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Old 01-09-2010, 11:26 AM   #1
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Reading capable umpcs/tablets/slates coming out this year

Let's just say that this year we will have a greater that ever variety of umpcs/tablets/slates to choose from. I'm sure that there are a lot more devices coming out sooner or later this year so please feel free to add to the following short list:

Microsoft boss Steve Balmer showed off HP running windows tablet at CES 2010
Dell Mini 5
C-Motech Mangrove 7” Tablet
Wirelession W1090
Ramos W7
Archos 9 - it's been around for a while
Asus EeePC Touch Series Tablet
viliv n5
Compal Android tablet
Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid
Mirasol shows prototype reader-like device
Entourage Edge
Paradigm Shift readers
Sungale 7-inch Cyberus
Freescale smartbook short review from Chippy (this device looks very sweet at 200 dollars)
LG GW990
ASUS planning dual screen Eee Reader: world's cheapest e-book reader
Vega Android Tablet
Creative Zii MediaBook e-reader
Cowon's Atom-powered W2 MID
MSI Android tablet
MSI dual touchscreen umpc/netbook !!!!!!
Cydle M7 Android tablet
Quanta Tegra 2

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Old 01-09-2010, 12:52 PM   #2
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Great job! There is so much to choose from. I'm sort of interested in that HP slate.
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:37 PM   #3
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Great job! There is so much to choose from. I'm sort of interested in that HP slate.
Me too! But I also saw something on TV here, that was interresting. I only saw it in a flash, so I've no idea what it was, except that you could remove the "screen" from its holder and have a slate. You didn't just disconnect it, the keyboard was still attacked to the screen holder...

found it in that list too: the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid

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Old 01-10-2010, 09:55 PM   #4
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Holy mackerel! That's a great list!
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:57 AM   #5
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Holy mackerel! That's a great list!
Speaking of which, did you manage to find out more about the Paradigm Shift readers? I haven't seen any coverage on them at CES. Were they even there?
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:15 AM   #6
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I'll take that MSI Android tablet, please!
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:18 AM   #7
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Speaking of which, did you manage to find out more about the Paradigm Shift readers? I haven't seen any coverage on them at CES. Were they even there?
They canceled the appointment so they could meet more retailers.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:06 AM   #8
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That Mangrove tablet looks really nice! I'm not a big fan of Android, so something like this would be right up my alley (I wouldn't have to carry my laptop with me for work or when I travelled). I'm not sure I'd use it as anything other than a "netbook replacement," though. It also might mean I could dump the smartphone and just use a devent feature phone (it would save some money on my cell phone bill!) - I'd just have to figure out a tethering solution
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Here is another device with the pixel QI technology that at least some of you are already familiar with, and an interview with Mary Lou Jepsen, founder of Pixel QI company. Reviewers at gizmodo and engadget suggest that these technologies will bring the end of e-ink. More info at the News and Commentary section.

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You can add the Viewsonic VPD series tablets to the list.
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You can add the Viewsonic VPD series tablets to the list.
According to Viewsonic, those will only read TXT files...just FYI. Not sure if they're confused, planning to add more options, or think TXT=we can call this an eBook reader.
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According to Viewsonic, those will only read TXT files...just FYI. Not sure if they're confused, planning to add more options, or think TXT=we can call this an eBook reader.
If so, they wouldn't be the first. I'm not sure if that makes them dim, underhanded, or just plain desperate to be part of the "me too" crowd.

But you almost can't blame them... after all, there's no hard-and-fast rule of what text files are and are not considered e-books so, strictly speaking, they're not lying...
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