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Monday, June 9, 2014

What is Google+?

Google Plus is Google's new Social Network. Google says its 'New ways of sharing the right things with the right people'
Google has a range of free products that you can use with your Google Account. Have you been using or heard of Google
Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Chrome, Blogger, Translate, Picasa, Books, Reader, etc?
Have you been using or heard of Google Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Chrome, Blogger, Translate, Picasa, Books, Reader, etc?
Have you been using or heard of Google
Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Chrome, Blogger, Translate, Picasa, Books, Reader, etc?
The idea is to make existing Google 'products' socially compatible, making your life on the net with Google easier! This means that once you have a Google+ account, you won't  have to sign into different sites and accounts to share and update your activities, as all the information and functions from all of these will be integrated into the 'Google+ experience'
Google Plus was introduced in 2011 and since then it has become one of the most active social networks with hundreds of millions of people having active accounts.
In essence…Google has added a “social layer across the services” people love and use every day. We can see this includes search, Gmail, YouTube, Calendars, Android and so on…
Create a Profile and then you can introduce yourself, connect, share and engage your interests as;
  1. Yourself,
  2. a Brand or
  3. as a Business.
Read all about Google Profiles in the next article...

Google+ Profile; Introduce Yourself

Select Profile from the Menu
Google + Menus_ Profile

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows)

Keyboard Shortcuts with Free Download


As with all things ‘computer’ there are multiple ways to achieve a goal such as ‘Cut’, ‘Copy’, ‘Paste’ or Navigate your cursor around a document. When you are typing (or there is a lack of ‘menu’ present) it is sometimes more expedient to use your keyboard rather than your mouse to do things.
Keyboard Shortcuts help you save time by allowing you to never take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse. Keyboard shortcuts use a combination of keys to achieve a Function’. For example: Have you ever wondered what that Ctrl key was for? Well, if you press and hold that down and then hit another key magical things will happen. The Shift and Alt keys can be used as well.

I also find that by taking your hand away from the keyboard to find your mouse to either click a Menu about your document or right click to find the ‘Options’ menus, you can distract your focus on the task at hand.

Keyboard shortcuts are also immensely handy for those of you who use a lap top ‘track pad’ (naughty) instead of a mouse, so….

Remember that you need to master Selecting (or highlighting) techniques first.[see the Selecting Text shortcuts]

Step 1 is to locate certain keys on your keyboard (as a lot of keyboards differ from one another)…

Ctrl (Control) - 
usually the first and last keys on the bottom row
Shift - 
usually the first and last key of the second bottom row

Navigation Keys -
usually grouped together or in a row downwards on the right hand side

Arrow Keys -
Bottom right

F Keys -
Very Top Row

Alt Key-
usually either side of the Space Bar
Now you have located the Ctrl, Alt, Shift, F, Arrow and Navigation Keys you can Download a printable version of this guide and keep them by your keyboard until you learn them ‘by heart’.
Remember that keyboards can be different so these shortcuts are a guide only. After you have printed this open up a word document and type some text. Then go through the shortcuts and make sure they work for you.

It’s always good practice to 'say' the commands as you perform them...(all geniuses talk to themselves) For example;
Copy Command: Ctrl+C
Say …‘hold Control and press C’

Here are a few to get you started...

MOST USED

Cut selected text     Ctrl + X
Copy selected text   Ctrl + C
Undo last edit           Ctrl + Z
Paste selected text   Ctrl + V
Redo last action      Ctrl + Y
Task Manager (to stop a process when its stuck and taking forever to think about it or your computer is ‘frozen’)
                             Ctrl + Alt + Delete

SELECTING TEXT

            Select All the text in a doc               Ctrl + A
          Select a Word at a time               Shift + left/right arrow
            Select a Sentence at a time           Ctrl + one click of mouse

To Download your free Keyboard Shortcuts Guide Click here

Yours in Shortcutting
Kim-Denyse
Kim-Denyse Dip Bus CertIV TAA

www.mycomputertutor.net.au

Sunday, June 17, 2012

IS THIS EMAIL FACT OR FICTION?

Is This Email Safe

Have you ever wondered if an email is safe to open? You receive heaps of emails per day –some are just business and some are from trusted friends who are sharing a laugh or supporting a ‘good cause’. But can these emails be harmful?
The answer is – YES they can!

Email Tracker Programs

Email tracking programs are designed to track the *cookies and email addresses of the contacts you forward messages on to.  These Host senders don't care how they get your email addresses - just as long as they get them.  Ignore them and don't participate!

*Cookie; a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in your web browser while you are browsing. When the you visit the same website in the future, the data previously stored in the cookie can be retrieved to notify the website of your previous activity


Guilty or Not Guilty?

  Any time you see an email that says...
  • "forward this on to '10' (or however many) of your friends",
  • "sign this petition", or
  • "you'll get bad luck" or "you'll get good luck" or
  • "you'll see something funny on your screen after you send it"
  • demand you "send the email on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus"
  • talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease "how would you feel if that was your child"
Or anything similar playing on our conscience  - that is email tracking
These types of emails almost always has an Email Tracker Program attached to it.
This means that the ‘host’ sender (the people who attached the program originally)  is getting a copy each time the message gets forwarded. The host is then able to steal lists of 'active' email addresses to use in SPAM emails or sell to other Spammers.

Petitions

Almost all emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others have a tracking program attached.  Email petitions are NOT acceptable to government or any other organisation - e.g. Social security, etc.  To be acceptable, petitions must have a "signed signature" and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you are just helping the email trackers.


For Example : a mass letter sent years ago, asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards.
 All it was, and all any of this type of email is, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and Spammers - to validate active email accounts for their own profitable purposes.


By Signing a petition you may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT! Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly with a virus attached!  Plus, you are helping the Spammers get rich!  Do not make it easy for them!


So... STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listing regardless how inviting they might sound!
Don’t feel guilty if you don't! It's all about getting email addresses and nothing more.


Yes! You Can forward This Message On!

You can do your friends and family members a terrific favour by sending this information to them.  You will spreading the word and also reducing the thousands of spam emails you are receiving now and  in the future!


What else can I do if I am not sure?

  • Make it a practice to always delete all previous names from your emails before forwarding!
  • Send emails via the BCC field -then everyone after you doesn't get your friend's email address
  • Open up a Gmail account - Gmail is a Google product and serves as a fabulous spam filter

You can read more about how in the My Computer Tutor blog on How to Reduce Spam

If you need help with any of this please do not hesitate to contact me

Yours in Email Safety and dedication to spam reduction,
Kim-Denyse
My Computer Tutor
www.mycomputertutor.net.au  kim@mycomputertutor.net.au




REF: snopes.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Personal Folders in Outlook 03, 07 and 10



Are you having problems filing your emails into Personal Folders?!!!
Are your folders not looking as though they are in Alphabetical order or are they lost when you go to find them again?
Well, Outlook has preset ‘Rules’ and you need to follow them. In the following My Computer Tutor Step-by-Step Guide you will learn
1. How to Create a New Folder and name it
2. How to Create and organise Folders within Folders
3. How to Drag and Drop (move)  folders using the Right Click method
Once you understand how this works you will never lose a folder again!

Filing Rules in Outlook

  1. Outlook gives you Personal Folders to start with: InboxDraftsSent ItemsDeleted ItemsJunkOutboxand Search Folders.  Let’s call them 'Parent Folders'
They are preset in this order for a reason (by default) and there is NOTHING you can do about it – nor should you try!
Outlook HAS to file them that way and, try as I might I couldn’t get mine to do otherwise
Below is a screen shot of one of my email accounts (kim@mycomputertutor.net.au) to refer to:
  1. As you create your own New Personal Folders you add them into your Inboxno where else! Your new Folders are filed in Alphabetical order- (again nothing you can do about it)
EXAMPLE:
I created 4x New Folders in my Inbox:
1. MCT Clients,   2. MCT Promo Emails,    3. MCT Step-By-Step,    4. MCT Website Enquiries


HOW?
  1.  Right Click on Inbox /   Left Click New Folder from the drop down Menu


A new window will appear

  1. Type in the Name of your New Folder and make sure Inbox (or the destination folder) is Highlighted
Type in Folder Name
  1.  Left Click OK
Voila! You have a New Personal Folder filed alphabetically in your Inbox  -  this one is called MCT Clients.
Now you can continue to create New Folders to file your emails in in categories that make sense to you.


I went on to create 3 others; MCT Promo, MCT SBS Guides, MCT Website Enquiries and they sit in line below one another in Alphabetical order

 Example

Within my MCT Clients Folder I would like to create a folder for each of my students' emails under their name...


FOLDERS WITHIN FOLDERS

You can create Folders within Folders – using the same technique above... and you know that this has happened when you see a white arrow before the folder name (the Filing cabinet drawer is closed)


HINT: If You have 'lost' a folder chances are that you have wittingly or unwittingly dropped it into one where it doesn't belong
  1.  Click on the white arrow and it turns black and faces down (the Filing cabinet drawer is opened) – all your folders stored within that one will drop down in Alphabetical order. See Below
NB: Remember Numbers will always sort First


Moving Folders - Drag and Drop Method

  1. To Move a Folder you simply Drag and Drop it i.e. Drag the folder from where it is (Source Folder) and Drop it into where you want it to go (Destination Folder).
  1. It will then be filed Alphabetically within its ‘Destination Folder’
E.G. I am going to move the Sophie Kovacs Folder out of my MCT Clients Folder into my Personal Parent Folders (over the top of the email account kim@mycomputertutor.net.au) like this:
  1. Now the Sophie Kovacs Folder is (a bit lost) filed by Outlook under Search
This is because Sophie’s Folder isn’t a Default Personal Folder (Parent) which, as we found out in the beginning, are immovable in their order.
So Sophie needs to be filed somewhere else…
  1. If you Drag Sophie into the Inbox


she will be filed in Alphabetical order under the ‘M’ for MCT because she starts with ‘S’
  1. I can leave Sophie here now if I choose or I can Drag and Drop her into one of my MCT Folders again
Now we will have a quick look at how you can sort your individual emails that are held within your folders just to round the lesson off…


Emails Within Personal Folders

Once you have filed your folders the emails contained in them are sorted by date received - with the newest on top by default (automatically)



f you want to sort your Emails Alphabetically …
  1.  Left Click the Arrange By heading above your email list
  2.  Left click From


Your Emails are now sorted Alphabetically by who they are from


In Summary

  • Outlook gives you Default (we’ll call them Parent) Folders for each Email account - that you cannot move
  • You create your own Personal Folders in your Inbox
  • These Personal folders are filed Alphabetically
  • You can create Folders within Folders, which are filed Alphabetically under the Personal Folder
  • You can open or close the Folder by clicking on the arrow
  • Your emails are sorted by Date received by default
  • You can sort these alphabetically by clicking on the Field header and choosing From
Perhaps I could have just written out this summary for you but I am a ‘big picture’ girl and believe that you need to know Why as well as How in order to fully understand Outlook’s quirks and perks. Once you learn the rules you can then utilise them to your own advantage!


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me – I love it! If you would like a printable version of this lesson to add to your collection email me or download it here


Yours in Outlook,
Kim-Denyse Certified TAA., Dip Bus.Mark.D
www.kimd.com.au
My Computer Tutor
M: 0412 942 937


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kim.denyse

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Why Do You Need My Computer Tutor?

Copy and Paste Word 2010




Cut/Copy /Paste 

You have a document or email you are working on and you want to copy or cut either some text or an image. There are different ways to Cut/Copy & Paste text or an image depending on the program you are using. This lesson is based on Word 2010 but the skills you learn here are adaptable to many other programs and versions


2 WAYS

There are 2 main ways you can Cut Copy and Paste. 
  1. You can use the menu [watch Video] or
  2. you can Right click and use the Options Menu. 

I am a 'Right clicker' from way back as sometimes Menus are not easily found, don't exist or the act of looking up to find what I want is just distracting.

USING RIGHT CLICK

The easiest way to Cut/Copy and Paste is to use the Edit Menu that appears when you
Right Click in a document
  • The first thing to do is decide whether you want to copy it or cut it out and paste it somewhere else
  • The next thing is to select the text or image to be copied or moved
  • You can then paste this selection into a new position in the same document or another one

When you select text then use the Cut or Copy command, 
your Operating System places it on what is normally an invisible Clipboard.
·     
 NB: Prerequisite skills: Select. 

There is only one skill you need to master to do this lesson...

know how to Select (highlight) using either your mouse or keyboard




HOW TO ...Cut or Copy using the Options Menu (Right Click)


Using your Mouse...

Step 1: Highlight/Select
the text or image you want to move or copy by holding down the
left mouse button and dragging across and down if necessary.

Step 2: Right Click on the Highlighted text or image

an Options menus will appear...


Step 3. Left Click Cut or Copy

Step 4. Right Click on the Destination - where you want to paste it

Step 5. Left Click on Paste Options / Keep Source Formatting


You can use this method within one document or between 2 open documents!

If you would like a printable version of this lesson you can print it here 


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Apple Vs. Android Vs. Microsoft: How to Decide


Apple Vs. Android Vs. Microsoft: 

How to Decide

an easy to comprehend comprehensive guide for beginners, the lost and confounded

iPad or Tablet? iPhone or 'the other ones'?

Are you confused by all of the hype re 'ithis's and 'androidthat's? For example did you ask Santa for an iPad this Christmas? Did you consider or even know that there is an alternative? I am not saying wanting an 'iThing' is a bad thing (being the owner of an iPhone and a Mac myself) but there are many things to consider when you are deciding what gizmo next to buy…
If you do not let technology rule your world but want to enjoy it here are some basic points for you to consider when thinking about investing in the latest, trendiest, most marketed devices. Yes, you can become a 'techy fashion victim' which means, if you don't consider all your options, being 'fashionable' can translate into stress, confusion and more importantly unnecessary expense

The Contenders

Consider the market as it stands today. To clarify it all there are 3 basic companies
1. Apple 2. Google 3. Microsoft
  • They each have their own operating systems (or OS) that they develop for certain devices (computers, phones and tablets). You will see the acromyms like OS, iOS, OSx
  • These devices run applications (or *Apps/Widgets) with which you create stuff (data i.e photos, docs, calendar entries, emails etc).
*An App is a web application /software/program that you download to your computer, phone or tablet. Some will only work with certain Operating systems

Data Is Stuff You Create

  • This data can be uploaded to a space, or created directly from a space, on the web (Cloud technology).
  • You can buy stuff (music, movies, apps etc) and download it using programs such as iTunes or Websites such as Amazon.
They also each have their own specific terms for basically the same thing. …

Who Does and Says What with Whom?

In a nutshell and in very broad terms:
CompanyOperating SystemDevice examplesSoftware TermsCloudAffiliates or Associations
Apple:
OSx or iOS MacPh: iPhone
Tab: iPad
  • Apps
  • iTunes - sync
  • Safari
iCloudApp Store
Google
Chrome
Android
  • Honey Comb
  • Icecream Sandwich
Ph: Google Phone
Tab: Chromebook
  • Apps/Widgets
  • Google Chrome
  • iGoogle
Cloud
Google Apps
Amazon,
Acer and others
Microsoft
Windows 7
Coming soon… Windows 8
Ph: Windows 7Phone
Tab: Slate
  • Internet Explorer
  • Bing
  • MSN
Live
Sky Drive
Nokia
HTC
XBox
All three of these companies have different specialities but before you buy your next gadget it may be a good thing to look at the futures of these companies…

The Way of the Future

Its very expensive to keep up with the world's technology explosion so it may serve us to look to the future and where these 3 companies stand in today's competitive market
Apple, Google and Microsoft are vying for industry dominance, competing to varying degrees on computer and mobile phone operating systems, hardware, applications, entertainment, search engine capabilities and more.


Least Likely: Apple

You don't believe me? … Well, although Apple is flying high now, it's the most vulnerable company of the major three. Unfortunately its because the Mac wave of success is built solely on the vision and talent of one person -- Steve Jobs. In most companies, if someone else replaced an existing CEO, the company would not suffer but not so with Apple. With Steve's passing and a good look at the company's floundering history prior to his reappearance, you need to consider who will be capable of filling his shoes. Far more than Microsoft or Google, Apple's business model requires constant XFactor releases in order to bring in huge profits. The question is can those Big Hits continue now?

Tops: Google

Of the three companies, Google is best positioned to thrive in the future. It has a near monopoly on Internet search, the core of the world economy's greatest growth engine. That gives it both an excellent base to expand upon, as well as a massive war chest it can depend on to fund new ventures. Google is well positioned to take advantage of the mobile device advertising boom that is likely to develop in the coming years. Although Google isn't likely to compete seriously against Microsoft in the operating systems and applications markets, it will become a 'player' in those businesses.

In Between: Microsoft

Finally, there's Microsoft, which falls somewhere between Apple and Google. Unlike Apple, it doesn't need blockbusters in order to grow. With a stranglehold on operating systems and productivity applications (software/programs), and with solid enterprise tools, it will grow steadily. Google won't be able to break its near monopoly.
The success of Windows 7 shows that the release of a new operating system still brings in plenty of revenue. Recently, Microsoft had a blowout quarter, increasing revenue by 14% over the year-earlier period, thanks to skyrocketing Windows 7 sales. Although Microsoft won't usurp Google as the Internet search leader, Bing shows that it can also be mighty profitable.
So looking ahead, expect Google to thrive, Microsoft to stay the course, and Apple eventually to lose its Steve Jobs-driven magic

Stuff to Consider and Helpful Hints

  1. Do you own a Mac or a Windows PC?

Considering all of the above, it also makes sense to buy a phone and a tablet that are compatible with your current PC's Operating system. Therefore;
if you own a
Mac then stick with Apple devices and peripherals and
if you own a
Windows PC then stick with Android or Windows devices.
This is not written in stone as everything is possible but this advice is for those who are not technologically minded and want to keep their lives simple and relatively stress free.
It is also advisable to ask your friends and family what they own. Afterall you will need some help at some stage and they are the likely people you will be communicating with. Keep it in the club
If you do plan to mix and match then factor in the cost of a reliable and versatile tech who is savvy in all aspects of the three major players

2. Do you us Gmail or Google Apps a lot?

All of the OS allow you to use Google but if you are a 'Google apps' user (even if its just Gmail and Picasa) remember that Google is the world leader of Internet search and cloud technology and you may experience some compatability issues if you aren't on an android device

3. What brand of phone do you own right now?

Its not that easy to transfer your data from phone to phone nowadays so again you may want to factor in IT assistance into your budget. SD cards differ from brand to brand and you also need to consider software compatibility when trying to transfer your precious stuff. E.g you cannot drag and drop to an iPhone whereas you can with a Nokia

4. Back-ups

Have you backed up your phone to your PC or cloud service including all your contacts, messages, photos emails and calendar entries? Did you know that an 'iPhone back up' does not include your photos or music? You need to do this before you attempt any transfer of data from one device to another.

5. What would you be using your tablet/pad for?

Tablets or Pads are not computers. They are a peripheral device. They bridge the gap between laptop computers and mobile smart phones in terms of size and functions. Their main functions are
  1. Browse the internet
  2. Basic Email – no attachments, or organisation
  3. Movies
  4. Books
  5. Games
Did you know that Tablet Laptops (computers wth swivel touch screens) have been on the market for years?
The key is to look at how it will be used to determine which OS may best suit your needs. For example
  • If you want it to be just like a traditional PC, then a 'Windows 7 slate' may be best.
  • Media watching and gaming is probably best served by Apple's iOS.
  • If you want a more open platform with better multitasking, then Andriod might be the best choice.
Beyond the OS itself, buyers should also consider the types and number of applications available to each platform.
This means …Spend some time in the App store before you buy an iPad, as the software you use will really define what type of gadget you have. But you'll probably find that since last year, more apps are now allowing you to create content just as a laptop would. You also need to remember that a Google app for instance won't work on an iPhone or an iPad

6. Tablet Storage Space

While most people will not be carrying around as much data on a tablet as they would on a laptop, the amount of space on the tablet is still a major thing to consider. All tablets use solid state storage because of its ability to use very little power, uses less space and higher durability. The downside is limit storage space. Most tablets come with 16Gb , 32GB and 64GB of space which is extremely small compared to a laptop.
For those just browsing the web, streaming video and reading books, storage space won't be too critical. If on the other hand you are storing high definition movies or lots of games, consider getting a higher capacity model so you don't have to constantly shuffle what you want on your tablet when away from a PC.
You can't upgrade space on a tablet or iPad

7. Processors

The processors (their brain and speed at which they think) used in tablets can vary widely. Buyers will often need to know a bit more than than just 'cores' as can have big implications on the performance, battery life and size of the tablet PC. Unfortunately, this is a fairly complex subject so it is recommended to read the full Tablet PC Processor Guide for further information.

Pros and Cons

Apple

Pros:

  1. the iPad 2 is a much thinner device than its prototype so its size and shape is great for travelling and working out of the office
  2. 2x Cameras – still and video for conferencing with 'Facetime' (like 'Skype'). Not meant for high quality photography the still camera is a new feature
  3. Apps including iMovie (movie editing) and Garage Band (music composition)
  4. Great Battery Life (but you can't remove it)
  5. Some have 3G (can use a 3G dongle or modem) and others only have WiFi (wireless detection)

Cons:

Despite my veneration for Apple, however, aspects of the iPad experience are not so great…
  1. Apple has a stranglehold on the stuff you are allowed to use and how you use it - the company rigidly controls which third party apps are released to the public through the 'App Store'. By rejecting apps that do not meet its guidelines or policies, Apple has full control over what you download to your Mac PC, iPhone and iPad. Apple's systems are cohesive and consistent but their restrictions limit your experience through a lack of openness and flexibility; personally, I don't like being controlled.

  2. More significantly, Apple's policies ensure that it participates in all financial transactions taking place on the iPhone and iPad. This explains why Apple locks down the platform (operating system's stuff including yours). e.g. you can't transfer music or apps that you have purchased to any other device that is not an 'isomething' with iTunes installed. This means you have to 'jailbreak' your devices to access the use of anything they don't want you to.

  3. Screen: The iPad screen resolution isn't necessarily bad, but you won't be able to watch content as high quality as you could on another tablet.

  4. No extra features
  • No USB,
  • no SD card reader
  • no removable battery – rivals such as Samsung and Motorola are delivering in the features department.
  • Can't upgrade the storage space
       5. Yes, the iPad comes with a HD connection kit (enables you to watch TV), but it Costs extra
Until Apple starts putting in extra functionality the iPad could be a second-choice for some tablet owners.Price – they cost considerably more than other Brand Tablets


No Flash: some websites and games won't work
PS: Yes -  Apple is prone to viruses!


Android

Google's Android operating system (the new ones are called Honeycomb and Icecream Sandwich) an alternative to Apple's iOS, runs on a range of phones and tablets. Android offers several significant advantages over iOS, including:
  • An open ecosystem unrestricted by Apple's control
  • True multitasking; notifications and background events simply happen
  • Excellent Google applications that mimic their desktop counterparts
  • A superior browser, which includes Flash and tabbed browsing

Cloud Backup

Android users have been able to store items in the cloud for some time, including purchased apps and now music (with Google Music) and photos (via Google+). Apple is playing catch-up in some ways with the addition of iCloud, which includes syncing apps across all your devices, although both services are reaching music and photo storage around the same time. iCloud also syncs your documents. Skydrive is yet to pass muster

Some Android Alternatives to iPad

  • Chromebook: In the next few weeks, Google Australia will release the Google Chromebook, a stateless device which enables instant on web computing with no software to manage, no backup required, with a form factor similar to a notebook and a price point expected to be less than a new mobile phone. You can buy at least two Chromebooks for the price of one iPad.
  • Motorola Xoom, which has important hardware features that improve on the iPad. I especially like the high-resolution screen, better quality speakers, and ability to expand storage with a micro SD card.
  • Sony Tablet runs Google's operating system Android 3.1 Honeycomb. They feature touchscreens, two cameras (a rear-facing 5 MP, a front-facing 0.3 MP), infrared sensor, Wi-Fi. They support PlayStation Suite, DLNA, and are 3G/4G compatible. They will retail for US$499-599
  • Galaxy Tab: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 proves that it's not only Apple that can produce truly lovely hardware. This tablet is lighter and thinner than the iPad 2, at 8.6mm thick and 565g. These trimmed-down figures, 15g lighter, 0.2mm thinner, are too slight to notice in real life usage, but competing with an iPad 2 on these fronts is something no Android tablet has managed previously.

Android Alternatives to iPhone


Watch This You Tube Video Comparing Galaxy Nexus and iPhone
So which phone are you going for: the iPhone 4S or the new Galaxy Nexus?

References



The elephant in the room

And then there is a smarty pantz that finds an alternative to all of it. An interesting comment I found in a forum from someone who feels he has solved the conundrum with one device that does it all: http://www.zdnet.com/tb/1-100699?tag=talkback-river;1_100699_1962510#1_100699_1962510

@kitko Thank you. I run Android on a 480X800 pixel Zio phone and do practically everything anyone with any Android OS device or iPad does on a daily basis: Kindle, Google, Office, PDF markups, YouTube, Facebook, email, drum machine/sequencer/sampler, guitar tuner, GPS with on-board maps (no data connection needed), music player, video player, voice recorder, still camera, video camera, RTA audio spectral analyzer, news and weather, MicroSD card reader, FREE VoIP phone calls from anywhere on the planet with wifi, and even a Stark Trek tricorder. Oh, and it ALL fits in my pocket with enough room left over for the money clip holding the $600 I saved by NOT buying an iPad.