Asus Eee Pad Transformer Video Review

Thanks to Jon at technobuffalo fro another great video. This time he reviews the Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet that came out yesterday. For the written review please see the link below.

Tablet? Laptop? Why not both? Sure we did a written review on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, but as people have been asking for a full video review as well, we’re here to deliver the goods. It is definitely a unique device on the tablet scene. Not only do the specs rock near the top, with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, 1GB of RAM, 10″ screen, 5MP rear camera and Android Honeycomb, but it also does a trick — it can disguise itself as a clamshell laptop/netbook. A compatible keyboard dock accessory gives users some hardware QWERTY action worthy of high-volume data input.
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Sony S1 and S2 Android tablets official, coming Autumn 2011

Check out the two videos for the Sony tablets scheduled to hit sometime in the fall. The first one is a promo from Sony and the second is the launch announcement from a Tokyo news conference.

Sony will make its long-awaited entry into the tablet PC market later this year with two models based on the latest version of Google’s Android operating system.

The tablets, which carry the development names S1 and S2, will be launched worldwide from the fall, Sony said on Tuesday.

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Blackberry Playbook Review Videos Show Some Great Potential

I know you are saying “Bill, not another Blackberry Playbook video.” Yes, I did repost the unboxing and iPad2 comparison videos. However, both of these videos really give you a good sense on whether the Playbook is truly worth looking into as you shop for a new tablet.

The first videos are from Aaron at Aaron goes deep into the Playbook and just about every aspect of what this tablet can do.

The second (or actually third since Aaron’s is a 2-parter) from Jon at gives you an amazing amount of information in about half the time.

Both videos are worth a look and will give you some excellent information. Here is an article from Wireless Week that also gives you a real good look into the Playbook and why you may want to take a second look: Review: Making a Case for the Misunderstood BlackBerry PlayBook

Best Buy Launches Pre-sale of Wi-Fi HTC Flyer

Starting today the HTC Flyer will go on pre-order for $499 at Best Buy. There is no actual release date but the speculation is “this spring”. Seeing that we are at the end of April, spring is moving fast so hopefully it will be within the next few weeks. Just for a reminder the Flyer has a 7″ display, will be available in Wi-Fi only for now, 16GB storage, 1.5 single core processor, 5mp rear camera-1.3mp front and more.
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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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iPad 2 vs. BlackBerry Playbook

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook has finally hit store shelves, and it’s time for the inevitable comparisons to begin. While there are several tablets for it to compete with in the market already, of course the first one everyone will think of is Apple’s iPad 2 as it currently is the dominant player.
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T-Mobile willing to knock $100 off G-Slate, if you ask nicely

Here’s a little secret that T-Mobile didn’t really intend for public consumption: if you give the company a ring you can nab an extra $100 off a G-Slate. The discount was emailed out to those who signed up for a special promotional offer T-Mo teased recently. Like most things, though, the internet got ahold of this juicy morsel and we’re happy to tell you it’s open to everyone. Just reference promo code GSLATE100 and you can pick up a shiny new Honeycomb tablet for $430 — provided you have an existing voice plan or sign up for one, are willing to commit to a two-year data contract on top of that, and don’t mind dealing with a mail-in rebate. If those caveats don’t scare you off, go ahead and call. Just act quick, the offer ends April 27th.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review (video)

As the name would suggest, there is much more than meets the eye with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. The tablet’s spec sheet reads nearly identical to its biggest Android-powered competitor, the Motorola Xoom. Both are powered by NVIDIA’s incredibly capable dual-core Tegra 2 processor, augmented with 1GB of RAM, and enter the market amidst significant hype. That, however, is where the similarities end. Where the Xoom fell short, the Transformer excels, and easily takes the throne as the best Android Honeycomb tablet on the market. It’s quick, responsive, multitasks with aplomb, and looks good while doing it.
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Toshiba’s Tablet to arrive in June

Toshiba will launch its first tablet computer in late June in Japan and at around the same time in global markets, the company said Wednesday. Here is a link to the demo I got from Toshiba at this years CES show in January. PhoneScholar Toshiba Tablet Demo

With the tablet, Toshiba will kick off an attempt to gain a 10% share of the global tablet market by 2013, said Masaaki Oosumi, president of Toshiba’s digital products and services unit, at a Tokyo press conference. The company is one of the oldest and most well-known names in laptop computers, so its entry is likely to further raise competition in an increasingly active market.

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T-Mobile G-Slate Review Pt. 1&2

It’s finally here! Aaron reviews the T-Mobile G-Slate, the US version of the LG Optimus Pad and the first device to launch with 3D recording capabilities. It offers a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 8.9-inch display, stereoscopic 5-megapixel cameras for shooting 3D content, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). The G-Slate can record HD video in 1080p, and 3D video in 720p.

As if that wasn’t enough, it’s the first product to run on the carrier’s 42 Mbps HSPA+ network, which is currently live in Orlando, Las Vegas, and New York City. The T-Mobile G-Slate will be available on April 20th for $529.99. Is it the the best tablet out there, or does it fall short of the others?

If you wish to read about the G-Slate, here is a fantastic article from Noah at Technobuffalo reviewing the new tablet.