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.
Asus subsidiary ASRock, which recently leapfrogged ahead of both MSI and ECS to take third place in the motherboard market, is planning to dive head first into the tablet market, perhaps as soon as the second quarter of 2011, DigiTimes reports.
ASRock's VP of Sales, Li Jun-Ying, says it will tap into Pegatron Technology to produce the devices, though the company has yet to decide on whether to build a 7-inch slate or a 10-inch tablet. What is certain, however, is that ASRock is only interested in building around Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor and Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform, a potent combination that's sure to show up in a number of mobile devices as the year goes on.
The company didn't reveal any potential price points, but if ASRock sticks to the same philosophy it follows for making motherboards, it's likely they'll try to cram in a number of features at attractive price points.
A leaked PR schedule for the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2011 event managed to fall into the hands of Electronista, who posted the details to the Web. Assuming it's real, the itinerary confirms Samsung is working on a pair of second-generation Galaxy devices.
There aren't any details to go on, just the fact that Samsung plans to present the Galaxy S 2 smartphone and Galaxy Tab 2 tablet at MWC. Depending on the direction Samsung takes these devices, we could be in store for some nifty upgrades. Imagine a dual-core processor in the Galaxy S 2, along with a bigger screen and front-facing camera. And as for the Galaxy Tab 2, we'd be willing to gamble (a small sum) that it will ship with a 10-inch screen, a speedier processor, and of course Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).
What would you like to see included in the next generation of Galaxy devices? Hit the jump and sound off!