Soon after HP started their TouchPad fire sale, a version of the device running Android 2.2 appeared on eBay and went on to sell for almost $700. Hopes for an Android port were high and the developer community swung into action offering a $2300 bounty for anyone who could load Android on the TouchPad. The CyanogenMod team, Android developers extraordinaire, did not disappoint and soon the news broke that they had managed to successfully get Android running on the TouchPad.
The IdeaPad K1 from Lenovo, released earlier this year, is bursting with features and ports, but reviews suggest that it is perhaps not the best Android tablet available on the market today. Nevertheless, it is a powerful little beast running Honeycomb and for the next two days (9 to 10 October) Best Buy is offering this device for only $329.99, that's $120 discount of the regular price ($449.99).
In case you have forgotten, the K1 runs on Android 3.1 and has the following specs:
- 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 processor
- 10.1" (1280x800) display
- Android 3.1
- 32GB of storage
- 1GB RAM
- 5 MP rear camera, 2MP front cameras
- Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Mini HDMI output
- microSD card slot
This deal probably won't appeal to Christy, who won an IdeaPad K1 in our banner design contest, but for the rest of you interested in Lenovo's Android offering, pick one up from BB by 10 October 2011.
HTC's entry into the Android tablet market, the HTC Flyer, found a claim to fame with its Scribe Pen accessory, allowing users to jot notes, add annotations to photos and documents, and perform an array of other tasks with ease, imitating the familiar functionality of a regular pen.
If you've been looking for a deal on the Flyer's most notable accessory, Best Buy has you covered - the retail giant is offering the Scribe Pen online for $39.99, half off its regular price.
When we first saw ASUS' Eee Pad Slider at CES, we very nearly dismissed it at once. It was thick, tablets with physical keyboards showed no sign of gaining popularity, and Honeycomb had yet to come out of the woodwork. Besides, ASUS' own cheaper, slimmer Transformer had already caught our hearts. Our confidence was not raised by the long period of silence that followed - in fact, the only Slider-related posts we've written since January are an unofficial hands-on by a Romanian blog and the announcement of the slate's pricing.
The HTC Flyer was the Taiwanese handset company's first foray into the tablet game - a 7" device with a 1.5GHz single-core processor, two cameras, an SD card slot, and 16GB of storage (digital stylus not included). At $500, it was pretty obviously overpriced. But for 300 bucks, the this tablet is at least nearing what we'd call the competitive range.
The Flyer runs Gingerbread, though a Honeycomb update is in the pipes, and its bootloader presents no obstacles to the flashing of custom ROMs.
Verizon Wireless has just announced in a press release that the Motorola Xoom's 4G LTE upgrade process can finally begin Thursday the 29th (tomorrow).
To get the upgrade, customers need only go to Verizon's Xoom upgrade page. Oh, and send off their Xoom for approximately 6 business days.
Verizon also announced that Xoom tablets with 4G LTE built in will be available starting October 13th for $499.99 on a new two year contract.
Before giving Logitech's Keyboard Case a go, I was skeptical about how useful a separate keyboard would be for my Galaxy Tab 10.1. My main concern about keyboards in general was portability - I picked up the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because of its slim design, easy portability, and Android functionality, so carrying around a bulky accessory was out of the question, as it seemed to defeat the purpose.
Logitech and Zagg have created perhaps the most elegant solution to this problem that I've seen yet with the Keyboard Case.
Toshiba announced Tuesday their upcoming Thrive 7, a smaller variant of the original Thrive tablet. Carl Pinto, Vice President of product development has dubbed it "a seven inch tablet done right," touting an HD display, an "incredibly portable" design, and a weight coming in under a pound.
The Thrive 7 includes all the ports users have come to expect, including Mini USB, Micro HDMI, and a Micro SD card slot.
It looks like Amazon's Android-powered tablet we heard about previously will soon be a reality. TechCrunch reported today that at Amazon's press event this Wednesday, the online shopping giant will unveil the Kindle Fire, an Android-based tablet named to differentiate itself from its e-ink cousins.
The tablet runs a custom version of Android including Amazon's own app market. Little is known about the Fire's hardware, other than the fact that it's sporting a 7" backlit display and possibly a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor.
When we first reported on Motorola's alleged Xoom 2, very few - if any - details were certain. An anonymous tipster has been piling on the information since then, however, providing photos, (some) specs, and perhaps the most interesting detail of all - a second, smaller version of the Xoom 2, expected to be billed as an "e-reader replacement."
The Xoom 2's smaller relative appears to have the same rear buttons (power and volume rocker) as its larger counterpart, and a generally similar form factor, if not yet completely polished.