e Acer Iconia 6120 isn’t the first dual-screen Windows 7 tablet on the block. The Toshiba Libretto W105 had two 7-inch displays and was about the size and weight of a paperback, but its short battery life and lackluster software doomed that device to collectible status. The Iconia is different. It’s more like a coffee table book, a book that features two large 14-inch displays and innovative touch-enabled software, plus a Core i5 processor. But does this $1,199 tablet-book represent the future of laptops, or is it just a pricey experiment destined to appeal only to early adopters?
Last month, the Motorola Xoom was the only officially sanctioned Android 3.0 tablet available in the United States. Now there are four — the T-Mobile G-Slate arrived last week, the Acer Iconia Tab A500this week, and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is on sale today, assuming you can find one. All have the same basic silicon inside, but oh-so-slightly different approaches to shape, such that price might honestly be the deciding factor these days. That’s where we thought this WiFi-only Acer Iconia Tab had an edge,launching at $450, but now that ASUS has shaken the money tree with a $400 figure for the Eee Pad Transformer, we doubt other price tags will stick. It could be the tiniest of differentiators that shifts your opinion in favor of a particular slate. What’s a prospective tablet buyer to do? Join us on a tour of the Acer Iconia Tab A500’s particular perks and quibbles after the break, and we’ll tell you.
‘nesting pc virtual tablet’ by sono mocci – ‘FUJITSU design award 2011’ competition shortlisted entry
a concept by japanese-born, italy-based designer sono mocci, ‘nesting pc virtual tablet’ is a combination tablet and data visualization
interface with automatic battery charging and data syncing. phones, memory cards, CDs, USB ports, and I/O cables can be plugged
directly into the device, where they will show up as images on the touchscreen for easy manipulation and access. the design was shortlisted
from over 1000 concepts in our recent designboom competition ‘a life with future computing‘, organized in collaboration with FUJITSU.
the 13-inch concept tablet features a dedicated dock for mobile phones. when inserted, a visualization of the phone onscreen
works in the same manner as would the device itself, permitting dialing, calling, texting, and other use. the loading of disk media
or flash drives offers a similar intuitive functionality. integrated charging eliminates the need for AC or outlet-specific adapters
for these kinds of devices.
Since the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, which had a 7 inch touch-screen, two new versions have been announced with both a 8.9 inch and 10 inch versions due to launch shortly.
The HTC Flyer has hit stores this weekend and with its delivers a 7-inch Android Gingerbread tablet with a price tag of $499.99.
HTC Flyer vs Samsung Galaxy Tab
Now this of course isn’t the first big name brand 7-inch Android tablet as one of the hottest selling Android tablets of last year, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, is quite similar. Of course you could argue that it runs Android 2.2 Froyo but that’s about to change as Samsung has already started to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy Tab overseas. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi-only 16GB model will set you back $350, that’s a while $100 below the HTC Flyer (add that wih the fact that you will need to fork out an additional $80 to buy the HTC Scribe stylus and truly utilize the capabilities of your new tablet).
Moving along, the HTC Flyer does have one selling point that the Samsung Galaxy Tab can’t match, its powerful 1.5GHz processor. Currently, we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Tab overclocked to a stable 1.2GHz so if you can live without that negligible 0.3GHz difference, you’re going to be saving some cash.
Both 7-inch Android tablets pack a capacitive touchscreen and cameras. While we do love the HTC Flyer, for what it has to offer we were expecting a price tag closer to the Galaxy Tab, hence picking the latter. For $499, we would like to think that many buyers would be considering larger screen tablets already like the iPad 2 and Honeycomb Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (both $499 for the 16GB WiFi models).
RCR Wireless claims to have multiple sources telling it that Apple is planning on incorporating 3D technology into the next-generation iPad.
?The fact that the iPad 3 is 3D is a dead cert,? one Hollywood insider close to the big movie studios told RCR, adding that the screen would be the real magic. She went on to say that the big film studios were currently running around like blue arsed flies trying to gear up to release plenty of 3D content in time for Apple?s next launch.
Besides this “Hollywood insider”, they also cite sources from iPad manufacturer Foxconn about the 3D plans.
We’re not sure about the reliability of these sources, but Apple has clearly been exploring 3D technology over the years as evidenced by numerous patent applications. Not all of this research has been in the typical 3D technology found in recent movies and television sets. Some of the research has been in pseudo-3D technologies that involve head tracking that was effectively demoed in a recent iPad app. 3D, of course, has also been a big recent trend with the release of many 3D TVs, 3D movies, and Nintendo’s 3DS handheld gaming console.
Also interesting is that this isn’t the first time this has been suggested. Earlier this year, Japanese blog Macotakaracited their own sources who said that Apple’s LCD supplier was beginning to manufacture small glasses-free 3D LCD panels for the iPod touch, though they suggested it might involve user head-tracking to accomplish the effect.
A tablet computer that looks remarkably like an iPad seems to spring up on a weekly basis.
But this device, also hailed as the future of home computing, was made 17 years ago.
Called The Tablet, it provided a glimpse into tomorrow’s world that was incredibly accurate.