#iPad 2

Anonymous asked:

I want to buy my mother(who isn't tech savy) a tablet. I thinking of getting her a KindleFire but was curious on if you can recommend a few more that I can look into before I make my choice?..

Honestly, get her an iPad. I could waste both of our time looking up what the best (pure) Android tablet out there is right now, but we both know it won’t hold a candle to the iPad — especially if your mother isn’t tech savvy. 

If you don’t mind spending $499 (at a minimum), it’s a no-brainer. iPad 2. If you’re on a budget, I’d probably go with the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet. Or look into getting a used iPad.

The Daily is citing sources saying the iPhone 5 will look similar to the iPhone 4 but with tapered edges — sounds like this concept, not the teardrop shape that had been rumored. They’re also betting on a September launch. We’ll see.

But the more interesting claims are about the next iPad. Upgraded iPad 2 with Retina-like display isn’t new, but they’re saying the device will be carrier-subsidized, like the iPhone is. This could mean iPads for as little as $199.

Of course, to get that deal, you’d have to sign a contract with a carrier. Apple so far has only allowed the carriers to offer pay-as-you go plans, which means no subsidy on the device, keeping it at $499 for the entry-level.

No idea if this is true or not — and certainly you’d could argue that it’s not something Apple has to do given their tablet dominance — but it’s interesting. I have a 3G iPad 2, but I almost never use the 3G service. But if the carriers were willing to eat $300 off the initial price and charge you something like $29 a month (remember, it would be data-only, not phone service too), that would be enticing.

It would still be a good deal for the carriers long-term (obviously) — $29 a month times 24 months is $696, well over the $300, they’d eat. But it would be a decent deal for consumers as well. 

Also, The Daily notes:

Rumors of another iPad first sprung up shortly after the launch of the iPad 2 in March.

Weird, I seem to recall writing about it in early February, before the iPad 2 even launched. 

"Meh"

The reviews are in.

Overall, it’s a resounding “meh”.

That’s pretty disappointing. I’ve always liked webOS. I had high hopes for the TouchPad. But it’s clear now that if HP does something great with webOS, it will not be this device. 

I just don’t get why you even bother releasing “meh” at this point? I can only assume HP doesn’t think it’s “meh”, but they are still human beings. They can still look at an iPad 2 and then look at the TouchPad and see there is a clear difference.

I understand the need to get something out there to get developers developing, but I have a hard time believing “meh” is going to get them excited either. It’s not like people are saying the lack of apps is the only problem (though it is definitely a big problem).

I wonder how many people would buy an iPad 1 over any other tablet on the market (not named iPad 2) right now? I bet almost everyone would. 

And that should say all you need to know about the specs race. There is no specs race. The only race that exists is the one for a distant second place. 

Jason’s thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. 

I definitely agree that this thing seems much better than the Xoom — but I also agree that this really isn’t saying much.

Overall, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 seems like a decent piece of hardware loaded with mediocre software and essentially no app support. How does that beat the iPad (or the iPad 2 for that matter)?

It doesn’t.

Joe Wilcox thinks Xoom sales are actually going to pick up. Of course, his logic is a bit funny:

3. Still later, March 27, the $600 WiFi-only went on sale. So for most of the two-month sales period, the most affordable and comparably attractive to iPad 2 XOOM model wasn’t available.

Um, but the iPad 2 itself wasn’t available until March 11.

He somehow fails to mention that. You don’t think that’s eating into Xoom sales? Right…

And one more thing: the Xoom just isn’t a very good device. That just may play into the sales as well.

I mean, what else was anyone expecting them to say? “Run for the fucking hills! Ahhhhhhhhhh!”?

The problem with most iPad covers is that they’re awful. And that included Apple’s previous attempt at one. The new “Smart Cover” is great because it was designed to work in a symbiotic manner with the iPad 2.

I wonder if/when any other case makers will make use of the magnets in a similar way…

John Gruber is happy that Apple is allowing a wider variety of sites in to do early reviews of their products. As one such reviewer, obviously I’m biased. But even if I weren’t included, I would totally agree.

I used to read the reviews from the old guard (WSJ, NYT, and USA Today), and found them fine and informational, but they often missed the edge and perspective found on my favorite sites that cover this stuff day in and day out. 

I think this is Apple recognizing that some of the newer sites now have more influence than the old guard when it comes to new technology. 

They’re Not Saying “Boo”, They’re Saying “Xoom”

So I’ve read over almost all of the reviews of the Xoom now (on my iPad, naturally). The consensus is very clear: promising but extremely buggy. 

You have to wonder why Motorola and Google would allow a product with so many bugs/quirks to not only go out to reviewers, but to go out to the public starting tomorrow. Actually, no you don’t have to wonder at all. You only have to think of one word that starts with a lowercase “i”.

If Google/Motorola didn’t beat the iPad 2 to the market, they knew they would be screwed. The Xoom is already more expensive than the iPad, a device which has now absolutely dominated the market for a full year. The iPad 2 will be priced the same, but with big bumps on the spec/feature side of things.

And not one of the reviewers has suggested that the Xoom is an “iPad killer” in any way. It has some specs which are better on paper, but in reality, the bugs stop those from actually being better. The bottom line seems to be that the Xoom is merely the first tablet that is even remotely worthy of being compared to the iPad — at all. And when you think about it, that’s really kind of pathetic. Again, it has been a year.

I’ve only played with the Xoom myself for about 10 minutes. It seemed very nice. I love the idea of true tabbed browsing on a tablet and a true tablet-optimized native Gmail experience. But the reviews from those with a lot more time actually using the thing out in the field simply aren’t very good.

And you can tell that a few of them are really pulling for this thing to bring some sort of competition to the market, but the Xoom falls short of the iPad. And that’s the iPad 1. And the iPad 2 is seven days away. 

And then there’s that other iPad looming

Sounds a lot like what I said two weeks ago:

So, aside from the camera and it being slimmer (which are a nice additions, but not a game-changing), it sounds like the iPad 2 will be to the iPad 1 what the iPhone 3GS was to the iPhone 3G. That is, a faster, more polished offering.

But Apple has a history of not resting on their laurels. That’s perhaps the key reason why they’ve been so successful in recent years. And that’s exactly why they strike with the iPad 3 in the fall.

And the iPad 2 with Light Peak (Thunderbolt) speculation is starting to look better.