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New Acer Tablet Hits U.S. Shelves

Acer’s Iconia tablet has just hit shelves for many US retailers with a price tag of $329.99 (8GB) and $349.99 (16GB).  The tablet will be running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb.  Although it hit US shelves, consumers in Canda will unfortunatly have to wait until next month.  Sorry guys.

The new tablet from Acer packs a punch with a 1GHz Nvidia dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and a 7 inch touch screen display (1024×600 resolution).  The Iconia also has a 2 megapixel front facing camera along with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera with an LED flash and support for video calls.  The cameras also support 720p HD video recording. Other features on the device include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microHDMI, and even a port for a docking station.  Physical features include the standard 3.5mm headphone jack,  a microUSB 2.0 port, and an auto rotate sensor.

The device will be available in two different sizes (8GB and 16GB) but it will be expandable to 32GB with use of a microSD card.

Time to Welcome the Dell Streak 10

It is now official that this morning, Dell launched its new 10-inch tablet, the Dell Streak 10.  The Streak is the third Android tablet launched by Dell but it is the first of the three to have a 10-inch screen and to come with Android 2.3 also known as Honeycomb.  The new tablet is said to provide a rough competition with other popular tablets that are out right now such as Apple’s iPad or Motorola’s Xoom.

Not many specifications were released by we do know that the Streak is half of an inch think as well as weighing 1.5 pounds.  It also has a brushed aluminum back with a 1280 x 800 screen on the front.  There will also be front and rear facing cameras (front being 5 megapixels).  Some other features included at full 1080p HD video playback, and SD card slot, and a dual-core processor.

One of the interesting capabilities about this new tablet is that upon purchase, the user will get the option to also purchase a portable dock for the Streak.  This dock allows connections similar to a PC.  These connections include multiple USB ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet port.  There will also be connections making external monitors possible.

Since the Dell Streak 10 is being debuted in China first, it is being sold for 2,999 yen which equals out to be around $465.

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!

Newest iPad Competition, RIM’s Playbook

A couple of days ago, RIMM announced their newest tablet computer in San Francisco. The tablet is said to be a strong competition against Apple’s iPad because of the Playbook including some features the iPad lacks.

These features that are missing on the iPad would be both front and rear facing cameras, making telephone confrences that much better.  Also, Adobe Flash will be included with the Playbook which will bring the user’s online experience to a whole new level.  Besides that, the Playbook will include traditional Blackberry security features and it will also be smaller as well as lighter than the iPad. And to top it all off, the Playbook will be able to access the internet through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

As for now, no prices have been set.  The tablet isn’t said to be released till early in 2011 but so far, it looks like it will be giving Apple’s iPad a run for its money.

What do you think?

Dell Streak falls to the bottom of the list

Recently, Dell announced the release of their tablet/smartphone, the Dell Streak. As of right now, you can purchase the Streak for $300 with a two year contract with AT&T. What makes this “phone” such a failure? Keep reading.

The Streak has a 5 inch touch screen which isn’t too bad for watching movies and texting but it does make the phone abnormally large and awkward to handle making it bulky for your pocket. On top of that, people do not really know what the Dell Streak actually is. Is it a tablet PC or a smartphone? Well Dell commented saying that it is a phone as well as a tablet PC which can be confusing because some people (including me) believe that the “phone” is too small and thin for it to be considered a tablet.

On a positive note, the Streak uses a 1GHz processor which makes navigating the device quick and easy. However, the Streak runs on a very outdated Android software, Android 1.6, while most smartphones and tablets coming out are running on the latest software, Android 2.2 a.k.a. “froyo”. Having this outdated software powering the Streak it makes so of the newest features for phones impossible for the device to use.

My thoughts on the Streak are mostly negative. If I wanted a tablet, I would look at Apple’s Ipad or Samsung’s newest tablet before looking at this one. It’s too small to be considered a tablet but it’s too big to be a smartphone so I guess we’re stuck in the middle here. Also, the old Android software brings a lot of negativity to the device, if Dell upgraded to Android 2.2, I would recommend it to people but for now, I would say do not get the Dell Streak.