Amazon sets its sights on iPad with fully loaded Kindle Fire HD at $499

Amazon has clearly set its sights on the market leading iPad with the introduction of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 fully loaded at $499, a price set to compete against Apple’s entry level model


KJ-slate-02-lg._V389691478_ Amazon has clearly set its sights on the market leading iPad with the introduction of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 fully loaded at $499, a price set to compete against Apple’s entry level model. The previous generation Kindle Fire was priced at half the price of the iPad but this new revision is set to compete against the iPad in both specs and price.

Fully loaded vs entry level

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G offers a fully loaded 32 GB 4G LTE model at $499 to compete against iPad’s 16 GB wi-fi only version at the same price. To get a comparable iPad, you will have to pay $729 for the iPad 3 with 32 GB with 4G LTE. Continue reading “Amazon sets its sights on iPad with fully loaded Kindle Fire HD at $499”

Portable Media Server For iPads

I have a concept for an invention. I don’t think anyone makes it yet but it definitely needs to be made. It’s not anything revolutionary. It simply combines existing technology to create a new class of products.

Three years after this post, someone has finally invented this product. The SanDisk Connect 64G Wireless Media Drive Streaming On the Go (SDWS1-064G-A57)
does everything I envisioned and more.

I have a concept for an invention. I don’t think anyone makes it yet but it definitely needs to be made. It’s not anything revolutionary. It simply combines existing technology to create a new class of products.

The Scenario

I want to play media on a portable device but I want to choose from a vast selection of movies, pictures, music, or other rich media content and be able to share it with other devices.

The Problem

iPad, iPhones, and other mobile devices

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Android tablet clone+DSLR liveview = WIN!

For photographers, there may be a niche segment where the combination of a cheap Android tablet and a DSLR capable of liveview can be very useful. I’m not talking about tethering in the traditional sense where you would send the images to the tablet.

If you have been following tablet market, you’ll undoubtedly know there’s been an influx of iPad clones coming out of Shenzhen, China. While the number of models may seem endless, many are just rebadged versions of other models. Not much is known about these clone tablets other than specs released on the web but they generally run Google Android OS, sized from 4″-10″, includes some kind of external storage like usb or sd card slots, with prices starting around $150. I doubt any of these will put any kind of dent on iPad sales as they generally use inferior touch screens and lack the coveted Apple iOS. Continue reading “Android tablet clone+DSLR liveview = WIN!”

The iPad was made for kids and cats

I’m convinced that’s the target market for this device. It’s a really expensive cat and kids toy.

Btw, this is how you print from an iPad via @Brilliantcrank

Multitasking coming to the iPhone this summer, iPad in the fall

Apple: Multitasking coming to the iPhone this summer, iPad in the fall – Yahoo! News.

Good news for those who bought an iPad hoping it’ll do something in the future. Apple will have a kind of quasi multitasking in a future OS update due this fall. Not all apps will multitask. Those scheduled to work in the background will be music playing, telephony apps, and map apps. Of course by the time this update is available, the price will probably drop by at least $50 if not more. The HP Slate is due to be released this summer adding the the competition in this arena. An internal HP document indicates the HP Slate will run $549 in its base configuration, which has a 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multitouch display, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor with UMA graphics and an accelerator for 1080p video playback, 32GB of flash storage and 1GB of non-upgradeable RAM. There’s also a $599 version with 64GB of storage, and both models will have a five-hour battery, an SDHC slot, two camera, a USB port, a SIM card slot for the optional 3G modem, and a dock connector for power, audio, and HDMI out. Personally, I don’t think the HP Slate will be much competition for the iPad as it is basically a keyboardless netbook. The real competition will be a tablet that runs Android apps. There’s a handful of alternatives but the only one who has a chance of even touching Apple’s iPad will be some kind of offering from Google with someone like HTC.

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Can the iPad be used to do tethered shooting with a digital slr?

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The short answer for now is no. I don’t understand why anyone would want to tether this thing to a camera in the first place. Would you tether a digital photo frame to a camera? To do tethered shooting, you need all of the following:

  • A means to connect camera to the tether device. Sure the iPad has a $29 optional usb port but its functionality is probably very limited.
  • Software support. If the Apple Politburo has not approved it, it’s not happening.
  • Somewhere to store the images. Where are you going to store all those images on the 16GB version. I’m thinking you might have 1 GB free after you install everything.

I read somewhere that someone was thinking of using the iPad as a live review device during a shoot. Well to make this work, you’ll have to tether your camera to a laptop, write some kind of script to post those images to a local webpage, and then use the iPad to browse that page. I think I’ll stick to tethering a laptop using Adobe Lightroom.

Update: OnOne Software, the maker of DSLR Camera Remote confirms their software will have limited functionality with the iPad but it requires a computer in the connection so I’m not sure what’s the point of having the iPad attached when you already have a computer attached.

Apple iPad vs Netbook

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Apple iPad® vs Acer Aspire® 1810 Timeline

Let me first say that I understand the Apple iPad is not a replacement for a netbook or laptop. It’s more of an information consumption device than an bi-directional content creation device.  With that said though, there are some people who will inevitably want to know what they can get for $600 regardless of what it does. Is it a fair comparison? Of course not. They do different things but the bottom line is if I found $600 under my cushions, what do I get for that? The iPad 16GB with 3G is $629 while the 32 GB w/o 3G is $599. The Acer Aspire 1810 is $599. To keep things simple, let’s just say they are all around the same price.

iPad Aspire 1810 Notes
Price $599/$629 $599
Weight 1.5-1.6 pounds (.68 kg) 3.1 pound (1.4 kg)
Screen size 9.7″ diagonal 11.6″ diagonal
Thickness .5″ 1.2″
Resolution 1024-by-768-pixels 1366-by-768-pixels
Aspect Ratio A very retro 4:3 16:9
Wireless Wi-Fi + 3G model

  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only2
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • Gigabit LAN
Processor 1GHz Apple A4 single core very similar to the one used on the iPhone. Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor SU7300
(3MB L2 cache, 1.30 GHz, 800MHz FSB)
Memory 256 MB 4 GB
Storage 16GB, 32GB 320GB hard drive, 5400RPM
Battery Life 9-10 hours non removable battery 8 hours removable battery
USB ports via $29 connector kit Three USB 2.0
Card slots One Micro SIM/SD card via via $29 connector kit Multi-in-one card reader:
– Supports optional MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™ or xD-Picture Card™ – With optional adapter supports optional Memory Stick Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, miniSD™, microSD™, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard™
HDMI port none √ One
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
None
Operating System Proprietary Windows® 7 Home Premium installed or Linux if you prefer
Webcam No
Keyboard Software keyboard or $69 docking station
Software Anything you want as long as you can get it at the Apple App Store Anything that runs on an Intel processor
Flash support No, so forget about all those sites that run flash
Multitasking No. Want to read while listening to music? Forget it. Want to pause a web video clip to read an email? Forget it. Not just multitasking but multi-core processing.
Tabbed Browsing No. Just pretend it’s 1999. √ Use any browser you want.
Video Chat No, unless you count talking to a reflection of yourself video chat. √ Yes
Hulu.com Nope. Requires flash. √ Yes

The New York Times has a nice review of the iPad from two different perspectives. Just a final note. Time magazine is $5 PER ISSUE from the App Store. I don’t know what world you live in but in no world of mine is Time magazine worth $5 per issue. If magazines think the iPad will be their salvation, they better rethink their pricing strategy.