Update: (video at 3pm EST 23 Dec 2012)
SPB 3D has landed on honeycomb adds refreshing UI to Tablets
Requiring a bit more power than the early Android phones, this UI is a sight to behold on a 10” tablet.
This might be very special on ICS as well
One reason I bought my first Android Phone the Atrix 4G was also due to my bad timing.
I had the iPhone 3G but was bored with it, was too late for an iPhone 4 (with the 5 or 4s looming), and I had an iPad2 so had my iOS fix.
I purchased the Samsung Omnia 7 WP7 phone (pre-mango) but got quickly frustrated with the lack of eco-system, and pre-mango issues.
I am a strong believer as well that if you are a truly connected soul, then the mobile operating system you have should be mirrored by the desktop or tablet OS.
Based on that, WP7 was homeless to be as it best goes with windows 8 (was not out in beta yet), but still has some syncing issues for me.
This meant choosing the Apple OS model, once the 4S was released giving me the iPhone 4S, a Mac, and iPad2, so I have followed my own model mentioned above.
I just sold my Atrix 4G (as the Atrix 2 has just been announced), but kept my Samsung 10.1 Google i/o Tablet running Android Honeycomb, and to be honest I still find Android OS Gingerbread on the phone a bit ugly, to the point of despair, and mind boggling at the lack of Apple-esque ‘updatablity’ to a new OS on Androiddevices, painful, never knowing when or if with ease a phone / tablet will get updated having to deal with the 3 way pain of carrier, google/android and hardware manufactuer.
Here in Australia we have been let down in the past by the likes of Samsung with their 1st 10.1 Tablet (the 10.1V P7110) not getting the same updates as the first USA released 10.1 the P7500 series.
The other reason I bought my 1st Android app, and what pushed me over the edge, like a moth drawn to light was the SPB Software 3D Shell. A Russian company I have been fascinated with their beautiful products for years, when they were offering apps for windows mobile phones.
Their Android offering of the SPB 3D shell, though not without its own issues (like being a bit CPU hungry), did beautify an otherwise ugly Android phone.
Enter Ice Cream Sandwich a unifying OS from Android, that will offer the same OS on the tablet as it does on the mobile phone.
This also means (as confirmed in an exclusive conversations with the SPB Software devleoper), that Android tablets running IceCream Sandwich, will also benefit enjoy running, SPB 3D Shell. SPB is currently working on their ICS version, and scaling issues to the larger size.
I cannot wait
Here is a video of their mobile app