Computer: iPad vs. Android Tablets

Gehört zu: Tablets
Siehe auch: iPad, Android

Vergleich iPad vs. Android-Tablets

I have both, an

  • iPad 2 ( Display 2048×1536)
  • Android 4.0 Tablet: Acer Iconia Tab A500. (Display WXGA 1280×800)
  • Android 4.0 Tablet: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 (Display 1920×1080 “Full HD”)

Tabelle 1: Vergleich iPad vs. Android Tablet

iPad Android Tablet Comment
Very easy usage ++ (-) personal taste
Stylish appearence (e.g. thin etc) ++ + Asus is equally thin
Display resolution ++ ++ I personally could live with 1280×720 HD
Charging with 5V (via USB power adapter / PC / external battery) + important for mobile usage
Icons per Screen 20+4 56 ridiculous iPad restriction, but not decisive for me
USB-Host- for external devices (flash drive, card reader, 3G,..) ++ I love USB flash drives to quickly interchange my large video files
Open file system (E.g.: One video file stored on the device can be played by different Video-Apps installed) ++ I want to try (and even use in parallel) different Apps for the same purpose i.e. working with the same files
Support of Adobe Flash within the Web Browser ++ My QNAP NAS has a flash-based Web interface. This can be used on Android “as is”. Wheras on iPad I need an extra App (if available)
Quantity of usefull Apps ++ + Android is getting much better, but iPad is unbeaten

Durch das konsequente Abschotten gegen Industriestandards, die das Nutzen von vorhandenen Lösungen per Standard-Architekturen (z.B. Web-Browser mit Adobe Flash, externe USB-Geräte,…) ermöglichen, ist Apple gezwungen für jedes und alles eine individuelle propieträre Sonderlocke als “App” anzubieten. Womit die Chance besteht, eine eigenlich über Standards mögliche Funktionalität in propietärem Gewand “schicker” darzubieten.

Computer: Working with the rooted Acer Iconia A500 Tablet

Gehört zu: Tablet
Siehe auch: Android

Added value for rooting my Acer Iconia A500 Tablet

The rooted Acer Iconia A500 works great. Advantages are:

  • Titanium Backup
  • Time Syncronization with free App “ClockSync”
  • Samba File Server with free App “Samba Filesharing”
  • Linux Superuser command line support (App: Terminal Emulation) e.g. for “mount”

Included in the flashed ROM image from Thor (v164) was also:

  • Ethernet by wire with USB-Ethernet adapter
  • WiFi tethering
  • 3G meodem support: Huawei xyz

USB devices sucessfully tested:

  • USB Stick (flash drine) CnMemory mistral 32 GB formatted FAT32
  • Fixed disk Samsung HM320IJ (320 GB) formatted FAT32 – mounted in an Raidsonic Icy Box IB-266 StUSD-B
  • Ethernet by USB: davicom DM9601 usb ethernet adapter native support
  • USB Card Reader: Digitus USB 2.0 Multi Card Reader DA-70310-2

Scenario 1: A500 Samba Filesharing for iPad

  • Configure as WIFi Access Point: Settings -> More -> “Portable WiFi Hotspot”
  • Plug in external hard disk: 320 GB with 200 MP4 videos
  • Start Samba Filesharing

Scenario 2: A500 TwonkyServer Mobile for iPad

  • Configure as WIFi Access Point: Settings -> More -> “Portable WiFi Hotspot”
  • Plug in external hard disk (Samsung 320 GB disk with 200 MP4 videos)
  • Mount external hard disk in a folder on the sdcard (this lets Twonky include the media from the hard disk)
    • Open Terminal
    • cd /mnt/sdcard (only once: mkdir usbvideos)
    • su
    • mount -o bind /mnt/usb_storage/videos ./usbvideos
    • exit
  • Start TwonkyServer Mobile (how?)
    • try “Rescan” in Twony if hard disk was mounted after Twonky start
  • On the iPad
    • Establish WiFi connection to the portable WiFi hotspot
    • Start App “AcePlayer” -> Medien Explorer ->Media Servers -> TwonkyServer Mobile
  • Streaming with TwonkyServer Mobile sucessfully tested with:
    • MP4 container with AVC (H.264) video and ACC audo
    • AVI container with .DivX video and MP3 audio