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Handheld Devices Gallery - Multi-Function Players

E-Book Readers and Tablets

    by Douglas Dixon


  The 2000s Mobile Digital Revolution:
        Cell Phones to Smartphones, Walkman to Media Players, CD to Flash to Web Services

  Historical perspective on some interesting technology and trends in digital home media.
  They include some sample products illustrating these trends.
  Information and pricing are summarized from public sources as of when they were added,
  and may be incorrect or out of date.

   

See the Apple iPod / iPhone Gallery for more on the iPod and iPhone product lines, market, and chronology
See the Portable Media Players Gallery for more on iPods and other portable players


E-Book Readers


E-Book Readers with digital paper / E-ink displays aim to offer a better extended reading experience than 3-inch screens. Many have a built-in cellular modem (with no additional monthly fee) and/or Wi-Fi to browse and download titles. Some are adding a second color screen for more general use.

  • E ink electronic paper display (Vizplex), grayscale (16-level), no backlight, static until refreshed
  • Built-in 3G, plus Wi-Fi - Download from online store
  • General document storage - EPUB, PDF - SD card
  • Media playback - Music and photos, not video on E-ink displays
  • Internet browsing - At least simpler static sites
  • Dictionary
  • Dual screens - E-ink and LCD
  • Online stores: Barnes & Noble, Google Books - DRM, DIgital lending

The big difference with E-Book readers is the E-Ink "electronic paper" display, where the dark "ink" dots drawn on the page remain permanently until the display is re-written -- unlike LCD displays which need power to remain lit, and which therefore need to be automatically turned off when not in use. As a result, the Kindle can run on its battery for 4 days, or two weeks with the wireless turned off.

But, once you have an intelligent portable device with a large display and wireless service, these are other useful functions that it can perform. So while the Kindle and Nook are not suitable for motion video or action games, or color images, they do have some general player features, including displaying PDF files, playing audiobooks, serving as a music player and photo viewer, and even including basic web browsing, albeit best for text-centric sites.

Amazon reported in 2009 that the Kindle is the best selling item (in both unit sales and dollars) across all product categories on Amazon.com. But like songs and movies on iTunes and apps on the iPhone, the real action is in the online store: As of November, Amazon offers more than 360,000 books in the U.S. Kindle Store, including 101 of 112 New York Times bestsellers, as well as more than 90 U.S. and international newspapers and magazines. And Barnes & Noble has more than a million titles available.

Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble extended their services from E-Book devices to PCs (and Macs) and other portable devices, including the iPhone, iPod touch, and BlackBerry. Amazon automatically syncs your bookmarks and last page read across devices so you can continue reading on what ever device is handy at the moment, and Barnes & Noble supports "digital lending" of titles to friends across the different platforms.


Amazon Kindle - Wireless E-Book Readers (2007-)

($ with / without ads; 3G free)



Kindle E-reader Features

  • Books, magazines, newspapers, blogs ...
  • Audio books, music, photos, ...
  • Personal documents ..
  • Dictionary, references ...
  • Wireless access / sync to online store for paid and public domain content
  • Download books, anytime, anywhere - Built-in Wi-Fi, Free 3G wireless (3G & DX)
    • Books delivered in less than 60 seconds
  • Electronic ink screen reflects light like ordinary paper
    • No glare, even in bright sunlight, Comfortable for long-form reading
    • As thin as a magazine (~ 1/3 in.), Use one-handed, page controls on both sides (6")
    • Not a touch screen (no fingerprints)
  • Buy once, Read everywhere
  • Whispersync - Automatically synchronize your Kindle library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices and platforms
  • Real Page Numbers - Correspond to actual print editions
  • Popular Highlights - Community of Kindle readers mark most interesting passages
  • Public Notes - Share your notes and see what others are saying about Kindle books
  • Book lending - Kindle books to other Kindle users for 14 days
  • Borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States
  • Transfer documents by USB or email: Word, PDF, photos
    • Charge via USB - U.S. power adapter, micro-USB cable
  • Special Offers versions - Display on screensaver and bottom of home screen - not when reading

Amazon Cloud Services

  • Amazon Instant Video - Over 100,000 movies and TV shows; stream or download, purchase or rent
    • Free, instant, unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 11,000 movies and TV shows for Amazon Prime members
  • Amazon MP3 - Over 17,000,000 songs, including new and bestselling albums from just $7.99 and individual songs from $0.69.
  • Kindle books - Over 1,000,000 books, including thousands of bestsellers, children's books, comic books and cookbooks in rich color; 100 exclusive graphic novels
  • Kindle Fire "Newsstand" - Hundreds of magazines and newspapers - interactive features from the
  • Android Apps - All the most popular apps and games, such as Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, Cut the Rope and more. All apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire to ensure quality and Amazon offers a new free paid app every day

Kindle Store

  • Books, U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, blogs
    • Download audio titles from Audible.com, via PC
  • Free storage for all Amazon digital content in the Amazon Cloud, re-download anytime
  • Free samples: download and read first chapters
  • Kindle Owners' Lending Library - Borrow one book a month for free with Amazon Prime membership
  • New York Times Best Sellers and New Release books $9.99, unless marked otherwise
  • www.amazon.com/kindlestore

Market Stats

  • 1/10 - Kindle is the most wished for, most gifted, and #1 bestselling item across the millions of products sold on Amazon.com
  • 11/11 - Over 1 million books, newspapers, and magazines, including latest best sellers, Kindle exclusives
    • Over 800,000 books are $9.99 or less
  • 11/10 - Over 750,000 eBooks, newspapers, magazines, and blogs
    • 107 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers; Audiobooks, periodicals, blogs
    • Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books
  • 8/11 - Amazon Instant Video - More than 100,000 movies and TV shows, 15,000 in HD
    • Amazon Prime members watch more than 9,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost rent
    • Purchase new release movies starting at just $3.99, stream popular TV shows the day after first air.
  • 10/09 - U.S. Kindle Store has more than 360,000 books
                including 101 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers - typically $9.99 or less,
                more than 7,000 blogs, over 60,000 audiobooks from Audible.com,
                more than 90 top U.S. and International newspapers and magazines,
                including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,
                The Times (U.K.), Le Monde, The Economist, Newsweek, Time, Fortune
  • 10/09 - Kindle is #1 bestselling item across all product categories on Amazon.com (both unit sales and dollars)
  • Q1 09 - Over 230,000 books available, 50,000 audio titles from Audible.com, more than 1100 top blogs

Product History

  • 10/12 - Kindle Paperwhite from $119, Kindle Fire HD from $199
  • 11/11 - Kindle Owners' Lending Library - Borrow 1 book a month for free with Amazon Prime membership ($79)
  • 9/11 - New Kindle Fire tablet - $199 (Nov.)
  • 9/11 - New Kindle Touch $99, Kindle Touch 3G $149 (Nov.)
  • 9/11 - New Kindle $79
  • 4,5/11 - Introduce Kindle 3G with Special Offers $164, Kindle with Special Offers $114 [3rd gen Kindle $139, Kindle 3G $189]
  • 7/10 - Introduce Kindle gen 3 - Same 6" screen, 21% smaller body, 17% lighter
    • PR 7/10 -http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?...
    • E Ink "Pearl" display, 50% improved contrast, Double storage, 3500 books, Built-in Wi-Fi
    • 20% faster page turns, Enhanced PDF reader, New WebKit-based browser
    • Wi-Fi $139, 3G+Wi-Fi $189 (DX $379)
  • 7/10 - Introduce New Kindle DX - 50% better contrast, darker fonts, $379
  • 1/10 - Introduce Kindle DX with Global Wireless - $489
  • 11/09 - 6-inch Kindle adds built-in native PDF reader, 85% more battery life (free firmware upgrade)
  • 11/09 - Kindle for PC available free: Read books, access library
  • 10/09 - Kindle price lowered to $259 (was $279)
  • 10/09 - Introduce Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless, $279
  • 10/09 - Kindle availalble outside U.S., more than 100 countries
  • 5/09 - Announce Kindle DX with large 9.7 inch display, $489
  • 3/09 - Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch available free from Apple App Store
  • 2/09 - Ship Kindle 2

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle

Kindle Keyboard 3G

Kindle DX

Self-illuminated,
Touch Screen
Wi-Fi only Keyboard, 3G 9.7" tablet size, 3G
               

6" Paperwhite display
212 ppi, +62% pixels

Touch screen, back light

6.7 x 4.6 x 0.36", 7.5 / 7.8 oz
2 GB storage
Battery 8 weeks

Wi-Fi - $119/ $139
3G - $179 / $199

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

6" E Ink Perl display
167 dpi, 600 x 800

5-way controller

6.5 x 4.5 x 0.34", 5.98 oz
2 GB, 1,400 books
Battery 4 weeks

10/12 - $69 / $89

Amazon Kindle

6" E Ink Perl display
167 dpi, 600 x 800

Kbd, Stereo speakers

7.5 x 4.8 x 0.34", 8.7 oz
4 GB, 3,000 books
Battery 8 weeks

10/12 - $139/$159

Amazon Kindle Keyboard

9.7" E Ink Perl display
150 dpi, 1200 x 824

Keyboard

10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38", 18.9 oz
4 GB, 3,500 books
Battery 2 - 3 weeks

10/12 ~ $287

Amazon Kindle DX


  • Native PDF Support - dictionary lookup, notes, highlights, password protected
  • Experimental features
    • Transfer MP3 via USB to play as background music
    • WebKit-based Web browser
    • Read to me: Text-to-speech spoken menus for navigation
    • Voice Guide: Text-to-speech to read English newspapers, magazines, blogs, books out loud (if permitted)

Amazon Kindle (11/07)

  • 6" E-Ink electronic paper display, 600 x 800, 167 ppi, 4-level gray scale
  • Holds over 200 titles
  • Read on single charge up to 2 days with wireless on, up to one week off
  • 7.5" x 5.3" x 0.7", 10.3 ounces
  • Introduced 11/07; 2/09 $250

    Find the Amazon Kindle (original) on Amazon.com


Amazon Kindle 2 / U.S. - 6" display (2/09) -> Replaced by International Version

  • Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as magazine, lighter than paperback
  • 6" E-Ink electronic paper display, 600 x 800, 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale
  • 8" x 5.3" x 0.36", 10.2 ounces
  • 2 GB internal storage (1.4 GB for user content)
  • Introduced 2/09 - $245
  • Improved Display: Reads like real paper; clear text, crisper images
  • More Storage: Holds over 1,500 books; 20% faster page turns
  • 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging
  • New Text-to-Speech, read book, blog, magazine, newspaper out loud
  • Adjustable text size, keyboard to add annotations to text
  • Basic Web browser, best for simple, text-centric Web sites
  • Read on single charge up to 4 days with wireless on, up to two weeks off
        Fully charges in 4 hours, charge from computer via USB 2.0 
  • EVDO broadband wireless modem with fallback to 1xRTT
        Amazon Whispernet U.S wireless coverage via Sprint 3G data network
  • Formats: Text / books, audio, images
        Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), 
        MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, HTML, DOC, 
        JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

    Find the Amazon Kindle 2 on Amazon.com


Amazon Kindle DX - 9.7" display - Wi-Fi + 3G (5/09)


  • 9.7" diagonal display (vs. 6"), 1200 x 824 at 150 ppi, 16-level gray scale
  • Auto-Rotating display (vs. manual)
  • Storage 3,500 books (vs. 1,500) --
       4 GB internal (approx. 3.3 GB available for user content)
  • Native PDF reader (vs. conversion)
  • Fully charges in approximately 4 hours
  • 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38", 18.9 oz. (vs. 10.2)
  • 1/10 - Introduce Kindle DX with Global Wireless - $489
    wireless content delivery in over 100 countries
  • 5/09, 11/09 - $489 (vs. $359)

    Find the Amazon Kindle DX on Amazon.com


Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device - 6" - Global (10/09)


  • 10/09 - Introduce Kindle 6" with U.S. & International Wireless, $279 -> $259
  • -> $189
  • PR 10/09 - http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?...
  • 11/09 -Add native PDF reader, 85% more battery life (free firmware upgrade)
       Battery up to 7 days with wireless on, 2 weeks off

    Find the Amazon Kindle 6" Global on Amazon.com


Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G (7/10, 10/12)


  • 6" diagonal - 600 x 800 at 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale
  • Lighter than a paperback and thinner than a magazine (1/3 in.)
  • E Ink "Pearl" display, 50% improved contrast
  • Double storage (4 GB), 3500 books
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 20% faster page turns, Enhanced PDF reader,
  • Battery 1 month w/o wireless, 3 weeks Wi-Fi, 10 days 3G
  • Full charge approx. 4.5 hours
  • 7.5 x 4.8 x 0.335 in. (190 x 123 x 8.5 mm), 8.5 / 8.7 oz. (241 / 247 grams)
  • 10/12 - 3G - $139 w/ ads, $159 without
  • 7/10, 11/11 - gen 3 - Wi-Fi $139, 3G+Wi-Fi $189

Find the Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G on Amazon.com


Amazon Kindle DX - 9.7" display - Wi-Fi + 3G (7/10)


  • 9.7" diagonal, 1200 x 824, 150 ppi, 16-level gray scale
  • 50% better contrast, 10:1 contrast ratio, darker fonts
  • 3G+Wi-Fi, Holds 3500 books
  • Battery 2-3 weeks w/o wireless, 7 days with wireless
  • 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 in, 18.9 oz.
  • ~ 10/12 ~ $287 3rd party - 7/10 - $379

    Find the Amazon Kindle DX on Amazon.com

Technical Details - Kindle 6" & Kindle DX (7/10)
  • 5-way controller - precise navigation for selecting text or looking up words
    • Keyboard for search: Books, Kindle Store, Wikipedia, Web
    • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted stereo speakers
  • Organize library into collections / categories, same book in multiple collections
    • Whispersync - Sync your place across devices
    • Bookmark pages, Text annotations for passages - Highlight and clip, export notes
    • Share passages - Twitter and Facebook
    • Popular highlights - Passages readers have highlighted
    • New Oxford American Dictionary - over 250,000 entries and definitions
      • Automatically look up definitions of words under the cursor
    • Password protection
  • Electronic ink screen - 16 shades of gray, 50% improved contrast
    • No glare, even in bright sunlight, Eliminates eyestrain from backlit screens
    • Longer battery life, doesn't heat up like a laptop
    • 8 adjustable text sizes, 3 font styles - standard Caecilia, condensed Caecilia, sans serif
  • Wireless delivery - Start reading books in less than 60 seconds - No computer required
    • Online archive - Re-download purchased books for free, anytime
    • Built-in Wi-Fi - Free access at AT&T hotspots
    • Free 3G wireless (3G & DX) - coverage in over 100 countries and territories
      • HSDPA modem (3G) with a fallback to EDGE/GPRS
    • Limits on number of devices that simultaneously use a single book (usually 6)
  • Native Content Formats
    • Documents: Kindle (AZW), Text (TXT), PDF, unprotected Mobipocket (MOBI, PRC)
    • Audio: Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3
    • Through conversion: HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Transfer documents (non-DRM):
    • Mount on computer as USB drive, see 3 folders
    • Send via e-mail - Kindle Personal Document Service, Optionally convert PDF to Kindle format
      • Customizable device e-mail address
      • Free via Wi-Fi - name@free.kindle.com, Via 3G for small fee - name@kindle.com
  • Latest Generation Kindle vs. Previous 2nd gen.
    • Same 6" diagonal screen reading area, 21% smaller body, 17% lighter
    • E Ink "Pearl" display technology, 50% improved screen contrast, Crisper, darker fonts
    • Double the storage, Holds 3500 books; Built-in Wi-Fi
    • 20% faster page turns, quieter click; Enhanced PDF reader, New WebKit-based browser
    • Soft-touch textured back; Voice Guide read-to-me menus

Amazon Kindle - Wi-Fi only (9/11, 10/12)


 

  • 6" E Ink Pearl display - 600 x 800 at 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale
  • New 10/12 - Improved fonts, 15% faster page turns
    • Supports children’s books and comics, new parental controls
    • 10/12 - $69 w/ ads, $89 without
  • 2GB storage for 1,400 books
  • Formats - Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
  • Battery 1 month wireless off, 3 weeks with wireless, charge 3 hours
  • 6.5" x 4.5" x 0.34", 5.98 ounces
  • New 9/11 - Same screen size - 30% lighter, 18% smaller body
    • 9/11 - $109, $79 w/ ads
  • www.amazon.com/kindle

Find the Amazon Kindle on Amazon.com


Amazon Kindle Touch / 3G (11/11)


  • 6" E Ink Pearl display - 600 x 800 at 167 ppi, 16-level grayscale
    • E Ink touchscreen - Tap to turn pages
  • Same screen size, sleek design - 8% lighter, 11% smaller
  • X-Ray - Explore the "bones of a book"
  • 4GB storage for 3,000 books
  • Wireless coverage via AT&T 3G high-speed data network
  • Formats - Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
  • Battery life 2 months (half-hour daily reading time), charge in 4 hours
  • 6.8" x 4.7" x 0.40", 7.5 / 7.8 ounces
  • New 11/11 - Touch $139, $99 w/ ads), Touch 3G $189, $149 w/ ads
  • www.amazon.com/kindletouch

Find the Amazon Kindle Touch on Amazon.com

 


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - Self-illuminated, Touch Screen (10/12)


  • Self-illuminating e-ink display w/ built-in light, touch screen
  • LEDs shine down toward display, under anti-glare layer, away from eyes
  • 16-level gray scale, 212 ppi, 62% more pixels, 25% increased contrast
  • Thinner than magazine, weighs less than typical paperback
  • Hand-tuned fonts; Time to Read - estimates time to chapter / book
  • 2GB storage on device
  • Battery 8 weeks (wireless off), charge 4 hours
  • 6.7 x 4.6 x 0.36 in. ((169 x 117 x 9.1 mm), 7.5 / 7.8 oz. (213/222.gm)
  • Kindle Paperwhite - $119 w/ ads, $139 without - Wi-Fi only
  • Kindle Paperwhite 3G - $179 w/ ads, $199 without - Wi-Fi + free 3G
  • www.amazon.com/kindlepaperwhite

Find the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite on Amazon.com

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Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets (2011-)


Kindle Fire 8.9" HD

Kindle Fire 7" HD

Kindle Fire (7" SD)

8.9" HD, 4G LTE

7" HD, Wi-Fi only 7" SD, Wi-Fi only
           

8.9" HD, 1920x1200, 254 ppi
Dolby, dual-driver speakers

Dual-core, 1.5GHz processor
Wi-Fi 16/32 GB- 4G 32/64 GB

Dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi + LTE
Hours usage ?
9.4 x 6.4 x 0.35 in, 20 oz

Wi-Fi - 16 GB $299 / $314,
    32 GB $369 / $384 w/o ads
4G LTE - 32 GB $499 / $514,     64 GB $599 / $614 w/o ads

amazon.com/kindlefirehd

7" HD, 1280x800, 216 ppi
Dolby, dual-driver speakers

Dual-core, 1.2 GHz
16 or 32 GB storage

Dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi
Up to 11 hours usage
7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 in, 13.9 oz

16 GB $199 / $214,
    32 GB $249 / $264
    (with and w/o ads)

amazon.com/kindlefirehd

7" SD, 1024 x 600, 169 ppi
Stereo speakers

Dual-core, 1.2GHz
8 GB internal storage

Single-band Wi-Fi
Up to 9 hours usage
7.44 x 4.72 x 0.45 in, 14.1 oz

8 GB $159 / $174
    (with and w/o ads)

www.amazon.com/kindlefire


  • Amazon Silk "split" web browser - Cloud-accelerated
    • Accelerates web browsing using computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services Cloud
    • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)
    • Adobe Flash Player
  • Built-in E-mail app - webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) in single inbox
  • E-mail documents directly to Kindle - Word, PDF, etc.
  • Android apps through Amazon
  • Formats - Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX
    • Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV
    • JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP4, VP8
Kindle FreeTime - Parents and Children
  • Profile for each child - Choose access to books, apps, games, videos
  • Free on every Kindle Fire HD
  • Set Screen Limits - Daily time limits, restrict categories like games and video, but unlimited time for reading
  • Personalized for each child - Background color and fonts, recently viewed home screen carousel shows their titles
  • Navigate visually to content based on characters or topics
  • Display is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic

Amazon Kindle Fire - 7" Tablet (11/2011)


  • 7-inch color multi-touch LCD display - 1024 x 600 at 169 ppi, 16 M colors
    • IPS (in-plane switching) technology and with reflective treatment
    • Chemically strengthened to be 20X stiffer and 30X harder than plastic
  • Dual-core processor
  • Amazon Silk "split" web browser - Cloud-accelerated
  • Built-in E-mail app - webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) in single inbox
  • E-mail documents directly to Kindle- Word, PDF, etc.
  • Android apps through Amazon
  • 8GB storage for 80 apps plus either 10 movies, 800 songs or 6,000 books
  • 8 hours continuous reading or 7.5 hours video playback with wireless off
    • Charges in 4 hours
  • 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45", 14.6 ounces
  • Ships 11/11 - $199
  • www.amazon.com/kindlefire

Find the Amazon Kindle Fire on Amazon.com


Amazon Kindle Fire - 7" HD Tablet (9/2012) - Wi-Fi


  • HD display, faster MIMO Wi-Fi
  • 7" 10-point capacitive touch HD color display, 1280x800
    • 720p HD video
  • Dual-core, 1.2 GHz OMAP4460 processor
  • 16 or 32 GB internal storage (approx 12.6 / 26.9 GB user content)
  • Over 11 hours of reading, video, music, surfing web on Wi-Fi
  • Fully charges under 4 hours via Kindle PowerFast charging accessory
    • 13.5 hours from computer
  • 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 in. (193 x 137 x 10.3), 13.9 oz. (395 g)
  • 16 GB $199 w/ ads, $214 w/o, 32 GB $249 w/ ads, $264 w/o
  • www.amazon.com/kindlefirehd7

Find the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" on Amazon.com


Amazon Kindle Fire - 7" SD Tablet - 2012 (9/2012) - Wi-Fi


  • 40% faster processor, 2X memory, longer battery life, lower price
  • 7" color multi-touch LCD display - 1024 x 600, 169 ppi, IPS, 16 M colors
  • Dual-core, 1.2GHz OMAP4430 processor, 1GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage, 5.5 GB for user content
  • Single-band Wi-Fi
  • microUSB port for computer or charging
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, integrated stereo speakers
  • Accelerometer
  • Location-based services via Wi-Fi
  • Up to 9 hours reading, video, music, surfing web on Wi-Fi
  • Charges in 3.3 hours via Kindle PowerFast charging accessory,
    • 11.5 hours from computer
  • 7.44 x 4.72 x 0.45 in. (189 x 120 x 11.5), 14.1 oz. (400 g)
  • Ships 9/12 - $159 w/ ads, $174 w/o (prev. $199)
  • www.amazon.com/kindlefire

Find the Amazon Kindle Fire on Amazon.com


Amazon Kindle Fire - 8.9" HD Tablet (11/2012) - Wi-Fi + 4G LTE


  • 8.9" HD, 4G LTE, to 1080p, 1.5 GHz processor w/ 3D graphics
  • 8.9" 10 point capacitive touch HD color display; 1920x1200 at 254 ppi
    • Video playback up to 1080p
  • Dual-core, 1.5GHz OMAP4470 processor,
    • Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core, 12 GFLOPS
  • Internal storage - WiFi 16 or 32 GB; 4G 32 or 64 GB
  • Wi-Fi + 4G with LTE, 10 bands
  • 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.35 in. (240 x 164 x 8.8 mm), 20 oz. (567 g)
  • Wi-Fi only - 16 GB $299 w/ ads, $314 w/o, 32 GB $369 / $384
  •   + 4G LTE - 32 GB $499 w/ ads, $514 w/o, 64 GB $599 / $614
  • LTE - AT&T - $49.99 annual plan - 250 MB a month for 12 months
    • 3 GB and 5 GB monthly plans available
    • $49.99 package also includes: 20GB of additional Cloud Drive storage, $10 Amazon Appstore promotional credit
  • www.amazon.com/kindlefirehd

Find the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G on Amazon.com

Kindle Fire HD - 8.9" and 8"

  • Display - IPS (in-plane switching), polarizing filter, anti-glare
  • Front-facing HD camera, built-in microphone
  • HD audio with dual-driver stereo speakers and Dolby Digital Plus
    • External volume controls, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Bluetooth with A2DP for stereo headphones, headsets, speakers
  • Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) - 40% faster download/streaming (vs iPad 3)
  • microUSB  port for computer or charging
  • Micro-HDMI port for HD video output to TVs or A/V receivers
  • Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Location-based services via Wi-Fi

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Barnes & Noble - NOOK eBook Reader (2009-)


NOOK Features

  • Color touch panel / touch display (Color model)
  • Removable battery
  • Surf Web
  • Play MP3s on built-in music player, play Pandora Internet radio
    • Audio player, photos, video (Color model)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi - Free at all AT&T hotspots and Barnes & Noble stores
    • 3G models through AT&T
  • Alive Touch technology lets children interact with words and pictures
  • NOOKextras: Crossword Puzzles, Sudoku, Chess
  • Lifetime Library - access books anytime, anywhere
  • Sync bookmark place across devices
  • LendMe App to lend books to friends
  • Read on computers and mobile devices
    • Windows PCs, NOOKapp, for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
NOOKbook Store
  • 11/10 - Over 2 Million eBooks, 1 million free books
    • Most titles $9.99 or less, Sample books free before buy
  • 2/10 - Over 1 million titles in Barnes and Noble eBookstore, More than 500,000 free eBooks
  • http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooks
Product History
  • 11/11 - Nook Tablet - $249
  • 11/11 - NOOK Simple Touch $139 -> $99, NOOK Color $249 -> $199
  • 5/11 - Introduce All-New NOOK - Full Touchscreen - $139
  • 10/10 - Introduce NOOKcolor - 7", $249
  • 11/10 - NOOK 1.5 Update - faster page-turn, improved search, customized Library organization, password protection, continuous reading across all NOOK devices and software
  • 6/10 - NOOK 1.4 Update - Free AT&T Wi-Fi access, Go To Page, extra extra large font, performance enhancements
  • 6/10 - Introduce NOOK Wi-Fi $149, Nook 3G lower $199
  • 2/10 - NOOK ships $259
  • 10/09 - Introduces nook, Wireless eBook Reader with E Ink Display & First Color Touch Screen for Navigation, $259

B&N NOOK 1st Edition / eBook Reader (3G 2/10, Wi-Fi 6/10)

  • 6" E ink Vizplex display, 16-level gray scale
  • Plus - 3.5 inch color touchscreen LCD at bottom - touch navigation
  • 2 GB memory built in (approx. 1500 eBooks), microSD slot up to 16 GB
  • Plus - Micro SD card slot - 16 GB expand up to 17,500 titles
  • AT&T 3G Wireless Network
  • Plus - Wi-Fi (Free at every Barnes & Noble)
  • Password protection: Lock on sleep, password to buy
  • Built-In Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
  • Android-based
  • Mono speaker, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, Micro USB connector
  • 600MHz single-core processor, 256 MB RAM
  • Plus - Replaceable battery, Interchangeable back panel
    • Battery up to 10 days, 2 days with wireless / music
  • 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5 in., 11.2 oz. (317 g)
  • Ship 2/10 - $259
  • 6/10 - Introduce NOOK Wi-Fi $149, Nook 3G lower $199
  • ~ 11/11 - $89 Wi-Fi
  • www.nook.com
NOOK Supported File Types
  • eBooks / Documents: EPUB (including Non or Adobe DRM), PDF
    • Nook adds PDB
    • Color adds: XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX
  • Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Audio: MP3
    • Color adds: AAC
  • Video: MP4 (Color only)
  • Not Supported: LIT, AMZ (Amazon), LRZ/LRX (Sony)
    • Nook not DOC, TXT
    • Color not PDB?

B&N NOOK Color (10/10)

  • 7 inch VividView color touchscreen display
    • 178 degree viewing angle
    • IPS (In Plane Switching), 16 million colors, 1024 x 600, 169 PPI
  • 800MHz single-core processor, 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB storage, up to 100 hours of audio, up to 32 GB microSD
  • Plays music (MP3, AAC) and video (MP4)
  • Quickoffice software - view Office files - Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Adjust 6 text sizes, font styles, background colors, line / margin spacing
  • Battery up to 8 hours without wireless, Charge in 3 hours
  • 8.1 x 5.0 x 0.48 in., 15.8 oz.
  • 11/11 - $199 - 10/10 - Introduced - $249
  • www.nookcolor.com

B&N NOOK Simple Touch - Wi-Fi (11/2011)

  • 6" E Ink Pearl Display, 800x600, 16-level gray scale
    • 50% greater contrast than 1st Edition
    • Read in bright sun with no glare
    • 80% smoother page turns and minimized flashing
    • 7 Text sizes plus 6 styles
  • 5% lighter, 6% thinner and over an inch shorter than 1st Edition
  • 2GB memory, up to 1,000 books; microSD card up to 32GB
  • Free Wi-Fi in all B&N stores, over 20,000 AT&T hotspots
  • Android OS
  • Formats: ePub, PDF; Graphic: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Battery up to 2 months with Wi-Fi off, charge in 3 hours
  • 6.5 x 5.0 x 0.47 in., 7.48 oz
  • 11/11 $99 - was $139

B&N NOOK Tablet - Android (11/11)

  • NOOK Color as a tablet, 2X processor and memory, microphone
  • 7" VividView color touchscreen, 16M+ colors, IPS2 display, 1024 x 600, 169 PPI
  • Media: HD movies, TV shows, music - from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora
  • Apps: Thousands of Android apps like Angry Birds and Epicurious
  • Web browsing with Adobe Flash Player, e-mail with one inbox
  • 1GHz TI OMAP4 (dual-core) processor, 1 GB RAM
  • Microphone - Record narration for kids' Read and Record books
  • Battery: 11.5 hrs. reading, 9 hrs. video wireless off, recharge 3 hrs.
  • 16 GB memory (10K books), up to 32 GB with microSD card
  • Wi-Fi, free and B&N stores
  • 8.1 x 5.0 x 0.48 in, 14.1 oz. (lighter than Color)
  • 11/11 $249
  • Customized Reading
    • 8 text sizes, 6 fonts, background colors, line and margin spacing
    • Built-in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
  • NOOK Tablet Supported Formats
    • Load EPUB (including Adobe DRM or DRM free) or PDF file types from computer or microSD card
    • Documents: XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX
    • Videos: MP4, or Adobe Flash Player format, 3GP, 3G2 MKV, WEBM (Video Codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VP8)
    • Images: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
    • Audio: MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV, OGG (Audio Codecs MP3, AAC, AMR, LPCM, OGG Vorbis)

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Sample E-Book Readers (2010)


Sample E-Book Readers - 6" to 10" (2010)

E-Book Readers with digital paper / E-ink displays aim to offer a better extended reading experience than 3-inch screens. Many have a built-in cellular modem (with no additional monthly fee) and/or Wi-Fi to browse and download titles. Some are adding a second color screen for more general use.

  • E ink electronic paper display (Vizplex), grayscale (16-level), no backlight, static until refreshed
  • Built-in 3G, plus Wi-Fi - Download from online store
  • General document storage - EPUB, PDF - SD card
  • Media playback - Music and photos, not video on E-ink displays
  • Internet browsing - At least simpler static sites
  • Dictionary
  • Dual screens - E-ink and LCD
  • Online stores: Barnes & Noble, Google Books - DRM, DIgital lending
  • See Portable Media Player Galley - E-Books for more on products

 

  • Barnes & Noble Nook -
       6" E-ink touchscreen + 3.5" color touch LCD strip , Wi-Fi, $259
  • Spring Design Alex E-reader - Android dual screens -
       6" E-ink text + 3.5" color touch for Web browsing, video, apps, $359

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Handheld Video Game Systems (2009-)

  • Media players evolved into wireless web devices, adding downloadable applications for fun and gaming
  • Portable game systems like Nintendo DS and Sony PSP also are portable media players with wireless access
  • Mass market products -- as of beginning of 2009, Sony sold over 50 million PSP handhelds, Nintendo over 95 million DS models
  • Have built-in Wi-Fi and support some wireless access, albeit using game controls, more focused on wireless gaming with others
  • Expand to subscription services, linking with associated Sony and Nintendo online stores for buying media and games

Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) (2005)

  • Game machine
  • bright 4.3 inch widescreen LCD, 480 x 272 pixel
  • Media player for music and photos and videos
  • Also movie player for watching feature films on new UMD (Universal Media Disc) small optical disc format.
  • Memory Stick card to download content and data files
  • around $250
  • www.us.playstation.com/psp.aspx

Sony PSP 3000 (2008)

  • Flexible media player to keep busy on a long trip
  • Game machine, media player
  • Plays movies in Sony proprietary UMD disc format
  • Adds enhanced display and built-in microphone
  • Wi-Fi wireless networking
    • Browse Web (including Flash content)
    • Internet radio
    • RSS feeds (with streaming audio and video)
    • Skype phone calls,
    • Watch live TV with separate Sony LocationFree
  • Around $200
  • www.us.playstation.com/PSP
  • Find the Sony PSP-3000 on Amazon.com

Sony PSPgo (2009)

  • Handheld gaming, plus media, wireless
  • 3.78 inch display, 480 x 272
  • Sliding Display Panel - PSP button control when open
  • No UMD disc drive -- 16 GB flash + Memory Stick Micro slot
  • 4.8 x 2.6 x 0.6 in., 5.56 oz
  • 10/09 - $249
  • www.us.playstation.com/PSP
  • Find the Sony PSPgo on Amazon.com

Nintendo DSi (2009)

  • Dual-screen handheld game console, clamshell design
  • "More than game system,
    more a personal tool to enrich our daily lives"
  • Dual 3.2 in. screens, bottom touchscreen
  • Two 0.3 MP VGA cameras, interior and exterior
  • Wi-Fi near-by players, Nintendo service
  • Audio player, Voice record / edit
  • Camera: Edit, effects, trade
  • Web browser, DSi Shop
  • SD expansion slot
  • 5.4 x 2.9 x 0.74
  • 4/09 - $169
  • www.nintendodsi.com
  • Find the Nintendo DSi on Amazon.com

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Sample Netbook Computers (2008/2009)


Not a notebook, not a PDA


Netbooks

  • 1/2 to 2/3 size of laptops
  • 2 to 4 pounds
  • 7 to 10 inch display
  • Intel Atom, 1.6 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM, SSD or HDD
  • Windows XP, Linux
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, cellular broadband

Sample Netbook Computers

ABI Research 1/09 - 2009 netbook worldwide shipment forecast nearly 35 million, estimated 139 million in 2013

ABI Research - 4/09 - www.abiresearch.com

  • 75% of netbooks shipped in 2008 ran Windows XP
  • 2012 will see the tipping-point at which netbooks running Linux-based and mobile operating systems 
        outnumber those running Windows XP

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) XO (2006)


  • Designed for use by for the world's poorest children
        rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop
  • Rugged plastic exterior and membrane-covered keyboard
  • Rotating display (readable under direct sunlight)
  • Built-in wireless (the side antennas rotate down lock the cover closed)
  • OLPC project founded by Nicholas Negroponte,  MIT Media Lab
  • Runs Sugar software - http://sugarlabs.org
         Also offers version of Microsoft Windows
  • www.laptop.org
  • Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olpc
  • Give One Get One program - www.laptopgiving.org
        Donate laptop for $199, buy one and donate second for $399 (Q4 2006 and Q4 2007)

    Find Give One Get One on Amazon.com


ASUS Eee PC (2008+)


 

 

 

  • Displays: 9", 10" 1024 x 600 (WSVGA),  
        7" 800 x 480 (WVGA)
  • Cameras: 0.3 - 1.3 MP 
  • Processors: Intel Atom N270 , Celeron M
  • Memory: 512 MB, 1 GB
  • Storage: Flash 2 - 4, 12 - 40 GB, HDD 80 - 160 GB
        Online Eee storage: 10 - 60 GB, free first 18 mos.
  • OS: Windows XP or GNU Linux
  • Size: 2 - 3.2 lbs.

ASUS Eee PC 2G / 4G Surf [700]


  • 7" 800x480 (WVGA), Windows XP or Linux
  • Intel Celeron M, 512MB RAM
  • 2 / 4 GB Flash drive
  • Battery 2.8 hrs
  • 224 x 160 x 20~ 32 mm, 922 g (2.04 lbs)
  • 4/08 - 2G ~ $445 / $259, 4G $521 / $299

ASUS Eee PC 1000HE - 10", 160 GB, 3.2 lbs., 9.5 hours (1Q 2009)

  • 9.5 hours battery life, ASUS Super Hybrid Engine power efficiency options
  • 1/09 Preview, 4/09 - $399 / $389
  • 10" LED backlight display, 1024 x 600 (WSVGA)
  • 160 GB HDD, 10 GB Online Eee storage
  • 1.3M Pixel camera - Skype or any other Instant Messaging client
  • Stereo speaker, Digital array mic
  • 92% size of generic keyboard 
  • Multi-Touch gesture input, zoom, scroll
  • Intel Atom 1.66 GHz N270 / N280, 1GB RAM
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Ports: VGA, 3 USB, Eithernet,  Audio headphone / mic-in, 
        MMC/SD(SDHC) card reader 
  • Windows XP Home, Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007 60-day trial
  • Infusion Technology case: Pearl White, Black , Blue, Golden 
  • 266 x 191.2 x 28.5 ~ 38 mm, 1450 g (3.20 lbs)
  • Promo - http://promos.asus.com/US/1000HE/ASUS/index.html
  • Summary - http://promos.asus.com/US/Spotlight/Feb2009/1000HE_Story.html

    Find the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE on Amazon.com


Sony VAIO P series Lifestyle PC (2/2009)

       

  • 8-inch display, 1.4 pounds, length of business envelope, thin as a cell phone, slip into jacket pocket or handbag
  • Sony XBRITE-ECO LCD, 8" ultra-wide display, 1600 x 768, LED backlit
  • 1.33 GHz Intel processor, 2 GB RAM, up to 60 GB hard drive or 128 GB SSD
  • Built-in wireless: Mobile Broadband WAN 3G (subscription to third-party carrier required), 
        802.11n Wi-Fi , Bluetooth for peripherals
  • Real-time GPS, for turn-by-turn directions
  • Built-in MOTION EYE webcam and microphone
  • Keyboard extends to perimeters of the chassis, maximizing typing area
  • Memory Stick PRO (Standard/Duo) media slot with MagicGate, Multi-media Card (MMC) slot, SD memory card slot
  • Instant-mode option launches directly into Sony Xross Media Bar interface
        Rapid boot up to access music, video, photos, and Web
  • Full-functioning Windows Vista Home Premium or Home Basic, 
        office applications, software routinely found in full-size notebooks
  • 4  hour battery life with included standard capacity battery, 8 hours with optional large capacity battery
  • 9.65"(W) x 0.78"(H) x 4.72"(D), 1.4 / 1.5 lbs (SSD/HDD, with standard battery)
  • Available 2/09 - $899 with 60 GB HDD, $1199 with 64GB SSD, $1499 with 128 GB SSD
        garnet red, emerald green, onyx black, crystal white, classic black
  • www.sony.com/vaio
  • www.sony.com/pr/pseries
  • PR 1/09 - http://news.sel.sony.com/en/press_room/consumer/computer_peripheral/notebooks/release/38231.html

    Find the Sony VAIO P on Amazon.com


Dell Inspiron Mini 9 (2008)

Compact, easy-to-carry Internet companion featuring wireless and entertainment capabilities
    help keep kids, tweens, teens, travelers and "Tweeters" 
        chatting, blogging, streaming content, sharing photos, watching videos and more


Courtesy of Dell Inc.

  • Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024 x 600) 
  • Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz/533MHz FSB/512K L2Cache)
        Intel Integrated Graphics (system memory)
  • 512MB to 1 GB RAM
  • SSD: 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB (Linux only)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11g mini-card, AT&T cellular mobile broadband (optional) 
  • Bluetooth Internal (2.0) mini-card (optional) 
  • Webcam 0.3 - 1.3 MP (optional), bundled with Dell Video Chat
  • Speaker, no optical drive
  • Ports: 3 USB, Card Reader (SD/SDHC/MMC/MS), 10/100 LAN, VGA, Audio
  • Windows XP Home SP3 or Ubuntu Linux 8.04 with custom Dell interface
  • Battery life 4 hours 
  • Obsidian Black, Alpine White, Cherry Red, Promise Pink
  • 9.13 x 6.77 x 1.07 - 1.25 in., 2.28 lbs.
  • Inspiron Mini 9 - www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails...

    Find the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 on Amazon.com

  • Inspiron Mini 9 - 9/08 - 8.9 inch display (1024x600), starting at 2.28 lbs. - starting at $279
        9.13 x 1.07-1.25 x 6.77", 89% size of standard keyboard, up to 1 GB, 16 or 32 GB SSD, Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux
        1/09 - Promo to bundle with two-year AT&T LaptopConnect agreement - $99 (regularly $449, after $350 mail-in rebate)
  • Inspiron Mini 10 - 2/09 - 10.1 inch WSVGA display (1024 x 576), starting at 2.86 lbs, starting at $349 (was $399)
        WSVGA "edge-to-edge" 16:9 widescreen display, Atom Z520 (1.33GHz), Integrated 1.3 MP webcam
        10.28 x 1.12-1.25 x 7.19", 92% size of standard keyboard, up to 1 GB, up to 160 GB HD, Windows XP only
  • Inspiron Mini 10v - 5/09 - 10.1 inch WSVGA 16:9 widescreen display, 2.5 lbs, starting at $299
       
    Atom  N270, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD - VGA, not HDMI
        120 or 160 GB HDD, 8 GB SSD (Ubuntu) or 16 GB SSD (XP and Ubuntu)
  • Inspiron Mini 12 - 11/08 - 12.1 inch WXGA display (1280 x 800), 0.92 in. thick, 2.72 lbs., starting at $399
            11.77 x 0.84-0.94 x 9.02", 92% size of standard keyboard, up to 1 GB, up to 80 GB HD, Windows XP  Ubuntu Linux
  • Mini-10: Keyboard 92% of full-size, Multi-touch gestures touchpad, HDMI output
        Future options: Internal digital TV tuner, HD resolution and external USB DVD player
            Vista, Internal GPS, 250 GB HDD
  • Box.net web-based file storage, free 2 GB, upgrade to 25 GB, www.box.net/dell
        Safely and securely upload files of any type, access files from almost anywhere on any device
        No software to download, edit documents and photos directly from web browser
  • PR - 10/08 - Introduce Inspiron Mini 12 - http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/press-releases/2008-10-26-00-Dell-Inspiron-Mini-12.aspx
  • PR - 9/08 - Introduce Inspiron Mini 9 - http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/press-releases/2008-09-04-00-inspn-mini9.aspx.aspx
  • PR 1/09 - AT&T - http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/press-releases/2009-01-09-ATT-Mini9-Bundle.aspx
  • PR 2/09 - Introduce Inspiron Mini 10 - http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/press-releases/2009-02-19-Inspiron-Mini-10.aspx
  • Dell Netbooks - www.dell.com/home/netbooks

Verizon Wireless - HP Mini 1151NR Netbook (5/2009)

  • Access the Internet, e-mail, browse the Web quickly and reliably



  • 10.1" Display Flush Glass (1024 x 576)
  • Integrated Webcam VGA (640 x 480x 30 fps), SD / MMC Reader
  • Built-in Mobile Broadband (EVDO Rev. A),
         Wi-Fi 802.11b / g, Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • Intel Atom N270 processor, 1.6 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows XP Home Edition
  • Desktop software including Microsoft Works and Outlook Express
  • 3-cell Battery, 30 W AC Adapter
  • 10.3 x 6.6 x 1 in., 2.4 lb
  • 5/09 - $199.99 after $50 mail-in rebate 
      and new two-year activation
    on Mobile Broadband plan
      Moderate users - $39.99 / month, 250 MB monthly allowance 
         [16 cents/MB], 10 cents/MB after allowance
      Heavy users - $59.99 / month, 5 GB (5,120 MB) monthly allowance 
         [1.2 cents/MB], 5 cents/MB after allowance
      Includes Text Messaging and New Every Two
  • www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/hpnetbook...
  • HP Mini 1000 - www.shopping.hp.com/mini
      5/09 - similarly equipped $439

    Find the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 on Amazon.com

Verizon high-speed network (EV-DO Rev A)

  • Covers more than 90% of the U.S. population
        more than 280 million people in 259 major metropolitan areas and 250 primary airports in the U.S.
  • Typical download speeds - 600 Kbps - 1.4 Mbps
  • Typical upload speeds - 500 Kbps - 800 Kbps
  • In Extended Broadband Rate and Services area
        download speeds 400 - 700 Kbps, upload speeds of 60 - 80 Kbp
  • Add Verizon Wireless Global Service for more than 175 destinations; more than 45 offer 3G speeds
  • Verizon Approximate Data Usage Examples
       
    E-mail (1 text page without attachments) - 3 KB
       
    Word Document (5 text pages) - 70 KB
       
    Typical Web Page lookup - 300 KB
       
    Low Resolution Digital Photo - 500 KB
       
    PowerPoint Presentation (20 pages text & light graphics) - 3 MB

Netbooks - Mobile Computing and Internet - 7" - 10" (2010)

Consumers are turning to a new category for portable computing, the Netbook, designed to be easy to carry and easy to connect to the Internet.

  • 1/2 to 2/3 size of laptops, 2 to 4 pounds
  • 7 to 10 inch display, full keyboard
  • ~ Intel Atom, 1.6 GHz, 1 GB RAM, SSD or HDD
  • Windows XP, Linux
  • Net connectivity: Wi-Fi, cellular broadband
  • Starting at ~ $200, or bundled with wireless plan
  • See Flash Memory presentation: Netbooks Displacing Notebooks
  • See Mobile Communications Gallery - Netbooks for more info on products

vs. Apple MacBook Air - Lightweight laptop

Sample Netbook products

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Microsoft Surface (~2012)


  • Live tiles and notifications in real time, connected standby
    • Personalize: Pin favorites to Start screen and arrange, picture password
    • Sync with apps like Mail, Calendar, Photos, Messaging, SkyDrive
  • Windows RT - New version of Microsoft Windows for ARM-based tablets and PCs
    • Works exclusively with apps from Windows Store
    • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote)
  • Windows 8 Pro - Runs current Windows 7 desktop applications (& previous Windows)
    • Also can use programs and apps available in the Windows Store
    • Full Office - Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint, etc.
  • All - Windows Mail and Messaging, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Video, Games

    Surface with Windows RT

     Surface with Windows 8 Pro

      

    
  • Runs only apps in Windows Store
    • Office Home and Student 2013 RT
  • 10.6" ClearType HD Display
    • 1366 x 768 pixels
    • 5-point multi-touch
  • Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3
    • 2 GB RAM
  • Full-size USB 2.0
  • HD video out port to external displays
  • Connected standby - Keeps apps up-to-date,
  • Runs Windows applications + Windows Store
    • Full Office
  • 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display
    • 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • 10-point multi-touch
  • 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 w/ Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • 4 GB RAM
  • Full-size USB 3.0
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • Connectivity off when hibernating/sleeping
  • 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 in
    • 9.30 mm, 1.5 lbs
  • 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 in
    • 13.5 mm, less than 2.0 lbs
  • 32 GB $499 - Tablet only
  • 32 GB $599 - Touch Cover
  • 64 GB $699 - Touch Cover
  • [early 2013]
  •   64 GB $899 - Tablet only
  • 128 GB $999 - Tablet only
  • 10.6" ClearType HD display, 16:9 (widescreen)
  • Front and rear-facing 720p HD LifeCam video cameras
    • Rear camera angled to shoot straight ahead when Kickstand flipped out
    • Hands-free Skype video chat or recording
    • Custom lens design and ambient light sensor maximize light intake while providing sharp focus
  • Stereo speakers, 2 microphones, Headphone jack
  • Integrated Kickstand - Flip out for hands-free work or play; Separate Keyboard covers
    • Close - disappears back into casing
  • Touch Cover - Pressure-sensitive flat keyboard
    • 7.4 x 11.0 in, 3 mm thin, 0.46 lbs, Black - White, Cyan, Magenta, Red
  • Type Cover - (addl) Classic keyboard, keys with travel, full function key row
    • 7.4 x 10.9 in, 5.8 mm thin, 0.48 lbs., Black
  • Both - Full QWERTY keyboards, touchpads, Windows and media shortcuts
    • Clicks in magnetically, Accelerometer
    • Fold back - Disables keystrokes for full touchscreen
    • Close - Turn off display
  • VaporMg casing - High-quality fit and finish, durable
  • Buttons: Volume, Power
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
  • microSDXC card slot - Up to additional 64 GB extra storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless mice and headsets
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) - Dual 2x2 MIMO antennas
  • Power Supply snaps magnetically
  • Battery up to 8 hours mixed activity, 7-15 days idle life
  • The 32 GB Surface with Windows RT has approximately 16 GB storage available for user content
  • The 64 GB Surface with Windows RT has approximately 45 GB storage available for user content
Capacitive pens available for purchase Pen input and pen (included with purchase)
31.5 W-h battery 42 W-h battery

24W power supply

48W power supply (incl 5W USB for accessory charging)
Connected standby - Keeps apps up-to-date, even in standby mode Connectivity off when hibernating/sleeping to preserve battery
Device encryption, Windows Defender Enhanced networking and IT management, BitLocker drive encryption, Remote Desktop, Active Directory, Client Hyper-V

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