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CES 2011: Tablets are the Titans of Technology

Friday, January 7th, 2011

There have been all kinds of things at CES 2011 so far.  Technology that is big, small, shiny, robotic, 3-dimensional.  One thing has been consistant, however, from the manufacturers: the tablet.  Apple’s iPad was a starter pistol for a handful of manufacturers to make their own versions of the handheld device.

As you read earlier in this blog, Panasonic has their version, the Viera.  Since then Lenovo, Toshiba and even Blackberry have displayed their entries into the tablet market.

Lenovo’s tablet has an interesting design.  It’s basically a laptop computer with a removable monitor, doubling as a tablet.  the 10.1 inch unit is fully functional detached form the keyboard dock and is controlled by a user’s finger tips.

Toshiba has a tablet measured at 10 inches.  Called the Tegra 2 it runs on Android.  An interesting feature is the technology included called “Resolution Plus.” Just like upconverting DVD players, the standard definition video is upconverted to appear as high definition.  It will also include front and rear facing cameras, as well as Mini USB, USB, HDMI, and microSD card slots.

Also, Blackberry’s version, the RIM Playbook was exposed even further at this year’s CES 2011.  Released in September, we covered it in our RIM Playbook Blog, the unit is still garnering a lot of buzz and attention.

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Introducing The Playbook

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

RIM PlaybookImage courtesy of RIM.com

Research In Motion (RIM) the company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry cellular phones, recently announced their newest product: The PlayBook. Attempting to tackle the iPad in tablet sales, the PlayBook will use an operating system called BlackBerry Tablet OS. This system will offer full world wide web surfing and other features used with BlackBerry phones such as Push technology, and BBMTM. While the screen size is about 2 inches smaller than that of an iPad, the PlayBook has more RAM, weighs less and even supports Adobe Flash 10.1.

Sporting a 7’’ LCD display, the PlayBook will be capable of 1080p HD video and comes equipped with an HDMI port. A camera lens built in both the front and the back of the unit lets users take photos, videos and even live video conferencing.

The release date is set for early 2011. For full information as well as detailed specs and other features, visit RIM’s site.

FULL SPECS
• 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
• BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
• 1 GHz dual-core processor
• 1 GB RAM
• Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
• Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
• Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
• HDMI video output
• Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
• Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
• Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
• Ultra thin and portable:
• Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
• Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
• RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

Nick E.

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Stay Tuned for More Information!!!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Today is the day so many loyal Apple customers have been waiting for. The big Apple announcement is just over an hour away! Stay tuned to the Abt.com Blog for the latest information.

-Kelly B.

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Apple's Big Secret

Monday, January 11th, 2010

 

The buzz in the tech industry is all about Apple’s upcoming announcement, January 27, about the Apple Tablet, so many of us are dying to get our hands on. Apple will not confirm that the announcement is going to be the release of the tablet, but many in the consumer electronics industry are pretty sure that will be the announcement. Check back for more on the Apple announcement.

Stay up-to-date about all the latest consumer electronics technology right here on the Abt Blog.

Kelly B.

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CES 2010 Is Now Over

Monday, January 11th, 2010

The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show is over; all the booths are down and the attendees are returning to their respective companies, heads dizzy from all of the new technology they’ve just seen.

The hottest categories this year were definitely Green Tech, 3D, and Smartphones. The tablet computer has been the talk of Vegas all weekend. CES saw different manufacturer’s versions of the tablet, but Apple’s long awaited announcement, January 27, has overshadowed the models we’ve seen. Apple will not confirm that the announcement is going to be the release of the Apple tablet, but it is intensely speculated.

Stay up to date about all the latest technology right here on the Abt Blog. For more information on the products seen at CES, talk with an Abt sales specialist.

By Kelly B.

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