Asus has made their web page for the Eee Pad Transformer (that's the one that docks in a keyboard) live, with specs and details. They list no dates when it becomes available, or prices, but they do tell us a few things we hadn't heard before. The Eee Pad Transformer will come complete with Polaris Office 3.0 to allow viewing and editing of .doc, .xls, and .ppt files, have Asus' own launcher on top of Honeycomb, and include unlimited cloud storage via the Asus MyCloud application free for one year.
They also mention an OTA update scheduled for "mid-April", which makes us think that we should be seeing it soon -- maybe even sooner than the May 7 date we saw from Amazon earlier. If the rumors of sub $400 pricing for the 16 GB model hold true, it's a viable alternative to the Motorola Xoom for the Honeycomb tablet experience. We'll have more as it develops. [Asus via NotebookItalia (Italian)] Thanks, Marco, for the tip!
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is listed on Amazon Canada's site as coming May 7. Asus is trying to differentiate it's Eee Pad Transformer from other Honeycomb tablets by allowing the 10.1-inch touchscreen to be used as a stand-alone device or while plugged into a full-sized QWERTY keyboard.
The spec list looks good for this under the radar tablet as well:
10.1-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen
Attachable full QWERTY keyboard
NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz processor
1.2 MP front-facing camera
5 MP rear camera
1080p video playback
2 USB ports
SD card reader
16GB model for $399 Canadian Dollars (approx $410 USD) (Amazon)
32GB model for $499 Canadian Dollas (approx $514 USD) (Amazon)
If you've been on the fence about springing for a tablet but unsure, another strong competitor will enter the game come May 7 with very competitive pricing. [Amazon]
Cellular South has made it official that it will be selling the Motorola Xoom WiFi along with a MiFi, the latter of which you can get free if you sign up for a data contract. Yup, totally called it.
The Xoom itself will be the standard $599, so if you live in an area with good Cellular South coverage, this deal might actually be better than getting the 3G Xoom on-contract from Verizon as you can easily share the MiFi data connection with other devices. They aren't quite ready to sell you the combo just yet, but hopefully it will be available soon. Check out the press release past the break. [Cellular South]
A couple of weeks back we saw one of our forums members make their own custom Motorola Xoomcar dock, and others have been inspired to do the same. Android Central forums user buurin has taken the mount to the next level, putting it on a pivoting mount and connecting it to an amp under the drivers seat, with a volume knob next to the emergency brake. Check it all out in the forums! [Android Central Forums]
Root access is now available on the just-released Wifi-only Motorola Xoom, thanks to some enterprising XDA members. The rooting process involves using the Android SDK, as well as a fair amount of command-line wizardry, so it's certainly not for the feint-hearted. You'll also be on your own if something goes wrong, as rooting will almost certainly void your warranty.
Still, if you think the prospect of owning a rooted Honeycomb tablet is worth the risk of potentially owning a bricked Honeycomb tablet, then hit the source link to find a complete list of files, along with rooting instructions.
If you're interested in rooting your Verizon-branded Xoom, be sure to check our earlier post for instructions. [XDA]
OK, all you aspiring Android Central bloggers out there. Pay attention, because n46kps is showing you how it's done. You've watched the unboxing, you've seen the benchmarks, and now it's time for the full hands-on review of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet.
As you'll recall, this is the contract-free version you can officially pick up starting March 27, though some stores obviously are selling them early (this one came from Staples).
So kudos, n64kps. You've done a service for your country.
So we're not really expecting anything different, performance-wise, with the Wifi-only version of the Xoom. After all, it's the same 10.-inch, Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet that we've come to know. But it's still good to put it through its paces, just in case. And the Quadrant score is close enough to our own in our Xoom review that we're not looking at any broad changes.
So check out some more benchmark tests from n64kps after the break. Thanks, man!
We know it must have been rough for Canadian Motorola Milestone users to see Android 2.2 Froyo rolled out to international users lately, but Telus did promise they would be releasing their version shortly after. Making good on their promise, Motorola Canada today announced via Facebook that the update is indeed now available via the Motorola support page. If you're a Canadian Milestone user, go ahead and get your Froyo on.
Also, just a little side note: You might want to follow Motorola Canada's Twitter account as well. Much like with the release of the Motorola XOOM in the U.S. they are also giving away a gold Motorola XOOM. [Facebook, Twitter] Thanks, Kelly!
This is why you all kick ass. Android Central member n64kps snagged one of those Wifi-only Motorola Xoomsa couple days early from Staples and did up a nice little unboxing video. Yes, I've said unboxings are lame, but only when I do them. When you guys do them for me, they're awesome! :p
Anyhoo, nicely done, n64kps! Now if you can get benchmarks, a photo gallery, and a full review by end-of-day Sunday (we'll give you lots of time, it is the weekend, after all), that'd be great! Love, Phil.
Now everybody go check out the video after the break!
If you're buying a Wifi-only Xoom on release day, you might want to call your local Staples. A lucky reader did just that, and found that one of his area stores had everything set up and was selling the no-carrier, no-contract version of the Xoom tablet two days earlier than it should be. He took advantage, and after the break you can see his Xoom in some excited hands.
Regional American carrier Cellular South has announced that it will be offering the Motorola Xoom "soon." No price is mentioned, but a little sleuthing reveals a bullet point near the bottom of their page explaining that the tablet can connect to the Internet via internal WiFi or using a Cellular South MiFi (sold separately, of course). This would make it likely that the carrier will actually be selling the standard WiFi-only Xoom and will try to convince customers to get a MiFi in addition. As for price, that is still up in the air, but we would imagine that the WiFi Xoom's $599 MSRP would be a starting point for the combo deal. [Cellular South] Thanks to David for the tip!
Ahhhhh. So apparently the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9-incher that we took a look at this morning was the European one an early prototype. The real U.S. version is just as sexy, and maybe even more so, even though they wouldn't let us turn it on. It's mostly the same hardware, except for the back cover. The textured grille has been swapped out for a matte finish, and it's noticeable easier to hang onto, which is good. But otherwise, we're pretty much looking at the same thing. More pictures of the 8.9- and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tabs are after the break.
Following up our video look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet, we checked out its big brother the full-sized Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The 10.1 was first announced back at Mobile World Congress (see Phil's hands-on), but the 10.1 announced today is destined for US soils and is a little nicer in that it's much thinner. People working at the booth told us this re-engineering move was made to make its thickness more competitive with the Apple iPad 2.
Samsung only had the UK engineering prototypes on hand for us to play with, but we did get a good look at the North American version behind it's glass box, including a few seconds worth of comparison to the iPad 2. Check out the video above for a closer look!
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