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Laptop | May 2011
Editor in Chief Mark spoonauEr
Managing Editor anna attkisson
reviews Editor MiChaEl a. prospEro
associate Editor sarah silbErt
senior Writer brian olivEr bEnnEtt
staff Writer kEnnEth butlEr
John brandon, Mike kobrin, Michael lasky, Corvida raven,
Dennis schaal, and stewart Wolpin
online Editorial Director avraM piltCh
news Editor k.t. braDforD
Multimedia Editor MEghan J. McDonough
Web Content producer JaMall oluokun
art Director JEffrEy W. sass
print & Web DoM rinalDi
Director of production &
Creative services Mark Morton
it Manager Murat turk
integrated Media Matt WEinEr
regional sales Manager arChEr MontaguE
regional sales Manager nanCy rosCoE
publisher & president EDWarD D. broWn
irector of finance &
business operations lisa brisbanE
Director of Circulation MiChaEl gErarDo
accounting Manager JiM Cruz
office Manager JEanniE MitChEll
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it’s a question i hear all the time from readers, not to mention other people in
the office. “Do i really need a tablet?” after all, you can easily get online with
your laptop, your smart phone has apps, and a slate is just one more device
you have to charge. then you get an ipad 2 (p. 48) in your hands and all the
arguments start to melt away.
With a tablet, you don’t have to wait for your notebook to wake up or boot
to surf the web. and, compared to your smart phone, apps that are optimized
for tablets have richer graphics and make the most of the larger screen real
estate. Just look at a beautiful ipad news app such as flipboard, which has
a magazine-like interface. there’s a reason it came to apple’s tablet first. oh,
and as for battery life, the ipad 2 lasted more than 11 hours on our tests.
While the ipad was the only truly compelling tablet of 2010, the ipad 2 will
be battling a new wave of better-equipped devices. this month’s cover story
(p. 60) sizes up all the major ipad competitors, including the many tablets
running the new android 3.0 os, riM’s speedy and business-friendly blackberry
playbook, and the smart and socially connected hp touchpad.
as a parent, i’ve definitely noticed how quickly my kids have picked up the
ipad compared to a traditional laptop. it’s just more intuitive. but it’s also more
addictive. starting on p. 10 we talk to education and parenting experts—as
well as parents who have handed their own youngsters a tablet—to help you
figure out how to balance this kind of screen time with other playtime.
of course, adults need playtime, too. and now that the weather is warmer,
it’s the perfect time to get in shape. our roundup of fitness apps (p. 79) will
help you do everything from managing calorie intake to sculpting your body
like a navy seal. you’ll also find gadgets that can monitor your activity and
track your progress.
one thing all of us should be keeping better track of is our identity. and
starting on p. 90 we’ll provide plenty of helpful tips to make sure your personal
information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. from safer browsing to more
thoughtful social networking, these are the new rules you need to know.
so, yes, tablets are definitely the hottest thing in tech this year. but what
about next year and beyond? to get a taste of the future, we break down five
technologies we can’t wait to get our hands on (p. 66). We’re talking about
wireless electricity, bendable displays, and more. you may not literally need
any of these innovations, but they will make your mobile life better.
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in the april 2011 issue, within the best & Worst brands 2011 story, on p. 63, toshiba should
have been listed as a fourth place finisher for this year, not a fifth place finisher.
in the March 2011 issue, within the Mobile startup awards story, on p. 73, the url for Word
lens was incorrect. it should have read questvisual.com.
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