The HP TouchPad is the very first tablet powered by
Palm’s HP’s webOS. People have been waiting for this tablet to be announced ever since HP first announced it was buying Palm. How does this new tablet stack up against the Galaxy Tab 10.1?
|Galaxy Tab 10.1||HP TouchPad|
|Screen Size||10.1 inches||9.7 inches|
|Screen Technology||TFT LCD|
|Resolution||1280 x 800||1024 x768|
|Rear Camera||3 MP with Auto Focus and LED Flash||No|
|Front Camera||2 MP||1.3 MP|
|Processor||1 GHz Dual Core CPU||1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060|
|Battery||6,800 mAh||6,300 mAh|
|Weight||595 grams (1.3 pounds)||740 grams (1.6 pounds)|
|Ram||1 GB||1 GB|
|Operating System||Android 3.0||webOS 3.0|
|Price||$499 (WiFi-Only 16 GB)||Unknown|
As you can see the specs are very similar. The Galaxy Tab wins on the camera front, with the inclusion of both a front and rear camera. On the other hand the HP TouchPad has a faster 1.2 GHz processor. Its processor has shown promising benchmarks and could possibly be more powerful than the undisclosed 1 GHz processor running the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Overall I think the edge will go to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because of its solid specs, slim design, and more mature operating system. Both are due out this summer so I guess only time will tell.
Which do you think is better?
Speedx 3D is this weeks App of the Week. It is an accelerometer based tunnel game in which you try to make it as far as possible without dying. You must dodge obstacles to survive. It is insanely fun and challenging!
The game has four levels of difficulty – easy, standard, extreme, and pure.
Playing the game is rather simple. Just tilt your Tab to move left or right in the tunnel. The game also has integrated Zeemote controls for those wanting to use a Wii controller.
If you have 3D glasses, then you can enjoy a more immersive experience racing down the tunnel. It supports both red/cyan and green/magenta glasses.
It is a really fun game and definitely worth a try. You can pick up the ad-free version on the Android Market for ~$1.59 or get the ad-supported version for free. The ad-supported version is not a lite or demo version, but the same as the ad-free one with ads. Enjoy!
Spacemoose1 posted the the Alpha port on XDA about eight hours ago. Since then I have been desperately trying to install it. Even with next to no experience with installing ROMs, I was able to finally achieve it.
The port only works on CDMA Galaxy Tabs at its current stage, Alpha-040211. It was developed on a Verizon Galaxy Tab, but will work on Sprint Galaxy Tabs as well. I know this for a fact because I have a Sprint one.
It took me about eight hours to install this bad boy. The reason for this is because I had to figure out how to convert from EXT2 to EXT4.
Being in its early stages, the operating system is extremely buggy and next to nothing works. There are a few apps that will open, but do not really do anything. You can change the wallpaper and add widgets too. Almost everything else does not work. I have noticed in my few minutes using it that the camera, wifi, and sd card do not work.
Obviously the port is unusable because nothing works, so do not download and install it unless you really just want to play around with a very buggy version of Honeycomb.
Source – XDA
Just after posting about the $399 Tab for Bell, I found out about this little number. Frys is offering the WiFi-Only Tab for only $350!
You can preorder it now at Frys.com. There is no word on when it will ship, but it is safe to say that it will ship sometime this week since there was a leak that the WiFi-only Tab would be available on April 4th.
The $350 price point is very competitive blowing away other tablets such as the iPad. If you have been holding off on the Galaxy Tab because of the price, then you can stop waiting.
Source – Engadget
$399 for a Galaxy Tab, sign me up! Keep in mind that this is in CAD though which is around $413 USD and €292 Euros. Still a pretty good deal considering the Galaxy Tab came out around six months ago for over $600.
You could of course wait a few more days and get a WiFi-Only Tab for $399 USD. If I were presented with a Galaxy Tab with 3G radios and one without for the same price, I would choose the one with the 3G connectivity 10/10 times. The reason for this is because you always have the opportunity to get 3G services if you one day choose to buy a month to month data plan.
How much did you pay for your Galaxy Tab and was it on or off contract? I bought mine for $636 (including tax) off contract.
Source – The Galaxy Tab
How to add a wallpaper for noobs.
- Click the download link above on your Galaxy Tab
- Longpress on the wallpaper image
- Click set as wallpaper
Do you like free stuff? If not, then stop reading. For everybody else we are giving away a practically new Waterfield Designs Tablet Ultimate SleeveCase away, a $54 value. I say practically new because it was used for about a week for reviewing purposes.
Upon first blush you can tell that WaterField Designs used top notch materials in the case. The case I am reviewing had leather trimming, a $5 add-on, which looks and feels great. My girlfriend actually commented on how soft it felt.
The case definitely has a noticeable bulk though. I had my doubts that it would fit in my laptop bag without making a bulge, but was happily disproven. The reason for the heft is for the protection it offers. It is cushioned by neoprene and wrapped in a nearly indestructible nylon shell. I was actually comfortable enough with the padding to drop the case with my precious Galaxy Tab in it. Of course it came out without a scratch.
How to Enter
Then leave a comment on this page with your respective Facebook or Twitter username.
And that’s it!
The contest will last until Tuesday April 5th 2011 at 12:00 PM EST. Later that day the entries will be sorted and a winner will be randomly selected, contacted, and have the case shipped (for free of course). This contest is open to anybody in the United States of America. Please don’t be mad rest of the world. We love you guys too.
A Few Months Later – List of Apps That Don’t Scale up to the Galaxy Tab’s Resolution UPDATE – Sadness
On the first day of 2011 I started to construct a list of all the apps that did not scale up properly to the Galaxy Tab’s resolution. I asked for your help and boy did I get it! Now a few months later we take another look at the list.
Back then it seemed like half of the apps in the Android Market were not capable of scaling up and it just looked terrible. Sure you could use Spare Parts to force it, but that just caused problems. I have gone back and checked every application on that list and found that nearly all of them scale up perfectly.
Check out the master list.
The ones that scaled up flawlessly have been crossed out. Most of the others have at least made improvements to their app for higher resolution screens, but it still looks slightly wonky on the Tab’s display.
I for one am psyched that developers have made such strides in these short months. If you have any other applications to add to the list, then please leave a comment on the list’s page.
Update: RLJSlick pointed out that one of the apps actually still wasn’t working. I went inquiring and installed spare parts. I got it back to how it should be, with it not scaling properly. Then I went and tested each app and most of them still do not scale all the way. Now I have to figure out why my Tab was scaling them even without Spare Parts installed. Maybe a Sprint OTA Update installed something to force full screen. Have any other Sprint Tab owners noticed that the apps on the list do take up the whole screen? Thanks.
Last week at CTIA when Samsung announced the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9, Samsung had a video testimony of three people about what they thought about the Galaxy Tab. One used the original 7 inch, the next a 10.1 Tab, and finally the last used the brand new 8.9. All of them had nothing but good things to say about the tablets, which is not that surprising, but how they conveyed the message seemed phony.
Blogger, Harry McCracken, did a little research on the real people giving these testimonies:
I was curious to learn more about them. So I Googled around and couldn’t find any references to a travel-writing Joan Hess (one with, as she said, a following on Twitter) or a real-estate CEO Joseph Kolinski.
I did notice, however, that freelance travel writer Joan Hess bears a striking resemblance to New York actress Joan Hess:
And that real estate CEO Joseph Kolinski could be New York actor Joseph Kolinksi’s twin brother:
Filmmaker Karl Shefelman, on the other hand, looks a lot like… filmmaker Karl Shefelman. Who works for a New York production company. One that’s done work for Samsung.
So it looks like Samsung did hire actors and give them a script instead of actually getting candid remarks of the Tabs. Not too big of a deal in my opinion though.
Do you care that Samsung hired actors and portrayed them as real people endorsing the product?
Source – Tech Dirt
When Samsung announced the first Galaxy Tab 10.1 back at MWC, a lot of us fell in love with the design and specs of the slate. Last week at CTIA, Samsung announced a refresh of the design of the 10.1 before the original was even released! Do not fear though, because the original will still see the light of day.
It has been renamed Galaxy Tab 10.1V. The V in the name stands for Vodafone. They were very proud of the fact that they would be the first to have the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and now they are going to have the exclusive rights to the Galaxy Tab 10.1V. So if you live in the UK (and possibly other areas) you will be able to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1V without having to import it.
Everybody else in the world will have to go through the trouble have importing it or buying it from an auction on eBay. The price will skyrocket and you will feel sad. That is why I am sticking with the newer version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Also United Kingdom residents, it is unknown if Samsung plans to release the newer model or just the original. My guess is that they will sell the newer one once they run out of the 10.1V’s stock.
Which of they two 10.1 inch Tabs do you prefer?