The nation's number two telco Optus today defended the performance of its 3G mobile network and said it was working to improve customers' experience on it.
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The ABC Player app was retooled to work on 3G. Now it downgrades the video on Wi-Fi to be almost unwatchable at times. Is this a good thing?
I was envious of Sprint customers back when I reviewed the HTC Hero and jumped on the opportunity to pick up the best Google Nexus One as soon as it was announced. The recent firmware update fixed the only issues I have seen on the device (3G/EDGE connectivity and browser/gallery multi-touch) and I am really enjoying the whole Nexus One experience. Google has a Nexus One YouTube channel and is posting a five-part short film series on the making of the Nexus One that will be complete on the 8th of February.
I posted yesterday about the Barnes & Noble Nook and then read Mitch's post where one of his four points about the Nook not being revolutionary focused on the apparent limited use of WiFi. I just posed a couple of questions on the Nook press call and have to now tell Mitch he is wrong about the WiFi access, but he should actually be quite pleased since there are no limits. I confirmed that you can access and purchase books via both WiFi and AT&T 3G from any place where you have access to a network, including your home WiFi network. One point of clarification regarding travel overseas. You can download books from you current library collection via WiFi overseas, but due to licensing issues you cannot browse the store and purchase new content when outside the US (yet). The Barnes & Noble store experience is just an enhanced experience that presents you with free content and also allows you to browse through books, just like you can physically in the bookstore. As I said yesterday, I think the Nook is a revolutionary product in the ebook market for a number of reasons.
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.
The launch of both the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G were plagued by long lines and logistical problems. This time around both AT&T and Apple have developed better processes to handle iPhone buyers and upgraders, plus the launch day enthusiasm is not quite as high.
We have now taken a look at the iPhone 3G 3.0 and the Palm Pre, HTC Magic, and BlackBerry Storm. The iPhone, Pre, Magic, and Storm all have capacitive touch screens and the last one in my series with such a display is the Samsung OmniaHD. The Samsung OmniaHD (aka i8910) is the first S60-powered capacitive touch screen device following the Nokia 5800 and N97 resistive touch screen S60 devices. The use of capacitive displays generally makes for a better user experience, except when looking to use handwriting recognition or small stylus-optimized keyboards. The OmniaHD is also one of only a few S60 devices made by Samsung. Let's take a look at how the Samsung OmniaHD stacks up to the iPhone 3G running the 3.0 OS.
Obama said to pick a retired Air Force general and close confidant - with no space experience - to head NASA.
2008 was a great year for enterprise mobility, with plenty of new technologies and gadgets to keep us mobile workers happier than ever. This year I'm particularly thankful for:-- Apple iPhone 3G for giving us the best mobile Web browsing experience possible on 3.
If you've ever been tied to your desk or scrambled to find a WiFi hotspot just so you can tune into a Web conference, you'll be interested in knowing that Phonetopp, a Silicon Valley startup, is putting the finishing touches on a service that will bring the Webcast experience - and a little bit more - to your smartphone.The technology utilizes 3G mobile Web connections and segmented streams of the various elements of a Web cast to deliver a near-real time experience.
It was a salutary experience. I'd just sent the iPhone 3G back to Apple after two weeks of playing around with it, when the nice chaps from Research In Motion came in with their latest Blackberry.
Around ten days ago, Samsung took me to a party and gave me an Omnia smartphone. I've used it intensively on my personal T-Mobile account since then – Apple having long retrieved its iPhone 3G – and decided to jot down a few notes on the experience.
PowerPage podcaster Youngmoo Kim relays his experience with trying to get an iPhone 3G and on being an "IRU" Individual Responsible User.Apple just doesn't want me to have an iPhone 3G.
Lots of chatter on the net about iPhone 3G problems - dodgy apps, apparent firmware problems with responsiveness and GPS, and of course that rather lacklustre battery life. My experience is limited - Apple promises to make good on that, thanks Ved - but not inconsistent with such reports.
I posted about the press release and kick-off event for the HTC Diamond this morning and after looking at some more of the videos and having the opportunity to find out more about the Diamond from a call with Jason B. Mackenzie, Executive Director, National Accounts, I think HTC has a potential big winner here. The UI is absolutely amazing and takes what you see on the latest HTC Touch to a new level that should appeal to many people looking for a rich experience from their mobile device. I was thinking about saving up for the 3G iPhone, but I think the HTC Diamond may have just knocked down the iPhone a bit for several reasons.
It is pretty obvious that Apple is working on future iPhone models and there has been lots of speculation that a 3G model would be released in Europe this year. However, as confirmed by the O2 UK iPhone announcement from earlier today the first European model will also be 2.5G (EDGE) just like the U.S. model. Upon further questioning at the UK announcement, Jobs did confirm that a 3G model will be released before the end of 2008. He also stated that the reason 3G was not included in the first iPhone was the battery drain users would experience with the 3G radio. Honestly, as much as 3G would be nice on the iPhone I agree with the compromise Apple made for the first edition, especially given the fact that the iPhone battery is non-removable. If they had used a removable battery then they could have included a 3G radio, like Windows Mobile and S60 devices.
After struggling with Virgin Mobile's 3G wireless broadband for a couple of weeks, I discovered a modem tweak that has completely changed my Internet experience.
As I just mentioned a couple of days ago I keep going back to the Nokia N95 when I want to carry around a solid phone and it actually has my T-Mobile SIM in it with no data connectivity. As stated in the Nokia press release, the Nokia N95 was just voted 'the European Media Phone of the Year 2007-2008' by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA), Europe's leading association for consumer electronics. In Europe, and elsewhere outside the U.S., the N95 actually works on 3G networks so those users get an even better experience than we do with our EDGE-enabled N95 devices. The judging panel cited the N95s feature set like the integrated GPS receiver, 5 megapixel camera, and 30 fps video capture capabilities. The two issues I would like to see improved to make the N95 an even better device are the low RAM and low battery capacity.
Dual-mode phones offer better experience, executive says. And next wave could be handsets that join 3G with cordless-phone tech.