Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Gadget Bag: Time For A Tablet
Incredible high-resolution screens, an ever-growing number of photography apps and an undeniable cool factor make a tablet a must-have accessory for every nature photographer
Coming to market at a much lower price ($249) than its big brother, the Samsung 8 GB Galaxy Tab 2 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and includes a MicroSD slot for memory expansion. It also features front- and rear-facing cameras, a 1024x600 display and is optimized for Adobe Flash, Gmail and Google Maps.
Sony 32 GB 9.4-Inch Tablet S
Equipped with a convenient full-sized SDHC memory card slot, the Sony Tablet S ($449) is the first PlayStation-certified tablet that provides out-of-the-box gaming with PlayStation titles and compatibility with classic PS1 and PSP games. It features a TruBlack 9.4-inch backlit display with 1280x800 resolution, front and rear cameras, and an ergonomic grip. Powered by an NVIDIA 1.0 GHz Tegra 250S Dual-Cortex A9 processor, the Tablet S includes 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage capacity. When you're not using the Tablet S to show off your digital images, you can select from more than two million book and magazine titles downloadable from Sony's Reader Store.
Adventurers, take note: The Toshiba Excite ($599) comes standard with an onboard group of sensors that includes an accelerometer, a compass and a GPS. Built on a Texas Instruments CPU (1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core Mobile), the Excite 10 runs Android 3.2. It features TI integrated graphics, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel camera with integrated microphone in front. It also has a MicroSD card slot, plus micro HDMI and USB ports. The capacitive multitouch 10.1-inch display delivers 1280x800 resolution.
ViewSonic ViewPad 10pi 10.1-Inch Windows Tablet
A major player in the computer display market, ViewSonic has adopted Android 3.2 OS (upgradeable to version 4.0 when available) and Windows 7 in the ViewPad ($815). It features an Intel Atom Z670 1.5 GHz Oak Trail CPU, 2 GB of RAM and a 64 GB solid-state drive. The 10.1-inch multitouch screen supports 1280x800 graphics resolution, with a 1300:1 contrast ratio, a G-sensor and an ambient light sensor. It offers a full-sized SD card slot, front and rear cameras, and integrated microphone and speakers.
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