Tablet News Week in Review: BlackBerry PlayBook Release Revealed, iPad in the Enterprise

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Time is running out if you somehow haven’t done your holiday shopping yet, so for those who could still use some tips on what to get for the techie in their life (or request for themselves), hop on over to TechnologyGuide’s Holiday Buyer’s Guide.

Samsung Galaxy TabFor the tablet lovers, however, one of our suggestions would be the latest offering from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab, which T-Mobile is now offering for $50 off, and US Cellular has dropped to $200. To find out more about it, take a look at our second look review, which we ran this week.

In other news, a couple new tablets are now available, RIM inadvertently drops a hint about its tablet, the iPad is still the biggest thing since sliced bread, and ViewSonic has to deal with a bit of bad news.

  • Creative released the ZiiO, a 7-inch, touchscreen tablet for $269.99. The Ziio comes with either an 8 GB or 16 GB capacity, has wireless and Bluetooth capabilities, and runs Android OS 2.1.
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  • E FUN Next3E FUN released the Next3, an Android 2.1 tablet with an 8.4-inch display, Wi-Fi, and 600 MHz Rockchip processor. The resistive-touchscreen-sporting tablet will have access to the Borders eBookstore and run $300.
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  • During its Q3 earnings call this week, RIM revealed that it expects revenue from a dual-core tablet during the first quarter of the company’s fiscal year, meaning the Blackberry PlayBook could ship in March.GammaTech D12C
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  • If you’re looking to invest in a convertible that can be dropped from 4 feet, 26 times onto plywood, then the GammaTech has just the thing: the D12C, a rugged, 12.1-inch convertible tablet PC.
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  • A recent ChangeWave survey has revealed that business demand for the Apple iPad is still on the rise. When asked who the manufacturer is of the tablets their company plans to buy, 78% of companies responded Apple, trumping the competition from Dell (9%), RIM (9%), HP (8%), and Samsung (4%).
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  • Creators of the mobile browser Skyfire have submitted an iPad version of the application to the Apple App Store for approval, which would finally give the iPad the capability to stream Flash video.
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  • MSI plans to release its once-delayed WindPad in January or February of 2011. In addition to the 10-inch Windows tablet, MSI will launch an ARM-based Android tablet with Honeycomb and a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.
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  • Ex-Palm CEO and HP senior vice president Jon Rubinstein has joined Amazon to serve as a director. This move is leading to some to speculate Rubinstein was brought in to help Amazon craft a tablet-style eReader similar to the NOOKcolor.
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  • Staples has pulled the ViewSonic G Tablet from stores because of what the retailer calls a “manufacturing defect.”
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  • Rupert Murdoch’s iPad newspaper is set to launch on January 17th. Apple iPad owners subscribing to the New Corp digital newspaper dubbed “the Daily” will see the content pushed out every morning, complete with multimedia and 3D-type effects, according to All Things D. The Daily will cost $.99 a week.
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  • Notion Ink has released a video demonstrating its near-mythical Adam tablet, showing off its multi-tasking capabilities and Eden UI. 

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