I previously wrote how I was baffled by the excitement surrounding the Google Android Nexus One smartphone and now that we have the pricing information (thanks Gizmodo) my understanding that this was just another T-Mobile Google Android device was correct. The only difference here between the T-Mobile G1 and the Nexus One is that Google will somehow be selling it to people rather than letting you go to a T-Mobile store and pick one up. The price should be $530 for unsubsidized, no contract plans and $180 with a 2-year contract and minimum $80/month plan. Unfortunately, those of you T-Mobile customers like me with a Family Plan only have the option of paying the $530 price. While the hardware upgrade is nice, without a QWERTY keyboard and a low subsidized price I will be passing this one up.
Smartphones and Cell Phones
It seems everyone in business has a smartphone today to keep connected to the office and enjoy their time away from the office. Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile phones sporting iOS, Android, Wi
Matthew Miller started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since.
Palm Pre and Pixi owners received a late Christmas present last night in terms of the webOS 1.3.5 firmware update that weighs in at just 13MB. I no longer have a Palm Pre, but make sure to head over to PreCentral.net to check out all the details of the upgrade. The upgrade is available for both webOS devices, the Pre and Pixi, but is currently limited to the US model of the Palm Pre.
I have used a couple of BlackBerry devices over the past few years, but never have fully embraced one as my primary device. That said, I think they are pretty incredible devices that meet the needs of millions and enjoyed this in-depth article at Engadget looking at ten years of the BlackBerry. It sure brings back the memories seeing those RIM pagers and early BlackBerry models that so many people swore by. BlackBerry devices today appeal to both the enterprise customer and consumer as I have personally seen in my life
I picked up a T-Mobile G1 back when T-Mobile launched the device in late 2008 and wrote my most extensive review ever on the device. I still have my G1 and after using lots of different Android devices I still like it because the keyboard is one of the best on mobile phones and the device is still very capable. I just read some great news for those of us who still own a G1 and that is we may see an Eclair Android 2.x update soon.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday and in the spirit of celebrating the birth of Jesus I wanted to update you on the Soulbyte product that I wrote about in the summer. Soulbytes are compilations of Scripture verses paraphrased in today's language with a selection of modern music genres that play in the background. The news this week is that have released an iPhone-optimized version of their site that you can find at m.soulbyte.com. You will find a landing page with a bunch of different categories that you then select and choose from different music background choices to listen to
I've written a couple of times here on the blog about the fact that I have been using an evaluation Nokia N900 since October with my loan period expiring in January. I have been focusing on writing up a TON of posts as I created the Definitive Nokia N900 Guide to give my Nokia Experts readers all the details on this extremely powerful device. As a Christmas present to you kind readers here on my ZDNet blog I decided to also post a full review of the Nokia N900 for you all to unwrap and enjoy. You may want to start with my image gallery, move down to my video, and then read the details about my experiences with the device. At the very end of this review you will find out exactly what I think of the device after using it quite heavily these past two months.
A couple of months ago LG stated they would be bringing a large number of Windows Mobile devices to market and they caught me a bit off guard with the very first 1GHz Snapdragon device to launch in the US with the LG eXpo on AT&T. This Windows Mobile 6.5 device is available for only $199.99 after rebates and contract and will have an optional Pico projector pack for $179.99 if you want to give presentations on the go. As you can see on the AT&T site this is quite a device and I will have to swing by my local AT&T store to check one out.
As we wrap up 2009, I wanted to put together another one of my reference posts that looks at the devices I have reviewed over the past year, along with some fun awards for the devices I had the chance to try out. You can check out my 2008 year in review post and see what I thought about the mobile phone world at that time. It was interesting to see that a whopping five of my top ten most viewed blog posts for 2009 were part of my Clash of the Touch Titans series with other top posts being my reviews of the Sprint HTC Hero, HTC HD2, and RIM BlackBerry Tour.
I am amazed that there has been so much chatter on Twitter and the Internet over the "Google phone" these past few days since there is nothing new here and all it looks to be is an upgraded piece of hardware that was fully expected. Sascha Segan posted exactly what I feel about the Google phone and rather than write up my same thoughts I highly recommend you read his latest column explaining why this device is NOT a game changer, iPhone killer, savior to the US smartphone market.
A couple of months ago Nokia filed suit against Apple for using 10 wireless technologies they patented without compensation. It looks like Apple is getting into the holiday spirit by countersuing Nokia stating that Nokia is infringing on 13 Apple patents. There are no details yet on what those 13 patents pertain to so we will have to keep an eye out to see what Apple believes Nokia took from them. I wonder how hard Apple had to dig to find more patents than Nokia accused them of stealing?