October 29, 2012
Funniest thing I've seen so far today* — "Not even wrong"
Long story short: I ordered a Kindle Fire HD the moment it went on sale, hoping it would be better than my New iPad  for reading in bed.
Terrible design, impossible for this TechnoDolt®™© to use, and all in all not even a stylish paperweight.
I'm selling it today for peanuts just to get this piece of technical dross out of my house — it's that bad.
As Wolfgang Pauli said in another context entirely: "Not even wrong."
When Apple sent me an email last Friday offering to sell me an iPad mini, tears of joy nearly erupted: free at last.
It took about six yoctoseconds to place my order.
*I just woke up 10 minutes ago so let's not be premature — but I doubt very strongly that anything will appear today that will top this bit of Amazon hype and hope.
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Joe, I could be wrong - as I often am, but perhaps John was asking for more details about why you thought it was horrible.
Me? I would just like to know if your BOJ world tour includes Manhattan and, if not, when are you coming over so we could do the photo thing you mentioned? Or did I miss it? That often happens as well.
As always, thanks.
Posted by: e | Nov 1, 2012 2:41:38 PM
I find it amazing that Apple can sell a product with outdated specs, and "upgrade" the next year's model to HD and have people buy it again. And call it resolutionary
Posted by: ismelllikepoop | Oct 29, 2012 6:43:46 PM
Thanks TMK. Sorry to digress Joe, but that article made me think. Here's 2 more links on the same subject.
Maybe we need to give every kid an ipad and save a bundle on public education. Oh and when you get your mini with the retina display in June, I'd be happy to pay you pennies on the dollar for your old one.
Posted by: tamra | Oct 29, 2012 5:56:30 PM
Anyways, I love my Nexus 7, period! ($247)
Posted by: JoePeach | Oct 29, 2012 4:52:07 PM
I understand you buying it, of course you will. I am just curious what you will say about it once you have it in hand. We all know how harsh (or complimentary) you can be.
Also, related to "normal people" using tablets - Here is an interesting story about OLPC giving Motorola Xooms (The first major android tablet) to children in african villages with no instructions. They had never used a tablet, computer, or even seen written language before. Within a week kids were using an average of 47 apps a day and within a matter of months they had hacked it.
Posted by: TMKvamme | Oct 29, 2012 3:19:57 PM
You really don't have the fanboy thing down at all.
Re: "Apple going backwards with the resolution/PPI in the iPad mini": It doesn't matter.
1. Kool-Aid tastes GREAT*
2. mini with Retina Display due next June. This is a preview of coming attractions — a rough draft, if you will — that in and of itself is light years better than the best efforts of the propellerheads at Google and Amazon, who simply don't have a clue about how a normal person uses a tablet.
3. See 1. above
*Less filling, too
Posted by: bookofjoe | Oct 29, 2012 10:57:50 AM
Second funniest thing I've seen so far today:
"The original Fire is heavy and bulky compared to the Nexus 7 so I would not want to read with it — that's what the Kindle Paperwhite is for."
My Paperwhite arrived last Wednesday at 11 a.m.
I offered it for sale at half price 15 minutes later.
Even more horrible — and I'm really, really reaching here to find an better adjective but having a lot of trouble — than the Kindle Fire HD.
Posted by: bookofjoe | Oct 29, 2012 10:50:42 AM
Especially with your recent love of Retina displays I am curious what you are going to think of apple going backwards with the resolution/ppi in the iPad mini.
Posted by: TMKvamme | Oct 29, 2012 10:43:30 AM
Have you considered returning it? Amazon is really good about returns. If not, probably the best thing to do with the fire is jelly bean it. Then you'll have the entire play store available to you and you can re-install the Amazon pieces.
I'm sure someone will come up with a way to get it on the HD which is reportedly based on ICS.
I haven't yet tried it on my old fire, but plan to. The original fire is heavy and bulky compared to the nexus 7 so I would not want to read with it, that's what the Kindle paper white is for.
Posted by: Greg | Oct 29, 2012 10:43:03 AM
Horrible means that the tablet / kludge crafted from used cat litter and stolen design & utility patents is not solid enough for Odd Job to decapitate statutes with; and, it is too small and weak to play second base (AS second base); and, it isn't flat enough to serve as a small serving tray/coaster; and, it fails at being: a doorstop, emergency shingle replacement, shovel, knife, dog toy, fire starter, paperweight (as previously noted), or replacement for a book of matches to level a table leg in some dodgy restaurant. Too small to keep you dry during the hurricane - it is the electronic equivalent of a ten year old fruitcake.
Send it to the children of South Korea, who are starving for want of technology (mostly built by Samsung).
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Oct 29, 2012 10:34:40 AM
Horrible: Dreadful. Very unpleasant. Disagreeable.
Res ipsa loquitur.
Posted by: bookofjoe | Oct 29, 2012 10:24:10 AM
What, exactly, does "horrible" mean to you? (I don't have either an iPad nor a KF HD to compare.)
Posted by: John Englert | Oct 29, 2012 10:12:31 AM
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