Amazon’s website design has been around for many years, and whether you are a fan of it or not, all things must change. With Amazon about to enter the tablet war, their website (and offerings) might be the most important piece to the success or failure of the upcoming 7-inch Kindle.
They are currently testing a redesign which will make navigating on a tablet easier. In the above image you can see the current site (to the right), which has more color. The newer version (to the left) takes the color down a few notches to simple gray tones. You will notice a lot more white, and to me it looks boring.
Supposedly only a handful of customers will see the new design, and they plan on rolling it out to more customers in the near future. There is no timeline, but this should be completed by the end of the month or early October.
We’ve mentioned the AndyPad series of tablets before, but only in regards to to an upcoming release. Well, the day has come, and both the AndyPad and the AndyPad Pro have been released into the wild, ready to be devoured by Android carnivores. The original AndyPad offers WiFi, 8 Gbs of onboard storage with a memory card slot capable of housing a 32 Gb microSD, HDMI out, and a 7-inch touchscreen with 800 by 480 resolution. This model will run you £129 (or $207.99 for those of us in the US), but it’s definitely worth noting that the original AndyPad touchscreen is using resistive technology, meaning that pressure will need to be applied in order to register on the screen. Those of you familiar with those “ancient” Windows Mobile phones may get a sour taste in your mouth from that information. Still, the price is definitely nothing to sneeze at if you’re looking for a tablet on the cheap.
The AndyPad Pro, for £179 ($288.61), offers a few caveats over its little brother. These include Bluetooth, 16 Gbs of internal memory, and a capacitive touchscreen with 1024 by 600 resolution. Not bad for the price. Given the choice and the minor difference in price, I’d probably shoot for the AndyPad Pro myself. Anyone interested in purchasing either model can hit up the link below for AndyPad’s website.
Medion has announced two new members to the Android family – the Medion Lifetab P9514 and an Android 2.3 smartphone that hasn’t been given an official name yet.
The Lifetab P9514 is the latest 10-inch tablet to hit the market. Medion’s new tablet will run Nvidia’s Tegra 2 CPU, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), and weigh 720g. The Lifetab P9514 will initially come in just one storage size, although it hasn’t yet been decided if that’s 16GB or 32GB.
The smartphone will have a 4.3-inch screen, run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and offer a 5MP camera. Not much else is known about the phone at this point.
No words on pricing yet, but both devices are expected to land in Q4.
Keep checking back as we’ll be sure to post updates as we receive them!
The Sony Tablet S, in both 16 and 32 GB flavors, is now available for pre-order in the US with shipping dates “on or about” September 16th. Prices start at $499 for the 16GB version and $599 for the 32GB model.
There is no new information on a release date for Sony’s other new tablet, the dual-screen Tablet P, but it is still expected to be available later this year.
Keep checking back as we’ll be sure to post updates on the Tablet P when we receive them!
You have to love Android for the simple fact that there are so many form factors available. Manufacturers are continuing to see a need to combine devices with docks like the Motorola LapDoc, the ASUS Padfone, and even the ASUS Transformer.
Korean Telecom unveiled the KT SpiderPad at the IFA Conference, which might be the coolest Android device(s) yet. For starters, the phone has a 4.5-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage, microHDMI, and microUSB. Things could stop there, and most of us would be impressed. What separates this from everything else is it pretty much does it all. It can become a tablet, gaming system, and a laptop using accessories. Check it out:
One more video after the break
Rocking an HTC Flyer, but want some Honeycomb love? Well it’s looking to be close as a full RUU has been leaked with ROMs sure to follow. Note though, this leaked ROM is not meant to be flashed in its entirety as it’s a vary early beta release. This is only recommended for developers at this time. Keep an eye out as we’ll update you as this continues. Check out the source link for all the details.
Vodafone Germany has announced that they are launching two new Vodafone-branded tablets. The Vodafone Smart Tab will be available in a 7 and 10 inch version and arrives with the following specifications:
- Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
- Qualcomm 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB Internal Memory (expandable to 32GB with a MicroSD card)
- 5MP rear camera
- 2MP front camera
- 1280×800 pixel resolution
Both models of the Smart Tab will be available in Germany at the end of November.
Hit the break for a copy of the press release!
UK retailer Dixons has slashed the price of their Motorola XOOM WiFi version down to £329 ($530 U.S.). That’s a big discount considering the device started at £499 and is now lower than the £399 it was at a few short weeks ago. Dixons has made a similar discount on the XOOM 3G version now available for £399 ($643 U.S.). If you can’t wait, this might be a good time to buy. It’s no mystery that the XOOM has had a hard time making it’s mark, but perhaps more price cuts will help. There is sure to be more deals right around the corner as retailers clear stock and get ready for the holidays.
Acer subsidiary Gateway started shipping a rebranded Acer Iconia Tab A500 as the Gateway TP Series A60. It’s priced at 399 CAD ($404) and is available at Future Shop now.
The specs are essentially the same: Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) screen, NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera.
For the short term, the Acer Iconia is probably the better alternative since it’s scheduled to receive the Android 3.2 update on September 10th, and it probably won’t include this look-a-like.
[via future shop]
We’ve been expecting a 7-inch Amazon tablet to hit this fall with a 10-inch version in the works as well. Being called simply the Amazon Kindle it will display content in color from a 7inch capacitive touch screen. What I found most disappointing about this news from the source article is that the new Kindle will not be the Android tablet your used to. It will be strictly more of a Kindle interface instead of just your normal Android OS. Siegler over at Techcrunch reports to have gotten his hands on one for about an hour. There are no pictures to share here, so we’ll just have to take his word for it. Hit the break for the full story.