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March 11, 2014 by

Why does Apple suck at keyboards?

Apple revolutionized the on-screen keyboard in 2007 but it hasn't changed much since then. Except for a few minor tweaks, iOS 7.1 has the same seven-year-old keyboard. Here's what Apple needs to change.

April 29, 2010 by

Palm, a Silicon Valley soap opera

HP just bought struggling smartphone maker Palm, Inc. for a whopping $1.2 billion dollars. What's it all mean? To answer that, it's best to understand the strange, winding, wacky story that is Palm.

November 8, 2009 by

Smartphone Buyer's Guide: What are the choices on my carrier?

I recently posted the 2009 Holiday Guide for smartphones and in that guide posted about just one smartphone from each carrier. There are more selections than just one though and now that most all of the announcements for the holidays have been made I thought you might like to know what the choices from each carrier are, along with the subsidized and non-subsidized prices so you can make an informed choice. Most people find a carrier that works for them with the best coverage in their local area so they look first to their carrier for a smartphone rather than looking for the a smartphone and then switching carriers.

July 26, 2009 by

King of the QWERTYs: AT&T Nokia E71x

The AT&T Nokia E71x was launched back in May and IMHO is the BEST Symbian smartphone launched and now carried by a US wireless carrier. There are very few of these smartphones that have been provided to us in the US so I think we were blessed to have such a fine one come to AT&T. The E71x is a third generation Eseries device in this particular form factor with the E61 (came to AT&T as the E62) and E61i came first. Check out to see how it stacks up with the other two QWERTY devices we covered.

July 20, 2009 by

King of the QWERTYs: RIM BlackBerry Tour

Capacitive touch screen devices are all the rage today with the iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre, HTC Hero and BlackBerry Storm. However, there are still many people who want a non-touch screen forward facing QWERTY device that is heavily focused on messaging. While I tend to bounce around quite a bit between different devices, the forward facing QWERTY form factor is one of my absolute favorite. To help you figure out which of these devices might fit your needs we are going to present a three part feature (with a summary post too) looking at the best QWERTY devices running the BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian operating systems available from US wireless carriers. The three selected devices are the RIM BlackBerry Tour, T-Mobile Dash 3G, and Nokia E71x.

May 26, 2009 by

What's the best business smartphone?

What's the best smartphone for your business? BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia, or even HTC, Samsung or Android? In a ZDNet.com.au feature, we investigate businesses and talk to CIOs and executives to find out which handsets are picking up speed and which are falling by the wayside.

January 26, 2009 by

Windows Mobile; an operating system for adults

I just posted my first impressions of the SE XPERIA X1a, which is the Windows Mobile device with the highest specifications available today. Then I read Zack's post a bit later today slamming Windows Mobile so I thought it would be appropriate to address his issues and post why I think Windows Mobile still has a lot to offer even though today they get no respect, as Rodney would say.

January 19, 2009 by

Palm Pre: Can it trump the iPhone? Will it matter?

The Palm Pre is the first smartphone innovative enough to give the iPhone a run for its money. In fact, it leapfrogs the iPhone in a several key areas. The big question is whether Palm can deliver and if it has the chutzpah to take on the Apple juggernaut.

January 12, 2009 by

Will Microsoft's limiting of devices allow them to react faster in the mobile space?

Regular readers know that I use devices from all the mobile operating systems and am pretty flexible on what I am using day-to-day. I keep falling back to Windows Mobile devices (mainly my Palm Treo Pro and HTC Fuze) because I find the Exchange experience to be superior to ANYTHING else on the market and I like having such a broad choice in form factor. As I wrote last Fall this expansive choice of devices may also be a weakness in today's market due to expectations people now have for their mobile device that is primarily a result of the iPhone's methods for upgradeability and ease of usability. At CES, a Microsoft representative stated that they plan to start limiting the number of devices running Windows Mobile in order to improve the value of the license.

January 11, 2009 by

The Best of CES 2009, for business

While most of the crowd at CES 2009 was drooling over TVs, digital cameras, car tech, and gaming gear, TechRepublic scouted out the best new technologies for businesses. Here's our list of the top biztech products at this year's CES.

December 28, 2008 by

Reflecting on the mobile devices of 2008, what was your favorite?

I find my look back at 2007 post to be a good resource/index for my reviews and enjoyed checking out the poll results from you all. Thus, I am posting the same type of article for 2008. This Smartphones and Cell Phones blog just kicked off in September so many of the reviews listed below were posted on my Mobile Gadgeteer blog. More software reviews were added this year and I decided to list some of my favorite applications that I reviewed here too in this 2008 wrap-up. Some "award" titles were again assigned and then I am ending with a list of devices I look forward to checking out in 2009.


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