• Samsung captivate

    I am playing around with this Android phone to get familiar with with the Google side of phones. I have owned an iPhone since the 3G and have been interested in Android for a while.

    I have installed some of my common applications and my sim card and the testing has begun. I guess the first question is to root or not to root? Especially since at&t has blocked apps not in the official marketplace which rules out swype which is an amazing application for text entry.

    The keyboard seems to be missing my voice entry as well. Time to customize this beast.

    Edit: I have found swype and the android keyboard in the settings menu.

  • Streaming Home PC to iPhone

    Are users moving back toward terminal-type ‘dumb’ devices that pull most of their content and applications from a server on the Internet? Are we moving all the processing and power needed to run applications, play games and handle intense computing to somewhere else? Having inexpensive ‘dumb’ devices that will reach a wider audience who keep their whole life synced between any device with a login. Data backup will be handled by someone else, software updates will happen without us needing to do anything and storage will become a lot less important.

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  • Apple’s iPad Tablet

    I’ve finally been able to play around with one for more than a minute and really like what I’m seeing. I’ve loaded some comic book applications, created a VPN connection to a remote network and used RDP to access a server there. Not the quickest, but a lot of fun to do. The native iPad apps are really the ones that are the most fun to use.

    I’ve wanted to use a good touch screen interface for a computer for a long time and even tried my hand at previous versions of Linux and Windows and finally someone has created a nice toy to fill that void.

    Now if Google can get some great Android run tablets out so we have something to compare this thing against.

  • iPhone OS 4.0

    I’m pretty amazed at the changes they announced for the next iPhone OS release. I am especially excited about multitasking, folders to organize my apps, mail being able to use multiple exchange accounts and better encrypt data and iBooks which didn’t make sense to me it wasn’t on the iPhone. I’m a little sad that a 3GS is needed to fully take advantage of the new features and that a new phone hasn’t been announced yet. Everyone guesses June, July or December 12, 2010. My iPhone 3G really could use an update.

    I like that the iPhone is not standing still while Android is improving their phone operating system. I love choices and it’s even better that we have two great systems to choose from. I still think Android and their voice to text is amazing and worth the price of admission.

    I enjoyed the HTML 5 comment during the iAd demonstration. I hope the HTML 5 standard really takes off. Flash just isn’t built for mobile devices and tablets. It’s also time for more voice interaction and great touch interfaces. (Even YouTube is experimenting with it http://www.youtube.com/html5.)





  • Touch tablet and services

    I hope this isn’t too scattered a post for you to follow.

    I am putting myself in the Apple iPad will be a great device that has the great possibility to move us closer to where I’d like to see technology. It’s like the future has arrived and just needs the correct apps. (I haven’t forgotten that Android will be running on tablets and am very excited to see them get released.)

    Tablets allow comfortable consumption of the Internet. Apples iPad is a great example of the future thinking at apple. They pulled the floppy before anyone else and added USB early as well. Now they bank on an Internet with HTML 5 feeding content instead of proprietary flash. The Internet is already beginning to shift and it’s only a matter of time before major sites handle mobile and tablet touch content with ease. More or all websites formatted to fit on tablets as well as computers would be a great boon to access for everyone as a tablet could be more affordable. Just think of freely available wi-fi in the cities and a sub $500 device to access the Internet.

    I welcome the change from our clunky mouse and keyboard to touchscreen being adopted. The android has speach search and text entry along with Google Googles for photo search. These technologies are still in their infancy but are improving every day. Add Google voice and it’s ability to convert voice mails to text and we are beginning to see the future.

    Microsoft seems to be falling behind as they try to keep their products tied to the past for ease of use as people don’t need to relearn. Apple gives us sexy and a cool trick to entice us to give up time to learn a new way of interacting with our devices. Bringing us closer to a natural great experience.

    I hope patents don’t end up killing or slowing down great devices and interfaces in the future. It’s nice to get used to a method of interacting with a tablet device and have other ones that are able to respond in a similar way. Just think if a steering wheel was patented and all other manufacturers had to use other ways to operate a vehicle?

    Accessories make a device

    Apple has created a familiar platform and consistency which is great if you like what they offer. There are also a huge selection of accessories that can be used on the iPhone OS and the connection is the same making one accessory usable by all iPhone phones and iPod touches. Just look at how many clock, speaker units are available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Sure there’s a lot of crap out there, but there is a good selection and the good stuff sticks around while the crud goes away. That same selection of options just isn’t there for the Android (yet? I hope.) devices and I the number of different devices running different version just isn’t going to help the situation.

    While I enjoy the Android operating systems (especially the newest 2.1) and it’s open and available platform. Apple has given a unified platform that companies can create accessories for the whole Apple market. While they need to create multiple accessories for the scattered Android market and it’s many devices and versions (1.5, 1.6, 2.0 & 2.1). While I love the openness of Android the simplicity and availability of accessories for iPhone and iPod touch show what can happen with a common, dare I say “standard” device.

    I’m curious to see if Android evolves into a few very similar devices so we can get some clocks, speakers and whatnot to plug the device into. Perhaps they will take huge advantage of a bluetooth interface so the connector isn’t as important. Just have a docking station nearby to provide power and you can stream your data, music or whatever to a set of speakers, clock, computer or other device.

    I guess I’m just hoping to have a great mobile device and some killer accessories to do all that I’d like to.

  • Carry less and have more

    A device needs to fit your life and it’s hard to really know without doing a lot of research and getting some time to try a device out. There is a huge difference between seeing something and really being able to test it with your own data and accounts. See what it’s like to read some books, listen to some music, watch a movie or TV show, make a call, deal with some emails and handle online social media sites.

    I am reminded of how much I loved when I got my iPhone as it consolidated my devices into one. One device that can do so much. It doesn’t do everything great, but it does it and a lot of times easily and without much or any hassle.

    I am an iPhone owner and enjoy it for many reasons. Syncing with iTunes for music and episodes of TV shows I have purchased is great. I have a good amount of pictures and can bring one up and show someone at a moments notice. Digital comics and books are great to kill some time and I have them with me all the time. Email, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and WordPress are nice to access on the go as well.

    So as I’m trying out an Android 1.6 phone to get some actual time using it day to day I’m finding out more about my daily mobile device usage. Which brings me around to what I consume while on my phone (movies, ebooks, comics, twitter, facebook, flickr, email from three accounts and calls).

  • Android 1.6 first experiences

    Two days using an android phone and I’ve experienced a dead battery and a pretty responsive phone. I am used to the iPhone interface and most of the first hours of use is just getting used to the differences between these two phones. It’s always fun to kill a battery due to the increased use of a new device.

    Purchasing applications is much the same the iPhone’s app store except this is tied to my Google account. One more step to owning everything about me I suppose. I very much enjoy the integration of gmail, maps, chat and other Google services. Google docs would be an awesome addition.

    I’ve downloaded a couple games and a Google map update. I haven’t setup all the services I currently use on my iPhone regularly and am very curious about an apples to androids comparison.

    Email lets me set labels and archive email while I check in on the phone which is really nice. I have the Google application on my iPhone, but it’s nice to just have it in the default email application.

    I’ll be testing out some phones with Android 2.1 in the next Month or so and will update my thoughts at that time.