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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Vizio VTab1008 Bad Skype

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So I got the Android Vizio VTab1008 running Gingerbread 2.3.2 for a couple of reasons.

First cause it was cheap

Second is because the Vizio 8" Tablet has GPS and bluetooth.

GPS is some what important seeing that I would like to get rid of my dedicated GPS for the truck and minimize some toys. :)

and For Skype and Google+...

First off the Vizio Vtab1008 is really a good running tablet I like the capacitive 8" screen it just works. Hated the launcher it came with but Go Launcher works great from the market.

Three Problems I have found that will make me put it up for sale on craigslist unless Vizio comes out with HoneyComb or Ice Cream Sandwich for the VTab1008 and fixes these issues.

1. the vizio vtab1008 and skype do not get along .. you can make a video call but you will have to turn the tablet upside down for your image to show up correctly on the other side of the conversation.

2. Adobe Flash... 10.1 on the Vizio Vtab1008... come on ... Vizio get with the updates here... I know it is optimized for the tablet... but some flash will not work specifically in Google+ Tried watching +Thomas Hawk last night with +Lotus and no dice... could not do it.. BIG PROBLEM here..

3. internal memory of the Vizio Vtab1008 whats left over to use from the 4GB internal is mapped to mnt/sdcard ... that is just stupid.. you can not put apps on the real SD card.. kills some functionality.. so now your real SD card is sdcard/external.

Come on Vizio lets get some lovein for the user community here... oh and this should really grind on you But the Pandigital Planet ... Can Do all of the things I have mentioned here (no bluetooth or gps though) but it will do Skype, Flash and the SD card and memory are mapped correctly. :) ... And it is Cheaper and has a slower processor

Oh yeah and you can forget about trying to

Root the Vizio Vtab1008

Vizio blocked that capability with the latest upgrade to their rom ver 1.5 still shows 1.4 in sys info but the build 1.9.57 will tell you you are locked out of rooting this table.

And here is the rest of it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

8" Android Tablet Model 80461

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So there is not much information on this little Unbranded MID tablet so I will try and fill in some of the blanks.

First off there is nothing on the box or in the manual as far as what brand this is or even the manufacturer. How they got a Google certification for Android Market I have no clue. Especialy when the Pandigital Tablets are 100 times better and work great.

System info Shows the Model number as 80461
What you have is a Wonder Media 8650 or
a WM8650 this is an 800Mhz CPU

There are forums that are dedicated to they WM8650 Android tablets but none I have found to be much help with this "marvel of engineering".

Basically it is a resistive touch screen Android tablet running Froyo 2.2
The screen looks nice and the music and video players are basic and work correctly Divx movies and TV shows play fine with the built in video player but YMMV.

The rest of the tablet is SLOW... and that is an understatement.

Do not even try to play Angry Birds on this WM8650 either or you may be shooting it out of sling shot like one of the Birds... It is nothing but frustrating.

Now there is hope for this little 8" 80461 but I have not tested it and you may want to be cautious doing this as well but there is a commuinty that has come up with a modified ROM for it. They are Tech Know

Before you Run off and hit their site Flashing the ROM and stuff here are a few things you should know... *** Could Brick your semi-functional tablet ****

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Your Model number 80461 is:
generic-eng2.2 Froyo ver1.5.3-20110819.042300
It Should be the Green LED (Red when Charging) under the button
This one Vibrates when it turns on.

Hardware is WMT
CPU is arm926ej-s rev 5.

There is no FastBoot or Recovery on boot... All manner of powering on with volume + or volume - work.

There is no recovery boot at all ... if you jack up the tablet there is no recovery that I could find. Including no Manufacturers web site to go to to download a new ROM.

So if you are brave and want a faster Android experience on this MID head over to Tech Know... and Just remember that the creator is HCH... Good luck.

Here are some of the Specs you would want on the 8" tablet Model number 80461 android tablet.

cheapest 8 Android Tablet that looks like iPad. It equips with VIA8650 800MHz CPU, 8 inch 800x600 resolution display. With certification of CE, FCC and RoHS, you can rest assured of the quality of the great 8 inch Android Tablet. The 8 inch size can show the perfect display of websites, videos etc. It's just suitable to put the 8 inch MID into your bag and take it along with you.

The highest frequency of the 8 inch MID tablet is 800MHz. You can touch the screen with two fingers at the same time. It means you can zoom in or zoom out the pictures or games display on the resistive touchscreen.

Highlights of the VI801 tablet features:

Cheapest 8 inch Android Tablet MID
Coming with a convertor with 2 USB port and 1RJ45 jack
Support Flash
Support Multi-language
Two-point touch screen
CE, FCC and RoHS certified

Specifications

CPU : WM8650(ARM11) processor speed 800MHZ
2D graphics acceleration

OS : Android 2.2

Display : 8.0 " LED panel touchscreen:800*600

Memory : 256MB SDROM

Storage: NAND Flash 2GB(4GB optional)

Sound System : built in speaker(1x1w)

I/O Ports : 3 USB2.0 ports
1 HDMI
1 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
1 DC-in jack
1 TF card reader(maximum capacity:32GB )

Network : Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g network
Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN
3G(USB DONGLE):WCDMA/TDSCDMA/EVDO

GPS : USB DONGLE

Camera : 0.3 Mega Pixels(2.0 Mega Pixels option)

Sensor : G-sersor 360°

Power : Battery type Lithium-ion 3200mAh
Battery life and worktime :Up to 3 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network

Input/output Adapter : Input:AC100-240V 50-60Hz Output:9V 1.5A

Audio Player : MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+ Frequency response: 20Hz to 20000Hz

Video Player : 3GP,MP2,MP4,H.264, 720P


Thursday, January 12, 2012

HP Envy 14 Spectre At CES

HP Envy 14
(Image Cnet)
As I mentioned before that CES would be filled with UltrBooks from different manufacturers trying to capture the same market place that Apple has had for the last couple of years with the MacBook Air. HP not to be left behind came out with the Envy 14 Spectre. Basically a thin and light notebook targeted at the small business market. Almost fully clad in Gorilla Glass..

"Glass who puts glass on a Notebook????"

Ok HP says that using Gorilla Glass will make the laptop more scratch resistant. But is it Shatter Prof??? I mean if Bump my MacBook Pro against the corner of a desk and it gets a dent in it I may be able to live with that ... but if you bump the HP Envy with the same corner will it shatter????

Other info that was released is no dedicated graphics chip??? Come on sounds like an over grown NetBook... With SSD hard drive and Beats Audio included ..

all for around 1399$ USD... little expensive for a NetBook if you ask me.. :)


Monday, January 9, 2012

{Update} Asus 7" Tablet 249 Tegra 3 at CES

Asus 7 inch Tegra 3 Quad-Core ICS Tablet


Asus Announces a 7" tablet and if I understood correctly it will have the Nvidia Tegra 3 "Quad-Core Processor" which is actualy 5 cores.. at a stunning price of 249.00 USD??? really ... :) this is right up my ally

With Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system

While the previous version ran on Honeycomb and utilized a dual-core Qualcomm 8260-1.2Ghz CPU, the Asus 370T will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich and houses a quad-core Tegra 3. No word yet on the actual speed of the processor, though. The previously announced stylus peripheral has been dropped for the device.

The Asus 370T will (if its not vaporware ;) ) with 1GB of RAM and at least 16GB of storage. It also sports a 1,280x800-pixel IPS screen that delivered smoothly scrolling menus. Has very similar, dimensions to the Acer Iconia Tab A100. The 370T even hits the typical-for-a-7-inch-tablet weight of 0.88 pound, right on the nose.

Micro-USB port, a microSD card reader, and a Micro-HDMI port

Read more: http://www.cnet.com/8301-33378_1-57355665/asus-memo-370t-changes-the-game-by-offering-four-cores-for-the-price-of-two/#ixzz1jIDSDzBc


Front facing 1.2 megapixel camera and 8-megapixel rear camera ..

Eric Franklin got to play a bit with the Possible 249$ Asus 7 inch Tablet at CES and the photos show a different story... but then again this could just be the proto type.
Asus 7 inch Tegra 3 quad core tablet for 249$ USD
(Credit Cnet Eric Franklin)
Not Really that much to show up front no hard buttons... great size but I am partial to the 7 inch tablets. There is suppose to be a front facing camera .. but can't see it from this shot.


Asus 7 inch back side view camera speakers Power Volume
(Credit Cnet Eric Franklin)
Looks like a couple of speaker cut outs on the back straddling the rear facing camera notice on the top is power or is that head phone jack? and on the left looks like volume rocker and maybe the ON/OFF button.



Asus 7 inch tegra 3 tablet connections sd memory usb
WHOOO SD card slot or proprietary plug for power?? mini USB?? No HDMI out???? WTF .. not that I ever use HDMI on my tablets... kinda something that may be missing ... I'm sure this is pre-production and a proto type but.. really???

Asus 7 inch Tegra 3 Power Port or HeadPhone jack?
(Credit Cnet Eric Franklin)
So is the for Power or is it the head phone jack ... if its head phones.... NO SD SLOT??? so you can not load it up with 32GB card????


I definitely will wait to see this one..




Samsung at CES announces 2nd Gen Series 9

Samsung announces 2nd Gen of the Series 9 as thin as ordinal tablets

This is going to be the year of the UltraBooks or Copies of the Apple Air??? :)

Samsung follows suit by announcing the 2nd Generation of their Series 9 Ultra-Books or thin and light series.

Weighing in at 2.5 lbs and only 1/2 inch thick

reduced 30% in size from the first generation

30,000 hour worth of development all crunched down in only 1 year to market

single shell body aluminum

SuperBright plus screen

Ultra Fast 8.9 sec boot 2 sec to wake

10 hr battery life

"More important, is the new 1,600x900-pixel resolution display, which will be available in both 13.3- and 15.6-inch models (the original Series 9 came in 13-inch and 11-inch variants). Samsung says the 15-inch version is squeezed into the equivalent of a 14-inch laptop chassis, making it the "world's thinnest and most compact 15-inch premium notebook."

Unlike some ultrabooks that have been announced but are waiting on some combination of next-gen Intel CPUs and Windows 8, the new Series 9 systems will be available starting February 27, using the current line of Intel Core i-series processors. The 13-inch Series 9 NP900X3B-A01US will be $1,399, while the 15-inch NP900X4B-A02US will be $1,499. These are still premium prices for non-Apple laptops, and with increased competition from $799 ultrabooks, the new Series 9 may still be deemed too expensive by the laptop-buying public." Read More at Cnet


And the Series 5

15" screen in a 14" body

14" ultra book has DVD drive. More info as we get it...


Dish Network Press release at CES Hopper

Whole-Home HD DVR Hopper from Dish Network


Dish Network announces the Hopper and the Joey whole home DVR

The Hopper has 2GB of storage space running on a 7200 rpm hard drive. Featuring Bluetooth and PrimeTime anytime that records every show during prime-time hours for the four major networks for a full 8 Days worth of programing. Is also capable of recording 6 shows simultaneously

The Hopper is the main unit that will broadcast to all of the Joey's in the home.

Content available through out the entire house.

"While other DVRs in the industry have limited DVR sharing capabilities, the Hopper and Joey system offers the ability, from up to four rooms, to manage their DVR, record and play back HD shows, and watch live HD programs," the company said.

Also access to PrimeTime giving access to HD TV shows on the same day they were first aired ..

Read more at CNET

More info as it comes in. :)

Sharp Announcement at CES 80 Inch TV

Holy smokes 80" Sharp Aquos "At CES in Las Vegas today, the company unveiled its Aquos Board, 80-, 70-, or 60-inch screens that offer an all-new "touch solution" and that gives users new ways to share content among workers."

And the "Sharp continues its 2012 Quattron onslaught with four new models, in 60-inch and 70-inch versions, featuring its brightest Quattron panels with 3D and an ultraslim aluminum design."

Now where would you put this ????

To Show how big the Quattron is .. They Put it on top of a car. :)

image thanks to CNET..

Sharp Says the entire line up with feature built-in WiFi and Sharp's SmartCentral that delivers streaming options like Netflix, Hulu (hmmm still can't get that even on my android tablet..) and many others .. ..

Sharp 847/745 series features:

Edge-lit LED LCD screens with 3D X-Gen panels
3D-compatible
Smart TV with 100 apps
Ultraslim and narrow-bezel design
Web browser
Built-in Wi-Fi

Sharp 847/745 series series models:

LC-70LE847U, 70-inch, March $TBD
LC-70LE745U 70-inch, April $TBD
LC-60LE847U, 65-inch, March $TBD
LC-60LE745U 70-inch, April $TBD


Read more: At CNET

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