Editorial: I Used The Pixel C, And It Seems Like A Pretty Bad Idea
You see, when the Nexus 9 was released last year, I reviewed it. It was pretty bad. It’s still not great — the Nexus 9 lacks a good deal of the tablet content of iOS, still isn’t as powerful as a Chromebook for things like basic text composition and editing or even web browsing, and doesn’t even get very good battery life. But most of the problem with Android tablets as a whole is software-related: the OS doesn’t feel designed for a large-screen tablet and the content that is available simply isn’t as wide-ranging as what you find on iOS or, if you want to look at Windows and the Surface’s ability to run full Windows applications (no small feature), even on Microsoft’s platform.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
There’s more …
PadNews reprint from another site, via Google Translate: iPad mini 4 Review: Worst mini tablet
I don’t know what’s up with that odd title, because this is their China-tablet burying conclusion:
If you are considering to start with a 7.9-inch tablet, then this iPad mini 4 should be your first choice.
Boldfaced emphasis in the original.
Well, that slaps the hell out of Teclast, Onda, Chuwi and the rest! Also Samsung and Asus.
iPad Mini 4: 46,000-Range AnTuTu
Some More About The iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4 Fails Extreme PDF Torture Test: Part Two
iPad Mini 4 Fails Extreme PDF Torture Test
Google Books PDF Test: iPad Mini 4 With iOS 9
iPad Mini 4: Geekbench 3 Scores
Let’s Compare iPad Mini 4 And Clones Weights
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0:
I stopped in Barnes & Noble for another fondle of the Nook Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0.
That screen is very, very glossy. It’s also harsh for reading. Despite the different screen modes and brightness settings I tried.
B&N has really locked down the two demo units I previously tried after I published this post. That’s not coincidental. Someone panicked. Now I can’t use the button for splitscreen or multitasking and I can’t upload screensnaps to this blog or even email! They also locked down the Notifications swipe-down gesture!
However, they didn’t cut off Install Unknown Sources. So I got evil and downloaded Google Play Books and the Kindle app. Both were a pain to get. The Kindle app came from Samsung’s app store. The Google app from the Play Store — somehow (I had to do some contortions I don’t recall now).
Neither of them would run as-is. Both wanted me to sign into my Amazon and Google accounts before I could try anything. No. I deleted both apps before I left B&N.
See the annoying video — with other benchmarks too — after the break.
Ars Technica: iPad Mini 4 review: A lighter, faster tablet with a better screen
The iPad Mini 4 is what Apple should have put out last year as the iPad Mini 3.
Yes. One day, a smug misstep like that will be the start of Apple’s downfall.
iMore: iPad mini 4 evolution
That’s basically a photo comparison of various iPad models.
And I must agree with him: I’m liking the Tyrant Gold color. Trust me, I’m more surprised by that than any of you could ever be.
Let’s Compare iPad Mini 4 And Clones Weights
iOS Pro, part one
iOS 9, in anticipation of the iPad Pro, adds split-screen multitasking. It’s clear a lot of thought went into this particular approach, and it’s naturally much cleaner than wrangling a mess of floating windows. But it has one major drawback that stems from the very core of the iOS app-centric model.
It’s actually a little absurd: In the on-stage demos, Microsoft’s Kirk Konigsbauer demonstrates the ease with which you can load up a Word document and a PowerPoint deck side-by-side. What he doesn’t show is that the moment you want to load a second Word document into that other pane, something possible since Microsoft’s Multiple Document Interface in the late 1980s, iOS will stop you: There’s simply no way to do it, because the app-centric paradigm of iOS has no room for document-level UI separation.
He goes on to illustrate a Sildeover side panel file picker.
Something the marvelous Blogsy app for iOS has had for quite some time.
Get out more. I don’t own an iPad and even I knew that.
iOS Pro Coming? I Think So.
The Processed World PDFs from the Internet Archive are hell on wheels. They use JPEG2000 images which bring just about everything to its knees.
See this post.
Details might have to wait until Monday.
Off to try this file on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0.
Yes! The Mini 4.
And it kicked ass too.