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Convince Me Not to Buy an iPad

-+*We at Creative Strategies, as a part of our study of consumer markets, frequently interview consumers in order to get a pulse of the market needs, wants, and desires. To do this we have conversations … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 8th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Lessons Learned And A Look Ahead

-+*RECAP We’ve been looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we wrap up the series by seeing what lessons we have learned and by asking ourselves what the … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 5th, 2012
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Windows 8 Mail App: Better, but Still Bad

-+*The good news is that the lame Mail app in Windows 8 is about to get better. The bad news is that it will still fall well short of any reasonable expectations of a modern … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 5th, 2012
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It’s Good to be Back on the iPhone

-+*I wasn’t terribly vocal about this fact but since June I have been using an Android phone exclusively as my smartphone. Which has been by far the longest I have ever used an Android smartphone … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 5th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Windows 8 And The Microsoft Surface

-+*RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface. 5.0 Windows 8 And The Microsoft Surface 5.1 WHERE DOES … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 4th, 2012
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HP’s Future: Apple, IBM–or Dell?

-+*  On Oct. 3, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman will give analysts her strategy for restoring the battered tech giant. A close look at the company’s financials and its business suggests that it has the strengths … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 3rd, 2012
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Apple After Steve: One year later

-+*This Friday marks the first anniversary of Steve’s Jobs death. I was going through security at the San Diego Airport when I heard the news and although we all knew the end was coming soon, … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / October 1st, 2012
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The Future of Apple’s Maps

-+*It looks like the Apple Map story may dominate the conversation today, so I figured I would write something I have been thinking for a while. If you follow much of what I write or … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / September 28th, 2012
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The Real Reason why Apple Dropped Google Maps

-+*I have been fascinated with all the bluster and vitriol thrown at Apple since they tossed Google Maps in favor of their own Map app without these detractors trying to get to the bottom of … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / September 28th, 2012
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Confessions of a Reviewer: How the iPhone Maps Mess Was Overlooked

-+*How did they miss it? If you go back and read the reviews of the iPhone 5  published on the first day that Apple allowed recipients of early samples to write, you would be stunned … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 28th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Samsung Galaxy Tab

-+*RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. 4.0 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.1 WHERE DOES THE SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB MAKE … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 28th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Google Nexus 7

-+*RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Google Nexus 7. 3.0 Google Nexus 7 3.1 WHERE DOES THE GOOGLE NEXUS 7 MAKE … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 27th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Amazon Kindle Fire

-+*RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Amazon Kindle Fire. 2.0 Amazon Kindle Fire 2.1 WHERE DOES THE AMAZON KINDLE MAKE ITS … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 26th, 2012
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Relax Everyone: The iPhone Is Just a Phone, Apple Is Just a Company

-+*September has been an unusually newsy month, and much of the news has centered on Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 5. The run-up to the announcement, the announcement itself on Sept. 12, and the first … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 26th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Apple iPad

-+*Introduction Today there are 5 titans battling to win the tablet wars: Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. When it comes to evaluating tablets, we often focus on the differences between the competing companies’ various … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 25th, 2012
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Business Models, Not Technology Distinguish NY Startups

-+*Last Friday, I headed to the headquarters of IAC in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood for a the demo day for the New York Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s third class of startups. Those of you who have attended … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 24th, 2012
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Apple’s 4-Inch iPhone 5 vs. Android 4-Inch Plus Devices

-+*Since June I have been using the Galaxy Nexus 4.65 inch screen smart phone. Upon switching to that device from the iPhone 4S, I was instantly taken by the screen size. It was clear that … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / September 24th, 2012
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Integration Gives iPhone an Unbeatable Advantage

-+*There was only one real surprise when iFixit.com did its by-now ritual teardown of the new iPhone 5. The phone sports a 1440 milliamp-hour battery just a hair bigger than the battery in the  iPhone … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 21st, 2012
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Windows 8 Tablet Fragmentation and the App Dilemma

-+*I was having a discussion with an iPad software developer recently and we were discussing the iPad mini. Interestingly he was still a skeptic about the iPad mini and I thought his reason was interesting. … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / September 21st, 2012

The Terrible Tablet Tsunami Two

-+*On June 18, 2012, I wrote about the changeover from PCs (desktop and notebooks personal computers) to tablets in an article entitled “The Terrible Tablet Tsunami and the Future of Computing“. Today the trend toward … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 20th, 2012
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Oops! Apple Needs a Remapping [Updated]

-+*When I looked at the area around my house in the new iOS 6 Apple Maps app, I noticed something seemed to be missing. There was a big pink patch for the Bethesda naval hospital, … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 20th, 2012
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Windows 8 Tablets and Email: A Disaster in the Making

-+*I’m skeptical about Windows 8 as a desktop operating system, but I think it has a lot of potential on tablets. To win a good chunk of the market, however, Microsoft and its OEM partners … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 19th, 2012
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How 7-Inch Tablets Could Help Notebooks Make a Comeback

-+*If you follow much of what I write you may be familiar with the solutions based thinking approach I frequently mention. The fundamental aspect of a solutions based approach to personal computing understands that multiple … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / September 19th, 2012

HumanToolz: Making the iPad a Bit More Usable

-+*As much as I love my iPad, I have to admit it has a problem. Holding it gets tedious and is generally impractical while typing. And getting it to sit in a vertical position requires … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 18th, 2012
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Re-Thinking The iPod Touch And The iPad Mini

-+*Last week, my colleague Steve Wildstrom asked: “Is There Room in Apple’s Lineup for an iPad Mini?” I had the very same question and I was one of the very first to say so in … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 17th, 2012