Apple Vs Android

Aside

I have been reading a lot of posts lately around Apple vs Android and it strikes me as odd that there is so much anger out there.  Why can’t people like both for what they are.  I may like one over the other but I don’t really feel the need to bash one for copying the other.  Who really cares if Apple used others companies ideas, improved them and changed the market forever.  They were still the ones that did it,  and before anyone else.

My first smartphone was a HP ipaq that ran some terrible form of Windows, then I moved to the iPhone 3g.  Since then I have focused on Android, starting with the Nexus S,  then the Asus Transformer 101 tablet and now the HTC one phone…  I loved them all.

At the Cisco partner summit last week Cisco was generous enough give everyone a gift,  and we had a choice between the Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 or the Apple Ipad mini.  Since I had a 10 inch tablet already I thought I’d try the Ipad…

Smooth, easy to use, and very comfortable. I must say I like it and I use it quite often…

After my long trip home that included cancelled flights and long taxi rides,  I got home and wanted to  watch the hockey game.  I was so tired and could barely keep my eyes open so I decided to stream the game over the Internet and watch it on the Ipad in bed …

But alas, the CBC steams the game using Flash so the Ipad was useless. I booted up the old Asus TF101 and watched the hockey game until I fell asleep.

Apple have done some great things,  as has Google and Microsoft.  Long may this continue as I think it helps breed innovation, but what needs to happen next is the collaboration between all of these operating systems to take some of the incompatibilities out of it…  I call it kludgy, a word I use to describe many things in the emerging technology industry.

Kludgy

1. A system, especially a computer system, that is constituted of poorly matched elements or of elements originally intended for other applications.

2. A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.

I thought I’d see if I could get the Hockey updates on my HTC One and was surprised to discover that the HTC One does not support flash either.

The moral of my story…  They are all good,  but none are perfect.. In fact I think my next purchase may be a Windows Tablet..

A good argument on the merits of one technology other another is always healthy, and I welcome a good argument, but please people, stop hating the competition. iOS is a good OS and for the less technical out there it is probably the right choice. Android has many features and lots of customization, but needs a more savvy user, and Windows looks good and fits into many

peoples comfort zone. So let’s all embrace these Operating systems and find ways to make them all work together as opposed to crushing the other until they don’t exist. Now I didn’t mention RIM/Blackberry and that is not because I’m a hater or anything, it just didn’t cross my mind until now. What RIM did was rest on their laurels, instead of innovating or even copy catting. So they are not really top of mind for me or anyone. I guess nobody hates them because nobody cares….

In conclusion lets stop bashing the competition and support all the technologies that will help make us more efficient and bring us closer together…

Surface!

OK I’ve got to admit, and maybe it’s just a great marketing engine, but the Microsoft Surface has got me sort of excited. I’m not sure what it is about it, possibly the expanded storage, the cover that doubles for a keyboard, USB expansion, light weight, bigger screen. The fact that it comes with Office does nothing for me. Now that I have discovered Google Doc’s I’m not sure I really need office any more.

Although Microsoft really took their time on this it may be a game changer.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/18/3094157/new-microsoft-surface-windows-tablet

I haven’t had a chance to play with Windows 8 yet, but I’ve lived through all the Microsoft products and I am still hear to talk about it, so it can’t be any worse than Vista (I hope).

I also have no idea what Microsoft has as far as an APP store. I tried to search for it and got a PAGE NOT FOUND message.

If they are going to be in the the Mobile market they had better get their act together in this respect.

My Android Tablet

I purchased the ASUS Transformer TF101 (First Model) about a year ago. It was my entrance into the tablet market and I was already familiar with Android as I had been using a Samsung Nexus S phone for a while and was quite happy with it. Of course the novelty of a 10 inch screen was awesome, but as time went on I found my use of the tablet was becoming less and less. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the tablet – it was cool and I set up some cool live wallpapers and customized the home screen and got movies and music all set up. But I also had my phone, and it had all of the same apps and features and it was also always in my pocket and just plain easier to access.

Then I went out and got the accompanying keyboard. This was around the time that the Transformer Prime was out, but I had no intention of upgrading for no “real” advantage. With the keyboard the Tablet is just a little bit too thick, and a little bit too heavy. But guess what – I use it now more than ever. Why, you may ask? Well I’ll tell you and you may think the list is stupid, but it is the keyboard that actually makes the difference.

1. The Keyboard acts as a stand and allows me to put it on a table and view the screen at any angle, reducing the glare and getting it at an angle that is comfortable for me and anyone else I’m showing content to.

2. Having a “laptop” with a touchscreen is awesome – I use the touchscreen for everything – I do not use the Mouse/Trackpad – and I only use the keyboard to type.

3. Easier to hold the tablet comfortably with the keyboard attached.

4. Battery life that has gone beyond 2 days…

5. USB interface (but honestly I’ve never used it)

I know that the majority of these reasons are not why they built the detachable keyboard, but for me personally these are the things that have really enhanced my tablet experience.

So whats missing – Thinner and Lighter would be nice – other than that I cannot think of anything that would make this better…. Oh wait a minute. When I first bought the TF101 I posted a You Tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV8GggJuKe8&feature=plcp complaining about the speakers/volume. That is by far the worst aspect of ASUS TF101  – I would hope they were able to fix that in subsequent product.

With the recent upgrade to ICS – I couldn’t be happier.