Does it make me disloyal to my love for Apple? I love my MacBook Air, but I bought myself a Samsung Galaxy Tab. My friends say I’m betraying Mac, but here’s what I said to them:
Well I do feel a little disloyal, but I’ve always been deeply fond of Google, and the Tab has an Android OS which is Open Source and I try to be open-minded …
I love the size, about the same as a paperback so it fits easily into my purse. I’ve downloaded a Kindle app and I can read on it and an Audible app and I can listen to books. I’ve got Firefox on it, synced to my laptop’s Firefox, which is handy. I can email, txt, take photos, deal with my calendar, Facebook and Twitter, email photos or add them directly to Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Picasa and more, read the Bible, record sound, check the sound-level with a sound meter, and more. There’s lots I haven’t tried yet, like video, giving commands by speaking, etc. My friend got the same tablet so she could have lots to read when she travelled without carrying a lot of books. She has wifi only; I pay $20.00 a month (no contract) for 3G. In August my iPhone contract ends, and I plan to get a very cheap dumb phone, or bluetooth so I can use the Tab as a phone.
I do have a couple of quibbles – the ear-buds don’t work with Audible and I haven’t been able to figure out why, and it doesn’t have iTunes (duh!) and getting music on it is tricky but the ear buds work for the music apps!
And the price dropped substantially!
So I really like my new toy ;->
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I help with
- Learning web basics, (email, search, browsing, etc.)
- Editing, Proofreading, and/or Composing Documents
- Speaking (Planning, Practising, PowerPoint etc.)
- Presenting with Impact
- Finding free web tools (audio, video, storage, etc.)
- Creating eNewsletters (with a web tool that isn't free)
- Researching using the web
- Social Bookmarking
- Setting up and using wikis
- Setting up simple websites
- Using Twitter Effectively
About MeJoan works and plays on the web and is happy to speak to groups or individuals about the web's communication possibilities