There’s no denying that the definition of what a smartphone is has shifted quite a few times in less than a decade. At first it was a phone with PIM functionality, later a PDA that had phone functionality, later a phone that was smart enough to handle anything developers could throw at it, and as of a few months ago, it’s all about a phone that talks to you. I know many of you started reading this thinking that Voice Control is the big thing now, but as we’ve been going through the different alternatives in the market lately, it’s clear that the technology is [...]
There are quite a lot of people who like to combine the best of both worlds and using Gmail on your iOS-powered device, let it be iPhone or iPad, is just one example. However, the Gmail app for iOS is lacking functionality compared to the Android flavor but there’s an update available in the App Store that tries to close the gap.
Probably the most important addition is Notification Center support with options for banners, alerts and lock screen notifications. You no longer have to open the application to check for e-mails, you can finally be notified if you have one right [...]
We’re back with another episode of After the Buzz, where we take another look at mobile devices after the shine wears off and after we’ve had ample time to live with the device past the honeymoon period. This time, we’re assessing the new iPad, the tablet that still has the most market share (by far) in the tablet market. Questions we seek to answer include: does the Retina display markedly improve the experience? How has battery life been? Is it worth going for the LTE version? Does the extra weight and thickness negatively impact the experience? How about the app [...]
When it comes to digital media, renting has as many advantages as does purchased media. For example, if you rent music, books or movies, you don’t have to worry about a variable cost. You can consume as much as you can eat, for a fixed cost, that’s easier to budget than the variable cost of owning. You also don’t have to worry about your purchased music, books or movies not being supported in the future as products evolve, since you don’t own it anyways. There’s definitely a lot of wisdom behind the whole concept of subscription services.
On the [...]
There’s a lot to celebrate about iOS 6. Brandon’s recent editorial highlights the top 5 features we found most interesting, but after testing the first beta just a couple of days later, not everything has been fun and games. I could certainly add a ton of additional reasons why I consider that the OS matters, but today, it’s time to talk about the five reasons why I’m disappointed.
Let’s start this list with a disclaimer though. There’s nothing in these five disappointments that considers iOS either superior or inferior to other platforms. [...]
iOS 6 is what I’d consider to be a mixed bag. There are a lot of reasons why it matters, but none of these include the word “ground breaking”. Apple has answered some of our requests with features like turn-by-turn navigation, or simple things like a “do not disturb” button for notifications, but almost every one of these features is just a catch-up to what others have already offered for years. Usually, if you’re late to the game, people don’t really mind if you figure out a way to do it better, but I sadly can’t say that about iOS 6. [...]
That’s right, WWDC 2012 is just hours away and there’s a lot of speculation over what Apple will reveal. Things have changed a lot though. This will be Apple’s first WWDC with Tim Cook as a CEO, and Steve Jobs’ biography left a lot of hints about the last projects Steve was working on before his passing. Among these was the next generation iPhone, which many expect to be just as revolutionary as the first one.
It surely isn’t like Apple to launch a product just months away from its predecessor, but we’ve seen them prove this theory wrong with the launch of the iPad 2. The [...]
If you recently fired up the Facebook application on your iPhone or Android-powered device you probably noticed that there are some welcome changes. The overall design has been tweaked for better display and readability and the new changes affect both the ways posts are displayed as well as images.
First of all photos being displayed are up to three times larger, depending on their original size. Couple that together with the fact that posts will now entirely fill your screen, from edge to edge, when viewing and you’ve got a rather fresh look. In addition, browsing [...]
So far, May has seen swift progress towards the release of a working untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1 devices. We quickly moved from talk of the hypothetical, to that of real exploits, and late last week got a look at just such a jailbreak running on the 2012 iPad. If you’ve been wondering what all that means when it comes to the actual public availability of a jailbreak tool, pod2g has some new posts up on his blog to explain where the project’s at and point out some current limitations.
The good news is that pod2g’s got his trusted cadre of iOS tinkerers [...]
You know what day it is? It’s Friday. The Boston office of Pocketnow (read: my padded cell) has seen a lot of hot, hot editorial action this week, including some webOS-to-Android video and a scintillating discussion on ecosystems. But it’s not time to put this week to bed yet, because I’ve got a question: where the flip are all the tablet kickstands?
Most of you know what I’m talking about, but if you don’t: the kickstand is a hinge-mounted strip of metal or plastic that flips out from the back of a mobile device and props it up at an angle on a [...]