Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jun 2012 20:27 UTC
Google So yeah, Google totally just won the conference showdown by easily beating both Apple and Microsoft. Not only did Google announce Android 4.1 with some really cool new features, a cheap but non-crippled tablet, and a new Android device called the Nexus Q, but they also opened up pre-orders for Google Glass. So yeah.
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As it happens, I managed to have a play with 3 Android tablets today at one of Seoul's two major Techno Marts. I was I have to say surprised at how unresponsive the interface was. There were two iterations of the Galaxy Tab and an iMuz (?). All seemed to pack reasonable hardware specs (over 1 ghz/1 gb) but there was some wait involved regarding fairly simple operations (loading a browser, typing in a URL, getting to a specified site). Definitely not up to my experience of the iPad (which itself is not always stellar).

It leads me to think that the tablet market is probably still quite immature, more so than I was anticipating. Back in the UK though I aim to take the plunge with something reasonably inexpensive such as and start to see what can be achieved; the promise of something smaller and lighter but with a neat wallet and small physical keyboard instead of lugging around my MBP really appeals, and at this sort of price point (<$200) why the hell not.

I hope Project Butter does take off but even more I would hope that I would soon also be able to test a PlayBook and/or that Amazon will finally make the Kindle Fire available in the UK. I may only be a humble interested hobbyist (I bow to the true geeks here) but I am all for competition and freedom of choice.

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