Motorola and Android have thrived in each other’s company ever since the Droid happened. Both Google and Motorola are probably banking on that tried and tested partnership to pay off once again, this time in the tablet market. A lot of people believe an attractive price would go a long way to ensuring the success of the Motorola Xoom. So how much will you need to pay for the upcoming Android Honeycomb-running tablet?
Until Motorola speaks up and announces an official launch date, we're left to the mercy of Internet leaks, reports, and rumors as to when the company's Xoom tablet will see the light of day. One of Engadget's tipsters, for example, had the Xoom pegged for a February 17, 2011 release date and the Internet ran with it. Courtesy of a Facebook post by Best Buy's Grand Rapids South's store, it now looks like the launch date will come one week later.
Maybe you know Rupert Murdoch as the crotchety old man who shakes an angry fist at the free news model inherent on the Internet. Others know him simply as the CEO of News Corp. Google knows him as the guy who wants to make his sites' links invisible to search. Some of you are probably asking, "Robert who?" Apple iPad owners now know him as the man who brought the first news app designed from the ground up for their magical tablets.
A recent report in The New York Postsuggested that a high number of Galaxy Tab buyers aren't exactly pleased with their purchase, quoting a return rate of around 15 percent. That would certainly be cause for concern for Samsung, or at least it would be if it were true. According to Samsung, that's all a bunch of hogwash and the actual return is much, much lower.
Apple intelligence site 9to5Mac.com posted pictures of what it claims is the iPad 2's LCD screen, "fresh out of China." While 9to5Mac couldn't say whether or not the new screen will run a higher resolution or is a "Retina" display, the site did say that "it is definitely higher quality in terms of its build."
It's also both thinner and lighter than first-gen iPad devices and has a smaller surrounding frame. Other than that, there's isn't any new information to go on, just a handful of pics to gawk at, including comparisons of first- and second-generation iPad LCD screens.
Asustek’s Windows 7-based Eee Slate EP121, which went up for pre-order in early January, briefly became available on Amazon earlier today before going out of stock. According to Liliputing’s Brad Linder, his Amazon Affiliate records confirm that the EP121 tablets ordered by some of his readers have already been shipped. Prices are $999 and $1099 for the 32GB and 64GB SKUs, respectively.
Asus is marketing the Eee Slate EP121 as the “world’s most powerful tablet device.” Indeed, the 12.1-inch Windows7 tablet does pack a serious punch with its laptop-esque specs: a dual-core Core i5-470UM processor clocked at 1.33GHz, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB or 64GB solid-state storage. Its four-cell battery is said to last 4.5 hours on a single charge, with continuous 1080p video payback reducing that number to 2.4 hours.
Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab was once hyped as a potential iPad killer, at least before it was released. And now? Well, some analysts say the number of Galaxy Tabs being returned is as high as 15 percent, The New York Postreports.
"Consumers aren't in love with the device," said Tony Berkman, a consumer tech analyst with ITG.
Whether or not that number is accurate, we don't know, though Samsung did recently announce it had shipped 2 million Galaxy Tab devices. That's an impressive number, especially for a tablet running a version of Android that wasn't designed with tablets in mind, as opposed to Google's upcoming Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform.
If Notion Ink sent you an email confirming shipment of your Adam tablet, count yourself among the lucky 94.69 percent of those who put their pre-order in. And as for the other 5.31 percent? You should have received a separate email from Notion Ink, one asking you to hang tight until February 14, 2011.
Notion Ink says several Adam tablets suffered damaged touchscreens during shipping, so they went ahead and cancelled the entire batch. It's unfortunate, the company says, "but there is a whole group at Notion Ink and at our manufacturing plants putting in all the efforts at delivering your Adams."
As can be expected, Notion Ink acknowledges it received lots of angry emails and comments, but says Chinese manufacturer Sintek is working overtime to replace the busted units.
Depending on who you ask, Motorola's Xoom tablet currently ranks as the most anticipated slate of 2011, primarily because it's supposed to be the first to sport Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. According to DigiTimes, Motorola will launch the Xoom sometime this month (a leaked Best Buy document suggests a February 17th release), while most other Android 3.0 tablets won't see the light of day until after March.
That's great news for everyone who resisted giving into the Dark Side by picking up an iPad. Early Android tablets never really lived up to the hype, but Honeycomb is the first version to be built from the ground up with tablets in mind. What little Google has shown of its next generation OS looks highly promising; let's hope Motorola makes good use of it.