iPad vs.other tablets


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Yes, iOS is not open-source, but it is a good thing for those who want a clean design. As such, iOS is clean, easy to use, admittedly not too fancy as Android OS that you can tailor with big and small icons, mini screens popping out of nowhere and everywhere, swipe screens up-down-left-right… Honestly, it’s too busy for me. I tried and tried these Android tablets, and they were frankly unfriendly and made me dizzy! Usually after two minutes, I told myself,  $399, no way!

For a consumer sometime less is more! Honestly, how many people know all the numbers you need to push and program to make a pot roast in the microwave oven? Unfortunately, gadgets makers sometime work on the theory that having more choices means consumers or I am willing to pay more: think again gadgets makers!

Anyway, my point is that iPad has no competition because its design and ease-of-use has no match yet! Yes, it doesn’t play flash videos…but it seems Darwinism is winning here, with more and more commercial websites are now providing videos compatible with iPad. Didn’t Adobe say it was dropping flash soon?

I am confident to say that iPad will be the iPod in 2000’s. In other words, no MP3 player has matched iPod popularity ever (not even Sony that creates the category of portable music: Walkman), cause iPod is simple, ease-of-use, and looks great with each version that came before!


P.S. I have an iPad and use it as soon as my eyes are open…to check weather and news.     : )  Quel joie de vivre!


Convergence! the last frontier?

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It’s clear there are two current marketing strategies for most TV makers: 1) OLED screen,and 2) networked console.

Contents streaming should be the norm in 2-3 years! The evidence is clear, store fronts for hardware media distributions are getting smaller and smaller. In Toronto, HMV Canada flagship Yonge and Dundas location had reduced its sq.footage by at least 40%, if not more.      While we have seen its attempt to diversify its revenue sources to video games, portable electronics and books?! I wonder how much longer before their business model becomes obsolete. (If you recall, 5-6 years ago, the talk was that HMV Canada will offer music download stations… guess that never happened when owning a computer likens having a microwave oven these-days, so most can do that with iTunes or Amazon Music).

Despite having iTunes, and HD-movie channels at home, I continued to buy DVDs,and CDs; however, I stopped two years ago! A) too expensive, B) no more desire to own crappy movies, C) save on physical storage and garbage! If this holds true for me, I am sure a few like  me who used to collect movies and music CDs have stopped too.

So back to my point, which is soon disc-players of any sort will become obsolete! Although still available, they will be the extended-type through USB or other means (look at the new laptop template: MacBook Air– no optical drive). In other words, very soon, CDs and movie DVDs, including Blu-ray, will be produced in small quantities (most likely in China) to satisfy a very small market.

This is my vision:

In 5 years (hardware becomes affordable) from now, our living room will hang a super thin WiFi enabled OLED TV that has its own OS (the tech is here already, think about iTV coming soon from Apple), all contents will be streamed through the internet and stored in the “CLOUD”! Now, you understand why everyone is talking about “the CLOUD” (other than to confuse you!), cause that is the new revenue source for companies who used to sell you a hard-copy of something! So right now, they are priming us with the concept. Honestly, no difference from subliminal messaging! of course, there will be a competition for storage ( will it be the TV makers,computer makers, or software makers?) and obviously and consistently the video format war (we still have at least 10 video formats: mp4, avi, mov, etc)…Yes, everyone in the family will also have a tablet to go with! either feeding off the TV (like PS3 and PSP) or simply through internet independently.

Forget about 3D TV, technology convergence is the next big thing! we have already seen it evolving! Smartphone replaces digital camera, land phone, voice recorder, mp3 player, video cam, … laptop! So will TV replaces cable box, blu-ray player, alarm clock, land phone, game console, …. your guess is as good as mine.


OnLive Desktop: Only for US users …. Bummer!

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The demo for OnLive Desktop looks pretty cool, so I try to look for the app for my iPad, but all I can find is OnLive Viewer. After a quick google search, and looking up their, onlive.com, own blog I find out it is only available for US users.

From what I know it is based on Citrix, which has been around for at least 10 years, cause I remember they used to sell a monthly plan to run ACCPAC on their remote server… Assuming (lazy to lookup) that’s how they are doing it for OnLive Desktop, I wonder if we will experience the same bandwidth problem? I hope we will have it in Canada soon. It looks handy!

Unfortunately, Microsoft does have us hooked on Microsoft Office… (for my demographic especially, 45-60) cause our entire work-lives has been using Office, it’s like the bike we learned when young, i.e., we will always know how to ride one despite anything else. That’s too bad!


P.S. Despite Open Office is just as features-ful as MS Office, I still prefer MS Office cause format compatibility is still an issue, i.e., when you created a document formatted with beautiful bullets, and text boxes and open up all over the place with another app… you almost want to cry. Oh, well! that’s why I continue to use MS Office.