Steaming movies and Office apps

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  1. terroh8er
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    Hello,
    I just sold my iPad and am debating between the iPad 2 and Xoom. I'm kind of an Android fanboy as iOS is too closed to be of much use, especially on a tablet. Specifically, iOS would never allow for an app like Orbot (Tor), APG (PGP/GPG encryption), Swype, or Firefox and its associated addons. Perhaps these are esoteric examples, but I'm sure everyone has their own niche apps that aren't possible on iOS. I digress...

    With that said, there two things that were on my iPad that I can't do without and I'm not sure if they have decent Android counterparts. One is an app for video streaming. It basically needs to be able to take Xvid/x264 video files that are stored on my PC and stream them to my tablet over LAN (preferably over WAN too). If anyone is familiar with iPad/iPhone apps, the one I used on my iPad was called Air Video. You install a program on your PC and it converts the video on the fly to whatever format the iPad natively plays.

    More importantly is Office-type apps and one for note-taking. I need a word processor and PowerPoint. Pages and Keynote were pretty well-polished. Similar apps on my Droid X aren't very good, but as a phone, I can cut it some slack. I don't really need advanced features, but a solid and stable Office suite is essential.

    I'm going to use my tablet primarily for school, so I need a good note taking app. And while I'm at it, I need something that will effectively organize PDFs, similar to iBooks (although I'm sure there are better ones, as it doesn't allow for hierarchal (?) organization).

    Thanks for any help!

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    I have not tested this as of yet but I do have a streaming program on my PC that "should" work for Android, but as I've stated I have not tested it. TVersity is what I use to stream to PS3, XBOX360 and I know works with iOS items as well. This does all the conversion on my PC and streams it out.

    As for an app to view/edit docs/pdf's etc I use DocsToGo, Quickoffice is also there but the popular consensus and my own opinion is that Quickoffice isnt as good.

    As for some of the other things you mentioned, I am almost sure I've run across some of the other stuff you've mentioned but just didnt fit my needs/interests so I did not look into them better

    Take a look at the Android market and see/research for yourself

    Android Market
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    Check out PlayOn. I use it to stream to my PS3 and OG Droid and it works really well. It will stream a lot more than content than whats on your PC as well, such as NetFlix, Hulu, and most major TV networks.

    HOWEVER (and its a big one) it doesn't yet work on the Xoom because it requires Flash. So as soon as Flash is released for Xoom it will work.
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    Give it a try to TV Shows Stream, it has just been updated to work with xoom, you can watch hundreds of tv shows, no subscription required. There is a free lite version with 12 tv shows for testing purposes. Hope you find this info usefull
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    PlayOn works As of flash 10.2 However it's a little buggy, and NOT Honeycomb optimized. it will play videos, but the quality isn't outstanding, Definately watchable, but sure as heck not HD.
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    In my experience, the sites I visit have VERY GOOD video quality. ABC, ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, etc. Also, I'm not sure that it is buggy. The leaked version was a little buggy, but the official that is out now is very good. :icon_ banana:
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    I have 'documents to go' on my HTC incredible but have not tried it yet on my xoom. Its a great app for excel, word, powerpoint. I paid for the app.

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