Used game vendor GameStop is raring to go with its own-brand gaming tablet the company will refer to as a "GameStop certified gaming platform." GameStop president Tony Bartel told GamesIndustry.biz it has already chosen a specific model of tablet, and that it will run Google's Android operating system, the odds-on favorite if you were to venture a guess beforehand.
Acer and AT&T are wearing their 'Best Friends' t-shirts as the two jointly debut the new Acer Iconia Tab A501 tablet with AT&T 4G HSPA+ connectivity in the U.S. Armed with a 4G radio, this latest addition to the Iconia Tab family offers up to 4x faster data transmissions, the two companies claim.
Once upon a time, Velocity Micro made a living building only high end custom PCs, notebooks, and workstations. That type of singular (or triangular, if you will) focus is behind them, and the company now dabbles in eReaders and tablets as well. These mobile devices fall under Velocity Micro's Cruz line, and they've just been updated in preparation for an upcoming relaunch later this month.
When the going gets tough, most technology throws up its hands in defeat and wilts like a flower. The majority of gadgets on the market just aren’t built to face the drop-down, submerged-in-liquid realities of everyday life – just ask anybody who ever had to replace his smartphone after spilling just a few drips of soda on it.
You won’t find any of that wussy gear in this gallery.
HTC's Jetstream tablet is now available through AT&T, but with friends like AT&T, who needs enemies? Straight to the point, at $700 on contract, AT&T went and priced the Jetstream out of contention. That's too bad when you consider HTC nearly single-handedly turned Android into a runaway success in the smartphone sector by blitzing the market, and at this point, HTC knows the open source OS as well as anyone. But if wireless carriers insist on smoking dope when pricing HTC tablets, why should HTC stick around?
For those who go back to school the day after Labor Day, Sony managed to make its Tablet S available via pre-order on the final day of summer break, though don't expect any back-to-school discounts. The 16GB Wi-Fi model carries the now traditional $500 price tag, and you can add another C-note if you want the 32GB model.
The past several weeks have seen some interesting developments in the tablet space. Hewlett Packard's discontinuation of its TouchPad and subsequent $99 firesale continues to be the big story, but it's not the only one. It appears Amazon is getting ready to launch an affordable 7-inch tablet, and perhaps in anticipation, Best Buy just dropped the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs went on the record several years ago describing the modern day desktop as “a truck”, suitable for some, but not practical for the mass market. He went on to define the iPad as the first “post PC device”, and has trumpeted his tablet and iOS platforms as flagship products for this ideology ever since. Microsoft and its partners have listened to mainstream media run with his comments as gospel ever since, but some have finally had enough.
Whichever company ends up buying Hewlett Packard's PC division will end up owning a business that accounts for the second most mobile PC market share, and possibly the No. 1 spot when combined with its own. Until that happens, Apple is the top mobile iDog with more than 13.5 million mobile PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011, which is a 136 percent year-over-year increase and enough to propel the Cupertino outfit past HP to lead all others, according to the latest data from DisplaySearch.
There are some things you just shouldn't do with your notebook. For example, it's not a good idea to whack a burglar over the head with your Core i7 notebook (use your Macbook instead), nor should you lug it around in heavy rain, through sand storms, acidic environments, or in high or low pressure areas. If you have trouble avoiding any of these situations, buy life insurance because you're an accident waiting to happen. With your your leftover coin, boutique system vendor AVADirect hopes you'll also consider a rugged notebook or tablet like GD Itronix's new GD8200 or GD3015.