Seeing as Nev hijacked my post, I figured the best payback was to hijack his specialist subject.
Before I start though, I will add the disclaimer:
The following post is written from the perspective of someone who has nothing to do with the IT industry. Nor does she know anything about programming outside some half-arsed HTML coding. As such please take any opinions given with a grain of salt, really, she's just talking out her arse.
Now if you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that Nevyn is a huge Linux cheerleader. Me, I have had to use a Linux based OS before, and honestly speaking, I am much happier with Windows 7 (lets all pretend that Vista didn't happen, okay?). I do understand his point of view though, that open source leads to a better result for all.
I am being swayed over to the dork side by the new shiny Android 3 OS. Yes, it is a tablet specific OS but here's where I have a problem: it's a great looking OS but lacks the hardware to support it. For the large part, Apple have cornered the market with the iPad, yes, it has a stupid name, but they were first off the starting blocks.
At the moment, the only non-Apple tablets available in NZ are the tiny 7" Samsung Galaxy Tablet and the Telecom V9 Tablet. Honestly, for the price of the Galaxy, you might as well buy the Galaxy S phone, and be able to make phone calls as well. I hope that Android can get the hardware it deserves, because in any free market there should be choice, and Apple should not be our only one.
It is easy to be swayed by their clean lines, ease of use and futuristic looks, but behind the mac-white gleam a more sinister Apple lurks. One which demands self-censorship of it's contributing magazine content. Or a prevents you from looking inside your own device. Not to mention my own personal bugbear, where it locks up iTunes until you've updated, which means you can't access any of the music/movies etc that you've legally paid for.
Is it worth trading off an aesthetically pleasing, intuitive device for your basic consumer rights?
Disclaimer: I have not been paid by, or have any affiliations with any of the products/companies I have discussed in this article. Unless Apple want to give me an iPad, in which case I totally change my opinion. Apple Rules!