Items tagged with Tablet PC

Apple's iPad is the talk of the tech world. Regardless of your feelings on the matter, and whether or not you think leaving Flash support out was a smart move, Steve Jobs and Company have managed to re-capture the attention of the public in a way that hasn't happened since the days of the original iPhone. Everyone is captivated, and everyone is looking to take advantage. Including a company that you've probably never heard of before: Bluebox Avionics. This company has leaped into the mainstream by making one of the smartest choices ever: integrating the world's most-talked-about Tablet PC into their next in-flight entertainment solution. Bluebox is a company that helps create and implement the... Read more...
Sony posted their first real loss in over a decade last year, and they're still losing money. Why? Because of decisions like this. While many of the smaller, more nimble companies such as Acer, Asus and MSI are already making plans to follow Apple's lead and produce a tablet PC this year, Sony is still mulling the decision. There's just no killer instinct any more, and waiting around until the bandwagon has loaded up and left town isn't the way you make ends meet in the consumer electronics industry. The tablet PC market came and went years ago, but it's possible that those tablets were simply ahead of their time. Apple's iPad has sold a million units in a month, clearly proving that tablets... Read more...
We said in our initial iPad review that the tablet was almost certain to grow in popularity over time, as more and more developers had more and more time to create unique applications to take advantage of the new screen size and 1GHz A4 processor. One obvious application for a slate such as this is a home entertainment controller, specifically, a wild TV remote like this world has never seen. Logitech's Harmony line of remotes has come a long way, but having a device with integrated Wi-Fi and a direct link to the iTunes store opens up a lot more possibilities. Comcast is hoping to take advantage of the opportunity, with the cable carrier showing off an Xfinity remote prototype at the NCTA Show.... Read more...
We were a little surprised to initially hear this news, but should we be? Look at the mobile realm. Apple introduced the iPhone, and the iPhone OS crushed every other mobile OS on the market. A while later, Google introduced Android, and now Android is closing in on Apple's growth rate according to some statistics. Google and Apple have been quietly rivaling each other for the past few years, both looking to innovate just a bit more than the other guy. So when Apple comes out with an iPad, wouldn't you think that a Google tablet would be close behind? We've heard of a few tablets from other companies shipping with Android onboard, but so far Google has remained silent on the matter. But a new... Read more...
HP still hasn't officially closed their deal to acquire Palm, but already the company is reportedly planning big things for their newly collected mobile operating system. Android has found itself on quite a few tablet PCs, so it makes sense to think that WebOS, which is another robust mobile OS with native multi-tasking, would do likewise. According to a new inside source listed at the Examiner, HP is already making big plans to replace the HP Slate that was reportedly put on hold indefinitely last week. Some are saying that the Windows 7-based HP Slate simply ran too slow, and adding CPU power would've hurt battery life too dramatically. Now that HP has WebOS, there's suddenly another option:... Read more...
Hey, what do you know... Another tablet! At this point, there are simply too many tablets on the horizon to even list off, but suffice it to say, you won't have any problems finding solutions if you go hunting for a tablet PC.  It's more of a questions of your own personal needs at this point, since lots of offerings on various platforms are slated (no pun intended) for release this year.  ExoPC is a company that's still working on bringing a final product to market, but their product is shaping up to be one of the better versions of a Windows 7-based model to come out this year. We're hearing that the unit will feature an 11.6" touch screen display, along with Broadcom's Crystal HD... Read more...
This time last year, netbook sales were up nearly 900% from the same quarter a year earlier. No one really expected that growth rate to continue, but no one really expected netbook sales to fall off of a cliff, either. But while we're on the subject, no one really expected Tablet PCs to explode in the way they have, with Apple's iPad already selling over one million units and tons of competitors just around the corner. It made sense when netbooks began to eat into conventional notebook sales somewhat, but they didn't really put a huge dent in things. Many people purchased netbooks as "second notebooks," meaning that they simply went from owning one mobile PC to two. But this whole netbook/tablet... Read more...
If your goal is to escape 2010 without even touching a Tablet PC, all we can offer you is luck. Apple has already managed to sell a million iPad units, and there are loads of companies lining up rival releases as we speak. One of those is Archos, a French company that has a long history of releasing industry-leading portable media players that tend to be somewhat on the large side, but in a good way. They usually cater to individuals looking to play back more video than audio while on-the-go, thus the larger screens come in handy. The company's upcoming Archos 7 Home Tablet has a screen that's somewhat smaller than that of the iPad (7" versus 9.7"), but it's the price point here that will certainly... Read more...
Asus' CEO credited Apple with helping to jump-start the Tablet PC revolution in an interview recently, and at first, we figured he may be giving the enemy a bit too much credit. Now, we get the impression that other CEOs may start lining up to mirror Jerry Shen's thoughts. Apple already made known (a few times) that their iPad was selling well, but did anyone really see this coming?Just 28 days after the device shipped in America, Apple has managed to sell one million of their first tablets, even with an OS that doesn't multi-task, and the fact that no expansion card slot and USB port are built-in. Just a few years ago, the Tablet PC market died out due to a general lack of interest, particularly... Read more...
Asus had confirmed in the past that they would also play their cards in the Tablet PC game, acknowledging that they'd issue a Tegra 2-based Eee Pad at some point in the future to rival Apple's iPad and the spate of other rival machines sure to hit the market during 2010. But few details beyond the general plans to launch were announced. Now, it looks like Asus has begun to firm things up somewhat, with a new report stemming from a Q1 investors conference in Taipei casting new light on a launch time frame. Computex is scheduled to begin in early June in Taiwan, and given the home crowd advantage, Asus will use this trade show to officially unveil the Eee Pad, or the series of Eee Pad Tablets,... Read more...
Whoa. Could it be true? Hewlett-Packard's claim to fame in the tablet PC world has been killed? It's a wild and far-fetched story, but golly if it doesn't make a little bit of sense. HP's "Slate," which Microsoft Steve Ballmer flew all the way to Las Vegas for in order to demonstrate at CES, could be dead and buried internally, according to a source talking to TechCrunch this week. Reportedly, HP has completely "killed off" the Windows 7 Slate, which was supposed to hit the market this summer--just a few months after the iPad. This news comes just weeks after a Slate promo video made the rounds on the Web, but reportedly, HP isn't satisfied with the way Windows 7 reacted as a Tablet OS, and they... Read more...
You could chalk it up to bad timing, or you could argue that Apple just has more money to market their products with. Either way, the JooJoo Tablet from Fusion Garage hasn't seen the booming start we're sure it's creators had hoped for. Of course, it's one of the few (only?) tablets on the market that can fully handle Flash video, so at least that's one thing it'll have that the iPad never will, right? Oh, and now there's one other thing. On the same weekend in which the iPad 3G + Wi-Fi started shipping, along came word that a 3G version of the JooJoo is also in the works. The iPad utilizes AT&T's data network via a new Micro-SIM card that's included with the iPad, but Fusion Garage CEO (Chandra... Read more...
Apple's iPad has many uses, and for anyone looking to "wow" someone right away, all you need to do is pull up "Maps." Zooming, pinching, and sliding across the globe on the iPad is a really marvelous experience, but there's just one main problem: no true iPad turn-by-turn navigation apps exist. Well, that was the case, but that changed today with the shipping of Apple's iPad 3G + Wi-Fi. The new iPad, which includes a Micro-SIM from AT&T, also includes an integrated A-GPS module, which the Wi-Fi iPad lacks. This helps it to remain locked onto GPS satellites while on the move, and generally makes it more suitable for navigation considering that a 3G connection can be maintained from the road,... Read more...
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad at a frenzied event in California this past January, he said something interesting. It's something that got many in the tech industry thinking, and now that we have played with the company's first tablet for a couple of weeks, we think it's time to really take a look at how reasonable Jobs' statement was. If you missed it, Jobs stated that he saw the Apple iPad as a type of third device; something that could fit in between your smartphone and your full-sized notebook... Apple's iPad: Not A Smartphone, Not a Netbook  ... Read more...
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