Previously: It’s Not The Device, It’s The Ecosystem
Let’s break down the new tablets by ecosystem. I’ll give you some shopping tips along the way.
Everyone can find something to like in an iPad.
The iPad Air (9.7” screen) brings the weight of the full-size iPad down to one pound, another triumph of engineering and design for Apple.
The iPad Mini (7.9” screen) gets a high-resolution retina display and has identical specs to the larger iPad. Look carefully at the iPad Mini! The smaller size strikes many people as just right, the tablet that Goldilocks would choose.
There is an incredible array of apps that do useful or creative or entertaining things on iPads. […] continued
The holiday shopping season is nearly here. You’re faced with quite a selection of tablets and no obvious way to choose one over another.
– The level of engineering is so high that almost all of the new tablets are gorgeous and strong and light, with beautiful high-resolution displays.
– Battery life has been extended far beyond what was possible even a couple of years ago.
– You can find a tablet in any size from six to twelve inches (and even beyond, if you stretch the definition to include hybrid laptops with detachable keyboards).
– Prices are all over the place, from the cheapest Amazon and Android tablets all the way up to Apple’s expensive iPads. […] continued
In the news:
Fast Company: “Hear From The IT Blogger Whose Review Apple CEO Tim Cook Blasted”
Stop giggling. I’m not making a joke. It’s true.
For many years, Apple’s press conferences have been closely covered by the media, tech web sites and bloggers. […] continued
Although specific sales numbers aren’t available, we know that Amazon is selling millions of its Kindle Fire tablets to people who want a tablet for the lowest price and who are happy living in the Amazon ecosystem.
Last month Amazon announced the next generation of Kindle Fire HDX 7” and 8.9” tablets (available on October 18), with better specs and lower prices than anything else on the market.
The 8.9” Kindle Fire HDX has a very high resolution screen – 2560×1600, higher resolution than most 24” monitors – matched with a decent processor and reasonable amounts of storage and memory. Amazon claims at least 12 hours of battery life, much more if you’re only reading Kindle books. […] continued
It’s widely expected that Apple will add a fingerprint reader to the next iPhone, scheduled to be announced on September 10. If the rumors are right, your thumb will unlock the phone when you press the button at the bottom. To be successful, it has to be nearly 100% effective but that might be possible – Lenovo’s fingerprint readers in Thinkpads have become very reliable and Apple purchased leading mobile security company Authentec last year and presumably has been working on improving Authentec fingerprint sensors.
Apple’s influence is declining but its product decisions still get tremendous attention from the media. […] continued
Microsoft unexpectedly released native Outlook apps for iPhones and iPads today!
Well, kind of.
Office 365 subscribers with a hosted Exchange mailbox can download OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which display your mail, contacts, and calendar in a view that closely resembles Office 365 webmail. There are live tiles, push notifications of email and appointments, integration with the iPhone address book, integration with Bing Maps and LinkedIn, and more. The apps are free but require an Office 365 subscription. You can read Microsoft’s lengthy description of the features and see screen shots here.
Microsoft OneNote is the hidden treasure in the Office suite, the program that might be a serious boost to your productivity but is too often overlooked.
Take another look. Your notes in OneNote are available everywhere, and the experience is even more seamless with recent updates to the iOS and Android apps – and OneNote can be used for free in so many places that it has become one of the truly universal apps.
I’ll repeat the overview for people who are not yet familiar with OneNote, then tell you about some of the recent updates.
Microsoft OneNote collects information on the fly from any source you can imagine, and helps you find it again later when you need it. […] continued
Skydrive lets you store files online and access them from anywhere, including PCs, Macs, and mobile devices. There are some good reasons to begin using it as the primary location for saving all of your files and pictures.
Go to http://skydrive.live.com.
If you’re not signed in already, then sign in with your Microsoft account.
You will likely see some folders – by default, there are folders for Documents, Pictures, and Public. If not, create Documents and Pictures folders by clicking Create / Folder. […] continued
The number of smartphones and tablets sold worldwide in 2012 is absolutely staggering. The sense of amazement is the same no matter how you measure it – number of units sold, growth year over year, spending, profits, comparison to declining computer sales. There is something profound going on in the world.
A couple of trends in 2012 are surprising. We’ve been accustomed to thinking of Apple as an unstoppable giant setting the bar high above competitors. In fact, the world is a duopoly, divided between Android and Apple iOS, and Android has taken a sharp lead in the number of devices sold. […] continued
Season’s greetings! I hope you all get lovely new technology for the holidays and have a wonderful time poking and clicking and pinching and zooming!
I’ve been looking ahead to 2013, trying to guess what will fill our time in the technology world next year. Here are some of the things that are coming, in no particular order.