Apple's Amazing Keynote - Revenge of the iPad!

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Well, Apple did it, they actually lived up to the hype yet again. Steve Jobs coming out on stage and doing the presentation was a brilliant touch. No matter what you think of Jobs or Apple, good for him. As for the iPad 2, well, Apple didn't merely iterate slightly, they did actually make a true "2", no now all those silly rumors of an iPad 3 coming out in the fall can be put to rest. 1.3 pounds, THINNER than my iPhone 4, new A5 processor, improved graphics, dual cameras, available in black and white, AT&T and Verizon from day one, 10 hour battery life, $499 starting price (maxes out at $829 for 64GB with WiFi/3G), HDMI mirrored output up to 1080p, smart covers, etc. I think my hemming and hawing over what tablet to get was for naught as the decision has been made rather handily for me. Apple is just too far ahead of the competition at this point. Maybe that will change within a few years, but right now, all things considered, the iPad 2 is the only logical choice in tablets. It hits the US on March 11 and rolls out to 26 more countries on March 25. So, what do you guys think? Are you sold or do you think there will be better options in 2011?

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Matt Barton
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Ha! I have a problem. My

Ha!

I have a problem. My blackberry died a few days ago--well, it still works, but none of the buttons work. Apparently I either smashed it or got it wet; I don't really know. So, assuming it's not an easy fix, I'm looking at getting a new phone. I toyed with the idea of going mobile-free, but am missing the calling and email-checking ability pretty badly. I think I'll forgo the smart phone this go-round, though, and just get the cheapest possible phone that'll let me make calls and do email.

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Matt Barton wrote:

Ha!

I have a problem. My blackberry died a few days ago--well, it still works, but none of the buttons work. Apparently I either smashed it or got it wet; I don't really know. So, assuming it's not an easy fix, I'm looking at getting a new phone. I toyed with the idea of going mobile-free, but am missing the calling and email-checking ability pretty badly. I think I'll forgo the smart phone this go-round, though, and just get the cheapest possible phone that'll let me make calls and do email.

Depending upon whether or not your contract is still active (meaning whether or not you're locked into your carrier), you should seriously look into an alternative service provider, like Sprint or Cricket or something, someone other than AT&T or Verizon, because they have some pretty great deals for unlimited everything and you could probably get a decent Android phone. I would imagine where you live you'd have excellent coverage from anyone. It would be a shame for you not to be on something current like an iPhone or Android phone, particularly considering that's where all the action is.

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Im at a loss, I just got an

Im at a loss, I just got an offer to upgrade my droid to the lastest Samsung droid for $50 (and my 2 year plan is not up).. right now if you cant get a Smart phone for $50 you have a strange provider. I do know if i was in the SPRINT cov area i might look at them as they dont knickle and dime you to death. to bad in my area they have zero covarage. When my 2 year is up I get a New phone for free (smartphone)... maybe its not he same in all parts of the country on Verizon? Errr I do have a corp account? amybe that matters?

But I do admit.. after 4 years of smart phones Im close to leaving them behind. I dont need people to have that much access to me.. and other then work I sure dont need that much access to anybody else either. I used to think tecnophobic people where nuts.. now I want to be out for a day of RC plane flying without hearing a email come in or a phone ring.. I TRUELY miss when phone where just at home not in my pocket. My days of saying "cool" when i got an email are now "crap, work calls" no fun at all.. Bu i know im in the minority on that (I say that alot, guess that makes me an oddball).

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clok1966 wrote:

Im at a loss, I just got an offer to upgrade my droid to the lastest Samsung droid for $50 (and my 2 year plan is not up).. right now if you cant get a Smart phone for $50 you have a strange provider. I do know if i was in the SPRINT cov area i might look at them as they dont knickle and dime you to death. to bad in my area they have zero covarage. When my 2 year is up I get a New phone for free (smartphone)... maybe its not he same in all parts of the country on Verizon? Errr I do have a corp account? amybe that matters?

But I do admit.. after 4 years of smart phones Im close to leaving them behind. I dont need people to have that much access to me.. and other then work I sure dont need that much access to anybody else either. I used to think tecnophobic people where nuts.. now I want to be out for a day of RC plane flying without hearing a email come in or a phone ring.. I TRUELY miss when phone where just at home not in my pocket. My days of saying "cool" when i got an email are now "crap, work calls" no fun at all.. Bu i know im in the minority on that (I say that alot, guess that makes me an oddball).

Interesting how you put it: "people having access to me" instead of "me having access to whatever I may need instantly"

I don't think I would be crippled without a quality smartphone on me all the time, but it does help a lot - and when you REALLY need it its true value becomes obvious.

Matt .. gaming on a blackberry compared to gaming on an iphone (or even high end android smartphone) ?? NO COMPARISON .. apples to oranges.

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Bill Loguidice
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Matt .. gaming on a blackberry compared to gaming on an iphone (or even high end android smartphone) ?? NO COMPARISON .. apples to oranges.

I have an iPhone 4 for personal use and a BlackBerry Bold for work use. I also presently have a Motorola Atrix 4G for the book I'm writing. I can't imagine anyone getting an impression of what a good smartphone is like from a BlackBerry. Honestly. The 100% touch screens and eco-systems of the iOS and Android platforms are in a whole other universe. I'm sure Windows Phone 7 is also excellent, but it's not even worth being part of the discussion until it catches way up in terms of apps and support.

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

I'm sure Windows Phone 7 is also excellent, but it's not even worth being part of the discussion until it catches way up in terms of apps and support.

It's promising, not excellent. It needs *a lot* of work!

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The Armchair Arcade QR code

Since we're talking smartphones, here's the Armchair Arcade Quick Response (QR) code:
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(The AA QR code will be included in the book I'm working on, so I thought I would just throw it up here and in our image gallery for future reference.)

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Yeah, I know, but I find

Yeah, I know, but I find myself having to set aside time to do stuff on my DS and iPod even now, and have never gotten into games on my Blackberry. I guess it's just a habit I haven't formed.

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Well, I haven't been there

Well, I haven't been there yet so don't know what they offer. But I'd prefer to keep the bills down. Paying $120 per month now for two Black berries.

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Bill Loguidice
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Matt Barton wrote:

Well, I haven't been there yet so don't know what they offer. But I'd prefer to keep the bills down. Paying $120 per month now for two Black berries.

I pay $134.99 per month ($147.35 with all the tax nonsense) for two iPhone 4's with 700 shared FamilyTalk minutes, 200 text messages each, unlimited data on mine, and 2GB of data for Christina's. These things aren't cheap.

By the way, I really wasn't referring to games on the smartphones (just useful apps in general), but that's certainly an element. That's the one device you have with you at all times.

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