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Tablets

  • Honeycomb and Xoom: Just one look and then my heart went boom

    I’m in love with Android Honeycomb and I want it right now. Google held a special event at its headquarters in Mountain View on Wednesday, and gave an in-depth demo of the latest operating system for tablets: Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb. Honeycomb is tailored for the new generation of tablet-sized computers," Google mobile products director Hugo Barra said while demonstrating software features at the Internet titan's headquarters in Mountain View, California. "We've spent a tremendous amount of time really optimizing performance on Honeycomb." The free, open-source operating system is expected to quickly be built into an array of tablets in...

  • ‘LePad’: The combined laptop and tablet

    Chinese computer colossus Lenovo has unveiled an IdeaPad computer that serves as a laptop for work tasks then converts to a touch-screen tablet for play time. The IdeaPad U1 hybrid, with a "LePad" slate that serves as a laptop screen but unplugs to become a tablet computer, made its debut on the cusp of the Thursday opening of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "It is one device to balance life and work,"...

  • Can India produce the world’s cheapest tablet?

    The Indian government won headlines around the world when it unveiled a prototype $US35 tablet computer in July, but questions are now growing over whether the project will become a reality or not. At the computer's launch, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal vowed "the solutions for tomorrow will emerge from India" as he revealed the breathtaking price tag -- a fraction of the 500-dollar cost for an Apple iPad. Officials said the touchscreen device, aimed at the country's millions of students, could even be hammered down to just 10 dollars once production rates increase. The tablet computer, which has yet to...

  • Tablet computer rush: HP unveils ‘Slate 500′

    Hewlett-Packard unveiled a Windows-powered touchscreen tablet computer on Friday aimed at professionals, the latest entry into a growing market dominated by Apple's iPad. The "HP Slate 500" which features an 8.9-inch (22.6-centimeter) screen, slightly smaller than the iPad's 9.7-inch (24.6-cm) display, costs 800 dollars, about the same price as the top-of-the-line iPad. While the iPad is aimed more at consumers, HP is targeting its device at business customers and touting its ability to handle documents, spreadsheets and applications from Microsoft. HP described the Slate 500 as the "ideal PC for professionals who don't usually work at a traditional desk, yet need to...

  • More than 4-million iPads sold, but fall short of expectations

    Apple said on Monday that it had sold 3.89 million Mac computers during the quarter, up 27 percent from a year ago, 14.1 million iPhones, up 91 percent from a year ago, and 4.19 million iPads, up from 3.3 million the previous quarter. Apple shares were down 5.34 percent as iPad sales fell short of expectations. Analysts had expected Apple to sell as many as five million iPads during the quarter. The company's quarterly net profit soared 70 percent to 4.31 billion dollars on strong sales of its key products: Macintosh computers, iPhones and iPads. Apple reported record revenue of 20.34...

  • Apple, RIM, Samsung or Dell: Whose tablet will rule them all?

    The tablet computing scene is hotting up as almost every major developer gears up to release a tablet. With the BlackBerry PlayBook only scheduled for release in 2011, everyone is waiting with bated breath to see if RIM will deliver on its promises. In the meantime, I decided to crunch the available numbers to see how the PlayBook will stack up against the best of the best of the tablet world today. Sit back and enjoy as the BlackBerry PlayBook, Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak go head to head in a battle to be crowned as King of...

  • Evaluating the pros and cons of RIM’s PlayBook tablet

    The BlackBerry PlayBook has been at the forefront of tablet news over the last week, with tech pundits hailing it as the third competitor in an otherwise two horse race between the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Apple's iPad. Research In Motion (RIM) co-Chief Executive Mike Lazaridis revealed the BlackBerry Playbook, a 7-inch tablet device hailed as the “first professional tablet” at their annual BlackBerry Developer Conference held in San Francisco last week. Smaller than the iPad and measuring 130mm x 193mm x 10mm, mobility was touted as the decision for the PlayBook's 7-inch form factor, with the intent of “amplifying”...

  • Is Flipboard the killer iPad app we’ve all been waiting for?

    It's only been 24 hours, but Flipboard -- a brand new iPad app -- is already living up to the hype of revolutionising the way we consume and interact with social media. By creating an interactive magazine format populated by content from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, Flipboard  has taken a solid step forward from what social media and aggregator tools like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite have been doing for some time -- de-cluttering the social media space. The company calls Flipboard the "world's first social magazine" and says its mission is to "fundamentally improve how people discover, view...

  • Hands on with the iPad: The Memeburn review

    The lingering stares you get while walking around with an iPad tucked under your arm is confirmation that this is no ordinary gadget. In fact, it gives you a small inkling of what it must be like to be a rockstar. Complete strangers stopped me in my tracks to get a closer look or start a conversation about it. Heads would turn. One guy came up to me, shook my hand and just said “well done”. While in a meeting at Cape Town-based digital agency Gloo, parts of the company came to a standstill when word got out there was...