It looks like Asus, Samsung, HP and Dell just can’t wait for finger friendly Windows 8 to come out as they have all released Windows 7 tablets recently. While Dell’s and HP’s efforts are pretty average the Samsung 700T is actually the first Windows 7 tablet we have seen that might actually do a decent job. Still we think it would be better to hold off your Windows tablet purchase just a wee-bit longer as Windows 8 is just around the corner. We added 40 tablets this month bringing the total number of tablets in our Tablet Finder to 160. See the tull list of tablets added after the break.
After adding netbooks to our Gadget Finder we decided to add tablets as they are currently the hottest gadgets largely thanks to Apple iPad 2 which leads the pack by a mile. What Android tablets miss in quantity they make up in quantity with most tablets being launched running Google Android operating system with the exception of BlackBerry Playbook and a handful of Windows 7 tablets. Thanks to our Tablet Wizard, Tablet Catalogue and Tablet Search finding your dream tablet has never been so easy. Go ahead, make your day :) and try it out. Full list of tablets added after the break.
The Motorola Atrix is set to be one of the first dual-core Android smartphones to make it to release but is more noteworthy for featuring Motorola’s new Webtop application. This is exclusive to the Atrix and allows it to be combined with a keyboard or multimedia dock to be used like a netbook or media centre. With smartphones becoming more and more powerful they are quickly surpassing the processing power that just a few years ago was considered cutting edge for desktop computers. This has led many to wonder, why can’t a phone be used as a computer?
It’s been a big week for Google as it showcased many of the upcoming products. Starting with Google Nexus S smartphone running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Google eBooks online eBookstore, a mystery Motorola tablet running the next version of Android ‘Honeycomb’ and finally Google Cr-48 notebook running Chrome OS. Definitely a lot of information to take in if you haven’t got the time. Luckily guys over at Engadget summarize everything in one neat article. Check the video and photos after the break.
Remember the uniquely designed Motorola Flipout QWERTY mobile phone that was announced in June? Guys over at T3.com just posted a review and concluded that the Motorola Flipout surprised them as it packs all the right features for the social media including the interchangeable back cover, Motoblur, WiFi N, QWERTY keyboard and Microsoft Exchange email support.
Usually we don’t write about mobile phones exclusively launched in US as we are UK based but when Motorola announced a world first Google Android QWERTY smartphone we just couldn’t pass it up. It will feature a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen and an enhanced version of Motorola’s MOTOBLUR user interface for Google Android 2.1. Read the full story for more official photos and details.
Motorola confirmed the release of the previously leaked Motorola Flipout Android 2.1 Smartphone. Motorola Flipout feature a 2.8 inch (240 x 320 px) screen, QWERTY keyboard, a 3 megapixel digital camera with flash and the connectivity will be taken care of by Wi-Fi, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and aGPS. It should be available this summer from Orange in a wide choice of colors from green, red, blue and white. Hope to see hands-on soon as it does look like a innovative device to us.
Flora Graham at Cnet posted a review on the Motorola Milestone QWERTY Smartphone. She thinks the Motorola Milestone is a fast, powerful and feature-packed smart phone with a stunning screen and great connectivity. The slide-out keyboard is as flat as a pancake, we still pine for the missing Google Maps Navigation feature, and it lacks the style of the iPhone or the Palm Pre, but we can’t deny that this is the smart phone for the user who wants it all.
It’s hard to look at the DROID without looking at the company which brought the device to life. Motorola: for years the name has been synonymous with… well, disappointment. While the industry-stalwart made cellphones sexy with the RAZR, the days which followed have not been especially fruitful or compelling. Over the past year or so, we’ve seen Motorola beating its way back into the mainstream through a series of smart plays: first embracing Android as a platform, then shucking off the weight of Windows Mobile and finally bringing some desirable (and high profile) devices to market.
With the DROID, the company has perhaps created its most attractive and intriguing piece of technology yet. Forging an alliance with both Verizon and Google, Motorola has come up with a second compelling reason to count the phonemaker down, but certainly not out, while the other two giants have finally found a seemingly worthy device to position against the iPhone. So we must pose these questions: is this the phone which will catapult Android into the mainstream? Is it the device that will pull Motorola back from the brink? And — most importantly — is it the lynchpin Google and Verizon have needed to challenge the leader in mindshare in the smartphone market? After putting the device through its paces, we think we can give you the answers you seek — so read on to find out!
Some quick observations on the phone:
- That big screen is killer. Bright, crisp, and tons of room for your icons and widgets.
- Speed is noticeably improved — particularly when moving from app to app. We did notice that some of the home screen scrolling looked laggy.
- Android 2.0 is definitely cleaned up — but it’s most definitely still Android
- The browser seems significantly improved — pages now load up in a fully zoomed-out mode, and the load times and scrolling are way snappier.
- The keyboard takes some getting used to, and it suffers from a similar hand-position issue as the G1, but it’s fairly usable. We think it’ll be second nature once we spend some time with it.
- Facebook is integrated into accounts, which means some of that BLUR functionality is here (though now it’s part of Android 2.0 natively). The good news is that when you add a Facebook account you can choose to pull all Facebook info and contacts, or just info related to your existing contacts — a real clutter buster.