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    Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich

    So I got the Transformer Prime (TF-201) and just today it was updated from Honeycomb (worst OS ever) to ICS.

    Changes:

    Enhanced speed and performance
    Virtual buttons in the UI, in place of capacitive or physical buttons
    Separation of widgets in a new tab, listed in a similar manner to apps
    Easier-to-create folders, with a drag-and-drop style
    A customizable launcher
    Improved visual voicemail with the ability to speed up or slow down voicemail messages
    Pinch-to-zoom functionality in the calendar
    Offline search, a two-line preview, and new action bar at the bottom of the Gmail app
    Ability to swipe left or right to switch between Gmail conversations
    Integrated screenshot capture (accomplished by holding down the Power and Volume-Down buttons)
    Improved error correction on the keyboard
    Ability to access apps directly from lock screen (similar to HTC Sense 3.x)
    Improved copy and paste functionality
    Better voice integration and continuous, real-time speech to text dictation
    Face Unlock, a feature that allows users to unlock handsets using facial recognition software
    New tabbed web browser, allowing up to 16 tabs
    Automatic syncing of browser with users' Chrome bookmarks
    Modern Roboto font
    Data Usage section in settings that lets users set warnings when they approach a certain usage limit, and disable data use when the limit is exceeded
    Ability to shut down apps that are using data in the background
    Improved camera app with zero shutter lag, time lapse settings, panorama mode, and the ability to zoom while recording
    Built-in photo editor
    New gallery layout, organized by location and person
    Refreshed "People" app with social network integration, status updates and hi-res images
    Android Beam, a near-field communication feature allowing the rapid short-range exchange of web bookmarks, contact info, directions, YouTube videos and other data
    Hardware acceleration of the UI[62]
    Resizeable widgets already part of Android 3.1 for tablets, but new for cellphones[63]
    Wi-Fi Direct[64]
    1080p video recording for stock Android devices

    (more about the changes here).

    From my early testing, what I am most about ICS is the improved voice recognition. It's not Siri, but it's better than it's been in my experience. I really use that a lot in the car so it's a big thing - I don't mind drafts with mistakes too. I could really use a BT connected hardware button for that though, so that is not as convenient as it could be.

    So if I say: "play stairway to heaven", it will show a list of apps that can perform that action. If I select you tube, it will still require me to select a clip from that, but the youtube/android video app is pretty good for selecting by touch anyway. But still it double checks a lot for things like "the Smiths" ("this mess" is the second option) - this means one extra click. Siri is still way smarter than that.

    The new font is very very cool. The overall UI is much faster (sp. on a quad core tablet). And the app made by an mp3car's member, AndCar tablet, works fine after the update, no issues so far.

    Haven't tested not even 20% of what's listed above, but maybe others can share their experience here.

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    Loaded ICS on my dual-boot Azpen x86 tablet last night. Very nice. Of course, this is an open source VERY early beta build, so some of the functionality isn't quite there, but overall very stable. With ICS on one side, Win8 on the other. there's lots of geek fun to be had, that's for sure.

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    I just got back to Honeycomb from an unoffical ICS ROM for a 7" Huawei mediapad (aka T-Mobile Huawei SpringBorad).
    Market doesn't work that have to downgrade it, set for not updating automatically,browser is really pain slow,phone's audio is so low i can't barely hear that i had to put tablet just next to my ears.
    Hope an officall one soon, a taste of an ice cream sandwich makes me want more

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    I'm hoping to install CM9 on my Moto Xoom tonight. All the reviews and demos so far state that it is a DRASTIC performance improvement over honeycomb.

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    Why? My experience with Honeycomb wasn't that bad.. It's not perfect but not the worst, IMO.
    Having said that.. I am patiently awaiting ICS be pushed onto my Transformer (original)

    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    ... Honeycomb (worst OS ever) to ICS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxthebuilder View Post
    Why? My experience with Honeycomb wasn't that bad.. It's not perfect but not the worst, IMO.
    Having said that.. I am patiently awaiting ICS be pushed onto my Transformer (original)
    Well, iOS as a system is the clear winner no doubt: more, better apps, especially $$ paid apps, they are better. Hardware support is better (eg. DJ consoles, Podcast and Guitar/Piano player support), etc. I have tried an Android app to control my DAW sequencer...let me tell you...it's not simple, and it's not reliable either. Not to mention that it eats battery a lot.

    As a software that simply works the WebOS is for me the best thing since sliced bread. It's elegant, simple and reliable. The browser (flash enable) NEVER crashed on me. It may not render, or not render right, but it doesn't crash.

    Android Honeycomb crashes are the worst. iOS crashes into the home screen - you don't waste that much time, Android (at least Honeycomb) usually forces a full reboot - I may have rebooted the Galaxy Tab more than all my tablets combined (and the iPad 1 is one year older!)!! Android honeycomb, as an OS, doesn't work right switching from portrait to landscape, when it does, it doesn't behave as I expect. For instance my kids do math problems and reading and comprehension tasks on my tablets, trust me, you don't want to give them Honeycomb to play and run flash stuff. Give honeycomb for the wife to make travel arrangements in bed? Unless you're there 100% it's not worth it.

    To be sure, the iPad is not much better, but you bet there's an app for that (travel, hotel chain or kids stuff) that make up for the lack of flash. IF i have to use flash sites, I'd use the Touchpad's WebOS browser. It's limited, but works for 75% of the times.

    Honeycomb is so bad that I started selling and buying tablets according to XDA support. If there are many custom ROM for a tablet, Cyanogen 10 and all that crap, it's a good buy, if a great developer announces he is going to buy X, I'll do it. :-) A locked bootloader is a big no no, because you can't trust Android as it is.

    If I had half a brain, I would try to port WebOS (when it gets open sourced finally) to all my Android machines, but probably by then I'll be selling all my tablets one by one for Windows 8 ones...


    In the end, as a whole system, the Android appeals to me a lot. Plenty of apps for me so it works. Plus, I like tasker and the google maps/navigator (with internet in the car) is a killer app. So it works for me.
    Last edited by RipplingHurst; 01-11-2012 at 07:29 PM.

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    Wow, thanks much for the detailed answer! A lot of useful info. I actually never used neither iOS (last time I touched an Apple was 15 years ago) nor WebOS.
    Using my tablet mostly as an e-book...

    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    Well, iOS as a system is the clear winner no doubt: more, better apps, especially $$ paid apps, they are better. Hardware support is better (eg. DJ consoles, Podcast and Guitar/Piano player support), etc. I have tried an Android app to control my DAW sequencer...let me tell you...it's not simple, and it's not reliable either. Not to mention that it eats battery a lot....

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    Interesting thread, I have both and android tablet and an iPad and I prefer the android tablet tablet over my iPad. It's not perfect and still needs to have some things worked out and from what I hear ICS will help out a great deal. I do agree that on the music side ios is better, there are tons of apps for controlling my DAW and I would love to see the some on android as well. My iPad gets very good battery life but because I rarely use it, every once in a while I'll update some apps on it or use flipboard. I did have to power cycle it the other day because it refused to download any updates, no matter how many times I hit the update all button it just sat there.

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