At long last, Amazon has announced a Kindle app for the webOS platform, one that's specifically geared towards the HP TouchPad and its 9.7-inch screen (lots of info and pictures of this potentially awesome tablet here). Just as with other platforms, Kindle for webOS allows customers to "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" when making purchases from Amazon's Kindle Store. And of course there's Whispersync, so you can pick up reading on your TouchPad right where you left off from your smartphone or other Kindle-enabled device.
Soon after HP acquired Palm last April, then CEO Mark Hurd stated the company’s desire of taking webOS “beyond smartphones.” The company today gave the world a better look into the operating system’s future beyond smartphones at its “Think Beyond” event in San Francisco, lifting the curtain on a 10-inch webOS tablet. But for those who think that tablets are just as far as HP is willing to go with its “beyond smartphones” strategy for webOS, the world’s leading PC vendor is out to surprise you. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s “hit the jump” time once again.
Hardware makers who thought the netbook market would prove a short-lived fad ended up kicking themselves in the backside for not striking when the coals were hot. But on the bright side, they've been given a mulligan. The most talked about tech item is now the tablet PC, and according to market research firm DisplaySearch, this segment will show an explosive 200 percent growth rate this year. For those who haven't jumped on the tablet bandwagon, now's the time to do so.
With what we've seen from Google's Android 3.0 platform so far, we have a sneaky suspicion that the days are numbered for tablets built on previous versions of Android. Nevertheless, Stream TV Networks plans to offer up its eLocity A10 tablet for pre-order on February 15. This tablet rocks some serious hardware -- like Nvidia's Tegra 2 T250 processor -- but it's also saddled with Android 2.2 (Froyo), a risky gamble with Motorola's Xoom tablet on the horizon.
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.