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[Updating the iOS can't, in my opinion, be seen as a refresh.]

So how do you feel about the Xoom?

Wait for the update for Flash?

Wait for the update for 4G?

So without these (non) refreshes, the Xoom seems even more lame when compared to the iPad 2.
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post #282 of 411
I think the second generation iPad's hardware is just fine, it's iOS that needs an overhaul:
As the new iMovie's export options show, a unified, system-wide file handling system is needed - be it local storage or in the cloud. Likewise Airprint's capabilities need to be expanded to non-HP-printers as was originally planned. Also, the notification system needs to be reworked; why am I informed about calls and text messages but not e-mails?

What features would you like to see improved or added in iOS5? What about further titles from the iLife suite? I'd love to see a better more iPhoto-like version of photos...
post #283 of 411
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I want to be able to directly connect a USB flash drive to the iPad itself. Our campus is without WiFi and if I need to be able to upload something from one computer to another then this is the easiest way. If you have a useful suggestion, I am all for it, as I was really hoping to get the new version!!

Create an Ad-Hoc wireless network on your PC/Mac. Log on to the wireless network using your iPad. Then get one of the file sharing app such as Air Share.
post #284 of 411
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I fail to see how the Xoom is overpriced. I paid $829 for my iPad. The Xoom costs $799 without contract.

I also remember the lack of iPad native apps available when I powered up my iPad on day one.

The bickering back and forth makes me laugh. I love my iPad and wont give it up till Apple makes one with 4G and MORE resolution. Having said that I am considering purchasing a Xoom to play with.

How much will a 32GB memory card cost, to bring the Xoom up to 64GB of memory?

Seeing as you chose to base your comparison on the 64GB iPad.
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post #285 of 411
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I want to be able to directly connect a USB flash drive to the iPad itself. Our campus is without WiFi and if I need to be able to upload something from one computer to another then this is the easiest way. If you have a useful suggestion, I am all for it, as I was really hoping to get the new version!!

The camera connection kit which I mentioned earlier would allow you to physically plug a USB flash drive into the iPad.

After that, the issue is whether the iPad has software that can use it that way. Perhaps there is or will be a 3rd party app that can read and write to USB flash drives.

As for the micro USB connector, I'm not sure you would need an adapter. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a cable that terminated with a micro USB connector.
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post #286 of 411
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Create an Ad-Hoc wireless network on your PC/Mac. Log on to the wireless network using your iPad. Then get one of the file sharing app such as Air Share.

That's a really good suggestion.

You could also get an AirPort Express which is very portable. It would cost a little extra, but you wouldn't have to recreate the network every time you want to use it.
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post #287 of 411
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Originally Posted by hill60 View Post

So how do you feel about the Xoom?

Wait for the update for Flash?

Wait for the update for 4G?

So without these (non) refreshes, the Xoom seems even more lame when compared to the iPad 2.

Xoom is exactly what I said it would be over a month ago... rushed.
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post #288 of 411
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No one bothers to figure out kotatsu. He pops in every once in a while, trolls, gets bored and then leaves, pops back in again......

...I think it has something to do with a full moon...
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post #289 of 411
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Originally Posted by EMoeller View Post

There is NO GPS in the wi-fi and only cell tower approximation GPS in the cellular versions.

False. The iPad 3G has a Broadcom BCM4750UBG A-GPS chip in it.

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My only disappointment with the iPad is the lack of dedicated GPS - and for me as a geologist it is a purchase killer.

FYI the FAA just this week granted limited approval of iPad use for aeronautic charts. GPS would be really useful for ANY mapping applications.

Be disappointed no more.
post #290 of 411
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You don't mention which it is but if by "our" you mean American, you have it backwards.

11/3(/11) is British
3/11(/11) is American

Australian, i.e. British
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post #291 of 411
That would be an adaptor.

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As for the micro USB connector, I'm not sure you would need an adapter. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a cable that terminated with a micro USB connector.
post #292 of 411
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Originally Posted by Tomsop View Post

I have an Iphone 4 and I have seen an Ipad. I guess I have been spoiled and see room for improvement from the Ipad but I understand technology/price/availability cannot keep up.

I guarantee you that on Ipad 3 the first bullet point will be display quality change. I was hoping to see that today.

I am leaning towards getting an Ipad 2 so I guess my real question is should I wait a little longer since I do not have an Ipad or wait for Ipad 3 - if it is a year from now I will buy the Ipad 2 - if it is this fall I can wait. I am perplexed about what to do.

you can buy the 2, sell it and then get the 3 when its available.
post #293 of 411
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Originally Posted by jennieb View Post

My only complaint is still the fact that apple refuses to include useful ports. All I'm asking for is a USB connection without having to carry around an apple adapter cord. I'm a teacher - I need to be able to toss the iPad in my bag with the ability to add files directly on the go without fumbling with a bag of cords.

Here's an idea.

Place the adapter on the end of the USB cable before putting the USB cable into your bag...

Voila... only 1 cable/adapter in your bag... no fumbling required!

And those who don't need the capability do not have to pay more for a more expensive tablet that includes something they do not use or need.
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post #294 of 411
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Very disappointing - not nearly as good as Motorola Xoom.

It looks like 2011 will be a year of Android tablets after all.

Look: You could have gotten paid for your remarkably astute and concise analysis:

Motorola Xoom versus the iPad 2 --- the Xoom is a clear winner


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Where are all of the Xoom sales, then? Oh, that's right... they're negligible.

Perzactly....

Where will all the Xoomers go after their devices short time's passing?

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post #295 of 411
Fairly predictable, but great to hear none the less:

The reviews are very clear:

Those that did not touch the iPad 2, are slamming the ipads spec sheet, calling it a 1.5, minor upgrade, and asking how this is going to hold up vs the Androidian Hoard.

Anyone that has a hands on review is talking about how excellent this thing performs and how different it feels.

Still looking now for a hands on that has anywhere near the same tone as the "armchair" analysts.

Even the ones that live blogged during the event quickly seems to take on a whole other tone after getting thier hands on it.

Went from yawn to wow pretty quick IYAM.
post #296 of 411
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Originally Posted by bigpics View Post

Look: You could have gotten paid for your remarkably astute and concise analysis:

Motorola Xoom versus the iPad 2 --- the Xoom is a clear winner


Perzactly....

Where will all the Xoomers go after their devices short time's passing?


I was going to post a pissy comment about Baby Xoomers... but I won't....


Here's an article with a different perspective:

The Only Thing You Need to Know About the iPad 2

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post #297 of 411
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Originally Posted by RegurgitatedCoprolite View Post

Not quite! iPad 1 should have had 500 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, 3 GHz quad-core A10 processor, etc.

Pfffttt!!!!

You forgot it should cost only $19.99 and for a limited time you will get a second iPad free*

*Handling charges apply
post #298 of 411
Availability dates of Flash have slipped before. Thus far its performance has not be overly impressive.

LTE isn't any faster than HSPA+. Why should Apple rush?

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How is it rushed? Flash will be available in a few weeks and the iPad 2 doesn't even offer an LTE option.
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Originally Posted by Bergermeister View Post

Let's check back at the end of the year.

I'm thinking we check back in June.
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Originally Posted by addabox View Post

Totally awesome dude. Widgets are much, much cooler than actual applications. You can recite the specs out loud to yourself while staring raptly at your home-screen while I'm editing videos and mixing down music. And designing and showing Keynote presentations. And..... well, never mind, you've got a weather widget to love.

Thanks so much for this. Kinda sums up the real differences although iOS 5 better improve notifications.
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Originally Posted by Bregalad View Post

Gotta say having separate models for AT&T and Verizon is the one truly negative thing about iPad 2. When you buy a portable "computer" you should be able to use it with any wireless provider.

As an astute friend of mine said this morning, CDMA isn't a technology it's a business model into which customers are locked.

I'm surprised they didn't use the Gobi chip in the iPad2 - maybe there is not enough room after it's been slimmed down.
post #302 of 411
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Originally Posted by Lorre View Post

Cool incremental update. Nice jump in processor speed, looks promising for iPhone 5!

Other than that, nothing really revolutionary (not that that was necessary), but I guess this does leave room for a new iPad 3 before the holiday season... Not saying it will, but it could. If Apple releases iOS5 before the holiday season that could be enough of a sales boost as well.

Then again, I think this iPad 2 is just meant to meet or exceed the coming competitors spec wise. Then, by the end of the year, Apple is going to blow them out of the water again using their sweet little component contracts Tim Cook is arranging as we speak.

I was pretty confident that we will see another update to the iPad this year but am a bit less convinced now. The reason: "2011 - Year of the iPad2"
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Originally Posted by extremeskater View Post

How is it rushed? Flash will be available in a few weeks and the iPad 2 doesn't even offer an LTE option.

Let's go over your statement:

"Flash will be available in a few weeks... LTE option (when: in a few weeks - How: Box it up and send it away - but don't root it before hand)...

You have to wait for the features it purports to offer... but we won't know how any of this stuff works until that future time comes...

Hmmmmm.... sounds rushed to me...
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Originally Posted by samab View Post

The hardware is way ahead of the software for the ipad2. If the GPU is really 9x faster than the original ipad --- then it has enough horses to decode 1080p. But the ipad2 can only decode 720p.

Both the ipad and ipad2 sport a 25wh battery and dual core CPU is supposed to bring about better battery life --- but the ipad2 has the same battery life as the original ipad. The ipad2 should have a battery life of 12 hours instead of 10 hours --- if there is no support for flash. Hell, if all the talk about flash chopping Mac Air's battery life by a 1/3 --- then with the benefit of dual core and the benefit of "secret Apple battery technology", then Apple should be giving you a battery life of 8 hours (1/3 less than the 12 hour figure) with flash support on the ipad2.

I'm guessing that their new graphics chip is slurping up a bit more power.
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How is it rushed? Flash will be available in a few weeks and the iPad 2 doesn't even offer an LTE option.

Flash will be available in a few weeks because moto left it out purposely IMO, to get the great reviews on record, to get the great battery life on paper, before Flash is installed and in tanks the system considerably.

Smart move IMO. Easy to push under the rug this way, this way, every review will always say it gets the same battery life as the ipad, or very close.

Every "tale of the tape" will say something to that effect.

I eagerly await the reviews of the XOOM running flash on big red's LTE network.

I'll put the over/under at 6 Hours vs the 9-10 its running at now.

I'll similarly give it its due and proper if it manages the features well.
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Okay so which one to get? Verizon or AT&T? Does anyone know what the pricing plans are for the 3g?

Are they the same price? Is one better than the other?
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How is it rushed? Flash will be available in a few weeks and the iPad 2 doesn't even offer an LTE option.

Have you actually used the device? Honeycomb is far superior to any other Android OS currently available. Check. Hardware is impressive. Check. Apps (specifically designed for Honeycomb). Well, lets just say that they're coming. On to the display. Certainly it has the highest resolution (among current tablets), but its not equal in pixel density and thus the colors don't exactly reproduce as well as they do on the iPad. Moreover, though the hardware specs are good, it is not without some drawbacks: it's heavier and thicker than the iPad (1 or 2); the power button and the speakers could have benefited from better placement, and the cameras, despite the higher megapixel count, do not take great shots; video-conferencing is also blurry and jerky. I don't say this from reading a review. I have actually used the device. I also currently own/use a Droid X. That said, the few things that people knock Apple for, such as the lack of widgets, are somewhat over-rated. I have four widgets on my Droid X and, frankly, other than the fact that they display certain info without the need to click on an app, the overall function isn't much different than an app, because most of the critical things I need to do still require me to click on the widget. Scrollable widgets are nice, though I have used few and few are well designed.

Most important, other than a few critical Google apps, such as Google Maps, few apps in the Android market can compete with the quality of those in the App Store, and there are almost zero third-party apps designed specifically for Honeycomb. A tablet without apps is like a performer without an act. Oh, I'm sure the apps will come, but they'll be behind by a year and probably lower in quality. App developers are not entirely happy with the Android Market and few, if any, are making money. This leads to less quality apps and fewer apps overall. Moto also needs a better strategy in regard to pricing and availability (i.e., no Wi-Fi- only or GSM versions available yet and not concrete date/s for when). Having only a VZW version to compete against a WiFi, CDMA, and GSM version, and lower price is poor planning at best and terrible strategy at worse. As to Honeycomb, it is better than the other Android operating systems, but that's about it. It's still not as refined, polished, or as smooth as iOS. It does handle notifications better and multitask more elegantly, but that's about it. It has some stability issue and some quirks. It feels like an OS trying to do too much and, thus, comes off as half-baked or rushed.
post #308 of 411
I just finished watching Steves special event keynot. I have to say, I am really impressed on multiple aspects. First of all, I was really happy to see Steves out and about, and looking as heathy as I saw him at the last key note. I assume what ever he did during his leave had a seizable positive effect. And then of course the new iPad!!! Can't waIt to get hold on it. Finally iMovie and Garageband on the iPad in an ever enhanced version and to a price that makes me think how on earth can they do that and still make profit.
I am so looking forward to try all this for myself.
post #309 of 411
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Originally Posted by penchanted View Post

I was pretty confident that we will see another update to the iPad this year but am a bit less convinced now. The reason: "2011 - Year of the iPad2"

If the only change was to double the resolution of the screen, could it still be considered (using a salesman's flexible semantics) an iPad2? They could sell boatloads of such a model during the gift-giving season, even at a higher price. And, if they have supplier agreements cornering the supply for the better screens, no competing tablet could match it. I haven't given up hope.
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Do we know for sure what the ram size is? Gizmodo is stating an apple employee told them 256 and thats why it isnt stated anyware. That would be the only thing holding me back. I would want atleast 512
post #311 of 411
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Originally Posted by extremeskater View Post

What I find funny is the two things that were mentioned the iPad 2 will not have. People around here act like Flash is not needed not all of a sudden they want to bring it up as an issue with other tablets. Apple should rush when it comes to LTE because they now offer and Verizon version of both their iPhone and iPad.

The funnier thing is Motorola making Flash a big deal and include it in their specs sheet and marketing materials but end up selling their tablet without it. You wanna hear a funnier story?! You cannot view the Xoom website using the Xoom browser
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Originally Posted by majortom1981 View Post

Do we know for sure what the ram size is? Gizmodo is stating an apple employee told them 256 and thats why it isnt stated anyware. That would be the only thing holding me back. I would want atleast 512

The 'word' is that the iPad 2 features:

512 MB RAM and the cameras are essentially the same ones utilized in the iPod Touch e.g. VGA (640x480) front and 0.92 Megapixels (1280x720) rear.
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post #313 of 411
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Originally Posted by kotatsu View Post

It still has no USB, HDMI, or SD ports (hard to believe Apple are [sic] still pushing ridiculous adapter cables).

to me it's hard to believe that the biggest complaint is the lack of ports. Good grief, with the current iPad I could plug in my camera, plug in anything else through the dock connector, and be on my way. I don't need or want the side of my tablet to look like a G-D PC with so many specialized ports. this is a tablet, folks, and I want it to be free of clutter, which means keeping the ports to a minimum. I'm surprised you don't want a VGA port so it will be backward-compatible with your last-century CRT display.

If you want ports, the iPad is not for you. Get over it.
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Originally Posted by Jcoz View Post

Flash will be available in a few weeks because moto left it out purposely IMO, to get the great reviews on record, to get the great battery life on paper, before Flash is installed and in tanks the system considerably.

Smart move IMO. Easy to push under the rug this way, this way, every review will always say it gets the same battery life as the ipad, or very close.

Every "tale of the tape" will say something to that effect.

I eagerly await the reviews of the XOOM running flash on big red's LTE network.

I'll put the over/under at 6 Hours vs the 9-10 its running at now.

I'll similarly give it its due and proper if it manages the features well.

I don't think it has anything to do with Motorola. I think they pushed with Xoom in order to be "first in the row" (well, Honeycomb row obviously). Other big names I had opportunity to check - Samsung, Asus, Toshiba - are all planning their Honeycomb tablet(s) release in April, and I would not be surprised that they are actually waiting for Flash to be implemented in Honeycomb.
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Originally Posted by AIaddict View Post

Yikes. I sure hope iOS 5 has some major improvements to keep people happy until iPad 3 comes out.

Also, HDMI with a special $39 connector? How is that slick, convenient, or a good user experience. I hate carrying bags of connectors cables and dongles, and even more so with an ultra-portable.

It's a little dongle. Give me a break.
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Originally Posted by Ecphorizer View Post

to me it's hard to believe that the biggest complaint is the lack of ports. Good grief, with the current iPad I could plug in my camera, plug in anything else through the dock connector, and be on my way. I don't need or want the side of my tablet to look like a G-D PC with so many specialized ports. this is a tablet, folks, and I want it to be free of clutter, which means keeping the ports to a minimum. I'm surprised you don't want a VGA port so it will be backward-compatible with your last-century CRT display.

If you want ports, the iPad is not for you. Get over it.

I agree!
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Originally Posted by majortom1981 View Post

Do we know for sure what the ram size is? Gizmodo is stating an apple employee told them 256 and thats why it isnt stated anyware. That would be the only thing holding me back. I would want atleast 512

Who cares what the ram is? The iPad does what it is designed to do very well. It's not a PC.
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Originally Posted by penchanted View Post

I'm surprised they didn't use the Gobi chip in the iPad2 - maybe there is not enough room after it's been slimmed down.

The iPad uses cellular wireless. The Providers have different networks. Maybe the networks should all be the same frequency? It's not about the phones!
post #319 of 411
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Originally Posted by jennieb View Post

I want to be able to directly connect a USB flash drive to the iPad itself. Our campus is without WiFi and if I need to be able to upload something from one computer to another then this is the easiest way. If you have a useful suggestion, I am all for it, as I was really hoping to get the new version!!

Um, how about plugging it into your computer and transfer that way? Or get an adapter that doesn't come with a long cable. Google is your friend (to search for things like this).
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Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

Actually, it's a toy when you need it to be a toy.

Yah, I was thinking... 2x CPU speed and up to 9x GPU speed will not help much in reading books or emails, but can make a hell of a difference in games!
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