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parislemon • Why I Hate Android

January 10, 2012 Comments off

parislemon • Why I Hate Android.

I my dislike for Android is not as visceral as MG Siegler but his posting shows that betrayed love is sometimes part of the hatred equation.  One thing I DO agree with…arguments that Android is “open” is meaningless to me given the power that Google gave back to the carriers.  Every aspect of “open” in android has pretty much been perverted by the carriers save for a full on fork like Amazon.

MG’s bitterness is understandable.  Google’s shift on net neutrality and jumping into bed with Verizon was a clear betrayal of the “do no evil” ideal.

“I think about these things everyday that I see positive news about Android. It’s so wonderful that the platform which helped cripple Net Neutrality and is keeping the evil carriers in control is taking off. Make no mistake: Android is now the carriers’ best friend…

All of this backstory knowledge fuels my rage. When I see Google talk about how “open” the platform is, setting it up as the foil to the “closed” (and framed as “evil”) iPhone, I want to scream and rip someone’s head off. It’s not only the most extreme example of being disingenuous that I can ever recall seeing — it’s nuclear bullshit.

Apple, for all the shit they get for being “closed” and “evil”, has actually done far more to wrestle control back from the carriers and put it into the hands of consumers. Google set off to help in this goal, then stabbed us all in the back and went the complete other way, to the side of the carriers. And because they smiled the entire time they were doing it and fed us this “open” bullshit, we thanked them for it. We’re still thanking them for it!”

I like a lot of the folks at Google.  Google itself?  Not so much.  I’d much rather deal with Oracle frankly.  Sharks are dangerous but their nature is obvious.

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Oh, Charlie, you should have been here for Christmas — Scobleizer

December 30, 2011 Comments off

Oh, Charlie, you should have been here for Christmas — Scobleizer.

Meh, I disagree with Scoble that it’s too late for Microsoft…they still have a few cards in their hands they can play even though there’s no real indication that they will do so.

There are still a lot of enterprise users of BB and I believe that MS can claw it’s way into double digit market share if it can show a better enterprise migration path to WP than to the iPhone or Android on this basis alone.

Personally I would buy Good and tailor their products for the WP platform (preferably exclusively).  Given that MS also controls the other end of the connection they should be able to create the best enterprise user experience available…not just from the end user perspective but also from the IT perspective.

Then I’d look at implementing an AirPlay like mirror protocol in a little $50 device you can hook to a business projector geared toward flawless wireless powerpoint presentations from your WP device.  Especially if it also works with the TV in the hotel room and I can pair my WP to a bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Looks like sharepoint integration and office integration is already pretty decent so these are already advantages for the enterprise user.

I’d support enterprise app development with deeply discounted or free dev phones for MSDN premium (or whatever tier) subscriptions.

Scoble is right that with such a huge advantage in the consumer market that going head to head against Android and iOS is probably a lost cause without a truly game changing advantage.  One that WP7 doesn’t provide.  However, the enterprise market served by BB is a far softer target and would get enough WP devices into people’s hands to see that it’s not a bad platform at all.  And if you have FB, Netflix and the usual apps it’s also good enough for home use.

Frankly, even as an Apple fan, I’m sorely tempted to make a Nokia my next phone purchase.  I probably won’t because I’d likely lose my unlimited data plan if I did.

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parislemon • “Horseshit”

December 16, 2011 Comments off

parislemon • “Horseshit”.

Woof, pass the popcorn.  I guess when you call someone out for class warfare the gloves comes off and the return fire can be brutal.

Josh was wrong anyway and his outrage misplaced…or perhaps more accurately, placed to appeal to android fans…

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2010s Smartphone Screens are the New 1950s Tail Fins

October 11, 2011 Comments off

2010s Smartphone Screens are the New 1950s Tail Fins.

John Kneeland (and Dustin Curtis) makes the point that larger screens are less ergonomic.  Which is true for one handed operation but not “ever-more ridiculous” for all folks.

One aspect important to a largish segment of the iPhone demographic is eyesight over 40.  When I bought my iPhone 4 the retina display was freaking awesome.  The text could be very small and I could still read it!

A year later, not so much.  The text is still ultra crisp when really small…I just can’t read really small anymore unless it’s inches from my nose or in that tiny sliver of real estate in my old man glasses (thankfully progressive without the lines) where the optics aren’t blurring the screen into a mess.

Would a 4.65″ 720 screen really be that helpful?  A bit.  I zoom my iPhone now when I can and I’d take all the size and screen real estate I could get.

The other times I wouldn’t mind a slightly larger screen is for when I’m watching a movie on my iPhone.  Which I do when my kids are monopolizing the iPad when we’re traveling.  Probably 90% of my mobile bandwidth is going to YouTube or Netflix.  It’s also nice for showing a movie or photo of my kids on my iPhone to someone else.

So put me in the camp that would buy a larger 4″+ iPhone.  Especially one that might be 1920×1280…as long as it still fits in a pocket, I’m good and would trade that for improved one handed operation.

via Daring Fireball

Update:  Evidently I’m not the only one that feels this way: Charlie’s Diary – Gadget Patrol: Bigger is Better?

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