Stories by Jason Snell

  • iPad Air diary, day 1: Portrait of a new orientation

    I got my iPad Air this morning a little after 9am., and while I tried to gather some first impressions about Apple's new, lighter full-sized tablet while at the office, I really needed to retreat home to put it to the most important test: How does it work when I'm sitting on the sofa in my living room?

  • iPhone 5s: Tomorrow's technology today

    Apple's pattern of iteration isn't smooth when it comes to the iPhone. It bumps along: a new case design one year, more subtle advancements the next. The iPhone 5s is, as the name implies, a phone that doesn't look much different from last year's iPhone 5. But the mostly static exterior belies the numerous changes inside the device.

  • Hands-on: First impressions of the iPhone 5s

    The iPhone advances in ticks and tocks, new designs alternating with more subtle advancements. I haven't decided whether the iPhone 5s is a tick or a tock. It most definitely looks like last year's model but there is also most definitely more to it than meets the eye. (And besides, which one is tick and which one is tock?)

  • Hands-on: First impressions of the iPhone 5c

    The iPhone 5c is here! Last week I got my hands on one briefly during a press event at Apple's campus, but now I've had a bit more time to study the colorful new iPhone models. A full review will need to wait for a whole lot more quality time with the product, but here are some of my first impressions.

  • How Isaac Asimov correctly predicted 2014 tech in 1964

    Isaac Asimov was a pretty cool guy. He's famous for his science fiction (I, Robot, the Foundation series), but he wrote or edited more than 500 books, fiction and non-fiction alike. And in 1964, he wrote an astounding piece for the New York Times envisioning the World's Fair of 2014.

  • Digital-comics creators try to evolve with new medium

    Not too long ago, the comics world seemed to view digital comics in the same way J. Jonah Jameson views Spider-Man: as a threat and a menace. In 2013, the world of comics has embraced and accepted digital, and at Comic-Con the discussion was more about how the comics medium should evolve and adapt to a world in which readers are experiencing comics on their phones and iPads rather than on paper.

  • Review: Sony's waterproof Xperia Tablet Z is bathtub-compatible

    Times are tough for Sony. The once-venerated electronics manufacturer is struggling in the tablet, smartphone, and digital music-player markets, so I felt much trepidation when I opened the box of the Xperia Tablet Z, Sony's new 10-inch Android tablet. But I came away pleasantly surprised. This is an idiosyncratic device, to be sure, but it's got a whole lot going for it.

  • Analysis: Apple's events move on, and so does the company

    In the technology world, being complacent is deadly. Something that's groundbreaking, revolutionary, or classic is inevitably tired and creaky just a few years later. As Steve Jobs himself preached, staying relevant is always about moving forward. At Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) we saw Apple itself take a revolutionary product that's by many standards still the best in the industry, and change it into something new.

  • The iPad as a comic-book reader

    Tablets, led by the iPad, have the potential to shake up the comic-book industry even more than ebook readers have begun to change the world of prose books.

  • Opinion: Indistinguishable from magic

    As an adolescent, I loved to read the science fiction magazine Analog. One of my favorite Analog stories was "Hindsight" by Harry Turtledove. (I still have my copy of this "special spoof issue," dated mid-December 1984, in my garage.)