With so many technology items out there to choose from my head has been swimming. The predominant question that has been in mind for the last year or so is, “Do I get a tablet, or do I upgrade my laptop?” (It is one of the 12 things that I said I wanted to blog about this year in fact.) I have asked everyone in my sphere, at school, at conferences, on the street. I have even raised the question with different brands, but it wasn’t until I brought it up last December at a Motorola fashion event that one actually stepped up to help me find an answer. My new friends at Motorola were kind enough to send me one of their Droid XYBoards for a demo spin. When we established the plan before the holiday’s when I only owned a 7 year old Macbook laptop. But then Santa delivered a brand new iPad2 to me and an Amazon Kindle Fire to my son, so when the XYBoard arrived I actually had more items to compare it to. I’m not a tech reviewer. Heck, I don’t even play one on TV. So when I compare technology items I’m not evaluating specs, I’m evaluating how it fits into my life, and my purse!
The Droid XYBoard was a heck of a lot easier to carry around than my laptop, even though my Macbook is only a 13inch screen. I suppose I could carry a larger purse, but my chiropractor advises against that. My Macbook has an iSight camera which is good for touting, commenting, skyping and other self focused videos, but the tablet can be whipped out for a quick photo, even in the middle of a basketball game.
The Droid XYBoard also has video capabilities, but I was less than pleased with the responsiveness and the quality at the basketball game. So I quickly out it away and broke out my trusty dusty Kodak Playsport. (That is small enough for me to record and watch the play with my own two eyes. Plus it fits nicely in my back pocket). But the XYBoard definitely has more video flexibility than my Macbook. No doubt about that.
The best use I got out of the Droid XYBoard was at an event, power tweeting live from the floorshow. So much easier to balance than a Macbook! It was very liberating, honestly. Social Media is a breeze with the XYBoard, absolutely. However, crafting anything more than a breezy email, was a little laborious. I definitely need my keyboard for longer missives.
But I wasn’t the only one evaluating these devices. I had some very astute helpers. They worked their own magic with all of the items from the back of my minivan.
They were able to do so because Motorola also sent along a Droid Bionic cell phone to operate as a hot spot, making it easier for me to test the tech. Well, more specifically making it easier for us all to test the tech.
After all of our testing I did have to look at the specs afterall. It would be foolish not to, especially with the big reveal of the iPad 3 yesterday. So here’s the breakdown.
- CAMERA 5 MP rear / HD front webcam
- DIGITAL ZOOM
- FLASH LED
- FOCUS Automatic
- WEB CAM 1.3 MP P2P
- BATTERY TYPE 3960 mAh Li Ion
- BROWSING OVER WIFI up to approx. 6 hrs.
- MP3 PLAYBACK up to approx. 3.3 days
- STANDBY TIME more than 19 days
- VIDEO PLAYBACK TIME up to approx. 6 hrs
- Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor with 1GB Dual-Channel RAM
- Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
- 8.2″ widescreen IPS-enhanced HD display
- 2.1 adaptive virtual surround sound
- Stream files from your PC with MotoCast™
- 16 and 32GB storage options
- Pre-loaded with the Dijit™ app
- Water repellent nano-coating
KINDLE FIRE starting at $199
- 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP
- 4430 dual-core processor.
- The display is a 7 inches (180 mm)
- multi-touch color screen with a 600×1024 pixel resolution.
- Connectivity is through 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB 2.0 (Micro-B connector).
- The device includes 8 GB of internal storage — said to be enough for 80 applications, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
- Kindle Fire’s 4400 mAh battery sustains up to 8 hours of consecutive reading and up to 7.5 hours of video playback with wireless off.
- Of the 8GB internal storage, 6GB is available for content.
APPLE iPad 2 starting at $399
- 1GHz Apple A5 dual-core processor
- 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS
- LCD display with a resolution of 1024×76
- PowerVR SGX 543MP2 graphics
- 512MB of RAM, and 16, 32 or 64GB storage models.
- 0.7-megapixel rear camera and VGA front-facing shooter
- 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- 25-watt-hour lithium polymer battery enabling around 10 hours use.
APPLE iPad 3 starting at $499
- 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD ‘Retina Display’ with resolution to 2048×1536
- Apple A5X dual-core processor
- quad-core graphics processor (possibly the PowerVR SGX MP4+)
- comes in 16, 32 or 64GB storage models
- rear camera 5-megapixels with 1080p video recording
- five-element autofocus lens and backside illuminated sensor
- front-facing camera remains the same
- 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
- Bluetooth v 4.0
- battery this time is a 42.5- watt-hour lithium polymer for around 10 hours use, or 9 hours on 4G
- 4G LTE connectivity
So I finally have all the information I need. I have gathered the specs, prices, photos, videos, and weighed them all against personal experience and lifestyle preference. Now I am ready to answer my question; “Should I get a tablet, or simply upgrade my laptop?”
What I came to realize is that all of the units have value to offer. The Kindle Fire works perfectly for my son who is big on watching TV and movies. With the huge library of free choices through our Amazon Prime membership, he can enjoy his tech without paying an extra dime. The iPad 2 is awesome for my eldest daughter who is particularly into creating her own music. All of the apps and garage band literally play right into her hands. The XYBoard was the exact size and shape I needed to get my work done as a social media Marketainer. Plus it was great entertainment for my youngest daughter to engage with while I was driving her and her siblings from one event to another or answering work calls. Ah yes the phone calls. I may leave my house without my laptop and without my tablet, but you will never catch me leaving without my phone. It is at the heart of everything tech for me. However, the way I live, none of these fantastic tech pieces can replace my laptop. So if you are considering what to buy me for my birthday this May 14th a brand new laptop would be much appreciated and valued.
Bottom line, what is most important is that you give serious thought to how you intend to use your technology, because trust me, there are enough options out there for you to be picky. Exactly the same thing I preach to you about working as a social media influencer. First, above all, you have to know yourself. No sense spending a single dollar until you do.
This is a * Level 1: The Motorola products mentioned were provided to Miss Lori free of charge for a two week demo only.
This is a *Level 13 The Kindle Fire, the Macbook and the ipad 2 mentioned were bought and paid for with Miss Lori’s own hard earned money that she doesn’t have a lot of, and thus doesn’t like to part with, so it must have been important.
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