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iPad has landed-Apple defines a new Category

April 27, 2011 1 comment

It’s finally out in the open. Months of hype culminated in a 90-minute product introduction lesson performed by the Master [company]. A reality check for the PR groups of companies like HP and Microsoft.

So what is it?

On the hardware side – blend simplicity with a good portion of existing infrastructure (App store, iTunes, iPhoto) and  you almost accomplish magic. Add an established content eco-system and we see something “unbeatable”.

While iPad can run all existing iPhone Apps right of the box, count on many of them being available to utilize the additional screen space allowing new functions. And there will be totally new applications introduced in April and the following months that will fully take advantage of the capabilities of the iPad Appliance *. We expect some amazing eye-openers.

Launch is in two months for the WiFi-only version. Lift-off will start at $499 for 16 GB – impressive and surprising everybody! Add $100 for the 32 GB and 200 for 64 GB. 30 days later we’ll see a GSM cell phone radio option (+$130).

See all the details and watch the Intro Keynote on Apple’s web site – or an actual hands-on product review by AppleInsider.

*) Appliance? 10 years ago we had one> See the Kerbango below. Then we called it an “Internet Appliance”.

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New Sony TVs for 2011 feature streaming Internet TV

Seventeen of the 22 new BRAVIA LCD TVs announced by Sony Australia on Tuesday will feature Sony Internet TV, the company’s latest extension of the BRAVIA Internet Video video-on-demand service. With a staggered release from March onwards, Sony’s 2011 TV line-up is split into five distinct series.

According to Toby Barbour, general manager of consumer marketing for Sony Australia, “The new 2011 BRAVIA LCD TV line-up offers Australians a gateway to an enormous and dynamic world of content and only Sony can provide this  range of on-demand entertainment now, when consumers want it.”SONY BRAVIA TV

The Sony Internet TV service lets viewers tune in to one of 24 linear streaming TV channels, in a similar fashion to the BigPond TV offering available on the Telstra T-Box. The BigPond TV linear streaming service is also already available on some Samsung LED and plasma televisions, but currently only offers eight channels. Linear channels on Sony Internet TV include ABC iView, content from Yahoo!7 and surf brand Billabong. The Sony Qriocity music streaming service is also available through the BRAVIA Internet Video interface, which continues to be available on 2011 Sony BRAVIA TVs.

Sony’s Internet TV-enabled models for 2011, which all offer 3D playback, include the BRAVIA HX series (the HX925 and HX820), the single-model BRAVIA NX series (NX720), and the BRAVIA EX series (including EX720, EX520 and EX420 models). The HX series features Sony’s best LCD TVs 2011, with all using a improved ‘X-Reality Pro’ image processing engine. The HX925 uses a local dimming Peak LED backlight, while the HX820 uses local dimming LED lighting arranged around the panel’s edges. Both TVs display images at 200Hz, but Sony rates the premium HX925 as superior — its MotionFlow XR 800 rating combines a 200Hz frame rate with LED backlight scanning at twice the speed of the MotionFlow XR 400-rated HX820.

The 100Hz Sony NX720 differs from the EX models in that it includes integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi, a bezel-less design with a tough Gorilla Glass sheet protecting the LCD panel, and dynamic LED edge-lighting. Sony’s three EX series BRAVIA LCD televisions, also running at 100Hz, are the cheapest with Sony Internet TV built-in — Wi-Fi is optional and active-shutter 3D glasses must be purchased separately where more expensive models have them bundled.

Two more basic Sony BRAVIA LCD TV series are also offered with no Sony Internet TV access — the Full HD Sony CX series (CX720), and the 720p HD BX series (BX320), which also misses out on BRAVIA Internet Video.

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