Gulp The Tablet!

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Galaxy Tab

No Particular liking for the iPad. See, I preferred the Galaxy Tab Picture over the iPad here. ūüôā

 

This article comes as an aftermath of a tablet overdose!

Year 2010 has been the year of tablet computing. Tech Companies have been desperate about manufacturing and selling tablets to you. Though every year some or the gadgets turns up on my wish list – I haven’t been very keen on the tablets. Who needs a tablet after all? Okay, I must admit – it’s absolutely fine if someone gifts me one!

We all know the theory of a tablet bridging the gap between a Smartphone and the Laptops. What Ever. ¬†My question – Who needs a tablet¬†after all? With all the companies going gaga over tablet, this is something that’s kept me thinking. Lets see who would/wouldn’t need a tablet and why:

Students:

Make Class notes on this gadget? Forget about it. A good tablet would always come with a capacitive touch screen ( a lame¬†explanation: iPhone like and Touch Screen + Stylus phones unlike) and you’ll always end up writing too big characters or making a ‘b’ read ‘o’. So may be as an e-book reader? Digital bookmarks, instant Googling, highlighting with different colors, different fonts – seems cool. The problem is that aren’t many “text books” on the digital book stores. If there are, ¬†they are too expensive for you to switch to digital reading.

What it can do though is replace your over filled file of assignment sheets, lab manuals or project instructions. If you like reading from PowerPoint Slides or from the internet, you’d really find this helpful. You’d love sharing a video with a friend or showing him pictures of your recent outing without having to open up that bulky laptop or compromising on the quality with the tiny low-res mobile phone screens [ some good screen phones excluded ].

Sales and Marketing Executives:

This is one area where the tablets have been already put to great use. There have been restaurants that switched to ‘iPad Menus’. The sales executives at some luxury car show rooms are now being provided with tablets (iPads and Mercedes to be precise) to calculate EMIs and provide technical information about cars. BMW integrated the iPad in its car.

Its easier to maintain spreadsheets on a small handy device as it gives you instant access to frequently required data. Colorful Product Catalogs that may be have to shown to a client – tablet is such an impressive way to do it. ¬†Though the negative that comes with all this is the high cost of tablets. So you can’t expect a tablet welcome at all restaurants, car show rooms or a small electronics store in the nearby market. Links for more information.

http://engt.co/bhP6dY – BMW iPad integration
http://bit.ly/bAJBGx – Restaurant with iPad menus

Business:

For a businessmen whose core computing work is done being by his office, tablet is not a bad idea! E-mailing, Net Banking, going through spreadsheets, a couple of video conferences in a day – don’t require huge computing power – a tablet fits right in place. Though the constraints of a touch keyboard,¬†compatibility of banking sites on mobile browsers is an issue.

Law:

If you’ve seen a case file of a lawyer, you’d realize how better it is holding a tablet than a 1000 pages with popping bookmarks! But you can also imagine the plight of typing those 1000 pages on a touch screen keyboard. Again this points to the same thing – tablets are not stand alone devices. They need your laptop or PCs to support them.

Archaeology:

Grrh… Excuse Me. Another reference to ¬†the iPad. I’d like to directly¬†quote¬†from Apple’s website:

In Pompeii ‚ÄĒ the longest continuously excavated archaeological site in the world ‚ÄĒ iPad is revolutionizing how scientists work in the field. Rather than recording notes and sketches on paper, researchers at the site use iPad and apps to capture invaluable historical data faster, more easily, and with far better accuracy.

Games, Fun Apps and utilities

Casual gaming and fun to use apps work great on large touch screens. People have been doing some amazing stuff with apps – and the video would give you an idea on how powerful mobile apps could be.

You may check out¬†http://www.apple.com/ipad/apps-for-ipad/ for videos on apps. Let me know the links for the other device as well. ūüėõ

What do you think about the ‘Tablet Outrage” ? Would ¬†you like spending ¬†Rs. 25,000 + for another entertainment device? Another Power Point Presentation Device? Another Business Device? Another Gaming Device may be?

Do you think if there is space for another gadget in our daily lifestyle? I would love to hear from you.

Happy New Year 2011!

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iPhone: Myths and Facts

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Myth: You can not forward messages on an iPhone.
Fact: With the launch of iPhone OS 3.0 (free update for all iPhone users), you can forward messages on an iPhone. All new iPhones come pre installed with the OS 3.0 or above.

Myth: No Cut, Copy Paste on iPhone.
Fact: You can cut, copy and paste text and pictures on iPhone.

Myth: You can not share photos through Bluetooth.
Fact: The receiving device must be compatible to do that, iPhone can transfer photos through Bluetooth.

Myth: Updating iPhone is a tedious task.
Fact: Updating iPhone is very easy. Just connect your iPhone to iTunes and the rest is done. Updating iPhone your not only adds new features but also improves battery life.

Myth: iPhone battery don’t last even a day on standby.
Fact: Tested. iPhone batteries last at least 2 days on stand by. (Push Notifications disabled).

Myth: You can not listen to music, while working on the other apps.
Fact: Absolutely wrong. You can minimize the iPod app and work on the other apps. Double tapping the Home button even shows the control buttons, without disturbing the current application.

Myth: iPhone touch screens are too clumsy to type.
Fact: Thanks to the great touch screen interface of iPhone, it ignores unwanted touch gestures and the typing experience is at par with the other touch phones.

Myth:You have to get one of the speakers of iPhone unlocked.
Fact: This is the weirdest rumor I have heard. The other speaker looking inlet on the bottom right of the iPhone is actually the microphone.

Myth: You cannot transfer files from your  PC to an iPhone.
Fact: There are several free applications on the Apple App Store that allow you to transfer files on your iPhone wirelessly.

Myth: There is no POP3 support for Windows LIVE accounts/hotmail  email accounts.
Fact: False. There is support for all popular e-mail service providers including Windows LIVE accounts. In fact there are no constraints on configuring POP3 accounts on iPhone.

Based on my experience with people talking about the iPhone. Would love if  you could add more to the list!

P.S. I am a big Apple Fan. ūüėõ