PlayBook’s first-day sales outdo Galaxy Tab and Xoom, analyst says

BlackBerry PlayBook sales hit 50,000 for the first day of sales on April 19, including pre-sales, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets estimated.

Overall, Research in Motion (RIM) is on track to sell 500,000 PlayBooks in its first fiscal quarter ending in May, analyst Mike Abramsky wrote in a note to his clients that was reported in the Montreal Gazette.

Abramsky’s staff checked 70 retails stores and found 11% of the locations that stocked the device had sold out. “The launch appears to have been stronger than the launch of Motorola’s Xoom or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, although it’s too early to judge sustainability,” Abramsky wrote.
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Apple sues Samsung over its Galaxy phones and tablets [UPDATED]

Apple and Samsung may be business partners, with the former using some of the latter’s processors in its products, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from suing the South Korean electronics company. Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung last Friday, alleging that Sammy’s Galaxy devices, like the Galaxy S, Epic 4G, and various Galaxy Tabs, “copy” the iPhone and iPad. The following statement is an excerpt from the suit:

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”
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Sprint Lowers Galaxy Tab Price to $199.99

If you’re looking for an inexpensive tablet – we may have a deal for you. Starting today Sprint will be offering the popular 7-inch Galaxy Tab for just $199.99 with a 2-year contract.

The Galaxy Tab was originally $499.99 at the carrier, with a $50 instant discount, and $150 discount for signing a 2-year agreement. Now the device is technically priced at $429.99, has $90 in instant savings, and still has the $150 discount for signing up for two years.

This is the original Galaxy Tab, running Android 2.2. A new version of the tablet is expected to be released later this year, and Sprint is likely to start carrying a number of Honeycomb tablets over the course of the year as well, tablets that will potentially make it hard to push the older Galaxy Tabs out the door.

CTIA Hit Orlando This Week Like a Hurricane. Some Amazing Products and Announcements

Hi all, this past week the CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, the International Association for Wireless Telecommunications Industry, basically the governing body for wireless communications) held its yearly spring convention in Orlando, Florida. Unfortunately, I was not able to go and give you a first hand account and look at all the new product and service announcements. So, I put together a summary of the companies that made the biggest splashes and the articles and videos I got them from (actually I drew from many articles but I have referenced the one article that I feel will give you the most info on the products). I know I normally don’t send you to link after link, however there was so much information that this article would have to be in two or three parts or 10 pages long. I figured it was better to give it to you all at once and you could peruse the products you had an interest in. The videos that are coming from YouTube will also give you the option of seeing more on the particular product.There will be some shockers (T-Mobile) and some “it’s about time”. Lastly, for that one person out there who knows who you are, I just want to say that there is no “cut and paste”. All this came from my little fingers. Please enjoy and let me know which of the new gadgets you think will be big winners.-Bill
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Tablet Cameras: iPad 2 vs. Xoom vs. Galaxy Tab

PC World – Odds are, if you ask anyone waiting in line for an iPad 2, they’ll list plenty of reasons why they’re lusting after Apple’s latest camera(s)-equipped tablet.

According to our lab tests, image quality isn’t going to be one of them. In this case, megapixels did matter, and the iPad 2′s 0.69-megapixel sensor turned out iPod Touch-esque results. On a bright note, the new iPad does shoot decent video, and it even outscored a dedicated video-capture device in that realm. Not too shabby.

We put the first generation of camera-equipped tablets through PCWorld Labs’ subjective testing for image and video quality, and although some tablets fared much better than others in terms of photo quality and footage, they were all outscored by the output of the iPhone 4.

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MWC 2011: Samsung Revisits the Galaxies

BARCELONA — Mobile World Congress 2011 — Samsung Corp. unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab II — its follow-ups to the popular series of Galaxy phones and tablet — at a press conference here Sunday before Mobile World Congress opened its doors.

Samsung spent most of its time touting the face-lift given to the Galaxy II that makes it well-suited for the enterprise. The vendor has teamed with Sybase Inc. for security features that take Android into BlackBerry’s turf, such as remote mobile device management and secure controls down to the app level. It’s also working with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to bring voice over Wi-Fi, WebEx and VPN support.

Other notable features of the devices are listed below.

Samsung Galaxy S II

* Near-field communications (NFC) chip for contactless payments
* Samsung’s 1GHz dual-core Central Processing Unit (CPU)
* Four Samsung Mobile Widget Hubs: readers hub, game hub, music hub, social hub
* Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
* Larger screen, but thinnest and lightest design ever
* HSPA+ up to 21 Mbit/s
* Cordless synchronization with any Wi-Fi-enabled device, including TVs and netbooks
* Vlingo-powered voice commands and control
* 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus (Super Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode Plus) display

“The screen is wider, clearer and definitely easier on the eyes,” said Thomas Richter, head of portfolio management at Samsung Telecommunications Europe. “It’s a delight to look at,” he added objectively.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

* Weighs 21 ounces
* 10.9 mm thin
* 10.1-inch touch screen
* Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA)’s dual-core Tegra CPU
* 16GB or 32GB of storage
* Android 3.0 Honeycomb
* 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 8-megapixel camera in back

Samsung is hoping to build on the momentum it gained with the original versions in 2010 when it became the leading Android manufacturer. It sold 10 million Galaxy S smartphones and 2 million Galaxy Tabs last year. (See OS Watch: Samsung Tabulates a Record Quarter.)

The phones were buoyed by their relationship with all four Tier 1 U.S. wireless operators, although a Samsung spokesman said there are no plans to bring either of the follow-ups to North America at this point. (See Sprint’s Galaxy Tab in a Subsidy Orbit, Device Watch: T-Mobile Gets Galaxy Tab Sans HSPA+, 4G World: Verizon Picks Up the Tab, Samsung’s US Galaxy Quest and Samsung Gets Epic With WiMax Smarty for Sprint.)

Both devices will be launched in Europe and Asia/Pacific, although pricing was unannounced. Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) will carry the Tab 10.1 in March. And, rest assured, we haven’t seen the last of the Galaxy refreshes, Andrew Coughlin, head of account from Samsung Telecommunications Europe, told the media.

“This isn’t the end of the evolution,” Coughlin says. “In fact, it’s only the beginning. Samsung won’t stop.”

Sprint drops Galaxy Tab down to $300, undercuts everyone but US Cellular

What now, Verizon? Just a few days after Big Red lowered the price of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab to $500 off-contract, Sprint’s version has shed $100 — which means you can now score it for $300 on a two-year deal. As long as you’re willing to put your name on the dotted line, that now means that Sprint can put you into a Tab for less money than anyone but regional carrier US Cellular, which offers it for a bargain-basement $200. Interestingly, Sprint’s shift comes on the heels of an LTE-tweaked version of the Tab for Verizon with a faster processor and better camera, suggesting that a WiMAX model could definitely be in the works these guys — which might be what this “industry first” event is all about early next month. Pure speculation on our part, but it’d make some sense.

Update: US Cellular wrote in to let us know that the $200 promotion on its version of the Tab has actually expired — now, you get two for the price of one at $399 after a $100 mail-in rebate. In other words, if you just want a single Tab, Sprint’s the best deal in town right now. Video: Samsung Tab from CES 2011

Trevor from Samsung tells us all about the Samsung Galaxy Tab. I know we have seen a lot of this already but since I did all the other tablets I wanted to give them their fair airtime.

T-Mobile drops Samsung Galaxy Tab to $350 on-contract

Been waiting for a carrier to shave a bit off the price of the Galaxy Tab before you took the plunge? Well, you now have your first option to consider — T-Mobile has just knocked $50 off the on-contract price of the tablet, bringing it own to $349.99 for those willing to sign a two-year term (the off-contract price unfortunately remains unchanged). Incidentally, T-Mobile has also dropped the price of the Samsung Vibrant down to $150, although that’s not the first time a Galaxy S device has been discounted. Of course, while T-Mobile is the first to start discounting the Tab, it almost certainly won’t be the last. We’ll keep you posted on any other changes. Holiday Gift ideas 3

Here is the 3rd installment of this article. For the first two items today I have moved from the cell phones to the iPad and Tab. I tried to pick out the items that offered the most for the money. Of course there are hundreds of really cool accessories for the iPad and Tab. Hopefully, this gives you a good head start. If anyone out there has any other ideas or products you think would be good here please let me know and I will post it for everyone else. Thanks—Bill

15-Item Accessory Bundle for Apple iPad $59.99 $59.99

Silicone Skin – Black
- Precision molded for a perfect fit with vein design for added grip
- Thick material for durable long lasting use
- Allows charging while in case
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