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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another 7-inch Android Tablet: ZTE Light, by ZTE

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 09:00 PM

"ZTE didn't exactly manage to impress with its low-cost ZTE Racer Android handset, but the company's now back with yet another Android device: the 7-inch ZTE Light tablet."

Another tablet announced: 7-inch screen (no details on whether it's resistive or capacitive); Android 2.1 with a custom skin; WiFi and 3G (UMTS 2100 MHz/900 MHz HSUPA); 403 grams, or slightly less than 1-pound; 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM; built-in GPS; SD card slot; Bluetooth; 3MP camera; music and video player; a 3.5mm headset jack; and a battery rated at up to 10 hours. The picture is a rendering, so the shipping product may be different. No information on availability or price.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Be Prepared To Welcome Your Android Overlords

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Android News" @ 03:30 PM,+and+Updates)

"Apple seems pretty confident that they are going to keep the iPad at the top of the tablet market well into 2011. We know otherwise, but so does Gene Munster who is a Senior Research Analyst with Piper Jaffray."

Let us gaze into the Mystical Silica Ball and guess what the future holds in store. Hearing estimates and predictions from industry experts has always been entertaining. The interview did produce one nugget of information that I would apply to the whole tablet market, and that estimates can be hit or miss, not just for Asian production lines, but for estimates in the technology industry. Apple has certainly brought attention and revived the previously stagnant tablet market and in doing so, has turned everyone's focus on slates. Android certainly seems the next most suitable OS and will likely sellore units. I am not sure if that can be considered dominance though. Whether slates have fundamentally changed the PC market, well, those words were also said about netbooks and then smartphones. Technology is certainly moving fast, but I have doubts as to whether consumers are able to keep up with the pace that manufacturers want us to move. Do we really need to buy a new computing device every year or two?

Monday, October 11, 2010

CherryPad America - Silly Name, Maybe a Decent Tablet

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

"Cherrypal, a California-based manufacturer, today announced the availability of its new sub $200 Android tablet – CherryPad America. CherryPad is powered by Samsung ARM11 800 MHz processor and runs Android 2.1 with an upgrade to 2.2 is planned for the fourth quarter 2010. CherryPad America also comes with a 7-inch resistive touch widescreen display at 800×480 resolution with built-in gravity sensor and 3200 MAH battery. Memory, storage and wireless functions include 256 MBs of DDRII RAM; 2 GB NAND Flash; Micro SD (1x) reader, and WiFi 802.11 b/g."

Silly product name aside, here's a sub-$200 7-inch tablet with what appears at first glance to offer decent specs. Samsung processor, SD card support, 1.1-pounds, Aluminum case, 6-8 hour battery life ... With a 30-day money back guarantee, and a 1-year replacement warranty, this may be an affordable way to get to know Android. No camera, no 802.11n wifi, but several external accessories mentioned. Zecozi's website has the CherryPad America listed ( link ) for $188, and shows the country of origin as being China, with support coming out of Palo Alto, CA, if needed. The tablet is shipped from Hong Kong, for a flat fee of $18.80 to the USA and Canada, and can be expected to arrive in the USA in about seven (7) days.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Altek Releasing 14-Megapixel Android Phone

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 04:00 AM

"A new king of the smart phone jungle is sharpening its claws for a European debut. Beginning first quarter 2011, imaging technology leader Altek roars onto the continent with Leo, the world's first Android-enabled 3.5G smart phone to feature an HD-capable 14-megapixel camera. The company is currently seeking channel partners in the region as it prepares to bring Leo to market."

A high quality camera phone with built-in GPS to allow geotagging images, 3.2" WVGA screen capable of multi-touch input, along with 720P video. Sounds like a great combination, if this were released in the US I would definitely make the switch.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

All I Want For Christmas Is An Android Tablet

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

"LG had initially said their tablet would be available as a Christmas stocking stuffing, but it appears it's been delayed until January's CES show now. It's no big deal really, but according to Bloomberg it's due to software issues."

This is not the first time that a product has not made its initial release date, though I wonder if missing the holiday season is a good decision as those who might like this delightful tablet may not want to wait and spend their gift money on a competitor, like, say, an iPad. With other Android tablets coming out, the claim that the delay is because of Android makes me wonder if the tablet really will be ready or reliable. It almost sounds like LG is working on their own layer on top of Android to try and differentiate themselves and are having problems making it a smooth experience. Whatever the problem is, it probably is best to wait until the reviews come out over this tablet to see if the added wait is worth it.

Monday, October 4, 2010

T-Mobile Pre-Registration Page for Samsung Galaxy Tab (Info)

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 11:00 PM,+and+Updates)

"We already know that the Galaxy Tab is landing in the UK on November 1, but those of us residing in the US and Canada are still eagerly awaiting information regarding pricing and release dates."

No additional details yet, but you can sign-up today for information in Canada and the US. UK arrival date is expected to be around November 1, 2010, so we can probably expect it sometime after that. I do hope that we will be able to purchase it 'contract free.'

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Google Phone Gallery: Choose The Android That's Right For You

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Talk" @ 06:00 AM

"Here at Google, we're thrilled with the global adoption of Android and with the high quality of devices that are coming to market around the world. Since there are so many great phones, we wanted to make the selection process a little easier for people who are in the market for a new one."

Anyone out there still a little sad that Google will no longer sell you a shiny new Nexus One. Well fear not, my friends! Google recently revamped making it useful again. The site now shows you all kinds of new Android phones that Google won't sell to you either. ;) Seriously though, this is the best Android phone comparison site I've seen. I used it just yesterday to help a coworker choose which new Android phone was right for him. The site features that nice clean Google UI, the ability to filter phones by region/manufacture/carrier, and allows you to select up to three phones at a time for a little side-by-side comparison. Anyone in the market for a new Android device but not sure which one offers you what you need? Check out Google's new site and let us know which toy device you choose.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

7-Inch Nationite Rocktab Android Tablet Starting at $129

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 11:30 PM

"For those who think most high-end Android tablets seem way too pricey, but still like the idea of having a tab around, the entry-level Nationite Rocktab may prove to be an acceptable alternative with its modest $129.50 price tag (2GB model)."

Another in a series of modest but inexpensive tablets with a 7-inch resistive WVGA screen, this Android 1.5 (ouch!) device is available in 2, 8 or 16GB of storage, 128MB RAM, a Rockchip RK2808 600MHz processor, trackball, accelerometer and Wi-fi. Maybe a good entry-level device for Android newbies!

Sharp Announces Two Android-based Tablets for December

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"Japanese tech giant Sharp announced it would launch a 5.5-inch and a 10.8-inch tablet named Galapagos, as well as an electronic bookstore in December - but only in Japan."

I'm happy to see larger Android tablets released, and this is a great example. It looks sharp, and has a decent screen resolution. I'm not convinced that this will be a great device for reading books though, since it is just another device with it's own bookstore.

Sunny Days: Staying Connected with the Monaco Solar Cell Charger

Posted by Don Tolson in "Windows Phone Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Accessories -- Solar powered cell phone charger
Manufacturer: Monaco
Where to Buy:
Price: $79.95 USD (regularly, but may be on sale...)
Specifications: Battery Capacity: 1800mAh; Weight: 93.5 grams / 3.3 oz; Dimensions: 55.5 x 105.8 x 14.5mm.


  • Convenient, lightweight;
  • Charges quickly in sunlight;
  • Suitable for almost any type of USB-powered device.


  • Regular price is a bit high, but vendor seems to be having discount sales;
  • Depending upon the consumption of your unit, the battery may only provide one day of use.

Summary: There are lots of emergency power accessories and options available for phones, games systems, music players, etc. but most suffer from a common shortcoming -- lack of power when you need them most, far away from a wall socket. Enter Monaco, with a different spin on a solution. Instead of providing just a battery or set of solar cells, why not combine them into a single package - a wall or solar chargeable battery pack!


Orange UK Adds San Francisco Phone to Online Store

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 02:00 AM

"Orange UK has just added the budget-busting San Francisco Android phone to its online store, letting those afraid of human contact buy the £99 pay-as-you-go mobile through the internet."

This pay-as-you-go phone includes the standard WiFi, Bluetooth, SatNav, and a 3-Megapixel camera for what you would normally pay for similar device with a 2-year contract.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Android Tablets Coming Soon to a Store Near You

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 08:00 AM

"This report doesn’t come from one of our usual suspects in the tech blog word but the good folks over at Appolicious had a conversation with a T-Mobile rep. The most worthy note here, if this report is to be believed is that T-Mobile have an Android tablet available before the Christmas holiday. What’s more interesting is that this report coincides with our inventory sheet leak yesterday showing off the LG Optimus T which some of our readers believe is an Android tablet."

With slate tablets being as hot as Georgia asphalt these days, it is no surprising that companies are exploring the possibility of adapting the Android OS to the tablet form factor. While some say that Froyo may not be the ideal candidate, Android 3.0 is coming along and manufacturers such as HTC and Motorola will try anything for a piece of the tablet pie. I find it interesting that at least with the North American market, it looks like there will be two main categories of tablets to choose from. Generic, multi-purpose tablets that can be had from PC companies such as Dell and HP, and then those that will be tied to telecommunication carriers. Carriers must be salivating at the revenue potential of these babies. Not only will people be tied to their carriers owing to hardware limitations but with separate app stores like Verizon's V Cast's proposed app store, they stand to make a considerable amount of money. It does not seem that the strangehold that carriers have in the United States and Canada will not be loosened anytime soon.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

One Device, Many Form Factors

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 06:00 AM

"Remember the Touch Book from last year? The netbook with a detachable screen that can double as a tablet? No? I didn’t either. But sure enough, we did a post on the device and it actually shipped to consumers. Well, the company is back with the next generation that takes the multipurpose theme up a notch. The Smart Book is the swiss knife of mobile devices as the demo video shows."

Ever since I heard of the Metapad from IBM, I loved the concept. A single device that would hook up into various different shells to allow different ways to compute. While the Metapad never saw production, there have been many attempts to follow that concept. There is the Palm Foleo which also never really saw the light of day but the Celio Redfly is still around. Always Innovating seems to be taking the next step, adding a tablet form factor into the mix. As they provide their own hardware, including for the phone, I am unsure as to how popular this could be though running Ubuntu or Android does give it some clout. Of course, the biggest challenge will be competing against cloud computing. Why have one device that you have to snap into different shells, when you can have multiple devices that all hook into the same data backend and give you an optimized interface?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Acer Launches Ferrari Phone in India

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 07:30 AM

"Acer has announced Liquid E - Ferrari Special edition for Indian market. The smartphone runs Android2.1, with 3.5 inch touchscreen, 5 MP camera, Snapdragon 8250 Processor, and several other standard features."

This is a cool looking phone, and I hope Acer decides to release this in the US. Or at least give us access to the Ferrari ringtones. Acer has not released pricing or availability information.

Tags: hardware, acer

Monday, September 6, 2010

New HTC Slider to Hit Verizon

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 06:42 PM

"Remember that big, honking red-and-black HTC slider that dwarfed an EVO 4G? It's back sporting Verizon colors just as we were told, and with a few more confirmed specifications thanks to the ever-reliable FCC."

A new HTC device is on it's way to Verizon, with an approximate size of 4.7"x2.4", this slider packs a 4-inch screen. While this behemoth is packing every feature you'll need, don't plan to put it in your pants pocket! Head over to Engadget to check a few more images.

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