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3 years ago

Viewsonic Tablets Hands-on. Hands-ons. Just a bunch of tablets, really

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Feeling burned by that Viewsonic gTablet you bought at Staples despite our review's best efforts to warn you? Perhaps if it was called the Viewpad 10s you'd feel better about the fact that the 10.1" inch screen is fronting a mere 1024x600 set of pixels. Or perhaps our look at the 7-inch version at IFA wasn't enough and you'd like another peek at that running Android 2.2. Or maybe you'd like to see how the dual-booting Windows 7 / Android 1.6 Viewpad 10 (nee Viewpad 100) has progressed in the past few months.

We can tell that you want all of these things. Heck, you probably want to know that there's also a 4" version floating around at CES that we may try to track down later. We're comfortable with Viewsonic pushing out lower-end tablets and we want you to be too, so go on and watch some videos and photos of Viewpads after the break

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Motorola Xoom

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Motorola Xoom

Update: Video's been added after the break.

Spend even just a little time with the Motorola Xoom and Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and you quickly come away thinking that this may be the best chance for an Android tablet to hit the mainstream yet.

The 10.1-inch display (at 1280x800 and a 16:10 aspect ratio) is lovely. It's thin enough, light enough and, gosh darn it, you're gonna love Honeycomb running atop not one but two 1GHz processors.

It'll launch on Verizon sometime in the first quarter (nobody's saying yet), for an undisclosed price. And you won't get LTE at first, that will require a hardware update, with details to follow. Eventually. And the microSD card won't work at first, either. A software update will take care of that. Really, you know as much as we do about that now. So, yeah, there's still a lot left on the table.

What's not left on the table? A slew of hands-on pics. Find 'em after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom official press release and promo video

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Xoom promo

It seems a little strange to announce the Motorola Xoom (see our hands-on) twice, but Motorola Mobility's official press release comes with the promotional video attached, and we figure more than a few would want to see it.  Again. 

If you're eyes are quick you can read the fine print that says "additional fees apply" when talking 4G service upgrade.  Shouldn't really surprise anyone, but be prepared to pay a small premium to ride the new network.  Video, and full press release after the break. [Motorola Mobility]

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom will require hardware upgrade for 4G, software patch for microSD use

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Moto Xoom

During our hands-on time with the Motorola Xoom, we learned a little more about the 3G to 4G conversion process, as well as a bit of news about the microSD card slot.  Starting sometime in the second quarter of 2011, users will be able to bring their Motorola Xoom into Verizon and have the hardware upgrade from 3G to LTE performed.  This makes a lot of sense, as LTE will require different hardware and nobody wants to wait a few more months for the Xoom to release while it all gets hashed out.

We also found out that as shipped, the Xoom will not have access to external storage via microSD cards.  This will require a software upgrade from Motorola to get it all up and running.  It sounds a little odd, but again -- the alternative is to hold back release until things are sorted.  I'm sure Motorola and Verizon will tell us more once things at CES wind down.

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3 years ago

Introducing the Motorola Xoom

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Motorola Xoom

As expected, Motorola has unveiled the Motorola Xoom, their Honeycomb toting, 10.1 inch 1280x800 sized screen beauty.  The Xoom runs atop a dual core Tegra 2 chip, uses current 3G technology -- upgradable to 4G as things progress, has an HD camera and offers full 1080p video playback.  This is the one everyone's been waiting for folks, and we're headed over for some hands-on with it.  Stay tuned.

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3 years ago

Motorola unveils the Xoom Tablet, also outs new Droid Bionic

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Last month when we saw Andy Rubin at Dive into Mobile, he was cradling what's likely the pinnacle of Android tablet technology -- a ten-inch Motorola tablet called the Xoom.  It runs Honeycomb, and has GPS and the new Android Google Maps 5 client, and we didn't know much else. Now that CES is here, we're sitting in on the Motorola press event learning more. That said, Motorola has just announced the name of the device even before the press conference has completed via their website along with some accessories to go with it. Which, we'll surely be stocking some of in the Android Central store. In doing so they also outed an yet to be announced new handset, the Droid Bionic. Stay tuned; we'll be updating this post shortly and bringing you more Droid Bionic info. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Acer announces ICONIA Tab A500 headed to Verizon

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ACER

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:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core 1 GHz processor
  • Flash 10.1
  • 1080p playback
  • HDMI-output
  • 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.

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3 years ago

Viewsonic: GTablet doesn't have hardware flaw, its UI just sucks

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Staples Viewsonic GTab recall

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]

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3 years ago

Review: The Viewsonic 10-inch gTablet

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Is Tegra 2 on a sub-$500 tablet too good to be true?

Viewsonic gTablet

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!

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4 years ago

Hands On with Viewsonic Viewtab 7 & Viewtab 100

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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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