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Acer Iconia A500: A honey-sweet alternative to iPad?

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


Amazon’s Gaga near-giveaway gums up downloads

The Walls Street Journal reports Amazon customers who bought Lady Gaga’s Born This Way for 99 cents were met with serious delays. A company spokesman told the WSJ that customers who ordered Born This Way on Monday would get the full album for the promotional price.

Good for them. Had these consumers been as stubborn stupid as I was, they could have wasted three and a half hours of their lives restarting the download.

EARLIER: Web 2.0 goes full force as Amazon offers Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album for 99 cents.


Get Gaga for 99 cents on Amazon

Attention Little Monsters: For one day only eCommerce giant Amazon is offering Lady Gaga’s new album Born this Way for 99 cents. The wheels of Web 2.0 were in full force for this promotion: I heard about it first on my iPhone, and then on Facebook and finally, Tumblr.

Get it while you can click it.

Hat tip to Erin K. at Ultra K for the heads-up.

RELATED: The Weird Al Yankovic parody, Perform This Way.


HTC Thunderbolt: $129 at Amazon

Verizon is offering new customers the HTC Thunderbolt for $129 on Amazon. The offer is good only for this weekend, expiring at midnight PT April 25.

Here’s the rub: A two-year contract is required. If you want just the phone, it’s a stout $669.

The HTC Thunderbolt at a glance:

  • Android 2.2 with HTC Sense
  • 768MB of RAM
  • single-core 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • 8GB of built-in memory
  • 32GB preinstalled microSD card
  • 8MP camera
  • 4.3-inch screen


iPads not just for ‘fanboys’ — and fangrrls

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.


Nielsen Wire: Top U.S. Web Brands March 2011

Nielsen reports that Google is still the top web brand for March, followed by Facebook, which was tops in average time spent on site: 6:35:43.

I bet I work with some of those Facebook enthusiasts.

A quick look at the unique audience numbers: