A couple of promising updates for the HP TouchPad. Though there are still no more on the market, progress is coming on several fronts.
CyanogenMod had now got an Alpha of Android 2.3 Gingerbread running on the TouchPad. It’s still very Alpha, but I think once they have some time to fix bugs and maybe start playing with the Ice Cream Sandwich SDK, there should be some very usable beta and release candidates over the coming months. I am happy to wait before pushing the install, but I think the itch will get the better of me in the coming weeks. Install guide here.
For those who said the TouchPad is dead, well, it is, but I was pleasantly suprised this AM to see the HP team is still on the case, and in fact releasing an OTA update for WebOS – read more about it here.
I think this devise has a good (immediate) future, no regrets at all in buying it.
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.
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