Category: Tablet computing


HP TouchPad review

 

HP announced its first WebOS based tablet, the TouchPad , in February.

HP has finally released the device and it has gone through the all important gadget review process.

The reviews have been decent to good. Whilst WebOS is one of the more advanced mobile OSs out there, the TouchPad as a product somewhat pales in comparison to its inevitable comparison, the iPad2.

The product has many pluses, such as the WebOS operating system which renders well in a tablet environment. That said, there is an incomplete feel to it in comparison to the iPad. Love em’ or hate em’, Apple does have a slick way of putting out a product and making it look complete (contrary to popular belief, there are holes in OS upon release).

HP appears to have done a decent job with its first tablet. Now, what it needs is to promote it well and put it out there to the customer.

These are the reviews of the TouchPad courtesy of  Ars Technica and Engadget.

 

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If you are seeking an unbiased, technical appraisal of the iPad2, look no further than AnandTech.

They have come up with a detailed technical review of the device, briefly touching on points regarding the evolution on tablet computing.

Most of the writers do feel that the iPad/iPad2 is an additional computing product that is dependent on a PC for backup and software update. The processing power of the iPad2, whilst formidable for a device of this class, is still inferior to the raw processing power of a netbook. However, they are interested in the device and see it as an evolutionary step in tablet computing.

The best is yet to come. That said, if you are interested in using the “modern tablet” , it is a decent time to get an iPad2. If you are willing to wait another 12 months to see a significant performance boost in the tablet computing sector, the iPad3 promises to be a more radical upgrade to the original iPad.

Click on this link for the review.

The Engadget review of the iPad2 was a more subjective overview of the device. However, the team at Anandtech are not one to be merely subjective.

They have previewed the iPad2 and have gone into putting the device through established benchmarking tests.

The results were pretty impressive and the device was found to be faster than the Motorola Xoom. That is probably  to the minimalist approach to iOS as well  a it being a relatively stable platform.

 

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The iPad2 will be released on Friday, the 11th of March in the US and it will sport the second version of Apple’s custom chip, the A5.

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The A5 will be surely put through the paces but from initial benchmarking tests, there appears to be little difference in performance when compared to the original iPad.

I came across this post on the Apple A4 processor which covers the architecture of Apple’s custom chip. It’s a great article and forms an excellent insight into why Apple wishes to design it’s own custom chip. The A4 apparently is not Apple’s first stab at designing custom chips but it is perhaps the most successful deployment of the component.

Here is the link : http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4200451/Apple-s-A4-dissected-discussed–and-tantalizing

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At the iPad2 launch, Steve Jobs alluded to the iPad defining their 3rd phase of the Post PC Era.

2001-iPod

2007-iPhone

2010-iPad

The statement in itself sounds audacious,arrogant and perhaps bordering delusions of grandeur.

However, there is no denying that Apple has redefined certain product categories. There were mp3 players at the time of the iPod’s introduction, there were phones that had top notch specs at the time of the original iPhone and there were most certainly many tablet PCs before the iPad.

Apple has this uncanny ability to absorb existing technology repackage and redefine them into attractive products.

The iPad and now the iPad2 have the lead in the new tablet market with a robust ecosystem. The competitors are coming with some very compelling products running Google’s Android Honeycomb tablet OS. The latter is rough around the edges in comparison to iOS’s completeness.

Time will tell as to how the Post PC era develops.

Note: This post is based on an Engadget editorial which concludes the iPad winning this third Post PC era. It is biased towards Apple but editorials put across a point of view which are always open to comments and counter notions.


 

iPad2

 

By now, the entire world has heard of the iPad2.

Steve Jobs had taken time off his time off to present the new iteration of the wildly successful tablet.

The device is now thinner, sleeker and sports and front VGA and a rear HD camera. The internal specifications have been improved with a dual core custom Apple A5 processor. Apple however, has been tight lipped about the RAM but that may be revealed when iFixit the device apart.

X ray images of the device have been released and almost 70% of the internal components have been dedicated to housing the battery.

The other highlight is the release of a nice Apple magnetic smart cover which folds neatly to provide allowances in typing with the virtual keyboard.

The iPad2, in my opinion is minor update to the original iPad. It is a more complete product in comparison to the 1st gen iPad.

There is no denying Apple’s marketing genius in effectively putting the word out there on their version of tablet computing. Competitors were getting their act together while iPads were selling like hot cakes.

Apple did just needed to moderately improve the iPad with the confidence of stellar sales. There is no doubt that the iPad2 will sell like hot cakes, setting the stage for a more radical change(we hope) next year.

Reviews, of course will come and Logicboard will post the best of them.

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In 2 hours time, the iPad2 will be announced.

Of course, the rumour mill has been rife with news on the iPad2’s external design and internal component.

A slimmer design, an increase in processing power to a dual core chip and an increase in RAM is very likely. The screen will retain its current resolution while being more visible in sunlight.

The real star of the show however, will be iOS ver. 5.0. It will be interesting to see the improvements to the UI( which is beginning to look pretty mundane) and notifications. Apple is also rumoured to introduce a social networking functionality in iOS and introduce native voice guided navigation software. The latter may certainly be a pipe dream but we live in hope.

Not long to go now.

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In the tablet world currently dominated by iPads and upcoming Android tablet competitors, Fujitsu has decided to take a more serious and work orientated route.

The Fujitsu Q550 is a Windows 7 tablet that is focused on enterprise/IT professional users.

They have included security features such as a fingerprint scanner, smart card reader and secure lock function to protect the information for being hacked if the tablet is stolen.

The tablet is a 10.1inch device running on Intel Oak Trail chipset.

It won’t create a dent in the consumer market but those looking for a more utilitarian tablet, this looks promising.

Click on this link to view a brief promotional video of the tablet courtesy of Trusted Reviews.

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Xoom, the first Google Honeycomb (ver. 3.0) has been released and has gone through the Anandtech’s rigorous review.

The following points summarize the review

  • The Xoom is a nicely designed tablet. The screen, though sporting a high resolution has a somewhat subpar contrast ratio for its premium price point.
  • There are some quirks with the charging ports and connection ports.
  • NVDIA’s Tegra 2 platform offers a decent performance grunt and is surprisingly efficient on battery life.
  • The Xoom outperforms the iPad. Of course, a fairer comparison would be with the upcoming iPad2.
  • Honeycomb is a fresh departure from previous versions of the Android OS. Google is serious on honing its Android OS and Honeycomb is great start.
  • Honeycomb is still rough around the edges. Existing non native Android applications are unstable on Honeycomb.

Click on this link for the detailed review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

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Samsung has produced the Galaxy Tab 2 which is a 10.1 inch tablet running on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).

The device has a premium look and feel running an unadultered version of Honeycomb, making this a Google experience device.

NVDIA’s Tegra 2 platform is on board. NVIDIA has begun to make its presence felt in the mobile world with Tegra 2 based mobile devices and tablets.

The specs are as follows:

The specifications are great.

However, the tablet has a few downsides. Namely, it lacks a microSD expansion slot, it uses a proprietary dock connector and the onboard storage is somewhat anaemic.

The price is likely to be premium but the Tab is likely to be sold on contract which will subsidize the price.

Click on this link for a brief on the device, courtesy of Engadget.