Posts Tagged ‘#honeycomb’

Cyber Monday

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis November 28th, 2011

Black Friday.  What a nightmare.  Seriously, you couldn’t PAY ME enough to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving.  After what I saw on the news, and the people I asked who DID brave the shopping madness, it’s just not worth it.  Most people didn’t get the deals that were promised.  The only way you got those were to camp out and be the first in line.  See, it’s a bait and switch game for retailers.  They just want you in their store.  So they stock a few items for a great deal, but those disappear quickly.  Then you’re stuck buying what’s left.  On the other hand, I LOVE online shopping.  I can compare prices in minutes, and have the stuff on my doorstep within a few days.  Right now I’m eyeballing the Sony SGPT112 Tablet.  I’ve been watching these devices for a long time, hoping that one will rival the i-pad 2.  This is the one, I think.  I’m going to bite the bullet and try it.  Looks like the wife will be getting a new tablet for Christmas!  (SHHHHH…).  The tablet is on sale at Target for $500, but it’s the 16 Gb version.  For this price they are throwing in about $100(?) worth of accessories.  But I like the Amazon deal better.  I can get the 32 Gb version for $514, with no accessories.  I’ll buy those later.  You can’t add more internal memory, so I want the most possible.  Meanwhile this swanky little unit ships with Android Honeycomb.  Since we’re both used to the Android OS, it will make it a cinch to drive.  I’ll keep you posted on how this turns out.

Android Tablets

Helpful Hints, News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis September 10th, 2011

HoneycombFor those of us with i-pad envy the key word is PATIENCE.  You can already get some really nice pad/tablet PC’s with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), but the word on the street says WAIT.   They’re not quite up to speed yet.   I think by Christmas this year, the market will be ripe with great alternatives.  Right now your choices are Motorola Xoom, the Asus Eee pad, the Samsung Galaxy Pad, Toshiba Thrive, and a few others.  All the Android based ones are comparable in price to the i-pad.  But these devices were rushed to market because of Apple’s new product, and each has had problems.  Not just the hardware, either; reviews tell me that there are still glitches in the Honeycomb OS.  Besides, all the apps need tweaking for bigger sreen size and detail.   Interestingly, you can buy the largest Asus 12″ pad with Windows 7 Home Premium, for a price ($1,000+).  That seems a bit high to me.  I’m willing to wait for a 12″ pad with Android 3.3. 

Froyo ROCKS!

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis April 27th, 2011

I’m simply BLOWN AWAY by the difference in my Android phone.  I’ve had the upgrade to 2.2.2 (Froyo) for about a week now, and it’s like having a new, better smartphone.  The Samsung Intercept had several issues when I got it, but it shipped with Android 2.1 (Eclair) and it looks like a lot of the issues were software related.  It’s much snappier now, and hasn’t locked up or had any of the sluggish behavior as before.  I’m totally sold on Android now, and looking forward to tablets with version 3 (Honeycomb).  I’m pretty sure these devices will give the iPad a run for its money.  Meanwhile, for my $40/month at Virgin Mobile, I NEVER have to check my minutes any more!  So far the service has been solid, but I haven’t travelled far from home yet.