Mostly living up to the expectations, rumors and leaks, the Asus Padfone was revealed to the world at Computex Taipei 2011 this week. The idea is similar to the Motorola Atrix, except the phone goes directly into a tablet-shaped device. The problem is that Asus is keeping its mouth shut about any real details.
We know about the PadFone, the Atrix 4G Dock, and ever since the news of them I’ve had dreams of docking my iPhone in a similar device. Buy one superphone and make your own scalable devices by simply docking it within a specialized housing that has no main internal components.
And why not? Asus is is set to release their own re-engineered iteration of the Motorola Atrix 4G dock, riping out the keyboard making a dockable smartphone slate, we have the PadFone. This is a new generation of devices to hit the streets and all they are is just a shell without the guts and brains. Slide your smartphone into the PadFone, and you have just made buying a computer more efficient. Rather than two massively destructive impacts on the earth, you have just one marginally less destructive.
ASUS has recently introduced some of its new products: the PadFone and the super slim Eee PC X101 netbook. The netbook can run MeeGo or Windows 7 in dual-boot and is powered by an Intel 1.5GHz Oak Trail Atom processor bringing a 600 graphics GMA.
OtterBox has ruggedized our lives yet again with the announcement and availability of two tablet protection offerings; the iPad 2 and BlackBerry PlayBook Defender Series Cases.
Holy smokes. You know how everyone went gaga over the Retina Display on the iPhone 4? Now imagine having that kind of pixel density on a tablet-sized device. Yes, this display is for real and it’s coming from Samsung.
You know what’s the problem with most notebooks and netbooks? Their footprints are just too big, forcing you to lug around a bag of some kind. This Fujitsu concept, though, helps to make things easier by adding an extra fold to the mix.
Brooks Benefiel’s Piggyback Tablet is a three-in-one concept that could render purchasing individual tablets and netbooks unnecessary. The Piggyback Tablet concept uses a smartphone to power a tablet and netbook computer. While Motorola’s Atrix 4G smartphone has an optional laptop dock, the phone only becomes a netbook when plugged in, whereas when plugged into the Piggyback, the phone becomes both a tablet and a netbook
Yes, sales of the BlackBerry PlayBook may still be far behind its Cupertino-sourced counterpart, but it looks like the Berry could be beating Apple to the world of 3D graphics on a tablet. And yes, this isn’t just an idea; it’s been demoed at BlackBerry World this week.
Sony is giving it their best effort to take on Apple’s iPad and the array of other Android tablet’s inching for a #2 spot in the tablet work. Sony’s tablets, code named S1 and S2 consist of a single screen 9.4-inch tablet and a dual 5.5-inch screened tablet, both sporting 3G/4G and WiFi and will run on Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet-optimized OS.
The comparison is undeniable and inevitable. The Compufone Smartphone, at least in concept, sounds a lot like the Motorola Atrix. It’s a smartphone, but it’s also designed to power a couple other docking devices too.
If you are a graphic designer you know Wacom, they come from a long tradition of providing an industry standard tablet. And then there are instances where you may want a stylus for your iPad, enter the Wacom Bamboo Stylus.
This design isn’t exactly sanctioned by Fujitsu itself, it came via Yanko Design contributor Park Hyin Jin. The idea is that it takes a notebook and completely folds it up. Open it once, and it’s almost like the old Nokia Communicator devices, except doing it with a touchscreen up top (otherwise it wouldn’t be a tablet) and a hardware (?) QWERTY keyboard down low.
When the iPhone arrived on the scene it quickly rose to dominate the smartphone world. Then, Android came along and it has steadily increased its market share until it was king of the hill. In much the same way, the iPad is currently dominating the tablet world, but Android tablets are rising to the forefront too. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a prime example of that.
When e-readers hit the scene, it’s like every bookstore chain wanted a piece of the action. It mostly started with the Amazon Kindle, but that quickly spawned the Nook and Kobo. The same sort of thing is happening with tablets now too, but we’ve got an unlikely entry coming down the chute: GameStop.
Wait. I thought Android 3.0 Honeycomb was the de facto tablet operating system to come out of Google. Even though we’ve already seen the CR-48 netbook, it looks like Google is still interested in pursuing a tablet-friendly version of its cloud-based Chrome OS.
In case you haven’t joined the revolution already, you might want to know that you don’t have to sit in your living room to watch television. You don’t even need to be at a computer for an Internet stream. Bell would love it if you picked up a tablet and starting watching TV there (in addition to your home service, of course).
I’m not at all convinced that I would want a notebook computer that doesn’t have a physical keyboard, but I almost said the same thing about touchscreen-only smartphones not that long ago. Pushing this trend along is the dual screen-wielding Acer Iconia, which is now being put up for pre-order.
I’ve got some good news and some bad news for all the Honeycomb fans in the audience. The good news is that you don’t have to pony up for a new wireless data contract in order to get your hands on a Xoom; you can get the WiFi-only model instead. The bad news is that it’s not particularly cheap.
Just about all of the major smartphone companies are jumping on board the tablet bandwagon. We’ve got everything from the HTC Flyer to the Motorola Xoom, but where does Nokia fit into this mix? This design patent might answer that question.
Olivetti’s new OliPad Android 2.2 tablet was released this week, and it’s the first Android tablet from the Italian manfuacturer.
Why knock off just one product when you can Frankenstein them all together to make for a mega product? That seems to be the idea behind this nameless contraption from China, but the net result actually looks pretty darn promising.
Despite what some of those slate sellers might lead you to believe, Windows 7 is pretty terrible for tablets. I don’t care if you’re only interested in enterprise customers; the interface just doesn’t work for a finger-based usage and Microsoft kinda knows that. And that’s why they’re taking so bloody long to come up with an OS that works better for tablets.
You don’t normally think of India as much of a powerhouse in the automotive world, but Tata Motors is slowly starting to change that. The ridiculously cheap Tata Nano has somehow paved the way to the much higher-tech Tata Pixel concept shown here.
As it turns out, despite all the overwhelming attention that devices like the Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom are getting, Archos is doing just fine. In fact, they’re doing better than fine; they’re growing. This is despite the fact that the average Joe and Jane don’t even know about Archos at all.
During CES in January and with MWC this month, we’ve seen a lot of new Android tablets. All of them, without fail, will mention that they have love for Flash 10.1, quick unlike a certain iProduct. Well, as it turns out, the championed Motorola Xoom isn’t so Flashy after all.
Well, stress no more. This summer, Leapfrog’s new edutainment tablet for kids 4 years old and up will be hitting the stores, allowing Johnny and Betty to have their own tablet computers to learn and draw on. You’ll never have to hand over your iPad or Galaxy Tab again.
Will Sony’s rumored “tablet” concept live up to the expectations set by Apple’s miraculous iPad? If not, will they supersede them? Let’s face it- the main things we all look for nowadays are versatility, battery life, and affordability. We have yet to see anything from one of the biggest players out there, Sony, and if anyone can pull it off to take a second place in the tablet world next to Apple it is Sony.
It’s one thing to come forward with a spec sheet that should leave users in awe. It’s another thing altogether to have a product that people will actually want, admire, and use in the long run. Apparently, the G-Slate from LG falls short in that regard.
There’s a price to be paid when you want to be on the cutting edge of technology. These days, being on the cutting edge means something to do with 3D displays, and that’s where we find the LG Optimus Pad. We also find the astronomical price that comes with this new tablet.
Alongside the Galaxy S II monsterphone, Samsung has announced a new Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet. This release is announced in partnership with Vodafone Group, who will offer the new tablet to their customers “this spring.”
Maybe you’ve already decided that you don’t want an iPad and you’re not interested in webOS. That leaves you with Windows 7 and Android for your tablet needs, if you cannot choose between the two you might want the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro, then, since it sports a dual booting.
This video gives us a quick peak at the LG G-Slate from T-Mobile. Although the Android 3.0 OS wasn’t shown off much to see if LG skinned it some how, it does give us an idea of how useless a 3D tablet could be.
The Android tablet market is set to explode in the next few months, thanks to the pending onslaught of Honeycomb tabs on the way, but the Notion Ink Adam is still getting a lot of attention.
Artists at exhibits, vendors at trade shows, limo drivers at airports; nobody likes a missed sale. Which is exactly the problem Sage Software Inc. is looking to eliminate with today’s launch of their new fee-free encrypted credit card payment device.
When it came to media darlings at this year’s CES, it came down to the Motorola Atrix 4G and the Motorola XOOM. The latter will reportedly start selling at Best Buy on February 24. That’s less than three weeks away.
Apparently, we’re getting one step closer to Minority Report territory. eyeSight has just introduced a new software-based technology that will allow you to use your tablet device without ever touching it; they’re doing it based on gestures.
Good news for Android users! Touchtype, the creator of one of Android’s favorite keyboards has announced that SwiftKey will be coming to Android Honeycomb tablets.
I’m very much partial to physical keyboards. Maybe it has to do with the tactile feedback. Maybe it has to do with the ability to “feel” between the different keys for added accuracy. With the creation of the “LiquidKeyboard,” these concerns may soon be overcome on tablets.
We knew that this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was going to represent the year of the tablet. We knew that just about everyone was jumping on board this newfound goldmine, but we had no idea how big this would become. How big? Well, there were over 100 new tablets revealed at CES 2011.
In another show of unbridled innovation, the aptly named InOne all-in-one desktop computer concept blends several already-available technologies into a single package that leaves us aching for cooler things to come.