swissy
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Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 12:32 pm

Hello you all  

Since our cell's and tablets are getting smarter and smarter I would like to ask you all if you have both (cell & tablet) how happy or not you are with them.

We have IPhones 4S and new IPad, BB Torch and Playbook, tablets are WIFI only... we are using our cells if we need on the fly WIFI/internet connection

Fantastic about the Apple stuff is, right out of the box it works with ease. We use ICloud and it works pretty good except the odd email my wife gets I do not got... (we use the same email address). Power usage on the Pad is fantastic same with display, beautiful made   we can do most of the tasks via cell or tablet. A bit on the pricier side but you get what you payed for... super support, love the stores... Like the ITune store very much... I know who the hell pays for anything today...well I am one of them  

The BB products work as good as the Apple (ok, tablet is only 7"), set up a wee bit more trickier except I found the email setup is easier with the BB products... but that might be because I use the BB's since 2004. All these BB products I got since day one still work without any issues   Enjoy and use the multi tasking on the tablet, much easier then in/out and back again... using the bridge works great if no WIFI is available, much faster then the Apple... BB is running on the G4 and up network...

Support for the most part is good via RIM... and that' were its stops, support from the retail is not so good...  

Aside from size they are both very good... screens.. I can not tell a difference  , power wise Apple is a wee bit better, on the App side Apple wins hands down...Both are very stable platforms, no issues to report

Have no Droid/MS experiences but perhaps you guys out there have... let us know!!

I believe these smart cell/tablets will replace for the most part computers/laptops in the near future  


Cheerios,
 
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Aesma
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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 1:28 pm

Imagine typing all that on a touchscreen !

I own a galaxy tab 7" and it's both my tablet and my smartphone (with an earpiece), so, integrated it is !
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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 1:36 pm

Quoting Aesma (Reply 1):
I own a galaxy tab 7" and it's both my tablet and my smartphone (with an earpiece), so, integrated it is !

Not too convenient when you leae the house is it?

For me, I have the Samsung Galaxy SII and iPad 3rd generation 64Gb wi-fi only (Love Android, but still don't think they have caught up with the iPad in the tablet format).

I found that it was an uneccessary cost to buy a tablet with 3G capabilities and pay for an internet plan for it, when I can connect it to wi-fi at home and at uni, and tether it to my phone outside of my house.

Although, I still need my trusty laptop. Typing essays and assignments for uni requires a good keyboard.

Really happy with both devices, but I have preorded my Galaxy S3. I like to keep upto date on my technology.

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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 1:47 pm

Quoting Aesma (Reply 1):
Imagine typing all that on a touchscreen !

That's actually not a problem on an iPad, since its landscape keyboard is big and responsive enough to type on it at full speed with both hands just as on a regular desktop keyboard as well.

I've also got a Bluetooth keyboard which is nice for extensive editing sessions (due to full editing key combination support), but for writing as such with just moderate editing to be done the virtual keyboard is perfectly fine.

This - together with its full-page display capability - is one of the reasons why the 10" size is really a threshold where meaningful capabilities emerge which are not present on the smaller devices. The 4:3 format is also a factor there, since it permits a full-size keyboard plus still about half of the display for actual content at the same time, which a 16:9 format would not be able to.

I'm not saying that everybody would need to have the same priorities, but there can be good reasons for having a pocket device for mobility and a properly sized tablet at the same time: They have very distinct capabilities if done well, and a compromise in the middle would discard the best of both.

(Written on my iPad, with almost no additional effort over my desktop computer)
 
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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 1:48 pm

Quoting swissy (Thread starter):
Since our cell's and tablets are getting smarter and smarter I would like to ask you all if you have both (cell & tablet) how happy or not you are with them.

My company gave me a BB Bold 9900 that I Bridge with the several PlayBooks that I use at work, and I couldn't be happier with it. I've never had any issue.

Quoting swissy (Thread starter):
I found the email setup is easier with the BB products

By far the best part of Bridge. The email is superior to any other tablet product I've seen.

Quoting swissy (Thread starter):
Support for the most part is good via RIM... and that' were its stops, support from the retail is not so good...

Unfortunately I agree. Since RIM doesn't have any sort of storefront like Apple does, face-to-face interaction which so many people desire is an impossibilty.
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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 2:07 pm

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 2):
Not too convenient when you leae the house is it?

I go almost everywhere with it, and if I don't want to risk it, I wouldn't risk an expensive smartphone either, so I put my SIM in a 20€ dumb phone.
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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 2:13 pm

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
By far the best part of Bridge. The email is superior to any other tablet product I've seen.

In what way?
 
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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 2:17 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 3):
That's actually not a problem on an iPad, since its landscape keyboard is big and responsive enough to type on it at full speed with both hands just as on a regular desktop keyboard as well.

No it's not.

It might be the best of the bunch (I don't know because an iPad is the only tablet I've ever used) but it's miles away from an actual keyboard.
 
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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 3:35 pm

For me, I use my Samsung Omnia 7 (it runs Windows Phone 7.5) and that is fine for me when I'm out of the house and I manage fine with it for 2-3 days away from home. The battery life on it is fantastic and lasts all day, I just charge it up over night again - considering I'm a heavy user (constantly tweeting/texting/browsing). I've had it about a year now and it's fantastic, I have no complaints other than when I first got it there was a lack of apps.

I personally don't want a tablet integrated with a mobile (sorry "cell") other than the 3G internet element of it (when you're away from WiFi or if somewhere doesn't offer free/cheap WiFi). In fact, I don't actually want a tablet at all - I'd rather put that money towards a new MacBook Pro than have another device to carry around. Tablet with a phone, I don't like using an earpiece as to be honest you see these used by (I'm probably about to stereotype a lot of people...) balding middle aged men that talk very loudly into them and imagine how much of a t**t you'd look holding a 7" tablet up to your ear!
 
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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 4:28 pm

Quoting moo (Reply 6):
In what way?

BlackBerries in general have superior emailing capabilities. Bridge seemlessly carries it over to the PlayBook. Therefore, the PlayBook has excellent emailing. And just wait until you see what BB10 has to offer  

With respect to the native email that wasn't introduced until the OS 2.0 updgrade, the extra wait to release it did it some good. From what I hear, the product they would have released with 1.0 would have been awful, they did good work in those extra months in my opinion. I work with the PlayBook everyday (on multiple builds) and I have yet to identify any areas I would like to see improved (without turning it into a laptop).

I'm in no way suggesting that other platforms have terrible emailing capabilities (they're all pretty good compared to a year or two ago), I just find the PlayBook's to be the best and most user friendly.
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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 4:30 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 3):
That's actually not a problem on an iPad, since its landscape keyboard is big and responsive enough to type on it at full speed with both hands just as on a regular desktop keyboard as well.

My wife agrees with you 100%... she hardly uses the laptop anymore... just phone and her mothers day gift the IPad...

Sure there is always the exception... but these devices are getting better and better...and my wife is now and "average"
user   thanks to Apple   AND Klaus  
Quoting moo (Reply 6):
In what way?

I just entered my email address and password on the phone once....nothing else like SMTP, POP.... and with the bridge it is transferred over to the tablet...smooth and easy breezy  
Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
Unfortunately I agree. Since RIM doesn't have any sort of storefront like Apple does, face-to-face interaction which so many people desire is an impossibilty.

There is hope   as products are expanding and I guess we have to find soon a new definition for "mobile"


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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Mon May 14, 2012 7:17 pm

It seems one of the more cooler aspects of BlackBerry Bridge is getting forgotten about, the remote control feature. I don't use it all of the time, but there are times when it works better on some sites than trying to enter info via the touchscreen keyboard.

BlackBerry Bridge was ultimately what made my mind up between the iPad 2 and the PlayBook, as I didn't want to have to spring for a data plan for the iPad. Now not all cell providers are cool with BlackBerry Bridge, like AT&T for instance, who view it as a form of tethering and required RIM to remove some of the elements of the app in order fo AT&T users to use the app (Many AT&T users don't even use the "official" AT&T version of Bridge and have a version that allows them to use a full-featured Bridge app on their BB devices.). Part of the reason why I switched cell phone companies was that my former provider was going to start throttling data speeds on unlimited plans plus the only BlackBerry they offer is the Curve 8530, which is not ideal for use with the PlayBook as while it is supposedly has 3G support, the speeds never appeared to be there despite piggybacking on Sprint's network. My Curve 9360 works great with it, even when not in 3G coverage area.
 
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RE: Cell-Tablet Integration

Tue May 15, 2012 7:00 pm

I have both the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 3g+wifi.

The 4s has a very good camera - not quite up there with a dslr, but for a quick point and shoot it does the job. The video camera on it is amazing though - watching my videos from youtube on my TV look almost professional quality (links in my profile if anybody's interested), and beat the video on my dslr hands down. Only downside is the battery life and the storage when having more than a few flights to film!!

The iPad is a good piece of kit too. lighter, smaller and more portable than a laptop and does near enough everything a laptop does. Infact its replaced my laptop now. Also handy for keeping a few movies, tv shows etc on for when your in a hotel in a foreign country and theres nothing on TV!!

Also, both sync perfectly with my iMac.
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