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FEATURED: Hands on the Acer Iconia Tab a500


Pros

  • Cheap
  • 1280×800 screen
  • great value
  • Great design
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Micro SD

Cons:

  • Not the best build quality
  • Creaks on the side
  • Doesn’t feel solid
  • Limited apps

         The Acer Iconia Tab a500 is a Android Honeycomb tablet and is priced competitively at 449 USD for a 16GB model. The Tablet is great for watching movies on the go or editing documents. Thanks to its Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core CPU which runs at 1 GHz makes activities a breeze such as playing games, watching HD video editing documents etc .

OS:
The Acer Iconia Tab runs Android Honeycomb which is Google’s latest Android OS. Honeycomb introduced a new UI which is sort of has a holographic feel to it which we love.

        The down side of this is that not many apps have been made for Honeycomb since it is new, on the upside it has backwards compatibility which means you can run older apps such as ones from 2.2, 2.3 etc. Again this is vanilla Honeycomb which means there have been no custom skins over it, but a few apps are included such as NFS shift and an Office Suite.
Design:
        The tablets design is great overall with brushed aluminum accents on the back and a very glossy display on the front.
But whenever we pressed on the edges we heard creaks so the build quality isn’t very good but it is acceptable.
Features:
        The tablet has a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 screen which has amazing contrast and impenetrable blacks. It also has an HDMI port which allows you to mirror your tablet on to a larger screen which has an HDMI port plus DLNA support for sharing media content without having to connect to a computer.
A feature that most tablets dont have is a  USB 2.0 port for connecting a Keyboard, Mice, Thumbdrive or just about anything else that uses a USB, but luckily this tablet  does so that’s a nice feature to have plus a micro usb port is also here for connecting a syncing to your computer. Micro SD slot is also included to add another 32GB of storage
Camera:
       There are 2 cameras in this tablet one 2 megapixel front facing and a rear facing 5 megapixel camera with the ability to record in 720p, a LED flash is also included. This tablet is great for people who want to use it at home but not for those “on the go” as the tablet may break easily. Overall the tablet offers a zippy performance for a price that won’t make you empty your wallet.
Thanks to:
Samarth Desai- writer

QuickPress: New HTC Tablet! Let’s See the Competition Now


*I have been busy lately with many projects, and this is just a quick news flash. A main post will be posted tomorrow.

HTC released it’s new Jetstream which will cost $699, including the contract to signed with ATT. I believe that this will fall once again to Apple. The Jetstream 4G is  expensive and now an ATT contract? What if I don’t want 4G. I still need to pay a bill which can make the total of this single product in one year about $1,000. Now, for that I would actually buy an iPad 2 with 3G. 4G is expensive and not very much people except top class business men and very high classed spendthrifts who are ready to pay their money for anything that is the latest. Honestly, I would just get a debug version of this and hack it for some free 4G from ATT.

The new HTC Jetstream will run on Android Honeycomb 3.1 OS and will be a new step for Android. Trust me if this is another failure than Hacknmod is going to put up another deal for $2,000 for a team to successfully hack and get some other OS, like iOS running on this. Android is open-source and many iOS developers have a target right here. They just have to wait a little while for this plan to also fail, then they will run to grab one of these price-tags.

Specifications:

  • 10.1 inch screen with WXGA display – WXGA is 1280 x 768, which more than your HD 720p display — and that’s so cool!
  • Powerful dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor
  • 1 GB RAM — that, coupled with processor’s raw power would easily take care of anyapp, live wallpapers, heavy graphic-intensive games, etc you throw at it
  • Android 3.x (Honeycomb) – the android’s tablet-specific version, that is
  • 16 GB Storage
  • 8 MP rear camera with lower res secondary one in front
  • It’s AT&T bound and will be the first gadget to support the carrier’s LTE network – which should be incredible
  • Of course, the rest of spec-sheet is filled with standard features like, WiFi,Bluetooth, 3G, etc – don’t bother about that, please!

The unit weighs about 1.56 pounds and has a measurement of 10.1″, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and maybe just 1/2 inch thick.

For those of you who don’t know about the ATT 4G plan here’s the specifications. $35 per month for 3 GB of data, $14.99 for 250 MB, and $25 for 2 GB. I have nothing to say, but that is just a rip off. Why would you agree to a deal like that? That’s $420 a year! If you add that to your HTC your paying about $1,120 just on your first year! Now you make the choice. Yes, no, I’ll hack it, or just forget it.

citations:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/

http://www.theandroidsoul.com/htc-jetstream-specifications-confirmed/