iPhone and iPad in the news

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On Monday, reports came out that Google’s smartphone software/operating system called Android has been outselling the iPhone in the U.S. in the first quarter. Although this sounds like a big blow to Apple, especially since it was beaten by 7% it isn’t a true battle. The Android is only an operating system and is used in about 34 smartphones made by multiple manufacturers, compared to the single Apple iPhone series of the same phone.

If you really wanted to compare the two tech giants in this sector then, a more fair comparison would be with Google’s actual smartphone, the Nexus One. What’s wrong, never heard of it, or least never met anyone that owns one? Don’t worry, most people haven’t. Google has not had anywhere near the success that the iPhone has experienced with the Nexus One. Regardless, business is not about having proportional battles; it’s about winning and it looks like Google’s strategy is starting to bear fruit.

In other news, it has been reported that the iPad will eventually offer the ability to print. Now that doesn’t mean that it will spit out a piece of paper from the device directly, but it will offer some connectivity to a printer which many people have been wanting from their iPad. So far, I have not seen many apps that really make the iPad a must have and really puts it above the capabilities of the iPhone. It doesn’t appear that this print feature, whenever it arrives will do that for Apple either because you can just have the same app on the iPhone.

Also, if you have ever used a MacBook Pro, you know how quickly it starts up which makes it hard for the iPad to claim that it is that much more mobile than a laptop. However, Apple is seeing very strong demand for the iPad in the U.S. and on May 28th Canada and other countries will have their chance to see what the iPad has to offer first hand.