Bringing the real “Computer” part to Tablet Computers(2)
While only little is known of the new features for iPad 3 (so far most prominent will be the camera and better multitasking), Google made some noises just recently as it reveals to the public the Ice Cream Sandwich OS to run in smartphones, and the much awaited Android 3.1 update to the Android 3.0 running in tablet computers such as Xoom and Galaxy Tab.
With the unveiled features, perhaps advocates of tablet computing can now say, “Now, we’re talking”, as the new features bring real desktop computer capabilities to the small but powerful Tablet PC. As a Tablet comparison, the upcoming new tablets like the DreamBookePad 7 Pro and HP’s TC4400 boast their powerful dual core processors, which some previous Tablet PC’s don’t have.
We can also expect features like expanded support for various USB Accessories. Google talks of easy and convenient installation of USB devices such as card readers, portable hard drives and even console controllers like those of the XBOX 360 and PS3. One can only imagine to play motion-sensor games like those of the Wii and XBOX’s Kinect, well who knows, really. The following are perhaps the most common features that would be nice to have in the upcoming incarnations of the Tablet PC’s, and maybe considered in your quest to when decided buy best tablet around:
- High(er) Speed USB 3.0
A combination or all of these features coupled with software innovations should make up the best Tablet PC. Going back to Google, the update to their OS includes the noteworthy browser improvements like support of HTML5, which basically presents a better way to stream videos. CSS for nice webpage experience is also added.
It will only be a matter of time, or specifically about 6 months when the new batch of more powerful Tablet PC’s take over, bringing real desktop power to tablet computing. Between now and then should be the perfect time to buy cheap tablets, especially those who are tight in their budget, as current versions, but should still be good enough models will take a dive in terms of prices, making way for the newer and upgraded counterparts.
Enhanced Motorola Xoom, the merger of smartphone and tablet(1)
In an effort to make a distinction in Tablet market, Motorola Mobility is now taking bigger moves. The company now merges Motorola Atrix smartphone and Motorola Xoom tablet lines in order to come up with a better and more useful device, something more than just a phone, better than a Tablet and handier than a laptop.
Motorola Atrix, a famous smartphone that revolutionized the world of mobile phones, is just a mobile phone in itself with capabilities to alter desktop functions. With its technical specifications, users could browse internet using 4G, and being based on Android platform, it works smarter than a normal mobile phone, making it closer to a Tablet PC, resulting to ideas of merging the smartphone with Tablet PC.
On the other side, Motorola’s tablet known as Motorola Xoom has been hardly competing with other slates. Tablet war has been very extensive recently and almost every Tablet resembles the same specs. No one has ever beaten the Apple iPad market share. Cutting a larger market share in tablet world remains a challenge for every tablet producer until now.
In order to cut larger share in Tablet market, Motorola is merging Atrix with Xoom and come up with a new device packed with better features and advanced applications. A possibility of a device backed by quad-core processor, designed to be docked and perform as a usual laptop, are just some of the expectations drawn for the enhanced Motorola Xoom technical specifications. Whatever Motorola comes up with, no one knows the exact details yet.
In terms of market promise, price is what most consumers consider whether to buy Motorola Xoom. If this new Motorola Xoom price is relatively near to the current price of its competitors, customers might as well buy it. Let us all wait for Motorola Xoom advanced version after merging the smartphone with tablet.
Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Acer Iconia A500, side by side comparison(0)
If you are about to buy iPad2 competitor, you will notice that Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Acer Iconia A500, are being compared side by side because of their similarities with one another. Checking out each Tablet technical specifications may help potential buyers to decide which one to pursue. Here are some critical points that could help in differentiating one from the other.
All of these three Tablets are using the same software, the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, so there’s no point of difference. But with respect to processor, Motorola Xoom Tablet and Acer Iconia A500 Tablet use NVIDIA Tegra2 dual core 1GHz while Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 leveraged on its own Samsung dual core 1GHz CPU.
Connectivity issue is an important consideration when you buy Tablet PC. Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are 3G enabled while Acer Iconia A500 is not. All three are WiFi ready and can connect via Bluetooth for convenient file sharing.
In terms of storage capacity, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been left out for offering a device with no micro SD storage capacity, 16GB being the least. Motorola Xoom and Acer Iconia A500 have both expandable memory and have internal memory of at least 16GB.
In overall feature, with 10.1 inch wide screen, these three Tablets look the same at first glance. But, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet is the slimmest of them all, and the lightest Tablet, making it perfect communication gadget for always-on-the-go business people.
With respect to affordability, Tablets with almost same features are usually priced similarly. Current Tablets such as iPad2, Playbook from RIM, Asus Eee Transformer, to name a few, were priced at approximately US$499. People were advised to expect that Motorola Xoom price will be same with its competitors. Based on an online store, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v and Acer Iconia A500 prices are US$429.99 and US$449.99 respectively.
So, there are two major factors that you should know before you buy Tablet PC, one is technical specification and the other is the price. It is highly encouraged that buyers conduct comparison to achieve maximum value for your hard-earned money. Refer to Tablets For U for more review and guidance before you buy one.
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.
How to Win a Tablet PC(8)
TouchType is giving away FREE Tablet PCs to three lucky winners in the contest they organized courtesy of 1 million downloads of their SwiftKey Application. SwiftKey is a keyboard application for Android Tablet PCs and you can see a first look of this application running on a Motorola Xoom here.
TouchType wants to make sure the winner gets what she or he wants and they are providing pickings from prime tablets out today: the Motorola Xoom, Blackberry Playbook, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Apple’s iPad 2 or any other Tablet PC available under $800 where the winner lives.
Here are some possible tablets up for grabs just to show you what you’re possibly getting!
Motorola Xoom technical specifications include an Android 3.0 platform and may be connected via Bluetooth, WI-Fi and micro USB with all the necessary features for surfing and entertainment. It has a 10.1 inch TFT display, 1GHz dual core CPU and 2 cameras (5MP and 2MP). There are 3 models from memory perpective, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and on top of that you can increase the memory buying a microSD up to 32GB. Those who buy Motorola Xoom could found a tablet comparable to Apple’s iPad 2. The Motorola Xoom price is at $799 unsubsidized on Verizon, but if you send your entry to the contest now, you don’t have to buy Xoom but get it absolutely FREE.
The BlackBerry Playbook price at release date (April 19th) is around $499 for the 16GB model. Of course, here, you just might get it for zero dollars. The BlackBerry Playbook technical specifications include 7” LCD screen with 16M colors, 1GHz dual core CPU, 5MP and 3MP cameras,1G RAM, micro USB and micro HDMI port. BlackBerry OS lets you read Flash Player, HTML, music, video and a lot more. Those who want to buy BlackBerry Tablet PC can choose from 3 possible models in terms of internal memory: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
No need get in line to buy Blackberry Playbook, simply check our contest and get a chance to be the owner of this brand new tablet PC.
Samsung Galaxy Tab technical specifications include a talk time of 28 hours, 7 inch display with two cameras and 1 GHz processor. It is currently sold with Android 2.2 (Froyo) but an update to Android Honeycomb will be possible in the near future. You can buy 16GB or 32GB model and for both you can extent the memory with additional 32GB with a microSD. With its Full HD player, Adobe Flash Support and Samsung Mini Apps Tray, those who buy Samsung Galaxy Tab will enjoy endless hours of surfing with the HTML browser plus loads of entertainment Android applications. The Samsung Galaxy Tab price starts at $349.99, considerably cheaper than other tablets you could choose from.
Probably the most popular tablet right now, the iPad 2 technical specifications includes a 10 hour battery life, iOS 4.3, slimmer design and a 9.7” LCD display. It features two cameras and a 900 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor that’s up 9 times faster than the iPad’s first 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU. The iPad 2 price for the least expansive model remains at $499. Of course, you don’t need to buy iPad 2 yet if you join TouchType’s contest since you get the chance to have it for FREE.
Asus Eee Pad, Acer Iconia or HTC Flyer could be also your choice if you are one of the 3 winners of the contest.
Taking the 5 minutes survey now you just might be one of the three lucky people to win a tablet of their choice. The contest is open for readers of TabletsForU.com now. Of course, read the official entry rules before answering the survey that would make automatically put you in the list of possible WINNERS.
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.
Motorola Xoom has its first keyboard app(0)
Motorola Xoom was released this year on February 24 and you can buy it for $70 more than the price of an iPad 2. The price comparison with iPad 2 is justified since all new tablets are first compared to Apple’s product from both price and technical specification perspectives. It has a super powerful dual core CPU and it’s world’s first tablet running Honeycomb, Google’s Android Operating Software for tablet PCs. Rumors have it that Android is optimized for tablets while others are debating over its lack of applications.
SwiftKey has announced a new application for Android tablets and smartphones. It is a keyboard application already tested on Motorola Xoom’s Honeycomb and Samsung Galaxy Tab’s Froyo. It works perfectly on both, but since it’s a beta version unexpected flaws may occur.
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Motorola Xoom European Price(0)
Allthough expected in Europe no sooner than next month, Motorola Xoom has an European price already. The Spanish retailer ThePlanetHouse is receiving pre-orders for Motorola Xoom 3G at 699 euro ($900). Same Motorola tablet (32GB, 3G with no subscription) is already sold in US for $799. You can buy this tablet from Verzion or Best Buy stores.
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Motorola Xoom WiFi only hits stores March 27th – Price $599(0)
Motorola releasead Xoom 3G on February 24th and announced us on Wendesday that Xoom WiFi will be on sale beginning with March 27th. Xoom WIFi will be availble through Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Staples and Wal-Mart stores.The price for WiFi model is $599.
The 3G model it is sold since March 24th in Best Buy and Verizon stores at $799 contract free or $599 with a 2 year data plan contract from Verzion and it is not expected to cost less after WiFi is released.
Both models are sold with 32 GB storage.
Motorola Xoom has 1 GHz dual core processor, 2 cameras (5MP with dual-LED Flash on the back and 2MP on the front) and a 10.1 inch display. It is the first tablet running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
Apple Adobe Flash War(0)
Apple decided in January 2010 not to use Adobe Software on their iPad. We don’t know the exact reasoning behind their call, but the official statement is that Apple considered Flash Player too slow, energy consumer and possible virus hazard. With more than 75% of the videos on Internet supported by Flash, many considered Apple’s decision a marketing faux-pas. iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users are using HTML5 to display videos on their devices although at the beginning of 2010 they were unable to view 90% of the video content on the Web.
Website developers felt that they would lose potential visitors and they started using HTML5, so this year more than 65% of the videos running on internet are on this format, including Youtube uploads.
Adobe didn’t want to lose the market share of over 18 millions consisting only in tablet users, so it launched a software that converts Flash videos into HTML5 and this makes them viewable on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Google however didn’t turn away from Adobe, so Flash Player is currently being supported on Android. At the end of 2010 Adobe announced that over 10 millions devices are using Flash Player. This year we are facing a tablets boom on the market, most of them using Google Android, so the balance may shift again.
Moreover, Adobe confirmed the releaseof Flash Player 10.2 on March 18th. It is an advanced software, delivering enhanced performance and increased battery life. This software will be most probably free on the Android Market and will run on Android 2.2 (Froyo), Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and even Honeycomb – on a beta version innitially.
Apple may have sold close to 500,000 iPads only over the weekend but there are already 5 tablets on the market supporting Flash Player (Dell Streak 5, Dell Streak 7, Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry Playbook and Samsung GalaxyTab). With this improved Adobe Software, it would be likely to see iPad 3 supporting Flash Player by the end of the year.