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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.

Best Android Smartphones of 2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

The smartphones are on the rise. This year, a number of mobile phone manufacturers are sporting the Android operating system in their latest releases. This, thanks to the success of the first release of the OS with the HTC phone “Dream” back in 2008. With the operating system now ranked fourth among other smartphone OS in terms of global sales, technology pundits are expecting that Android may soon be on top of the list.

In the US, there is a huge jump in market share for smartphones running Android, from under 5% in the third quarter of 2009 to 28% at the end of the first quarter of 2010. In contrast, sales for the iPhone and other devices with Windows Mobile OS and Palm’s WebOS systems decreased during the same period. Blackberry devices, which run the RIM system, slowed down gaining just 1.3% although still maintaining its leadership in the market.

Sales for Android smartphones is predicted to continue to grow exponentially in the coming months. This is due to the fact that handset development behind the OS is robust and relatively faster than that of the iPhone and the Blackberry. The development of new applications for the Android is also growing at a faster rate compared to its competitors. If you are looking to join the bandwagon, here are the top Android smartphones released for 2010.

Google Nexus One

The Android OS is of course backed up by search giant Google. It is therefore not surprising for Google to release its own line of smartphones. Although manufactured by HTC, Nexus One is designed and branded by Google. It runs on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512 MB of RAM built-in. It includes 4GB of SD memory with a capacity of up to 32 GB. The 3.7” touch screen is wider than most phones in its class. It also includes a 5-megapixel camera. Among the features of Nexus One are voicemail transcriptions and GPS navigation via Google Maps with audible directions.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

The Xperia X10 is the first Android unit for Sony Ericsson. It also runs on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor but is limited to 384 MB of RAM. It has a generous microSD memory of 8 GB, upgradeable to 16 GB. True to form with regards to Sony Ericsson’s adherence to developing camera phones, what excels for the Xperia X10 is its 8.1 megapixel camera with flash and video light. Even more, Sony Ericsson’s smile detection technology allows you to setup the Xperia to automatically snap a picture when your subjects smile.

Motorola Backflip

Known for their innovative design, Motorola again came up with a device that would have consumers flipping over in delight. The Motorola Backflip was released for the AT&T network and is the only unit with a full QWERTY keypad on the reverse side of the screen when the device is folded. Loaded with a 5 megapixel camera, the Backflip presents a unique option for consumers. One downside to the Backflip is that AT&T has blocked non-market apps, which is perceived to be a move that would undermine the expandability of what the phone can do. Preinstalled in the device is Motorola’s MOTOBLUR which integrates a person’s updates and messages from various social networking sites into a single streaming feed.

HTC Desire, Legend and Droid Incredible

Taiwan’s HTC is arguably the leading manufacturer of mobile devices geared towards the Android operating system. For 2010, HTC already released the Desire, Legend and the Droid Incredible. HTC Legend works on a 600 MHz processor and 384 MB of RAM, which are lower specs compared to the Desire and the Droid Incredible. The Desire has a slightly larger touch screen at 3.7”. The Droid Incredible boasts of an 8 megapixel camera. Despite the disparities, these mobile phones are functionally comparable to each other.

More smartphones are expected to be released in the last two quarters of 2010. As people eagerly await the release of the next generation of iPhones from Apple, Android-based devices are already in the pipeline with such HTC phones as the EVO 4G to be released by June 2010 and the HTC Wildfire set to be out in the market by the 3rd quarter of the year. Expect even more Androids to invade tech stores soon!

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

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