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Sunday
Dec112011

Weight of tablets

I've been playing around with each of the major tablets while considering 'my next move' :)

Oddly I have not been able to find a side by side comparison of their weights. After googling for 3 minutes. So as a public service let me transcribe my notes on this vital topic.

  • Apple iPad 2: 21.1 oz
  • Barnes and Nobel Nook Color: 15.8 oz
  • Amazon Kindle Fire: 14.6 oz
  • Barnes and Nobel Nook Tablet: 14.1 oz
  • Amazon Kindle Touch: 7.8 oz
  • Amazon Kindle 4: 5.9 oz

 

Monday
Nov282011

Aw, come on: Apple iPhone spontaneously combusts aboard flight in Australia

This is just a weird story:

"An Apple iPhone spontaneously began smoking and emitting a red glow while aboard an airplane in Australia. Passengers aboard Regional Express flight ZL319 were welcomed to their destination in Sydney, Australia on Friday by a frightening ordeal. According to the airline, a passenger’s iPhone began “emitting a significant amount of dense smoke” shortly after the flight landed, and the smoke was accompanied by a red glow." (from Bioy Genius Report)


Iphone flames

Monday
Nov142011

Pogue does not love the new Kindle Fire

I was excited to hear about the Kindle Fire. But I was waiting to read some impartial reviews of one before running off and buying one. After all I am a big fan of the Kindle (gen 2) and enjoy reading books on Kindles. And, believe it or not, I don't yet own an iPad.

So the Fire seems like a match made in heaven, right?

Well, today David Pogue, tech reporter of the New York Times kind of reviewed the Fire (along with the other new, low end Kindles.) Well, the punchline is, he loves the new inexpensive Kindles, but he does NOT love the new Fire, which by the way, isn't 'expensive' at $200, it's just less incredibly cheap than the other new models. Here's a short bit:

(Admitedly the most negative paragraph:)

"Most problematic, though, the Fire does not have anything like the polish or speed of an iPad. You feel that $200 price tag with every swipe of your finger. Animations are sluggish and jerky — even the page turns that you’d think would be the pride of the Kindle team. Taps sometimes don’t register. There are no progress or “wait” indicators, so you frequently don’t know if the machine has even registered your touch commands. The momentum of the animations hasn’t been calculated right, so the whole thing feels ornery." (from David Pogue in the New York Times)

By the way there are lots of other Fire reviews on the web today.