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  • Phokal 3:39 pm on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: iphone,   

    WordPress Mobile Upgrade 

    Finally.

    WordPress.com has added a Mobile page when viewed from a Mobile device.

    I highly recommend checking it out. It’s very slick, automatic, and based on what type of device you use.

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  • Phokal 1:30 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Android, , iphone, verizon   

    Is Verizon finally going on the offensive? 

    I was a loyal Verizon customer for years.  They always get the best ratings for network, customer service, and have the best Network Maps.  However, their phone selection has always been incredibly poor.  My Razr was one of the best phones they offered and it was locked down.  I couldn’t set a custom Ringtone unless I bought it through the Verizon Store, unlike other carrier’s Razrs.  I couldn’t run .jre apps, only the limited Verizon proprietary game store. I couldn’t customize any of the options other carriers let their Razrs change.  VERIZON WIRELESS was plastered over every screen.

    AT&T is their main competitor and the only reason anyone goes with AT&T is the iPhone.  Their Cellular and Customer Service are generally ranked as either low or poor in comparison.  When my Verizon contract expired a year and a half ago, I wanted to stay with the Verizon network; I went to the store and asked: “What do you have that competes with the iPhone?”
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    • hintzilla 12:37 pm on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been reading about Android constantly for the last few months while trying to figure out what to do when my current AT&T contract ends this December. I currently have a Blackberry that I’m happy with, but will be switching to an Android device. My current choice would be Sprint’s Hero, but there are a lot of Android phones coming out in the next few months, spread across multiple carriers.

      The device that Verizon is teasing in the iDon’t commercials is this one: http://www.androidcentral.com/motorola-droid-captured-high-quality-pictures

      It has a beefier processor than any previously released Android device, a 16:9 capacitive touch screen, and will run Android 2.0 out of the box.

      I don’t think that this phone will do much to upset the iPhone market, but I do think that it will at least get people talking about Android. Since not much has been released about Android 2.0 yet, I’m still sticking with the Hero if only for HTC’s amazing Sense UI which not only looks great, but adds a lot of really smart functionality on top of the standard Android OS.

      If you want to at least play around with Android a bit, the Sprint store in Greenway Station has a Hero on display that I went and toyed around with for about an hour last week. I suggest checking it out, even if you’re not going to switch any time soon.

    • mglamb 6:50 pm on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I disagree with a few of your points.

      1). The reason I haven’t switched to an iPhone isn’t the data plan cost… I prefer CDMA technology (since I live in the states), and I prefer Windows Mobile, where I can get almost anything for free, and if I wanted to, I could write my own apps, and tinker to my heart’s delight.

      2). In markets where Alltel users were of sufficient numbers to survey, Consumer Reports reported a higher customer satisfaction of wireless network, and customer service than the other companies (I seem to remember it was a pretty significant difference, say as much as 10% higher, but I could be wrong, while VZW and AT&T were neck and neck…).

      Also keep in mind, bars mean nothing, so unless you’re judging by your own ear as a means for quality of network coverage you’ve got no proof… (Since you haven’t unlocked your iPhone, I doubt you can get into the diagnostics to see the actual signal strengths — bars are misrepresentative measures because manufacturers don’t use standards for depicting signal strength, if you want facts you’ve got to read the signal strength and error-ratio/interference off the radio, usually in a phone’s diagnostic mode).

      It hasn’t just taken Verizon that long to launch some sort of rebuttal to the iPhone… it’s taken a lot of companies that long… Microsoft, HTC (and the other WM handset companies), and the other carriers.

      I think you’re exaggerating about the size of WM phones from the time you were up for renewal — as I recall, my HTC Touch is slightly thicker than your iPhone, slightly shorter, and the same width.

      Hacking a WM phone is pretty easy, building your own firmware is pretty easy, there IS a risk of bricking your device, but that risk is present on any device when flashing firmware. Granted, I might be more impressed with the iPhone if I saw one unlocked.

      As for the future?

      WM 6.5 has not impressed me greatly thus far (admittedly, my phone was not designed for it, and the ROM I am using is a poor implementation where everything works, but somethings do not work as I like).

      Android hasn’t impressed me much either – again, running android on my old HTC which isn’t likewise wasn’t designed for android, and the implementation isn’t the greatest either.

      I anticipate evaluating both platforms more fully when my contract runs up in March (I think).

      Leaning towards a Touch Pro2 (or better) or some sort of Android phone similar (or better) in specs to the Hero but with a keyboard built in. It will likely be an HTC phone though.

    • mglamb 6:55 pm on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I must admit that I really like their advertisement on “droiddoes.com”

      “DON’T YOU WISH YOU HAD A ROBOT SIDEKICK THAT MOVED AT LIGHT SPEED, COULD GET YOU OUT OF ANY PROBLEM AND LIVED IN YOUR POCKET?

      SOON YOU WILL.”

  • Phokal 5:06 pm on July 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , iphone   

    Assassin's Creed for iPhone demo impressions 

    The first thing you are greated to is a cg cinematic when you play the regular version of Assassin’s Creed. When you load the iPhone version you are greeted to a movie of the regular version’s gameplay. Right down to targetting cursors appearing on characters running around the screen.

    The gameplay itself is solid; the biggest hurdle is the virtual joystick. Either you will be able to deal with it or it will break the game for you. Try the newly launched demo/free version to test this.

    Otherwise it is a nice looking platformer (for a phone game). Though, I did notice my battery drop pretty quick while testing out the demo.

     
  • Phokal 4:55 pm on July 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , iphone   

    Facebook 3.0 for iPhone 3.0 

    Here it is:

    Facebook 3.0 for iPhone 3.0 almost complete

    Check it out. Looks good, but will lack push until 3.1
    http://www.insidefacebook.com/2009/07/01/facebook-for-iphone-30-coming-soon-preview-and-details/

     
  • Phokal 10:38 am on February 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: iphone, PuzzleQuest   

    PuzzleQuest for the iPhone soon complete and now cheaper 

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    PuzzleQuest for the iPhone launched for $10 and promised to be the first of 3 chapters.  It was the first half of the initial release of PuzzleQuest, followed by the second half, and then the console-only Expansion.  Each to be priced.

    Recently, it has been announced that the second half will be a free update, as may be reflected in the name change from PuzzleQuest: Chapter 1 to PuzzleQuest.  The price has also been reduced (sale?) to $8 from $10.

    There were technical issues with the initial release, and some still complain about the font, but there is now a Free demo available to test this with.

    For $8, the original PuzzleQuest, on the go on my phone, will be purchased again.

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  • Phokal 8:01 pm on August 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cult of steve jobs, iphone   

    I got an iPhone. 

    I got an iPhone. Expect updates.

    My biggest gripe would be a lack of good To Do list and Notes. Both of which have decent DLC solutions, but not as well integrated as the built in contact and calendar support.

    Also, while Contacts has built in Address to Map support, Calendar appointments do not.

    The is no push protocal for 3rd party apps, yet. So you must log into aim or facebook to see if you have messages waiting.

    But….

    The touch screen is great. Useful and beautiful.

    New apps coming out every week.

    It is 3 devices in one, and the whole device is quite small. Phone, PDA, and iPod all in a flat device that easily fits in your pocket.

    This post was sent from the iPhone.

     
    • euphoricdream 6:57 pm on August 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      got mine on 8/13 – it rules faces. first unit was DOA so set up in total took like an hour or an hour and a half. luckily work rules and were toally cool with me hanging out at the apple store.

      last.fm & pandora are awesome but sadly it sounds like they may be sued to oblivion. simplify media is also sweet, but doesn’t seem to want to recognize music outside my iTunes library (my favorite feature). i have checked and participated more in facebook than I ever have due to the facebook app which is awesome.

      making ringtones in garage band is super easy and a bit addictive. charging 99 cents to make a ring tone from song YOU ALREADY PURCHASED if a f’in rip off and stupid, but probably has to do with more legalise than I am prepared to care about.

      a lot of apps were crashing after install. turns out i needed to restart the phone. super weird, but whatever. i feel somebody who wasn’t very tech oriented might just claim the damn thing sucks and is broken.

      gps saved the day once already.

      looking forward to using the yelp and what’s near me apps downtown san francisco to find the cool places to go.

      I wish their text messaging plans had an in between option. 5 for 200 or 15 for 1500? wtf is that. useless to more than i use. awesome.

    • phokal 12:10 pm on August 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yea,… you can also apparently rename the an unprotected (converted from mp3) m4a file to m4r, and drag it into the ringtone or library sections.

      I had the apps crashing problem, too. Reinstalling the app was sometimes necessary as well.

      gps is a life saver for me multiple times. I just wish appointments had a shortcut to Maps. Currently, contacts does, but not appointments (weird).

      yelp is probably prettty useful for you. For me, not as much, but i’ve got it anyway. loopt seems interesting and creepy at the same time. perhaps useful if *all* of your friends went in on it. But otherwise?

      ditto on the text messaging plan. I hope $5 is enough,…but it’s just sooo easy to text now.

      Have a case for yours yet? I’ve been thinking about it, but don’t want to add much bulk.

      Also, I need a damn To Do app. Moleskinny sounds nice for note taking (OpenNote is alright, and free).

    • detnap 2:40 pm on August 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I figured the ghetto will chime in here.

      Last month, on donttellmetheending: [fast sequence of cut scenes from my review of HTC touch, xv6900]

      I think the htc touch is okay, but it’s no iphone. They’re like completely different leagues of phones. The iphone is like the Ryu of cell phones, while the xv6900 is the Dan. iPhone:xv6900::Einstein:Bush.

      Windows Mobile phones/pdas have been out for since, forever, but the software ecosystem is complete garbage compared to what’s available and becoming available for the iphone. I blows my mind.

      That being said, I think the windows mobile phone does everything I need it to do, as long as I limit what I need to do.

      Overall, I’m glad there’s a new innovation in the smartphone space because that whole industry had been stagnant for a while. Hopefully, something shakes up and we will have a greater choice of hardware while at the same time having good software to go with it.

    • detnap 2:48 pm on August 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I just also wanted to say that my knight in shining armor, the Mobile version of Opera, so far has been a bust. I’m currently using the beta and it’s not thrilling me. Perhaps the final will be better, but it’s still painful to browse an intense site.

    • phokal 2:51 pm on August 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m guessing that thing will be Android. Half of what i’m trying to do on my iPhone is sync with google calendar and email. contacts, sure, why not?

      a google To Do list would be nice.

      The iPhone can’t run multiple tasks (nothing in the background). So while mobile is annoying when you have to shut stuff down every once in awhile, or reboot, i’m definitely missing that.

      If an app doesn’t save your progress when you quit, you can’t answer phone calls. it’ll erase whatever you were doing.

      I can’t write notes while i’m on the phone with someone.

      Lots of little things, that I hope they fix. Still, it’s a good phone and ipod. Just needs a bit of spit and shine for the pda part to be really amazing. And most people don’t even need that part.

  • detnap 5:09 pm on April 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: htc, iphone, phone, touch   

    HTC Touch. In the Ghetto. 

    htctouch

    HTC Touch. In the Ghetto.

    Finding the perfect phone is an exercises in futility. I was very hesitant on picking up the HTC touch because at the end of the day, it is still a windows mobile 6 phone device. It would be difficult to talk about a smartphone without speaking of the iPhone, which as a device is very cool hardware wise and the software interface is exactly what a phone needs. I want one.

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    • hintzilla 11:11 am on May 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      It’s funny that you posted this story just now, because, coincidentally, I just picked up a Blackberry Curve 8310 through a deal on AT&T’s site. I’ve been using it for almost a week now and am in love with it. It’s my first smartphone/PDA, so I’m still getting used to the idea of having literally everything on my phone.

      I was initially holding out for an iPhone, but in doing more research, BlackBerry looked like it had a bit more to offer, especially in terms of 3rd party app support. That and the aforementioned deal that I got on the device, which only required that I extend my contract in exchange for a free Curve 8310 refurb. Another selling point for me was the built in GPS. There is an application that came loaded on the phone that could give me turn by turn navigation, all in a pleasant female voice, but the $10/month price tag didn’t really seem worth it to me. Enter Google Maps. Google Maps for mobile devices is a free download that once I installed, was able to work seamlessly with the GPS in my phone to give my exact location, as well as all of the other functionality that Google maps on PC is known for. Everything from turn by turn directions based from my current location to looking up and calling restaurants or stores in the area I’m in are just a few of the things I’ve been messing around with. Also, as is the case with all Blackberry’s, the email and messaging functionality is top notch, and the full QWERTY keyboard makes it even smoother.

      The only thing I’m really disappointed by with this phone is the lack of WiFi or 3G support. I’m stuck, at least for now, with AT&T’s EDGE connection, which is decent, but leaves a lot to be desired when trying to load full HTML web pages in Opera Mini.

      The Touch was also on my radar while i was looking for a new phone, but since I’m a completely cheap bastard, I just couldn’t pass on a free BlackBerry, especially since I’ve had my eye on the Curve for a while now. Last time I checked, AT&T’s website was still offering the same deal, which also let you choose from a BlackBerry Pearl, or AT&T Tilt along with the Curve. If you’re an AT&T subscriber and need a new phone, I’d suggest checking out your upgrade eligibility. And even if you’re not, I’m putting my highest recommendation on the BlackBerry Curve.

    • Phokal 10:17 am on May 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nice article. Quick question: Can I check my hotmail account via Windows Mobile 6?

      And, have any screenshots of this full screen keyboard app, or download links?

    • Phokal 12:48 pm on May 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      And being Verizon (control freaks) and WM6 (easy to customize), how easy is it to set custom ringtones, etc?

      Does it include the Alarm functionality as well?

    • detnap 5:41 pm on May 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      There is an application to check your hotmail account, but I will need to doublecheck to see if it is installed on the Touch. If not, you can always use the web browser to check your e-mail. If you log in with pocketie, it uses a special version of hotmail that’s for pdas.

      The on screen keyboard that I am using is:
      http://www.pocketcm.com/
      It has a touch theme it i think it works pretty well. You can also modify an ini file to remap the different keys on the keyboard.
      There is also a completely full screen keyboard, but I don’t think that’s necessary for me (and it costs money):
      http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/fsk/?en

      Verizon does try to lock down the phone, but it is most intrusive with the loss of the ability to tether with a pc without a monthly fee. I’ve been using pdanet for the one time cost and that’s been working out pretty well for me (they haven’t said anything about it and i’ve been using it for about a year).

      In terms of Verizon locking down the interface, they are mostly using the default touch interface which actually is pretty good. HTC developed a home screen widget and there doesn’t seem to be a big need to switch away from it. I was able to install an HTC customizer and make additional modifications without a problem.

      Even with the Motorola Q on Verizon, which was limited to the standard Windows Mobile interface, I was able to modify an xml file to customize the home screen. I think with Windows mobile phones, there is only so much that they can lock down. If they do try to lock something down (such as with the Q, by default i couldn’t import an ssl certificate), we are able just to make a few registry modifications and then it will work. The HTC touch imported that same ssl cert without the registry hack needed on the Q. To set a ringtone, you just need to drop a music file in the appropriate folder.

      The phone does have an alarm function. You can set up 3 different times and tie that time to a set of days in the week. For instance, you can have an alarm at 10:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, an alarm at 12:00 on Wednesday, Friday, and an alarm at 5:00 on Sunday.

      3 Different times, each time connected with days of the week.

      Ted

    • Phokal 3:36 pm on May 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Any updated impressions? Links to hacks/add-ons?

      How does WordPress (this site) handle? Can you post through it? Comment? Read the site at all? :)

    • detnap 9:34 pm on May 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I still think that for me, the htc touch is a better solution than an iphone at its current gen. The web browser is okay, and I really have high hopes for opera 9.5.

      My web habits have moved around pocket ie, so I primarily visit sites that are formatted for mobile browsers.

      With windows mobile 6.1, it is supposed to have an updated version of pocket ie that will allow for zooming support, but I think the issue there is the engine will still be the same (slow).

      Pocket IE does handle this wordpress site very well. It rescales all the images to fit on the screen and all the text flows on one screen, without the need to scroll to the sides. the comments are also visible.

    • hintzilla 8:34 am on May 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      one 3rd party app i’d highly recommend if you don’t already use it is Viigo:
      http://www.virtualreach.com/home

      It’s basically just an RSS reader, but since the majority of the content i look at on the internet is just articles from various blogs/sites, it makes a huge difference. the standard browser on my blackberry is quite hard to use, and opera is a bit better, but both are pretty slow on my edge connection. I’ve got my viigo profile set to update all my feeds every hour, but i can also update them all manually. from there, i don’t have to do any loading if i, say, want to check donttellmetheending (which has a feed for articles and a seperate feed for comments. snazzy).

      anyways, your browser might be a lot more capable than mine, and your wifi connection is no doubt faster than edge, but viigo is a nice, quick, FREE way to keep a lot of content easily accessible in one place.

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