Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

RIM is fighting back

November 30, 2008

It did not take long for RIM to lunch its answer to Apple’s iPhone. Although there is still work for RIM in making the Blackberry Storm a worth competition to the iPhone surly they are in the right direction. At least keeping some of its users from defecting.

Another device, which was released in Europe a few months back, but just now in the US by AT&T is the Blackberry Bold. Now offering 3G and other goodies, this device is certainly a business workhorse. I did not find any worth alternative for the excellent Blackberry push email as of yet.
Until then, and especially in light of the constant improvements with its devices (HTML email is still a bummer) RIM is giving a worthy fight to Apple.

That said, if RIM would not improve their disadvantages (HTML email, for example) they will loose the fight.

Where is Apple going with this?

July 8, 2008

I admit it.

I really do not understand Apple and its idiotic policy with regards to the iPhone 3G. Let’s assume I would like to buy the iPhone and pay 600 USD just to get it. According to some reports, I would still need to activate it. It would not be SIM free… I am not sure if these reports are true, but if so this represents a lame way of moving back instead of moving forward for Apple.

What was so cool about the first generation iPhone? You could activate it at home (or not) using iTunes and the whole let’s go to the store thing did not apply.

Now you are forced to activate in store (Apple or AT&T).

Frankly I am getting tired of this. The phone itself is not any new revelation to the mobile phone industry. So we have 3G, GPS and a better battery. The version Apple had to start with a year later.

If it turns out that you are to pay 600 USD for an unlocked iPhone 3G I do believe there might be other more interesting alternatives. Check out HTC touch Diamond, and the new Touch Pro (679 USD unlocked SIM free).

What is Apple trying to do to its iPhone users?

October 1, 2007

Apple had released firmware version 1.1.1 for the iPhone. If you have software hacked iPhone that allows you to place any SIM card and use any GSM-based network, your phone will be bricked. i.e. you will not be able to use it.

The question asked is why Apple is trying to angry its customers? I have already written in the past about the new Apple cash cow, which is the percentage it takes from the net profit for the iPhone customers of the carriers, which have exclusive deals with Apple.

Apple is actually doing more then this. If you will show up in an Apple store with a bricked iPhone the chances are that your iPhone will not be replaced and that your warranty is voided.

In my opinion Apple had gone too far with this. Instead of being happy that the iPhone is a big success, and it sells in big numbers, Apple is fighting its own users. According to various sources Apple had already sold more then 1 million of iPhone units. So even if 5% of them are hacked and can use any SIM, why does Apple bothers so much about this?

One aspect would be to show the carriers it is doing something. The other is to maintain the exclusivity.

This also ties with another mistake (my opinion) Apple did by lowering the price of the iPhone by 200$ two months after it had been introduced.

Sure, if you are gadget guy you need to pay more. But on the other hand you do not expect that only 2 months will pass and that the price will be cut by 33%?

Speculation: iPhone SIM-Free? Not in this life time

August 27, 2007

Why wouldn’t Apple sell an iPhone SIM free? Many people around the world would not wait a second before placing an order to get the iPhone. But according to the rumors that I have read lately, part of Apple’s agreement with the Telecom companies (i.e. Orange France, O2 England, and Vodaphone in Germany) is to receive a 10% of the revenue from those who would buy an iPhone. So for Apple, the revenue potential is not only coming from the expensive hardware (I paid, I know) but also from its usage.

If you think about this, this is a brilliant move. So why allowing iPhone SIM free were Apple cannot collect? This is why, in my opinion, there would not be an iPhone SIM free, and this is also the reason why Apple is chasing those who claim they have unlocked the iPhone.

Hands on with the iPhone (Certainly the coolest gadget you will ever own)

July 30, 2007

I had written here a lot of things in my blog against the iPhone. And still I stand behind most of them. But after playing several hours with an iPhone yesterday, I can definitely say that Apple had manufactured a very cool phone and a gadget.

Not that it is without issues, but the main advantage of the iPhone is its GUI and the ease of use.

Functionality wise the iPhone has the same functionality as with any other mobile phone on the market, and it does not lack any major features. The integrated iPod even makes it better.

Comparing the iPhone to the latest Windows Mobile 6 phones does an injustice with the iPhone. Simply, in my opinion, the iPhone is far superior to the WM6.

This also holds true when compared to the Blackberry. Some would argue that the Blackberry’s keyboard is better, and therefore business wise they would choose the Blackberry. I think this is all a matter of taste. A lot had been written about the virtual keyboard – too small, hard to use, etc. But after about 15 minutes of using it, the keyboard and the automatic correction it offers worked like a charm.

The iPhone is easy to operate, and intuitive. But here is the problem – this phone is not for my mom and not for my dad. It is for the cool folks who understand to slide their fingers across the beautiful touch screen to get their work done. Not that there are not tone of those out there.

If apple would add a GPS, UMTS/3G support, take security seriously and fix the battery issue (replacement and lifetime) then undoubtedly, in my opinion, they will have the #1 phone on the market (some may argue they already have).

Apple is now facing the real world of security with the iPhone and Safari for Windows

July 27, 2007

The iPhone makes an excellent example of how a marketing hype and a cool product can turn into a security nightmare. As a product gets more visibility and its number of its users is on the rise the chances of having a security issue found with the product are higher. This holds true not only for the iPhone but also for other products (Oracle DB and David Litchfield for example) and technologies (VoIP).

It is not like Apple was not warn when they shipped the beta versions of Safari for Windows that the product is less then satisfying with regards to its security. It did not take long for people to post security issues they have found. But the warning was not enough to change things at Apple.

You do expect a company at that size to act. But this is not different with any major security issue they had with Mac OS X, which always takes them some time to fix.

The iPhone is extremely popular and it is doubtful that the security issues found with Safari on the iPhone will drive people away from it. But the bad feeling is creeping in. For Apple to resolve all they need is a software update to fix, and not to wait too much.

What would it take now to find issue with the mail.app? and how that would affect Apple’s Mac OS X (i.e. no viruses no Trojans advertisement)? Just curious.

Welcome to the real world.

Features missing from the iPhone

June 29, 2007

So today is the big day where Apple is lunching the iPhone. Good luck for those in line to get the device.

I have compiled a list of things that the iPhone is missing or that it support but may create a problem. I do believe the iPhone will be a huge success, but this would be an Apple marketing success rather then a “revolutionary phone” success. This is not to dismiss the good job Apple did on a v1.0 of a mobile phone, but just as a reminder that there are more things other then a nifty GUI (Leopard anyone?).

So what are we missing?

No cut-and-paste
No memory card slot
No voice dialing
No search when looking up contacts
No software from 3rd parties
The phone’s version of Safari can’t handle Java or Flash
No picture messaging (MMS)
No external battery (300 recharges and it will start loosing its charging capabilities)
Entering text is not as easy and intuitive as advertised
No 3G support (slowwwww Internet surfing)
Other carries other then AT&T
Can’t use the phone as a modem
Synching with external email on a PC (open question)

The iPhone, Apple’s biggest mistake?!

March 9, 2007

The truth is that I still can’t understand Apple regarding the pre-mature announcement about the iPhone. Not only that this is the first time Apple announces a new product well before it is going to be available on the market (6 months) but this is the first time Apple is revealing all of the features and capabilities of a new product well before it is available.

The iPhone is not a revolution – the opposite is the truth.

I believe consumers will find the iPhone disappointing not only due to the enormous hype around it and the high expectations but also because of its features (and the lack of). After the cool factor will diminish and the features and capabilities will be compared to other smart phones available on the market the iPhone will not be declared as the smart phone of all smart phones. On the contrary.

Why? Well, Apple is not a mobile phone company. This suggests that with the first generation of iPhones some mistakes may be made. One good example is with the battery which is an integral part of the phone…

Another mistake, in my opinion, is with sticking with a single operator. Why not learning from the HTC module? When HTC understood that its mobile phones are such a hot commodity they started selling their own brand along side with their old business of OEMing their phones to the largest operators in the world. In fact my mobile phone is made by HTC. If I wish to use an HTC mobile phone I can do this on any network I would like (as long as it is not CDMA).

But the next list of issues is even worse for Apple. The lack of voice dialing, 3G Internet access, Word or Excel support, the fact it can’t be used as a laptop modem, no support for removable memory, no 3rd party applications, and mostly that its calendar, task, and e-mail will not sync with Microsoft outlook.
In my opinion the iPhone is not a miracle, and it is a mobile phone. which now trails after the existing mobile phone, and in 6 months this situation would even be worst.

What would do the iPhone for Apple? I am not sure, but I sincerely hope it will not be Apple’s biggest mistake.

3rd party applications and the iPhone

January 12, 2007

In my opinion a major mistake Apple is doing regarding the iPhone is not allowing 3rd parties to install their software on the iPhone.

Jobs had interviewed for the New York Times and said:

“We define everything that is on the phone…You don’t want your phone to be like a PC. The last thing you want is to have loaded three apps on your phone and then you go to make a call and it doesn’t work anymore. These are more like iPods than they are like computers.”

“These are devices that need to work, and you can’t do that if you load any software on them…That doesn’t mean there’s not going to be software to buy that you can load on them coming from us. It doesn’t mean we have to write it all, but it means it has to be more of a controlled environment.”

It seems Apple would try to either certify applications, or try to go their own way regarding applications on the iPhone.

In my opinion it will be a mistake. I understand their motives trying to make sure everything works as advertised, but, doesn’t this the job of the underlying operating system and the mechanisms they introduce with the phone? I believe it should be that way, rather then restricting their buyers.

Only days would tell, but it seems Apple made a cool phone, but nothing more then a cool phone.

iPhone & Apple TV: In one word: Disappointment

January 10, 2007

Disclaimer: I am an apple junky. I have several Apple laptops, I got various iPods, and I assume I will continue to buy their stuff.

That said, I really do not understand what is the excitement over Apple TV and iPhone. I get Apple’s idea, awesome design, great UI, medium features and selling like crazy (see for example the black MacBook, or the U2 iPod). They have done this before, they are doing it now, and they will do this again.

Let’s start with Apple TV. There is absolutely nothing new with the concept. Nothing. There are other alternatives on the market today, which costs less then the 299USD price tag apple is asking. Sure, the UI is superb, but paying the premium for that – not me.

The iPhone’s coolness factor is 10 out of 10. It is a gorgeous device that promises a lot. The problem? I think Steve Jobs hasn’t used a good smart phone lately. I proudly own an HTC TyTN Windows mobile-based smart phone. I admit it, I run Windows on my mobile phone. It is a Tri-Band UMTS, Quad-Band EDGE, Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® phone. It basically has any type of connectivity option currently available on the market.

What does Steve Jobs tells us about the iPhone?

  • “Apple is going to re-invent the phone”
  • “The problem is, they are not so smart and not so easy to use”
  • “Way smarter then any mobile device, and way easy to use”
  • “Bring all of your contacts to the phone”
  • “5 years ahead of any other mobile phone”

So Steve Jobs thinks that bringing all of our contacts to the mobile phone is a cool unique feature… Come on.

Let’s examine this. Who does use an ultra cool new mobile phone? My dad? My mom? My folks do not need 3G nor an advanced mobile phone. They are using a phone that can dial a number, do a re-dial show them who calls them and who are they calling.

My folks lives up north from where my wife and I live. I tried convincing my dad to get a 3G phone so we can have a Video call where he would be able to see his grand daughter. I miserably failed. It is simply too complicated for him.

This brings us back to the audience that is the target of the phone. Who do you expect to pick up this gorgeous but extremely expensive phone?

This is all about the UI and the coolness effect and not about the feature set. In my opinion the phone is not a giant leap to the future, and Apple is not inventing the wheel here.

I would like to see iPhone able to sync to the computer meetings and contacts I have inserted on the iPhone to Microsoft Office. I am doubtful this is going to be supported with the first version of the iPhone. If it will not support that, the business world is not going to buy the phone. Simple as that.

As a multimedia device it looks great. If it works like is seems to, it will be the best phone and multimedia device that would be out there. But days would tell.

Another interesting point to make is the security of the device. It is a full-blown operating system (according to Jobs), I wonder what its security issues would be? Would we see the same issues with OS X immediately replicated to the iPhone? That might be dreadful for all.

Will I buy the phone? I did not buy the iPod video since I think its screen is too small. I admit it is hard to walk into an Apple store and resist it. But I do resist it. I am not sure what would be my reaction to the iPhone especially when the 4GB version is 499USD + 2 years contract. Who wants to pay that amount not able to have an unlocked phone?