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Monday, May 2, 2011

Another Android Tablet, But With A 3D Camera: LG G-Slate

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

http://thisismynext.com/2011/04/19/...g-slate-review/

"It looks like tablet season is getting started early. LG's G-Slate is having its T-Mobile coming out party on the same day that RIM's PlayBook is set to slide into the hands of consumers, making for tough decisions for some. The device - powered by Android's latest incarnation, Honeycomb - is the first in a slew of me-too devices that follow in the spirit of Google's first stab at this game, the Xoom. Like the Xoom, this slate runs a stock build of the OS, has the same Tegra 2 CPU inside, and features both a front- and rear-facing camera. While the Xoom is available on Verizon here in the States (for now), the G-Slate is a GSM device sporting T-Mobile's "4G" HSPA+ service."

Another generic Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) 8.9-inch tablet with one gimmicky addition, a 3D (Stereoscopic) camera that needs special glasses. The author seemed to dislike the (uncomfortable, awkward) feel of the tablet in the hand, and the ergonomics were a bit lacking (mostly to to the stock Honeycomb software). The Tegra processor never bogs down, but the tablet's sound is disappointing. Similar to the Xoom, the screen is excellent, and the battery is great. As for the 3D camera(s), the author is decidedly unimpressed. Pricing from T-Mobile is on the high side, when buying subsidized on a two-year contract (with their 4G offering). Contract-free, the LG-G Slate will cost you around $750. So, the bottom line here seems to be LG's desire to add "3D Camera" to their marketing collateral. Otherwise, it's a Xoom clone. Would I buy this to make some 3D videos that nobody can view correctly without special glasses? Probably not.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Asus Eee PC Transformer: This Thing Looks Killer!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee...nsformer_TF101/

I can't say much for Asus' marketing tag line on the Transformer - "My Multiple Life, I decide" sounds like a bad translation of bottle of Chinese bipolar disorder drug - but the device itself is shaping up to me quite impressive...at least on paper. It has all of the standard goodness that we've come to expect from a modern Android tablet - the NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 Ghz dual-core CPU, 1080p playback support, a nice 10.1 inch IPS display running 1280 x 800 resolution, 16 Gb or 32 GB of storage, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.2 megapixel front camera, and the usual assortment of sensors (G-Sensor, Light, Gyroscope, E-Compass, GPS).

What's really interesting about the Transformer is the fact that it docks with a keyboard that takes the 9.5 hour battery run-time and boosts it to an impressive 16 hours. If those are real numbers, and not inflated marketing numbers, this tablet will be an amazing breakthrough for people who need a device with incredible endurance. The fact that it has two USB ports, and an SD card reader in the keyboard base station, make it all the more tempting.

The best hardware in the world though won't make up for a lack of tablet-friendly applications, and based on my experience so far with the Motorola XOOM, this is a significant problem. I can only hope that as more Android 3.0 tablets come to market, developers will take note and gear up their coding efforts.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Is Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) a Failure?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 12:00 AM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/honeycomb...ile+Technology)

"You can blame the high price. Or that it's heavier and thicker than the iPad 2. Or the lack of 4G at launch. Whatever the reason, according to Deutsche Bank, Motorola has sold only 100,000 Xooms since it and Verizon Wireless debuted the first Android 3.0 (a.k.a. Honeycomb) tablet in late February. Meanwhile, a DigiTimes report claims that Apple sold 2.6 million iPad 2 tablets in the month of March. Yes, all of the above factors come into play, but it's also very possible that consumers just aren't excited about Honeycomb."

An estimated 2.6 million iPad 2 devices were sold in March 2011, while Motorola's Xoom has sold about 100,000 devices in total. LAPTOP cites a handful of possible reasons why this has happened, but the bottom line seems to be that Honeycomb just doesn't match the simplicity of the iPad 2, in other words, it's too hard for the mythical 'average user' to figure out. One Xoom user was quoted as saying “I honestly found it one of the most painful experiences of any ‘modern’ device I’ve used in literally years. Terrible is my only adjective.” Google has started working with vendors on customizations, to address some of the concerns (or shortcomings), but did state that vendors are free to tweak as (much as) needed. Of course, the inevitable statistic about available apps has re-surfaced, with Honeycomb offering about 50 apps, while the iPad 2 number is around 65,000 and even the PlayBook number is about 3,000. It's catch-22, as software developers won't write software (or port existing code) to Honeycomb if they don't see a market, and the market won't develop if there is a lack of quality apps. So, is Honeycomb a failure? I'd say no, but it has disappointed so far - users expected more at launch.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Motorola Xoom: Meeting Early Expectations?

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

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/tab...n-wireless.aspx

"No offense to Dell, Samsung, or the many other companies that released Android-powered slates before now, but the Motorola Xoom is really the first official Android tablet. It's not an oversized phone with tablet stuff tacked on; this 10.1-inch device is the first slate that's powered by Android 3.0, an OS built from the ground up with larger screens in mind."

A somewhat disappointing early review. While Android 3.0 (and up) is where tablets need to be, I do wonder if Motorola rushed the Xoom to market too soon - before the bugs were squashed. As is often the case, the end user gets to be an unofficial beta tester, and pays a pretty penny for the privilege.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sign Up For Updates On T-Mobile's G-Slate

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

http://mobile-broadband.t-mobile.co...-tablet/g-slate

T-Mobile now has a sign up page for their G-Slate! The G-Slate will come with Android 3.0 (AKA Honeycomb) and have 4G. But other than that, not much else is known so sign up to get instant updates!


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