Tablet

Unanswered Questions about the Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon threw their axe into the tablet sea Wednesday with the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire. On paper, the Kindle Fire seems like a killer value proposition. For $199, you get continuous computing access to 18 million books, movies, TV shows, music, newspapers, unlimited cloud content storage, and fastest web browsing. And all this …

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10 Days, 10 Questions About Windows 8

Last week, I wrote about the many positive experience aspects of the Windows 8 developer tablet. There are, however, experience areas that are difficult to evaluate, either because Windows 8 is only a developer version and not final product, or it would take longer than 10 days to gain that insight. Two User Interfaces I found it …

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7″ Tablets Like Amazon Kindle Fire…. “Dead on Arrival”?

A few weeks ago, TechCrunch reported that Amazon’s 7″ Kindle tablet was “very real” and would ship for the 2011 holidays.  (UPDATED: Now rumored to be called “Kindle Fire“.  ) Almost a year before that, Wired’s Brian Chenreported that on an earnings call, Jobs said, “the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival.” So the stage …

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Why non-iPad Tablets Aren’t Selling Well is Fundamental

So why aren’t non-iPad tablets selling as well as the iPad? I read a very interesting article Wednesday from James Kendrick at ZD Net. His contention is that one of the biggest issues is competing with Apple’s “consistent marketing experience”. I agree that’s a big issue, but I think there’s an even more basic core issue here …

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Android Finally Ready for the Tablet Market?

Over the last few weeks, Android 3.2 (aka Honeycomb) started rolling out to tablets like the Asus Transformer and the Motorola Xoom. While the announcement of Android 3.1 was met with great fanfare atGoogle I/O 2011, Android 3.2 didn’t receive a lot of attention as it started rolling out to systems. Ironically, I believe that …

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The Future Personal Music Cloud

While many can easily see the need in the future for a Personal Video Cloud, there is a lot more uncertainty about a personal cloud for music. There seem to be three schools of thought for everything and this applies to the Personal Music Cloud, too. In this blog I will be talking about these different points …

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BlackBerry PlayBook as Modular Desktop Workspace

Modularity in electronics is getting very interesting these days. You’ve seen the commercials…. phones as computers, computers as phones, tablets connected to HDTVs as entertainment centers….. That brings me to the BlackBerry PlayBook, whose capabilities, at least on paper, could serve as a decent desktop workspace. One of the more unique, modularity-enabling features of the BlackBerry …

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Future Device Bridging: More than E-Mail

I have been spending some time with the latest media tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook and in my last write-up, I covered the BlackBerry PlayBook Bridge feature. While in its infancy, the PlayBook Bridge provides some advantages, particularly in enterprises with an investment in BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). To consumers, there is value in the shared browser, basically enabling tethering without …

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The Motorola XOOM – A Notebook Replacement?

In my last entry, I introduced the Motorola XOOM and provided my initial impressions on the experiential things I liked, things I’d like to see changed, and the unknown in  XOOM usability. This entry is a short look at how the dock and keyboard work and what it would take for me to replace my notebook with the …

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What I Want In a “BlackPad”

Undoubtedly you’ve heard rumors of a “BlackPad”, or a BlackBerry-based tablet device. I don’t know anything specific or even general about RIM’s rumored device, but after having used an iPad since launch and a lot of other tablets, I wanted to share a few things I would like to see in a BlackBerry tablet if it does become a reality. …

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