Ok, so four of us went to lunch today.The three of us were tagging along to play at the apple store while the fourth was getting an iPad case. Well the first to fall was Mike, his birthday is next month and he is already a Mac guy so it was really not too big a surprise. My birthday is in 13 days and as Mike was finishing up his purchase the lady asked me if I had any questions. I looked at her and said “umm… Ok set me up like Mike”
And the rest is history.
So my take of the iPad in the last 3 hours? Here it goes:
Its actually pretty cool. It definitely is a niche machine. I have tried out plants vs zombies HD which is formatted to the iPad as well as marvel comics. Both are amazing. The non iPad formatted apps are definitely lacking in resolution if you ask me. My Twitter app twitterlator pro has not been formatted for iPad and so definitely looks either small or grainy if I press the 2x button.
Setup was easy. I plugged in my iPhone and made a backup and then turned on and plugged in the iPad. After choosing to register the iPad I was asked if I wanted to restore my apps from my last iPhone backup. I did that to see what my iPhone apps would look like. Frankly, most iPhone apps just don’t have the resolution to pull off the 2x button if you ask me and look like crap. Let’s hope that apps like Facebook, mashable and Twitter apps like twitterlator pro get updates soon.
The iBook reader is very easy to use and prices seem ok for digital book content. The “hitchhikers guide to the galaxy” isn’t available yet but I won’t hold it against them.
After messing around with netflix (which by the way rocks!) and all the other apps I mentioned I a, still at 83% battery. I am even typing this using the wordpress app that HAS been updated for the iPad.
So, my take so far… Fun, useful for what I want to do and very speedy. 4 out of 5 for me right now. I will blog more about this after i get more air time in on the device and i will let you know.
Today the HP Slate Demo Video ended up at Engadget as well as Mashable.com. So, my take on this is that HP is now trying to take some of the wind out of the sails of the IPad. It obviously is trying to use the Fervor over the IPad as well as some peoples dislike over Apple’s latest tech offering to shed some interest their way.
The HP Slate is bringing its A game to the show with its fully decked out specs:
The Base Spec HP Slate will have 32GB of Storage and sell for $549.00 . Other notable stats are 1 GB of RAM, a 1.6Ghz Processor using Atom and the screen comes in at 8.9 Inches with Multitouch ability. The Screen resolution will be 1024 x 600. There will also be a 64GB version as well.
So all in all not a bad little device. price point is still in the ballpark to compete with the IPad as well as all the other Slates, or tablets yet to be announced. ( you heard me MS! ). I would welcome any HP rep that would give me the opportunity to review the Slate and let me write a post about it.
On the Same track as the Tablet PC market:
I had the opportunity to ask Microsoft for any news concerning the Upcoming Courier. and I got the following boilerplate response:
In regards to your Courier request, please refer to the following statement, attributable to a Microsoft spokesperson:
While it is in Microsoft’s DNA to continually develop and incubate new technologies to foster productivity and creativity, we have no product announcements around this topic today.
– Microsoft spokesperson
wonderful.. thanks I think?
So, What do you think of the HP Slate? Ipad Killer?
Welcome Again to Episode 64 of Geek Tech Live for the Week of April 4th. I am your Host Chris Favero.
In this episode of Geek Tech Live I talk about:
Ipad Gets released huzzah!
WordPress 3.0 Beta
Easy way to preview an App for the IPhone
Marvel on the IPad
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I go into detail on the IPad and my thoughts on the release day as well as make a startling discovery about myself. Listen in on my own internal debate. How Close is the Ipad to Douglas Adams “Hitchhikers Guide” and more.
I you are like me you scrutinize every Iphone purchase since those 99 cent charges can add up. Well, now you can have someone else spend their money and tell you what the app REALLY does before you buy it. My Blog Article at geektechlive.com tells you all the nitty gritty as well as the link to http://iphoneappdemos.tv/
Make mine Marvel Ipad?Maybe Not.
Every since Marvel was bought out by Disney I have been keeping my eye on them before they turn into the Multiheaded Hydra that is Disney. I assume it starts with some sort of Bite like a Vampire then Disneys Fangs slowly drain the life force from their intended victims replacing it with unicorns and rainbows and incessant looping music on how its a very small world after all.
OK, Initial speculation by me in a blog post, on the IPad having Marvel Comics on it may have been a bit too soon. I dive back into the dark recesses of my brain to talk about the evolution of the Comic and how the IPad could kill off Comic books… the real tangible paper comics that I know and love and collect.
OK, that is all everyone. Have a happy Week and I will see you soon. Catch me on Twitter @Geektechlive or Facebook!
I was doing some browsing online lately and came across this very cool site. If you have an Iphone or soon and Ipad and found yourself wondering if that new app does what the screen shots show it does you will love this site. http://iphoneappdemos.tv/ they have gone and recorded an actual user using the Iphone app right in a video you can watch and decide right there with out shelling out 99 cents to 5 bucks for an app that might just plain suck.
Overall its a very cool concept and I see myself using this site a lot more going forward. And no I am not getting paid to say this, its a really cool site!