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HP TouchPad Running CyanogenMod 7, Android 2.3.5 [Video]

So HP decides to stop production of WebOS devices and the HP TouchPad sales increased as if the world were going to end and the only way to survive was to buy one. No, of course that’s not why the sales have increased tremendously. The HP TouchPad is a brilliant device with a good collection of hardware that some folks believe is better than the iPad 2. However, all that doesn’t matter as HP has stopped production of said device and will soon be selling webOS too. So, naturally, the deflation in the pricing.

Few days ago, the HP TouchPad 16GB was going online for a mere $99 and the 32GB for $149. The online stores that were selling the TouchPad quickly went out of stock and it’s no longer available anywhere on the internet of in stores. HP has said that they will be clearing off all the remaining tablets for the same price in the same way, but we have no idea when that Firesale will kick off again. Since the tablet has some pretty nice hardware, a 9.7 inch display and a very Linux friendly processor, it has all the required ingredients for being Android friendly too. Yup, that’s one of the main reasons why people want to get their hands on the TouchPad.

The tablet was seen by Mr. Blurrycam running Android OS right after HP announced the tablets horrible fate. Later on, the TouchDroid project was started by four developers who took an oath to run Android Gingerbread on the HP TouchPad. And now, days later, they’ve made some progress and the future looks good. They have managed to cook an all new Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 ROM based on CyanogenMod 7 for the TouchPad. And these aren’t any normal cooks, they’re the CyanogenMod developers themselves, the masters of custom Android ROMs.

There’s a video of CM7 running on the device, but nothing is working yet, except for the display. The touch doesn’t work and the graphics is all messed up. Yet, it does feel good to see that familiar Android on the HP. Watch after the break;

So? Happen to have a TouchPad lying around somewhere? Don’t worry, it will be reborn. Read the official announcement by the guys over here.

2 Amazing Tablet Devices Other than iPad that are Worth Buying

Talking about a tablet device, first thing that pop-ups in our mind is Apple’s highly popular and fastest selling iPad. But since iPads release, a tablet race has triggered, with manufacturers scrambling to get hold of a larger share in the market. A lot of Android powered tablets have also flooded the market and with their large option base they are not at all a bad deal if you are looking to buy a tablet device. Keeping in view this, I am reviewing 2 feature-rich Android tablet devices that a potential buyer should definitely check out before making any decision.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1

Lenovo Tablet

Released in July, this is the first consumer Android powered tablet released by Lenovo. The device’s eye catching look is its greatest power, you can choose a custom color for the device’s back panel. The other impressive thing in IdeaPad is its user interface, though you will find Honeycomb on lot of other tablet devices but for K1 the developers have added a Launcher Widget right in the middle of the homescreen. There is an app wheel as well that can be employed for launching apps you like the most quickly.

It has a Tegra 2 processor under the hood and boasts a battery life of almost 8 hours which is quite good. K1 weighs about 1.6 pounds which makes it a bit heavy as compared to other tablets and especially iPad. Still I think for $499 it is a fair deal. You can get more information about IdeaPad K1 from lenovo’s shop page.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101

ASUS Eee Pad

When ASUS launched Eee Pad it was all over on the blogosphere and made quite a huge splash. According to some surveys and reports this particular ASUS Tablet device is tailing iPad2 in terms of sales and popularity. Though surprisingly ASUS didn’t make any substantial marketing effort even then E-Pad Transformer has made quite a mark.

It gained popularity partly due to the availability of a keyboard dock, lot of tablet devices are designed to work with docks but Eee Pad TF101 is especially designed to work with one automatically. Once you insert it in a keyboard dock, TF101 behaves like a Netbook and apart from this there is a battery hidden in the dock aswell that extends the battery life to almost 16 hours. Powered with the same Tegra 2 Chip as Lenovo IdeaPad, ASUS TF101 is priced at $399 with $150 additional if you choose to buy a dock too. For detail specs you can visit ASUS webpage.

Tablet market is transforming rapidly so before buying something doing a market survey is quite good. I think these two Android tablets are a complete package and one should consider them too in their survey list.

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Scheduled for April 24 Launch

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a really long name for a 10 inch tablet, but it’s still an icon with tablets when it comes to features and price. Acer isn’t well known in the field of tablets, and although this isn’t it’s first tablet, they haven’t made a mark yet in the fast growing field. With the launch of the Iconia Tab A500 things may turn out to be a little different as this is a really well manufactured quality product from software with decent hardware specs.

Acer announced in a Press Release yesterday, that they will launch this tablet on the 24th of April in stores and online sites worldwide. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 with Wi-Fi will be the first one to be launched, although pre-orders for this device has already begun on Best Buy. The tablet has a good hardware configuration, but what is most striking is that it will be running on the tablet optimized Android Honeycomb 3.0 operating system. Another amazing feature is of course it’s price, which you’ll find at the end of this post.

Specifications of the Acer Iconia Tab A500:

  • 10.1 inch 1280×800 WXGA Capacitive Touchscreen display
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • Nvidia Tegra Dual-core processor 250, 1GHz and 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD up to 32GB
  • A front facing 2 megapixel web camera and a rear facing 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • Wi-Fi enabled, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, USB, G-sensor, E-compass, gyrometer and more.

The Iconia Tab isn’t a bad looker either, it is made of Aluminum and has a metallic finish that gives it an attractive appeal. See you for yourself in the picture below!!

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is currently, as I said before, is available for pre-order on Best Buy online store for an amazing price of $449 and yes you get the tablet too. The pricing is amazing, when you compare it to the Motorola Xoom or Apple iPad 2 as it also has similar hardware specifications. It will be available for pre-order on other online stores beginning April 14.

What do you think of the Acer Iconia Tab A500? Give us your opinion!

[ via Engadget ]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 & 10.1 Unveiled

Samsung announced its two new Google Android Honeycomb-based tablets, with a slimmer 10.1-inch tablet and an 8.9-inch model joining the Galaxy Tab lineup, at the CTIA 2011, Orlando. The new models are only 8.6mm thick which means that they are thinner than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which we have seen at the MWC 2011.

 

Samsung also quotes that the 8.9-inch tablet is ideal for business use and creative tasks, while the 10.1-inch tablet is meant for multimedia consumption. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 incher, which has been revamped with much sleeker looks, is the biggest surprise of the event. The tablets also feature a TouchWiz user interface implemented on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform, offering superior multi-tasking and enhanced user interaction and navigation.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch

The 10.1 incher weighs just 595 grams, and becomes the thinnest and lightest large-screen tablet in the industry. The new tablet will be available in Wi-Fi, WiMAX, HSPA+ 21, LTE and Bluetooth 3.0 models, which comes with a 1,280-by-800 WXGA TFT LCD display and 1 GHz dual-core processor. The 10.1-inch model has a 6800 mAh battery , which lasts for nearly 10 hours of usage. The tablet also features Adobe Flash 10.2, 2-megapixel front camera and 720p video recording on its 3-megapixel rear camera.The tablet is expected to launch in the month of June 8, 2011.

 

Price (WiFi version)

  • 16 GB – $499
  • 32 GB – $599

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 inch

The 8.9-incher also comes in Wi-Fi, WiMAX, HSPA+ 21 and LTE models. The tablet features a 1,280-by-800 resolution,  6000 mAh battery, Adobe Flash 10.2,  1 GHz dual core processor, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD and packs in a 3-megapixel camera out the back and a 2-megapixel on the front for video calling. It can playback 1080p video, and record 720p. The tablet weighs 400gm and offers a battery backup upto 10 hours of usage.The 8.9 incher is expected to launch this summer.

 

Price (WiFi version)

  • 16 GB – $ 469
  • 32 GB – $ 569

 

 

So here we have the new sleek Samsung Galaxy Tablets, which will be expected to give the Apple iPad 2 a tough competition.

Source: SamsungHub

Lenovo Launches ThinkPad X220 Notebook and Convertible Tablet

Lenovo officially launches its two new devices of the ThinkPad X Series line-up – the ThinkPad X220 Laptop and the Convertible Tablet. The ThinkPad X220 laptop features a 12.5 inch display and comes with the Intel Core i-series processors. Lenovo seems to have decided that the notebook’s 12.5 inch displays falls in between netbooks and full sized computers, offering portability as well as room for a full-sized keyboard and a high resolution display. The company has launched these notebooks, giving more importance for a longer battery life.

The ThinkPad X220 laptop will ship with a standard 6 cell battery that provides up to 9 hours and an upgrade to a 9 cell battery is available, which gives upto 15 hours of run time. There’s also an external battery option available for $179, which provides up to 24 hours of run time. It also comes with an optional IPS screen which provides wide viewing angles and an optional WiMAX and 3G modems.

 

ThinkPad X220 Notebook Specifications

  • 12.5 inches LED backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor
  • Intel Huron River platform
  • Weight: 1.3kg(2.86 pounds)
  • Up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Up to 320GB hard disk drive or 160GB of solid state drive
  • Integrated Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • USB 3.0 port(optional)
  • 54mm Express Card slot
  • SD card slot
  • buttonless touchpad (aka ClickPad)
  • 720p webcam
  • dual digital microphones to enable noise cancellation
  • VGA, Display ports

The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet also comes with similar features as that of the notebook. The tablet comes with a standard 12.5 inch IPS display, with an optional Gorilla Glass and Infinity Glass. The X220 Notebook and the X220 Tablet comes with a price tag starting at $899 and $1,199, respectively and are expected to arrive in the month of April.

Source: Engadget

Comparison: Laptops vs. Netbooks vs. Tablet PCs

With the market being flooded with numerous devices in every segment it really does get pretty confusing for the consumer. An average consumer can’t really own all of these. The attractively low prices and the smaller designs are very appealing but bring with themselves the dilemma of whether or not they will perform.

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