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Android ports

last change: 2011-05-18
Complaining why the client in question was first developed for iOS a user writes:

"Ya, just read in the news Android is seeing 400000 new activations PER DAY, don’t waste your time with iOS! And make it free with ads, no way I’m paying, sorry"

I guess he still doesn't get it why they are 'wasting their time' with iOS ;-) Hint: it might have something to do with this exact mentality...

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Blackberry Protect

last change: 2010-07-13
Nice service from Blackberry: features which were only available on BES now come to BIS users as well: remote backup, lock and sweep. Service is in closed beta right now, open beta is expected for fall 2010. Said to be free except for mobile data charges.

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Nexus One

last change: 2010-01-07
Good balanced review by Engadget regarding the much-hyped Nexus One.
From the article:
"Industry politics aside, though, the Nexus One is at its core just another Android smartphone. It's a particularly good one, don't get us wrong -- certainly up there with the best of its breed -- but it's not in any way the Earth-shattering, paradigm-skewing device the media and community cheerleaders have built it up to be. It's a good Android phone, but not the last word -- in fact, if we had to choose between this phone or the Droid right now, we would lean towards the latter."

Thats quite to the point. And the missing keyboard is still a no go to me.

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Daring Fireball nonsense

last change: 2009-12-14
Regarding the half-official Google Nexus One phone Gruber states:

"The big advantage over the Droid: no hardware keyboard."

There are times when this otherwise brilliant commenter simply does not get it: no keyboard means 'I won't buy it' for a whole lot of people. Me included -- mostly due to my constant fighting with the iPhones implementation of a soft-keyboard, which sure is better than most other implementations but still ridiculously inferior to e.g. the Blackberry Bold keyboard.

So I see the Droids Keyboard as its main advantage over other offerings... its the one feature that makes me consider to try it out. I definitely won't try the Nexus One which is missing this feature.

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Android 2

last change: 2009-12-09
A nice overview of the changes Android 2.0 brings to the table. Sounds as if it will give Apple a run for its money -- and make the idiotic design decisions (read: AppStore, background processes, API limitations) even more obvious.

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Micro-Windows PDA

last change: 2009-12-07
Coming with a bit of Psion reminiscence: a kind of Atom-based PDA with a keyboard, 1GB RAM, 800x480 screen running Windows. Interesting.

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Apples blunder, pt. 1001

last change: 2009-11-08
Next really bad story of Apple getting it wrong with their AppStore... The just seem to not get it. Still glad my iPhone is sold already...

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Palm supports developers...

last change: 2009-10-06
Now this looks like developer support should be: Palm intends to share not only technical documents but even statistical data with their developers. Not to mention that there is no 'app review process' getting in the way. Just imagine what the iPhone plattform would look like without Apple dictating what their users are allowed to do -- of course having only their customers on mind... Or just their money?

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Blackberry Tethering for Mac and Linux

last change: 2009-09-15
Interesting solution to a not-so-uncommon problem: Tethering with a Blackberry when not running Windows. Berry4All does it -- and for free.

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Background Apps

last change: 2009-09-05
So, background apps are bad for you which is why Apple protects you from them?
Well, it seems that paying extra might leverage the possible harm... WTF?

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Is Nokia waking up?

last change: 2009-09-01
Maybe the still dominant but sleeping giant is returning to life... two new products about to be released look quite promising: for once, Nokia is entering the netbook space with a quite stylish thing offering built-in HSPA capabilities (should come as natural given Nokias heritage) and -- more interesting to me -- a smartphone with a really freshened up user interface.

Acutally I did never understand the Symbian critics as I do not consider the OS to be the culprit in Nokias cramped interfaces... nevertheless its Linux-based OS Maemo looks quite promising. Having a hardware keyboard is still the killer feature for me.

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last change: 2009-07-10
So much regarding the 'S' in the latest iPhone generations name representing 'Speed': its upstream bandwidth is limited to 384Kpbs... HSUPA anyone?

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Blackberry RSS Reader

last change: 2009-07-07
Looking for a RSS reader that syncs with your desktop reader? This might be the right one: in addition to the well-known iPhone companion to FeedDaemon/NetNewsWire on the desktop there is a Blackberry and Windows Mobile solutions available as well. The interface is lagging behind the iPhone version but still usable.

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Howto Add Ringtones to your Blackberry

last change: 2009-06-04
A detailed Howto-guide on adding custom ringtones to your Blackberry device by mail, by download or by PC/Mac.

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