Posts tagged ‘iPad’

March 19, 2012

The new iPad tops 3 million in under 4 days

 BY THE APPLE GIRLThe new iPad featuring the Retina display, A5X quad core graphics, a 5 MP iSight camera for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD camera, 10 hour battery life and 4G LTE support, has topped 3 million units in less than 4 daysIn comparison, Apple sold 4 million iPhone 4S units in its first weekend and they were much cheaper and more widely popular.

December 31, 2011

Samsung mocking and taking cues from Apple?

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Apple and Samsung have been at each others throat with regards to patent infringement in various countries trying to get each other’s product banned. Samsung recently has been mocking with its Galaxy S II smart phone ads. The latest in Samsung’s attempts had been to position itself very close to Apple’s iPad. Samsung’s Korean ad imitates Apple’s iPad ad philosophy much too well. Check it out!

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November 12, 2011

Adobe dumping mobile Flash! Hail HTML 5?

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Get ready to say goodbye to flash on your new mobiles or tablets. If you use an iPhone, iPod or iPad, you are already used to living without Flash. 

Adobe Systems on Wednesday announced that its ending development on Flash Player plug-in for mobile devices and moving to HTML 5 and Adobe AIR software development. In it’s statement, as part of restructuring efforts, the company indicated an elimination of 750 full-time positions in United States and EMEA. 

Adobe quitting the mobile Flash business, reminds me of Steve Jobs’ Thoughts on Flash criticizing Adobe and Apple’s dedication to dump the technology

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML 5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML 5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Fandroids have always found solace that they have one thing Apple users don’t – Flash support that enables them to experience the full web. Maybe it’s time to learn the web via the HTML 5 lens 🙂  

 

October 20, 2011

“A magazine is a broken iPad?” thinks the 1 year old

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

The inevitable is coming true. Today’s generation of kids are so accustomed to iDevices, I’m sure it’s hard for them to understand what a magazine is!

You will probably be nodding your head like me when the video says “Steve Jobs has coded a part of her OS”.

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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April 15, 2011

Sold out: iPad 2 replicas!

BY THE APPLE GIRL

This one had me ROFL. As much as I was complaining about standing in line to get an iPad 2, Chinese folks in Malaysia are having trouble finding iPad 2 paper replicas. Chinese communities honor their dead relatives by burning fake money or replicas of luxury items such as designer handbags and flashy cars. Now the latest fad is to offer the iPad 2. The stores ran out of the iPad 2 replicas and are only left with original iPad replicas.


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Those paper replicas sure looks realistic! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since there is the iPed (iPad knockoff) in the Asian market.

The funniest thing is that the iPad 2 hasn’t even released in the Asia market. I guess the replicas are the next best thing!

Check out the video below. On a side note, check out the designer shirt and shoes 🙂

December 25, 2010

iPad is a giant iPhone?

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

GoogleChic, you are going to love this Motorola tablet evolution ad 😀 It is the same Motorola tablet which Andy Rubin had showed off during the Honey Comb preview. Motorola terms the iPad as “It’s like a giant iPhone, but… it’s like a giant iPhone”. Motorola can’t even get its jabs right. iPad is more like a giant iPod Touch than a giant iPhone 😉

Motorola labels the Samsung Galaxy Tab as “Android OS, but Android OS…for a phone”. Ouch, now you can’t even trust a fellow Android user to watch your back?

Isn’t Honeycomb just an optimized version of Android phone OS 🙂 Pretty much like iOS for iPad?

Not only does Motorola come late into the market (to be released at CES Jan 2011), but it  made the stupid mistake of comparing its tablet to the first gen iPad. Motorola is yet to realize that it will actually be competing with iPad  2 (rumored to be released early next year).


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Based on Andy Rubin’s preview of the Motorola tablet Honeycomb looked awesome! I would say it’s a overhaul of the Android OS and not an optimized version of it 🙂

I wonder how pissed Samsung is about this ad. Motorola took a direct jab at Samsung with their “Android OS, but Android OS for a phone”. Ouch, first off Samsung Tab is a 7 inch tablet which is why it’s able to utilizes Android 2.2 (Froyo) and it works well. The Motorola tab is a 10 inch tablet so it definitely needs Honeycomb which will handle the larger resolution.

As for the iPhone comment, it looks like Motorola is implying that their tablet will have more features as compared to the Droid X for example. Come on Motorola, stop teasing us and release the specs already!

December 12, 2010

Honeycomb – sneak preview

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Early this week, Andy Rubin gave a preview of Honeycomb on an unannounced Motorola 10 inch tablet. More pictures were released today of the devices, check it out via Engadget.

The Motorola tablet looks amazing, especially the UI. AppleGirl shouldn’t have any issues operating this device, it doesn’t have any buttons. Also, it rotates according how it’s held (sounds pretty simple to me)  😉

Jokes aside, AppleGirl will LOVE Andy’s comment about Apple. “Apple has done a perfect job on being an intergrator of hardware and software”, this was Andy’s response when asked if the Motorola tablet was Google’s vision of a perfect tablet. Of course, long story short is that Google is not in the market of making hardware.

Check out the video below, the Google maps update looks sweet! I can’t wait to get it on my phone.

P.S Check out Andy at 5:05 in the video, being a little possessive aren’t we? 🙂

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Andy praised Apple for being the perfect integrator, more so because he wanted to point out that Android is more like Apple than Microsoft. ROFL. According to him, Microsoft throws software out there and lets Acer and others build PC’s out of it. Ahem, I thought Android does pretty much the same 😀 Don’t they release software for every aspiring phone and tablet maker out there? I am not sure what Andy Rubin was going for.

The part that cracked me up most was when Andy Rubin was explaining how Android on tablets is different from Android on phones, and this was what the interviewer said “Isn’t that essentially what Apple did?” Ouch!

P.S: GoogleChic, you say Andy Rubin was “possessive” when he didn’t allow the interviewer to play with the Motorola tablet. I think it was more like he was “scared that Honeycomb would crash on him during an interview” 😉

December 6, 2010

iPad Doorbuster!

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

TJ Maxx’s doorbuster $399 deal for Black Friday was the best iPad deal this year. However, if you are still out for some holiday shopping then Bloomingdale’s is offering a free iPad when you shop $1500 worth of Y.E.S contemporary sportswear at the Manhattan Bloomingdale store on Dec 10 – 12.

Spending that much money on sportswear might be a stretch for some of us, but if you are in the market to buy outfits for your soccer team, then you’ve got an awesome deal on your hands! 🙂

 

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Ouch for $1500 I would rather buy the iPad 🙂 That is pretty steep for sportsware (which you probably wont’ even wear to work out ;))

On the other hand, if you want to sign your life away to a 2 year contract to one of the major carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-mobile) then you can get a free Android phone. Personally, I think the Droid Incredible is probably your best bet. Check out the deals at bestbuy.com.


December 2, 2010

All things Air – iOS 4.2

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Apple released the Airplay feature in the much awaited iOS 4.2 software update. It’s sweeter than I had anticipated in our earlier blog. Airplay is seamlessly built into all the iOS devices and gives you the wireless nirvana you’ve been looking for.

In case you haven’t been following along, Airplay is the ability to stream audio and video from any iOS device to the Apple TV. It also lets you stream music to an Airport Express. If you own an Airport Express, you can now stream “any” audio (including Pandora!) from an iOS device directly (you are not restricted to iTunes or to the Remote App). Moreover, Apple has partnered with some third party audio makers to give you more of that wireless nirvana.

Albeit the feature comes with a limitation – streaming third party applications like VLC Media Player is limited to audio only – Jobs hopes to bring it in the future release.

Despite being available for years, DLNA (the dry name doesn’t seem to be helping!) will now gain popularity because of Airplay. DLNA is already available on many phones, but does anyone use it? Now that Airplay is out, every other phone manufacturer will jump on the DLNA band wagon.

GoogleChic, we need to have a DLNA vs Airplay face-off experiment! 🙂

P.S: Check out more of our DLNA vs Airplay tiff.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Okay AppleGirl, I get it you LOVE Airplay. There’s really not much more to say about DLNA (which I’ve not said before) other then it does pretty much the same thing as Airplay just with non Apple devices.

Other than Airplay, Apple released AirPrint with Apple’s iOS 4.2 release. Obviously, wireless printing isn’t new to the world, but with AirPrint you’re now able to print directly from your Apple devices without having to install drivers or software.

AirPrint allows for you to print wirelessly to an ePrint enabled printer. However, thus far there are only 10 compatible HP printers.

Not to worry, there are ways to get around the compatibly issue  if your printer is not supported. Check out the instructions here.

Needless to say, AirPrint is a nice to have feature but it’s nothing new to the world. Wireless printing has been out there for quite some time. Apple only got it to a point where you don’t have to install software or drivers, that is if you own one of the compatible printers 🙂

Don’t worry all you Android fans, I’m not jumping on the Apple bandwagon. I’m just merely pointing out facts 🙂

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