Hands On with the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110

One of the first news articles we brought you from CES 2012 was regarding Lenovo’s introduction two new Android devices. One was the S2 smartphone and the other whas the IdeaTab S2110. In case you missed it, the specs for this 1.5lb tablet are as follows:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core Processor
  • Lenovo’s Mondrian (custom version of Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
  • Wifi and 3G Connectivity
  • micro USB, micro SD, Micro HDMI ports
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Integrated keyboard dock also available
Well if you were more curious about the device our very own Robert Nazarian was able to get some hands on time with the device itself. Hit the break below to check out the video.  Read more

CM9 Boots on the HP TouchPad, Still a Work in Progress But Shows A Lot of Promise

The HP TouchPad had a short life as a webOS device but has lived on as an Android tablet, thanks in part to CM7 and the CyanogenMod team. Well life is still being breathed into the tablet as the folks over at RootzWiki have a preview of what Ice Cream Sandwich and CM9 looks like on the device. While it’s still a work in progress it shows a lot of promise. Right now according to the video the camera and video playback doesn’t work. However the video does show off the fact that Angry Birds works well on it. Hit the break below to check out the video yourself and let us know what you think. I don’t know about you guys but I am pretty excited about how quick this is coming along. Read more

Hands-On With The Toshiba Excite X10 at CES

Toshiba certainly brought their A-Game to CES 2012 when they unveiled their new flagship tablet, the Excite X10.  The X10 definitely has something to boast about among the rest of the tablets in the market today much in the same way that the Droid Razr has some bragging rights within its smartphone community, and that is that it’s thin as hell!  The 10.1-inch device is a breakthrough milestone as stated by the Toshiba rep we spoke to at the event.  Not only is it rightfully claiming to be the world’s thinnest tablet, it’s also one of the lightest.  The device comes in at 1.1 lbs or 535 grams and only .3 inches (7.7mm).  That’s pretty darn thin if you ask us.  The device offers a premium tablet experience thanks to its multiple port access on hand despite how thin the device is.  There’s a micro sd card slot, micro HDMI out and a micro usb sync port for syncing and sharing.

The flipside of the device is definitely something that commands a look as it offers a premium surface with magnesium alloy backing.  The glass is none other than the popular Gorilla glass technology so as to add to the durability of the device.  OS wise, we’re looking at Android Honeycomb 3.2 with a confirmation that the device will receive Ice Cream Sandwich.  In addition, the rep says depending on when the official release date is, this bad boy could ship with ICS already on-board.  Under the hood is the ever popular TI OMAP 4430 for its dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU.  In the camera dept you’ll find a 5 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p video recording.  There’s two offerings in the size dept, a 16 gig and a 32 gig.  The 16 gig will run you $529 and the 32 gig will cost you a whopping $599.  Ouch, that’s a bit steep if you ask us.  Check out our hands-on video of the monster tab and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.  And if you’ve missed any of our special CES 2012 coverage, be sure to check it out here.   Read more

Turn Your TV into an Android 2.3 Internet TV with iGoGo TV

I have been interested in Google TV for a while but convincing my sweetie that I need to turn our TV into a giant Android device is well, darn near impossible. Given Google’s announcements at CES this year regarding its TV service and who they would be partnered with, it wouldn’t be long before more devices hit the market. Well this device was brought to my attention earlier this afternoon and after looking at it I think it could be something worth looking into. Magic-Pro iGoGo TV looks to turn your TV into a full Android 2.3.1 tablet of sorts. It has the following specs:  Read more

Mystery Xoom update begins roll-out this evening [Update, its ICS!]

We have been aware of an impending update for the Motorola Xoom for some time now, and tonight we may finally find out what has been shrouded in mystery all this time. A minor update, or what we’re all hoping for, ICS.

Here’s the email popping into inboxes of those who signed up for the Xoom “Google Experience Device” Testing.

Hi.
Thanks for your patience as we’ve waited for this project to begin. Because we are dealing with a Google Experience Device (GED) we have less insight to timing than we would usually have.
However, I’m happy to announce that we will start the update this evening. Because it was delayed a few days, we will also have additional time to test; we will let it run through the weekend.
Remember to keep your feedback in the private community provided, and in the survey I will send after a few days.
Please go here to access the private site and to learn more. Note that you will not be able to post on the other areas of the site during the soak — this project is confidential.
(If you have not yet logged into the new forums site, you will need to do so. Please follow all instructions before sending emails here for help.)
Thanks,
– Matt
  Motorola Owners’ Forum
  Motorola Feedback Network

The link in the email is yet to be functional, stay tuned.

[Update]

Confirmed. ICS rolls out to test participants starting at 9pm PST 1/12/2012 and will continue throughout the weekend. Assuming no extreme issues are discovered, Motorola says they will very likely release this update to the masses. A group of some thousands of Xoom Wi-Fi owners will receive the software upgrade which includes some random participants outside of testing as well it seems. Good luck Xoom owners!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Hands On With the Transformer Prime 700 Series

At CES the other day it was announced that the Transformer Prime would be coming an a fully HD resolution variety. While those that recently bought the Transformer Prime, the original, may feel slighted as this tablet boasts a 1920×1200 (1080p) 10.1 inch display. For those that missed it, here are the device’s specs:

  • 10.1” Tablet with an emphasis on Entertainment, Media, Gaming and Productivity. Thin and Light chassis design with a 1080P capable display screen.
  • MSRP – $599~$699          Availability – Q2 2012 in North America
  • Processor-  NVIDIA Tegra 3 Mobile Processor (1.3 GHz Quad core Cortex A9, 12 core GeForce GPU)
  • Display – Brilliant 10.1” HD (1920×1200), 178 degrees ultra-wide viewing angle Super IPS+ panel display with Gorilla™ Glass
  • Camera – Rear facing 8MP Auto-Focus camera with dedicated LED Flash, 2.0MP Front Facing camera for Video Chat
  • Storage – 32GB or 64GB internal memory plus 8GB of ASUS Web Storage2
  • Media Capabilities – 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 High Profile, High Bit Rate video decode and playback
  • Media Capture – 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 video capture
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • Ports – 2-in-1 3.5mm jack, micro-HDMI output, microSD card reader
  • Audio – Built-in stereo speakers, microphone
  • Dimensions – 263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm, 586g
  • Battery – 25WHr Lithium-Polymer Battery Read more

Hands On With Motorola Telavation (Video)

Motorola Mobility took some time at CES to demonstrate one of the cooler concepts at the show, the Motorola Telavation product and service. In case you’re unfamiliar, Telavation is a product and service which enables consumers to view real-time TV content on Android tablets such as the XYBOARD around your home. Users can access TV content including channels such as NBC and Fox, right on your tablet.  You can scroll up and down to through the channel guide on your tablet, select a particular channel or program, see the app communicate with your television set and immediately push the television content to your tablet. The noteworthy aspect of this is not only can you watch real-time TV on your tablet, but you also have the ability to watch one piece of programming on your tablet while someone else watches another on the main television— all at the same time. There’s not much info on which cable/satellite providers will partner with MOTO on this service, but Comcast has pledged they will be testing the service out in the Denver and Nashville markets.

Currently, the product and service will be available only as a stand-alone unit. However, MOTO will implement the technology into future select set-top boxes. Check out the video below to see Rob Nazarian going hands-on with the cool product and service.

 

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Hands on with the Asus Memo 370T at CES (Video)

CES 2012 has been an insane trip down technology lane and Asus has made a great presence here with its most recent lineup.  And joining the Asus Memo 171 is the Asus Memo 370T model, the first 7-inch tab to utilize an IPS display.  The device runs Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and should launch around May sometime.  It will be available for $250 and offers the new Tegra 3 quad-core CPU.  Check out the quick hands-on video and don’t forget to check out the rest of our CES coverage here if you’ve missed any of it.

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Verizon Says All New Smartphones Will Be 4G LTE Devices, No One Bats an Eye

In a not so surprising move Verizon has come out and said that all their smartphones from here on out will come with 4G LTE radios. While we aren’t surprised at all, honestly besides the iPhone 4s and Samsung Illusion when was the last time we talked about a Verizon 3G phone, it feels a little redundant to say. As they put it LTE is now a “hard” requirement for all smartphones that are not push-to-talk devices. Those will remain 3G for right now. Given that Verizon’s LTE coverage is beyond anything their competitors have I can see why they are moving beyond 3G as Verizon is on pace to have its entire 4G network live by the end of 2013. I just hope that they get all the kinks worked out between now and then.

[via CNET by Droid-Life]