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Samsung Galaxy Tab launched in India (compared in pictures with OlivePad)

30 Oct

As expected, Samsung today launched the Galaxy Tab in India. Priced at Rs 38,000, it is currently available for pre-order at select retail stores and will be available to buy from November 10. While we are still awaiting to get hold of a review unit, you can check our first impressions about the Galaxy Tab here or simply hit the break below for some live pictures as well as a visual comparison with the OlivePad, which is expected to be available within a fortnight.

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Barnes & Nobles launches NOOKcolour, a flawed Android e-book reader of sorts

27 Oct

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Barnes & Nobles has announced its latest e-book reader, which it calls the NOOKcolor. Priced at $249, it features a 7.0-inch touchscreen (1024×600 pixels) and runs on Android OS with a custom UI. The NOOKcolor is Wi-Fi only and has 8 GB of internal storage, which can be increased by another 32 GB with a microSD card. While it runs on Android, B&N has decided to make it a closed ecosystem and it does not come with any of the Google goodies (not even Android Market) and the bookseller would like to have its own application store instead.

 

Where the NOOKcolor scores over the plain-old NOOK (and probably even the Kindle) are certainly the colour display and a better browsing experience. It will come with a MS Office suite as well as a media player. However, where it seriously lacks is its battery performance – 8 hours of reading with the wireless turned off.

 

So here’s the deal, the NOOKcolor won’t give you the complete Internet Tablet experience (remember, no third party apps from the wild, only those that B&N let’s in) and it won’t give you the battery life one has come to expect from e-book readers thanks to their e-ink displays. So if a colour display is so crucial, I might just drop another $200 and get a proper Internet Tablet like the iPad (16 Gb Wi-Fi only) and install the NOOK app on it. And if having a longer lasting battery is more important than a colour display, i would rather save money and pick up the ol’ school NOOK or Kindle instead.

 

Without having even seen the NOOKcolor, my gut feeling says that it is neither a proper e-book reader nor an Internet Tablet. Then again, I like to be proven wrong and hope to get a review unit sometime soon.

Video: BlackBerry shows off PlayBook's multi-tasking capabilities

26 Oct

RIM co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis showed off the BlackBerry PlayBook and its multi-tasking capabilities for the first time. The demo took place at Adobe’s MAX event. We would leave it up to the video to do all the talking and showing.

 

SOURCE: Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog

Samsung to launch Galaxy Tab in India on October 29

26 Oct

samsung-galaxy-tab-1 Earlier today, we received an invite for a Samsung press conference on Friday October 29 to unveil what their team is calling the biggest launch of the year for the company in India. And they are not mincing words either, the invite says “let’s tab… let’s talk…” You know what they are talking about, don’t you?

 

Our sources on the street tell us that the Galaxy Tab will be available towards the end of next week (might miss Diwali by a couple of days) and might carry a street price of around Rs 40,000. Unlike the iPad, the Galaxy Tab has a 7.0-inch display, which according to Samsung makes it an ‘on the go’ device rather than just lounging around. We hear that Samsung has been working with some Indian developers to launch India-specific apps for the Galaxy Tab. As usual, we will be covering the press conference live.

 

Samsung GALAXY Tab (GT-P1000) Product Specifications

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA7.2 Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz 

OS

Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Display

7.0 inch TFT-LCD, WSVGA (1024 x 600)

Processor

Cortex A8 1.0GHz Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540

Camera

3 MP Camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash
1.3MP front camera for Video Telephony

Value-added
Features

Android Market™ and Samsung Apps for more applications and contents

Readers Hub, Media Hub* , Music Hub*, Social Hub*
*Availability will be decided by market preference.

Adobe Flash 10.1 player support
Full HD video playback, Thinkfree Office, Swype, Hybrid Widget

Connectivity

30 pin connector / micro SD
WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth 3.0

Memory

16GB / 32GB internal memory, upto 32GB external memory slot
RAM: 512MB

Size

190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm, 380g

Battery

4,000mAh  (7 hour movie play)

iDuple's Cloud Tablet takes Internet Tablet literally, we say bring it on!

26 Oct

iDuple We have not heard much about iDuple in the past but this Mumbai-based startup has just announced a cloud-based Internet Tablet that has just a browser. Yup, you heard it right, this Internet Tablet only has a browser. The device, called the Cloud Tablet, will boot in 5 seconds, have no hard drives (users get 50 GB of online space or can use memory cards) and will run apps directly from the browser. If it doesn’t turn out to be vaporware, we think the iDuple Cloud Tablet could pave way for sub-$100 Internet Tablets.

iDuple already runs a service at www.iduple.com where users pay a monthly fee to access what they call webtops. The idea is simple, let the heavy lifting happen on powerful servers in the background, all that the user needs to have is a web browser connected to the Internet. And that’s where the Cloud Tablet fits in perfectly.

We are not questioning whether they can come up with the hardware, the bigger challenge would be to have apps that would entice consumers to buy their product. Probably, iDuple would start by roping in its existing users rather than rolling it out in the open market. Come to think of it, they are already familiar with the concept and the Cloud Tablet would ensure that they can truly access their apps/services/data on the move.

I had always thought the folks at Opera to do something like a browser-based Internet tablet. I have even asked Opera’s co-founder Jon von Tetzxhner a couple of times when we met about hardware that runs on a browser rather than an operating system as we know it. And on both occasions, he had said it was possible but never committed to it. And now iDuple has done it or so it seems.

Samsung Galaxy Tab to cost Rs 40,000 in India?

1 Oct

Samsung is still mum about the pricing of my favourite Android Internet Tablet – the Galaxy Tab – but one of my connects informs me that it would be priced at Rs 40,000 when it gets launched in India in the coming weeks. Samsung is also working with Indian app developers to pre-load India specific content. I have seen some of those apps working and was mighty impressed with one particular navigation app tailor-made for the tablet’s 7.0-inch display complete with 3D maps and other content.



However, I am not convinced with the Rs 40,000 price tag. Consider this, one can buy the iPad 16 GB 3G version for approximately Rs 35,000 from Hong Kong. Take into account the App Store and its hundreds of thousands of apps and suddenly the Galaxy Tab sounds too pricey. In the past, Samsung has tried creating its own app store for Android (on the Galaxy S) but I have not seen a single new app added to it since the Galaxy S was launched.



Samsung might point out that people pay up to Rs 30,000 for the Galaxy S smartphone and would be willing to pay more for its bigger version but I have my doubts. Yes, I like the device but Samsung could probably learn from Apple that priced the iPad lower than the iPhone.

Binatone launches Rs 9,000 Android tablet

19 Sep

There is yet another player in the Indian smartphone/tablet market, Binatone. Many remember the brand as being associated with televisions and other consumer electronics in the nineties. Well, they are back and now are betting on tablets and smartphones running Android.  And they are fighting big on price. Most impressive of their offerings is a rather natty looking HomeSurf 8″ Touch tablet, which is almost as slim as the iPad, runs Android 1.6, has an 8 inch resistive screen, Wi-Fi, 2 GB onboard storage, 128 MB RAM and is powered by an ARM 11 667 MHz processor. But the killer is the price: Rs 9,000, which is less than half that charged by other Android tablets in the market today. We might just be looking at the first attempt to make the tablet mainstream, even if it does depend on an older version of Android!

In a presentation mailed to us, the company made a pretty stiff argument favouring the Android platform and also showed off its Android-based HomeSurf range of smartphones, MIDs, netbooks and tablets.  What is not as good is the fact that the company has opted to go with an archaic version of the OS – 1.6. Still, we guess that if it brings the prices down, there will be takers, which should in turn, pull down prices of other products (witness what Micromax has done in the cellphone market). Interesting times!