iPad v. A500
I'm going to chime in here and not really to bash the iPad(x) but my aunt just "upgraded" her ipad1 to the 2. She's going to China to get a book deal and needed to put all her stuff on a USB drive and a HDMI output so she can present her work. She asked about how to get it done with her iPad2 and there wasn't really any good solution other than spending more money on accessories and even then, i didn't know how to get both a USB and HDMI connected to the iPad at the same time.
enter the Acer A500. It's not the fastest, brightest or the best tablet out there by far but for her needs, it's perfect. Like all (or most) tegra2 tablets, they offer HDMI output (microHDMI) and it is the only tablet that offers a built-in full size USB port. My Prime offers it on the keyboard but that's another $150 add-on though it does extend the battery life and offer a whole lot more however that too entails more $$$. with Kingsoft Office, she can make a PowerPoint presentation and present it via USB. She can also edit and even make new PowerPoints on the fly. While there is iCloud/Drive, it is not always accessible.
she's now moving away from Apple products as she's finding them more as toys than tools with the ability to be a toy.
There are a lot of other tablets out there but right now, I'm even thinking about getting an A500 for my girl to do her school work and stuff and abandon her laptop.
Seemed like you have already answered the question. If the Acer has what she needs then go with it. Otherwise it's more headache then production.
On the left edge sits the power/lock button and a headphone jack. On the opposite edge is a Micro-HDMI port and a door covering a 32GB-capacity microSD slot. In the middle of the bottom edge is a Micro-USB port next to a reset pinhole, with speakers on the far right and left sides. On the top edge, from left to right, lies a volume rocker, a rotation lock switch, and a microphone pinhole. A 1-megapixel camera sits in the middle of the top bezel with an ambient light sensor to its left. Directly on the back sits a 5-megapixel rear camera.
Acer includes two accessory cables to help fill out the A510 feature set: a Micro-USB-to-USB cable and a Micro-USB-to-female-USB dongle. The latter takes the place of an actual full USB port.
The A510 comes preinstalled with Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
• Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
• NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core Mobile Processor 1.3 GHz
• 1GB DDR2 memory
• 32GB internal storage
• 10.1" WXGA HD multitouch display (1280 x 800)
• ultra low power (ULP) high-performance 12-core NVIDIA® GeForce GPU
• front and rear-facing cameras
• Dolby Mobile 3 audio
• Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
• Micro USB 2.0
• lithium-ion polymer battery
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Advantages of the PlayBook over the Kindle Fire include:
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• Bluetooth wireless radio
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• HDMI out (outputs EVERYTHING, unlike the iPad)
• Dual stereo speakers
• 1GB of RAM
• More internal storage (16, 32 or 64 GB compared to 8GB)
• Seamless connectivity with BB smartphone
• Fast, powerful web browser made even better in the 2.0 update
• Much nicer user interface
At $200 for both the Kindle Fire and the 16GB PlayBook, it really is a no-brainer to pick up the PlayBook instead now that OS 2.0 is out that addresses most of the original shortcomings.
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the A500 is great with the built-in USB port. My Prime has one but it's with the docking keyboard.
the A510, though, has come with very crappy reviews and I think it's a backwards step for Acer.
I can't think of another tablet out there with a full size USB port that comes standard. I was actually considering the A500 before my Prime but gave in on the keyboard with the extended battery life; pretty important when I'm out and about all day without a charger.
Print To Go® is a new feature introduced in BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0, which allows you to send documents from your PC to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Instead of outputting to a printer, documents are conveniently converted to Adobe® PDF files and wirelessly transported to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet where you can easily manage and organize them. You can use Print To Go to “print” any file – including documents, webpages, diagrams and more.
In order to use Print To Go, you’ll need to install some software on your Microsoft® Windows™ computer first. After installing this software, Print To Go will appear as a printer in your system and whenever you select Print To Go as the printer, your content will be converted to a PDF file and sent wirelessly to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. You can then use the Print To Go app on the BlackBerry tablet to view, sort and manage the digital printouts you created from sources like web pages, documents, emails or other apps.
BlackBerry PlayBook vs. iPad
Love my ASUS T-Prime. :)
Connected to my data plan via tether (LG Revolution and Verizon 4G LTE.
How did I live WITHOUT this thing before?
Travel with 10 lacrosse tournaments and camps this summer, this thing is great for travel!
Oh, and boys sports are expensive!
BlackBerry PlayBook Business Apps
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I bought an ASUS transformer 300T yesterday. Today I am loading a bunch of files and documents to google drive. I do wish it had a micro USB slot but at least its got room for another Micro SD. I decided I needed a 10.1 screen rather than some of those 7" options. Loved how it synched up with my droid razr. Got the 32Gig version for $399 with a free case. Looking forward to traveling with it.
BlackBerry PlayBook Automotive Applications
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So when you said it syncs up with your razr, are you tethered to your data plan via your razr?
If not, try downloading Foxfi for your razr, and PDNET Tablet for your 300T. This worked for my LG Revolution phone and Transformer Prime without rooting the phone. Tethered via bluetooth (4G LTE data plan):thumbup:
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Blackberry did a great job in making the port easy. They provide three different ways to do it. And as long as there are no Google specific APIs being used (e.g. Google Maps), the developer can write the app once and by adding Blackberry Nature to the project can make it ready for Android and Playbook without two branches of code.
You can use some of the tools for BlackBerry Runtime for Android apps to convert Android "apk" files into BlackBerry-compatible "bar" files. Android developers were surprised to see how easy it was to make their apps work on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet without having to change any code.
RIM will be setting up a certification program for developers who create quality apps and there is plenty of incentives for developers to sign up and participate. Developers who create a quality certified app as determined by a third-party and have it submitted to BlackBerry App World also qualify for an additional $10,000 incentive from RIM. If your app is certified quality, submitted and earns $1,000 on its own but not $10,000 -- RIM will cut you a cheque for the difference.
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