The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing now, so get prepared for loads of delicious announcements. Acer took the time to announce a tablet headed to the Verizon LTE network, labeled the ICONIA Tab A500.
The ICONIA Tab will be showcased at CES, so we'll do our best to get you all of the information possible about the device.
Here are the specs we know as of right now:
NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core 1 GHz processor
13.3 mm thick
Ability to play HD arcade games and complex online 3D games (due to a 10-point multi-touch and gyro meter control)
Sounds like a very intriguing device; stay tuned for more juicy details. Full press release after the break.
You may have heard some rumbling across the Internet over the weekend about Staples recalling the Viewsonic 10-inch GTablet because of a hardware defect. Turns out that according to Viewsonic (full press release after the break) the hardware's still top notch, and "is one of the fastest Android tablets on the market today, consistently leading industry benchmarks." They're right, but to be fair, that's only after it's been hacked nine ways to Sunday. The stock user interface -- known as Tap and Tap -- is plain awful (see our review for the proof), and Viewsonic admits that this, and the fact that Adobe hasn't certified Flash 10.1 for the Tegra 2 chipset just yet, is the reason people were rushing to return the things.
They also go on to say they will be releasing an update starting Dec 22. The new Tap and Tap, which according to Viewsonic, has been significantly enhanced since the product launch will now be a choice presented to the end user, along with the standard Android 2.2 user experience. They also suggest the users can download Flash from websites that distribute Android applications until Jan 2011, when Adobe has certified the software for their product. If this turns out to be the case, you're forgiven Viewsonic. Hit the break for Viewsonic's press release. [via Engadget]
Is Tegra 2 on a sub-$500 tablet too good to be true?
The gTablet is Viewsonic's entry into the sub-$500 Android tablet market. While there won't be any shortage of cheap Android tablets, readers, and toasters (we have to beat the PreCentral guys in the race for the first smart toaster!) come this Friday, a few stick out hardware-wise, and the gTablet is one of them. Just so happens that I got a few days of one-on-one time with a gTablet, so what better way to play with it than to give it a quick review.
Normally, none of us here would dare review a device we haven't put through the paces, but this one's a bit different, because this is much more useful before Black Friday than it would be after. Hit the break to see the whirlwind review of the gTabet. Special thanks to Chip!
Viewsonic is jumping into the Android tablet game with the Viewpad 7 and the Viewpad 100. Both are fairly straightforward Android tablets with little to speak of in terms of customization.
The Viewpad 7 offers a much better overall Android experience -- it's running Froyo with a properly sized keyboard with what would seem like a pokey 600MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512 megs of RAM. As always with Android, though, the real test is the implementation and in this case we found the Viewpad 7 to hold its own in terms of speed and responsiveness. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to cry about either. Unfortunately, the display here is a paltry 800x480 pixels, so perhaps it's no wonder that it's responding to taps as we'd like.
The Viewpad 100 is both more exciting and less. More exciting because it's a 10-inch tablet with 1024x600 resolution that's able to boot into a full version of Windows 7 if you'd like. Less so because it's running on Android 1.6 because later versions of Android aren't yet playing nice with the Viewpad 100's Atom processor. In general, this version didn't feel fully baked - Viewsonic has yet to build the interface for dual-booting the device, but on the bright side the sucker did boot faster than most Android smartphones we've laid eyes on.
Both Viewpads should hit Europe in October, no word yet when they're coming stateside. Images and video after the break!
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