Archive for the ‘tablets’ Category

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) unveiled the Kindle Fire on Wednesday, a 7-inch tablet that The Wall Street Journal says could be Apple’s “biggest” challenger to the almighty iPad.  Kindle, Kindle Touch 3G and Kindle Fire; courtesy of Amazon Press RoomMuch like iPad’s Android competitors, the Kindle Fire’s price is sure to compel consumers to give it a second look: It’s priced at an attractive $199; the cheapest iPad2 is $499.

The Kindle Fire was just part of Amazon’s growing Kindle family: Also announced were a lighter, cheaper Kindle ($79), the Kindle Touch ($99) and the Kindle Touch 3G ($149). Read the full news release about the Kindle family here.

The Amazon Kindle Fire at a glance:

  • Weight: 14.6 ounces (413 grams)
  • Size: 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm)
  • 1024 x 600P resolution at 169PPI
  • 8GB on-board memory
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off.
  • Full charge in approx. 4 hours
  • Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
  • Audio: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard
  • USB 2.0 port (micro-B connector)
  • Warranty and service: 1 year limited
  • Supported formats: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8

EARLIER: Acer Iconia A500: A honey-sweet alternative to iPad? ~J’s Pages, May 26

EARLIER: A honey-sweet alternative to the Xoom? ~ J’s Pages, April 9

The percentage of U.S. adults with e-readers doubled between November and May, from 6% to 12%, according to a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Interestingly, tablet usage among adult users isn’t growing as fast.

Click the link.
 

Acer Iconia Tab A500The Wall Street Journal says Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 is “compelling competition to Apple’s dominant iPad in one crucial area: price.”

At the time of this writing, the Wi-Fi-only A500 was priced at $449.

Full article is here.

The Iconia Tab A500 at a glance:

  • Weight: 1.7 lbs.
  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1.0GHz processing speed
  • 1GB DDR2 memory
  • 16GB eMMC on-board memory
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear camera
  • HDMI
  • Supports microSD up to 32GB
  • High-speed USB 2.0 port

EARLIER: A honey-sweet alternative to the Xoom? ~ J’s Pages, April 9

A Q1 survey by the Nielsen Company looks at where — and when — users are using their mobile devices. Of note: 25% of respondents said they take their tablets to the bathroom, while 28% of smartphone users do. Ereaders maintain a bit more dignity, with only 17% taking their device to the can.

Yay for mobility.

Nice ad for Friskies.

New data released by comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR) suggests iPads aren’t just for die-hard Apple loyalists, the boys — and girls — who wait with bated breath each year to see what Steve Jobs has up his turtleneck.

Nope, iPad owners also use other devices and platforms. Although the comScore Mobilens report shows Apple is — not surprisingly — the most popular smartphone OEM (original equipment manufacturer) among iPad users, Research in Motion (RIM) is second with a 17.5% share, followed by Samsung with 14.3%. Google’s Android is not absent from the findings, either: The report examines the Apple iOS-Android rivalry and finds that 14.2% of iPad users have Android phones, indicating the savviest consumers know you can’t commit to just one OS forever.

Further disposing of the fanboy myth are the age profiles of iPad users: The 25-34 group makes up 27% of iPad users, followed by the 35-44 folks at 20%. So while the 25-44 segment are most likely seeking more advanced technical capabilities, they’re also more likely to have the discretionary income to buy an iPad — more so than, say, the 18-24 crowd (15.2%) and the 55-64 group (7.3%).

27% of iPad users are 25 to 34 years old.

comScore Mobilens
February 2011 study

The 18-24 set won’t be without for long, though. The growth of the e-textbook market will see to that, putting tablets –including iPads — and other mobile learning tools in the hands of younger users and marking the declining cost of adoption.

In the latest proof of the shift in the textbook industry: CourseSmart, a consortium of e-textbook providers, has partnered with Pearson eCollege (NYSE: PSO) to offer colleges and universities access to more than 20,000 textbook titles and other course materials from more than 25 publishers. (By contrast, Publishers’ Weekly reported in August that CourseSmart’s iPad app offered access to 14,000 digital textbooks from five publishers. ) The new titles will be made available through Pearson’s LearningStudio, a cloud-based software-as-a-service platform that allows colleges to offer students the option to buy digital education materials at a lower cost.

UPDATE 04-20-2011: CourseSmart announced today its app for Android, CourseSmart for Android 1.0. (Awesome name. Hope they paid that marketer well.)

From the news release, CourseSmart for Android 1.0 at a glance:

  • Search for a topic within a single book or across an entire e-textbook stack and access the table of contents
  • Zoom in on text and graphs
  • Scroll through or jump to individual pages
  • Read e-textbooks in landscape or portrait mode
  • View, add and edit text notes
  • Access to 90% of all core higher education textbooks in use today
  • Shop for books at up to 60% off using an AOS version of CourseSmart’s website

eMarketer graphic on tablet users' habits

UPDATE 04-20-2011: eMarketer looks
 at an AdMob study that shows 80% of tablets are used at home and they’re used for entertainment purposes. The No. 1 activity: playing games. I guess even older users love Angry Birds. Only 46% of respondents say they read e-books on tablets.
Click on the eMarketer graphic to read the whole post.

Amazon: You can't pee onlineAt right is a sign spotted days ago at a closed Borders in Chicago. There are a lot of fourth-grade-level bathroom jokes I could make, but I won’t. I will agree, though, the sign makes a good argument for the brick-and-mortar bookstores.

In other publishing news, Barnes & Noble is recruiting app developers for its Android-based NOOK Color Reader Tablet. For more information, check out the NOOK Developer blog or register as a developer.

This news comes on the heels of the late-March frenzy inspired the April update for NOOK.

The NOOK Color at a glance:

    Height: 8.1 inches
    Width: 5.0 inches
    Depth: 0.48 inches
    Weight: 15.8 ounces
    Price: $259

 
And that concludes my reporting on eBooks today because my portfolio needs polishing and I have an e-commerce project I need to wrap up.

Photo via e-reads and e-BookNewser.

Acer Iconia Tab A500Acer announced the April 24 release of its 10-inch Honeycomb tablet, the Iconia Tab A500, priced at a-not-unreasonable $450. With nearly identical hardware specs and $150 cheaper than the pricey Motorola Xoom’s, ZDNet is hailing the A500 as “Xoom Light.” The bad news? It has half the flash storage. Still, not a bad deal if you want to test drive Honeycomb and don’t want to sell your soul to do it.

You can preorder the A500 at Best Buy.

The Iconia Tab A500 at a glance:

  • Weight: 1.7 lbs.
  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1.0GHz processing speed
  • 1GB DDR2 memory
  • 16GB eMMC on-board memory
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear camera
  • HDMI
  • Supports microSD up to 32GB
  • High-speed USB 2.0 port

Source: Amazon.co.uk

Gigaom is reporting Acer’s Iconia A100, a 7-inch Google Android Honeycomb tablet, has appeared on the UK’s Amazon site for pre-order ahead of its April 20 release date and is priced at around $485 (US dollars), a bit less the Motorola Xoom, which begins at around $600.

The Iconia A100 at a glance:

  • 512MB RAM (not KB as on the site)
  • 8GB hard drive
  • NVIDIA Tegra 250, 1GHz Dual-Core processor
  • 1024 x 600 screen resolution
  • 5MP auto-focus camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Dolby mobile sound enhancement
  • 3.5mm audio jack

Meanwhile, HTC tweeted Friday that they’ll be offering Honeycomb upgrades for its HTC Flyer when it’s made available.

Source: HTC press room

The HTC Flyer at a glance:

  • 1.5GHz single-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB flash storage (expandable via microSD card)
  • aluminium unibody construction
  • 7-inch display
  • 1024 x 600 screen resolution
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera