Best of Kindle & iPad = Amazon Tablet

So, the latest buzz in the tech world is that Amazon is coming up with its very own Tablet PC, tentatively before October this year, to strengthen its position in the market where competition exists in the form of Kindle and iPad; not to mention hordes of other brands coming up with their own versions of Tablets. So, let’s take a closer look at what separates Amazon’s New Tablet PC from all the others.

The tablet will have a 9 inch screen. It will be supported by Google’s android operating system. It is being said to be manufactured by Quanta computers. The processor will be a power packed dual core OMAP4 with a remarkable speed of 1.5 GHz. The Tablet will have a SSD backing of 16 GBs.  Now, it is true that this is not much. However, with Amazon’s cloud drive, there is a fair chance that the idea will be to encourage users to store their music and data in the cloud and not in your machine. You can also rent your favorite movies and videos from Amazon instant video.

Amazon is all set to launch their Tablets in two versions. One is just with Wi-Fi, while the other comes with a 3G support. The 3G version of the tablet will also have additional support from some telecom partner. The price of the 3G model will also be standardized according to popularity and extra support costs. Amazon intends to launch this as an out and out Tablet. It will have reader apps but it will be much more than that. This speculation is being based on the fact that Amazon has taken steps to invest in customized apps for business and enterprises to be included in the Tablet. Other than that, you can always download your favourite apps from the Amazon Android App store.

Amazon is targeting a production of about 1.5 million Tablets within a very short time frame. This will put it in direct competition with the leader in the Tablet market which is by far the iPad from Apple Inc. Apple gives the support of iTunes to its users who want to download movies, videos, music etc. However, Amazon is already way ahead in this regard since it has a variety of apps, Kindle reader and much such interesting software for users to download and use.

It is true that with Apple’s iPad in the market, most Android tablets have been having a hard time getting their products up front. Apple has always produced specific digital software, tunes and content to market their devices. Amazon is taking a roundabout route by marketing the Kindle Tablet for increased business for its cloud drive, video and app store. However, if Amazon can pull off its Kindle Tablet within a comparable price range of the iPad or maybe even cheaper, it has a shot at ruling the market.

Sketchbook Pro comes to Honeycomb

Tired of doodling your masterpiece designs on napkins or the tiny confines of your smartphone? Well, worry not… you can now do it on your Android tablet of choice; Enter – Sketchbook Pro for Honeycomb – that familiar paint and draw software we’ve all come  to love! After being available on the iPad, iPhone and Android phones for a while now, the software finally makes it’s debut on Android’s tablet-optimised OS, Autodesk (makers of the popular 3D design software AutoCad) announced on Tuesday.

SketchBook Pro is essentially a digital canvas and brush set that enables you to transform your tablet into the ultimate sketchbook. It’s intuitive interface not only appeals to new users but also delivers the quality expected by professionals.

It allows the use of both your fingers and aftermarket styluses to create designs ranging from simple illustrations to complex architectural and automotive designs.With over 60 different brush tools and the ability to create up to six different layers for one file, it also allows you to save and to export your project to Photoshop.

With over 5 million downloads across all platforms, this ones’ worth its $5 price tag and will be available through the Android Marketplace to users running Android version 3.0 and up on their tablets. There is also a free (less feature-rich) app for the try-before-buy kinds. Head past the break to check out the SB Pro in action.

Head over to the Autodesk site to download Sketchbook pro/trial for your Honeycomb tablet, here.

You can also download the iPad app here, and the Mobile App (for iPhone, iPod Touch) here and (Android Phones) here.

Notion Ink Adam : The first of it’s kind

Notion Ink has been in the news quite a bit, so we decided to actually GET the Adam Tablet and see what it’s all about. Well, we would be Vinu Thomas. I have played with the Adam previously, from the first software build to the current one, and I have to say that while initially I was VERY skeptical about the product, it has improved quite a bit. There are still a few rough edges, but for the most part, those can be ignored. I am waiting for the next variant though, just to see what these guys can come up with. It’s interesting, and definitely stands out from the current crop of tablets. We even mentioned it in our Tablet Roundup.

Here’s some of the Specifications:

  • Android 2.2 with the Eden Interface
  • NVIDIA Tegra 250 Dual Core Cortex A-9
  • ULP GPU
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 1GB SLC
  • 8 GB Flash
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 3-cell 24.6Wh battery
  • 10.1” WSVGA (1024 x 600 pixels) Transmissive, transflective and reflective modes ,Multi-touch
  • 3.2MP auto-focus Swivel Camera
  • WLAN – 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • WWAN – 3G UMTS 850 / 1900 MHz & 3G UMTS 900 / 2100 MHz, HSPA
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Built-in microphone
  • USB 2.0 Host x 2
  • MiniUSB
  • HDMI out
  • MicroSD card slot
  • SIM Card slot
  • DC connector
  • 3-Axis accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • True GPS
  • Digital Compass

The model that we have is the Pixel Qi, WiFi only model.

The packaging is quite Minimalistic (which I absolutely loved). It contains the Tablet, and a DC Charger. And that’s where my first issue comes up. Why couldn’t they bundle a Mini-USB Cable (let’s forget about a HDMI cable, earphones, etc)? Micro-USB is the standard now, and I’d understand if the connector were that, but Mini-USB cables are hard to find (how many devices use Mini-USB Nowadays?).

Design:

The Adam’s design is unique. Although it is a little hefty, it has a bulge at the top which you can use as a grab handle for one-handed use. This also houses the 3.2MP Swivel Camera, and the speakers (one on either side). There is a HUGE bezel though, which could be a good thing. Holding the device doesn’t obscure the screen. The left side of the device (as seen with the camera up top), has four capacitive buttons. The top one toggles the Pixel Qi display between Normal and Pixel Qi mode. Read up on Pixel Qi here folks. It is a brilliant idea, where the backlight is turned off to save battery (and your eyes), when you’re in reading mode. Unfortunately, that’s where the good part ends. I’ve heard that the LCD display is good, but the Pixel Qi Display, well, isn’t. Colours are washed out, and in Pixel Qi mode, I really couldn’t read a book outdoors. The second generation displays are usually better, so I’m not saying that’s the end of the road for Pixel Qi.Below that is the Home Button, which brings you back to the home panels. Long pressing the Home button shows the task switcher and task killer. Below that is the Menu Button and the Back Button. Unfortunately, these buttons are not Backlit. I struggled while using the device in the dark.

The Right side has a toggle switch to toggle Silent Mode and to turn off the device or wake up the display. Below that there’s a full HDMI port, a USB 2.0 Host port, a physical Back Button, the headphone jack, two LEDs that show charging status and process usage (whether it’s running or not) and a DC charger port.

The left side houses the volume rocker, a USB 2.0 Host and a Mini USB port (why no Micro-USB folks?).

The bottom of the device houses the Microphone, a Micro-SD card slot and a Hard Reset Button.

All said and done, it’s a well designed device.  A lot of things have been thought through. I wish it was a little lighter though. Prolonged usage is, well, not really comfortable.

Display:

The device has a 10.1″ WSVGA (1024 x 600 pixels) display.

You can get the standard LCD Display or the Pixel Qi Model. Read up on Pixel Qi here folks. It is a brilliant idea, where the backlight is turned off to save battery (and your eyes), when you’re in reading mode. Unfortunately, that’s where the good part ends. I’ve heard that the LCD display is good, but the Pixel Qi Display, well, isn’t. Colours are washed out, and in Pixel Qi mode, I really couldn’t read a book outdoors. The second generation displays are usually better, so I’m not saying that’s the end of the road for Pixel Qi.

As we mentioned before, there’s a huge Bezel, but that way, your fingers don’t block the display while you hold the device.

Another thing that I noticed was that while for the most part scrolling was smooth, Pinch to zoom, especially in the browser was quite laggy. Double tap to zoom works perfectly though. I do wish the resolution were a bit higher though. Most 10.1″ tablets have a standard 1280×800 resolution.

UI/APPS:

The Adam has it’s own “skin” atop Android 2.2, which is aptly called Eden.

What you have is a list of panels, that you can side swipe to access, and you can interact with each panel while in the “panel view”or launch those applications by tapping the top of the panel (which shows the Window and the Close Icons). All the bundled NI apps can be set into panels, non NI apps however, cannot. The preloaded apps include Mail’d; an email application with multi-panel view that’s perfect for tablets, Sniffer; a file manager, that’s again Multi Panelled, Chords; the NI Music Player, The Broswer which is also skinned and offers a set of quick toggles that are always available and a Calendar app that is quite brilliant. The tablet came bundled with Adobe Flash, and has its own application stor;App Center as you have no access to Android Market. And of course, the NI Keyboard, which is quite good. The keyboard doesn’t have autocomplete or word prediction though, which I hope they add.

You might have noticed in some of the photos that the persistent status bar hides parts of the display. It’s quite irritating. What I didn’t know (which I came across by chance) was that tapping the battery icon hides/displays the status bar. Well done NI.

Performance/Battery Life:

The Tegra 2 processor handles everything really well.

Scrolling in the browser is smooth (although pinch to zoom isn’t), Flash videos embedded played perfectly as long as they’re below 720p (where it stutters just a little), switching between apps is quick, you can play HD Videos (720p), you can even access an external hard drive and transfer contents to and fro and play media right off it. The video player handled most formats, although it didn’t support mkv (as far as I know, I haven’t tried many formats yet).

Battery life though, is a little on the low side. I haven’t used the tablet long enough to give everyone an accurate rating, but standby battery life is quite low! I left the tablet at 69% at night, and woke up in the morning to find it at 14%. For a tablet, that’s pretty bad. It also drained out quite soon.

A couple of issues though, one minor, one major. The small one is that at times, while in sleep mode, the Adam disconnected wireless connections. So, say I was downloading something, and turned off the screen. I turned it back on, and it started re-connecting to the WiFi network again. This didn’t happen all the time though, so I’m not sure if it’s a bug or a power saving feature.

The major one though is that quite often, sleep mode ended up to be deep sleep. What I mean is, I left the display on, set the screen timer to a predetermined setting (say 1 minute), left it aside, came back to it, and found that it was off. It wasn’t out of charge, it just went off when un-attended. I hope this gets fixed soon.

Set that aside, and I have to say I was quite impressed with the performance of the device. It worked: very well.

Camera:

The 3.2 MP AF camera is set on the top, on a swivel mount. So you use the same camera for self portraits and video calls too. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to use the camera much, but the UI is standard AOSP (Android Open Source Project). If you’ve used a phone running Cyanogenmod, you’ll know what I mean. The quality too, is decent. Nothing Great. Issue though, is that it didn’t mirror the image when faced towards the user, it was inverted. Yeah, upside down.

Pros:

  • Fast Processor and Sufficient RAM to handle almost anything you throw at it
  • Pixel Qi screen; turn off the backlight while reading. Saves Battery, and the lack of glare will definitely prevent a headache
  • EDEN UI is quite easy to use. Pre Bundled apps are very well designed
  • App Center partially mitigates the lack of Android Market
  • Well designed, the bulge up on the top aids Single Handed Use

Cons:

  •  Pixel Qi Screen tends to be washed out, colours are not vivid. I’ve heard that the LCD screen is good
  • Software Glitches that need to be fixed (I’ve had Mail’d FC on me quite often, Camera FC’d and I was unable to access it afterwards until a reboot)
  • Touch – sometimes needs a push to work at times.
  • Battery Life
  • Device is quite heavy

The Adam is a seriously capable device. I do wish that some of the niggles that are present get ironed out in the near future. Your experience with the device might be different though. Love it or hate it? Let us know by commenting below.

Check out the full gallery below for the rest of the images and screenshots from the Adam.

Notion Ink Adam Tablet Rating

The Adam is a good concept but we found it lacking in a lot of areas

Notion Ink’s concept of the Adam Tablet was quite good, but in the end the cons outweighed the pros. The Pixel QI screen, which is good in concepts, gives a washed out display with a small viewing angle. The battery backup lasts just about a day even on standby, and apps kept force closing randomly.

Rating by Vinu Thomas: 3.0 stars
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Tablet Roundup: What can you get over here in India?

This year has seen an explosion in the Tablet world, and while that’s awesome for the technophile, the average consumers and the technophobes are probably confused! So, what do you buy? I can’t tell you that, but I’ll try and tell you what’s out there (in India, as of this date of course).

So here’s what this post is about:

  • A list of what’s available as of now
  • How much it (probably Costs)
  • What’s good about it

Here’s what it’s NOT about:

  • What to buy

First up, and this one is THE big one. Obviously, I’m talking about the:

Apple iPad

Well, more specifically, I’m talking about the iPad 2 here. The second coming of the tablet that stormed the world, and literally SET UP the tablet market (you can argue all you want, but if it wasn’t for the iPad, no one would have bought tablets).

For a change, Apple decided the launch the iPad 2 way ahead of their usual “a year after the rest of the world”. You can look it up over the Apple Page.

You get it in 2 main variations; WiFi only or WiFi + 3G, with 16, 32 or 64 GB of storage. What you get is a 1GHz dual core Apple A5 processor, a 9.7″, 1024X768 Multitouch LCD with IPS (in plane switching).You also have a camera round the back that shoots 720p video, and a VGA front facing camera. And of course, access to the App Store, which now has over 100000 apps specifically tailored for the iPad. And brilliant battery life.

Prices start at INR 29,500 for the 16GB WiFi only model, going up to 46,900 for the 64GB WiFi+3G model.

Now onto what Steve Jobs called the copycats. Let’s start with the tablet that brought Honeycomb out.

Motorola Xoom

The Xoom brought Honeycomb (Android 3.0), the Android Version built specifically for tablets with it. And it completely failed to inpress back then. Right now, it comes with Android 3.1, which promises performance and battery life improvements.

So what do you get? A 1GHz Dual Core NVidia Tegra 2 Processor, 1 GB DDR2 RAM, a 10.1″ 1280×800 LCD Display, a 5MP Rear camera that shoots 720p videos, a 2MP Front cam, Flash Support and your usual connectivity options. You can find more specs on the Motorola Product Page.

I haven’t had the chance to play with this, but from all reports, it’s quite bulky. Flipkart lists this at INR 38,990 for the 32GB WiFi+3G version, which is the only one available here.

Acer Iconia Tab A500

The Honeycomb Tablet that currently might just be worth buying (at least until the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 come out) seems to be the A500. Similar specs as the Motorola Xoom, except it’s MUCH thinner. It comes with 16GB inbuilt, and you can expand that through a Micro-SD card. The WiFi+3G model is around INR 27,900.

More specs over at the Acer Product Page.

If windows is more your kinda thing, Acer has you covered there too.

Acer Iconia Tab w500

Now, a little different here. The Iconia Tab W500, runs on Windows 7 Home Premium, has a 10.1″ 1280X800 Multitouch Capacitive LCD Screen, has a Dual Core AMD Fusion C-50 Processor and the AMD Radeon HD 6250 GPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 1.3MP Cameras Front & Back, Ethernet Port, USB Ports, has an optional Keyboard Dock, and the Acer RING interface to get you around Windows 7 on a touch device. Check it out over at the Acer Product Page.

It’s available for around INR 32,000.

Different again, it’s the;

Blackberry Playbook

The Playbook by RIM is something truly differnet. It’s something you should get if you already have a Blackberry. It Runs QNX, has a [email protected] 1024×600 LCD display, a 1GHz Dual Core Processor with 1GB RAM, and offers flash support. Multitasking on the playbook was pretty awesome. It’s almost like WebOS. Although, if you don’t have a Blackberry (which you use with the Playbook using the Bridge Feature), do keep in mind that there is NO email or calendar app at the moment. It should come with a future update, but until then, you need to use the browser. Which is quite good.

Check it out over at the Blackberry Product Page. Flipkart lists it at 28,000 for the 16GB model, going up to 38,000 for the 64GB model. Oh yeah, it’s WiFi only.

More Mundane Choices?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7

Launched a while back, the Galaxy Tab 7 runs a 1GHz CPU, has a 7″ 1024×600 display, has a 3MP camera at the back that can shoot 720p video, 1.3MP camera up front, and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). It should get Gingerbread (2.3) sometime soon, so keep your fingers crossed. You can use this as an oversized phone, although it doesn’t have a speaker grill for voice, so you need a wired or a bluetooth headset. It should be available for around INR 22,000 now.

Read more about it over at the Samsung Product Page.

Finally, there’s another 7″tablet to look at;

HTC Flyer

While the Flyer isn’t a Honeycomb Tablet (it runs Gingerbread aka Android 2.3.3), it does offer something unique. First up, the specs. It has a 1.5GHz Single Core CPU from Qualcomm, 1GB Ram, 32GB internal memory, expandable via Micro-SD cards, a 7″ 1024×600 LCD Screen, a 5MP camera at the back and a 1.3MP camera up front. The unique bit is part hardware, part software. It uses a Scribe Pen to pretty much do anything on the tablet. You can scribble, add footnotes, highlight text, write notes, etc. That’s quite neat! The 32GB WiFi+3G model should cost around INR 38,900.

Check out the HTC Product Page for more details. And check out the video below for more info on what it’s all about.

Now a tablet that you should definitely look into, because it’s INDIAN! Talking about the;

Notion Ink Adam

Notion Ink is a new entrant into the Tablet Industry, but it is a company that was formed to do just this. They’ve created a huge buzz, including being featured on Techcrunch (1)(2). What you get, apart from the design itself which is quite unique, is a NVIDIA Tegra 250 Dual Core Processor, 10.1″ 1024×600 Display, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1GB SLC, 8 GB Flash Storage expandable by Micro-SD, a 3.2MP auto-focus Swivel Camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G radios, HDMI out, and USB 2.0 Host Connectivity. It also has the Eden Interface, which is sort of a panel based system with easy access to multiple panels with widgets and shortcuts. Check out the Eden interface in the video below. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that it’s an Indian outfit, based out of Bangalore? You can order your Adam HERE.

PS: I might have lied a little about the what to buy bit.

Sony S1 & S2 Tablets announced

Back in February, Engadget posted about a 9.4″ Sony Tablet that would be named the S1 and would be running Honeycomb (aka Android 3.0). Turns out Sony have officially gone ahead and announced that, and the 5.5″ Dual Screen S2 tablet. And of course, they’re Sony Products, so design-wise they’re really interesting!

They both have Tegra 2 dual core processors, WiFi and 3G. The S1 also has DLNA and can be used as a Universal Remote for the Bravia Series of AV products (through an IR Port).

Anyways, here’s a quick video of the tablets and the Press Release from Sony:

 

Sony Announces Optimally Designed “Sony Tablet” with Android 3.0 that Complements Network Services for an Immersive Entertainment Experience

-Also strengthening VAIO in expanding PC markets-

[ad#ga-cbox-right]Sony Corporation (“Sony”), announces “Sony Tablet” that delivers the perfect combination of hardware, content and network with seamless usability for a high-quality, engaging entertainment experience. Based on decades of engineering heritage, Sony is developing two tablets with unprecedented design, including S1 (codename) which is optimized for rich media entertainment and S2 (codename) which is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. “Sony Tablet” will become available in the global market starting in fall 2011.

“Sony Tablet” is equipped with the latest Android 3.0 which is designed for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. Both tablets are WiFi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible and users can not only browse the internet or check e-mail but they can also smoothly access digital content including videos, games and books through Sony’s premium network services and more, on-the-go at any time.

S1 has a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen. Its off-center of gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.

S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability. In contrast to existing tablets, its unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other.

“‘Sony Tablet’ delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ with content and network,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, Corporate Executive, SVP, and Deputy President of Consumer Products & Services Group.

“Android 3.0 is a new version of the Android platform with a new holographic user interface that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. I’m excited about “Sony Tablet” as it will further spur the development of applications and network offerings which users are looking for.” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Google Inc.

Also, in the mobile computing category, the market for PCs which realize high productivity is expected to steadily grow, particularly in emerging markets. Therefore, Sony will also remain committed to strengthening its VAIO brand and introduce increasingly compelling products which offer new value propositions to the market.

“Sony Tablet” features.

Designed for portability and intuitive gripping

[ad#ga-cbox-left]With its off-center of gravity form factor, the 9.4-inch S1 offers stability and a sense of lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.

The dual screen S2 comes with two 5.5-inch displays which can be used together as one large screen to browse websites and more. They can also be used for different functions as users can watch a video on one screen and input commands on the other, or check email on one screen and use the other as a soft keyboard.

Seamless Usability and Performance

Through Sony’s knowhow for combining hardware and software, “Sony Tablet” realizes optimal usability and performance. Because of Sony’s rapid response technologies, users can perform smooth, quick touch-screen operations and enjoy fast and efficient website loading. The keyboard arrangement is also optimized for the large screen, making email and SNS communication a breeze.

Rich entertainment experiences through various network services

Through Qriocity1 music and video services, users can enjoy rich video and music content. Also, through PlayStation®Suite, users can immerse themselves in high quality first generation PlayStation® titles. Additionally, users can easily download ebook content from Reader™Store2 and use both tablets as digital reading devices. The integration with various services allows users to take their entertainment experiences on-the-go. Furthermore, “Sony Tablet” is equipped with functionality that organizes content for easy access.

Remote access functionality with AV devices

Through “Sony Tablet”, users can control home entertainment devices as well as enjoy content in new ways. S1 uses infrared technology and works as universal remote controls for a variety of AV devices starting with . Users can perform functions like turning on their TVs, changing the channel and adjusting the volume. Also, through DLNA functionality on “Sony Tablet”, users can “throw” personal content to large screen televisions or music to wireless speakers.

In 2010, Sony launched a network platform called “Qriocity” which connects many of Sony’s network-enabled devices, and has been expanding its services into global markets. Also, Sony Computer Entertainment has been providing various contents and services for PlayStation users through PlayStation®Network, which now has over 75 million registered accounts (as of March 20, 2011) worldwide.

Simultaneously, Sony will continue to announce various devices which leverage these services. Starting in early 2011, Sony Computer Entertainment announced the next-generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP) while Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications brought “Xperia™PLAY” to the market. Sony is introducing “Sony Tablet” to deliver an entertainment experience which integrates hardware with network services that deliver rich content.

With the establishment of Consumer Products and Services Group in April 2011, Sony will focus on accelerating the development of innovative next generation products and aim to deliver a new lifestyle by strengthening the integration of hardware and network services.

 

Source: Android Central

Tablets used for Gaming; says Google Survey!

Google has recently conducted a survey which has revealed some interesting and something usually not expected – People use tablets for playing games more than anything else. In ‘anything else’, comes searching for information, emailing, reading books, social networking, consuming media like music, movies and so on. Here is the percentage breakdown of all the activities according to the research conducted by Google’s AdMob subsidiary on more than 1, 400 tablet owners in the US –

– 84% of tablet owners play games, 78% search for information, 74% use for emailing, 61% read news, 56% use social networks, 51% use their tablets for watching videos and listening to music and only 46% read ebooks.


The survey has also discovered that 77% of the people have decreased the usage of their desktop computers and laptops after they have bought their tablet. 33% of the people also said that they are stuck with their tablets for more hours than spending on watching TV. So indeed tablets have proved themselves to be quite addictive. The glossy and sexy touch screens of tablets give a new feel of the good games. The processing speed of tablets is wondeful that give a tremendous gaming experience; so there is no wonder with the survey results that conclude “tablets tops gaming activity”.

[ad#ga-cbox-right]However, we should not underestimate the usage of tablets to just gaming and other activities that hack one’s productivity. Indeed tablets are designed to increase one’s productivity on the go. For instance, 68% people said that they use their tablets for a minimum of one hour per day and 59% of the people said that they spend more time in reading ebooks and news on tablets rather than reading paper books, newspapers or even watching TV. Without having to carry heavy paper books and newspapers while on the go, tablets provide a handy way to make every piece of time useful and productive.

One of the important usages of computing devices, “content creation” was not on the survey list but perhaps it would have been hidden in the 19% of the pie who said that they used their tablet for “other” purposes. The lack of popularity for content creation could be due to the fact that the tablet has to be placed flat and typing should be done with two hands as for a laptop. It is highly likely that tablet owners either wouldn’t prefer this orientation or get lazy to do this and simply do the one-handed swapping moves. That accounts enough for the popularity in using tablets for gaming, searching for information and reading news.

Tablets have become a primary computing device for 28% of the people; they have pushed their desktop computers and laptops to the second and third places of priority. Google’s survey has not revealed the names of the tablets involved so we cannot comment much on the finer details and usage among people. But still the information proves something revolutionary. Tablets are slowly (well indeed rapidly!) taking over all aspects of people’s life right from entertainment to productivity for personal and business needs.

Motorola Xoom WiFi edition Announced

When Motorola Mobility announced the Xoom, it was the first Android Honeycomb tablet. The Xoom, which runs a 10.1 inch 1280×800 LCD Screen, a Nvidia Tegra 2 chip and was initially launched with 3G (and 4G) on Verizon Wireless. Well, now the exact same tablet will soon be available without the 3G, at a bunch of stores such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club (select locations), Staples and Walmart, for $599 for the 32GB version, starting March 27th.

For that price, and with those specs, the Xoom looks to be a good buy. Then again, so does the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Which one would you pick? Let us know, by commenting below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Anyways, here’s the Press Release:

Motorola Mobility Brings MOTOROLA XOOM™ Wi-Fi to United States

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – March 16, 2011 – Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the upcoming availability of MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi edition from leading retailers across the United States starting March 27. Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club (select locations), Staples and Walmart will be offering the 10.1-inch widescreen HD tablet with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) through both online and retail store channels. The MSRP for MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi with 32 GB of memory will be $599.

[ad#ga-cbox-left]“MOTOROLA XOOM is a truly innovative tablet – its design, coupled with being the first tablet to have Android 3.0, results in a user experience that is one-of-a-kind,” said Dan Papalia, vice president of retail sales for Motorola Mobility. “We are now continuing to expand the choices available to consumers with the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi to be available soon from numerous leading retailers in the United States.”

In addition, the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi will be available to commercial IT channels and regional retailers through a distribution agreement with Synnex Corporation, and regional carriers through Brightpoint, Inc.

MOTOROLA XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – including widgets, true multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization – on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, enabling video content that’s richer and clearer than ever before. With a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, MOTOROLA XOOM delivers exceptionally fast web-browsing performance. The latest Google Mobile services include Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and access to more than 3 million Google eBooks and apps from Android Market. MOTOROLA XOOM also supports a Beta of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of rich Flash based web content including videos, casual games and rich Internet applications.

As the first device running Android 3.0, MOTOROLA XOOM benefits from our aggressive work with developers across the ecosystem through MOTODEV, Motorola’s developer support program to enable world-class tablet and smartphone experiences. These devices will be able to access more than 150,000 applications within the Android Market as well as the rapidly increasing number of applications optimized directly for the Android 3.0 OS. In addition, thousands of Flash-based web applications and sites will become available for the MOTOROLA XOOM.

As a part of the company’s commitment and leadership — along with Google’s — to the Android ecosystem, Motorola announced a series of global developer events in 11 cities across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. These MOTODEV events give developers access to tools, support and Motorola’s team of Android experts. The first of these events was hosted in San Francisco on March 1 and had more than 665 developers in attendance.

MOTODEV also recently announced a new testing and certification program for Honeycomb applications, encouraging developers to submit their applications to get early feedback and support on MOTOROLA XOOM performance. This is a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting the ecosystem in delivering high quality experiences to the consumer.

More information about MOTODEV tools, resources and events can be found at http://developer.motorola.com.

[Video] Spend a day with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, running on the latest Android 3.0 Gingerbread Platform,  should be rolling out into the stores in US sometime this month and Europe and the rest of the world in April. And thanks to Apple’s release of the iPad2, it might  be rolling out a little cheaper than the Samung had initally planned on pricing.

If you are wondering how this tablet can be used in your daily routine, here’s a video showing you how. I must admit that after watching this video, I’m quite tempted to pickup this one when it hits the stores here. But then by the time it actually hits the India market, who knows what other tablets will come our way.

What I liked about it was the Honeycomb goodness of the UIs, the tablet optimized Gmail client and apps, the smooth graphics in games thanks to the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and a webbrowser with full Flash capabilities!

What are your thoughts about how the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will do? Are you planning on getting one? Let us know by commenting below or sending us a tweet @myportableworld

HP webOS Think Beyond Event Video

HP had accounced the launch of their new products the HP Veer, Touchpad and Pre3 last night at the webOS Think Beyond Event. For us unlucky folks who couldn’t follow the events as it happened, team HP has uploaded the video of the event up on YouTube. If you’ve got time to blow, here’s the 2 hour long video of the event and demos of the three products.

Notion Ink gets FCC approval, to ship shortly

There’s been lots of speculation as to whether Notion Ink could really deliver on their 1st batch of pre-orders which have been delayed for quite a while (almost a year now!). Having now received blessing from the FCC, Notion Ink is ready to ship their first batch of Adam tablets and they have posted up pictures of their fully stocked warehouse to prove it. Well that should put a lot of rumors to rest !

Founder of Notion Ink, Rohan Shravan recently posted on the Notion Ink Blog that February was the expected shipping date simply because they were unsure of how long the FCC would take to approve Adam. Adam is now set to ship out in the last week of January.

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