Audio Podcast: Episode 9 – The Droid You’ve Been Looking For
I’m Bily Foster and I’m that iPad guy
Called that because I’ve almost always got iPad with me, and in some cases two!
This week it’s about ‘The Droid You’ve Been Looking For”
While at Comic Con we stumbled across a lost Droid over by The Franken-weenie display and quickly realized that there was no real ‘Lost and Found’ for Out side of Comic Con and even if we did more than likely it would go into the abyss of lost toys. I felt obligated to get this little Droid home, so back to the van we headed so I could charge it up and it could tell me who it’s owner was and how to get it back into their hands.
It’s a good thing I had my handy Sparq and a micro USB cable so I was able to get it going pretty quick. And I learned just how much I don’t know about the different Droid interfaces as I watch the charge climb to 15% and still didn’t see an interface. Of course I then realized it was because while it was charging it wasn’t ‘ON’ and after powering up the Droid and stumbling through finding the text messages I was able to reach out to the last few people they communicated with.
I was a little worried when I realized that the area code for the phone was Wisconsin. I figured it might have been someone in for the convention and just hoped that they hadn’t left the San Diego area yet.
After some communication I was to find the owner Cassy and through her friends phone I was able to talk to her. Come to find out she’s in the Navy and currently living on a ship so there wasn’t a way for us to mail to back to her. Luckily we were still downtown and so we sailed over to the Navel Base and we able to give the phone back to her.
so Cassy this podcast is just for you, thanks for your service to you and all of your friends, it was an honor to meet you and I was glad we could get your Droid back safe into your hands.
And now, the piece da la resistance. Speaking Droids, this little Android showed up the dlay after I returned home from Comic Con. It’s the Nexus 7 tablet from Google and ASUS. This bad boy is NICE, it’s not perfect but it is so nice that it’s made it into ‘The Bag’ it’s integrated into my daily routine and it is now the tablet that I wake up to and go to bed to. Does it replace my iPad, oh heck no, BUT it does give my iPad a break. What I’m doing now is my usual research, reading, and email via the iPad and most of my social activity is happening on the Nexus 7.
Another example I picked up “How to Paint Comics on an iPad” which is a great iBook. But in order for me to read and do, I need to have two iPads (which I have but most don’t). This is a more cost effective solution so I can look at the book and do the work at the same time. And because of the great single hand form factor of the Nexus 7 I end up doing more doodling on it.
Because I’m using the Pulse news reader on both platforms and they are synced through the free pulse.me service and all my devices give me the same reading experiences. Facebook on the iPad is better, Nexus 7 interface is really the phone interface larger. The G+ app on both platforms works great and still the best looking social app.
Here is both the strength and weakness of Android, the customization. You don’t like that the default launcher doesn’t go horizontal, Nooooo Problem there IS an App for that and you can load on to the Nexus without having to ‘hack’ the device. This opens up Android into letting you make the device look and feel how you want. Which is great for someone like me, or someone who wants to create a Heads Up Display on a panel without having to know how to write a program to do that.
For example. On the Nexus 7 I’ve got a multiple screens. My primary screen has the icons and apps I most frequently launch and want access too. But if I swipe to the right and the interface slides left and I have another screen to populate. And I’ve got a Facebook widget, and two Twitter ones. The top Twitter shows tweets with my name mentioned and the other shows the latest tweets from my feed. And of course the Facebook widget also gives me my Facebook feed. To do something like this on iOS I’d have to either jump to each app, or get a 3rd party app to try and pull all of this together. And if I wasn’t happy with those I’d have to write one myself.
But openness also has its drawbacks. Every app that goes into the Apple App store gets vetted by Apple. That means they have to conform to certain standards and only have access to certain things. Where in an open environment all best are off and it’s up to the user to be educated on what they are doing and loading onto their system.
I will admit I’m still a newbie to the Android ecosystem so maybe there is more security in place than I know, but I’m proceeding with caution. The Nexus 7 gets the buy recommendation from ‘That iPad Guy’ with this word of caution. While I am digging the Nexus 7, I am limiting what I put on it. I’m still ‘invested’ into iOS. And of course it’s where >MOST< of the major apps are. Ironic that Apples iPhone is the same position the PCs were in the 90s and Android is the position of the Mac.
The Nexus 7 replaces the iPod touch in my line of tools and while I don’t like the idea of widgets on my iPad for some reason. I do like that I can really customize my experience on Android.
To me I can see my having AN Android device. I don’t see me jumping on getting an Android phone and right now while I appreciate the ASUS Transformer line I’m not going to invest in it more than I have right now. But for people that are using the Android system the Nexus 7 is a great cost effective tablet to add to your arsenal.
So that Wraps up another this episode of that iPad thanks for watching! Be sure to like me on Facebook, follow me on twitter and visit “That iPad Guy . Com ” to subscribe!
See ya next time!