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This week, I've had the opportunity to spend some time with the new DROID Incredible by HTC. Being an iPhone user myself, enslaved by AT&T, I look at the Droid (and Verizon) through the eyes of a newbie to the whole experience. From the moment I took this little Incredible piece of tech out of the box, I was blown away at what life could be like without an iPhone....not bad.
When Steve Jobs began to announce the new iPhone OS 4 features last week, the excitement was palpable. Years of anticipation finally realized with the addition of multitasking as well as other tent-pole features. That was the climate of the room until the very end when Jobs casually mentioned during the Q&A that many of those shiny new features you were just made to drool over were not going to be available on the iPhone 3G (so iPhone 3GS and newer only). At no point was our good 'ol metal battle ax iPhone (first generation) mentioned. Steve Jobs has now confirmed what many had assumed.
Its that time of year again when the new iPhone is just around the corner. Just before the summer of every year, the Messiah Jobs comes down from his mountain to bestow upon the land his latest gift to mankind. The groundswell of anticipation from the people below reaches deafening heights as June approaches. With all the anxious anticipation comes the plethora of educated predictions and "reliable sources" that foretell of the miracles that the latest and greatest will contain. The list seems ever-long, yet consistent. Rumors of a forward facing camera, HD video, higher resolution display, and multi-tasking are always at the top, accompanied with some believable-yet-bogus photoshopped image.
For the past few years, the mighty Toyota brand had taken a major bloodbath. The company which at one point could proclaim with a straight face they had "The Best Built Cars In The World", is now under worldwide scrutiny for its quality control and overall product safety. "Drive a Toyota. You'll Never Stop." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been a total of 52 confirmed deaths to date that can be linked to what is being dubbed: "unexpected acceleration" in their vehicles.
Our friends at Moto Labs have gone to great lengths once again to show scientifically what we already knew. Most mobile touchscreens are way behind the iPhone in their accuracy and sensitivity. Originally, using a simple test technique, their fingers, the team would slowly trace straight lines across the screens of each device using a basic drawing application. They said: "Results with straight lines indicate a high degree of sensor accuracy; less-precise sensors show the lines with wavy patterns, stair-steps, or both." Unfortunately, tech-nerds all over the internet were critical of this approach and demanded a more controlled data set. In other words don't use their stubby, Cheeto-dust covered fingers.
No you're not dreaming, Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store today. If the new app can survive Apple's cryptic and gauntlet like review process, it will be a big win for the millions of iPhone owners who have been left less than satisfied with their current browsing experience found in Safari. The Norwegian company claims its mobile browser is "fast like a rocket" and host to a long list of features that are sure entice you: browser tabs, page caching, text search, and history are at the top but the real secret to its reign over Safari is its compression engine.
Enjoying a nice evening in front of the TV last night, a Sprint commercial came on touting the ability to "Make Your iPhone 4G". Being a bit of an iWhatever junkie and a slave to AT&T, I was excited to say the least. I instantly went to their company site for more information. Once there, Sprint promises to "Turbo charge your productivity with an even faster Mobile Broadband connection". What black magic would allow you to escape the clutches of your 3G carrier? Sprint's Overdrive 4G mobile hotspot comes to the rescue!
Who says being green is for hippies anymore! Casio is the latest company to jump on the money train and "green-wash" its products with the introduction of the Pathfinder PRG110C-3. In addition to telling you how late you are for work, the watch sports an altimeter, barometer, thermometer and digital compass if you should ever find yourself flying an airplane and all the instruments suddenly fail.
The once king of mobile innovation has launched a new project called “Design by Community” whose sole mission is to dive deep in to the hearts and minds of handset users and tech junkies alike, worldwide, in hopes of one day regaining the mobile tech-throne. Using a slick new website, Nokia aims to collect feedback about the most preferred device characteristics users want in their next-gen smartphone.