Archive | April, 2011

Acer’s $450 Iconia Tab A500 Tablet Reviewed

Posted on 30 April 2011

The days of highly priced, unaffordable tablets may well and  truly be numbered. The Acer Iconica Tab A500 has landed in the US market with prices starting at $450 for the WiFi model running Android 3.0 exclusively through BestBuy online.  This affordable price makes it more attractive to the budget conscious tablet buyer who may be looking at alternatives to the more expensive Motorola Xoom (WiFi only model) which has the equivalent hardware specifications. […]

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What’s the Bargain of the Week? UK Dell Streak!

Posted on 30 April 2011

I was in the UK last week. If I had seen this offer I probably would have jumped at it. A 5″ tablet with Google apps, reasonable cam, Cortex cpu and a nice build that runs Android 2.2 now. Tesco, the biggest retailer in the UK are offering the Dell Streak at £199. Now I realise that some of you may not be too happy buying from Tesco (Hello Bristol) […]

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Sony Announces Two Android 3.0 Tablets: One Slate, One Clamshell [video]

Posted on 29 April 2011

Sony has caused a buzz in the Android tablet market by announcing not one, but two Sony Tablets which will be available globally come Q3, 2011. Both of the Sony Tablets are designed to deliver  “an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time”, with Sony aiming to “create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ with content and network”. Here’s a quick […]

‘In Other Ultra-Mobile News…’ April 29th

Posted on 29 April 2011

Here’s the weekly rundown of items that we posted to the middle column on UMPCPortal, our ‘Other News’ section. It’s all good ultra mobile PC and MID-related stuff that, in most cases, we didn’t write about as a main news item. Shared 3Gnet makes Intel Powered ultra mobile PC designs – ARMdevices.net. Shared Dell 10-Inch Android Tablet Will Be Called Streak Pro. Published High Dynamic Range Computing. Shared Dell Leak […]

Should Mobile Users Consider the Cloud?

Posted on 28 April 2011

When i met Vodafone at Cebit this year they were recording video response to the question ‘What’s The Cloud for you?’ I repeated a statement that I’ve made on the podcast a few times now – The Cloud isn’t mobile. There are few places in the world where you can rely on the connection between you and the Cloud to be stable and fast. In most parts of the world […]

Google Docs for Android – Productivity Test

Posted on 28 April 2011

As I was researching new ways to manage documents on my Galaxy Tab yesterday I stumbled across a Google Docs application which I hadn’t seen before. It turns out it was released yesterday! As someone who uses Google applications heavily, both on the desktop and on my mobile devices, I was of course interested to see how far it extends into the realms of true productivity. It turns out that […]

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White iPhone 4 to Be Released, Proves More Popular Than the President’s Birth Certificate

Posted on 28 April 2011

Remember when Apple released the iPhone 4 in June of 2010? First they said they were going to release a white version of it. Then they said they weren’t. Now, almost a year later, they say they are. And for some reason this is spreading around the web like wildfire. In fact, the search “white iphone 4” is outstripping “obama birth certificate” according to Google Search Insight: Every once and […]

Sony Freestyle Hybrid PC Looks Ultra-Mobile, Shift-Like

Posted on 27 April 2011

When the ultra mobile PC world had a little more momentum than it does today, Sony had a few high-end offerings that stood head and shoulders above most other models in that they had some amazing engineering and used some relatively high-end CPUs. The Sony UX range had a huge fan-base and still stands on its own against competitors today. Looking at the Freestyle PC that was revealed in  a […]

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Photosynth App for iOS Impresses with Quick and Intuitive Panoramic Image Creation (free)

Posted on 27 April 2011

The recently released Photosynth app for iOS is an impressive and effective (and free!) tool for making high-quality interactive panoramic photos directly on your mobile device. The Photosynth project is the brainchild of Microsoft Live Labs. It started as a neat service that was capable of combining hundreds of photographs from similar areas and allowing the user to virtually fly around to each photo. Later, support for uploading traditional panoramic […]

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Galaxy Tab Firmware Update ‘JMG’ (Europe) – Worth Having!

Posted on 26 April 2011

Update: See notes about wifi below. I’m still having problems. I haven’t been keeping a close eye on Galaxy Tab firmware updates as I’ve been very happy with the stability but, in preparation for V2.3 which appears to be confirmed, I took the chance to set up Kies, the Samsung phone/tablet management software this evening. I downloaded and installed the latest firmware for my region and ended up with an […]

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Asus Eee Slate EP121 User Review

Posted on 26 April 2011

Many thanks to Jeff Kent (Mobile Barbarian) for sending us this detailed review of his Eee Slate EP121 from real-life business scenario perspective. Remember, this is a 2.6lb device containing a 12” screen and Core i5 processor. Not quite a handheld but in some respects, still an ultra mobile device. I recently purchased the Asus Eee Slate EP121. As the term “slate” indicates, the EP121 is a slate (as opposed […]

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Eee Pad Transformer Trips Up in Productivity Scenarios.

Posted on 25 April 2011

UMPCs, we’re not shy to say, are still important. They’re becoming more important too as people realise that there is a life for devices between 4 and 10 inches. UMPCs offer something that you can rely on to give you a high quality work and web experiences with the minimum of brick walls and maximum compatibility and flexibility. Unfortunately for pro-mobile fans, the number of true UMPCs has dropped to […]

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