Tablet PCs, mobile industry and more(1)
Lots of big news in the last quarter of 2010 and first quarter of 2011 on the Tablets market. If until now you were maybe considering buying a Tablet or just learning about it staring with the second half of 2010 the IT&C community has definetly increased its supporters at the same pace with the continously diversifying Tablet market.
Keeping up with the new releases of notorious names in the sector just as well with the new entries on the market the mobile industry is adapting and shaping up to the new trends. Best example is the AT&T’s takeover of T Mobile US which can be considered just another strategic step for an ongrowing uber carrier which placed AT&T/T-Mobile on pole position in the US with as many as 130 million subscribers Verizon Wireless comes in second place with 101 million and a very distant number three Sprint with 50 million.
In the first quarter of 2011 we have seen:
BlackBerry devices coming to market this year.
Mobile payment system several times included in many companies’ to do list. (Sprint Amazon Apple and Google the most important of them)
Release Date for over 10 new important Tablet PCs.
Some forecasts have it that 20% of all smartphones will be NFC-enabled by 2014 so the groundwork is being laid for a potentially huge industry although initially it will be more of a hit with merchants for mobile marketing before final consumers would consider it a good option for a platform for mobile payments. Continuing with the great stories of 2011 so far we have Nokia and Microsoft announcing a huge deal as the Finnish manufacturer would adopt Windows Phone as its primary mobile operating system effectively leaving Symbian in the rear-view. Further on Verizon Wireless hits hard with its HTC ThunderBolt the first handset to support the carrier’s new lightning-fast LTE network. And last but not least Amazon opened its new Android storefront which provides a high-profile alternative to Google’s Android Market.And the story goes on as there’s still a lot more to look forward on the mobile industry over the next few months.
For the second quarter of this year, we are waiting to see others Tablet PCs being released and we are hoping that this will lead to smaller prices for Tablets and access to top technology for users. 2011 will be a year to remember when you think of Tablet PC.
One of the next big news is related to the launch of Amazon’s Android app store not to mention another badge of new tablets being launched. To keep up with news on buying Tablets and Tablet prices check out TabletsForU constantly.
Asus sold out in UK(2)
Asus, a giant Taiwanese manufacturer of world’s best selling PCs and 3rd largest producer of notebook, released its Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet in UK last April 6. The unveiling of this cheap Asus Eee Pad Transformer represents Asus’ competitive move following Apple’s iPad success in the market of mini-laptops.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer is powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb with NVIDIA Tegra2 1.0GHz dual-core CPU. Android operating system supports fast web browsing; efficient computing functions and comes with pre-installed Polaris Office which allows viewing and editing of basic Microsoft files. Asus Eee Pad Transformer technical specifications strengthen its position in the Tablet PC market.
This cheap Asus Eee Pad Transformer is built with scratch resistant glass, for touchpad input, a 10.1 inch multi touch display and claimed to have a 178 degree viewing angle. This device can give users an instant cinema experience as it provides video playback coupled with 3D stereo with max bass response with SRS premium sound.
One major advantage of buying Asus Eee Pad Transformer is its optional keyboard dock. The main screen can be detached from the keyboard dock if users only want to play video or just read ebooks. Just dock onto the keyboard to turn this device into a regular laptop and expend the battery life with up to 6 hours.
Given the above features, the market’s warm response is no longer a surprise. Asus Eee Pad Transformer price ranges from £379 -£429.99, and varies according to the presence of keyboard dock and memory capacity between 16GB and 32GB.
According to Asus, potential buyers could avail themselves of their Eee Pad Transformer by visiting www.TabletsForU.com. Apple may be the first to introduce a Tablet PC, but Asus Eee Pad Transformer challenges iPad’s limitations in providing more choices to customers.
Acer Iconia A500 Vs. Asus Eee Pad Transformer(2)
With lots of tablets out today, it isn’t surprising that most are showing the same specs in the products. This might be the case when it comes to the Acer Iconia A500 and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. However, taking a closer look on these new additions to the tablet community, some identifiable differences can be spotted.
But which one is actually better? Check out our comprehensive Acer Iconia Vs. Asus Eee Pad Transformer review.
Acer Iconia A500
This tablet by Acer comes with the NVidia Tegra 2 system at 1GHz with 1GB RAM which works well using the Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Acer Iconia technical specifications include a memory of 32 GB, a 10.1 inch touch screen and two cameras at the rear (5MP) and front (2MP). The Acer Iconia price is set at $499.99 for the Wi-Fi compatible product. Those who want to buy Acer Iconia should also expect features like Dolby Mobile technology, HD video recording and GPS.
Release Date Acer Iconia: April 24
Those who buy Asus Eee Pad Transformer will find that the tablet also runs with the NVidia Tegra 2 compatible with the Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the 1GHz with 1GB RAM. However, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Technical Specifications include a microSD Card slot for higher storage capacity, Gorilla Glass Technology, 10.1-inch touch screen plus rear (5 MP) and front (1.2 MP) cameras. The difference between the two is that the Asus Eee Pad Transformer price is set lower at $399.99 with a keyboard dock for typists. It also comes with the IPS technology and 16 hours battery time if we use the keyboard dock.
Release Date Asus Eee Pad Transformer: April 6
Since both use the Android 3.0 Honeycomb system, the tablets are basically at par with feats. Yet to be released, Honeycomb itself has been tweaked to provide better user performance. However, when considering the features, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer offers better perks for the users.
Motorola Xoom to be released next week in UK(5)
It’s confirmed - Motorola Xoom will be available to buy next week in UK. Motorola didn’t give a specific release date but it has to be before Asus Eee Pad Transformer’s launch if Motorola wants to present the first Android 3.0 running tablet as promoted in the photo below.
Motorola has been accepting online pre-orders since last month and they committed to deliver starting with April 9th. They seem to have been taken quite by surprise by Asus guys. Interesting enough, the Xoom has similar technical specifications with Eee Pad Transformer. Both use same CPU (1GB dual core Tegra 2), same RAM memory (1GB), have 5 MP cameras on the back and same thickness (12.9mm).
Asus Tablet is 50g lighter, weighting only 680g, but its facing camera has only 1.2 MP comparing with Xoom tablet which offers a 2 MP camera for video conferences.
Eee Pad Transformer has also the docking keyboard that allows you to turn it into a netbook, giving users also up to 8 more hours of use.
Motorola Xoom is also competing with Acer Iconia Tab W500, also announced for release at the beginning of April. Tough competition on the 10.1 inch tablet segment, even more when the prices are sensibly close.
For example the Windows 7 runing Acer Iconia Tab W500 has the same price in UK as Motorola Xoom, (449.99 GPB) both being only 20GBP more expensive as Asus Eee Pad Transformer and 30 GBP cheaper than iPad 2. All of these models are having 32 GB storage and no 3G capabilities.
We don’t have prices for Motorola Xoom in EURO but we will publish them before Motorola Xoom will hit the stores in Germany or France.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer available in Best Buy(2)
As announced, the Taiwanese released Asus Tablet in March. You can buy Asus Eee Pad Transformer from Best Buy at the price starting from $399.99 for the 16GB storage model. The Asus Tablet is available in UK through Best Buy as well and you can buy the 16GB Transformer for 379 £ and the 32GB model for 429£.
It is announced in France stores beginning May for a starting price of €399.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is an Android 3.0 Honeycomb running tablet with a 10.1 inch IPS capacitive display (1280 x 800 pixels). It has a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM and has 2 storage options: 16GB and 32GB.
A very useful accessory for the Eee Pad is the docking keyboard that not only gives a much better typing experience but increases the tablet’s battery life with 8 more hours because it has its own battery and together go up to 16 hours of autonomy. Best Buy will sell it for around $50.
Main competitors for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer are the Android 3.0 running Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple’s iOS running iPad2. Keep in mind that the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is 99$ less than Apple’s iPad, and more affordable than the Motorola Xoom and this could be a tablet for the clients making decisions only based on price comparisons.
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