By Briana Campbell (@MsMatchgirl)
There was a quirky little field guide to Apple products – outlining the best use for three popular devices – on the Fast Company website yesterday. What struck me, however, was the intro statement. Author Tyler Gray poses this:
…a significant portion of your tech life will likely bear an Apple logo–and keep Steve Jobs in the finest stonewashed jeans regionally available. The question isn’t, “Do you use Apple devices,” but “Which one?” And “Where?”
While we might be a bit Apple-happy here at Zemoga, there are loads of other devices on the market, made by lots of other companies. Spurred by a little conversation where it was my Google MyTouch with Android software against a colleague’s iPhone, I decided to take a look at some of the non-Apple products that are out there.
Keeping with phones, Microsoft has unveiled the KIN from their Pink Project – a Windows phone aimed at a younger audience. According to the Microsoft press release, “KIN is designed to be the ultimate social experience that blends the phone, online services and the PC with breakthrough new experiences called the Loop, Spot and Studio”. This phone also boasts Zune partnership, so anybody running Zune software on their PC can use their new KIN to listen to all their tunes. Zune is, of course, Microsoft’s answer to the iPod, with software available on Xbox, PCs and their own players. And, while its price point is comparable to iPod, I don’t see as many people with them on my morning commute.
And of course everybody (Zemoga included) is talking about the iPad. It’s cool, it’s new, it’s innovative and, hey, there’s a waiting list, so it must be awesome, no? So far, the people I know who’ve managed to get their hands on one are really enjoying them, but what about the other “pads” that are soon to be hitting the market? A couple of German companies (Neofonie GmbH and 4tiitoo AG) have come together to produce the WePad – according to their website:
It’s the smarter solution for enjoying the Internet your way. Why? Because when you’re locked in, you get the Internet their way. It’s the opposite of free. Being told what you can see, what you can buy, and all the things you can not do – somehow, that just seems so 1984.
And what about enjoying the internet “your way”? Mozilla tapped Zemoga to help them with their Open to Choice campaign, which emphasizes the importance of having a choice in what browser you use to organize and filter your online life. A person’s choice in browser is just as unique as the person herself. for instance, I’m currently typing this article using Firefox, instead of the Safari browser that came with my 13” MacBook Pro. Even when I’ve had to use a PC in an office, I’ve downloaded Firefox. Besides Internet Explorer and old-timer Netscape , what else is out there? Opera just announced that its browser is available not only on your Mac, PC or Linux system, but also on mobile devices (including the iPhone). Google recently launched Chrome as their proprietary browser – available for Windows and Mac as well.
While I love my Android supported MyTouch, I consider myself an Apple gal at heart. What non-Apple products do you find yourself using and do you think they’re better than the comparable Apple products? Leave your thoughts in the comments section – we’d love to hear them.