Posts Tagged ‘ iphone ’

This one article accidentally explains the biggest practical difference between iOS and Android in a nutshell

April 9, 2014
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For all the improvements to the Android end-user experience, and there have been big strides, there’s still a lot of practical differences in usability between the two platforms for everyday average-Joe users and this recent GottaBeMOBILE article inadvertently highlights one of the biggest real-world problems facing users of Android devices: Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note…

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iOS 7 Quick Takes and What’s (Still) Missing in iOS 7

June 14, 2013
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iOS 7 Quick Takes and What’s (Still) Missing in iOS 7

By now you have probably seen the screen shots of iOS 7. It is extremely white, wow, and yes, it’s “flat” too. I have not taken the deep dive into all the features and changes yet, but already I can see that it’s a much bigger shift than I first thought. There have been some…

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Android vs. iPhone development experience

March 26, 2013
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There are a steady stream of posts about which platform makes more sense to develop for, in terms of market size, chances for success etc. This post isn’t about that. This post is about the development experience itself, what it’s like building apps for the two platforms. A few years ago I would have said,…

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Here we go again, Google is nice, Apple is mean

March 18, 2013
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Here we go again, Google is nice, Apple is mean

In a piece titled “How Apple Gets All the Good Apps,” Walt Mossberg points out that Apple’s direct competitors — Google, Microsoft and Amazon — all have official versions of their apps for Apple devices. He asks: So, why do Apple’s rivals help make iPhones and iPads more versatile when Apple doesn’t return the favor? The article portrays…

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No, Apple should not chase the Android release cycle train wreck

August 10, 2012
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No, Apple should not chase the Android release cycle train wreck

Dan Rowinski at ReadWriteWeb, said yesterday that Apple has a problem, citing IDC research that claims Android accounted for 68% of smartphone shipments in 2Q12. IDC notes that Samsung was responsible for 44% of all Android devices shipped. That equates to 46.11 million devices, or about 20 million more than the iPhone. As I’ve noted…

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“It works on iPad” Choose wisely when considering alternative platforms

July 31, 2012
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For many years, I did my best to avoid the mainstream platform of the day, Windows and Internet Explorer. I used Solaris, Linux, Firefox, and many other alternative platforms as my primary choice whenever possible and only resorted to Windows and Internet Explorer as a last resort and as rarely as possible. Until Max OS X…

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Forbes: Android is shipping more phones but Apple is still the logical choice for mobile development

May 16, 2012
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The title to this May 9 story, suggests another Apple bashing: “Is Apple’s dominance of Mobile Development on the Wane?” It appears to be an old editorial trick, the classic alarmist headline, because the article itself goes on to answer in the negative: Apple is the logical choice for mobile development today Where is market share…

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As Stuart notes, Skype iPhone multitasking is borked

July 30, 2010
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Being able to have Skype on the iPhone run in the background is cool.  However, as Stuart notes in his post Skype iPhone Multitasking Not Ready for Prime Time, there are problems in practice. The biggest problem is your battery.  Once you run Skype, it will keep running, and sucking up your battery.  Instead of…

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My take on metered AT&T iPhone/iPad data

July 20, 2010
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My take on metered AT&T iPhone/iPad data

For most of us, looking at our data usage history, the new metered plans look like they’ll save us some money. But, let me tell you why there’s more to it than that. First, I’ve heard a lot of people say recently, statements along the lines of “2GB is more data than I’ll ever use.”…

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Good example of why Apple was able to beat the wireless operators

October 12, 2009
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PC World reports: AT&T Wireless CEO Hints at ‘Managing’ iPhone Data Usage saying that AT&T is overwhelmed by the data usage of iPhone users and may have to do something about it. iPhone users apparently consume 13 times the data of “the average smartphone customer.” Yeah.  You know why? Because the iPhone provides a user…

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