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8Jan/110

Good e-Reader CES Exclusive – Hands on with the Blackberry Playbook

blackberry playbook

One of the most eagerly anticipated tablet devices in the corporate jet-set crowd and blackberry aficionados worldwide is the imminent launch of Research in Motion’s Blackberry Playbook, and only at Good e-Reader can you get the most comprehensive live coverage of this new tablet in action.

Just to bring you up to speed on the hardware aspects of the Playbook before we get into our own thoughts of the coverage, let’s review.

The Blackberry Playbook has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen with gesture support. The display resolution is 1024×600 and runs on a 1 GHZ Cortex A9 dual core processor. It has 1 GB of ram and will have three different options for internal memory; 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. It has dual HD cameras, one on the back of the device which is 5 MP and the front facing 3 MP, which supports 1080P HD video recording. Speaking of video, it plays back 1080P HD video with the H.264, MPEG, DIVX and WMV formats. Audio playback is done with the stereo speakers and will support MP3, AAC, and WMA formats. It has HDMI, micro USB, bluetooth, WIFI, and 3G optional models, it will also support Sprints 4G network at launch time in the USA. It measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm) and weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g).

It features the QNX operating system which is the first time RIM has employed since they purchased the company last year. It also has support for an open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, and Java.

When we first got our hands on the Blackberry Playbook it felt like a well constructed hardware device, it did not weigh that much and looked very slick. Considering it is a late prototype device it only has the bare bone essentials on it, such as video, calendar, Adobe Reader, web browser, camera, music, photos, shader, street view, and Youtube. It also has a few games, such as a Sesame Street title, Quake, and a few others. It did not feature BBIM, the Playbook App market, or any of the tethering software to be integrated with your Blackberry smartphone.

One of the prime aspects that really impressed us was the seamless multitasking environment. When you had a Youtube video, Quake and the web-browser open it actually showed live windows that displayed exactly what was going on. We tested it having every single application on the device open at the same time, and there no lag at all! We saw a live view of every program by swiping both left and right to see what was happening.

Youtube support on the Blackberry Playbook is its own custom application that had its own GUI and distinct way of browsing for videos. It felt much akin to the normal way Youtube is displayed on the web browser on your PC. It showed around 8 videos per pane when you searched for something, and then you can gesture up and down to show more videos.

The internet web browser feels more like the Blackberry Torch then any other iteration of the RIM’s efforts to provide a seamless browsing experience. We found browsing on the Torch has been their best effort in web browsing and with a larger screen it is actually really solid.

One of the less toted features of the Blackberry Playbook was the matted back cover, which is much like the Kobo e-reader, where it it is designed to hold it with one hand and provide a strong grip.

When we talked with some of the senior engineers they let us know that developer interest SDK for the Playbook exceeded their wildest expectations. They let on that the current Appworld offered for their line of smartphones will pale in comparison to the sheer amount of applications they have in the pipeline for the Playbook by the end of the year. One of the reasons was the free unit they offered to developers who had decent applications approved by RIM for the initial launch. They also teased at Sync support for the iPhone and iPad via RIM’s own tablet computer.


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7Jan/110

Good e-Reader CES Exclusive – Coby unleashes 6 new Tablet PC’s

colby tablets

Coby has certainly been busy in the research and development department unleashing a flurry of tablets at the CES show in Las Vegas. Where most companies are showcasing one or two tablets, in addition to a large variety of electronics, Coby is focusing very strongly on the tablet segment to diversify their portfolio.

At the Coby booth they were showcasing six different tablet computers all running the Google Android operating system. All models included WI-FI for internet connectivity and bundled applications such as Aidko e-Reader, document viewer, calendar, and a clock. Although all models do not include the Google Android Marketplace, Coby has entered into a partnership with Appslide for alternative Android apps. They also all feature mini HDMI and USB 2.0 connectivity for integration to your PC.

First up to the plate was the Kyros MID7015-4G which featured a 7 inch TFT LCD resistive screen technology with a paltry resolution of 800×480. For processing power it has a Telechips TCC8902 ARM1176 800 MHZ CPU. It was running on the Android 2.1 operating system and 256 MB of RAM. For storage space it had 4 GB of internal memory and you could increase it via a Micro SD card, up to 16 GB. and had an accelerometer that allowed you to switch between landscape and portrait mode. It had a mini HDMI output and a USB 2.0 for PC connecting. For multimedia it had stereo speakers and an integrated microphone.

Next we have the MID7025-4G which featured a 7 inch TFT LCD resistive screen technology with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. This model also runs Google Android 2.3 and has 4 GB of internal memory, but can be upgraded to 32 GB via MicroSDHC memory. Speaking of memory this model has 512 MB of RAM and has a Samsung SP5V210 Cortex A8 processor.

Batting third in Coby’s Kyros line of tablets comes the MID7026-4G 7 inch resistive TFT LCD edition with better resolution then the previous models with 800×600. This model is running Android 2.3 for the core operating system and for processing power runs the Samsung S5PV210 Cortex A8 1GHZ. It also has 512 MB of DDR2 memory and for storage space you have 4GB of memory that can be expanded to 32 GB via Microsd.

The next tablet from Coby boosts the screen size up to 8 inches from the 3 previous models which were 7 inches in size. This screen technology also has TFT LCD resistive and has 512 MB of RAM. For processing power you have a Samsung S5PV21 Cortex A8 1GHZ. The Kyros MID8025-4G also runs on the Android 2.3 operating system.

The next tablet certainly kicks it up a notch with a larger 10.1 inch screen that is capacitive instead of resistive technology, so it makes interacting with this device a little bit more robust. The resolution is also a bit better with 1024×600 pixels and also has 512 MB of RAM and a Samsung S5PV210 Cortex A8 1GHZ processor.

The final tablet they were showcasing was the Kyros MID 1026-4G which also features a 10.1 inch screen with the best resolution of all of Coby’s offerings with 1024×768 and also is Capacitive TFT LCD. It also runs a more updated version of Google Android with 2.3 and has 512 MB of RAM with 4 GB of internal memory. Like the last few models you can also enhance it up to 32 GB via MicroSD.

From information we gleaned at the booth one of the representatives mentioned that the 10 series, the MID1025 and MID1026 specs were not set in stone. The spec sheets had said that the screens were capacitive (which can be interacted with, by merely the tip of your finger) but the prototypes on display with were obviously resistive (which can be interacted with via a Stylus or PDA pen, fingernail etc).The Booth people did say that they just got the models in today and were not indicative to the final product. Also, they mentioned that in the 10 series as well, that OS 2.3 probably might not be upgradable to a further iterations to Android updates, such as 3.0.

This is more or less why Coby has not been fourth-coming about price points for their tablets because of lingering questions on resistive/capacitive screens and future implementation of 3G devices will strongly be the factor between a 0 entry level tablet and a 0 one. They did mention that the 7 and 8 series will be out in the market in the USA only in Q2 of 2011. No word yet on the availability on the 10 series, but we see this maybe coming out at the end of the year.


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7Jan/110

Good e-Reader CES Exclusive – The Samsung Slide Series 7 – Windows 7 Tablet PC

samsung slide 7 series

The Samsung Slide is a throwback to the initial style of tablet computer that had a full external keyboard and then the screen that slid over the keyboard to function as a full interactive tablet computer. The Samsung Slide expands on the old school way of doing tablets with new hardware to bring it more up to date.

The Samsung Slide features 10.1 inch capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels on a back-lit LCD screen. Its core processor is run on Oak Trail 1.15 GHZ processor and has 2 GB of RAM. For storage it will feature two different models, a 32 Gig model and a 64 Gig edition. You can also further enhance the memory of your Samsung Slide Series 7 via the Micro SD port. It will also have an ambient light sensor to make the screen brighter or dimmer depending on your environment.

For internet connectivity you will have a 802.11b and 3G with WIMAX technology. You will have around 8 hours of battery life and you can further extend it by turning the WI-FI off.

Other features of the device will entail a USB 2.0 port, integrated stereo speakers, HDMI out a 1.3 MP front facing webcam and all being run on the Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

Although this new device was admitted as a late prototype it was supposed to have a button that booted up a custom Samsung launcher. You had neat widgets that were popping up for you to interact with such as a clock, compass, Bing Maps, voice search, and many more. More touch based applications will be available via the Samsung App Manager and Windows Product Scout. Samsung AllShare (preloaded) enables users to control, search, swap, and play videos, photos, and music across a full range of DLNA certified Samsung devices, ranging from cameras and smart phones to TVs and PCs.

Finally, the content distribution system was done by Tribune and had magazines that had animation embedded on the front cover. One of the covers that blew us away was for the current issue of Marie Claire where the model on the front color actually smiled, winked, and moved her head from side to side, then settled back into her natural pose. Amazing.

In terms of price, the product reps that were showing off the demos had no clue, but we heard one of the managers comment that it would be 9.00 and be released in April of 2011.


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7Jan/110

Good e-Reader CES Exclusive – Panasonic companion Tablets for Viera Televisions

panasonic tablet

Panasonic is entering the tablet market market not with the proverbial “iPad killer” but with promoting brand extension between its different devices. The new Panasonic tablet that is currently in development and was showcased as a prototype at the CES was billed as a standalone device, but also seamlessly integrated with the G and V series of Panasonic Viera line of televisions.

Panasonic showed off 3 different companion tablet computers, a 10.1 inch, a 7 inch and and a 4 inch model. They were running on a Google Android 2.1 operating system and the rest of the specs were kept secret because most of the hardware was not finalized and was subject to change.

The essence of these 3 new tablets was to wirelessly connect up to your Panasonic television and via DLNA was able to shoot live video from the tablet to your TV. This was done by only swipeing the video to the top of the screen and it disappeared from the tablet and appeared on the television.

The two Panasonic reps that spoke with us, mentioned that this was their effort not to go after a broad tablet market, but to instead offer their existing customer base a few different options for a tablet that integrated with their television line.

Well, Panasonic is set to fill that void with a range of tablet PC’s which they have named VIERA, which also is the brand name shared by the popular range of televisions sets that the Japan based company manufacturers. In fact, the new upcoming tablets are not just sharing the name with the TV series but is also likely to be an extension of the TV as well. May be it can even be considered the next generation of remote control for the TVs but is offering much more than just allowing one to define how their their televisions should behave.

One of the more interesting facets on these new tablets was a custom SDK for Android that Panasonic is developing and will integrate the applications with the tablets to all work in tandem with the TV’s. For instance we talked a bit about USB and bluetooth external keyboards, as well as other dongle hardware for 3G to be compatible with the device to enhance the tablets usage in the home and create more features. They also mentioned their intention on having a series of applications that were able to be both be loaded on the TV, and the tablet.


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7Jan/110

Good e-Reader Exclusive – Live Video of the new Motorola Xoom Tablet PC

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By Michael

motorola xoom

In this Good e-Reader Video we are live from CES and took a look at the new Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Tablet PC! We get a hands on preview of the scrollable widgets, 360 hardware preview, Google eBooks, Scrollable 3D Youtube Videos and a full Android 3.0 preview of the new Motorola Xoom.

Incase you have not heard the Motorola Xoom is the first big tablet offering from telecommunications giant Motorola. It features a 10.1 inch screen and resolution of around 1280×800 pixels and a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It has 1 GB of RAM and will support around 10 hours of video playbook, it can play video via DLNA to an external computer/screen and HDMI support. It also supports Adobe Flash 10.1 right out of the box, and comes with a two-megapixel front-facing and a five-megapixel back-facing camera. This new Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet will be on 3G at first with no SIM card needed and will have integration for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Motorola has scheduled release of the gadget for the first quarter of the year.

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Categories : CES, Tablet-Slates, Technology

7Jan/110

Good e-Reader CES Exclusive – Colby unleashes 6 new Tablet PC’s

colby tablets

Colby has certainly been busy in the research and development department unleashing a flurry of tablets at the CES show in Las Vegas. Where most companies are showcasing one or two tablets, in addition to a large variance of electronics, Colby is focusing very strongly on the tablet segment to diversify their portfolio.

At the Colby booth they were showcasing six different tablet computers all running the Google Android operating system. All models included WI-FI for internet connectivity and bundled applications such as Aidko e-Reader, Document Viewer, Calendar, Clock and Calender. Although all models do not include the Google Android Marketplace, Colby has entered into a partnership with Appslide for alternative Android apps. They also all feature mini HDMI and USB 2.0 connectivity for integration to your PC.

First up to the plate was the Kyros MID7015-4G which featured a 7 inch TFT LCD resistive screen technology with a paltry resolution of 800×480. For processing power it has a Telechips TCC8902 ARM1176 800 MHZ CPU. It was running on the Android 2.1 operating system and 256 MB of RAM. For storage space it had 4 GB of internal memory and you could increase it via a Micro SD card, up to 16 GB. and had an accelerometer that allowed you to switch between landscape and portrait mode. It had a mini HDMI output and a USB 2.0 for PC connecting. For multimedia it had stereo speakers and an integrated microphone.

Next we have the MID7025-4G which featured a 7 inch TFT LCD resistive screen technology with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. This model also runs Google Android 2.3 and has 4 GB of internal memory, but can be upgraded to 32 GB via MicroSDHC memory. Speaking of memory this model has 512 MB of RAM and has a Samsung SP5V210 Cortex A8 processor.

Batting third in Colby’s Kyros line of tablets comes the MID7026-4G 7 inch resistive TFT LCD edition with better resolution then the previous models with 800×600. This model is running Android 2.3 for the core operating system and for processing power runs the Samsung S5PV210 Cortex A8 1GHZ. It also has 512 MB of DDR2 memory and for storage space you have 4GB of memory that can be expanded to 32 GB via Microsd.

The next tablet from Colby boosts the screen size up to 8 inches from the 3 previous models which were 7 inches in size. This screen technology also has TFT LCD resistive and has 512 MB of RAM. For processing power you have a Samsung S5PV21 Cortex A8 1GHZ. The Kyros MID8025-4G also runs on the Android 2.3 operating system.

The next tablet certainly kicks it up a notch with a larger 10.1 inch screen that is capacitive instead of resistive technology, so it makes interacting with this device a little bit more robust. The resolution is also a bit better with 1024×600 pixels and also has 512 MB of RAM and a Samsung S5PV210 Cortex A8 1GHZ processor.

The final tablet they were showcasing was the Kyros MID 1026-4G which also features a 10.1 inch screen with the best resolution of all of Colby’s offerings with 1024×768 and also is Capacitive TFT LCD. It also runs a more updated version of Google Android with 2.3 and has 512 MB of RAM with 4 GB of internal memory. Like the last few models you can also enhance it up to 32 GB via MicroSD.

From information we gleaned at the booth one of the representatives mentioned that the 10 series, the MID1025 and MID1026 specs were not set in stone. The spec sheets had said that the screens were capacitive (which can be interacted with, by merely the tip of your finger) but the prototypes on display with were obviously resistive (which can be interacted with via a Stylus or PDA pen, fingernail etc).The Booth people did say that they just got the models in today and were not indicative to the final product. Also, they mentioned that in the 10 series as well, that OS 2.3 probably might not be upgradable to a further iterations to Android updates, such as 3.0.

This is more or less why Colby has not been fourth-coming about price points for their tablets because of lingering questions on resistive/capacitive screens and future implementation of 3G devices will strongly be the factor between a 0 entry level tablet and a 0 one. They did mention that the 7 and 8 series will be out in the market in the USA only in Q2 of 2011. No word yet on the availability on the 10 series, but we see this maybe coming out at the end of the year.


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7Jan/110

Good e-Reader Exclusive – The MiNew M-PAD W10T Tablet PC

minew m-pad

We at Good e-Reader continue our coverage of the CES in Las Vegas with the MiNew M-Pad by the Korean company Moneual. This company has been whom has been in buisiness for ten years, and is their first tablet computer offering.

The new MiNew M-Pad which will hit the USA market in the first quarter of 2011 features a 10 inch, Windows 7 based operating system. The screen supports multi-capacitive touch screen and the operating system seems to be a stock Windows based, which means there is no overlaying GUI to make interacting with Windows easier. We found through hands on testing, that clicking on the small icons to be a little bit difficult.

The processor of this new device is a Intel N455 1.66 GHZ and will come with two models for storage; 16 GB and 32 GB. If you find this amount of memory restrictive you can also enhance the memory up to 32 GB via the micro SD.

Finally for hardware it has 2 USB 2.0 ports, a mini VGA port, a headphone jack and an external mono speaker. As well, you can connect up to the internet via WIFI, and has bluetooth connectivity. The rep at the booth mentioned there was no plans for 3G or a Canadian launch at this time.

As we said, this is Moneual’s first tablet and they have been in business since 2001 and have won many awards for their green based technology, although this tablet does not really showcase any of their award winning technology. some of the green tech that did catch our attention was their mobile air purification robot and intelligent robot vacuum.


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7Jan/110

Good e-Reader CES exclusive – Toshiba Android 3.0 Tablet PC

toshiba tablet ces

On the first day of CES we managed to spot a new Android Honeycomb device from Toshiba and a prototype Windows 7 based tablet and have all of the latest news and pictures.

The yet untitled Android 3.0 tablet from Toshiba is a 10.1 inch model with a resolution of 1280×800 and will feature a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. It has a new LED display technology to give higher contrast and resolution then the traditional LCD based tablets we have seen. It will also employ Adaptive Display technology, which automatically adjusts contrast and brightness depending on surrounding ambient light.

One of the nice features of this device is that it will up-convert videos to HD quality, similar to how DVD players will convert the resolution to higher resolution. You will be able to view your HD content in 16:10 aspect ratio for superior performance. You listen to the audio via the stereo speakers or headphones with the headphone jack.

The Android 3.0 Tablet from Toshiba will also be DLNA compliment. DLNA is short for Digital Living Network Alliance, and defines a standard for moving movies, photos, music and other media from device to device. DLNA servers can store media in one location, and, without any setup or configuration, can stream the media to DLNA compliant players, like the PS3 and Xbox 360. The big draw behind DLNA is to throw away major configuration, and create a simplistic way for consumers to get media from one device to another. If DLNA is not your bag, the unit comes with a USB and HDMI port in order to connect your device manually.

This device also shines with the dual cameras, it has a 2 MP front facing one and a 5 MP rear facing camera. On the side of the unit it has volume switches, a power button and a orientation lock button, so you can lock the accelerometer to either landscape or portrait mode.

Right now the unit is WIFI only and will come in two different models, one with a 16 Gigs of storage and the other at 32 Gigs of internal memory. You can further enhance the memory via an SD card card up to 32 GB. It will also come with the feature of changing the back of the unit where you have access to the removable battery. Right now it comes in green, black, purple, pink, white, blue and green. No word yet on pricing on the prices of the cases or the price of the unit, but its due for first quarter of 2011 launch.

When Toshiba first put the hardware together for this new Android device, it put a concept one together in parallel that one of the engineers admitted that this will have a 0% chance to launch. It featured a Windows 7 Operating system and had an Intel Atom processor instead of the Nvidia Tegra processor that the Android model had.


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22Dec/100

Exclusive: Google ebookstore rep hints at timetable for Australia

860275_watching_time.jpgJust got off the phone with Mark Tanner, who is Google’s ebooks rep in Australia. He’s ensconced down in Sydney in the Googleplex (Aust version) in Pyrmont.

Interesting guy. He’s the man charged with getting the Google Ebookstore successfully launched here and publishers and retail partners signed up. He emailed me the other day and was nice enough to do a quick interview.

Even though I’ve had a play with the GE site (see how here), chances are that the question foremost on my mind was the same as the one on yours: “When?”

Unfortunately Mark has to follow the company line. “We’ve been very excited by the US launch of the Google Ebookstore – it went extremely well,” he said. “Within 24 hours we were the number one app in the Apple App Store. Not just in books though – overall. We are really happy with the response and there haven’t been any real glitches at our end. What Google does well is launch a Version 1.0 product and then iterate, and I think the public know that.”

Google has had it’s share of major glitches when launching products, however – remember the Google Buzz privacy headache? But clearly things have been as good as gold with the US Ebookstore launch, which you would probably expect, given that Google Books’ ebooks product has been mooted (and clearly worked on) for, well, years.

So when does Australia get it? Again, the official line from overall product manager Scott Dougall, here in the WSJ, is that the GE will launch internationally in the first quarter of 2011.

But Tanner is optimistic that we’ll be near the start of the international queue. “I’m hoping we’ll be in the top group – that means early next year,” he said. So it sounds like the GE will roll out across the world in waves (ulp – don’t mention that word in Australia) and that if retailer and publisher interest remains very strong, we could be in the first group to get the nod.

Tanner says that retail interest on the ground has certainly been strong. “We’re in discussions with every major book retailer in Australia,” he says, “and in active discussions with a variety of other retail players. After all – we think it’s a pretty sweet offer for booksellers.”

Do I smell the waft of indies on the wind? In the US, GE launched already plugged in to 120 indie bookstores – all of whom had the advantage of being part of the American Bookseller Association‘s powerful and integrated indie retail system. Two weeks on, that figure has already risen to about 150. They must be doing something right.

Will it be the same story in Australia’s more fractured indie landscape? Or will the big boys dominate again? Who can say – but I’m itching to find out. Soon.

Via Jason Davis’ Bookbee

11Dec/100

The Onion ebook bundle – exclusive for Kindle owners





Amazon and The Onion have created a 5 new ebook bundle for Kindle customers:

The Onion is a rather odd alternative and heavily satirical American “news” website and printed newspaper, basically a sort of spoof  CNN, and actually quite funny I find and is well worth a visit to see their rather strange take on what is happening (or not happening) in the world today.

Anyhow, they have got together with Amazon and produced a bundle of 5 ebooks exclusively for Kindle owners (or those of you who use Kindle apps on other devices), which you will be able to buy for the price of a beer, i.e $ 2.99 each.   Got to be worth buying at that price!

Specifically the 5 ebooks are as follows:

America’s Finest Tech News

Chronicles of the Area Man

The Finest Reporting on Literature, Media, and Other Dying Art Forms

The Best of Jim Anchower

The Best of Herbert Kornfeld

In a press release, announcing this bundle of ebooks, Amazon had the following to say:

Our customers are fans of books by the Onion in print format, and the Onion is one of our most popular Kindle Periodicals.  We hope Kindle readers will enjoy these five exclusive titles, which are the perfect way to add even more levity to your holiday season.

As Amazon’s press release rather amusingly goes on to say.

Every week, the Onion misinforms more than 1.8 million weekly readers of the print edition

Actually, come to think of it, the Onion might be seen as no more than an honestly  misleading and amusing version of Fox News.

So, off you go and order yours before the holiday really kicks in, and you will thus be properly armed to relax and enjoy your holiday reading.

Links:

The Onion: http://www.theonion.com/

Kindle Store: http://www.amazon.com