iPad Report Card – Almost perfect device for watching purchased videos marred by lack of stand
The Apple iPad is not much fun browsing for videos, which is a pastime for many people. iPad fails to deliver great video experience The iPad is much better at watching videos purchased from the Apple iTunes Store.
The screen size is perfect for personal watching and the screen resolution more than adequate. The iPhone / iPod Touch screen is too small. This one is just right, although fingerprints need to be cleaned often. Continue reading
Locking users out their computers will relegate Apple back to the trash bin of obscurity again
Open Systems are good. Closed systems are bad. That is the only mantra of computing I know.
Apple’s Steve Jobs has always wanted to rape and pillage the world with his design to enrich his wallet. The whole Apple thing about being unique and Job’s years in the wilderness with NeXT was about his singular desire to own you and me. He’s a certified megalomaniac who made people rich.
Last week we learned that Jobs is not allowing developers for iPhone 4 OS (which eventually will become iPad 4 OS) to recompile their applications from Adobe Flash to the iPhone. Adobe’s evangelist wrote a hearty Hey Apple Screw You blog.
Despite needing Adobe Photoshop for all it’s core market – artists who use Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere on their Macs – Steve Jobs is trying to squeeze Adobe out of his universe and yours. I can agree Adobe writes bloatware and that Flash is slow but guess what – they define the market for their products.
If I want to use something else to edit photographs or my movies, that will be my choice, not Steve Jobs. Foobar to Steve Jobs and his control of the world. Continue reading
Demand for smart phone applications is outstripping software for computers
Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? Computer applications for an iPhone cost from 99 cents to $900. The $900 is abnormally high since most are under $10. If you buy one and don’t like it, you throw it away.
The smart phone application market is estimated at $3 billion annually. To put it in perspective, Microsoft the world’s largest software company had annual revenues of $58 billion last year.
There is an iPhone application for everything. You can write posts for a blog, take pictures and post them (without cropping), take a video and post to YouTube, update Twitter and Facebook, tune your guitar, watch NASA videos and check email. You can read this blog on an iPhone or other smart phone.
We can check stock prices, play music videos, check the bank, see whats happening in town and download mandolin chords while cruising along the Rive Sud in Quebec.
There are more than 100,000 applications for smart phones with thousands more on the way. Some are fun, some are nothing but propaganda for companies and some are very useful. Most teenagers have hundreds on their phones.
April 3, 2010 shipments of the Apple iPad are just the first round in a two year battle to determine the market leader
Update – March 14, 2010 – first day orders of the Apple iPad were estimated at 120,000 which is not bad for a new product.
The fun of being the first kid-on-the-block with an iPad in April will quickly fade when competitors and Apple introduce better models. The first iPhones were out of date when Apple introduced newer and more desirable models. The iPad will be replaced by models that correct the first round glitches. Competition will quickly enter the market provide features Apple left out, and at lower prices.
By John Biggs, Crunch Gear – With the iPad hitting pre-order in two days and shipping in April, it’s important to think about when and why to buy the iPad. Based on our understanding of the product lifecycle and expected moves by Apple’s competitors, we foresee big changes in the ultra-portable landscape with the ultra-portable/netbook as we now know it mutating – or branching – into a new species of media oriented Win7 and Android devices. Here’s what we can expect.
As Apple gets ready to ship more questions arise
After the excitement of the product launch, two things are clear. Apple has defined the new tablet and will take the early lead in popularity. The lack of decent 3G service will probably steer most buyers to the wi-fi version.
The competition is lining up with alternative models that are expected to begin shipping in April as well but it’s hard to tell if they will put a dent in Apple’s lead. Continue reading
The results are surprisingly good
Update – December 2013 – NJN Mobile has been retired. The new NJN Network site fits Apple, Android and Windows mobile devices without an app. This is the future.
Please give NJN Mobile a try to tell us what is working for you and what is not. There is nothing special you need to do – just bookmark our site in your mobile browser and check it out.
When I first got an iPhone using it for web access was horribly slow. Pages were taking 1-2 minutes to appear. Moving to the next page was painful.
As the demand for smart phone access has increased, new software has improved smart phone access.
Two weeks ago we installed a widget that translates web pages into smart phone pages. Since then we’ve tweaked the software and think it’s working very well.
On 3G service, our main page loads in 6-10 seconds which isn’t that slower than on a computer. Instead of a picture thumbnail, we show the date and headline. The front page loads faster and you can see the newest stories for the day. Update – with faster speeds using thumbnails is possible.
The pages are sized to fit the iPhone and the text is readable.
YouTube videos play but Flash videos don’t. That’s an Apple limitation. Video on smart phone is painfully slow. You are at the mercy of bad connections and too much data.
Benchmarking NJN Network against other news sites, CBC takes about 15-30 seconds from the front page and then 10-20 seconds for the next pages.