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Toshiba Encore 2 Windows Tablet

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Toshiba Encore 2 (WT8-B32CN)

Toshiba Encore 2 Windows TabletThe Toshiba Encore 2 8 inch Windows tablet is one of the new tablets on the market.  With Windows 8.1, Office 365, 32GB storage, and Intel’s Atom processor, this is a nice tablet for the price.

The Toshiba Encore 2 tablet includes a free 1 year subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 application suite.  Featuring full-versions of the latest Office applications, including Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, OneNote® and Outlook®.  These applications work on or off line, and will automatically sync to the cloud to keep all your files on all your devices in sync.

Encore™ 2 is preloaded with all the apps you want—like Xbox® Music & Video, Kindle® Reader and Skype™. Expand your collection by tapping into the Windows Store where you can grab more of your favorites, discover new apps, get personalized recommendations and more.

The 802.11n WiFi connection and the Bluetooth® 4.0 port allow for fast connections for downloads, streaming music and video, and enhanced connection to external speakers for great audio.

This small tablet comes with 32GB of internal storage plus the SDXC memory card slot will support cards up to 128GB.

This same tablet also comes in a 10 inch model with all the same specifications, plus the 10 inch model includes a HDMI port, which the 8 inch does not have.

Display 8.0″ Diagonal Widescreen IPS WXGA Display at 1280 x 800 Native Resolution
Processor Intel® Atom® Processor Z3735F (2MB Cache, Up to 1.83GHz) Quad Core
Operating System Windows 8.1 with Bing®
Memory 1GB Memory + 32GB Internal Storage eMMC
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 128GB
Camera / Flash
  • Front 1.2MP Fixed Focus HD Camera
  • Rear 5.0MP Auto Focus HD Camera
Wireless Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth® v 4.0
Inputs / Outputs
  • Micro-USB 2.0
Sensors
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass
  • Hall Sensor
  • GPS & GLONASS
Dimension, Weight 5.2″ x 8.3″ x 0.37″ 13.4 oz
Battery Up to 11.1 hours
Other Features & Applications
  • Office 365™ Personal 1-year
  • Stereo Speakers, Internal Microphone, Dolby® Digital Plus

Business Use for Android Tablets

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Business Use for Android Tablets

Business Apps for Tablet PCs

Business Use for Android TabletsMany businesses have realized the business use for Android tablets and are adopting tablets into the everyday work patterns.  The convenience of carrying a tablet into meetings instead of a notebook is obvious.

Many analysts are predicting that by 2015, 30% of the population will own a tablet PC, and by 2016, the Android tablet will dominate sales.  There has been a lot of discussion about the fun usages of a tablet PC, but what about using a tablet PC for business?  Is it practical?  Do applications exist to make it even feasible?  Here is a list of business related functions that you can do with an Android tablet PC:

  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint: There are a couple of good apps that will allow you to create, view and/or edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents.  Make last minute changes to your Powerpoint presentation, display the presentation on your Tablet PC, or better yet, connect your Tablet to a High Definition TV via the HDMI port for a larger than life presentation.  You can also access Google Docs to create, view, or edit any document.
  • Email: Connect to your GMail account, and / or your companies email servers to manage your email from anywhere.  Open attachments that are easily viewable on the larger Tablet display, save them locally, or to your cloud storage.
  • Calendar:  View your appointment schedule, make updates or add new appointments all from your Tablet PC.
  • Remote Access to your PC:  Use Android based applications to remotely connect to your PC at work or home and operate is just as if your were sitting in front of it.  Run programs, update files, manage your email and calendar, perform those functions that you cannot do yet on your Tablet.
  • Print:  Use the Google Cloud Print application to print from your Tablet PC to any printer connected to a PC that you are authorized to use.
  • Scan Documents or Photos: Install an app that uses the camera on the Tablet to scan any document or photo and save it as a JPG or PDF file.
  • Contact Management: There are a number of applications that allow you to store information about your contacts including photos, personal details, follow-up reminders, notes about conversations, call dates and logs, etc.
  • Financial Uses:  There are a variety of financial related applications available including:
    • Financial Calculators: Calculate loans, payoffs, mortgages, amortizations, savings goals, etc.
    • Stocks, Bonds, Mutual funds: Most of the brokerages have Android based software available to monitor your investments including watching prices, trades, place trades, view reports, display charts, etc.  There are also Forex applications for monitoring and trading currencies.
    • Banking:  Access your bank accounts to view balances, transfer funds, pay bills
    • Exchange Rates: Monitor changes to currency exchange rates to help manage finances while traveling
  • Video Conferencing: Using the front camera, and the video chat software included with your Android device, you can have a face to face meeting with anyone else who is also using either an Android based video chat, or the Google Talk software on a PC.  Both of these applications are free and easily installed and used.
    • WebEx for Android is an application that allows the user of any Android device to connect to a WebEx conference and view the presentation being displayed to the group.  View content shared from any computer, including: documents, applications, or screen-sharing with live annotations. Zoom and scan the content by pinching the screen.
    • Fuze Meeting is another online meeting software available for Android that can be used to host, attend, and start any clould-based online meetings with multi-party HD video conferencing.
  • Social Media Apps: Keep your Facebook and Twitter accounts current, plus stay on top of tweets and comments.
  • Travel Apps:  When your business requires you to travel, here are some nice applications to help make the trip go smoother.
    • Translation Apps: When traveling to other countries, easily translate your words into the local language
    • Google Earth: Before you arrive on your trip, log into Google Earth and zoom into specific areas to preview the surrounding area.  Check out buildings, streets, restaurants, tourist hot spots, etc.  Be already familiar with where you are going, before you get there, so there are no surprises.
    • Google Places:  Use Google Places to check out what is near your hotel.  Find restaurants, bars, entertainment, parking, etc.
    • Airline Guides: Load up a airline guide to keep track of your flights, check the status of your flight, or make changes to your itinerary from anywhere.
    • Expense Tracking: There are many expense tracking apps that let you easily and quickly log your reimbursable expenses.  Make that expense report come together easily.
    • Driving Directions: Use Google Maps to give you turn-by-turn directions to where ever you need to go
  • Track Billable Hours:  If your charge your clients by the hour, easily input and track your time and which client to bill to.
  • Track Packages:  Are you waiting for that important package to show up from UPS or FedEx?  Keep track of it delivery progress on your Tablet PC.
  • Real Estate:  Access MLS listings, search for property, track your clients, show photos of houses from the larger sized Tablet PC display to cut down on driving and showing property.\

These are just the major type of business use for a Android tablet PC.  There are many more applications for more detailed and that solve vertical needs.  Stop lugging around that bulky laptop computer, and go with a ultra mobile computing device like a Android tablet PC that weights less than 1.5 pounds.

eBooks on Android Tablets

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eBooks on Android Tablets

Reading eBooks on Android tablets is easy and a natural use for tablets.  In addition to ebooks, you can also get emagazines and enewspapers.

What is an eBook?  It is a digital version of a book.  It is loaded onto your tablet PC or desktop or laptop PC and is read just like a real book.  Except, when it is on a tablet, it is easier to use, read, and carry around. All eReader apps have animation showing the page turning when you slide our finger on the page.  They all keep track of the page you left off last, and opens the book directly to the page.  You can search the book for key phrases, create bookmarks to places you want to return to later, etc.

eBooks on Android Tablets Reference books are great to use in digital form since searching is so much easier.  Plus, on a tablet PC, you can carry your entire library around with you all the time. eBooks on Android TabletseMagazines are also very handy on a tablet PC.  You can subscribe to eMagazines or even eNewspapers and they will be delivered directly to your tablet when each issue is published.  Imagine how many trees you can save by receiving these in a digital format.   Google eBookseBooks on Android Tablets has a great selection of ebooks, however, they do not have newspapers or magazines.  The biggest advantage of using Google eBooks is that I can read on my tablet, then go to my desktop and open the book and continue to read from where I left off on the tablet.  You also have the option of downloading the eBook directly to the tablet so you can be independent of a network connection. Another great option includes the Android app for Amazon Kindle eBooks, who have a great selection of ebooks, however, several of their ebooks, emagazines, and enewspapers will not work on the Android version of the Kindle app.  I’m a fan of Amazon, but I ran into too many limitations when looking for digital publications for my Android Kindle app. The Android Nook app from Barnes and Noble has the best options for magazines and newspapers as well as a full line of ebooks.  This is the app that I use most of the time when reading digital material.  Another great benefit of the Nook app is that is allows for side loading of eBook files.  Which means, if you find an ePub file from a source other than Barnes and Noble, you can download it to the Nook\My Files folder of your tablet and read it using the Nook app.  I automatically receive monthly magazine downloads for a few magazines, and keep a few books that I have not read yet in the Active folder.  The Nook app also syncs with the B&N cloud keeping your PC Nook app and Android Nook app in sync. There are thousands of books in every category and topic available to purchase.  Plus, in most cases, the price of the book is less than the paper version at the book store.  There is also a decent selection of free eBooks, many of them classic novels such as Moby Dick, Sherlock Holmes, and the Tale of Two Cities.  How exciting is an evening with a great bottle of wine, and a free eBook “Pride and Prejudice” to while away the time. I’m personally a Robert Ludlum fan having read many of his books, and, of course, watched the movies. Be careful when traveling internationally.  Be sure you purchase enough reading material before you leave since you cannot buy eBooks outside of the US.  I ran into this during my last trip to Taiwan, where I finished a book ahead of schedule, but could not buy another book until I got home. If you set up your emagazine subscriptions while in the US to automatically charge your credit card every month, then you can download the each month’s volume anywhere in the world.  It seems to be just the purchasing process that limits you to being in the same country as your billing address.

Tablet PC vs eReader

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Tablet PC vs eReader

Will the Tablet PC replace the eReaders?

Tablet PC vs eReaderLet’s compare the Tablet PC vs eReader. I have a couple of book shelves full of books that I have gathered over the years.  Any one of these eReader devices can hold my entire library of books with room for much more.  I don’t think we have seen the end of the paper book, however, if I’m deciding between two books and one is paper and the other is digital, I’m buying the digital version.

But, these devices will do more than just display books.  They can also display magazines, newspapers, and other documents such as PDF files, Word documents, etc.  So, I can finally get rid of that pesky, unreliable news paper carrier.  I can read the paper without walking out to the curb and fishing my newspaper out of the gutter.  And my magazines won’t be dog-eared and torn before I have a chance to read them.  In fact, I’ll have the magazine downloaded and completely read before it shows up in the mail for my friends.

The eReader turns out to be this year’s (2011) best selling Christmas gift.  However, did they buy too soon?  Will they be wishing they spent the money on a fully functional Tablet PC instead?  I think so, however, I’m a technology person that must have the latest and greatest toy.

Each of these devices are great to have depending on your requirements. The only real advantages the eReader devices have are:

  • Anti-glare screen that is easy to read from in any lighted conditions;
  • Battery life is much longer; and
  • Price is much less.

Other than that, an Android or Windows 7 Tablet PC can do anything an eReader can do plus so much more.

Here is a Tablet PC vs. eReader comparison chart:

Android Tablet
Windows 7 Tablet
Amazon Fire
Kindle Touch 3G
B&N Nook Tablet
Touch Screen
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Anti Glare Screen
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Screen size
7, 8, 10 inch
10 inch
7 inch
6 inch
7 inch
Color Screen
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Resolution
1280 x 800
1024 x 768
1024 x 600
600 x 800
1024 x 600
Download eBooks from Amazon
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Download eBooks from B&N
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Download eBooks from Google eBooks
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
View PDF Documents & eBooks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
eBooks, Magazines & Newspaperg
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
View Word / Excel documents
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
File Types Kindle, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP Kindle, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP Kindle, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC Kindle, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC
PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPT, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Media Usage
MP3, JPG, GIF, BMP, WMV, .MP4, .WAV, .MID, .OGG, .ACC etc.
MP3, JPG, GIF, BMP, WMV, .MP4, .WAV, .MID, .OGG, .ACC etc.
 MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8
MP3, JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
.3GP, .3G2, .MP4, .AMR, .MP3, .MID, .XMF, .MXMF, .RTTL, .OTA, .IMY, .WAV, .OGG, .ACC
3G Connectivity
Yes
No
No
Yes, Free Worldwide
No
WIFI connectivity
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Internet Access
Yes
Yes
Yes
Limited
Yes
Connect to Home or Business Network
No
Yes
No
No
No
Battery Life on a single charge (continuous use)
10 Hours
6 Hours
8 Hours
10 Days
11.5 Hours
Size
7.5 x 4.7 x .5
10.83 x 7.48 x .63
7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45
7.5 x 4.8 x .335
8.1 x 5 x 0.48
Weight
13.6 oz
1.8 lbs
14.6 oz
8.7 oz
14.1 oz
Storage
16 GB
32 GB
8 GB + Unlimited Cloud
4 GB
8 GB Exp to 32 GB
Approxmate Price
$199.99 +
$549 +
$199
$149
$199

ASUS PadFone

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ASUS PadFone – Phone, Tablet, Keyboard

ASUS PadPhone

Update 5/14/2012:  ASUS is giving us more information about the PadFone with the release of this video.  Still no general release date, however, it is rumored to be coming in the next few weeks.  Check out this video for more information and a demonstration of the PadFone:

Update 4/5/2012:  ASUS announced that the PadFone will be released for sale in Taiwan on April 20, 2012.  Presale orders are being accepted now at a price of $980 for the complete set of Phone, Tablet, and Keyboard.  The phone can be purchased separately for $680, and the Phone and Tablet combination sells for $850.

A release date for the US has not been announced yet.  ASUS does not currently have a relationship with any wireless carriers in the US, so there is a chance the US will not see this product released.

Original text:

ASUS, continuing their innovative approach to tablet design, has announced the extensively rumored PadFone. This is the first of its kind and attempts provide a solution for the ultimate portable user.

The phone is the main device, it has the processing power, memory, storage, etc. Slide the phone into the slot on the back of the tablet, and you now have everything that was in the phone on a 10.1 inch display. Slide the tablet onto the keyboard dock, and now you have a laptop. All of it running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

Most of us have both a cell phone, and a tablet PC.  However, it is not easy to use both at the same time.  Plus, the constant syncing of data between the devices is a pain in the neck.  Save money by buying a single device.

ASUS has lead the tablet manufacturers with their innovation of the Transformer tablet, then further pressured the competition with the release of the Transformer Prime.  This product will, for sure, cause the competition to rethink their approach to the standard template tablet design.  But, ASUS also has many issues with the Transformer Prime with the GPS, and other issues.  So hopefully, they have been more thorough with their due diligence testing with this device.

Here are some key features:

  • Battery life: slide the phone into the tablet with the attached keyboard dock and gain 9 times longer battery life, plus the ASUS PadPhonephone’s battery will charge from the tablet’s “larger battery”.
  • No more syncing multiple devices, all your data is stored in a single location.
  • 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor for very fast performance on both the phone and tablet
  • The PadFone Stylus doubles as a headset, plus if you leave the stylus behind, both the stylus and phone will vibrate and beep to let you know you’re missing something.

Here is a video released by ASUS:

Specifications (more details about the tablet will be added to this post when they become available):

Display Phone: 4.3 inches, qHD 960×540, Super AMOLED with Capacitive Multi touch panelTablet: 10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED with Capacitive Multi touch panel
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Dual-Core 1.5 GHz
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Memory 1GB (RAM) + 16/32/64 GB eMMc Flash
External Storage microSD (up to 32GB)
Camera / Flash Front:Mega-Pixel VGA CameraRear: 8 Mega-Pixel Auto Focus Flash F2.2 Aperture; 1080 Video recording
Wireless Connectivity WLAN 802.11 b/g/nWCDMAHSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:21 Mbps3G:
WCDMA:
900/21002G:
EDGE/GPRS/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900
Inputs / Outputs 3.5mm audio jack; microSD card reader;  Built-in stereo speakers, microphone; Tablet adds microUSB
Sensors G-Sensor/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity/Light Sensor/Built-in motion sensor
Dimension, Weight Phone: 5.04 x 2.57 x .36 inches, 4.5 oz
Battery Phone: 1520 mAh Lithium Tablet: “Larger Battery”
Other Features & Applications
Audio MP3/WMV/3GP/AAC/AAC+
Browser Google Browser/Youtube Browser
Messaging SMS/MMS/IM/Email
Accessories Stylus HeadsetStation DockSleeve
Accessories Stylus HeadsetStation DockSleeve
Video Video Playback:MPEG4H.264 1.4aH.263
WMV @ HD 1080p
Video Recording :
MPEG4
H.264
H.263 @ HD 1080p
H.264 Video Decode @ 720p Encode @ 1080p
Audio Slot 3.5mm
Audio MP3/WMV/3GP/AAC/AAC+
Browser Google Browser/Youtube Browser
Messaging SMS/MMS/IM/Email
E-Mail Google Mail/Exchange

Which Tablet PC to Buy?

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Tablet PCsYou may be a little confused with so much happening with new tablet PCs.  It seems like anybody who has anything to do with electronics is coming out with a tablet PC.  Almost as if there was a hidden tablet PC manufacturer cranking out generic tablets, and  everyone is sticking their own label on it.  Believe it or not, of all the brands and models that have been annouced, there are not two the same.  Each manufacturer has added their own tweak or unique feature to set their product apart from the others.  Even those unique features are becoming hard to find.

So, you’re asking yourself  “Which tablet PC should I buy?

It really depends on what you are looking for, what your needs are? and How much do you want to spend?

Why buy an Android tablet PC?

One of the biggest advantages of having Google Android as an option is that they do have various versions available.  The older the version, the lower the price of the tablet PC.  However, I would not recommend buying a tablet PC running a version of Android less than 2.3.  The advantages of going with an Android tablet over a Windows tablet is that the Android tablet will be less money, the applications cost a lot less, and is easier to use.

If you are the type of person that must have the latest and greatest  electronic toy, then you need to buy a tablet PC with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).  Android 3.0 is the first of all the Android versions built specifically for tablet PCs.  A tablet running Android 3.0, or greater, will not have any physical buttons on it, rather all the buttons and options are built into the touch screen.  This latest version has some bells and whistles, such as video editing, 3D graphics, multi-touch gestures, etc.  It is an awesome device, however, you will pay two or three times more money for one of these tablet PC devices.  I would recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10 or 7 inch the Toshiba Excite Tablet, or Asus Transformer Prime.

Perhaps you are not a techno geek and you want the convenience of having an ultra portable tablet PC, but you are not into the bells and whistles.  Then you will be very happy with an Android 2.3 tablet PC.  These devices will have WIFI and 3G and can access the internet, play music, send/receive email, manage contacts, view photos, watch videos, etc.  These low priced tablets will also support apps such as the Amazon Kindle or the Barnes and Noble Nook apps, which allow for purchasing and reading eBooks or eMagazines.  They have a lot of functionality for a lot less money.  Check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the eLocity A7, or the Lenovo A1.  These are all 7 inch tablets which are perfect for a lower Android version.

This link discusses the low priced tablets in more detail –> Cheap Tablet PCs

Here are a couple of comparison charts to help you see the differences between Android tablets:

Android Tablet PC Comparison – 10 inch

Android Tablet PC Comparison – 7, 8 & 9 inch

Why buy a Windows tablet PC?

A Windows tablet PC will be more expensive than most Android tablet PCs.  However, a Windows tablet PC will do more and give you more options.  Today, there are three different versions of Windows that you will find on tablet PCs, Windows XP, Windows 7 Starter, and Windows 7 Home Premium.  Click Here – to read about the differences.  I recommend that if you decide to buy a Windows tablet PC today, that you get one running Windows 7 Home Premium.

However, I suggest that you wait until Windows 8 is out later in 2012.  The tablet PCs that are Windows 8 certified will have some additional features that today’s tablets do not have.  Plus the Windows 8 tile Metro format will work much better on a tablet touch screen format.  Check out the Windows 8 details.

The person that needs a Windows based tablet PC also needs to run applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, project management software, and others; and needs to connect to a network to manage files or use a networked application.  The Windows tablet PC will do everything the Android tablet PC, but with different and more sophisticated software.

Windows 7 Home Premium contains the most touch screen features of all the currently released Windows versions so far.  Unfortunately, not all the Windows based applications are fully touch screen compatible.  So you really need the option of being able to easily and quickly attach a keyboard.  I really like the Asus Eee EP121 with the optional keyboard, or the Samsung Series 7 tablet.

Compare the various Windows tablets that are currently available to purchase here – Windows Tablet PC Comparison.

Google Music and Movies on Android Tablets

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Google Music and Movies on Android Tablets

Use the Google Music and Movies service to listen to a large variety of music and watch movies.

Before you can do anything with Google Music or Movies, you need a Google account, and set up your Google Wallet.  The Google Wallet is required to charge your purchases or rentals to.  You can create a new Google account here –> Google Accounts

Google has released a couple of nice apps that allow users of Android tablets to play their favorite music, or watch a rented movie – anywhere. I say “anywhere” because both services are not internet dependent. You can download the music you want to listen to, and/or movies you want to watch, to your tablet while connected to the internet, then disconnect and enjoy later.

Google Music

This is a new service offered by Google, which was in beta for a few months, and just recently released to all android tablet owners.  Currently, there is no cost, and the limit is 20,000 music files (barely enough for my music library).

To use Google Music, you will need to download the Google Music (Free) app to your tablet,  click here to download –> Google Music.  When you go to Google’s Android Market, you will see tabs across for Apps, Music, Books, Movies, and My Library (see below)

Google Music and Movies on Android Tablets

Once you access the website and  sign in, you can upload your music library, plus Google gives you the option to also include several free tracks from their free music library.  The website allows you to sort, tag, create playlists, create instant mixes based on a single track, and even play the music.

Google Music and Movies on Android Tablets

This is working very well for me and I can gain access to my music from any PC, android tablet, and my android phone.

You can buy music and/or upload your own.  It is nice since I can upload all my music, and then play it anywhere.  I don’t have to worry about licences, rights, etc.  The new Apple music cloud app limits you to music you purchased through iTunes and also sells music.  They are all about the money, to be sure.

Google Movies

This is a very cool service available to all Android devices.  You access the Android Market and click on the Movies tab. Movies from major Hollywood film studios, including new releases, are available to rent.  You can either stream the movies on your computer or tablet, or you can download the movie to your tablet to watch anytime.  Movie rentals range from $1.99 for older movies to $3.99 for new releases.

After you download the movie to your tablet, you have 30 days from the time of purchase to start watching it.  Once you start watching it, you have 24 hours to finish watching it, or you can watch it again and again before the 24 hours are up.  There are some exceptions to these rules on a movie by movie basis, so be sure to read each movie’s rental policy before you rent it.

You need a Google account, Google Checkout account, and a valid credit card.  You also need Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or greater on your computer to stream the movies (sorry Apple users).

Another cool feature about watching on your tablet, is if you have an HDMI out port, you can connect to a HDTV using an HDMI cable and watch the movie on the big screen.

Google Music and Movies on Android Tablets

 

Cheap Tablet PCs

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Low Cost Tablet PC Devices

Many people do not have the need for the latest and greatest tablet PC, and therefore, do not need to spend $500 to $800.  There are a few great cheap tablet PC devices under $300 for as low as $199.

The lower priced tablet PCs are usually running a version of Android lower than the current version.  But a tablet PC running Android 2.2 or 2.3 can run most Android apps on the market.  All the cheap tablets listed have WIFI and can access the internet.  All of these can run the Kindle ebook application, they all can play music, view photos, view videos, etc.

These may not have all the pizazz and sizzle of a new Android 3.x Honeycomb tablet PC, but they are a quarter of the price, and have a lot of functionality.

A couple of words of caution, tablets that come with Android 2.x pre-installed cannot be upgraded to Android 3.2 or 4.0.  Google has not provided an upgrade path, plus, these tablets are not really built to run the higher level OS’.  There are many other tablet PCs at much lower prices, however, these usually have substantially lower features which limit their usefulness.  I also advise you to NOT purchase a tablet PC from a foreign source.  I receive emails frequently telling me that they purchased a tablet from a Chinese website and it arrived damaged, or will not boot, or it is all in Chinese, etc.  Buy from a local website that will easily work with you.

The listed prices frequently change, so use them as an idea of what they may sell for.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 7 Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi eLocity A7 Acer A100
Description Lenovo IdeaPad 7 Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi eLocity A7 Acer Iconia A100
Price $199.99 $249.99 $299.99 $274.99
Operating System Android 2.3 Android 2.2 Android 2.2 Android 3.2
Size / Weight 7.58 x 4.78 x 0.47 inches; 14.08 ounces 7.48 x 4.74 x .47 inches 8.2 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches; 1.02 lbs 7.7 x 4.6 x .50 inches; 14.7 oz
Display 7 inch 1024×600 (16:9) display 7 inch; 800 x 480 TFT Capacitive Touch 7 inch 800 x 480 WVGA Capacitive Touch 7 inch Capacitive multi-touch; 1024 x 600
Connectivity 802.11/n WIFI 802.11b/g/n WIFI 802.11b/g WIFI; Bluetooth 2.1 802.11 b/g/n WIFI; Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR
Memory 512MB RAM; 16GB storage 16GB Storage 512MB RAM; 4GB Storage 1GB RAM/ 8 or 16GB Storage; Exp to 32 GB
Processor TI 3622 (Cortex A8) 1GHz single core processor NVIDIA Tegra II T‐20, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra II T‐20, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra II T‐20, 1GHz
Battery ~7 hours Li-Ion 10 Hours 2-Cell Li-Polymer Li-Polymer, 3240mAH ~5 Hours
Ports USB 2.0; SD;
Audio Jack; Mic, Speakers
USB, SD, Audio Jack; Mic, Speakers 1080p HDMI output; USB 2.0; Micro SD; Audio Jack; Mic, Speakers USB 2.0; Micro SD; HDMI; Audio Jack; Mic, Speakers
Camera Front: 0.3MP; Rear 3MP Front: 1.3MP; Rear 5MP Front-Facing 1.3MP Front: 2MP; Rear: Auto focus 5MP
Sensors G-Sensor, E-compass & Ambient light G-Sensor, E-compass & Ambient light 3-Axis Accelerometer,
Ambient Light,
Vibrator
G-Sensor, E-compass & Ambient light

Essential Business Apps for Android Tablets

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Business Apps for Business Use

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There are a few common questions I get about using a tablet PC for business.  Here are a few links to our Android Tablet PC Support site that gives some great information:

There are a few apps that everyone that is using an Android tablet PC for business needs to have.  Here are a few that I am recommending:

Google Docs: This app allows you to connect to your Google Docs account where you can create, edit, delete Documents, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Forms, etc.
Google Docs
GMail: This app syncs all your email from your GMail account. Send, Receive, Draft emails from your tablet PC
GMail
GTask: Sync your Tasks between your GMail account, and your Chrome Task manager. Keep your to-do list up to date, add, delete, modify any task from your tablet PC.
GTasks
USA Today: The latest news, scores, weather, stocks and photos you’ve come to expect from USA TODAY and now available in a beautiful new way, on the Android Tablet. Staying informed has never been this quick, easy or enjoyable.
USA Today
WIFI Manager: An easy way to manage Wifi connections. Includes beautiful widgets.
Find, connect, manage WiFi networks. Improve connection quality with a graphical channel radar.
WIFI Manager
Google Maps: Get directions, visit someplace before you get there, find restaurants, hotels, etc.
Google Maps
Documents To Go: View, edit, create, etc MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF, etc.
Documents to go
Cloud Print: Use Google’s Cloud print app to print from your tablet PC to any printer, anywhere, that is connected to a networked PC that is also running Google’s Could Print.
Cloud Print
File Manager for Honeycomb: Keep your files organized.
File Manager
My Lock: Quick unlock for the honeycomb platform. Avoid having to swipe your finger across the screen everytime your tablet locks.
myLock

ASUS Transformer – Now Available

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Asus Transformer

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ASUS has announced the North American launch of the Pad Transformer with the detachable keyboard.  This is the only tablet PC released to date with a full keyboard which detaches to make the tablet ultra portable.

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer will feature the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, NCIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core CPU and will support the entire library of Android applications including Adobe Flash 10.2.  The 10.1 inch LED display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 made from durable scratch-resistant glass.

The Transformer will be released in two models, a 16GB version at $399 and the 32GB version at $499.  The optional keyboard / docking station sells for $149.  Without the docking station, the battery will last up to 9.5 hours, and with the docking station, you can get up to 16 hours of continuous work.  The docking station adds some additional ports: 2 USB 2.0 ports, 4-in-1 media card reader, SRS premium surround sound / Stereo speakers, and a MIC port.

The ASUS Transformer will include some special features including Polaris Office, PressReader, Email App, and ASUS WebStorage.

There has been a lot of anticipation over the release of this tablet PC, and some were concerned that it may be delayed longer due to the production problems caused by the Japan earthquake.  But here it is, so enjoy it soon.