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Best Buy Insignia Flex: Another Android tablet for penny pinchers

After Google’s Nexus 7, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and Apple’s iPad Mini, the latest brand that has joined the bandwagon of cheap tablet manufacturers is Best Buy. According to a recent announcement, Best Buy is all geared up to launch its new Android tablet under its in-house brand – Insignia. The tablet, which will hit Best Buy stores on November 11th under the name Insignia Flex, will feature a 9.7-inch screen and will be powered by dual core 1 GHz processor. The tablet has been designed to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Additionally, it offers 10 hours of battery life, once fully charged.  The Insignia Flex weighs 1.45 pounds, similar to the weight of 9.7-inch iPad that weighs around 1.44 pounds. It will come equipped with a camera that can also be utilized for video conferencing.

Unfortunately, Best Buy has kept other details under the covers. It has not outlined other specifications of this Android tablet, like total amount of RAM, its storage capacity, screen type, or wireless configuration. Designed to cater the lower-end segment, the price of Insignia Flex is kept in line with the other small-screen offerings like 7-inch Samsung Galaxy tab. The new Android tablet is expected to be priced at around $239 to $259. Pricing will definitely give Best Buy an advantage over other entry-level tablets like $399 Apple iPad and $299 Amazon Kindle Fire.

Insignia, the popular brand of Best Buy, has traditionally offered competitive high-definition TVs, Blu-ray players, and other low-cost home electronics to the customers who look for more affordable products. However, with intense competition in the market, Insignia Flex needs aggressive price point and distinguishing technical specs to stand out from its rivals.

With holiday’s season around the corner, buyers longing to buy Insignia Flex can aim for additional discounts and attractive offers on Best Buy stores.

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Tablet with only Wi-Fi® or cellular connection as well?

A study indicates that tablet owners, these days, prefer Wi-Fi only connections over cellular ones

Connected Intelligence, a part of The NPD Group has come with a report, which states that most of the tablet owners prefer Wi-Fi only connections over the regular cellular connections to meet their connectivity needs. One probable reason for this preference can be that most of the places, today, have Wi-Fi connectivity, be it apartments, offices, hotels, airports, shops, certain highways, etc. People get connectivity as a freely available option, so it does not make sense if they pay some extra dollars for cellular connectivity option in their tablet PCs.

The reasons for this move are multiple according to Eddie Hold, vice president, Connected Intelligence. He said, “Concern over the high cost of cellular data plans is certainly an issue, but more consumers are finding that Wi-Fi is available in the majority of locations where they use their tablets, providing them ‘good enough’ connectivity. In addition, the vast majority of tablet users already own a smartphone, which fulfills the ‘must have’ connectivity need.”

However, using a tablet PC becomes a bit of a problem at certain places where Wi-Fi connectivity is not available. Another situation where there can be a problem with a tablet that has only Wi-Fi connection is when you gift it to a person who is not Wi-Fi friendly or who does not have access to Wi-Fi connectivity. In such cases, a tablet PC with cellular connectivity option comes handy.

Moreover, the cost factor, as Hold suggests, is also an important reason why people prefer Wi-Fi only connections in their tablets. If you take a look at different data plan options, for iPad, by AT&T and Verizon Wireless, you will have a clue. Where AT&T charges US$ 14.99 and US$ 25 a month for 250 MB and 2 GB of data a month, respectively, Verizon Wireless charges US$ 30, US$ 50 and US$ 80 for 2 GB, 5 GB and 10 GB of data a month. A Wi-Fi only iPad of 16 GB comes for just US$ 499 compared to one with cellular as well as Wi-Fi connectivity options, which comes for US$ 629. A similar kind of difference in pricing can be seen in other tablets also.

Connected Intelligence’s report further states, ”In April, 60 percent of tablet users only connected via Wi-Fi but 5 percent of them said they planned to purchase mobile broadband plans within the next six months. However, fast forward six months, and the Wi-Fi only connection base has grown to 65 percent of tablet users, at the expense of cellular connectivity.”

This is the reason why there are so many tablets in the market that do not have cellular connectivity option for Internet. A notable example is that of the Wi-Fi only Kindle Fire from Amazon.

Moreover, most of the general users in these days of economic slow-down will anyways prefer lower prices and other cost factors over a constant and better Internet connectivity, as per the report of Connected Intelligence.

Hold further said, “There is a relatively low mobile connection rate for tablet users today in light of the fact that these were early adopters, and therefore less price conscious than the mainstream. If there is not an ongoing need for these early adopters to be always-on, then the carriers clearly face challenges with the larger consumer audience moving forward.”

A recent study said that public Wi-Fi hotspots may increase by up to four times and reach a mark of 5.8 million by 2015. With the increase in the number of public places and housing societies with Wi-Fi connectivity, the situation is further going to not only prevail but expand. With this, the question that arises here is: Will the companies stop manufacturing tablets with cellular connectivity option at all?

Toshiba® Shows Off Android™ 3.0 Tablet

As you all know that the Android operating system has created a mark in the market by its great features, compatibility and easy to use.  Android 3.0 is the latest version on the Android platform that optimized very specially for the devices having a large screen such as Tablet PCs. It announces a brand new, really effective and holographic UI make, as well as a stylish, content-focused communication model. The system has all the application which mostly a user wants is that the users have fast access to notifications, system position, and spongy navigation switches in a System Bar can be accessible at the underside of the screen. The System Bar is there all the time and is a key touch point for the users, but you can also be dimmed for big screen viewing such as video in a latest lights out mode.

Every software, the user have ways to appropriate options like widgets, navigation or any different types of content in the Action Bar, which are shown at the top of the screen. The Action Bar is always there when any application is in use,even though its theme, content and any other properties are arranged by the application. The Action Bar is an added key touch point for the users, particularly with action items and a run over dropdown menu, which users regularly contact in the same way in most applications.

With the five customizable Home screens provides the users direct access to all the element of the system from any background. Every screen gives a big grid that keeps the spatial display in all orientations. The users can choose and operate application shortcuts, Home screen Widgets and wallpapers using a devoted illustrated layout mode. Arrived for a moment in the first half of 2011 Toshiba’s unidentified tablet focuses on media capability all hard-pressed by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor. To differentiate itself from the other big-screen Android tablets from Samsung and Motorola, Toshiba manufactures a media center tablet with a 16:10 featuring ratio display at a 1,280-by-800-pixel resolution. The tablet PC has the great features like two cameras: the one which is at the back is a 5-megapixel shooter and the other is at the front which is a 2-megapixel camera for video calling. There is an in-built HDMI-out playback on the Television from the Toshiba tablet, as well as you can connect external storage devices or cameras through a full-size USB port.

As an additional bonus, the Toshiba tablet is also having a micro SD card slot for the memory card to expand the memory and also a mini USB port for linking with phones and digital cameras. Toshiba Honeycomb tablet move toward with WiFi; a divided version will have the in-built 3G connectivity. Toshiba will also permit the users to change the batteries for the tablet. You can change the cover on the rear side if the Tablet PC as well and Toshiba will sell the covers in different colors and changing of the housing would change the monotonous tablet into a new one every day. Toshiba is now to declare the pricing for its Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet and the date of availability.

Dell® to launch 10.1-inch tablet with Android™ 3.0 Honeycomb

At the Mobile World Congress, Dell revealed to its investors that it is about to launch a 10.1-inch tablet with Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. The Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system has been built entirely for tablet computers. The first thing that is to be noticed about this operating system is the interface. In the Honeycomb interface, in place of hardware buttons, an on-screen navigation bar appears at the bottom of the screen. This display appears regardless of the orientation of the tablet. The home screen has also been improved.

The widgets have been redesigned to give it a appearance that gives it a prominent look. It gets easy to scroll through the inbox with the Gmail widget or go through the upcoming appointments with the help of the easy to use widgets. The user also gets the opportunity to develop personally customized widgets for any individual of the contact list.

The Dell tablet computer will be able to take complete advantage of the Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system by expanding into multiple panes that are shown side by side on your screen. In the Google OS, the users can read individual messages while viewing the on-screen inbox at the same time. The Google Talk platform will be used by Dell to introduce an integral solution for video chat. This will allow users to get connected to individuals in the contact list irrespective of whether they remain on line on their tablet or through their personal computer. The stock browser of Android gets upgraded with Honeycomb. Multiple tabs can be handled automatically with the help of this feature.

The 10-inch Dell tablet as revealed by the computer maker at the Mobile World Congress 2011 will have all the above features of Google’s Honeycomb in them. The Honeycomb upgrade will also see a new YouTube interface and Google’s e-book marketplace with a tablet optimized version. Bookmarks can be accessed from the home screen itself with the help of the Honeycomb browser widget.

How Dell will deal with the effect of Honeycomb’s interface on its battery life is still to be seen. Motorola XOOM may prove a tough competition for the Dell Honeycomb tablet as it too has incorporated Google’s OS.

ViewPad 10 tablet from ViewSonic

ViewSonic Corporation, which has its headquarters in California, is a company that specializes in high quality consumer electronic products and enterprise solutions. Their ViewSonic range of products include all-in-one PCs, digital photo frames, digital signage, projectors, cameras, camcorders, home theater projectors, camcorder projectors, HDTVs, and of course the all new range of 7-inch and 10-inch tablets.

ViewSonic made waves in the US market, with their introduction and immediate availability of the ViewPad 10, a 10.1-inch slate with unique features, namely, the Android 2.2 Froyo OS as well as the Windows 7 OS. The tablet is powered by the 1.6 GHz dual core Atom processor and has 2 GB RAM.

ViewPad 10 has a 10.1-inch LCD backlit capacitive multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The dual boot feature sets this tablet way apart from many a products on display at the MWC 2011. The superior design of the product allows viewing of Flash based content and even Office programs. The Android part more than features the best of mobile entertainment.

The basic unit comes with Windows 7 Home Premium OS and can be upgraded to the Windows 7 Professional OS. Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, WinRar and a host of other applications, make the ViewPad 10 a good offering from the company. The Google Android platform, with its multi-tasking capabilities, allows seamless surfing of the web, chatting, e-mailing, and even sharing photos. The ALDIKO eBook resource is a useful tool in learning and even reading.

The Mini BGA ports, microphones, headphones and USB ports, along with the built-in Wi-Fi features, make connectivity a pleasure. The integrated 16 GB memory and additional 32 GB Micro SD Slot support are formidable.

The product has been well priced, ranging from $599 to $679, with a range of offerings bringing about a change in the price bands. This new concept of offering a dual boot system with both operating systems makes for efficient business productivity, as also, a good entertainment resource.

Dual boot tablet computers

There can be multiple operating systems on a computer. A computer having more than one OS is known as a dual boot system. In a dual boot computer, the hardware usage is shared by two different operating systems. There are some advantages and disadvantages associated with the dual booting of computers.

Advantages associated with the dual-boot operating systems are as follows:

Multiple operating systems can be operated on a single computer with the help of an option provided in the boot menu of system. If one of the operating systems was corrupted, you can work with other operating system. In this way, the dual booting of the system offers a smoother work environment. If any software or application is not working with an operating system, you can check it with another one.

Following are the disadvantages associated with the dual booting of operating systems:

The main disadvantage of dual booting is the degraded performance of a computer as the hardware and memory usage is shared with two OS. Another bug in dual booting is the clash between different applications. The clash between applications uses system memory and thereby the performance of system may be affected.

Nowadays it is possible to have a tablet PC with dual-boot functionality. Earlier, only single OS was supported by tablet PCs. Tablet PCs prove to be very helpful to take your data on the go. Azpen is scheduled to launch their dual-boot tablet PCs in 2011. These will be capable of booting Android OS along with Windows 7. This model of tablet PC released by Azpen will be available in two different versions. The details regarding these different versions of Azpen tablet PCs are as follows:

First one is a 10.1 inch model and the aspect ratio is 16:9. Another one is available in a 9.7 inch size and the aspect ratio is 4:3. These tablet PCs come with touch screen functionality. They are equipped with Intel Atom N455 processor, 32GB storage space and 2GB of internal memory. With all these power packed features of Azpen tablet PCs, consumers can take their data and work anywhere with dual-boot operation. Dual- boot operating systems greatly help consumers to work frequently on different OS environments that enhance their working capabilities.

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