• Top 5 worthy Android tablet alternatives of Apple iPad for enterprise and individual mobility

    Posted on April 20th, 2012 David Brooks | 28 comments

    Out of doubt, the Apple iPads have been top popular tablet among so many tablets in the existing electronic market. Especially since the new iPad comes out, which features the advanced Retina display to allow owners could even watch full HD Blu-ray movies on iPad with its 2048×1536 pixels HD screen resolution, the Apple iPads have attracted more eyes worldwide. The Apple iPads are certainly great buys for would-be mobile customers, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be replaced by other wonderful tablets, as every tablet would own their own advantages, either in screen display, processor, battery, camera, or price, an important element to help buyers make their decisions. In fact, there are a host of Android-based devices on store shelves right now that might just make Apple’s products far less appealing to both enterprise users and consumers.

    Apple iPadToday, I would like to share a top 5 list of Android tablets which could be worthy of alternatives of Apple iPad for enterprise and individual mobility. The following devices might not all be able to stand up against the Apple iPad. But for those who don’t want to succumb to the Apple craze, these devices might just be worthwhile alternatives of Apple iPad. Check through the following listed alternatives to find out about Android tablets that might be worthy alternatives to the iPad. You’ll find more choices to choose.

    Amazon Kindle Fire

    Amazon Kindle FireObviously, the Amazon Kindle Fire should be a choice for those who want an alternative to the new iPad. The device was claimed to be as a strong rival of Apple new iPad ever since its designing, not only in features, but in price as well. It comes with a 7-inch screen and just 8GB of storage, though, its access to Amazon services and the competitive $199 price tag makes it one worth considering.

    Acer Iconia Tab A500

    Acer Iconia Tab A500Check the specs of Acer Iconia Tab A500: Android Honeycomb, 10-inch capacitive LCD (1024 x 1280 pixel resolution), 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 5 megapixel primary camera with autofocus and LED flash, secondary 2 megapixel camera for video calling, up to 8 hours battery life, microSD card support up to 32GB, 1080p HD video playback, HDMI port and Dolby Mobile surround sound.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

    Galaxy Tab 10.1The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is undoubtedly the best iPad alternative on the market right now. The device comes with a big, 10.1-inch screen and boasts 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity. Though not featuring the same resolution as Apple’s Retina display, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 still enables users to have quite excellent visual effect on its 1280 x 800 pixels screen display.

    Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

    Nook Tablet Barnes NobleIf the Amazon Kindle Fire is a worthwhile purchase, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet must be, as well. The Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet is a 7-inch Android tablet with 7-inch touchscreen IPS display, Wi-Fi, 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Of course, another advantage of this tablet is also its price, which is the same as that of Kindle Fire.

    Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

    Asus Eee Pad Transformer PrimeWhat’s not to like about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime? On one hand, the device will allow customers to engage in typical tablet activities, but with the help of an additional physical keyboard, it can double as a notebook. That’s something Apple’s iPad and most other tablets just can’t do.

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  • Six tablets that come to premature end and never appear in market

    Posted on January 10th, 2012 David Brooks | 94 comments

    The year just past by has witnessed a fast and strong growth in tablets industry. Various popular and powerful tablets emerged in the market to meet users’ needs, like the Amazon Kindle Fire, Motorola Droid Xyboard, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, HTC EVO View 4G, etc. all of which are the result of high tech and provides users excellent user experience. In fact, these tablets are just partial of tablets that various tablets makers put into market in the end. There are also a lot of tablets which come to a premature end and never appear in the market, which means these tablets are dead before being put into market. A ZDNet Author has made a collection about these premature ended tablets for us. The following 6 tablets all belong to this kind of tablets. Check the following original content to get to know more insight about tablet market.

    Sony Tablet P

    Sony Tablet PWhen Sony announced its entry into the Android tablet game in August 2011, it showed off two devices. One was the Sony Tablet S, which made it to market a few months later. The other was the Sony Tablet P (then known as the Tablet S2), a unique folding tablet planned to be released by AT&T in time for the holidays. It didn’t.

    Dell tablet of Android version

    Android version 10 inch Dell tabletTo Dell’s credit, the company was one of the first major players to challenge the Apple iPad with the Android-based Streak tablet. So when it announced its plan to deliver a 10-inch Android tablet tablet for 2011, we had every reason to believe the company. Well, it produced a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet, but an Android version never made it out the door. Maybe the cardboard mock-up company reps showed off during the announcement event (shown here) should have tipped us off.

    Lenovo tablet

    Lenovo tabletLenovo first showed off its IdeaPad U1 concept at CES of 2010, and its hybrid concept turned a lot of heads. The device worked as a Windows notebook when docked, but its detachable screen acted as an Android tablet when used separately. It missed its 2010 release, but popped up again at CES 2011. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see it again at CES 2012.

    Kno tablet

    Kno tabletUnlike most of the tablets on this list, the Kno tablet wasn’t geared for consumers. Its dual-screen design was made specifically to address the need for a full-size, full color replacement for large textbooks. Unfortunately, it never happened. In April 2011, the company decided to change direction and abandon hardware creation to focus specifically on software development.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 4GDuring CES 2011, Samsung announced plans to release a 4G version of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab Android tablet for Verizon. Though Samsung went on to make many new versions to its Galaxy Tab line in 2011, a 4G version of this original Galaxy Tab never materialized.

    BlackBerry Playbook 4G for Sprint

    BlackBerry Playbook 4GWhen RIM unveiled its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the company publicly announced its intention to release a 4G version of the device for Sprint. In August, Sprint nixed the idea. For more products we never saw in 2011, check out CNET’s Top 5 vaporware from CES 2011.

    Source from: http://www.zdnet.com/photos/tablets-that-never-happened-photos/6335942?tag=photo-frame;get-photo-roto

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  • The Leaderboard of Top 10 hottest tablets in 2011

    Posted on September 6th, 2011 David Brooks | 19 comments

    The ZDNET author Jason Hiner made a Leaderboard for the top 10 hottest tablets in 2011 for people worldwide who might seek a good tablet. Read the post bellow and find your own favorite one. If you have any different opinions, make us know by putting your words on the Comment parts.

    Summary: While tablets are the hot new thing, there are almost too many to choose from now. See our updated leaderboard of 10 tablets that are worth your attention.

    Tablets are the technology’s industry’s latest gold rush. With Apple selling 15 million iPads in 2010 and projected to sell as many as 45 million in 2011, everyone wants a piece of the public’s sudden infatuation with multitouch slabs of silicon.  From the world’s biggest computer companies to obscure little parts makers, there have been an obscene number of companies releasing tablets this year and the number will only increase next year.

    Which ones are safe to ignore and which ones are worth your attention? In February, I wrote a piece called The 10 hottest tablets to watch in 2011. Most of these tablets have finally come to market, a lot of them flopped, and other new tablets have popped up. In May, after reviewing many of these tablets, I wrote the first version of my leaderboard, with a lot of tablets moving up or down in the rankings.

    Heading into the fall buying season, here is my updated assessment of the top tablets of 2011.

    2011 Top 10 Hottest tablets10. Motorola Xoom

    Motorola XoomIn the past, when Google was ready to make a leap forward with Android, it anointed a hardware partner to produce a device that would be something of a concept vehicle for Google’s vision. For the Android 3.0 tablet OS, Motorola was the chosen one and the Xoom was that device. This 10-inch widescreen tablet launched with drool-inducing tech specs but the Android tablet software was incomplete and desperately needed more apps. The other big drawback was the price. It launched at $799 without a contract ($599 for Wi-Fi version). Today, you can get the Xoom for as low as $439 for the Wi-Fi version through Amazon. It’s still the most industrial-strength Android tablet on the market, but it’s also a little heavy and bulky compared to newer hardware. Read my full review.

    9. BlackBerry PlayBook

    BlackBerry PlayBookI was at the event last fall where RIM announced the BlackBerry PlayBook and my first impressions were not very good — mostly because RIM kept it behind glass. However, after getting my hands on the final product, I was a lot more impressed. There are things to like about the PlayBook, especially for businesses that are already invested and committed to BlackBerry smartphones and the BES backend infrastructure. This is a 7-inch tablet, so that limits its appeal a bit — except for the vocal minority who like the smaller form factor. Still, the hardware feels great, the tablet OS is easy to figure out, and the performance is staggeringly good. It’s also one of the best tablets for Web browsing because of its excellent implementation of Flash, although the 7-inch screen is a drawback for trying to read text from most web pages. Also, if you don’t have a BlackBerry smartphone to tether to this one, then it’s difficult to recommend it over other tablets. Read my full review.

    8. HTC Flyer

    HTC Flyer tabletOver half of the tablets on this list are powered by Android and HTC is one of the powerhouses of the Android ecosystem. Unlike rivals Motorola, Samsung, and LG, who all unveiled high-end tablets at CES 2011 in January, HTC was remarkably silent on the tablet question. However, this spring, HTC announced the Flyer, a 7-incher with a 1.5 GHz CPU, 1.0 GB RAM, 32GB of Flash storage, and a special version of the HTC Sense UI designed for tablets. The Sense UI is by far the best Android skin on the market and it doesn’t disappoint on the Flyer, even though it’s running on top of Android 2.2 and not Android 3.0. Also, unlike most of the other Android tablets, the Flyer includes digital ink technology and a stylus — and it’s an excellent implementation. Unfortunately, the Flyer hardware leaves a lot to be desired. It is thick, awkward to hold, and feels like an oversized smartphone.

    7. Acer Iconia Tab A500

    Acer Iconia Tab A500Acer isn’t known for its innovative designs, and it doesn’t deliver one with this tablet, but the company does a decent job of delivering a lot of technology at a reasonable price. That’s what you get with the Acer Iconia Tab A500 — a 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet with a dual-core Tegra2 processor, 1GB of RAM, dual cameras on front and back, and a price tag starting at $449. There’s nothing spectacular about this tablet, but it gives you plenty of hardware and features for the money.

    6. HP TouchPad

    HP TouchpadA lot of people will think I’m being extremely generous by putting the TouchPad as high as number six since HP has officially killed product. But, if HP hadn’t killed it, I would have ranked the TouchPad No. 3 on the list (although keep in mind that my primary audience is people who use technology for business). Since HP is clearing out the TouchPad for $100 (16GB) and $150 (32GB) and you can still get them on eBay for $200-$300, this one still belongs on the list, for now. As I wrote in my review, the TouchPad actually trumps the iPad in productivity (especially messaging) and web browsing, but it lacks the entertainment and media options that most consumers want and the hardware feels cheap and clunky. Read my full review.

    5. B&N Nook Color

    Nook ColorWhen the Barnes & Noble Nook Color e-reader got an update to Android 2.2 and its own app store earlier this year, it turned into a viable low-cost tablet. Some will argue against it, since it has a heavy-handed UI forced on top of Android and doesn’t run the full Android Market app store. But, I couldn’t leave this little 7-inch tablet off the list. It has a great form factor — thin and easy in the hands — and you can’t beat the price at $249. Plus, if you’re highly technical, you can hack it into a full Android tablet.

    4. ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

    ASUS Eee Pad TransformerASUS believes that the iPad has two weaknesses — lack of choice and limited content creation ability — so that’s where the company has focused its attention in tablets. The Eee Pad Transformer is a 10-inch tablet with a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU that runs Android 3.0. The most innovative thing about this one is that it has an optional keyboard dock that also functions as an extended battery, giving the device up to 16 hours of life. With the Transformer’s dock mode, ASUS has pulled off an Android tablet that also doubles as a laptop. Plus, the price is right. At $399, this tablet is one of the best values on the market, so it’s no surprise that it it sold out in the US on its first day of online sales.

    3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1The original Samsung Galaxy Tab was a 7-inch tablet that jumped the gun on Android tablets before Google was ready, but it offered the first legitimate challenge to the original iPad. If it wasn’t so expensive ($600), it might have faired even better than the respectable sales numbers it posted. Samsung’s second try at the tablet market is a lot more potent. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a gorgeous piece of hardware. I usually don’t like Samsung’s plastic mobile hardware (it always feels cheap to me), but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looks and feels great. It is razor-thin, light, and still feels sturdy. It has all the specs you’d expect for a high-end tablet — great screen, dual cameras, solid battery life, and a dual-core NVIDIA processor. The only drawback is the software. It runs Android Honeycomb with the Samsung Touchwiz UX, which adds very little, doesn’t have a very appealing UI, and doesn’t have all of the experimental features (like browser thumb controls) as stock Android. But, Samsung is making these tablets very friendly for enterprise buyers and it can run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

    2. The Amazon tablet

    Amazon Tablet Adroid Okay, I realize that this tablet isn’t even out yet (or officially announced, for that matter), but a lot of what makes a tablet useful is not just the tablet itself but all of the services behind the scenes and Amazon is putting all the pieces in place to build its own Android tablet. In fact, it may be better positioned to compete with Apple than any of the other tablet makers because of its strengths in content and cloud computing. Amazon already had the Kindle e-book library and Web-based music and video stores, but in 2011 it has added the Amazon Appstore for Android and Amazon Cloud Drive. Since Amazon hasn’t made any official announcements yet, this tablet benefits from lots of positive speculation, but the stars are aligning for a formidable tablet product from the world’s e-commerce king. An Amazon tablet that draws on their design experience of the latest Kindle and is priced at under $300 would draw a lot of buyers away from the iPad. Again, although this is speculative, I think the Amazon tablet is destined to be No. 2 in the market by the end of 2011. If you’re thinking about buying a tablet this fall, you may want to wait until you see what Amazon announces.

    1. Apple iPad 2

    Apple iPad 2The iPad remains the king of the category and, even with the invasion of an army of challengers, the iPad will retain a commanding market share lead when we get to the end of 2011. It still has too many factors in its favor: dead-simple usability, long battery life, a massive catalog of apps, and a respectable price. The last factor might be the most important. The iPad’s rivals have had a very hard time beating the iPad’s price tag while offering a comparable experience. The iPad 2 doesn’t offer any revolutionary changes over the original iPad. It’s thinner and lighter, has an upgraded processor and display, and adds front and rear cameras. It’s a nice refinement, and with its big advantages in apps and entertainment, it easily has enough value to keep it at the top of this list — even for business users, who want the apps for business tasks and the games and entertainment for plane rides (and to distract the kids once in a while). Read my full review.

    Source fromhttp://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/leaderboard-the-10-hottest-tablets-of-2011-updated/56840?tag=nl.e539

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  • Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G-LTE version to be launched on July 28th

    Posted on July 27th, 2011 David Brooks | 81 comments

    The latest news shows that the 4G-LTE version of the Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 will hit Verizon Wireless stores on July 28th in either metallic gray or glossy white in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab4glte, while there is still a week to wait for the official UK release of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet. The Verizon 4G-LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available at $529.99 for the 16-gigabyte model and $629.99 for the 32-gigabyte model, subject to a new two year mobile broadband contract, from Verizon spokesman Ken Muche. Also, a 16GB Wi-Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available online on www.verizonwireless.com in metallic gray on the same day.

    Rip DVD to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G Verizon

    Key Features of Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G-LTE version:

    1. 4G LTE– customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area.

    2. WiFi 802.11b/g/n.

    3. Android™ 3.1 Honeycomb platform –Supports Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, Google Maps™, Google Movies™, Google Books™ and Android Market™.

    4. Adobe® Flash® 10.3 technology.

    5. NVIDIA® Tegra2  dual core 1GHz application processor.

    6. 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display with WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution.

    7. 3 megapixel rear-facing camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat capabilities.

    8. 1080p HD video playback on an HD TV or other 1080p HD device.

    9. Samsung Media Hub –Offering a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase. Media Hub has been redesigned allowing customers to playback Media Hub content on their TV through an HDMI adapter (sold separately). Purchased content can be shared with up to five devices enabled with Media Hub at no extra cost.

    Users would be able to choose among different Mobile Broadband plans listed below:

    (1) $30 monthly access for 2GB monthly allowance.

    (2) $50 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance.

    (3) $80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance.

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