Monday, June 27, 2011

The Honeycomb Argument

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I've been playing with my new View all day and I can't help but admit that one of the things that makes it such an enjoyable experience is the app compatibility. I mean, what's the use of having the latest and greatest if you're restricted to a handful of apps only?
I'd been keeping an eye on the Viewsonic Viewpad 7x for a while, but after checking out the optimized tablet list I decided against it. It seems that Gingerbread is the most compatible Android OS at the moment so it makes sense that I stick with it for a while.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Galaxy Tab 7 vs Evo View 4G

Here are some side-by-side shots of my Galaxy Tab 7 and Evo View 4G:

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Evo View- Tab Replacement

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I'll admit- I've gone a little overboard lately but I assure you there's a method to my madness. I picked up an Evo View yesterday based on the 4G and because I felt like my Tab was getting a little long in the tooth. I finally had enough when it refused to apply the system update for the billionth time. But any doubts I had about my decision disappeared as soon as I took the Evo View out of the box. Even though all specs say its thicker and heavier than the Galaxy Tab there must be some wizardry going on with the View because it seems better distributed. The screen resolution is listed as the same 1024x600 but the View fits a significant amount more on the screen.

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The speed on the 4G is outrageous- it's faster than our home wifi. And it doesn't drain the battery nearly as fast as I feared it would. I downloaded the HTC update and then was able to stream Netflix. Suprisingly, the only app that doesn't work properly is the HBO Go one- everytime I try to log in I get a force close. Small price to pay, I suppose. I am extremely happy with the purchase, and I can't wait to list my Tab on eBay....and possibly the iPad too.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Time for a Kindle

I have been enamored with the Kindle since the original iteration but I just haven't been able to justify the cost. But with our upcoming vacation and summer reading in general, I finally decided to treat myself. My Kindle arrived today and I am really fascinated with the e-ink technology....how does it do that?? I sat in the backyard reading 'Something Borrowed' and was impressed with the readability of the screen in daylight. My only mild wishlist is that I would love to be able to select my own screensaver art. But, aside from that I think its the perfect way to do my ereading.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tab vs Pad

Once I got my new ipad on Sunday morning I literally couldn't put it down...I was in every single nook and cranny re-familiarizing myself with iOS and all the apps now available for tablet. The honeymoon continued right up until Monday morning when I had the brilliant idea to tote my ipad instead of my Tab. First of all, it just wouldn't fit in my Miche bag without sticking out of the top. Once lunch time rolled around, I realized that it was to big to simply prop on my bolted in phone holder like I do with my Tab. I ended up holding it awkwardly in my lap, up against the steering wheel, trying not to get it dirty as I ate in my car.
But once I got back home, Dean and Seth enjoyed some bouts of Angry Birds, and I loaded up some bowling and football games for Dean to enjoy. So, we realized that the best use case for the ipad is in the family room....and my Tab still belongs in my hand and purse.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

First few iPad hours

So far I've been having a blast with my new iPad. Once I got Netflix loaded on there I really started to see the potential amidst all my other tech. It really will be a coffee table device that we can all use. Surprisingly the iPad makes me appreciate the android os even more. There is just so much that I've gotten used to being able to customize! And yes, I know jail breaking could bring some of the functionality but quite frankly I don't even want to go there at this point.
The main thing I'm really impressed with over the original iPad (and, truth be told, my Tab) is the thinness of the iPad 2. I really can't wait for a similarly thin 7 inch honeycomb tablet to come out.

Guess Who Got an iPad2

Today I sauntered into my local Target and picked up a 64GB Black wifi iPad2. Ever since I handled one at Best Buy last weekend I've been thinking about the possibility of adding one to my lineup. I still love the size of my Galaxy Tab but I'm starting to feel its a little long in the tooth 7 months later. I haven't seen a compelling 7 inch on the market to upgrade it yet, but I do think I can make a little room at home for the iPad 2. At the moment I'm waiting for my itunes to update itself so that I can activate it.