The 7-inch Toshiba Thrive tablet officially went on sale on December 11th, just before you had wrapped up your holiday shopping spree.
Just as the rumors were ripe early December, you would be able to grab a hold of slate loaded with Honeycomb & a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor for just under $400. Make sure to pick up the right tablet pc for yourself out of the 16GB and 32GB options available.
Toshiba Thrive is labeled as a “complete tablet experience – in the palm of your hand” in the marketing brochures.
As per Toshiba:
Stay entertained anywhere you go with Toshiba’s Thrive 7” tablet. This compact, light-weight tablet fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and delivers plenty of performance for games, movies, music, photos and more on a brilliant HD multi-touch screen. Powered by the latest Android technology, you will browse without limitation, multitask your way through your day, and enjoy latest Android Apps – all on a tablet that weighs less than a pound.
- AutoBrite LED Backlit Display with 1280x800 screen resolution
- Slim, lightweight and easy to carry
- Android 3.2, Honeycomb
- HD Cameras
- Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 16GB and 32GB Internal Storage Options
Summary: Here are the most popular 10 reasons behind business users switching from laptops to Tablet PC.
The gadget which is popularly known as laptop has been in the market for quite some time now, however it is more likely to be replaced by Tablet PCs as the main device for computing on the go. I along with quite a few others out there thought tablets were just a trick to help improve sales, but after using them I have drawn a conclusion that tablets are quite helpful and the best of technology to have come out so far.
Here are some of the important reasons why best of the laptops will be replaced by Tablet PCs as the mobile gadget of future.
1. Power Consumption: Tablets beat laptops in regard to power and battery consumption any given day.
2. Viruses: Hardly any viruses to be seen or detected on current tablet platforms, however Windows based laptops are congested with vulnerability.
3. Portability: Need to work online and you are in the bathroom; want to work in a cab? Tablet PC is your best bet. You can haul around with heavy laptop or a light-weight tablet, choice is yours!
4. Cost Effectiveness: Tablets are cheap and cost-effective office devices, and one of the best tablets will cost almost the same as low to mid range laptop.
5. Online Connection: Get a 4G connection on your tablet PC by paying an extra fee and you are always connected to the internet, much better than laptops.
6. Available Applications: There are hundreds and thousands of Android Tablet Apps available and you will hardly find any useful ones for laptop. This will definitely make it tough for you to switch back to laptops from tablets.
7. User Friendliness: Tablet PCs are way more simple, elegant and user-friendly than laptops or desktops to be honest.
8. Bluetooth Connectivity: Tablets make an easy Bluetooth connection with keyboards, headsets, headphones, microphones, speakers etc..
9. Efficiency: Tablets are instant-on while getting them out of hibernate or sleep mode whereas laptops takes ages. Writing a quick e-mail can be smooth and easy with tablets.
10. Social integration: Social networking is as easy as it can get with tablets, while you’re on the move with your co-workers, employees, peers, family etc. Android tablets are the best for Facebooking, Tweeting, and Tumbling.
Experts believe that tablets are here to stay, and with matter of time they will fully take over the laptop market as the main device for the mobile business users. Once you have acclimatized yourself out of using the keyboard phase, the Tablet PC is an amazing and out of the world tool for handy business usage.
Please do not hesitate to let us know of your thoughts in the comment section below.
When someone asked Apple CEO Steve Jobs last month about the future of upcoming Android tablets and whether they were a big threat to iPad's supremacy, he sounded quite confident while stating "7-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad. These are among the reasons that the current crop of 7-inch tablet PC are going to be dead on arrival."
After fiddling around with Telstra's T-Touch Tablet PC, I think I can very well co-relate to Steve Jobs biased statement. The Android tablet in question is launched by an Australian company; Telstra and has a display screen of 7-inch similar to Samsung Galaxy Tab, whereas Apple iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch screen display.
Apple iPad has an added advantage of bigger & better touch screen, along with an AppStore loaded with variety of Apps. T-Touch Tab would be using Android Apps.
In my personal opinion, I’d like to use small screen display smartphone any time over a tablet pc because I don’t think I’d like to carry another 7-inch device with me when I know my smartphone is capable of similar features and functionality.
Telstra’s use of resistive over a capacitive touch screen is another important reason holding me back from using T-Touch Tablet PC which is quite unlike Apple iPad and most touch screen smartphones out there. Even though the video rendering is crisp, pressing down hard on the T-Touch Tab to make it work is by far the least favorite function of the gadget. Even though the stylus is included with your T-Touch Tab that will make it easier for you to press the tablet touch screen, however technology looks quite primeval.
Another positive feature of Telstra tablet pc is the fact that it’s built on a far more open Android 2.1 platform, unlike Samsung Galaxy Tab which uses Android 2.2 version. You can fully customize every homescreen and remove most of Telstra's bloatware. You can also use drag and drop feature to load media files via your personal computer.
The T-Touch Tab supports up to 32GB microSD memory card, however there is about 200MB of available built-in memory. There is no multi-touch support and fulfilling vibration feature while pressing the tablet screen.
The Telstra T-Touch Tab has a customized edition of the Android 2.1 user interface and all the home screens are divided into categories, accessible from menu bar below or by swiping left and right. The common categories are Home, Web, Entertainment, Communications and Favorites.
With home, menu and back buttons at the left-hand side and a handy trackpad on the right, I’m in love with the substantial look and design of the tablet. With a weight of just 500 grams, the T-Touch Tab is 230 grams lighter than the WiFi + 3G iPad 2. There are both front and rear facing cameras along with a flip-out stand at the back of the tablet which is helpful for watching videos.
As per my experience, most Android smartphones use USB port for charging the device, however the USB port of T-Touch Tab is used to connect to a PC and you will notice a separate charging port.
You can also use T-Touch Tab as a smartphone on speakerphone, for sending and receiving SMS messages. You will also get a Telstra Next G sim card along with your tablet. Tablets battery life is quite substandard with battery dying with 2 to 3 hours of fair use.
With so many negative points, the Telstra T-Touch Tab is no real threat to the Apple iPad 2, however competitive price point makes it an eye-catching entry-level Tablet PC. Let su know about your experience, if you happen to buy one!
Digest: The government of India has introduced much hyped $35 (INR 1750) tablet PC for educational institutions and students. The tablet named “Aakash” (Aakash is Hindi word for “Sky”) will be available for general public at retail stores for an estimated sale price of $60 (INR 3000) starting November 2011.
The Government of India has plans to design and develop low cost tablet computers. The global OLPC project (One Laptop per Child Association, Inc., the Miami-based organization behind OLPC) definitely looked promising, however could not secure enough ground as they were only able to attract few state governments to join the OLPC program.
Few months back, Kapil Sibal, the Minister of Human Resource Development in India projected a low cost tablet PC for students; however everyone looked cynical about it… a reliable $35 tablet PC? With everyone’s hopes not too high, initially the project ran into predicament with HCL pulling out of manufacturing a low cost computing device. The tablet PC is designed & developed by engineers of IIT Rajasthan and a prototype of device was showcased on national television.
Kapil Sibal, Union Minister from Government of India officially launched the tablet PC on 5th October, 2011 which is called “Aakash” and is manufactured at Hyderabad facility of DataWind, a British company.
Here are device specs for the Aakash UbiSlate 7:
- 7” Resistive touch screen (800×480)
- Processor: 366 Mhz with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
- Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM
- Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
- MicroSD card slot
- 1 USB port
- 3.5mm Audio in & out
- WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
- Upto 180 minutes on battery
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Document formats supported: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
- PDF viewer, Text editor
- Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
- Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
The specifics of the program introduced by Government of India are:
- 500 students were handed the tablet on launch
- 100,000 more devices will be procured as part of the pilot
- 10 Million tablets at a per unit of price $36.6 to be purchased (via MediaNama)
- Seamless connectivity to provide Internet connection on the devices for institutes was talked about.
The government hopes to connect 416 universities and 20,000 colleges using BSNL as the service provider. The government claims 80% of the target connectivity has been achieved.
The government of India has sketched details around content creation meant for the tablet PCs use in education. Some of the guidelines to be followed are:
- It should be related to education delivery
- It should involve faculty from different institutions
- All IP (Intellectual Property) created under projects funded by this Mission will vest with MHRD
- All content should be created using open-source software
- All content created under this Mission is for open access by all and cannot be charged for in any way
The Aakash tablet PC will commercially be available starting November 2011 in retail stores around India at the estimated sale price of $60.
The device will officially be called “DataWind Ubislate” in the retail sector.
There is a lot of hardware reviewing and testing required for in-depth knowledge of the device specifications, components, and its features. However, there are still quite a few unknown spots in the spec list of new Kindle Fire to analyze the tablet PC properly.
Whatever we got to know about Kindle Fire, there were quite a lot left to be answered and we’re expecting that information to be approaching soon.
As of today, here are some of the most intriguing unknown questions surfacing about the new tablet PC:
1. Will the Fire be able to download and store media locally?
2. Will Android apps in the Amazon Appstore get Fire-optimized versions?
3. Is Amazon freezing out other content providers from the Fire, such as Pandora, Netflix, or Spotify?
4. How will the unnamed dual-core CPU compare to the performance of the Nook Color, as well as more expensive tablets?
5. Will there be either a larger 10-inch version or a 3G version?
6. How much of the 8GB of internal memory is user-accessible?
7. Will the emphasis on streaming video kill the Fire's battery life?
8. Has the Fire set a new baseline price for 7-inch tablets?
9. Will there be a "Special Offers" version of the Fire?
10. How will the new Silk browser work with Web-based content? Will it play nice with Facebook games?
We are sure that there will be many other questions surfacing around in the mind of potential Kindle Fire buyers. If you have one which is not part of our ten questions, please feel free to list it below in comments section.
Takeaway: Consumers can now buy Sony Tablet S, the entertainment tablet PC from their desired store “Best Buy”.
Best Buy advertised the 16 GB Sony Tablet S veiled on 20th page of the flyer booklet this week, and announcing the fact that much-hyped Sony tablet pc has arrived in America, however question remains, will consumers be buying one? Priced at $499.99, Sony Tablet S is already available in stores throughout the country.
As per the Best Buy flyer, you can expect the following from your local store:
Display: 9.4” touch-screen display at 1280*800
Operating System: Android Honeycomb 3.2 with Sony’s own interface plus access to Android Market for tons of Android Apps
PlayStation Certified: Preloaded with PlayStation 1 titles like Pinball Heros and Crash Bandicoot
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Infrared, DNLA etc. So it can share content with compatible televisions and audio systems
CPU: Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
16 GB for $499.99 & 32 GB for $599.99
Best Buy is also selling the S’ Cradle to use your Sony tablet PC as a digital clock, photo frame or a widget. You can also use this cradle to recharge tablet battery as well. Bundle your S’ Cradle purchase with the Zagg Invisible Shield for the Tablet S for only $54.98, however you can also buy them individually. The selling price for S’ Cradle is $39.99.
So what are you waiting for? Wear your shopping shoes, get to the local Best Buy store and try one of the much-talked about Sony Tablet S tablet PCs and let us know if they are worth a try. Their certified PlayStation feature, an anti-iPad shape and desire to control home-entertainment system are quite tempting of options for me to get to a local Best Buy!
Takeaway: Here is a list of best 10 tried & tested Android Apps for your Smartphones, that will save you a lot of time without going through torrent of useless Apps.
Even though Android market isn’t jam-packed with Apps just like iPhone or iPad Apps store, however there are still enough Android Apps to be beleaguered, and the number continues to grow at fast pace. Here is my list of the most useful top 10 Android Apps for business professionals from the Android market to save you time and a lot hassle.
- Google Voice: It is one of the best Android Apps ever. The application lets you ring multiple devices from the phone number provided by the Google Voice service keeping your smartphone number private. It also lets you access all your text messages and voice messages from the website.
- Advanced Task Killer: One of my favorite Android Apps ever is Advanced Task Killer (ATK), and with a tap you can kill all your open applications to save battery life and enjoy efficient performance of your device. You can also schedule periodic intervals using ATK to ‘automatically’ kill all open Apps.
- Dropbox: A cloud service to automatically sync files or folders between multiple computers. And, Android App broadens Dropbox services to network with other Apps to open various files (image files, PDFs and, or documents) in the folder.
- Evernote: It’s the best Android App for taking notes once you get used to typing on virtual keyboard of smartphones or tablet PCs.
- Taskos: It’s the easiest ‘to-do’ App available with easy and clean consumer friendly Android experience. The biggest plus-point of this Android Apps is voice recognition that lets you speak a task which is automatically turned into a to-do item. Great!
- DroidAnalytics: Since there is no official Analytics App available from Google for Android & iPhone, the best one available for now is DroidAnalytics. Another good option is mAnalytics.
- Documents To Go: The full version costs you about $15 for this App where you can create and edit Microsoft Word, Powerpoint & Excel files. The free version of this Android Apps only lets you read documents. Another good option is QuickOffice!
- Google Docs: The only App you would ever need to work with Google Docs, including uploading and management of Microsoft Office files. Only problem with the App is that it doesn’t open any files within, and will use your web browser to display all such documents.
- Tripit: The best Android Apps ever that can be used as your travel planner and to store your itineraries. With an awesome backend platform, Tripit will ‘automagically’ organize your trips from travel confirmation emails. It can also use gmail plugin to catch such confirmation mails and spin ‘em you’re your travel schedule.
- Places: Another great App for you on the go to help you find places of your interest and shopping areas around the current location. Fetching Google Local’s business information, this Android App is quite precise in finding restaurants or medical services. Integrated with Google Maps, the App is way better than your GPS unit for accurate and reliable information.
Do let us know your thoughts about the compilation of top 10 Android Apps for your Smartphones in the comment section below…
Summary: Samsung has an official starting price for its Android tablet the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and tablet PC consumers will probably detest it.
The current price-range for Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi will give you an excellent idea as to why Android tablets have had tough time making a mark in the tablet PC market.
Samsung has announced that the 16GB version tablet PC with WiFi options will be priced at $469, whereas the 32 GB device will be sold for $569. If you were thinking of getting one, think again because the screen-size of 8.9” is much smaller than the Apple iPad 2, and the sky-high asking price is ridiculous.
With all the absurd WiFi version price tags, we wonder what the official Samsung Galaxy Tab 3G pricings are going to be? Let us know if you have any idea by leaving comments below!
Quote from Samsung:
It's Time for Better Multitasking.... Use multiple Android Apps at once, resize widgets and customize your experience - it's all possible with Android 3.1 Honeycomb and Samsung's TouchWiz interface. Priced @ $469
Takeaway: This Android Apps (HD Widgets) will install a series of widgets on your Honeycomb tablets home screen, which will add useful features and graceful look.
Serving variety of functions, Android has the ability to add good-looking high-definition widgets to the tablet PC. There are not many Android Apps created for Honeycomb tablets, however most of them work quite well with the operating system. HD Widgets app works like a charm and is only available for tablet PCs.
HD Widgets adds quite a few widgets to fit any screen-size on tablet home-screen in different shapes. It is a high-definition Android app for weather and clock widgets, and easily configurable as per your preferences. HD Widgets can replace forecast strip on the tablet home-screen with a handy bar to provide easy-access of Wi-FI option, screen brightness, Bluetooth and flight-mode.
The Android App is available for only Honeycomb tablets and priced at $1.99 per tablet installation. You can also have multiple configurations of the HD Widgets installed on the tablet home-screen.