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TABLETS???

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

  1. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    By a whisker, tho. And is the difference worth the hit on "mid-brightness" battery life, compared to your iPad2? 6.6 hours vs. 11.8 hours?
     
  2. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    Nope, I read that too and wondered why they gave the Galaxy such a high rating. Thing is, I don't seem to get that many hours on the iPad either, but when my wife and granddaughter use it, they use it continuously and it seems as if the battery goes down quicker than I'd expect it to. Might be my imagination, tho.

    Rich
     
  3. Steve

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    We probably average a couple of hours a day of use on our iPad2, including radio through the external speakers during breakfast, at pretty high volume. After over 4 months of use, it gets charged about once every 5 days.

    I'm not sure if it's as important for Li-Ion as it is for NiMH, but I like to run it down to 5% or less, thinking it will help prolong battery life. :shrug:
     
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    Just nauseating.
     
  6. bobukcat

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    Agreed, I don't know how they get these patents awarded in the first place. The iPad was not even close to being the first tablet computer on the market, just the most successful. I guess it's a good thing Palm didn't patent a generic drawing of a handheld device with a screen on the front way back when or none of the current smartphones (including the iPhone) could be imported. :nono:
     
  7. Rich

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    I let battery technology kinda pass me by. They're usually user friendly and you can always get instructions on the net. I do remember when batteries you could run down completely (5% is pretty close) were rare and they cost a fortune. Golf scooters and fork lifts used them.

    Rich
     
  8. Steve

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  10. Steve

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    Thanks, TB! Learned a lot I didn't know from that link. The part that deals specifically with charging Li-Ion batteries is here:

    http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/charging_lithium_ion_batteries

    This table was very helpful as well: http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_charge_when_to_charge_table
     
  11. paulman182

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    The fact that we don't know how low the battery really is when the processor in a device shuts itself off makes a chart like this almost useless.
     
  12. Steve

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    That may be true, but I still found it helpful. E.g., I had no idea that, for Li-Ion polymer, "Deep discharge wears the battery down." I've been running my iPad2 battery down to 5%, thinking I was doing a good thing!
     
  13. Steve

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    Looks like RIM may be cutting their losses.

    http://www.betanews.com/article/Sprint-RIM-mutually-decide-to-scrap-PlayBook-4G-release/1313189340

     
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    I suspect the 5% displayed is not the real number. I think the device will not allow you to run it so low you can damage the battery.
     
  15. Steve

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    Fingers-crossed you're right, and that the reverse is true as well. 100% is not really 100%.

     
  16. Steve

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    Does this mean Google now owns the Xoom and Droid smartphone product lines as well? Will be interesting to know, as more of this story unfolds!
     
  17. Cholly

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    Short answer: Yes. (Once the deal is finalized, that is). For discussion of the acquisition, use the following thread:
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=195828
     
  18. TBlazer07

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    A nephew of mine got a job with RIM (some sort of FED GOV marketing division) back in June after kolidge graduation. He just got layed off about 2 weeks ago. The joke was he got hired then got a rim job. Fortunately he still can live at home.

    Seriously though, I can't imagine how RIM or HP can even make a dent in the market.
     
  19. Steve

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    Sucks. I feel bad for him that was his first experience in the workforce.

    IMHO, HP might have been able to gain some market share had they waited a month to release a bug free OS, and initially priced the 16gb wifi tablet at $349, as I suggested back in June. I'm not sure what the big rush was for a July vs. August debut, knowing they were a few weeks away from a much more stable s/w release and (b) thinking they could command a premium price in an already overcrowded market. :nono2:

    I haven't paid much attention to what went wrong with the Playbook, but I assume RIM thought their existing corporate phone base would remain loyal at whatever price they set for it.
     
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