A number of my past blog articles have been about smartphones. Mostly I talk about iPhones and Android devices, sometimes throwing in the occasional reference to Windows phones. Rarely do I talk about BlackBerry devices, mostly because it seems they are falling by the wayside quicker and quicker. After reviewing this article, http://news.yahoo.com/rim-seeks-patience-until-blackberry-10-ready-190644211--finance.html, it appears I am not alone.
Many of today’s devices allow the ability to do things that only a few years ago were unthinkable in a device you could easily carry around with you. It can play music, either from onboard flash memory or stream from the Internet, it can send and receive E-mail, it can make or receive phone calls, as well as the ability to play games and watch movies. Some of the more recent releases of devices allow you to do multiple things at once, such as talk on the phone and receive E-mail.
According to the article, the BlackBerry 10 will also have this capability. The issue that the article talks about is if it is a “too little, too late” type scenario for the company. Years ago, many executives used the devices because of the ability to send and receive E-mail, as well as use the device as a phone. More devices that have come out can do this and more, which make the devices “old school”.
The new device, however, should increase the profitability of RIM – once it comes out, that is. Due to changes in top management, as well as a number of technical setbacks, the company now is planning on releasing the new device in 2013. This poses another problem for RIM because a new iPhone is due out this year, along with countless Android devices. There is also talk of another Windows phone, as well, that will be coming out sometime in the next year.
What do you think? Will the BlackBerry 10 be able to pull Research In Motion Ltd. out of its slump? Will the company need to sell out to another company before it is able to get the devices to market? Maybe they will join with another smartphone maker and make the best device of all?
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The last few blogs that I have written, as well as a few in the past, have been about the Apple iPhone. I had been using a Windows Mobile 6.2 device myself for the last few years and only had the pleasure of using friends’ and family’s iPhones. My phone was dying and I was going to see about upgrading to an iPhone (the only reason I hadn’t got one before was Verizon didn’t offer them until this year). After talking with a friend, he suggested I go with an Android.
I was thinking about getting an Android, but because of all the friends and family that have the iPhone, I was going to get an iPhone myself. I liked a lot of the apps that they have and wanted to be able to “play” with some of the features and things I have been writing about for the past few months. So, after seeing the Android first-hand, I knew it was going to be for me. For starters, it had the ability to have Adobe Flash Player installed on it, which the iPhone does not (why can’t Apple and Adobe come to some agreement?????). Next, it had an appealing interface to it. While I was used to going to the “Apple Store” for apps on friends’ iPhones, I was new to the Android “Market”. It was very easy to search and find exactly what I was looking for.
The only down-side to the Android that I have found so far is that my favorite app, Magic Piano, on the iPhone has not been written for the Android. Most of the other apps and other things that I had on my previous Windows Mobile 6.2 device, as well as a few additions I wanted, I was easily able to get for free on the new Android. For the first time, I am able to check my auto insurance coverage anywhere I want, see where I am by using Maps (including directions that rival the TomTom and Garmin) with appropriate GPS, and be able to listen to music using the Pandora app. As these are all free, it is like an early Christmas present.
So, what mobile device do you have? An iPhone, Android, Windows-based, Blackberry (perish the thought!!)? Or do you still have a device that is not a SmartPhone that can do all these fun things? What are your likes and dislikes about your device? Is it easy to use and have all the things on it you wanted? Are you able to do what you thought you could or are you disappointed that you got it and think you would have been happier with another device?
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At Research In Motion’s annual Blackberry World on Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced on stage a new alliance between Microsoft and RIM, outlining how the two companies can work together to help people make better decisions with Bing on BlackBerry devices. Central to this collaboration, Blackberry devices will use Bing as the preferred search provider in the browser, and Bing will be the default search and map application for new devices presented to mobile operators, both in the United States and internationally. Also, effective Monday, Bing was designated the preferred search and maps applications with regular, featured placement and promotion in the BlackBerry App World carousel.
Hurrah! Our dreams have been answered. Just kidding! Nobody uses BlackBerry's anymore. Or maybe you do, and have just unsubscribed from this RSS feed. In which case, sorry.
Does this partnership with RIM mean that Microsoft doesn't trust their own phone platform in the enterprise? Maybe. Even so, why partner with a platform that is seemingly losing ground in the enterprise field? The iPhone is moving fast and furious into companies all over the world while nobody is jumping onto BlackBerry anything for their corporate needs.
I like the Windows Phone platform, but it's just not selling as MS had hoped. At least not yet. But, RIM? Will they even have a smartphone market in 5 years? I'll bet you $10 that RIM ditches their own smartphone OS and signs with either Microsoft or Android. A whole $10!
Do you even know how many Frappé's that can buy? About two and half, actually. Don't wait until it's too late to get your own corporate mobile network secure. You know want to end up like the PSN network, do you?
But the PlayBook isn’t hitting home runs just yet. The OS is still buggy and somewhat touchy. Third-party apps are a desert right now, if not in number, then certainly in quality. The lack of native email and calendar support hurts. The worst part, however, is that I can’t think of a single reason to recommend this tablet over the iPad 2, or for that matter… the Xoom. And that’s what it really boils down to here; what is the compelling feature that will make buyers choose the PlayBook over something else? I don’t have that answer, but that’s not what’s troubling me — what troubles me is that I don’t think RIM has the answer either… and they should by now.
Sounds like trouble in Canada.
The most striking part about RIM's PlayBook is that there are no native emails and calendar apps built-in to the device. You can't just walk into Best Buy and treat this like an iPad. Well, you can, but you need to also have a BlackBerry device with the latest software. If you do, you can enable a "Bridge" mode on both devices that will allow you to share the email and calendering capabilities.
I don't think most folks would have a problems with the email app snafu if RIM was just marketing this to business and enterprise users. It doesn't seem that way with their ads and the fact that it's called "PlayBook". They make it seem like it's for everyone and a legit tablet competitor. Well, I guess there's nothing more fun than being separated from work tasks.
The app situation doesn't seem all that great for RIM either, judging from reviews. I think this really leaves a spot for HP's TouchPad. HP deals with many vedors and OEMS and have recently shown their Citrix app for enterprise. It's a start, and these PlayBook reviews certainly leave a chance for HP to take over the #2 spot. Either way, we still have the perfect options for your enterprise support.
- by Jon, "Gingersnap", Pentecost
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New York Times:
Games are a clear favorite for the stranded legions at subway stops and grocery store checkout lines, but this category has a staggering number of choices. Apple’s iTunes Store helps narrow those choices with the Game Center, a selection of around 1,700 highly rated, high-selling apps, including 30 featured titles.
You’ll find the usual suspects, like Angry Birds, Flight Control and Doodle Jump, which are perfect for situations when you have three free minutes. If you already have these games, try Let’s Golf 2 ($5 on iPhone), Blokus ($5 on iPhone) and Tetris ($1), or newer games like Trucks and Skulls ($1), Astronut (free) and Zoo Rescue ($1).
Nice of the New York Times to provide us with this handy list, yes? Since we're getting into iOS apps, I'll throw in my two cents. I was never a fan of Flight Control, but Angry Birds is an obvious choice for your hard earned monies. One they missed, however, was The Incident. A great, old school pixelated game that has you moving your iPhone ever so slightly to have the main character avoid falling debris. The coolest part, is that if you have both an iPhone and an iPad, you can use your iPhone as a controller for your iPad. Cool! Even cooler, you can plug your iPad into your TV, and you have a super cool gaming device!
NYT moves on to Android:
That said, Android has Angry Birds, Let’s Golf 2 and Tetris, which are all solid choices. Glu Mobile, the maker of many popular and free iPhone games, like Gun Bros and Deer Hunter, will introduce some of those games to Android in the coming weeks. Gun Bros is expected to appear this week.
Oof! The choices look bleak on Android, friends. But, you have Angry Birds on Android, AND it's free. Free if you don't mind some pesky ads, that is. Gun Bros sounds...fun. And possibly violent. So I'm in.
Know anyone with a Blackberry?
BlackBerry users who are accustomed to second-rate apps have it slightly better when it comes to games. The genre’s most famous mobile games are missing, but thanks chiefly toElectronic Arts, great ones still await, like Need for Speed Shift 3D, Yahtzee, Tetris and Risk. All sold for $1 apiece last week.
Hm, weak sauce as well. So, the bottom line here is that you should go out and get an iPhone and also as iPad. I mean, that's only like, $1000. Chickenfeed! Let's just hope Santa was very kind to you and your family.
At least you don't have a Chrome OS.
7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
1 GHz dual-core processor
1 GB RAM
Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
HDMI video output
Wi-Fi - 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
Ultra thin and portable:
Measures 5.1"x7.6"x0.4" (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
Not too shabby at all. With those specs and with the demo videos that RIM has let loose, we may have a legitimate iPad contender on our hands. With the millions of enterprise BlackBerry users, why not pick a BB tablet that can sync up wirelessly with your phone? You'd be downright silly not to.
Though, this product has no official release date or price. RIM has said, "early 2011". If my math is correct, and it always is, that would mean this PlayBook would not only be competing with the iPad, but also the iPad 2. Could be bad news, I say.
I also say that competition is good for any gadget, so good for RIM. Though, I would have waited to announce a tablet until it was about 2 months from release. Until then, it's just made up gadgety goodness.
Ok, maybe not.
But they sure give that impression.
Ever heard of Google Voice? Pretend for one second that you're a very busy professional and you have an office, home and cell phone. And it's very hard for everyone to get in touch with you at the right place. So you get a new phone number;KL5-867-5309 through Google Voice. You can now give that number out, and have it forward to all of those numbers. You can even set certain contacts and groups to only ring certain phones. For instance, that friendly woman I met at the bar the other week will only ring to my cell phone. But when my boss calls that number, it will ring all 3 of my phones. When the CFO of my client that I spilled the cake on calls me, she can ring my office line(which I never answer). You can also forward text message to different phones too. Cool, huh?
If you want to be able to respond to your friends and co-workers using that number, you can download the Google Voice App for your Android or BlackBerry phone. That way you can send texts from your Google number and even make calls too. All over your existing network.
Want to be able to do that on your iPhone? Tough marbles. The app was out for a day or so and then Apple decided to pull the plug. There was even a third party app that was approved by Phil Schiller himself that was yanked after a few days. Sadface.
If you dig deep enough on the internets, it looks like AT&T is to blame. It's not the first time that the phone company has cut down a perfectly good app. They told Apple that the Slingplayer app, which streams television, could only use Wi-Fi, and not AT&T's 3G network. It looks like they're not that keen on another company coming in and copying the company that Apple partnered with. (They seem to be fine with it on their other AT&T phones, just not the one that is the face of their company.)
But lets say that it wasn't AT&T's doing, and it really was Apple's decision. Lets also say that instead of Google Voice, it was Microsoft Voice. Would you really approve an app from your main competitor that replicated features on your own phone? I'd give that a swift kick in the pants too. While I'm at it, I would complain about those pesky ads they've been showing bashing my laptop prices. Oh wait, they did that already.
Suck it up people, this is AT&Ts world and we're just living in it.