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Old 01-27-2010, 12:12 PM  
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:50 PM   #946
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So what does everyone think about tablets a year later?

I thought they were pretty cool at first but I just can't seem to get too excited about them now. I don't really know what they are good for except if you want a bigger picture of an Iphone or Android phone.

I played with the Ipad to test for work and after about 5 minutes I was bored with it.

Maybe it just me though..
I'd kind of like one to have around as a light-weight internet machine to have by my side while I'm sitting around and playing on ChiefsPlanet. I'm not paying over $400 for one, though, so I may have to wait a while.
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:31 PM   #947
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I agree with this and I love Android. My company bought me a Samsung Captivate to test out back in October with the promise from AT&T that Froyo would be released that month.

Well 5 months later it looks like today is the day that it finally gets updated to Froyo. JFC.

I will never recommend anyone to buy a Samsung mobile device again after this debacle.
The MAIN reason that Android updates take so long to get out is that each different manufacturer has their own UI customizations that they put on top of Android because Google had such a clunky base UI. With Honeycomb and even more so with Ice Cream, you'll see more phones using the default UI and that will allow updates to flow more freely. In theory, by this time next year, most new phones will be able to get the updates every 6 months as they are released.
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:37 PM   #948
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I'd kind of like one to have around as a light-weight internet machine to have by my side while I'm sitting around and playing on ChiefsPlanet. I'm not paying over $400 for one, though, so I may have to wait a while.
I suppose..I don't know it would seem a laptop or a mobile phone with a huge screen can do the same thing.
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:41 PM   #949
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The MAIN reason that Android updates take so long to get out is that each different manufacturer has their own UI customizations that they put on top of Android because Google had such a clunky base UI. With Honeycomb and even more so with Ice Cream, you'll see more phones using the default UI and that will allow updates to flow more freely. In theory, by this time next year, most new phones will be able to get the updates every 6 months as they are released.
I hope that's the case, but I have a hard time believing manufacturers will stop putting their own customizations and bloatware onto phones. I think they also like holding back updates in order to try and force hardware upgrades...
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:44 PM   #950
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The MAIN reason that Android updates take so long to get out is that each different manufacturer has their own UI customizations that they put on top of Android because Google had such a clunky base UI. With Honeycomb and even more so with Ice Cream, you'll see more phones using the default UI and that will allow updates to flow more freely. In theory, by this time next year, most new phones will be able to get the updates every 6 months as they are released.
I would hope it improves because both Samsung and AT&T were saying the Captivate updates were going to be out in September and it just came out today
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:46 PM   #951
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I hope that's the case, but I have a hard time believing manufacturers will stop putting their own customizations and bloatware onto phones. I think they also like holding back updates in order to try and force hardware upgrades...
They won't stop the bloatware, but with the new Android UI they won't need to work as hard to do so and can push out updates MUCH faster. PLUS, it will be easy for a user to add the updates themselves and not notice a huge UI change.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:14 PM   #952
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I suppose..I don't know it would seem a laptop or a mobile phone with a huge screen can do the same thing.
My laptop's a 15" widescreen that probably weighs 4 pounds. It takes around 20 seconds for me to turn it on from hibernate, type in my username and password, open up the web browser, and get to ChiefsPlanet (or wherever else). I could do all that in about 5 seconds on a tablet, it weighs less, and stays cooler.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:32 AM   #953
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My laptop's a 15" widescreen that probably weighs 4 pounds. It takes around 20 seconds for me to turn it on from hibernate, type in my username and password, open up the web browser, and get to ChiefsPlanet (or wherever else). I could do all that in about 5 seconds on a tablet, it weighs less, and stays cooler.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:06 AM   #954
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There was a coupon code yesterday that was supposed to take 25% off Xoom accessories, but it was actually being applied to the Xoom itself also. $800 Xoom became $600. It was a mistake, but Motorola is honoring the discount (so far). I should have jumped at it, but waited and it cost me. Guess I'll wait for the Wifi only version.

Also, rumor out today that iPad 2 won't have SD card slot or hi res display.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:54 PM   #955
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What no IPAD2 posts?

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/02/the-ipad-2/

Apple has just made its second-generation iPad official! It features a dual-core A5 chip and, finally, cameras, both front and rear! The new CPU is said to be up to twice as fast, with graphics performance up to nine times better than on the original iPad, while power requirements have been kept the same. Battery life is, consequently, unaltered, with Apple promising 10 hours. Pricing, too, has been left unchanged, starting at $499. The new tablet will come with an HDMI output, which will set you back $39 for the requisite dongle, but we've yet to hear any rumblings of Thunderbolt connectivity. There's an enlarged speaker grille on the back, as expected, though resolution has not budged from the original iPad's 1024 x 768.

There's a new cover for the device, which is best defined by Steve Jobs himself: "We designed the case right along side the product. It's not a case -- it's a cover." Basically, it's a magnetic flap that protects the front and automatically wakes and puts the device to sleep according to whether it's open or closed. Guess we know what that proximity sensor was about now. These Smart Covers will cost $39 in plastic or $69 if you opt for leather.

The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor, at a mind-melting 8.8mm, and will ship in two hues: white and black. It'll be available on both AT&T and Verizon, and all variants start shipping on March 11th.

In terms of new software, Apple's launching iOS 4.3 alongside the new iPad and bringing with it much improved Safari performance as well as FaceTime, Photo Booth and iMovie apps specifically for the newly camera-enriched iPad. Personal Hotspot capabilities are also arriving in the latest version of the OS, but they'll be exclusive to the iPhone 4, so you won't be able to share your 3G iPad's connection.
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They are cool, but Id rather a laptop than an IPad. I can sit it on my lap without having to hold it, i like having a real keyboard, and i can do real work on one.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:24 PM   #958
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They are cool, but Id rather a laptop than an IPad. I can sit it on my lap without having to hold it, i like having a real keyboard, and i can do real work on one.
The son of a friend of mine has an iPad and the case he keeps it in has a foldout, physical keyboard (the case opens like a book and one side holds the ipad while the other holds the keyboard) so it's like a laptop when he wants it to be one and like a pad when he doesn't.
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What no IPAD2 posts?

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/02/the-ipad-2/

Apple has just made its second-generation iPad official! It features a dual-core A5 chip and, finally, cameras, both front and rear! The new CPU is said to be up to twice as fast, with graphics performance up to nine times better than on the original iPad, while power requirements have been kept the same. Battery life is, consequently, unaltered, with Apple promising 10 hours. Pricing, too, has been left unchanged, starting at $499. The new tablet will come with an HDMI output, which will set you back $39 for the requisite dongle, but we've yet to hear any rumblings of Thunderbolt connectivity. There's an enlarged speaker grille on the back, as expected, though resolution has not budged from the original iPad's 1024 x 768.

There's a new cover for the device, which is best defined by Steve Jobs himself: "We designed the case right along side the product. It's not a case -- it's a cover." Basically, it's a magnetic flap that protects the front and automatically wakes and puts the device to sleep according to whether it's open or closed. Guess we know what that proximity sensor was about now. These Smart Covers will cost $39 in plastic or $69 if you opt for leather.

The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor, at a mind-melting 8.8mm, and will ship in two hues: white and black. It'll be available on both AT&T and Verizon, and all variants start shipping on March 11th.

In terms of new software, Apple's launching iOS 4.3 alongside the new iPad and bringing with it much improved Safari performance as well as FaceTime, Photo Booth and iMovie apps specifically for the newly camera-enriched iPad. Personal Hotspot capabilities are also arriving in the latest version of the OS, but they'll be exclusive to the iPhone 4, so you won't be able to share your 3G iPad's connection.
What's there to post about? Complete FAIL on Apple's part. They have officially fallen behind in all aspects of tablet hardware except battery life. With Honeycomb being a better OS, there will be almost no reason to buy an iPad over the slew of other tablets coming out this year.

(caveat: this is based on skimming the specs, I'll take the time to go over them in detail later)
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The son of a friend of mine has an iPad and the case he keeps it in has a foldout, physical keyboard (the case opens like a book and one side holds the ipad while the other holds the keyboard) so it's like a laptop when he wants it to be one and like a pad when he doesn't.

Those are accessories...(another added cost in addition to the IPad itself). I can buy a laptop for the same price as an IPad.
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