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Adobe Flash for Android Tablets

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Adobe Flash For Android Tablets

When Android tablets were first released, they used Adobe Flash for Android to allow users to view Flash content.  Then the technology is moving away from Flash in favor of HTML 5.  Beginning with Android 4.1 Adobe Flash was no longer included or supported.  However, there is still a lot of content that required Adobe Flash. So, how do you get Adobe Flash on Android tablets with Android 4.1 or greater?

All devices running Android versions between 2.2 and 4.0, inclusive, are compatible with Adobe Flash 11.  Devices with Android 3.0 will benefit from enhanced browser handling of websites containing both Flash, HTML, and images.  Each component will be rendered quickly and maintain their separate positions.  Devices using Android 2.2, 2.3, or 2.4 will not benefit from this enhanced browser feature and still may see some overlapping of components.

Apple has banned the Adobe Flash product from all its devices, including the iPad.  This is more than an annoyance to users since many websites and applications use Flash for at least a portion of their development.  Some websites contain a significant amount of Flash, which results in a blank display on devices not supporting Flash.

Here is how to install Adobe Flash on Android tablets with Android 4.1 or greater:

  • Make sure your Android device is connected to the Internet.
  • Open the Settings menu.
  • Select Security (or Applications, on older Android OSs).
  • Place a checkmark next to the “Unknown sources” check box.
  • Tap OK to confirm your selection.
  • Close Settings.
  • Launch the browser.
  • Search for “flash player archive page” or navigate directly to http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html
  • On the Archive page, scroll down to “Flash Player for Android archives”
  • Select a version of Flash Player that is compatible with your Android operating system.
  • Tap the link to download the Flash Player installer. Download begins automatically.
  • When download completes, close the browser.
  • Open Notifications.
  • Tap “install_flash_player.apk”
  • When prompted, tap Install.
  • When installation is finished, tap Done.

Android on an x86 Tablet

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Android on an x86 Tablet

Android on an x86 TabletAndroid on an x86 tablet?  Seemed like an impossible task, until now.

Previously, Android was limited to running on tablets and phones with an ARM processor, such as the NVDIA, Samsung and Qualcomm processors.  However, Intel has been working hard to grab a larger share of the market that currently uses ARM processors.

Companies such as Intel and AMD manufacturer processor chips or CPUs using an x86 architecture.  The x86 CPUs have been primarily for full size PCs supporting, originally DOS, and now, Windows, Linux, etc.  Previously, x86 CPUs were power hogs requiring large amounts of power and generating large amounts of heat. These machines required relatively large fans and heat management designs.  As PCs became smaller and more portable running on batteries, this caused a challenge with manufacturers to design more efficient CPUs that drew less power and generated less heat.  Even some notebooks had heat issues and required extra fans to keep them running at a good speed.

With the advent of the tablet PC, they don’t have fans.  The ARM processors run cool and draw much less power.  Batteries lasted longer due to the lower energy requirements.  x86 manufacturers felt the pressure to produce the same cool running processors, but maintain the speed and reliability.

Intel released the Atom line of processors as a low power SoC (System on Chip) to support the x86 based operating systems, such as Windows.  So, it was ARM for Android, and x86 for Windows.  Until now…..

Android on an x86 tablet

Last year, Intel announced a version of their SoC Atom processor family designed for smartphones and tablets.  Based on a partnership between Intel and Google, this new Atom processor will support the Android operating system.

Initially, the Atom family was not designed to support the Linux/Android operating systems, but that has been corrected with this new series of processors.

We are just now seeing Android on an x86 tablet from manufacturers such as the ASUS, Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, and HP are all running the Android operating system using an Intel Atom x86 processor.

 

ASUS Fonepad 7 (ME372CG)

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ASUS Fonepad 7

ASUS Fonepad 7The ASUS Fonepad 7 is a 7 inch mobile phone with full tablet functionality loaded with Android 4.2.

  • Built-in full phone and cellular 3G data function
  • High quality 7-inch HD (1280×800) IPS panel with 178 degree view angles
  • Intel Atom™ Processor for lightning-fast web and application loading
  • Enjoy an immersive entertainment experience with dual front speakers
  • 8/16/32GB of internal storage
  • High quality pictures are a snap with 1.2 MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear camera

Enjoy great sound from this 7 inch tablet featuring SonicMaster from ASUS.  The Intel 1.6GhZ Atom processor gives amazing speed in this small tablet.

Display 7″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen IPS Panel 10 finger multi-touch support
Processor Intel® Atom™ Z2560 Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz
Operating System Android 4.2
Memory 1GB (RAM) + 8GB/16GB/32GB Storage
External Storage microSD (up to 64GB)
Camera / Flash 1.2 MP Front Camera ( 720p Video Recording ) 5 MP Rear Camera with Auto focus( 1080p Video Recording )
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V3.0
  • UMTS DC-HSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:42 Mbps
  • 3G
  • WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • 2G
  • EDGE/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900,
Inputs / Outputs
  • 1 x Micro USB (USB OTG support)
  • 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
  • 1 x MicroSD, supports up to 64GB of additional storage
  • 1 x Micro SIM*4
Sensors G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity & Light sensor, Hall sensor, GPS, GLONASS & AGPS
Dimension, Weight 120 x 196.8 x 10.5 mm (WxDxH) 328g
Battery 10 hours; 15Wh Li-polymer Battery
Other Features & Applications Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster technology

Business Use for Android Tablets

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Business Use for Android Tablets

Business Apps for Tablet PCs

Business Use for Android TabletsMany businesses have realized the business use for Android tablets and are adopting tablets into the everyday work patterns.  The convenience of carrying a tablet into meetings instead of a notebook is obvious.

Many analysts are predicting that by 2015, 30% of the population will own a tablet PC, and by 2016, the Android tablet will dominate sales.  There has been a lot of discussion about the fun usages of a tablet PC, but what about using a tablet PC for business?  Is it practical?  Do applications exist to make it even feasible?  Here is a list of business related functions that you can do with an Android tablet PC:

  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint: There are a couple of good apps that will allow you to create, view and/or edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents.  Make last minute changes to your Powerpoint presentation, display the presentation on your Tablet PC, or better yet, connect your Tablet to a High Definition TV via the HDMI port for a larger than life presentation.  You can also access Google Docs to create, view, or edit any document.
  • Email: Connect to your GMail account, and / or your companies email servers to manage your email from anywhere.  Open attachments that are easily viewable on the larger Tablet display, save them locally, or to your cloud storage.
  • Calendar:  View your appointment schedule, make updates or add new appointments all from your Tablet PC.
  • Remote Access to your PC:  Use Android based applications to remotely connect to your PC at work or home and operate is just as if your were sitting in front of it.  Run programs, update files, manage your email and calendar, perform those functions that you cannot do yet on your Tablet.
  • Print:  Use the Google Cloud Print application to print from your Tablet PC to any printer connected to a PC that you are authorized to use.
  • Scan Documents or Photos: Install an app that uses the camera on the Tablet to scan any document or photo and save it as a JPG or PDF file.
  • Contact Management: There are a number of applications that allow you to store information about your contacts including photos, personal details, follow-up reminders, notes about conversations, call dates and logs, etc.
  • Financial Uses:  There are a variety of financial related applications available including:
    • Financial Calculators: Calculate loans, payoffs, mortgages, amortizations, savings goals, etc.
    • Stocks, Bonds, Mutual funds: Most of the brokerages have Android based software available to monitor your investments including watching prices, trades, place trades, view reports, display charts, etc.  There are also Forex applications for monitoring and trading currencies.
    • Banking:  Access your bank accounts to view balances, transfer funds, pay bills
    • Exchange Rates: Monitor changes to currency exchange rates to help manage finances while traveling
  • Video Conferencing: Using the front camera, and the video chat software included with your Android device, you can have a face to face meeting with anyone else who is also using either an Android based video chat, or the Google Talk software on a PC.  Both of these applications are free and easily installed and used.
    • WebEx for Android is an application that allows the user of any Android device to connect to a WebEx conference and view the presentation being displayed to the group.  View content shared from any computer, including: documents, applications, or screen-sharing with live annotations. Zoom and scan the content by pinching the screen.
    • Fuze Meeting is another online meeting software available for Android that can be used to host, attend, and start any clould-based online meetings with multi-party HD video conferencing.
  • Social Media Apps: Keep your Facebook and Twitter accounts current, plus stay on top of tweets and comments.
  • Travel Apps:  When your business requires you to travel, here are some nice applications to help make the trip go smoother.
    • Translation Apps: When traveling to other countries, easily translate your words into the local language
    • Google Earth: Before you arrive on your trip, log into Google Earth and zoom into specific areas to preview the surrounding area.  Check out buildings, streets, restaurants, tourist hot spots, etc.  Be already familiar with where you are going, before you get there, so there are no surprises.
    • Google Places:  Use Google Places to check out what is near your hotel.  Find restaurants, bars, entertainment, parking, etc.
    • Airline Guides: Load up a airline guide to keep track of your flights, check the status of your flight, or make changes to your itinerary from anywhere.
    • Expense Tracking: There are many expense tracking apps that let you easily and quickly log your reimbursable expenses.  Make that expense report come together easily.
    • Driving Directions: Use Google Maps to give you turn-by-turn directions to where ever you need to go
  • Track Billable Hours:  If your charge your clients by the hour, easily input and track your time and which client to bill to.
  • Track Packages:  Are you waiting for that important package to show up from UPS or FedEx?  Keep track of it delivery progress on your Tablet PC.
  • Real Estate:  Access MLS listings, search for property, track your clients, show photos of houses from the larger sized Tablet PC display to cut down on driving and showing property.\

These are just the major type of business use for a Android tablet PC.  There are many more applications for more detailed and that solve vertical needs.  Stop lugging around that bulky laptop computer, and go with a ultra mobile computing device like a Android tablet PC that weights less than 1.5 pounds.

Tablet PC vs eReader

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Tablet PC vs eReader

Will the Tablet PC replace the eReaders?

Tablet PC vs eReaderLet’s compare the Tablet PC vs eReader. I have a couple of book shelves full of books that I have gathered over the years.  Any one of these eReader devices can hold my entire library of books with room for much more.  I don’t think we have seen the end of the paper book, however, if I’m deciding between two books and one is paper and the other is digital, I’m buying the digital version.

But, these devices will do more than just display books.  They can also display magazines, newspapers, and other documents such as PDF files, Word documents, etc.  So, I can finally get rid of that pesky, unreliable news paper carrier.  I can read the paper without walking out to the curb and fishing my newspaper out of the gutter.  And my magazines won’t be dog-eared and torn before I have a chance to read them.  In fact, I’ll have the magazine downloaded and completely read before it shows up in the mail for my friends.

The eReader turns out to be this year’s (2011) best selling Christmas gift.  However, did they buy too soon?  Will they be wishing they spent the money on a fully functional Tablet PC instead?  I think so, however, I’m a technology person that must have the latest and greatest toy.

Each of these devices are great to have depending on your requirements. The only real advantages the eReader devices have are:

  • Anti-glare screen that is easy to read from in any lighted conditions;
  • Battery life is much longer; and
  • Price is much less.

Other than that, an Android or Windows 7 Tablet PC can do anything an eReader can do plus so much more.

Here is a Tablet PC vs. eReader comparison chart:

Android Tablet
Windows 7 Tablet
Amazon Fire
Kindle Touch 3G
B&N Nook Tablet
Touch Screen
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Anti Glare Screen
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Screen size
7, 8, 10 inch
10 inch
7 inch
6 inch
7 inch
Color Screen
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Resolution
1280 x 800
1024 x 768
1024 x 600
600 x 800
1024 x 600
Download eBooks from Amazon
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Download eBooks from B&N
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Download eBooks from Google eBooks
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
View PDF Documents & eBooks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
eBooks, Magazines & Newspaperg
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
View Word / Excel documents
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
File Types Kindle, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP Kindle, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP Kindle, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC Kindle, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC
PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPT, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Media Usage
MP3, JPG, GIF, BMP, WMV, .MP4, .WAV, .MID, .OGG, .ACC etc.
MP3, JPG, GIF, BMP, WMV, .MP4, .WAV, .MID, .OGG, .ACC etc.
 MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8
MP3, JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
.3GP, .3G2, .MP4, .AMR, .MP3, .MID, .XMF, .MXMF, .RTTL, .OTA, .IMY, .WAV, .OGG, .ACC
3G Connectivity
Yes
No
No
Yes, Free Worldwide
No
WIFI connectivity
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Internet Access
Yes
Yes
Yes
Limited
Yes
Connect to Home or Business Network
No
Yes
No
No
No
Battery Life on a single charge (continuous use)
10 Hours
6 Hours
8 Hours
10 Days
11.5 Hours
Size
7.5 x 4.7 x .5
10.83 x 7.48 x .63
7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45
7.5 x 4.8 x .335
8.1 x 5 x 0.48
Weight
13.6 oz
1.8 lbs
14.6 oz
8.7 oz
14.1 oz
Storage
16 GB
32 GB
8 GB + Unlimited Cloud
4 GB
8 GB Exp to 32 GB
Approxmate Price
$199.99 +
$549 +
$199
$149
$199

New Android Tablets Announced – Sony, HP, and Samsung

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New Android Tablets

New Android Tablets

HP is getting back into the Android arena with their announcement of the HP Slate 7.  AND they are slapping the competition with a price tag of only $169.

The tablet will have limited hardware features, but will be running the full version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The 7-inch screen will have a resolution of 1,024 x 600, and will have 8 GB of storage.  The microSD memory card slot allows for expanded storage space.  The 1.6 GHz dual-core processor will give it the power required to excel in the small tablet market.

New Android Tablets

Sony also announced more information about their Xperia Tablet Z.  The 16-GB model starting at $499 and $599 for the 32-GB version, both will be available in the Spring.

Some features include:

  • 10.1-inch LED, 1,920-by-1,200 resolution, is 0.27-inches thick
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • And also has a infrared remote
  • The coolest feature: It can be submerged up to three feet underwater for up to 30 minutes.

I don’t recommend using the tables under water, but if you’re in the rain, or happen to drop it in the toilet, you’re OK.

New Android TabletsIn the wake of middle sized tablet PCs, Samsung has announced an 8 inch model of their Galaxy Note, called the Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung has had so much success with the Galaxy Note line of tablets, it makes since to create an 8 inch version of it.  Some features include:

  • 8 inch LED, 1,280 X 800 Resolution
  • S Pen stylus
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • 16-GB and 32-GB models
  • Infrared blaster to function as a remote control for TV, DVD, etc.

Which Tablet PC to Buy?

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Tablet PCsYou may be a little confused with so much happening with new tablet PCs.  It seems like anybody who has anything to do with electronics is coming out with a tablet PC.  Almost as if there was a hidden tablet PC manufacturer cranking out generic tablets, and  everyone is sticking their own label on it.  Believe it or not, of all the brands and models that have been annouced, there are not two the same.  Each manufacturer has added their own tweak or unique feature to set their product apart from the others.  Even those unique features are becoming hard to find.

So, you’re asking yourself  “Which tablet PC should I buy?

It really depends on what you are looking for, what your needs are? and How much do you want to spend?

Why buy an Android tablet PC?

One of the biggest advantages of having Google Android as an option is that they do have various versions available.  The older the version, the lower the price of the tablet PC.  However, I would not recommend buying a tablet PC running a version of Android less than 2.3.  The advantages of going with an Android tablet over a Windows tablet is that the Android tablet will be less money, the applications cost a lot less, and is easier to use.

If you are the type of person that must have the latest and greatest  electronic toy, then you need to buy a tablet PC with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).  Android 3.0 is the first of all the Android versions built specifically for tablet PCs.  A tablet running Android 3.0, or greater, will not have any physical buttons on it, rather all the buttons and options are built into the touch screen.  This latest version has some bells and whistles, such as video editing, 3D graphics, multi-touch gestures, etc.  It is an awesome device, however, you will pay two or three times more money for one of these tablet PC devices.  I would recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10 or 7 inch the Toshiba Excite Tablet, or Asus Transformer Prime.

Perhaps you are not a techno geek and you want the convenience of having an ultra portable tablet PC, but you are not into the bells and whistles.  Then you will be very happy with an Android 2.3 tablet PC.  These devices will have WIFI and 3G and can access the internet, play music, send/receive email, manage contacts, view photos, watch videos, etc.  These low priced tablets will also support apps such as the Amazon Kindle or the Barnes and Noble Nook apps, which allow for purchasing and reading eBooks or eMagazines.  They have a lot of functionality for a lot less money.  Check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the eLocity A7, or the Lenovo A1.  These are all 7 inch tablets which are perfect for a lower Android version.

This link discusses the low priced tablets in more detail –> Cheap Tablet PCs

Here are a couple of comparison charts to help you see the differences between Android tablets:

Android Tablet PC Comparison – 10 inch

Android Tablet PC Comparison – 7, 8 & 9 inch

Why buy a Windows tablet PC?

A Windows tablet PC will be more expensive than most Android tablet PCs.  However, a Windows tablet PC will do more and give you more options.  Today, there are three different versions of Windows that you will find on tablet PCs, Windows XP, Windows 7 Starter, and Windows 7 Home Premium.  Click Here – to read about the differences.  I recommend that if you decide to buy a Windows tablet PC today, that you get one running Windows 7 Home Premium.

However, I suggest that you wait until Windows 8 is out later in 2012.  The tablet PCs that are Windows 8 certified will have some additional features that today’s tablets do not have.  Plus the Windows 8 tile Metro format will work much better on a tablet touch screen format.  Check out the Windows 8 details.

The person that needs a Windows based tablet PC also needs to run applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, project management software, and others; and needs to connect to a network to manage files or use a networked application.  The Windows tablet PC will do everything the Android tablet PC, but with different and more sophisticated software.

Windows 7 Home Premium contains the most touch screen features of all the currently released Windows versions so far.  Unfortunately, not all the Windows based applications are fully touch screen compatible.  So you really need the option of being able to easily and quickly attach a keyboard.  I really like the Asus Eee EP121 with the optional keyboard, or the Samsung Series 7 tablet.

Compare the various Windows tablets that are currently available to purchase here – Windows Tablet PC Comparison.

Google Music and Movies on Android Tablets

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Google Music and Movies on Android Tablets

Use the Google Music and Movies service to listen to a large variety of music and watch movies.

Before you can do anything with Google Music or Movies, you need a Google account, and set up your Google Wallet.  The Google Wallet is required to charge your purchases or rentals to.  You can create a new Google account here –> Google Accounts

Google has released a couple of nice apps that allow users of Android tablets to play their favorite music, or watch a rented movie – anywhere. I say “anywhere” because both services are not internet dependent. You can download the music you want to listen to, and/or movies you want to watch, to your tablet while connected to the internet, then disconnect and enjoy later.

Google Music

This is a new service offered by Google, which was in beta for a few months, and just recently released to all android tablet owners.  Currently, there is no cost, and the limit is 20,000 music files (barely enough for my music library).

To use Google Music, you will need to download the Google Music (Free) app to your tablet,  click here to download –> Google Music.  When you go to Google’s Android Market, you will see tabs across for Apps, Music, Books, Movies, and My Library (see below)

Google Music and Movies on Android Tablets

Once you access the website and  sign in, you can upload your music library, plus Google gives you the option to also include several free tracks from their free music library.  The website allows you to sort, tag, create playlists, create instant mixes based on a single track, and even play the music.

Google Music and Movies on Android Tablets

This is working very well for me and I can gain access to my music from any PC, android tablet, and my android phone.

You can buy music and/or upload your own.  It is nice since I can upload all my music, and then play it anywhere.  I don’t have to worry about licences, rights, etc.  The new Apple music cloud app limits you to music you purchased through iTunes and also sells music.  They are all about the money, to be sure.

Google Movies

This is a very cool service available to all Android devices.  You access the Android Market and click on the Movies tab. Movies from major Hollywood film studios, including new releases, are available to rent.  You can either stream the movies on your computer or tablet, or you can download the movie to your tablet to watch anytime.  Movie rentals range from $1.99 for older movies to $3.99 for new releases.

After you download the movie to your tablet, you have 30 days from the time of purchase to start watching it.  Once you start watching it, you have 24 hours to finish watching it, or you can watch it again and again before the 24 hours are up.  There are some exceptions to these rules on a movie by movie basis, so be sure to read each movie’s rental policy before you rent it.

You need a Google account, Google Checkout account, and a valid credit card.  You also need Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or greater on your computer to stream the movies (sorry Apple users).

Another cool feature about watching on your tablet, is if you have an HDMI out port, you can connect to a HDTV using an HDMI cable and watch the movie on the big screen.

Google Music and Movies on Android Tablets

 

Is “iPad” just another ”Jello”?

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Is “iPad” just another “Jello”?

jelloIt wasn’t too long ago that if you had a wobbly, jelly, fruit tasting dessert in front of you that you would instantly referred to it as “Jello”, regardless of what the actual brand it was.  Mom would say, “who wants some Jello?” then get out a box of Royal brand gelatin and mix up a bowl.

All gelatin brands were referred to generically as “Jello” for several years.  Then, Kraft Foods decided it would start a campaign to try to get people to stop using the word “Jello” as a generic term for all gelatins. Plus, they changed all their advertisements to reference “Jello Brand Gelatins”.  It didn’t help much since still today, most of us call the wobbly, jelly, fruit tasting dessert “Jello” instead of “gelatin”.  We went too long calling it “Jello” and now it has been past down another generation, and the brand is diluted now forever.  “Who wants some gelatin?” just doesn’t roll off the tongue as well.

Most people refer to any personal watercraft as a “Jet Ski” whether it was made by Kawasaki, Yamaha, or Sea-doo.  Even though the term “Jet Ski” is owned by Kawasaki.

The other day, I was sitting at a Starbucks enjoying my Red Eye coffee perusing through my Xoom tablet PC.  A woman sat next to me and asked about my iPad.  I showed it to her and flipped through the 5 menu screens and asked her if she was sure it was an iPad?  She said “oh, I was just using “iPad” generically.”

iPad   Xoom

Do they look the same?

Then my sister-in-law calls me and tells me she wants to buy my brother an iPad for Christmas, and asks me, which one she should buy?  I tell her, “there is only one iPad, what does he plan to use it for?”  She says, “he really likes your iPad and wants the same thing”.  After I tell her that I don’t have an iPad, that I have a Motorola Xoom, she says, “Well, you know what I mean, not an actual iPad but like what you have”.

Then it hits me, “iPad” has turned into ”Jello”.  I wonder about all those surveys about what people plan to purchase for the holidays, and the fact that so many say they are buying iPads.  Hmmmm, how many were using “iPad” as a generic term?  How many iPads vs. Android tablets will be sold this holiday season?

Apple is so busy suing companies over tablets that look similar to the iPad that they have completely missed the dilution of their brand.   Plus, the android tablet manufacturers have not distinguished their products well enough in advertising to be referred to other than as an “iPad”.  Although I’m aware that this product category is still relatively new, if the brands are not distinguished now, they will always be “Jello”.

Why buy an Android Tablet PC?

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Why buy an Android tablet PC instead of an iPad?

Android Tablet PCs

Over the last several months, we have seen several new Android tablet PCs released by several well known companies such as Motorola, Samsung, Toshiba, Viewsonic, Sony, etc. All these companies are also known for releasing quality products. However, the Apple iPad still remains the leader in sales among tablet PC devices.

So, why buy an Android tablet PC instead of an iPad?

Remember when the iPhone was the leader, by a long shot, in the smart phone business?  Now the Android smart phones are outselling the iPhone, with even the Samsung Android phones alone are outselling the iPhone.  This will soon be the case with tablet PCs.  Here is why…..

The only reason the iPad is doing so well is because they were out of the gate over a year before the Android tablets hit the market.  Now the term “iPad” generically refers to any tablet PC.  Just like “Jello” became the generic term for all gelatins regardless of maker.  I have heard a friend say, “I need my iPad”, when he knows he has a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Also, because iPad was first, they have the largest library of software.  This will be short lived since I have spoken to many developers who like building software for Android a lot more than creating iPad software.  They say they have much more flexibility and have more options for design and development.

Why are users migrating away from Apple products to Android?

The biggest reason is they want more flexibility.  When you own an Apple product, you must also move to the island of Apple.  You are limited to their App Store, their music store, their video store, their cloud service, Apple this, Apple that.  Which is why Apple can sell their products at a price under the competition since for every new Apple user they get, they also are getting a locked in customer of all their other stores and products.

An Android tablet PC is highly customizable with multiple home screens, widgets, and custom software.  You can buy Apps from any store, music from any store, videos from anywhere including your PC, use any cloud service, and easily sync with a Windows PC.

Most of the Android tablets have higher resolution, more memory, better input/output port options, etc.

Apple gives you one iPad model to choose from, and they come out with a new one once a year, or so.  Android tablets are changing every couple of months with new models coming from several manufacturers featuring several different configurations.

Flexibility, more options, variety, use a tablet PC the way you want to instead of how Apple wants you to use it.