Apple iPad Vs. HP PalmPad Vs. Blackberry PlayBook – Features Comparison

With rumors about the imminent launch of the new iPad 2 doing the rounds, it does not seem entirely justifiable to pit a product that is half-a-year old to a tablet that does not launch until later this year. Nevertheless, assuming that these are the three devices that will see competition during the holiday shopping season this year, here’s a brief rundown on the features and specs. This is NOT a comprehensive review by any means.

Platform : The new iOS 4.2 is likely to be big with the introduction of multitasking functionalities on the iPad. Also, if you also own an Apple TV, the iPad will bring features like AirPlay. On the other hand, the QNX built Blackberry Tablet OS is completely untested at the moment and so there really cannot be a comparison between platforms until we get to know more. HP PalmPad should however be popular among those who are fans of the WebOS.

Screen Dimensions : Is the iPad too big at 9.7″? If so, you should go for a smaller tablet like the Blackberry Playbook that comes with a 7″ screen. The size is significant for a media consumption device like a tablet since users will not only want a screen large enough to view content clearly, but will also need a device small enough for an easy hold.

Processor : Things are still not clear on the HP PalmPad front. The other tablets though will come with a 1GHz processor. The Blackberry PlayBook though is expected to come with a dual core processor that is equipped with hardware acceleration to support Adobe Flash.

Storage Capacity : Apple does not really encourage microSD support. So do not expect to store anything more than the standard 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variations even on the upcoming version. On the other hand, Blackberry Tablet and HP PalmPad are expected to come with 16GB and 32GB variants with support for a microSD slot.

Camera : Now this is a contentious issue right. With FaceTime here, Apple is most definitely going to offer a front-facing camera on the next generation iPad. But is that going to be enough. Blackberry PlayBook is a clear winner here. The device will have a 3-megapixel frontal camera and another 5-megapixel rear facing camera. Expect the camera to be available on the PalmPad, but no idea on whether there would be just one or two.

Connectivity : The iPad cannot tether. But it does have Wi-Fi and 3G variants available. The Blackberry PlayBook on the other hand does not have 3G but can tether to a Blackberry phone besides connecting to Wi-Fi. The PalmPad is expected to have both Wi-Fi and 3G though that is not entirely clear.

What is your choice?

[via WirelessGround]

Verizon 4G LTE Network Capable Of 13Mbps Speed?

It is no secret that Verizon Wireless is aggressively building its 4G LTE network across its markets in the USA that will go live in a majority of areas by 2011. Now according to screenshots purportedly leaked from one of the LTE tests conducted by the carrier, the new 4G LTE network could be capable of carrying close to 13Mbps of data down and 4Mbps of data up.

This bit of information is not confirmed since it has been obtained from a leaked network testing report. The IP address mentioned in the report does corroborate to the Verizon network. But it’s the larger question of whether or not this is a genuine test and also whether Verizon Wireless could sustain this speed when it launches that should get a lot of its subscribers ruffled.

Wii Remote Plus To Integrate Remote And MotionPlus

Rumors surrounding this have been flying around for quite sometime and has been confirmed now. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that these speculations are in fact true and has announced the imminent launch of a new Wii Remote Plus that will bring together the Wii Remote and the MotionPlus. Iwata is reported to have said,

“For the convenience of the users, Nintendo is developing Wii Remote Plus, which integrates Wii Remote and Wii MotionPlus. We will announce the details of this controller on our web sites and through other media at some later date.”

Wii MotionPlus is an expansion of the Wii Remote that enables users to capture complex motions more accurately. The device comes with a sensor that complements the accelerometer and sensor bar of the Remote to render the actions more accurately on the screen. The announcement of the new Remote Plus is definitely a good news for Wii lovers.

Samsung Galaxy S & Wave Production Halted?

This is pure rumor and even I’m not buying this without more confirmation, but according to some reports, Samsung may have halted the production of its Samsung Galaxy S and Wave handsets due to an acute shortage in supply of Super AMOLED displays. This is ironical considering that the Korea based company is the world’s largest manufacturer of Super AMOLED screens. But reports suggest that Samsung may have already committed a significant chunk of 2011 production to Apple for their iDevices and may consequently be feeling the brunt of short production at home.

This is not very likely considering that this could be a cannibalization of their own handsets. However, speculations are that Apple may have chosen to buy these displays for their devices at a premium that certain divisions of Samsung may have found to be a more attractive proposition.

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Is Microsoft Bringing Second Life To XBox Live?

Rumors are doing the rounds that Microsoft may have acquired Linden Lab, the developers of the popular virtual world game, Second Life. According to reports, the deal has either been sealed or is in very advanced stages. Linden Lab is reported to have been entertaining offers and Microsoft is reported to have shown keen interest. […]

Rumors are doing the rounds that Microsoft may have acquired Linden Lab, the developers of the popular virtual world game, Second Life. According to reports, the deal has either been sealed or is in very advanced stages. Linden Lab is reported to have been entertaining offers and Microsoft is reported to have shown keen interest. Incidentally, Linden Lab also announced that it was closing its UK office this week.

While this still remains a rumor that needs more confirmation, there are reports nevertheless that Microsoft is keen on buying social gaming companies. It’s learned that Microsoft executives are looking for more than just partnerships and are talking about purchases with several social gaming vendors.

Nevertheless, this news should be interesting if you are a Second Life user. The acquisition could bring the game to XBox Live. Do you think that’s a good move?

Official HTC Mondrian Windows Phone 7 Device Pics Revealed

You may have already heard about HTC Mondrian as one of the upcoming HTC handsets that will run the much anticipated Windows Phone 7 mobile OS . Now, we just got more close-up pictures of this new device, thanks to some official press shots leaked by a German website. From what we see, the new HTC Mondrian could come with a single LED flash and a removable upper portion for inserting SIM card and microSD cards.

The HTC Mondrian is speculated to come with a 1.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera,  GPS connectivity and an FM Radio. The photos also reveal a silver button on the side that could possibly help snapping pictures, though that is just a guess. A couple of pictures that have been revealed in the latest leak is embedded below. Do you like what you see?

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[via Electric Pig]