Nokia was the leader in mobile web browsing with their S60 browser launched a couple of years ago and as Rafe at All About Symbian shows the S60 browser is still a strong competitor in the browser loading race. However, the iPhone 3GS shows that even the mighty iPhone 3G can be beat and sets the bar for default browser. Default browsers are not the only game in town though and Opera Mobile 9.7 with Turbo shows what can be done by a 3rd party on an open platform.
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.
Quickoffice was the first out of the gate with an Office suite for the iPhone and as you can see in my first take there were several issues that kept me from whole-heartedly recommending the application for everyone. The folks at Quickoffice have released a couple of updates and this latest 1.3 update, available now in the App Store, brings several features that now have Quickoffice being a fully complete and full featured product that I recommend everyone who needs Office support consider buying. There is also currently a sale on Quickoffice 1.3 so you can get it for just $12.99.
My mobile writing career really began with Geek.com back in 2001 when Chief Geek, Joel Evans, gave me the chance to write about the latest PDA. My first short post was actually about the HP 565 Pocket PC in August 2001. Joel and Sal asked me to participate in this week's Geek.com podcast and I had a great time sharing my thoughts on the latest gear and mobile news on Geek.com podcast 19. We covered several topics and I think the show sounds great.
The iPhone definitely sets the bar when it comes to a slick UI while devices like the Nokia N97 show that a manufacturer can pack it all into a single device and still not appeal to everyone. Here in this consolidated article I will take a quick look at the premier touch screen devices running each mobile operating system, even if that device has a keyboard as a major part of the device. You will see lots of articles comparing feature lists and people often shoot off to me that feature lists do not matter as much as the user interfacace. Do touch screen smartphone buyers have to pick one over the other or is there a mobile operating system and a device, or devices, that can give you both a slick UI along with all the latest specifications?
One of the slickest and most convenient functions of the Palm Pre (see my review) was the ability to sync seamlessly with Apple iTunes. As CNET reports, the latest iTunes 8.2.1 update breaks the Palm Pre iTunes synchronization. This wasn't really unexpected, but it is a bit disappointing if Apple created this update just to break the Pre sync capability. They could have just left it alone and let those few Pre owners enjoy and continue to purchase and support iTunes.
I took a look at both the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 and thought each were excellent devices at the time. The new RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 takes the best of both of these and provides Verizon Wireless and Sprint customers with an outstanding BlackBerry smartphone that is tough to beat when it comes to forward facing QWERTY devices.
All of the primary mobile operating systems have on-device application stores, except for Windows Mobile. We have been patiently waiting (we seem to do that a lot with Microsoft's Windows Mobile products) for the launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile and today we at least have some news that the launch is getting closer. Starting on 27 July, developers can submit applications to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile from 29 supported countries. The launch date is still vague with a time frame of Fall 2009, but at least it looks like it will launch with applications ready and available to download and install.
While I think the upcoming HandMarket Apps store on Windows Mobile device is looking great, I agree with Stacey over at GigaOM that carrier-branded and online distributor stores may present more confusion in the mobile application market and we could end up back where we started with several software distributors, except now on your phone rather than on the desktop. I think Apple is successful with the App Store because it is the only way to get apps on your iPhone/iPod touch and the process is made extremely easy for the consumer. Others are trying to model this success, but I don't think a fractured market is the way to do it.
Readers here know that I enjoy using Windows Mobile devices even though they don't seem to be popular with the crowd. Their Exchange support is fantastic and they are highly customizable. I was reading Smartphone Thoughts and thoroughly enjoyed the 16 minute YouTube video interview (embedded below) of Naughty by Nature's Vinnie Brown talking up Windows Mobile. It isn't that often that you hear famous people talking about Windows Mobile and after listening to Vinnie I think he knows as much about Windows Mobile as I do.
Apple kicked off the trend of on-device user friendly software stores with the App Store, but now just about every other mobile operating has one too (read our discussion on how they compare). Microsoft is the last one to the party with their upcoming Marketplace for Mobile, but we still have yet to hear of any release date for this service/application. Handmark is a developer and online retail location where other developers distribute their applications and they have taken Windows Mobile into their own hands (much like HTC does with the OS) and they are now beta testing Handmarket Apps with a planned launch date sometime in July.