Archive | May 17, 2011

Deal of the Day – Jamo S606HCS3 S-606-HCS-3 5.0 speaker system for $350 shipped

The already low $400 price for this amazing Jamo S606HCS3 S-606-HCS-3 5.0 surround speaker system got even better – $350 shipped makes it a real bargain. I bought this system myself and I cannot be happier about it – check out my Jamo S606 detailed review. The speakers are gorgeous looking and sound amazing considering the price. Jamo is an European company owned by Kliptch and is is heavily promoting their speaker line in the US market. Not sure for how long the price will last – you can find it now at Amazon for $349, no taxes in most of the states and free shipping.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Acer Iconia Tab A500 to be updated to Android 3.1 next month

If you read out Top 10 Tablets for 2011 article, Acer Iconia Tab and Asus Eee Pad Transformer are among our top 10 tablets for this year. Currently running Android Honeycomb 3.0, both tablets are scheduled to be updated to Android 3.1 no later than next month adding new functionality like resizeable widgets, USB peripherals support and improved eReader and media player applications. Android 3.1 also brings an increase in performance as well and will be made available on the new and existing models of Google TV starting this summer. We can’t really complain when we get updates for free and it is obvious that Google started to work closer lately with the hardware manufacturers to ensure the devices are kept updated with their latest and greatest Android versions.

10.1″ LCD WQXGA 2560 x 1600 – Next tablets may have “retina” display from Samsung

…and in this case, I’ll be sure to buy iPad 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 take 2, or whatever tablet might come with it. During SID Display Week 2011 in Los Angeles, Samsung will demonstrate its take on the “retina” displays, meaning displays with a resolution so high you won’t be able to distinguish individual pixels with the naked eye. Samsung managed to manufacture 10.1 inches LCD screen with a DPI of 300 and, even more amazing, the power needed is a whooping 40 percent lower.

How do they achieve this? If you know a bit about displays, even in the case of good old CRT tubes, a white pixel is created by combining the R/G/B pixels (one red, one green and one blue). Combining these three colors at various intensities will produce all the other colors / nuances and activating all of them at the same level will produce gray shades. If you need a pure white, you’ll need to activate all three pixels at the maximum intensity.

In Samsung’s case, the technology behind is called PenTile (RGBW) and it optimizes the display by Read More…

Pandigital Planet eReader leaks at FCC – quick technical specs review

Better known for its cheap photo frames, Pandigital started just a year or so ago to make eReaders. Their first one, Pandigital Novel 7 was only a partial success (see our Pandigital Novel 7 review) but now Pandigital is launching a new model, Pandigital Planet, a little bit more open but still without the official Android Market. Fortunately, it does run the SlideMe 3rd party app store and, presumably it will be able to run Amazon Android Market as well which is a major accomplishment.

Some early details leaked on FCC’s website, like 7″ large LCD screen, still 800×600 resolution, still the same crappy resistive touchscreen (when will they learn?) but a useful microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB cards, a USB 2.0 Host/OTG, microphone, a new HDMI output and dual cameras (back and front). The device will run Android 2.2 and it is potentially ripe for rooting. Since the device, even with HDMI out and dual camera, will still be marketed as an eReader, it will retain Barnes & Noble eBook store but will also add pre-installed apps like Facebook, virus protection (not sure how important that is in Android world at this point, whether it will be effective or just a marketing gimmick). Pandigital Planet also lists an interesting list of codec capability including MOV, MP4, DIVX / XVID, h264, h263, MPEG4, etc.

We got the full technical specs and some photos (see after the break)

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