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Hands On With Google Nexus 7 Tablet

We found both plusses and minuses in our initial test drive of Google’s lightweight, inexpensive tablet.

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is on display here at Google I/O, and I spent some time handling the device to see how it compares with its Android competition. And the truth is, my first impression is that it seems to get a lot right, but it’s not a complete, compromise-free home run for Google. Here’s why.

What’s Right

The display, even in the funky lighting of a trade show floor, still looked good. The high-resolution 1280 by 800 pixel display makes a huge difference compared with the current standard for 7-inch tablets–1024 by 600 pixels. I look forward to putting the Nexus 7 through its full paces with PCWorld’s display test images to see how it responds with my own high-resolution images. But the Nexus 7’s higher resolution is clearly a plus.

With its small size and rubberized back, the Nexus 7 can easily be held in one hand.

With its small size and rubberized back, the Nexus 7 can easily be held in one hand.I also liked the grippy, rubberized back that, coupled with the tablet’s light, 0.75-pound weight, makes it really easy to hold in one hand. That makes it conducive to reading or sharing content with friends.

In my limited usage, the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS made the unit feel zippy in general navigation, but I still encountered moments of stutter as I switched among media.

What’s Wrong

The first thing that jumped out to me was the lack of a removable media card slot. With on-board storage limited to just 8GB or 16GB, the lack of an expansion slot is an unfortunate omission, and an unfortunate compromise to achieve a price point. Amazon got (and deserved) a lot of criticism for a similar lack in its 8GB Kindle Fire. Even Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet has a microSD card slot.

Also missing: A rear camera. Video chat is important, but scanning QR codes, business cards or bar codes are all useful and practical reasons a rear-facing camera on a tablet remains a good thing. It’s unfortunate that Google and Asus had to compromise on these to get Google Nexus 7 out at the price they do.

What’s Most Interesting

The new Google Play widgets for your library of reading material, as well as for what you’re listening to, look useful. The new launcher also looks useful; the Google demonstrators say you’ll find it on Android 4.1 devices of a certain size and definition (ie, portrait 7-inch tablets). These widgets are part of Play, though, and should become available to any tablet that upgrades to Android 4.1–whenever that may be.

via PCWorld

The 41-megapixel camera in Nokia’s 808 PureView smartphone stunned the tech world last week, but not the phone itself, which is saddled with an aging Symbian operating system. Fortunately, Nokia says it’s bringing the same camera technology to Windows Phones.

808 PureView

Jo Harlow, Nokia’s executive vice president of smart devices, told the Finnish newspaper Aamulehti that a Windows Phone with PureView camera technology won’t take very long to make, but she wouldn’t say precisely when Nokia would release such a device.

As WPCentral speculates, a PureView-powered Windows Phone could arrive once Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8, code-named Apollo.

Microsoft and Nokia would likely have to work together on a software solution for the camera, which uses digital zoom and cropping to shoot sharp pictures even at faraway distances. Although the camera can capture up to 38-megapixel images, most users will want to snap smaller pictures — say, around 8 megapixels — using the finer detail as a replacement for optical zoom.

Because the technology has been in the making for five years, Nokia decided to stick with Symbian for the first PureView phone. But with Nokia slowly phasing out Symbian in favor of Windows Phone, the migration of PureView technology to Microsoft’s operating system isn’t a big surprise.

as said by Jared Newmen

February seems to be shaping up to be the month of Linux tablets. Just last week we saw the announcement of the forthcoming Spark tablet running Mer Linux and KDE, which has caused plenty of excitement among Linux fans.

Now, the latest news appears to be the Trimble Yuma, a rugged tablet from SDG Systems that now runsUbuntu Linux.

Targeting military and industrial applications requiring data collection, inspection, and reporting from the field, the Linux-powered Yuma can be used with geospatial software including GRASS GIS and Quantum GIS as well as other standard or custom Linux-based applications. The device is available starting at $3695 on SDG’s website.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Netbook Edition

The 2.6-pound Yuma tablet computer from Trimble has actually been around for some time loaded with Windows 7, but this new Ubuntu version was announced Thursday by SDG in response to customer demand.

“Our customers have told us that they need a rugged, military-grade, tablet computer running Linux,” explained Todd Blumer, president of SDG Systems, in the company’s press release.

trimble20yuma-11294550 (1)The rugged Trimble Yuma running Ubuntu Linux (Click image to enlarge.)Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Netbook Edition is the specific Linux distribution used, but others can be substituted upon request with a minimum purchase agreement or engineering fee, SDG says.

Either way, the rugged device is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor and features a 7-inch sunlight-readable touchscreen display in a magnesium alloy shell. Loaded with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth technology, two cameras, and GPS, it also offers additional expansion options via SDIO (SDHC) and ExpressCard slots.

Resistant to Dust and Water

A solid state hard drive with either 32GB or 80GB of storage, meanwhile, helps protect against the stress of impact and vibration by eliminating the need for moving parts. As part of its “rugged” classification, in fact, the dust- and water-resistant Yuma meets the United States Military’s MIL-STD-810F standard and carries an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of 67.

Optional accessories include a docking station, and industry-standard DB-9 serial and USB host ports provide a convenient way to interface with field or factory equipment.

The Ubuntu-powered Trimble Yuma isn’t going to be a tablet for ordinary purposes, of course. But if your business ever takes you into harsh conditions, a device like this could be worth the investment.

as said by PCWorld

 

Sony Micro Vault MACH

120 MB/s reads and 90 MB/s writes are far from the fastest in the thumbdrive game, but they’re nothing to sneeze at either. While Sony’s Micro Vault MACH may not lead the pack in raw speed, it holds its own and looks damnably good doing it. The USB 3.0 stick is cased in a brushed aluminum shell and sports a red indicator LED that, if it moved, might make it look like you had a Cylon attached to your PC. The drives should be available later this month in 16, 32 and 64GB varieties, though, pricing is still a mystery.

via Engadget

HzO is said to be in talks with Apple and Samsung about incorporating its “WaterBlock” waterproofing technology in future devices, such as the iPhone 5. The technology, demoed at CES 2012, uses a nano-scale film barrier during the manufacturing process to provide waterproofing without the need for bulky cases.

The WaterBlock technology uses a safe, non-toxic organic material that doesn’t add any weight to a device. It’s meant to keep devices safe from accidents involving water but is not meant to allow a product to be completely submerged for a period of time. However, HzO did demo the technology at CES by repeatedly dunking an iPhone, among other devices, in a fish tank of water.

According to Pocket-lint, HzO is already in the process of signing up a major smartphone partner as well as a headphones maker and is hoping to sign deals with all leading manufacturers. The company also revealed that Samsung was really impressed and that talks are already underway with Apple about implementing the technology with the iPhone 5.

via SlashGear

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