Are you impressed? I’m not.
Source – Pocketnow
“Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.
Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far.”
Guess we have to wait till 10 May 2010.
Some nice vids on the iPad posted up by TheVarietyGuy (Check out this guy’s site, got tons of iPad video on it). For those in US, lucky you all for those getting them this Friday. Meanwhile back in the farm here in Hong Kong, still no news on release date, major bummer.
Source – TheVarietyGuy
We first saw the Neofonie Wepad at this year’s CES (see the following video shot by the guys at Neofonie), the final spec was finally announced this week, let’s see how it matches up with the iPad.
Screen size: 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display [WePad][WINS] vs 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display [iPad]
Processor: 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor [WePad][WINS] vs 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip [iPad]
Battery life: 6 hours [WePad] vs 10 hours [iPad][WINS]
Webcam: YES, 1.3 megapixel camera [WePad][WINS] vs NOT YET HERE [iPad]
Flash Adobe Air: YES [WePad][WINS] vs NO [iPad]
Expansion: 2 USB ports and flash card reader [WePad][WINS] vs NONE [iPad]
Radio: UMTS modem [WePad][WINS] vs Wi-Fi + 3G (depends on model)[iPad]
Apart from the above, the WePad also features the Google Android OS (meaning access to Android Market) and open eBook standards. Sounds neat right? The WePad is expected to be available in April (in Germany).
Source – WePad
Coming from a tablet user for the past 10+ years, I can tell you that this Microsoft Courier idea, if it works, would surely be one of the hottest thing to come but given Microsoft’s past track record, especially with their half heart support for OneNote and other Tablet devices and associated softwares…… I don’t know. I surely hope it will be different this time around. Guess only time will tell.
Source – Gizmodo via myblogiphone
Multiple sources indicated that there might be a new release of the new generation of iPods with the possible inclusion of a camera and microphone. Speculations indicated that the three possible versions are of 16, 32 and 64GB were a price tag of US$199, US$299 and US$399 respectively. Possible upgrade to iTunes 9 is said to be included as well.
As for the Apple Tablet, according to Gizmodo, “They went on to say that although the project (Apple Tablet) has been going on under various names between four and six years, the first prototype was built around the end of 2008. Adding, “The time to market from first prototype is generally 6-9 months.” That would place the device’s release date in this holiday season. (Think not) They then said, “There was a question of what OS the device would run, too.” So the chances of it being announced at the upcoming keynote event is highly unlikely.
Stay tuned for more.
Source – Gizmodo
This from Gizmodo and MacDailyNews,
“Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured multi-touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion’s haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS. Pretty expensive to produce initially, but sold at “low” price that will reduce margins. Apple wants to move these babies. And move they will. This is some sick shit. App Store-compatible, able to run Mac apps, too. By October at the latest.”
I know I’ll be getting this if it’s for real.
Source – Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
As reported back in January, Review – Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC, Dell is finally bringing the multi-touch capabilities for its Latitude XT tablet via a free software upgrade tomorrow. The upgrade allows users to do two finger scrolling, zooming and add programmable double tap functions on thier screen just like it on the Mac. The demo video from Dell follows –
Source – DellVLog
Pic from SlashGear
Chris Davies over at SlashGear confirmed that ASUS is going to roll out the touchscreen slate for their new line of Eee PC. It was also reported that the slate could be launched as early as the Taipei’s Computex show, which kicks off June 3rd, the same show that the original Eee PC debuted at last year.
For full article, click here for SlashGear’s post.
Source – SlashGear
Pic from TabletPCReview
The user review on the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC is out on TabletPCReview. Noted that it cost a bit more in the US. The current standard config in Hong Kong which includes the following goes for HK$16,688, very attractive indeed.
|Model:||Dell Latitude XT|
|Processor:||Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 ULV / 1.20GHz|
|Chipset / Graphic:||AMD / ATI Integrated RadeonXpress X1250|
|Memory:||667 MHz DDR2 / 1GB But actual performance will be 533 MHz due to Processor FSB Limitation|
|Screen:||LED Backlit WXGA LCD (1280×800)|
|Hard Drive:||80GB 1.8″ / 5mm, 4200rpm / PATA|
|PAN:||Dell Wireless 360 Internal Bluetooth Module|
|LAN:||Dell onboard Gigabit LAN adapter|
|WLAN||Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n mini-card|
|WWAN:||Dell Wireless 5720 Sprint Mobile Broadband (EVDO Rev.A)|
|Optical Drive:||Dell D/Bay plus 24x CDRW/DVD|
|Battery:||Upgraded to 6-cell, 42W/Hr Primarily Battery|
|Warranty:||3 year mail-in service (standard) plus 3 year accidental damage protection|
As reported in my earlier post, First Look – Duosense, Dell had the technology in place and multi-touch would be available once applications supporting it starts appearing. All-in-all, a very solid Tablet PC which promises much. One thing to note is that 2GB memory is almost a must for the Tablet PC running Vista, so make sure you add in that option.
Photo from TabletPCReview
HP just announced a whole new line of products and amongst them, the HP tx2000 Tablet PC, an upgrade to the HP tx1000. TabletPCReview received a pre-production unit and they published a first-look review yesterday. According to the review, the initial sepcs are as follow –
- AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual Core processor TL-66 2.3GHz
- Up to 4GB DDR2 RAM (review unit had 2GB)
- Nvidia GeForce Go 6150 graphics
- Hard drive options of 120GB, 160GB or 250GB
- 12.1″ WXGA touchscreen display with built in digitizer (1280×800 resolution)
- LightScribe Super Multi or Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW
- Windows Vista Home, Business or Ultimate OS
- Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
- 802.11a/b/g/n with Bluetooth
- ExpressCard Slot
- 3 x USB ports
- 2 x headphone out and one microphone-in
- VGA-15 pin
- TV-Out S-video
- RJ-11 and RJ-45
- Notebook Expansion port 3
- 2 x Consumer IR
- Battery: 4-cell or 6-cell Lithium-Ion
- Weight: 4.3 pounds with weightsaver and 4-cell battery
- Dimensions: 8.82″(L) x 12.05″(W) x 1.23″(H)
The PCMark05 score of 3,738 sure is impressive when compared to other Tablets (see test results in the review).
One thing that is not mentioned in the first-look review is the vectoring problem with its predecessor, the HP tx1000 Tablet PC, which uses the passive digitizer. However, if you read on in the comment section to the review, someone extracted the HP product catalog and confirmed that HP had incorporated the active digitizer from WACOM to their new line, so much for the vectoring problem (too bad the HP does not have the DuoSense technology).
Axiotron, Inc., a leading proprietary high-tech hardware solution provider, announced today (31 Dec) that its flagship product, the Modbook, the first fully functional Apple-authorized tablet Mac solution, is now shipping to its retail channel.
The only Mac-based tablet computer on the market, Axiotron’s Modbook seamlessly integrates a state-of-the-art Wacom® digitized pen-sensitive LCD slate-style display with Apple MacBook’s legendary ease of use and design sensibility, giving artists and design-oriented professionals enhanced onscreen writing and drawing functionality when they need it most.
“After introducing the product earlier in the year, we have experienced a tremendous amount of positive response to the Modbook as its exclusive modular design and superior functionality provide the best tablet solution on the market for artists and designers,” said Andreas Haas, President of Axiotron. “The Modbook’s recent designation as an Apple-authorized product has allowed us to better meet the needs of our extremely patient customers and we are proud to be able to ship a product that resets the bar for Mac users everywhere.”
Named Best of Show at Macworld 2007, Axiotron’s Modbook melds Apple MacBook’s speed, power, superior strength and elegance with Wacom’s leading digitizer technology to provide an unparalleled 512 levels of pressure sensitivity for a fast, accurate and intuitive user experience. Offering twice the pen sensitivity and control of any tablet PC on the market, the Modbook gives artists and design oriented professionals the increased freedom, flexibility and precision control to create and edit digital art using a variety of specially designed pen tips that are included with each Modbook.
A perfect blend of style and functionality, each Modbook comes pre-installed with Mac OS X Leopard™, the award winning OS X’s built-in Inkwell® handwriting recognition, a 2.0 GHz or 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a built-in iSight® camera and an integrated 24x DVD Combo drive or 8x DVD SuperDrive. Also, every Modbook features a built-in Global Positioning System (GPS).
In addition to all of the features of the powerful Apple MacBook base system, the Axiotron Modbook’s largest-in-class wide angle 13.3″ widescreen display offers wider viewing angles and a higher contrast ratio, resulting in darker blacks and more vivid, saturated colors while maintaining the same resolution and aspect ratio of the original MacBook display.
According to GottaBeMobile, it is available via Other World Computing starting at US$2279. Here’s an old video on the Modbook.
Just when I thought I had the coolest Tablet PC, the Fujitsu T2010, the DuoSense technology pops. Surprised the new Dell Latitude XT is not supporting it as Gizmodo reports “N-Trig makes the DuoSense technology that powers the Dell Latitude XT’s touch-sensitive and pen-enabled display. This is the only input device in the market that combines a pressure-sensitive pen with multitouch into a single surface, which allows for seamless iPhone-style finger interaction—perfect for broad, direct object manipulations—and precise stylus for electronic ink input and drawing.” Read on to find out why, link to Gizmodo’s report here.