Tag Archives: Droid

Updated iPad Initial Thoughts

A great Red Cross comms training in Tampa (and subsequent recovery) kept me from writing this sooner.

When I reviewed the iPad shortly after it first came out, I was pretty downbeat.

In an incremental move at a March 2 presser, Apple has updated the iPad, making it thinner, offering it in white, and adding two cameras and the dual core processors. The cameras have me sold – but from the reading I’ve been doing, this upgrade seems akin to the iPhone upgrade from 3G to 3Gs. The screen didn’t see any real improvement, leading me to believe the true iPad next-gen will have a high-end screen a la iPhone 4.

Another problem remains, if the iPad is to be for consuming, surely one could put an SD slot in it, or at least a way to USB/connect to other third-party devices without needing their proprietary dongles.

From a value perspective, the camera was my main gripe, so knowing this iPad will be faster, I could definitely see myself buying the base wi-fi model (or 32 gig) once the next generation is announced.

It’s not earth moving advances, but certainly enough to keep me on the fence about the Kindle, and the various Android tablets (which can’t meet or exceed Apple’s economies of scale).

Hurry up and wait…in the meantime, I think the HTC Thunderbolt is calling my name as an update to my HTC Droid Incredible.

Making the Switch – Droid Update

So I made the switch today. After several weeks of trial, including some travel, I handed in my trusty blackberry to use the Droid incredible as my primary work mobile. Thanks of course to Derrick, for making it all click.

The devise is not without some drawbacks, which I will get into on a future expanded post.

In the meantime, I’m off to the marketplace to check out more apps.

(posted via WP for Android)   

First Thoughts – Experiencing the Verizon Droid Incredible

This will be a post in progress as I highlight and document my experience with the relatively new Android smartphone by HTC – the Incredible on the Verizon network.

As a heavy BlackBerry user since 2002 or so, the change is dramatic, and though I will still have my trust BB Curve 2 on standby during this trial, my goal is live exclusively on the Android OS.

Unlike the BB, the Droid doesn’t have a physical keys – so there is some vibrating feedback when a key is pressed, but there are no tactile keys or the touchpad/ball/wheels I had become accustomed to with the BB. It is a leap to be sure, and to date, my only real experience with touch-based smartphones was with the iPhones (pre-4).

First thing to note, it doesn’t sit in the pocket like the BB did, and it is a little heavier and longer than the BB, but naturally, comparable to the iPhone. The form is much more pleasing than the original Droid by Motorola. The biggest decision to date is whether to use the case and holster (something I haven’t needed to do since I got the original BB Curve.

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Web 2.0

I’m waiting for some video cuts to upload to Vimeo from a presser I did a few weeks back, and it got me thinking.

Back in the 80s, before my dad brought the PS/2 home, I recall getting onto an older machine using PowerMenu by Brown Bag software, this was before I was blown away by 3.1. How far we have come…indeed.

What is truly amazing these days is the software you can download and install in seconds – no coding, headaches or restarts. Thanks to AIR and others, Tweetdeck, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo and others can all be operated simply and easily. This has to be one of the largest democratizations of software and hardware in history. The prevalence of netbooks, webcams, Droid phones and other devices brings this all together. I look forward to trying out the WordPress app on my BB, should be interesting.

There is still part of me that misses Run DOS Run.

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Brown Bag's PowerMenu