Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2011 - 09:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: toshiba, thrive, tablet, Android
The basic stats of the Toshiba Thrive don't make it stand out, a 1GHz Tegra 2, 1GB of RAM, 8, 16 or 32MB internal storage and a 10.1" screen at 1280 x 800 pixels. What does make this Honeycomb 3.1 device stand out is its support for peripherals, a full-sized HDMI port, 2 USB ports, one standard and one micro and a full-sized SD card slot. That means this slightly weighty tablet doesn't need adaptors for your peripherals which might mean less total weight for you to carry around. Even better, Ars Technica had absolutely no problems using the ports, it truly was plug'n'play.
"When Toshiba asked if we'd like to review its Android tablet, called the Thrive, we were initially a bit skeptical of the Honeycomb 3.1 device. There are so many other Android tablets on the market, so why choose this one? Especially when it's heavy?
When you're fighting the iPad on one hand and multiple Android competitors on the other, you have to stand out. Toshiba chose to fight a battle of connectivity and convenience with the Thrive, and it added full-sized HDMI, USB, and SD ports. If those things matter to you, the Thrive succeeds admirably."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- The HP TouchPad Review: webOS on the Big Screen @ AnandTech
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G Tablet Review @ t-break
- HP TouchPad Review: webOS on the Tablet @ Techspot
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on @ The Inquirer
- Bad times ahead for Android phones? @ t-break
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Laptop Review @ t-break
- Acer Aspire One 722 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Alienware M14x: the Sound and the Fury @ AnandTech
- Coolink Lapchilla Notebook Cooler Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Zalman ZM-NC3000U Ultra Quiet Notebook Cooler Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Cooler Master NotePal Infinite EVO Review @ BayReviews
- Mobile GPU Comparison Guide @ Tech ARP
- LG’s Optimus smartphone 2D to 3D conversion technology explained @ The Inquirer
With Google reporting daily Android device activations upward of 550,000 devices a day, the rapid growth and ubiqutity of the platform cannot be denied. As the platform has grown, we here at PC Perspective have constantly kept our eye out for ways to assess and compare the performance of different devices running the same mobile operating systems. In the past we have done performance testing with applications such as Quadrant and Linpack, and GPU testing with NenaMark and Qualcomm's NeoCore product.
Today we are taking a look at a new mobile benchmark from Qualcomm, named Vellamo. Qualcomm has seen the need for an agnostic browser benchmark on Android, and so came Vellamo. A video introduction from Qualcomm's Director of Product Management, Sy Choudhury, is below.
Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2011 - 12:05 PM | Matt Smith
Tagged: windows 7 tablet, thinkpad tablet, Lenovo, ideapad p1, ideapad k1, Android
Lenovo hinted at new tablets at CES 2011, but provided little information on new models after that preview. Now, Lenovo has finally removed the veil from its line-up, which includes not one but three different products. The most surprising is undoubtedly the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, a 10.1” device running Android 3.1.
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | July 16, 2011 - 03:39 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: sony, S2, S1
It was just under a month ago when we reported on Sony’s “Two Will” campaign to promote their pair of upcoming Android Honeycomb tablets. The first video was part of a promised five-part series which started with a Rube Goldberg-esque machine casting shadows which either spell stuff or look like they are part of a city for Echochrome 2 people. It was unclear whether the next videos would have entirely different themes or if they would continue down that aesthetic. Now that the second video is released it appears like rails are here to stay.
Barely hanging on the tail of a big cat. Nice metaphor -- but not iOS’ naming scheme.
(nor flattering for an ad)
This time around, Sony opens with a colorful fountain, a typing plunger device, and a jingle that is so familiar I have been racking my brain over it for hours trying to figure out where I heard it before expecting it to be some grand clue. There seems to be a lot of hidden metaphor in this ad campaign, much like what was seen in the Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates ads that were pulled because they were panned by critics who could not see where they were headed thus making us all unsure of where they were actually headed because the rest is left unaired. Hopefully Sony will make it through all five of their episodes and we can find out exactly what Sony is trying to make us think about.
What do you think? Best ad ever or has Sony lost their marbles? See more metaphors?
Introduction, Design and Ergonomics
BlackBerry is proof of the tech industry’s merciless pace of innovation. Five years ago, Research in Motion (the company responsible for BlackBerry) seemed to be on the top of the mobile world. Its phones offered unique functionality that, although sometimes replicated by competitors, was generally considered world-class. If you were interested in doing more with your phone than making calls, a BlackBerry handset was a solid choice.
Today, however, the brand is considered to be on its last legs. This perception is an exaggeration – BlackBerry devices are still popular the world over – but the company’s position has certainly been compromised by iOS and Android phones. Attempts to counter these competitors with devices like the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm haven’t gained much traction.
BlackBerry is quite late to that party, however – it took years to finally develop an iPhone/Android fighter, and even now the company seems somehow skeptical that touchscreen phones are all-that, so it’s little surprise that it’s behind the competition. Tablets, however, are a different story. Today we’re going to be looking at the BlackBerry PlayBook, which has actually joined the tablet crowd quite early. In my opinion, it’s the fourth credible tablet to hit the market, the other three being the iPad/2, the Xoom and the Galaxy Tab. Does it present something new to this small group, or does it falter like BlackBerry's touchscreen phones?
Continue reading to get our full review of the new Blackberry Playbook tablet!
Subject: Mobile | July 14, 2011 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: toshiba, 3d display, 15.6 inch, sandybridge
It's yet another 3D laptop, as the only thing geekier that walking around staring at a notebook is to do so wearing big green NVIDIA glasses. The arguments for and against 3D vision aside, this 15.6" 1366x768 TFT LED is powered by a 2.3GHz Core i5 with 6GB DDR3, a Geforce GT540M with 1GB dedicated VRAM and a Blue-ray drive. Those features, especially the Blue-ray and 3D display help push the price over the $1000 mark. The Inquirer had fun reviewing this laptop, but were not impressed with the low brightness in 3D mode and were very disappointed with the battery life.
"THE SATELLITE P755 is one of Toshiba's top of the range laptops. It aims to offer the full entertainment and multimedia package with Nvidia's active shutter 3D technology built in.
The laptop is good looking with its silvery grey textured finish. We think it looks stylish without going over the top and the design should appeal to a range of tastes."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- GIGABYTE P2532 15.6-inch Multimedia Notebook @ Tweaktown
- AMD Raises the Mobile Performance Bar with Radeon HD 6990M @ AnandTech
- Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Laptop Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Silent Notebook Cooling Pad Review @Hi Tech Legion
- HP Touchpad 4G Coming to AT&T @ AnandTech
- SWAP Rebel Smart Watch @ XSReviews
- One-click unbrick for Samsung phones @ Hack a Day
- Novatel Wireless MiFi 4510L Review - The Best 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot? @ AnandTech
Subject: Mobile | July 12, 2011 - 03:49 AM | Matt Smith
Tagged: mobile radeon, hd 6990m, amd radeon, amd
Few competitors love to one-up each other more than AMD and NVIDIA, and in that spirit the red team has today announced the release of its new Radeon HD 6990M just two weeks after NVIDIA claimed the limelight with its GTX 570M and 580M.
No, this isn’t a dual-GPU solution like the desktop version. Despite the name, the HD 6990M is not based off the Cayman architecture used in the HD 6990 but instead on Barts XT. According to AMD, the decision to use Barts XT rather than Cayman was based on power efficiency. Cramming Cayman into a notebook chassis, even one with an 18” display, wasn’t a viable option. Still, AMD claims that this new mobile GPU will be the world’s quickest, beating even NVIDIA’s new GTX 580M.
The HD 6990M will be shipping with impressive specifications including a whopping 1120 Stream Processors with a clock speed of 715 MHz, bringing the compute power to 1.6 TFlops. This is paired to 2GB of GDDR5 memory at 900 MHz, making for memory bandwidth of over 115 GB/sec.
Data supplied by AMD.
UPDATE (7/12/11 @ 10:00am): AMD contacted us to let me know the benchmark results we posted with this news release needed to be changed. The NEW results from the presentation show the difference between the Radeon HD 6970M and the Radeon HD 6990M to be much less AND the difference between the HD 6990 and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580M to be MUCH smaller. I have asked AMD for an explanation here and we'll see what we get later today.
The company’s press material shows the HD 6990M defeating the already available HD 6970M by approximately 25% in a number of games. If the part performs as promised, it should indeed be a difficult for NVIDIA to defeat – but we’ll have to wait for a review before making a judgment.
Data supplied by AMD.
Besides its blazing fast performance, the new GPU will offer the typical suite of AMD features including full support for DirectX 11, Eyefinity, Crossfire, HD3D, and driver-based power management features like PowerExpress and Vari-Bright.
Several laptops have been announced as available with the including the Clevo P170HM, P150HM and X7200, the Alienware M18x, and unspecified laptops from Eurocom. The HD 6990M should be available for order on the M18x as of today.
Subject: Mobile | July 11, 2011 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 3d, no glasses, toshiba
Toshiba's new Qosmio F750 uses it's built in webcam to track your face, which means you do not have to remain stationary in the '3D sweet spot' in order to see 3D images, nor do you need to wear special glasses. Unfortunately that also means that only one person can see the effect, trying to share the 15.6" screen with someone else will not work very well. Inside the laptop is a 2.0 GHz Core i7 CPU with an NVIDIA GT 540M with up to 2GB DDR3, 6GB of system RAM, and a 640GB hard drive. Check out the text and video preview over at The Inquirer.
"JAPANESE ELECTRONICS GIANT Toshiba invited The INQUIRER to a sneak preview of its Qosmio F75D glasses free 3D laptop in London yesterday.
The Qosmio F750 3D doesn't look all that different from the others in the range. It does have a stylish look, if a little chunky at the same time. The casing is bright red and the palm rests have a cool carbon fibre look."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Acer Aspire 5742Z Laptop @ Hardware Secrets
- Dell Inspiron i14RN4110-7616DBK Review @ TechReviewSource
- Dell Vostro 3350 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Promise Pegasus R6 & Mac Thunderbolt @ AnandTech
- HP ProBook 5330m Review @ TechReviewSource
- Dell XPS 15z Laptop Review @ HardwareHeaven
- CyberpowerPC's Compal PBL21: The Shark's New Teeth @ AnandTech
- AnandTech Mobile Graphics Guide, Summer 2011
- How to Replace a Gateway Netbook LCD Guide @ BayReviews
- Cooler Master Infinite Evo Notebook Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Nokia E6 Smartphone Review @ t-break
- TechSpot's Smartphone Buying Guide: Q3 2011
- Motorola Droid X2 Review - A Droid X with Tegra 2 @ AnandTech
- Qualcomm Snapdragon MDP MSM8660 @ Phoronix
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | July 11, 2011 - 07:53 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nook color, kindle
Amazon did not create the eBook reader market but they created the vastly most popular product in the category, the Kindle. Amazon gained such a popular status over main competitor, Sony, due to their content and the ubiquity of their service across multiple platforms adjacent to the Kindle device itself. Rumors flew for quite some time now, and from various sources, that Amazon would be jumping into the Android tablet space to likely complement their Kindle line. In a humorously ironic twist, an eBook reader based on an Android tablet just unseated the Kindle as the most popular e-reader.
A little hot under the collardron?
Barnes and Nobel entered the eBook reader market in late 2009 fighting an uphill battle against Amazon and a juvenile pun on their name (hehehe, “Nook eBook”). A year later they launched the Nook Color, an Android 2.1 tablet locked into a certain subset of applications available either pre-loaded or their application store. This tablet brainwashed to be an eBook reader overtook Kindle recently, finally shushing naysayers to Barnes and Nobel's entry to the tablet market. Heh – “Nook eBook”. It will be interesting to see how Amazon’s business will evolve in the coming year or two as a result of competitive pressures and an evolving marketplace.
MSI has announced two notebook computers with optional Intel Core i7 quad core processors and supporting a slew of fast data transfer standards including Intel’s Wireless Display technology, HDMI, Bluetooth 3.0, and USB 3.0. The Intel Wireless Display technology is capable of transmitting 1080p in addition to 5.1 audio to HDTVs without wires, and is available on both new models. The X460 and X460DX chassis is constructed of a metal alloy with feather patterns and an aluminum palm rest as well as room for a second internal hard drive. The models comes equipped with batteries that MSI claims are capable of up to 8 hours of power. Both models also come equipped with either Windows 7 Home or Windows 7 Professional.
Dubbed the X460 and X460DX, the X-Slim series of notebook computers has received a fresh update. The X460 weighs in at 1.98 kg (~4.36 lbs), is less than 1” thick and bears a 14” form factor. MSI claims the notebook is the lightest Core i7 quad core packing computer currently out. Further the X460 is able to use Intel’s second gen “Sandy Bridge” Core i7 2630QM or the Core i5 2410M processors. The X460 sticks with the Intel processor graphics (HD 3000). The X460DX on the other hand comes with an Intel Core i5 2410M processor and a discrete NVIDIA GT540M with MSI’s GPU Boost graphics switching technology. To be more specific, the new models come with the following specifications.
Core i7 2630QM
Core i5 2410M
|Core i5 2410M|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 3000||
HD Graphics 3000
|RAM||DDR3 up to 8GB||DDR3 up to 8GB|
|Display||14" HD LED Backlit (1366 x 768)||14" HD LED Backlit (1366 x 768)|
|I/O and Ports||
|Dimensions||23.91 (W) x 33.9 (D) x 2.23 (H) cm||23.91 (W) x 33.9 (D) x 2.23 (H) cm|
|Weight||1.98 kg with 6 cell battery||2.00 kg with 6 cell battery|
No word yet on prices or availability; however, the brushed aluminum look never seems to get old and the specifications seem decent. What are your thoughts on the new models?