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TABLETS???

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Rich, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Jan 5, 2012 #1941 of 2347
    Drew2k

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    Wellll... maybe not?

    From ComputerWorld: A Google Nexus tablet to kill the Kindle Fire? Hang on a sec, folks

    http://blogs.computerworld.com/19523/google_nexus_tablet

    But yes... I do love competition!
     
  2. Jan 5, 2012 #1942 of 2347
    Steve

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    Ya, but if you add this to the Schmidt comments last month, where there's smoke, there's fire, IMHO.

    Makes sense that Google's not gonna stand idly by and let Amazon (and, to a lesser extent, B&N) cannibalize "pure" Droid tablet sales in that price range. If anyone can afford to subsidize tablets, it's Google, IMHO, given how much advertising revenue they can get from a device that features Google apps and services. Just my .02.
     
  3. Jan 5, 2012 #1943 of 2347
    Drew2k

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    :lol: But that comment itself is addressed as the first point in the article: the Schmidt comment was widely reported based on a translation from Italian, so it's not clear that he ever said Google was building a tablet!

    I do agree with this: it's in Google's best interest to have the Android interface as widely used on as many devices as possible, so countering Amazon and the Fire has got to be on El Goog's radar.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2012 #1944 of 2347
    Rich

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    How easy are iPads to use? Check this out.

    Rich
     
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    yosoyellobo

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    So easy a caveman could use them.:)
     
  6. Jan 5, 2012 #1946 of 2347
    Rich

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    My granddaughter was using mine right after I got it and Steve's granddaughter (who is even younger) has been doing the same thing. Gotta love Apple for simplicity.

    Rich
     
  7. Jan 5, 2012 #1947 of 2347
    Steve

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    We went out to dinner on New Year's Day, and my daughter's iPad kept her son (my 19-month old grandson) occupied and quiet in the restaurant, once he finished his meal.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2012 #1948 of 2347
    RasputinAXP

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    My 4 year old plays about 10 different games on my Xoom, including Wind Up Knight, which he's actually a bit better at than I am.

    My 2 year old needs me to unlock it for him but plays Angry Birds like a pro.
     
  9. Jan 7, 2012 #1949 of 2347
    SPACEMAKER

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    I am eagerly to see how this develops. Perfect price and a great platform. If this happens I will buy one.
     
  10. Jan 7, 2012 #1950 of 2347
    Steve

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    What I'd like to see is an inexpensive, 5" tablet replacement for my iPod. I think I'd still be able to slip a device that size into my pocket, and it would be a nice upgrade from the iPod's 3.5" screen for e-mail, music or video playback, and even e-book reading when I'm out and about and have some time to kill.
     
  11. Jan 7, 2012 #1951 of 2347
    Drew2k

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    Steve - Not sure who your phone carrier is, or how much time you have left on your current contract, but you could get that 5" tablet feel you are looking for by getting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus today! It has a 5" screen (more like 5.25"), impressive graphics and response times, has Ice Cream Sandwich, and definitely fits into the pocket. I got this phone when it came out in December and have been very happy with it, and find I'm doing things on my phone that I was previously only doing on my tablet.

    (It's on Verizon and rumors are Sprint is about to get it. If you're looking for WiFi only, I guess you'll have to find something else!)
     
  12. Jan 7, 2012 #1952 of 2347
    Steve

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    Ya. That Galaxy is a sweet phone, but my needs are wifi only. I'm retired and home most of the time, so I can't justify the expense of a data plan.

    Samsung does have a 5" wifi only player, but I was disappointed in this review, because I'm a fanatic about audio quality, where the iPod excels. I'm watching this to see if it's a hardware or software issue. My guess is it's hardware, because in this day and age, I find it hard to imagine a software player causing audio distortion. :scratchin
     
  13. Jan 7, 2012 #1953 of 2347
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    I bought a 7" Acer A100 and I absolutely love the size. I carry the thing around in my back pocket all the time, and I have pants that will hold it in the front pocket as well. It is, for me, the perfect size.
     
  14. Jan 9, 2012 #1954 of 2347
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    It's too bad that Fujitsu stopped selling the UH900(U/G90N). This little device had a 5.6" touch screen display, an actual keyboard, and depending on which model....decent hardware specs.

    I picked up the Japanese version which is the U/G90N. The Japenese version came equipped with a 2 GHz Atom processor, 2 GB of memory, 62 GB SSD harddrive, 2 USB ports, expansion port to allow external VGA and 100 Mb ethernet connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, SD card interface, web cam, and WiMax adapter.

    The UH900 US version has all of the above except having a 1.6 GHz Atom processor and no WiMax interface. I think it does have GPS capability which the Japanese version doesn't.

    The unit ships with Windows 7 Home. I've used this as my main traveling companion for a couple of years until I upgraded to an Asus EP121.

    You may be able to buy this unit new if anyone still has them in stock or used.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Jan 9, 2012 #1955 of 2347
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    over on xda-dev a developer was doing some amazing things for the Evo3D's kernel. He had access to Qualcomm's private git at the time and using their source with "Beats" included in it instead of HTC's kernel source, the audio quality was just amazing. Using specific drivers for the audio and such along with the coding done, made gigantic improvement in audio quality.

    just saying dont blame hardware for everything as software and such can make huge differences in the quality.
     
  16. Jan 9, 2012 #1956 of 2347
    Sgt. Slaughter

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    Some nice tablets being shown off at CES. More 1080p tablets now. Personally I'm really wanting to be able to hold out till Qualcomm's new S4 chips are used, esp if I get an LTE enabled one. Really like the advantage of having the LTE modem built onto the die which is supposed to make battery usage a lot better when using LTE at least.
     
  17. Jan 9, 2012 #1957 of 2347
    Steve

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    Good point. Since I'm relatively happy with the iPod (after being an "early adopter" of all three Zune models), I may just wait and see if, when they finally come out with an iPhone 5, they also do an iPod refresh. Everyone is expecting the iPhone 5 to have a larger screen, so I'm guessing a new iPod will probably be based on similar hardware, without phone circuitry.
     
  18. Jan 9, 2012 #1958 of 2347
    SPACEMAKER

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    The actual screen size is 4.65.

    I was going to get one until I realized that I didn't want to spend $300 on a phone.:D

    I'm thinking I might pick up a Thunderbolt (which is supposed to be getting ICS this month) and waiting patiently for a quality $200 tablet.
     
  19. Jan 9, 2012 #1959 of 2347
    Drew2k

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    Yeah, I mixed up the screen size with the phone size. Thanks for clarifying. (The screen certainly FEELS much bigger than it is!)
     
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    SPACEMAKER

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    I played with a Nexus at the Verizon store and it's a beautiful phone. Best display I have seen by a mile.
     

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