My friend had recently posted a link to popular tech blog Gizmodo, discussing Samsung’s newest addition to the world of smartphones, the Note Lightning. Now, upon reading this article (which will be posted here), it seems as though the tech giant either A) didn’t take a strong, steady look at healthy and successful competition, or B) just wanted to get something new off the production lines and into retail stores.
The Galaxy Note Lightning is, well, a bit physically confusing if anything. It has a large screen — larger than most bigger phones — but is still small enough to the point where calling it a “phone” is somewhat reasonable. Granted, it does sport a super AMOLED HD screen…but it doesn’t rely exclusively on touch — at least by your fingers. Remember back in the day of the Palm, where you needed a stylus to use it? Well apparently Samsung though it would be a smart (and frankly daring) idea to bring it back into STYLE! Yes, pun intended. However, this is 2012, and this stylus does more than just touch and click on the screen. Well, actually, the only other function is the ability to take a screen capture of what you’re doing…sorry, but I’m just too excited about that. /sarcasm.
Both the Android tablets have longer battery life and flash video watching capability. The Nook Tablet comes installed with Netflix and Hulu. Yet, while the Nook Tablet has potentially more storage when you include the potential memory card (48GB), Amazon’s Fire offers much more in terms of design, service, and price.
The Fire’s new design is a complete overhaul from it’s previous model’s look, whereas, the Nook Tablet resembles much of its predecessor the Nook Color. Add that to the fact the Fire comes with Amazon’s already burgeoning app store, movie collection, digital library, and a cloud service allowing you to access your files anywhere, and the Nook’s developing app store begins to look negligible. In addition, the Fire ($199) is a good $50 cheaper than its rival.
However, what seems to be the consensus on the blogosphere is that neither of these Android tablets are anything we haven’t seen before. Actually, the point that makes the Android’s operating system so valuable to the user is the Android marketplace, which isn’t offered on either. Unless, that is, you want to attempt to hack your Kindle Fire, you’re stuck with what each provider offers.
What is interesting is the effect these two soon-to-be popular holiday gifts will have on the elite $500-and-up iPad 2. There is no doubt Apple will milk every penny out of the iPad possible, but take a look at some other Apple products fiscal history.