It is pretty amazing watching the growth of the Apple iPhone in the worldwide smartphone market and the latest Canalys Q3 2008 report shows that Apple is now number 2. Nokia continues to lead with a large percentage, but others are catching up fast. There is also some encouraging news for U.S. smart phone fans, like myself, as the numbers show the smartphone market in the U.S. has doubled since last year.
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.
I was reading the new article on the New York Times related to using your mobile phone for shopping comparison functions that may save you money and in the end even help offset the cost of your new smartphone. In particular, the T-Mobile G1 has a couple of bar code scanning/shopping comparison applications available to help you get the best price. While the G1 is getting all of the attention for this capability, there are also other shopping applications that may be quite helpful that require you to enter search terms using your phone's QWERTY keyboard or keypad.
My T-Mobile SIM continues to live in my G1 Google Android device (see my review) and I continue to be impressed with the Google integration and Gmail functionality. There are more and more third party applications appearing and I am liking the web browser more and more as I get used to the navigation methods. I just read on Ars Technica that the G1 has been jailbroken by those hard working developers over on the XDA Developers site. It is still early in the process and not everything has been made simple yet so if you are not adventurous then you should probably hold off performing the process.
I keep going back to placing my AT&T SIM into the Nokia E71 because it is such a powerful and slick smartphone. In the last couple of days a few new and updated applications were released for S60 that I just added myself and wanted to share with you all. A new social application from Nokia, a new piece of integration with Ovi appeared, and a powerful Office suite was updated.
I read through Josh's hands-on with the BlackBerry Bold and am disappointed I missed the FedEx guy by 2 hours before leaving town for the week. However, I am seriously thinking of swinging by an AT&T store on the road to pick one up for myself. If you are thinking of the Bold I read on Michael Gartenberg's site that you can even pick one up for FREE at Wal-Mart (after US$199 rebate and new contract). We usually see these devices drop to free on Amazon after a month of so and it is a bit surprising to see the Bold available for free already at Wal-Mart.
It wasn't until I picked up my Sunset colored BlackBerry Curve a few months ago that I really discovered how functional and powerful a BlackBerry device could be. I tried a BlackBerry Pearl about 6 months before with minor usage attempts over the last couple of years and always felt the BlackBerry devices were strong in email, but not much else. RIM has really been focusing on the consumer with devices like the Pearl and Curve and just recently launched their first flip/clamshell form factor BlackBerry device with the BlackBerry Pearl Flip on T-Mobile.
T-Mobile USA has a nice selection of cellphones for customers and even the T-Mobile G1 and BlackBerry Flip have been dominating the smartphone news from T-Mobile there are also capable feature phones being released. The latest mobile phone announced by T-Mobile USA is the MOTOZINE ZN5 that will be available for US$99 with a two year contract. The ZN5 has a 5 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, along with KODAK Imaging technology that makes this one very capable feature phone. The device also has WiFi so you can upload your photos to the Kodak Gallery with one click (it actually uses ShoZu).
There has never been any official Microsoft announcement or release date for Windows Mobile 7, but much has been leaked about this future mobile operating system. Motorola was recently talking about its future mobile strategy and let slip that a Windows Mobile 6.5 update should be coming prior to Windows Mobile 7.
One of my current activities include checking up on the Android Market offerings a couple of times a day because there is lots of activity going on there as developers roll out applications. However, I have several questions about how things are appearing in the Market (that were just echoed by a reader who sent me an email). I currently have something like 25+ applications loaded on the device (with only a miserable 12MB of memory left). When I visit the Android Market I like to view the By Date tab so I can see what has been added since I last visited. What appears though is not what was last added and I am confused about what is going on here.
A couple weeks ago Om Malik wrote an article in the NY Times titled, Why Windows Mobile is in Trouble, and most of the focus was on how the T-Mobile G1 and Google Android poses the biggest threat to Windows Mobile. The article gives an honest assessment of where Windows Mobile is at this time and concludes by stating that Windows Mobile is not a lost cause, but does need to take some actions to stay current and relevant in the mobile space. I agree with this bottom line, but also don't think Microsoft has too much to worry about with the first Google Android device (the G1). I have been using the G1 for two weeks now and while it is great to see a mainstream Linux mobile OS, I am also heavily using my Treo Pro to get things done and stay in touch on the go. I don't see a lot of people standing up and saying they prefer and like using Windows Mobile, but I know there are lots of people out there that do enjoy using this platform and I am one of them.