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Welcome to another Good e-Reader Roundtable discussion with Michael and Peter. The topic today is what is the better operating system overall, Android or iOS? The two tech stalwarts talk about personal experiences with them both and make some valid points.
One of the real benefits of the Apple ecosystem is the first party developer support. If you want to deliver magazines, newspapers or games, you only have a few screen sizes and resolutions to choose from. You rarely deal with aspect ratio problems and get the content as they intended. Android on the other hand has so many different screen sizes and resolution, that you encounter errors more often.
Android on the other hand allows for more customization options in the form of keyboards, widgets, live wallpapers and launchers. You get more freedom to craft your own experience.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Round Table Discussion. Today Michael and Peter discuss the merits of reading on a dedicated e-reader and tablet. There is a ton of confusion on the virtues of each device and what they excel at doing. Today, the two lads dispel popular myths and give you their perspective on what is better for reading.
e-Readers have been around a lot longer than tablets have. Early on, if you wanted to read eBooks, newspapers and other content you wanted to have a Kindle. When tablets started to come out, like the iPad and Android devices the lines started to blur on what an e-reader is.
Michael and Peter rundown what each device does best and talk about some of the technologies on the market that make reading more enjoyable. Pixel QI, Plastic Logic, e Ink, and other displays are explained in great detail.
Apple has been running their Higher Education Reseller program in Canada for the last few years. The essence of the reseller program is to give discounts to University and College bookstores to stock iPads, Mac Computers, Apple TV’s and accessories. Apple has confirmed to Good e-Reader that bookstores will no longer be able to order products effective April 27th 2014.
Much to the Universities chagrin, students are buying Apple products directly from Apple or other secondary markets. The schools don’t have a super wide selection of different configurations and most students buy their devices before they leave home. Apple-subsidized on-campus stores are basically financially unfeasible in Canada.
Students will benefit in the short-term with many schools having a veritable fire sale of existing stock. Mac Computers, iPads and other big ticket items will be sold at cost. Universities have confirmed to Good e-Reader that they are trying to get rid of everything as soon as possible, before new products are announced.
Apple will continue offering their Higher Education Reseller Program in the United States for the foreseeable future. Top universities account for a substantial part of Apple’s quarterly iPad and Mac device sales.
Good e-Reader has hit another huge milestone today with ten million views on our YouTube Channel! This is where you will see unboxing videos, e-reader reviews, comparisons and drop tests.
Ten million views on a channel devoted to e-readers and the process of reading is a big accomplishment. We have made it a big point over the years to attend big product unveiling’s and give a first look at the latest Kindles, Kobo or Nook e-Readers.
In the last six months we have revised our entire video setup. We invested on a mixing board, SLR Dynamic Mics, studio lights, and a new camera. In the past, most of our videos were hands on reviews of the e-readers, now Michael and Peter are on camera, giving you our take on the news and opinions on new devices.
We have developed a ton of new segments such as Peter’s Drive Time, News Blasts and App Reviews. If you like free e-readers, phones and tablets, we have stepped up our game, giving away many different goodies every single month.
Lets look at some statistics! We have 10,031,99 video views, 28,092,606 minutes watched, 15,000 subscribers and 26,307 LIKES! Thanks to everyone who has shown has support by commenting and participating in discussions.
The Sony Smartwatch 2 is the second attempt of the Japanese company to try and cornerstone the industry. Conservative research states that the entire smartwatch industry will be worth $62 billion by 2018. This is prompting an entire cadre of startups to get into this space. Sony is one of the few with a second generation device, next to Pebble. How does this stack up against the competition?
The Sony SmartWatch 2 has a new 1.6-inch transflective LCD touchscreen and soft keys that mimic Android’s back, home, and menu functions. The resolution is only 220 x 176, this is fairly poor, as pixels tend to be jagged. You can tell there is not much memory in this device, because they are not really using anti-aliasing. Most of the core functionality is built around interacting with the touchscreen and pairing it with your phone.
The Smartwatch 2 is not very smart, sadly. The built in functionality on it can tell the time, be used as a stopwatch, and be used as an alarm. But that’s about it. You can reject incoming calls from the SmartWatch and automatically send a SMS text.
You really need to have an Android Smartphone to take advantage of this watch. In order to even set it up, you need to download the Sony Android software to control it and load in firmware. There also is not a dedicated Sony Android App Market. This is something Pebble did right in their iOS app, you can install faces, gps, productivity and fitness apps. Heck, there is even games like Asteroids! The Sony App, is basically a portal to other apps listed on Google Play. So, if you have a phone that is not compatible with Google Play, or does not have the G Services, you are doomed.
In the end, the Sony Smartwatch 2 is not very smart. You can think of it as a dumb terminal that is reliant on your phone for most of the apps. Really, this is meant to pair to your phone via bluetooth and give you notifications. It is meant to ping you when you get text messages, Whatsapp messages and let you know when someone is calling. It might save time to glance at your wrist, rather than take your phone out, get it out of standby and open the notification. Check out our unboxing and review to get a sense on our thoughts.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Tutorial Video! Today Michael Kozlowski shows you exactly how to load APK Files on the Blackberry Q5 and Q10. This will allow you to install 3rd party app markets and also apps from the internet.
One of the really nice things about the new Blackberry 10 update is the ability to load in APK Files directly on your Blackberry Q5 and Q10 smartphone. No longer do you need DDPB, a computer or any 3rd party programs, everything now is just done on the phone.
The first thing you need to do is open the internet browser on your phone and click on the link http://apps.goodereader.com/android-apps/android-app-stores/?did=171 Underneath the app icon is a download button, if you click on that the file will download to your phone. You will then get a menu prompt to install and then open the file. Once this is accomplished you would have installed our own Good e-Reader App Store directly on your phone.
There is tremendous benefits of installing our app market on your phone, as it is heavily customized to giving you a rich experience on your Blackberry. You can download over 100,000 apps, leave reviews, get notified of updates and look at all of the new content added daily.
Today Michael and Peter bring you the e-reading experience found on the iPad Mini with Retina. Often, Apple products make fairly solid eBook readers and you can get a sense on how the iBooks app works and get an overview of the bookstore.
The iPad Mini with Retina has one of the highest resolution displays on the market and features a 8.9 inch screen. The extra real estate allows you to fit more text on the screen at any given time. The iBooks app doesn’t come pre-loaded on the iPad, but instead is one of the recommended installs when you fire up the App Store for the first time.
The iBooks app and Apple Bookstore is the only ecosystem found on the iPad that allows you to buy books. Amazon, Kobo, Sony, B&N and hundreds of other retailers do not allow you buy books via their apps. This is attributed to the mandatory percentage Apple takes off the top, out of any in-app purchase. Can you imagine how much extra revenue they would glean if Amazon had to give them 30% of each book purchased?
If you are looking to utilize the second generation iPad Mini as an e-reader to read fiction or non-fiction novels, this video will help decide if it ideal for your circumstances.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video! Today Michael and Peter look at the overall magazine reading experience on the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display. The high resolution tablet really makes graphic heavy content shine and you will get a sense how everything looks.
The iPad Mini with Retina handles magazines differently then dedicated platforms like Zinio offers. Each magazine is in essence its own app, and the entire magazine section in the iTunes area just houses publishers singular delivery vehicles. We installed the Rolling Stone Magazine and first had to install their official app. You can select to buy a single issue or take out a subscription to have them all instantly delivered to your account.
Rolling Stone handles things a bit differently than your average digital magazine. There is iTunes integration that will allow you to both play and buy music. This is handy if you read an article about an up and coming folk artist and wonder how they sound. Going digital allows you to hit play, and get a 30 second sample of it, which is perfect for a music magazine.
Welcome to another exciting edition of Good e-Reader Video News! Today Michael and Peter look at the top 5 most compelling games that they were fiendishly playing all January. Some are very new and others are old favorites. Good e-Reader gives you a sense on what these bring to the table, discuss micro-transactions and show in-game footage.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video! Today Michael and Peter walk you through the magazine experience on the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. This tablet is mainly billed as an e-reader and Amazon sells a wide selection of magazines to purchase. If you are thinking about making the move from tangible, to digital, or just looking for that perfect device to read your monthlies, this video is for you.
Overall, Amazon basically deals with every major publisher and you can think of magazines as apps. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 runs on a heavily skinned version of Google Android. Bringing magazines over into the ecosystem warrants a dedicated app, using the Amazon SDK. What this means, is that from publisher to publisher the entire magazine experience will be different.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video filmed at our new Studio in Vancouver, Canada! Today, Michael and Peter take a look at the PDF experience on the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has the highest resolution out of any tablet the Seattle based company has ever released. The average tablet is seven inches, and with almost two extra inches you have to wonder if the extra screen real estate makes a big difference with PDF files.
One of the rude awakenings we experienced with PDF Files is the aspect ratio issue. Whether your tablet is in landscape or portrait mode the PDF file will never take up the entire screen by default. Instead, you will have to pinch and zoom each page until you find that sweet spot. Check out the video below for the skinny on the situation.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 hit most countries late last year and is the Seattle based company’s latest generation tablet. Amazon is heavily invested in their own Kindle Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Videos and Audiobooks. There is a large segment of users that depend on PDF files for school, work or play. Today, Peter and Michael evaluate whether or not the Kindle HDX 7 handles PDF files better than the competition.
Late last year Amazon refreshed their tablet lineup by offering two models with the HDX monkior. The resolution on the 8.9 and 7 are some of the best in the business and you would expect that would translate well to digital magazines. Today, Michael and Peter of Good e-Reader evaluate whether or not the Kindle Fire HDX is ideal for reading digital magazines.
When you purchase magazines through the Amazon Newsstand you will likely immediately notice some black space at the top and bottom of the magazine. This is due to aspect ratio, and you lose almost two inches of a 7 inch tablet in your viewing perspective. This really limits how much of the magazine is displayed and you will constantly find yourself pinching and zooming every single page to read the content. There is an option to make the magazine an eBook though, with a text heavy approach, which is useful.
How does the Kindle really handle magazines? Not that well, this is why Amazon never really hypes their service. Instead, they invest their marketing budget on promoting the Kindle bookstore and Amazon Instant Video.