eFun has a new tablet to add to their Google Play Series that will debut at this year's CES. The Nextbook 7GP has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 1024 x 600 display resolution, 8GB storage and runs Android 4.1. At the budget price of $129.99, it comes with preloaded with Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, as well as the Barnes & Noble Nook Store access. A visit to the Goggle Play store means hours of fun with apps and games. As per usual, we expect that the older model will come down in price once the latest 7" tablet is out.
It was certainly a very merry, electronic Xmas. According to a recent Flurry Study, 17.4 million activations took place on December 25 for iOS and Android devices. This was up an incredible 332% increase from the daily December average and more than doubled from last year's total. More tablets were activated on that date than phones and iPads dominated the category. The
KindleFire HD did well, too. Check out the entire survey for more details.
Now that the Surface RT seems to be moving along nicely, Microsoft plans to release its Surface Pro tablet in January 2013. It will run the full version of Windows 8 so it can access the full range of apps. The tablet will be bundled with a Surface pen and is compatible with optional Touch or Type covers. The 64GB model will retail for $899.00 while a 128GB version starts at $999.00. Both have an Intel Core i5 processor and 1080p HD display.
Last year LeapFrog's LeapPad managed to capture the Toy of the Year Award so you know that the LeapPad 2 will be one of the hotter devices this holiday season. The improvements include a higher resolution, front and back cameras, video recorder, a faster processor, longer battery life and back compatible with games from the first generation. The tablet is recommended for ages 4 - 9 and can be used with stylus or small fingers. Available in both green and pink, the package includes 5 built-in apps, an app of your own choosing and a Cartoon Director app for making movies. Special bundles and accessories are also available.
Dockem has released the Koala Tablet Wall Mount that fits all iPads, Motorola's Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and other tablets. Attachable by 3M Command adhesives that won't harm your wall, it comes with built-in cord clips and allows full access to buttons and port. Useable in portrait or landscape mode, the mount can even be used with in conjunction with other iPad covers.
RIM is not having a prosperous time overall of late, despite releasing new BlackBerrys. It would seem that selling 11 million smartphones and half a million Playbook Tablets last year did not help the beleagured company. They will be going through some changes, including co-founder Jim Balsillie and other top execs leaving. They also plan on cutting back on consumer marketing and cater more to businesses. We suspect lowering prices may be involved, especially after the BlackBerry 10 launches later this year.
By now everyone has heard the news that the new iPad is out with a better display, faster 4G LTE connectivity, a 5 megapixel camera and a price starting at $499.00. That's a huge amount of money for the average human to swallow these days, but the good news is that the iPad 2 has been slashed in price by $100, making it more accessible to the masses. And since the new one has sold out before release, it might be worth considering.
Sony's double-screened Vaio P Tablet has arrived. AT&T is offering the device that is 4G capable. It may take a while to get used to the dual 5.5" touchscreen displays but there are plenty of apps to play with. The tablet runs Android 3.2 and can be used for gaming, music, video and reading eBooks. It has both a front and rear camera, WiFi or Bluetooth connection and can transfer to a compatible PC or TV. Plan on a $399.00 price with 2-year contract and monthly data plan.
Belkin has some of the most innovative accessories so it is no surprise that it won a CES Innovation Award for Portable Multimedia Accessories. This Kitchen Cabinet Mount can keep your iPad handy for following a recipe or watching a flick while washing dishes. It can also be used to attach to shelves or other surfaces. No tools are needed as it has a simple adjustable clamp.
Amazon is a happy camper this holiday season as it claims that it has sold over a million Kindles combined during the past three weeks. Dave Limp, VP of Kindle Business, claims that the demand is increasing as weeks go by. This is no doubt partially do to the lesser prices of the Regular Kindle, Touch, Keyboard and Fire.
There seems to be some rumblings that many of the Fires are being returned because of long load times, touchy off switch and lack of external volume control. Others seem concerned that it is too easy to order with the one-click system. However, new products often have bugs and in all fairness it appears to be a Kindle kind of holiday.
Would that we were kids again and have access to the wonder of a tablet built for the younger crowd. Vtech's InnoTab, also available in pink, has a 5" touchscreen with tilt-sensor, e-book reader, MP3 and video players, and photo viewer. With 64MB of memory and SD card slot for expansion, a USB cable can hook it up to PC or Mac. There are plenty of cartridges with e-books, activities, games and learning apps available.
Sooner or later every kidlet will want to covet your tablet, so you can beat them to the punch with Karuma's PlayBase. Features include a 1.2 ghZ processor, 3D GPU, 1GB RAM, stereo speakers, front camera and WiFi. The tablet is water, dent and scratch-proof and has an easy clean silicone cover with an integrated stand for viewing. You choose what app you want for your brood, set them in front of it and your tablet is safe for now. Pre-order for £170 ($270) for a December 1st delivery.
Hoping to capture some of that holiday tablet share of the pie spirit, Samsung released its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with a pre-loaded Media Hub. That provides access to films and TV episodes, while Social Hub connects to and updates social sites and flash games. In addition, the Peel Smart Remote TV app turns your device into a controller without additional hardware. A screen tap lets you find and watch your fave TV shows, then looks for new ones based on your preferences.
Best Buy is pulling an exclusive for the holiday season to bring you and your family closer together. The Motorola XOOM Family Edition is available for $379.00, has 16 GB of storage and WiFi. With a 10.1" 1280 X 800 resolution display, the tablet features a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra processor. It comes loaded with software like QuickOffice for the adults, Kid Zone for the kidlets and Netflix for all.