Yahoo Tech: Why I Am Not Getting An iPhone

Gina Hughes, The Techie Diva at Yahoo! Tech, has an article about the reasons she is not getting an iPhone. Amongst the reasons, she cites price, plans and this being the first generation.

For me personally, I don’t think I’ll be getting one simply because although a cool device, I’d probably get bored pretty soon and miss some of the other things that I love about smartphones, such as the ability to install several third-party apps, a video camera, and no MMS? Come’on…I still can’t get over that. Yes, I understand that you can send pictures via email but I still think this phone should have MMS capability.

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Nokia’s DVB-H Standard Has Backing of EU

The EU is backing Nokia’s own DVB-H standard for mobile TV. The EU is seeking to have a single standard as opposed to other nations with several standards.

Wireless Week reports that the EU intends to add DVB-H to its published list of standards in mid-July.

“I know that competition among different standards can, for some time, be a good way to let the market identify the best solution,” EC telecommunications regulator Viviane Reding told an industry conference. “But we have been waiting too long. The opportunities are slipping away. It is time to break the deadlock.”

The article also mentions that DVB-H has a strong support in the US. I can’t wait for MobileTV service to really take off in the US but that won’t happen until we have 3G networks widely available throughout the country.

New BlackBerry Browser?

BlackBerryCool reports of a new BlackBerry browser in the works, to be released just in time for the Pearl 2 launch. According to the anonymous informant who provided the scoop to BBCool, the new browser will support tab browsing and also favicon.ico support.

“There is also a new browser “home screen” that sports a listed history (with favicon.ico support, no less) and “search provider” functionality, courtesy of Google, Yahoo, Dictionary.com, IMDb.com, and Wikipedia.”

My question is, how about a browser that displays the real web page, like Opera Mini or the S60 browser? Is that too much to ask?

From Print to the Screen: Newspapers to the BlackBerry

You already do almost everything with your BlackBerry device, why not read your favorite newspapers on it while you’re at it? The folks at BlackBerryCool have a post about PressDisplay, a software now available for BlackBerry devices that will allow you to have access to more than 500 newspapers in 70 countries and 36 languages, all for $29.95/month.

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N95 vs. iPhone

Symbian-Guru and IntoMobile have created a series of funny videos comparing the iPhone to the N95. The videos are very clever and well-made. They will release one each day at 6PM CST. If you haven’t seen them, please do and give credit to these guys.

Today’s was episode 2: N95 vs. iPhone – Camera.

See the video here.

More Details on the iPhone

Engadget has posted some more details about the iPhone. The scoop comes from someone who has spent a lot of time with a pre-launch unit. Some of my worries appear to have some foundation. For example, I worry how the touch keyboard will respond to two-handed typing and the touchscreen. Here is what they had to say about them:

“The keyboard was simply described as “disappointing”. Keyboarding with two thumbs often registers multiple key presses (two or three at a time) resulting in a lot of mistakes. The best way to type is with a single finger (as shown in most of Apple’s demos), but two thumbs is supposedly very difficult. After trying it for a number of days our source gave up using their thumbs.”

“The touchscreen was said to, in general, require somewhat hard presses to register input, and needs some getting used to. “

Read the article here.

The iPhone Effect

We all know the buzz and hype that the impending iPhone launch on June 29th has generated. The world is eagerly awaiting the phone that allegedly will revolutionize the mobile phone industry. AT&T has hired an additional 2,000 temporary workers to help deal with the influx of store traffic once the doors open for the iPhone-buying crowds.

There is no denying that this phone has caught the attention of consumers (geeks and non-geeks alike), and Apple and AT&T will sell a ton of these. I, personally, am struggling to decide whether my next device should be the iPhone or the Nokia N95.

The New York Times website has an interesting article about the iPhone and what it could do for the industry and AT&T.

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