April 24, 2014
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Meet the Top Android Tablets for 2010 and Beyond
One of the hottest trends in the wireless sector is tablets, as all the major players -- Research In Motion, Samsung, HP, Acer and so on -- are either already selling or planning to offer their respective answer to Apple's iPad. While RIM recently made a big splash with the impressive BlackBerry PlayBook, running a new QNX-based mobile operating system dubbed BlackBerry Tablet OS, and HP just unveiled the Slate 500 running Windows 7, it's really Android-powered devices that are generating the most buzz. Here we update the specs, carriers, pricing and release dates of the new crop of Android tablets.Powered by the Android 2.2 "Froyo" operating system, the Galaxy Tab boasts 3G connectivity, a 1 GHz processor and front- and rear-facing cameras. The Tab also supports Adobe Flash 10.1, the latest version of the popular media playback software that has emerged as a fault line in the mobile-computing wars, with Apple pointedly barring the technology from running on its devices. The Android device comes prestocked with a bevy of Google applications, including a YouTube, Gmail, Google Calendar and Talk. Also on the productivity side, the device comes equipped with the ThinkFree Office technology that allows users to open and edit documents in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as PDF files.
Acer's Android tablet coming Nov. 23The Taiwan-based PC maker is planning to unveil an Android tablet at a media event in New York City on Nov. 23, according to the Wall Street Journal, which published an interview with the Acer CEO conducted after an earnings conference. No details have been disclosed, but it's widely expected that the company will offer three sizes -- a 5-inch, 7-inch and 10-inch -- ranging in price from $299 to $699.
Sprint will offer the mobile computing device Nov. 11, for $399 with contract requirements and rebates, and T-Mobile will sell its version, which will support HSPA+ network speeds, for as low as $399.99 with a two-year contract and rebates. Verizon is expected to begin sales Nov. 11 at a $599 price point that won't require any contract commitment. In addition to the carrier availability, leaked signage from Best Buy has also surfaced indicating that the consumer electronics retailer plans to sell both Verizon and Sprint versions of the Tab, retailing for $499.
TechCrunch gadget blog suggest the mobile computing tablet may be out in limited supply before the year ends, and that it will cost less than $1,000. Viewsonic is taking orders for two new Android tablets, the ViewPad 7, with 7-inch display and running Android 2.2, and the ViewPad 10, a dual-boot device powered by Android 1.6 and Windows 7 with a 10-inch screen. The smaller ViewPad includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G and GSM connectivity, front- and back-facing cameras and microSD slot. The ViewPad 10 has a capacitive, touch-screen display, Intel 1.66GHz processor, integrated 1GB and 16GB solid state disk, and USB as well as SVGA display ports. Check the Viewsonic site for upcoming details on retail availability.
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