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Here are some of the key new features in iOS 4.3, which will just be an overlay on the existing iOS on the iPad.
Here are some HoneyComb features that you should consider before deciding on either device
All in all, if you are geek and like to twist your brain around how to get your tablet to work best for you, then Android is the way to go. If you want a tablet which is intuitive and hassle free with the best user experience, then iOS is your obvious choice.
P.S: Check out the demo from the Android Honeycomb release. I would’nt blame you if you can’t get past 10 mins of the hour long video. Really, Google you need to learn how to get past your geekiness and reach out to the customers!!
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I would have to say that the most exciting feature of iOS 4.3 is the personal hotspot. I thought AppleGirl would be jumping up and down for this since she won’t have to tether off of me anymore 😉
The only downside to this is that it’s available only for the iPhone 4 and it looks like AT&T is putting a 3 device limit on this 😛 Apple is just a little behind in the game on this!
As for the intuitive multi touch features, if there’s one button on the device of course you would need an “intuitive” gesture to go home. What’s more intuitive than a home button on the device ?:)
As for the Honeycomb features here are the highlights I pointed out the other day.
I guess AppleGirl, just doesn’t understand the concept of customization since it’s not available on iOS. Apple users are given what Steve Jobs says it’s good for the masses. I could see how having options would be confusing and frustrating for an Apple users. Most people would welcome the fact that you can choose which ever widget you would like to use whether it’s a grid or stack widget. No, I don’t think it’s for the geeks, if you don’t like it, simply don’t put it on your desktop.
The notification looks pretty seamless to me. If I’m working on something I can easily see gtalk messages coming in. It’s much better than a number over an App icon 🙂
Lastly, Steve Jobs must feel pretty insecure about iOS to have to distort the truth when it comes to number of apps available for Honeycomb. A majority of the apps on the Market will work on Honeycomb. There is a smaller percentage which has been optimized for Honeycomb but I wouldn’t take Job’s number as a fact considering his known distortion reputation.
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If you have been speculating on buying an iPad some time soon, then the best advice is to hold off for a few months. Because the next best tablet in the market will be the iPad 2.
Despite Apple closely guarding the specs, there are rumors flying around and rest assured you will see at least some of these features in the next iPad.
DON’T BET ON IT:
Expected Release: April 2011 [Update: AllThingsDigital reports that Apple has scheduled a media event on March 2 where it is expected to launch the next iPad]
Expected Price: Not lower than the current iPad.
[via MacRumors, BoyGeniusReport, Mashable, ZD Net, TechRadar.com, PCMag]
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AppleGirl’s response to my T-mobile myTouch 4G inspired this blog 🙂
AppleGirl thinks that T-mobile is foolish and didn’t do their research. Again, do you think a major corporation would brand their network as 4G without doing their research? Technically, T-mobile’s HSPA+ network is really 3.5G. However, phonescoop did a comparison of T-mobile’s HSPA+ network and compared it to Sprinit’s WiMAX and the two are comparable(see the graph below).
Honestly, AppleGirl should be happy that HSPA+ speeds are so good because it’s rumored that Apple will not adapt to LTE (4G) technology until sometime in 2012. However, according to gigaom AT&T may not purse HSPA+ and deploy LTE directly. If that is true, does that mean the iPhone will have slower speeds as compared to the myTouch 4G :)?
AppleGirl, How’s the best of both worlds looking now? Maybe you should stick to your FaceTime over WiFi 🙂
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GoogleChic, I was calling T-Mobile bullish for comparing Qik with Facetime. If they didn’t have their brains wrapped around the buzz words (FaceTime, 4G, high speed) and were smart enough, they would have compared the same video chat software on the two networks!
Now that you have raised the HSPA+ vs 4G talk, I think T-Mobile is writing rules to its favor, and so are all the other carriers. The network may be quite fast, but it’s the ITU who decides what a 4G network is. And ITU’s definitions for a true 4G technology are LTE –Advanced (Release 10) and 802.16m or Wi-Max Release 2. And when we say 4G we are talking downlink rates of 100 Mbps (not the meager theoretical 29Mbps that T-Mobile is bragging about) That said, I think AT&T, Verizon (who are pushing to LTE) and Sprint (already on Wi-Max but not on Release 2) are closer to the ubiquitous superfast 4G network than T-Mobile is.
At the end of the day, all you should really care about is if you can get those speeds where you live, work and hang out and not if T-Mobile is giving you an extra 200 Kbps speed (compared to Sprint)! So if I were you, I would first check if your area is covered with HSPA+ network. If T-Mobile says that it plans to cover your area after a year, then the purpose is lost.
GoogleChic, here’s a picture of a rumored LTE iPhone. Imagine FaceTime on Wi-fi, except that I don’t have to be on Wi-fi 😉
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Apple announced its new Mac OSX Lion along with the new Mac Book Air today. Apple has clearly learnt from its run away success story with the iOS and used it thoughtfully on the new OS.
1. Multi-touch gestures: that you are used to on your iDevices now comes to Mac OSX with a track pad.
2. Mac App Store: Apple brings a new Mac App Store to Lion and Snow Leopard OS. Isn’t it a cool feature? Just like on your iDevices you can install and pull up any App on your Mac. GoogleChic, this is what you should be excited about rather than shelling out $299 to play Angry Birds on your TV 😉
3. LaunchPad: All your Apps are neatly arranged in rows for instant access on the LaunchPad. With LaunchPad, you can organize Apps in pages and folders in exactly the same way as on iOS. Essentially, Launch Pad is like an iOS interface on the Mac.
4. Fullscreen Apps: Just as on the iPad, Mac OSX brings you full screen Apps and you can jump to another full-screen app with the swipe of the track pad.
Apple revamped its multimedia management suite with iLife 11. The updated iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand brings a new bunch of media editing features along with deeper integration to social networks. I can’t wait to get my hands on this update!
This new toy on your Mac, lets you video chat with anyone on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or a Mac. GoogleChic, remember the millions of Facetime devices Steve Jobs promised us in June this year. Looks like he has kept his word. Bring on your army of Android Qiks and maybe fAndroids could learn a lesson or two from Apple about neat integrated software.
This is the crown jewel of today’s event. Apple unveiled it’s latest super slim notebook, MacBook Air. This stunning piece of hardware is the future of notebooks and best billed as “What if a Mac Book met an iPad?” With prices starting at $999, these Mac Books are available in 11.6 and 13.3 inch displays. The uni-body notebook is 0.68 inches at its thickest point and 0.11 inches at it’s thinnest. Everything you want on laptop, from battery life, multi touch trackpad, memory, high resolution display, facetime camera, connectivity and portability to name a few, all squeezed into a 2.9 pound device. GoogleChic, I hope you are not going to compare anything “Android” with this piece of beauty. That would be trying too hard 😀
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Unlike you AppleGirl, I don’t discriminate. I’m able to see pass the brand and give credit where it’s due 🙂
I’ve always said that Apple has very slick products when it comes to their hardware design. What’s interesting is that the new macbook air is still only using an Intel core 2 duo chip, as compared to the newer Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 chips. Apple claims that the Intel Core 2 duo chip is perfect for a laptop in this class, it brings a perfect blend of battery life and performance. For $1000 I would hope that I have the latest and greatest.
As for Mac OS X Lion, nothing really jumps out at me, I’m just overall unimpressed.
1. I have multi-touch gestures on my Acer and I didn’t pay 1K for it 😉 Not to mention it has a Intel core i3, it’s 3.5 lbs all for around $600.
2. I guess AppleGirl rather pay 1K for the macbook air + $99 for the AppleTV just to play angry birds on her TV (vs $299) (assuming that you can somehow “stream” your apps from your computer using airplay in the future). After all that $$ you still can’t surf on your TV.
As for Facetime, sure it’s a way to connect all the Apple devices but I guess if you have a friend that doesn’t own an Apple product then you’re out of luck. Now if Apple was smart they would make Facetime available on other platforms. Instead, Apple wants to isolate themselves from the rest of the world. Until then, I guess y’all can go back to cross platform video chat programs such as google talk.
Wrapping up, yes the macbook air looks very slick, but is it really worth the price tag?
What do you think? Let’s here from you!
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Apple has started shipping its revamped $99 Apple TVs and the first reviews have just started trickling in. You get to watch a huge collection of first run movies starting at $3.99 or rent TV shows in HD for $0.99 per episode. Tune into internet video content with the new super cool Apple-istic NetFlix, You Tube, and browse your photo galleries on Flickr and Mobile Me. Check out this comprehensive Apple TV review video by PCMag below.
Apple TV comes with a simple remote as well as Remote App for your iDevices. This sweet App lets you rent shows, navigate or scroll through with the flick of your finger. Isn’t that cool? It’s like a scrolling with a mouse except that your monitor is your enormous HDTV. When you want to type out something you can use the keyboard on your iDevice.
The new Apple TV runs on iOS 4.1 and users have been poking around for clues on its prospective functionality. Check out MacTalk, who found hints of Facetime, external storage as well as DVD player support in the firmware. These features might never see the light of day but nonetheless gives us a view to what Apple might have in store for the future. The much awaited AirPlay that will let you stream media from any of your iDevices to the Apple TV or some third party audio makers is yet to be released in November as part of iOS 4.2 release.
This is just the start of Apple revolutionizing TV! Mark my words, you will soon find a plethora of companies following in Apple’s footsteps!
With all our music, movies, pictures, contacts and mail seamlessly integrated between all our iDevices, I think Apple has built us a beautiful garden. As all Android purists, GoogleChic, I presume you will say that the beautiful garden is a “walled garden” ;), but who cares? I am not fighting to decentralize the consumer industry. All I want is an excellent user experience and Apple is giving that to me!
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Apple TV manages your media content as a “beautiful garden”, Google TV manages it as an ecosystem.
Apple wants you to throw your money down the drain and rent TV shows for $0.99. Google integrates your cable box and the web nicely onto your TV. You can watch the latest episode online or the show you just DVRed all for free 🙂
Apple doesn’t offer apps on the Apple TV, don’t you want to play angry birds on your big screen? Well, you’ll be able to do that on Google TV.
Apple’s HD videos caps out at 720p, Google can bring you 1080p thanks to the Intel Atom processor as compared to the A4.
I’m sounding like a Droid Does commercial. Enough said?
Google TV will release sometime in October. You can buy it pre-built into a Sony TV or you can purchase the Google TV box made by Logitech. Speaking of which check out the first glimpse of Sony’s Google TV.
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It looks like it’s going to be a full house again with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung announced yesterday that the Galaxy Tab will be available via all major US carriers (T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint).
Samsung also announced that a WiFi only version will be available! This means no service contract and data plans (Whoop!)! However, there’s no news on the pricing for any of these devices just yet.
One odd thing is odd is that the US version of the Galaxy Tab will not have telephony capabilities unlike its European model. Am I going to cry over this? No! That’s what a phone is for, and don’t forget you still have the VoIP option if you really want to use it as a phone.
Lastly, movies and next day TV shows will be offered via Media Hub. I think Media Hub is a very nice feature for movies, but I’m still not jumping up and down for joy about the TV shows. I mean Android does have Flash so you could wait for the shows to be posted online to watch, I guess it’s a nice to have if the network doesn’t offer online episodes.
Watch out AppleGirl, with the Samsung Tab being readily available with on all of the major US carriers, do you still think the iPad will dominate?
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Is this going to be another round of device dwarfing just so the Samsung tablet fits into the carrier plans like the Galaxy phones? Sprint customers; don’t hold your breath expecting another Epic 4G, because Samsung is not releasing a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab. T-Mobile customers, you won’t be getting the Tab on T-Mobile’s HSPA + network as well. That leaves Verizon and AT&T. You think AT&T customers would buy an Android device when they have an Apple device at their beckoning?
GoogleChic, I am glad you are not crying over not having voice call functionality on the Tab because I think Samsung and the carrier networks should be beating themselves bad over that blunder(esp if its available in UK). If your Tab is extremely portable because it is 7 inches (maybe you don’t have the extra 3 inches space in you handbag or manbag to hold an iPad), a good smart phone-mini tablet is what we don’t have in the market (Intentionally ignoring Dell Streak here). Want to get ahead of the iPad? Launch a device into an untapped market. But instead, Samsung insists on being the best knock-offer (Does the word knock-offer exist? Nevermind, I just made it up). Elaborating on the knock-offer attributes, Samsung makes a device just like an iPad (only 3 inches shorter), makes Apple like accessories, and top it all off gives you video conferencing on Wi-Fi only. GoogleChic, isn’t that what we call Facetime on iPad? Yes, the same Facetime over Wifi you keep cribbing about. 😉
Wow, you get a Media Hub as well? Anything compared to the iTunes store? I’m not even going to draw a comparison here since we all know who wins this round hands down.
As it is, the battery life of the iPad is super trumping the Samsung Tab (iPad has 10 hours video, 140 hours audio playback , one month standby and Samsung Tab has 7 hours video). Hmm, I wonder if that 7 hours would be any shorter with GoogleChic watching videos on Flash websites.
Alas, Samsung couldn’t get their hands on Apples iOS, so they decided to stick the Tab with another copycat, Android OS. Apple’s newest updates including Airplay wireless streaming and the colossal giant App store with Apps made to render to the 10 inch iPad, sets the Tablet software bar higher than Android.
Last but not the least, let’s talk about the price. Although Samsung hasn’t released the price point in the US, here’s a feeler about how it is faring in UK. Amazon has listed the product for a mind boggling £800 as compared to £529 for a 16 Gb Wifi-3G Apple iPad. Amazon has also listed a 15% discount which brings the Tab down up £680. Of course, with carrier subsidization, the price may vary in the United States. But if the Tab is going to cost more than an iPad, GoogleChic, really I don’t think even you would be buying the Galaxy Tab! 🙂
|BY THE APPLE GIRLIf you are holding off on buying an iPad just yet, here’s some good news for you! Apple might be releasing the new version of the iPad with a front facing camera in the first quarter of 2011. Another rumor is that Apple is getting ready to ship Face Time version of iChat with which you could make Face Time calls from any Mac. FaceTime might be the next thing in vogue; GoogleChic, unless you buy an Apple device, you are going to be left behind with your wannabe “Face Time” flimsy video chat software on your Android!Front facing cameras on any Android device including your most favorite Samsung Galaxy Tab might only give you the hardware to do video calls. But what you really miss is the beautifully integrated Face time software that Apple has done so well.
Steve Jobs was critiqued when he claimed back in June that Apple would ship tens of millions of Face Time devices this calendar year.If FaceTime comes to all Apple devices, Steve Jobs might be keeping his word. A writer at Fortune has added up all the numbers and turns out Apple might have roughly 48 million Face Time devices in the market by the end of this year. Albeit, Face Time is currently allowed only on Wi-Fi, with 48 million Face Time devices, Apple is just unlocking the video telephony potential.
Girls, go get some make up on. Your next FaceTime call might be any minute now!
| BY THE GOOGLE CHICIf the hardware allows for a front facing camera, do you really think there’s no software to go with that? Of course not! Qik is a video chatting application that allows for you to video chat to your heart’s content. In addition, it’s a video sharing software app, you can upload videos to Qik and share them with your friends. Obviously, you can do this all over 3G 🙂Don’t be jealous AppleGirl because you can’t Facetime over 3G. There’s an alternative solution for you. You can Fring and video chat with me over 3G. However, as you will see in the demo below you may have some issues on your end 😉
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Samsung, If you wanted to beat the iPhone at its game, you should at least trump the iPhone hardware if not the software. Anyone deciding between Captivate and iPhone 4, here is why you should be buying the iPhone 4 over the Captivate.
1. No front facing camera – This means no FaceTime. I can hear GoogleChic, cribbing about Facetime only available over Wi-Fi. Yes, and I would blame AT&T for that. But its something AT&T can decide to turn on anytime. Video calling is not new, but Apple’s FaceTime is yet to add a new page to it. Soon enough we might all be moving away from audio only calls, and do you want to be left behind without a front facing camera?
2. No camera flash – Captivate gives you a 5 mega pixel camera, but says no to a flash. Is that Samsung being stingy?
3. Crappy AT&T apps – You don’t want to be dealing with all the crapware from AT&T on your phone. I know you can take it off if you don’t want it, but why not get a nice and clean iPhone when you are at it?
4. Retina display and HDR photos – I am in awe of the iPhone’s Retina display. Check out the video for Epic Citadel below. The super crisp 3Dish images should leave you gawking at the display. Although reviews indicate that Samsung’s AMOLED is comparable to Apple’s Retina display, the superior pixel density of the iPhone is something you should check out for yourself. As Apple says “Retina display’s pixel density is so high, your eye is unable to distinguish the pixels” HDR photos coming on iOS 4.1 is something I would die for. GoogleChic, got anything comparable to HDR photos on Captivate?
5. App-Store – With Apple, you get access to the 250,000 apps at the Apple Store which is more than twice that of the Android market place. GoogleChic, are you going to say that market place apps are growing in number? Do you think the App Store will be stagnant?
6. iPhone texting – At this point, GoogleChic will show you videos where Swype on Captivate appears faster than iPhone texting. An iPhone texter has already beat the Swype record, but I am not going to use that to get you to buy the iPhone 4. Unless you have countless hours to get your swype -ing skills up to speed, go get the iPhone and text away gloriously (why re-invent the typing wheel right?)
7. iOS – Last but not the least, the Apple’s iOS trumps Android any day with super user friendly intuitive software. You don’t want to get an Android phone and be caught in the dark ages if Sammy decides that you are not fit enough for the software update. With Apple, you get it as soon as it’s released .. simple as that!
Googlechic, I know you are going to point out that it sometimes takes a while to update the iPhone, but hey isn’t that because millions of users are trying to get to it before you do and a few minutes is definitely better than waiting months to get the Android software.
Point to take home: iPhone 4 is any day better than Captivate. 🙂
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Samsung can’t help it if AT&T wants to cripple their phone!
1) Front facing camera. Again, you have AT&T to thank for opting out of the front facing camera option. The Epic 4G, Captivate’s sibling has a front facing camera, so clearly Samsung can provide that feature. Maybe AT&T opted out of it to save itself from another embrassement, another wifi only video time. As for Facetime over 3G, I wouldn’t hold my breathe AppleGirl, you’ll have better luck waiting for the iPhone to come out on Verizon and use Facetime on their stable network. I mean, AT&T is too busy fixing their dropped call right? Millions of customers on their flimsy network would sure cause a blackout 😉 Check out the picture below, I took it while trying to watch Apple’s keynote on a iPhone (umm Networkwork overload)?
2) No flash, pick a side AppleGirl, you said that flash wasn’t a deciding factor. I’m pretty tired of saying this, but yet again AT&T screwing things up. Captivate’s siblings the Epic 4G and Fascinate offers a flash.
3) AT&T apps – Wow, we’re now going to gripe about uninstalling apps? Settings-> Applications -> Manage Applications. That’s it, go uninstall the apps to your heart’s content!
4) Retina display? Oh vey! You need to check out the Super AMOLED in person, check out Avatar on the Samsung (just for you AppleGirl, check out Avatar on the Samsung vs. iPhone 4). That sure beats your Citadel! As for HDR photos, you realize that’s just a software upgrade right? Being able to snap 3 pictures and put it together is surely something that Google can do.
5) Market, the Android phones can do anything an iPhone can do, even better! Oh don’t forget it’s probably free also!
6) Texting, don’t be jealous AppleGirl that you can’t get Swype. The Captivate does have an on screen keyboard just like the iPhone. Swype is just a bonus feature. If you can type quickly on an iPhone you sure can do it on the Captivate.
7) OS – The iOS trumps Android anyday? I guess if you’re boring and don’t want to be able to customize your desktop or anything else then yes, iOS is for you. You can have the same old app drawer like the millions of iPhone users out there! Now, if you want notifications, customizable desktops, widgets in which you can view FB status, tweet right from your desktop then Android is for you!
By the way, remember Android is open source, update at will. No need to “wait” for the update, it’s already out there. Thanks to Cyanogen (along with other devs) you can get enhanced features for your OS. It’s also easy, just follow the instructions. Now, if you have a Nexus that’s a bonus, Google pushes the updates directly and it takes 2 mins versus the pain of having to fight a million other users trying to get the same upgrade. If Apple was smarter, they would phase the upgrade over the span of several days instead of crashing their servers.
Point taken? Pick an Android device over the iPhone 4. The Captivate is the best Android that AT&T has to offer but there are much better Android devices out there. Stop staying with the crap network that will only promote the iPhone.