09. May 2012

Toshiba Excite 10 is now shipping

Toshiba’s latest tablet, the Toshiba Excite 10 is now shipping with the base model (16GB) priced at $450. There are two other versions with 32 and 64 GB, priced at $530 and $640 respectively.

The Excite  will offer the latest Google Android 4.0 ICS OS and have powerful processing power with the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core setup. The memory is 1 GB RAM along with 16 GB of storage space. Further space can be added via micro SD cards. On the front side is 2 megapixel cam and on the back you finde a 5 megapixel camera. The 10.1 inch display has the usual resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is covered with a layer of Corning Gorilla glass for added strength. Toshiba says the battery lasts for up to 10 hours with one charge, which isn’t bad, but an Acer Iconia A510 can do 14 hours. A miniUSB and microHDMI ports complete the connectivity options.

On the other hand is the Excite 10 lightweight (1.3 pounds) and a super thin (0.4 inches thick).

20. October 2011

Kobo Vox up for pre-order – Ships on 28 October

Kobo have just announced their new Android tablet on twitter. It is alread up for pre-order on their website.

The Kobo Vox is a 7″ Android tablet with a capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024×600. It is running Android v2.3 on an 800MHz CPU. The internal Storage is 8GB and expandable by SD card. It also has a speaker, and a headphone jack.
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19. July 2011

ViewSonic ViewBook on sale at Amazon $230

The Android ViewBook tablet from ViewSonic can make for a decent buy.

The ViewBook runs Android 2.2 Froyo and has a 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor at its core. It also comes pre-loaded with stuff like the Amazon Kindle or the Amazon Mp3. The tablet also includes the Amazon app store app while connectivity options with the ViewBook includes 802.11b/g networking and Bluetooth.

Besides this, the ViewBook comes with the usual tablet features such a built-in G-sensor and an accelerometer, along with a camera integrated at the front. As an Android Froyo device it is compatible with Flash 10.1. The 8 GB of on-board storage are decent. The memory can be further expanded by 32 GB via a micro SD card slot. With its weight of just 0.95 lbs. and an overall thickness of only 0.55 inches the device is quite handy.

The ViewBook is right now available from Amazon for an affordable $229.99.

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17. May 2011

Amazon is about to unveil whole tablet family

It is no longer a secret – Amazon is working on a Kindle Tablet. You can find solid evidence throughout the whole blogosphere. Still Amazon has not officially confirmed anything, not to mention giving any details on what we can expect.

Most rumors refer to the allegedly order of touch screens by Amazon. New rumors say, we can expect multiple tablet sizes and possibly a smartphone or iPod Touch-like pocketable device.

Also recent news indicates that Android 3.0 will be the OS in favor for these possible devices. It might even be possible, that Amazon is working directly with Google to some extent.

The display type is still in question. Some say it might be a Mirasol display or a Pixel Qi display, since Amazon is eager to bring the experience of outdoor reading to a new level.

But there is no doubt about it, if Amazon throws some decent devices at a reasonable price on the market, there will be a hard time for Apple :)

15. January 2011

Apple forbids free iPad magazine subscriptions

The great control freak strikes again: Apple allegedly has told European newspaper and magazine publishers that they will not be allowed to offer free iPad magazine e-subscriptions to print subscribers through Apple’s e-newsstand app.

The reason is obvious: Apple can not earn a 30% fee from money that is not collected through their store. This is also the reason why iBooks is the only e-book app that is allowed to offer in-app purchases. This shows again, if you want to do anything on Apple’s devices you are caught in their walled garden. The price you have to pay to get in it, is that Apple will tell you, what to do and what not.

So with the rapidly growing number of Android devices this might be another point for the open system from Google, and Apple could soon be forced to be much less restrictive.

13. November 2010

Root your Droid

If you want to root your Android phone for any reason, and there really are some good ones, you no longer need to fiddle around with complicated how-tos risking to brick your device.

The new app Z4root from RyanZA, available in the Android market, does exactly this with one click. The app contains just one button that will essentially do everything for you.

If you want to do even more, like applying a speed-fix to your device, the One Click Lag Fix also from RyanZA does exactly this plus can also root your device. Tried this on my Samsung Galaxy S (JP0, official Froyo) and it is now running like the road runner! There was only one problem, the description says the fix works with APP2SD activated, but it did not for me! So I temporarily moved all apps back to the phone memory, applied the patch and later moved them back on the SD-card. The phone works like a charme now, really the difference is amazing.
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10. November 2010

Opera Mobile beta for Android

Opera has just released a beta version of their Opera mobile browser for Android. You can download it by searching the marketplace for “Opera mobile” or direct at http://m.opera.com/ .

Besides the well known Opera Turbo, which reduces transfer volumes up to 80% , this release also has pinch-to-zoom, location support, desktop browser sync, and the Speed Dial. So far it misses RSS-feeds and widget support

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29. October 2010

Next2 Android tablet

And here you go, just another Android tablet. The Next2, will sell for $200 and you can find all the details at their www.nextbookusa.com.

“If you like reading books, browse Internet, listen to music, view your favorite photo albums or videos, Next2 is your new best friend. Its sleek design, touch screen feature, 7 inches color display, WiFi, is just amazing. Next2 comes with a free, preloaded 25 books. [...]When fully charged, you can read up to 10 hours. Nextbook now partnered with Borders.com. [...] Its high resolution screen gives you sharp images especially when playing HD video. You can also find more fun with third party Apps available.”
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24. September 2010

New Kindle for Android version

As Amazon’s press release headlines the new Kindle for Android update makes Kindle for Android “even better”.

The new features are:

. search the full text of Kindle books by voice or text,
. seamlessly look up words and phrases in Wikipedia,
. lock screen orientation in portrait or landscape mode,
. and view details about a book on Shelfari, the books-focused
. social networking site — “all without leaving the app.”

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29. June 2010

Amazon launches Kindle for Android

Finally you can read Kindle books on your Android phone! As with iPhone, iPad and so on no Kindle is required. Or if you own a Kindle, access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you. Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync. Adjust the text size, add bookmarks, and view the annotations you created on your Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible device. Read in portrait or landscape mode.

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