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Pick your Fruit: Apples or Blackberries:

Fred I. Williams | 10/13/2010, 12:05 p.m.

Tech Column


First have an Apple! The Apple I-Pad is a revolutionary computer which functions as a word processor, e-book reader, photo album, presentation tools, INTERNET device and has many other uses yet untapped. First revealed in September 2010, Apple has once again provided it's fans with a digital tablet which is Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm) Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm) Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm) Weight: 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; 1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model for more in-depth information visit http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/.

The cost for an I-Pad is roughly $500.00. If you have Wi-Fi (Wireless Access) at home, the Wife model should work for you. If you do a lot of traveling, or simply want to access the Internet without finding a Free Hot Spot, there is a 3 G model, which access the various mobile networks. This tablet comes with Apple OS software, and if you're not familiar with Apple, DON'T panic: The Apple Genius store has classes available for the newbie Apple user.

Display old photos, read the Sunday paper or even watch a movie via the I Tunes store; this jewel of a device will fit in your purse of Bower Bag.
If your not partial to Apples, how about some Blackberries? Research in Motion (RIM) "RIM unveils its new Blackberry Playbook tablet and Blackberry Tablet OS.

The Playbook features a 7" screen, 1 GHz dual-core processor, supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5, as well as Bluetooth connectivity to Blackberry smart phones. Availability expected early 2011. Initially Wi-Fi enabled with 3G and 4G models expected to be offered in the future."

Taken from the RIM website, this competing device is built for speed and gaming, as well as surfing the web. So chalk fun of extras, even I would become tired listing them all. This device has not hit the market, so pricing is not available, yet I'm sure it will compete handsomely with the I-Pad. I do know that it will come with a 3-mega-pixel front pointing camera, used primarily for video conferencing. Visit http://na.blackberry.com/eng/ for more information on its release date or sign up for their E-Mail list.

Innovation is the door to prosperity. Each of these devices can run most of the new Applications or (Apps). What are Apps, by definition: Apps is an abbreviation for application. An app is a piece of software. It can run on the Internet, on your computer, or on your phone or other electronic device. Apps like Shazzam, allow you to find music by turning on the app, and pointing your device towards the direction of the music or sounds.

The device will search the Internet, gather the latest information on the song, artist, and where you can purchase and download the song, album or video. Both the Blackberry Application and Apple Apps Stores have free apps, as well as Apps which require a small fee to own. There are apps for cooking, banking, the Bible, handbooks, and your favorite television schedule. All of the major social networks and dating sites have apps, as do the major health care providers. With a little training, you can build your own App!

So what is the draw to the I-Pad and the Playbook? As a lover of all things technical, I appreciate the ability to have my entire music and book library in digital format. Imagine having the entire library of works from Langston Hughes to August Wilson, or the complete music Library of Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Bach and Nancy Wilson.

In my family we treasure pictures from the past. From South Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania, I share all of my photos with family members on-line. Lisa Sanford of Bowie Maryland, Author of Ethnic Scrap-booking, writes of the familial ties strengthened by building historical remembrances through the use of photos, swatches of old dresses, dried flowers and tears shed on behalf of those no longer with us.

These tablets allows the user of bring all of their digital content along for the visit. With the 1080-I digital resolution, you can display the images on the devices, or port them to a larger television for everyone to enjoy. In conclusion, whether apples or blackberries, each provide a sweet suite of tools, which can inform, entertain and assist us in connecting globally, locally and person to person.


Rev. Fred I. Williams is a telecommunications policy advocate, Baptist Minister and Social Entrepreneur. He can be reached at syfassociates@verizon.net