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Jumping on the tablet bandwagon is Coby electronics with their Kyros brand of tablets. There are three versions of the Kyros from the lowest with a 7 inch screen to the largest with a 10.1 inch screen. All of them have TFT LCD touch screens. They are WiFi capable and come with 4 gigabytes of internal memory and comes with basic apps like a music player, alarm clock, calendar, and video player. It also comes with an Aldiko e-reader app that lets you read e-books and download them.
– 7 inch, 8 inch, 10.1 inch screens
– 4 GB internal memory
– 1080p HD video
– Front-facing camera
– Aldiko E-book reader application
PRESS RELEASE | 2011-01-06 | Coby Electronics Corp.
Lake Success, New York – January 6, 2011 – Coby Electronics, the leader in CE gear designed to enhance every lifestyle, “powers-up” its all-new COBY KYROS™ collection of Android™-operated, portable, do-it-all Internet tablets that puts the world literally at one’s fingertips. Coby’s planned debut line-up of affordable tablets, as well as the company’s premiere 3D and LED large-screen TVs, innovative 3D portable DVD player, pocket-sized HD camcorders and much more will be on display at Booth #11932 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 6-9, 2011.
“We’re thrilled to introduce our new line of 2011 COBY KYROS tablets at this year’s CES and continue our commitment to offer exciting products in the hottest CE categories,” said Michael Paladino, Senior Marketing Manager, Coby Electronics. “Our innovative KYROS units are fresh, feature-rich and incredibly user-friendly. They truly stand apart as the must-have, priced-right portable entertainment solution for today’s on-the-go consumer.”
Whether browsing the web, reading e-books, watching online videos or having access to thousands of downloadable games and applications, COBY KYROS units bring entertainment into the palms of consumers’ hands. Living up to their name derived from the ancient Greek word meaning power and opportunity, the intuitively-designed new tablets let users wirelessly access the Internet through high-speed networking support and features more than a dozen built-in applications, each identified with a different icon. Among the included apps are an alarm clock, browser for surfing the web, calculator, calendar, email, gallery for viewing and playing movies, music and video player to watch the latest Internet videos and more. Each COBY KYROS tablet also offers two unique apps, Aldiko™ E-book for downloading and reading thousands of e-books, and AppsLib™ for browsing, downloading and installing apps.
Following on the heels of the company’s sold-out success with their first tablet introductions in Q4 2010, Coby Electronics presents five all-new Google Android OS 2.3-powered touchscreen tablets for 2011 – all affordably priced:
- COBY KYROS MID7025 and COBY KYROS MID7026 – These gorgeous new units feature large 7″ resistive TFT LCD touchscreens with 800 x 480 (16:9) and 800 x 600 (4:3) display resolution, respectively
- COBY KYROS MID8025 – The sleek MID8025 features a generous 8″ resistive TFT LCD touchscreen and 800 x 600 (4:3) display resolution
- COBY KYROS MID1025 and COBY KYROS MID1026 – These standout tablets offer incredible 10.1″ capacitive TFT LCD touchscreens with 1024 x 600 (16:9) and 1024 x 768 (4:3) display resolution, respectively
Each new unit in Coby’s planned 2011 KYROS range will include the following features:
- 4GB built-in internal memory, expandable to 32GB with optional microSDHC card
- High-speed 1 GHz processor; connect to the Internet wirelessly with high-speed networking support (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g)
- Access to 1080p HD video on an HDTV with optional HDMI cable
- Automatic orientation detection to view pages in portrait or landscape
- Built-in front-facing camera and integrated microphone and speakers
- Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
- Samsung S5PV210 (Cortex A8) processor
- Accessories include: USB cable, case, professional stereo earphones and power adapter
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Digital Trend’s Tablet Buying Tips:
What Operating System should I use?
It’s very important to choose an operating system that is easy to use and intuitive for you. Currently, the two dominant platforms are Apple iOS, which powers the iPad, and Google Android, which powers most of the non-Apple tablets. Fans from each camp could go on for pages about either OS, but the decision boils down to several key differences. Android has a number of exclusive features like Flash streaming support and home-screen widgets, but the iOS is generally a more stable and slick experience with more available apps. Mac or iTunes users will find iOS more accessible, while geeks and tinkerers will enjoy some of the freedoms Android offers.
At the moment tablet battery life ranges between 7 and 10 hours, with the iPad 2 leading the pack at over 10 hours. As a rule of thumb you’ll want to at least make sure the tablet will last you through the day, so consider what your average usage might in a day be before purchasing a tablet.
How portable does your tablet need to be? How large do you want your screen? The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen, while the iPad has a much larger 9.7-inch screen. With tablets, the choice is more crucial, because size is the only thing that separates them from smartphones like the iPhone and Droid. Some reviewers have argued that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is too small, and isn’t usable for many tasks above those that 3- or 4-inch smartphones already perform competently. Steve Jobs made the same argument when explaining why Apple chose a 9.7-inch screen size. Our advice: The best way to settle on size is to visit a nearby AT&T or Verizon store and try out both devices for yourself.
What are tablets?
Tablets are small touch computers meant for a broad array of tasks. Though some are marketed for specific purposes, tablets are meant to be good at a number of things including e-book reading. Though Microsoft failed to get stylus tablet PCs to take off eight years ago, Apple reinvented the category this year. Thanks to the overnight success of the iPad, tablets have begun to pop up everywhere. Modern tablets usually have a full-color LCD touchscreen measuring between seven and 10 inches diagonally, are great at video and Web-related tasks like e-mail, can install applications, and run on smartphone operating systems. Due to a lack of a physical keyboard, these devices are better for consuming entertainment than creating it. The Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and HP Slate make up the first generation of touch tablets. If you have a strong hankering to browse the web, stream movies & TV, check your email, download apps, play Angry Birds, or look at anything in color, a tablet is probably best for you.