iPad Tops Third Quarter Sales Worldwide With Nook And Kindle Tablets Close Behind

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The iPad dominated Global Tablet Sales in Q32011  — IDC

According to figures released by research firm IDC, the iPad tablet from Apple has topped worldwide sales for the third quarter of 2011. The report puts the iPad at 61% of total tablets shipped during this quarter, which amounts to around 11.1 million tablets. This is almost 2 million higher than the 9.3 million sales figure from the previous quarter. Despite this rise, the iPad’s market share is actually falling with the advent of competing brands. It held 68% of the global tablet market in the second quarter.

Something similar happened to Android tablets, which saw a tremendous growth spurt in sales but a slight slump in market share. Android tablets grew from selling around 3.6million units in the second quarter to pushing out around 6 million units in the third quarter. Even though the sales almost doubled in numbers, the market share had a negative growth from 33.2% to 32.4%. However, it is still better than the 7 percentage-point fall of Apple.

With the launch of two new cheap and affordable Android tablets from Barnes & Noble (the Nook Tablet) and Amazon (the Kindle Fire), Android’s market share is slated to rise up to cross 40%. Both of these tablets are in high demand and their holiday sales will boost sales figures for Android tablets quite a bit.

However, both of these tablets do not benefit Google in any way despite selling very well at the moment. Google doesn’t charge for the OS and earns money from the app store and mobile ads instead. Both of these avenues are closed on either devices because both use customized versions that do not allow access to the normal app store and do not have Google apps like Gmail and YouTube.

IDC is expecting explosive tablet sales for the running quarter with over 23.6 million tablets expected to be sold. If this comes to pass, it will account for over 25% of 2011’s predicted tablet sales of 95 million. It would in fact surpass the tablet sales for the whole of 2010, which were about 18 million with all manufacturers combined. Most of that number was Apple though.

Tablets have seen aggressive sales patterns and have forced IDC to revise their quarterly predictions for the second quarter running. Previously they had raised the number from 53.5m to 62.5m — a 17% increase. Now they have increased the number again to 63.3 million — a 1% raise.

Apple is expected to almost 14 million tablets, which shows a almost a 100% growth year on year from 2010’s sales of 7.3 million tablets. IDC expects 9.5m Android tablets to sale and they have not mentioned the break up between various makers and brands. The Android market is yet to have a star performer for that matter. The third quarter saw all makers doing average with no one doing particularly well. Samsung accounted for 5.6% with just over 1m tablets and topped the list. It was followed by HP’s Touchpad that was practically on fire sale and hence saw a large number of sales. It secured 5% of the market share and sold about 903K units.

HP Mini 110-3830NR Netbook PC – Black Review

HP Mini 110-3830NR Netbook PC - Black

HP Mini 110-3830NR Netbook PC - Black

The HP Mini 110-3830NR is 10inch netbook that comes with your standard issue Intel Atom N455 processor. Clocking in at 1.66GHz, this single core Atom is coupled with 1GB of SDRAM. It has 250GB of SATA HDD storage with a platter speed of 5400RPM. It is meant for those who need basic computing in a small package and a smaller budget.

The HP Mini series is not as expansive as some of the other netbook lines like Asus’ Eee PC but it has very well developed models. This one specifically is a good-looking 10inch specimen that is all black all through. It sports a matte finish on the inside but the bezel is shiny. The lid has a plain black finish with the HP logo on top of it. It comes with a webcam that is settled top center on the bezel, in the de facto position for laptops/netbooks.

The keyboard has island style keys and is laid out in way that makes use of every inch of available space on the netbook. Even though the size still makes it a bit cramped for prolonged typing, the layout and the keys make it comfortable to type on the 3820NR. The touchpad is set in to its own groove and is not fused with the rest of the palm rest area like some of the other netbooks. It has a matte surface that provides good traction for the fingertips. It has two separate click buttons.

The netbook has a 10.1inch LED backlit display with a native resolution of 1024×600. It addition to that, it has an anti-glare coating to make it easier to work on for longer periods of time. Graphics is handled by an onboard Intel GMA chip with a shared memory. Enough to run all your standard definition videos and online streaming content.

The 250GB storage that comes with the HP Mini 110-3830NR is enough for the average user to store a lot of documents, music, photos and some movies too. If you are looking to make it your only computer, then an external storage unit in addition to this should take care of your needs.

Coming to connectivity, it comes with 802.11b/g/n Wireless, which includes Wireless N for super fast WiFi speeds wherever available. It has a standard 10/100 Ethernet port also for those who work on LAN. There’s no Bluetooth available but you can easily correct that with a small dongle that is available everywhere nowadays.

The HP Mini 110-3830NR comes preinstalled with Windows 7 Starter Edition, which is a cause for complaints from some buyers. It has restricted features in terms of customization but they can be remedied with some third party tools that are easily available online.

Buyer reviews are mostly positive. Users love the affordability and the portability of the netbook. They also love how good it looks in black. Perfect for basic computing and Internet on the move.

HP Mini 210-3060NR Netbook (Pink) Review

HP Mini 210-3060NR Netbook (Pink)

HP Mini 210-3060NR Netbook (Pink)

The HP Mini 210-3060NR is an Intel Atom powered netbook that comes in a stylish Purple-Pink color. It packs in a 1.66GHz single core Atom N455 processor. It will not be able to handle heavy processing and multitasking but it is perfect as a companion device for surfing the net and entertaining on the move.

The Atom processor is coupled with a 1GB DDR3 RAM and that is the maximum that it can support. It comes with a 250GB SATA HDD storage, which gives you enough space to store lots of photos, documents, music and some movies too.

The netbook is designed to be chic and is focused on entertainment. This explains the presence of the Beats Audio brand in the netbook. Beats Audio ensures that you will get pristine audio quality from your netbook. The difference between the audio quality with other non-Beats netbooks is actually discernible if you are using headphones. The speakers are not really designed to pump out much sound. So headphones are advisable.

The display is 10.1 inches diagonal, LED backlit for better battery life and has a widescreen aspect ratio. It has a native resolution of 1024×600 and is branded with HP BrightView promising bright images.

Coming to the design, the HP Mini 210-3060NR sports the typical rounded corners and smooth finish that is found in netbooks in this line. It has a smooth edge-to-edge glass cover on the screen that covers the bezel as well. The webcam sits in its usual position. It has front firing heat vents, which might cause problems for extended use on the lap. The typical heat vents are replaced with grills, which is a nice design touch. Most of the body sports a fully matte pink-purple finish, which makes it a very good-looking netbook.

The keyboard has island style keys, which make it comfortable to type on. Even though it is a 10inch netbook, the keys utilize all the available area and are well spaced out. The touchpad is not the best but then at this price point it expected. It gets the job done but a mouse is recommended if you plan to do precision work.

It has a battery life rating of 9.5 hours, which is realistic only when you are not using the wireless or using it very sparing. With moderate wireless usage, expect it to last around 7-8 hours. However, under ideal situations, it is possible to squeeze out 9 and more hours.

It comes pre-installed with Windows 7 Starter Edition, which is something that most buyers don’t like. However, the restrictions imposed by Windows 7 Start Edition are easily gotten around with some Googling. There are third-party tools for getting the features that the Starter Edition is missing.

The HP Mini 210-3060NR comes with Wireless N (802.11b/g/n) for high speed WiFi access. It has 1 ethernet port, 1 audio in/out combo port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 media card reader that supports multiple formats. Weighing at about 3 pounds, it is perfect for carrying around with you. With an overall good build quality and great design, it has good reviews from buyers.

HP Mini 210-3070NR Netbook (Grey) Review

HP Mini 210-3070NR Netbook

HP Mini 210-3070NR Netbook

The HP Mini 210-3070NR is an portable option for those who want to take care of their daily computing tasks on the go. It is designed for surfing, checking your email, listening to music and staying connected to your social networks. In that it is extremely efficient. However, it is weak in the graphics department and does not support HD video playback. But you can watch all standard definition content on it.

With a 10.1” diagonal WSVGA HP BrightView branded LED Backlit display, it has a very good looking screen that would give you a crisp view of all your photos, graphics and video content. The LED backlight also ensures a longer battery life due to better power efficiency. It comes with a webcam for video chatting on the go and carries the Beats Audio branding that indicates crisp and clear sound. Together with the display, this makes for a really good entertainment package for the price bracket.

Graphics is handled by an integrated Intel GMA chip with a capacity for 256MB of shared memory. This is enough for some simple games and standard definition videos (both local and streaming).

Features and Specifications: -

  • CPU — Intel® Atom? Processor N455
  • Memory — 1GB DDR3
  • Storage — 250GB (5400RPM) SATA
  • Display — 10.1″ diagonal WSVGA HP BrightView Infinity LED Display (1024 x 600), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
  • Operating System — Genuine Windows® 7 Starter (32-bit)
  • Networking — Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN, RJ45
  • Graphics — Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (shared) with up to 256MB Total Available Graphics Memory
  • Battery Life — Up to 9.5 hours
  • Weight & Dimensions (w x d x h) - 3.04 lbs; 10.55″ x 7.51″ x 0.9″/1.28″

The 210-2070NR is powered by an Intel Atom N455 single core processor with 1GB od DDR3 memory. It comes with a 250GB SATA 5400RPM HDD storage, which is enough for carrying around lots of music, photos, all your documents and some movies. So if you are looking to work and entertain yourself on the go, this netbook will be able to handle all that you will be throwing at it. There’s also a media card reader that supports SD and SDHC cards for transferring data from your camera and similar.

When it comes to multitasking, it can handle your basic surfing+music combination along with perhaps a document open on Word or Excel. However, too many tabs on your browser might slow your system down considerably.

It comes with a 6-cell battery that is rated by HP at 9.5 hours. In real life situations, you can easily expect it to last 7-8 hours. If you are running the netbook on power saving mode and not doing too many processor intensive work, you might actually get 9 hours and more.

The HP Mini 210-3070NR has a very classy finish with matte finish on the colored parts and a contrasting metallic finish along the edges and on the hinge. The keyboard sports well spaced out chiclet style keys, making it comfortable for typing. The touchpad sits almost at level with the palm rest areas but has a different finish that sets it apart. The touch pad comes with two buttons that are slightly wobbly but travel with a reassuring click.

As is common with other netbooks of this size, there are two little stubs at the bottom on either sides of the screen in order to give the user a proper working angle when the netbook is set down on a flat surface.

On the connectivity front the HP Mini 210-3070NR comes with a Wireless-N support along with backwards compatibility with B and G standards (802.11b/g/n). It has an Ethernet port, 3 USB ports (2+1), 1 VGA port and a combo headphone/microphone jack. Buyer reviews suggest an overall high level of satisfaction along with some complaints about the Windows 7 Starter Edition that comes pre-installed on it.

HP Mini 110-3730NR Netbook (Black)

HP Mini 110-3730NR Netbook (Black)

HP Mini 110-3730NR Netbook (Black)

The HP Mini 110-3730NR is a meant to be a lifestyle companion for its user. It is designed to be aesthetically appealing and provide the user with just enough resources to get through everyday computing tasks like checking email and surfing the web. This 10inch netbook is powered by an Intel Atom N455 processor coupled with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. The onboard Intel GMA Accelerator 3150 chip can receive up to 256MB of shared memory, which is enough to run standard definition videos and other basic graphics processing. It will only able to run basic games.

The 10.1inch display has a native resolution of 1024×600 (WSVGA), which is perfect for a screen of this size. Any more and the on screen elements would be too small to read comfortably. The 3730NR comes with a 250GB 5400RPM SATA HDD as its primary storage. This is enough to store all the documents, music and movies that you might need whilst you are on the move.

Features & Specifications: -

  • Processor Intel® Atom Processor N455
  • Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Starter (32-bit)
  • Display 10.1″ diagonal WSVGA HP Anti-glare LED Display (1024 x 600)
  • Memory (RAM) 1GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive 250GB (5400RPM) SATA
  • Weight & Dimensions (w x d x h) 2.88 lbs; 10.55″ x 7.51″ x 0.9″/1.26″
  • Wireless Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN
  • Video Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (shared) with up to 256MB Total Available Graphics Memory
  • Finish HP Imprint finish in glossy black

With battery that is rated at 8.5 hours of up time, the HP Mini 110-3730NR is clearly meant for doing simple tasks over a long period of time. As a lifestyle product, it is more focused on enabling the user to stay online whilst on the move and stay connected to their social networks and emails. The high-speed wireless-N WiFi support ensures that the netbook has high-speed data access wherever possible.

The netbook has a smooth finish with a glossy lid that has an HP imprint on it. The keypad occupies all the available space and has chiclet style keys for comfortable typing. One good thing about the keypad is that it has dedicated arrow keys that do not have other combination functions. The palm rest area and the area above the keys have a matte finish and the touchpad is set in to its own area without blending into the palm rest. The touchpad is smooth and has two large click buttons. The over all design features very clean lines and smooth edges. It has two stumps below the screen so that the netbook is at an angle when placed on a flat surface.

The screen has a black bezel around it and centered on the top part is the webcam. The screen also has an anti-glare coating in order to be easier on the eyes and get rid of reflections.

The HP Mini 110-3730NR weighs less 3lbs and is 1.2inches at its thickest. This makes for a really portable machine that will easily fit in to your bag. Buyers reviews have some complaints about the slow speed and the Windows Starter edition that come bundled with it. However, there are ways to get around the limitations imposed by the starter edition that can be found online. And the processor is strong enough to handle simple tasks like web surfing and emailing. However, it is not strong enough to handle multitasking beyond that.

HP Mini 110-3530NR Review

HP Mini 110-3730NR Netbook (Black)

HP Mini 110-3730NR Netbook (Black)

Weighing approximately 2.8 pounds, the HP Mini 110-3530NR is a lightweight, stylish, and effective netbook. The 10.1” diagonal WSVGA HP LED display offers a resolution of 1024 x 600, and is equipped with an antiglare filter that allows you to enjoy optimal media playback in any lighting condition. With a 250 GB hard drive that rivals the size of hard drives included with some conventional laptops, this netbook is capable of storing all of your important files with ease. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the HP Mini 110-3530NR is the preinstalled HP software suite, which includes four useful programs – HP Cloud Drive, Quick Sync, Media Suite, and Quick Web.

Pros

  • HP Cloud Drive – free online file storage gives you the ability to instantly access all of your files from any computer that is connected to the Internet.
  • HP Quicksync – allows you to continually keep your files, bookmarks, and e-mails up to date across multiple computers. In other words, any changes made to your HP Mini could also instantly be made to another computer that is connected with HP Quicksync.
  • HP Media Suite – lets you share, organize, and capture video clips and photographs in an aesthetically pleasing, convenient, and centralized software interface.
  • HP Quick Web – takes your Internet browsing experience to the next level by giving you an easy way to access all of your favorite websites, e-mail addresses, and instant messaging clients.
  • Battery Life –The powerful lithium-ion battery has a runtime of up to 8.75 hours, and multiple power settings, making this HP Mini ultra portable.
  • Ideal Netbook Graphics – with an Intel graphics media accelerator 3150 and up to 256 MB of available graphics memory, this netbook is capable of displaying vivid colors and bringing all of your favorite games and movies to life.

Cons

  • 1 GB RAM maximum – the HP Mini comes with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, and this is the maximum amount that is supported, so it is impossible to upgrade system memory to improve performance.
  • No CD-ROM – surprisingly, the HP Mini 110-3530NR does not have a CD-ROM, and is therefore not useful for burning or playing media. Of course, an external CD-ROM drive is relatively affordable and can be connected to one of the USB 2.0 ports.
  • Basic Operating System – the HP Mini includes Windows 7 Starter by default, which is an entry-level operating system. While it is possible to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, some users have noted that the performance is significantly affected when using a larger operating system.

Conclusion

At an average selling price of about $275, the HP Mini 110-3530NR is a decent value for a 10 inch netbook. However, it is important to remember that it is impossible to upgrade its memory capabilities past 1 GB of RAM, so it is not a good expansion netbook. If you’re looking for a very powerful netbook, you may need to look in another price range to find one with more memory.

HP Tablet Gets Video Demo

HP Tablet Video DemoHP managed to slip in a video demo of their upcoming tablet right before the Apple iPad announcement. This tablet is much closer to a touchscreen netbook without a physical keyboard than the iPad and it might shape up to be a real competitor for the iPad at the basic hardware level. They do not have the content integration like Apple does but they do have the powerful Windows 7 in its full glory. So that means it is more open than what you will get on the iPad. But since both devices are currently far away from their shipping dates, there is no way to tell how either of them will perform — independently and against each other.

So let’s look at what the proper video demo turns up for the HP Tablet. The video demo features HP spokesperson Greta Schlendar and CTO of HP Personal Systems, Phil McKinney. Apparently the tablet was already in the work 2 years back but then it wasn’t worked on all that much because the market wasn’t deemed ready for it.

Phill mainly talks about how the device was created and why  the device was conceived in the first place. He says the same thing that Steve would say a few days after him — there is a gap in the market where people like the smartphone usability but want a larger screen to work with. Conventional netbooks of course do not fit the bill in that case so they made a slate device.

Phil is quick to point out and emphasize on the fact that HP would like to think of this as the ultimate media consumption device. That basically means you cannot run a full OS on it properly, even though the HP tablet will be running Windows 7. At this point, if you want a good full OS experience in a small form factor — netbooks and ultraportables are it. And as touchscreen and touch UI’s grow, it is likely that both categories will collide into something new. So till then, we will have to make a distinction.

HP 210 Netbook Is Here, Of Sorts

hp-210-sighting-rm-engThe HP 210 Netbook is officially available. It is available on retail and it is also available in troubleshooting entries. But there’s one major thing missing — the thing was never announce officially. No glitzy photosets, no long winded PR, none of that. May be HP is cutting costs while the global economy stabilizes out. You never know what they are up to but at least the device is here for us to buy.

The HP 210 is a netbook device that turned up just a week or so back on troubleshooting pages where support pages fully list it’s specs. In the meantime, it was available for sale on the e-tailer eCost. On eCost, it was said to be in stock and going for $399 for the matte black option. I like that, the matte black option.

Other than that little morsel, you also get to know that the thing is another netbook that belongs to the first wave of Pine Trail netbooks. Pine Trail is the next version of Intel’s Atom chip.

The 210 is powered by an Intel Atom N450 (a Pine Trail indeed) and has integrated graphics. That means no HD video or any such thing. It will still be pretty sluggish at only 1GB RAM and storage is the usual (read boring) affair with 250GB coming in as standard. Battery is 6-cell but no estimates have been found. Is this beginning to get a norm with HP? Let’s hope not. I say this because a similar thing happened with the Mini 311. May be the marketing dept. is really small and forgetful at HP. Get your act together HP, everybody’s watching.

A New HP Pinetrail Netbook Spotted

The HP Mini 311

The HP Mini 311

A blogger  at MyHPMini had recently spotted a new HP Mini series netbook hiding in the HP support pages. The  model named appeared to be HP Mini 210. Then he uncovered the fact that this was indeed a new netbook that was coming up from HP and it is going to be a Pinetrail netbook. That was some time back.

Now, NetbookNews has spotted the same model in some Spanish store. It is of course not up for sale yet but the listing sure gave away the specs. So what is it like? Well, sadly it turns out to be yet another netbook (YAN!) that has all the typical specifications — 1GB memory, 250GB HDD, 10.1” display, powered by Atom N450 (Pinetrail) and running Windows 7 starter. The price was apparently 277 Euros., which is basically hovering about the $400 mark. Of course, the price may vary when this reaches the US simply because there’s a difference in the economy. But there is no reason to believe that this will be anything out of the ordinary in terms of success.

But since we do not know abou the screen resolution or other options yet, passing verdict on this one is rather difficult. After all, they might decide to add SSD, Bluetooth  and modem options. In that case, it would become pretty interesting. Also, we have no clue what it looks like. So that might be another point for it. However, looking at the HP Mini 110, which this model will likely succeed, there isn’t much hope for it to be anything but the usual stuff. With so many Pinetrail Netbooks coming out one after another it would be hard to decide exactly which one you want to go for. Nevertheless, the offerings are (going to be) much varied and it should not be all that hard, given that you budget and needs are already pegged down.

HP Mini 311 Gets Updated

hp-mini-311-netbookThe HP Mini 311 has always been a netbook that has a nice set of features and a price that is reasonable. It had the NVIDIA ION LE, 1366×768 resolution (16:9 aspect ratio) and came with 1GB RAM and 160GB HDD. But there was no DirectX 10 support. That has changed.

Now that Windows 7 is here and the HP Mini 311 is available with it, the specifications have changed for the better. For starters, the chipset is no longer stuck with the LE tag. That means it has the NVIDIA ION in full force with support for DirectX 10. It now comes with 2GB of memory and there is likely to be an option to upgrade it to 3 or 4 GB.

Storage has been bumped up as well. You now get 250GB, 90 Gigs more than the previous version. There is the option to upgrade to a 320GB HDD or an 80 SSD. However there is always a tradeoff between price and performance. Hence this performance upgrade comes at a price to you. The previous price point of around $300 has become $400 for the new Mini 311s.

The battery life on the older version used to be a nice 6 hours almost. But now that the full version NVIDIA ION is onboard, that is bound to change. No wonder the battery life has been left craftily out of the highlights. With specs in this state, it is likely that the battery life is around 4.5 to 5 hours depending on the configuration you choose.

The thing that will decide the fate of all these PCs is how well Windows 7 performs and that can only be seen after the OS has been in use for a few months.