Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WP7 hands on impressions



Today I decided to go by the mall and check out the new Window Phone 7 (WP7) phone for T-Mobile called the HD7 by HTC. I stopped by the T-Mobile store first thinking that they would have a few in stock and I could easily find a display model to play with. I was shocked (or not) to find out that they didn't have any HD7's in stock and the one they did have was dead. The T-Mobile rep that I've spoken to before and purchased my G2 from started bad mouthing the HD7 from the second I mentioned it. He mentioned how they would plug it in and charge it all night and it would be dead by lunch time. This wasn’t a very good start for WP7 if you ask me. He went on talking about how he didn't like the interface and how much he preferred Android over the HD7. He also mentioned how the micro SD card couldn't be changed and how he looked for a SD slot for about 20 minutes and finally just gave up on finding a way to swap SD cards. I didn't think the average consumer cared about swapping cards but I guess they do. After chatting with him for a bit while a customer sat there amazed and dumbfounded by the conversation we had, he told me to try the kiosk because they have the HD7 in stock. I asked him if they had any Galaxy Tabs available and he told me no. He mentioned something about the shipment being held up for this or that reason and they would be expecting them soon.

I went over to the T-Mobile kiosk in the mall to find the HD7 and see if it was what I thought it would be. They had a demo model on hand and sure enough, it was dead as well. Battery life seems to be a problem with WP7 or maybe just the HD7 by itself. Either way, it’s not looking good for the same phone to be dead at two different stores. I questioned if the WP7 interface would be enough for me before and my initial impression is just what I thought it would be. The home screen is plain and uneventful to say the least. It's just a bunch of blue tiles that have some animation on them but it lacks the feel or look of anything a person would want to play with just for fun. The rest of the UI was pleasant to the eye and seems cool to play with going between apps. The screen transitions were smooth as the screens seem to turn like a page of a book. Everything seemed smooth and it should feel smooth considering the OS is brand new and the phone had nothing but factory apps on it with zero customization. I would assume that WP7 phones as with all other phones would have minor hiccups or problems as more apps and customization is done to it. The basic colors used throughout the OS looked good to me. I checked out the calendar, contacts, internet explorer, media and other parts of the OS and they all used basic white font on a black screen. This is one aspect of the phone being "simple" that I liked and didn't have a problem with simple white on black color schemes. I didn't get to dig into contacts because the phone wasn't set up. The calendar was empty as well. The internet explorer was OK but didn't seem to be on par with Android or iOS phones from my few seconds playing with it. I was able to type out the classic, "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" within the messaging app and I was able to do it without any errors. The on screen correction seems to work pretty well because I know I misspelled "quick" while typing the message.

In summary, WP7 looks like a viable option in the mobile market. Do I think it will take the place of Android or iOS? Not even close. I don't think WP7 has a chance to take over BlackBerry either. I believe that WP7 will be a nice 4th option that gets things down without the flair of an iOS device or the customization of an Android phone. It's a simple UI that was meant to be nothing more than simple. It would make a great phone for someone who is new to smart phones or for a parent who wouldn't have a clue what Pandora is or thinks that Angry Birds is that pissed off Robin that attacks them every time they go to the mailbox.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Does Windows Phone 7 get it done for you?



Now that Windows Phone 7 (WP7) is coming out this week, I am trying to figure out if the plain vanilla interface of WP7 is enough for me. I have seen all of the WP7 commercials and I an appreciate the idea of getting the info you need up front without having to dive into a phone's operating system but is the interface too generic? The WP7 UI is very simple and displays the info you need the most right up front but I personally think it's too bland. After owning Android phones for the better part of a year now I have come to appreciate widgets and the information they display along with the ability to put information where I need it up front. My G2 is set up in a way that the clock and weather are displayed up front and easily accessible. Also on my main screen I have icons which will take me to email (with unread count) messages (with unread count), contacts, maps, browser, camera and gallery. These are all of the apps that I use most often and they are all very accessible from my home screen. I also have a screen set up just for contacts which has all of my most used contacts for personal use and work use. All of them have pretty little pictures and are easily identifiable at a glance. It's this customization from Android that I have come to know and love and simply can't live without anymore. I have other home screens set up with folders for frequently used apps, games, music shortcuts and other misc items. I also have a blank screen where I can test out widgets, wallpapers an other such modifications that I may or may not use but want to test out without modifying other home screens on my phone.

I simply can't imagine looking at a bunch of blue (I'm sure the colors are customizable but blue is most often used in the promo pics) tiles and getting my information from them. The tiles on WP7 are also arranged in two vertical columns which I can't see scrolling through if I had a lot of contacts I wanted quick access to or apps which I wanted to use frequently.

I will go to the store on Tuesday and play with the HTC HD7 and maybe even venture to an AT&T store to check out their WP7 offerings. I have to say that I am not impressed from what I have seen from other tech reviews and pictures but I am willing to give it a chance in store. I hope WP7 wows me but I am not expecting it to.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tech Impressions from SEMA


Tech impressions from SEMA
I was recently in Las Vegas for SEMA (Special Equipment Market Association), which is an automotive specialty product trade show. Whenever you attend one of these conferences you expect to be blown away by various uses of technology but that was not exactly my experience on this trip.

I expected to see iPods, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, Android tablets in use both on the convention floor and also integrated into car dashes. In reality I saw a just a handful of iPads in use at booths to input attendee information and a few random people using them to take notes while walking around the convention. The SEMA passes which all attendees had to wear had a QR codes printed on them so the exhibitors could quickly collect and transmit contact information with potential customers. Android phones have a great QR reader called Barcode Scanner and I’m sure there are more than a few iPhone apps which do the same thing. I didn’t see any exhibitors using mobile devices to scan QR codes. Personally, if I was one of the exhibitors, I would have paid someone $20 just to walk around with an Android phone scanning all of the QR codes they could see. SEMA is so big that there is no way for anyone to see everything there. There were a lot of potential customers missed simply because they didn’t make it to your booth. There were just a few booths using iPads to manually input user information and it was tedious to say the least. The women that were using them were just your typical “Booth Girls” who are just there for guys to snap pics of them along with the vehicles they had displayed. These women probably received a 5 minute brief on how to use the iPads and were put to work. I was giving one of them my information and she told me, “That’s not working. I’ll just skip that part.” two different times.

There was widespread use of QR codes at SEMA this year. Every attendee had a QR code printed on his or her SEMA pass used so exhibitors can collect your contact information without having to manually input it into their computers. There were quite a few display booths and vehicles that had QR codes printed on them. This Hyundai Genesis Coupe from JP Kustoms had a QR code printed on the airbox under the hood which is a great idea to get your company name out there without having to print out business cards.

Cell phone cameras have evolved to a point that almost every phone coming to market has at least a 5mp camera or better. I was expecting to see a lot more attendees using cell phones to take pictures like I was doing on my T-Mobile G2. There were plenty of people using cell phones but most of them were average joe consumer just snapping quick pics to text or email to buddies back home. Most serious photographers where still using DSLR to take quality pics. I guess the gap between professional cameras and cell phone cameras is still larger than I expected.

Despite the dominance Apple has in the MP3 market, I can’t recall anyone using an iPod on the monorail or walking around the strip. I can only recall seeing one guy using an iPad the entire week as a media device. It looked crazy to see a guy on the plane using an iPad with an inch thick rubber case on it as a media device. I really wanted to tap him on the shoulder and tell him that an iPod Touch could have done the same job in a lot smaller form factor but I assume he already knew that.

At SEMA, people from small and large companies surround you and it was almost smothering the number of BlackBerry phones that crawled the Vegas strip. I saw everything from older 83XX Curves and 96XX and 97XX Bolds and one lonely 9800 Torch. I have long felt RIM was on deaths front door but after being around 10’s of thousands of people over the last week I have to change my tune. Although I didn’t see many new BlackBerry devices I think RIM will be ok if they can get half of the consumers they have now to purchase another BlackBerry as their new phone, they will be good for many years to come. Considering most people are scared of change and just want a phone works, I don’t see RIM not accomplishing this goal.

If I had to guess the market breakdown of mobile phones at SEMA and around Vegas based on what I saw last week would have been 75% BlackBerry, 20% iPhone, and the remaining was Android and feature phones. Maybe this highlights RIM’s strength in the business segment, but we are talking a large diversity of business. Secondly, the tech world has been calling RIM and its BlackBerry phones dead in the water for months now. The number of Motorola Razrs I saw shocked me. No one would argue the Razr is beyond its prime, but this highlights the upgrade challenge with the average consumer. The sad truth is consumers don’t upgrade their phones as often as the ‘tech world” does. I personally have had four phones in the last year but I am not the norm. Based on what I’ve seen the last week BlackBerry isn’t dead and maybe OS6 will be the savior for BlackBerry or at least the “holdover” until QNX can be implemented.

One great selling point of BlackBerry is the battery life. While I was in Vegas with my T-Mobile G2, I was constantly looking for ways to save battery life; fortunately I borrowed from SMR’s HTC Battery tips and I was able to maintain battery life all day long. I changed my mobile settings to 2G only, turned off WIFI, Bluetooth and GPS and even on my longest day, I was able to make it home with 30% life left. My friend who had a BlackBerry 9630 didn’t change any settings and made it through a day just fine. Luckily on most days I would get back to my room and recharge when I had 40-50% battery left. In contrast, my friend wouldn’t charge her BlackBerry at all during the day and still awake the following day with 30-40% charge left. I can only attribute this difference to the massive screen on my G2 compared to her BlackBerry Bold 9630.

BlackBerry isn’t as dead as most of the tech world (and myself) thought. They are firmly cemented in the market and will be there for years to come, even if the tech geeks know that BlackBerry is behind the times. Ease of use and battery life will keep current and new BlackBerry users happy for many months to come. For the tech hungry consumers who want more out of a phone, they will change devices with the slightest technology breeze. When you switch to a smartphone you need to give up hope for good battery life, unless you own a BlackBerry.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


G2 impressions One month later...
I purchase a T Mobile G2 on launch day (28 Sep 10) unsubsidized for $499 + tax. This is my 4th unsubsidized phone purchased in the last year (BlackBerry 9700, Nokia N900, Nexus One, G2) and I have to say that this is the best phone I have owned so far. I replaced a Nexus One with this G2 and I have to say that I never looked back, with the exception of wifi tethering. Both phones are HTC made Android phones but I was getting tired of the Nexus One after owning it since about February. This is the downfall of Android phones and really the only problem with owning one. Phone envy will surely hit you within 3-6 months of owning any Android phone. Once you buy the latest and greatest Android phone, you have the best phone on the market.......for about three months. After about three months, you can bet the bank on the fact that a newer, better Android phone will be on the market. I will briefly go over my impressions of the G2 after one month of ownership.

Hardware

The build of the phone is typical HTC greatness. I did have problems with the first G2 I bought since Z-hinge or Scissor hinge was a little too loose for my liking but most users wouldn’t even notice. The only times the hinge problem is noticeable is when the phone is held open while upside down and it causes the phone to snap shut or while holding the phone closed while upside down and the top part sort of swings freely. It’s barely noticeable and doesn’t matter in 98% of what you want to do with the phone. The only other problem I have found with the hardware of the phone is the volume buttons are a bit long. This will cause you to change the volume while pulling the phone from a holster or simply picking it up. Its not a big deal because you will hear the volume being changed and more than likely realize that you have your thumb on the volume rocker. I’ve read some reviews that don’t like the placement of the USB port but it doesn’t bother me at all. Its placed on the left side of the phone (which is the bottom when in landscape qwerty position) and while plugged in, the USB cable will point straight down. I don’t see it as a problem but some (Android Central) has. People have also complained about the 800mhz processor but I can guarantee that it is faster than the 1ghz processor in the Nexus One. The main reason I was tired of my Nexus One is the fact that it started to slow down and have a lot of forced close errors. This may be due to the amount of apps I had on the phone and its 512mb internal memory but it started to become a big problem the last few months I owned it. The G2 has 2gb of internal memory and adding apps has not been a problem at all. The G2 does everything the Nexus One did but it does it a little faster and better even with the “slower” processor. The keyboard is just as great as everyone mentioned it is. Once you get used to the phone, you will be knocking out two and three paragraph emails with no problems. The only problem is that the hardware keyboard doesn’t provide the word prediction that the software one does. I hope you can spell correctly.

Software

The G2 comes with Android 2.2 and its about the most vanilla version of Android that you can find on the market with the exception of wifi tethering. I’ve come to love wifi tethering on the Nexus One and I do wish the G2 had it out of the box. Since the G2 is a store sold device, extra things like wifi tethering shouldn’t be expected anyway. I know the Nexus One had it but it was sold straight from Google. Since the G2 is a T Mobile sold phone, everyone should have expected wifi tethering being stripped out even if it is a key app in Android 2.2. It has already been announced that wifi tethering will be available on the G2 along with wifi calling. T Mobile will charge $14.99 for tethering which is reasonable when compared to the other three carriers that charge $30 for tethering. Everything else about vanilla Android is in the G2 right out of the box. There is the Swype keyboard which I don’t use often unless I am using it one handed while driving (I know, not safe).

Final Thoughts

I absolutely love this phone. Someone asked me the other day, what my next phone will be. I honestly can’t answer that question. I don’t have a plan for a new phone right now which is kind of weird for me. Usually I know what my next phone is while purchasing a new phone. There aren’t any great Android phones on the near term horizon and I don’t see myself switching to a Windows Phone 7 (WP7) phone anytime soon. The bland “tiles” as they are called for WP7 seem very plain to me and pale in comparison to the widgets you see on any Android phone. I would pick the G2 as the best phone currently on the market by a long shot even if Phonedog thinks the Epic 4G is better. I don’t get the “4G” speeds that T Mobile claims where I live but I do get consistent 3,000kbs+ speeds in Tucson which would be great if I lived there. The G2 will handle every need of the average consumer and handle 90% of the needs of the uber tech geeks which is the category that I fall into.

If I had to pick a phone on T Mobile’s network today, it would be the G2 hands down. That may change when the HD7 comes out in the next week or so.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My new phone and random news


I hope to pick up the T-Mobile G2 sometime this week. It's basically the same as my Nexus One but with a slide out qwerty keyboard. I have been rocking my Nexus One solo now for almost 2 months I am pretty fast at typing on a touchscreen only. I want to see what it would be like to go back to a full keyboard that isn't a BlackBerry. Blackberry's are still the best qwerty phones in my opinion, they just don't make any fun phones.



The Playbook looks promising and could be RIM's way back into consumer's hearts if they get it out fast enough (early 2011 is what has been mentioned) and make it cheap enough to compete with the iPad. If RIM takes until June/July 2011 to get the Playbook out and it costs $800, they might as well scrap it right now. By Spring 2011, the new iPad will be out with two cameras and probably lighter or smaller, or both. Those are really the only complaints about the iPad. Its took heavy and Apple screw consumers out of a camera just so people have a reason to buy the iPad 2.



But enough of that. The G2 should be a fun toy and it should be really fast anytime I go to Tucson or Phoenix. I have 3G here where I live but the fastest I've ever gotten was 800kbits down. That's faster than edge but still very slow by most phone standards. With HSPA+ the G2 should be able to pull 7.2mbs down theoretically which is about as fast as I can normally pull over my cable modem at peak times.



I would blog more but there is nothing fun going on in the tech world right now. BlackBerry is sucking, Apple new has been quiet since antennagate even though they stopped the free giveaway for the bumpers. Now you can't go into the store and just ask for a case. You have to install the app on your iPhone and request on through customer service. Android phones are still killing it in the market stealing market share from everyone. They actually leap frogged Windows Mobile to be the 4th largest mobile OS in the world (Symbian, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, Win Mo). Windows Phone 7 (WP7) looks promising but it will be interesting to see how they can make anything Windows relevant in the mobile market again. We'll have to see how that goes. They could be great phones but with such a bad name, it will might take some time for people to realize. Think Hyundai and Kia making great cars now but no one realized until the American car market crashed. Once people started looking for other choices they drove a Kia Forte, Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Genesis and thought, "Holy shit, this is a Kia (Hyundai)?" I figure the same will happen for WP7. No one will want one, then once they are tired of Apple's walled Garden, carrier restrictions to Android, or they wake up from 2007 and realize that Blackberry's are behind the times, they will try a WP7 phone and might actually like it.



I know its a long post but I just caught you up on everything in the last 60 days in the mobile world. Basically nothing exciting happened except the Galaxy Tab (carrier subsidized and expensive as hell unlocked and unsubsidized) and the Playbook (will be too late to the market to be relevant no matter how good it is). Apple refreshed their iPods and almost all changes were expected. The touch got two cameras both of which are less quality than the iPhone. The shuffle got its buttons from 2008 back (much needed change)and the Nano now looks like a shuffle with a touch screen and 40% of the functionality it had before. No camera, no video just a little iOS looking screen that can be a watch. Probably a good gym iPod but noting more.

Be easy people (for those who do read my nonsense, all 4 of you) and I'll drop some more news after fall CTIA.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Calling the BB 9800 a failure and the end of RIM



The title says it all. The RIM BlackBerry 9800 is a failure. The phone itself is the best BlackBerry ever made. But with the slew of Android phones on the market today and Apple's sometimes working iPhone 4, the 9800 is a failure. The 9800 will keep many current BlackBerry customers happy and completely stuck on BlackBerry. But what RIM needed was a phone that would make Android and iPhone customers to make the swap back to BlackBerry. The 9800 has a 624mhz processor when the industry standard is now 1ghz or more. The screen has the same resolution as the first BlackBerry Storm and because of these two shortcomings, I will call the BlackBerry 9800 a failure.

Currently, AT&T customers should be happy as hell to get a new device. The phone is a great blackberry, but it's not a great smart phone according to today's industry standards.

The way I see it, RIM has two more chances before becoming instinct. Everyone knows the Storm 3 is coming out soon. This has to be the ultimate consumer device. If the Storm 3 is anything less than a 1ghz, AMOLED or some sort of super OLED screen, RIM can crawl into a corner and die. OS6 is good enough for most consumers to consider it a quality OS. But without the processing power and screen to match current offerings from Google and Apple, RIM might as well close its doors.

The second chance RIM is putting BlackBerry Connect on Android phones. BB Connect is a service which used to run on Windows Mobile and Symbian phones before RIM stopped it about 2-3 years ago. This will allow Android customers the ability to use BlackbBerry Messenger (BBM) which is the only feature that keeps joe consumer on BB today. This would also allow enterprise users to have access to BlackBerry servers that are currently installed in many corporations today. As joe consumer, I know the only reason why I still carry a BB is because I love the features of BBM. Without BBM, I would use text messaging and IM clients on my Nexus one and forget about BB all together. It's a real shame because I was the biggest BB fan for years. Android leapfrogged BlackBerry and Apple in one jump and is now the market leader. 200k Android phones are activated daily, more than any other phone on the market today. Give Android another year and Apple will be chasing Google by a long shot.

Best phones on the market today:

HTC Evo 4G

Motorola Droid X
Motorola Droid 2
Samsung Galaxy S series (namely the Epic 4G)
Nexus One
Droid Incredible
Apple iPhone 4
T-Mobile G2

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

More bars in more places


Over the long holiday weekend, Apple had a press release to acknowledge the iPhone 4 reception issues. By now everyone has seen many videos that show the new iPhone 4 losing bars and dropping phone calls when held by the bottom left corner. Apple finally sort of told the truth when they said that they were using the wrong formula to show how many bars of service you were getting on an iPhone. Basically Apple skewed the amount of bars showing on the iPhone fooling people into thinking they were getting better reception than they actually were. Apple states that you may be getting two less bars of signal than what's displayed on the phone. When you thought you had 5 bars, you really only had 3 bars worth of signal. And by the time your phone showed 3 bars (average reception) you were actually at only 1 bar of signal and actually had bad reception. Anandtech.com has a great article explaining the whole "less signal than actually displayed" dilemma with the iPhone. Apple also states that it will make bars 1 and 2 bigger so they can be seen better. I guess if you have a crappy signal, you will be able to see that more clearly from a distance.

In summary, Apple and Steve Jobs answer to your iPhone 4 receptions issues is that "your holding it wrong." and "you don't have the signal you think you do." AT&T has been taking it on the chin for years about its network and now after 4 iPhones, Apple finally says that it's their fault. It's kind of messed up that Apple would let AT&T take the hit for years, and it's really eye opening that AT&T allowed Apple to place blame on them for years without sticking up for themselves. Never the less, the iPhone 4 will be the best selling phone ever. Apple lemmings will follow Steve Jobs every word and the world will still move on. If you actually have a brain and can think for yourself, go by an Android phone or a Blackberry. I personally prefer Android but either one is better than being a mindless lemming.

Apple press release
Anandtech.com

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Kin is dead


Microsoft's failed attempt of putting two lame phones into the the highly competitive cell phone market has failed. Microsoft tried to get people to buy two over priced, barely feature phones and get VZW to charge a premium as if they were full smart phones and they have failed. Why try to market a limited feature phone as a social networking phone and sell it as if it was a premium smart phone is beyond me. I'm glad the experiment is over.

Engadget

Apple fanboy come back!

This is getting funny.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Funny

One of the funniest things on the internet. Typical Apple lemming.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wow, and you thought the Nexus One had reception issues

Check the link. Yet another iPhone 4 problem. I think Apple and AT&T gave botched this one enough.

Yay, put the antenna in the frame of the phone for better reception. HaHa!

Link


Don't talk on the iPhone 4 with your left hand. You'll more than likely drop a call.

Shake them all live wallpaper

Pretty cool live wallpaper for android. Are you jealous even though you just got a new iPhone 4? Oh wait, your order got canceled? Never mind it just got delayed a few weeks.

Enjoy!





Yes, it is 100 degrees outside at 5pm.

How bad can Apple and AT&T screw up a phone launch



Pre-order process botched, stopped after just a few hours
Orders canceled
Wrong confirmation information
User and credit card info sent to the wrong people
Can't even pre-order the white phone
Release dates pushed back

And now the unbreakable glass which is 800 times stronger than diamonds or whatever BS Steve Jobs sold you can actually get scratched pretty easily.

But all you'll hear about in the main stream news is how they pre-ordered 600,000 phones and how great the display is. Steve Jobs, you're a pimp. I really want to be you.

PC mag
Engadget

Apple fanboyism at its best

Check out this skewed article from Apple Insider.

Damn near every advantage the iPhone supposedly has is because the article skewed the stats for the Android phones.

Knocking the EVO 4G because it has digital video out only??? WTF? Knocking a phone because it "only" has HDMI out? Amazon sells a mini HDMI cable for a whopping $1.17. $4 shipped to get HDMI out of your phone versus buying an expensive iPhone dock or adapter cable thing. Cheapest way I could find to get video out on a iPhone is a $12 adapter and then you still have to buy some RCA cables.

Hmmm, $4 for HDMI or about $15 for some RCA or composite cables??? I think I'll take HDMI.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Simple Mobile Review podcast

I'm moving on up in the tech world. Well, sorta........ I got a shout out on the Simple Mobile Review @SimpleMobileRev podcast. If you listen to "Attention to details" at about the 1 hour, 8 min 30 second point you will here them give a shout out to "Chris......., Let's give him a code name, "Skip" from Mobile Chaos. What the hell kinda mess is that? Skip??? Where did you get Skip from. They could have just called me Christopher like he was going to do or gave me the code name "Chaos". But it's cool. I got mentioned on a podcast for the second time ever. The first time was about 2 years ago when I sent an email to Football Today on ESPN and had it read during the podcast. The Raiders went on to suck once again and it kinda made my email pointless but it was cool none the less.

@SimpleMobileRev

@ChrisAshley_PM
@RodSimmons
@RIMarkable

Come on guys, make it right on your next podcast.



Monday, June 7, 2010

Everything old is new again...Cause Steve Jobs said so




Taken straight from Apple's updated iPhone page. 3 out of the 4 things they hype about the new iPhone 4 have been done before. The new screen is still pretty cool though.

Steve Jobs is a Pimp!



Steve Jobs is the pimp of all pimps. The iPhone 4 was introduced today as many of you may know and Jobs sold it as if he introduced the world to something new. Guess what people? The HTC EVO 4G is a better all around phone!

What exactly makes the EVO a phone? 8mp camera vs 5mp camera, WiFi tethering vs Bluetooth and cable tethering, Free open video chat over a cell network or WiFi vs iPhone to iPhone only video chat over WiFi only. The only feature the iPhone 4 has better is the screen, 960x640 vs 480x800. Will the common consumer notice? Probably not. Yay, finally one thing that's better.

Face it, Apple once again sold the world some shit and told them it was delicacy and Apple Fanboys will eat that shit up. Apple blows donkey balls, The new iPhone blows donkey balls, AT&T's network blows donkey balls and Steve Jobs is a pimp cause once again he marketed a product no better than whats already on the market but conviced everyone it's something new.

The Sprint HTC EVO 4G is a better phone with all the same features (and some better ones) as the new iPhone but it's on a better network, open OS, all its features work on the cell network or WiFi and its cheaper.

Another note that some of you may not know. AT&T will force you to change your data plan and get you on the $5 cheaper 2GB data plan and then make you pay another $20 to tether. With the HTC EVO 4G, you can root and tether for free with UNLIMITED data. You thought you were gonna keep your $30 data plan didn't you? You can keep the plan, just don't upgrade your phone. And don't stop your iPad $30 unlimited data plan either. Once you stop it, when you go back to sign up again, you'll only have the option of 200mb for $15 or 2gb for $25.

Thank you Steve Jobs! Now, I'll have to go another year hearing how your inferior product is better than anything on the market simply because it's made by Apple. Lemmings will shout and cheer how they have a great phone and excuse the fact that you can't make a phone call, email or text in any big city and get charged through the nose to use it. Thanks Asshole!

Friday, May 28, 2010

3G in Sierra Vista




How did this happen? With a population of only 50,000, lil old Sierra Vista got 3G officially yesterday. It started on Thursday when I was getting a couple random 3G signals on my phone. It would come and go and only give me 1 or 2 bars. Yesterday it did the same thing until about 4pm when it was turned on full time. Full 5 bars of 3G service on T-Mobile at my house. It sort helps that I have a cell tower about 150 meters from my house. It's still slow and barely better than EDGE but its better than nothing. I've only been averaging about .65mbps down and .45mbps up but on EDGE I was only averaging .20mbps down and .15mbps up. T-Mobile was officially the first cell phone carrier to bring 3G to Sierra Vista.

Sierra Vista, you're officially on the map.

Tethering

Tethering will be the next mobile innovation that will be in all future mobile phones. Tethering is a process of using your mobile phone signal to surf the net on another device. The second device could be anything from a laptop, iPad, iPod or even another cell phone if you wanted. Tethering can be done one of three ways; Wifi, USB and Bluetooth. The most convenient ways are WiFi and BT because you don't have to take your phone out of your pocket at all. Just set up the WiFi or BT link and leave your phone where its at and start surfing the web on your iPad. Tethering over USB is a bit more complicated because it will probably require some third party software to get it working.

The iPhone was supposed to get tethering back when OS 3.0 was announce. It was a big deal along with the ability to MMS from an iPhone. Steve Jobs sold everyone on the idea that MMS and tethering were new and coming soon. Well, a year later and MMS was introduced back in September 09 and there's still no tethering on the iPhone. It's been written into the iPhone software because its been available to other countries since Q4 09. Why hasn't Apple turned tethering? The answer is really simple. They haven't turned it on because it'll put even more of a drain on the AT&T network and they want to charge you for everything possible. If you could tether an iPhone to an iPad, why get a 3G iPad? Why pay an extra $129 for the 3G version and then $15/month for 250mb or $30 for unlimited when you could do it all through a tethered iPhone for free or whatever AT&T is going to charge which will be cheaper than any 3G iPad plan plus the extra $129 for the 3G version.

Is tethering new? Apple would like you to thing so, but in reality it's a technology that's been out for years. I've been tethering a blackberry for over 5 years now and I was able to do it on a BB 7290. T-Mobile doesn't charge any extra to tether and I've used it as cheap (slow) access to the internet while deployed to Iraq. The new Froyo (Ardoid 2.2 OS) has tethering built in and its probably only going to be available on the Nexus One more than likely. This phone is solely supported by Google and not restricted by carriers. Eventually tethering in Android will be allowed by carriers but I'm sure it will come at a cost. The Sprint HTC Evo 4G will have tethering for up to 8 devices but it will cost $30/month.

In summary, tethering has been out for 5 or 6 years to my knowledge but somehow in two weeks Apple will make all of its lemmings think its a technology that Steve Jobs himself invented a week ago.

Phones that have supported tethering before the iPhone:

Nexus One
Any Android 2.2 capable phone
Any Blackberry since 2004
Palm Pre plus and Pixi plus

And probably many more that I'm forgetting.

Steve Jobs, you're a pimp because you somehow managed to get millions of people to blindly follow your lead and take your word as if it came from God himself.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Welcome the new era of the front facing camera


The idea of a front facing camera is not a new one. Its not a new one by far. My old Nokia N900 had a front facing camera as well as many other phones.

Can Apple make the front facing camera popular? I believe they can. As much as I hate Apple and all their elitist practices, they can make the front facing camera popular. I will bet anyone that a front facing camera will be standard on all smart phones in 2011. I know this because it will be made popular by Apple. Apple has enough followers that when the iPhone 4G comes out in June, the front facing camera will be popular by August.

Do I agree with Apple idiots who will claim their iPhone is the greatest thing since sliced bread simply because Steve Jobs said it is? Hell no, I don't. But Apple has a big enough of a following to create a shift in the market. That shift will be the front facing camera. Sprint EVO 4G owners, don't worry, you made the front facing camera popular before Apple did. Steve Jobs is just pimp of the year and will piss in your cheerios and make you think you have a second rate phone. You don't......You still have the best phone on the market.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

iPad review

Do you need it? Want it? Or have to have it?

My answers to those questions is a loud and thunderous HELL NO! It's a great media consumption device and that's it. I sucks at anything productive.



This was supposed to be the first video blog before the accessories but youtube screwed me.

3 iPad accessories

Here are three products I use with my iPad. Well worth the money because they are all pretty cheap.



Business card holder
Wire Stand
Rubberized Cover

Screw you Apple for your elitist practices.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Why Blackberry is dead


Lets see if I can make this one short.

I have been a die hard BlackBerry fan for close to 5 years now but I have recently defected to Android. Plain and simple, Android does everything single mobile thing better than BlackBerry except for email and IM. Yes with Android you have the ability to use labels and archive and all that with Gmail but its not a simple interface. I can't mark all as read, delete more than one message at once or use keyboard shortcuts to compose, top, bottom reply or forward a message. I didn't think I'd miss these features but I do. BlackBerry also does IM better because most of the BB IM clients integrate with the messages app and its simple to read and reply to IMs.

Every single other aspect of Android is better than BB. All the apps look better, work better, feel better, games look better, widgets are better, app management is better, the market place is better, navigation is better, and best of all its all synced wireless back to your Gmail account. If I get a new soldier, I don't have to whip out my phone to add his or her number to my phone. I only have to open Gmail or Google Voice and add them there. Within minutes the contact is on my phone and fully functional.

Oh, and Google Voice is a killer app. Anyone who can get one, should.

RIM better come out with some quality touch screen phones and a wicked fast interface with BB OS 6 or they are dead in the water. BB will always rule the enterprise market where email is first and foremost. But among consumers, BB is dead last in innovation and user interface. BB step it up or every user that gets to play with an Android phone will be a defector.

Oh yeah, RIM put BlackBerry Messenger on every single mobile platform you can. This is the only app diehard BB users can't live without. Get BBM everywhere and you will make money everywhere.

Google a failure? Never


For my first post I wanted to talk about the latest internet rumblings that Google's "web only" sales model for the Nexus one is a failure as told by Simple Mobile Review.  It is really a failure or just a victim of its own success? I personally believe the later of the two simply because Android is the only operating system in the mobile market putting out new phones every 2-3 months. The Nexus One was the greatest Android phone on the market for the last 3 months but now its the HTC Incredible on Verizon. In about a month or so, it'll be the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint and the Dell Android phones after that. If you've purchased an iPhone 3Gs last year when they came out, you still have the latest Apple phone on the market. If you purchased a BlackBerry 9700 in Nov, you also have the latest and greatest BlackBerry on the market as well. Have a Palm Pre? Yup, you have the latest and greatest Palm on the market too. Do you have a HTC HD2? Well, I'm sorry you made that decision but you also have the best Windows Mobile phone until the holiday season comes around. You see, that's the only flaw in Google's sales model. They developed a great phone with HTC and it was HOT!!! But with an open OS, other companies can use your OS and put it on whatever the latest technology there is out there. Because of this, HTC was able to develop the Incredible and the EVO 4G, both of which are better than the Nexus One. No wonder Google decided to pull their online sales of the Nexus One. What customer would buy a Nexus One sight unseen from Google when you can buy a better Android phone from Verizon? Not only will you get the discounts from Verizon but you will also get better customer service from them as well.

Since the Holiday season of '09, Google/Android has had the Droid, Droid Eris, Nexus One, Incredible, and My Touch slide all released. In the next 2-3 months there will be the EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, and the Dell Aero phones. We'll excuse the Motorola devour, backflip, cliq, cliq XT and any other low end Android phone that has been released during the same 6 month period. How many BlackBerry's have been put out during that time? Zero (the Bold 9650 and Pearl 9100 will be out soon). How many iPhones have been out? Zero (well the one that was "left/stolen" at a bar in Cali purely for gossip and attention purposes). How many Palm's? Two, the Pre + and Pixi + which are old phones released with more memory on VZW and AT&T. How many Win Mo phones? One, the HD2 which promptly got everyone's feelings hurt when Microsoft said it wouldn't get Windows phone 7 series phone series [sic].

So is Google's sales model a failure? Hell no! Could they have made some changes to increase the sales tremendously? Hell yes! Put the phone in Amazon and in Best Busy stores and watch the sales go through the roof. Nerds and Geeks want a phone free from carrier restrictions. That was the major appeal of the Nexus One. The phone will get updates when Google pushes them out, not when a carriers drags their feet and say, "If we wait to push this update out, we can get people to upgrade to a new phone and increase our sales." Carriers have no incentive to push out any updates at all. They allow customers to want the latest and greatest apps which are all built and optimized for the latest OS's available and when they bitch about how slow their phone is, carriers just tell them to upgrade their phone. They can catch 4 out of 5 people with this same sales model. The 1 out of 5 are people who do know there is an upgrade available will do so and not have to complain about how slow their phone is.

In summary, Google, keep kicking ass and soon you will take over the mobile world by producing kick ass mobile products. Fine tune your sales model and get your devices in a few more people's hands in places like Best Buy and other mobile retailers and you'll eventually change the mobile market. With most carriers choosing LTE as their 4G solution, you're unlocked phone sales model will be the best thing on the market. Make it so I can go into a best buy and pick up a great "Google phone" that is backed by Google and unlocked so I can put it on any carrier and you'll have all of the Big 4 carriers shaking in their boots trying to figure out how to counteract the Google mobile giant.