The last few blogs that I have written, as well as a few in the past, have been about the Apple iPhone. I had been using a Windows Mobile 6.2 device myself for the last few years and only had the pleasure of using friends’ and family’s iPhones. My phone was dying and I was going to see about upgrading to an iPhone (the only reason I hadn’t got one before was Verizon didn’t offer them until this year). After talking with a friend, he suggested I go with an Android.
I was thinking about getting an Android, but because of all the friends and family that have the iPhone, I was going to get an iPhone myself. I liked a lot of the apps that they have and wanted to be able to “play” with some of the features and things I have been writing about for the past few months. So, after seeing the Android first-hand, I knew it was going to be for me. For starters, it had the ability to have Adobe Flash Player installed on it, which the iPhone does not (why can’t Apple and Adobe come to some agreement?????). Next, it had an appealing interface to it. While I was used to going to the “Apple Store” for apps on friends’ iPhones, I was new to the Android “Market”. It was very easy to search and find exactly what I was looking for.
The only down-side to the Android that I have found so far is that my favorite app, Magic Piano, on the iPhone has not been written for the Android. Most of the other apps and other things that I had on my previous Windows Mobile 6.2 device, as well as a few additions I wanted, I was easily able to get for free on the new Android. For the first time, I am able to check my auto insurance coverage anywhere I want, see where I am by using Maps (including directions that rival the TomTom and Garmin) with appropriate GPS, and be able to listen to music using the Pandora app. As these are all free, it is like an early Christmas present.
So, what mobile device do you have? An iPhone, Android, Windows-based, Blackberry (perish the thought!!)? Or do you still have a device that is not a SmartPhone that can do all these fun things? What are your likes and dislikes about your device? Is it easy to use and have all the things on it you wanted? Are you able to do what you thought you could or are you disappointed that you got it and think you would have been happier with another device?
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Pause the episode of True Blood so we can talk about much more important things. No, not Glenn Beck's fashionable reading glasses, I'm talking about Flash on the iPad. Let's get into it.
Recently, several tech pundits have blogged that they are getting sick and tired of hitting pages that include Flash. These important pages include, but are not limited to: press releases, bike trails, and movie trailers. Ah, not press releases!
I use my iPad as a consumption device about 98% of the time. Mainly Instapapering, Google Reading, Tumblring and reading comics. I literally cannot think of one instance where I went, “Dammit, I with this had Flash.” Sure, it would be nice to be able to watch Hulu on a mobile device, but even Android devices with it do not allow for Hulu.com to work. (Also, the Hulu+ selection is worthless.)
The one instance I can think of getting annoyed regarding Flash would be looking up a restaurants website and finding that their page is entirely in Flash. This isn’t an annoyance that the iPad cannot display it, but more often than not it’s because the website looks terrible once I walk over to my laptop. Have you even tried looking at a menu from a website like that? Chances are you need to download it as a PDF. Did we lose a war?
It sucks that press releases and movie trailers would be in Flash, but I know I never come across them when I use my iPad. That’s just me. In fact, who sits down to watch movie trailers? Or even press releases, to be honest?
I tried commenting on the pundits page about what sites he visits on the iPad that require Flash, but apparently most of the people commenting were out of line, and mine were quickly deleted. Ah well.
I guess it's not OK for Apple to block Flash from their iPad, but it is OK to deleted and lock comments from your own blog.
END RADICAL FASCISM! (or something.)