So why do I want an xPad?
Yes indeed, why do you? The answer; usually because of all the marketing hype! That’s not to say however that the hype has no substance!
So, just to clarify, instead of (x)Pad I could’ve written “iPad”, but then I specifically don’t want to promote the iPad, and there’s better and more cost effective stuff out there. I could’ve written a(ndroid)Pad, but then I’d be inventing a new term that nobody seems to have coined yet and I might be misunderstood. I could write ‘tablet’ , which is the technically correct terminology, but then it’s so under-used in the press it may also be confusing, and if I used Geek speak and referred to it as a ‘fondleslab’ you might get totally the wrong idea. Anyway, now you know the options, you know what I mean by xPad.
Reasons why you might want and xPad;
- Ever been on-call and fancied a Pint?
And ended up with coffee because you couldn’t face carrying a laptop into the pub and potentially having to get it out, boot it up and plug a dongle in every 10 mins to see if anything’s broken? xPad’s will last for days (on standby) and can be brought up within a second with one keypress, weigh a fraction of the weight of a laptop, and can be carried easily like a book with no hefty case. Power on, refresh page, power off is a 10 second affair with 3G always connected.
- Can’t go out because you’re bidding on eBay?
Pretty much see the previous paragraph.
- Don’t use your laptop while travelling?
For so many reasons; battery is likely to die in-transit, too bulky to use on your lap, 3G dongle won’t stay in the USB port, just don’t want to lug a bag around, etc.
- Want to sit in front of the Telly?
Sure you can do this with a Laptop, but it’s a bit “in your face” and tells everyone else you’re not really with them and not paying attention. If you have what essentially looks like a book that you can pick up and put down as desired it’s a far more sociable approach and you’re far less likely to be accused of working in the evening.
- Skype user?
If you are you’ll be aware of how much of a pain it is trying to re-arrange your windows when a call comes in so you can still see who you’re talking to and work on an issue at the same time. Stick your xPad on a dock and run Skype on that and hey presto, you no longer have an annoying windows to worry about, indeed you can stick your webcam on eBay.
- Now where did I put that video player?
I was talking about rooting my device today and someone intimated that it would be a good idea to put a standard Linux desktop on the device. Take note, Android 3.1 is *NOT* a Linux desktop and indeed bears no similarity. It’s clean, integrated, stable and works very well, none of this messing about trying to make Unity work. You won’t *want* a Linux desktop on the device, because you already have all the tools you’re going to want, and they’re already working! If you want to play a video, it’s going to work, you don’t have to worry about codec’s, playback speed, whether full-screen will be too much for it etc, it’s a complete, integrated, tested, working system. Very unlike what you’re going to see next time you get your laptop out.
So, in summary, reasons why it’s not a laptop;
- It’s an always-on device, you don’t boot when needed
- It’s got a *very* long battery life, think 10 hours video or 10 days on standby
- It has 3G built-in, no Dongle
- It’s got all the bells and whistles you’re going to want already built-in, hardware and software
I moved from a Blackberry style Nokia in Dec 2010 to a Nexus S running Android.
I was staggered by the change am expecting the XOOM to make a similar difference.
Will report back in six months …
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