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iPad 3 (March) Madness!!!

Monday, March 12th, 2012

It’s that time of year again, friends. That glorious few days in the spring when everyone is waiting in anticipation for the start of something big… the new iPad release! What, did you think I was going somewhere else with that? Don’t worry, we’ll get to basketball. But first we’re adding another device to our extensive line of MacBook, iPod and iPhone repairs. As we mentioned previously, we’re sitting on iPad 3 parts just in case you are unfortunate enough to need repair the day you get your new iPad. With the iPad 2 we had a pair of digitizer repair orders come through the day of its release. Sad but true.

Now, on to the competition… between the iPad 3 and other tablets! Seriously, I’ll get there soon. I went to dinner with my wife’s extended family last week and as I walked in the door, one of her cousins who is an IT professional immediately asked, “want to see something that’s better than an iPad 3?” Now, while I’m clearly a big supporter of Apple’s devices in general, I’m not blindly going to swear that the iPad is unbeatable by something else in the consumer electronics marketplace. So I took a look.

 

He handed me a Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T, and this is what I observed: First, I asked in earnest (not to be clever or sardonic) why it was so heavy. Ok, ok, other manufacturers don’t have Jony Ive and the world’s best designers to make things streamline. I could probably look past a much heavier tablet that has a few extra inches of LCD. Then, I noticed how awkward and irritating the touch screen was. Sure, Apple has hundreds of patents on their digitizers, so the competition probably won’t live up to it. Surely, based on his assessment of the processing power, this thing must be lightning fast. Except that it’s not. It’s running Windows 7 in full, which is nice if you’re not willing to learn a mobile OS, but incredibly frustrating if you want to run a tablet at all without waiting for processor lag. Finally I assumed that the draw must be the price. Since Windows PC laptops can be assembled and sold for hundreds less than Macs, this 2 pound (37.5% heavier than the iPad) behemoth must cost a fraction of iPad’s sticker price, right? Well, nope. In fact it costs twice as much. So, to answer the original question that started this whole rant, yes. Yes, I would like to see something that’s better than an iPad 3. Show me.

 

Ah, now I’m out of time for basketball. Well, in short: several of our local teams are in the Big Dance. Mizzou at the 2 seed in what appears to be the weakest region, so a first Final Four appearance could be in their future. Kansas, if they can actually play to their ability, might have a chance of taking on UNC and former coach Roy Williams. Then there’s Kansas State and Wichita State who should be able to squeeze out a second round win. The brackets are out, and we’re ready with highlighters. Go Basketball.

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Mergers and Acquisitions and basketball.

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Tumultuous indeed, Keith. The friendly NCAA pool we have going on here at the Q is essentially down to a three man race, and it all hinges on what happens Thursday through Sunday in the West Regional Semis and Finals. For the first time in my life, I’m rooting for Duke to bring me that glory associated with winning the office pool. As long as they lose to UNC in the Final Four matchup. There are a lot of possibilities. But I digress.

Big news for the future of the iPhone world this weekend. According to the New York Times, AT&T is poised to purchase Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile for a staggering $39 billion. Billion. With a B. With the merger, AT&T would officially pass Verizon again as the largest mobile network in the nation, and be one of only three major carriers along with Sprint Nextel. Despite AT&T’s insistence that prices can remain low amidst industry consolidation, vocal consumers so far are skeptical about the future affordability of mobile contracts with less competition. Personally I’m a big fan of T-Mobile’s customer service experience, and they, along with Sprint, have done well to create cheaper alternatives to the two big providers. So we’ll see if the Justice Department and FCC approve the transaction, or if consumer voices will be heard.

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Have a great week, everyone.

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