Mobile Computing Pt3

So I’ve touched on Microsoft’s and Android’s solutions to mobile computing.  Today I’ll spend sometime talking about perhaps the most popular tech out there for mobile computing…the iPad.  As I’ve said I don’t have that much experience with Apple’s mobile product line but I do have some interaction.
Apple has a beautiful, solid design for their products. This started back with the introduction of the iPod.  Apple locks it’s tech down tight.  This is again both good and bad.  This leaves very little room for innovation with in it’s product line, but it does create a standard.  When you pick up an Apple product it will look just like every other Apple product.
The iPad is limited by the same things that limit the Android devices.  It’s not a full PC expierence.  The other draw back to Apple products are their cost.  People will argue that Apple products last longer (which they do) but the up front cost for an Apple device is much higher than the other two types of mobile tech I’ve talked about.

In summary,  the best mobile computing solution really depends on your needs, knowledge level and really what interface you like.

Mobile Computing Pt2

Last time I spent most of the time on Microsoft’s mobile computing.  This post I’ll talk about Android as I have the most experience with this.  

A little background on what Android is.  The Android operating system is what is called “open sourced” which simply means that the code for this is out in the open for anyone to edit and make their own.  This is great for innovation and flexibility but the drawback is that this can become a fractured system.  What I mean by that is there are many different “Flavors” of Android.  One could pick up three Android devices and to preform the same task it would preformed three different ways.

Android is also one of the cheaper solutions for mobile computing. You can pick up tablets on sale sometimes for less than $100. In those cases you are usually getting what you pay for but it is available. I am currently writing this from my Samsung Android tablet. It’s great for scheduling, writing a blog post, email, and social networking. I’m finding it just under what I need for my mobile purposes but it’s much easier than carring my laptop for a meeting over coffee.

I’ll blog next on iOS mobile computing. While I do have the least experience with it I do have some things to say 🙂

Mobile Computing Pt1

Lately there have been an explosion of mobile devices.  The break through in the home consumer market came about with the iPhone.  It changed what people kept in their pockets.  Since then just about every computer manufacturer has put their device into the ring.  The three big mobile operating systems are iOS, Android, and Windows.

I’ll start off with Windows only because it’s kind of the most different.  With the release of Windows 8 Microsoft is trying to merge their mobile and traditional computing experiences.  They have gotten a lot of flack for the move but I think it was a good idea just implemented the wrong way.  It is nice to be able to pick up a Windows device and know how to use it not matter which platform you are on but some of the design specifics are awkward for keyboard/mice users.  But that’s all for another post anyway. The trouble with mobile windows devices comes from the split between the RT/Pro versions.  When you look at price tags you’re immediately drawn toward the RT devices but be careful! These are not full fledged Windows.  When you purchase an RT tablet you are basically purchasing a machine that can only use the Metro interface and Metro apps.  Windows app store is a little lack luster at the moment but is getting there.  If you do decide to go Windows I would recommend you spend the extra and go Pro.  This is the equivalent of purchasing a small touchscreen desktop.  This comes with the full version of Windows installed and if you’re already using Windows 8 on your computer you already know how to use this.

I’ll get into Android devices in my next post followed by iOS and then a post about the duel between the two of them.

Windows XP Support to end in April 2014!

As many of you may know support for Windows XP will be ending in April of this year. For many of you this probably isn’t an issue as you’ve upgraded to Windows 7 or even Windows 8.  But if you one of those who haven’t updated yet you might be asking yourself what you should do.  There are a few options on the table for you.  First is you could do nothing.  Windows XP won’t magically stop working in April.  You can still use your machine as you have been.  However, you will be vulnerable to malicious software attacks as any security holes in the operating system will no longer be plugged.

Another option is to buy a new computer.  While you could just update the operating system on your PC the odds are that your hardware will provide less than stellar performance on the newer systems.  Buying a new computer these days means going to Windows 8 as Windows 7 is no longer offered on most retail machines.   Windows 8 has a bit of a learning curve to it.  With the improvements made with the 8.1 release it makes it a bit more palatable which is nice but still it’s a big change from XP.

A more outside the box approach it to make a change over to Linux.  I know a lot of you are thinking that Linux is for computer geeks living in their mother’s basement who enjoy reading millions of lines of code (there may be some truth to that).  But today’s Linux is much more user friendly and easier to use than you might think!  One of the most popular flavors of Linux is called Ubuntu. The nice thing about this is that you can “try it before you buy it” so to speak.  Not that you’re actually buying anything as it is a free operating system.  You can run it from a USB drive to see if you like it before you commit to installing it on your PC.  Also it will run on some older hardware better than the newer versions of windows.

If you have a little bit of cash burning a hole in your pocket you could always make the switch to Mac OSX.  Again this would involve you re-learning to use your computer and can be a bit expensive.  But if you’re using an iPhone and/or iPad these devices play remarkably nice together (as they are all from the same company).

What ever your decision just know there are options out there for you!