Here at Technology Report we’ve always been fans of ASUS for their innovative designs combined with power and low prices. Their early netbooks were among the first in that line, and now they appear to be coming up with a tablet that will exceed the iPAD in some specifications, including a very clever detachable keyboard that solves one of my main concerns about tablets – they are MUCH harder to write with than a netbook, desktop, or laptop unless you plug in a keyboard, making them … cumbersome. ASUS appears to have solved this challenge with a very thin, light, and sleek detachable keyboard that appears to also act as a cover, making this device – to my frame of mind – a lot more logical than the standard format tablet computer. We’ll have more at CES where I’m sure ASUS will be showing these off a lot:
Update: After seeing the demo of Wordlens and hearing that reviewers were “disappointed” due to speed and effectiveness I think this application needs a lot of work.
Remains, however, a great idea
Kudos to the folks at Quest Visual: Questvisual.com. Their free iPhone application “Wordlens” allows real time translation by simply pointing your iPhone at a sign or other text.
As any traveler knows it’s very helpful to be able to interpret signs, menus, and other text. This is naturally very difficult in countries where you don’t speak the language. Wordlens is only available in spanish now but other languages are on the way, and this is clearly a great step in the direction of our phones and handheld devices becoming “universal translators”
Via Singularity Hub
more at Quest Visual: Questvisual.com
PC World has compared the iPad and the new Samsung Galaxy Tab with this great comparison chart.
PC World seems to feel the Galaxy is the first real competitor to Apple’s iPad even though that’s not really true at all – e.g. the Dell Streak.
At fist glance the Galaxy Tab really seems superior with phone capabilities, lighter weight, and two cameras vs the iPad’s zero.
However it’s never clear the the legions of Apple’s enthusiastic customers would stray from the mother brand, and many products have flamed out assuming that unlikely scenario. Still, it seems that Apple’s brilliancies in the iPhone and iPad are starting to be duplicated here, with the EVO phone, and with arguably superior form and function, so the future, as usual, remains uncertain.