How to open a link in a new tab on Android 3 (Honeycomb)

Android 3 (Honeycomb) has a lot of cool efficiency enhancing features, one of which is tabbed browsing. Honeycomb brings tabbed browsing to the native Chrome browser that provides powerful browser functionality normally reserved for a laptop.

There are two basic ways that you can open a link in a new tab:
1.) Long tap a link (I have found that a one second delay works well)
2.) Tap and hold to bring up a menu of options, then tap Open in new tab

Of course you can simply tap a link to open it in the current browser window.

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Why I refuse to buy the Motorola Xoom

I’m going to give away the ending. After using Honeycomb I am hooked. I had planned on purchasing an iPad 2, but Honeycomb is a far superior operating system for my needs which are largely driven by content creation such as writing emails, editing Word documents, updating Excel files and the like.

I use a few apps constantly:

  • email (to communicate with customers)
  • Skype (to chat with employees)
  • calendar (to schedule my day)
  • Google search (to find just about everything)
  • web browser (read news, etc.)

In fact, I probably spend 80% to 90% of my time using the “killer apps” listed above. What’s important, is Android 3 (aka Honeycomb) has a better user experience in these areas. It’s a given that the iPad has more apps, but those apps are not used during my work day. Yes, I use the tablet for work. For business use, Android and the Zoom dominate the iPad.

On Android 3, I can see emails and calendar appointments on my tablet home screen. There is no need to tap into email, check my emails, then tap out, then tap into my calendar. This simple tap, tap, tap on the iPad is a huge pain for me as I do it repeatedly while working.

Further, Google search (both text and voice search) are on my Android 3 home screen.

Android 3 even makes using the web faster and easier. I, like most people, visit a fixed list of sites everyday. With Android 3, my favorite web sites are visible on my home screen, so a single tap is all I need to read Quora, check the news, view LinkedIn Groups, check stock quotes and access a few other of my other everyday web sites.

So, why then won’t I purchase the Motorola Xoom? Or to be more accurate, why am I returning it? I’m not. While my original plan was to return the Xoom, I found it too useful to give it up. After careful consideration of how I plan to use a tablet, the Zoom ended up being the best device for business use.

Note:
I still dislike the power plug on the Xoom. Not the part that goes into the wall, but the part that goes into the Xoom. It is so flimsy that it will break, and I’ll end up with an $800 brick. Motorola should fix this fatal hardware flaw as I cannot simply walk into the local Xoom repair shop every time the power plug breaks off.

You should pay more for the Motorola Xoom

Last I checked, nothing is free. Bigger monitors cost more that small ones, computers with more RAM cost more than ones with less RAM, and so on.

So, why are people shocked that the Xoom costs more than the iPad, given the fact that it packs higher end hardware? Simply stated, you should pay more for the Xoom.

The Motorola Xoom ($799.99) is competitive with the iPad with 32 GB and 3G ($729.00). While most specs are similar, the Xoom has several superior hardware components that explain the price gap:

  • Larger display
  • Higher resolution monitor
  • 512MB of additional RAM (that’s 2x the RAM in the iPad)
  • 4G wireless
  • SIM card reader
  • Stereo speakers

So, you are paying approx. $70 more to get a larger display with a higher resolution, to double your RAM, to get a 4G wireless card, a SIM card reader and stereo speakers. That said, you have to make a decision whether or not this upgraded hardware is worth the price, but to expect Motorola to sell premium hardware at a discount price is a bit of a stretch.

Apple’s Unspoken Advantage: Lower TCO

Tomorrow is the big day Apple announce the iPad 2 and with too many articles reguritating the same content, I’m a bit taken aback at the complete lack of discussion of Apple’s big competitive advantage: Lower TCO. Yes, you read that correctly. The Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad have a lower TCO than the competition.

I buy a lot of content and I’ve come to one distinct conclusion: Over the lifetime of my consumer electronics device, Apple has a lower TCO.

For example, Peter Guber’s new book Tell to Win (in audio book format) is $20.95 in iTunes, and $24.50 on Audible.com (owned by Amazon.com). That’s $3.55 that I save by purchasing through iTunes, or 14.5%. This small difference adds up if you purchase a lot of content such as ebooks, audio books, music, videos, and so on.

While I have observed the lower price of content sold via Apple, my own purchase habits are obviously not a large enough sample size to qualify as conclusive research. However,  I would guess that a little bit of leg work and a representative sample of consumers would confirm my suspicions.

The Verdict is in: FlexT9 Best Android Keyboard

I have tried many keyboards for my Nexus S and the verdict is in. Nuance’s FlexT9 keyboard dominates the competition.

The biggest advantages I’ve seen with FlexT9 are:

  1. FlexT9 is production quality. It’s a polished keyboard that works. After months of use, I have never seen it crash.
  2. It’s swipe functionality is excellent.
  3. While I don’t use it much, the handwriting feature has been very useful in the situations where its a must.

Learn how to install the FlexT9 keyboard.