We haven’t shown you any cool new tech products in awhile, so lets catch up with this quartet of curious commodities.
1. Acer Iconia Tab A100
Every company wants to make the tablet that will replace our iPad rentals. Many have tried. But in addition to the usual trouble bringing new products to market – design, production, marketing, etc. – Acer has even had an “act of God” delay the launch of its Iconia Tab A100 tablet. The 7-inch unit, powered by a Tegra 2 processor and Google’s Honeycomb OS (Android 3.0), is taking a “tedious trip to market,” according to one tech blogger, because of the earthquake in Japan. First scheduled for a May release, the Iconia won’t be available before July.
2. Nokia Custom C7 Phone
If you have to have the very best of everything, here’s your new cell phone. Based on the C7 model, this new Nokia will cost $1,200+ when it’s released in late 2011 in certain European and Asian countries. It has great features – sharp 3.5-inch screen with the same technology as our LCD touchscreen monitor rentals, 720p video recording, 8-megapixel camera – but the gold plating and leather rear cover make it special. It looks good and is a net-savvy phone that does real work, as discussed in our blog about collaborative workflows.
3. Altec Lansing iM810
Many iPhone and iPod docks are downright tiny, but the Altec Lansing iM810 takes the old-fashioned approach. The boombox-sized device is now iPhone 4 certified. Also, the gold trim was changed to silver and the amber LED to blue. The unit features a 5.25-inch subwoofer and a seven-band graphic equalizer, and eight D batteries make it portable. In fact, the unit is powerful enough to fill a dance hall, has a microphone input and can be used as a PA for that training session you’re doing with a room full of employees and MacBook Pro rentals.
4. Pioneer AppRadio
The Pioneer AppRadio was the subject of lots of net rumors last month, and the firm has finally released it. Briefly, it’s a big, powerful car stereo that works with Apple’s iOS. With the 800- x 400-pixel, 6.1-inch, multitouch capacitive screen and Bluetooth connectivity, it connects to your iPhone or iPod touch (with iOS 4.2) with a 30-pin connector and the embedded AppRadio app. It goes on sale in late June, sporting an external microphone input, GPS antenna, Google Maps, complete iPod music control and customized apps from Rdio and Pandora.