Adjusting to Android

In a previous post I shared about my most recent purchase of an Acer Android Tablet.  After about a month now of getting used to the tablet there are few responses that I have:

1) I love what it can do.

I love that it has a USB drive and expandable memory!  I love that it plays flash video and that I can use it for CBC Online.  It really has incredible customization options and can do far more than I can even comprehend.

2) I miss the simplicity.

I have been a committed Apple user for the past 3 or 4 years and comfortable with their functionalities.  When it comes to syncing my iPhone with my Macbook it's a piece of cake, especially when it comes to media transfer.  There is nothing simple about my Android tablet and transferring data, especially media, has been a great pain.

3) I don't need it.

I'm glad I paid $300 for an Android tablet rather than $600 for an iPad.  It's a fun toy, but it's not a real useful tool.  At least not yet.  I am constantly finding more that it can do and I'm sure it will be something I will lean on heavily a year from now.  If you were to take away either my iPhone or my laptop, I would have a hard time functioning effectively.  If you take away my tablet, I hate to admit it but I might be even more productive.

This has been my experience so far.  I'm not giving up on it by any means and look forward to continuing to develop my understanding of the Android system.  I would love to hear from your experiences with an Android or Apple tablet.

My New Android Tablet

A couple weeks ago I bought my first Tablet, an Acer A500.  I honestly have been drooling over the iPad for 2 years but couldn't justify buying one.  The cost was too high and one of my primary uses is CBC Online which cannot function effectively on an iPad because it does not play flash.   I've been curious about Android devices for about a year, but I've been very committed to Apple as my past 3 computers have been Macs and my wife and I both have been iPhone users for several years.

A friend at CBC, Craig, sent me a coupon though to Staples for $100 off a tablet making this Acer only $300 (half the price of the iPad).  I began comparing it to the iPad and it had more functionality and better features.  The Acer can play Flash, has expandable memory, a USB drive, and the list could go on.  My wife gave me the green light and I leaped into the Android world and bought my first tablet.

So far I have no regrets.  I was able to buy a stylus and keyboard/case (that connects via USB) for less than $20 on Amazon and have been loving the flexibility that it provides me.  It's not a perfect device and I still have a lot of learning to do, but I will say that my first 2 weeks as an Android user have been a lot of fun!  I would love any advice on some great apps to download or any suggestions in maximizing the Android functionality (and flexibility!).

By the way, those HTC phones sure do look fun to use!

iPad... still waiting

I've wanted the iPad since I first saw it announced.  I go out of my way to find an excuse to drop into Best Buy or the Apple Store just to fiddle around on it for a little bit when I get a chance.  The problem is that I'm cheap and need a good reason to buy one other than thinking that it's really cool.  Trust me, I've worked on good reasons, but haven't found one to justify the cost yet.  It's an incredible machine and I think I will really like the iBook feature, but that's not enough at this point.  The truth is, I'm planning to be that guy that waits in line to be one of the first to buy the new iPhone.  The advances with multitasking, an HD-Video camera, a camera on the front for video-chat, and the many other advances make this purchase a no-brainer and well worth the investment.  I'd love for you to give me a good reason to buy the iPad, but for now my Macbook Pro and  the new iPhone seem to meet all of my needs and so much more!