What if your Internet browser showed you what it thought you wanted to see online, instead of waiting for you to direct it?
That is what Rockmelt’s new browser for the iPad does. The browser, which became available in the App Store Thursday, does not look like a browser at all. Instead, it is full of boxes showing you things you might like from around the Web.
“The Internet is vast,” said Eric Vishria, Rockmelt’s co-founder and chief executive. “We are trying to take the portion of the Internet that is interesting to you and pull it together.”
Rockmelt landed with a splash when it introduced its desktop browser in 2010, in large part because it was founded and financed by Netscape alumni who know a thing or two about browsers. They include Marc Andreessen, Netscape’s co-founder and a Rockmelt investor, and Tim Howes, a Netscape executive and Rockmelt’s co-founder.
Yet it has been slow to get traction. Four million people have downloaded it, the company says, and a few hundred thousand of them use it daily. That is tiny compared with usage of the biggest browsers — Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox. But still, Mr. Vishria said, active users seem to like it, keeping it open seven hours and 15 minutes a day.
The idea was that people need a browser for the social era, with updates from friends and social networks incorporated. The new iPad version goes a step further, filling the blank space in a typical browser with images, posts and articles from around the Web. Browsers should incorporate new visual interfaces on sites like Fab and Pinterest and new ways of communication on sites like Facebook and Twitter, Mr. Vishria said.
“If you think about how we all use the Web today, it’s radically different from 10 years ago,” he said. “But browsers are the same dumb window they were.”
People log in to Rockmelt’s new iPad browser with their Facebook credentials. Over time, Rockmelt learns what people are interested in based on what they click and share, to construct a stream of content, and users can manually add feeds as well. They can save tabs or pages to read later, and those tabs or pages are stored in the cloud for access from another device.
Though it sounds similar to other apps like Flipboard and Zite, Mr. Vishria said it was different because it tapped into the whole Internet and there was a search bar to travel elsewhere on the Web. Other companies, like Google, are also trying to fold social networking information into Web results and show people what it thinks they want before they ask for it.
Still, it is unclear that people want to slap together a browser, social media and their favorite sites. It can be distracting to see an avalanche of content every time you open a browser. And while some people do not even know what a browser is, they have an option to download one different from the one their computer or iPad came with.
That is one reason Rockmelt’s users so far are young people who have grown up online, Mr. Vishria said. Two-thirds are under 25 and 83 percent are under 35.
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Summary: If you need high-speed data on your iPad 3 Verizon LTE trounces AT&T in pretty much every category.
I should start by saying that I purchased a Wi-Fi only iPad this time around (after buying a 3G iPad and iPad 2) but mostly because I carry a Verizon 4G MiFi hotspot in my backpack and pretty much every where I go. However, if I didn’t have a MiFi device, I’d definitely purchase a 4G iPad 3 on Verizon Wireless over the AT&T equivalent.
1. Verizon Wireless’ LTE network is blazing fast. I tested it in and around the Philadelphia metropolitan area and I was able to routinely achieve speeds of 15Mbps downloadand 8Mbps upload on average. Even as far out as King of Prussia, PA Verizon’s LTE coverage is reliable and fast.
2. Verizon offers Personal Hotspot service free with any data plan on the iPad 3. AT&T doesn’t offer it at all — even for an additional fee. When enabled your iPad becomes a personal hotspot for connecting up to five devices — such as a MacBook Air, an iPod touch, or another iPad — over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. Bonus points: the iPad 3 can run for up to 24 hours in personal hotspot mode, which is incredible.
3. Verizon is doubling the data on its $30 per month plan (for a limited time) netting you 4GB of data per month for $30 versus only 3GB of data per month on AT&T.
Verizon hasn’t stated when this deal will come to an end and it isn’t reflected on the data plan comparisons on Apple’s iPad shopping page:
4. Verizon’s LTE network is available in 200 U.S. cities (covering 200 million Americans) versus AT&T’s LTE network which is only available in 32 US. cities (covering 74 million Americans). Granted, this a very regional decision and depends largely on where you live and work. You need to check both the Verizon coverage map and the AT&T coverage map and make the best decision that works for you.
I was pleasantly surprised when the LTE icon displayed in the iPad’s menu bar last week while I was testing it in southern New Jersey. The area where I live (about 10 miles outside Atlantic City) isn’t listed as having Verizon LTE coverage but I was able to to confirm that Verizon engineers are testing LTE towers in Atlantic City.
So there you have it, if you need high-speed data on your iPad 3 Verizon LTE trounces AT&T in pretty much every category.
Should you go with the new model and its better screen and processor, or save some cash on the smaller, lighter iPad 2?
We’ve raved about the new Apple iPad’s display. We’ve gauged its graphics prowess in benchmark testing. But it’s not the only iPad in town: Apple continues to sell brand-new iPad 2 models, and at a very compelling price—$399 for a 16GB model. So if you’re in the market for a tablet, which one should you buy?
The right answer to that question depends on who you are. See if you can find which camp (if either) you fall into in our two lists below.
Buy the New iPad If…
High-quality images are important to you. The foremost argument for the new iPad is its gorgeous, high-resolution display. It’s sharper and brighter, and offers more compelling color and detail than the display on the iPad 2. If you appreciate the difference in image quality between standard-definition and high-definition content, you’ll want a new iPad.
You love to play games. The new iPad blew its predecessor away on our PCWorld Labs graphics tests.
You need to use a fast connection everywhere. The new iPad is the first Apple tablet that can connect to 4G networks. (You can buy a new iPad that works on either AT&T’s 4G network or Verizon’s 4G network.) If you go with Verizon, you can also use the iPad as a hotspot, allowing other devices to piggyback on its wireless connection. And Apple now sells only the Wi-Fi version of the iPad 2, so if you need an anywhere connection, the new iPad is your only option among Apple tablets.
You like to keep lots of video and music on your tablet. The iPad 2 is available only with a 16GB capacity. If you need 32GB or 64GB, you’re looking at a third-generation iPad.
You love to take pictures with your tablet. The new iPad’s camera may not replace your point-and-shoot, but it is far superior to the camera that the iPad 2 carries.
Buy the iPad 2 If…
Weight and size are important to you. The iPad 2 is slightly lighter than new iPad: 1.33 pounds to 1.4 pounds. Though that difference may not sound like much, but it’s noticeable when you hold the tablet in one hand.
You hate recharging. In PCWorld Labs tests, the iPad 2 lasted 7 hours, 37 minutes while playing a video continuously. That’s nearly two hours longer than the new iPad, which held out for just 5 hours, 41 minutes on a charge.
You’re, well, frugal. You’ll save $100 by buying a $399 iPad 2 instead of the baseline new iPad. That Ben Franklin can buy apps, music, movies, and then some; or you can sock the extra bucks away for the next version of iPad, which is likely to arrive in 2013.
The App Conundrum
You might expect apps to look much better on the new iPad than they do on the iPad 2. But in most instances they don’t. If you’re viewing an app that hasn’t been optimized for the new iPad’s high-resolution Retina display, your experience may range from acceptable to unsatisfying.
So far, few of the 200,000-plus iPad apps have been optimized for the new iPad. And Apple doesn’t make finding these apps easy; you just have to hunt for ones that brag about being redesigned for the new tablet. It may be months before most app developers catch up with the new iPad’s hardware capabilities. So that’s a reason to buy an iPad 2 and save some cash, right?
Not so fast. When developers do update their apps, the revised versions will have higher-resolution images and more-demanding code. The images will eat away at your iPad 2’s limited storage, and the apps will feel more sluggish running on the iPad 2’s older processor. Buying the new iPad today means you’ll be less likely to feel that your year-old tablet is obsolete 12 months from now.
I strongly believe in the value of the high-resolution Retina display. The visual improvement over iPad 2 is visceral and significant, and a great reason in itself to buy a new iPad. Overall, the new iPad is the best tablet on the market today.
Nevertheless, the iPad 2 is a strong lower-cost choice. In a few months it may start to feel underpowered, but by then the rumor mill will be talking up the even better 2013 iPad refresh. And with the $100 you saved, you might be in a better position to afford the new model
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