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  • blueorbit 7:51 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, , GoogleRIM, Smartpones, Usability   

    Well – now the cat is among the pigeons around Blue Orbit.

    Our new website is being tweaked (*take a peek, oh critical friend) – http://www.blueorbit.com.

    It is also a time of “let’s try all kinds of phones”, here at the offices in Gastown.

    The ace on our staff, Chelsea, has a BlackBerry – Two of us have Iphone 4’s – and now we have Jared has an Android and this is a new BlackBerry Bold.

    Ok, I will be honest – I have become an ardent Apple freak. (*Chelsea is sick of my ranting, but she is polite and turns ip the earbuds on “Hey, Soul Sister” – while I rave about the Iphone.)

    Then I picked up this new Blackberry.

    OK> A couple of things – if you SUCK as a typist, like old hunt and peck here, they have a touch screen and a mini’ish Blackberry qwerty board.

    Cool.

    Connectivity to 3G = fine + even got bars in parking lots.

    Wi-fi – as slow as a Politician on Glue.

    The design and slip up screen = OK, Camera – #Fail – think the 3.0 whatever megapixel is a downggrade from the killer Iphone.

    The size, with sliding screen > Cool. Like it. Mini USP connection.

    App store – #Fail.

    Has less apps than I have brain cells.

    All in all – in the Blue Orbit “Does this phone SUCK or Rock” Category – this Blackberry gets a 4.2 out of a possible 6.

    We use six – because 5 and 10 are boring and over used.

    Sort of like Kirstie Alley’s shtick.

    TOm “The Phantom” Phone Phreak.

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  • blueorbit 1:11 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Apple, ,   

    Gartner: Android To Power 49% Of Smartphones By 2012 

    Being a lover of all things Apple, I was personally surprised to read this article on The Next Web regarding the apparent, upcoming saturation of the smartphone market by Android owners. Although I fully support the iPhone, market research firm Gartner forecasts that the Android operating system will power 49% of the world’s smartphones in 2012 as the devices continue to lower in price, making it more appealing to emerging markets as a replacement.

    Gartner’s new report suggests smartphones sales will near 500 million units in 2011, a 57.7% increase from 2010, with sales of open OS devices accounting for a quarter of all mobile handset sales during that period. The expected growth of smartphones is expected to rise in conjunction with price reductions from competing manufacturers. The study states that by 2015, two thirds of all open OS devices will have an average selling price of $300 or less – ensuring Android shipment volumes remain high for mid to low-cost smartphones.

    For those on Team Apple, its iOS platform is expected to remain the second largest worldwide over the next two years, however, its share is expected to fall during this time. Gartner assumes that Apple will continue to chase margins rather than market share, keeping prices high and limiting adoption in emerging markets. Hmm…

    via: thenextweb.com

    http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2011/04/07/gartner-android-to-power-49-of-smartphones-by-2012/

     
  • blueorbit 12:31 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple,   

    Nokia Sues Apple for Patent Infringement in Europe – NYTimes.com 

    In the latest salvo of a protracted legal battle, Nokia sued Apple on Thursday in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, alleging that the U.S. technology company used 13 of its patents, including a basic touch-screen maneuver, without its permission.

    The lawsuits filed by Nokia are the most recent demands for royalty payments from its archrival Apple, the computer and device maker based in Cupertino, California, which entered the mobile phone business in 2007 with the iPhone, a device that redefined the smartphone.

    via Nokia Sues Apple for Patent Infringement in Europe – NYTimes.com.

     
  • blueorbit 12:59 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, Chinese language, DigiTimes, Foxconn, , Secure Digital, Steve Jobs, Taipei   

    iPad 2 rumors mount: dual cameras, sharper display, SD card slot? – Yahoo! News 

    It’s been almost a year since Steve Jobs first announced the original iPad, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that rumors of a sequel are reaching a fever pitch. The latest iPad 2 buzz echoes chatter we’ve been hearing for months: two cameras, a thinner design, and maybe even an SD card slot.

    Taipei-based tech site DigiTimes (registration required; and note that it has a spotty record when it comes to Apple rumors) sparked the latest round of rumors earlier this week, reporting Tuesday that Chinese manufacturer Foxconn was set to ship the next iPad “within the next 100 days,” possibly as soon as February.

    via iPad 2 rumors mount: dual cameras, sharper display, SD card slot? – Yahoo! News.

     
  • blueorbit 9:49 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, Hewlett Packard, JonRubinstein, Palm, Palm Pixi, Palm Pre, , WebOS   

    Palm head says turnaround hurt by swifter peers: 

    The head of smart-phone maker Palm said the company’s attempt at a turnaround – which ended earlier this year when it was bought by Hewlett Packard for $1.8 billion in cash – was thwarted by competitors that simply moved too quickly.

    Speaking at a tech conference Tuesday, Jon Rubinstein said that Palm Inc., a pioneer in the smart phone market that fell behind in recent years, had many of the necessary elements for success when it launched its fresh operating software, webOS, and accompanying Pre and Pixi smart phones in 2009. These strengths included a solid team and software, a great product pipeline and over $500 million in cash.

    Still, “the world moved faster than we expected and we ran out of runway,” he said.

    via My Way News – Palm head says turnaround hurt by swifter peers.

     
  • blueorbit 1:19 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Apple, , , , , , PC World (magazine)   

    IOS 4.2: Ten Features It Still Needs – PCWorld Business Center 

     

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    Now that iOS 4.2 is out and we’ve lauded its best features, it’s time to take a look at its biggest omissions. (It’s only fair, right?) We took an informal survey of Macworld editors to determine the most-hoped-for features that still aren’t here, then whittled the list down to the top ten.

    via IOS 4.2: Ten Features It Still Needs – PCWorld Business Center.

     
  • blueorbit 4:35 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Apple, , , , , ,   

    Efficient and Effective (and Free) Mobile Apps For Busy Folks – DigiFams 

    If you’re like me, you probably at one point have downloaded a lot of apps because they’re…well…FREE, but only to find out that they either just waste your time and not worthy of the space it occupied or it becomes one that only gets used when killing time. Well, after 2 years of carrying a smart phone I finally narrowed down my list of apps. I kept the ones I use frequently and are now my mainstay iPhone residents that I can’t do without. These are ones that keep me efficient and effective as I go about my daily routine.

    via Efficient and Effective (and Free) Mobile Apps For Busy Folks – DigiFams.

     
  • blueorbit 9:19 am on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, BBM Canada, , , , Latin America, Mexico City,   

    RIM Taps Teens’ Messaging Mania to Top Apple in Latin America – Bloomberg 

    The iPhone was an also-ran for Monica Amilpas when she chose her first smartphone last year. She opted for the BlackBerry Curve because it had an instant- messaging feature the Apple Inc. device lacked.

    “BlackBerry Messenger has helped me a lot because the little messages are free,” said Amilpas, 31, who works at a consulting firm in Mexico City and stays in touch with clients, colleagues and family through BBM, as it’s known. “Before I had to use text messages, but this doesn’t cost anything.”

    The messaging feature and lower-cost phones have boosted the popularity of Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry in the developing world, making it the top smartphone brand in Latin America this year, researcher IDC says. RIM is relying on emerging markets for revenue growth as competition from Apple and Google Inc.’s Android cut into its U.S. and European sales.

    via RIM Taps Teens’ Messaging Mania to Top Apple in Latin America – Bloomberg.

     
  • blueorbit 10:09 pm on November 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Android Bests Iphone, Apple, AT&T, Consumer Reports, , , iPhone 4, Samsung i9000 Galaxy S   

    Android phones sweep Consumer Reports ratings, beat down the iPhone 

    What are the best phones on the market? Consumer Reports has an answer, and it’s an unequivocal one — those that use Android. The magazine rated phones by carrier, and in every instance Android phones came out on top. Overall, nine of the top 10 phones were Android. The magazine wouldn’t even recommend the iPhone 4 because of antenna problems.

    The magazine rated the phones based on quite a few criteria, including display, voice quality, ability to navigate the phone, Web browsing, battery life, camera, and more. It then came up with an numeric ranking for each phone, and listed them by carrier. Android made a clean sweep. Here’s the breakdown:

    via Android phones sweep Consumer Reports ratings, beat down the iPhone – Computerworld Blogs.

     
  • blueorbit 11:46 am on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, , HTC Corporation, , Motorola, , , SquareTrade   

    iPhone 4 is Most Reliable Smartphone, Study Says | PCMag.com 

    Apple’s iPhone is the most reliable smartphone, according to SquareTrade Reasearch’s analysis of more than 50,000 such devices.

    The study looked at four smartphone makers: Apple, RIM, HTC, and Motorola. It used four months of data for the iPhone 4, which went on sale in June, a year of data for Blackberry, and eight months of data for HTC and Motorola. SquareTrade last analyzed smartphone reliability in November 2008, “when the BlackBerry, Apple’s iPhone 3G, and Palm Treo dominated the smartphone market,” it said.

    While the November 2010 study found that the iPhone is the most trustworthy phone, it also showed Android-based Motorola and HTC devices to be pretty comparable in terms of dependability. Within the first 12 months, 2.1 percent of iPhone 4s were “projected to have a non-accident malfunction.” Motorola and HTC have similar malfunction rates with 2.3 percent and 3.7 percent respectively.

    The study showed RIM’s BlackBerry devices to be less dependable; In the first 12 months, 6.3 percent faltered. However, the study said 75 percent of smartphone collapses were a result of “accidental damage,” and BlackBerrys have the lowest percentage of these types of instances (6.7 percent). Nearly one in 10 (9.4 percent) iPhone 4s fell victim to this fate however, the highest rate of any other smartphones.

    via iPhone 4 is Most Reliable Smartphone, Study Says | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.

     
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