Archive for the ‘Mobile Devices’ Category
It took me almost a month to set up my Wi-Fi access when I got my Thunderbolt. I get the fauxG speeds at my house, so I wasn’t exactly in a hurry to get it done. In that first month of usage I used nearly 4GB of data on my phone. In the 2 months since I added my Wi-Fi network I’ve used less than 1GB on the fast fauxG pipes each month.
Well, I’m all done saving Verizon’s bandwidth.
I’ve gone over 5GB of data a few times with VZW and never gotten a charge or a warning, but I always used Wi-Fi because of the speed difference over 3G. Travel usually gets me, but I never wanted to be a bandwidth hog, until now.
There have been three models of the Playbook announced even though none have been released. It isn’t going to run Android apps. But it will because RIM doesn’t have any native apps to run on it. It won’t have native email, calendar and contacts. But it will because RIM is really catching all kinds of hell for not thinking to have these apps completed for the first release. Laughable.
RIM was at CES with their little vaporware tablet and there was a lot written about what they were saying. I can’t recall a single article that quoted anyone from RIM stating that the Playbook won’t ship with email, calendar or contacts but those apps will ship later. On the contrary, not much was said about these missing features at all. Now comes word that this vaporware tablet that has had 3 models announced but none released WILL get native contacts, calendar and email.
I made a point yesterday that I love webOS but there is a key point that I left out of my missive and that is sharing. My ideal webOS tablet and phone combination would have the ability to share freely between the two devices and not just sharing the 3G connection. PreCentral’s source says this is coming and if it is I can’t wait.
If I’m reading or responding to an email how great would it be to hit a button on your phone and have that email pop up on your tablet? Editing a spreadsheet on your small phone and would rather use the tablet? Hit the button. Just looked up something in the browser on your tablet but need it on your phone to take with you? You get the idea, hit the button.
There are lots of use cases where this type of instant device switching would make perfect sense. I don’t have an iPhone but my wife does and her iPad doesn’t even realize that her iPhone is in the room let alone have any ability to access or share data that is stored on it. I can’t imagine that the Xoom will have any ability to connect to and share files on my Droid let alone have a click to send feature.
I think that over time this could extend to all types of content like movies, music and photos. Perhaps the devices will ship with all of these options built in to the first version. Who knows for sure at this point but the Palm Foleo always looked interesting to me, if only it weren’t so far ahead of it’s time and made for a line of smartphones that had so clearly lost all momentum. With webOS and HP now in the picture Palm can mostly start over and features like sharing are a great add on to what is IMHO the only really competition to the iPhone OS.
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I thought this was a joke at first but it isn’t. Here is a showdown between two unreleased products:
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I don’t really dig into the iPod vs >insert music player here< battles because there really is no right or wrong side of the coin. You love your iPod, or you love your iRiver or whatever else and that is all that matters. I do however read all of the hype about convergence between cell phone and music player and how the iPod will lose dominance to the music enabled phone. One word. Thirteen letters. FORGETABOUTIT!
I have a music enabled Treo. Not a single song loaded on it. I have a music enable LG something or other. Not a song loaded on it. I just got a music enabled Razr for my personal phone. I won’t load a song on it. My wife and daughter just got music enabled Samsung phones. Neither of them will load a song. Why not? After all there were 10 times more music phones sold last quarter than iPods and I have a total of 7 of them if you toss in my son’s phone. No. No. No.