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All posts tagged "android 2.2"


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Archos Arnova 7 hits the FCC, on the cheap

Posted by John London in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/15/...penny-pinching/

"For those who like their Android tablets cheap, it looks like Archos is ready to unleash yet another budget-friendly addition to the Arnova family stateside."

Is this tablet something that would interest you? Unfortunately, the specifications are still under wraps. I would think this will sport a 7 inch screen (18 cm). Archos has announced 8 and 10 inch screens. This is a low cost device which is targeted for the penny pincher. I have not used Archos equipment and limited exposure to Android, so chime in if you think this device has potential and tell me why Android is good.

UPDATE: Here are some further details about the tablet...


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Notion Ink Adam: From Prototype to Disappointment

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/27/...nk-adam-review/

"The saga of the Notion Ink Adam is a tale like many we could name -- it's the story of a tiny company struggling to bring a vision to market, facing friction from investors, factories and the march of time itself. The difference is that the Adam captured the imaginations of gadget fiends like ourselves with ideas that were fantastic from day one and are still novel now that it's finally been released, including a paneled UI, full USB host functionality, and of course that Pixel Qi screen. But does the Adam deliver on the promises of unifying form and function with such technology? In two words: Not really."

From a unique prototype to a disappointment in production, the Notion Ink Adam tries to implement some of the features that techies initially found so cool, but fails on most. The Pixel Qi screen can be used outdoors with the backlight turned off, but it disappoints otherwise. With Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a UI called Eden, the Adam looks cool, but fails to deliver on its promises. Frequent crashes on apps and games, reboots, and hangs are the order of the day. Apps don't behave the same in different modes, and, for instance, the calendar app doesn't import-from or export-to any other calendars, so it's a standalone calendar. Even the battery life is about 1/3 of what was initially anticipated. The Adam really is not ready for the marketplace in this version.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dell Streak 7 Available On Groundhog Day

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Streak" @ 12:00 AM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/dell-stre...ile+Technology)

"We've known about the Dell Streak 7 since it was introduced at CES 2011. However, today T-Mobile shared pricing and availability details for the upcoming Android slate. Starting February 2nd, you will be able to buy the tablet from T-Mobile for $199 (after $50 rebate) with a 2-year contract or for $449 without a contract."

With a 7-inch 800x480 capacitive screen, dual cameras, 16GB memory and Android 2.2, the Dell Streak 7 seems to be competitively priced with its main competition, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. A 5GB per month data plan from T-Mobile will cost $39.99 monthly for 4G HSPA+ service where available (T-Mobile allows Wi-Fi mobile hot spots/Tethering). Early testing shows that the Streak 7 "has plenty of power, but its endurance is sorely lacking." Lots of Pros and Cons, and the early consensus it that this is a good start, but not yet a challenger to the Galaxy Tab or the iPad. It'll be interesting to see how T-Mobile positions the Streak 7 vis-a-vis the Galaxy Tab. Laptop goes so far as to recommend skipping the Streak 7, and recommends buying the Galaxy Tab, or waiting for the LG-G Slate or the Motorola Xoom. Nice to see real products arriving at last!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: Best of the Android Bunch

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 12:30 AM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/re...laxy_tab_review

"The Galaxy Tab is the most refined Android tablet we've tested, in large part thanks to its "Super TFT" screen. At 1024x600, this 7-inch display exceeds Android 2.2's maximum screen resolution of 854x480. While Android apps built to that standard spec will be "upscaled" on the Tab's screen, we didn't notice any ugly pixel interpolation during testing."

Still the best of the Android bunch, the Galaxy Tab does a great job taking Android where it wasn't really meant to go - yet. The inevitable comparisons to the iPad go on and on, with this generation of Android tablets still coming up second best. I'd love to get a Galaxy Tab, but, at about $600 off-contract, I'll have to wait until the new year. Do any of you readers think that a non-Apple competitor to the iPad will appear in 2011?


Friday, December 10, 2010

Sneak Peek At Viewsonic's G Tablet and Tegra 2

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4054/...ormance-preview

"The slate computing market is about to explode, with a literal flood of new tablets releasing over the coming months. Many of them will be Android based, running Nvidia's Tegra 2 SoC."

Here's a preview of Viewsonic's new G Tablet and the performance of Tegra 2. The tablet boasts a 10 inch WSVGA screen, Tegra 2 SoC and Android 2.2. Also included along with the preview is a comparison with the Galaxy Tab. Take a look and let us know which one you would be more interested in!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Archos 43 Tablet Features Android 2.2

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:30 PM

https://store.archos.com/archos-int...let-p-5003.html

"A connected AndroidTM palm-sized tablet A simple tap. Just a simple tap on the home screen of the ARCHOS 43 internet tablet and you'll be accessing all the major functions you need throughout the day wherever you are: HD video playback, HD camcorder, apps, emails and full Internet browsing. It's as simple as a tap."

An ideal form factor for carrying in a pocket at 4.3-inches, light at 4.6-ounces (130g), and sporting a ARM Cortex A8 processor with DSP at 1 GHz, as well as 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration, this Wi-fi only tablet seems like quite a bargain at $249.99. With Android 2.2 (Froyo) already on-board, and a 720p video camera (camcorder), it seems that the only thing lacking is access to the Android Market. Archos' own AppLib store is offered, but is really no replacement. Reviews have been good, but many tablet seekers seem to be waiting for the larger Archos 101, already on sale in Europe ( link ), and rumored to be available soon in the US for $299.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Google Says That Froyo (Android 2.2) Is Not Meant for Tablets

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 11:00 PM

http://hothardware.com/News/Google-...For-Tablet-PCs/

"Don't tell Samsung and all the other companies who have Android-based tablets on the docket, but Google isn't exactly sure that Android is designed for use on tablet PCs. In fact, they're certain it's a mismatch. Hugo Barra, Director of Products for Mobile at Google, recently spoke on the issue of seeing Android pop up on so many tablets, despite the fact that Android was built from the ground-up for use on smartphones."

Google is making it clear in the press that Android 2.2 (Froyo) is an OS that has been designed for small devices (Smartphones only), and that they do not officially support it on tablets (eg. no Android Market access). However, vendors like Samsung have been tweaking Froyo to support larger screens, and pretty successfully at that. Rumours are that Android 3.0 *will* directly support larger screens, so until then, vendors are on their own. Something else to consider: rumours abound of an upcoming ChromeOS tablet from Google ...


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