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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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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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Notion Ink Adam – A smart tablet with PixQi

by editor on Apr.17, 2010, under NotionInk Adam

NotionInk AdamWe have already seen a bunch of mockups on the Notion Ink Adam, the sleek android tablet developed in India has finally been announced for release!

The Notion Ink Adam tablet is based on the NVIDIA Tegra, T20 chipset supporting 1080p Full HD video playback. It has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA and uses the Pixel Qi 3Q transflective display. It also has a 3-megapixel camera with a patented swivel action, so you can use the Adam for video calling. On the back there’s a trackpad used for navigating without leaving smudges on the display, similar to the motorola backflip. The tablet weighs 1.71lbs and would be available in 12.9mm and 11.6mm thick versions. It will use the regular Android UI (gesture support) and will be capable of running Flash.


The Notion Ink folks are fully aware that the Adam would need an enthusiastic developer community that needs to back the Adam with quality apps. Which is why they are planning a developer challenge that will have a $1 million prize money for the winner. Now, that is bound to attract some attention!

One of the features of the PixelQi display is that its easy on the eyes – the tablet can be used as an ebook reader as well, but we havent heard any announcements from NotionInk on starting their own ebook service, though they confirmed working with various content producers – including some big-name blogs – to “reinvent” magazines and newspapers.

Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan reckons the Adam will run for 2-3 times longer than the iPad, thanks to the Tegra chip and the low-power Pixel Qi display. Using Tegra 2 will last for around 16 hours of Full HD video with a standard 3-cell battery, and Rohan says that, because their display uses just 0.2W in its electrophoretic reflective mode, with that 3-cell battery you’ll potentially see up to a breathtaking 160 hours use.

The specs are awesome, but the only reason we think we might not see this device too soon is the fact that the team consists only of developers fresh out of college with no product experience, and a missing marketing team. Not to mention, there are no Android apps optimized for this screen size. Follow them on twitter: http://twitter.com/NotionInkAdam

The NotionInk tablet is expected to be available in Q4 2010 at http://www.notionink.in

Update [September 25th]: NotionInk has updated its website to suggest their first factory release should be around October 6th. The updated blog describes the design for each of the components of the Adam tablet and wants to involve users to help them choose colours for the final hardware.

Update [Dec 3]: We are weeks away from the Notion Ink’s release. Follow us to get the latest on NotionInk!

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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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