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iPad 2 と戦う 10 インチ Android や Blackberry などが勢揃い

Posted in Apple, Google, Mobile by Agile Cat on April 10, 2011

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Android 勢では、Motorola の Xoom が口火を切る形で、iPad 2 に対抗するハイスペック化が進んでいますが、アジア勢も Asus の EeePad や、Acer の Iconia、Samsung Galaxy (9 inch) などが戦線に揃い、2011 年 Tablet 夏の陣も、そろそろ開戦という状況です。 その中で気になるのが、Amazon の Kindle Tablet (?) のウワサです。 まぁ、Android アップ・ストアも始めたことだし、ここはオリジナルのデバイスでも出してくるのか、、、という憶測ですが、あり得る話です。 そうなると、普通のデバイス・マニファクチャーとは全く異なるビジネス・モデルで攻めてくることになるので、ユーザーはワクワクですが、コンペティターは戦々恐々という状況なのでしょう。

また、Android 以外にも、Blackberry の PlayBook も面白そうで、Android アプリが動いてしまうとか、しまわないとか、こちらも様々な情報が乱れ飛んでいるわけです。 その他で、とても興味深いのが、やはり Asus の EA800 というオリジナル OS (?) のスタイラス・タブレットです。 なにやら、Wacom のデジタイザを付けて、Boogie Board の高級版を狙っているような感じです。

以下のリストは、Goog eReader からのもので、この 1ヶ月少々の期間に掲載されたトピックを集めたものです。 どうぞ、ご利用くださ~~~い。 ーーー  __AC Stamp 2

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Mar 01
ECS 7 and 10 inch tablets launched at CeBIT
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/ecs-7-and-10-inch-tablets-launched-at-cebit/>

Coming to the larger tablets with 10.1 inch display, the tablets comes with either 1366 x 768 or 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. With an Intel Atom Z670 Lincroft heart, the tablets run Windows 7 Home Premium and are able to support up to 2 GB of RAM and solid disk drives or 1.8 inch hard drives. The tablet will have WiFi, Bluetooth, as well as 3G as an optional extra and are expected to weigh around 1.8 pounds.

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Mar 02
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer running Honeycomb seen at CeBIT
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/asus-eee-pad-transformer-running-honeycomb-seen-at-cebit/>

The rest of the spec story for the Eee Pad Transformer is impressive too in the form of a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM with up to 64 GB of flash storage. The 10 inch IPS display with capacitive touch screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The Transformer also features Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS with 3G modem as an option along with a USB port, a mini HDMI out as well as a micro SD card slot. The tablet tips the scales at around 1.5 pounds.

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Mar 02
Netronix unveils a 9.7 inch Android tablet at CeBIT
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/netronix-unveils-a-9-7-inch-android-tablet-at-cebit/>

The Taiwan based Netronix might be a major player in the field of e-ink based e-readers but the company is showing all signs to tap into other seemingly greener pastures. And none other seems to be as juicy as perhaps the booming tablet segment right now. The recent unveiling of an Android tablet at the CeBIT event in Germany is ample proof of that.

 

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Mar 04
BlackBerry PlayBook to cost $600, slated for April 10 market debut
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/blackberry-playbook-to-cost-600-slated-for-april-10-market-debut/>

Research in Motion is yet to come clean with its pricing and availability details of the PlayBook tablet. There is some information coming in from BGR indicating the 7 inch tablet will be hitting markets in the US on the 10th of April. For the rest of the world, the wait is going to stretch until the second quarter. Right now, at least the retailer Mobile City is already accepting pre orders for the PlayBook for a price of $599.99. However, this particular version of the PlayBook is going to be the Wi-Fi only version with no mention of either or 3G or 4G coming.

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Mar 04
Hands on Review of the Motorola Xoom
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/hands-on-review-of-the-motorola-xoom/>

The Motorola Xoom features a 10.1 capacitive full color touchscreen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. It is running on a blazening fast Nvidia Tegra 2 1 GHZ dual core processor and has 1 GB of DDR2 RAM. It has 32 GB of internal memory and you can furtherly enhance it up to 32 GB more via the MicroSD card. Speaking of the MicroSD card, currently it is not enabled by a software glitch. This should be remedied in a near future update.

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Mar 05
LG wins FCC clearance for WiFi and 3G versio
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/lg-wins-fcc-clearance-for-wifi-and-3g-versions-of-g-slate/>

The LG G-Slate is now past the FCC, which means we might not be too far away from another high profile tablet launch. In fact, things will be all the more exciting with the G-Slate since its not only just another tablet ported with Google Honeycomb, but its the first tablet in the world to come with 3D capabilities. LG has acquired the mandatory FCC certification for both the Wi-Fi only and the Wi-Fi + 3G versions of the G-Slate.

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Mar 07
Lenovo LePad to go on sale end of March 2011
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/lenovo-lepad-to-go-on-sale-end-of-march-2011/>

Case in point, the LePad from Lenovo. Not too long ago it used to be one of the most eagerly awaited tablet concepts. But it runs the risk of being a case of too late too little. The LePad is still in the realm of Android 2.2 Froyo when everyone else has started to get used to Honeycomb. Behind the scenes, its going to be a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor while on top of it is a 10.1 inch display. The relatively affordable price tag $399 to $449 is a saving grace though.

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Mar 08
ViewSonic ViewPad 10 dual boot tablet now available
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/viewsonic-viewpad-10-dual-boot-tablet-now-available/>

ViewSonic has added one more option in the 10 inch class of tablet PCs that seems to be burgeoning at the moment. However, the ViewSonic offering is different in that ViewPad 10 is a dual booting tablet that comes with both Windows as well as Android 2.2 Froyo as the default operating system. Also, the transition of the tablet from the launch phase to its actual availability has been pretty quick considering the tablet was launched just in February at the Mobile World Congress. And now, in just about a month’s time, the ViewPad 10 can be availed of from Dynamism with prices starting at $599 for the 16 GB version while the one offering 32 GB of storage coming in at $679.

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Mar 08
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will debut on time
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/samsung-galaxy-tab-2-will-debut-on-time/>

Samsung was one of the first companies to have publicly expressed fears over the way the new iPad 2 might have a steam roller effect on the competition. What seems evident is that they have been taken by surprise over Apple’s ability to deliver the new iPad 2 that would be considerably thinner and lighter than the rest out there. Combine this with a killer pricing strategy and the Cupertino based company has surely a winner in its hands. Clearly, the competition has been taken off guards and Samsung even admitted it publicly with its Executive VP Lee Don-joo saying, “We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,” while also adding, “Apple made it very thin.”

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Mar 09
HTC Flyer Pre-Orders swells to a million
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/htc-flyer-pre-orders-swells-to-a-million/>

Whoever might have thought the 7 incher HTC Flyer would be a side player in the great tablet battle, against Samsung, Apple and LG is in for a shock! The Flyer tablet has already notched up orders of the tune of about a million units. This when the Taiwan based company is yet to reveal any specific launch schedule. In fact, we don’t even know for sure what the tablet is going to cost though early pointers indicate its going to be around $600, which if true will make the Flyer cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the 3G enabled iPad 2.

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Mar 09
Archos to launch two new high-end tablets at IFA 2011
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/archos-to-launch-two-new-high-end-tablets-at-ifa-2011/>

Archos has already started preparations on what it will have to show off at the IFA event. This is spite of the fact that the premier show is still almost half a year away. (IFA 2011 will be held in Berlin from 2 – 11 September). Although preparations are perhaps necessary in view of the fact that the French consumer electronics manufacturer wishes to break into the rarefied territory of high-end tablets that is currently dominated by the likes of Apple, Samsung, Motorola and so on. And its no secret, to compete with the likes of the iPad 2, the XOOM or Galaxy Tab et all, Archos will have to considerably better the best tablet it has delivered till now. Meanwhile, Archos has also recently unveiled two tablets at the CeBIT event though both the tablets are for the budget category.

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Mar 10
Acer receives huge orders for its Iconia tablets
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/acer-receives-huge-orders-for-its-iconia-tablets/>

As for the tablets on offer, Acer has said it would start offering Iconia W500 – a 10 inch Windows 7 tablet from the middle of this month. This will be followed by the Iconia A500, another 10 inch tablet based on Android 3.0 and powered a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. The A500 will go on sale towards the end of this month. In April, Acer will come up with two more tablets – the 7 inch Iconia A100 and the 4.8 inch Iconia Smart tablet. However, all the tablets to be initially offered will be the Wi-Fi only version though the 3G versions will be introduced shortly later.

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Mar 11
BenQ R100 Android tablet launched in China
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/benq-r100-android-tablet-launched-in-china/>

Also just like the price, the rest about the tablet are pretty reasonable, too. Like the R100 is based on a 833 MHz Samsung S5PC100 processor mated to a 512 MB DDR2 RAM. On board storage is lightly on the lesser side at just 8 GB though there is a SD Card reader that can help things here. The display area is made up of a 10.1 inch LCD touch screen having a resolution of 1024 × 600 pixels.

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Mar 11
A tablet from Amazon may hurt iPad 2 the most
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/a-tablet-from-amazon-may-hurt-ipad-2-the-most/>

Another motivation for Amazon to launch a suitable device of its own is the recent in-app purchasing policy that Apple is following and which has introduced some strict regulations on e-book sellers and content providers. Combine this with the fact that Amazon is not into selling the iPad while other retailers have come into the scene. This when Amazon already has the iPod and the Macs in its inventory. So perhaps, there is a tablet like device somewhere in Amazon’s future product’s pipeline, more so after arch rival Barnes & Noble has come up with the Nook Color.

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Mar 12
Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi slated for April 4 release for $399
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/samsung-galaxy-tab-wifi-slated-for-april-4-release-for-399/>

Samsung had promised a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab during the time of its launch last year and when the high initial price tag of the tablet used to be the talk of the town. There were not many reputable alternative to the iPad then and the Galaxy Tab hit all the right check boxes in the consumer’s wish list. Except one – its price which was blamed to be the single most important factor that prevented it from being a success story it otherwise could have been. Samsung then had countered that with its promise of a Wi-Fi only version of the 7 inch tablet that would cost less than its 3G enabled counterparts.

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Mar 14
Honeycomb tablets from HTC, Toshiba, Dell and Ac
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/honeycomb-tablets-from-htc-toshiba-dell-and-acer-coming-in-june/>

The companies who are all set to come up with their tablet offerings include Dell, Acer, HTC and Toshiba. As revealed in a leaked flyer outlining the tablet road map, most of the tablets will be in the 10 inch category though there are a couple of 7 inchers too in the list. A good thing that the leaked flyer has come up with is that all the 10 inch tablets will have Honeycomb pre-loaded though the smaller 7 inch ones from Dell and Samsung will have Android 2.2 Froyo as default operating system. The same for Acer 7 inch will have Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Of course, the two HP tablet will come with their own WebOS operating system. The HP 10 incher is expected to be priced at $499 and $599 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models. Also, as the leaked document reveals, the HP Opal that we have heard of before will also get to see a launch in September.

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Mar 15
HP Touchpad to arrive in June
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/hp-touchpad-to-arrive-in-june/>

The HP tablet will have a more powerful CPU – a dual core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon unit and will be first tablet to be based on WebOS 3.0. The TouchPad will also have other features such as WiFi, Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel camera, as well as a 6300mAh battery. The display will be made of a 8.9 inch 1024 x 768 pixel capacitive touch screen.

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Mar 16
Here is a video showing the LG G-Slate
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/here-is-a-video-showing-the-lg-g-slate/>

However, while the video might not the considered a complete coverage of the G-Slate, what the video does and does it remarkably well is that it provides some much needed insight of the first LG tablet. Running Android 3.0 Honeycomb and based on a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, the G-Slate can never be considered a push-over, more so since it’s the first tablet that comes with 3D capabilities. The G-Slate can capture 3D content via its rear facing stereoscopic cameras and can also display the same on its 8.9 inch display. However, special glasses will be required to experience 3D content though users also have the option to output it on a 3D enabled screen via its HDMI port.

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Mar 17
What you need to know about the Blackberry Playbook
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-blackberry-playbook/>

The rest of the tablet specs are impressive too to say the least. Like the PlayBook is based on a 1 GHz OMAP 4430 dual core processor from Texas Instruments coupled to a 1 GB RAM. Running the show for the tablet is RIM’s own QNX based operating system that supports multi-tasking. Then the PlayBook is also equipped with the now almost common features such as a twin camera setup – 3 megapixel camera at the front along with a 5 megapixel camera at the rear, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microUSB , micro HDMI and DLNA connectivity along with support for both Adobe Flash as well as HTML 5.

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Mar 17
WiFi only Motorola XOOM up for pre-order at B&H for $599
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/wifi-only-motorola-xoom-up-for-pre-order-at-bh-for-599/>

Good news for those who have been waiting for the Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola XOOM. The Android 3.0 tablet is currently available for pre-order in the United States at B&H. Of course there is reason to look forward to the XOOM tablet PC and the most obvious is the price advantage that the Wi-Fi only version has over its 3G counterpart. At $599, the Wi-Fi Motorola XOOM is a whole $200 less than the full blown 3G XOOM though both remains essentially the same feature wise.

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Mar 17
New Samsung video to promote its 8.9 inch tablet
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/new-samsung-video-to-promote-its-8-9-inch-tablet/>

Samsung already has the 7 inch Galaxy Tab running Android 2.2 Froyo to offer and is also planning to launch a bigger 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 2 running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The 8.9 inch tablet obviously fits in between these two but is the least known of the two. Surely we will have more of it at the upcoming CTIA event.

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Mar 21
An Amazon Kindle tablet coming?
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/an-amazon-kindle-tablet-coming/>

Not too long ago a Forrester survey had predicted a tablet PC from Amazon might be the only one to match Apple’s amazing ability to build and sell tablet PCs (read iPad and iPad 2). That is showing sign of becoming a reality after all as the makers of the famous Kindle range of e-readers is now on a hiring spree targeting those who have previous experience with Google’s Android operating system. In all, Amazon is looking to recruit 5 developers which, according to the ad placed at the New York Times, will be involved in operations in a department known internally as “Lab 126.” Interestingly, this is the same department that is entrusted with the Kindles.

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Mar 22
Asus Eee Pad Transformer set for a weekend launch in Taiwan
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/asus-eee-pad-transformer-set-for-a-weekend-launch-in-taiwan/>

As for the tablet itself, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to the Eee Pad Transformer. Like its the first tablet from Asus to come with a detachable keyboard. Then the Eee Pad Transformer is also the first Asus tablet to run the latest Android Honeycomb. (In fact, Asus has three Honeycomb tablets in the pipeline.) The tablet also packs in a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor along with a I GB RAM. Storage options with the Transformer comes in the form of a 16 GB and to 32 GB of flash memory.

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Mar 27
ZTE will launch V11-LTE Honeycomb tablet in the US in
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/zte-will-launch-v11-lte-honeycomb-tablet-in-the-us-in-mid-2011/>

The tablet is christened V11-LTE and is one more to have the Android 3.0 Honeycomb on board. The tablet will have a 10 inch display having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. At its core, the tablet will have a 1.2 GHz processor and is expected to be compatible with LTE, HSPA, and WCDMA wireless networks, though there is no confirmation from ZTE or any US carriers on this. The tablet will also come equipped with a 5 megapixel camera at the rear along with a 1.3 megapixel unit at the front.

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Apr 01
Review of the Asus EEE Note EA800 Tablet PC
Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/review-of-the-asus-eee-note-ea800-tablet-pc/>

The Asus EA800 or eee NOTE is a 8 inch TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 768×1024. It features 64 levels of grayscale on the capacitive touch screen and has a DPI rate of 2540. This is primarily a grayscale device with no color at all, but it does have the best stylus interactive display we have ever seen. It features 256 degrees of pressure and the Stylus that comes with it has a bit of torque, which means the pen aspect actually has some give on it.

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Apr 05
Sony tablet running Honeycomb confirmed
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Pasted from <http://goodereader.com/blog/tablet-slates/sony-tablet-running-honeycomb-confirmed/>

Things seems to be slowly falling into place as far as Sony’s rumored tablet is concerned. As a first step, Sony has confirmed the existence of such a tablet in their future product pipeline. The confirmation comes from none other than the Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer, who revealed while speaking to the Nikkei newspaper that the tablet running Honeycomb would be ready for launch towards the end of summer. The CEO also announced the Sony tablet will first land in the United States. Nothing surprising here as the US is the biggest tablet market to date.

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