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Monday, June 27, 2011

RIM Losing Developers to iOS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:30 PM

"All that's left for BlackBerry-maker RIM is to rearrange the deck chairs. After losing its smartphone market, its smartphone subscribers, and Wall Street, the Waterloo, Ontario handset company now sees its developers manning the lifeboats headed for Apple's iOS. Coders say they're tired of inconsistent interfaces and applications that just won't work."

From the sounds of the article, coding for RIM sounds like a nightmare. Then again, I'm no coder and have no idea the difference in coding for three input controls versus the home button and touchscreen of the iOS devices. That doesn't appear to be the only thing that is attractive with iOS though, as they seem to make it simple with the "least amount of minefields" for programmers according to those interviewed. Even if you discount the article due to the small number of developers interviewed (three), you can't discount the disparity in the number of apps for each device, 35,000 for Rim's Blackberry versus 425,000 that are in the iOS App store. Makes you wonder how long RIM is going to be able to keep afloat doesn't it?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hands On With the BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "The Competition" @ 07:30 AM

"Our good friend CrackBerry Kevin got to go hands-on and do a full BlackBerry Playbook review today - including a one-on-one with Apple's iPad - and I got dragged along as camera guy."

This is a pretty good evaluation of the BlackBerry PlayBook as compared to Apple's iPad. I'd take it with a grain of salt given that it's from a self-professed BlackBerry fan, but it still provides some context for those evaluating both devices. Personally, I'm not sold on the 7" inch screen size, but I also haven't had a chance to play with a tablet of that size. What do you think: is 7" too small for a tablet computer?

Friday, December 31, 2010

What The Geeky Got for Gifts

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 PM

"If you got an iPad as a gift during the holidays, you certainly weren't alone. In a recent poll of holiday gift recipients, iPads accounted for a full 22.7% of all gadget or hardware gifts, making iPads the single largest category in our gift poll, outstripping the nearest runner-up by nearly 14% of votes. That runner-up was Amazon's Kindle - not surprising considering that the Kindle is the best-selling product in Amazon's history."

It's a relatively small sampling size - less than 2400 votes, and only from people who read Mashable - but among the geek-set, there are a couple of stand-out points: the iPad was the #1 gift, more people got Macs (60%) than Windows machines (40%), Android phones let the way in the smartphone category with a hefty 50.3% figure (iPhones were 30%), but Windows Phone 7 devices at 10.3% just eeked out Blackberry devices (9.4%). Not bad for a brand new platform that most people still haven't heard about! Lastly, the Xbox/Kinect one-two punch clobbered the PS3 with a 54.3% figure versus only 11.9% for the PS3. The Kinect really is driving the Xbox 360 to new heights of popularity!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

How Smartphone Users See Each Other

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 01:31 PM

Check out the rest of the comic here - funny stuff! No, there's no Windows Phone user yet, but that's not surprising right?

Friday, October 29, 2010

iPhone Tops BlackBerry in Worldwide Sales (2010 Q3)

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple has for the first time outpaced Blackberry-maker Research in Motion in global smartphone sales thanks to the success of its iPhone 4, a report said Friday.Industry tracker IDC said Apple sold 14.1 million iPhone units in the third quarter while Canada's Research in Motion shipped 12.4 million Blackberry devices." 

Interesting statistic. I am seeing more and more iPhones wherever I travel. However, it seems to me that the BlackBerry still rules in the corporate world. Just get on an airplane and count the numbers of (business-looking) people using BlackBerries, and then count the comparable number of iPhone users. No contest, in this admittedly unscientific poll. But, to put it all into perspective, of 340.5 million phones sold in this time period, Nokia sold 110.4 million, Samsung sold 71.4 million, with LG coming in a distant third at 28.4 million. Apple is fourth. I'm struggling to remember when I last saw an ad for a Nokia phone, but obviously however they're marketing their products is still working. Anyone out there own a Nokia phone? 

Friday, November 6, 2009

iPhone Versus Blackberry, Survey Says?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"The "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" stereotypes in Apple's famous ad campaign have nothing on the findings from a new study of BlackBerry and iPhone owners."

iPhone owners more likely to be women than men? Well, only barely it seems, as a little over 50% of the iPhone owners surveyed were women. iPhone owners also think higher of themselves than Blackberry owners do, according to this study done by Retrevo of 455 smartphone owners. Well, it is a cool phone...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

iPhone Gaining on BlackBerry Market Share

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"Paul Carton, Director of Research at ChangeWave Research, reported yesterday at that Apple iPhone is gaining steadily on BlackBerry's market share, a great feat considering BlackBerry's entrenched position in the business sector."

BlackBerry at 40, iPhone at 30 and closing, Palm bringing up the rear with 7!! Sounds almost like a horse race being broadcast. Regardless, iPhone is definitely making big inroads on BlackBerry with 36% of those likely to buy in the next 90 days planning on buying an iPhone. If AT&T loses exclusivity, I think it is really going to be pretty much iPhone and the also rans. What are your thoughts?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Blackberry Desktop Manager for Mac Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"BlackBerry owners can now sync their contacts, calendar notes and more with their Mac systems, via the newly released Desktop Manager for Mac."

We reported on the upcoming release of this program in September, and now it is here. You can get the free program right from the Blackberry site, and it requires the following:

  • Mac OS X v10.5.5 and above (Only 32-bit mode is supported on Mac OS X v10.6);
  • BlackBerry® Device Software v4.2 or higher;
  • iTunes v7.7.1 or later.

Seems like a no-brainer if you have a Blackberry and a Mac, however I haven't read any reviews on it so downloader beware.

Friday, September 25, 2009

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"The developer behind BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac has published extensive documentation for the must-have app, saying release of the software is "just around the corner".

This does sound like something a BlackBerry owner with a Mac would want to have, since they have made it very adaptable as far as what you can sync and to what programs you can sync. For example, the program allows you to sync to Apple's Mail program or to Microsoft Entourage simply by clicking the appropriate box. It will also allow you to sync to any of Apple's programs including Address Book and iCal, as well as any other program that uses the Apple Sync Services. No word on the release date, but you can sign up for email alerts to notify you when it happens.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Radiation and the iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"In the smartphone wars Apple's iPhone can claim to be far, far healthier than Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices, at least in terms of radiation..."

According to the EWG (US Environmental Working Group), RIM, Motorola and T-Mobile have the top ten worst phones in terms of exposure to radiation. They did say, however, that all phones are within the limits established internationally, but that consumers should consult their list and purchase phones with the lowest radiation emissions. That is if they want to be safe. The limit is 2W/Kg, and the iPhone scored just under with 1.19 W/Kg. Another reason to use Bluetooth I suppose.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

40% of Smartphone Owners Would Switch to the iPhone

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"Almost 4 in 10 smartphone users who don't have an iPhone would switch to the popular Apple device for their next purchase, while 4 out of 5 of current iPhone users would buy the phone again, according to a new study. The report, by market research firm Crowd Science, also found that only 14% of non-BlackBerry users would switch to a BlackBerry device for their next mobile phone. The iPhone further outpaced other smartphones in customer satisfaction in areas such as screen size, navigation, ability to add new features and video playback quality."

Honestly, at this point, this kind of news isn't even surprising any more. For a company that many people thought couldn't crack into a crowded market, Apple not only broke in but is seriously disrupting it.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Seinfeld Not an iPhone / BlackBerry Fan

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

Thursday, March 5, 2009

App World (The BlackBerry App Store) To Open Soon

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"Developers can sign up to begin submitting their apps for inclusion in the launch of App World if they haven't already and consumers can now register to stay notified of updates. To purchase from App World a PayPal account will be required, and RIM has tossed a page up on the site directing people to create their accounts."

Ugh. Paypal? Five bucks says it won't work with my security key. Something tells me this knock-off of the App Store isn't going to take off the way Google's knock-off did on the G1. The funniest part about App World is that when the iPhone came out, we were told that there were thousands of available apps for BlackBerry devices and the ecosystem for apps was very vibrant. I guess that was just hooey and no one was actually using them, otherwise why create a new distribution model? I reckon most BlackBerry owners have never added one single app to their phones up until now (I work in a company filled with "stock" BlackBerry handhelds). Amazing how it took Apple demonstrating the obvious (if you make it easy, people will buy) to get RIM, Microsoft, and Google to follow along.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ben Ackerman Switches to Bold, Finds Need to Share

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"To better understand my gripes with the iPhone, it's important to know what I've replaced it with. It turns out, the crackberry masses with their love for all things hard keyboard that I dismissed with a smug "I can type just as fast as you on my virtual keyboard so nyah!" had it right all along. For the last 2 weeks, I've rocked a RIM BlackBerry Bold. And I've loved it. Let's just say if I didn't already keep my phone in my pants, that would be where I keep this one anyway."

This reminds me of when Cory Doctorow decided that he had to start using Ubuntu to set his content free. I never did get what that meant, seeing as you can produce your own content on a Mac quite easily and there's no DRM on it, but no one questioned his silliness. In this case, Ackerman has decided he need to tell the world he switched phones as if it's some great "pat me on the back moment."

You see, I'm not just an iPhone user. My second "work" phone is also a BlackBerry Bold. I find it impossible to take seriously anyone who says the Bold's keyboard compares to the virtual keyboard on the iPhone. There is no way on the planet earth that the Bold's keyboard is as good as the iPhone's. It just isn't. Period. I can type at least twice as fast on my iPhone, and I don't have to worry about mistakes, either; the iPhone's auto-correct is pretty damn good if you ignore it and let it do its job. As it is, I can't type a single sentence on my Bold without looking at the keyboard to make sure I'm hitting the right key.

It's nice that Mr. Ackerman has found happiness in the Bold, but frankly I'll take the iPhone's gigantic app catalog, huge screen, superior in every way media experience, awesome keyboard, fantastic web browser, and pretty damn solid e-mail client over my Bold any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

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