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Quick Tips on Improving Your Tablet Shopping Experience

clock August 17, 2011 00:16 by author Jeremy

Thinking of buying a new tablet sometime soon? Sure, you can read professional reviews online that provide charts, graphs, numbers - the works. But what's a rating of "over 9000" more points really mean to regular ol' folks like us?

If you're going to look online for reviews, take a few tips from pcworld.com and their guide on how they test tablets; you might want to adopt some of their methods. Rather than always providing feedback through numbers given to them by a testing machine (granted, they still do that as well), they offer ideas to compare tablets through raw data. For example, how long does Tablet A take to boot up, in comparison to Tablet B? If the answer is more than a 30 second difference, then what it comes down to next is... are you okay with that?

Tablet A may take longer to boot up, but wow, does it play these videogames so well! Are you into gaming on tablets? Or maybe you prefer Tablet B since, even though it's not as visually stunning, it just performs faster?

These simple ideas and comparisons sometimes get overlooked when you're digging too deep, so how about we take a step back and look at the big picture: what are you looking for in a tablet?

Source: pcworld

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Battery Life: iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

clock June 17, 2011 01:00 by author Jeremy

A recent article on AllThingsD by Katherine Boehret compared the differences between the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. While the prices are the same for each ($499 for the 16GB WiFi model, $599 for the 32GB WiFi model), differences include the camera, the physical size, and the app market.

Most importantly, however, was the difference in battery life. Boehret's testing (which included 75% screen brightness, WiFi-enabled, and a video loop) concluded that the iPad 2 would last just slightly over 10 hours, while the Galaxy Tab ran at a measly 5 hours 38 minutes in comparison.

Sure, the Galaxy Tab may be just a bit thinner (and really, who doesn't like sleek?) and have better camera quality; but is it worth half the battery life? Granted, it's doubtful people will be using the battery constantly like Boehret did in her testing, so I'm sure that the battery lasts longer than 5 hours on average. Nonetheless, it's something to consider when purchasing a tablet.

Source: AllThingsD

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HP Event Shows Off Veer, Pre 3, and TouchPad

clock February 10, 2011 00:36 by author Jeremy

As far back as January 20th, HP has been planning an event for today. The time has finally come...and the world was shocked and awed at the products seen today.

Last year, HP acquired Palm; today, that merger truly showed what they were capable of together. With their combined ingenuity and the use of the webOS platform, today saw the release of the Veer, Pre 3, and TouchPad.

 

Starting with the Veer: we see that its tiny. Oh so very credit-card-like tiny. And yet, the phone seems like its going to pack quite a punch. Besides the specs below, we also know that the Veer will have a 2.6-inch 320x400 display and a 5 megapixel camera.

Next up is the Pre 3. This phone can actually interact with the TouchPad, which we'll explain later. For now, the specs:

The Pre 3 will also have a 3.6-inch 480x800 WVGA display, a 5 megapixel camera (and a front-facing camera too), HD Video and video calling capabilities.

Last but not least, we have the TouchPad. This is the first non-phone device to run webOS, and boy does it perform well. Besides the powerful specs (seen below) running the device, its got quite a few nifty features. First off, multi-tasking seems to be a cinch on this tablet: HP's presentation showed a demo of it switching between emails, setting a reservation, and even more, all within a short span of time. In the picture above, you can see "Just Type" written along the top, which acts as a sort of command prompt. You can post to twitter with it, search through emails, plus more.

In the picture above, the Pre 3 was just barely "tapped" against the TouchPad. This is another one of their nifty features: whatever you're doing on the TouchPad can be immediately moved to the Pre 3.

Available immediately on the launch of the TouchPad will be certain DreamWorks movie titles - we didn't see a definitely list though as to which titles. The TouchPad will also support the "Beats by Dr. Dre" technology, to provide you with music with real-life sound quality. Certain magazines, such as Time, fully support the tablet, and can be viewed from the TouchPad. And, of course, your tablet can connect with any previous HP Printer, so that you can print pictures from Facebook and other media straight from your TouchPad.

Unfortunately, these devices wno't be out for a bit - the Veer will be coming out in early spring, while the Pre 3 and TouchPad are both slated to come out in the summer; 3G and 4G versions of the TouchPad will also be releated at a later time. Hopefully we'll get a few more looks at the devices though, as they all seem quite promising.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Competes with Apple iPad for Battery Life

clock January 27, 2011 00:19 by author Jeremy

It's common knowledge that Apple's iPad comes with a hefty battery life: it's almost magical how it manages to stay alive without being plugged into a wall for so long. And yet RIM (Research In Motion) promises that their BlackBerry PlayBook will be able to compete with the iPad in this particular feat of strength.

"It's going to be equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size," says Jeff McDowell, RIM's Senior Vice President of Business Marketing and Alliances.

That's a hefty call to make, but I suppose we'll just have to wait and see if it's true. We saw the PlayBook at CES and were sad to hear it didn't have a release date - and it still doesn't.

Even if it fails to beat the iPad's battery life, they can at least make the claim that they've outlasted my patience. Waiting is hard. :(

Picture: us.blackberry.com

Source: Reuters

 

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Cell Phones! And Laptops! And Tablets! Oh My!

clock January 20, 2011 00:11 by author Jeremy

...okay, so it's not quite as catchy as "Lions! And tigers! And bears!" but we'll likely have the same, "Oh my!" reaction during early February, when a string of companies will be holding their individual press events.

Starting with Sprint on February 7th, we're promised "yet another industry first"...along with David Blaine. I'm not sure how those two correlate at all, but I'll trust that Sprint is cooking up something fun for us. At the very least, you know they're cooking something good, as the bottom of their invitation implies.

 

Meanwhile, Dell's event will be held on the following day, February 8th, but slightly earlier in the morning. For those who are fond of sleeping in, keep in mind: breakfast is included.

 

 

Last-but-not-least, we have HP showcasing their stuff on February 9th. Their invitation seems to have changed slightly in the past few weeks though. Originally their slogan for the event was "Think big. Think small. Think beyond." Now, we see the same invitation, but prodding the folks over at engadget (such good sports, they are). It's all in good fun, of course, and HP's Marketing Technique here will surely draw attention to what's-to-come.

 

Now we get to wait for these events like children on Christmas morning. Oh, the torture.

Source: Engadget

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