Archive for August, 2010

iPads shipping in 24 hours

iPad shipping in 24 hours

Apple has been successful in producing iPads in sufficient volume so that you can now expect yours to ship in 24 hours if you were to order one online today. 

There are also good levels of inventory at BestBuy and FutureShop stores as well as at your local Apple Store.  It would still be our recommendation that your buy the 64GB Wifi Only model if you already have an iPhone for this reason.

iPads shipping in 24 hours

iPads shipping in 24 hours

iPhone suffers from Bad Carriers

Things I don’t like about iPhone 4

iPhone suffers from Bad Carriers

iPhone suffers from Bad Carriers

Dear Reader,

So yesterday I wrote about the things I really like about the iPhone 4.  So today I tell you what I don’t like.

So what don’t  I like about the iPhone 4.

  • It’s only a little heavier, but it feels heavier.  It really pulls on your shirt pocket now.  You’ll need better shirts and pants pockets.
  • I don’t like the Carriers.  Rogers seems to be the front runner now in terms of economical plans if you are going with a 3 year contract.  Again Rogers has the Better Voice Quality and signal strength finding you in basements, underground parking and elevators. Bell has the faster Data Network.  But a plan based on your usage pattern will still run you between $65.00 and $100.00 a month with the average being $75.00 per month for 200 min./month. Voice and 6 GB data plan with Evenings and Weekends free starting at 6:00 PM with Unlimited Text/Talk to 10 Local numbers.  This phone is not cheap to own.
  • The Warranty.  I don’t think a 1 year Warranty on a Device you have to keep for 3 years is long enough. Sure you can extend it by purchasing after market or other plans but it should be part of your 3 year Carrier Contract.
iPhone 4 Review

Things I Like about iPhone 4

Dear Reader,

iPhone 4 Review

iPhone 4 Review

I’ve only had access to an iPhone 4 since July 30th 2010 here in Canada, but like you I’ve been following the reviews that others have been putting out there to see where the true value of this device lies.

So here are a list of things that I like about the device and things I don’t like about the iPhone 4.

Maybe they can help you to make up your mind.  I like:

  • The screen, it’s amazing.  They call it the Retina Display and for the good reason that your eye, just can’t detect pixels in this display unless the application you are running has been badly ported to run on the iPhone 4.  Text is sharp and crisp.
  • The sound is good, both through the speakers, the headphones with Mic and through your Car Stereo if you are using the RCA (red, white, yellow) adapter cable to hook into your car stereo.  Your music and voice calls were never better.
  • Longer battery life is awesome.  It feels twice as long as you would get on an iPhone 3GS even though it is a 40% improvement to spec.
  • The speed and the memory are also great.  With Computers, which is what a smart phone is, more processor power and memory make for better responsiveness and multitasking. The 1 GigHz A4 processor and 512 MB of DRAM deliver performance.
  • The Front and Rear facing cameras are awesome.  The phone now becomes the ideal tool for capturing those happy moments in your life that you want to digitally share with your social networks.
  • 720 HD video is also wonderful.  The frame rates are fast with no clipping or skipping. The picture quality seems life like and brings you back to the memory of the moment with clarity and emersion.

Continued.

Rogers Bell or Telus iPhone?

Who is the better iPhone Carrier; Rogers or Bell?

So if you were going to buy a new  iPhone not having been with Rogers or Bell, who should you choose?

Right now in the United States they only have the choice of AT & T. Unless the iPhone is Jail Broken.

But in Canada you can get an iPhone from Rogers, Fido, Bell and Telus.  its great for Canadians to have choice but who should you choose?

Rogers Bell or Telus iPhone?

Rogers Bell or Telus iPhone?

Well do you care about voice calling more than you do about data?

Rogers has better voice quality.  Bell has a faster Data Network.

You can select any 2 iPhones. 1 Rogers and 1 Bell and do the speedtest.net App test. Bell gets a faster result.

Select any 2 iPhones and have a conversation with either Carrier and Rogers sounds more clear.  Bell has digital hiss and echo and pings.

The other point of note is that for out of plan minutes for local calling you have to pay $0.40 per minute with Bell but $0.35 with Rogers.

Telus and Fido are lower cost variants of Bell and Rogers respectively.  Its arguable that they are the best deal since they leverage their big brothers networks.

HSPA Bell Coverage as shown by this really biased chart

HSPA Bell Coverage as shown by this really biased chart

The average cost of an iPhone contract with Rogers or Bell  is $60.00 to $75.00 per month.

This includes, unlimited Texting, 6 GB of Data and between 150 to 250 minutes with Evenings and Weekends for free starting at 6:00 PM.  Be sure to let me know if you have a better plan than that.

I’m curious to learn what your experience is so please post a comment below.

Whenever I hear the word droid I think of R2

Oracle is filing a Lawsuit against Google’s Use of Java in Android phones OS

“In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement,” said Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman.”

What this means is that Google may have to pay royalties to Oracle who now owns Sun Computers, the inventors of the JAVA programming language and virtual

Whenever I hear the word droid I think of R2

Whenever I hear the word droid I think of R2

run time environment.

This does not really affect Apple directly as they do not use Java.  They based the iOS on the MacOSX Cocoa Objective C language which is descended from the NEXT OS.

Apple has completely avoided this problem by building its own hardware and software in order to give users the best runtime experience possible.

iOS 4.0

iOS 4.0.2 or iOS 4.0.1?

iOS 4.0.2 is now available in iTunes.

It takes away the ability to jailbreak your iPhone as easily as you were able to do with iOS 4.0.1.

iOS 4.0

iOS 4.0

The choice is yours.  If you are saving money with the jailbreak by tethering your iPad to your iPhone as we have shown you how to do, then you can stay at iOS 4.0.1.

If you are concerned about other nefarious developer crafting a fishing site that may lure you in to reading a trojan PDF file that gives them root access to your device, then you should update to iOS 4.0.2.

If Only We Had a Star Trek Time Travel Portal

DigiTimes has 2 pieces of news related to Apple’s iOS platform.

The first has to do with the iPhone coming to Verizon in January 2011.

The other reports that Apple may release a 7 inch iPad in 2011.

If Only We Had a Star Trek Time Travel Portal

If Only We Had a Star Trek Time Travel Portal

DigiTimes says that Apple will refresh the iPad in the first quarter of 2011.

The new model will include a processor based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 chip, This will provide a performance upgrade from the current Apple A4 chip that is based on the Cortex-A8 design.

The report also claims that the new iPad will have the same amount of RAM as the iPhone 4 which has 512 MB of RAM, up from the 256 MB in the current iPad.

According to the report, the iPad will be available in both the existing 9.7-inch screen size and a smaller 7-inch size.

The smaller version will have the same 1024 x 768 resolution of the current iPad, resulting in an increase in pixel density to 183 pixels per inch from 132 pixels per inch. While not offering the same high resolution as the iPhone 4’s Retina display at 326 ppi, content on the smaller iPad would seem sharper and clearer than on the 9.7 inch version.
More memory and a faster processor couple with a smaller form factor and possibly a smaller batter or one the same size could mean that the new iPad mini could have less battery life.

Also the main selling point for the original iPad is the greater size of the screen that allows viewing more of the Web or what ever else you are looking at with less eye strain.

It will be interesting to see what develops in the first quarter of 2011.

Bell Telus iPhone 3GS

Get an 8GB iPhone 3GS Now $49 On Contract from Telus

 

Bell Telus iPhone 3GS

Bell Telus iPhone 3GS

Telus is the first Canadian wireless carrier to reduce the 8GB iPhone 3GS to $49.00 on a 3-year voice and data plan contract.

The iPhone 4 roll out is in full motion with line ups 80 to 100 deep at the Apple Stores in the GTA every day since its release in Canada on July 30th.
So 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3GS are disappearing from sales floors, the 8GB iPhone 3GS comes in at the lowest price ever for a brand-new iPhone.

If you are looking for a deal and do not care much for the iPhone 4, then check out the iPhone 3GS from Telus:

  • iPhone 3GS 8GB Black (on contract): $49.00 (was $99.00; $50 price drop)
  • iPhone 3GS 8GB Black (without contract): $549.00 (locked to Telus)

All new iPhone 3GS units already have iOS 4.0 or 4.0.1 preloaded.

iOS 4.0 and 4.0.1 introduced multitasking and home and lock screen backgrounds which run slowly on a 3G iPhone.
The iPhone 3Gs is perfectly suited for the new iOS. 8 Gigabytes of data does not leave a lot of room to play though if you will be a heavy Apps and iPod user.

Users who purchase the 8GB iPhone 3GS outright (no contract) at $549 from an Apple Store will have the device unlocked. Users who purchase the 8GB iPhone 3GS on contract for $49 from an Apple Store will have the device locked to Telus (just as if you bought the device at Telus for $49).

Customers purchasing at an Apple Store also receive a Telus SIM card in store when buying on contract, or will get to choose any carrier SIM card if purchased outright.

Communicator Signal Problems, will we still have them in the future?

The Importance of a Case for your iPhone 4.

At the press conference on July 16th. Apple highlighted the importance of having a case to get the highest performance of your iPhone 4 in low signal strength cell zones.

Apple plans to give iPhone 4 owners a free case until September 30th in order to address any concerns their customers might have over what some consider to be a design flaw for its overplayed antenna and signal problems.

CEO Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. made the announcement during a press conference at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Friday morning in response to a Public Relations maelstrom reported with the iPhone 4, which was unveiled in June.

iPhone 4 owners can apply for the free bumper (a case that protects just the outer rim of the phone) online at Apple’s Web site, and owners who already purchased a bumper or other style of iPhone 4 case will get a full refund, Jobs said.

Steve Jobs said, “We’re not perfect, phones aren’t perfect. But we want to make all our users happy.”

Jobs said Apple can’t make enough bumpers for of all 3 million iPhone 4 customers, so it’s negotiated with third-party manufacturers and will offer customers a choice of cases.
Apple plans to continue offering these free cases until September 30.

Jobs admitted that Apple and SmartPhones are not perfect. In a clever turn of play Steve Job’s shone the light on competitor smartphone manufacturers and had video demonstration of how products such as the BlackBerry and the Droid display similar drops in cell phone signal strength when held in a certain way. In fact ,the instructions and owners manuals of these phones also admit that signal drops can occur if the phones are held a certain way. Signal impedance and attenuation are just facts of life for microwaves and us carbon based lifeforms.

Communicator Signal Problems, will we still have them in the future?

Communicator Signal Problems, will we still have them in the future?

After the press conference ended, Apple posted photos, videos, and details about its $100,000,000.00 testing facility that were shown during the event. The signal issue occurs when iPhone 4 users touch the seam on the lower-left side of the iPhone 4 where there is a gap in the iPhone 4’s external casing which doubles as an antenna.
Jobs said just 0.55 percent of iPhone 4 owners called Apple to voice conerns about the signal problems and return rates are lower than they were for the iPhone 3GS.

In areas with good cellular signal strength, the clarity and quality of the iPhone 4s voice call quality is praiseworthy. Experts have weighed in and said that the external antennae doubling as a primary structure for a phone will be copied by competitor phone makers in the future.

What do you think?