HP didn’t do much with the Touchpad, but they did at least prove that there is a healthy market out there for a $99 tablet. RIM isn’t quite ready to go that crazy with its struggling Playbook just yet, but they have started to test the waters. Last week RIM dropped the price of each model of playbook by an even $100 in Canada, and also began offering an additional $100 gift card at two of the country’s biggest brick & mortar retailers, Future Shop and Best Buy. How has it been working out so far? Both retailers are reporting they are officially sold out.
Amazon has just sent out the invites we’ve all been waiting for. Wednesday September 28, Amazon will be holding a press conference in New York for an undisclosed reason. Almost certainly this is going to be the announcement of the Amazon tablet.
Research In Motion has put itself in a bit of a pickle with its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. RIM launched the device before it was fully cooked and it jumped into the mobile fray missing critical features like native email, calendar, and contacts support. In our review of RIM's tablet, we concluded that "unless and until RIM finishes fleshing out the PlayBook, there's no reason to buy it." Turns out we weren't the only ones who felt that way.
Screw the Emmys! The best gift bags of the past week came at Microsoft’s BUILD conference. The Redmond crew put their money where their mouths were and provided 5,000 developers with a tablet based off of the Samsung Series 7 Slate and packing a version of the Metro-tized Windows 8 Developer Preview. Theoretically, the gift was supposed to spur on app development for the upcoming operating system; instead, some not-so-gracious recipients have turned the tablets into quick cash on eBay.
Google Voice is one of the coolest cloud services we've ever seen. Get your account set up with a phone number in your area code of choice, and Google Voice will provide you with a number of convenient functions for free. Users of Android phones have had the best access to their Google Voice account through a native app, but Google somehow forgot that they make a tablet OS too—until now.
HP was due to release a 7-inch tablet to go along with the now cancelled TouchPad. The smaller slate, codenamed Opal and later dubbed TouchPad Go, was reportedly just two weeks away from release when HP killed webOS. Well, a poster in a Chinese forum has posted images and details of the device, which he claims to have been using for three months.
A new over-the-air (OTA) update for the 4G LTE version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet for Verizon might be just the thing you need to curb your cussing and keep your extra dollars out of the swear jar, but only if you're experiencing high-speed connectivity issues. If you're swearing up a storm for another reason, this update will do nothing to patch your potty mouth.
The army of Android tablets is about to get bolstered by a few more foot soldiers as Archos readies the launch of its G9 tablets. Each of the four tablets will be led by General Honeycomb (Android 3.2), and each one will come packing a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1GHz or higher. Archos says one of its upcoming tablets -- the G9 Turbo -- will debut as the market's first sub-$400 tablet to tote a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor up to 1.5GHz.
The Earth isn't flat (Flat Eath Society begs to differ), and neither are tablet or eReader shipments. On the contrary, these devices are flying off the shelves all around the globe. The folks over at International Data Corporation (IDC) did some number crunching and determined that media tablet shipments jumped nearly 89 percent on a sequential basis, and a mind boggling 303.8 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2011.
SanDisk woke up this morning and decided to blitz the market with a fistful of storage products, including a massive 64GB microSDXC card. The 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I card doubles the performance and capacity of SanDisk's professional-grade imaging lineup and is based on the latest SD 3.0 specification's Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus architecture.