Posts Tagged ‘Tablet computer’


Loren | aka @mr_internet | Melbourne Australia
30 November 2011

I originally posted this months ago, when the Samsung 10.1 tab and Motorola Xoom had gone on sale in the USA but had not in Australia.
The Samsung Tab 10.1 has still not gone on sale yet in Australia, accept via the grey market (some ok some more risky).

With the buying season upon us, and more pertinent now than ever, so hope you enjoy.

Is An Android 10.1” Tablet on Your List ...

I had a friend ask me recently, a simple question in theory.

What type of  Tablet PC to get?

I use the word ‘PC’ loosely as these currently aren’t quite replacements for the
Personal Computer for most people at least not yet. I have to admit I
have multiple Android devices as well as Apple and a Windows Home
Server / PC, so offer no bias to a brand.

Well having an iPad2 already, my thoughts were there initially with Apple, but
having just bought my first Android phone (the Atrix 4G by Motorola) to try it
out before the launch in Australia, my thought then turned to considering
that perhaps the OS of the phone might make the OS transition (if
there was one) initially easier. In my friends’ case, husband has an
Android and wife and iPhone. I quickly ruled out a Windows Tablet (don’t get me
started there).

With Apple having a single design of iPad2 (barring colour and capacity of course),
it was hard not to make a case for the iPad2 (e.g. I have one and there are
some things it does very well). Unfortunately for me
the realization that the iPad2 is really running a 5 year old
Operating System

But knowing what is out within the last 4 weeks or will be soon, in the Android
Tablet space I would be remiss had I not mentioned the Android Tablets. I go on
about this as the Android Tablet Space of 10.1″ tablets, is perhaps more
fast pace than Sebastian Vettel is around an F1 Grand Prix race track, with so
many models coming out a review is a bit confusing.

Instead of taking away from the great detail other have offered, I am looking more at a
top level view comparing more the aesthetic pros and cons of various models
compared to each other PHEW

Here are the 4 Android Tablets

Acer
A500 32GB with MicroSD Card, WiFi Only 5x2MP Camera
(10.1″)
Samsung
Galaxy Tab 10.1G (or GT or GTp7510) 32GB with No MicroSD Card , WiFi Only ,
3x2MP Camera-
Samsung
Galaxy Tab 10.1V 3G/4G / WiFi Only 16GB no MicroSD Card 8x2MP Camera
Motorola
Xoom WiFi Only with WiFi Card , 5x2MP Camera 10.1″
Apple
iPad For Size Comparison – & it is getting jealous and
nervous
Part One – Does Size Matter?

Part Two – Tell Me more Pros and Cons

Part Three – Summary

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Update:

SPB 3D has landed on honeycomb (video at 3pm EST 23 Dec 2012)

Requiring a bit more power than the early Android phones, this UI is a sight to behold on a 10” tablet

 

This might be very special on ICS as well 

One reason I bought my first Android Phone the Atrix 4G was also due to my bad timing.

I had the iPhone 3G but was bored with it, was too late for an iPhone 4 (with the 5 or 4s looming),  and I had an iPad2 so had my iOS fix.

I purchased the Samsung Omnia 7 WP7 phone (pre-mango) but got  quickly frustrated with the lack of eco-system, and pre-mango issues.

I am a strong believer as well that if you are a truly connected soul, then the mobile operating system you have should be mirrored by the desktop or tablet OS.

Based on that, WP7 was homeless to be as it best goes with windows 8 (was not out in beta yet), but still has some syncing issues for me.

This meant  choosing the Apple OS model, once the 4S was released giving me the iPhone 4S, a Mac, and iPad2, so I have followed my own model mentioned above.

I just sold my Atrix 4G (as the Atrix 2 has just been announced), but kept my Samsung 10.1 Google i/o Tablet running Android Honeycomb, and to be honest I still find Android OS Gingerbread on the phone a bit ugly, to the point of despair, and mind boggling at the lack of  Apple-esque ‘updatablity’ to a new OS on Androiddevices, painful,  never knowing when or if with ease a phone / tablet will get updated having to deal with the 3 way pain of carrier, google/android and hardware manufactuer.

Here in Australia we have been let down in the past by the likes of Samsung with their 1st 10.1 Tablet (the 10.1V P7110)  not getting the same updates as the first USA released 10.1 the P7500 series.

The other reason I bought my 1st Android app, and what pushed me over the edge, like a moth drawn to light was the SPB Software 3D Shell. A  Russian company I have been fascinated with their beautiful products for years, when they were offering apps for windows mobile phones.

Their Android offering of the SPB 3D shell, though not without its own issues (like being a bit CPU hungry), did beautify an otherwise ugly Android phone.

Enter Ice Cream Sandwich a unifying OS from Android, that will offer the same OS on the tablet as it does on the mobile phone.

This also means (as confirmed in an exclusive conversations with the SPB Software devleoper), that  Android tablets running IceCream Sandwich, will also benefit enjoy running, SPB 3D Shell. SPB is currently working on their ICS version, and scaling issues to the larger size.

I cannot wait

Here is a video of their mobile app


Australia Leads the World in Android 3.0 Honeycomb Product Launches

by @mr_internet

Updated 10 May 2011 
After spending a few days with the Iconia A500 and of course Honeycomb, I am impressed with many of the features of the Iconia, it is a great value for money, my iPad2 is starting to feel a little jealous, and some of the feature of the Iconia (real USB and microSD) makes it even more interesting . 

Have a peek at the unboxing in Germany and an early review from the USA. 

Unboxing

A500 Review

Contract Free Acer A500 Iconia Tablet Running Android 3.0 HoneyComb Lands in Australia Retailers before USA without Fanfare

Promises to rock new tablet market

Low Priced Tablet to add to carriers challenges

Tablet competition is quickly heating up with the low fanfare launch of a new Tablet device from Acer.
a Wi-Fi only device that has managed to launch without the challenges of being distributed by Telecom carriers.

Whilst Vodafone this weeks has exclusively launched with huge problems the Samsung Galaxy Tab version 2 10.1v (P7100) with customers not notified their devices are on backorder,

Telstra has announced the launch of the Motorola Xoom for launch later this month for $840 that many view is over priced compared to the US market being sold for $600 in the even via Australia based importers .

This is the first launch of the much anticipated Google Android 3.0 Operating System (known as Honeycomb) and is very different than the previous operating Systems.
The difference between in the Tablet market is some devices have 3G or 4G internet built in, and will be sold by Telecom Carriers.

Other Tablets such as the Acer A500, are not burdened by this and can be sold as any laptop would be in the usual retailers such as JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, and Office Works where stock has appeared this week.
The Acer Device comes in a 16GB and a 32GB Version but also includes a USB port and a microSD card slot allowing for a lot extra usability as it allows USB 2.0 thumb drives are even large external drives to be used.
Currently the Motorolla Xoom does not have a working SD Card Slot.
Internet access will need to be by Mobile USB stick from any carrier, or Wi-Fi, but many mobile phones also offer tethering (cable internet attachment) or their own wi-fi hotspot to offer Internet.
The largest issue carriers will have is the Acer A500 sells for just $547 in Australia and will launch in the USA from $450 from 11 May
At almost 1/2 the price of the Motorola Xoom many consumer will be asking if price is worth it.
Meanwhile the pure number of different devices available is slightly confusing for customers
German Unboxing of the Acer A500 (in English)

A500 Tablet Review by Mobile TechReview

Tech Specs of Acer A500 Tablet

Operating System
Operating System Android™
Processor & Chipset
Processor Manufacturer nVidia
Processor Type Tegra
Processor Model 250
Processor Speed 1 GHz
Processor Core Dual-core
Cache 1 MB
Memory
Standard Memory 1 GB
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Card Reader Yes
Memory Card Support Micro SD
microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)

Display & Graphics
Screen Size 25.7 cm (10.1″)
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Screen Mode WXGA
Display Resolution 1280 x 800
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen Feature Multi-touch
Network & Communication
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth No
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
USB Standard USB 2.0
Built-in Devices
Webcam Yes
Software
Operating System Android™
Battery Information
Number of Cells 2-cell
Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh
Battery Energy 24.10 Wh
Power Description
Input Voltage 220 V AC
110 V AC

Maximum Power Supply Wattage 18 W
Physical Characteristics
Colour Silver
Form Factor Slate
Height 13.30 mm
Width 177 mm
Depth 260 mm
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
ICONIA Tab A500 Tablet PC
Lithium Polymer Battery
Charger
USB Cable
Quick Start Guide
Green Compliance Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority WEEE
RoHS

Warranty
Warranty 1 year pickup and return warranty.

Australia Leads the World in Android 3.0 Honeycomb Product Launches

Contract Free Acer A500 Iconia Tablet Running Android 3.0 HoneyComb Lands in Australia Retailers before USA without Fanfare

Promises to rock new tablet market

Low Priced Tablet to add to carriers challenges

Tablet competition is quickly heating up with the low fanfare launch of a new Tablet device from Acer.
a Wi-Fi only device that has managed to launch without the challenges of being distributed by Telecom carriers.

Whilst Vodafone this weeks has exclusively launched with huge problems the Samsung Galaxy Tab version 2 10.1v (P7100) with customers not notified their devices are on backorder,

Telstra has announced the launch of the Motorola Xoom for launch later this month for $840 that many view is over priced compared to the US market being sold for $600 in the even via Australia based importers .

This is the first launch of the much anticipated Google Android 3.0 Operating System (known as Honeycomb) and is very different than the previous operating Systems.

The difference between in the Tablet market is some devices have 3G or 4G internet built in, and will be sold by Telecom Carriers.

Other Tablets such as the Acer A500, are not burdened by this and can be sold as any laptop would be in the usual retailers such as JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, and Office Works where stock has appeared this week.

The Acer Device comes in a 16GB and a 32GB Version but also includes a USB port and a microSD card slot allowing for a lot extra usability as it allows USB 2.0 thumb drives are even large external drives to be used.

Currently the Motorolla Xoom does not have a working SD Card Slot.

Internet access will need to be by Mobile USB stick from any carrier, or Wi-Fi, but many mobile phones also offer tethering (cable internet attachment) or their own wi-fi hotspot to offer Internet.

The largest issue carriers will have is the Acer A500 sells for just $547 in Australia and will launch in the USA from $450 from 11 May
At almost 1/2 the price of the Motorola Xoom many consumer will be asking if price is worth it.

Meanwhile the pure number of different devices available is slightly confusing for customers

German Unboxing of the Acer A500 (in English)

A500 Tablet Review by Mobile TechReview

Tech Specs of Acer A500 Tablet

Operating System
Operating System Android™
Processor & Chipset
Processor Manufacturer nVidia
Processor Type Tegra
Processor Model 250
Processor Speed 1 GHz
Processor Core Dual-core
Cache 1 MB
Memory
Standard Memory 1 GB
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Card Reader Yes
Memory Card Support Micro SD
microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)

Display & Graphics
Screen Size 25.7 cm (10.1″)
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Screen Mode WXGA
Display Resolution 1280 x 800
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen Feature Multi-touch
Network & Communication
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth No
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
USB Standard USB 2.0
Built-in Devices
Webcam Yes
Software
Operating System Android™
Battery Information
Number of Cells 2-cell
Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh
Battery Energy 24.10 Wh
Power Description
Input Voltage 220 V AC
110 V AC

Maximum Power Supply Wattage 18 W
Physical Characteristics
Colour Silver
Form Factor Slate
Height 13.30 mm
Width 177 mm
Depth 260 mm
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
ICONIA Tab A500 Tablet PC
Lithium Polymer Battery
Charger
USB Cable
Quick Start Guide
Green Compliance Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority WEEE
RoHS

Warranty
Warranty 1 year pickup and return warranty.