At the moment, the wireless world is dominated by three major players. Google, Apple, and Microsoft have all built arrays of services and features around their respective platforms: Apple’s iTunes, Google Play, and Microsoft’s Marketplace are the mainstays. Secondary offerings also play an important role, like Apple’s iCloud and AppleTV integration, Google’s comprehensive set of web-based productivity apps like Gmail, and Microsoft’s Office and Xbox suites. The landscape is awash in brand names and service marks.
These company-specific sets of [...]
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Recently, I was at a bar catching up with some old friends. All of us being under the age of 40, we had our smartphones splayed out around us, forming a perimeter of occasionally blinking technology that simultaneously isolated us from the world of the bar and connected us with the world outside its doors.
At some point in the evening, I noticed that most of my friends were carrying Blackberries. Initially I attributed this to their occupation. Most of [...]
I remember making the conscious decision to “become a fanboy.” It was the summer of 2009, and the mobile technology landscape was very different. Apple had found traction with the iPhone 3G, Android was beginning to show signs of life, and Palm had just burst back onto the scene with webOS. Microsoft was doing its best to do some hand-waving with Windows Mobile 6.5 while it finished WP7. The space was electric and exciting. Dominant players weren’t yet totally established: CNN had just run a story that spring suggesting that the growth of the 30,000-strong Apple App [...]
“There’s no way I’m gonna talk more than 350 minutes in a month. Sign me up for that plan!” If your first mobile phone purchase went like mine, that statement -or one like it- probably came out of your mouth. Then, if your first few months of ownership were like mine, you spent a great deal of time wondering why you were paying so much in overage charges.
In my case, It’s because I was blowing that ish right up. Phone calls were king when I picked up my first mobile device in 2001. Sure, even my monochrome flip phone had “wireless web” [...]
The Brutally Honest Question Corner is a continuing series on disputed or hot-button topics in the mobile industry.
In reviews of new mobile phones and tablets, we often see the term “benchmark.” Benchmarking is used throughout the computing world, but in mobile technology, it usually takes the form of an app (native or web-based) that tests your device’s performance. These tests produce one or many numeric scores which rate the device’s ability to perform certain tasks. The principal advantage to benchmarking is that it takes subjective impressions out [...]