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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

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

CES 2012: 5 Trends To Watch

The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas next Tuesday, and gadget makers are getting ready to show off their latest tech products for the coming year.

Every year, a few big product trends emerge. In 2011, it was all aboutAndroid tablets; in 2010, 3D televisions and e-readers dominated the show; and in 2009, netbooks were a big topic. So what does 2012 promise? Here’s a look at five CES trends that people are already talking about.

OLED

Organic Light Emitting Diode displays promise more vivid colors, faster response times, and smaller device footprints compared to LCD/LED TVs, but the technology has yet to break into the television market. That may be about to change at CES 2012, as LG announced Monday it plans to show what it calls the world’s largest OLED HDTV.

LG’s new TV has a 55-inch display, 0.16-inch depth, weighs 16.5 pounds, and promises a response time that is less than 0.0001 milliseconds (the average LCD has a response time between 5 and 2 milliseconds). OLEDs were also a hot topic for CES 2009.

Ultrabooks

Intel introduced the concept of Ultrabooks — laptops with slim designs, solid state drives, and longer battery life — in May. Since then we’ve seen a number of Ultrabooks come out, including the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, Acer Aspire S3, and Toshiba Portege Z835.

But the real onslaught of these MacBook Air competitors is expected at CES, with as many as 30 to 50 Ultrabooks making their debut in Las Vegas. Intel’s President and CEO Paul Otellini is delivering a keynote address at CES next Tuesday when he may discuss the forthcoming Ivy Bridge Core processors, the miniaturized successor to 2011’s Sandy Bridge chips that are at the heart of current Ultrabooks.

Quad-Core Phones

Get ready for blazing fast smartphones loaded with quad-core processors, such as Nvidia’s Tegra 3 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4.

The first round of quad-core smartphones are expected within the first three months of 2012, and many tech watchers expect to see these devices at CES.

 

4K

No we’re not talking about kilobytes, but a type of display resolution that has four times the pixel density of 1080p HDTVs, the current gold standard for mass market high-definition displays.

LG plans to show off an 84-inch 4K 3D HDTV with Internet connectivity during CES. Toshiba is also working on a 4K 3D display, so perhaps we may see more than one 4K set next Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Ice Cream Sandwich

Tablets have been a big topic at CES since 2010, when device makers scrambled to get out in front of the looming release of Apple’s iPad. CES 2012 is expected to have more of the same, thanks to the release of Google’s latest Android flavor, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Unlike 2011, where the Motorola Xoom was the only device running Google’s tablet-specific version of Android (Honeycomb),ICS is already available to any manufacturer who wants it.

Electronics maker Coby plans to debut four ICS tablets at CES, and it’s a good bet other tablet makers will follow suit.

By Ian Paul

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