The limited space on 8 GB or 16 GB version of the new iPad can be a problem(0)
While Apple fans are overall quite content with the new iPad, there are still many who prefer iPad 2. But regardless of the version, the limited space on 8 GB or 16 GB version of the new iPad can be problematic, particularly when you are traveling frequently. The Retina Display of the new iPad has turned many users from simple users to power users. People who previously used to only check mails and occasionally browse on their iPad now like to do much more things. Besides, the powerful processor of the new iPad, coupled with Retina Display, is a huge attraction for gamers. However, under such a situation, the 16 GB version can be quite a limitation and users indulging in too much use would certainly need to go for higher capacity version. There are many games and apps that exceed much more than 1 GB and a total memory of 16 GB seems next to nothing. Excessive use on 16 GB version would eventually force you to delete some of the previous content which you might not like.
Technical specs and price of the new iPad(0)
Apple has updated various specifications during the transition from iPad 2 to the new iPad. These changes include both hardware and software aspects of the device. So for a person considering purchasing the new iPad, it would be important to know the technical specs of the new iPad and what to expect.
Pros and cons for buying the new iPad(0)
The new iPad from Apple has been here for some days now and it has been making a lot of headlines. While it isn’t exactly an all new product from Apple, it does come with upped specs, especially with that Retina display that has wooed many. While Apple has already shipped three million new iPad tablets within three days of launch, it’s time to see why you should or should not buy this tablet.
Why you should buy it?
The most significant feature and the first thing that you will notice the moment you lay your hands on the new iPad is its ultra-high, ultra-clear Retina display. With an A5X processor which supplements the tablet with quad-core graphics, you are able to get a very vivid tablet experience. Talk about having a true feel of gaming, surfing the web or watching movies.
Also, the new iPad comes with iOS 5.1 which is incredibly refined and sleek. To put it in a few words, there are no glitches or breaks with this nifty piece of software. Also, Apple has been able to keep the battery life of the tablet constant even when all that power goes into juicing up the 2048 x 1536 display. That’s a real achievement although there have been indications that the new iPad gets more warm than iPad 2 when it is working. Finally, for those who have wanted an Apple tablet with high-speed 4G connection, the new iPad is their dreams come true.
Why you should not buy it?
One of the major down-sides of the new iPad is that although it furnishes the same battery time as iPad 2, it takes much, much longer to recharge. Also, as mentioned earlier, the new iPad warms up a lot more than iPad 2 and you may have to put it down at times, which is further exacerbated by the fact that it weighs more than iPad 2 and is thicker (essentially a departure from Steve Jobs’ philosophy of getting things only thinner). Moreover, whereas the new iPad does have a 5-megapixel camera which is really good, the front-facing camera still remains VGA. So if you were planning a FaceTime chat on the new iPad, that’s still going to be a poor experience.
While you may be all prepped up to spend a solid $500 on this tablet, you may feel a little disappointed because essentially, the only thing that significantly stands the new iPad apart from iPad 2 is its Retina display – and that distinction blurs when you realize that iPad 2’s price is hovering near $350 since the launch of the new iPad.
Motorola has decided to give updates to its tablets, XYBOARD and XOOM(0)
After quite a pause, Motorola has decided to give updates to its tablets, Motorola XYBOARD and Motorola XOOM. Both 8.2 and 10.1 versions of XYBOARD tablet and the 4G LTE Xoom tablet would have the software updates which would result in extra features as well as the removal of minor bugs present in the previous versions. The software updates for both versions of the XYBOARD would be the same, with the only exception that the 10.1 inch version would have an additional feature of support for stylus touch response time. Important software updates for Motorola Xoom would include maintenance update for international travel and improved data connections. On the other hand, software updates for XYBOARD would include enhanced browsing experience and the ability to maintain the current data connection while switching between Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G networks. The Daily App would be among the default apps coming with the device. Certain improvements in the email and messaging services have also been made according to which links can be opened in the emails without the system rebooting.
An important update released for Motorola Xoom includes International Mobile Subscriber Identities for users who would be traveling between countries and another update to maintain and re-establish the data connection while leaving the airplane mode. However, the updates released for Motorola Xoom are less compared to those released for other tablets. Xoom was released about a year ago, in February 2011, and at that time it was certainly one of the very best Android tablets in the market. Some of the noteworthy technical specs of this tablet include dual-core processor, graphics processor and 1GB of RAM memory. On the other hand, both versions of DROID XYBOARD tablets were released later in 2011. These tablets also showcase some pretty impressive specs. The 10.1 inch version of these tablets comes with a weight of about two pounds and a powerful 7000mAh battery that can support standby time of about 1000 hours. The screen resolution for this tablet happens to be 1280×800 resolution while the pixel density is 149 ppi. Internal memory of this device is 64 GB, but there is no support for microSD card so memory cannot be expanded any further. This version of the tablet is available for orders on the official website of Motorola where you can buy this device at a price of $499.99.
HP TouchPad on sale at low prices(0)
The troubles for HP TouchPad started ever since the introduction of this device in the market and HP could never really put the tablet on the success track. Even the reduction in the price of the tablet more than once could not result in significant progress. HP TouchPad was originally introduced in February 2011 and against all the expectations, could never really attract the audience on a wide scale. The size of this device was same as iPad but there was a critical change in the software since HP preferred to use Palm’s WebOS, opting out the option of Android. After the reduction of the price a couple of times, present price of HP TouchPad happens to be around $270-$300. But now that several new high end devices with even lower prices have been introduced during the recent CES, HP would have to further adjust the price factor. For example, Asus released its quad-core Asus Memo 370T Tablet PC at a price of just $249 during the last CES.
After the initial release and limited success of the tablet, a later version of the tablet was released under contract with AT&T. This tablet comes with the 4G technology while the remaining specs are more or less the same. But since the market was already saturated with several other high end and established Android and Windows based tablets, the success for this version was also very limited. Eventually, HP decided not to manufacture any more of these devices and at present, you can purchase TouchPad from the retail stores but the manufacture of the device by the company has been stopped. HP TouchPad can still be quite expensive. For example, the price of 32 GB WiFi version of HP TouchPad having a screen size of 9.7 inches, capacitive LCD display, and other usual specifications is $499.99. Although from the standards of HP TouchPad, this might seem quite expensive, but this price is still quite affordable compared to several other high end devices available in the market. What’s more, you can purchase this device from Amazon for only $298. There are some other places that are selling HP TouchPad at even lower price so if someone does not need the best specs and can live with a reasonably nice tablet with a very reasonable price; he or she can certainly opt for HP TouchPad which showcases quite decent technical specs as well.
Toshiba Thrive 7″ review(0)
2012 can be considered a year when most of the tech giants would be releasing 7 inch versions of their tablets, considering the giant success that Amazon Kindle Fire has enjoyed. Already we have some of the 7 inch tablets in the market; among them included is 7 inch version of Toshiba Thrive which was originally released in the summer of 2011. There were some bugs in the 10 inch version, however, that blocked its way to immense success. The technical specifications of the 7 inch version are quite similar to that of the 10 inch version. Some of the technical specifications that this version has inherited from its 10 inch predecessor include the Tegra 2 processor, 16 GB of internal storage, Honeycomb operating system, and a screen resolution of 1280 x 800. A couple of noteworthy differences in the hardware of the device are that the backside cover and hence battery of this version is not removable like the 10 inch version and this device also has an added facility of LED flash with the rare end camera. LED Flash was missing from the camera of the 10 inch version. The weight of this tablet is 0.83 pounds which is slightly more than the 7 inch version of Galaxy Tab which is 0.76-pound. We would have a 5 mega pixel rare and a 2 mega pixel front end camera on this device.
The battery life of the new Toshiba Thrive is not impressive at all. The battery timing is just around 5 hours which is much less compared to most other tablets in the market. Original 10 inch version of the tablet also suffered from the same problem. Even though the pixel density of this tablet is pretty impressive, the battery timing for this higher pixel density is still not good. From the software side, the tablet is pretty such since it comes with Android Honeycomb which is being used by most other devices at present. At present, the price for the 16 GB model has been set at $380 while 32 GB model is available at $430. Although it is relatively cheaper compared to the 7 inch version of Galaxy Tablet, but still Amazon Kindle Fire is a lot cheaper than it. Although the technical specifications of Toshiba Thrive do not justify the high price compared to tablets like Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, still there are a few things that can be considered quite good about this tablet.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1(0)
Asus Eee Pad Transformer has been considerably improved with the passage of time and at present, it can be considered among the best Android tablets. Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1, on the other hand, is considered to be the very best Android tablet available in the market by most of the critics. But the latest developments from Asus have considerably improved the position of Asus Eee Pad Transformer in this race. A short comparative analysis of both these tablets is in order. When we compare the software components of these tablets, both showcase some pretty impressive specifications. Both tablets utilize Android Honeycomb as operating system and in the near future, both would be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. Android Honeycomb has been very successful as tablet OS and contains a variety of impressive features. Talking about the camera feature of these devices, Samsung Galaxy Tab contains a 3.15 mega pixel back end camera with the facilities of auto focus, LED flash and 720p HD video recording. Besides, it also has a 2 mega pixel front end camera. Asus Eee Pad, on the other hand, has a massive 8 mega pixel rare end camera and contains all the features that the camera of Galaxy tab has, additionally allowing HD video recording in 1080p format. So on this front, Eee Pad has a clear edge. The structure of both these devices is light weight yet solid, but Asus Eee Pad has the special premium look that Galaxy Tab lacks. The difference in weight is not massive, Galaxy Tab being 560 g compared to Eee Pad’s 586 g. Display is one feature in which Galaxy Tab excels. Screen resolution and pixel density of both tablets is exactly the same, that is, 1280 x 800 and 149ppi. But the screen brightness of Samsung Galaxy Tab is quite better comparatively.
Finally, processing power is another important feature that needs to be compared. Galaxy Tab has a powerful 1 GHz dual core processor along with 1 GB of RAM. Asus Eee Pad has an even powerful 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. Galaxy Tablet is available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models while Asus Eee Pad comes in 32 GB and 64 GB models. So although Samsung Galaxy Tablet is a great piece of technology, it seems that Asus Eee Pad showcases considerably more exciting features that any tech buff would want.
Vizio tablet review(0)
Vizio is the firm which had previously restricted itself to the production of low cost TVs and related equipment. But recently, Vizio has entered in the market of tablet computers with the release of its first tablet. The display of this table is between the 10 inch and 7 inch display, that is, 8 inch capacitive touchscreen display. The device runs on a 1 GHz Marvell Armada 600 processor and the operating system utilized is Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This tablet is cheaper than most, yet not all, of the tablets available in the market and its price happens to be $300. Even through the price of the device is quite low it is quite innovative and contains a lot of features that several competitors are lacking.
Good news for music listeners is that the device contains three speakers, unlike two speakers on most devices, through which the users can get stereo sound in multiple modes. The build-in IR port allows you to use the tablet as a universal remote control. Initially, many users considered the device to be exclusively designed to work for Vizio television sets running Google TV software. But it appears that the device can be used as a universal remote to control most televisions, set top-boxes, as well as other noteworthy media devices such as Blu-ray players and cable boxes.
Vizio Tablet has a complete support for WiFi, Bluetooth and HDMI. One negative aspect of this device is the lack of internal storage. The device offers only a 2 GB of internal storage which is, of course, much less compared to other devices in the market and would certainly prove to be a negative impact. Particularly, student and those users who need to deal with large data would prefer devices which offer a decent amount of internal storage. Besides, the custom software interface of the device is also not much attractive as compared to other tablets. Other than that, some users have also experienced slowing of the software as well as halting of the screen at times, but this was not a frequent occurrence.
However, on a more positive note, users can have an access to the official Google Android market with this tablet. This is quite rare with tablets which come with Android version 2.3 and below. A possibility also exists that in near future, a software update could result in this device running Android Honeycomb operating system. Overall, Vizio tablet could be a pretty good option for those users whose main emphases is on gaming and web surfing and they do not indulge in high tech development.
Motorola Xoom SD functionality(0)
Motorola has been pretty successful with its first tablet computer, Motorola Xoom, which was released earlier this year. This tablet is quite impressive when we see its body and specifications and was received positively by the customers. The tablet runs Android operating system with a 1 GHz dual core processor. It has complete support for WiFi and Bluetooth. Other noteworthy features include a rear end camera of 5 MP and a web cam of 2 MP. Besides, important applications such as Google Talk, Adobe and Flash, Google eBooks, social networking applications and other important applications from Google come with the device.
The latest update that Motorola has performed is the availability of the SD card functionality with the device, which was previously missing. This update was recently announced by Varizon after which the device is ready to be released for the customers. This important feature was absent since the release of Xoom and customers were demanding it, so Motorola felt the need to update the device with this feature. The updated device has been named HTJ85. This is particularly good news for those users who need large memory for data usage and were running out of the memory in the presence of a limited amount of storage provided by the device. Users can now utilize the SD card slot to attach external memory with the device and back up their files and folders in that memory. For corporate users and students, this would be particularly a useful feature.
Some other noteworthy features of the device include the option to switch to double pixel mode which, however, was only for a selected few applications. This feature was particularly useful for those applications which have been optimized for tablets and quick streaming for movies and videos. It also allows benefiting from the new EAS policy which gives the opportunity to recover the lost passwords as well as improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and security. The update is available on new as well as existing devices now. The process to update can be performed manually as well as automatically. To perform manual update, users need to go to the system updates from Settings and select the ‘install now’ option. However, it is good practice to backup the files and folders before undertaking this process. This new feature for the device is certainly a positive step from Motorola and would prove to be quite a beneficial business endeavor.
Android – Apple iPad2 comparison(0)
Apple’s iPad may be the top tablet in current market. However, a slew of Android-based products, like the Samsung Universe Tab, are earning their distance to the marketplace so that they can undertake, and potentially beat, the iPad. Regrettably for individuals products, beating the iPad are really a tall order. That does not mean, however, it’s impossible. Actually, the correct answer is entirely possible that, using the right plan, any organization having a solid vision can take care of the iPad within the tablet market. It is simply going to take a few works.
Finally, named marketplace is getting exciting. Probably the fiercest competition originates from Android-based products that may fit everything in an Android smartphone can, but on the bigger screen. The very best Android tablet we have seen to date may be the one from Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 technical specifications simply prove this claim. This 10.1-incher impresses with solid, well-designed hardware, a great browser, and support for expensive, something which the iPad2 infamously lacks. The only real factor it’s missing is tablet-specific programs. The Universe runs Android applications perfectly well, just bigger. The Tab requires a boost from designers creating particularly for that tablet, and Samsung promises that individuals’ applications are in route. Without applications, it’s a fantastic choice if you are searching for a tablet for entertainment, but you wouldn’t want an iPad.
Here are more some comparison between Android and iPad
A Larger Display
Apple has proven that the 9.7-inch display works very well for tablet customers. It not just enables customers to savor video, however it provides them the screen property they have to type out documents and perform tasks. A little display is attractive for a Smartphone. However, when you buy Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, this ten-inch display appears to become a fantastic sweet place.
Area of the trouble with Android-based tablets is the fact that, to date, they haven’t focused towards the corporate market. ‘Cisco’ intends to change by using its approaching Cius tablet, but it is alone at this time. If Android is certainly going to maintain Apple, the enterprise is where it may do this. In the end, the iPad is not probably the most enterprise-friendly device. And many companies are recoiling at implementing it at this time. If the Android-based tablet can deliver an affordable solution, Google’s OS might prove difficult for Apple.
A Good Vendor
Android-based tablets are only able to attract clients when they originate from a trustworthy vendor which has a lengthy good reputation for making solid items. Dell must have been that company; however it designed a huge mistake using its Streak. Now, Archos is attempting its luck. However it does not possess the market appeal that Dell has. If Android will probably be effective within the tablet market, it’ll need the likes of Samsung to transport the marketplace. This is exactly why the Samsung Universe Tab is really important.
The primary reason Apple could sell a lot of iPad and its iPad2, was the hype named received when it had been introduced. It had been new things, it originated from Apple, and also it shipped functionality that customers have been wishing for. Today, it is an extremely popular product. Android rivals have to try to build hype like this. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great initial step, but it is not presently matching the iPad’s level. Hype means a great deal within the tablet space. And each Android vendor needs to understand that.
Verizon’s 3rd generation Network
One problem using the iPad is it works just with AT&T’s 3rd generation network. Due to that, some companies and customers are loath to find the iPad 3rd generation and pay AT&T for somewhat spotty 3rd generation coverage. Android-based Tablet PC can take advantage of that with Verizon’s 3rd generation network. Finding methods to distinguish an item is the greatest option. And Android tablet makers can’t forget that.
Ultimately, Google’s hope is perfect for Android Operating System products to outnumber iOS products in houses around the globe. To accomplish this, the organization will have to follow its smartphone strategy and produce Android Operating System to as numerous products as possibly it can. To date, Google appears to become getting success with this. Moving forward, it will double lower on its vendor relations. The greater Android products you will find, the greater options you will see open to customers.
Google’s Android mobile OS is recognized as among the best options to Apple’s iOS when it involves mobile phones and tablet computer systems. Unlike Apple’s closed system of software and hardware, outdoors-source character of Google’s Android Operating System causes it to be inviting for a lot of hardware producers to test their hands at making an Android-based device. Nevertheless, it is a system that’s been slow to deal with fruit when it involves viable rivals towards the Ipad.