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Less than a month after it launched, Sony has reportedly stopped selling Xperia Tablet S devices due to a design defect that could let water into what's supposed to be a water resistant device. It was discovered that some units being sold had a tiny gap just wide enough between the display and chassis to let water inside, which might not have been a problem except that Sony advertises the Xperia Tablet S has having a "splash-proof enclosure" suitable for using in the kitchen where it would be susceptible to wet hands and the inevitable "splash or two." Sales of the Xperia Tablet S kicked off on September 7 in the U.S. It's a thinner and lighter version of the original Tablet S from Sony, with... Read more...
Subsidized netbooks didn't last too long on major cellphone carriers, and while tablets have fared somewhat better, they've hardly been marketed like the flagship phones. That may soon be changing once Windows 8 comes to tablets. AT&T has this week announced that two major Windows 8-based slates will be on its shelves in the near future. The first is the Samsung ATIV Smart PC, and the second is the ASUS VivoTab ET. The latter is the first quad-core Windows RT 4G LTE tablet, boasting a 10.1" multi-touch panel, 32GB of storage, and NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 TE processor. Both of 'em should be available by the holidays, and AT&T's no doubt playing up its new Mobile Share plans as a way... Read more...
If you previously scratched Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 device off of your holiday wish list following a temporary court-ordered sales ban in the U.S., you can go ahead and put it back on. A U.S. court has now removed the injunction, and though the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is no longer Samsung's flagship tablet, it could rake in some additional dollars for Samsung during the all-important holiday shopping season that's about to get underway. "We are pleased with the court's action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple's design patent and that an injunction was not called for," Samsung said in a statement, according to Reuters. Tensions between Samsung and Apple have... Read more...
Who says HP's not in the tablet business? While the original Windows-powered HP Slate feels like it was introduced (and soon left to be forgotten) ages ago, the new ElitePad 900 is hoping to dodge that same fate. It's a business-centric tablet, notably sidestepping comparisons with the consumer-friendly iPad, boasting a 10.1" diagonal touch panel, a weight of 1.5 lbs., and a frame that's 9.2mm thick. It's engineered for Windows 8, and will support a host of business-friendly accessories. Things like the Productivity Jacket, which includes an integrated keyboard, connectivity ports, SD card reader and adjustable viewing angle, as well as an Expansion Jack that adds  USB, HDMI and other connectivity... Read more...
It would appear that North Korea wants a piece of the Android tablet action and has developed an open-source slate of its own. Based on pictures floating around in the press, North Korea's Android tablet is well beyond the early stages and, if not a finished product, looks to be a very advanced prototype. A picture was taken of the country's full size tablet at a trade fair in Pyongyang and published by The Wall Street Journal's "Korea Realtime" blog. Details are tight lipped at this point, but it's clear the slate is running Android, which would be legal since it's an open source platform, though any proprietary Google apps that may appear on the slate would be a violation of Google's rights.... Read more...
Want to teach an orangutan how to play a memory game? There's an app for that. As part of a program called Apps for Apes, a dozen zoos in the U.S. and Canada have turned to Apple's popular iPad tablet to teach apes about music, painting, and other activities using mobile apps intended for children. Not just for fun and games, the iPad program is proving useful for apes to better communicate when something is wrong. "Let's say an orangutan has a toothache. He or see would be able to then tap on the iPad on a picture of a tooth and communicate it that way," explains Richard Zimmerman, founding director of Orangutan Outreach. Zimmerman says orangutans, like people, enjoy tapping on the tablet, watching... Read more...
The iPad Mini is coming, that much is almost certain. What we don't know is how much it will cost and how well it can compete with the 7-inch Android crowd that consists primarily of the Kindle Fire (Google) and Nexus 7 (Google). In the absence of that information, we're left to speculate on both accounts, which is what one analyst recently did. How low Apple goes depends on how motivated the company is to "crush the competition," IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander told CNet. According to Alexander, Apple could go swing as low as $249 for an entry-level iPad Mini device, and at that price point, the company would make it awfully tough on the competition. On the other side of the pricing spectrum,... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface is going to have a little competition this winter. Samsung is going to be one of a few companies issuing Windows 8 and Windows RT-based tabled once the operating systems hit the shelves on October 26th, with the ATIV Tab being the first to be formally revealed. It's a 10.1" Windows RT tablet, with a 1366x768 screen resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, USB, microHDMI port and your choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage. There's also a bundled copy of Office 2013 (Home and Student), as well as an 8200mAh battery. Samsung's not saying when this slate will ship, but it'll need to price competitive with the Surface in order to even look halfway... Read more...
Those sneaky Pete's in Amazon's marketing department sent out an announcement this morning stating that the Kindle Fire, the best selling product in the company's inventory since it launched nine months ago, is now sold out. As in, the general public completely depleted all of Amazon's Kindle Fire inventory. It's no coincidence the timing of Amazon's 'sold out' notice comes just weeks before the mega e-tailer plans to hold a press event launching new Kindle models, of which it's been rumored a larger size Kindle Fire is on tap. "We’re grateful to the millions of customers who have made Kindle Fire the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com... Read more...
Archos appears dead set on proving you don't need a Microsoft Surface tablet to own a thin and light slate with a keyboard dock. You can have the same thing on Google's Android platform, as Archos proves with its new Gen10 XS tablet line announced today. One of those new tablets is the Archos 101 XS, a 10.1-inch slate that weighs a mere 21 ounces and measures 0.31 inches (8 millimeters) thick. It boasts a 1280x800 resolution, ARM-based A9 processor clocked at 1.9GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and promises to deliver an unadulterated Android experience. At launch it will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though Archos says... Read more...
Shopping for a back-to-school tablet? Samsung's got you covered. The Galaxy Tab creator now has a newcomer ready for the fall semester, with the Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition Bundle making its debut for $250. The special package will be available starting 8/19 and will only hang around for two weeks. For those who get in, you'll grab a Tab 2 7.0 in a limited white color, as well as a keyboard dock and a USB adapter. All told, it's a $350 bundle selling for $249.99. Students should be able to take advantage of the keyboard for taking notes in lectures, and the USB adapter supports things like thumb drives and USB mice. The bundle will be available while supplies last, from 8/19 through 9/1. Participating... Read more...
Unlike some OEMs (cough *Acer* cough), Lenovo isn't the least bit concerned about its ability to compete with Microsoft in the tablet space, or at least the company is putting on a darn good poker face. That's not to say Lenovo is thrilled with going up against Microsoft, but at the end of the day, Lenovo believes it will put out a better product. "Although we don't like Microsoft providing hardware...for us, it just adds one more competitor," Lenovo CEO Yang Tuanqing stated during a conference call. "[Microsoft is] just one of our many competitors, We are still confident in ourselves; we are providing much better hardware than our competitors, including Microsoft." Plain and simple, Lenovo said... Read more...
Tomorrow's a big day. It's this editor's birthday (send gifts), it's the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's untimely demise (boo!), and it's when Samsung will start selling its Galaxy Note 10.1 device in U.S. shores (rock on!). Our own Marco Chiappetta is currently in New York spending some hands on time with the Galaxy Note 10.1 so we can share our impressions of the device, but in the meantime, a rundown of the pertinent specs include: 1.4GHz quad-core processor 2GB of RAM 16GB/32GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card slot) 5MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash 1.9MP front-facing camera 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi; USB 2.0; Bluetooth 4.0 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm; 567g At launch,... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is crashing Verizon's 4G LTE party starting on August 17, which is when you'll be able to buy the tablet outright from Big Red for $350 with no data contract required. Of course, if you want to take advantage of the 4G LTE radio embedded inside, you'll need to pair it with a data plan, though that's totally optional. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is the successor to Samsung's first-gen model and ranks as the least expensive tablet in Verizon's lineup. It's not a half-bad slate, either. Samsung's 4G LTE device is built around the increasingly popular 7-inch form factor and wields a 1024x600 TFT display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot with... Read more...
The tablet situation today is much different than it was even just a year ago, and it's mostly thanks to the advent of 7-inch Android slates. One of the pioneers in the 7-inch category is Barnes & Noble, which tossed its Nook Tablet into the ring with Amazon's Kindle Fire, both of which are now battling Google's recently released Nexus 7. The point is, you have options. Even more so if you're willing to roll the dice with a refurbished unit. Case in point, Overstock.com is now selling a refurbished 16GB Nook Tablet for just $140. That's $39 off the retail price for a new model (minus $2.95 for shipping), and it still comes with a 1-year warranty from B&N. If every penny counts, Overstock... Read more...
In lieu of making a stink about Microsoft's plan to directly compete with its hardware partners with its Surface tablet a la Acer, Lenovo a few days ago unveiled a Windows 8-based slate of its own, the upcoming ThinkPad Tablet 2. Lenovo was only willing to share a handful of details, including the fact that it will be a 10.1-inch device with an optional digitizer pen, pay-as-you-go plans, and 4G models, but the company said virtually nothing about the hardware specs. Fortunately for curious folks like us, it's incredibly hard to keep a secret in this day and age of the Internet. None of this is official, but leaked specs and company slides certainly look legit. So, what will the ThinkPad Tablet... Read more...
Outside of Microsoft's own Surface, Lenovo's transforming Yoga device may be the most interesting Windows 8 portable to surface. It's a convertible laptop/tablet hybrid that aims to be everything to everyone who may be considering either form factor, but according to ABC News, it may end up arriving with more than one operating system. The Yoga is "officially" scheduled to ship with Windows 8 -- as in, the full Windows 8 that will also ship on the ThinkPad Tablet 2. It's expected to ship alongside Windows 8 in late October, but the new nugget is that there will be two versions of the Yoga. One will have an Intel processor, and that one will run the full edition of Win8. The other will use an... Read more...
There's a new ThinkPad Tablet in town, and something tells us this one is going to be a lot more memorable than the prior one. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 was unveiled this week, marking Lenovo's first slate to cater to Microsoft's forthcoming OS. It ships with an optional digitizer and pen for precision input, 3G wireless with Lenovo Mobile Access pay-as-you-go plans and 4G models, and of course, Win8. The unit itself measures 9.8mm thick, weighs under 1.3lbs. and offers a 10.1" display. There's also an optional keyboard and dock -- not surprising given that it's a ThinkPad -- and you'll also find a full-size USB port for connecting accessories. Unfortunately, Lenovo isn't saying how... Read more...
Much to the chagrin of Acer and Microsoft's other hardware partners who are less than thrilled with the Redmond company's decision to launch a Windows 8-based tablet of its own, it appears Microsoft's Surface strategy isn't going to be a one-and-done affair, after all. Instead, recent reports suggest Microsoft is already working on a second generation Surface tablet. More than a dozen job advertisements were noticed on Microsoft's Careers website between June and August in which the Redmond outfit said the Surface team is "currently building the next generation [of] devices that fully express the Windows vision," and that "Surface needs you!" If not a second generation Surface tablet, Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft might be super stoked about launching itself in the tablet space with its upcoming Surface device, but the company's hardware partners aren't as thrilled with the idea. Some are more outspoken than others, like Acer chairman and chief executive JT Wang, who said Microsoft's move would negatively affect the computing ecosystem as we know it. "We have said [to Microsoft] think it over," Wang told The Financial Times. "Think twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction." Wang took it a step further and claims to have told Microsoft tablets and hardware are "not something you are good at so please think twice." Microsoft doesn't... Read more...
After months of waiting, Samsung today announced that it's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will be available globally starting this month. The first batch of shipments will include Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G HSPA+ models, with a Wi-Fi + 4G LTE slated for availability sometime "later this year," Samsung said. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a full-size Android tablet with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. It has a 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 1.9MP front-facing camera, USB 2.0 connectivity, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage (upgradeable via microSD card slot). Also included with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device is Samsung's S Pen stylus, along with several related applications, such... Read more...
When he was alive, Steve Jobs was very outspoken about his disdain for smaller sized tablets. He referred to 7-inch tablets as "tweeners" noting that they're "too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad." Sure, you could bump up the resolution in a 7-inch device, but that too would be "meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size." Jobs, at least outwardly, viewed 10-inch screens as "the minimum size to create great tablet apps." Yet despite all his rhetoric, there may have been more truth to the 7-inch iPad rumors than some people realize. One of the side effects... Read more...
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