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Why I Chose a Kindle Fire Over the New iPad

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I use a Mac and an iPhone and recently set up Wi-Fi at home, mainly because I had been thinking about getting a tablet. I of course had been thinking of an iPad for some time, but price had been a big factor in my holding off the decision to buy my first tablet. My Macbook Pro and iPhone 4S keep me well connected and I paid a lot for them, so I thought I’d hold out on an iPad until the price went down to about the $299 range.

While doing research on tablets, the first thing I learned was to decide if I really wanted one and where would I mostly use it. I would mainly use it reading on the bus or subway or while I’m home. I just got Wi-Fi at home so I thought, why not? I basically wanted a larger version of my phone to read in bed.

I was immediately impressed with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. At $200 I’d get all I need. I live off my laptop at home and my phone keeps me connected all day. Then I noticed the Barnes & Nobel Nook and it was a tough decision. I went with the Kindle vs. the Nook because I had already been an Amazon customer and it offered more books, apps, and overall entertainment to download. I’ve been using it for two weeks now and I’m happy with the purchase.

The weight of the Kindle was the first thing that got my attention. I thought it would weigh less and be quite flimsy. But it was sturdy and the quality of the glass was just as good as Apple’s. The size was pretty perfect. I could comfortably hold it with one hand. The Internet experience was fine, the sound and brightness sufficient, and the apps were cool enough.

Of course, you get what you pay for. Apple’s out of this world when it comes to quality electronic products and the future of technology in general, but Amazon has a really hot item on its hands with the Kindle Fire. Recent news shows that Amazon is making some good money off a tablet that some say is really an e-reader with Internet access.

If Apple makes a mini-iPad, as rumors have it, and sells it for a starting price of $299, it might even do more phenomenally in the tablet wars. After ordering my first Kindle, I did get to hold and use a Samsung Galaxy Tab and I would have gone with that if I wanted something in between the technology and price of the Kindle Fire and the New iPad.

If you’re loving your iPad, Kindle, Nook, Galaxy Tab or whatever, feel free to comment below. If you’re thinking about getting a tablet, do your research, decide what you’re going to use it for, and how much you’re willing to pay for it.

I’m really digging the Kindle Fire but think eventually I’ll own an iPad.  However, kudos to the Kindle for now. But then again, you never really know how big this tablet thing might get. Target and Walmart are probably thinking of making their own, who knows?

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Sticking With AT&T for Another 2 Years

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My contract with AT&T was up in mid September, but I held off on making any major decision on switching carriers until I purchased the new iPhone 4S. As my previous posts show, I was seriously considering switching to Sprint mainly for it’s unlimited data plan, however that all changed once the carrier began selling the iPhone 4S.

As soon as the phone became available, Sprint customers complained about the slow speed of the iPhone on its network, and social media blogs and news sites also covered the slow data drama. At the same time, all carriers were out of the hottest smart phone so I had to wait anyway. This waiting game caused me to closely consider two options: unlimited data on a slow network, or fast data on a limited data network?

In the end, I decided to stick with AT&T because news reports showed that AT&T had the fastest network for the iPhone 4S. I now have to stick with AT&T for another two years, but as long as its data speeds outshine Verizon and Sprint, I’ll be happy.

Did you get the new iPhone 4S? And if so, what has your network experience been so far?

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Apple and Sprint in NYC Already Out of the New iPhone 4S

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The new and illusive iPhone 4S on the Sprint network is a great hit in New York City. It’s such a massive hit that Apple and Sprint are already out of the incredible device. I unfortunately did not pre-order the iPhone 4S and it looks like it will be days before I can get my hands on one. Last night I called the Fifth Avenue Apple store, which is open 24 hours, to ask if they would be able to activate the phone on the Sprint network overnight. I was informed the flagship store in NYC was out of all Sprint phones. Today I called the Apple store on the Upper West Side and was also informed that Apple is all out of Sprint iPhones.

Then I thought my only hope now would be to place an order online with Sprint. And surprisingly enough, Sprint is all out, asking customers to sign up for an email letting them know when more will be in stock. It figures though really, since Sprint is the only one of the three iPhone 4S carriers to offer an unlimited data plan. A survey hosted by the Huffington Post asks which network do you think is best for the new iPhone 4S. Right now Sprint is leading the way.

If you already have an iPhone 4S on Sprint, please comment on what you think of the phone on the network so far. Thanks for reading!

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Sprint Rumored to Get the New iPhone in Early October

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I generally don’t post rumors, but I’ve been patiently waiting for the arrival of the latest iPhone and just couldn’t resist. News sources say Apple will announce the latest upgrade of their incredible iPhone on Oct. 4th. Apple may even debut two versions of the latest iPhone: the iPhone 5 and a less expensive iPhone 4S. Of course this is just a rumor and there’s no way of really knowing what’s going to happen.

I also hear that Sprint may be getting the new iPhone, joining AT&T and Verizon as major carriers of Apple’s innovative cellphone. I’m also excited about this rumor because my contract with AT&T is up for renewal allowing me to switch carriers. I’m considering jumping ship to Verizon, said to have the best network among the three major cellphone carriers. However Sprint’s unlimited data package and free nighttime minutes starting at 7pm are quite appealing.

In any event, I should not get too excited about these rumors. We’ll have to wait until early October to find out if Sprint actually gets the new iPhone. In the meantime, I’ll just continue researching which cellphone carrier would be best for my future iPhone.

If you are happy with your carrier, whether it be AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, please feel free to comment below. Thanks!

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Apple’s iOS 5 Will Integrate Twitter

At this weeks’ Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple finally offered up a look at its new iOS 5, believed to be coming out sometime this fall. The new iOS 5 will have a new way to display notifications, easily access the camera app, and integrate Twitter.

Apple told WWDC attendees that the new OS will have some 200 new features, though only 10 of them were showcased. As an avid Twitter fan, integrating the popular social network seems the most exciting.

The Twitter integration in iOS 5 runs so deep that Apple will include a link to install Twitter right in the Settings application. For those who might be unfamiliar with the popular service, Apple even offers a brief explanation: “Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets.” Also offered is a link where users can “Learn More about Twitter.”

Once Twitter has been set up on a system, links to post to the service can be found in a number of places. Apple iPhone users will be able to tweet a link that shows up in the Safari browser, tweet a picture from their camera roll, and tweet their location.

Many believe the changes come to compete with Android, which has overtaken the iPhone in popularity. As an Apple enthusiast, I don’t care if Apple took some ideas from Android. I am going to remain an iPhone user and look forward to the new iOS 5 this fall.