I’m posting from a shiny new Xoom, and you are not

Posted: March 26, 2011 by doubleplusundead in L.L.A.P.H., What the fuck did they blow up now?
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This thing is fun as hell, if you’re looking for something super portable, and netbooks don’t do it for you, consider a tablet.

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Comments
  1. alexthechick says:

    I hate you. I don’t have a xoom, I don’t have a petite lap giraffe. Y’all are really truly slacking on minioning.

  2. doubleplusundead says:

    LOL.

  3. Sockless Joe says:

    Reasons for buying a Xoom instead of an iPad?

    Also, I hate you too.

    • doubleplusundead says:

      Short answer, I could get it for cheap with a stack of coupons I’d been saving, I’ve yet to see a netbook I’m impressed by, and wanted something highly mobile. I’m thinking of getting an android phone on top of it. If I had a bunch of Apple stuff, I’d get an iPad 2.

      • Sockless Joe says:

        Yeah, nobody ever really made a good netbook. They could figure out the OS -vs- processor performance issues. They either went ultra cheap and shitty with a crippled Android, or tried to run full-blown Windows on it with those soul-sucking Atom procs.

        The coupon thing makes sense to me since the Xoom is more expensive than the iPad, and it’s rare for an Apple product to be priced lower than the competition.

      • Veeshir says:

        I have an android phone.
        I don’t have any extra apps, but the ones I have are cool.

        You just can’t be farther than 20 feet from your charger at any time.
        I have three, my home, office and car, so it only occasionally runs out of juice.

    • aliceaitch says:

      Reasons for buying a Xoom instead of an iPad?

      Because the only thing more evil than Google is Apple?

  4. Rob in Katy says:

    Wife has an iPad, trying to decide on an iPad2 or Xoom for myself – your thoughts would be helpful!
    Rob

    • aliceaitch says:

      Are you an Android person or a Mac person? Do you prefer Safari or Chrome? That’s a lot of what it boils down to. Now that Angry Birds is available for Android, there aren’t many applications at all that are available on the iPad that don’t have a comparable application for Android. Many Android applications use an ad model or are very cheap. A friend of mine insists that it’s the same case with iPad, but I know my husband has paid for many of his iPad apps. (And since he’s home, I went ahead and asked him – he says that there are more worthwhile free apps on Android, but the apps you’d have to pay for do occasionally come up for free for a period of a day or two, and there are feeds you can subscribe to to get alerted when they go free.)

      If you visit sites that use Flash, you won’t be able to see the Flash on the iPad. And it’s likely you never will – Steve Jobs froths at the mouth when Flash is mentioned, because it’s a way to divert attention from applications that only run on Apple products since Flash is cross-platform. Jobs has insisted that Flash is dead, and if it’s not he’s going to do his damnedest to kill it. HTML 5 and Javascript are likely going to make Flash not nearly as relevant as it used to be anyway, but there’s a difference between “here’s another way to do it” and “you can’t do it that way at all anymore”. (This sort of thing is a big part of why I will never be an Apple fanboy – Steve Jobs has too many temper tantrums where he picks up his ball and goes home if you won’t play by his rules. It’s one thing to buy a company and Borg it, it’s an entirely different thing to run them out of business.)

      To deal with this, Adobe has released a way to compile Flash so that it turns into Javascript – but this kills one of the things that was appealing to developers to use Flash, the ability to provide a compiled file that, while it could be reverse-engineered, you had to know how to do it and be aware enough of what you were doing that you knew that what you were doing was likely morally wrong.

      In some cases the lack of Flash is a blessing – annoying Flash ads don’t show up either. Flash has been available on Android since Froyo. iPads don’t necessarily behave the way you’d want them to with Javascript, either. You can get around both these issues on the iPad, though, by remotely accessing a PC (for example, using LogMeIn.com) – run the Flash/Javascript on the PC but access it from the LogMeIn page in your browser.

      The major downside to using an Android tablet (again, this is according to Teh Hubby – I’m such an Android fanboy that I see this as a lovable quirk rather than an issue) is that Android was developed for use on phones and hasn’t quite made the jump to being a tablet OS – there are formatting issues on some columned webpages, for example. Teh Hubby thinks that they’ll have all that ironed out within the next two OS releases, though.

      Did I ramble enough?

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