Archive for the ‘Tablet PC’ Category

MIO MID – awesome mobile internet device, tablet UMPC and GPS

This little unit seems to have everything we’d ever need:

http://www.mio.com/miocebit2010/MoovV780.html

JKK Video:

Mio Moov V780
A premium navigation, entertainment and Internet experience.

The Mio Moov V780 goes beyond being a navigation device. The iF Award-winning design provides a premium navigation, entertainment and Internet experience, the Moov V780 features the new Mio Spirit navigation software, a 7” flat widescreen, HD multimedia capabilities, digital TV receiver, and wireless connectivity. Rethink your navigation experience with the premium Mio Moov V780.

http://hothardware.com/News/Mios-Moov-V780-MIDGPS-Device-Gets-Powered-By-Tegra/

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Libretto W100 awesome dual screen tablet

Here’s the ipad competitor: Libretto W100

This concept looks awesome and even better it’s going to be for sale. Most prototypes turn up at CES and then disappear. This one will be for sale in limited numbers which means we’ll be starting the W100boys blog :).

I think it actually looks like the second generation Entourage Edge if there was such a thing as the centre hinge looks like a slimmed down version of the Edge’s one. Windows 7, two multi touch screens, Toshiba reliability = must have machine.

I’ve had almost very model of Libretto from the Ct70 up to the Libretto L5 and U105 and have actually regretted it every time I sold one. The Libretto L series was hands down the best UMPC, subnotebook I’ve ever owned and the Viliv X70 ties with the Samsung Q1 as the best tablet UMPC. So the W100 and the Samsung Tape are for me the best options out of all the new range of tablets – promised or vapourware. When they come….when are they coming?

The Libretto W100 runs Windows 7 on a 1.2Ghz Pentium processor, boasts a 62GB SSD and 2GB of RAM, and features a Webcam, a USB port, a MicroSD slot, and Bluetooth.

The Courier is dead, long live….what?

Microsoft confirms the Courier project is probably a gonner. “Word has just gone fluttering out of Redmond that work on the Courier project — a heretofore rumored dual-screen tablet which rightfully set the tech world ablaze — has been spun down by the company.”

So it looks like perhaps it’s the HP Slate or the asus offerings, or perhaps dell if they get their *#it sorted for those of us not buying ipads.

Loving the ipad for and against that’s going on

The best part about all the press that’s been stirred up by the iPad debate going on around the web is the attention it’s bringing to the market segment. 1 year ago hardly anyone knew what a slate/tablet PC was. Now everyone does. And the fact that 600,000 iPads have been sold means that other manufacturers can proceed with their own with a mraket segment now defined and sales assured.

Sales assured? Because the iPad is such a disabled machine. No flash, no SD, no 3G, not a stand alone computer (you need another computer to activate the stupid thing), no charging from a PC (way to try and force you to buy a Mac Steven). So much has been truned off or simply not put in that I rate the iPad as a half a computer.

The HP Slate, the Microsoft Courier, the ICD Ultra: these look the goods. Fully functioning slates that allow you to actually use them as computers if you want and not just big phones. Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually aMac Fan, I own more than 10 Apple computers including a Cube, a couple of Lampshade iMac’s, powerbook and Macbook Pro. But the iPhone is 3/4 of a phone and the iPad is half a computer.

Bring on the Tablets 2010.

Off on a trip with the Viliv X70

The picture is showing the tech I’m about to head off on a two day business trip with. I’m taking a lot of stuff and haven’t even packed clothes or anything yet.

But part of this trip is to demo mobile tech so I’m taking the X70 to demo a pure slate PC and I class it as a UMPC because it’s so light and compact. The other machine is my LG P100 convertible Tablet which is a desktop replacement machine because of the power it has but it’s over a kilogram with the extended battery and I have to use the extended battery because the standard one gives me an hour tops of use.

I have thumb drives, portable hard drive, bluetooth keyboard, power adapters, The Balckberry for work, the iPhone for everything else.

I’ll see what I use on this trip (besides the demo times) and see how I go just using the Viliv on the road. Maybe the lack of a keyboard is going to hurt, maybe the lack of inbuild 3G? Have to wait and see.