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Tablet-mania continues

As stated in my latest blog, I mentioned that this will be the year of the tablet PC and so far, it’s been right.  The Consumer Electronics Show, CES, has shown over 80 tablet devices that are all unique in a certain way.

Earlier today, Asus announced their running in the tablet competition by announcing four different tablets that they will be creating.  These being the Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMo, and the Eee Slate EP121.  Not many details of the tablets were announced but a brief overview was given.

 

First off, the Eee Pad Slider. The Transformer can also be described with the Slider as they are very similar in structure. Both tablets will have a super thin 10.1 inch touch screen display and also a slide out keyboard (shown to the left). When the keyboard is slid out, the screen will be propped up on an angle making it a lot easy to use and see things on the screen. One difference between these two is that the Transformer will be able to detach from the slide out keyboard so you can carry it around as you would with a iPad or Galaxy Tab.  Both of these devices will run on Android’s latest operating system, Honeycomb, which was specifically designed for the use of tablet PCs. The Slider will cost anywhere from $499 to $799 and units will be available sometime in May.  The Transformer will be $399 to $699 and will be released a month earlier, April.

Next up is the Eee Pad MeMo.  This tablet is a little bit smaller than the Slider and Transformer  going at a 7 inch touch screen display.  Unfortunatly there is no slide out keyboard, you use it just as you would with an iPad.  You have the option of either using your fingers or a stylus which comes with it. The MeMo will run on a Snapdragon processor and will have the ability to playback video in 1080p.  The device will nott be available until June and will cost anywhere from $499 to $699 which leaves me wondering why is costs so much if it is smaller and has no keyboard when comparing to the Slider and Transformer.

Finally, we have the Eee Slate EP121.  In my mind, this is what a tablet PC should be like (except should have a keyboard).  This is the largest out of all the devices released from Asus.  The Eee Slate has a 12.1 touch screen display and a powerful Intel Core i5 processor.  This alone seperates it from other tablets out right now.  On top of this, it will also be running Windows 7.  This is what I believe tablet PC’s should look like. Not taking down Android but I think a actual PC operating system should be used on tablets, just my thoughts (comment below telling me what you think). Anyways, this device will cost somewhere between $999 and $1099.  Not stated when it was coming out but we can only hope soon.

 

Lenovo steps into the ring with the iPad

Earlier this evening at CES, Lenovo showed off their first compter tablet, the LePad.  The LePad will start off in China being sold anywhere from $399 to $449.  Bringing the tablet to the U.S. is still unsure but there is talk that if they decide to, the LePad will be able to connect to the Android market.

The tablet itself looks pretty good. It has a 10.1 inch screen and runs Android 2.2 OS.  It will run on a 1.2 GHz processor making it very quick and easy to use.

Not much is known yet but Lenovo also stated that they will be creating more tablet devices later this year to be released in the U.S. so it looks like there is already a lot to look forward to this year, tablets tablets and more tablets.

CES will bring many incredible electronics for 2011

If you are a major follower of anything related to technology then you should know about CES (Consumer Electronics Show) coming up in the next couple days.  The show will start on Thursday and run until Sunday the 9th.  Over this time period, over 2,500 companies will be showing over 20,000 new products that will be either announced, shown or released.  Out of these 20,000 many will be tablets or tablet related products.  Hence, why people are calling 2011 “the year of the tablet”.

In the past years, the show has been the birth of Blue-ray, DVDs, HD televisions, 3-D televisions, and even all the way back to Atari’s game “Pong”.  Knowing all of this, the show promises this year’s to be bigger and better.  Well, it is definatly bigger.  There is an 11% increase in size from last year making the show cover about 1.6 million square feet!

But anyways, as stated earlier, this show seems to be mainly focused on the tablet as many companies are joining the competition such as Toshiba, Motorola, and Acer.  There will be over 80 tablet computer put on display at the show so obviously there is a lot to look forward to.

That’s it for now, in a couple days there will most likely be a ton of blogs posted because of the massive amounts of new products being released so subscribe to this blog or just keep checking back because it will be a very exciting week!

Samsung’s iPod Competition

It has been announced that Samsung will be revealing their own mp3 player based on their Galaxy S phones in order to compete with Apple’s iPod touch at CES next week. The mp3 player looks very similar to the Galaxy S phone but of course will not actually have the phone capabilities. However, it will be running on Android 2.2.

Not much is known about the device yet but reports say that it will be 9.9mm wide with a 4 inch LCD touch screen display.  Besides running on Android 2.2, the device will have a 1GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD video playback.  It of course will have         Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS capabilities and an expandable MicroSD card slot.  And like all Android devices, you will be able to purchase and download apps from the market.

So not much is know yet, but from what is, it looks to be a great competitor to the iPod Touch and the Zune HD.  In my mind, it looks like Samsung is catching on to Apple’s selling techniques with a competitor to the iPhone, iPad, and now iPod.  What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

Samsung Continuum hands on

Not too long ago, I made a blog about Verizon’s newest Galaxy S phone, the Samsung Continuum and they were nice enough to send me out a demo unit.  Below are the unboxing and review videos from my YouTube channel.

 

Multi-core Processors for Smartphones!!!

That’s right, as the title says, multi-core processors have now come to the mobile phone industry.  Earlier today, LG announced that Europe and Asia will be the first to see the first phone with multi-core processing power, the Optimus 2X.  The smartphone is a Google Android phone and comes with the dual core Tegra 2 chip made by Nvidia.

Now not too much is known about the phone but the dual-core is enough to draw some people in.  With this new processor(s), the phone’s overall speed will increase significantly, it will be able to playback 1080p video without any lag, and it is said to increase webpage loading by an outstanding 33%!

So although not much else is known about the phone, I already give it a big rating because of the dual-core processor. What are your thoughts? Comment below!

Google laptop still known…or is it

So as you all know, Google had its big announcement on Tuesday about their new laptop and operating system, ChromeOS. Unfortunately,  Google decided to recall this and made the decision to not release this till some time mid 2011.  Never the less, prototypes have been sent out to certain people and companies and they have made vague reviews on the new google laptop, the Google CR-48.

Although not too much is known about the laptop, the basic features of it are.  The laptop itself looks like a old black MacBook except it has no product logos or stickers anywhere on it making it very plain and non-appealing. The CR-48 is said to be very light and will have a 12.1″ display screen.

The memory on the laptop is unknown for now but by looking at how fast the CR-48 starts up, 15 seconds to get to the login, we can probably predict that there is a good amount of memory in there. From what, these reviewers have said in their posts and videos about this new laptop, it seems to be very plain. Their “operating system” is pretty much the Google Chrome browser but with some apps here and there. When the system starts up, all there is is Chrome’s browsers with 9 apps. There is a getting started app, two games (poppit, and Entanglement), YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, the Chrome web store, and a note taking app called Scratchpad.

To me, the Google CR-48 looks to be a big disappointment.  Plain looking laptop with a plain looking display and operating system.  But I guess it’s still a prototype so who knows what the final product will look like!

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December 7th…get ready

Earlier this week, Engadget announced that on December 7th, Google will be announcing a bunch of their new products.  The main one being ChromeOS, Google’s first operating system.

Rumor has it that there will only be about 65,000 units  with ChromsOS installed on them as it is only in beta stage.  This meaning that there unfortunatly will not be any devices ready for holiday shopping.  It seems as though this will be a great operating system.  One spokesperson said that ChromeOS could potentially replace 60% of Windows PCs in the workplace.

But anyways, besides ChromeOS, Google is also coming out with their newest version of Android. It is likely that Gingerbread will be included in this Android update and this will mean that there will most likely be a launch of the Samsung Nexus S.

And finally, Google will also be launching their first social network.  No one is too sure on what it will be called although some rumors are that it will be either GoogeME, or Google+1.  Will this be a successful social network? Who knows, but I can’t wait to find out!

What are your thoughts on Google’s newest product(s)?

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Brand new Motorola Droid Pro review!!!

A while ago I blogged about a new business based smartphone coming to Verizon called the Droid Pro. Lucky for us, I got a chance to demo the phone and make a review on it.  You can see it here. Or feel free to watch it below (along with the unboxing video below the review).  If you find it interesting, you may want to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here

New Samsung phone for Verizon

Earlier this week, Verizon announced the arrival of their newest Samsung phone. The Samsung Continuum. The phone was released today (Nov. 11) only for order for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a new two year contract.  On November 18th, the Continuum will be available for purchase.

One of the main things people will notice about this phone is that it has not one, but two Super AMOLED display screens. The main display is 3.4 inches with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution.  The second screen, which is a customizable ticker display, is 1.8 inches.  This ticker display offers users up-to-date news, sports scores, finance, and social networking updates.

The outside of this phone is pretty compact and thin.  It has a 5 megapixel camera with a LED flash.  Along with this camera, it can record video in 720p HD which is a pretty common feature in the newer smartphones.

The phone will be running on Android 2.1 and will have a 1GHz processor making this phone just about as fast as you can get it. It will also have 512MB of ROM and 384 MB of RAM.

This phone is looking to be great.  The only downside is that it comes in one color, black. Which isn’t too bad but to some people, they may want different colors. What do you think?