RIM’s 7-inch PlayBook may be lovely to hold, and that gesture area along the bezel is downright genius, but the QNX-powered slate hasn’t had the easiest time taking on the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple’s iPad 2. Still, RIM’s following is amongst the most loyal in the industry, and those who wouldn’t leave the house sans a BlackBerry handset may have been inclined to give this guy a go. If that’s you, we’re overly interested in hearing how you’d do things differently. Would you have preferred a larger screen? Android app support right out of the box? A beefier software store? Go on and get creative in comments below — something tells us RIM isn’t exactly in a position to turn a deaf ear. How would you change RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:53:00 EST.
Still yearning to find out when the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be released worldwide? Aside from Sammy’s previously announced September release for the Nordic areas, there’s been no other official word on when the rest of us can get our mitts on one — not to mention that a month’s time has passed since the AT&T-banded 3G Galaxy Tab 8.9 hit the FCC. It appears that we’ll know more soon though, as Samsung’s apparently slipped out a new “app” that serves as a demo Retail Mode for the upcoming slate. Reportedly, once the store mode is downloaded from Samsung Apps and installed, using the password “5444” will grant you the access needed to get it running on a current Galaxy Tab. You’ll find a video of the TouchWiz filled demo after the break, but don’t get to excited yet; it’s running on the 10.1-incher. Patience, friends. Patience. Gallery: Galaxy Tab 8.9 Retail Mode shots [Thanks, Will] Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Retail Mode app makes its debut on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (video) Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Retail Mode app makes its debut on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Jul 2011 10:33:00 EST.
Having trouble selecting those tiny links with your big, ol’ digits on that swanked-out slab? Don’t you worry, Google’s just made some slate-friendly improvements to its bread and butter search site, and it’s available for iPad and Honeycomb 3.1+ users. On deck for this UI refresh: a much simplified search results page, larger-sized buttons and text, and a quick access button located below the search box that skips you off to “Images, Videos, Places, Shopping and more.” There’s also been some visual tweaks made to its image search results, with enlarged previews, faster thumbnail loading and continuous scrolling. If you’re not seeing this overhauled layout just yet, sit tight — the update’s expected to roll out in the next few days. Google refines search experience for big-fingered tablet owners originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:12:00 EST.
ASUS first showed off its Eee Pad Slider what seems forever ago. That was way, way back at CES, amongst the deluge of tablety announcements. The keyboard-hiding Honeycomb device is finally on its way, having been given an August release date in the UK and recently hitting the FCC in the States. The 10.1-inch tablet just popped up in the August catalog for the Phone House (the Carphone Warehouse’s brand outside the UK) catalog in Portugal, priced at €349 ($497) under contract with ZON — that’s down from €479 ($684) without contract. The forthcoming tablet also hammed it up for the camera recently — video of that after the break. [Thanks, Zack and Pedro] Continue reading ASUS Eee Pad Slider priced in Portuguese catalog, manhandled on camera (video) ASUS Eee Pad Slider priced in Portuguese catalog, manhandled on camera (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:53:00 EST.
If at first you don’t succeed, discontinue your product, carry on a lawsuit, and then try again. That’s the story thus far for Fusion Garage, the company behind the failed JooJoo tablet, an overpriced, hard-to-use slate that proudly omitted all the things people like about tablets — you know, like apps. After the underwhelming sales figures started rolling in, Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan, the company’s founder, admitted that perhaps some people might sometimes be interested in doing things other than surf the web. That was the end of JooJoo, though he promised, ominously, that we hadn’t seen the last of Fusion Garage. Well, here we are: the troubled company just sent another tablet through the FCC, and no, it’s not called the “JooJoo 2.” Rather, this one’s dubbed the “Grid 10” — a likely attempt on Fusion Garage’s part to distance itself as much as possible from its embarrassing (and messy) entrance into the tablet market. For now, though, that’s near-impossible, especially given that this FCC report contains precious few details about what this thing will be capable of. No word either on when the JooJoo will rise from the grave as an Android-running zombie, but our guess is that apocalyptic day is nigh. Fusion Garage’s Grid 10 tablet clears the FCC, begs us not to call it the ‘JooJoo 2’ originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:18:00 EST.
Why look at this! Samsung’s very own Galaxy Tab 10.1 decided to stop by in Beijing to greet Dell’s latest tablet. As mentioned in our hands-on post, it’s clear that the Streak 10 Pro would need to go on a little diet to match the Korean tablet’s lovely figure and weight, though the latter won’t be released in the country until some time next month. Also, there’s no doubt that Sammy will continue to ask for a premium price in exchange for the better display and portability, so our wallets will be the final judge. For now, just enjoy our quick and dirty comparison photos in the gallery below. You’re welcome. Gallery: Dell Streak 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1… fight! Dell Streak 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1… fight! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 01:52:00 EST.
There’s a Chinese saying that will suit most of our Western readers here: “quenching thirst by gazing at plums.” Oh yes, we’re talking about Dell’s Streak 10 Pro alright. Just as promised, said US company has skipped its home country to debut its first 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet in China (ka-ching!), and we happened to be at the Beijing press event for some intimate hands-on time. To be honest, you won’t be needing many imaginary plums for this Android’s rather mundane specs: it’s equipped with the oh-so-familiar 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 chip, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1,280 x 800 LCD (with Corning’s Gorilla Glass), 5 megapixel camera and 2 megapixel camera back and front, and regular-size SDHC expansion. That said, Chinese buyers can grab this 16GB WiFi tablet plus 2GB of cloud storage for just ¥2,999 ($465) a pop — a slightly more attractive price compared to its competitors. Check out our impressions after the break. Gallery: Dell Streak 10 Pro launch event and hands-on Gallery: Dell Streak 10 Pro press shots Continue reading Dell Streak 10 Pro tablet makes global debut in China, we go hands-on Dell Streak 10 Pro tablet makes global debut in China, we go hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 01:20:00 EST.
That’s the latest tablet from budget manufacturer Coby lounging around a blue velvety backdrop. The Kyros MID7022 got the customary FCC teardown treatment from the agency in exchange for a little approval. The seven-inch Gingerbread slate sports a microSD slot, HDMI port, WiFi, 4GB of built-in memory, and should be headed to the Home Shopping Network in no time. Coby Kyros MID7022 tablet gets teardown and thumbs up from FCC originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 28 Jul 2011 04:04:00 EST.
Typically, when a new gadget makes its way through the FCC, we have to do a fair amount of digging to get to the juicy details, put Pandigital’s latest 8-inch tablet / e-reader, the SuperNova, isn’t holding anything back. This Android 2.3-powered slate follows in the footsteps of its 9-inch predecessor, the Novel, acting more as a glorified e-reader than a real-deal tablet. Like the Novel, it comes with B&N’s Nook app pre-installed and lacks access to the Android Market — apps can be downloaded via SlideMe. What’s more, it’s got front (0.3 megapixel) and back-facing (3 megapixel) cameras, 4GB of internal storage, HDMI and mini-USB connectivity, support for 32GB micro-SD, and an 8-inch capacitive touch screen. Just about the only things missing from this FCC filing are price and availability, but we have a feeling the pair isn’t far behind. If SAR reports and tablet entrails are your thing, you can peek even more SuperNova details at the source link below. Pandigital’s SuperNova Android tablet gets its FCC on, leaves little to the imagination originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 23:58:00 EST.
We’ve already seen the Android App Player leak out, and now the BlackBerry PlayBook has taken one more (unofficial) step towards being a full-fledged, psuedo-Android tablet. While it’s described as a “proof of concept,” the video above from CrackBerry forum member Lawguyman shows that the tablet is at least capable of running the Android Market and downloading apps, albeit with a few PlayBook-induced obstacles — check out the furious swiping around the 1:30 mark. Here’s hoping for a slightly more official solution before long. [Thanks, Steve] Android Market seen running on BlackBerry PlayBook (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:51:00 EST.