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Keyboard accessory for the samsung galaxy tab

by editor on Dec.05, 2010, under Samsung Galaxy Tab

Here’s a keyboard designed specially for Samsung Galaxy Tab users,

Keyboard accessory for Samsung Galaxy Tab

The keyboard dock in the image above is going for a $99. It’s a full QWERTY keyboard with charger and synchronization dock, it also comes with stereo audio output.

There is also a car dock which allows you turn-by-turn navigation while driving, the car dock is also going for $99. So if you are interested in one or all, then do get them with your Galaxy Tab!

A review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab can be found HERE.

Image via Engadget

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

by editor on Nov.15, 2010, under Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Key Features of Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000:
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Flash 10.1 Enabled Browser
  • Optimised For Full Multitasking with hybrid widget support
  • Front Facing Camera For Anytime/Place Video Conferencing
  • Full HD(1080p) Video Playback

Cons
  • Expensive
  • Moderate Battery Life

The Galaxy Tab is Samsung’s 7 inch Tablet touted to be a full-fledged, compact communication and entertainement device. At 1024 x 600 pixels the 7 inch SVGA screen makes for an impressive pixel density. If you are someone who spends a lot of time commuting, you will like the fact that the tablet weighs just 0.84 pounds, which makes it a good content consumption device while on the move. The Galaxy Tab will have a “Readers Hub” app for eBook aficionados.
Samsung Galaxy screen

Internally, Galaxy Tab houses practically the same hardware found in the Galaxy S GT-i9000 touchscreen smartphone. Just like the smartphone, the Galaxy Tab runs Android Froyo 2.2 update along with Android Market and Samsung Apps to download apps. The same 1.0GHz Cortex A8 Humming Bird application CPU with PowerVR SGX540 GPU remains at the heart of this tablet. Packing 512MB RAM, Samsung will offer the Galaxy Tab in 16GB and 32GB versions. Of course, you can add up to 32GB memory card in the expandable memory slot.

Android 2.2 Froyo OS packs a whole lot of goodies, which includes full-multitasking, unrestricted app access and Adobe Flash support. Android open tethering lets you connect your laptop to the web using the Tab’s 3G connection. For connectivity, Galaxy Tab will support quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and tri-band 3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps) networks. One can always use the Wi-Fi (802.11n) for faster browsing experience and use Bluetooth 3.0 for wireless connectivity with other devices/peripherals.

The tablet is capable of full HD video playback. This is worth mentioning because although the display can only provide 1024x600, the device CAN decode HD content, meaning you donot need to re-encode videos to play on the tablet. The device supports a broad range of video formats, including DivX & Xvid formats. As with video, the Tab supports a huge range of audio formats, including OGG, FLAC & AC3.

The Tab lets you make video calls over 3G with the front facing 1.3MP camera just above the display. Galaxy Tab jabs iPad by showing off its 1.3megapixel front camera and 3 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash at the back which can capture videos at 30fps.
Camera of Samsung Galaxy Tab

There were concerns around porting the Android 2.2 into Tablets, considering it was developed for smartphones, but the Galaxy Tab decimates all apprenhensions and manges to run the Android 2.2 near flawlessly. The device comes with five (customisable) home screens, which you can cramp with all sorts of widgets & app shortcuts. The bottom part of the screen sports the dedicated shortcuts to the Web browser, email and the menu. The interface is simple, powerful and customisable, also, swiping through the menus is quick with almost negligible lag. The keyboard is cramped, but when held in the portrait orientation, its easy to type away using your thumbs. With swype you can type away on the Tab much more comfortably.

Samsung claims an impressive 7 hours of video playback on the 4000 mAh Li-Po battery, possibly the most CPU intensive application you can throw at the device. It’s expected that the Tab would easily a day of normal usage without wanting to be plugged in. Initial tests though have shown poor battery performance compared to the claims. If you own a Samsung Galaxy tablet do give your feedback in the samsung galaxy lounge.

A couple of accessories have been already been released for the samsung galaxy tab HERE

Please add your thoughts after using the device!
Layar on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000

SIZE
Dimensions:  190.1 X 120.45 X 11.98 Mm
Weight:  385 G

DISPLAY
Type:  WSVGA
Resolution:  1024 X 600 Pixels
Color:  16M Colors
Size:  7 Inch

CAMERA
Primary Camera:  3MP With LED Flash
Secondary Camera:  1.3MP
Video Recording:  Yes(720 X 480@30fps)

BATTERY
Type:  Li-Po 4000 MAh
Talk Time:  1,000 Minutes3G (Maximum)
StandBy Time:  1,500 Hrs 3G (Maximum)

AUDIO & VIDEO
Music Player:  MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, WAV, AC3, MIDI, RTTTL/RTX, OTA, I-Melody, SP-MIDI Player With 3.5mm Socket
Ringtone Formats:  MP3 & Vibration
Speaker:  Yes( With Stereo Speakers)
Video Player:  1080p

DATA & CONNECTIVITY
GPRS:  Yes
EDGE:  Yes
3G:  HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Wlan:  Wi-Fi 802.11 B/G/N
Bluetooth:  Yes, V3.0 With A2DP
USB:  Yes, V2.0

INPUT
Touch Screen: Multi touch Capacitive

PLATFORM
OS:  Android OS, V2.2 (Froyo)
CPU:  ARM Cortex A8 Processor, 1 GHz Processor; PowerVR SGX540 Graphics
Operating Frequency:  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Java:  Yes
GSM/CDMA/Dual Sim/Triple Sim:  GSM

MEMORY
Internal Memory: 16 GB
Cards Slot: Up To 32GB

OTHER FEATURES
Accelerometer, Three-Axis Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, GPS with A-GPS Support

SOFTWARE
Browser:  Android Browser With Flash Player 10.1 Support
Messaging:  Yes(Threaded View), MMS, Email(Push Mail Support), Instant Messaging
Miscellaneous:  Social Networking Integration, Ereading(Newspapers,Magazines & Books), DLNA Convergence, TV-Out, Organizer, Image/Video Editor, Thinkfree Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa Integration, Music Hub, TouchWiz UI, Swype Text Input, Adobe Flash 10.1 Support, Voice Memo/Dial/Commands
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Litl webbook comes as a big surprise!

by editor on Mar.30, 2010, under Litl

Litl

Key features of the Litl:

  • WebOS

Cons:

  • 3 hour battery life
  • 0.3 MP camera
  • Requires a reliable net connection for running most applications.

The litl seems like a laptop at first. Turn it on and you see one of the finest netbooks running an intuitive web OS, completely designed for the web with a focus on usability.

The litl comes with a 12.1″ display an is powered by a 1.6Ghz Atom with 1Gb SDRAM and 2gb of memory. Since the ipad got released it has become a requirement to specifically mention on board camera, microphone, USB and wifi. It uses a solid state drive which makes it free of moving parts. Litl also sports a plug n play HDMI port for using external displays. Theres a full keyboard too, which can be used in “laptop” mode. The device has a small fan which we wish could have been eliminated.

The litl decodes HD videos, so you can look forward to crisp 720p videos on your tv screen. We also found that the software transformed certain websites such as facebook to look different on its browser, this wasn’t too appealing to us. Not sure how this will be taken by the websites that are transformed.

The litl keyboard

The litl supports an innovative “easel” mode which makes it look like a digital photo frame, to function as a display system that can be kept in your living room. In this mode you can browse through a series of applications using a wheel similar to iriver’s spinn. The easel mode definitely fits in with the litl display’s viewing cone of 178 degrees.

Easel mode of litl


With its WebOS, the litl removes the hassles of configuring/maintaining an operating system. No settings, no configurations, no messing around with drivers. Consider it as a system which has the latest of the best applications at the touch of a button.

At $399 the device is well priced.

Here’s a video of the Litl:

The litl was designed by a startup of 40 persons, and considering the amount of innovation in this device we hope to see more such products from this company. Wonder what the two IR receivers onboard are going to be utilized for.

Specifications of Litl

SIZE
Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.06 x 9.25 inches
Weight: 3.4 lbs

DISPLAY
Resolution: 1280 x 800 Pixels
Color: 16M Colors
Size: 12.1″ widescreen

CAMERA
Primary Camera: 0.3MP

BATTERY
Type: 3-cell Lithium Ion
StandBy Time: 3 hours

AUDIO & VIDEO
Music Player: Music Player With 3.5mm Socket
Video Player: 720p

DATA & CONNECTIVITY
Wlan: Wi-Fi 802.11 B/G
USB: Yes, one V2.0

INPUT
Touch Screen: Multi touch Capacitive

PLATFORM
OS: litl Web OS
CPU: Intel Atom 1.6 gHz
GSM/CDMA/Dual Sim/Triple Sim: None
MEMORY
Ram: 1Gb
Internal Memory: 2 GB

OTHER FEATURES
Easel 178 degree mode, HDMI port, Full sized keyboard, 2 IR receivers

SOFTWARE
Browser, Social Networking Integration, Ereading, TV-Out, Organizer, WebApps for litl

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Joojoo Tablet, formerly CrunchPad

by editor on Mar.07, 2010, under Joojoo

JoojooFusion Garage’s JooJoo (formerly known as the CrunchPad) was slated for release in December 2009, before being shelved. JooJoo is now in full-production with a new round of funding by the CSL Group – the largest OEM in Malaysia – and has hit stores.

The joojoo has a 12.1″ capacitive touchscreen, which means it is about as responsive as an iPhone touchscreen.. two-finger zoom out gesture lets you switch between tabs; a pinch to zoom-in gesture takes you back to the homepage.

The Joojoo will support Flash and Silverlight, allowing users to surf the web as it’s meant to be surfed. In terms of hardware it features wifi, 4 Gb memory, a webcam and a USB port. The new Nvidia ION chipset powers this tablet, which explains its ability to play 1080p HD videos.


JooJoo runs a custom operating system built by Fusion Garage and boots in just under nine seconds directly to a homepage screen. It’s fast and takes the user directly to services that they may use.

The JooJoo will feature a Web App Store on which developers can showcase their applications. It will also be made simpler to develop applications for the JooJoo, with the ongoing implantation of APIs, which will let developers access the hardware easily.

JooJoo is heavy for a tablet, at 2.4lbs. Coming to battery life, the JooJoo is rated at just 5 hours but this would probably be because of its large screen size.

Open for pre-order, it is priced at $499 at https://thejoojoo.com/

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