Friday, October 26, 2007

Free My Phone (by Walt Mossberg)

Here's a link to an opinion piece titled "Free My Phone" by Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg. Everything he points out is dead on, and as a consumer, I can't wait for things to change for the better.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Third Party Applications on the iPhone

According to Apple's website, Steve Jobs officially announced that there will indeed be 3rd party apps for the iPhone (possibly coming in February 2008). Finally!

Third Party Applications on the iPhone

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.


P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch. [Oct 17, 2007]

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Symbian S60 platform brings it closer to iPhone

Check out this new video clip on YouTube about the new S60 platform for Nokia and other Symbian based handsets. It's looking like the iPhone is finally getting a run for its money.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

My experiences with the iPhone

I finally bought an iPhone! Here are list of pros and cons that I have experienced thus far.


  • Mobile Safari web browser using Wi-Fi or EDGE. You can surf the web just as on a desktop, or you can go to iPhone specific sites that really customize the web browsing experience.
  • Everything you can find in an iPod, plus a mobile phone.
  • The thin form factor and profile is elegant and makes it feel like you're holding something luxurious.
  • Photos taken from camera are surprisingly good. Viewing photos on an iPhone is a joy.
  • Syncing all your songs, podcasts, photos, contacts, and calendar with iTunes is a breeze and brain-dead easy.
  • Wi-Fi Music Store. This is really a long time coming. Basically, if you happen to be at a coffee shop (i.e. StarBucks), and you like a song thats playing there, you can connect to the Wi-Fi Music Store and purchase it on the spot. To me, thats the future of how people will discover new music instead of traditionally on the radio.
  • An active iPhone hacker community.
  • No GPS. The Google Maps application is great, but without GPS you need a copilot with you when you are driving in order for it to work. Plus, it doesn't cache any of the maps. So if you are in an area without any network connectivity, you are pretty much hosed.
  • No wireless sync. This is something that Zune2 got right.
  • Can't record video.
  • No real 3rd party apps (no access to local storage and other advanced hardware features). UPDATE: See later post about Steve Jobs change of heart.
  • No disk mode. Basically, you can't use it as a flash drive as you used to be able to do with the iPod video.
  • Have to pay an extra $0.99 for a ringtone version of a song that you purchased at the iTunes store already. Ringtone maker won't work with MP3s or AAC files that you ripped from CDs.
  • No external battery. Must recharge.
  • Headphone jack is not compatible with other head phone makers. Duh!
  • Locked only to AT&T service provider for 2 years. There is a simple work-around to choose the Go-Phone Prepaid plans that have no contract obligations. Just make sure to call 611 to cancel automatic monthly refills, and you'll have a really expensive Go-Phone in your hands.
  • Apple and AT&T are becoming NOT so consumer-friendly. Just lookup the all the bad rap they are getting with their intentional "bricking" of iPhones and the really bad AT&T customer service.
Ok. There are more cons than pros, but that's the price you pay for being an Apple fanboy. For an alternative smartphone go check out the Nokia N95 8GB version. At the moment, its not available in North America and the price tag is $200 more than an iPhone.

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