As a technology professional I do my best to stay vendor agnostic, understanding that technology is often a very emotional experience to professionals and individuals. Each person might find different value in functionality and features that others might not agree with. Nevertheless, I am often asked for my “opinion” and recommendation; tablets are no exception.
My first tablet was an iPad 2, a remarkable device to this very day even though it has been upgraded three times (by Apple) since I purchased it. My second tablet was a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, a shiny new device that I have had for about three months now and barely use for anything other than watching video.
I was originally attracted to the Galaxy Tab Pro by the Multi-user / Multi-window support, something I thought I needed and wanted. After three months I have never created a second user account on the device and have only used the Multi-window feature about a half dozen times. This is not surprising to me since both devices are for business use by one user, me.
The Samsung has a brilliant display, compared to my iPad 2 which is pre-retina display. The performance of the two is nearly identical, as is the price once you get all of the needed accessories. Unfortunately this is where the Samsung drops off my radar! I am comparing an iPad 2 to a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro! Shouldn’t I be “wow’ed”?
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro touchscreen is awful! I have to slow my typing down to less than 300 baud to get any degree of accuracy. The WiFi on the Samsung regularly drops the network connection, even when I can see the access point and the battery lasts a fourth of the time of my iPad 2 (probably due to the iPad Smart Cover, which the Samsung does not offer).
The App support on the Android platform lives up to the negative hype of the platform fragmentation that you read about in the news. Not all tablet apps work on the Samsung and very few phone apps work on the tablet. When I first got the Samsung I put it next to the iPad and tried to download the complete set of comparable apps that I had on iOS for the Android device. After three months I am still coming up very short!
If you have never used an iOS device you will probably love the Android platform, but if you are like me and started with iOS, you may be very disappointed! I can’t wait for the next iPad Air to come out.
Let me know what you think.
Posted in General.
– July 7, 2014
If you’ve wondered about the value of Twitter for your business, you might want to check out https://business.twitter.com/
Twitter is trying to step up their image in the business space. Many companies are finding value in building their following and using it to answer client questions, offer promotions, announce new products and services and more.
You can find big names like Coke, BestBuy, Microsoft, Dell, Sony, Samsung, etc. pushing out announcements and deals every day.
Local businesses are following as well.
It’s not just teenagers announcing what they are watching on TV.
Posted in General, Twitter.
– June 5, 2014
“On April 8, Microsoft is ending all support for Windows XP, 12 years after its debut and seven years after its first successor, Windows Vista, debuted. Still, nearly a third of PC users continue to run XP.”
Why would you want to stay with a 12 year old operating system? Upgrading can improve performance, productivity and keep you safe with the latest critical and security updates from Microsoft.
“Look, let’s be honest. You should upgrade from Windows XP right now if at all possible–but not everyone can cut the XP cord so completely. If you can’t upgrade, there are some things you can do to protect yourself. Make no mistake: These tricks are like sticking your finger in a leaking dam. They’ll help a bit, but the dam is crumbling and it’s time to get out of the way.”
Read me here: “How to Keep Your PC Secure When Microsoft Ends Windows XP Support“
Posted in General.
– March 3, 2014