Archive for the ‘tablets’ Category

Nook vs Kindle AKA Open Vs Closed

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The Barnes and Nobles Nook and the Amazon.com Kindle are similarly capable e-readers.  They use the same e-ink screen and both have wifi and free 3g cellular service for quickly downloading books from their stores.  The Nook has a small color touchscreen under the e-ink display while the Kindle has a physical keyboard, but that isn’t the big advantage that the Nook has over the Kindle.

Nook vs Kindle

The main difference is that the Nook is an open system while the Kindle is not.  The Nook is powered by the Android OS, so theoretically you can program whatever you want that works ok within the device UI, and devs have added programs like Pandora to the e-reader successfully.  The Kindle is running a closed OS so the only way to add new programs is if Amazon adds them to the device.  Both devices have a web browser and the Nook also has Sudoku and Chess, which actually work surprisingly well utilizing the color touchscreen.

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HP May Understand Tablets After All

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I wrote a few weeks ago that tablet manufacturers are missing the point when they use a desktop OS like Windows 7 in order to be compatible with desktop software.  That post was written after reading about HP’s slate, which was a Windows 7 device, so basically a netbook without a keyboard.  I argued that a touchscreen-specific OS and software should be used on tablets; using desktop on tablets has been tried for the past decade and hasn’t worked.  There are two valid OSes right now: iPhone OS and Android.  Unfortunately for tablet makers, only Apple can use iPhone OS, leaving Android as the only current choice.

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Tablet Manufacturers are Missing the Point

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The iPad is a shining example of how a tablet computer should be designed.  Trying to build a tablet that runs desktop apps is missing the point.  Desktop apps were designed for the Windows paradigm, one that includes keyboard and mouse inputs as essential.  You cannot translate those properly to a tablet by simply trying to map touch input to keyboard/mouse input.  It is kludgy and overly complicated for mass consumers.  Tablets need to be built with a touchscreen-specific operating system, such as iPhone OS or Android, and all apps should also be designed specifically for a touchscreen input, not a keyboard/mouse input.

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Why iPad Being Called a Giant iPod Touch is a Good Thing

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Many people are criticizing the iPad as being a giant iPhone/iPod Touch.  They were hoping for something more like a macbook tablet and are disappointed.  However, I argue that it is actually a good thing that the detractors are calling the iPad a giant iPod.  The reason for this is that it makes it easy for consumers to understand the iPad very quickly.  While it may be over-simplistic and meant as an insult, it only helps Apple to sell more iPads to consumers.

iPad Giant iPhone

Consumers reading opinions on the iPad get 1 of 2 stories: Giant iPod or Immersive Content Consuming Experience.  So if they like the idea of a larger iPod or the idea of a great interactive tablet then they will be interested in the iPad.

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