Hoping to be the first kid on your block with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer? Sorry, but this guy beat you to it. Eight minutes of the slick little Android Honeycomb tablet that snaps into a full-size keyboard. We get a great look at what's in the box, and of the tablet itself. Looks like it's got a great textured back, the overly large bezel, and we see the proprietary charger (boo). And finally, it's booted up, and sure enough, there's Android 3.0.
Still no word on when those of us here in the states might be able to get our hands on one, but we're starting to get more than slightly excited for it.
With PC makers getting into the Android Tablet game, it is a given that Toshiba would give us their spin on a high-quality Android tablet. While this isn't the first time we've seen it on the web, the coming soon page at Best Buy's site is encouraging. When we first saw it in January at CES 2011, it was running Froyo, but the hardware and the fact that Toshiba let us know they had no plans to customize the OS got us the most excited.
The specs are just what you would expect for a high-end Honeycomb tablet:
Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
10.1 inch High-definition wide view backlit LED display
2 MP front camera, 5 MP rear
One full size USB port, one mini-USB port (yes, the specs say mini-USB)
We know from our time with it at CES that the display is 1280x800 at 16:10, and Toshiba's "resolution plus" will allow video upscaling on the device.
My future purchase plans just got more difficult. [Best Buy] Thanks, dcabuckeye!
If you passed on the Motorola Xoom in hopes of another Honeycomb based Android tablet coming to the market and have been eying the Acer Iconia, you will be pleased to know Best Buy is now accepting pre-orders. For the price tag of $449.99 you will get a 10.1-inch screen with a 1GHz processor that will be the second device to run Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Best Buy's web site shows that the device is set to be delivered between April 24 and 29, which would lead us to believe the launch is within that time frame. [Best Buy via CNET] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
This won't mean much to you if you're not a kernel developer, but what those developers can and will do with it certainly will. Now all we need is the Transformer to get on the shelves. [Asus] Thanks, Ray!
Although the Motorola XOOM has been available for a while in the U.S., the WiFi only version is now making its way to Canada. Pre-orders began quite some time ago but as of yesterday Best Buy and Future Shop are now taking shipment orders online with in store availability happening on April 8. As expected, retail cost still remains at $599.99 for the WiFi only version. Be sure to check out all of our previous Motorola XOOM coverage, and by all means if you're looking for more info hit our forums. Full press release can be found after the break. [Motorola]
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]
Our friends over at TiPB have a weekly podcast that they call iPad Live, and this week that has passed they brought CrackBerry.com's Kevin Michaluk, along with our very own Phil Nickinson to the show to talk tablets. So, if you are in the market for a new tablet, and are trying to decide which is best for you, or you just enjoy to watch a bunch of passionate people speak about their platform, be sure to check this out. Highlight video available after the break, or head to TiPb for the whole thing. [TiPB]
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.
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