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Old 05-10-2012, 09:00 PM
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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.
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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.
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Otherwise it's more headache then production.
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Acer A510

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).

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Acer A510

• 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
• Bluetooth
• Micro USB 2.0
• Micro-HDMI
• lithium-ion polymer battery

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BlackBerry PlayBook

The Kindle Fire is excellent if you want the ultimate Amazon experience, but if you want a richer tablet experience then check out the updated PlayBook. You can get the Amazon experience on the PlayBook, but you can’t get the PlayBook experience on the Kindle Fire. In addition to the slick UI of the QNX-based PlayBook OS, you can now run Android apps on your PlayBook so you get the best of both worlds with a much more powerful piece of hardware.

Advantages of the PlayBook over the Kindle Fire include:
• Dual high quality cameras and a microphone
• Bluetooth wireless radio
• Integrated GPS
• 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.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/mobile-gad...st-tablet/5498

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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.
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BlackBerry PlayBook

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.

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BlackBerry PlayBook vs. iPad

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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!
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BlackBerry PlayBook Business Apps

• SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards
• Citrix Receiver

The apps run seamlessly on a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet mounted in a Porsche 911, accessed via touchscreen or BlackBerry Bridge remote control with NFC pairing.

http://www.sap.com/solutions/analyti...ards/index.epx

http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/pr...tentID=1689163

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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.
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BlackBerry PlayBook Automotive Applications

Porsche supports NFC so one touch from the BlackBerry Smartphone will tell the car you are in it and then activate the car options. With the BlackBerry PlayBook mounted on the dashboard you will see that the PlayBook can control media in the car, phone calls and voice recognition for satellite navigation.

The Porsche's interior is equipped with three built-in PlayBook tablets to showcase BlackBerry 10's extensive capabilities for in-transit entertainment and communications. Mobile Innovations' police cruiser on the other hand, was there to demonstrate how powerful the PlayBook platform is as a game-changer for secure mobile law enforcement and data access.

“With its small footprint, low price and secure computing power, the PlayBook fits our bill to a tee.”

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BlackBerry PlayBook Automotive Applications

Porsche supports NFC so one touch from the BlackBerry Smartphone will tell the car you are in it and then activate the car options. With the BlackBerry PlayBook mounted on the dashboard you will see that the PlayBook can control media in the car, phone calls and voice recognition for satellite navigation.

The Porsche's interior is equipped with three built-in PlayBook tablets to showcase BlackBerry 10's extensive capabilities for in-transit entertainment and communications. Mobile Innovations' police cruiser on the other hand, was there to demonstrate how powerful the PlayBook platform is as a game-changer for secure mobile law enforcement and data access.

“With its small footprint, low price and secure computing power, the PlayBook fits our bill to a tee.”
only three playbooks? that's not enough!
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BlackBerry 10 – a QNX based operating system that is so much more than just a smartphone OS. BlackBerry 10 is a whole new mobile computing platform that not only drives the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but is also the OS for everything from medical devices to nuclear reactors; from commercial airliners to most of the cars found on North America's roads.

The capabilities of QNX when paired with a car and your BlackBerry are awesome. This system offers an easy way to seamlessly connect to services that would otherwise be available only on your phone or Playbook. And this isn't just for Porsche either. QNX is available for many different cars and will be implemented in many more.

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Porsche Design P9981

P9981 named Smartphone of the Year
Porsche Design and BlackBerry honoured at Plus X Award® 2012

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The Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone by BlackBerry has been awarded as "Smartphone of the Year 2012" by a distinguished jury at the renowned Plus X Award®. The German luxury brand's product combines typical straight-line and puristic design by Porsche Design and innovative technologies by BlackBerry.

"Porsche Design has been a symbol for Iconic Style since 1972," says Dr. Juergen Gessler, CEO of the Porsche Design Group. "Products with clean lines and no frills are at the heart of our design philosophy. Our collaboration with BlackBerry led to a smartphone that implements our credo without compromises. The Porsche Design P'9981 Smartphone by BlackBerry is a modern luxury smartphone that combines timeless design with state-of-the-art technology."

Axel Kettenring, Managing Director RIM Germany, says: "We are very proud to receive this seal of quality. Receiving the Plus X Award for the Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone confirms we are operating at the cutting edge with our demand for design and quality."

The Plus X Award is awarded in the categories technology, sport and lifestyle paying particular attention on innovative and future-oriented products that distinguish themselves from others by a noteworthy added value – the Plus X Factor.

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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.
This is essentially the ASUS Transformer Prime without the 1080p HD video capability and flash. You will not be disappointed!

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)
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This is essentially the ASUS Transformer Prime without the 1080p HD video capability and flash. You will not be disappointed!

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)
Thanks for the advice. I will give that a try.
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no normal sized adult would fit in the back seat of a 911.
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The BlackBerry PlayBook's value proposition is compelling. The PlayBook supports up to 1080p video playback, has a 3-megapixel front-facing camera and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, both of which can record 1080p video. It has a 1024×600 WSVGA, 7-inch display, uses a dual-core processor, supports high resolution video and audio playback formats, and has a micro-HDMI port for HDMI video output.

In a recent review of the PlayBook with the new OS2 operating system Daniel Badar of Mobile Syrup said "..I still think at $199.99 for a 16GB version, the PlayBook is by far the best deal in the tablet space right now. For $249.99 you can get a 32GB model and for $299.99 a 64GB model, and there is no reason one should spend hundreds of dollars more on an iPad unless the app environment is a dealbreaker."

"…..current iPad is great at home," but is not "purse or jacket-pocket-friendly" like the PlayBook.

Many are passing on Apple tablet over security concerns. The US Air Force Special Operations Command recently put the purchase of several thousand iPads on hold. "We commend the U.S. Air Force for having the foresight to cancel their iPad2 order given the security concerns," said Route1 President Brian Brunetti, adding: "Mobile computing has the upside of reducing costs and increasing worker flexibility, but there are real and material risks if the appropriate diligence is not performed in establishing security protocols first."

And the Air Force is by no means alone. Last July, the German government warned that iPads had "critical weaknesses" that could be used by criminals to gain access to confidential data. And the Russian-language business news site RBC Daily said the Russian government is considering banning iPads over security concerns.

The BlackBerry Playbook and Samsung Galaxy are the only tablets to date to receive FIPS 140-2 certification, meaning they are cleared for use by U.S. government officials.

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no normal sized adult would fit in the back seat of a 911.
I'm 5'10" and no light-weight - and I fit in the back behind the passenger seat as long as it is forward enough to make room for my legs... now would I want to drive more than 10-15 minutes in the back - heck no... but that doesn't make the back seat USELESS... impractical for anything but dogs and small children, yes!
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BlackBerry PlayBook Owner:

“The PlayBook stomps on an iPad in terms of both OS and hardware for half the cost.

None of the Android tablets in the same price range even come close to having comparable hardware.

You get a unified inbox, 1080p output over HDMI, the ability to hook up a Bluetooth mouse (useful if you like to use HDMI out and an RDP client to turn it into a real workstation).

You can't do any of that with an iPad (jailbreaking doesn't count, I work in the Enterprise and we are not friendly to rooted devices), some of the Android tablets sure, but that platform has its own problems.

Add Blackberry Bridge, which is absolutely brilliant, and the ability to put it in your jacket pocket, or use it one handed and the arguments against this device all seem so insignificant...

I am a software developer by trade, been writing code for over 15 years. I've never owned a blackberry device before the PlayBook and I've always turned my nose up to BlackBerry devices in the past, but after using the PlayBook for a couple of months (and having used every major mobile and desktop OS out there) I will say that the PlayBook/QNX are now by far my favorite mobile OS.

QNX with its multitasking ability, super slick fast browser and capability to run apps programmed on five different languages (SDK, HTML5, Java, Android and Adobe) makes it a tablet to contend with.

To be fair up until recently the app selection has been fairly weak, but that has improved significantly since the OS2 launch.”



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You're 2 years behind... Playbook has been on clearance for a while now.
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