Get a bigger phone like a Galaxy note2 to use while walking in the airport.
Get a notebook/chromebook with a keyboard to type until your fingers fall off. Use the cloud to move stuff back and forth between the devices. The note 2 (and probably most android devices) do pretty well translating voice to text. Maybe you don't really need a keyboard in your hotel room (the airport is another story).
I still laugh at the folks who show up in a meeting with their little iPads covered with gigantic keyboards in leather cases. Suddenly their little portable is a 4 pound monstrosity.
itunes makes me want to hit people. I avoid it at all costs. Luckily it is not required any longer for ipad use or iphone use. I can transfer files via dropbox without having to jailbreak my stupid device. Man, I'm getting irritated just thinking about using itunes. ugh.
Hey, I'm right there with you on enjoying the ability to mod things and tinker under the hood. I maybe should have specified the "Android experience" as opposed to android itself. that would include the marketplace.
My big problem here is that the device just did not work as advertised. If I could have plugged a bluetooth keyboard into it and had it reliably function every time I picked it up, I'd still have the thing! Actually, as I've said on other posts, I may return to it later in the year and see if they've worked out those bugs.
I don't have internet when flying or driving. I bought my DVDs. Not buying from Amzn again. I've owned iphones and iPads. I don't enjoy criticizing Apple, not when so much of my 401k rides on it. But iTunes is horrible.
I really don't understand all the harping on "fragmentation" vis a vis rant #2 of the article.
First of, the ranting in many cases, it is putting blame on Android rather than the developer. Android provides to the developer many tools to _cleanly_ handle operation on different screen configuratinos by abstracting out many of the geometry dependancies. How is it ANdroid's fault if the developer does not availe himself of those tools.
There are a number of apps that I use across a multitude of devices - phone, small tab, large tab - that handle leveraging the different sizes _beautifully_. So obviously Android apps CAN be made to wourk beautifully across platform types. So if a particular app does not, it's not due to any shortfall in Android, but of the developer to _use_ Android to the tfullest potential.
Some apps I use just don't make sense to _support_ all device types with _appropriate_ UIs. I found an awesome RPN calculator that I love. It's clean and powerful and has a ton of features and capabilities. The UI works beattifully on my phone. But on a tab, yes, it's the same UI and it looks catoonish on a tab. But its a _calculator_ - what would be the point of developing a specific UI for a tab just so it doesn't look cartoonish?
And Google Play does a pretty good job at making sure that you don't load an app that isn't supported on your device. I have a Nexus 7 (v1) and Play won't let me load apps that require wireless data, phone capabilities, camera functionality, etc. But, duh, it doesn't have those capabiliites so loading such apps would be rather pointless. (But in many cases, there are still ways for the determined individual to gets apps on a device that Play won't load). But again, that's not Androids fault those apps don't work. It was a _choice_ to buy a device lacking those capabiliites - you don't get a dirt cheap device without sacrificing capability. The alternative is what - ban hardware that doesn't have all hardware features so that all apps will work? But then that's one reason why there is no "Nexus 7 like"_low cost_ alternative with iOS.
In general the alternative is what? Ban apps that don't work well across all platforms even though it might be fantastic on one particular type of platform? Bann all dewvices that don't support all apps?
I guess some people prefer the "solution of the "unseen" negative - if the consequneces of having choices and options bother you or you can't handle making those choices, then just eliminate those choices altogether, problem solved. You don't miss those choices because you don't see that you don't have those choices (aka "ignorance is bliss" - you aren't displeased because you don't realize the choices you are missing.) The iOS approach. Some of us prefer to have those choices available to us. Some of us understand that having choices means that sometimes A and B will not work together. But being able to choose A or B is a better "ecosystem" than an ecosytem that disallows either A or B so as to avoid a situation where one might try A with B and be disappointed when it won't work. Some people on the other hand, seem to prefer to be oblivious of the possibility of A or B so as to not be faced with the potential disappointment of A not working well with B.
But then I'm a "hot rodder" and a tinker by nature. So I get the inherent pitfalls that can arise when tinkering so the possiblity of such pitfalls does not bother me. So, that being where I am coming from, I just don't see how sacrificing such choices, options, and flexibility on the altar of precluding such pitfalls is a better alternative.
That is something I'm still grappling with. The Nexus7 was the perfect size to carry in my hand while walking through an airport. I could type on that screen while mobile and still be able to read fairly well. When I planted myself in a hotel room I can pull out the keyboard and write till my fingers fall off.
The full sized ipad is a bit bulky for using on the move, but still doable. The notebooks and ultra portables can't really be used in that manner. they have to be opened up and set on your lap. You can't use them as a map, or read your email while you wait in a long line.
Believe it or not, I'm actually tempted by the surface pro by microsoft. Having a full computer with usb host and everything in a modern tablet design is quite appealing. A single device to do it all. Unfortunately it currently has something like a 4 hour battery life.
I wonder if you aren't using the wrong tool. By the time you add a case and a keyboard to any tablet, how much different is it than a netbook? A macbook air is thinner and has a bigger screen, something nice for writing and traveling. An ASUS transformer has an integrated keyboard that can be detached, kind of the best of both worlds.
The tablet is a cool idea, and I use mine quite a bit. I agree that typing on the screen renders that big screen in to a TRS-80 model 100, with little screen to use.
Yep, in some cases the apple tax is a real thing. Especially now that there are competitors to the macbook air and macbook pro. However, I think they nailed it with the i-product line. It isn't just image, it is very clear performance.
I generally find that people who criticize apple products the most, obviously don't use them. This presents a problem as much of the complaint is pure assumption. I have been knee deep in tech and an IT administrator for 10+ years and used both extensively. The mobile devices by apple are easily the best out there.
Asus is really shining right now though, aside from this string of problems with the nexus7 I'm loving their stuff.
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