Archive: August, 2010
If only Microsoft continued to innovate from the days of the Pocket PC, when the mere act of having a mobile computer in your hands was cutting edge. When using a stylus was cool, a PDA was just a PDA and Palm was king of the jungle. If only. The landscape has changed dramatically since then and the smart phone giants, Apple, RIM and Google have taken almost all of Microsoft’s market share, but alas Microsoft is back with Windows Phone 7, but can this new operating system bring back any glory. With the new giants on the block and Apple, RIM and Google miles ahead, only time will tell, but in the meantime let’s see what Windows Phone 7 is all about.
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Can Android cell phone growth continue with this blistering pace?
Research firm Gartner this month published reports which indicated that the Android platform has overtaken Apple’s iPhone as the world’s 3rd most popular smartphone operating system (OS) with 17.2% of the global smartphone market behind BlackBerry and Symbian (Nokia). In the US the Android OS was the number 1 smartphone OS in the US for the last quarter (Q2 2010). Worldwide sales of Android cell phones passed 10.5 million in the last quarter – that’s an astonishing 1300% increase over last year when sales were below 1 million. In 2 months, Android sales have risen from 100K per day to 200K per day, according to Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt.
Why you should care about Net neutrality?
So what exactly is net (Network) neutrality and what is all the fuss about? Well, in its most simple definition, it simply means that all internet traffic should be treated equally. So if you send me an email and I was surfing the web then your email won’t be treated any differently than my request for pages from the Globe and Mail for example. All traffic is treated the same way.
As the world’s leading handset maker, Nokia has yet to make any really strides in Canada and the U.S. At least as far as smartphones are concerned. Looking to capitalize on a recent string of impressive devices, Nokia hopes the N8 will be able to capture the attention of North American users with its’ latest smart phone. Read the rest of this entry »
Battle of the smart phone giants?
The race for smart phone market share and the hearts of the consumer has never been this heated, with Apple and RIM recently launching new devices – iPhone 4 and Torch 9800 respectively – and Android seemingly releasing a new smart phone every day. For customers there has never been a better time, competition in Canada appears to be heading in the right direction – albeit still early times – but smart phone penetration is increasing and innovation is rampant. With the enterprise market tapped out the name of the game is consumers and we are FICKLE. Yeah, I said it. So the reason for this post and the question we have been discussing in the office today is, is there room in the cell phone market for three giants the size of Google, RIM and Apple? It’s a valid question, because yesterday’s poster child of cell phones was Motorola with the Razr V3. Remember how hot, how revolutionary that phone was in terms of design and sheer sex appeal?
So can all 3 of these giants co-exist or will someone get the boot?
The HTC Desire has received positive reviews by Industry experts and those looking to get the latest HTC Smartphone will not be disappointed. Coming off the heels of the HTC Legend, the Desire looks to impress users with its improved ease of use and the new Sense UI. Strikingly similar to the Google Nexus One, with the exception of the trackball, the Desire looks to build on what has been a recent line of impressive smartphones. This can’t be too much of a surprise given that HTC is behind the Google branded smartphone. Read the rest of this entry »
A review of the new Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant
The Samsung Galaxy is now available to be explored in Canada. It was launched on Bell’s network on Aug 6 and it is likely to be exclusive to Bell until the end of Q3. This device is an impressive cell phone and it begs the question – is this the best Android phone in the market today? Let’s review the features and specs on this phone to answer that question.
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With Apple launching its iPhone 4 on July 30th in Canada and BlackBerry announcing the launch of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 last week, we have already received hundreds of questions about which device is better. One key thing to note, is that both devices showcase new operating systems – Apple’s iOS 4 and BlackBerry’s OS 6.0 – and off course there is the new hardware.
So here is the ultimate showdown – a side-by-side comparison – of Apple’s iPhone 4 versus BlackBerry’s Torch 9800.
Does the BlackBerry Torch satisfy?
In grand style, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 was unveiled in New York city on Aug 3 at the press conference that RIM hosted. And I can tell you everyone was excited to learn more about RIM’s latest cell phone. There were many questions, and these questions had a lot to do with user experience and BlackBerry’s lost ground to Apple and Android cell phones. Will this phone bring the BlackBerry Smartphone back info the conversation of the best smartphone on the market? Did the BlackBerry Torch redeem the BlackBerry…..the short answer is…….