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Creative ZiiO Tablet

by editor on Dec.15, 2010, under Creative ZiiO Tablet

Key Features of Creative ZiiO
  • Front facing VGA camera for Video Conferencing
  • $250 for the 8Gb model with SD slot
  • X-Fi Crystalizer and Expand enhancements, and its apt-X codec allows for high-quality audio streaming
  • HD(720p) Video Playback
Cons
  • Resistive touchscreen
  • Plastic finish
The ZiiO Tablet runs on Android 2.1, and since it’s the first tablet to be apt-x enabled as well as have X-Fi built-in, Creative states its “the best wireless audio performance you will get from an Android-based tablet in the market”.

The Creative ZiiO is available in 7″ (480×800) and 10″ (1024×600) varieties with 8GB or 16GB of storage. It has 802.11b/g (no N, no 3G) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, and can be set up to communicate with Creative’s wireless speakers. The big minus in this tablet because of which they get away with such a low price, is its resistive touchscreen. The touchscreen is not too bad, but if you are used to capacitive screens you will definitely recognize its lack of response. To make up for this the tablet includes a stylus, although the tablet lacks handwriting recognition that is expected with a resistie touchscreen.

The X-Fi Crystalizer and Expand enhancements, and its apt-X codec allows for high-quality audio streaming. If you’re looking for a tablet with good loud music abilities you must purchase the tiny ZiiSound T6 5.1 speakers.
The ZiiO doesn’t support the official Android Marketplace and users are restricted to the ZiiStore to get apps. There’s a front-facing camera for video conferencing, and an accelerometer, and a card slot to expand the capacity (SD on the 10in and microSD on the 7in). The 8GB model is available at Amazon for $249.99, and the 16GB for $269.99.
Specifications of Creative ZiiO:
SIZE
Dimensions:  207.4 x 133 x 13.7mm
Weight:  400 G
DISPLAY
Type:  TFT
Resolution:  800×480 (7″), 1024×600 (10″) Pixels
Color:  16M Colors
Size:  7/10 Inch
CAMERA
Front Camera: VGA
BATTERY
Time: 25 hours for Audio, 5 for video
AUDIO & VIDEO
X-Fi Audio Enhancements (X-Fi Crystalizer, X-Fi Expand)
Music Player: MP3, WMA AAC, FLAC, Ogg, MIDI
Speaker:  External
Built-in mic
Video: MPEG-4, H.264, WMV, AVI, MOV
Video Player:  720p
DATA & CONNECTIVITY
Wlan:  Wi-Fi 802.11 B/G
Bluetooth:  Yes, V2.1
INPUT
Touch Screen: Resistive
PLATFORM
OS:  Android OS, V2.1 (Eclair)
CPU:  ZMS-08 Processor
Java:  Yes
MEMORY
Internal Memory: 8/16 GB
Cards Slot: Up To 32GB
OTHER FEATURES
HDMI-Out, Accelerometer
SOFTWARE
Browser: Android Browser
Miscellaneous:  Ereading(Newspapers,Magazines & Books), TV-Out, Organizer, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar,
Google Talk
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Microsoft Courier tablet #fail

by editor on Mar.05, 2010, under Microsoft Courier Tab

Some specifications and images of the eagerly awaited Microsoft Courier tablet have been released. It is a device that is currently expected to launch sometime in the second half of 2010, at a unknown price, and will give stiff competition to the iPad and Kindle.

The Courier is a tablet that has also been called a digital journal and an e-book reader, and looks like it will be powered by a Tegra 2 processor, and feature an OS based on the Zune HD and Windows Mobile 7 series OSes. The device will weigh approximately 500 gms and measure about 5”x7”x1” when closed, and has a pen-based interface with handwriting and drawing recognition, apart from offering native e-book reader functionality. The Courier will also support media playback, and have a built-in camera. The open-to-use, two-screen interface looks good, and will be especially for readers of e-book and e-magazines. The device will also have potential for gaming. The video below (gizmodo) shows the potential for such a device.

We’ll let you know more news and updates about the Microsoft Courier as they happen.

Image courtesy: Engadget.com

Update: Microsoft has cancelled the courier tablet.
According to Microsoft Corporate VP of Communications Frank Shaw:

“At any given time, we’re looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It’s in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.”

Microsoft Courier tablet #fail.
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