Here's an odd one. Verizon are already tipped to be offering at least one 10.1-inch tablet later in 2010, and are name-checked as the potential carrier of choice for Sharp's upcoming duo of LCD ebook readers, but according to Engadget's sources the roadmap has two devices billed as "ereaders" on the roadmap for September that are labelled as "Entourage". That's got them speculating that the devices may be from the same Entourage that produces the dual-screen eDGe ereader.
Sharp has announced plans to launch a Kindle rival, complete with both ebook distribution services and ereader devices. At a press event in Japan, the company showed two prototypes, both using LCD displays rather than e-ink panels like Amazon's ereader; that will allow readers to also play audio and video content.
It looks like Sharp are playing the field when it comes to carrier partnerships for their IS01 Android-based MID. Having already been picked up by Japanese network KDDI, a strikingly similar looking model has just been announced for NTT DoCoMo. The DoCoMo LYNX SH-10B has a 5-inch touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard and dual digital cameras - 5.3-megapixels on the outside, 4.3-megapixels on the inside - and runs Android.
Is it Monday already? Wait, that can't be how that saying goes. Anyway, welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash, we're glad to have you. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got Samsung pulling the Android 1.6 update from the Behold II, Netflix is heading North, and Sharp wants you to love the Sidekick. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we've got a release date for Rock Band 3. So, sit tight, and get to reading, because there's no time like the present.
Back when it was officially announced, we described Sharp's NetWalker PC-T1 slate as the epitome of a niche device, and sadly Pocketables' review hasn't done anything to change our opinion. The Linux-based 5-inch MID does several things right - its ostensibly chunky casing turning out to fit nicely into the hands, and some intuitively placed hardware controls like an optical trackpad - but in the end sluggish performance spoils the show.
Having multiple screens is a great thing for many uses like productivity, gaming, and movie watching. The biggest issue facing the use of multiple screens is the bezels that frequently make for large gaps. These gaps break the image up and often cause lost areas of content.
Those crazy cats over in Japan have an unnatural obsession with robots and animation. These two obsessions converge in Gundam, the wildly popular robot cartoon warrior that shows up in almost as many places as Hello Kitty.
Back when Sharp announced the KDDI IS01 Android-based MID, alongside the consumer device they also promised a version tailored for developers. That's gone on sale in Japan now, with Sharp hoping to drum up custom applications suited to the 1GHz Snapdragon MID. Unfortunately, it's not all good news: while the IS01's spec sheet is positively bulging, developers won't have access to all of the goodies.