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Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840 A1-841 Tablets Specifications, Atom power and 3G powered devices

Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840 and A1-841 are the two new tablets both of which feature 8 display.

Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840 specifications include 8-inch IPS display with 1280 × 800 pixels resolution, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal flash memory (expandable via micro SD slot),  802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and GPS on board.

In addition there is a 2-megapixel camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. There is a 4600mAh battery as well. The weight is 360 grams.

The A1-840 is powered by the new Intel Atom Z3735G processor that has four cores humming at 1.33 GHz, capable of overclocking to 1.83GHz when required.

Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-841 specifications are same as A1-840 but add a 3G radio to keep you connected on the move. Processor is also different. A1-841 gets MediaTek MTK8389 ARM SoC clocked to 1.7 GHz with four cores.

Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840 A1-841 Tablets Specifications

The prices of A1-840 is around 140 euros while the A1-841 is going to be around 190 euros.

HTC TOUCH HD as a Mobile Internet Device (MID)- Review

Harvsingh, reviewer at ApoTheTech did a HTC TOUCH HD review few months back (even before it was officially released in some countries). However, this time we are going to review it from a different perspective – AS A MOBILE INTERNET DEVICE. If you have been following the windows mobile scene from the past couple of years, you must have observed that the display size of the mobile phones has decreased in size over the years. Whether we all like it or not, but it was the iPhone that brought the big screen to attention to the mobile phone manufactures.

Specifications:

  • 3.8-inch WVGA display
  • 800 x 480 resolution
  • 288MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • Wifi, BT
  • GPS
  • HSDPA
  • 5MP auto focus camera (no flash)
  • Opera 9.5 for Internet Browsing
  • Video calling
  • Skype (no video calling)
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 (can run Windows Mobile 6.5 although the upgrade is not official)

On the paper, the HTC TOUCH HD looks very impressive as a phone, but it the first device from HTC that can be seriously considered as a MID. You may argue that the HTC Advantage was the first MID. Well, I guess that was too big to be pocketable and I believe MIDs should be able to easily fit in pockets.

Alright, back to the topic: How is the Internet experience?

The Touch HD has a WVGA display and this is the same one that was used in the first generation of the ASUS EEE PCs (EEE 700 series). Imagine all that display squeezed into a 3.8-inch display. The display is very crisp and breathtaking to look at.

Just like the recent HTC devices, HTC has bundled Opera Mobile 9.5 which offers great Internet experience. The Opera Mobile works fine for rendering even complex webpages. Although the pages take somewhat longer to load than the Safari Mobile (found on iPhone/iPod Touch), but once loaded, everything works fine the  way it should. I’ve been told that the upcoming versions of Opera will be able to play youtube and other streaming videos within the webpage.

Note that in iPod Touch/iPhone, you cannot view the videos in the webpage.

The back button on the front takes you to the previous page. All the buttons provide the user with haptic feedback. Haptic feedback produces little vibration to make the user feel that a button press was registered by the device.

Display Sensitivity

The display is very sensitive. It is equivalent to the sensitivity of the ASUS P565 (world’s fastest windows mobile phone). It may not be capacitive, but then you are not restricted to use only your fingers (not even finger nails). You can use the supplied stylus too, which is held by a magnet in its silo.

Music Quality

Since, it comes with 3.5mm headphone jack, you can plugin your high-quality earphones to listen to music. The music quality is great through the earphones.

There are dedicated volume buttons on the left side of the unit to turn the volume up and down.

Camera

It comes with a 5MP camera located at the back of the unit. It takes decent pictures although not as great as the ones taken by Nokia N95.

The camera software provides touch focus, which lets you focus on the desired area.

Here are couple of pictures taken by me at its full resolution:

The 3.8-inch display is huge and make the navigation very finger friendly. It is absolutely stunning to look at. It is 0.3-inch bigger than iPhone too!

Price: It costs $800-$900. I know it is a little too high for some of you but it is a great MID which also doubles as a great phone.

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The benefits of the atom processor can be seen in most mobile phones.

EEE PC T91 for just $549! – ASUS to redefine the price range of Tablets?

Looks like ASUS is really going to make the tablets finally popular among the consumers. Let’s face it, tablets have always been confined to the executives and businessmen. The main reason that the tablets were not received nicely in the consumer market was due to high ‘price’. But, with the $549 price tag, ASUS has hit the sweet spot between functionality and price.

Also, we have heard that ASUS has added few really exciting utilities that are very finger friendly. This is already looking like a winner to me.

Here are full specifications:

Screen: 8.9″ LED Backlight / Resistive Touch Panel
Resolution: 1024 x 600 (WSVGA)
Weight: Under 2 lbs.
Battery: Li-polymer, 5 hours runtime
Processor: Intel Atom Z520 – 1.33GHz
OS: Windows XP Home
Memory: 1Gb (DDR2); 2Gb Maximum
SSD: 16Gb-32GB (TBD)
SD Card: 16Gb Maximum (not included)
Online Storage: 20Gb (free for 18 mos.)
Audio: HD / Stereo Speakers / Digital Array Mic
Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: Built-in
Camera: 0.3 Megapixel Built-in
GPS: Built-in (TBD)
3G Module: Optional (TBD/Model specific)
Digital TV Tuner: Built-in (TBD)
Colors: Black, White, Blue, Taupe, Pink (only BLACK will be available initially – other colors may not be available in the US)

[via netbooknews(german)]

Tube Version 4 for Windows Mobile released

With this application, you can use GPS on the surface to find tube stations and you can also plan your journeys much more easily.

New features:

  • Redesigned route and directions layout. This now provides an overview of the complete journey along with step by step instructions all on one screen, making it much easier to follow your planned journey.
  • Improved GPS support with auto start of the GPS and continuous tracking of your curent position
  • Full support for landscape mode and high resolution screens

These improvements will work with your existing maps but to enjoy the maximum benefit our maps have also been redesigned and improved.

[Homepage for Tube for Windows Mobile]