in partnership with Pyxis, as well as the upcoming Windows 7 slate by HP.
So it seems Lenovo is preparing to endeavor into the enterprise scene, they are offering a pure consumer offering with their LePad which would be out the first quarter of 2011.
With Samsung showing off its Galaxy Tab tablet device at two big occasions of late - at last month' s IFA, Europe' s biggest annual tech expo, and recently at the Thailand Mobile Expo -, the tablet is being fervently compared with the market-leading Apple iPad and the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab, which looks like the big brother of the Galaxy S handset, features a 7-inch TFT LCD with 1,024x600 resolution
(WSVGA); a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor; 512MB of on-board RAM; Android 2.2 ` Froyo' version; and dual camera - a 3-megapixel back camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front camera that enables video calls and conferencing.
Though the Samsung Galaxy Tab has an appearance fairly similar to the Apple iPad, especially with its black bezel; it differs from the ipad in that it has square edges and rounded corners.
In addition, the multimedia aspects of the Galaxy Tab, which offers full HD playback, are stronger than those on the iPad. Even as an e-reader, the Galaxy Tab is quite good with its novel-sized dimensions, and it also boasts easy-to-use bundled newspaper app.
iPad Available Directly Through AT&T for Corporate Users to Help Accelerate Business Productivity
AT&T* announced today that the company will sell all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models directly to business customers as part of an initiative to help companies increase productivity and flexibility. AT&T will offer attractive post-paid mobile broadband price plans for the iPad which will be available through AT&T business account representatives beginning Thursday, October 28. This new offer is available for customers whose AT&T wireless bills are paid for by their employer.
"iPad is a great fit for our enterprise customers across a wide range of industries who are looking for ways to increase business productivity and offer greater flexibility," said Michael Antieri, President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "This new offer further strengthens AT&T's commitment to provide businesses with the tools they need to accelerate mobility-led productivity."
iPad will be available for corporate purchase with a corporate service subscription from AT&T.
Expert analysts reckon total sales of tablet PCs around the world will top 54 million over the course of next year.
No-one doubts that increasing numbers of consumers are finding a place for tablet PCs in their computer-using lifestyles but 54 million units sold in 2011 would represent major progress for a still relatively novel product range.
As ever with discussion of tablet PC success, “cannibalisation” is on the tip of analyst tongues and Gartner’s experts have suggested that smaller laptops will be among the devices struggling to win new customers in the months and years to come, as tablet PCs become ever more prevalent.
Looking a little more closely at the capabilities of devices like the iPad, Carolina Milanesi, Gartner’s research vice president, said: “The all-in-one nature of media tablets will result in the cannibalisation of other consumer electronics devices such as e-readers, gaming devices and media players.”
Consumers want unbiased information before they make a purchase; and now they can get it right where they need it most: in the aisle of any store.
Today, iPhone users can download Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper™, a new app, with an introductory price of $9.99 for the first year (the app will sell for $14.99 beginning January 1, 2011), which provides instant access to Ratings, Recommendations, Brand Reliability and Buying Advice on thousands of appliances, electronics, children's products, car care, and home products.
The app allows consumers to research purchases by scanning the UPC barcode; searching for the make and model; or browsing through thousands of Consumer Reports expert Ratings. The information is peppered with model comparisons, user reviews, the CR Best Buy®, and CR recommendations.
"The new app puts the power of Consumer Reports in consumers' pockets when they are shopping, allowing them to access Ratings, compare prices, locate better-value retailers and share recommendations with friends," said Jerry Steinbrink, vice president, Publishing, Consumer Reports. "This newest delivery system nicely complements our suite of media offerings."
The Knot Inc., the leading lifestage media company with the #1 wedding website TheKnot.com, today announced the launch of its first iPad application, The Knot Weddings Magazine for the iPad, now available on the Apple App store. The Knot Weddings Magazine for the iPad is the first-of-its-kind iPad app that elevates the experience of flipping through a magazine by injecting it with a large embedded community, enhanced scrapbooking and social networking capabilities, and hundreds of photos and videos that provide brides with a close-up, behind-the-scenes look at all the wedding details to help them plan their wedding.
"With the success of TheKnot.com, The Knot magazine and our mobile applications, we know our brides are hungry for wedding content on-the-go," said David Liu, CEO and cofounder of The Knot Inc. "We weren't content with just creating another iPad magazine app like so many out there already, so we made it our mission to create a bold and revolutionary re-thinking of what a digital magazine can and should be."
nnovative features of The Knot Weddings Magazine for the iPad include:
Largest Embedded Wedding Community. Got a pressing etiquette question? Get an answer right on The Knot iPad app! Via an embedded community, brides can comment on articles, take polls, add content and just chat with thousands of other brides on any topic, anytime and anywhere
Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPad media tablet will soon be offered by Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) to passengers on its Jetstar unit's flights as the U.S. electronics giant eyes fresh opportunities with corporate customers like the Australian carrier.
"We're in the final stages of putting in place what would be a broader roll out across the network," a Jetstar spokesman told Dow Jones Newswires on Monday. "We're in ongoing discussion with the manufacturer around a more integrated network proposition."
In-flight entertainment could provide a new revenue stream for Apple and rival media tablet makers such as Samsung Group, which recently launched its Galaxy Tab hand-held unit to compete with the iPad and Research In Motion Ltd.'s new Playbook. Gartner Inc. expects media tablet sales to reach 19.5 million units this year and to nearly triple by 2011. In the U.S. AT&T Inc. plans to offer iPad WiFi and 3G models directly to businesses with a discounted wireless data pricing plan in effort to drive corporate business for the device.
Introducing the enhanced New York Times app for the iPad –– free until early 2011. Now with all of the sections, articles, videos and photos you expect from The Times.
The NYTimes iPad app now includes over 25 Times sections, including Arts, Technology, Politics, Science, Style and more. Experience breathtaking new sections for Photos and Video. Read a selection of the latest Times blogs. Share articles, photos and video through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.
Once you download the app, you’ll instantly get free access to four sections: Top News, Most E-Mailed, Business Day and Video. To get unlimited access to all sections, simply log in with an existing NYTimes.com account or register for free within the app
A bevy of universities have Apple iPad pilots underway. Loyola is using the iPad for e-textbooks in its executive MBA program with a blended app suite for alumni collaboration. Duke University is testing the iPad in field research. Abilene Christian University has limited iPad testing in the classroom to build on an iPhone program started in 2008.
Those pilots represent a few initial efforts for iPad adoption on campus. Sybase’s Eric Lau has a Google spreadsheet with more. The wild-card is whether universities are ready for the shift.
At the Gartner Symposium in Orlando Sunday, analyst Ron Bonig walked through the key questions revolving around Apple iPad deployments in educational settings. Of course, it’s not like universities have much of a choice—the students are bringing along the iPad regardless. Apple products are the student preference.
But Bonig’s points are notable because they also apply to corporate settings. Looking at the agenda here, Apple in the enterprise could be the big theme. Last year’s conference illustrated the CIO interest in Google and its corporate email offering. This year’s conference has the heaviest dose of Apple I’ve ever seen.
Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Tab, one of the first tablets to rival Apple Inc.'s iPad, will hit Verizon Wireless stores Nov. 11 and cost $599.99.
The Samsung seven-inch tablet will run on Verizon's 3G wireless network. Apple's iPads capable of 3G service, running on AT&T Inc.'s network, start at $629.
Verizon Wireless said it will sell data plans beginning at $20 a month for one gigabyte of data for the Samsung tablet. AT&T and Sprint Nextel Corp. also plan to offer the Galaxy Tab.
Many device makers, such as BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd., have announced tablets to rival Apple's device. Apple said Monday it sold 4.2 million iPads—which have a 9.7-inch screen—-during its latest quarter. The device became available in April.
A raft of accessories are set to be made available to accompany the much-anticipated launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in the UK next month.
There are to be a number of different stand styles to choose from depending on your preference, along with a few varieties of protective case, including a leather slip and a silicon gel option that becomes shock absorbent if for any reason you drop your Tab on hard ground.
Not every accessory will be available from November, when the new Galaxy is to be launched across the country but Samsung is apparently keen to see its customers given a decent range of laptop accessory options from the outset.
Among those that will be on offer are a range of headphones and portable speakers, both of which will be priced at around £20. Meanwhile, USB data cables mean users can connect their Tab to their laptops or desktops, and a TV out-cable will enable the device to link up with compatible TVs or projectors via composite signalling.
Mobile director for Samsung in the UK and Ireland Simon Stanford said: “This range of accessories aims to complement the Galaxy Tab’s features and improve the experience the device offers – whether that’s listening to music, watching video content, playing games or editing documents.”
The Apple iPad has re-energized the market for tablet computers but it has gone nearly all of 2010 without a serious challenger. That will soon change. Here are 20 upstarts taking aim at the iPad.
The best way to view this list is the companion photo gallery so that you can get a look at each of the tablets. Otherwise, you can read about each of them all and get a quick summary in the list below. I’ve only featured tablets that have at least 7-inch screens and that have been officially announced (in most cases). The list also serves as a ranking. I’ve put the ones that are the most promising and the most likely to actually make it to market at the top of the list.
Based on a similar design to the Samsung Galaxy S smartphones, this 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet is loaded with strong specs and will be available on multiple carriers. It will likely be the iPad’s most serious competitor to arrive before the end of 2010.
Primarily an enterprise communications and collaboration device, the Cisco Cius is an 7-inch Android tablet with a heavy layer of Cisco customization on top. Consumers won’t be interested, but existing Cisco customers who want a corporate-controlled tablet might be.
Aimed at stopping the iPad’s momentum with executives and business professionals, the 7-inch BlackBerry tablet will be built on its own QNX operating system and is flush with power with a 1 GHz dual core CPU and 1 GB of RAM. However, battery life may be an issue and it won’t arrive until 2011.
One of the more innovative tablet competitors is the Libretto with its dual 7-inch multi-touch screens. One screen can be used entirely as a virtual keyboard while you work on the other. It runs Windows 7 acts a little more like a netbook than a tablet but it’s an interesting concept.
Now one of the world’s top five computer makers and one of the leaders in design, ASUS has talked throughout the year about launching various iPad competitors (branded “Eee Pad”) from 9-inch to 12-inch models, running Windows 7, Windows Embedded Compact, or Android. ASUS has promised a tablet will be coming in the first quarter of 2011.
One of the big hits of CES 2010, the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid is a convertible tablet with a multi-touch screen that detaches from a hardware keyboard. The main system runs Windows 7 but the detachable 11.6-inch screen turns into a standalone tablet running Linux. It has been delayed until 2011, but Lenovo says the standalone tablet will be released separately as the Lenovo LePad in December.
Leading Mobility Solutions Provider Among First to Develop, Test Public Sector Applications on MobileDemand Tablet PC Platform
MobileDemand, a leading provider of rugged Tablet PCs for mission-critical computing, announced today that MobileFrame will deploy its leading public sector mobility solutions on MobileDemand’s ultra-mobile, rugged mini tablet computers. As a strategic partner in MobileDemand’s recent launch of its Public Sector Services Group and Application Development Partner Program, MobileFrame has developed and deployed its field-ready mobile applications for federal, state and local governments on the MobileDemand xTablet T7000 Tablet PC.
“We have seen increased demand from public sector agencies for anytime, anywhere computing, with additional emphasis on rugged reliability in harsh environments”
With a focus on public safety, including law enforcement, emergency management, fire investigation, building code compliance, homeland security and other mission-critical computing solutions for rugged environments, MobileDemand Public Sector Services Group has enlisted leading value-added resellers to develop solutions for rugged tablet computers that are field-ready and compliant with current and future public sector specifications.
Glacier Computer, a leading developer of rugged industrial computing solutions announced today the release of the Ridgeline T800 rugged tablet.
The Ridgeline T800 is an ergonomic, rugged Tablet PC designed to meet the demands of mobile workers who require desktop computing in the field. The T800 offers the Intel® Core Duo Processor, 1.2GHz, Bluetooth, 8.4” display, touchscreen, 802.11 a/g, IP54 sealing and a wide range of temperature operation. Optional features include a sunlight readable display, AC adaptor, carrying case and hand strap. The T800 offers hot swappable batteries as well as several battery options for extended use.
“The T800 is affordably priced and built to withstand every day use within a variety of industries and applications,” states Dan Poisson, Director of Engineering for Glacier, “We felt there was a need for a durable, rugged 8.4” tablet that would easily adapt to the requirements of numerous industry segments. Our customers are excited to see us adding affordable rugged mobile tablets to our product line up,” says Poisson.
Glacier will continue to add rugged portable tablets to meet their customer’s requirements for portable mobile computing solutions.
ZTE, the Chinese telecoms and networking company, has revealed its aim of making major inroads into the global market for slate PCs and tablet computers over the course of next year.
A leading mobile broadband official at the Asian firm suggested that as many as five or six slate PC style devices could be brought to market in 2011 and these apparently off-the-cuff remarks were later confirmed by a ZTE spokesperson.
It now looks like a matter of months before a few new ZTE tablet PC are available to consumers in China and arrangements are apparently being made to have at least some of the company’s newest technologies on sale in European stores next year.
The news follows the official release of ZTE’s latest device, a seven-inch touch-screen 3G Android tablet PC called Light, which its makers suggest was designed with the aim of “bringing enriched entertainment and business features in a lightweight and portable design”.
‘Light’ was unveiled at the Beijing Exhibition last week to a considerable fanfare but it now seems very much as if the Chinese company behind it has plenty more up its sleeve as far as slate PCs and tablet devices are concerned.
The news on the tablet side, however, is somewhat more promising for those hoping for a Lenovo-banded "Le Pad" in the U.S. Read said Lenovo may introduce tablet solutions for its commercial and consumer business next year, possibly by the summer, or four months after the official release of the tablet-friendly Android operating system. Read cautioned, however, that that time-frame is contingent on the next major Android release, code-named "Honeycomb". Honeycomb is still Android but a version specifically designed for tablet computers. If Android's Honeycomb slips, it's possible that timeline could change, as well.
What Lenovo apparently won't do is release a tablet running Android 2.2 (Code-named "Froyo"). "I don't believe 'Froyo' is the right base to have a fully functioning pad," said Read.
Speaking of what's not right for tablets, Windows 7 may be on that list. Lenovo apparently has no plans to roll out a Windows 7 tablet, even though it does sell a number of touch-screen all-in-one Windows 7 PCs and convertible, touch screen laptop computers.
Following Apple reporting its first-ever $US20 billion quarter, CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance on the company’s earnings call to not only field questions from analysts, but to also give his thoughts on Apple’s competitors in the smartphone and tablet market.
Steve Jobs rarely makes appearances on these conference calls, allowing Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer to hold court. When he does show up however, listeners are usually in for a treat. Unlike some CEOs, Steve Jobs doesn’t shy away from tough questions and isn’t afraid to mince words.
7″ tablets: you’re doing it wrong
When discussing the upcoming onslaught of tablet competitors, Jobs classified the competition as merely “a handful of credible entrants, not exactly an avalanche”. Then Jobs moved in to discuss — and dis — the choice of many of the tablet competitors to use a 7″ screen as opposed to the 9.6″ size found with the iPad.
"The current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA, dead on arrival," Jobs told analysts on the conference call. "Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small."
Jobs broke down exactly why he sees 7-inch screens as missing the mark. This should seriously throw cold water on the rumours of a 7-inch iPad. Jobs notes that if you are to split the iPad’s screen in half when it is in portrait mode horizontally, you get about the same screen size as the 7-inch tablets.
Jobs also notes that Apple sees 10-inch (or 9.6-inch, if we’re being technical) is as small as Apple thinks you can go to have a good touch screen experience on a tablet. Going smaller means making elements and objects too close together and less easy to target.
Jobs also blasted 7-inch tablets as “tweeners” — too big to compete with a smartphone, too small to compete with an iPad. By positing that most tablet owners will also be smartphone owners, Jobs sees the idea of having a tablet that can almost fit in your pocket as nonsensical.
First it was the smart phone. Then it was the netbook. Now the tablet is trying to be the must-have, ultraportable, Web-connected gadget.
This holiday season, the consumer electronics industry is positioning tablets as the next wave of mobile Internet devices that meld the best characteristics of smart phones and computers. Their larger screen size is better suited than smart phones for activities such as reading and watching videos, while their weight makes them easier than laptops to tote. Their computing power can handle many tasks.
Yet, because the gadget falls somewhere between a phone and a laptop, its usefulness remains unproven for many consumers. And the tablet's affordability remains an obstacle for many consumers in the wake of recession. Apple Inc.'s iPad, which was introduced in April and is arguably the most recognizable tablet device, starts at $499 and still is far from being a mainstream product. Apple sold a few million iPads in its first quarter, according to ABI Research.
"The tablet has multiple-use cases," Khan said. "I see a lot of people using them as laptops for e-mail and Web browsing. They are gradually getting used to typing on that screen. It has surprisingly, even at the price points of iPads, become a kid entertainment device."
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will go on sale for $600 at Verizon stores Nov. 11, and is expected to compete head-to-head with the iPad in both pricing and capabilities. But is $600 too much to pay for a tablet computer without a contract?
Although critics denounced the price of the Tab, because the cheapest 16GB iPad can be had for $500, the iPad rises to $700 for a 64GB iPad. Verizon is also offering a MiFi promotional bundle with the 16GB iPad totaling $630, so the price becomes less of an issue.
The iPad and the Galaxy Tab offer different features, but it's up to customers to decide what's worth the money and what isn't. Here are five ways to compare:
It seems that Android is preparing the new Android 3.0.The first tablets with this new operating system Android 3.0 will arrive in January 2011.While many users have to keep waiting landing Froyo Android 2.2 version for some terminals, like the Samsung Galaxy S, from Google and have given the blow to the manufacturers to have their prototypes of tablets ready next December.
Among the first partners to show the Android 3.0 Gingerbread has been known that Samsung, Asus, Acer, Motorola, MSI and HTC will jump on the bandwagon of this platform. However, there are rumors that HTC put the proposal slightly behind, so it was not until the second quarter of 2011 when the tablet would be ready to present to the market.Android 3.0 will overcome the new WIndows Phone 7.
The question is whether, after knowing that the other manufacturers will fulfill the agenda to present at CES 2011 its Android 3.0 or tablet would have to await another time during the first quarter of the year ahead
Apple's Steve Jobs believes his company is in an almost unassailable position, and has the 'tiger by tail' in this new market. But that isn't stopping everyone from BlackBerry to Next trying to emulate the iPad's success.
There's an avalanche of tablet computers, with some proving more successful than others. Apple is bullish about the iPad's sales figures. Photo: Bloomberg
Much of that success has been down to its latest gadget, the iPad. Although sales of the touch-screen, tablet-style computer have been somewhat less stellar than some on Wall Street had predicted, there's no doubt the device has mass appeal, with around eight million sold to date.
It's not hard to see why. The iPad is the perfect device to have next to you on the sofa – to check emails, send a tweet or noodle around the web without having to wait for a laptop or PC to load up.
Many people were sceptical about whether the iPad would take off. After all, as far back as the start of this century, Microsoft's Bill Gates was proclaiming tablets "the future of computing" without building a product that looked likely to fulfil that prediction.
But, once again, Apple has managed to exploit the latent potential in a new segment of the market – just as it did with MP3 players and smartphones – and its position already looks unassailable.
"The more that time passes, the more I am convinced that we've got a tiger by the tail here," says Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive.
Dozens of consumer electronics companies are now building their own tablet computers, with mixed results.
Taking a cue from LG, Lenovo has pulled back from releasing an Android 2.2 tablet. PC World reports that Rory Read, COO of the company's U.S. operations, feels Lenovo would be better served waiting until the tablet-friendly version of Android (Honeycomb) arrives next year. Initially expected by the end of 2010, this means the "LePad" will not arrive until around the summer of 2011.
Aside from the Samsung Galaxy Tab, I would not expect to see many Android tablets from some of the bigger players. As Google puts the finishing touches on Gingerbread, it's quick to point out that Android 2.2 "Froyo" is not optimized for a tablet.
On a related note, Lenovo says it does not plan to pursue a Windows 7-based tablet. The company says it believes the platform is designed mainly for use with a mouse and keyboard and does not itself lend well to a touch interface. Should more companies echo this sentiment, Microsoft will have a tough battle ahead against Google and Android.
HP’s slate has been a hot topic since it was demoed at CES 2010. I’m happy to announce it as the newest device in our business portfolio. And I’d like to spend a bit of time and text reviewing the winding road leading to today.
So we decided to target the business market for the Windows product. And we collaborated with beta customers to better understand their needs. The new HP Slate 500 Tablet PC runs Windows 7 which supports a wide variety of business solutions, from retail point-of-sale to hospitality, banking healthcare or any custom business application.
It features an 8.9-inch diagonal LED screen, weighs 1.5 pounds and accepts both digital pen and finger input. It features multitouch gestures and includes integrated front and rear webcams. It also has USB ports and an SD slot which allows you to quickly upload photos from your camera SD card or show a PowerPoint from a SD/USB stick. Oh, and of course, it supports Adobe Flash and Air. You can probably imagine a thousand applications of the device in business scenarios. Wouldn’t it be great if after a car accident, your insurance agent could take your statement, photograph and video the scene, and send all the information to the claims office on the spot? That’s the direction we’re heading for our business customers. Check out the video below to see it in action. Or peruse pictures of it here.
When Apple introduced the iPad six months ago, ushering in an era of tablet computing, experts predicted that tablets would transform the habits of groups of people like college students (who would carry digital textbooks) and doctors (who would manage patient records). They can add Hollywood to the list of those affected.
The iPad is the must-carry accessory on sound stages this season, visible behind the scenes of television and film shoots and in business meetings. When Paula Abdul, the former “American Idol” judge, wants to preview her new dance show for prospective sponsors, she turns on her iPad and pulls up a YouTube video. When Julie Benz, a star of “No Ordinary Family” on ABC, has downtime between shoots, she plays Angry Birds, the popular physics-based puzzle game.
“It’s perfect for the long hours here,” Ms. Benz said in her trailer on the Walt Disney Studios lot this summer.
All this acclaim amounts to free advertising for Apple, which has rarely if ever given away its products to A-list customers. And the use of iPads inevitably ends up inspiring story lines that millions of people see. On the NBC show “The Office” this month, when one character asks what time it is, another character pulls out his iPad, like an oversize pocket watch.
According to the Nielsen Company, Apple products have popped up about 2,438 times on television programs through September of this year. Some of those are news programs: iPads are visible on the set of the “Fast Money” talk show on CNBC, and Glenn Beck sometimes brings his to “Fox & Friends,” the Fox News morning show.
Hollywood’s converts to the iPad say it can drastically reduce the amount of paper that is wasted on script rewrites.
Samsung Galaxy Tab, the first tablet PC that South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung pushed to the market with Google's Android operating system on board, is expected to soon become available for purchase only with Wi-Fi connectivity options on board.
Last month, the company went official with a Galaxy Tab model that sports both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity options, but did not unveil specific info on a device version that would lack 3G connectivity.
However, rumors on the possible emergence of such a flavor of this Android tablet did surface, and a recently leaked Best Buy advertisement seems to confirm the upcoming availability of this slate version.
At the same time, the said ad, which was brought to the Internet by the guys over at Pocketables, shows that a Silver WiFi-only Galaxy Tab would cost $499.99, about the same price as the Wi-Fi-only iPad version.
3G+Wi-Fi models of Galaxy Tab would also be on sale at the retailer, available with contract agreements with Verizon and Sprint.
Moreover, it appears that each carrier would have a differently colored flavor of the device, black for Verizon and Silver for Sprint.
The price tag was not unveiled, but chances are that it would be the same $599.99 cost that Verizon announced for its version of 3G-enabled Galaxy Tab, which should start selling on November 11th
Sprint Nextel Corp., trying to undercut rivals in the tablet market, will sell the Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Tab for $200 less than it costs on Verizon Wireless’s network and $229 less than the iPad.
Sprint will offer the Galaxy Tab starting Nov. 14 for $399.99 with a two-year wireless-data contract. Verizon Wireless is offering the Tab for $599.99, and Apple Inc. sells its lowest-priced iPad that can connect to a mobile-phone network for $629, though in both cases customers are not required to sign up for data contracts.
Sprint, the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, aims to capitalize on the surging tablet market and gain an edge on Verizon and AT&T Inc. The Galaxy Tab is one of the first tablet devices to challenge Apple, which sold 4.19 million iPads last quarter. AT&T is the exclusive carrier for the iPad -- as well as Apple’s iPhone -- though Verizon plans to sell a version that relies on a Wi-Fi connection to access the Net.
Sprint is offering the device, which uses Google Inc.’s Android operating system, with data plans of $29.99 per month for 2 gigabytes of data or $59.99 for 5 gigabytes of data, according to a statement today. Verizon has a $20 plan for 1 gigabyte of data monthly and the AT&T offers 2 gigabytes monthly for $25 on the iPad.
HP Slate 500 Review: Their is no denying the fact that Apple iPad is the market leader when it comes to tablet device as 5 million iPad have been sold in just six months and HP will definitely find it very tough to compete with Apple with its $799 device. The Slate 500 runs on a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor and it boasts of a 2GB RAM. It has an in built storage capacity of 64GB. The Slate is good for business purposes as it comes loaded with several business applications.
The Slate 500 comes equipped with dual cameras and has a Webcam port as well. The Slate 500 runs Microsoft's OS- the Windows. Slate users can use any browser like Firefox, IE or any other browser on the Slate 500. It is to be noted that in iPad, the users are allowed to use only what is allowed by Safari.
Since Slate 500 runs Windows, it supports Flash as well. The iPad does not support Flash. Going by the specs, I can say that HP's 6-by-9-inch Slate 500 has much more horsepower and business functionality than an iPad, but iPad scores well above the Slate 500 when it comes to the touch control.
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The genius of the iPad is that it uses inexpensive apps -- tools that carry out a specific task -- to perform functions. It's a universal machine that can be anything you want it to be. Today, there are some 30,000 apps available in a wide range of business and personal categories.
Here are a few tasks that apps can accomplish:
The Basics: Hal Goldstein, publisher of Thaddeus Computing Magazine, says: ``I spend most of my time doing e-mail, Web browsing, word processing, spreadsheet work and mind mapping. All this I can do on my iPad. For my business travels, it means no cumbersome laptop to carry around, no looking for an AC outlet between flights.''
Business: Almost from the get-go, the automotive industry latched on to the iPad. Ford and General Motors rolled out apps helping you specify your next car or truck. Mercedes-Benz helps their dealers see the latest discounts and begin the credit application process.
Suddenly, the enterprise mobility market is getting a little crowded. In addition to the recently released Hewlett-Packard Slate 500, Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook is set to be released early next year.
Despite competing in the same market, these two appear to be as different from each other as they are from Apple's iPad – so far the tablet standard bearer. This has left some analysts weary of a fragmentation in the market.
BlackBerry's device is designed to be a companion to RIM's smartphones. This alone implies the PlayBook is designed specifically for enterprise use.
"RIM claims the PlayBook is also not competing with the Apple iPad for consumer dollars. While about half of all BlackBerrys are sold to consumers, it’s hard to imagine a large number of consumers wanting their tablet tethered to their phone," according to an eWeek report.
HP's Slate 500 is the first tablet confirmed for enterprise use to hit the market. Unlike its competitors, it runs Windows 7 Professional Edition with Microsoft Office 2010, and comes with a stylus for entering handwritten notes and writing e-mails.
It's these differences that could cause a fragmentation in the market, argues eWeek, but that may not be such a bad thing. The different tablets in the market could serve specific industries.
For example, HP has long targeted a certain set of vertical industries, such as healthcare and insurance, with its other products, and could continue to do so. Both have used tablets for some time.
Although tablets grow in popularity every other day not many first tier manufacturers have released such products, Acer being among the first ones to do so since its CEO announced the Taiwanese company will launch its first line of tablet PCs on November 23rd, priced from $299 to $699 each.
At the moment not many other details are known leaving us to speculate on what sort of hardware and software will these things run, although I am willing to bet that at least one (if not all) of Acer's offerings will be based on the Android operating system.
When it comes down to their sizes, all sort of rumors have circulated ever since Acer CEO, Gianfranco Lanci, teased us with a 7-inch Android tablet sometime in May, stating the company will launch both a 7 inch and a 10 inch tablet, a much smaller 5 inch offering (similar with the Dell Streak) being also reported as possible.
During that event held in Beijing, Acer's CEO showed members of the press a 7 inch QWERTY keyboard packing Android tablet, suggesting this will be available with 3G connectivity sometime during the forth quarter of 2010.
The California-based technology company Fluid Computer Systems has revealed its plan to deliver a ten-inch, touch-screen slate PC by Christmas of this year.
A similar device is set to be made available shortly after the release of the Fluid Stream, whose operating system will be based on Windows 7 technology from Microsoft and is said to offer “Flash-friendly browsing”.
According to the developers of the new devices, their Fluid Stream and Fluid Motion tablet PCs will give would-be owners of slate computers an alternative to the market-leading iPad. Although, with only 1,000 initially being made available, they have a long way to go to catch the few million tablet PCs Apple has already sold since their launch earlier this year.
“Thanks to the size, shape and Windows 7 operating system of these tablet PCs, there’s no longer a need to haul around a netbook or laptop,” reckoned Aaron Henry, chief executive of Fluid Computer Systems.
“One of the major benefits to this tablet is the ability to run office style software. In fact, we will have an Apps Centre available in spring 2011 to enhance these universally compatible Windows 7 based tablets,” he went on.
Amazon on Tuesday released a new application for Apple’s iPad that it says offers “a complete rewrite” of Amazon.com designed specifically, and exclusively, to work on the iPad.
The app, Windowshop, is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store. It makes it simple to browse Amazon’s millions of items in a more efficient and speedier way than navigating the cumbersome Web site.
Amazon’s decision to create this app is striking because the iPad, with its iBookstore, directly competes with one of Amazon’s core businesses: the Kindle and the Kindle bookstore. What’s more, Apple has an aggressive advertising campaign for its iBookstore, directly targeting potential Kindle customers. Amazon also makes an app that allows books from its Kindle bookstore to be read on the iPad.
The new Amazon app also shows the retailer’s commitment to making its products available to all corners of the Internet, whatever the device or screen size
Among the companies that have filled up the range of Tablet PCs with Windows 7 now and the Dutch company Ambiance Technology. Tablet was not yet on sale, but about him have appeared on the manufacturer's website.
new product is a device with 10-inch capacitive touch screen and support multi-touch gestures. Built based netbook Intel Atom N450 processor clocked at 1.66 GHz. The other characteristics - 1 GB of RAM, hard drive 160 GB, 10/100 LAN, 1,3 megapixel webcam, card reader, two built in USB 2.0, Mini VGA, as well as stereo speakers and a battery 3300 mAh.
include communication skills - Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, cellular networks 3G (HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS and EDGE/GPRS). Operating system, preinstalled on Tablet PC - Windows 7 Home Premium. It is expected that AT-Tablet will be available in November 2010, the price not yet known.
Apple on Thursday began selling the iPad through the two largest wireless carriers in the U.S. -- Verizon and AT&T -- as retail expansion of the touchscreen tablet before the holidays continues.
The Oct. 28 launch was announced earlier this month, and both companies will sell the product in their brick-and-mortar retail stores starting today. AT&T will sell all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models at their standard pricing, while Verizon will sell the iPad with Wi-Fi and a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot router at the same price.
AT&T will offer data plans at $14.99 for 250MB per month, and $25 per month for 2GB of data with no term contract. Those plans also include unlimited access to AT&T's more than 23,000 domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots. The iPads sell for $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.
On Verizon, iPad customers will be able to buy 1GB of data for $20 per month, 3GB for $35, or a $50-per-month plan that gets 5GB of data. Unlike the iPad AT&T will sell, Verizon's iPad does not have built-in 3G and will require use of the MiFi mobile router for non-Wi-Fi Internet connections.
The iPad's availability at AT&T was expected, as the company has been the exclusive wireless carrier of the iPhone in the U.S. since Apple's handset launched in 2007. But the deal with Verizon came as a surprise, as the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. has been rumored to partner with Apple for the iPhone for years, but a deal has never come to be.
Verizon's sale of the iPad for the holiday season has helped to fuel rumors that the carrier will begin offering a CDMA version of the iPhone compatible with its network starting in early 2011.
Two Samsung Electronics products have been ranked among the top 10 in this year's list of the 100 best tech products by U.S. magazine PC World. The Galaxy Tab tablet PC came in fifth, and the Epic 4G smartphone eighth.
The Galaxy Tab "is by far the best Android tablet we've seen to date," the magazine said. "It brings polished software and design finesse to a fun, multipurpose, and highly portable touchscreen device."
PCWorld praised the Epic 4G's "nicely designed physical keyboard" and "gorgeous display." And with access to Samsung's MediaHub media store, it is "the ultimate entertainment smartphone."
Google's Android 2.2 smartphone operating system topped the list, followed by the Apple iPad and Amazon's Kindle e-book reader.
A company called Fluid Computer Systems has announced that it has a Windows 7 multi-touch screen tablet PC that will ship in time for Christmas. The company claims that this is the first tablet to ship in time for the holidays with Windows 7 and multitouch.
The cheapest Apple iPad you can buy is $499. The cheapest Galaxy Tab is still $400 on contract. There has to be a more affordable option from a name you can trust. Acer thinks so. That’s why it’s launching its first line of tablets on November 23 with prices starting at $299. That’s quite a bit cheaper!
That’s the good word coming down from Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci. The launch is set to take place late next month in New York City. The sub-$300 price point is as low as they go, but pricing can go as high as $699 as you move up the Acer tablet line.
Curiously, Acer did not reveal any further details about these tablets. They could be just Dell Streak-sized five-inchers. They could be Galaxy Tab-sized seven-inchers. Or they could be of the nine to ten-inch variety. It’s also very possible that Acer is going to sell them in a variety of sizes and flavors, as we have already seen various prototypes. It’s also unclear whether that $299 price point is with or without a carrier subsidy. I hope it’s the latter.
Hewlett-Packard, or HP, is the world's largest PC maker and will on Friday, October 29th release its Tablet PC Slate 500, arguably the most-anticipated tablet computer since the Apple iPad was first shipped back in the spring.
The Slate 500 features specifications similar to those found in the iPad, but of course boasts one big advantage (depending on how you look at it): Windows 7.Comparable Specs to iPad, but Not PriceThe 1.5-pound HP Slate 500 uses an Intel Atom 1.86 GHz Z540 processor and 2GB of RAM.
Surprisingly, the device is a little expensive for what we've come to expect from HP. The company, which got to its place as #1 PC maker by producing economy-class laptops and desktops, is asking $699 for the Slate 500 running the home version of Windows 7. For those who want Windows 7 Professional installed, the cost is $799.
It might not have the elegance or even the capacitive touch-screen of an Apple iPad, but Telstra’s Android-powered T-Touch Tab is surprisingly good, coming in at an affordable price, having Android market compatibility and being remarkable in that it’s actually a great ultraportable tablet that stands out in a sea of cheap and useless Android tablet competitors.
As I said, Telstra’s T-Touch Tab tablet isn’t an iPad. And, unlike the better and more expensive Android tablets from Samsung and Dell, the Tab and Streak respectively, it’s remarkably affordable. But is it any good, and does it make Steve Jobs’ tirade against 7-inch tablets look silly?
The first thing you notice about Telstra’s tablet is that it uses a resistive screen. This means that while it will work with a finger press or swipe, you need to push harder than you’re used to compared to an iPhone, iPad or any iPhone-clone with a capacitive screen.
But the flipside means that you can use a fingernail, or the included stylus, or indeed any stylus to control things on screen, something that some iPhone and iPad users wish was possible.
The starting gun for the Christmas gadget race will be fired on November 1st when the Samsung Galaxy tablet will be available from all O₂ stores. This year has witnessed a revolution in the electronic gadget market, with the influx of smartphones and the invasion of the tablet.
Consequently, the world of browsing has changed forever. There are at least 10 new tablets already in or coming in to the market; five for the big brands including the BlackBerry Playbook, Cisco Cius, Avaya Flare, Windows 7, HP Tablet and the Samsung Galaxy. These new additions will engage in battle with Apple's iPad; the current hot pick of tablets.
With analysts' claims that the iPad has outsold the launch of other devices and gadgets (including the first ever DVD player), the power of the tablet as an interactive medium is vastly becoming evident. Recent statements have acknowledged its increasing presence in business, and so which tablet is the right tablet stands out as a dominant question
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.