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iOS 7: first impressions of the Metro-ized iOS

I installed iOS 7 for my iPad and for my iPhone. My first thought was, 'OMG, it's Windows 8.' No 'live' tiles but still the look and feel of Windows 8. Looks like Apple is a fan of Metro, even if Windows users aren't.

September 19, 2013 by

Sources: iPhone sucks, Android is Frankenstein

I'm both an Apple fan and a Google fan. I have some experience with iPhone, and a bit more with Android -- however, I'm not married to one or the other, so I don't mind giving credit where it's due, and criticism where it's needed. As a designer, and someone who actually cares about how stuff looks, I am naturally attracted to iPhone -- both from an end user, and developer experience. As a developer, and Google blogger, I also appreciate everything Android has to offer.

July 5, 2010 by

Music, photos, and weather are beautiful, fluid experiences on the HTC HD2

I posted a quick first impressions of the HTC HD2 yesterday, but as I was commuting home on the train I had a chance to spend more time with the media capabilities of the device and wanted to share a few thoughts and a video with you. As you can see the weather animations alone will turn you into a fan of tracking the weather, the photo viewer rivals the iPhone, and the HTC media player blows away the lame Windows Media Player Mobile application.

November 19, 2009 by

Syncing with Dropbox

I'm a fan of Apple's MobileMe service because of its OTA contact and calendar syncing and cool features like Find my iPhone and Remote wipe -- although, thankfully I haven't had to use the latter two.The problem with MobileMe is that many users bristle at the thought of paying $99 per year for anything, especially when they can be done for free.

September 1, 2009 by

iPhone 3G S with new camera features debuts today

The new iPhone 3G S debuts today, with a number of brand new digital camera features, including an 3 megapixel auto-focus camera, compared with 2 megapixels on the 3G model. Even though there still isn't flash (but I'm not a big fan of flash photography anyway), users can adjust white balance and tap an object in the frame to focus on that subject.

June 19, 2009 by

Is our love for Palm clouding our Pre judgement?

Palm is where I started with mobile devices back in 1997 and they have had their ups and downs over the years with me serving as a fan and as a hater during different phases of the company. I read Jonathan Feldman's article on being an ex-Palm user and have to also wonder how much of the excitement around the Palm Pre is due to our desire to see a company like Palm succeed and stay competitive in today's mobile space. As I wrote up earlier, the Palm Pre is a good start with many great aspects, but it is a year or so behind the Apple iPhone and several months behind the Android platform. We all seem to remember the good things in our past and try to put the bad things behind us, but we shouldn't be too quick to forget all those rocky times we had with our old Palm devices either.

June 12, 2009 by

T-Mobile G1 has a much better QWERTY keyboard than the Palm Pre

I was reading through Jason Hiner's take on the Palm Pre and I do hope that Palm can compete with the device and new OS since I am a Palm fan from the good old days dating back to 1997. Jason posted five reasons to expect a homerun, but I have to take issue with a couple of them and say that the G1 already does these so they are not unique to the Palm Pre. Reason number 4, carriers want an iPhone competitor, is debatable because I think we are going to see many more Android devices that do just that. Since there is nothing solid as far as announcements go I will leave that one alone. However, I disagree with his reasons number 1 and 2.

June 2, 2009 by

Third-gen iPhone only a "modest" upgrade?

A thread was posted on a Chinese Apple fan site from a member purporting to have used the upcoming third-generation iPhone hardware that's due to be announced next month at WWDC.In the posting "patapon200" claims that the next-gen iPhone will be almost physically identical to the current iPhone 3G, down to the familiar 3.

May 11, 2009 by

Will a Palm "Mini-Pre" be out in 2009 too?

I finally had the chance to see and touch the Palm Pre at CTIA and think it is an exciting device that may keep Palm going for a bit longer. I am not the biggest fan of the keyboard and think that the rumored "Mini Pre" mentioned by Michael Arrington last night may even be a more compelling product. The iPhone is extremely popular and it does not have a physical QWERTY keyboard so there is no reason a more compact Palm Pre without a keyboard cannot do just as well.

April 29, 2009 by

Best free apps for smartphones

I subscribe to a couple of actual magazines and was just reading through Laptop this past weekend and found a very helpful article that I though readers here may enjoy. I am a major 3rd party application fan on my mobile devices and enjoyed reading the Best Free Smartphone Apps article in the magazine. You can view an online version of the article that also includes some recommend priced applications for the iPhone, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry platforms. I posted my own S60 best apps on Nokia Experts to complete the mobile platform roundup.

March 16, 2009 by

Evernote for Windows Mobile updated with GPS functions and file sync

I am a big fan of the Evernote clients and service and cast my vote for them in the recent Crunchie contest they won so I was particularly pleased to see that they keep improving the Windows Mobile client right along with the iPhone client. The latest release for Windows Mobile brings a host of new features that I can't wait to try out on my Palm Treo Pro and HTC Fuze.

January 16, 2009 by

Quick iPhone app review: craigsphone craigslist application lets you create and view posts

As I have written many times, I am a huge 3rd party application fan and can't help loading up my original iPhone with applications to try out. One of the latest applications that I find very useful for the iPhone is craigsphone. craigsphone brings craigslist to your iPhone and unlike the other craigslist applications on the iPhone App Store you can actually create and post an ad right from your iPhone on the go. You can take a photo with your iPhone and include it in your ad so there is no reason to create another post without a photo.

January 4, 2009 by

Does the new Palm Nova device have a slider keyboard and large touchscreen?

It should be a big week of news with MacWorld and CES taking place and one of the most anticipated announcements surrounds Palm and what they will be revealing on Thursday. CrunchGear just posted some thoughts on the possible new Nova device that we may see this week. According to their source, the new OS is "amazing" and "iPhone-like". Speculation is that the device may have a slider display that reveals a Treo-esque keyboard. As a fan of the Palm Treo Pro and older Treo devices I would find a slider of this design very compelling.

January 4, 2009 by

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