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Mio Moov V780 PND blurs lines with MID/UMPC features

Mio Moov V780 PND blurs lines with MID/UMPC features

It's tough going being a standalone PND manufacturer these days: you can either refine your GPS devices to suit extreme niches or try to incorporate some extra functionality and jump on board the MID bandwagon.  Mio have obviously decided to take the latter route with the Moov V780, a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen slate which goes so far outside of the company's PND realm that the GPS chipset is actually optional.

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eviGroup Paddle 10-inch multitouch slate revealed

eviGroup Paddle 10-inch multitouch slate revealed

French tablet and MID firm eviGroup have outed their latest tablet, and it's an extension of sorts on their existing 10-inch Pad UMPC.  The eviGroup Paddle will go on sale alongside the Pad, but has a 10.1-inch LED-backlit multitouch capable display and a new, custom UI called Scale which separates media, apps and other functionality into tabbed categories and a barrel-like scrolling interface.

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PsiXpda UMPC review

PsiXpda UMPC review

Tablets are a fashionable topic right now - Apple are expected to announce their own model next week, and CES 2010 was positively dripping with touchscreens - but we've been hammering on about how useful a compact ultramobile device can be for years now. Before Christmas new UK startup PsiXpda dropped off their first offering, a compact UMPC with a slick, sliding/tilting form-factor, and asked us to give our honest opinion. At a shade under £500 ($820) the PsiXpda isn't cheap, especially in a world of netbooks and "superphones"; check out how it does in the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Fujitsu UH900 manual prompts convertible tablet version confusion

Fujitsu UH900 manual prompts convertible tablet version confusion

While the Fujitsu UH900 did enough to reasonably impress us back at CES 2010, one of the more confusing design decisions the company made was to junk the convertible form-factor that had been used on previous Fujitsu UMPCs.  Going by a snippet from the user-guide, however, that might not always have been the case; a Pocketables reader spotted what looks like partial instructions for how to safely rotate a touchscreen without damaging it or the keyboard.

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Tablets, tablets all around (& not just Notion Ink)

Tablets, tablets all around (& not just Notion Ink)

One of the big surprises from CES 2010 last week was the sheer number of tablets. Perhaps, what with the persistent rumors of Apple's imminent entrance to the segment, that shouldn't be seen as too unusual, but as many commenters seem to have conveniently forgotten, this isn't exactly a new niche in the tech world. Microsoft, however badly they subsequently managed it, lent their weight behind compact tablets (aka UMPCs or Ultra-Mobile PCs) back in the days of Origami, and more recently we've seen PMPs first grow large, video-capable displays and then borrow internet functionality from notebooks as WiFi proliferated.

Apple iSlate tablet: involved teams in “cone of silence”?

Apple iSlate tablet: involved teams in “cone of silence”?

We're still hearing rumors of a January 26th launch for the much-discussed Apple Tablet, and according to the latest from oft-insider Josh Gruber of Daring Fireball, all the signs are coming together for just such an unveil.  Gruber highlights the fact that "everyone working on it has dropped off the map", something which last happened in the run up to the original iPhone's announcement back in early 2007; in fact, many of the people who have now gone into stealth mode are the same engineers and software teams responsible for the iPhone Mail, Calendar, and Safari apps.

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HTC Android Tablet appearing privately at CES 2010; Chrome OS version in prototype form?

HTC Android Tablet appearing privately at CES 2010; Chrome OS version in prototype form?

HTC's potential tablet plans have always been played down by the company - CEO Peter Chou edged around speculation a few months back, before speculating that his engineers were "carefully looking" at netbook possibilities later on - but that hasn't stopped the rumors.  According to Smarthouse HTC are preparing "several working models of a touch tablet", including at least one running Google Chrome OS; their sources reckon HTC will be giving private demos of an Android version at CES 2010 next week.

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