My New iPad

After 2 years of shopping around for tablets, I finally purchased an iPad 3 aka The New iPad.

I was going to mention what took me so long to purchase the iPad, but it is a boring story about saving money, looking at tablets at least once a month, reading blogs about with everyone’s opinion, and just waiting for the tablet that had all the right features. For a few months, I thought the Asus Transformer 201 was the right device. Nvidia quad core processor, Ice-cream sandwich for the OS, and the optional keyboard to “transform” into a netbook.

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New iPad (Photo credit: sidduz)

But when I compared the iPad 3 to the Transformer 201, I felt the iPad was a better tablet. Yes, the iPad was more expensive, but over the last year I was becoming more use to the IOS interface, providing support for iPhones and iPads at work, and I really like my iPod. I have also noticed when I need to check my personal email away from home, or look at the calendar, I usually went to the iPod over my Android phone. Plus my Android phone needs to be replaced. Too many lock ups with apps, and I have to reboot it once a day.

I love my new iPad! I have used it every day for the last week for work and home. I take it to work and use Evernote to take notes of computers that I’m working on, use AIM app to keep in touch with colleagues and friends, listen to music, and attend web meetings with AT&T Connect. Plus several customers at work have made suggestions on apps and other accessories. I purchased a case at Amazon.com called the Bear Motion, in black. The case props up the iPad at a good angle for typing (writing this post on the iPad now), and for video calls using FaceTime.

I don’t have any major issues or complaints about the iPad. I do want to find a good office suite for the iPad, and it would be nice if Microsoft would realse a version of Office for the iPad. I know Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available. I had several colleagues recommend Documents To Go as an option. However, after all these years of trying different office suites, nothing compares to Microsoft Office. It is a standard, and I’m familiar with the programs.

I would recommend the iPad to anyone, but i also tell people to look at all the options. They might like an Android or Windows tablet over the iPad. Maybe picking up the iPad 2 would be a better option for someone instead.

Now, let’s see if I can figure out how to upload a few screenshots I made last week using the WordPress app.

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Lock screen for my iPad. Feels like a Star Trek Univerise
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Second home screen from march 31st
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Home screen from April 7th.

New Digital Camera

I’ve been shopping around for a new digital camera (point and shoot) and narrowed my choices down to the following; Canon SX10 IS, and the Nikon P90.  Both cameras are considered “super zooms” since they are at 20x and 24x optical zoom respectively.   Neither camera does not support HD  or HDMI connections.  However, I am having a problem making a decision on which one to get.

Canon SX10 IS:

The Canon has a 20x optical zoom, 10 MP (mega pixels), can use SDHC memory cards, records movies at a maximum resolution of 640×480 with stereo (file is saved as MOV format),can use the optical zoom while recording movies, MovieSnap (lets you take a high resolution picture while recording a movie, can shoot 1.4 fps in 3 MP while in sports mode, ISO 1600, uses SD/SDHC, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card,  and a 2.5″ Vari-Angle LCD which rotates 270 degrees.

Nikon P90:

The P90 has a 24x optical zoom, 12.1 MP, can use SDHC memory cards, records movies at an unknown resolution in mono (file is saved as something format), can not use the optical zoom while recording movies (only digital zoom is available), can shoot up to 15 fps in 3 MP while in sports mode, ISO 6400 capability at 3 MP, has approx 47 MB internal memory, uses SD/SDHC memory cards, and 3″ Vari-Abgle LCD which can tilt upward 90 degrees and downward 45 degrees.

On Friday June 5th I stopped at Cameras Etc to asked about the Nikon P90.  Dan the salesman said it is a great camera but they are out of stock.  He really liked the 24x optical zoom and the 12.1 MP.  When I asked about some other models, he said they were OK, but fell short of the P90.  Dan checked with his manager to see when the P90 will be in, and I have to wait until Wednesday or Thursday to see it.

On Sunday June 7th, I went to Best Buy to check out each camera.  Max the salesman from the camera department was awesome.  he let me borrow a SD memory card, plug it into the Canon and let me take a bunch of pictures and movies.  After shooting, I put the card in a PC at the Computer Department so I can upload the files to my Dropbox account so I can view them on my home PC.

We tried to get the Nikon to work after installing the SD card, but for some reason the camera would not work (yikes!!)  Could be just a fluke.

The pictures from the SX10 IS look great, too bad my subject (me) could look better.  The color looked natural, it didn’t look over saturated, and the brief movie I took looked nice.  According to VLC and Totem Movie player, the movie was recorded in stereo at 640×480.  The file was huge at 18.7 MB for a 14 second video.  I guess I can get a smaller file size if I change the resolution down to 320×240.

I hope Dan will let me shoot some pictures with the P90 and send them to my Dropbox so I can compare with the SX10 IS.

Ubuntu One

A few weeks ago I installed Dropbox on my Ubuntu 9.04 PC, and it works great.  Now I see Canonical is releasing Ubuntu One to the world (which is still in beta as of this writing.)  I’m not sure if I want to swict from Dropbox, which Ican use on just about any PC to Ubuntu One, which I can only with with Ubuntu 9.04.  I’m sure the software works fine for a beta release, and the storage options are the same as Dropbox, but why would I want to limit myself?

Maybe I am not seeing the bigger picture from a user’s stand point, I can see their picture, making some bucks, which is fine.  I have no problem with it.  Sometimes you need to get paid to continue the work.  I would feel better if I could use Ubuntu One on other PCs with other Linux distros, Mac, or even Windows.  After all, not everyone has Ubuntu Linux, or Mac OS 10.5, or Windows XP / Vista.  I felt a chill writing the “V” word.

Dropbox

About a week ago I read an artical about Dropbox.  I installed it from the .deb file provided on the web site.  Installation was smooth, the way it should be all the time.  I rebooted the PC and I saw a new icon on my upper panel near the clock.  I followed the directions to configure Dropbox and in my home directory, was a new folder called Dropbox.

I copied about 460 MB of various files into that folder, and then it started to sync to my dropbox on the Internet.  I still have to install Dropbox on my Windows XP partition, but from what I am reading, it works like a champ.  Too bad work has Dropbox blocked or else I would install it on my work PC.