By now, iOS 9 should be on all demo devices at all Apple Stores. A quick way of knowing is to quickly double-press the Home button to call up the Card View. If it looks more like a carousel than a set of separated cards, then it’s iOS 9.
My first encounter with iOS 9 (click any image to enlarge):
“Peek” view, where the leftmost app (Safari, here) becomes inactive.
I’m in a state of shock.
Not only did it download the PDF that iOS 8.x couldn’t, it opened in iBooks and worked as above.
The video is short because the nearby Mini I used ran out of capacity for the video(!).
I will now go wander the bitter streets of Manhattan in a daze.
More maybe later…
Google Books PDFs category
I’m looking forward to this phone. Well, all the reviews and user reports. No matter how tempting, never buy first.
Filed under Android, Video
Picard with orange PADD [Source]
In my time holding the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook Edition at Barnes & Noble, I realized that I’d be holding one of these tablets for a lonnnng time while reading.
So I thought I’d investigate weight.
See three videos after the break.
See it and weep after the break.
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Review
There’s a lot to like with this tablet. It’s fast, looks nice, sounds amazing, and USB-C is clearly the way of the future. The software mess that is ZenUI is unfortunate, and the weirdly aggressive thermal regulation is a problem. While neither is a deal breaker on their own, combined it’s clear this is not a tablet for power users or heavy gamers.
One of the most important features to this particular tablet is the price tag. At $299 for the 64GB model, it’s hard to look at the majority of current generation of Android tablets — especially Google’s Nexus 9 — and see the value. Are rapid software updates and a clean UI worth the extra $180 for a tablet that has half the storage and no SD card slot? It’s hard to say yes.
A brief video is after the break.
ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 review
It’s not until five paragraphs in that we’re sure this is the “Pro/Plus” model of the tablet, not the lower-end US$199 one. What I’m calling the “Pro/Plus” model has the USB-C port at bottom and a US$299 price.
A small amount of sharpening does appear to be going on throughout the display, which can make text appear a little fuzzy, which is especially noticeable in certain scenarios, like with black text on a colored background. As good as looking at still images on this high-resolution display is, viewing videos may lead to some disappointment. The software tries to smoothen the video out, similar to the Soap Opera effect available with some HDTVs, so if a movie you’re watching is intended to be shot at a cinematic 24 frames per second, the tablet will try to smoothen the video to make it look like it was shot at 60 frames per second, making it seem very strange looking.
Aside from that, however, this is the Nokia N1 tablet killer, as the AnTuTu score shows.