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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The iPad Will Rule The US Tablet Market

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/0...-ebook-readers/

"But did Apple just destroy the US tablet market in the same way? Are manufacturers really going to invest millions upon millions of dollars in R&D and marketing when consumers are buying the iPad by the millions? Is the US tablet market dead?"

Tablets, even slate tablets, have been around for a very long time, so I do not think that the iPad has preemptively killed the US market in any fashion. I believe that the iPad will certainly dominate for quite some time, as the tablet market was about as stagnant as the phone market was when the iPhone was introduced, but competition for the iPad already exists in the form of netbooks, and I am fairly sure that other major manufacturers will also look into entering the market with their own slates. The iPad certainly has a lead in the market but just as they drew from the resources and lessons learned with the iPhone, other manufacturers already have numerous tools, largely from the phone market, which can be used to compete.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Big Competition for the iPad?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/02/...nch-ips-screen/

"Check out this 14mm-thin contender: built by Pegatron and still at the prototype stage, the MasterPad looks to be the embodiment of Steve Ballmer's incoming armada of desirable Windows 7 tablets."

Tipping the scales at about 990 grams (around 2.2-pounds) in its prototype stage, the MasterPad may sport an 11.6-inch screen, 1366x768 resolution, 3G connectivity, webcam and 32/64GB SSD. Windows 7 (premium, apparently, from the video) and Android appear to be the OS options, and support for Flash and 1080p video is expected. Negatives, at least as described in the prototype are a 2-cell battery providing only 5-hours of use, and an Intel Atom 1.66GHz Atom N450 CPU. Looking at the video showing what I assume is the prototype, it appears reasonably thin, but has a massive onscreen keyboard. Arrival expected "in the coming months," and no pricing information was available.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Tablets a Possibility?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 10:00 PM

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2018....html?tk=hp_new

"There is a lot of speculation about what the agreement announced last week between chip designer ARM and Microsoft actually means. Some pundits predict that it is a signal that Microsoft intends to deliver Windows or Windows Phone OS tablet and slate devices, while others foresee an overdue overhaul of the Xbox's architecture."

Ah, blogger speculation at its finest! Microsoft announces an agreement with ARM, and the speculation engine revs into overdrive. I think there are a couple of possibilities here, though I'm not sure I place much stock in the idea of this being for putting Windows Phone 7 on a tablet. I really want to believe that Microsoft has figured out that Windows 7 is a poor choice for a touch-based operating system, but they've said things to the contrary on several occasions. I think Windows Phone 7 would be great on a tablet based on what I've seen, but they'd need to re-design that home screen and menu system. It seems to work well on a small screen (boy, do I ever wish I had some hands-on time with such a device) but on a bigger tablet device, I'm not so sure. One thing IS for sure: if Microsoft and their OEM partners want to have any hope of competing with the iPad and Android-based devices, they're going to have to come up with a lightweight OS.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Winning Streak for Dell?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 07:00 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/can-dell-...on-a-hot-streak

"How does a PC maker entering the smart phone space for the first time make a splash? Make a device so large other people can't help but ask "What the heck is that?" To be fair, Dell positions its new 5-inch Streak as a tablet that happens to make calls. But that hasn't stopped people from comparing it to a waffle or a Pop Tart (it's bigger than the latter) while holding it up to their head. The good news is that the Streak is a well-designed slate, complete with a front-facing camera for video calls, and it's the first Android tablet that can access the Android Market."

This tablet is definitely an enigma. It's getting lots of press, despite the fact that it's coming to market being powered by an old version of Android, and has hardware that is not yet being fully utilized or exploited. As an integral part of Dell's future mobile strategy, one can only hope that updates will be fast and furious, and that content will be available for the 5-inch screen. If not, it may unfortunately end up as more of a blur than a streak.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Archos 8 Home Tablet Unboxed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Archos Tablets" @ 02:10 PM

http://www.liliputing.com/2010/07/a...oxed-video.html

"Archos has been pumping out portable media players and Android powered tablets for a few years. The Archos 5 Internet Tablet was one of the first Android powered devices to ship without the ability to connect to a 3G network or make phone calls - which makes it one of the cheapest Android powered devices around. The Archos 7 Home Tablet is similar, but it has a bigger screen and slower processor. The Archos 8 Home Tablet, on the other hand, is something completely different. While the Archos 5 and 7 were designed to work a lot like smartphones sans the phone functionality, the Archos 8 Home Tablet is really designed to sit on your desk, table or countertop and stay there."

Oh Archos - how curiously puzzling you are as a company! You make such interesting little tablets, but you can't seem to break past the tiny niche of hardcore geeks that buy your products because of the nice hardware. At least you're now using Android instead of that confusing mish-mash home grown OS you've had for years. Maybe there's hope for you after all...


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

HP Lists HP Slate 500 on HP.com

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HP Slate" @ 04:24 PM

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent..._trademark.html

"HP has listed the one model of the HP Slate 500 on its website. The device includes an 8.9-inch touchscreen and runs on Windows 7 Premium. The device also has two cameras -- one video and one still -- for users to do "web conferencing," according to the listing. The HP Slate 500 is also listed on HP's website as being Energy Star qualified in a document dated July 12. The Energy Star website lists the tablet having a 1.6GHz processor."

Well, well now...and here I thought the HP Slate was dead. Could it be that HP had it so far along in the design process they've decided to ship it after all? Or is this just a database glitch on HP.com, not a real product we'll ever see?

UPDATE: There's a bit of news on this from Laptop Magazine...basically it seems like HP is willing to release this product if the consumer demand is there.


ASUS EeePad 101TC Tablet To Run Android, Not Windows

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Asus Laptops & Netbooks" @ 04:00 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/asus-adop...ndows-compact-7

"In another ding against Windows 7‘s ability to play ball in the tablet arena, the ASUS Eee Pad 101TC, an iPad-league device slated to run a scaled down version of Windows called Embedded Compact 7, will now land on the streets with an Android operating system instead."

Seems like Windows Embedded Compact 7 needs more horsepower than currently available in this generation of tablets (Intel Atom) so Android seems to be the choice for this and other devices competing with the iPad. Using Android should also lower the price a bit, in May 2010 the expected price was 'under $500' with Windows EC7. Shipping is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2011.


Dell's Giant Streak TabletPhone ...

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/20/...-the-new-world/

"If you've been following the ongoing saga of Dell's Streak, you've probably already read our review of O2 UK's version -- thing is, the British perspective can be very different from the Yankee one (we didn't see eye-to-eye during the War of 1812, for instance). To that end, we wanted to circle back now that the gargantuan Android beast is finally coming close to a US release and get another quick take."

Thinking back to the days when I had a Nokia N810 Tablet, I really wished that it had phone capabilities. Dell's Streak is an Android 1.6 TabletPhone with an 800x480 5-inch screen, and is only 10mm thick. It supports quad-band EDGE, and 3G for AT&T, Rogers, Bell and Telus. T-Mobile 3G? Sorry. EDGE only. This giant has 2GB internal storage, comes bundled with a 16GB MicroSDHC card, and is powered by a Snapdragon 1GHz processor.

Is this perhaps "The One" that we've been awaiting? Unfortunately, early reviews point to No. Android is three versions behind, and Dell's customizations and tweaks don't make up the difference. Some annoyances? The home screen is landscape only. No dedicated hardware search button. Notifications no longer via down-swipe. No Android multitouch, although Dell has added some customizations to the UI. Unimpressive virtual keyboard. No trashcan on the home screen. The screen ripples when pressed moderately hard, indicating some stress on the glass. Camera and video mediocre, sound quality also mediocre. And, a proprietary connector/charger rather than microUSB.

Great potential, but the target market (power users and road warriors) probably won't like Dell's design decisions. Here's hoping that the hacker community makes a nice, clean Android 2.2 build available for this monster - the sooner the better.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Windows Mobile Lost a 'Whole Generation' Says Ballmer

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/0..._table_apology/

"Steve Ballmer has delivered a mea culpa to Microsoft's partners for its slip-ups against Apple and Google on tablets and smart phones. Ballmer told Microsoft's annual Worldwide Partner Conference that Windows Mobile missed a "whole generation of users" and promised Windows Phone 7 will set things right."

Dear Microsoft,

I generally feel a lot of love for you as a company, but it's sure frustrating watching you miss the boat again and again. Remember when you laughed at the iPhone? Yeah, exactly, no one is laughing now. The hype around the iPad had been building for years - didn't someone in your organization (other than the Courier team) realize that this whole slate computing thing wasn't going to just be empty hype? Read more...


Monday, July 5, 2010

Pioneer Competitors for iPad

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 09:42 PM

http://www.digitalreviews.net/news/...Specifications:

"Now that the buzz surrounding the Apple iPad release and the whispers of the Asus Eee Pad have died down, we thought it was about time that another contender to the market appeared from the woodwork. And we were right! Pioneer have just released details of not only one, but three new competitors - the Pioneer DreamBook ePad 7/10 (7inch), DreamBook ePad A10 (10inch) and DreamBook ePad L11 HD (11.6inch)."

With two new Android ePads and one new Windows 7 ePad from Pioneer, consumers will soon have some new tablet choices. What I see as the biggest iPad direct competitor, the A10, will run Windows7 on an Intel Atom N455 at 1.66GHz (or optionally) on an N475 at 1.83GHz with a maximum of 2GB DDR3 RAM; a 10.1-inch screen with 1024x600 resolution; a solid state (SSD) drive with 8/16/32GB; 802.11a/b/g wireless (no "n"); wired 100Mbps Ethernet; microSD card reader; and 1.3MP front-facing camera. One negative is that the 3-cell battery last only five hours. Expected pricing (converted from AUD) starts at $506. Upgraded component pricing is not yet available.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Engadget's Toshiba Libretto W100 Preview

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/01/...o-w100-preview/

"The Toshiba Libretto W100 made a guest appearance on the Engadget Show last week, and since we got to spend a bit more time with the dualscreen laptop we thought it was only right to release some more impressions into the ether. We also got confirmation from Toshiba that the somewhat-of-a-concept-PC will be hitting retail channels in August, including Amazon, and will cost $1,100. It may be one of the only dualscreen tablets on the market, but no matter how you break it down that price seems a little outrageous."

Engadget got to spend some more time with the alluring Toshiba Libretto W100, and came away with a few general conclusions; namely, that it's a fairly well-designed device with decent performance, but a killer price tag of $1100. This is the same problem that Microsoft's Courier concept had - I read that they'd have to sell it for $1500, and ultimately that's why it was killed. You can build the neatest technology in the world, but if it's not affordable, the mainstream public isn't going to buy it. Unlike Courier, the Toshiba Libretto W100 is coming to market, but I can't imagine Toshiba selling more than 50,000 of these. As my friend Michael Gartenberg likes to say, you can sell 50,000 of anything.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cisco Plans for Business Tablet (Cius)

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

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/en...00630-zk4l.html

"Thanks to the iPad, tablet computers are finally a hot consumer item, after many false starts. Now Cisco Systems said it aims to take the tablet computer into the business world with its own device, to launch early next year."

Image credit: Cisco Systems

With Cisco's upcoming Cius Android-powered tablet scheduled for 2011, their long-term direction is becoming more clear: provide a tablet computer (and/or "thin client") that will connect to (and interoperate with) their world class videoconferencing platform, TelePresence, as well as a host of other complementary tools like potentially Citrix and/or VMWare. For more details, see Cisco's information page (link).


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Toshiba Libretto W100 in Action

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:40 AM

There's an unfortunate focusing problem with this video, but you can still make out the very interesting hardware creation that Toshiba has come up with. So that's where Microsoft's Courier design went... ;-)


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Welcome to Laptop Thoughts!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Site Updates" @ 08:00 AM

I want to welcome you to the launch of the next Thoughts Media site: Laptop Thoughts. This site will not only focus on laptops/notebooks, along with their smaller netbook siblings, but also on the variety of tablets and slates hitting the market this year. I've always taken an organic approach to growing the network of sites; Digital Home Thoughts is traditionally the place where we've talked about laptops, so over time it only made sense to launch a site focused on this important computing form-factor. Obviously, some of the other sites in the network overlap with this site - Apple Thoughts is where you'll go to see more in-depth news on Mac laptops, but we'll still talk about them here at a high level (big announcements, etc.). You'll see all laptop/netbook news here from now on instead of Digital Home Thoughts.

It took me a while to get my first laptop - I didn't purchase one until 2001 - but since getting that first laptop, I've been hooked on the idea of having a full-featured computer with me wherever I go. Smartphones are great and all, but sometimes you just really want to run the apps and get at your data in the same way you do on your desktop computer. We'll have some fun talking about the history of laptops - I know many of you got started with laptops long before I did - but that will come later.

With the launch of any new site, there's the inevitable question of "If I build it, will they come"?. So my request to you, the community, is to make Laptop Thoughts the focus of your laptop-based efforts. Have a question about a laptop? Come post it in our forums. Looking for a new laptop? Come here first, and use our links and resources (more on that later) to help you in your research. If you're a laptop expert, become a regular in our forums and help to create the knowledgeable, friendly community that Thoughts Media is known for. Submit laptop news to us, and let us know what you want to see from this site. Follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our RSS feed, sign up for the weekly newsletter (in the right-hand sidebar), and subscribe to our channel on Youtube.

I've been looking forward to launching Laptop Thoughts for many months now, so I'm excited it's finally happening. Welcome! Oh, and in case you're wondering, we'll definitely be having a grand-opening contest...I'm working on gathering up some prizes now. Stay tuned!


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