Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

China’s first MeeGo tablet – The NPad, 10.1″, Moorsetown with 8 hour battery life

June 25, 2010 3 comments

Image via Reggie

This is supposedly the NPad, China’s first MeeGo based tablet as showcased by Red Flag Software Co., Ltd.

I would have thought Nokia would have picked “NPad”, though I’m not a fan of that name.

It features:

  • 10.1-inch touch screen
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3G functions
  • GPS
  • and an eight-hour service time
  • preinstalled with applications like reading, instant messaging (IM), music, video, and office software
  • Powered by Intel Moorsetown
  • Price lower than iPad (which one? Base or or top end?) Via MeeGo Forum (Thanks for the heads up Jim)

ARM Based MeeGo Nokia Tablet, Z500 is out to the world?

June 21, 2010 22 comments

From 2006 the Nokia 770 -4" WVGA resolution, crazy, that'll never take off.

Reports are now spreading that Nokia are “following” Apple and making a tablet.

These trace back to a Digitimes research analyst who says

“Talking with upstream component makers, the analyst pointed out that Nokia has already completed about 100 engineering samples ready for testing. The tablet PC’s panel size will be either 7- or 9-inch and manufactured by Foxconn International Holdings (FIH), the Hong Kong-listed handset subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), the analyst noted.”

And Eldar (who says he isn’t a Nokia hater but always slates Nokia at every moment possible – sometimes it’s warranted, most times it’s just unecessary, e.g. below) confirms the existance of a Nokia tablet.

Also remember that when Eldar bashed the N8’s camera, his “acquired proto” N8 was very different. Amongst other things, MR’s N8 didn’t even have the proper camera of the current (and soon retail) Nokia N8.

Unless Z500 is the name of the tablet, is Eldar referring to the aged Intel Atom Z500? But It’s already supposedly going to be ARM based. Unless there’s another Z500 non MeeGo Nokia tablet or it is on Sseries (S500?)

Stefan from intomobile mocks the idea of a Nokia tablet as their netbook Booklet 3G didn’t really fly that well with consumers. The latter was much too expensive for that category of product but with too little RAM (1GB instead of 2). Such a shame as it was Apple grade in terms of build – and that’s according to several macbook pro owners. That said, Stefan admits he isn’t a fan of the iPad either.

For the masses, a Nokia MeeGo tablet could really fly if priced adequately with competitive features. (As for MeeGo tablets in general, we’ll be seeing plenty from other manufacturers too, pushing Intel hardware. There’s already at least 4 showcased.). A tablet form factor is a great way to consume online media and be immersed in digital entertainment.

As for the ecosystem, developing for MeeGo is made easy and attractive with Qt. Not only does it mean cross platform across MeeGo phones, tablets, netbooks and other devices but other operating systems too, not just Symbian but potentially Android, Window and Mac as long as Qt is used. There’s massive support behind MeeGo, not just Nokia and Intel, but other big industry players too  (Acer, Asus, Cisco, BMW, Gameloft etc)

MyNokiaBlog Weekly Post Roundup (Ep 3) Nokia Soars, N90000 and #symbiancountdown

January 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Some highlights of the final week of January 2010: we saw a fantastic game for the N900 called Numpty Physics, and Hiren showed us how to send MMS from the N900. WOMWorld played guess who with 40 Booklet 3Gs whilst Symbian put out a mysterious countdown (still ticking down – iz gonna be big apparently) and Apple announced a feminine hygiene solution.

Nokia set the record straight for Steve Jobs about definitively being number one in the mobile industry, exceeding expectations with increased market share and profits. We also saw some MS paint mockups of a 4/row, tilted screen N900, as well as the tablet N90000 and N900 XL :p. Out of 198 votes, you guys crowned the Laptop as the most productive device, second was the N900/Smartphone. iPad came last with a shameful 8% of the votes…across the web, even die hard Apple fans couldn’t see the practicality behind it.

Finally, FireFox 1.0 became available for N900 users.

  1. Video: Numpty Physics on the N900 – Incredible interactive drawing puzzle game January 24, 2010
  2. N900 Video: Send & Receive MMS (using fMMS) January 24, 2010
  3. If N900 had a 4-row keyboard and/or a tilted screen? January 25, 2010
  4. Video: 40 Nokia Booklet 3G and a game of guess who. Robbie Vs Chris at WOM HQ. January 25, 2010
  5. YouTube advertising counterfit Nokia N900 (Clones!) Fake N900 unboxing?! January 26, 2010
  6. News: New Nokia today?…is it true?…(It’s the X6-16GB) January 26, 2010
  7. Countdown.Symbian.Org: 108 – Secret over at Symbian #symbiancountdown January 27, 2010
  8. N97 Ovi Maps Free Navigation Officially Available [UPDATE via N97 itself] January 27, 2010
  9. Just announced: Apple iPad Specifications (Should smartphones and netbooks be scared?) January 27, 2010
  10. iPad vs Booklet 3G/Netbook vs N900/Smartphone vs laptop: Which is the most productive device? January 28, 2010
  11. Presenting, the new Nokia N90000 (And N900 XL) :p January 28, 2010
  12. Nokia climbs to 40% smartphone market share! 65% Profit increase in Q4. [Apple shares down?] January 28, 2010
  13. Results: iPad vs N900/Smartphone vs Booklet 3G/Netbook vs Laptop. Functionality wars – iPad loses. [iPad Rant] January 29, 2010
  14. Nokia X3 landed in o2 shops! January 29, 2010
  15. Trusted Review’s Video Review of the Nokia N900 – 9/10 performance…but… January 30, 2010
  16. Firefox for Mobile Now Available on Nokia’s N900 Maemo Platform! [Default MicroB browser still better] January 30, 2010
  17. Video: Paris 3D ported from iPhone to N900! January 30, 2010

Results: iPad vs N900/Smartphone vs Booklet 3G/Netbook vs Laptop. Functionality wars – iPad loses. [iPad Rant]

January 29, 2010 3 comments

Yesterday we asked which was (or would be, since iPad is not available) the most productive device for you

  • iPad
  • N900/Smartphone
  • Booklet 3G/Netbook
  • Laptop

The results after one day so far:

Voting is still open.

[Apologies, this oddly became longer than expected. The post was originally just the above. Yes it’s not available yet, but this is just a rant of pure speculations based on the specifications]

41% of you crowned the laptop with 70 votes. Hot on its heels with 30% was smartphone (it was on par with laptop for a while) at 52 votes. Netbooks came out third at 21% with 36 votes and with at 8%, the iPad gets last place with an unlucky 13 votes.

Is it a surprise? iPad is not about functionality or practicality. Just like your girlfriend or wife might appreciate some Prada shoes or Gucci handbags, when she could have gotten cheaper, better value ones at the high street; the iPad is about brand. The Apple Factor.

When Jobs sold us the “Internet in your hands, eBook, videos, email, games” he didn’t sell you the iPad, he sold you the concept of a tablet. Right now we can see much better alternatives in terms of functionality Click to continue reading

Presenting, the new Nokia N90000 (And N900 XL) :p

January 28, 2010 13 comments

It’s over 9000.

  • 8mp Camera with xenon flash
  • 2mp Front camera
  • 3.5G + WiFi
  • Can make calls
  • 1.6Ghz Custom Processor N5
  • 2GB RAM
  • Maemo OS [Can boot other OS]
  • Can multitask
  • Has flash support
  • 10.1″ screen
  • 1600×960 AMOLED capacitive
  • 20 hours battery life with everything turned on
  • 0.4″ thick
  • 128GB
  • Memory card slot
  • Priced at $399 :p
  • [insert exaggerated feature here]

Alternatively there’s the N900 XL. Click to read more and see the N900 XL ;p

iPad vs Booklet 3G/Netbook vs N900/Smartphone vs laptop: Which is the most productive device?

January 28, 2010 7 comments

Imagine you could only have one device on a day’s work.

Steve Jobs criticized netbooks yesterday saying netbooks aren’t better than anything.  Apple are now trying to carve yet another new niche (the path pre-paved by iPhone) or at least make people think that’s what they’re doing.

Really, they’re just polishing, adding sprinkles of BS (and some genuinely good stuff) so people will think this is something they need. I can see where it would be cool to have one. It seems to start at a great price point too.

As it stands though, there seems to be no multitasking. It might come. But right now, it’s not there. I’ve taken multitasking for granted on the N900, juggling tasks is what helps me to be productive. Pity there’s no GPS, it would have made a killer 10″ sat nav (if you can find a clamp big enough to stick it to your car). Guess that’ll be in the upgraded iPad.

There’s no camera either. Not entirely sure if there’s flash. No memory card. No cellular calls (not that there’d be any point). Don’t really get the same portability (at least pocketability) of smartphones so you lose the convenience of always being with you.


Typing is another concern if I were to swap this with a netbook. There’s a keyboard accessory but you’d have to lug that around. A nice compromise would be an iPad case 2.0 where the protective case is also a keyboard. So you have essentially a netbook looking device but it can detach as a separate tablet when necessary. But both can still be carried together in convenience. Booklet 2 maybe?

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Just announced: Apple iPad Specifications (Should smartphones and netbooks be scared?)

January 27, 2010 6 comments

So we have the touch tablet, iPad (Genius name! -_-)

Steve Jobs announced today that Apple is the largest mobile company in the world (in terms of revenue). Bigger than Sony, Samsung and even Nokia.

They said that their new device had to be something in between a laptop and a smartphone. For simple tasks like web browsing/email/apps, Jobs says there needs to be a third category.

“If there’s gonna be a third category, it has to be better at these tasks — otherwise it has no reason for being.”

Is that a netbook?

“Now some people thought that was a netbook — the problem is that netbooks aren’t better than anything!”

Click to read more about the iPad

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