Motorola Xoom expected to be released on Feb 17th at Best Buy for $700

Like other tablets before it, the Motorola Xoom is looking to make it’s sale debut over at Best Buy on the 17th of February, according to Engadget.  Details show that the pricing appears to be starting out at a steep $700 buckaroos with 32GB onboard.  This puts it in the price range of the original 32GB 3G  iPad which costs $730.

What would you use an Android Tablet for most?

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There are going to be so many tablets coming out in the next little while that we may start asking ourselves how important it is that we get one. They’ll all be in different shapes and sizes, options, specs, etc. Obviously, like choosing a computer before, the hardware you bought was likely the result of some self-analyzation on what you plan on using it for. Then came smartphones, same deal. What specs will be good enough for what you plan on doing with it. Is it for business or pleasure? Do you take alot or pictures or not? Video, video chat?

Yes, there are going to be as many options with tablets as there are with computers, laptops, and smartphones. In-Stat, a market researcher, did a report called US Consumers’ Attitudes and Behaviours Toward the Emerging Tablet Market, which they stated, “After close to a decade of negligible demand, the tablet market is finally gaining mass market appeal”.

Stephanie Ethier, senior Analyst at In-Stat also said;

Last year’s small crop of tablets was being touted as potential e-readers; a way to compete against the extremely popular Amazon Kindle line-up…But this next generation of tablets is clearly being marketed as consumer multimedia consumption devices positioned to compete squarely against the Apple iPad.

Tablets are predominantly being used for email, internet and multimedia currently, but we are also seeing the business sector look towards tablets for their solutions as well. Deloitte research firm did another report where they predict that 25% of all tablet sales will be by businesses for business activity.

55% of people surveyed who currently own tablets said they spend at least 9 hours a week using them for various things already discussed. So where do you stand? What would you use a tablet for? How long do you think you’d use it a week? maybe the real question here is this…What will having a tablet do for you that you can’t already do on your Android smartphone?

Internal Documents Leaked – Minimum Prices for Verizon’s Upcoming Devices

Some leaked documents seem to show off the expected minimum prices we might see on the Motorola Xoom tablet and the HTC Thunderbolt that will be hitting Verizon in the near future. No firm release dates have yet been announced for either device, and these prices aren’t necessarily “release” prices, but it’s something. The Xoom is likely to premiering somewhere around $799 — at that price, probably unsubsidized. We’ve seen some great things from Motorola’s tablet in the information that’s been coming forth, and we’re excited about its launch, although that price is a little steep. The HTC Thunderbolt is expect to be priced somewhere in the $249 neighborhood, which is about standard for a device of its specs. Hopefully we’ll get some launch dates soon, and you know we’ll keep you posted as soon as any new information turns up.

[via Android Central]

Acer, Are You Phasing Out Netbooks Or Not? Apparently Not.

Apparently the last 24 hours have led to some uncertainty at Acer regarding the intention of their tablets. It was widely reported yesterday that Acer was aligning their tablets to phase out their very popular netbook line. Presumably, the Taiwan sales manager yesterday stated that they “…are aimed at phasing out netbooks… That’s the direction of the market.” Acer’s netbooks have been quite successful, and while tablets seem to be the way of the future, does that mean that there is no longer a market for netbooks?

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab gets overclocked to 1.2 GHz

What could make your Samsung Galaxy Tab even better? How about some more speed? Well, if your Tab is rocking Sprint, then some more speed could be in your future. Thanks to the minds over at XDA, the 1GHz Hummingbird processor has benefited from the new “Bauxite” kernel, which overclocks it to 1.2GHz.

Be sure to hit the source link to check it out for yourself, and let us know how your speedy new Tab treats you in the comments.

[via xda]

Will LG’s T-Mobile G-Slate Have a 3D Display and Recording Capabilities?

The folks at Unwired View bring us word that LG’s upcoming G-Slate tablet for T-Mobile might, just might, not only have 3D display capabilities, but also 3D recording capabilities as well. They got this info from the good people at GPS&Co, who contacted LG France about it. According to an LG France spokesperson, they were quoted with the following specs:

  • Display size – 8.9 inch 3D display allowing to 3D content without glasses
  • 3D recording capability
  • LG Tegra 2 dual-core CPU
  • USB port and HDMI connector

If these specs turn out to be true, the G-Slate will be one impressive device. Unwired View also point to a story by Pocket Lint wherein they say LG plans to announce a “working 3D mobile screen device demo” soon, likely at the Mobile World Congress in three weeks. We will keep an eye on this story and bring you more as it develops.

[Via Unwired View through GPS&Co and Pocket Lint]

Acer 7inch Android Tablet Hands-on

The folks over at intomobile got a chance to give us a great look at the new Android 2.3 Acer 7 inch tablet, and it actually looks pretty slick! Specifications are impressive as well as it punches with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, HDMI-out, 1280×800 WXGA resolution, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, and Android 2.3.

The body itself is sleek in design, with a rounded back, sturdy framing and squared front panel. Too bad the outer edge wasn’t actually aluminum instead of plastic made to look like metal. It’s got a single Home button on the front as well, maybe taking a return stab at the iPad. The tablet also has front and rear cameras, the rear with a LED flash.

We’ll likely see more of this at the MWC conference in February.

Apple COO Tim Cook mentions new Android tablets are ‘vapor’

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During a telephone interview, Apple COO Tim Cook had a few things to say about the iPad’s competition with Windows and Android. He stated that he thinks “there’s not much” competition in the tablet world when put up against the iPad due mainly to Apple’s approach to integrated development for the iPad (and other apple products) as well as Apple’s App Stores being more abundant.

To keep the hits coming, he mentions that Android tablets are nothing more than “scaled-up smartphones”, continue to have fragmentation issues, and are ‘vapor’ in many minds due to the lack of pricing and launch dates from the onslaught of Android tablets announced at CES 2011.

He has a couple of points, because we’ve heard many issues and different sides of the story when it comes to fragmentation and development within Android. Also, we have heard from many that tablets with Android 2.2 or 2.3 are just big smartphones. One thing he’s neglecting to mention is what happens when all these tablets do launch, with Android 3.0, which has been tailored for tablet use. It may be the same story as how Android took over smartphone market share in activated phones. There’s going to be a lot of new Android tablets out this year, and maybe 1 new iPad.

When that happens, we’ll see flooding market penetration as we did with Android smartphones, the more being released is another option for users to switch over from the iPad. It may take a while mind you, but it really comes down to numbers in the end.

If you’d like to hear the actual interview with Tim Cook, click the source link below.

[via Engadget]

Notion Ink shipping Adam units to FCC, expects customer shipments a week early

In an effort to appease all the doubters out there, Notion Ink posted some photos of a batch of Adam tablets that are ready to be shipped to the FCC and CE tomorrow. Furthermore, the company is aiming to ship all currently placed orders a week ahead of schedule. For example, if your current ship date reads February, it should be changed to the last week of January.

So, now that the Adam is finally upon us, is anyone excited?

[via NotionInk]

Samsung’s user created ad for the Galaxy Tab, “Always There”

Take a look at the latest ad for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which was incidentally created by a Galaxy Tab user.

The ad is really quite cute and does show off some of the Galaxy Tab’s best features, such as Google Maps navigation, video chatting, and even using the Tab as a phone.

For those of you who already own a Samsung Galaxy Tab, what kinds of things do you use your Tab for? Let us know in the comments! Hit up after the break to watch the video.

LG’s G-Slate, While 4G Only in the US, Might Hit UK in Other Flavors

As we mentioned yesterday, T-Mobile will be soon be launching the LG G-Slate, a Honeycomb-flavored tablet. Here in the states, T-Mobile is kicking it off with 4G capabilities. We had not heard anything concrete about it having any other varieties when it launched elsewhere, but based on a half-statement planning team director James Choi made (before being interrupted), it is thought that this tablet may be showing up in other forms when it hits the UK, though we’re not sure whether that means 3G, wifi only, or one of each. We’ll know more at the Mobile World Congress next month.

“For the iPad, you have the Wi-Fi version, the 3G version, different kinds of versions. I’ll put it this way, even if the 4G version isn’t in the UK…” – James Choi

[via EWeekEurope]

Acer expected to launch 7 and 10-inch tablets by mid 2011

Not to be left out of the tablet craze that is sweeping the electronics industry, Acer is slated to debut two or three Android powered tablets by the middle of this year. Acer has stated that these tablets, coming in both 7 and 10-inch models, are designed to gradually replace their aging netbook lineup, and will run on Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and be powered by Android.

The company has not released any information about pricing or projected sales figures, and although it was announced back in November that these devices would run Froyo, there is also the possibility they will be instead shipping with the new tablet friendly Honeycomb.  Perhaps more specifics will be revealed at next month’s Mobile World Congress, so be sure to check back for more details as they become available.

[via ComputerWorld]

Notion Ink Adam gets FCC certified – shipping pre-orders this week

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If you are one of many who found it frustrating when ordering your Notion Ink Adam Android tablet, you can now breathe a sigh of relief as the FCC has certified the Adam, and shipping should begin around Wednesday this week! Rohan Shravan of Notion Ink had this to say about the approval and about re-opening orders again to the public on their blog;

Labs have officially announced the FCC clearance and will probably update the status on the FCC website either today or on Monday. This means that we start printing on Monday and start shipping around Wednesday! …Pre-order 2 has yet not started because we are waiting for deliveries in US and European countries (that would mean that we are just a few days away from it).

Rohan also recognized the difficulty people had with this whole pre-order process, and stressed that they will do a much better job going forward of keeping the customers involved, informed and most of all, happy!

[via Notion Ink Blog]

Bell Samsung Galaxy Tab only $549.99 until January 27th

I know, I know… $549.99 is still a pretty big sum of money. But for a limited time, Bell is offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab for $549.99 to Canadian customers, which is $100 cheaper than usual.

So from now until January 27th, you can grab a discounted Galaxy Tab from Bell. Perhaps this price reduction is in reaction to the various Honeycomb tablets announced at CES 2011, but if you need an Android tablet from Bell now, the Galaxy Tab is your best bet. You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab from Best Buy here.

[via unwiredview]

90% of tablets to run Android and use ARM chips, according to Compal

The world’s second largest maker of notebook computers, Compal Electronics Inc, has stated that they expect 90% of tablets they ship to run Android and use ARM chips. The company expects to ship approximately 3.8 million tablets this year alone, which is a significant figure.

The company may also be producing and shipping tablets running Microsoft’s upcoming Windows system for ARM chips, and if they do it will change these projected figures. These figures are truly a testament to Android’s rising dominance as a tablet OS in addition to its supremacy in the smartphone arena.

[via BusinessWeek]