No money? No problem! The world of craptablets has grown significantly over the past dozen months, and you won't find us encouraging anyone to add another to the pile. But AOC has actually managed to make a fairly decent name for itself over the years, albeit one in the LCD industry.
In fact, this here company claims to be the world's largest manufacturer of LED / LCD monitors, but it's tough to say how that type of expertise will translate in the tablet arena. The newly launched Breeze bucks two screen size trends and splits the difference -- there's an 8-inch touchpanel here, complete with an 800 x 600 screen resolution and a row of physical keys along the right edge.
You'll also find a Rockchip processor, an outdated copy of Android 2.1, not to mention a USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm headphone, inbuilt speaker, 802.11b/g WiFi, 4GB of internal storage space, a microSD card slot and a battery that's supposedly good for up to 12 hours of audio playback or (six hours of video). We're still waiting to hear back on what type of CPU is under the shell, but for under $200, we're going to hazard a guess that it's not the quickest silicon in the shed. Anywho, it'll be splashing down at "major retail chains" later this month, likely going toe-to-toe with Augen for your bargain-bin bucks.
Original by Darren Murph of Endgadget.com
In preparation towards the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Motorola has released this video. A beautifully conceived advert, they did not mince words in describing their rivals. For instance, they called the iPad a giant iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy Tablet running Android "for a phone". Anyway, see what you make of it. Enjoy!
Contribution by Olu Oyekanmi; you can follow him on Twitter here: @oluoyekanmi
Samsung’s 7-inch tablet isn’t “dead on arrival” after all. In fact, Samsung has sold more than a million of them in less than two months.
Released in mid-October, the Galaxy Tab is the first serious contender to Apple’s iPad. It sports a 7-inch touchscreen and runs a modified version of Google’s Android operating system.
“I can confirm 1M Galaxy Tabs sold globally,” a Samsung spokeswoman said in an e-mail statement.
Holy moley. That’s not too far away from the iPad, which sold 1 million units in just 28 days. And it’s a number that should have Steve Jobs eating his hat after he ruthlessly derided 7-inch tablets during an earnings call.
“Seven-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad,” Jobs said. “These are among the reasons that the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival.”
So much for that.
The Galaxy Tab’s hot sales show that the tablet category has plenty of room for competition and growth. 2010 was truly the year the tablet became mainstream after several flops in the past, thanks to the success of the iPad.
Story by Brian X. Chen and can be found here: http://bit.ly/ibxMEN
I have mentioned, a lot is now happening in the eReader/Tablet space. 2011 seems to be the year that all hell will break loose in the realms of competition. The Apple iPad may not necessarily be leader by the end of next year according to some commentators. However, Apple lead by the mighty Steve Jobs cannot be counted out just yet. They might just surprise us again!
Reasearch In Motion (RIM) makers of the Blackberry phone has announced it will begin to sell its tablet computer – named PlayBook - in the first quarter of next year in North America. The tablet comes in at under $500 as RIM gears up to take on Apple.
RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie said recently in an interview, “The product will be very competitive“. He also said “the iPad’s dominance in the tablet-computer market will “change when we’re in the market”’. He was, however, less specific on other matters concerning the product.
It is obvious to all that RIM intends to bring the fight to all its competitors especially Apple. No one can blame RIM for this as the likes of Samsung, and Hanvon Technology have joined the party.
So, how does the PlayBook weigh in? The tablet comes with the following specs:
Do you think the PlayBook has the capabilities to take on and defeat the iPad? You be the judge; your comments please.
Post by Olu Oyekanmi and can be followed here on Twitter: @oluoyekanmi
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