Women Love 8″: Why Size Matters (for Tablets)



I Love My Nexus 10

I love my Nexus 10 Android tablet.  It wasn’t my first tablet – nor will it be my last.  I love everything about it – I love the size, the weight, the battery life.  I use it for almost everything.  I watch media on it.  I game on it.  I read on it.  Heck, I’ll even remote the PC across the room with it if I suddenly feel the urge to be productive.

The Impulse BT Controller

The Impulse BT Controller

The Nexus 10 comes with me everywhere (I even bought a man purse to assist me in carrying it and the various little accessories around with me; I have a tiny OTG drive, an OTG cable, a stylus, a backup battery (with power to spare) – heck, I even have a tiny little wireless Bluetooth game pad (the fun little Impulse controller) in case I need some Mr. Do on the go.

I’ve worked my way through the tablet world to get to this point.  I started with a hacked 7″ B&N Nook Color running a full AOSP-type Android rom.  I moved to a 10″ Asus Transformer 101 complete with docking keyboard, gave the TF301 a go, invested in a Nexus 7 and finally ended up finding what I wanted in the Nexus 10.

What I could NOT work through was why I couldn’t get my wife to buy into the tablet lifestyle. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Wii on Wii U Gamepad: What Makes Off-Screen Play the Killer App



The Wii U Game Pad

The Wii U Game Pad

When we first heard about the Wii U’s “game pad” there were those of us who were skeptical about it.  It seemed like a likely “dual screen” implementation for a console – in line with the success of the Nintendo DS product line.  The obvious uses were speculated about at great length.  Heck, I even wrote an article here about how a personal screen would trump motion controls.  I outlined some pretty killer uses for that second screen.

Asymmetric Play finally done right

Rayman Legends: Asymmetric finally done right

Nintendo chose to focus on the concept of “asymmetric game play” with regards to the second screen – pimping out their own products such as NintendoLand and New Super Mario Bros. U.  EA took a stab at asymmetric game play too via their Need for Speed Most Wanted (which is gorgeous and a load of fun if you don’t already have it).  It took a long time for true, successful asymmetric game play to come to fruition with UbiSoft’s Rayman Legends.  I can truly say that we now have a SKU for showing off just what “asymmetric game play” SHOULD be (sad it didn’t come from Nintendo). Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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