Friday, May 31, 2013

Android vs iOS: Dream Battle or Battle Only In Your Dreams?

Being both an iOS and Android user for only a year, I would say that I might have not experienced the best and worst (if there is any) of these two major mobile platforms. Mobile is actually a restricting adjective, as these to competing operating systems transcend beyond mobility. Both have taken portability and computing into a whole new level. So, instead of bragging my limited relationship with these to wondeful software creations of our time, let’s take a look at some ideas and reviews going around the World Wide Web. I decided to skip the things that both OS have (productivity, social media integration, etc.), I believe it’s more interesting to know which areas one seem superior to the other. Specialized Content Portals. If you’re too keen on going to a specialized store, iPhone has dedicated portal for games (Game Center) and media content (iTunes). Android prefers putting everything in one giant virtual market place. Customization. You can only do this for iOS after jailbreaking the device. Android has deeper customization capability. Voice Assistant. iOS has Siri (though honestly it failed to fascinate me aside from watching funny YouTube parodies about this virtual feminine butler). Flash Support. Some websites may not work for iOS, which make Android-based browsing experience better. Apps Quality. Some say that iOS apps have fewer tendencies to crash and average rating is higher than Android apps. This maybe true on a general observation, I think it is still very subjective on a per user level. Following the advise of ZDNet’s article, if you have the luxury and the necessity to own Android and iOS powered-devices, you don’t have to worry about anything. Just enjoy using them whenever you want. For more interesting facts and insights, I recommend you check out related articles from PC Advisor and TIME Tech websites.

Beat the Heat, Beachify!

Summer has officially started, and there may be no better way to enjoy the sunny season than to splash in the seas! There are lots of activities waiting for you to enjoy the beach, but before wearing your cute sunglasses and once-a-year-worn bikinis or trunks, make sure that all is fun from sunrise until sunset. Have you chosen the best beach to go to? Best means not just all the splendid scenery, the crystal seas and white sands. You should consider the value-for-your-money stuffs like beach facilities, accommodation, food and others. Is your mode of transport to and from your beach destination also worth your bucks? While traveling especially if the beach is quite far off, would it be a comfortable and safe trip? Do you have kids to bring? Are these little beachgoers well informed of the “first-things first” and “it’s-okay-to-say-no” rules while in the beach? Oops, too many questions? Come to think of it, it would be nicer that you spend most of your time in the sea and enjoying with your family and friends, instead of wasting precious moments in the hotel room doing budget computations, calling the desk officer and finding where to go to in the venue map. You go to the beach to relax and have fun, so better work on the things that should be well prepared beforehand. Take some time to read some reviews of beaches and other tourist destinations in your place. Seasoned beach bums and tourists have their own blogs or websites telling the experiences they had, both good and bad, in some popular beaches. They even offer some useful tips to ensure that readers will get the best out of their vacation. If you have already chosen your beach, look out for promotions and best deals going to your destination. There are online discount programs that come along with room and activity packages that will keep you busy in a fun way. Just bring what you have to use in the beach. I discourage bringing laptop as you may tend to stay away from the very purpose of going to the beach. Unless your work requires you to stay 24/7 online, do bring your gadget and spoil your summer vacation. Hope I have shared some thoughts to ponder that may somehow help you to have an exciting and happy beach experience. It may sound cliché, but planning ahead will help you get the most of your beach relaxation. Enjoy!