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All posts tagged "iphone 4"


Monday, November 15, 2010

Faceoff: iPhone 4, HTC Desire, HTC HD7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 PM

http://www.smartphonegurus.com/foru...sire-v-htc-hd7/

"One evening in the week I was talking to a colleague and he was asking which machine I preferred using between the iPhone 4, the Desire and the HD7. At the moment I'm of course using the HD7, but even using that I tend to lose some of my usual functionality. I therefore decided to put together a basic spreadsheet concerning my uses and clock up which device gets the best score. The scoring is generally a '0' for a missing feature, a '1' for a feature that it has, but for some areas where there is a greater difference than a plain yes or no then a score has been allocated."

Well, it's of course quite subjective, but Daron Brewood, CEO of Smartphone Gurus, has developed a matrix that compares three current smartphones: the iPhone 4, the HTC Desire, and the HTC HD7. What makes this a quite an interesting read is that he compares the devices on a variety of different application usage and/or functionality scenarios. For example, he includes the following in his comparison:

  • multiple Exchange accounts
  • RSS Reader
  • spoken term GPS navigation
  • eBook reader
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • notification system
  • quick camera operation
  • speed dials
  • and many more...

Again, these are his opinions, but it gets right at the hear of the user's total experience (see the article on TXI in an earlier post). A little suspense - you'll need to click over to the article to find his conclusion.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Do iPhone 4 Dropped Calls Represent an Opportunity for Microsoft and its Partners?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 04:00 PM

Apple's legendary design prowess has taken a bit of a hit the last few days as more and more users experience dropped calls from purportedly "holding their phone in the wrong way". We don't know the extent of the issue yet, but it sure seems to be significant.

There's a lot a stake here. Apple, through good design and product production, and excellent marketing, has built a formidable reputation for quality in its products. They have convinced many people that their products are "a notch above" the competition. If you consider, they seldom sell their products on superior functionality, focusing, rather, on the overall users' experience, including the seamless connection of many of their products. Without question, they are the gold standard for design excellence in the electronics industry. They are trend setters and pathway pioneers.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

No Gyroscope in Windows Phone 7: Do We Care?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.electronista.com/article...oscope.support/

"Windows Phone 7 won't support gyroscope functions in earlier devices, Microsoft's Brandon Watson said in a Channel9 interview. The OS may have it eventually, but not at launch, and Watson agrees it's a good idea. The issue was brought up by the inclusion of a gyroscope in iPhone 4, which will support it immediately."

Image courtesy of Clipart Etc.

One of the criticisms that has been levelled at Windows Phone 7 is that the hardware specifications matched up where to where Apple was with the iPhone in 2009 - and in many ways surpassed it. But now that the iPhone 4 has been announced, and will be out shortly, the official Windows Phone 7 specs don't look quite so good in comparison. To be sure, they're still a high bar compared to many phones on the market, but with the iPhone 4's Retina screen boasting around 60% more pixels than a WVGA screen, Apple has the high ground again. One of the hardware features in the iPhone 4 that Windows Phone 7 lacks is a gyroscope - a device that performs functions similar to that of an accelerometer, but does so with greater precision.

So, does anyone care? Frankly, I think the screen deficit is far more significant - having or not having a gyroscope isn't going to sell or not sell Windows Phone 7 devices.


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