Archive for ‘Tablets’

October 13, 2011

Box.net giving away 50 GB of free storage for iOS users!

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

If Apple’s 5GB of iCloud is not enough, then check out Box.net who is throwing in a free 50GB for iOS users. The deal starts  on Friday 10/14 at 12:01 AM PST and runs for 50 days. All you need to do is download the app on your iDevice and the storage space will be your forever!  With Airplay, you can also wireless-ly stream your Box.net content to your TV. I’m jumping from the DropBox bandwagon to the Box.net wagon. What about you?

Before HP shut down their TouchPad business, Box.net was giving away 50 GB free storage on TouchPads too and DropBox collaborated with HTC to give away 5 GB of free cloud for HTC users. But 50 GB trumps the meager 5GB 🙂

 

September 26, 2011

Amazon and Apple Media Events coming up

BY THE APPLE GIRL

AllThings D reports that the Apple media event hosted by the new CEO Tim Cook scheduled on October 4 is to be held at Apple’s headquarters at Cupertino, California. There are several theories flying around why the event is not being held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. However, the excitement around the media event is the expected release of iPhone 5. What will be interesting to see is if Jobs himself is in attendance at the event.

Amazon too has a media event scheduled but on September 28, when it is expected to launch its Android based Tablet. The tablet is expected to be deeply integrated into Amazon’s services and products – Kindle, Cloud Player, Video Player and App Store. The entry-level price point is expected to be $250. I am curious to see what kind of competition Amazon is going to bring to the table.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It’ll be interesting for sure to see how Tim Cook fairs in his first Apple event as the new CEO. He’s got some pretty big shoes to fill, although if it is the iPhone 5 launch everyone will be ogling at the phone instead of him 🙂

As you should have guessed by now, I am more excited about the Amazon event as compared to the Apple event. Although the Amazon tablet will probably look nothing like a typical Android device since it’s going to be running a heavily skinned UI and you definitely can’t compare it to a Samsung Tabs for sure. However, for the 200 price range it should would make a good gift for family members 🙂


 

September 24, 2011

Blackberry Playbook for $249 next week

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

While many Canadian Playbook vendors have cut prices, Blackberry Playbook price cuts might be coming to the US next week. Crackberry’s tip indicated that a 16 GB Playbook would be on sale between 9/25 and 10/1 at Staples for $349 with a further $99 mail in rebate. This is not comparable to the HP Touchpad ($99) fire sale but I would think a living Playbook is better than a dead TouchPad!

September 27, 2010

Blackberry joins the tablet run!

BY THE APPLE GIRL

RIM announced its new tablet PC, called Blackberry Playbook today. The 7-inch Tablet geared at the business folks is called the Playbook (I am not sure when and how play and business would meet in the blackberry world!). The operating system, is based on QNX and if RIM wants to be a player in the tablet market, it better outdo its crappy phone OS Blackberry 6. Playbook comes with a front and back cameras and will initially be available only on Wi-Fi, with the company planning 3G and 4G models in the future.

Here are the specs; Looks like Blackberry has loaded the tablet with anything it could get its hands on. RIM has not yet released the price on this iPad wannabe. What do you think? Does Blackberry have another loser in the market?

  • 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Blackberry Playbook, SEXY! Do y’all detect the jealousy in AppleGirl’s voice? The device is just unreal, it’s the first dual-core process and it’s 9.7mm thin!

This is a perfect device for people on the go that travel a lot, Blackberry is notoriously know for business users who hack out their work emails on their phone. Think about this, you’re waiting at the airport and want to check your emails, you can easily check on your Playbook thanks to the device paring. Or you can enjoy the latest episode of your favorite TV show thanks to the Adobe Flash support (craving for Flash yet AppleGirl? ;)) Not to mention, it supports multitasking. I do have to say the “cards” concept sure looks a lot like webOS.

I can’t wait to see a full hands on review on this device. Finally, RIM came up with something that’s a breathe of fresh air, they’re hopefully going to be able to push the Blackberry brand beyond the office feel and give it a “playful” feel.


September 18, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab- take your pick!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It looks like it’s going to be a full house  again with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung announced yesterday that the Galaxy Tab will be available via  all major US carriers (T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint).

Samsung also announced that a WiFi only version will be available! This means no service contract and data plans (Whoop!)! However, there’s no news on the pricing for any of these devices just yet.

One odd thing is odd is that the US version of the Galaxy Tab will not have telephony capabilities unlike its European model. Am I going to cry over this? No! That’s what a phone is for, and don’t forget you still have the VoIP option if you really want to use it as a phone.

Lastly, movies and next day TV shows will be offered via Media Hub. I think Media Hub is a very nice feature for movies, but I’m still not jumping up and down for joy about the TV shows. I mean Android does have Flash so you could wait for the shows to be posted online to watch, I guess it’s a nice to have if the network doesn’t offer online episodes.

Watch out AppleGirl, with the Samsung Tab being readily available with on all of the major US carriers, do you still think the iPad will dominate?



BY THE APPLE GIRL

Is this going to be another round of device dwarfing just so the Samsung tablet fits into the carrier plans like the Galaxy phones? Sprint customers; don’t hold your breath expecting another Epic 4G, because Samsung is not releasing a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab. T-Mobile customers, you won’t be getting the Tab on T-Mobile’s HSPA + network as well. That leaves Verizon and AT&T. You think AT&T customers would buy an Android device when they have an Apple device at their beckoning?

GoogleChic, I am glad you are not crying over not having voice call functionality on the Tab because I think Samsung and the carrier networks should be beating themselves bad over that blunder(esp if its available in UK). If your Tab is extremely portable because it is 7 inches (maybe you don’t have the extra 3 inches space in you handbag or manbag to hold an iPad), a good smart phone-mini tablet is what we don’t have in the market (Intentionally ignoring  Dell Streak here).  Want to get ahead of the iPad? Launch a device into an untapped market. But instead, Samsung insists on being the best knock-offer (Does the word knock-offer exist? Nevermind, I just made it up). Elaborating on the knock-offer attributes, Samsung makes a device just like an iPad (only 3 inches shorter), makes Apple like accessories, and top it all off gives you video conferencing on Wi-Fi only. GoogleChic, isn’t that what we call Facetime on iPad? Yes, the same Facetime over Wifi you keep cribbing about. 😉

Wow, you get a Media Hub as well? Anything compared to the iTunes store? I’m not even going to draw a comparison here since we all know who wins this round hands down.

As it is, the battery life of the iPad is super trumping the Samsung Tab (iPad has 10 hours video, 140 hours audio playback , one month standby  and Samsung Tab has 7 hours video). Hmm, I wonder if that 7 hours would be any shorter with GoogleChic watching videos on Flash websites.

Alas, Samsung couldn’t get their hands on Apples iOS, so they decided to stick the Tab with another copycat, Android OS. Apple’s newest updates including Airplay wireless streaming and the colossal giant App store with Apps made to render to the 10 inch iPad, sets the Tablet software bar higher than Android.

Last but not the least, let’s talk about the price. Although Samsung hasn’t released the price point in the US, here’s a feeler about how it is faring in UK. Amazon has listed the product for  a mind boggling £800 as compared to £529 for a 16 Gb Wifi-3G  Apple iPad.  Amazon has also listed a 15% discount which brings the Tab down up £680. Of course, with carrier subsidization, the price may vary in the United States. But if the Tab is going to cost more than an iPad, GoogleChic, really I don’t think even you would be buying the Galaxy Tab! 🙂

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September 15, 2010

Just for kicks – IPad vs Galaxy Tab

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Here’s a funny video that I couldn’t pass up. AppleGirl, do we sound like that in our duels :)? We need to create our own version for the iPhone 4 vs Samsung Captivate !

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Of course not! We don’t sound like that! In our duels, Apple turns out as the winner! 😉

Here’s a funny video about iPhone 4 vs. HTC Evo 4G. I am going to let the video do all the trash talk against Google and Android!

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