Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "I just gave the new iPad an Editors' Choice award for large tablets, but frankly it was a foregone conclusion. The iPad doesn't get the award because of its hardware, lovely as the hardware is. It gets the award because its apps are generally better than the apps available for Android tablets." The laptop gap may have been closed, but the tablet gap sure hasn't.
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Porsche v. minivan
by tomz on Wed 28th Mar 2012 00:55 UTC in reply to "Subjective"
tomz
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2010-05-06

I have a Toshiba Thrive. I can swap batteries, but rarely need to since it charges in an hour, nor do I need the bag of adapters since it has full size SDXC, USB (exFAT! -1G hard drive, keyboard, game, mice, serial, ethernet), and HDMI. It has a real GPS. I have multiple players including one that downloads youtube as offline video or audio. I keep finding new and useful apps. I have several keyboards - Hackers is most pc like.

I have a 4th gen iPod touch, and keep finding sites or media that just won't play. Nor can I play audiobooks and podcasts at varying faster speeds. Then there's the horror of having to use iTunes - somewhat fixed. Passwords are a nightmare to enter. Perhaps the iPad3 is better, but it won't charge when it is heavily used, and when idle takes hours, or at best 2 minutes ofnuse for 1 hour charge-while-idle. If you want a real GPS, it is $100 for a bluetooth one that has Steve's magic dust. More for usb, hdmi, and sdhc. I don't think it does sdxc, or move an mp3 song into iTunes. Maybe it has a gold-plated hammer apps, but the toolbox lacks anything with cutting edges. I have screws and bolts as well as nails and have android apps for all. Jailbreaking iOS makes it barely tolerable.

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RE: Porsche v. minivan
by gan17 on Wed 28th Mar 2012 01:44 in reply to "Porsche v. minivan"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

who can tolerate that playschool interface

My mom, for starters. She's not in playschool, but she knows absolutely zilch about computing and still struggles with her laptop (which is a Macbook, btw) after all these years. The iPad2 I got her is the first computing device she's ever been comfortable with.

As for myself, well, I don't know. My smartphone does a pretty good job when I'm on the go, and it's got a big enough screen (Galaxy Nexus) for browsing and whatnot. The new iPad is tempting, but they're still novelty products for someone like myself at this moment in time.

I would say that Android isn't as good a platform as iOS for media creation, especially on the audio side. You won't find many (any?) pro-level studio/mixing apps for Android. Google is aware of the audio latency issues, but I have no idea if/when they plan to fix it.

Edit:
Sorry tomz, this reply was meant for Lorin.

Edited 2012-03-28 01:57 UTC

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RE[2]: Porsche v. minivan
by Neolander on Wed 28th Mar 2012 06:43 in reply to "RE: Porsche v. minivan"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I would say that Android isn't as good a platform as iOS for media creation, especially on the audio side. You won't find many (any?) pro-level studio/mixing apps for Android. Google is aware of the audio latency issues, but I have no idea if/when they plan to fix it.

To be honest, I wouldn't put a "pro-level studio/mixing app" label on anything running on iOS either, unless someone I am unaware of suddenly decided to port something like the full Cubase or Logic Pro and to make the device somehow support the kind of hardware that it takes to run these softs comfortably.

But it may just be my natural bias against touchscreens showing up. I am sure that you can do top-notch 3-tracks editing on a tablet, with one audio plugin per track even (but only plugins bundled with the soft, since Apple forbids third-party code), before screen size and input issues start to become annoying.

Edited 2012-03-28 06:46 UTC

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