TABLETS???

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  1. Jul 4, 2011 #1501 of 2347
    Steve

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    Appears the Toshiba Thrive will be available at Best Buy, among others, starting next Sunday. It differentiates itself by offering full-sized USB, HDMI and SD ports, along with a user-replaceable battery.

    According to a Toshiba press release, "Available memory configurations include 8GB ($429.99 MSRP4), 16GB $479.99 MSRP4) and 32GB ($579.99 MSRP4) models. Full retail availability at major retailers and e-tailers, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Radio Shack and hhgregg, will begin in mid-July." Looks like with the right SD card, you can "roll your own" 40gb model for under $500!

    The Engadget "hands on" is here.
     
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    Would have been nice to see them take the battery out and I'm really curious about the cost of the batteries. But it looks great. My wife and my granddaughter have taken my iPad away from me, so on weeknights and weekends I don't get to use it.

    Might be interesting to get one of these. Remember, Target has a 90 day return policy on tablets. I know this is hard to believe, but when I bought my iPad at a local Target, everyone assured me that it was true, from managers to salespeople.

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    Still loving my Xoom.
     
  4. Jul 4, 2011 #1504 of 2347
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    I noticed that neither Target nor Walmart were listed in the Toshiba press release, but ya never know.

    Good news is the reviewer didn't seem bothered by the weight and thickness, and she liked the feel of the rubberized back. I was curious about this comment: "The 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display has a wholly responsive touchscreen, and while it's plenty bright, it'll look the most brilliant if you stare [down at] it head-on." Did she notice something that prompted her to point that out? :scratchin Otherwise, I'm thinking the same can be said for just about any tablet.

    I'm also curious if this tablet has the same "all-day" battery life as the others, or if the battery has less capacity, because it's removable.
     
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    RE: Differentiating Honeycomb tablets through software, the video on this page shows some interesting Touchwiz UI enhancements from Samsung.

    The video's a lot longer than it needs to be, IMHO, but at about 3:40 in, the Touchwiz "mini-apps" tray is a utility/app/feature I'd personally like to see available for the iPad2. Just my .02.
     
  6. Jul 5, 2011 #1506 of 2347
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    Not much said about the battery, makes me wonder. Expected more focus on that.

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    ZDNet's Matthew Miller likes the RIM Playbook enough that he might consider switching to a next generation Blackberry phone! I'm sure this is the kind of buzz RIM hoped to achieve with their tablet, though I'd be shocked if the market actually goes that way.

    He didn't have many kind words about his first encounter with an HP TouchPad:

    Rumors are HP is already preparing to release a 1.5 Ghz version of the tablet next month. Seems to me like someone over there dropped the ball re: timing and pricing. They waited this long, couldn't they have waited another month and tweaked the software enough that speed wouldn't be an issue the reviewers picked up on? If I was considering buying one of these now, why would I, knowing a faster one is coming out in a few weeks??? Just my .02.
     
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    My Toshiba Thrive arrives today (hopefully, UPS says it's currently 'out for delivery') and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Honeycomb 3.1. So we will now be a 3 system household, I've Windows 7 64 bit on most of the PCs, with Server 2008 64 bit on one, Leopard/Win7 on my Netbook, iOS 4.3.3 on my iPhone and Honeycomb on the Thrive.
    I guess all of them talking to each other is thinking a little bit too optomistically!
     
  9. Steve

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    And???? Inquiring minds want to know! :lol:
     
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    WSJ is reporting the Amazon tablet will ship in October. This comment perplexed me...
    ... until I saw this comment:
    They're likely going to position it as an entertainment appliance, to differentiate it from the rest of the Honeycomb tabs. I imagine it will be tightly integrated with the Amazon "cloud" as well.

    [more]
     
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    Depending on what options is has, a camera might be an add-on. Maybe something like a Bluetooth clip-on camera.

    As a Kindle owner, I'm VERY interested in this. I've been holding off on trying out a tablet until Amazon made a splash.
     
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    I've had Swiftkey on my Droid since the first week or so that I got it. Most of the time you don't have to type much, it's very intuitive and you just have to click on the word choices. Wish the iPad had it.

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    Gotcha. So the "X" version is nothing new?
     
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    I dunno. My Droid just says, "Swiftkey". Rather amazing keyboard. How would I tell if the X version is different? Hmmm.

    Got it from the Market. Just said it's upgrading "Swiftkey" to Swiftkey X (Phone). Must be an upgrade to the original. Perhaps it's better. Oh goody. The upgrade is free.

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    Oops sorry, too busy playing with the Thrive! I discovered Angry Birds & the rest is history.

    It's beautiful & it really has got what they say - an SD card slot which happily supports SDHC (& apparently SDXC too but I don't have any to test) a full size USB port, a mini USB port & a full size HDMI port which I haven't tested yet.

    The Toshiba included QuickOffice opens PDFs without any extra download, Android Flash works perfectly. Some have reported problems with twaking up from sleep & Toshiba are supposedly working on a fix which hopefully will come along soon along with Honeycomb 3.2. mine doesn't seem to suffer so far.

    Again some folks have had issues with MKV files which I haven't tried yet as I stream mine with the WD HDTV Live box, & that little piece of hardware plays everything I throw at it, & I'd rather watch them on my TV than a 10" tablet.

    I did have problems trying to login to answers.Microsoft.com which I haven't solved yet.

    Other than that it's well worth the $479 I spent on it - because that's half the price of an iPad2
     
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    Enjoy! These things were only figments of our imagination 20 years ago! I'm extremely happy with my ASUS transformer, too:)
     
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    I just upgraded my Xoom to 3.2 and the overclocked Tiamat kernel. Pretty slick, and SetCPU is working beautifully on it. Stable at 1.5GHz and underclocks to ~215MHz when it's not in use. Battery life is wonderful.

    That said the new "Stretch/zoom" thing for non-native apps is particularly awful.
     
  19. BubblePuppy

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    There were two versions of Swiftkey in the Market: SwiftkeyX (commercial version) and SwiftkeyX Beta (only available to VIP beta testers). SwiftkeyX replaces Swiftkey. The beta version is expiring in a few days. The version of Swiftkey X is a upgrade to the earlier version of X.
    All VIP beta testers will be losing the beta version and need to switch over to X commercial version.
    Hope that clears some things up.
     
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    I upgraded to the commercial version. I rarely use beta versions of anything.

    Haven't used it yet, but I do wish the iPad would offer it.

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