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Old 10-24-2012, 07:07 AM   #76
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Mini is a complete dead end as far as I'm concerned but the Nexus 7 32gb is a very tempting proposition.

I can't take the mini seriously at all because it's old tech, overpriced, and tied into the rip off prices of EE in the UK apparently it was made not to work with any other carrier also looks like they put in a really poor 168ppi screen no doubt so they can sell the iPad Mini 2 at a later date.
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and hey as far as music, what the heck's wrong with Sonar?
Are you talking about Cakewalk -- a/k/a Sonar -- which my PC collaborators and competitors used to use back in the day? Nothing's wrong with it, nor was there anything wrong with Acid or even Logic back when it was cross-platform. Even today, a number of pro music applications are also available for the PC. I also remember Fruity Loops, which has since morphed into a formidable workstation as well. It was never through-composed enough for me, but I still like the piano roll window that contains actual notes.

Given the fact Cakewalk was bought by Roland, I'd expect it to have some excellent sounding modules and keyboard integration options. I've probably played every Roland keyboard in existence.

If I myself were producing and arranging on a PC, I'd probably prefer a combination of Protools, Cubase and Reason (which engineer friends actually love). For experimental dance music, there's still Reaktor and Ableton Live (I love the fact it was created by the duo from Monolake).

The problem is, I'm talking about tablet use. I still haven't seen anything as good for Android as the Korg DS-10 was for that little Nintendo DS. That's how far from useful Android has been for music so far.

As far as music notation, there's still Finale and Sibelius. Finale currently has Songbook for the iPad, which is a huge step up from anything I've found on Android. If it weren't for music and graphic design (have to use InDesign for our magazine), I'd probably never consider an iDevice.

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Just tweaking you. Sorry.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:21 AM   #79
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I posted this in another thread.

The iPad mini is best compared to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, with the GT 2 winning:

Galaxy Tab = iPad mini
  • Resolution -- 169 ppi vs 163 ppi
  • Processor -- 1 GHz dual-core vs 1 GHz dual-core

Galaxy Tab vs iPad mini
  • RAM -- 1 GB vs 512 MB
  • mSD -- yes vs no
  • GPS -- yes vs no
  • FM Radio -- yes vs no
  • Price -- $199 (8 GB) vs $329 (16 GB)

iPad mini vs Galaxy Tab

  • Display -- 7.9" vs 7.0"
  • Front Cam -- 1.2 MP vs 0.3 MP
  • Rear Cam -- 5.0 MP vs 3.0 MP
  • Battery -- 10 hrs (claimed) vs 7 hrs
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Just tweaking you. Sorry.
Yes, I was aware you were kidding, and no reason to apologize because the tone was friendly and light.

I just didn't treat the joke as a joke because your point was viable -- just not when it comes to tablets. It's fun to remember vintage PC music applications and reflect on what they've become.

Besides which, I like talking about music even more than gadgets. Don't get me started on it unless you want to endure pages of effusive babble.

Edit: And yes, I'd read that Guardian article already. More an indictment of entertainment-crazed Americans than the iPad, I thought (though it's hard not to want to escape when your politicians are conspiring with corporations to make your supposed news sources as ad hominem and information-free as possible).

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Old 10-24-2012, 07:25 AM   #81
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Lower resolution, a slower processor,and more expensive than the Nexus 7.

...how has the Mini left the competition in the dust?
Profit margin.
Apple likely makes 10x as much as Google on their minitab.
Good news if you're an Apple stockholder.
(Unless you bought at US$700.)
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:26 AM   #82
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Profit margin.
Apple likely makes 10x as much as Google on their minitab.
Good news if you're an Apple stockholder.
(Unless you bought at US$700.)

Apple dropped 3% yesterday.
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"Sad, Shocked and Mad" by Kenny and the Cruisers

Now go and write the song
Right, because anyone who actually read my posts here and elsewhere would automatically assume I'm an Apple loyalist (insert generic emoticon).
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Just a caveat to those who are considering buying: this device may be obsolete in 6 months as Apple will find some reason or other to "refresh" it.
I wouldn't count on that.
The flack they're taking over the iPad4 release is loud and scary (no reality distortion field) so unless the Ipad mini is a total dud they likely won't do more than a nominal price cut in the spring.
Over at CNET they're wondering if Apple isn't just moving to a fall release schedule for tablets along with everybody else.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57...ipad-obsolete/

In fact, the lack of the RDF is really starting to show.
Consider these:
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7...ni-vs-nexus-7/
*Factchecking* yesterday's dog-and-pony show! Since there is nothing to gush over, the press has to find a story and the story is Apple is full of...something...
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31322_3-57...strikes-again/
Griping over the new proprietary connector started with the iPhone 5. It's not going away. All the faithful with all the 30-pin accessories are looking at having to buy them all over again.

Or, how about this one ffrom NBCNEWS.com:
http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/te...-329-1C6641506

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For starters, Apple is about profit. In the computer, phone and tablet businesses, Apple's competitors whittle away their pricing until they're making little or no money, because they believe they'll gain market share.
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Relax man. "It's a whole new exciting world out there."

Yes, it's a new day at Apple: less media fawning, more critical appraisals.

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"Sad, Shocked and Mad" by Kenny and the Cruisers

Now go and write the song

I'm gonna call it "When the Apple Drops"

and we're not talking Times Square!
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