SAMSUNG
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Samsung Reveals its 2560×1600 WQXGA Tablet Display

It seems that 2011 is the year for change when it comes to smartphone and tablet video resolutions. Just a little over a week ago, Toshiba slammed us with a 6” inch demo retina screen running an eye popping resolution of 2560×1600. Although it showed impressive visuals, it also left many of us a little confused, as 6” is typically too small for a tablet — unless you’re RIM — and too big for a smartphone — unless you’re Dell — so what exactly had Toshiba been thinking?

TABLETS
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Supernote Takes Super Notes On Your ASUS Tablet

Now I have another reason to make me want go back to school, and that is Supernote. Supernote is an app that helps you take…notes, but in a super way. It had previously been shown on the Eee Pad Transformer and Slider earlier this month, when ASUS brought out the OTA update to Android 3.2.1, but now there are more details on new features within Supernote and they sound really nice.

Android
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Asus Transformer 2 Android Convertible Tablet Teaser Video

Asus is working on a new Transformer 2 tablet for Android. The convertible tablet will allow you to easily dock to a full QWERTY keyboard. The video teaser has all kinds of special effects where eventually the Transformer 2 tablet is raised upon pilars of exploding light. Yes, the gods have descended upon man and brought him the Asus Transformer 2.

PHONES
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Polycom HD video conferencing now available on tablets

Polycom is a company that provides one of the most widely employed video conferencing solutions and it has just acquired HP Halo. The company is launching the Polycom RealPresence Mobile, a high definition (HD) video software solution designed for tablets that will be available for Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2.

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Toshiba Thrive 7” Tablet shipping in November for $400

Toshiba seems to be cooking up something in time for the holiday season. No, it’s not your favorite sushi or tempura but some sassy gadgets that will surely make your mouth water as well. The AT 200 is not the only tablet the company is planning to launch when it announced the latest addition to its Thrive Tablet collection—the Thrive 7” Tablet.

Android
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iPad continues to drive growth of media tablet shipments

Media tablet shipments have increased worldwide by almost 90 per cent on a sequential basis, and year over year by about 300 per cent in the second calendar quarter of 2011 to 13.6 million units. Because of the strong performance that leads to a positive outlook for the gadget for the second half of the year, IDC made a forecast of 62.5 million units being shipped all over the world. The iPad is driving this growth.

All Tablets Reviews
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Motorola Xoom Android 3.1 Tablet Review

The Apple iPad may still reign supreme in the world of consumer tablets, but the Android side of the equation is quickly picking up steam. While early Android tablets only ran on blown-up versions of the smartphone OS, Android 3.0 Honeycomb introduced a tablet-centric version of the platform with several tablet-centric optimizations. And the first to take advantage of these optimizations was the Motorola Xoom.

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The sub-$200 IdeaPad A1 Android tablet from Lenovo

Perhaps you missed out on that $99 fire sale on the HP TouchPad or you don’t want to try and hack Android onto that device. Whatever the case, the elusive “cheap tablet” is still eluding you. Well, maybe you have an option here in the form of the Lenovo IdeaPad A1. After all, it carries an MSRP of just $199.

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Previewing the Sony Tablet S and Tablet P with Honeycomb

The world of Android tablets is about to get a little more crowded. We first saw Sony’s ambitions into this realm earlier this year, but the official launch of the Sony Tablet S and the Tablet P is just around the corner. Personally, I’m more intrigued by the Tablet P, the dual-screen Android tablet that we had previously known as the Sony Tablet S2.

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Fujitsu’s ruggedized Honeycomb Android tablet blazing wtih 4G LTE for Japan

The key factor that differentiates the Fujitsu Arrows Tab from all other tablets is that its rugged and runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb, of course, is its not the only ruggedized Android on the street. Competition is good. We heard rumors about the Arrows Tab being waterproof, but it looks like it’s all set up to be military-level spec to battle the bumps and bruises that it’ll surely experience along the way. It’s high-spec with 4G LTE to work with Docomo’s Xi network. Yeah, as with so many other Fujitsu products, this will likely gear up to be a Japan thing.

TABLETS
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Get ready for the Honeycomb-powered Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

Lenovo is changing gears to the Google side with the upcoming ThinkPad Tablet, as it’s going to be powered by Android Honeycomb. You may have heard about the ThinkPad Tablet when it was announced by Lenovo late last month, along with the IdeaPad K1 and the Windows-powered P1. As the ThinkPad name implies, this is still largely a business-oriented device, going along with all the ThinkPad notebooks that we’ve seen over the years.

Apple
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Apple gears up for an early 2012 launch of iPad 3 tablet

Apparently, Apple has started to order some of the key components from suppliers in Asia for development and production of the iPad3. These include sourcing parts like the chips and display panels. With an “early 2012” release window rumored, the iPad 3 will reportedly get quadruple the resolution of the current iPad 2, bumping up to 2048×1536.

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Price on HP TouchPad tablet plummets to $99.99

Mere days after HP announced that it was getting out of the webOS game, it seems that just about every retailer has opened up a fire sale on the TouchPad tablet and other webOS devices. If you’re lucky enough to find one in stock, the 16GB Wi-Fi TouchPad can be yours for just $99.99.

TABLETS
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Fusion Garage follows JooJoo with Grid10 tablet, Grid4 smartphone

Fusion Garage, maker of the JooJoo, which was a failure, is back with a couple of other offerings. The Grid10 tablet and the Grid4 smartphone are not your run of of the mill Android devices. Instead, Fusion Garage has taken the Android kernel and built around it to create a custom operating system called GridOS.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro tablet lets you run both Android and Win7

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro runs both Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Windows 7. It’s a shame they didn’t get Honeycomb under the hood of this 10.1-inch slate, but at least you have Google and Microsoft working together under the same framework. To make things more interesting, this is one of the first tablets to be powered by an Intel Atom processor.

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HP TouchPad webOS tablet slashed down to just $399

Yes! The great thing about competition is that all the different companies are fighting for your hard earned money. In the increasingly crowded markets for tablets, HP is apparently having some trouble getting enough attention, so they’ve dropped the price on the TouchPad down a solid one hundred dollars. Cheaper is good, right?

OTHER VIDEOS
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Leaked video demos tablet device running Chromium OS?

Chrome OS. It’s the platform that is behind the ChromeBook, but don’t you think it would be an even better solution for tablets? Sure, there are already tons of Android tablets out there, but Chromium might be a more suitable fit. And the video below demonstrates exactly what a Chrome tablet would look like.

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iPad 2 case transforms your tablet into a Nintendo Gameboy

Sure, it’s fun with all this new technology around us, but don’t you miss the old days of Nintendo? Well, for those of you who want to mix the new and the old, and also combine protection and nostalgia, Lootiful is working on the perfect solution: a retro case for your iPad 2 that looks like the classic Gameboy handheld.

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Skytex Primer Pocket 4.3-inch Android media tablet only $99

On the Apple side of the equation, if you want an iPhone without the phone, you might consider getting an iPod touch. On the Android side of the equation, if you want an Android phone without a phone, you might turn to something like the newly announced Primer Pocket tablet from Skytex.

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Skype for iPad app returns with tablet optimizations

Despite some increased competition, Skype remains as the de facto VoIP and video-chat platform. The app for the iPad was released and pulled a while ago, but now it’s back in the App Store and ready to let you chat it up with your friends around the world again.

Android
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ICE Smart Media Player 5-inch Android “tablet” drops to $180 USD

Just because you want an Android tablet doesn’t mean that you have to bump all the way up to the 10-inch or even the 7-inch offerings on the market. Archos has some smaller tablets too and joining that arena is a new entry from Latte Communications. It’s called the ICE Smart Media Player and its screen measures the same five inches across the diagonal as the Dell Streak.

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Vinci tablet for Babies ships with Android Froyo

Well, now times have changed and it seems that the new must for a baby, for a rich baby to be more precise, is something called a Vinci tablet. That $389 in your wallet is surely burning a whole in your pocket, and it’s not like your wife is trying to justify any of her own shopping purchases. The tablet for toddlers is now available for pre-orders and you can get your apple sauce stained hands on it really soon.

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Survey says Amazon Android tablet could be a threat to Apple’s iPad

I wouldn’t go quite as far as Retrovo in saying that an Android tablet from Amazon is the biggest threat to the iPad, but it goes to show you that the public would definitely be interested in one. When looking at the survey results, 55% of those who responded said that they would seriously consider buying a tablet from Amazon.

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Brackerton dual USB car charger is tablet-friendly too

The Brackerton Dual USB Charger gives you a pair of powered USB ports when you plug this into the cigarette jack in your car, but the key difference is the amount of power that the ports can output. The top jack does one amp, while the bottom one offers 2.1 amps, meaning you could charge your tablet.

Android
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Toshiba Thrive Android 3.1 tablet cheaper than expected

Powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb, the Toshiba Thrive is currently being offered for pre-order through Future Shop. If you go all the way down to the 8GB model, this Android tablet can be yours for $429. The 16GB and 32GB variants are being pegged at $479 and $579, respectively.

Apple
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Amazon tablet to combat Apple iPad this October

People are saying an Amazon-branded tablet device is being geared for October. The irony is that Amazon could very well go with Android for its tablet… considering Google just stepped into its turf with the Story HD and, even before that, the rise of Google Books.

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Olivetti to take on European Android tablet market

Although it would be tricky to indicate an objective grade of success to the Olipad 100, considering its rather small market expansion and that all market indications from Italy have suggested that Olivetti’s tablet was indeed a highly sought after device.

T.V's
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New Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablets Announced

My desk is littered with post-it notes and scraps of paper that are scribbled with to-do lists, reminders and important dates. The original 8.5-inch Boogie Board LCD tablet, a digital replacement for note pads, appealed to my desire to quit wasting so much paper. If I could cut back on my tree consumption for only $30, I’d be pretty happy.

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Huawei MediaPad first tablet to be released with Android 3.2

Prior to the selection made available at Wind Mobile, I don’t think I really ever heard of Huawei. Now, it looks like the Chinese company isn’t satisfied with being a cheap, almost knockoff-like brand. It wants to innovate. It wants to be first to market. And that’s exactly what it has done with the newly launched Huawei MediaPad.

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Should we expect fewer Google Android tablets next year?

Just when I thought Android was on the cusp of giving the iPad a run for its money, there’s word that companies are scaling back their Android tablet operations in light of less than stellar sales. This comes by way of DigiTimes, which is saying these companies are instead shifting their attention toward “supersized” Android smartphone instead.

Android
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Panasonic reveals first ruggedized Android Toughbook tablet

Panasonic is set to break free from their Windows-based tablets and release their first Toughbook tablet running the Google Android OS. This is fantastic in many ways, firstly, it shows that Android is getting enough mainstream adoption that Panasonic is confident enough to roll it out to the enterprise partners, and secondly, you can take the ruggedized Android tablet out in the backwoods or in the crazy corporate world of hacking and digital espionage and not have too worry too much thanks to its ruggedized exterior and embedded hardware security.

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PhoneIt-iPad turns the iPad tablet into a 3G phone

Maybe you’re one of those crazy kooks who didn’t get an iPad because it does not offer the possibility of making phone calls. Sure, there’s all kinds of voice apps and Skype apps, but now with PhoneIt, you really turn your iPad into a gigantic iPhone since you can make and receive phone calls or send text messaging using PhoneIt.

TABLETS
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Pixel Qi Tablet Concept Is Powered by $3 Solar Panel

Pixel Qi, an American company that designs low-power laptop screens, showcased a tablet powered by a small solar panel at Computex Taipei 2011 in Taiwan this week. The panel generates 1W of energy, which is enough to power both the screen and the motherboard on a low-power tablet specially designed by Pixel Qi.

3D Printing
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Asus Intros 7 Inch 3D Tablet

Asus has unveiled a fourth tablet at Computex 2011 to go alongside the recently announced PadFone. The Eee Pad MeMO 3D runs Android Honeycomb, has a 7″ multi-touch screen and is powered by a Qualcomm 1.2 GHz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.

Android
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Quad-Core Android Tablet Demo Video Unveiled By NVIDIA

Nvidia’s newest SoC, dubbed Kal-El is a stunning combination between a quad-core CPU and a 12-core GPU able to offer amazing dynamic lightning and movement performances. Kal-El is part the Tegra 3 architecture bringing four 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores on a single processor and a 12-core Nvidia GPU able to render 3D stereo, all crammed on the same chip. As surprising as it might seem, this killer combination has been particularly designed for smartphones and tablets, not your big ole desktop computer.