22/09/2018 Posted by admin

The morning, my co-host Mike Sobel and I yaked about the pros and cons of the most populat tablets in town.


Now that the Motorola Xoom is in Canada, I thought I would give you my take on the top-level pros and cons of the four top tablets that electronics stores and cellphone stores are selling.

Don’t decide on which tablet to buy based on price. $100 here or there doesn’t mean much if you don’t like your tablet months after you bought it.

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They all do email, have hundreds of thousands apps (including BlackBerry’s PlayBook soon to run Android apps) from serious to useful to pass time genres. Most take as good pictures and videos as the best smart phones.

But here is what counts the most for me on a tablet: The Internet experience, screen clarity and size – features you have to live with after you purchase your tablet. I find 10-inch tablets, like the iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom become awkward on long trips, especially holidays. They are heavier and cumbersome to hold with one hand and become an “additional” item to take along. The 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook and Samsung Galaxy Tab are lighter, can fit in most jacket pockets, which also means coats and purses and can be held with one hand for longer.

The OS becomes secondary, as all are different and once you get used to yours, your tablet will be a fun and productive tool.

You can go online and check the detail features and functions on the links below. Here is my brief take on the experience of using these tablets.

*iPad2 from Apple Store, also at Bell, Rogers and TELUS from $640 to $849 (16, 32, 64 GB) WiFi or $519 to $719 (16, 32, 64 GB) on cellular data plan. It has the second nicest 10-inch bright screen, the coolest and simplest iPad Smart Cover, the most apps, most responsive touch screen, iTunes and Internet anywhere w/cell data plan option. The cons is an Internet limitations due to no Flash support so you won’t be able to see a lot of videos on many sites.


*Samsung Galaxy Pad from $399.95 to $199.95 with plan at Bell and Rogers is the cheapest 7-inch tablet with a descent screen experience. It runs on the now older Android 2.2 OS similar to many Android smart phones. It does Internet anywhere w/cell data plan and is perfect for budget minded folks who still own a regular “talking” phone and wish to bypass the smart phone stage with a larger and easy to use screen. The cons are some web sites will only run in mobile mode instead of full PC-like mode. And the video quality is one notch lower than the iPad2 and Xoom.


* Motorola Xoom from Motorola Mobility Canada, $599.99 at TELUS features the strikingly new Android 3.0 HONEYCOMB OS. It feels and looks like a laptop of the future with swooshable multi-finger swipes for customizing your apps. It has a smart selection of optional accessories like Bluetooth keyboard, portfolio case, gel skin and a combo charger/HDMI out HD Speaker Dock. The cons are despite the sharpest 10-inch screen and unbreakable Gorilla glass, it is the most reflective screen, especially at angles and it needs WiFi for Internet, unlike a cellular data version in the U.S.


* BlackBerry PlayBook from Research in Motion $499.99 to $699.99 (16, 32, 64GB) from everywhere, has the best no-glare, truly multi-angle bright screen, smartest multitasking OS for switching Apps and a special secure Bluetooth connection with your BlackBerry device OS 6 and higher. It has the best Internet experience, shoots the best HD video and will soon run the some 160,000 Android Apps. It’s basically WiFi but can bridge with your BlackBerry in tether mode for Internet (the BlackBerry Bridge Bluetooth is different from the tether function so you can have either or both running). If you like your BlackBerry smart phone, the PlayBook will not disappoint.


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