Home' LAPTOP Magazine : October 2011 Contents 8
Laptop | october 2011
editor in chief
it’s pretty rare that the phone rings at my house after 8 p.m., e specially since most
people i know are fully aware that i have small children who go to bed around that
time. so when my best friend called me at 8:45 recently, i knew it had to be important.
and it was. he wanted to know what smartphone to buy.
i’m glad that i was able to point him in the right direction, but not everyone has a
supergeek on call. consider this month’s cover story (p. 62) our cheat sheet for all the
other bewildered shoppers.
Buying a smartphone is particularly challenging right now because the iphone 5 is
upon us. apple’s device hadn’t yet launched as of press time, but it should become
available sometime this month. that’s why so many people have been waiting to pull
the trigger on a purchase: they want to see how good the iphone 5 is first.
But the competition isn’t sitting still. as you’ll see, htc, motorola, samsung, and
others have been gearing up for the iphone 5 with superphones of their own. We’ll
break down the best new devices available now and a few that are on the immediate
on the tablet front, the ipad 2 continues to dominate, and now thanks to the new
ios 5 update you could easily call it the ipad 2.5. that’s because apple’s upgrade
greatly enhances the user experience. starting on p. 46, we’ll show you how to make
the most of ios 5, from the new notifications menu and twitter integration to photo
editing and better browsing.
however, there are plenty of consumers who have snapped up an android tablet
or rim’s BlackBerry playBook. (r.i.p., h p touchpad.) so check out our tips for your
slate of choice.
the choice between mac and Windows is almost religious for some people, which
makes the decision to potentially switch camps just as difficult as choosing a new
smartphone. and apple recently made it even tougher with its new mac os X Lion os.
With Windows 8 still a ways off, we decided to pit these platforms against each other
to declare a winner (p. 74).
once you’ve decided which os is right for your needs, you’ll definitely want to check
out our roundup on the best laptops for video calling (p. 26). as more of us want to
reach out and see someone, having a built-in webcam that performs in all sorts of
environments is becoming increasingly important.
regardless of whether they’re looking for a phone, tablet, or notebook, parents
should pay close attention to our feature on kid-proofing your tech (p. 58). We’ll walk
you through all the settings you’ll want to tweak, as well as share advice from parents
who have been there. plus, we’ll show you some new tablets tailor-made for Junior.
twitter users who want to increase the number of followers would do well to follow
the tips provided by the three tweeting superstars we profile starting on p. 84. each
has a minimum of 70,000 people reading their updates. man, do i have some catching
up to do.
Your friend, @mspoonauer.
edward d. brown
editor in chief Mark spoonauer
online editorial director Avram Piltch
managing editor Anna Attkisson
reviews editor Michael A. Prospero
associate editor sarah silbert
senior Writer brian oliver bennett
staff Writers daniel howley
Web producer/Writers Kenneth butler
Meghan J. Mcdonough
editorial interns Arpita Aneja, Joann Fan,
Art & desiGN
design director Jeff W. sass
Web art director dom rinaldi
director of production
& creative services Mark Morton
informational Graphics artist Karl tate
photography editor Qiydaar Foster
producation intern Greg barone
integrated media Matt Weiner
regional sales managers Archer Montague
publishing operations lisa brisbane
director of circulation Michael Gerardo
accounting manager Jim Cruz
office manager Jeannie Mitchell
chief executive officer Jerry ropelato
president stan bassett
chief financial officer randall bambrough
chief revenue officer Mark Westlake
chief content officer robert roy britt
chief information officer Gerald Nichols
chief people officer delonie Call
Business development Michael eltzroth
creative development Jared Page
executive producer dave brody
Vice president of search eric richmond
Vice president sales Gary strauss
150 fifth avenue, 9th floor, new York, nY 10011
(212) 703-5800 fax (212) 703-5801
Volume XXXi, issue #10, (s.c. 397) 2011 copyright.
Laptop (issn:1089-36x) is published monthly (12 issues per year),plus 1 special issue bytech-
medianetwork, 150 fifth avenue, 9th floor, new York, nY 10011. edward d. Brown, publisher.
subscriptions are available for $14.99 per year ($30 for foreign subscriptions) for 12 issues
from Laptop, p.o. Box 344, oregon, iL 61061-0344: call (815)732-5289, within the u.s.;
or call (877) 527-8655 from outside the u.s. periodicals postage paid at oregon, iL and
additional mailing offices.
postmaster: please send address changes to Laptop, p.o. Box 344, oregon, iL 61061-0344.
address all editorial correspondence to the editor at Laptop, c/o techmedianetwork, 150 fifth
avenue,9th floor,newYork,nY 10011 (212-703-5800).unacceptable manuscripts will be returned
if accompanied by sufficient first-class postage. techmedianetwork is not responsible for lost
manuscripts or photos.this publication is copyrighted and may not be reproduced in whole or
in part by mimeograph or by other means without premission of the publisher.
Laptop and techmedianetwork have made every attempt to verify the accuracy of product
and pricing information obtained from manufacturers and/or their agents appearing in this
issue. however, Laptop and techmedianetwork does not assume any responsibility for the
accuracy of said information.
printed in u.s.a .
For licensing and reprints of lAPtoP
content, contact Wright’s reprints at
Links Archive September 2011 November 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page