|Macaroni Mac with an original BlackBerry Storm|
I'm underwhelmed by the wife's iPad. YouTubes are slow and it just does not fit my Internet style. I'm not a passive browser; I'm interactive which requires typing. And typing on a tablet is awful.
But mobile technology just keeps coming. It feels like dozens of handsets, mobile apps and operating systems appear every month. I'm very impressed by the new Motorola Xoom but not its $800 price tag. I also like the Barnes & Noble Nook, but I want a little more than just a reader. (At this point I'm thinking that a tablet for me will just be a reader and simple browser.)
I also know, deep down inside, that these devices are built by third world laborers in less than environmentally-neutral conditions. They are rarely recycled and may be scrambling our brain cells.
From Reuters, "Chinese workers at a factory making touch screens on contract for Apple have urged the U.S. company to help address their grievances over a chemical poisoning they said could still harm their health...'This is a killer, a killer that strikes invisibly,' said a Chinese-language copy of the letter meant for Apple CEO Steve Jobs that workers showed Reuters...'From when hexyl hydride was used, monthly profits at Apple and Wintek have gone up by tens of millions every month, the accumulated outcome of workers' lives and health,' said the letter, signed by five workers claiming to represent employees."
But they are soooo cool....