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3 years ago

Viewsonic ViewPad 4 Hands-on [MWC]

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While we've been following Viewsonic's tablets for some time now, we haven't yet paid much attention to what, if any, phone efforts they've made in the past. We can't really promise that will change in the future now that we've had some hands-on time with the decidedly utilitarian ViewPad 4. It's not that there's anything wrong with a blocky, squarish, bare-bones Android phone, it's just that there isn't anything particularly inspiring to be had here. Granted, we had a prototype here, as they hadn't yet even loaded up Google's apps on the device.

Spec-wise, we have a 4.1" 800x480 screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 with Quad-band GSM, 512MB RAM and 2GB storage, Bluetooth 3.0, a 5mp camera (720p video) on the rear and VGA on the front, and a 1400 mAh battery powering it all. Sort of amazing to be ho-humming specs like that because there's really nothing to complain about. Hey, it's running Android 2.4 Gingerbread, so maybe a little more wide-eyed wonder is called for - we'll see how we feel when we find out pricing and availability later this year.

Check out some photos and a video after the break

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3 years ago

Costco getting ready for the Motorola Xoom on Feb 24

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Costco gets the Xoom

If you're waiting for the Motorola Xoom, and a Costco member, Feb 24 looks to be a lucky day.  A tipster just sent us in this image of an internal Costco doc all about the new Honeycomb tablet, complete with a few juicy details:

  • Wireless reps at Costco will be receiving their demo device on on or about Feb 22.
  • A pallet full 'o Xoom will be shipped to each store for display on Feb 24.
  • You'll be forced to sign up for at least a month-to-month or pay as you go plan before they will sell it to you.
  • And maybe most interesting -- they'll have 10 reasons why you should ditch the iPad.

While pricing would have been nice, it seems like nobody has a straight answer for that one.  If we find out, we'll be sure to let ya know.  Thanks anon!

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Hands-On [MWC]

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We briefly saw the Acer Iconia Tab at NVIDIA's booth at CES, but they limited our experience to Dungeon Hunter. Here at MWC, the Tab is having a slightly more official coming-out, letting us view it's Android 2.3 skin. Honeycomb is supposedly coming in April and we are assuming that both Acer and Verizon are going to hold to that LTE launch of the device - perhaps even in the same timeframe? Who knows.

What we do know is that this is a 10.1 inch tablet with a 1280x768 display running on that aforementioned NVIDIA Tegra250 Dual-core CPU. There's a 5mp camera on the back, 2mp on the front, HDMI-out, and a nice brushed metal unibody casing. 

Until Honeycomb arrives, we have a very-slightly-modified version of Android 2.3 - you can bring out the home, menu, and back button by swiping on the lower-right - swiping again equates to a long-press to multitask.  

Catch a hands-on video and a few more photos after the break!

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom coming to Europe beginning of Q2, brings 3G and WiFi-only options

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Xoom

Motorola Mobility announced this morning that the Motorola Xoom will be coming to Europe with 3G and WiFi-only options and will be available at the beginning of Q2. 

The European Xoom will sport the same specs without Verizon branding of course; we haven't heard specific details of a WiFi-only Xoom yet for the US.

No word on price, which will likely be figured out after it's initial release in the US. Full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom $1199 at Best Buy? Probably not (at least we hope not)

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Motorola Xoom at Best Buy

On the list of things I don't worry about, pre-launch pricing at Best Buy is one of them. Anyone who's anyone knows full well that they're usually set sky high as a placeholder and then change once the device is released. We'll certainly hedge, however, in light of the other pricing leaks we've seen on the Motorola Xoom and say that anything's possible. But we're not freaking out just yet. [Best Buy via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

And Motorola Xoom contest winner is

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Motorola Xoom

Congrats go out to James Buckey of Ohio, the winner of the Motorola Xoom tablet from Android Central and Wyse Technology.  With almost 2,000 entries to go through, the folks at Wyse Technology have picked James' winning post describing how Pocket Cloud helps him do what he needs to do better.

"I currently am the IT director at a K12 district in southeastern ohio. The combination of the Xooms hardware with Honeycomb and Wyse's Pockecloud would have a tremendous impact on the currently daunting task of managing 750+ Windows clients. Even with a notebook, trying to keep mobile is difficult with an average battery life of 2 hours. Potentially with Pocketcloud, I could manage a great percentage of these users while not worrying about finding an outlet. On the merits Pocketcloud alone, I would gain the ability to manage tasks ranging from simple user assistance to extremely mobile virus removal and perhaps interacting with an interactive whiteboard without the use of another unneeded proprietary wireless slate. In short, my dream of effective and simple remote management of my constituents may be one step closer to reality."

Congratulations and best wishes go out to you James, and enjoy your new Motorola Xoom!

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3 years ago

Silver GSM Xoom shows up in Dubai

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Fresh of the heels of a potential WiFi only Xoom showing it's face in the FCC, the Motorola Xoom has shown it's face once again, this time in a different flavor. Tbreak has a hands-on video with a Xoom tricked out in silver, and sporting a GSM radio on the inside. There is also confirmation that the UAE will be receiving the Xoom in WiFi-only and 3G GSM + WiFi models, which is just more proof that a WiFi-only version does exist.

Aside from that, it's the same Xoom we've all come to know and love. This one will be hitting Dubai, and there's no word on how this will be comparable in terms of pricing, but our guess is there won't be much change from it's rumored $800 price tag here in the U.S. We can only hope this sort of variety is something we'll eventually see here at home, and the sooner the better. Hit the jump for the video hands-on. [tbreak via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Did a WiFi only Motorola XOOM just appear at the FCC?

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We've been discussing the possibility of a WiFi only Motorola XOOM showing up for quite some time now and although Motorola gave us a partial confirmation, that was seemingly only for Latin America. We're still looking for the North American branch of Motorola to come out and say one exists and will be sold here. Although, we may not necessarily need them to considering what is now showing up at the FCC. As described in the documents, Motorola submitted the following:

This equipment operates in the 2.4 GHz band functioning as Bluetooth and WiFi (part 15.247) as well as in the 5GHz UNII sub-bands I & IV non-DFS WiFi (part 15.407). The unit may also be connected to a computer via a USB connection. (Part 15B Computing Device Peripheral).

That sure sounds like a XOOM to us. Couple it with the fact the SARS report is in-line with that of the originally posted XOOM and we're drawing a blank as to what else it could be. There is actually two reports showing the same ID, the other shows it as a tablet. Hit the break for that image. Share your thoughts in the comments folks. [via FCC] Thanks, Tom!

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3 years ago

Toshiba Honeycomb tablet website goes live

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Back in January we got a hands-on look at Toshiba's upcoming Honeycomb-based tablet (which, of course, was still running Froyo at the time).  Now, we all can take virtual look at it as Toshiba has put up a page for the upcoming tablet. Not too much new information here, and it's still nameless, but there is a nice video and flash overview of the device which you can dive into. No solid information on a release date, but the website does note a release of sometime this Spring. [Toshiba]

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3 years ago

Moto Xoom at Best Buy Feb 24, with $799 price tag

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Moto Xoom at Best Buy

Now that we've seen the Super Bowl commercial for the Motorola Xoom, it's time to get disappointed by the price tag.  Yes, the rumors of the Xoom being in the $800 dollar range are pretty much confirmed by a copy of Best Buy's sales ad showing the price at $799.99.  It also tells us that the Xoom will be in the stores on Feb 24, and gives us a breakdown of the data packages being offered by big red, which varies from 1 GB for $20 monthly all the way to 10 GB for $80 monthly. 

Still, the Motorola Xoom is one hell of a tablet, and hopefully we'll see a reasonable price on a WiFi only model soon. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

15 seconds of Motorola's Xoom tablet Super Bowl commercial

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

We've already seen a teaser for Motorola's Xoom tablet Super Bowl commercial, and now here's a 15-second clip of the commercial itself. Just a few days until we see the whole thing!

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3 years ago

Rogue Grand Rapids Best Buy store outs launch dates for Thunderbolt, Xoom

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Best Buy Dates

Well, how about that. A single Best Buy store's Facebook page appears to confirm the news we broke a week ago -- the HTC Thunderbolt will be available Feb. 14. Also note that the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet is supposedly available Feb. 24 -- another date that's certainly been making the rounds.

Let's be clear -- the Best Buy Grand Rapids South Facebook page isn't exactly the same as news coming from the steps of Best Buy HQ. But we take what we can get around here, we suppose. [Best Buy Grand Rapids South Facebook via Droid Life]

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3 years ago

Google posts Honeycomb event video

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Did you miss our live coverage or just want to see all of Google's Honeycomb demos shown in video format? Well, Google has your back and has posted a video of their entire Honeycomb event on to YouTube. The video will run just over 50 minutes but is well worth the time as Google employees and guests show off apps, widgets, multitasking, notifications, and more. (And see if you can spot Phil!) [YouTube]

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3 years ago

Fuze Meeting -- multi-party HD collaboration app for Honeycomb

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Fuze Meeting

We had a look at Fuze Meeting for Android when it kicked things up a notch and released a tablet-specific application, and now they have gone a step further.  Fuze Meeting will be the first collaboration application for Honeycomb, delivering HD mobile video, full hosting abilities and pinch-to-zoom and iPoint laser technology for the Motorola Xoom.

Fuze Box says that hosts and attendees will be able to view up to 10 high resolution videos in a single instance of the app, which should give the new rendering engine in Honeycomb a run for it's money.  If they can pull it off well, this will make the Motorola Xoom a serious business tool, and a true competitor to the iPad.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Chad Johnson, aka Ochocinco, gets a Motorola Xoom

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 Ochocinco's Xoom

In one of the more bizarre stories of the new year, Chad Johnson (aka Ochocinco) has somehow gotten his hands on a Motorola Xoom. "How?" and "Why?" are questions that may never be answered, but we can assume it has something to do with him being, well, Chad Johnson. But he has been seen promoting Motorola devices before, so it's fairly safe to say he's on the payroll. Still, this would seem to give credence to the rumored Feb. 17 launch date and would would fit nicely with an announcement before the entire U.S. with the upcoming Super Bowl ad.

Until then, the rest of us will just have to sit and wait patiently -- and be jealous. Very, very jealous. [Twitter]

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