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Archos certainly isn't the leader of the Android tablet sector, but they do have quite a few decent budget options for those of us that want a tablet but just can’t afford the iPad or higher-end Android devices.
When it comes to tough and tumble devices for use in the field, the Panasonic Toughbook series of laptops has always been the industry leader. They have tough tablets with Windows too, but now Panasonic is added a huge dash of ruggedness to the Android army with the introduction of the Panasonic Toughpad A1 and Toughpad B1.
For the longest while there, the Logitech Harmony series was the be-all and end-all of ultimate TV remotes. That might be changing, because we're getting a sneak peek at the Motorola Corvair, a 6-inch tablet-ish device that will presumably control your television in more interesting ways.
Well, while it's not as cheap as the Kobo Vox or Kindle Fire, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is certainly more affordable at just $349.
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 2560x1600. 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?
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.
We already know that the Galaxy Nexus is launching with some ICS, but Asus is quick to point out that its tablets will be getting a nice taste of the Ice Cream Sandwich too.
Going along with the Sony S Tablet is the roll out of Music Unlimited for Android v1.2. The key is that the new version adds support for tablet devices.
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.
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.
The UbiSlate 7 runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 7-inch 800x480 multi-touch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, GPRS modem, two USB ports and a 3.5 mm jack. The tablet uses a 366 MHz CPU. HD video processor and 256 MB or DDR2 memory, a proof of the budget cuts that were made to accommodate such a cheap device.
I think we all know that the Apple iPad is the current dominating force in the world of tablets. That much is obvious, but I don't think too many of us thought that the proportions were this far out of whack.
The webOS tablet got slashed down to $99 across the board and people were scrambling to get their hands on one. Now, it seems that the same thing is happening to the HTC Flyer Android tablet, because it's showing up as a mere $99 on the Best Buy website.
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.
We first learned of the Archos G9 tablets back in June. At the time, we were very happy to hear about the dual core 1.5GHz processor and the beefy 250GB hard drive. Now, you can start pre-ordering the device
The AbsolutePower is different, as this charger offers 100W of power and is compatible with a whole whack of products, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
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.
That comes with a huge caveat. This is not at all the final release of the tablet web browser and you might not even call it a real beta build. Instead, they’re saying that Firefox for Android tablet has entered the “nightly builds stage,”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2048x1536.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
No matter how much we enjoy our tablets touchscreen interface, there are times when tapping with a finger just doesn't cut it. That's why Logitech has now launched the "first wireless mouse for tablets."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever come home from the grocery store and realize you’ve forgotten to buy the milk? Or maybe you missed out on some super deal. That could soon be history for some lucky shoppers in China.
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.
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.
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.
The 8-inch Archos 80 G9 was originally slated to have a starting price of $279, but that has now increased to a starting price of $299.99. It's not a huge jump, to be sure, and it still puts the G9 below a good number of competitors.
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.
We caught official wind of the Sony S1 and S2 Android tablets a few months ago, but now we've managed to find a hands-on video with at least one of the Honeycomb tabs. The unfortunate part is that the hands-on video is a mere 18 seconds long.
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.
Even though Archos was already well established in tablets before Apple came around and popularized the format, the company has fallen a little bit behind the competition lately. That has now changed with announcement of the Archos G9 tablet range, because they are said to be the fastest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.