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It has taken two years for Sony to enter the tablet market, and in that time every manufacturer and their budget Taiwanese spin-off have colluded to fill the tablet market with dross.
This presents both and opportunity and a threat to Sony, and while there are many sub-standard tablets on the market, some great work has been done by a few companies, and there’s now a handful of successful, great value Android tablets to choose from.
Aside from the obvious iPad 2, which is the gold standard of design and usability, Samsung has unleashed a flurry of tablets, from the [...]
With Microsoft unveiling its developer preview of Windows 8 Tablet this week, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable comparisons began to appear. Courtesy of WinRumors’ Tom Warren, we’ve a first look at Microsoft’s new mobile operating system pitched with the current daddy of the tablet market – the iPad 2 running iOS 5.
The comparison begins with a basic overview of the lock screens, which are quintessentially identical, barring the fact that the Windows version is visually similar to the sort of interface present for years in the desktop version of Windows. The Windows lock [...]
Apple has launched a lawsuit against Samsung in the UK, which marks the latest in a long line of court cases between the two electrical giants.
Apple filed the court order this week, according to ZDNet, which brings the total number of patent suits the companies have between them to 20.
While this latest court shenanigan is about potential patent infringement, so far the exact patents it refers to are unknown.
Samsung said that the lawsuit was a countersuit filed against them for its original lawsuit it took out against Apple in June of this year.
Samsung V Apple: take 20
The situation between [...]
The outstanding Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Honeycomb tablet is lighter and a hair thinner than the Apple iPad 2, and has a smaller footprint than either the Motorola Xoom or the Acer Iconia Tab A500, which are heavier and bulkier than most tablets.
Other than a paltry app selection, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a major contender.
We reviewed the short-lived Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V already, but that thicker and heavier device has since been discontinued (It looked as if Vodafone might pick up the 10.1V tab but it is now waiting to release the newer 10.1 model).
The only other important players [...]
Sony enters into tablet market with the announcement of a pair of Sony Tablets with the code name S1 and S2 which will be available in fall 2011 and run over Android OS 3.0 Honeycomb.
The 9.4-inch S 1 media tablet will be integrated with touch panel UI, front and rear cameras by having a curved wrap design, and Tegra 2 SoC. S1 will also work as a remote for Sony gear.
On the other side S2 tablet is a Book style UI, 5.5-inch dual-screen and integrated with camera and Tegra 2 SoC.
Some other specifications of both of the Sony Tablets are PlayStation Certified, support DLNA, Wi-Fi enabled and work [...]
First of Apple iPad 2 reviews are now popping up on the Internet. From Engadget, to Wall Street Journal, to Macworld, to TechCrunch, all have great things to say about this tablet. One thing most of them have agreed upon is the fact that it is simply the best tablet available on the market today.
Here is a summary of what these big guns have to say about iPad 2.
Mossberg – The Wall Street Journal
As new contenders move into the field, Apple isn’t likely to keep its 90% share of the booming tablet market. But the iPad 2 moves the goal posts, by being slimmer and lighter, boosting speed [...]
Microsoft’s next major release of its Windows operating system is one step nearer to its first beta release, according to site WinRumors.
WinRumors claims that Microsoft’s Windows 8 second Milestone build has been finalized, with Milestone 3 the next to be worked on. After that stage it’s only a matter of time before we see a beta of Windows 8 in testing, with WinRumors speculating that could come as early as this Summer.
Microsoft compiled 6.2.7947.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110218-1608 on Friday after pushing out a number of Windows 8 builds recently. Things are moving along nicely behind [...]
At last, the webOS-empowered TouchPad, HP’s answer to the growing tablet market. And make no mistake, it’s coming in with guns blazing — specs-wise, the slate stands up pretty well to the competition currently in play (e.g. iPad) and the other up-and-comers not quite out the gate (e.g. Motorola Xoom and BlackBerry PlayBook). Stacked side-by-side, it’s clear Apple’s entry is lacking a bit in both memory (256MB vs. 1GB for everyone else) and front-facing camera — not that we expect that to be the case for all of 2011. When it all comes down to it, what’ll [...]
ViewSonic’s heavy foray into the tablet market has been no secret, but we’ve been a bit uncertain as to where on the map its products would land. Until now that is. According to ViewSonic’s American team, the company will be kicking off its US tablet invasion with the ViewPad 7 in November. Just as we’d heard, the 7-inch device packs an Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2, two cameras (a 3 megapixel cam on its rear and a VGA front facing one), 512MB of memory and 3G capabilities. Sure, it sounds a heck of a lot like the rest of the other Android tablets we’ve [...]
Fresh off the heels of announcements regarding Android 2.2, and its release unto the Nexus One (and other handsets in Q3), Google is divulging some juicy details regarding the next major release of Google Android, 3.0. Named Gingerbread, it promises a new look and feel specifically suited to the tablet family of mobile devices. UnwiredView.com, translating from a Russian podcast given by mobile-review.com’s Eldar Murtazin, is reporting that Gingerbread will be essentially a separate branch of the Android development cycle. It’s geared towards larger devices, and may be excluded [...]