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Monday, January 9, 2012

Update: ExhibitView for iPad, BlackBerry's Doom, Android Tablets

I would tell you that I’ve just finished reviewing ExhibitView iPad, but then I’d have to tell you that you’re going to have to wait to read it until it gets published on Law Technology News. I’ll let you know once it’s up there (follow me on Twitter if you want the quickest and latest updates: Without spoiling, I can tell you that I was impressed, and look forward to seeing other developments from them.
Update: The review has been published and is now live on Law Technology News.

Speaking of Law Tech News, I’ve been quoted in a few articles there recently. One was an interesting piece by Brendan McKenna, LTN's news editor, entitled “2011's Tech Folly of the Year”. That “folly” was none other than the once-ubiquitous BlackBerry, so addictive it was even referred to as the “CrackBerry.” Read the entire article for some additional insight, but here’s my prediction of doom.

In May, our own Ted Brooks announced his defection from BlackBerry here in the pages of LTN, saying, "BlackBerry has been losing market-share in a big way recently, and I suspect I am a classic defector. Although I've been a BlackBerry user for nearly 15 years, I am weary of screen-envy, and since the next version of BlackBerry OS for the latest BlackBerry device won't support my current device, I'm done with it." He adds that he feels no desire to purchase the PlayBook, for the reasons cited above. In August, Brooks again suggested that RIM's days were numbered: "Even though Research In Motion has owned the legal market for many years, unless they once innovate instead of renovate, the BlackBerry's days are numbered." While not necessarily indicative of a trend, Brooks is known throughout the legal technology community for his Court Technology and Trial Presentation blog, so when he defects in such a public manner, it may be right to presume that RIM has one foot in the grave.

Just last week, Evan Koblentz, a reporter for Law Technology News shared his thoughts on the iPad versus Android tablets, in “iPad Mania Aside, Tablets Are Inefficient Work Devices for Lawyers.” After testing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, Koblentz finds that “For tech-minded lawyers, Android is worth considering because of the many customization options, various screen sizes, and hybrid laptops, such as the Asus Transformer series. But for most lawyers, it makes a lot more sense to follow the herd into Appleville, as Law Technology News columnist Ted Brooks noted recently.”

Also, I’ve just downloaded and started my review of a new app which claims to be an aid in jury selection, called iJury. Stay tuned, and I hope the New Year has been good to you thus far!

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