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All posts tagged "honeycomb"

Monday, April 25, 2011

Which Honeycomb Tablet is the Best?

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:30 AM

"The Android Tablet Battalion has finally arrived. In the span of just three days, the number of Honeycomb tablets has ballooned from one to four. In addition to competitive pricing (read: cheaper than the iPad 2), they provide a whole host of special features including full SD card readers, 3D, full USB, stereo speakers, full HDMI, HSPA+, and even a full keyboard."

The Android tablet onslaught has begun. There are now four Honeycomb running tablets available. The Xoom, G-Slate, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and the Acer Iconia Tab A500. They're offering some new features like 3D video recording and playback as well as an attachable keyboard with an extra battery. Besides new features, there are lower prices, going as low as $400 for the Transformer. Are any of these tablet's just what you've been waiting for? Follow the "Read" link below and see which one and what features are your favorites then let us know! Do you think the new low prices and features will affect sales of the iPad 2? Check out this link for some thoughts on that.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Galaxy Tab 10.1" Compared to iPad 2 in Video

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 04:00 AM

"Honestly, we were a little bit worried that Samsung's rail-thin Galaxy Tab 10.1 was a mockup -- you know, seeing as how Sammy never turned it on -- but fast-forward to today and there's a working model in's capable arms."

The Galaxy Tab 10.1" is one of the slickest, if not the slickest, Android tablets I've seen. The video shows the tablet from all angles and compares it to an iPad 2. They also show you around the Honeycomb interface a little and launch Angry Birds Rio on it next to Angry Birds Rio on the iPad 2. If you're tablet shopping you should definitely take a look at this video to see how the 10.1" variety of the Galaxy Tab stacks up to the competition. It's due to hit the stores on June 8 with the 16GB WiFi model selling for $500. Do you like what you see? Tell us your thoughts!

Monday, April 18, 2011

First Impressions: Acer Iconia Tab A500

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 09:30 PM

"Acer’s Honeycomb Android tablet, the Iconia Tab A500, just blew into our labs and we’re already putting it through (sic) it’s paces for the full review. However, we thought we’d offer some first impressions of the design and features."

A quick peek at another Honeycomb tablet, this time from Acer, who have had some success at small netbook computers and laptops. But does this success translate to tablets? At first glance I'd say yes. Well constructed, the Iconia has a full complement of ports, including USB, and the Honeycomb software performs well on the included apps. Even the speakers sound good on the video, and getting content to the tablet seems pretty easy using I wasn't impressed with their "cubby holes" metaphor to group apps, but this could be comfortable for new users. Acer has done a little UI customization, so the system is a little less "bare bones" than the Motorola Xoom. Information of pricing and availability wasn't provided. If you have a choice between a Xoom and an Iconia, what would you buy?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Asus Eee PC Transformer: This Thing Looks Killer!

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

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 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.

Need the MicroSD Slot on Your Xoom? Wait No More!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

"Motorola Xoom kernel developer and hero of the hour bigrushdog has released the latest version of the Tiamat kernel for the Xoom -- with SD card support. It's not perfect (you can't swap cards without a reboot) but it's as close as can be expected with no OS source code (cough), and before any mention of the "official" fix from Motorola."

Motorola disappointed many when they released the Xoom with a non-functioning MicroSD slot. Even though apparently Google is the one who didn't have the support working in the OS Moto still chose to release the Xoom without that, and other features, not working or missing. Anyway, coming from XDA-Developers there is a new "Tiamat" kernel available for the Xoom now that adds support for that MicroSD slot. The kernel adds a few more nice features like USB Host mode and OpenVPN support. Will you be giving this a try? Let us know how it works for you!

Asus Transformer Rooted Before Release

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:00 AM

"Before it hit store shelves here in the US MoDaCo founder Paul O'Brien managed to get his hands on one of the upcoming Android devices and, with a little help from Twitter user BumbleDroid, gained root access to the tablet."

The quote above pretty much says it all. The Asus Transformer has already been rooted! So why would anyone want this? Well, apparently this Honeycomb tablet will be available with a Tegra 2, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 1.2MP webcam, and a WXGA 10.1" IPS LCD for $400. Not bad and you already know you can root it, plus you can add a keyboard to the thing if you want (that's the "Transformer" part)! Will anyone be picking this up when it's released or will it at least make you hold off on a purchase until you get to try it?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Features Videos

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

"The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is seeing early action in the UK as we saw somebody unbox one the other day and now ASUS UK has their own walkthrough videos touching on various features of the tablet hybrid."

First video provides information on hardware features. Quite impressive!

I'm impressed by how rock-solid everything looks. It seems like the tablet really is locked-into the dock.

Game playing is quite impressive, excellent performance, and sound quality.

Lastly, some information on apps. Android Market is fully supported on this Honeycomb system.

Not a lot of information is available on release schedules for North America, but some early pricing shows that the tablet and dock will probably be sold and priced separately, with the tablet priced at about $400 for the 16GB model (about $500 for the 32GB model) and the dock (keyboard and ports) priced at about $150. ASUS appears to understand that they need to beat the iPad 2 and their Android competition on price, and offer compelling features to potential buyers. After looking at these videos, I personally think that this could be a very, very serious competitor in both the tablet and netbook markets. This is a likely candidate for my first Android device!

A 10" Dell Android Tablet is Coming

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 05:00 AM

"Today I have learned through another source at Dell that the company does have a 10-inch [Android] tablet that is expected sooner, possibly as early as June."

Forbes got some info on new Dell tablets on the way. At first it was expected they would not release an Android tablet until 2012. Now it turns out a 10" Android tablet could be released in June! Now the Dell Streak 5" and 7" only have 480x800 resolution screens so that really makes them questionable as tablets. They also only run Froyo for now. If Dell turns things around with the 10" and go with at least a 1280x800 display we could have a real contender on our hands. It will at least be running Honeycomb so that's a good start. Dell sells a lot of computers so if they start getting serious about Android I think that's a good thing for Android in general! I also wonder if Dell wouldn't be the one to really start a tablet price war. Everyone could benefit from that! What are your thoughts on a Dell Android tablet?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Is the Xoom Incomplete and Overpriced? I Hope You Try It Out and Decide for Yourself!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Talk" @ 05:00 PM

"When Apple products come to market, they are complete. They have a full set of included applications that make them useful, and the key parts that folks want are finished. They also come out at premium prices, which typically set the most you can charge for a similar product."

The quote above gives you an idea of what to expect. I've used the Xoom and I think it's a great device. I think it has better hardware than any iPad. Some of that is fact like screen resolution, cameras, and RAM, and some of that like size is personal preference. I've used the iPad and I don't think its OS is very well designed for a tablet. Bad notifications, no widgets, and requiring another machine with iTunes for some functions are just a few critical flaws in my opinion. Anyway, if you're thinking of buying a Xoom it may be good to read a viewpoint from an Apple die-hard to see what an iPad user thinks of it. That may give you a more balanced view of the Xoom and fewer surprises. I don't agree with his point on sales numbers at all. I don't agree with a number of his points actually but I'll let you read it for yourself. You can let me know what you think!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Is Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) a Failure?

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

"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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Woz' Quote of the Week

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:00 AM

"“On the subject of tablets, I read today that Android tablets are expected to surpass iPads, and I hope that never happens,” Wozniak said."

You never know what Steve Wozniak is going to come out with. At a Storage Networking World conference this week he made it clear that he doesn't think much of Android tablets. He has some other quotes too so make sure you follow the link for the rest. Steve is not totally anti-Android so I was a little surprised to hear this since I know he has a Nexus One along with some iPhones. I completely expect Android tablets to overtake iPads because Android did the same thing with phones and people said it never would. In the case of tablets, it should be easier since Apple set the bar so low with the iPads. Why do I think so? Notifications are terrible, no widgets, it needs iTunes, no standard ports, and no card slot are some of the reasons. What are your thoughts? Are you with Woz' on this or not?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Still Only 50 Native Apps for Honeycomb

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Talk" @ 05:00 AM

"50 apps is a pretty small number, and the actual total may be even smaller. The official Android online market, as well as other online message forums for Android enthusiasts, place the number of Xoom apps somewhere close to 50."

Ars Technica has a right up about the fact that after one month of the Xoom being released there are still only 50 native apps available for Honeycomb. It's a good write up with some good points but I disagree with the overall theme. The fact is, while most apps may not be optimized for Honeycomb many of those will work from my understanding. Also, you still have a large screen for viewing photos, videos, web pages, documents, and books. Besides that Android has the huge advantage of having Widgets which means you can actually view data from more than one services/source/app at a time. To me this is something every tablet needs. What good is a big screen if you can only ever look at one thing at a time. I can not imagine being without that ability on my phone. Anyway, check out the article and let me know what you think! Does the lack of native apps bother you with the Xoom if you have one? If you don't have one, is the lack of native apps keeping you from buying one? On a side note I finally got to try out a friends Xoom a few days ago and thought it was great! I was actually surprised because of all the bad things I had read about it. Another friend has ordered one and I can completely understand why! I love the size, the interface, and nothing crashed when I was playing with it. Before I thought I would want a 7" tablet because I don't like the size of the iPad but to me, the Xoom felt great in hand.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Samsung Announces Two New Galaxy Tabs

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 08:00 AM

"The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 will feature Samsung own TouchWiz User Interface on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform. The Tab 10.1 weighs 595 grams and is 8.6 mm thin. The Tab 8.9 will weigh 470 grams and is also probably 8.6 mm thin. These Tabs will support HSPA+ and will have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity. Both Tabs include a 1GHz dual core processor."

Samsung has two nice looking tablets on the way. Due in June, one is 10.1" and the other is 8.9" and both have dual core processors are very thin. They will have some form of TouchWiz on top of Honeycomb. I'm not sure I like that but I don't think it would keep me way from them either. The models start with an 8.9" 16GB WiFi only version for $469. Make sure you follow the "Read" link for all the information. Are you interested in one of these new Tabs? My hunch is they'll be more popular than the Xoom but who knows what patches could come out for the Xoom by June.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

LG G-Slate Hands-on at CTIA

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:30 PM

"Yes, the ulraslim (sic) new Galaxy Tab 8.9 is getting all the attention at this show, but it's not coming out until the summer. The LG G-Slate is hitting T-Mobile this spring for $529 (after a mail-in rebate). We finally spent some hands-on time with this Android 3.0 slate, and it certainly brings some unique features to the table. This 8.9-inch device captures 3D video with its two rear-facing 5-MP cameras and lets you enjoy 3D content on its 1280 x 800 screen. Unfortunately, you need glasses to view 3D on the display, and the effect wasn't very compelling when we donned a pair of specs."

It looks like more and more Honeycomb tablets are arriving, and LG's offering looks good, at 8.9-inches and $529 after rebate. Not many details were available, but we should see them arriving in late spring 2011. With AT&T and T-Mobile making their "merger" announcement, I wonder about the future of any T-Mobile products. Have they osborned their WAN hardware?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Xoom Review Shows Promise

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 06:00 AM

"The Android tablets out on the market have been weak in the face of the iPad. But after testing out Motorola's Xoom, it's clear the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet has what it takes to compete head to head. Though it's got some growing pains ahead, the young tablet is already a contender. All that's needed before it can really gain momentum is a lineup of killer apps — and a better price."

I think this is a very well rounded and fair review. I still don't understand why a device that doubles, or more, all hardware of the iPad is "over-priced" when it's only $100 more at worst and the OS is much better tailored to a tablet form factor. Anyway, check out this review and give us your thoughts! Did you buy a Xoom? Tell us what you think of it so far. I've seen some reports of it freezing fairly often. If that's the case it will have a hard time catching the iPad.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Video of Honeycomb Running on the Nook Color

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 08:00 AM

A friend of mine tried the SD preview install of Honeycomb on his Nook Color and posted a video of the results. Not bad for a single core ebook reader considering there were rumors that Honeycomb would require a dual-core CPU. The build shown doesn't have sound working but that has already been fixed along with a storage problem. Will you consider buying a Nook Color to use as a Honeycomb tablet? The cost is only $250 + an 8GB MicroSDHC card.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Take a Tour of Honeycomb

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

"Google gave us a glimpse of Android 3.0 Honeycomb earlier this year, but today they released more details on the upcoming OS. Here's a look through what we can expect. Spoiler alert: It's awesome, and it fixes many of Android's biggest annoyances."

This is a screen-shot tour through some of what's new in Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google's version of Android that's specifically designed for tablets. So far, I like everything I see! It seems like Google has really done their homework and gone out of their way to produce an excellent operating system for tablet. I look forward to playing with it on a production tablet to see if it's really as good as it seems. What are your thoughts? Does this screen-shot tour make you want an Android tablet?

Update: Don't miss the Honeycomb event on Feb. 2 at 1:00 Eastern here:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Xoom at Best Buy on February 17

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

" internal Best Buy document that's just dropped into our inbox, which explicitly pinpoints February 17th as the launch date for Moto's highly touted, Honeycomb-equipped tablet. Stock is expected to land at the big box retailer on February 16th, with the big party going down the day after."

It looks like the wait is soon over for a Honeycomb Tablet! Apparently it will have 32GB of built in storage and the price will be $700. Is the the tablet you're waiting for? What do you think of the price?

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

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!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

CES 2011: The Motorola Xoom Tablet

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 03:00 PM

CES 2011 is the first event that Motorola is officially showing off their Xoom tablet at, and it looks like an impressive device. I wasn't able to get more than a few seconds of hands-on time with it, but the fit and finish was solid - I think this is going to be a real competitor to the iPad. The specs include:

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • 10.1 inch display
  • Dual Core 1 Ghz CPU NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32 GB inbuilt memory with microSD Card slot
  • 10 hr video playback battery life
  • 5 MP Rear camera with Flash and 720p HD video capture
  • 2MP video calling camera
  • Wifi(n) Bluetooth 2.1, 3G , 4G

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