Tech Battle: iPad Air vs Pencil

Today is my first scheduled post! *yippee* It’s 8:00 so I’ll have to hurry up. I couldn’t really think of anything original today, so I’ll do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – another Tech Battle! For the uninitiated ‘Tech Battles are when I pit two machines against each other (or one machine against it’s classic non-technological counterpart)’. That was plucked straight from my About page, which I should really update soon.

You may know that these battles have a bit of a reputations for being… biased, you might say. They tend to lean heavily towards one thing before the debate’s even started – and none more so than today!

First a bit of background. This advert was released back in 2013 (I’ve been putting this off for a while), and it still angers me to no end! *ahem* Sorry about that, this may get a bit emotional.

This just makes my blood boil in so many different ways. As I have already stated, I am a big advocate of the pencil, infinitely preferring them over pens, so when I first saw the advert I was thrilled, almost ecstatic for the pencil to finally get the hype it deserves. And then Apple had to take some crazy-thin iPad Air from out behind it! What? What! What (You know what, this deserves an interrobang). I take this personally and, as a self-proclaimed Apple fanboy, even I think they went too far.

You know what, let’s get to the comparisons…

Pencil

I’m not even going to list the many advantages of the pencil, because there will never be an exhaustive list. It’s that good. So what I’m going to do is quote the video because, before that horrendous last line, Apple had a pretty good advertisement… for pencils that is.

“It’s an extremely simple tool, but also extremely powerful. It can be used to start a poem, or finish a symphony. It has transformed the way we work, learn, create, share. It’s used to illustrate things, solve things, and think of new things. It’s used by scientists and artists, scholars and students. It’s been to classrooms, boardrooms, expeditions, even to space.”

As for disadvantages… does it have any? I suppose it doesn’t double up as a calculator, but it’s perfectly adept at doing calculations. True, you can’t get apps on it, but I would even dare to say the pencil can do more things than all the apps on the App Store combined. Well I suppose… nope, hang on. Perhaps it’s not Flash compatible? Oh no wait, that’s…

iPad Air

The iPad Air is probably an extremely useful tool. Although I haven’t used one, I have used an iPad, and they’re great. As I’ve previously stated, I love Apple –  but my allegiances only go so far. So rather than focus on what the iPad Air can do, because it can probably do a range of things, let’s see what the iPad Air cannot do. It can’t double up as a ruler, and it isn’t very good for drawing unless you have a stylus… it hasn’t transformed the way we work or learn considering that most classrooms still use HB pencils… I could go on for a while but I don’t really have time. ;)

I suppose it does have a slight advantage on the social media front, but let’s be honest… that’s very, very minor.

Conclusion

Pencil wins hands down. Just because. Pencil.

I’ll have to wrap this up because it’s now 10:00! (I wasn’t writing this post non-stop). The next post will be on Friday if all goes to plan, but we’ll see what happens. ;) Hopefully I’ll be a little less rushed, but I’m determined to stick to this schedule!

Joe

DISCLAIMER: This post should be taken as little more than a rant, and not a serious comparison – the iPad Air and the pencil are very, very different things.

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Tech Battle: iOS 7 vs iOS 6!

I haven’t done a Tech Battle for so long that most of you are probably scratching your heads at this point in time. Tech Battles are when I pit either a) technology against technology or b) technology against its non-technological counterpart. I have done three of these, the last one being in mid-July… so this is long overdue. As this blog turned from a technology blog (hence the name) to a more of a mish-mash kind of blog which has nothing to do with technology, I didn’t feel as compelled to do these as before.

Besides which, pretty much everyone has already reviewed iOS 7, so I’m kind of late reviewing this… but ah well. :P

(Usually in Tech Battles I state the case of each opponent in turn and then give a verdict, but that doesn’t really work here, so I’ll do it in terms of features. Also, this is written for those who already have an Apple device, so I use a lot of Apple terms in the post). Continue reading

The Evolution of the Smartphone

The smartphone first appeared on Earth in Roman times.  The Ninth Roman Legion found one on their daily march, and distracted by the moving colourful pictures of ‘Ye Vexed Birds’, disappeared and were never seen again. Many other people too found smartphones over the centuries, and promptly became inspired, addicted, turned insane, or disappeared: these include people such as Pythagoras, who cut his smartphone in half across the diagonal to make two right-angled triangles (before he promptly came up with his theorem); Descartes, who after viewing a whole new virtual world, questioned his existence, before coming up with the famous line ‘I play Angry Birds; therefore I am’; Elvis, who wrote the song Heartbreak Hotel to talk about his despair at losing his smartphone; and even Agatha Christie, who went missing for a number of days before appearing in a hotel, dazed and slightly amnesic – she had become addicted to Doodle Jump, and had withdrawn from society for this reason.

However it was Steve Jobs who first realised the potential of the smartphone, after it fell from his rooftop and hit him on the head (coincidentally, Newton discovered gravity after an Apple product fell from a tree and hit him on the head – such are the quirks of life). Although he first thought it to be some sort of mutant rooftile, he quickly discovered that it was so much more, and marketed it as the iPhone. Something similar happened to Bill Gates, except he thought that the smartphone was a window at first, before thinking (falsely) that it was just a small computer.

Eventually the smartphones took over. The world turned space grey, as the smartphones destroyed everything and replaced it with metal. They spared the humans who had used them for so long, but as slaves – they kept them docile by using apps such as ‘Twitter’ and ‘Instagram’. Soon, a rebel alliance started to grow against the smartphones, and finally, nearly all of them were eradicated. Unfortunately, the few that were left had dark plans. They worked out how to build a time machine and went back in time to scatter iPhones across the history of humanity, in the hope that they would eventually be marketed – the operation succeeded. Who knows whether the smartphones will rise again?

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Sorry that this was a bit iPhone-centric: if you want to include other smartphones into the story, say that other people were also inspired by the falling smartphones, but came up with their own versions.

Also, sorry for not posting the bucket list yesterday: my computer had some weird condition and couldn’t go onto WordPress, so I wasn’t able to post (it’s fine now). It’ll appear sometime from this Monday to next Saturday at the latest. Apologies. :3 At least I finally posted about technology! This is my first techie post in something like three months, so yay! The next technology post I do will probably be a Tech Battle between iOs 6 and iOs 7 (I haven’t done that for so long that you probably don’t even remember what a Tech Battle is; check my About page).

Half-term ends tomorrow, so that’s quite annoying. But it’s been a good holiday, and next up is Christmas. :D I’ll try and keep the posts going, but they’ll probably become a bit less frequent again.

And on that note… Bye!

Joe.

Continuing with the texting theme…

Hey guys. :) As a side note, my previous blogs haven’t done very well, and as a result I was a bit pessimistic as to how well this one would go. It’s weird, but every time someone comments or likes a post, I go crazy! So thanks guys! Also, revision getting you down? Been postponing, I’ll try and knuckle down soon… honestly.

Anyway, continuing with texting… how many times have you been guilty of using LOL or ROTFL or BTW when speaking? Be honest…

I suppose ten years ago this would have been strange, but I think soon these might be words in the Oxford Dictionary. Perhaps they already are (I don’t know, my family’s dictionary is from the 1990s)?

A few of you might have in your homes a What PC? Guide to your PC at home, back from when computing was in it’s infancy and the internet was a pointless time-waster used by people with nothing better to do (still is :)). I had one in my shelf from 1999, and leafed through it a few months ago, sniggering at every out-of-date phrase or paragraph. (It was refreshing to see there wasn’t a mention of Apple anywhere in the book).

It’s quite fun to go back to books like this, and laugh at how outdated they are. Indeed, there is a list of acronyms that though in 1999 may have been top-of-the-range, clearly didn’t catch on. I’ll only post the best, but most of them are so funny that that’s pretty much all of them!
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