Early reviews of Google's first Android tablet have been so positive, many are calling it the first real iPad competitor--so much so that Apple might be gearing up its own Nexus 7 killer for the fall. Size, weight, price and, yes, even the OS have industry experts singing its praises, including Apple stalwart Walt Mossberg, who went so far as to call it "a better choice than the iPad for people on a budget." But it looks like Google's race to the bottom with Amazon (the display costs just $10 more than the far smaller iPhone), has had some unfortunate side effects.
We've got a bit of How-To action going on this week, as most newsy stories took their vacation just like lots of staffers all over. So the news was slow as the mercury climbed. So now that you've retreated indoors with the air conditioning, these how-tos might just be the ticket. A little something to keep you occupied.
We’re big fans of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 here at MacLife.com, but sadly the folks in Redmond don’t seem too eager about moving the platform to the tablet. But that hasn’t stopped a Dutch developer from giving it a go anyway, using RIM’s failed BlackBerry PlayBook.
Maybe Microsoft is finally learning a little something from Apple in the form of fewer versions of its Windows operating system. With the forthcoming Windows 8, the company is showing restraint with only three versions, and one of them is exclusively for ARM processors.
Graphics tablet users are an odd bunch. They’ll tell you how a mouse is a horrible input device. How you’ll eventually end up with a medical device wrapped around your wrist while they draw pretty pictures of flowers and mock up logos with a pen. That love of the tablet inevitably leads them to one company: Wacom. Frankly, there isn’t another tablet maker out there that even comes close--which puts the company in an odd position. How do you upgrade a product that’s already near perfect?
Research in Motion has taken some considerable abuse in the last year over its highly anticipated and ultimately dismissed BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but owners of the device can finally hold their heads high -- a version 2.0 update is now available which finally brings native email, Android app support and other features to the tablet.
The near-mythical iPad 3 is coming, and while no one outside of Apple knows exactly when, it’s a pretty good guess that it will be announced in the next few weeks and likely in stores a week or two after that. AllThingsD, however, claims to have a source that’s pinpointing it just a little bit closer.
Apple will release quarterly financials on Wednesday, but the week is already off to a rousing start with news late Sunday that the co-CEOs of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion have stepped down to make way for a new voice… who sounds an awful lot like the old one, if you ask us. Judging from a survey in today’s roundup, some of RIM’s customers are definitely buying iPhones, so who knows how many may be left by the time BlackBerry 10 launches later this year. While you ponder that, have a slice off the daily news pie with a quintuplet of news for this Monday, January 23, 2012.
In more ways than one, the Bamboo Connect is the pen tablet for people who don’t need pen tablets. Graphic designers and other digital artists won’t be satisfied with its small active area, plasticky pen, or featureless simplicity. So who would get something out of it? Pretty much everyone who’s curious about a tablet but isn’t willing to drop a lot of money on that curiosity. Even the box advertises how awesome it is for things like “handwritten notes, sketches, and doodles.” In other words, no matter who you are, you don’t need it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth buying.
As if the iPad doesn’t have enough choices for streaming movies and television shows direct to you, VUDU has announced that the company is now offering its library to tablet users -- but don’t go looking for it in the App Store, because the service is only available in your browser for now.