Asus Eee Pad Slider – Android tablet with a slide out QWERTY keyboard

CES was rife with devices seeking to reinvent the already ‘standard’ tablet form factor, either choosing to include a QWERTY keyboard as an accessory device, or something a little more snazzy.  Case in point, the Asus Eee Pad (side note here – when will Asus drop that ridiculous “Eee” moniker?), a full-fledged Google Android tablet featuring a hidden, sliding QWERTY keyboard.  While this form factor was represented well during the conference, Asus opted to go against the grain and ship the tablet with Android Honeycomb, NOT Windows 7 as expected.  Hit the jump for a brief run down on the Eee Pad. Read more of this post


Motorola Gets All Enigmatic-like

The next step in Motorola’s marketing campaign is an incredibly vague counter on the main mobile landing page of their official site.  In bold letters, Motorola beckons; “Ready to skip a generation?”  Just below their siren song a counter can be found, currently just under 15 days left to tick away.  Honeycomb promises to be a major milestone release (tablet-wise, anyways) for Google’s Android OS.

Here’s to hoping that countdown isn’t counting down to something more sinister (or boring).

Watch out iPad, PalmPad Is Drawing a Bead

While it pains me to quote, credit, or otherwise refer to FoxNews, it appears as though they’ve got their hands on some rather tasty exclusive information.  It looks as though Palm (HP) is joining the rest of the mobile community and jumping head-long into the tablet throng with not one, but four PalmPad tablet devices.  According to Fox (shudder), Palm plans to unveil three of the four devices at CES 2011, the fourth of which is to be directed at University students will be announced at a later time.  Minor hardware differences will separate the four devices in the PalmPad line, hit the link to see what we know so far.

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A Month With AT&T’s Samsung Captivate

Recently, I was given an opportunity to spend a good deal of time with AT&T’s flagship Android phone, the Samsung Captivate.  The Captivate is (Quite obviously) a member of the Galaxy S family, whose 4″ SuperAMOLED screens and 1GHz Hummingbird processors can be found on most of the worlds major carriers (See T-Mobile Vibrant, .Samsung Fascinate, Sprint Epic 4G, etc).  How does the Captivate hold up to my (often hyper)criticism?  Can I successfully remove the battery door without a heart attack?  Find out after the break!

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What’s Making The Japanese Cross-Eyed? The Sharp Galapagos!

Well, I’m sure it’s got something to do with it.  The word on the tubes is that Sharp is planning on releasing two glasses-free, auto-stereoscopic display sporting Android smart phones.  Now, I’ve yet to see glasses-free 3D in person, but the notion of having to touch “through” an optical illusion, false focal points and all, sounds off putting to me.  Logic would dictate that this was taken into consideration early on in the design process, but the smartphone world is rarely logical.  Hit the link for more information on the newest form of eyestrain. Read more of this post

[Video] Palm Pre 2 hands-on

Looks like the latest chapter in the webOS saga will be the introduction of the Palm Pre 2. This new handset will sport a 1Ghz cpu, 5mp camera, streamlined design, support for Adobe Flash 10.1, better keyboard, new Stacks feature and a universal search capability.

  • Stacks – logically groups together your open apps so they work the way you do. Stacks keeps related items together so managing multiple tasks is even easier.
  • Just Type – Whenever you want to do something on your phone – whether it’s emailing, texting, searching or almost anything – just type! is open to developers, so they can integrate with the search function and add their own user-customizable shortcuts, called Quick Actions.
  • Flash Player 10.1 Beta – webOS now supports a beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 in the browser, which provides access to rich, Flash based web content.

More information about Palm Pre 2, including features and specifications, is available

[Video] Blackberry PlayBook gets a hands-on

RIM uploaded the full video of it’s new PlayBook, RIM’s take on the iPad.  It appears that Adobe’s Air is a big part of RIM’s strategy to compete with Apple’s iPad and truly brand themselves the ‘business’ tablet. Both Kevin Lynch of Adobe and Mike Lazaridis of RIM showed off the latest RIM product.

Flash on your iPhone? YES!

Every iOS user knows that the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad does not support flash content on the internet. We’ve all wanted it, but Apple refuses to add flash support to the iOS devices. Third party applications for jailbroken iPhones can support it now with a plug-in called Frash, but what if you do not want to jailbreak your iPhone? Or simply can’t jailbreak it as of now? Well here is the solution for flash on your iPhone. You don’t need to jailbreak your iPhone or do anything special. All you need to do is download, Cloud Browse, from the App Store.  Cloud Browse is a Firefox style browser, which means the browser is just like the one you would have on your Mac or PC.

In MobileSafari flash content does not open up, but in Cloud Browse, it opens up and plays the full flash content. It is not as clear as a desktop browser, but it gets the job done when you need to view flash on the go. There are pros and cons. Pros are that Cloud Browse loads flash content that all iPhone users want. It loads web pages faster than MobileSafari. Some cons are, It is not as smooth as MobileSafari, like scrolling pages. Also the content is not as clear on the screen.

Here is the review and comparison of Cloud Browse to MobileSafari

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10.1″ Android (Froyo) Tablet Announced by Toshiba

It seems to be the cool thing to do these days, developing Android based tablets to challenge Apple’s ipad. Toshiba today announced their “Toshiba Folio 100″ Android Tablet (priced at approximately $540 for the Wifi only model). Between the two devices I would probably still pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but a 10.1” display does sound nice. I had read a few reports that the Samsung would be sort of locked to 3g, requiring it even in the presence of wifi for data to function properly, though I now believe that to be false. So assuming the Samsung Galaxy Tab is “wifi only” capable then I suppose this doesn’t beat it spec for spec, although the 10.1″ display is a big selling point to me.  Read more of this post

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab revealed, on paper it bests the iPad in almost every way

Today is the launch of, well lets be honest, the iPad’s first real competitor. The Samsung Galaxy Tab was unveiled today in Berlin Germany and there is a lot to like about this device. In fact, there is so much to like about the device I went with the semi-controversial title stating that the Galaxy Tab is in fact better than the iPad. Well that is on paper at least. So what does this thing come with? Read on after the break for the full spec list… Read more of this post