It should just work!


In Consumer Reports, it picks iPad 2 above all other tablets.  The only other tablet that came close was the Xoom and it tied for second with the first generation iPad and personally I wouldn’t have given Xoom second place as Honeycomb is still buggy causing crashes and feels more like a beta equipment.  Even Google said it rushed Honeycomb.  They also reported that the iPad 2 lasted 12.2 hours playing a looped video.  Does anyone know how long the Xoom lasted, as I don’t have a subscription to the consumer reports?

It all comes down to the experience and the iPad is just wonderful to use and yes I would call it magical.  Magical, not in you don’t know how it works but in the way you feel when using it.  You can read the CNN report here or here for 9 to 5 Mac.

Apple iPad summed up


I was thinking about the iPad the other day about how it has effected my life, trying to put my finger on what it was.  It couldn’t be only the touching, although it’s a huge part, there had to be something more.  Then Apple released its new commercial “We Believe” and it struck a chord with me.  It’s a direct and elegant way to put it.  Gotta love those Apple commercials 🙂

It’s hard for me to put down in words what’s it like, it’s something that really needs to be experienced.  It has effected and changed so many lives.  From children to the 100-year-old woman with impaired vision and everyone in between.

Here is Apples video of the 1st year of the iPad.

 


It has been scientifically proven that too many choices are worse than not having enough.  There is a TED talk about it if you want to know more.  Choices are good to keep companies on their toes to innovate and keep prices down.

Dell your opinions are full of crap.  iPad will not make it in the Enterprise space because it’s not open, doesn’t give you choices and is expensive.  That’s generally what they have said, lets look at this.  Expensive, the iPad is cost less than most tablets.  Choices, there are many choices for amount of memory, wi-fi only or 3G and 2 different 3G carriers.  Open, most Enterprises use Microsoft and that’s not open.  I’m not sure if the iPad will make it in the Enterprise space but they are currently doing pretty good.  Now lets translate this.  Dell is upset because they can’t make and sell iPads, it’s not open to them to make it so customers can’t choose Dell iPads.  They were trying to say how expensive it was, something like $1600, WTF.  I could buy almost 3 iPads for that price, I wonder if they do their accounting the same way.

Dell also mention they will be coming out with another Android tablet (see the Dell Streak, didn’t do so well) and a windows 7 tablet.  Oh, yes please, give me a windows tablet where I have to spend another $200+ to add office, oh and don’t forget to install anti-virus program and make sure you keep up with your adobe reader and flash updates because of all the security issues.  Lets bring an OS to tablet that has tens of thousands of viruses and spyware and malware out there for it.  And after a while where I have to spend hours reinstalling the OS because of it slowing to a crawl and other crap.  Windows 7 wasn’t even designed for tablets.

Microsoft has made tablets for about 10 years and it hasn’t caught on.  Apple comes along with one and sells more iPads in the first 9 months then 10 years of all tablets combined.

Open.  Enough with this open crap.  MS Windows isn’t open, Windows phone 7 isn’t open, black berry isn’t open.  Android really isn’t truly open, might be open for the carriers but that’s about it.  So why is it that the only company they complain about not being open is Apple?  Because they don’t have a product that can compete decently and they use it to create fear in people.  Oh, it’s not open, you can’t do what you want with it, better not buy it.  They use the fear and the mob mentality to sway people away.  If you don’t have a product that can stand on its own then all you can do is attack the competitor.

Android Honeycomb is not open and might not be, also Google now wants to keep it from fragmenting and is saying that any changes that a company or carrier makes needs to get approval.  Something that Apple doesn’t have to worry or deal with.  I like writing programs and then spending my time making adjustments to it to make it work on all the different phones and tablets instead of adding features or writing other programs.  I’ve had first hand experience of this fragmenting, it sucks and is a pain in the ass!  Something is not a joy to use if you want to smash it most of the time.  Open is not all that it’s cracked up to be.  How come open office hasn’t won over MS office?

Apple iPad 2 finally


 

iPad 2

 

I finally managed to get my hands on an iPad 2, insert excitement here.  I heard that Apple stores received a good size shipment on Monday, in my area, so on Tuesday stood in line.  Actually stood in 2 lines, first one didn’t have the one I wanted, should have skipped that one and gone to the second one at WoodField mall.  I ended up with the 64G one since they were out of the 32G AT&T one, at least I’ll have more space and not worry about watching the amount of data I have on it.  At one time I had my 32G almost full, and that was with watching what I was doing.  Now I just have to not get in the mindset that I have all this extra room and end up filling that up LOL.

I’m not the typical user, so don’t worry if you bought one and start thinking that you should have bought the larger one.  Also, you can always take it back within 2 weeks and get a larger one.  Gotta love the Apple stores.  If you’re wondering what I’m doing that uses up so much space is that I did have a lot of video’s from iTunes U.  So much so that I had to make room on my main machine.  Music was taking up a good chunk as well but I spent a day going through and deleting all the ones I didn’t like anymore or didn’t want and cut the size down to about 40%.

I LOVE it.  The thickness is just about perfect and I really like the smart cover beats the original one hands down.  Photo booth is great to show off the iPad with the 9 live video feeds, 8 of them with effects being applied real-time, and people love seeing themselves with the funny effects applied.  Of course you also have to show off Garageband.  Even if you’re not musically inclined, even in the slightest, it’s worth the $5 to play with it and also to show it off.

Anyway, I’m off to go and enjoy my iPad.

iPad 2 Grrrrr


I’ve been trying now for over a week to obtain the new iPad 2 without success.  I need the AT&T version and it seems to be hard to get even more than the Wi-Fi only version.  I live in Chicagoland and there are many people that wants the iPad.  I was at an Apple store, in the suburbs, at 7Am on Saturday morning and there was already about 60 people in front of me.  Then about 7:30 an employee came out and said they only had 15 units, none of them AT&T.

I read someone’s post that they are upset because the store refused to sell them more iPads and was warned ahead of time that he reached his limit.  He wouldn’t say how many he has bought already but I suspect at least 4.  I’m trying to buy my first one and he’s upset that he can’t buy more when he has several already.  Anyway, it’s people like him and ones that are buying to sell overseas that piss me off making less available for everyone else to buy.  I also wonder how many first time tablet and Apple owners are put off because they are unable to buy one and end up getting some other product.

I was enthusiastic about the iPad 2, now after several failed attempts to obtain one I’m a little frustrated and disappointed.  This is not a good sign and wonder how many others feel that way.  I probably would still be enthusiastic about if I didn’t already own an original iPad.  I didn’t order mine online because my Birthday was a few days after the launch date and it wouldn’t arrive until after that.  So I thought I could get inline on Friday to get one and have it in time.  My mistake.  Trips and calls to all other stores that was selling them were sold out, and still continues to this day.  Best Buy changed their auto attendant message to say they are sold out, mostly because they have taken so many orders that they can’t even fill those.

I’m usually fairly patient but when it comes to this, I have a weakness for it and makes it frustrating.  If you don’t have the fever, then you don’t understand.


Someone that works at an Apple store in Japan sent Kevin Rose an email saying how the Apple store was helping out during this time of crisis, it’s pretty awesome.  You can find it on Kevin’s blog here:

Kevin Rose Blog

iPad 2 March 11, 2011


iPad 2 will be available on March 11, 2011 starting at 5 pm. If you missed the announcement event from Apple or would just like to watch it, you can find it here.

For a quick recap. It is 1/3 less thinner, lighter, faster with dual core processor, up to 9x faster graphics, front and rear facing cameras, iOS 4.3 and will come in black or white bevel (body still made out of aluminum), allows for smart cover, and it still has 10 hour battery life! Both WiFi only or 3G + WiFi on both AT&T and Verizon networks and kept the same pricing starting at $499. It will have FaceTime and Photo Booth. You will be able to buy Garageband and iMovie for a low price, I can’t wait to try both of those and I know the kids are going to love playing with Photo Booth.

Smart cover is pretty cool. Where to start. It’s a screen cover that snaps into place and aligns itself. It will help clean the screen and it will roll up into a stand for typing or prop it up for watching a movie. Oh, and one more thing. The cover wake up or put the iPad to sleep. I’m wondering how many people are going to test this to see if it works like they do to see if the refrigerator light goes out when you close the door. Smart covers will not work with the iPad 1 as the 2 has magnets built-in. You can find the information here. See the iPad Smart Cover in action.

My take on this, go get one! If you been holding out, now is the time. If you have one already, couldn’t you use a second one? You’ll have to decide that one, I think it’s worth it, you can always sell your first one. If you’re sitting on the fence about getting one, just go get one. Read reviews and opinions all you want it’s not really going to help. Why? Because you need to experience it. I could talk till I’m blue in the face and you’ll hardly hear me. Spend a day with it and you’ll see. Touching makes it so much more personal and the iPad itself is more personal than a laptop. I use the laptop about 80% less now that I have an iPad. Want to look something up, the instant on and the quickness makes it a joy to use. Like I said you need to go use one for a little while, sometimes it doesn’t even take that long.

A little guide to help you pick out which one to get. Black or white that’s all you. There are 2 hardest decisions and that is storage size and to 3G or not to 3G. Storage size. This will mainly be how much stuff you have and want to keep on the iPad. Mainly it will be how much music and pictures you have and maybe movies. Apps will take up a 1 or 2 Gig, in general. So add up the size of music and video’s you have that you will want to put on it. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you can probably get away with 16G version. If you feel that it might not be enough then spend $100 more and get the 32G. 64G is more for users with a lot of stuff and want it all on the iPad. Don’t forget there is always cloud storage like MobileMe, Dropbox and your machines at home. If possible, I would buy one from an Apple store, put everything you want on there and see how much space is left. If it’s not enough then take it back (within a week or 2) and get the next size or 2 up. Since you’re getting the next model up Apple will not charge you a restock fee. Side note. If you believe your going to shoot a lot of HD video with it or editing, remember that when picking storage size. Storage size cannot be upgraded, what you get is what you have.

3G. Advantages: GPS and access to the internet everywhere (you can get a signal). Disadvantages: Extra $130 and that’s about it. On AT&T it’s a month by month basis if you want to use it or not, you can stop and start it (monthly) all you want so there doesn’t have to be a monthly charge. If you have the AT&T unlimited from iPad 1 you can transfer it to iPad 2 from what I’ve heard but you might want to double check to make sure. You need to look at your life style and how you think you will use it. I’ll give you a few examples to help you out. If you are mostly either at home or work and do the driving you probably don’t need it. If you travel a lot or take the public transportation you probably will want it. You can use a MiFi instead but it’s not going to last as long as the iPad. If your usually at a spot with wi-fi access or hot spot. I have it and it’s mostly off but there are a couple of times it comes in handy. Like I said AT&T it’s monthly and you can start and stop it anytime so that part is a no brainer. As for Verizon I don’t know as the first one used MiFi. As for choosing AT&T or Verizon? AT&T 3G is usually faster than Verizon and you’re not worry about drop calls, so it’s your choice on that. You’ll have to do a little research about Verizon’s pricing and if it’s going to be Monthly.

Maybe your trying to decide about iPad or one of the other tablets. Easy, iPad. 7” is to small, you might as well go with the 10”, besides you have your phone with you. Xoom is too costly and no WiFi only and having a Motorola Android phone has made me lose respect for them. Android itself is a problem, it’s more like beta software and hardly any software has been written to take advantage of tablets. You might say but Android has mostly free software. You get what you pay for and if you didn’t pay for the product YOU and your data are the product. From what I’ve seen apps for iOS is more polished than Android ones. Any updates for Android has to come from the manufacturer and it’s a if and when and how much will it cost type of deal. When Apple comes out with an update it’s available to everyone right then and there and no extra charge. I’m not sure on the battery life of the others but 10 hours on the iPad is GREAT. WebOS isn’t even here yet, RIM is still vaporware and MS is fall of 2012. As of late I’m not liking Googles practices and they are collecting way too much data on people. The sole existence for Android is to collect your data.

Even though I have iPad one I will be getting an iPad 2, they have made enough changes to justifying me to get the new one.

iOS vs Android


Originally posted on 1-30-2011

I’m concerned for the average user.  Since I’ve been using both Android and iOS devices and watching how it’s all unfolding, a lot of people are going to lose out on hard-earned money by buy Android devices.

It all boils down to how long can you use your device and how functional is or will be.  I see Android as being in Beta and the users are the testers the only difference is I don’t see it coming out of beta any time soon.  Android is playing catch up to Apple’s iOS and the users are suffering for it if they know it or not.  Google has version 2.2 and 2.3 out and it still feels like beta.  Now they are coming out with version 3.0 that is for tablets and then maybe put it on the phones.  They needed to do this to catch up to iPads because manufacturers want to come out with tablets to sell, so it will be like version 1 instead of 3.  Just a couple of weeks ago, when Motorola showed their new tablet that is coming out, they couldn’t even demo the OS just videos showing what it will be like.  That sounds like beta to me!  This close to manufacturing a product and they couldn’t even show the actual OS running on it, that is not a good sign.  That’s like RIM and the playbook they thought they could have it out in short order but the release date keeps getting pushed back.  I have to at least acknowledge RIM for not just releasing the product before it’s ready unlike Google.

You’re at the mercy of the manufacturer of the device.  If you bought a galaxy tab, will it get updated to V3.0?  Maybe or maybe not.  V3.0 is for a dual core (mainly) processor that the tab doesn’t have.  If it gets the update how will it run, probably not very well.  The manufacturer doesn’t really care too much they would rather have you buy the next version of their product.  For the phones the service provider has to pay manufacturer’s for the update so that’s 2 companies standing in the way.  Google has no say in it.  They told them version 2.x wasn’t for tablets and they came out with it anyway.  Apple on the other hand doesn’t rely on the manufacturer, because they are the manufacturer and the service providers don’t have a say in it.  When they come out with an update they still are supporting over 2 year old equipment, your definitely not going to see that on Android.  Expect to be shelling out money every year for each device.  It will take a while for people to wake up, will that be too late?  By buying Android stuff your showing that you don’t care how you and your money is treated.

What about the market place?  How will you find an app specifically made for a tablet.  Do you know what a headache it is to have an app to run on all these different hardware and different Android version?  You don’t care you just want it to work on what you have well that just doesn’t happen all the time.  On Apple that isn’t the case.  Apps will run on a 3G or iPod or iPhone and even the iPad and it’s easy finding Apps specifically written to take advantage of the larger screen.

You keep hearing from people who Apple is a closed system blah blah blah.  Most of them are just repeating what they heard without thinking about it or even understanding what it means or means to them.  You can always jailbreak the phone if you really need to.  What is it that you want to do with a phone that Apple doesn’t allow?  Apple is concerned about the user and the user’s experience and having control allows them to give you that awesome experience.  With Android there is too many chefs in the kitchen and Google can’t do anything about it.

Google doesn’t pay attention to the details they even seem distracted.  You do know that Google doesn’t sell Android that they give it away?  As a matter of fact it costs them a lot of money.  What?  That’s right, Google is an ad company period.  Everything they do, they do to learn more about you and selling directed ads.  Everything they offer is to gain more information about you.  If you’re using something and didn’t pay for it, then YOU are the Product!!  Here’s a good blog about Google and Android http://pocketnow.com/android/how-does-google-make-money-with-android .

Apple isn’t an ad company the two are very different and it shows in their products.  Even taking out all the tracking and information gathering that Google does of the equation, I’d still pick Apple for quality, experience and satisfaction.  Lets talk dollars since that is what it’s all about and look at it this way.  Apple wants you to have a great experience with their products so you will buy more of their products now and in the future.  Google wants to sell you, or as you know it, sell targeted ads at you, getting you to use their stuff is just a by-product.  Apple has a great eco system to give you more for your money and better experience; their stuff just works.  Android not even close and their eco system, that is just thrown together, and it’s just another piece of data to collect on you.

People are going to realize too late all the information that is collected on them and what it means.  I’ll leave you with this video link on how bad google is/can be, people like free stuff but at what cost:


Originally posted on 1-30-2011

My Droid thinks I’m on a phone call yet doesn’t display any call info.  I wasn’t on a phone call.  I ended a phone call 30 minutes before and when I put it down the call was ended and at the home screen.  I picked it up and unlocked it and ended up with this.  Did it use up my minutes?  The status bar doesn’t show that I am but considering the phone thinks I’m in a phone call to blank I can’t trust the status bar displaying correct information.

The main function of a phone is for making phone calls, this phone falls short.  Many times I haven’t been able to answer a call because I couldn’t unlock the screen to answer it, other times I couldn’t get back into a call because of the screen lock.  I had to pull the battery.

Google and Android are impressing me less and less every time.  Google is playing catchup and not paying attention to the details and making a working phone.  Although that shouldn’t surprise me as it’s been that way since version 1.  People are buying into it.  I guess they just keep pumping out stuff hoping that people will not notice or think maybe the next version will work right.

I feel violated and taken advantage of by both Google and Motorola.  It’s more Motorola’s fault then Google.  How is this phone suppose to last 2 years until you can get the less expensive upgrade?  Motorola doesn’t care they want you to buy their next phone and Google doesn’t care because they don’t make money off Android or the handset just as long as they keep getting data on you.


Originally posted on 1-23-2011

I keep reading about people bitching about Steve Jobs not allowing flash on iOS (iPad) like he is some mean dictator, mostly it’s from people who don’t have an iPad, well I have a few things say about that.  First your bitching at the wrong person/company!  You should be complaining to websites to change to non-flash and also Adobe for writing crappy software.  You complain about how they are not an open system, Flash is closed and proprietary, yet you conveniently forget that they are adopting the open HTML 5 format over the closed Flash.  I didn’t see people clamoring at Google because Android didn’t have flash at the time the iPad came out even now it’s still crap.

Apple has great visions and they are willing to stand up and take the hits for their decisions while innovating and moving the industry forward.  One of their main concerns is giving the user a great experience and making it easy for the average consumer to use it along with consistency.  How many of you miss the floppy disk?  Apple was the first one to remove it from their line of computers, big complaints when they did that, Flash will be the same way some day.

Apple gave Adobe a chance to write flash for the iPad and they could make the software run satisfactory, which isn’t surprising.  Do you want something that cuts the battery life almost in half just to view websites?

Flash was good in the early days of the web but now we have CSS and other open standards and soon HTML 5, Flash is hardly needed at all.  Flash is also design for the mouse, like mousing over something, you can’t do that on a touch screen.  So even if you have flash on your pad you still can’t deal with sites that makes use of mouse overs, so the site designers would have to redo their site anyway, so ditch flash then.

Shortly after Steve said the reasons behind not supporting flash, one of them being security, Adobe had 3 security holes in Flash and had to come out with patches.  Take a look at PDF reader, Adobe re-wrote that to use sand-boxing so it will be more secure, and they couldn’t even get that right, a hole has been already found.  I have no trust in their abilities.

As for flash being supported on Android tablets, I would be very leery.  I suspect that when there are a lot of these out there hackers will start looking at flash as a way to gain access to your information and given Adobe’s track record it probably wont be too hard.  Since Android is so open, a rouge program has access to everything.  There is even a program that will listen to your credit card number either by touch tone or even if you say your card number.

I for one don’t miss flash and I specially don’t miss those very annoying and stupid ads.  To me battery life is more important than seeing a site with flash.  If i run across a website with flash I just move on.  If it’s something I really need to see then I’ll find it some place else or use the laptop and after 9 months of using the iPad, I haven’t had to do that yet.  As for flash games, what’s the point, there are a lot of games for iOS and I don’t have to be connected to the internet to play it, saving even more power.

Apple sold over 14 Million iPads add to that all the iPhones and iPods that they have sold and probably sell over 40 million more this year, that’s a lot of users.  As a website owner you’re not going to ignore all those users and additional revenue, you’re going to think twice about using Flash.

Tell someone they can’t have something and that’s what they focus on, trust me your not going to miss it or very little and as time goes on Flash will become less important and less used.

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