Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners have now downloaded applications more than 1 billion times in the nine months that the App Store has been live. Anyway you slice it, that is a fantastic achievement. According to a well written TechCrunch article that works out to an average of about 27 apps per device. I personally have downloaded over a hundred different apps and some more than once so I probably account for at least a couple hundred downloads myself. There are still a few problems with the App Store and with something over 32,000 apps in the App Store it is a daunting task to find apps you need or want to try.
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.
Zack forwarded me a link to a rather interesting BBC News item on how the EU is setting caps on text messaging, data roaming, and voice calls. As a US wireless carrier subscriber I was a bit surprised to read that government officials are able to set maximum limits wireless carriers in the European Union can charge their subscribers for services. While these are limits, I imagine that carriers will try to secure subscribers by seeing who can get the furthest under this cap while still being profitable.
I just read a post over on The iPhone blog that links to the Read Write Web article on smartphone applications. Read Write Web states that the iPhone is king, smartphones are the new laptops, and iPhone applications can and do make money. The data shows that the iPhone is clearly and undisputably the king when it comes to mobile applications. The quality and content of the apps are the main reason I use my iPhone from time to time because the phone itself lacks functions I find much better on Windows Mobile and S60.
I posted my first impressions of Quickoffice for the iPhone and am happy to report that the folks at Quickoffice are continuing aggressive development to improve the application. I received word that an update has been submitted to the App Store with a few key fixes.
This is the final article in my Clash of the Touch Titans articles after taking a look at the iPhone 3G 3.0 and the Palm Pre, HTC Magic, BlackBerry Storm, and Samsung OmniaHD. The iPhone, Pre, Magic, Storm, and OmniaHD all have capacitive touch screens while this last contender, the HTC Touch Diamond2, has a resistive touch display. As I wrote before, I laid out what we know of the iPhone 3G with 3.0 OS operating system in my first article so I won't repost all of that content here. I will run through each section for the HTC Touch Diamond2 and then offer my personal thoughts on how it compares to the iPhone 3G with 3.0 OS update on the last page of this feature. Next Monday I will post a wrap-up post that includes a spreadsheet comparing all five of these devices in simple to view format.
The Nokia E71 is one of my favorite devices (check out my review) and I was pleased when Nokia revealed that AT&T would be carrying this device. I had a chance to get some hands-on time with it at CTIA and a tipster sent me all the user guides and information on the device to be posted on my Nokia Experts site. If you visit my post there you will find the full User Guide, Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and more, including an image that shows the E71x should be launched on May 4th.
The iPhone is one of my favorite mobile devices, but the lack of Office document support is a bit limiting for those of us who need a device that lets us view, edit, and create documents and spreadsheets on the go. I was quite excited after seeing Quickoffice for the iPhone at CTIA. I talked with them about the upcoming product and some future updates already underway for the application. I have been checking iTunes regularly and finally saw it appear in the App Store so I went out and purchased it. Quickoffice is composted of Quicksheet, Quickword, and Quickoffice Files and you can actually purchase them separately if you like. After a couple hours of usage, I have to say Quicksheet is quite good and Quickword needs a couple of immediate updates. The application still shows how other mobile platforms are far ahead of the iPhone in some important areas (file structure/access and Office document support). Check out my image gallery for screenshots.
I had a chance to sit down with the Quickoffice folks at CTIA and was extremely impressed with the application. Since you can never tell when applications will appear in the App Store I have been checking it every day and searching for Quickoffice. I was pleased to finally see it appear in the App Store (iTunes link) and immediately purchased it and installed it on my iPhone 3G. I will have a walk through video and review with several screenshots up as soon as I get a chance to spend more time with the application, but wanted to let you all know about it now so you could try it out too.
I was getting all excited after reading about the upcoming T-Mobile 21 April event with just about everyone thinking it was going to be an Android launch event. I flew from Seattle to NY for one day for the G1 launch, but was not going to make the same trip for a G2 launch. Speculation then turned to a BlackBerry launch because RIM will be in London that same day for another event with T-Mobile. I received my invite today and can confirm it is a T-Mobile Sidekick Social Club event focused on the new Sidekick LX.
My first wireless data device was the first T-Mobile Sidekick and I was pretty excited to be able to quickly bang out emails and instant messages on the device. T-Mobile just announced the latest and greatest Sidekick, the Sidekick LX, that will be the first 3G-enabled, GPS-toting Sidekick device that is still heavily focused on messaging and communications. It will be available in orchid and carbon colors and have several improvements over existing Sidekick devices. One of those improvements includes Exchange ActiveSync support so the Sidekick LX will actually be a device that could be used by the business user.