Two 7-inch Android tablets, two versions of Froyo and two pretty different price tags: the Samsung Galaxy Tab and ViewSonic ViewPad 7 are each taking on the iPad, but they're also challenging each other in the process. We pitted a production version of each against the other to see whether there was a clear winner.
Microsoft is bringing Windows Phone 7 along to New York City on October 11th 2010 - and we'll be there to tell you all the details - but according to a new report that's not the only thing the company will be discussing. Neowin has heard from sources that Microsoft execs will also be discussing the company's tablet plans, including announcing - or at least previewing - a portfolio of devices that should be on sale in time for the holiday shopping season.
ViewSonic is on a roll with their tablet creations. Having just seen the ViewSonic ViewPad at this year's IFA, and noticing that it dual-boots Windows and Android, we're shocked to see that this other 10-inch display tablet isn't that. In fact, it doesn't even dual-boot Operating Systems. Instead, it angles for a more pristine Android 2.2 approach, all of which you'll enjoy on a ten-inch display.
We'll admit, we were so intrigued by ViewSonic's ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 100 last week, we didn't spot their MB-P702 PMP/ereader at the booth. According to imp3, the 7-inch slate may look like yet another tablet, but actually it's a whole lot more focussed than the similarly-sized ViewPad 7. No Android, no web browsing or Google Maps; just 1080p HD video playback with an HDMI output.
Huawei are another company going in for Android in a big way, already behind several of the operator-branded budget smartphones on the market and hoping to follow up that success with the new Ideos U8150, a Froyo 2.2 smartphone with what's tipped to be a roughly $150 unsubsidized price tag. As well as playing with the U8150 at IFA 2010 today, we also grabbed a fleeting moment with the Ideos S7 tablet and a (non-functional) Huawei prototype for their idea of a potential gaming MID.
Viewsonic's announcement that they were bringing an Android tablet to IFA 2010 next week basically added their name to a long list of manufacturers planning the same, but the accompanying image left plenty to be desired. Happily Pocket-lint has managed to source a couple of better pictures of one of the Viewsonic slates, judging by the scale of the side-mounted headphone and USB ports the 7-inch ViewPad model.
ViewSonic has tipped its IFA 2010 hand, with the news that the company plans to bring two new tablets along to the show. The 7-inch ViewSonic ViewPad will run Android and have dual cameras - one for photography, the other for video calls - together with WiFi and 3G, while a 10-inch model (currently unnamed) will dual-boot between Android and an unspecified Microsoft OS. That could well be Windows Embedded Compact 7.
Scan the headlines, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that everybody had a tablet these days. The iPad broke the market open, and since that point we've seen a torrent of rivals each trying to take the touchscreen crown. It's a tricky segment to judge, and even harder if you're trying to take your first steps into tableteering. Get up to speed with your options - and advice on which slate to select - after the cut!
It's a massive day for posts, where even SlashPhone has a fresh blast of news on this pre-holiday day. Lots of sales, lots of products being introduced. And then there was Black Friday. So much Black Friday you're going to explode! Luckily, we've got a column for you by the fabulous Don Reisinger titled Black Friday Is Never Good For MY Tech Addiction. Of course, if you just can't get enough of the Black Friday goodness, we've got a littering of links to sales below plus one list-tastic post by the name of The SlashGear Black Friday Deal Guide of Complete Excellence, an ever-growing post where you'll not only find a batch of odd sales you almost certainly find listed anywhere else, but a split between offline and online so that you might choose to sit at home and chill or rough it out with the maniacs! Then we've got a lone review, one single review for the most amazing Samsung 256GB SSD 470 Series SSD. Stay tough, and be thankful for what you've got today (and tomorrow!) on The Daily Slash!
Products galore! it's a morning of some large amount of announcements of product releases and/or sales - this you can expect for, well, probably the next month or so. Especially since we're nearing the epic BLACK FRIDAY. Are you one of those people who gets really pumped up for Black Friday and stands in line for hours and punches people in the face to get a deal? Well you're going to LOVE the Black Friday Guide we're putting out later today. There's a couple of teasers in today's SlashGear Morning Wrap-up - and oh my goodness! That's where you are right now! Hooray and joy!