The Orphan iPed M16′s shown up in the wild, and thankfully, it’s running Android 2.1. This 10.2-inch, cloney-looking fellow has a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 256MB of DDR2 RAM, 1GB of Nand ROM, plus a miniUSB port, Ethernet and Wifi, and a webcam. Optional add-ons? Well, there’s the keyboard, Bluetooth and the 3G model if you want to get real fancy. We have to tell you that the tablet (which is in the video below) still doesn’t look that compelling to us. There’s no word on availability or pricing of this one, but we have a feeling it’s not going to cost as much as an iPad.
The Chinese fake iPad version, running on Google Android
With the recent birth of the first Apad, the Android iRobot Apad, has come several followers, namely the Eken M003. We have gotten a hold of the latest of the Android Apad Devices and it is sub-$100 USD!
This is hard to believe, but yet, the M70003 MID Apad by Orphan Electronics is the re-incarnated Sheba of China iPad Clone devices.
Whether it is really a clone is debateable but one thing is for sure, Gadget bloggers will be going crazy when they first see the slim tablet with black face and white back running google Android 1.5 (a.k.a. Cupcake) and the most jaw dropping part is its $99.99 price tag. Continue Reading
If anyone’s coming back from China, I hope they’re bringing back an iPed, as reported on Japanese TV news. This looks like the first iPadalike to go on sale*, and a large part of its appeal is the low price ($105). However, I expect some rather more expensive devices will be shown at this week’s Computex trade show in Taiwan, starting with MSI’s Wind Pad 110, which has an ARM processor running Google’s Android mobile phone operating system. Acer, Dell and Lenovo are also tipped to enter the market at some point.
According to The Wall Street Journal: “Bob Morris, ARM’s director of mobile computing, says his company is tracking about 40 tablet-style devices being designed with ARM-based chips, plus about 10 more e-reader devices for electronic books. He estimated that ‘upwards of half’ are based on Android.” Continue Reading
Like it or not, the early success of the iPad has opened up a new category of devices. Quite a few people find themselves wanting a “third screen” in their lives. While the iPad may end up being the ideal device for some, others may feel too constrained by the Apple way of doing things. One often cited alternative to the iPad is the Android platform. We’ve even seen a few prototype Android tablets show up at trade shows and press conferences. We can’t help but feel like a lot of manufacturers are going to get the tablet experience all wrong. If the first batch of Android tablets out of the gate end up flopping, it could set back the platform. Continue Reading
Japan’s consumer electronics giant, Sony has a plan to take on the Apple iPad, the company has confirmed in talks with the Wall Street Journal.
Sony Chief Financial Officer Nobuyuki Oneda said Sony “has to develop a device similar to Apple’s iPad tablet computer, because it is a different product category than the company’s existing electronic-book reader.” Continue Reading
The Android tablets are coming and this time Apple won’t have a big head start. Will value tablets sell?
Dell’s Streak (top right), a 5-inch tablet powered by Android, launched Tuesday in the U.K. and the device will come to the U.S. later in the summer. The Streak has integration with the Android market and a few other goodies that may attract buyers, according to Dell. Continue Reading
Tablet computers are going to have a huge push this year. The iPad, which came out earlier this year and a handful of Android based devices are already out on the market. It’s probable that Microsoft will launch new tablet based Windows computers to compete with what could become a huge market in the next year or two. Continue Reading
The release of the Apple’s toy and high profits which it brought to the company make all other smartphone companies salivate over the possibility of creating a gadget able to produce a similar effect. So the public opinion is preparing itself for the Android launch which is inevitable as Google is not inclined to yield to its major competitor. But while Google partnering with Verizon and some yet disclosed hardware manufacturer is able to produce a quality competitive product, plans of some other companies seem just a metaphoric exaggeration. Continue Reading
The company who originally released their device as the WePad, has officially announced a name change to the WeTab. Why the name change to WeTab? Was it too similar to the iPad? Or perhaps a pad was not the ultimate desired keyword a “tab” would be more fitting to it’s intended use.
WeTab’s press release states “To clearly differentiate our products within the international market for tablet computers”
I guess they were getting interest from other markets around the world, like drug stores and geriatric care centers.