The Orange View (on hiatus) Because Apple is great but it isn't perfect


Flash has advantages for real users

Andy Ihnatko reviews some of the latest iPad competitors, the IM’s BlackBerry PlayBook and LG G-Slate. Read the full article for the ups and downs of both tablets (spoiler alert: neither bests the iPad 2). But I very much appreciate Ihnatko's user-oriented discussion of Flash compatibility. Apple fans could learn a lot.

It’s as simple as this: I can watch last night’s “Conan” and “The Colbert Report” and last week’s “The Amazing Race” on these tablets without any problems. On the iPad, I can’t. I like those shows. I therefore see this as a drawback of my iPad.

Hence, the Envy. Pulling out a little tablet and watching a recent TV show while you’re out enjoying a morning bagel is wonderful. Doubleplus-so if you’re doing it for free instead of for $1.99 per download.

The last twist of the knife: Apple claims that “no Flash” brings a few advantages to the iPad. Okay, well, if any of these advantages appeal to a G-Slate or PlayBook user, he or she can open a Preferences box and simply turn Flash off. Or, they can remove the plug-in entirely

-Chicago Sun-Times, April 22, 2011 (via DaringFireball)

Posted by Aaron Pressman

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