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TABLETS???

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

  1. Rich

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    Glad you got the 2,000th post on this thread. You've kept it going and deserve credit for that. When I started this thread, I was asked why we needed "another" thread about tablets. Guess we did.

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  2. Steve

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    I've been fascinated by the promise of touch-screen devices for over 20 years now (and obviously still am! :p). The real kudos, IMHO, should go to the late Mr. Jobs for finally figuring out a way to make them usable... and extremely useful!
     
  3. Cholly

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    Intriguing announcement from X10 USA in their latest flyer - They've upgraded their tablets - the 7 inch tablet has Android Ice Cream Sandwich installed and the improved 10 inch tablet will have Ice Cream Sandwich in February. Here's a way of getting into tablets on the cheap. Specs aren't outstanding, but probably compare favorably to the Kindle Fire (I haven't checked as yet). :D

    From the flyer:

    X10 AirPad XL 10.1" Android Tablet Specifications
    CPU: 1 Ghz ARM Cortex A10 processor + 395 Mhz DSP
    Display: 10.1" 1024x600 resolution TFT LCD screen
    Touch-screen: Capacitive multi-touch
    OS: Android 2.3.4 (4.0 Ice Cream Upgradable), Flash 10.2
    Camera: 1.3 Megapixel camera with video recording & playback
    Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer
    RAM: 512 MB
    Memory: 4 GB onboard, up to 36 GB with microSD card
    Battery Life: 14 hours movie, 50 hours music, 10 hours web surfing
    Network: WiFi (802.11b/g/n)
    Ports: HDMI supporting 1080P output, USB
    Size: 10.39" x 6.34" x .62"
    Battery: 8500 mAh rechargeable lithium polymer
    X10 AirPad XL 10-inch Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Tablet PC:$249.99


    The new AirPad XL is powered by Android 2.3.4, and will be upgradable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in February.
     
  4. Sgt. Slaughter

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    Ehh seems lil meh compared to some others. I still look forward to seeing how these devices planning on only running 1Ghz single core chips actually handle the intensive stuff ICS can do along with the other tasks done on Android. Vanilla ICS would be the only hope imho to run decent on that chip less you do what Amazon did and dont make it an official google product and strip a bunch of things out of it.
     
  5. Steve

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    Ya, I'd be really surprised to see ICS on a 1ghz single-core chip period, based on that review I posted elsewhere in this thread.

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/on-tablets-android-40-is-an-ice-cream-headache/19643?tag=nl.e539
     
  6. Sgt. Slaughter

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    Yeah I mean google said they felt that "ALMOST all" devices that can run GB will be able to handle ICS fine.

    But after reading what CM said about it long ago it seems the CPU isn't really the difference maker and what they say actually makes more sense after thinking about it.

    http://www.androidmemo.com/2011/10/...-ics-minimum-hardware-requirements-256mb-ram/

    Which makes sense given the hardware accel added in being one of the biggest changes.

    With tablets it seems there is a little less manufacturer UI overlay being done when compared to handsets, least at first glance it looks that way to me.
    Actually now that i think about it, do any tablets out there have custom UI overlays besides HTC's? This of course ignoring the tablets that are not official google certified like the kindle fire and such.
     
  7. ncxcstud

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    I believe the Galaxy Tabs have a custom UI called TouchWhiz, but it isn't 'much' different from the vanilla OS.
     
  8. FHSPSU67

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    Got my Prime today and it's free of all known issues, except I had to walk outside for GPS to lock within seconds:)
     
  9. trdrjeff

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    I got Android 4 (ICS via CM9) running on the my Touchpad over the weekend. It is a nice upgrade to the user interface. Still a little buggy, Alpha 0 release, but for the $150 I paid for 10" Tablet with 32GB it keeps getting better and better :D
     
  10. Sgt. Slaughter

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    Just dont send it to the Texas Repair facility if you ever need a fix. Truely shocked after reading this guys story and hearing its happened to others with Asus tablets too.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1461570

    And in case you can't see the images i attached them here along with the guys first post there.

     

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  11. FHSPSU67

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    I saw that too. Mines been just about perfect so far and lighter and easie to hold than the original transformer I gave to my wife now. Thanks for the heads-up:)
    Also other users have been very happy with the Texas service center and I believe the conclusion (in the above case) was that it was damaged in shipment.
     
  12. Sgt. Slaughter

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    Yeah thats what they told him but that is almost physically impossible given the size of the dent in the frame on the edge.
    To cause that damage there it would require someone literally slamming it against a small metal rod and be done so outside of the original packaging it was shipped in too.

    He's still waiting to hear back from them and have them provide a photo showing the packaging damaged(since they claim it came like that) and also the serial # to prove its his.

    My bet is that its not his tablet at all and they got mixed up somehow.
     
  13. HDJulie

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    Is there a link to instructions for how to put this on the Touchpad? I've done the CM9 install up to Alpha 3.5 I think it was.
     
  14. Sgt. Slaughter

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    thought the 3.5 alpha's were CM7. CM9 is ICS based and still has some bugs in it like no hardware acceleration, camera, netflix and other video is messed up on it too evidently currently.

    here some links for you though.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1452625

    http://rootzwiki.com/topic/15509-releasealpha05-cyanogenmod-9-touchpad/
     
  15. HDJulie

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    Yes, you are correct -- it is CM7. Sorry & thanks for the links!
     
  16. Rich

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    Does he say why he didn't return it to Game Stop? I would have done that and assumed that the next one would have good Wi-Fi.

    Rich
     
  17. Richierich

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    Anyone know what the Fastest Way To Get A 64 GB Asus Transformer Prime Tablet (Champagne) is???

    Mine is not supposed to delivered until March 15th.

    Bah Humbug. :nono2:
     
  18. Steve

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    Yup.
     

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