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LCD TV Manufacturers, Toshiba and Vizio, Jumping on the Tablet Bandwagon

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What’s bigger than a smart phone, less cumbersome than a laptop and can be used for business, entertainment and social networking? The answer is the ever-popular tablet. Yes, Apple’s iPad charted the course, but Android-based tablets are becoming serious contenders. Now, LCD TV manufacturers, Toshiba and Vizio, have jumped on the bandwagon and will be releasing their own smart tablets this year.

Announced on the heels of CES, Vizio will launch its own Android-based smart phone and tablet, known as the Vizio VIA Phone and Vizio VIA Tablet, respectively. Vizio, who produces some of the finest flat-screen TVs ever to be used in our TV lift cabinets, must see the potential market share for their 1 GHz processor, Wi-Fi-, GPS- and Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices. Their VIA Phone will feature a 4-inch touch screen and 5-megapixel camera. The VIA Tablet comes with an 8-inch screen and three speakers, perfect for its HD video playback capability. Vizio’s VIA line will provide customers a unified experience, as the company’s HDTVs and Blu-ray players either already have, or will have, the same Android-based capabilities. Perhaps the new “3D” experience will be talking on a Vizio phone via Bluetooth while playing Angry Birds on a Vizio tablet while watching Toy Story 3 on a Vizio HDTV that sits on a TV lift cabinet.

The other TV-giant, Toshiba, also announced at CES an Android tablet. This one is an appealing 10.1-inch version that also comes with a full-sized USB and mini-USB jack, HDMI and SD card slot. Its back cover is constructed of a rubberized, spill-resistant, replaceable material. So far its only drawback is that it comes in at 1.7 pounds, compared to Apple’s iPad at 1.6 pounds (3G+Wi-Fi model). But who’s counting .1 pounds?

With Vizio and Toshiba’s announcement to join the ranks of tablet producers, it doesn’t mean other TV manufacturers are dormant. In fact and fairness, Samsung was one of the first to produce an Android-based tablet after Apple’s iPad hit the shelves. Their Galaxy Tab had already sold over a million units before mid-December.

The real history of the tablet started back in 2002 when Microsoft released the Tablet PC, but it never quite took off because it ran a Windows OS, not a mobile-suited platform, and its price tag was around $2,000.

2011 is clearly poised to be “The Year of the Tablet,” as so many companies are competing for a piece of the tablet “pie.” Will you get one this year?

LCD TV Manufacturers, Toshiba and Vizio, Jumping on the Tablet Bandwagon

Android

What’s bigger than a smart phone, less cumbersome than a laptop and can be used for business, entertainment and social networking? The answer is the ever-popular tablet. Yes, Apple’s iPad charted the course, but Android-based tablets are becoming serious contenders. Now, LCD TV manufacturers, Toshiba and Vizio, have jumped on the bandwagon and will be releasing their own smart tablets this year.

Announced on the heels of CES, Vizio will launch its own Android-based smart phone and tablet, known as the Vizio VIA Phone and Vizio VIA Tablet, respectively. Vizio, who produces some of the finest flat-screen TVs ever to be used in our TV lift cabinets, must see the potential market share for their 1 GHz processor, Wi-Fi-, GPS- and Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices. Their VIA Phone will feature a 4-inch touch screen and 5-megapixel camera. The VIA Tablet comes with an 8-inch screen and three speakers, perfect for its HD video playback capability. Vizio’s VIA line will provide customers a unified experience, as the company’s HDTVs and Blu-ray players either already have, or will have, the same Android-based capabilities. Perhaps the new “3D” experience will be talking on a Vizio phone via Bluetooth while playing Angry Birds on a Vizio tablet while watching Toy Story 3 on a Vizio HDTV that sits on a TV lift cabinet.

The other TV-giant, Toshiba, also announced at CES an Android tablet. This one is an appealing 10.1-inch version that also comes with a full-sized USB and mini-USB jack, HDMI and SD card slot. Its back cover is constructed of a rubberized, spill-resistant, replaceable material. So far its only drawback is that it comes in at 1.7 pounds, compared to Apple’s iPad at 1.6 pounds (3G+Wi-Fi model). But who’s counting .1 pounds?

With Vizio and Toshiba’s announcement to join the ranks of tablet producers, it doesn’t mean other TV manufacturers are dormant. In fact and fairness, Samsung was one of the first to produce an Android-based tablet after Apple’s iPad hit the shelves. Their Galaxy Tab had already sold over a million units before mid-December.

The real history of the tablet started back in 2002 when Microsoft released the Tablet PC, but it never quite took off because it ran a Windows OS, not a mobile-suited platform, and its price tag was around $2,000.

2011 is clearly poised to be “The Year of the Tablet,” as so many companies are competing for a piece of the tablet “pie.” Will you get one this year?

Creatures of Comfort: Choose the Right 3D Viewing Glasses

Sony TDGBR100B

Sony TDGBR100B, courtesy Sonystyle.com

First, everyone at ImportAdvantage would like to wish you happy holidays and a Merry Christmas!

3D TVs are more than a trend; they reflect a substantial shift in television and movie-making technology and an opportunity for new investments in the home theater experience. 3D TVs have been flying off the showroom floors during this 2010 holiday shopping season, just in time for the 30+ 3D movies coming out during the next two years. And with 3D-capable Blu-ray players becoming more readily available and dropping in price, many families will be enjoying more 3D movies in 2011 on TVs popping out of their TV lift cabinet.

The one caveat, however, is that 3D TV- and movie-viewing requires the use of 3D glasses, and with any profitable business model, television manufacturers have found a way to make their 3D TVs specialized to their own brand of 3D glasses. So a Sony 3D TV requires Sony 3D glasses, and a VIZIO 3D TV requires a pair of VIZIO 3D glasses. Where this seems to cause the greatest inconvenience among 3D TV owners is that it limits the number of watchers to the number of 3D glasses one owns, and it may mean that you can’t go over to a buddy’s house to watch Monday Night Football in 3D if you don’t have his TV brand’s glasses. This may change (and has already begun to thanks to “universal” 3D glasses being produced by companies like XpanD and Monster) since the Consumer Electronics Association, an industry group, is still finalizing standards for the emitters in 3D TVs.

With that said, another important factor in promoting 3D-watching is finding the right pair of 3D glasses that are comfortable to wear for two or more hours in one sitting. Before listing a few of the front-runners, it should be known that anybody who wears prescription glasses for TV-viewing may have more difficulty finding the right pair of 3D glasses, and it is highly recommended that you try on several pairs before purchasing.

From Sony, the TDG-BR100/B is a pair that allows viewing on Sony 3D TVs from a wide viewing angle, perfect for those with large entertainment rooms. Also, its battery life is up to 100 hours before needing replacement batteries, so about 20 movies worth.

From VIZIO, the XPG201 Theater 3D Glasses are battery-free and compatible with RealD 3D movie theaters, so you can bring your own to watch the re-release of the Star Wars trilogy.

Lastly, Samsung’s SSG-2100AB 3D Active Glasses are battery-powered features a “staggering” effect, blocking the left lens, then the right lens, which achieves a far more lifelike 3D effect. They are also sleekly-designed and fairly light, which adds to their comfort.

Do you already own a pair of 3D glasses? Please leave your own review here for others to read!

Creatures of Comfort: Choose the Right 3D Viewing Glasses

Sony TDGBR100B

Sony TDGBR100B, courtesy Sonystyle.com

First, everyone at ImportAdvantage would like to wish you happy holidays and a Merry Christmas!

3D TVs are more than a trend; they reflect a substantial shift in television and movie-making technology and an opportunity for new investments in the home theater experience. 3D TVs have been flying off the showroom floors during this 2010 holiday shopping season, just in time for the 30+ 3D movies coming out during the next two years. And with 3D-capable Blu-ray players becoming more readily available and dropping in price, many families will be enjoying more 3D movies in 2011 on TVs popping out of their TV lift cabinet.

The one caveat, however, is that 3D TV- and movie-viewing requires the use of 3D glasses, and with any profitable business model, television manufacturers have found a way to make their 3D TVs specialized to their own brand of 3D glasses. So a Sony 3D TV requires Sony 3D glasses, and a VIZIO 3D TV requires a pair of VIZIO 3D glasses. Where this seems to cause the greatest inconvenience among 3D TV owners is that it limits the number of watchers to the number of 3D glasses one owns, and it may mean that you can’t go over to a buddy’s house to watch Monday Night Football in 3D if you don’t have his TV brand’s glasses. This may change (and has already begun to thanks to “universal” 3D glasses being produced by companies like XpanD and Monster) since the Consumer Electronics Association, an industry group, is still finalizing standards for the emitters in 3D TVs.

With that said, another important factor in promoting 3D-watching is finding the right pair of 3D glasses that are comfortable to wear for two or more hours in one sitting. Before listing a few of the front-runners, it should be known that anybody who wears prescription glasses for TV-viewing may have more difficulty finding the right pair of 3D glasses, and it is highly recommended that you try on several pairs before purchasing.

From Sony, the TDG-BR100/B is a pair that allows viewing on Sony 3D TVs from a wide viewing angle, perfect for those with large entertainment rooms. Also, its battery life is up to 100 hours before needing replacement batteries, so about 20 movies worth.

From VIZIO, the XPG201 Theater 3D Glasses are battery-free and compatible with RealD 3D movie theaters, so you can bring your own to watch the re-release of the Star Wars trilogy.

Lastly, Samsung’s SSG-2100AB 3D Active Glasses are battery-powered features a “staggering” effect, blocking the left lens, then the right lens, which achieves a far more lifelike 3D effect. They are also sleekly-designed and fairly light, which adds to their comfort.

Do you already own a pair of 3D glasses? Please leave your own review here for others to read!

Samsung TV Apps Reach One Million Downloads

Samsung Apps

Samsung Apps, courtesy Samsung

In early December, Samsung hit a remarkable milestone with its apps marketplace on its HDTVs. Since they became available to consumers in March 2010, one million applications have been downloaded. And while there are not nearly the number of apps available as there are for the iPhone (134k+) or Android (100k+), reaching one million downloads for only 200 available Samsung apps means that sales are strong of Samsung HDTVs and that users are liking what they find.

According to Samsung, the most frequently downloaded apps include Hulu Plus, ESPN Next Level, CinemaNow and Texas Holdem. Other popular apps include MLB.TV, Vudu and Netflix. More than half of Samsung’s 2010 line of HDTVs are app-capable, and company resources say they expect more than 6.5 million app-capable units be sold before the end of the year. And by 2012 that number could grow to 20 million.

Samsung’s major competitor in the smart TV market is Vizio, which also offers its own line of app-capable TVs and line of apps. Vizio is the leader in LCD TVs, holding 19.9 percent of the market by the end of the third quarter. Samsung, however, is a close second, controlling 17.7 percent market share. However, Samsung is really growing in terms of number of TV units sold in the U.S. because its line of plasma TVs are doing so well. Samsung plasma TVs represent 19.3 percent market share, which beats out Vizio’s 17 percent market share.

While these two companies continue to battle it out in percentage points, it can only mean one thing for consumers – good deals on TVs getting better. And app producers will only be creating more enticing and useful apps for both manufacturers.

No matter which TV manufacturer you choose to side with, Samsung or Vizio, your LCD TV or plasma TV will look amazing in an ImportAdvantage TV lift cabinet, which is the “smartest” piece of home furniture to ever house a smart TV. Imagine, with the touch of a button your TV will quietly rise from a handcrafted TV lift cabinet and be ready to download and install all the latest apps on the market.

 
 
 
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