I am not a MobileMe subscriber because I found I never used it when I did subscribe back when it launched. If you have an iPhone there is a new service called Find My iPhone that provides you with ways to track a lost iPhone. I just read this real-life story of how a lost iPhone was recovered, but do not recommend people take this much direct action to recover a lost iPhone. Remember, it is just a phone and can be replaced and even wiped clean too.
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.
Jason Hiner earlier posted on his buying decision between the iPhone 3G S and Palm Pre and as this blockbuster smartphone Summer kicks off I imagine that many prospective buyers will be looking at the available choices. Fellow MoTR podcast co-host James Kendrick actually owns the flagship device from each of the four major US wireless carriers and posted his thoughts on which phone/carrier combo would he choose that I think you should also check out as you look for a new smartphone. I'll offer my opinion as well since I have tried these devices and carriers as well. As you will see the choice for each personal is highly dependent on their carrier signal strength and performance in the location where they live and work.
Now that the iPhone 3G S is out and available half of the premium smartphones coming to us this Summer are ready for people to purchase and try out. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G is coming next month, the HTC Touch Pro2 devices should be coming in July too, and the BlackBerry Storm 2 will be coming at some unknown date. We do have the Palm Pre, iPhone 3G S, and Nokia N97 and I personally purchased all three of these devices with one being returned so far. One of my evaluation criteria for a smartphone is its ability to work with my Exchange account. Windows Mobile sets the bar for Exchange support since Exchange is a Microsoft client and this is one area where Windows Mobile does things right. A bit surprisingly, the new iPhone 3.0 OS found on the iPhone 3G S offers the second best Exchange experience with only one thing left to add for me to be truly happy and no longer reliant on a Windows Mobile phone.
I thoroughly enjoy using my T-Mobile G1 Google Android device on the T-Mobile network (see my full review) and find the keyboard to be a fantastic mobile QWERTY keyboard. I was pleased to hear T-Mobile USA announce early this morning that the second Google Android device will be coming to the network in July. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G does not have a QWERTY keyboard, but it does have an upgraded interface and some additional features over the T-Mobile G1. This is the T-Mobile USA branded HTC Magic device. The myTouch 3G also will be available in three colors; black, white, and merlot.
Earlier today, I described by early line experience and if you saw my Tweets I was pretty angry at the time after waiting for four hours in line and not having that wait time considered at all by Apple. I am a sucker for shiny new phones though and couldn't resist, so I headed over to another Apple store at Southcenter at lunchtime to find there were only about 15 people in the coach (non-reserved line) and another 12 or so in the first class (reserved) line. I was able to speak with someone now that I was calm and collected and found out what the issue was with pre-authorization and pre-ordering. I then waited approximately 45 minutes to get through the line and into the store where I went through the buying process.
Apple changed their policy and methods for getting an iPhone 3G and it may be ticking off some customers because the process is not clear and creates a division in the people who lined up to buy the latest iPhone. Unfortunately, I was one of those who experienced the problem and even now cannot figure out how to "properly" preorder an iPhone. I think of myself as a pretty tech savvy guy and if you read through this email and went through a different process would you please leave a Talkback or email me so I can try to see where the process fell apart for me.
Yes, I am in line yet again for a new smartphone. The funny thing is that I was not planning to line up for the Palm Pre or this current iPhone 3G S just two weeks ago. I couldn't resist the Pre with my business trip to Hawaii and desire to get some good hands-on time with the Pre. I was able to sell my iPhone 3G for a good price on Craigslist yesterday that makes this iPhone 3G S a fairly inexpensive upgrade and after reading several reviews I think I will really appreciate the updated camera, faster speed, and longer battery life (I still want Pandora to stream in the background though Apple). People used to sleep outside for days for concert tickets (maybe they still do) and I see these smartphone lines as nothing really different. The original iPhone was the first time I stood in line and now it has become something of a geek tradition with my 3rd iPhone line.
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.
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.