Read part one of this series, in which we test turn-by-turn directions using Apple's Maps app and Google Maps. In part two of our Apple Maps app testing, we decided to perform local searches of landmarks and other locations, and the results were clearly lopsided. Yesterday we performed a field test of the turn-by-turn directions on both the iOS 6 Apple Maps app on the iPad and Google Maps on a Samsung Galaxy Tab. Both fared pretty well with getting us to our destinations, but Google Maps came out on top. As we pointed out yesterday, a number of people have been complaining about the Apple Maps app, from inaccuracies to poor directions.
Though it doesn't flaunt high-tech specs, the T-Mobile Concord has all the essential midrange features for the inexpensive price of $100 and was designed for first-time smartphone users -- if that's what you're into, that is, The T-Mobile Concord is available at Target and Walmart and does not require any carrier contract, Unfortunately, the Concord ships natively with the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Above the Concord are a 3.5mm headphone jack and a sleep/power button, The T-Mobile Concord sports a apple - iphone x leather case - black unique, dark-blue back plate reminiscent of wood grain..
Video streamingThe Kindle Fire HD has three main video-streaming options: Netflix, Hulu Plus, and of course, if you're a Prime member, Amazon Instant Video. The iPad also has access to those same streaming services, so I tested both tablets using Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. When you take into account the vision behind each tablet, it's not too surprising which provides the better video-streaming experience. I began by streaming the same episode of "Breaking Bad" through Amazon Instant Video on each tablet over CNET's internal Wi-Fi network. I then walked around the building, eventually leaving the building with both tablets, while the episode continued to play. Both tablets played without a hiccup during this time; however, only the Fire HD displayed and maintained an HD signal. The iPad's signal was strong, but decidedly SD.
After leaving the building and traveling about 20 feet from CNET's front door, the iPad lost the streaming signal, giving me only the spinning circle of death, The Fire HD continued to play in HD for another half block or so (about 100 feet) before it too stopped playing the show, With Netflix streaming, I saw something very similar, This time, with an episode of "The Walking Dead" and when within five feet of our test router, the iPad delivered a quality, but sub-HD version of the episode, while Fire continued to push out a better-looking HD image, After walking farther away and eventually leaving the building, the iPad stopped streaming at about the same place as before (about 20 feet from CNET's front door) and while the Fire HD didn't get as far with Netflix as it did with Amazon Instant Video, it did make it another 50 feet or so before it lost the signal, Also the Fire HD was more consistent with its quality, rarely dropping to a low-quality mode -- something the iPad did apple - iphone x leather case - black frequently as I moved around..
I also tested the range of each tablet's Wi-Fi antenna by walking a block away from the CNET building and then walking closer and closer until I could connect to our internal network. Each tablet connected at about the same distance from the building (50 to 60 feet away). So my theory, at least in the case of streaming, is that it's not necessarily the range of the Fire HD that leads it to success here, but how quickly its MIMO-powered antenna allows it to buffer video. The Fire HD seems optimized for this. Which makes sense, given Amazon's vision for the device as primarily a media consumption device.