I have now had two issues with the Nokia Ovi Store over the past couple of weeks and will no longer buy ANY application from the Ovi Store until I see some major improvements in how business is conducted and carried out. Andrew (and I) thought that the Ovi Store could actually rival the Apple App Store, but I see now that this is not going to happen anytime soon, if at all. The Ovi Store is a major failure, in my opinion, for a few reasons that I will discuss below and Nokia may want to think about going back to the drawing board and seeing what others are doing to get it right.
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.
As readers know I waited in line in Hawaii to pick up my Palm Pre and then followed up with my one week thoughts on using the device. I am a fan of Palm devices and even though the device has some issues and very few applications available I would have kept it to test out and explore Palm's WebOS if it was released on a GSM carrier. I would probably have even forked over the $75 monthly fee to keep it as a Sprint device if I was able to get decent Sprint coverage where I live, work, and play. I could have made due with the lack of coverage at my house with the use of WiFi, but I was not seeing good solid coverage in most every area where I commute and travel. Some of these coverage issues may also be related to the device as I was seeing it bounce between no coverage to full coverage in places that were close together.
One of the more impressive devices I had a chance to see at CTIA in April was the HTC Snap. Today T-Mobile USA announced that the HTC Snap will be coming to T-Mobile as the T-Mobile Dash 3G and serve as the successor to the very popular T-Mobile Dash. THe T-Mobile Dash was the smartphone that had my wife switch to the Windows Mobile platform and never look back and she actually went through three of them. I imagine I will have to pick one of these new Dash 3G devices up for her when they are released in July too.
I updated my iPhone 3G this morning as soon as the update became available. Everything seemed to go without a hitch and all of my content, apps, and settings appeared to transfer over just fine. However, when I tried to check email, surf the Internet, or perform anything require a data connection I received the following error pop-up, "Could not activate cellular data network: You are not subscribed to a cellular data service." The thing is, I do pay AT&T $30 per month for my wireless data service so I am indeed subscribed to a cellular data service.
Today is the day that all of us existing iPhone owners will be able to upgrade to the iPhone 3.0 OS. I waited up until midnight last night with a bit of hope that Apple would turn on the update just as we pased midnight Pacific time, but that didn't happen. The talk around the Internet is that the update should go live at 10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time. In the meantime, to get you prepped on what to expect with your 3.0 update The iPhone Blog put together a detailed iPhone 3.0 software walk through that I highly recommend you check out.
Search has become one of the main functions people perform on their mobile devices and I know I use all of mine for this on a daily basis. With the finger friendly touch UI on the iPhone, it was just a matter of time before companies started rolling out iPhone-friendly optimized search applications. Taptu was announced today and is available for free in the App Store (iTunes link).
Today, RIM announced and confirmed all the rumors regarding the BlackBerry Tour device that will be coming to North American CDMA carriers this summer. CrackBerry.com has a full hands-on review that gives you all the details on this latest messaging device from RIM. Verizon Wireless has their BlackBerry Tour site up and running.
I ended my Clash of the Touch Titans series at the end of April and may be looking at forward facing QWERTY phones soon. However, there is another form factor that is popular with Windows Mobile that Nokia just added and that is the slider QWERTY device. HTC is rolling out the Touch Pro2 while the Nokia N97 is being launched worldwide as well. I currently have both of these devices in hand and wanted to offer up some thoughts on how they compare since they have so many similarities. Check out the image gallery for some comparisons and the videos of each device that go along with my thoughts below.
The Nokia E71 (see my review) is one of my all time favorite Nokia devices and is a work powerhouse. There are a few issues that I compromise on and with the announcement of the Nokia E72 it looks like Nokia has fixed each of these issues. The major improvements in the E72 over the E71 are a 5 megapixel camera, use of a standard 3.5mm headset jack vs. a 2.5mm headset jack, excellent Nokia Messaging application (like the one found on the E75), digital compass, and other improvements. It should be available in the 3rd quarter of 2009 for an estimated retail price of $488.
One limitation on the iPhone that has always kept another device in my gear bag ready to go is the lack of ability to create or edit Microsoft Office Word documents. Just over a month ago, Quickoffice launched their Office-compatible product and I bought it right away. It is a solid product, but has a couple of annoying issues (lack of iPhone predictive keyboard support, awkward connection method, etc.) that had me hoping for something more. DataViz did just that for Word documents and launched the outstanding Documents To Go product for the iPhone. They set the bar with this product as it gives you just about everything you need for mobile Word document creation, editing, and viewing. They also took it a bit further and have a product (Documents To Go with Exchange Attachments) that lets you download, edit, view, and resend Word documents from within the application. An Excel spreadsheet product is under development and will be provided for FREE to all customers who buy the Documents To Go product. I was also blown away by the low introductory price of $4.99 and $9.99 (for product with Exchange attachments support), given that I have paid $50 in the past for the Documents To Go product on Palm and BlackBerry devices. I also just recently paid $20 for the Google Android Documents To Go product and it is easy to see that the iPhone pricing model definitely impacts prices that developers can set for products. Check out over 80 product screenshots in my image gallery to see if the product meets your needs.