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Creative enhances tablet audio, connectivity with ZiiO lineup

By Mike ยท 18 replies
Nov 2, 2010
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  1. Before the iPod Touch and the iPad, Creative Labs was a major player in the portable audio market. Today things have changed a bit, but Creative hopes to recapture lost ground with the new ZiiO line of "Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablets." Running Android 2.1 and utilizing Creative's in-house ZMS-08 processor, the tablets will come in 7 and 10-inch versions. Besides the usual features like email and web browsing, they deliver "the most seamless, fuss-free Bluetooth pairing experience" with external speakers and headphones (also included in the product line), as well as built-in Wi-Fi.

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  2. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 620   +122

    Tablets look like they would be nice to have but when I stop to think about it, I can't think of one reason why I would need one other than it would be cool to mess around with for a bit. Idk I guess there's a market out there for them.
  3. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 377   +6

    I'm using an ipad now, and I honestly dont really see whats the big deal with tablets or ipads... Nothing I cant really do on my smartphone.

    More of like an oversized mp3 player in creative's case

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,682   +773

    A plus for yet more competition in this market. Seems like every other day we hear about a manufacture making a tablet. I will agree though these are mostly just toys, and there probably isn't much of a real use for them in the consumer world. I do however see a lot of potential for business use, which is probably why HP and Blackberry are making business-aimed tablets.

    Either way... and I say this every time, but it's good to see competition coming to this market. I hope it catches on and the technology matures and prices go down.
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,530   +420

    The Samsung YP-K5 had an epic pair of speakers which on it's battery could last 6-8 hours easily. If Samsung was able to get those speakers into other phones (namely there own of course, but regardless) and even laptops, I think integrated portable audio solutions would be a lot different, namely for the better.

    Anywho, too bad Archos beat them to most of that a long time ago.
  6. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 987   +65

    the earlier creatives zens and nomads players have quite a great sound quality compared to the ipods, especially when cranked. they also serves as mass storage devices well. if it wasn't for the horrid battery life and stupid design.

    this one just looks like another tablet. tired of it, i'll just wait till all the tablets are on sale side-by-side in a local store then i'll decide one.
  7. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Tablet wars are coming with RIM, HP, Dell and others launching their products in coming months.
  8. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    This seems a bit overpriced really, and only 8GB or 16GB, Not worth it at all! While I would love a device like this, I cannot justify the price.
  9. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    It's funny to see that Apple is always leading the market by introducing something that already exists and conviencing everyone that they can no longer live without having it and then all the rest try to catch up with similar products...
  10. unrealmp3

    unrealmp3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 51

  11. dansausage

    dansausage TS Rookie

    I really have no use for a tablet at those prices why not buy a netbook much more useful.
  12. turbotank84

    turbotank84 TS Rookie

    It look like a nice tablet. Hopefully it can be upgrade to froyo 2.2 or higher and soon. It doesn't make sense that all of these new tablet, cellphone are using android but takes forever to upgrade. It's very disappointing that you can make good use out of android.
  13. I wish more companies would invest in Creative's X-Fi technology and embed it into their devices. It makes everything sound so much better, and Creative is licensing the technology to other sound card makers, so I don't see why others won't pick it up.
  14. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,294   +1,747

    New and expensive tablets. I'm so happy now that i'm still not able to buy one.
  15. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 513

    hello ...

    i want a really good audio portable player by creative, but don't need a tablet. so this product looks interesting but not for me.

  16. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Given all the progress that Creative has NOT made in the last decade, it's easy to forget that they were once as the forefront of the portable electronics market.

    These might bring in a few buyers, but they're really weak efforts compared to what the competition is doing.
  17. crazyboy88

    crazyboy88 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Could you guys also specify if it's 3G capable?
  18. AbsolutGaloot

    AbsolutGaloot TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Neat and all, but Creative has fallen so far behind in the personal media device market. They used to have the best offerings, but now they seem to only be interested in something "good enough to sell" and not "best in class"
  19. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 449   +35

    Price seems to be high for this type of device if they are making an entertainment tab they really have to bring down the price if they have to compete with other tabs out there but banking only on entertainment feature seems a bit too much.

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