In the good ol’ days, handheld technology wars were much simpler. For PDA platforms, you had Palm and Windows Mobile. You generally picked one, made fun of the other camp, and life was good.
Then, Palm started making WM-powered devices, and it nas not been the same since.
Thankfully, the consumer space is filled with some great options. BlackBerry might be struggling, but is very much alive; iOS is thriving and Android is propagating in huge numbers. Palm morphed into WebOS and was put out to pasture.
I used to work at a video game store.
When customers were trying to decide which system to purchase, this is what I would tell them:
“Focus on the game library.”
I think the same can be said for smartphones and tablets. There are many apps that can be used on multiple devices–sometimes better and sometimes worse–but what can really separate the different OS’ are the exclusive apps. If you find that your favorite apps can only be found on a particular platform, that’s the direction you should probably go.
Take a look at how the number of apps compare from app store to app store:
I picked up an Asus Vivo RT tablet fairly soon after they came out as my computer had just decided it didn’t like my hard drive and it wanted to wipe it clean. I needed something to use for my job as an English language teacher, write lesson material, download resources, print things off and Skype with friends and family back in England.
The idea of a Windows experience appealed to me (as that was what I was most used to with the exception of a few linux experiments and some bad experiences with Macs back at secondary (high) school. So I shelled out the money and started to use it.
But a month ago I lent my VIVO tab to someone else. I had my PC back and I was barely using it. In fact when I was using it I was forcing myself to use it (so I didn’t feel so bad about buying it) let me tell you some of the pro’s and cons of the Windows RT tablet I discovered after 3 months of solid use.
As a Windows RT user I am very aware of it’s short comings. Although it tries to market itself as a premium Tablet , with a price to match, it’s serious lack of applications and inability to run full windows 8 programs make it fail to live up to the hype and promises that some of the full windows 8 tablets may.
However, a hacker has been working to address at least half of that imbalance by creating a way to run full x86 applications on Windows RT tablets.
Windows RT opperates on ARM processor machines (the same processors you find in most tablets and Smartphones) and so is “incompatible” with Windows 8 programs and applications. Or at least that was the line from Microsoft when it was released.
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Phones have been called our lifelines to the world and for many people, they are the most personal things that we own. For those of you in ministry, smartphones are a great option because you always go to meetings early, the people you are meeting do not show up on time (if at all), and so you have a solid twenty minutes that you could be checking your email, sending teens a Facebook message, or going over your sermon one last time. For bloggers and business people, smartphones can give you an advantage of connecting with clients and viewers at all times, making them invaluable.
Much ado has been made about Google’s Project Glass over the past year. Some think of it as a nifty gadget in the making, while others consider it a game-changer. But almost everyone agrees that having smartphone capabilities incorporated into your eyeglasses opens mobile platforms up in an entirely new way.
Now, it seems Microsoft is planning competition in the augmented reality market.
Continue reading to find out more … and why it probably doesn’t matter.
Before I begin, let me give you my excuse up front: I was sick. I’m talking high fever, achy muscles, shakes, chills, and possible delusions. Okay, not that bad. During this “fever fog” I did something either that was, a) incredibly brave or, b) completely moronic. I’ll let you be the judge.
For now, I blame part of this on the fever fog. That, or delusions of a green dragon named Elliot that sings with Mickey Rooney in a lighthouse (Yup, that was a “Pete’s Dragon” reference. Bam).
This weekend I switched from iOS to Windows Phone 8, then back to iOS. Many of you will not be surprised by that. But here is my story…
The mobile device is fast becoming one of the largest contributors to Internet usage worldwide – A trend that’s pushing webmasters to re-look the way their site is built from a mobile perspective. But here’s the thing: a mobile-friendly website is only one half of the deal – looks like we need to have an app in place too to keep up or be left behind!
One of the frustrations of Windows phone users has been the lack of an ability to take screenshots. I remember when I first had my Android phone and it didn’t have that functionality built in (you had to root it first) and it was annoying.
Well, with Windows 8 phones, users will be able to grab those all important screen shots of the weather forecast they can tweet to followers!
I kid. It is a nice feature to have and there are more important reasons for wanting to grab a screenshot. Here is a quick video showing it will work: