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Apple iPad vs Android Tablets

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Now that the Apple iPad is rising in sales and popularity everyday, other manufacturers want a slice of that proverbial pie, so to speak. And topping the list of iPad killer-wannabes are Google’s Android Tablet, a project that is on its way to seeing store shelves in the near future and other tablet computers using Google’s open-source Android platform.

So how do these Android tablet computers stack up against the Apple iPad? Let’s go through the pros and cons of the current apple of Steve Jobs’ eye (pardon the pun), and match the iPad up against those who wish to dethrone it.

The Pros of the Apple iPad

A stunning graphics interface, crisp video and clear visuals are all part of the iPad’s package. Add to that smooth interaction between yourself and the iPad, superb touch screen sensitivity, Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G connectivity, an amazing 10-hour battery life and the simple and easy-to-use OS platform that almost everyone has come to love. A plethora of exciting games and hundreds of different applications add to the coolness factor and beauty of the Apple iPad. All the apps (and more!) that made the iPhone popular now have their iPad counterparts, guaranteeing users hours and hours of multimedia bliss and entertainment.

The Cons of the Apple iPad

It’s been said before and we’ll say it again: the lack of a camera and USB ports have turned off some potential buyers of the Apple iPad. Multitasking, which Mac lovers have enjoyed and loved in iMacs and Macbooks, is nonexistent in the iPad as well. There is, to date, no way to use two or more applications at the same time. It also does not support Flash with Safari (its web browser), as of the moment, making YouTube, Hulu and CBS fans very disappointed.

The Pros of Android Tablets

The main attraction of these rival tablet computers is the fact that the Android operating system is open-source. This means that coding for programs, applications and the like is available for people to use and improve on. Consequently, programmers will have a field day creating different applications, resulting in probably even more games and apps in the future for Android Tablets. Most of these tablets are also cheaper than the iPad. The Enso zenPad, for instance, is a steal at only $155. This nifty tablet features 8G (expandable to 32G) of storage, as well as WiFi connectivity. You can get GPS and 3G for an additional $25 and $35, respectively. Another Android tablet worth looking at is the Dell Streak (previously known as the Mini 5), which is slated to come out in September. Another advantage of these tablets is that some of them feature cameras and Flash support, which the iPad does not have.

The cons of Android Tablets

Because of certain restrictions of the Android OS, tablets using this platform can only have a screen size of 7 inches at the most. This means that the iPad will still be much larger than any Android Tablet out in the market, even in the future, unless Google lifts or changes these restrictions. Also, Android Tablets haven’t surpassed the iPad when it comes to battery life. This alone is a huge factor to consider.

So, who emerges victorious in the battle between the Androids and Apple? That fact still remains to be seen, as there are still a lot of Android Tablets that have yet to be released this year. And while we’re all waiting for those release dates to come, the Apple iPad still owns the crown as the best tablet computer thus far.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

What’s the Difference between Kindle For Ipad and IBooks?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

iBooks differ from Kindle for iPad in that the former allows you to deviate from the store and the reader, and Kindle does not have an integral store like iBooks. The nice thing about Kindle is that its store gives a more detailed classification of subjects compared to iBooks. While iBooks, for instance, only has one subject in “History”, Kindle holds 14 distinct categories under that subject alone.

Kindle for iPad holds its own and gives the reader innovative tools that facilitate reading, like the LED backlight screen, which can be reversed to having a black background with white text to relieve eye stress in reading for lengthy periods of time. This application can also mimic the amazing animation of pages, and can simultaneously alternate the screen from black to white and alter the font types and sizes to suit the reader.

The capacity to hide the status bar, which indicates signal and battery power, is another attribute uniquely inherent to the Kindle for iPad. This affords the reader the chance to concentrate and not be distracted in his readings. With the mere touch of the finger, the status bar reopens to serve you with the different settings available, including bookmarking and font setting options.

Kindle for iPad has a clear advantage from iBooks in terms of the quality and amount of ebook selections. This larger book option feature is joined by the previously mentioned features like the hidden status bar and the reversible text and background view, to make the Kindle for iPad application a most sought after deal.

The Kindle store has around 20% more books than Amazon’s 450,000 in stock. Kindle for iPad offers a much more public approach compared to iBooks as it does not show ornamental animations and graphics. The pages in the Kindle for iPad are shown singularly at every slide instead of the landscaped two page display of old. While it limits the font style of a book, it still offers options for screen brightness and font size manipulation. Readers are compelled to get downloads from the Kindle store over the Internet, and it is only through browsing that you can get your book selections.

While iBooks appear to have the better application, Kindle manifests to have the better program, but over the long haul, it entirely depends upon the requirements of the reader. This defines the functional aspects between the two applications. Should the reader require only reading, then the iBook is adequate enough. However, if the reader wishes to underscore topics and wants to scribble down notes, then the Kindle for iPad is the singular choice to make.

Reading and synchronizing books with a lot more tools is what gives the Kindle application more advantage over its counterparts. The Kindle for iPad affords the reader a chance to continue his readings, beginning say, at home or in the office, and then continue perhaps while commuting in the train or in the bus. Soon, this Kindle feature will be available to the iPhone application, but until then, using the Kindle for iPad is a most beneficial option to enjoy electronic reading to the max.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

How to Choose a Good Apple iPad Screen Protectors

Friday, May 21st, 2010

One of the best things about the Apple iPad is its magnificent high-resolution graphics, its crystal-clear LCD screen and the fact that all you ever need is, quite literally, just a touch away. But while a touch-screen tablet computer makes things a lot easier for you, it can be prone to smudges, scratches and even accidents like spilt coffee or juice.

You can protect your beloved iPad from all these things by using a screen protector. This comes in many forms, shapes, sizes and even features. Often, the variety of screen protectors can make it difficult for you to choose the best one for your Apple iPad. But we’re here to help you narrow down your choice by giving you tips and advice on how to choose the best one.

1. Go for quality instead of cost or affordability. Because you bought an Apple iPad, you probably will have to scrimp a little to recuperate from that huge expense. But don’t get too thrifty when buying a screen protectors. Make sure to get one that is made from quality material. You can check if the protector is good enough by feeling and touching it–it shouldn’t be too thin or flimsy nor should it be too thick. Sometimes it’s hard to get the air bubbles out when you attach protectors that are too thick on your iPad’s screen.

2. It’s better to get a protector that offers additional features. Don’t just get any screen protector. If you’re going to spend additional money to pimp your iPad, then might as well spend a little bit more to get extra protection and features. There are screen protectors, for instance, that also have anti-glare features. Others are fingerprint-resistant and even offer privacy from nosy neighbors.

3. Check what’s included in the box or package. Good screen protectors for the Apple iPad cost somewhere between $20 to a whopping $70, so it’s good to make sure that you get the most out of your hard-earned cash. Some screen protector packages include a microfiber cleaning cloth, applicators and even a cleaning spray. Others give you two screen protectors for the price of one. Shop around to look for the best bargains.

4. Ask for your friends’ opinions, do extensive research and read reviews. You won’t be able to test screen protectors, so it’s best that you do your research first before buying one. Some people have reported that certain brands were hard to install and resulted in unsightly air bubbles. Others say that they had problems with some types of screen protectors, since the touch-screen sensitivity of the Apple iPad was minimized. Go online and browse through the manufacturer’s sites and user reviews to help you find the best screen protector.

5. If you can, go for antiglare screen protectors. While the Apple iPad may boast of exceptional graphics, many users have reported (pardon the pun) glaring problems with it. The iPad gets pretty difficult to use under harsh light or sunlight, and reading on it for long periods of time results in painful eyestrain. There are a lot of antiglare screen protectors available, which can remedy this.

You spent good money on your Apple iPad, and it’s worth it to spend a little bit more to protect this tablet computer. Buy the best screen protector that fits you and your iPad’s needs by following the useful tips outlined above.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Should You Buy an Apple iPad or a Netbook?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

It was surprising news that the Apple iPad, soon after its launch, was already affecting Netbook sales all over the world. This, of course, came unprecedentedly to Netbook laptop manufacturers, who were confident that Steve Jobs’ latest creation would cater to an entirely different market. And now that the iPad has killed the Netbook, everyone is scrambling to come up with something that would, in turn, prove to be a worthy rival of the Apple iPad.

But some techies will tell you not to dismiss the powers of the Netbook laptop this easily. This Windows laptop, after all, still has a few tricks up its sleeves. We’ve gathered all the information you’ll need to know if you’re trying to decide whether to jump in the bandwagon and get the Apple iPad or stay with the tried and tested Netbook. Read on to find out more about this interesting battle.

The Pros of the Apple iPad

True to its mother company (Apple), the iPad boasts of clean, beautiful lines and a sleek body that certainly adds cool points to your personality if you carry one around. It is thinner and lighter than most Netbooks, weighing a mere 1.5 pounds. Another Apple trademark is the ease of use and seamless interface of its products, and the iPad ranks high on those features. Use your finger to open apps, browse the Internet and even zoom in on photos. Browsing is painless and a joy to do, with Safari’s many features and the iPad’s 1024 x 768 resolution screen. Applications and games are affordable and can provide you with hours of entertainment, be it movies and music videos or RTS games and eBooks. Its 10-hour battery life also ensures that you will always be entertained, even during a very long flight.

The Cons of the Apple iPad

Since the Apple iPad is a tablet computer, you’d have a difficult time using it as you would a laptop. Typing documents on the fly can be frustrating, since you’d have to balance the iPad on your lap and make do with trying to get a sentence straight by tapping on its screen. You can buy a keyboard dock but that will cost you an extra $69. Its lack of Flash support will also be a disappointment if you like catching up on your favorite TV shows on the Hulu or ABC sites. Oh, and did we mention that the iPad doesn’t have USB ports nor cameras?

The Pros of Netbooks

Prior to introducing the iPad to the world, Steve Jobs made a bold comment, saying that Netbooks “aren’t good at anything.” Well, for once, Steve Jobs is dead wrong. With web cameras, Flash support and USB ports, Netbooks win the round when it comes to versatility and function. Some Netbook laptops even have built-in memory card readers and even a VGA port to connect to external displays.  A Netbook laptop is also easier to type on and can support different types of Internet browsers. Most Netbooks are also cheaper than the Apple iPad.

The Cons of Netbooks

The Apple iPad runs away with the multimedia and entertainment prize, of course. With more than a hundred applications and games available for the iPad, the Netbook laptop is having a hard time competing in this field. Netbooks also have shorter battery lives than the iPad, although some Netbooks have come close, with batteries that lasted 8 hours.

It seems like a close fight, but in reality, these two devices are built for two different sets of needs. Choose the Apple iPad if you’re buying a laptop or device solely for the entertainment and flash value. Otherwise, stick to the Netbook laptop if you want a productive laptop that won’t break your budget for your daily computing needs.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

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