Well, I’ve been keeping quiet for a while, sitting on the side lines watching this techno gadget porno play out between the big three, Microsoft, Apple and Google. It all comes to a climax tomorrow, with Windows 8 officially becoming available to the masses and Apple opening their doors for the preorder of their newest tablets, the iPad Mini and the refreshed iPad 3 (or what some are calling the 3S). Not to be left behind, Google will make a move with their Nexus 7 next week, by offering a larger capacity Nexus 7 at a lower price. So, what’s to make of all this techno bliss? Let’s reflect on all this.
There are things in life that one can become accustomed to, and for some, tap typing on the screen of an iPad can become one of them. For me, not so much. I can type with some speed, but my accuracy can be poor, and then there are the special characters, which require odd keyboard cycling to find them. Probably the biggest problem is the loss of screen space, since the onscreen keyboard takes up a large portion of the display. For serious work, I need a real keyboard with cursor keys! The trend over the last few years has been to move away from physical keyboards, which I can understand from a pure mobile portability standpoint, but it’s this missing aspect that makes it hard to abandon a real laptop.
I feel the need to find protection for your iPad or any other tablet device is important, and the sacrifice of adding a little more weight to the device outweighs the risk of not having any protection at all. I’ve always had some kind of case around my devices. Most cases don’t offer much more than a protective layer, but there are a handful out there that attempt to offer more, such as integrated stands or keyboards. Today, I take a look at the ZeroChroma Vario-SC case, which brings more than just protection to the table.
In the old days, before the explosion of mobile devices, we didn’t have to worry about screen size that much. Nope, in those days, most humans had monitors that were typically about 800×600 pixels and possibly 1024×768 pixels. Designing an application or web page in those days meant that if you kept to those confines, you’d be ok. These days, that’s not really the case anymore.
OK, I know in my last post I said that I’d take a pass at the New iPad after I found out what all the hoopla was about… well, I guess I lied… I went out to Best Buy today and got one… Which, in itself is a little bit of a surprise, since usual Apple product launches results in chaos. Best Buy was sold out of some model variations, but it was sort of good to see that supplies were plentiful, and no one died trying to get one.