Tablets

The Smartphones and Tablets of CTIA 2011 You Should Know About

With the smartphone and tablet markets booming, 2011 is a great time to have a wireless industry trade show. Press releases from CTIA 2011 flowed as soon as the week began, with device makers and wireless carriers flexing their muscles and hyping up their latest gadgets. Here’s a quick look at the biggest smartphones and tablets to debut …

RIM Blackberry Playbook Priced and Dated; Questions Remain

Research in Motion’s Blackberry Playbook will start at $499 when it launches on April 19, but we’re still missing a few details on the 7-inch tablet.

The Playbook is RIM’s first shot at the tablet market. It has similar processing power to Apple’s iPad 2, but comes in a size that’s more like Amazon’s Kindle, trading a larger screen …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 Announced, Priced

Here’s a first for iPad rivals: Samsung not only announced a pair of Android tablets on Tuesday, it also revealed prices and a release date at the same time.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 will cost $499 for a 16 GB model and $599 for a 32 GB model with Wi-Fi — same as comparable iPad 2 configurations — when it launches on June 8. This …

Gird Your Loins, Samsung, You’re About To Be Bangled

Chris Bangle, the most controversial designer of automobiles in recent memory, has a nifty new geek gig: designing cellphones and notebooks for Samsung.

A wee bit of backstory, for those one or two of you who don’t passionately follow design trends in high-end automobiles. Bangle, a stylish and persistently innovative Midwesterner, …

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi is $599, Unofficially Up for Pre-Order

Electronics retailer B&H has jumped the gun and started taking pre-orders on a Wi-Fi-only Motorola Xoom tablet for $599, even though Motorola hasn’t confirmed the pricing itself.

B&H’s Xoom product page doesn’t say when the Wi-Fi version will ship, but says it’s “a new item being released in limited quantity, We are accepting orders …

Hong Kong Pays Double for the iPad 2 (And It’s Still Sold Out)

If you’re tempted to complain about the latest iPad’s price tag, consider this: in Hong Kong, iPad 2s are easily selling for twice the price, and in some cases up to $1,500. (And that’s not in Hong Kong dollars, either.)

Even though the iPad 2 has yet to make it way to Hong Kong, the device is already sold out. It’s been …

Some iPad 2 Users Report Screen Bleeding

Here’s a bit of schadenfreude for the folks who can’t find or don’t want an iPad 2: Some owners of Apple’s new tablet say the edges of their screens are bleeding light.

YouTube user IAmPhones has documented the problem in a video, which clearly shows a patch of white light on the side of the screen near the iPad 2′s home button. Users …

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