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May 22, 2011

Lady Gaga in a new Chrome ad!

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

It’s a Google ad, but it has Lady Gaga. So I’m going to forget the Apple Google war for just this one post 😀

The Mother Monster illustrates the power of the web through this 90 sec ad. I like it. What about you?

 

Source: Idolator

May 15, 2011

Google ChromeBook vs. iPad

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Google has officially announced the ChromeBook, with partners – Samsung and Acer. ChromeBook is dual core with 11 to 12 inch display and limited on board storage of 16 GB. Here’s my breakdown on why you should buy an iPad instead of a ChromeBook.

1. ChromeBook boots up in seconds, but so does the iPad (and new MacBook Air too!)

2. On the ChromeBook, your apps, games, photos music, movies are in the cloud and are accessible wherever you go. The same with the iPad. In fact, on the iPad you can do many of the above without an Internet connection.

3. ChromeBook has a long battery life. iPad has a battery life of 10hours. 

4. You can have an optional 3G connection on ChromeBook. That’s not a biggie. iPad has been doing it from day one.

5. The ChromeBook looks and feels like a laptop except that it is lighter than a laptop. The iPad is a portable tablet which does all and more than the ChromeBook. 

6. The ChromeBook will be priced around $350 to $500. The iPad is thinner, lighter, faster and  starts at $499. 

7. The one thing I do like about the ChromeBook is the monthly subscription plan of $20 for students and $28 for business users.  Let’s see how that fares in the market.

8. I like the hardware on GoogleChic’s beta edition Chrome, and of course its not as as slick as the iPad 🙂

Check out our Chrome OS hands on  blog!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Comparing an iPad and a Google ChromeBook is like comparing apples to oranges. They’re nothing a like.

The idea behind the ChromeBooks is cloud computing. It is about the ability to pick up any ChromeBook device and within a matter of seconds being able to log on and have everything already configured to your liking. Unlike the iPad, there’s no need to sync your device to the cloud in order to pull down you music or movies. 

In this week’s episode of GPS with Fareed Zakria, Eric Schmidt talks about could computing. Schmidt makes a really good point “as an experiment, turn off all your devices and disconnect from your internet for 6 or 7 hours, you’ll realize how dependent you’ve become on it.” So to AppleGirl’s point, yes there are things that the iPad can do offline but eventually most of what we do these days depends on internet connectivity.

Bottom line, there are pros and cons with both the iPad and a ChromeBook device. It ultimately is dependent on what experience the user is seeking. Personally, I would prefer a Android tablet device. However, if I’m on the go and traveling I’m not going to complain if there is a ChromeBook for me to log onto 🙂

Check out Eric Schmidt’s interview via this link. Forward to 02:37 for info about cloud computing.

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February 18, 2011

Chrome OS – CR-48

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Finally, two months later after receiving the Cr-48 laptop (thanks Google!) and dragging it half way around the world we’re now blogging about it.

The Cr-48 laptop is the first Chrome OS laptop that Google gave away as part of a pilot program to get Chrome OS circulated and feedback from testers.

Overall, for a free laptop it’s not bad. The hardware is actually pretty slick. It looks like a black matted finish Mackbook. Instead of a glossy display, it has a 12 inch matted screen. The mousepad is actually a clickpad which took me sometime to get use to. It also sports a webcam and the quality is decent.

The boot up time is lightning speed, it takes about 20 sec max. If it’s in hibernation mode it’s instant on.  Otherwise, there’s not much to the software. If you’ve used Chrome, you’ve used Chrome OS. Everything is cloud based so if you live on Gmail, Gtalk, Picasa, and all you do is surf the web, then this is the laptop for you!

Honestly, I have to admit, I see the uses for Chrome OS but there’s also quite a bit of limitation. If I have to VPN into work, or print a Word document (which is pretty rare, but it happens) I find myself reaching for the Windows laptop. Also, youtube videos on Chrome OS can be pretty choppy. Adobe is working on Flash 10.1 for Chrome OS which should resolve the issue. One last caveat is that without internet connection the laptop is pretty much useless. I hauled the laptop half way across the world, had a 9 hour layover, but didn’t have internet access so I felt like I was hauling a brick 🙂

All things considered, it’s not a bad concept. After using it for two months, I can get by with my day to day surfing and blogging on this laptop. However, if I had to pay for a Chrome OS laptop, I would probably choose a Android tablet over the Chrome OS.

P.S Keep in mind, the CR-48 laptop is a testing laptop. I’m sure by the time the Chrome OS laptop releases mid 2011 it’ll be much more powerful than this one. Although there’s not been much



BY THE APPLE GIRL 

The Cr 48 is Google’s first attempt at designing an operating system. I think Google Chrome is the best browser out there and the Cr 48 capitalizes on just that, but falls short as a laptop replacement!

If everything is cloud based then I’m wondering what (as GoogleChic puts it :)) “brick” Google wired up inside the laptop. Because I would rather have an iPad or any tablet to perform the same functions and much more (consider the thousands of Apps you get on an iPad or an Android tablet). Think about dragging around a 2.8 pound device when you could have been carrying a 1.5 pound iPad or even a 2.3 pound Macbook Air at the very least.

Despite its size, weight and usage shortcomings, I like the matte finish, the keyboard and track pad that it comes with. But as GoogleChic mentioned, Cr 48  is still a Pilot program so let’s give it the benefit of doubt.

Apart from browsing the web and using Google freebie software (Google Docs etc), you can hop on to theChrome Web Store to download Apps (like App Store or Android Market).

Here are the specs for you tech geeks:
  • 12.1 inch screen
  • Oversized trackpad
  • Qualcomm Gobi 3G chip for Verizon data in the US, your carrier of choice internationally
  • 802.11n dual-band WiFi.
  • 8+ hours of active use with 8+ hours of standby
  • Flash Storage

If you are a hacker, this should interest you! Google recently announced a $20,000 prize offer for cracking into Cr 48.

Want to be the first to know when its released? Go ahead register with Google! And if you are one of those lucky ones like GoogleChic here, you will wake up with 100 spam emails from Google 🙂


September 30, 2010

Bored of your iPad? Chrome it!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Hey AppleGirl. maybe you and I can find some middle ground and put down our differences for a day 🙂 Check out Chrome OS running on the iPad.

Enjoy!

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Sorry GoogleChic, I don’t dig Chrome on the iPad. Did you see that he touched atleast 4 times to get something to open? 🙂 Moreover, it looks like he is using VNC to me.

I don’t think Apple Fanboys are bored with their iPads yet. But you could buy an iPad and try Chrome on it. I am sure you will love it 🙂

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August 19, 2010

Google Chrome Tab to be the next iPad killer?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Oh Boy! Here we go again! Another iPad killer. This time it is the Google Chrome OS Tablet. It’s amazing how everyone wants to make a killer product against Apple. Think about it. That’s multitudes of companies trying to kill just “one device, one carrier“, as GoogleChic likes to refer to it.

GoogleChic, did you see the Chrome OS ad from last year? Was Google trying to give us a free OS crash course? Is this tablet going to be as lame as the ad? I hope they know that no one really cares about what’s under the hood. Beat the sex-appeal of an iPad and then we are talking!

P.S: Check out the Apple iPad ad. Isn’t it really delicious? GoogleChic, maybe a marketing crash course is due for Google. 🙂

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

The Chrome OS tablet as an iPad killer? There goes AppleGirl again comparing apples to oranges.

Google is being “innovative” yet again, they’re the first to create a web based OS. There’s a lot of potential with the Chrome OS tablets, it’s cloud based; you’re able to log on from any Chrome OS device and resume where you left off. Also, it’s super light weight and the boot up time is amazing!

I was traveling the other week, at the hotel they have PC’s available for their guest. I noticed that all of the users were just browsing, checking their gmail etc. Think about how useful a Chrome OS tablet would be, probably more cost effective, and  much faster. Not to mention, users would feel right at home since all they have to do is log in and everything is configured just the way they left it. Check it out for yourselves ( this was demoed 9 months ago, so at Google’s rate think how far it must have gotten!)

P.S AppleGirl, Google is not in the market to make “flashy” ads. They rather spend their time perfecting the product. Remember, simplicity goes a long way (just like this OS).


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October 13, 2011

Box.net giving away 50 GB of free storage for iOS users!

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

If Apple’s 5GB of iCloud is not enough, then check out Box.net who is throwing in a free 50GB for iOS users. The deal starts  on Friday 10/14 at 12:01 AM PST and runs for 50 days. All you need to do is download the app on your iDevice and the storage space will be your forever!  With Airplay, you can also wireless-ly stream your Box.net content to your TV. I’m jumping from the DropBox bandwagon to the Box.net wagon. What about you?

Before HP shut down their TouchPad business, Box.net was giving away 50 GB free storage on TouchPads too and DropBox collaborated with HTC to give away 5 GB of free cloud for HTC users. But 50 GB trumps the meager 5GB 🙂

 

June 12, 2011

iPad transformed into an iTop

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

So, the other night I was out with some friends, and out comes an iTop! What’s an iTop? Well, if you own an iPad, but really would much prefer to use it like a laptop then you can turn it into an iTop :). All you need to do is get a bluetooth keyboard which comes with a case and voila you have a new make shift laptop. Personally, I would prefer to drag my Chrome book around.

There are several options, you can get one at Brookstones for $99 for the iPad 2 and $79 for the iPad. Kensington also has a similar one which can be purchased via Amazon for less.


January 22, 2011

Motorola Atrix 4G

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

AppleGirl, I’m jumping ship and coming over to the dark side! No, I’m not getting an iPhone 😉 just ditching T-mobile and coming over to AT&T.

No, I’m not ecstatic about paying an arm and a leg for my cell phone bill but I’m drooling over the Motorola Atrix 4G! The Atrix 4G was announced at the 2011 CES and it was hands down the best phone there.

Where do I even begin? Let’s say FINALLY, AT&T is getting a worthy Android  device to talk about. I even have to say, Motorola outdid Google with this phone! Okay, enough fluffy here are the specs for you hardcore Android fans.

  • Dual core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor with GeForce GPU (this means 2GHz of processing power!)
  • 4″ QHD display (540 x 960 resolution)
  • Fingerprint scanner to unlock your phone!
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 GB of on board storage
  • 1930 mAHh battery, allows for 9 hours of talk time
  • Front facing camera and a 5 mega pixel rear camera with 720p recording (wish it was a 8 mega pixel camera)

Are you sold yet? This is a powerful little bugger. No wonder Motorola came out with a laptop dock accessory. Essentially, you can dock you phone and use it as a laptop device via Firefox. Hmm, doesn’t that sound like Chrome OS. On a side note, the Motorola laptop dock seems much more powerful than the Chrome OS device (at least compared to the CR-45, more to come on this). Again, Google why didn’t you think of this!

Any iPhone fanboys ready to jump ship yet?

Source: androidandme

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

GoogleChic, I’m glad you found a worthy phone after a long long wait (since the iPhone launched? :)). Here are a few things about the phone that I find worth commenting!

I like that the phone comes with a dual core processor and that it is trying to catch up with the iPhone 4’s retina display (not yet there :P).

The ability to dock the phone and use it as a computing device is neat. It can also be used  as a media storage device that can be hooked up to your TV  (Ahem! Airplay does it in a less cumbersome way and its free!). I’m not sure how far these features would fly because remember that all the extra perks comes with a cost. GoogleChic, would you buy all the docking stations with the phone?

The 4G in the Motorola Atrix 4G is actually HSPA+ and not LTE.. so beware! You might also want to check if your area has the AT&T HSPA+ network services. Without HSPA+ connection and the docking stations, you will probably only be paying for the dual core processor.

With the future of computing being cloud, I’m sure the expandable memory slots and docking stations will soon be discarded as a wasted effort. GoogleChic, all I am saying is don’t jump ship just because the phone has a finger print scanner or because it has an expandable memory slot or because it could replace your Google Chrome 🙂 I hate to say that you will probably never find the phone worth the arm and leg that you would have paid for it.

Update: Motorola shows off with a new ad


 

December 9, 2010

Pure Google – Nexus S

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It was a busy day for Google yesterday. They announced Gingerbread (Android 2.3), Nexus S and Andy Rubin even gave us a preview of Honeycomb (Android 3.0) on a Motorola prototype tablet!Let’s start off with Nexus S (more to come later on Gingerbread and Honeycomb). It’s official, the long awaited second generation Google phone was announced yesterday. The Nexus S is much like the existing Samsung Galaxy S. So what does this new device bring to the table?

 

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) O.S – provides a more refined UI experience and faster processing time.
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) – allows you to read information from tags
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
  • 4 inch Screen (contour design)
  • 512 RAM, 16 GB ROM

All in all the phone looks slick. However, there are a couple of disappointing factors that I have to point out. The phone doesn’t support HSPA+ (only HSPA). There’s no removable micro SD card but essentially a 16 GB  one built in. Not sure why Google and Samsung decided to do this, now it’s just like the iPhone where you’ll have to backup your data into another device (major disappointment Google!)

When Google discontinued the Nexus One, they stated that there would not be another Google phone, so why now? Check out the video below for Google’s back story of the Nexus S. “Nexus is about bring the pure Google experience” (I have a feeling that AppleGirl will get a kick out of this one ;))

Nexus S is $529 unlocked and $199 with a 2 year T-Mobile contract. It’ll be available on Dec 16th at Best Buy and Dec 20th at Carphone Warehouse.

Source: androidcentral, engadget

BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, I’m not really sure what is so exciting on the Nexus S. The hardware is nothing new or revolutionary and if Gingerbread is the star of the show, then I don’t get why we are making a big deal about a mediocre phone. Most of the existing Android users should be able to upgrade Gingerbread sometime in the future so I don’t think people would buy this phone only because its loaded with Gingerbread.

 

The hardware specs of Nexus S match the iPhone except of course iPhone 4 has a higher pixel density Retina display. I can see GoogleChic rolling up her sleeves to fight the Retina – AMOLED battle 🙂 Jokes apart, with an unsurprising hardware and unexceptional software upgrade (watch out for our iOS vs. Gingerbread battle blog), Nexus S doesn’t live up to expectations. Nexus S is not attractive enough for existing Android users, let alone for anyone switching from a different OS like iOS or Blackberry.

It’s a shame that it does not support HSPA+, after all the drama about T-Mobile’s biggest 4G network, the least T-Mobile should do is release more HSPA+ capable phones. The phone  comes with only 16GB memory. Although 16GB should be sufficient for any normal person, you don’t have an option to add on more memory if you wanted to. Unlike the Nexus S, iPhone 4 is available in 16GB and 32GB flavors, so if you are memory thirsty then iPhone will quench you thirst.

GoogleChic, you were right about me cracking up about the “Pure Google Experience”. Geez, does that mean you don’t get the same experience on other Android phones? 🙂



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October 27, 2010

Microsoft’s “Riskiest Product Bet” – Windows 8?

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, was recently interviewed by Gartner when he mentioned Microsoft’s riskiest product bet is the next version of Windows (which we like to call as Windows 8), expected to release in 2012.

The leaked Windows 8 slide deck (dated April 2010) hints at the feature set Microsoft might be planning. Let’s do an early comparison (assuming these slides are genuine) and hear what GoogleChic has to say about it, considering the fact that she is pimping her Acer as a tough MacBook Air competitor (I am still ROTFL’ing about it :D)

1. Fast startup: which is going to make PC shutdown and startup faster. GoogleChic, is this what you would compare with MacBook Air’s instant on? Let alone beating flash bootup on Air, you should be happy if Windows 8 can get close to the startup/shutdown time on the old MacBooks.

2. Windows Push Button Reset: that will essentially reinstall Windows while maintaining all your personal files intact. Microsoft is so confident that your PC is going to crash a million times in its lifetime, that they have developed a solution for it. Way to go! 😉

3. Windows App Store: Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Mac App Store. Microsoft probably has to give away Windows 8 for free to bribe developers to write Apps for them. Atleast, you might be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for free! Yay!

4. Facial Recognition: Log in to your PC via facial recognition. This is pretty cool, except that you might have to wait for two more generations for Microsoft to perfect it. As we all know, Microsoft doesn’t understand “Do it right the first time!” mantra.

5. Microsoft looks to Apple: Thank god! The geniuses at Microsoft have learnt that they actually have something to learn from Apple. From the slides, it looks like Microsoft is trying to breakdown the “How Apple does it” cycle. GoogleChic, here’s the original Apple imitator. Sound familiar? 😉

Steve Ballmer was right as hell about Windows 8 being the riskiest product bet. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t want to acknowledge the fact that building an OS based on the broken back bone of registry and file system is not the way to go. Windows 8 will be going head on with Apple’s superior Mac OSX software and PC manufacturers like Acer have the next new challenge to beat – MacBook Air’s revolutionary hardware.

GoogleChic, if I were you, I would be crossing my fingers hoping Microsoft is doing things right this time and hope Acer sells you an Air imitator notebook for less than $1000. Now don’t go on saying that I have a one track Apple mind, unfortunately it’s hard to deviate when it’s the best out there 😀

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Windows 8 seems very blah on paper (I think I feel asleep twice reading the slides).

However, if you look at the facts, Windows users makes up the majority of the users in the market. Microsoft must be doing something right to hold the majority of the market 🙂

AppleGirl, maybe Apple should study Microsoft to find out how they can tap into the corporate market. I’m feeling like a broken record again. There’s a whole world out there outside of the Apple bubble. Why not explore the possibilities?

As for Windows 8 features, it looks like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to cloud services. Windows 8 will include this feature as well. Similarly, Google’s Chrome OS will be based purely on  the cloud concept. AppleGirl, I’m sure Chrome OS will shake up the market once it’s released. Chrome OS also boots up like the “instant on” Macbook air 😉

Windows 8 still has a long way to go before its release in 2012. I think once we see some leaked demos it’ll be easier to gauge the level of excitement.

AppleGirl, we know you love your Apple products which you think is the end all be all. But how can you compare your lovely Mac OS X to something that doesn’t exist yet? 🙂




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