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UK launch of Motorola Xoom on the Cards
Mar 31st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Here comes an exciting news for all those who have been waiting to lay their hands on the first Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom. The much hyped Honeycomb 10.1? tab is all set to be released next week in the United Kingdom.

You can grab the gadget at Carphone Warehouse, and Dixons Store Group retail chains – Dixons, PC World, and Currys. You can also grab the SIM-free version of the first Honeycomb tablet at Clove and King of Gadgets, the UK outlets. The tablet is also heading to Taiwan and South Korea next month.

Bundled with the Honeycomb OS, this is the first hing-end device which is anticipated to give tough competition to the already leading Apple iPad tablet. Other specs of the tablet are 10.1? touchscreen at 1280×800 resolution, an amazing 1GHz Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1GB RAM, HDMI outlet, USB, Adobe Flash, Android market access, microSD support along with many other features.

Though officially the release of the device has been announced, its price, version and availability details are yet to be confirmed. The 3G version of the tablet is said to cost £600 where as the Wi-Fi version is said to cost £500. It is not yet known if both the versions will be released at a go or not.

Apart from the Motorola Xoom, the HTC Flyer is also on its way that will be heading to UK from May 5th.

Heads and tails of HTC ChaCha versus Nokia C3
Mar 31st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

It is no secret that Nokia C3 is one of the most popular handsets; and neither is the fact that HTC’s facebook phone ChaCha is the next ‘phone-on-the-block’. ChaCha has made many heads turn in this year’s Mobile World Congress to give enough indications of a catch-up on Nokia C3.

This eye-catching petite smart phone, aimed at the younger generation, packs more than a punch when compared to Nokia C3 – which in its own way has made its way into the bags and pockets of the youngsters.

C3 runs on Symbian 40 – simple, old but stable. However it isn’t as faster than or as secure as Version 2.4 (Gingerbread) which drives ChaCha. When it comes to the hardware, ChaCha weighs in a decent 120 g compared to C3’s 114 g. Though you can’t pick out a winner, HTC is always known for hard-wearing, premium devices which give it that slight edge over Nokia.

When it comes to Social networking, C3 is pre-loaded with Communities application – an aggregation of all your networks to the home screen. ChaCha takes it a step forward and provides native support for Facebook, Twitter in addition to hardware Facebook Key which allows sharing with a single press.

Connectivity wise, ChaCha scores over N3 since N3 doesn’t have the 3G functionality which is very much the ‘in-thing’ in today’s smart phones. Need we say more?

No wonder then, that ChaCha has impressed one and all in the Mobile World Congress. ChaCha encompasses all the core elements of today’s smart phones and provides those extra features that keep it afloat.

LG is building Google’s first Tablet device
Mar 30th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

LG has recently confirmed that it will be building LG’s first Tablet Device, which will be Android 3.0 powered Nexus Tablet.

LG will be third manufacturer with whom Google entered into manufacturing agreement, other two being HTC, who has manufactured Nexus One handset and Samsung, who has manufactured Nexus S handset for Google. But LG will be first manufacturer, through whom Google is manufacturing its first Tablet device.

Apart from announcement on plan to build its first ever tablet device through LG, there is no other formal news out in market. This will be first Tablet device that will be built on Android 3.0 version and should be ready with device by Mid Autumn. This new to be built tablet device is expected to be built on most advanced available technology. It will be equipped by dual core processor, HD Interface (which will be super Amoled), NFC, 1 GB of RAM, more than enough storage, dual cameras and if all goes as per plan it will be 3D enabled.

With its previous two releases Nexus One and Nexus S, not doing so great at market, not only Google, even its fans are also eagerly waiting with fingers crossed for Google’s first ever Tablet PC to be built.

Samsung Galaxy Tab for just £299
Mar 30th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy freaks will be overwhelmed to know that the much awaited Samsung P1010, also known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Wi-Fi version is all set to hit the UK market via Amazon. The tablet will be available for just £299 including delivery charges.

The gadget is said to be unveiled tomorrow, about 1 week after the launch of iPad 2. It is however being reported that the tablet is already being sold by Best Buy. Actually, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3G was introduced last year itself with a price tag of more than £500 which however came down to £300.

Coming to specs of the device, the P1010 is similar to that of the Galaxy Tab except that the latter comes with 3G. Other specs of the P1010 include Samsung Hummingbird SoC clocked at 1GHz, onboard storage memory of 16GB, 512MB RAM, a 7 inch capacitive screen having 124×600 pixels resolution. The device is also bundled with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a front facing and rear camera as well as Android 2.2 OS.

Unfortunately, the device is anticipated to face difficulty to withstand the competition given by its rivals the iPad v1 or the iPad 2.The iPad v1 is available for just £289 where as the iPad 2 can be owned online for  £389. The iPad 1 which is bundled with a single core SoC possess only 256MB RAM and has no camera.

Sony Ericssion Xperia X10 gets a makover by Gingerbread
Mar 29th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

November 2009 saw the launch of Sony Ericssion Xperia X10 on Android os 1.6 (Donut). It had come a long way since then.

It now not only supports Eclair but also Gingerbread.It can be safely said that Xperia X10 stands on top of the available conventional Android handset for  buyers looking at an upgrade to Orange (called XTE Blade).

It offers some great features combined with matching specifications. Storage capabilities include a 384MB RAM and 1 GB onboard storage. The 4 inch OLED capacitive screen was the highest screen resolution(480×854 pixels) offered by any smartphone at the time of launch.Following the trend, it can support 32GB microSD cards, Wi-Fi, GPS, FM radio and DLNA. Good camera resolution of 8 megapixel with LED flash and AF should suffice.

Xperia X10 is a good buy and is easier on the pocket priced within £300. It is even cheaper than the HTC Desire.One can also own an Xperia X10 on a pay monthly contract.The buyer should shell out £20.42 per month for 18 months with £25 automatic cashback.The TCO with this contract costs a little over £342.56 but is interest free. The buyer however gets data allowance of 1 GB in addition to 100 minutes talk time and 100 texts monthly for the extra  £48.

UK launch of iPad 2 fails to meet demand
Mar 29th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The much awaited Apple iPad 2 in UK was sold out completely in just a  few hours. It just took two hours to sell out the second-generation tablet which went on sale in UK.

Apple’s leading London stores on Regent Street and in Covent garden saw hundreds of eager buyers line up outside much earlier than the launch at 5pm on friday. The iPad 2 is a lighter, slimmer version with dual-camera and dual process capabilities. For the first time, iPad 2 users can choose from either a black or a new white version. The iPad is available in a two models with the 16GB Wi-Fi only model starting at £399 to the high end 64GB Wi-Fi +3G model priced at £659.These two models cater to the requirements of a range of markets and end users.

The apprehension on the availability of stock was ascertained with the main stores running out of iPads to sell. Even the third party retailers like Currys and PC World could not meet the demand.

Apple’s Regent Street store could not confirm on the new stock availibility. However, a spokesperson for the outlet did inform that Apple’s website would post details on possible reservation for hopeful iPad 2 buyers willing to pick up the device from a store because online orders are expected to have a 3-4 week wait time currently.

Another Ace from Samsung – Samsung Galaxy ACE
Mar 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy ACE, new kid on Samsung Galaxy range of Smartphone, is available on Three network with a very affordable price tag. It is available at £ 30 on contract and £ 199 on Pay As You Go plan. Samsung Ace is a new Stylish Android based Smartphone running latest version of Android Mobile Operating System, Froyo.

Samsung Galaxy Ace is interfaced through Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, which customizes default look of Android and helps it to look different from other Android based Smartphones. This TouchWiz user interface makes 3.5 inches screen of 16m color displaying capability and of 320X480 resolutions even better. It has one single home button similar to Apple’s iPhone 4 and two other buttons for navigation purposes.

The Smartphone has all high-end networking capabilities like 3G capability, Wi-Fi support and also don role of WiFi hotspots enabling you other home devices to connect to internet through it. With the option of charging through USB, which can be used to connect it to computer or Laptop as well, the Smartphone comes bundled with 2GB microSD memory card.

With all the expected features bundled together. Samsung Galaxy ACE is definitely one of the most high profile releases in this year.

Viewpad 7 on a free trial offer for 04/11
Mar 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Good news for those potential buyers who are contemplating to venture into the world of Tablets.  Viewsonic, a world leader in visual display products and consumer electronics has announced a free trial offer for the entire month of April 2011.

The tablet is NOT free of cost; the consumers will still have to purchase the Viewpad 7 at the market price. However consumers will get a trial period of 30days after which if they are not satisfied for any reason with the tablet then they get the entire money refunded along with the refund of the postage money unto £10 upon returning the device.

This marketing scheme is to ease the consumers in use of tablets. At the same time it is to capture the untapped market potential and give consumers a risk free, good first tablet experience.  Priced at £300, it stands ahead of its other 2 siblings and is being showcased at the gadget show in Birmingham next month.

Less bulkier than other tablets a 7″ screen, comfortable touch  navigation, dual web cams, 3G, Blue tooth, WiFi  and an Android 2.2 OS are some of the features Viewpad 7 boasts of.

Viewsonic has to only wait and see  the benefits of this scheme.

Motorola Xoom WiFi-only available for pre-order in the UK
Mar 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The latest tablet, Motorola Xoom is now available for pre-order in the UK from pcworld.co.uk, currys.co.uk, dixons.co.uk, and pixmania.com with a price tag of £499 though the delivery date is slightly tentative.

PCWorld’s pre-order page informs us that the tablet is due for release in the first week of April but that it is not yet confirmed. The same page also claims to deliver the tablet on 9th April.

Motorola Xoom has hardware that costs $359.92 compared to iPad’s $359.92 as per reports by iSuppli. It has a dual-core processor, and two cameras which make it all the more expensive.

Powered by Google’s Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb platform and a 1GHz processor, Xoom has support for Adobe Flash and Air along with an HDMI output port. It has a 10.1-inch HD 720p screen capable of 1280×800 resolution, a 5MP rear-facing camera for HD 720p video recording and a 2 MP front-facing camera for video calls.

Orange and T-Mobile to offer Apple iPad 2; O2 to provide data tariffs only
Mar 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Orange and T-Mobile (together called as “Everything Everywhere” after their merger) will sell the latest sensation in the tablet space, the Apple iPad 2 once it gets released in the UK towards the end of this month through their stores.

Almost an year after the iPad’s launch the iPad 2 is set for a launch powered by the all new iOS 4.3, dual cameras, sizzling fast dual core processor, and HDMI output.

The iPad 2 will also show up in three memory sizes just like its predecessor – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and that would automatically result in product pricing differences. For the end users though, there would not be any price difference between the iPad and iPad 2 as per Steve Jobs quote yesterday.

Faced by stiff competition from Samsung Galaxy Tab, Apple iPad is considered an expensive device in the current tablet market. The 3G enabled iPad currently is offered for £429 in Apple stores while UK mobile operators offer the device for £200 on a 24-month data contract.

O2 meanwhile announced that it would stay away from selling the iPad 2 though it would offer MicroSIM data plans for the new gadget.

Motorola Xoom at Sam’s Club could be just $539
Mar 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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If leaked reports from retailer Sam’s club can be believed, the retailer could get Motorola Xoom and at a lower price than previously expected at $539.

Xoom, the tablet from Motorola got launched last week through Verizon; however its potential to kill iPad will get known only when the W-Fi only version gets released because that would be the cheapest tablet for those who want to try the device.

The Wi-Fi only Xoom which was earlier priced at $599 has got a $60 price cut if the news about Sam’s club is true.

Motorola Xoom has hardware that costs $359.92 compared to iPad’s $359.92 as per reports by iSuppli. It has a dual-core processor, and two cameras which make it all the more expensive.

A new advertisement from Motorola with the slogan “Grab it and it grabs you” has been released as if to counter the launch of iPad 2. The video advert with special effects seems unwarranted in comparision to Apple’s simpler adverts.

Verizon offers the cellular version of Xoom for $599 on a 24-month contract with 4G connectivity. Verizon has however got nothing to lose as it would carry both the devices.

As the Wi-Fi only Motorola tablet is set to go on sale in Europe this April, it might show up very soon at Sam’s club.

A splash in the tablet market : iPad 2
Mar 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Apple iPad has been the market leader in terms of the market penetration that it achieved in the tablet computers space. And now Apple intends to repeat the success that iPad achieved as the technology giant is all set to unravel the iPad 2.

Come March 11, iPad 2 will hit the market though it seems to miss out some features that consumers hoped to see. Apple CEO, Steve Jobs quoted a few times during the launch of iPad 2 that competitors were unable to ship an actual rival to the Apple iPad. Even if we don’t run into a fact-finding mission on that claim, we still have an interesting situation to see how the tablet market gets affected after the arrival of iPad 2.

People have not adopted the tablet as much yet and the iPad 2 sounds an attractive option despite the fact that it has pretty much the same features which were being touted as the differentiators from Apple iPad viz., cameras, sizzling fast processors, and HDMI output.

Now that the Apple iPad gets all or most of what the competitors offered, it is quite a splash in the tablet market. And to add to the party, Apple slashed the price of the original to $350.

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