Android Tablets vs iPad 2

The Apple iPad may well revolutionize the computer. It’s already taking sales away from laptops. Consequently, other manufacturers are coming out with their own tablet computers, many of them using Google’s Android operating system (OS).

Apple iPad 2 vs android tablets

The question is will these new tablets be more like the Zune or more like Android smart phones when it comes to competing with an Apple product? A comparison of the iPad 2 with some of the tablets using the new Android Honeycomb OS may provide an answer.

samsung galaxy tab 2 vs Apple iPad 2

Price

The basic iPad 2 sells for around $500. Models with additional features cost more. More than 50 manufacturers plan to bring Android tablet computers to the market in 2011 and early 2012 with a variety of sizes, capabilities and prices. So it depends on what you want. If you can live with fewer features, less capability, and a smaller screen size, a cheaper tablet may be acceptable. The Acer Iconia, for example, is selling for $330.

Size, Weight and New Features

The Motorola Xoom at $500 is a good comparison for the iPad 2. The iPad weighs about 1.3 pounds and is 0.34 inches thick. The Xoom is about 0.5 inches thick and weighs 4 ounces more than the iPad 2. The iPad 2 also has a camera in the front and rear of the tablet and a gyroscope. The Xoom also has two cameras.

The iPad 2 has a 1 GHz dual-core processor as does the Xoom. However, the iPad has only 512MB of RAM while the Xoom and most high-end Android tablets have 1GB of RAM. The iPad is 9.7 inches with 1024 X 768 resolution while the Xoom is 10.1 inches with 1280 X 800 resolution.

android tablets vs apple ipad 2

So, the iPad is a little thinner and lighter and has a gyroscope, while the Xoom has twice the RAM, larger size and better resolution. Furthermore, the Xoom can be upgraded to 4G while the iPad cannot.

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Operating System

The Android Honeycomb OS allows you to see and scroll through email, check your calendar, and scroll news stories by placing the cursor on the icons without opening a program. The iPad’s current iOS does not have this capability. Honeycomb allows you to customize email notifications while the iPad does not. But the new iOS 5 may mold things differently

Multitasking

Multitasking with the iPad OS is very limited. With Honeycomb, multitasking is much more robust and an icon is dedicated to this feature.

Additional Features

On Android Honeycomb tablets, like the Xoom, you can use Google’s voice-to-text software to input information by voice. With Google’s Voice Actions program, you can search for information, send emails, load music, send texts, and make notes, all via voice commands. The iPad has no such capability.

The Android Honeycomb system replicates the laptop and desktop experience to some degree by letting you open multiple tabs and use Google’s private or incognito browsing feature. Again, the iPad has no such features.

PC Sync

You can sync your Honeycomb tablet to your other computers and have full access to your bookmarks. Easily accessing all of your files is as simple as plugging your tablet into your computer and dragging and dropping files. With the iPad, you can only access files through iTunes.

Music

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Although the Android tablets do not have iTunes, they still have the ability to download and access music easily, via the web, PC or dedicated apps.

Applications (Apps)

There are a large number of apps available for both iOS & Android. However, as the number of Android tablets grows, the number of applications available will increase. If you are looking for free apps, then go for Android, as Apple has a majority of paid apps, while it’s the other way round for Android.

angry birds app android vs ipad

In the past year, Android tablets have taken away 20% of the iPad’s market share, which is admittedly enormous. But, projections predict that by 2015, the total market share for Android tablets will be almost 39% versus 47% for iPads. With that many people using Andoid tablets, programmers will have plenty of motivation to customize applications for Android.

Remember, with Android, you can get any app that you want, while iPad users can only get apps that Apple approves.

Conclusion

People who want device that is reliable, that they are familiar with, that is simple to use, and can buy apps should consider the iPad 2. But, if you want a tablet that is customizable, has a strong set of features, has more free apps, a multitude of choices, and numerous capabilities, then an Android tablet may be the more attractive option.

About The Author:
Nicole Rodgers has been blogging in the technology, finance, and insurance industries for three years. When Nicole bought her Tablet last year she decided to share her experience with it by creating a website. This way she can share her opinion with the world.

How to sell your old mobile phone

Mostly everyone has a drawer packed with old mobile phones. They’re taking up space and may never be used by you again. Why don’t you sell them? Don’t you know you can get a high price for your mobile phone whether it’s old, used or new? That’s right!

how to sell old mobile phone

Cold hard cash and guess what? You’ll also be contributing to the environment. Selling a mobile phone couldn’t be easier. Let’s say your old phone is in good working condition, then you can get cash for it.

Why sell my old Mobile??

Selling your old/used/new mobile phones is an excellent opportunity to earn money and save the planet. We must admit the recession has hit communities very hard and many people have become despondent. Selling mobile brings can ease the pressure on your pocket. It will not only put cash into your pocket, but also cut down on the radiation that emanates from these devices.

What Type of Phones Can I sell?

  • Phone needs to be in a good working condition.
  • Phone should have mild cosmetic damage, if any.
  • Mobile phone must have original battery.

How do I get paid?

Payment options depends on the company you are selling your handset to. Some common modes of payment include:

  • Paypal
  • Bank Transfer
  • Check

Is it that Easy?

Surely these are the questions that would come to your mind:

  • What companies pays the best price?
  • What is the time factor for this process?
  • Is it worth the time?
  • How much cash can I really get for my old cell phone?

There are many companies to consider when you decide to sell your old mobile. From my personal experience, pound4phone.com offered the highest price along with a great customer service when I sold my phone to them. There are few more out there to consider as well.

Points to remember

  •  Remember to wipe the phone of its memory.
  • Remove your SIM card and memory card.

This exercise is paramount, for you do not want your contact information, password and other sensitive media to fall prey to a stranger.

Tips & Advice

You can get the answers to these questions all at your fingertips. To sell a mobile phone is not a rocket science project, it is really simple and doesn’t take much time. At some places you may have to wait a few days in order to receive payment, but the initial process is easy.

About The Author:
Frank is a publisher at pound4phone

Top 5 Free Cloud Storage Services

Cloud Storage is quite different from cloud computing. In the latter, you compute over the internet, while cloud storage means to store data over a network of servers online, so that you get access to it wherever, whenever you like.

Top 5 free cloud services

Imagine uploading your playlist of favorite songs over a cloud from your PC, so you can access those very songs on your iPod, smartphone, tablet PC and laptop, anywhere you like! Think it like a USB flash drive over the web.

Following are the 5 best cloud storage services that are free of cost.

1) SugarSync

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Features:

  • Free Storage: 5 GB
  • Referral program: +500 MB for each user you successfully invite. (upto 5 GB)
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows & symbian.
  • Speed: Automatic backup of files
  • Efficiency: Only transfers parts of the file that have been edited.
  • Security: SSL & AES-128 encryption

2) Dropbox

dropbox free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 2 GB
  • Referral program: +250 MB for each user you successfully invite. (upto 8 GB)
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry
  • Speed: Set bandwidth limit, manually.
  • Single Upload limit: 300MB
  • Efficiency: Only transfers parts of the file that have been edited.
  • Security: SSL & AES-256 encryption

3) ZumoDrive

ZumoDrive free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 2 GB
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone, Palm Pre
  • Efficiency: auto sync, works offline.
  • Security: SSL & AES encryption with storage in 3 physical locations
  • iTune integration

4) Ubuntu One

ubuntu one free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 5 GB
  • Platforms: Windows (beta & buggy), Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android
  • Efficiency: Offline music on android.
  • Security: No encryption

5) TeamDrive

teamdrive free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 2 GB
  • Referral program: +250 MB for each user you successfully invite. (upto 8 GB)
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Speed: Auto sync & backup.
  • Security: ULD & AES-256 encryption

 

 

QR Code 101

What is a QR Code?

Short for Quick Response code, QR Code is a type of barcode that is readable by QR Readers, that are now available in most camera mobiles. The information encoded may be text or URL. You might find a QR Code reader in your mobile’s app store.

QR Code

QR codes are used to encode information into a 2D graphic readable only by QR Readers

How to read a QR Code?

  • Go to your camera mobile’s app store and search for QR Code.
  • Since almost all app stores have a QR Code reader, you will likely get a QR Code reader. Download & install it.
  • Now open the app and your camera should start working. Point the camera to a QR Code and snap a picture.
  • The app will decode the QR Code and show you all the info encoded in it.

What’s the use?

Advertisers use QR codes in print ads to give more info to the mobile user about their product in a more interactive way using mobiles. App makers use QR codes to instantly provide apps to users. Webmasters/bloggers can use QR Codes to instantly send their mobile users to a mobile friendly version of their website.

How to make a QR Code?

It’s too easy, just follow the steps below to generate a QR code for your blog/site via Google:
  • Go to http://goo.gl
  • This is Google’s URL Shortener. Just paste your site/blog mobile-friendly version URL into the text box and click shorten button
    Shorten the URL to generate a QR Code
  • Copy the new shortened URL generated by Google & paste it into you browser’s address bar & add .qr at the end of the URL. Hit enter.
    Add ".qr " to the google's shortened URL
  • Instantly, your URL will be converted into a QR Code. Save it & upload it to your site/blog 😉QR Code
To make QR Codes for text and not URLs, visit http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

How to Bluejack

Blue jacking is a fun and legal way of convincing a person that their mobile has been hijacked!

You send messages to other people using Bluetooth, without their permission. So good for a tiny but amazing prank.

Follow the steps below to Blue jack someone:

  • Open Contacts/Address book in your Bluetooth enabled mobile
  • Create a new contact
  • Now enter a message into the Name field. This message will appear on your victim’s mobile. The message can be anything like “Hey red shirt…you’ve been hijacked >:)”
  • Save this new contact
  • Now open the menu options for that contact and choose send via Bluetooth.
  • This will switch on your Bluetooth and scan for any bluetooth devices within range.
  • Select a victim and send the contact
  • You will get the message card sent on your mobile and now wait for the SMS tone of your victim’s mobile…!!

Cheers 😀

Points to remember:

  • It works only for certain mobiles that do not require pairing for sending contact cards.
  • Please do NOT spam or send offensive messages.
  • Blue jacking is ethical, but try at your own risk
  • Blue jacking won’t work on iPhones or Tablet PCs