Each week I join the Sunday Morning News on Global Calgary to talk the latest in tech, gadgets, and to walk you through the ways you can make the gadgets you already own work better.
Here are the segment notes and links from March 11, 2012:
The “New iPad“ was unveiled by Apple this week. While it’s not a radical shift in design, there’s a shift in how the device is to be used. The extra horsepower, crisper screen, better cameras, and new iLife apps are turning the iPad into a content creation device.
The first two generations of the iPad were mostly about content consumption, this one makes the move to actually using it to create. Talking is the new typing, touch is the new mouse. I have said that books may belong in a museum in the future, the keyboard and mouse may just join them. Some tech pundits are even saying that kids just entering school now may never have the need to learn typing, let alone cursive.
In the end, should you buy one? If you’re not on the iPad bandwagon yet, this is a great entry point. If you’re not heavy on trying to use the iPad as a replacement for a laptop, then getting the iPad 2 at a discount might be a good idea.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE
Just 3 weeks ago, Samsung released their Galaxy Note. A hybrid device, the Note staked out the “content creation” turf first. Called a “phablet” because it bridges the gap between phone and tablet, the Galaxy Note was a highlight of CES 2012, but since has underwhelmed. Despite a headline blaring 2 Million units sold since the device’s debut, that’s still half the number of iPhone 4S units Apple moved opening weekend.
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Last year’s CES was all about the 3D TV. They were everywhere. This year? The tvs may still get a bit of hype, but the direction has moved.
4 years ago Apple changed the conversation with the release of the iPhone. Everyone instantly switched their smart phone strategy to apps and a touch screen. This year, it’s all about the tab. Not only is “everyone” releasing one, but everyone is comparing it to the iPad.
Motorola even went so far as to say the iPad was just a big iPhone when teasing their new Evolution tablet. . I dont know if they were trying to diss the Apple tablet with the comparison, but the iPhone was hailed as s that really a negative? After all, the iPhone has widely been hailed as one of the greatest inventions in history (even more important than the toilet).
Other pitchmen will walk the convention floor saying “It’s like an iPad, but has a camera.” or “It’s like an iPad, but has memory slots.”“It’s like an iPad, but bigger.” “It’s like an iPad, but smaller.” etc etc etc
That’s how the pitches will go on the Consumer Electronics Show trade floor in Las Vegas next week.
But will it matter?
Maybe not. New entrants to the marketplace will face users who already have iPods with their music on iTunes. They may even have an iPod Touch with some apps in place.
They’ve made an investment into the app store and introducing a different branded tablet to the roster decreases the ability of all devices to share information and apps.
People new to the tablets will choose whatever they’re familiar with. Blackberry users will wait for the Playbook, Android users will slide into that camp with the wildcard being the millions who don’t yet have a smart phone. They may be more willing to try new products and be swayed by flashy features or dramatic price points.
We could be poised for another turf war the likes of VHS v Beta, but I dont think Apple or Google are going away anytime soon. The Apple advantage has been the app store, but everyone else is getting a
reasonable roster, adding sexy features and getting ready to compete on price.
It will be interesting to see what sort of devices Moses will bring to us at CES.
Steve Jobs fired a shot across the bows of your favourite cable company last week when he unveiled a new edition of his hobby – Apple TV. The box was shrunk, the hard drive taken out and the functionality increased.
When you buy an Apple product, you’re going to pay more for the privilege. Apple fanboys get it the same way BMW and Mercedes fans get it. Prettier costs more.
But the Apple tax in Canada comes in a different shape and size. Apple announced a new roster of products last week that had stunning pricepoints in US dollars, but when the currency gets converted and the Canadian price is announced, they don’t always match up.