Remember how confusing it was back in May when ASUS introduced a bunch of tablets it called Pads and a “digital notepad” it called a Tablet? At least some of that messy naming scheme has now been rectified thanks to the merciful renaming of the Eee Tablet to the new Eee Note EA800 moniker. It’s still the same 8-inch (768 x 1024) monochrome display, offering 64 levels of gray and 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, backed by 4GB of integrated storage, a 2 megapixel camera, voice recorder, and built-in stylus silo. WiFi is, of course, a given – and there’s a microSD slot and a 3700mAh battery somewhere inside that matte black shell as well. If things do go to plan this time, we should be seeing plenty more of the Eee Note at January’s CES. We’re penciling it in already. Trackback: Engadget
We knew good and well that Android 2.2 was sneaking out and making itself active on Dell’s unlocked Streak units, but now it seems that the backlog of older units has been cleared. That has made way for new stock over at Dell’s US site, with a 16GB Carbon Black unlocked Streak going for $579.99 with Froyo from the factory; the 32GB model is listed at $678.99. Curiously, that 16GB model is $30 more than what the unlocked Android 1.6 model went for back in August. Also, we’re left to assume that even the “unlocked” models will still be SIM-locked to AT&T, though Dell does play up the fact that unlocked Streaks can be used as a mobile hotspot for up to eight WiFi-enabled devices without ponying up extra to Ma Bell. In related news, the long-awaited Cherry Red Streak is also on sale in the US of A, but you’ll have to flip to page two down in the source link in order to find the 32GB and unlocked variants. Good luck wading through the options, champ. Trackback: Engadget
We wish we had better news about our hands-on success here at the Acer global press conference, but because all of the company’s Android tablets will run Honeycomb / 3.0 or Google’s “tablet OS” most of the units just weren’t functioning. The 10.1-inch, dual-core Tegra-powered version was the only unit that would power on, and though we did get to see it blaze through some HD video, for the most part it was very sluggish and clearly acting like a pre-production unit. As far as the hardware goes, the display was bright and surprisingly had decent viewing angles. Acer’s been notorious for using terrible LCDs, so this is quite a nice change! Oh, and as you already knew, it does have two cameras. We eventually convinced a very nice Acer rep on hand to bring out the 4.8- and 7-inch devices for a hardware demo — both of them were also very early units, but they did look nice from afar with glossy black screens and brushed metal backs. The phonlet’s 4.8-inch, 1024 x 480-resolution screen (it has a 21:9 aspect ratio!) makes it much wider than a Streak, and reminded us a lot of the LG GW900 (may itrest in peace). We told you we didn’t have much in the way of impressions, but hit the gallery below for some more hands-on shots and the break for a quick video of the 10-incher in action. April can’t come soon enough, can it? Trackback: Engadget – More Pictures
Those wily shoppers at QVC have beaten the world once again in securing an exclusive on Pandigital’s 9-inch Novel tablet. You’ll recall that we weren’t exactly overwhelmed with joy after handling the 7-inch Novel, and sadly this new slate looks like nothing more than a growth spurt, bringing as it does the same resistive touchscreen, B&N ebook store access, 2GB of integrated storage, and 802.11b/g WiFi highlights. Admittedly, QVC throws in a 4GB microSD card and prices it at an affordable $214, but we’re always wary of Android devices that neglect to state which version of the OS they’re running. Hit up the source link if you’re more courageous — or if you just want to watch the longest infomercial of your life. Trackback: The Digital Reader via Engadget
We were really digging this 10-inch Android tablet when we spotted it back in August, and now it’s shipping for a totally palatable $300 pricetag. It’s powerful enough to play 720p video, has a 1024 x 600 screen, HDMI out, 802.11n WiFi and even a front facing camera. Plus there’s even the somewhat comforting notion that this isn’t Archos’ first time to the Android tablet rodeo. Of course, the big drawback is the lack of Android Market, but there are always hacks to solve that, and Archos preloads some good apps to get you started. The tablet is shipping with Android 2.1, but Archos pinky swears it’ll be getting 2.2 by the end of the month. Can’t handle 10 whole inches of Android? Try the 7-incher Archos 70 on for size. You can’t say they aren’t trying. Trackback: Engadget
Not kosher with ponying up $500+ for an Android tablet? You’ve got options, kid. Velocity Micro’s Cruz Tablet has finally hit the shipping stage, and sure enough, it’s doing so in the month that was promisedback in September. $299.99 lands you a 7-inch Android 2.0 tablet with an 800 x 480 capacitive touch panel, 512MB of RAM, 12GB of total storage, 802.11n WiFi, inbuilt speakers, a headphone jack, mini-USB port and a rechargeable Li-ion good for around ten hours of use — or so they say. Of course, you’ll be stuck accessing the Cruz Market rather than the bona fide Android Market, and you can forget about embedded 3G. But hey, it’s three Benjamins sans any sort of life-altering contract. And that’s got to count for something, right? Trackback: Engadget
Ehh… It’s a good marketing idea, but given the lackluster reviews and sub-par processing unit powering this tablet, I’m not entirely sure how many are going to take ViewSonic up on their offer. This from Engadget: The 7-inch ViewPad 7 will try to lure in Android lovers with its tasty Froyo parfait, underpinned by hardware that includes front- and back-facing cameras, 3G for both phone and data transmissions, and a full-sized SIM slot. It doesn’t seem to have an earpiece so we’re unwilling to grant it the claim that it offers “full” phone functionality, but we’d be more worried about the unlisted internal specs on this thing — the OlivePad makes do with a 600MHz ARM CPU and an underwhelming 800 x 480 resolution, neither of which should be making the iPad quake in its well padded boots.
I had the opportunity to try out the Galaxy Tab today, and I was quite impressed. Despite the horrendous price tag that puts it in the same ballpark as the iPad, it’s a solid device with plenty of potential to be a head-on competitor with the big Apple. It was snappy and responsive, and basically felt like a large version of my phone – I’m pretty happy with my Desire, so for me that’s a huge selling point. The screen is sharp and clear, and the 3.2 MP camera actually looks really good. Down the side of the unit is ports for an SD card and a SIM card, and I have no doubt at that price that it is unlocked and can be used on any carrier. There is no lag on any screen, includes graphics acceleration, and I’m happy to report that it plays Angry Birds as well as my 1ghz phone (you know, because half of the world with smartphones is addicted to the game right now). As an ebook reader, I found it to be a bit hefty, but the screen looks so good it may just make up for it. The Pros – A great screen, awesome responsiveness, graphics capabilities, and supports Android Marketplace. The Cons – A little on the heavy side, and a big price tag. This is essentially a phone-quality tablet though, so I expected it to be priced accordingly. Keep your eyes peeled for an Archos 101 review as soon as it arrives!
Took a bit of a leave of absence from the site – it takes up quite a bit of time and I needed to devote that time to other things. However, I’m back, and will be posting regular updates as often as possible. I’m also looking for a contributing author – someone who has a passion for Android and wants to share stories and devices they’ve found and write reviews if they’ve tested something out firsthand. No experience necessary, just know that you’ll be subject to some proof-reading before I post any articles (for the first little while, anyways). So lets review what’s happened in the past little while! I have a 2.2 update for my HTC Desire finally, the wireless tethering feature is amazingly handy. It makes me wonder what I ever did without it, and it means that I can use my tablet anywhere. I have a license for Tether that I can’t use anymore (for Blackberry), so if anyone is interested, it’s yours for cheap. In Tablet news, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has been released, all the major carriers down the US are offering it for around the same price ($650), and a few are subsidizing it to the tune of $200 off on-contract. I’ll post a comparison of pricing soon. There have been quite a few tablets released, and even a few cancelled, as well – There’s a 10″ tablet capable of running Angry Birds for instance, and the Archos 70 internet tablet is shipping for $279, but the LG Froyo-based Tablet has been cancelled, the JooJoo first generation has been cancelled (the company has plans for a JooJoo2 with Android) and the Toshiba Folio 100 is no longer being sold. Viewpad is even offering a discount if you send in your laptop and purchase a Viewpad Tablet! The Asus […]