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RIM’s long awaited Blackberry Playbook has finally hit our shelves and it was definitely worth the wait. If you are Blackberry fan, you will surely want to check out this tablet. It looks good, it feels good and if you are in a position where presentations are essential to closing the deal, you need this device.

Whether you are presenting in PowerPoint, pictures or pdf, moving from page to page or app to app is as easy as swiping your finger across the screen. The battery life is a little less than its competitors, but on the plus side it comes with Flash Player 10.1.

The downsides are minor if you are looking for an executive style Tablet and really love your Blackberry. It doesn’t have an external USB port, the music the app is a little quirky, and the number of general apps is pretty limited.

However, on the plus side; it’s very intuitive, it pairs well with your Blackberry and comes with some great business tools like Adobe reader and the Documents to Go suite. Image quality is great, and the Webkit browser is decent- YouTube and Flash games videos play virtually stutter free. The camera is average, but takes good pictures and very suitable for most shots.

One of the main features of the Playbook, that sets it apart from other tablets, is the ability to connect it to your Blackberry device. Once you download the Blackberry Bridge software from Blackberry’s App World, your Playbook works as an extension of your phone. You get access to your email, calendar, contacts, memo pad and tasks- now on the large tablet display. Depending on your wireless provider, you can even browse the web using your existing Blackberry Smartphone’s data plan.

If you are looking for a big brother to your Blackberry handset, this tablet is what you need. RIM is constantly updating apps and tweaking the system. If you are looking for the WOW factor, you may consider checking out the other tablets on the market.

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Named a “Wireless Superstore” by journalists across the country, Wireless Toyz offers cell phone users a unique retail environment where they are able to pick and choose different mobile packages. At Wireless Toyz, shoppers are able to review wireless plans from nationwide providers, conveniently comparing and contrasting mobile programs from Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Virgin, and other companies.

Founded by entrepreneur and businessman Joe Barbat, Wireless Toyz has grown significantly since its establishment in 1998, due to a profitable business model and a corporate commitment to selling a wide range of brands. Joe Barbat built Wireless Toyz with the intention of giving consumers choice in communication tools, applications, and accessories, all in one location. In addition to carrying a comprehensive line of mobile phones and programs, Wireless Toyz offers satellite television plans from recognized providers, including DirecTV.

CEO and Chairman Joe Barbat has ambitious plans to turn Wireless Toyz back into the nationally recognized name it once was. Found in 15 states across the country, Joe Barbat started Wireless Toyz in a stand-alone kiosk in his father’s video rental store as a teenager. Citing his father as one of the most influential figures in his life, Joe Barbat developed his skills as a self-made business professional from watching and learning from his father, who is himself a lifelong entrepreneur.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a top contending alternative to Apple’s iPad by offering a light weight tablet pc that includes power-packed features such as 1gz processing power and Adobe Flash Player compatibility.

Here are just a few of the really interesting features that Samsung has brought to the table:

  • Supporting Document Files – Word File: doc, docx, xml, txt, rtf, dot, dotx Excel File: xls, xlsx, csv, xlt, xltx PowerPoint: ppt, pptx, pot, potx, pps, ppsx PDF: pdf.
  • Entertainment Suite – Full HTML Web Browser, Books, Browser, Email, Gallery, Gmail™, Google Maps™, Android Market, Google Search™, Google Talk™, Voice Search, Latitude, Music Hub, Navigation, Places, Pulse, QuickOffice, Samsung Apps, YouTube, Music Player.
  • Video Features – 1080p playback, 720p capture Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, XviD, WMV7/8, VP8, MP43, VC-1 Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(asf), AVI.
  • Supporting Audio Features - MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, AMR, MID, IMY, WMA, Vorbis, RTTTL/RTX, OTA.
  • User Interface Features – Widgets, Smart Unlock, Accelerometer, Bilingual: Spanish/English.
  • Display - 10.1” Widescreen HD WXGA TFT Display.
  • Memory - 16GB Internal Memory.
  • Operating System – Android 3.1, Honeycomb.
  • Camera - Front Camera: 2.0 Megapixel.  Rear Camera: 3.0 Megapixel Auto Focus with Flash.
  • Dimensions – 10.1″ (W) x 6.9″ (H) x 0.34″ (D).

In addition to its unique features the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 also offers these accessories:

  • Bluetooth Stereo Headset
  • Data Cable
  • Stereo Hands-Free Headset
  • Leather Pouch Carrier
  • Keyboard Dock
  • Vehicle Power Adapter
  • Cover Case
  • Stylus Pens
  • And Much More…

Users of the tablet have weighed in on the features and overall use and have generally positive commentary about their experiences.  Here are a few specific comments:

“Hands down this is the best tablet on the market today. I upgraded to the 10.1 from a galaxy tab 7.0 and the difference is night and day. The performance is excellent providing a very responsive touch interface and next to no lag in the OS and applications. The form factor is perfect and with the light-weight makes it simply functional.”

“Love this tab , surpasses the ipad2 in my viewpoint.”

“With all the “power”, bells and whistles that this tablet has it stuck at the depot. Its powered by an operating system that promises a lot of energy but with the limited apps that can be thrown in for fuel the fire mostly sputters and spews.”

More reviews can be found at http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab-wifi-only/GT-P7510MAYXAR-reviews

About Wireless Toyz

Named a “Wireless Superstore” by journalists across the country, Wireless Toyz offers cell phone users a unique retail environment where they are able to pick and choose different mobile packages. At Wireless Toyz, shoppers are able to review wireless plans from nationwide providers, conveniently comparing and contrasting mobile programs from Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Virgin, and other companies.

Founded by entrepreneur and businessman Joe Barbat, Wireless Toyz has grown significantly since its establishment in 1998, due to a profitable business model and a corporate commitment to selling a wide range of brands. Joe Barbat built Wireless Toyz with the intention of giving consumers choice in communication tools, applications, and accessories, all in one location. In addition to carrying a comprehensive line of mobile phones and programs, Wireless Toyz offers satellite television plans from recognized providers, including DirecTV.

CEO and Chairman Joe Barbat has ambitious plans to turn Wireless Toyz back into the nationally recognized name it once was. Found in 15 states across the country, Joe Barbat started Wireless Toyz in a stand-alone kiosk in his father’s video rental store as a teenager. Citing his father as one of the most influential figures in his life, Joe Barbat developed his skills as a self-made business professional from watching and learning from his father, who is himself a lifelong entrepreneur.

 

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With all the tablet developments recently, what we’re seeing is not only growth in enterprise spending because of tablet adoption by consumers but additional products and services are seeing a boost as well.

Novatel Wireless’ suite of embedded modules provides solutions to integrate high-speed data connectivity into notebooks, netbooks, tablets and other portable entertainment devices.  Commercial availability of the express notebook line is expected in this final quarter 2011.

U.S. Cellular launched its first smartphone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 program, the HTC 7 Pro.   The device promises to be the first in a series of windows based products. U.S. Cellular said that by year-end it will release seven new smartphones running Google’s Android platform (including one LTE smartphone), two tablets as well as the 7 Pro.

U.S. Cellular, which operates in 26 states and counts around 6 million subscribers, will sell the 7 Pro for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

For Microsoft, the expansion into the Tier 2 carrier space is certainly a welcome sign as its Windows Phone platform matures. Microsoft has planned a strong overseas push in the second half of the year for the platform, and could get additional service from Tier 2 carriers within the United States.

Along with all this progress, connection speeds and connectivity tend to continue to be troublesome.  There are now cell phone boosters available to get (and keep) your connection through services such as Wilson Electronics from about $150.  The reviews are still coming whether it works well enough to justify the cost.

About Wireless Toyz

Named a “Wireless Superstore” by journalists across the country, Wireless Toyz offers cell phone users a unique retail environment where they are able to pick and choose different mobile packages. At Wireless Toyz, shoppers are able to review wireless plans from nationwide providers, conveniently comparing and contrasting mobile programs from Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Virgin, and other companies.

Founded by entrepreneur and businessman Joe Barbat, Wireless Toyz has grown significantly since its establishment in 1998, due to a profitable business model and a corporate commitment to selling a wide range of brands. Joe Barbat built Wireless Toyz with the intention of giving consumers choice in communication tools, applications, and accessories, all in one location. In addition to carrying a comprehensive line of mobile phones and programs, Wireless Toyz offers satellite television plans from recognized providers, including DirecTV.

CEO and Chairman Joe Barbat has ambitious plans to turn Wireless Toyz back into the nationally recognized name it once was. Found in 15 states across the country, Joe Barbat started Wireless Toyz in a stand-alone kiosk in his father’s video rental store as a teenager. Citing his father as one of the most influential figures in his life, Joe Barbat developed his skills as a self-made business professional from watching and learning from his father, who is himself a lifelong entrepreneur.

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At Wireless Toyz, we like a good story about new and innovative technology products.  When we viewed this video posted by Consumer Reports we almost didn’t believe it.

Sonim makes an almost indestructible phone!  In the demonstration below at an electronics show you will see the Sonim XP-1 phone in action.  From dunking it in a fish tank to hammering nails through a board, the phone continues to work.

This video is just plain cool.  Check it out:

About Wireless Toyz

Named a “Wireless Superstore” by journalists across the country, Wireless Toyz offers cell phone users a unique retail environment where they are able to pick and choose different mobile packages. At Wireless Toyz, shoppers are able to review wireless plans from nationwide providers, conveniently comparing and contrasting mobile programs from Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Virgin, and other companies.

Founded by entrepreneur and businessman Joe Barbat, Wireless Toyz has grown significantly since its establishment in 1998, due to a profitable business model and a corporate commitment to selling a wide range of brands. Joe Barbat built Wireless Toyz with the intention of giving consumers choice in communication tools, applications, and accessories, all in one location. In addition to carrying a comprehensive line of mobile phones and programs, Wireless Toyz offers satellite television plans from recognized providers, including DirecTV.

CEO and Chairman Joe Barbat has ambitious plans to turn Wireless Toyz back into the nationally recognized name it once was. Found in 15 states across the country, Joe Barbat started Wireless Toyz in a stand-alone kiosk in his father’s video rental store as a teenager. Citing his father as one of the most influential figures in his life, Joe Barbat developed his skills as a self-made business professional from watching and learning from his father, who is himself a lifelong entrepreneur.

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