Wednesday Jul 01, 2009

links for 2009-7-1: Treo out iPhone in; iPhone vs Pre; RIM headed south?; XP forever

Friday Dec 05, 2008

links for 2008-12-5: BlackBerry Storm, Apple Parody, Inflatable Car

Thursday Oct 09, 2008

links for 2008-10-9

Friday Jun 20, 2008

links for 2008-6-20

Sunday Jun 15, 2008

links for 2008-6-15

  • BEA AquaLogic SOA business dismantled - Not that The Register is always to be believed, but an interesting quote from this one. "Oracle's decisiveness belies the fact BEA was unwilling, or unable, to rationalize its WebLogic and AquaLogic product lines and teams. This created structural issues, with former chief executive Alfred Chuang once admitting BEA's sales teams had been selling both products against each other."
  • Ten things missing in the iPhone 3G - Flash and no video are the big ones for me, but I also still don't think I'd like the soft keyboard as well as my BlackBerry's full keyboard. And no cut/paste? Also see this.
  • BlackBerry Bold shows up on AT&T’s site, still no word on release date - Adding 3G, higher resolution screen, GPS, Wifi would all be welcome enhancements to my Curve 8300
  • BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone 3G Comparison - Interesting comparison chart. Seems to boil down to iPhone has larger screen (although same resolution), more standard memory, and sexy iPhone UI but Bold has a real keyboard, video camera, and better Bluetooth support. I'll have to give both consideration but may stick with my Curve with the new BlackBerry OS 4.5 (better browser, adds video to the camera, and more) for the time being.

Monday May 19, 2008

links for 2008-5-19

Sunday Oct 14, 2007

Proud owner of a BlackBerry Curve

I finally took the plunge and have replaced my BlackBerry 7100g with a BlackBerry Curve (8300). I've only had it a couple days but so far, I like the upgrade.

Items I like include:
  • Slightly larger display
  • Faster! Both the CPU/processing and being EDGE rather the just GPRS
  • Google Maps works with my Bluetooth GPS
  • It's faster!
Other things I haven't played with but expect to soon include:
  • Playing music
  • Playing videos
  • Taking pictures
I am actually one that kind of liked the SureType keyboard on the 7100 and was used to it. The Curve has a full keyboard and to do so the keys are slightly smaller but I think I'll be fine and ultimately like it better.

So far I've installed GTalk (use it to IM rather than using SMS saving SMS charges), Google Apps (Search, News, Mail, Maps) and actually installed some bPhone themes which are knock offs of the iPhone look.

Which begs the question, why didn't I just get an iPhone? I did seriously consider it but ultimately decided not to for a few reasons:
  • It does have 3G/HSDPA. Ok, the Curve doesn't either but for the web browsing and YouTube watching the iPhone encourages depending on EDGE or being near free WiFi just doesn't do it. And BlackBerry's have proven to do great with limited bandwidth.
  • I like open platforms that the community can build around. Clearly Apple isn't encouraging that and is in fact making it difficult for the community to embrace the iPhone with bricking unlocked devices. Fundamentally with the equivalent of a small computer in my phone I want to be able to program it or leverage programs others have made and relying on only apps running in a browser isn't enough for me.
  • Several co-workers have iPhones and I tried the soft keyboard and perhaps I just need more time with it but had a hard time with it and just didn't like it. I prefer having tactile feel from pressing keys.
So, I'll post more when I've tried more Curve features.
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