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TABLETS???

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Rich, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Apr 28, 2011 #681 of 2347
    Steve

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    I'm using cloud-based Google Docs to edit Word and Excel files on the iPad2. I imagine Google would make Docs work even better under Honeycomb.

    If there's a market for Office on tablets, I'd be surprised if Microsoft didn't come out with iOS and/or Honeycomb versions as well. I say this because Mac Office has been one of their most successful products since it's introduction, and they recently developed a very impressive (IMHO) Bing iPad app.

    When it comes to making money, Microsoft appears to be platform agnostic. :p
     
  2. Apr 28, 2011 #682 of 2347
    Shades228

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    Sorry I can clarify further.

    Most mobile browsers state they are a mobile version to help load faster and keep clutter down.

    Browser in Android used to be able to be set to identify as a desktop.

    Dolphin HD has the option to choose if it's mobile, desktop, or iphone.

    Skyfire has the same options but handles full web sites better as well as native support for most video codecs built in. This results in better page viewing and smoother transition. If it's a flash heavy page skyfire is the only browser I'll use for it because of how it can actually handle flash.
     
  3. Apr 28, 2011 #683 of 2347
    bobukcat

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    To do this on the Xoom tablet with the stock browser you type "about:debug" in the address bar and hit enter - nothing happens but then you can hit the settings button in the top right corner and a Debug tab on the left is now there - select that and then UAString to change the behavior of the browser. There's settings for Android, Desktop and even iPhone and iPad anomgst others. You will have to do this again if you reboot the device unless you root it and install the "permanent fix" from the XDA-Developers site.

    I have no idea if this works on any other HC tablet.
     
  4. Apr 28, 2011 #684 of 2347
    bobukcat

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    I registered for and got a great deal on Quick Office Pro HD for my Xoom. PDFs display better than any other program I've used and you can create and edit full Excel, Word and Power Point documents on it. If you want to use your tablet for non-Google Docs documents I highly recommend it.
     
  5. Apr 28, 2011 #685 of 2347
    Steve

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    You reminded me that if you type "about:flags" on the Chrome browser for PC, among other things, you can enable "cloud printing" (at least for Chrome 12). Does that work for Xoom Chrome as well? Just curious.
     
  6. Apr 28, 2011 #686 of 2347
    bobukcat

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    I haven't looked at it for the tablet because I don't need it but on there is a "free" version of it for all Android devices but it is really just a demo that expires after one week - I would expect the tablet version to be the same.

    It's very interesting that some Honeycomb tablets don't have Exchange support. I've never heard anything about it being Motorola that added exchange support to the older versions of Android and in fact other non-Moto but stock Android devices like the Nexus 1 used the client with exchange support built in. I've also heard that Google is keeping much tighter control on Honeycomb than they did previous versions so it's surprising to me that there would be such a key difference between the first two to hit the market.
     
  7. Apr 28, 2011 #687 of 2347
    bobukcat

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    It doesn't appear to do anything on the Xoom tablet, at least not that I can tell yet.
     
  8. Apr 28, 2011 #688 of 2347
    Steve

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    Ed Burnette, a ZDNet technology blogger posits that "IceCream", the reported successor to Honeycomb, will be more "open", and will run on both phones and tablets.

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/burnette/is-honeycomb-androids-vista/2229
     
  9. Apr 28, 2011 #689 of 2347
    raott

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    As far as I can tell with the research I've done so far, the Acer is the only one that doesn't have native Exchange support. Very strange.
     
  10. Apr 28, 2011 #690 of 2347
    bobukcat

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    For those interested in USB connectivity on tablets, this tidbit from Motorola hit Droid-Life.com today, I have to wonder if it's just a micro-usb Host to USB Female adapter and if so what other types of devices might work when connected to it and if this connectivity requires the OS update that is supposed to start rolling out today. $20 is pretty steep for an adapter cable!
     

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    bobukcat

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    Developers have uncovered portions of Honeycomb that appear to lend itself to a "dual-platform" OS as well but it appears to be far from being ready for the smartphone devices.
     
  12. Apr 28, 2011 #692 of 2347
    Stewart Vernon

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    As an aside that is also on-topic...

    One of the most negative things people say about the iPad/iPhone and Apple in general... is to talk about their "closed system" as being restrictive to developers and that customers can't do whatever they want to do with their Apple device.

    Whenever this comes up... I am reminded of how Linux hasn't been adopted at a high rate that would leave you to believe consumers truly want fully open architecture that can be 3rd party or end-user customized to your heart's content.

    FYI, I like Linux... I'm just throwing it out there that the folk who scream the loudest about Apple being too "controlling" of their products... those folk don't seem to be Linux users by and large... so I'm not sure they really want the open-architecture of which they complain.
     
  13. Apr 28, 2011 #693 of 2347
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    Linux fails because it isn't a business. Without someone driving money into something it won't take off for mass populace.

    There's no incentive for manufacturers to install it because they won't get as much money for pre installed apps.

    Consumers know windows and can buy windows apps in a store.

    If linux could do all the gaming that Windows can it would really start to take over home computers more. Gaming is key and that's also why Apple will never be as big as PC's until they do something that really makes them compete in this market.

    MS and Apple have made propriatary software, that is very good, that are key for developers to use.

    People care about it being open but they also care about ease of use and availability of software. Apple was king of this until recently.

    I do think that Android has the ability though to introduce people to Linux again but I also think that it won't go anywhere until gaming can compete.

    I make my kids browse in Linux and they only go into Windows to play games.
     
  14. Apr 28, 2011 #694 of 2347
    Shades228

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    There are also parts of GB that are designed for larger screens as well. So it's clear that they do share a lot of the same code for some things.
     
  15. Apr 28, 2011 #695 of 2347
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    Having games built with the ability to be ran on Linux would be a mess load more sinple than trying to use their program to get it to work. I'm not entirely sold that it would take over the home computer markets. Apple and Microsoft have such a jump on Linux for home computers and it's what everyone is familiar with. Personally, if Linux could step up to the point of being able to run everything we have available currently and in the future, I would love to see it become everyone's OS. I dual-boot Ubuntu on it's own HDD on one of my computers and I love it. I don't think I've logged into Windows on that computer in over a year now.
     
  16. Apr 28, 2011 #696 of 2347
    Rich

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    I downloaded Skyfire, might as well download Dolphin and try it on Amazon movies. Not many good choices there, by the way.

    Rich
     
  17. Apr 28, 2011 #697 of 2347
    Rich

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    I might as well download that too. My head is really gonna explode one of these days!

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  18. Apr 28, 2011 #698 of 2347
    Rich

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    I don't see it either, but in a work environment...?

    Rich
     
  19. Apr 28, 2011 #699 of 2347
    Rich

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    Thanx, that makes it much clearer.

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  20. Apr 28, 2011 #700 of 2347
    Rich

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    I'll give that a try tomorrow.

    Rich
     

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