Welcome to another edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! Let's get right into it. Early in the week Amazon rolled out its Appstore test drive feature. The feature allows you to test out some of the apps available on the store on a virtual Android device for 30 minutes. A Montana Radio Shack store is offering a wild deal for people that sign up to have new service installed. The store will give a gift certificate for a 380 handgun or a shotgun to those that purchase service.
Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. CES is over, but one of the biggest announcements in a long time was made this week and I bet you can figure out what it is, read along to find out. That sweet Motorola XOOM WiFi tablet that we saw at CES will reportedly ship in April. The tablet is expected to ship about 800,000 units.
ASUS' Eee Note EA800 note-taking tablet is a curious device, opting for monochrome LCD instead of the usual frugal E Ink display, and positioned by the company as a resolutely niche, companion device rather than a converged do-anything slate. NetbookNews have snagged one of the first, managed to get ASUS to re-flash it with English firmware rather than Chinese, and then wasted no time before unboxing and demonstrating it on video.
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ASUS has spilt the official details of their Eee Note EA800 note-taking ereader. Based around an 8-inch anti-glare 768 x 1024 grayscale display, the Eee Note EA800 supports handwritten notes with a Wacom digital stylus - that snaps into a handy dock on the top edge - with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity. There's also WiFi b/g and a 2-megapixel camera.
Guys, it’s never too early to start looking for a Christmas gift for the geeky gal in your life. If she likes to play Farmville as much as my wife does, a nice netbook may be just the ticket to keep yourself out of the holiday doghouse. Asus has unveiled a new Eee netbook called the 1015PW that comes in some strangely named colors that should appeal to ladies wanting style and performance.
Time files we you are having fun, it's time again for another Week in Review. Some details of the coming Samsung Galaxy Tab surfaced in a new firmware update this week in Europe. The details point to the Android tablet having a 480 x 800 resolution screen, two cameras, and an ARM11 CPU.
ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has confirmed pricing for the company's upcoming tablet range, with their Android-based model slipping in beneath the iPad's base price. According to PCWorld, the ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC will cost under $399 when it arrives in March 2011, and will be the third in the company's new line-up; first will be the ASUS Eee Pad EP121, announced back at Computex and set to cost around $1,000.
ASUS has fallen a month behind in its launch schedule for the Eee Tablet monochrome ebook reader, while the pricing seems to have shot up; according to Digitimes, ASUS has confirmed that the Eee Tablet will drop in October 2010, priced at "under $599". Announced back at Computex, the Eee Tablet was initially tipped to arrive in September, priced between $199 and $299.
Well, fancy that. Just after showing you a new Eee USB hard drive, we've got Asus showcasing a new, 10-inch netbook with the same branding. If you're looking for a new netbook, this new Eee PC model may be the next best choice, but then again, some of the features you'll find in this new model are pretty commonplace within the netbook market.
Asus has a dizzying array of netbooks in its line and many of the machines are virtually identical. Asus seams dead set on having a netbook to meet each and every need of a user. The company has today unveiled a slightly beefed up version of that 1005PE netbook that we spied back in December called the Eee 1005PE-H.
ASUS made little fanfare about their EeePC Touch Series Tablet at CES 2010, leaving it tucked away in a cabinet at NVIDIA’s booth, but the latest rumors suggest that they’ll be doing all that at Computex 2010 in June. According to DigiTimes’ industry sources, the tablet will be known as the Eee Pad and it will indeed use NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset.