That’s Engadget’s ‘tale of the tape’ chart listing the main tech specs for the current iPad and three of its supposed main rivals for 2011 – the HP TouchPad, the Motorola Xoom, and the Blackberry PlayBook.
The thing that immediately stands out in the chart is that the iPad compares well on specs with the others. Again, that’s the current iPad, released nearly a year ago – and the three potential rivals are of course not even on the market as yet. The iPad 2 will hit the market around the time or even before the other three shown, and there’s a good chance it will one-up them on at least some of these key specs.
Even if it doesn’t, and just matches them on specs, it still has the benefit of a huge head-start – in time on the market, momentum in both the consumer and enterprise spaces, and in the one area that leading tech blogger Robert Scoble feels is the only one that matters: Apps.
From TUAW this morning:
Sorry to burst your bubble, iPad owners, but owning and using an iPad doesn’t exactly make the opposite sex swoon, at least according to Retrevo ‘s Gadgetology Report. The report asked consumers if they notice other people’s gadgets and, if so, how they react to them, and it turns out that seeing someone use an iPad is lower on the standard "I find you attractive" scale than seeing them with a pile of books. Only 36 percent of men are attracted to a woman because of her iPad, versus 42 percent liking a woman reading a book. As for the women, 29 percent like a man with an iPad, and 30 percent prefer book readers.
Uh-oh. That’s a bit of a blow for those of us who consider the iPad to be such a cool device. Only to find out it’s less attractive than a book (I could’ve sworn Steve told us nobody reads anymore) and even less attractive than a laptop – what the?
If you’re planning on staying at the The Plaza hotel in New York, you have one more thing to look forward to, and that’s iPads in every room and suite. Since January, the five star hotel has put iPads in all guest rooms for a multitude of reasons. One of the coolest? The custom app that the iPad runs. Replacing an older touch panel, the new app allows guests to control lights in the room, change their heat and air conditioning systems, order room service, make restaurant reservations, request wake up calls, communicate with the concierge, and even print boarding passes.
Very cool. Sounds like a perfect job for the iPad. A couple more cool things that the hotel is getting right – the iPads are not replacing the human side of service according to the hotel’s general manager:
"They are not meant to replace our concierge service and the personal touch we are known for," Krige says. "It is to provide more choice. At a five star hotel you should have choices—if you want to use the iPad, you can do so. If you want a butler service, that is available, too. If you want to be left alone, that is a choice, as well. By putting the iPads in the guest rooms, we are bringing a new technology to everyone’s fingertips."
If you have a Wii like I do, or if you are a frequent purveyor of PC puzzle games, you might already be familiar with 2D Boy’s underdog hit World of Goo. If so, you are probably aware of all the accolades that it has racked up over the three years since its original release on the Wii.
From the category of “Yet Another iPad Music Accessory” come 2 items from the labs of Griffin Technology, makers of iPhone, iPod, iPad and other device accessories since 1992.
Griffin Technology now presents StompBox for iPad and Mic Stand for iPad. StompBox is a professional-quality pedalboard for the iPad. It allows musicians to use it as a portable, programmable effects board and practice rig while recreating the experience of an actual pedalboard. Plug it into the iPad, connect to iShred LIVE (free app from Griffin with 12 electric guitar effects) and get ready to rock n roll!! It is priced at $99.99 and is “coming soon” (expect it in the first quarter of 2011). For details, visit: http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/stompbox Continue reading
Place an iPad in the hands of a small child and you’ll see how easily he or she quickly grasps the navigation of the device and understands how apps are to be used.
It seems like an ideal and fun way to learn – and many app developers are offering learning games that teach kids, banking on that very idea.
Now there’s an app that applies the Montessori approach to learning with the iPad, Approach to Montessori – Numbers HD. Continue reading
Since I aim to integrate the iPad into my workflow more and more, I recently shopped around for an app that would replace the 1000 post-its that accumulated on my desk during my work day. Surely there was an app for that, I thought to myself. Problem was there are many.
Apps to aid us in our productivity are a dime a dozen on the App Store. Hence, Get Stuff Done even has its own Quick Link featuring a comprehensive sub-section of apps ranging in price, possibility and power, all promising to promote our productive side.
Only a few have a try-me-and-you’ll-like-me lite version. And there was no way I was going to pay for a bunch of apps before knowing which one suited me best. After a bit a research, I decided on Manage for the iPad for my Getting Things Done solution. Here’s why…
Pad & Quill has released a new bonded leather portfolio case, The Case Vol. 2 ($59.99) for the iPad, and for anyone looking for a case that protects their iPad and offers a more traditional book-like appearance for their high-tech gadget, then this case is definitely worth a look.
Keep reading for my review and more pictures of The Case Vol. 2 from Pad & Quill!
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The first thing you see when you take the iPad out of its beautiful white box, is a reflection of your own visage. You see yourself, as reflected by the iPad’s display. Those with iPads can imagine why this amuses me to no end. It answers the question people often ask me: why do you need an iPad?
I am a notorious stickler when it comes to accessories for my beloved gadgets. I demand utility and versatility worthy of whatever price I am paying. After a few years of owning the various versions of the iPhone, I have developed a pretty strong feel for what I need and what I like as far as cases, chargers, car cradles, and the like go. However, when I got my iPad, I found myself on new and unsteady ground again. There are just so many cases, screen protectors, stands, and combinations of the three, that it is very easy to get lost in all of the reviews and ads. I was pretty lucky, as I ended up very happy with all but one of my purchases, and thankfully that one was fairly inexpensive. Here is a list of what I got:
You won’t believe me, but I swear that I bought Pulse, an app that displays RSS feeds in a horizontal/vertical graphic navigation, completely by accident.
No, it’s never happened before. I was innocently browsing around the iPad RSS reader apps in the store when, before I knew it, my finger had already clicked and clicked and I saw the familiar “purchasing…” message in iTunes. Hmm. Now that I had it, I might as well check it out. I then proceeded to purchase NewsRack, because of good reviews I’d read about it. Now was my chance to see how which app would feed my feed addiction (get it?) in a better way. The result is quite surprising. Continue reading