Tag: Apple

Basic Comparison of iPad2 and Xoom

I still cannot figure out the actual reasons which makes one hate Apple, as if Apple did something to people who hate it! Sometimes, I think that, do they hate if because it usually gets a lot of popularity from media? In that case, the popularity is not something Apple pays for. It’s products are not cheap which after all that media hype, fails to impress actual users. I will write my take on this issue in multiple posts.

I remember once, one of my friends posting an article where the article was talking about “Apple screwing its customers” The article was for some insane reason, bashing Apple for changing the screws on iPhone. Now, what is that? I don’t think companies are supposed to use the same screws. How does that affect end user? Don’t say that the users will not be able to open up their phones.

One of the reasons, I hear is that “Apple products are priced way too much”. This statement is usually accompanied with some analogies. I definitely agree on this in case of Macs, they are indeed price steeply. Nevertheless, the other products are not priced as such. A case in point is iPad2.

Let’s compare the price of tablets from Apple and Motorola.

Wi-Fi Versions 

  • iPad2 comes in 16, 32, 64 gigs / Xoom comes only in 32 gigs as of now
  • iPad2 32 gigs is priced as $599 / Xoom is priced at $599
  • iPad2 display is 9.7 inches / Xoom display is 10.1 inches
  • iPad2 display is 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi) / Xoom display is 1280x 800 pixels; 150 pixels / inch), HD 720p
  • iPad2 has 1 GHz dual-core A5 processor / Xoom has 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • iPad2 has dual camera, though MP information is not there on specs / Xoom has dual camera, back camera is 5 MP and front 2 MP
  • iPad2 camera has HD video recording capability / Xoom has no such information on its specs
  • iPad2 is 601 grams / Xoom is 708 grams
  • iPad2 has 25 W-hr battery / Xoom has 24 W-hr battery
  • iPad2 has 10 hours of surfing over Wi-Fi or video playback / Xoom has 10 hours of surfing over Wi-Fi or video playback. Though Xoom has 3.3 days of mp3 playback
  • iPad supports  HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV playback formats / Xoom supports AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, ACC+ Enhanced, OGG, MIDI, AMR NB, AAC+

3G Versions

  • Technical specs are same for iPad2 and Xoom
  • Weight increases proportionally for both of them
  • iPad2 with Verizon 3G is priced at $729 / Xoom with Verizon 3G is priced at $799
  • iPad2 is also available from At&T on 3G

Do you still think that Apple always demands way too much price for its products?

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HTML5 and the browsers

Google Chrome released its latest version this morning, which is 7.0.517.41. With this release,   Chrome has added more support for HTML5.

Notable features with this release are:

  • Full AppleScript support on Mac OS X for UI Automation
  • Implementation of HTML5 parsing algorithms, File API and directory uploads
  • New dialog for managing block cookies in bulk

As I always do with every new release, I checked the compatibility of the browser with HTML5 on http://html5test.com/ and Chrome scored a neat 231 out of 300. Chrome 6 had 217 out of 231. I have not installed IE9 on my machine for some reason and don’t even intend to do that for some time, but I used it on some other machine and IE9 scored a pathetic 91 out of 300! I was thinking all the way that through IE9, Microsoft will try to enter browser war once more. Nevertheless, it seems they are aiming for something else. At the same time, Mozilla Firefox is still at 139 points out of 300. I hope they must be aiming for there next release to address more and more of HTML5 support.

In the meantime, did you guys visit http://www.apple.com/html5/ for some cool demos related to HTML5? If not, maybe you can spend a minute or two right now.

[Update: Just installed Firefox 4 Beta 6 and they have changed a lot from UI perspective. Still have to explore it. BTW, the new version as I said above, does support a lot of HTML5 features and scores 204/300]

FaceTime Ad

I know there are people who hate (really hate) Apple for some reasons. Well, they may have there own reasons and I am not writing this to fight them or open a debate. I love Apple, but not like someone who is in blind love. I do criticize them at times, but those instances have been very few. I feel that mostly (and I repeat mostly) whatever they do is awesome. Even there advertisements score the perfect point. Take for instance the advertisement for FaceTime, the new feature which was launched with iPhone4. I mean, who ever, even thought about addressing that segment of customers through some/any form of advertisement. And here Apple, scored full marks and in a way captured a segment of customers through their ad!

Is Flash gonna die?

For quite some time, I was really not able to keep a tab on what’s all going around in the technology sector. I have been so busy with some other stuff for past few months, that my only dose of updates were from NYT technology page and their bits blog.

Today, I got quality time and thought of powering on my laptop and getting hooked up on net. I checked my mails and logged off so that I don’t keep watching the mailbox after every 10 minutes and clear the spam coming my way 🙂

So, while browsing stuff today, I came across an article which was talking about how Adobe was taking a hit at Apple for not supporting flash on iPad. It was interesting and that led me to search a whole lot of related topics around this flash thing.

It seems that Apple is in no mood of supporting Flash as Apple is rooting for HTML5. Google also shows no intention of supporting Flash as Google itself is a big supporter of HTML5. Adobe cannot look up to Microsoft as MS already has Silverlight which was considered as Flash killer. So, what will be Adobe’s next move? I wonder.

This is an interesting read and so it this.

On the contrary, this is a really nice take by John Nack on why flash will not die and it should not be bashed so much.