Verizon iPhone, At Long Last…Now Let The Domination Begin!

Back during the whole iPhone 4 “antennagate” issue, Apple held a brief press conference to address the concerns about the iPhone 4’s antenna. During the Q&A Steve Jobs said something to the effect of them having an AT&T as well as a Verizon cell tower on the Apple campus. The immediate question that came to mind was “Why the heck would they have a Verizon cell tower on the Apple campus, unless the iPhone is Verizon bound?”.

Sure enough the iPhone is coming to Verizon at long last, and on February 10th Verizon users will rejoice in the joy that is the iPhone.

Rumors Finally Confirmed

So with the iPhone now finally being available to the millions of Verizon customers I am going to make the prediction that by the end of the year the iPhone will be the dominant smartphone in the market. Let me tell you why…

1. While the Android is a fine device, it’s establishment has come from a couple of different fields.
– The folks who wanted an iPhone but didn’t want AT&T service, so they settled for
what they could get.

– The folks who like to tweak, hack, customize and modify their smartphone OS
without having to worry about “jailbreaking”.

That first group is an incredibly LARGE group and now that they can get an iPhone on Verizon you’re going to have a lot of converts. Not just internally from Verizon but from T-Mobile and Sprint as well.

2. The iPhone just works, you don’t have to do anything special to it, you connect it, you synch it and voila it works!
– A lot of tech guys will say that you should be able to do whatever you want
with  your OS and hardware. While this is fine for those that understand
computers to their core, the majority of the computer using public just wants
things to work. They want to turn it on, make their calls, text their friends and play Angry Birds.

3. Apps..there’s MILLIONS of them on the iTunes app store.

With a choice of networks, a choice of data plans and the fact that AT&T and Verizon are THE DOMINANT cell carriers it just seems a no brainer.

Now before you say that I am an Android hater, RELAX. I believe the Android is a very good device and yes I have spent some time with it. It’s great if you like being able to tweak settings and making it do all kinds of fancy stuff. But based on how I’ve seen my non-computer savvy friends use it, it’s more than they want or will ever need. Even me as a long time computer user I find that it’s more than I feel like dealing with anymore.

As for the Blackberry. I actually used to be a Crackberry addict. RIM had their chance and failed miserably not just with the touch hardware but the OS and its ability to run apps. As always it’s great for making calls and sending e-mails, but that’s it and I suspect all it will ever be good for.

We’ll see how things are at the end of the year and if I’m wrong I’ll admit it. This though is one tech prediction that I think I’ll nail.

Need to Play A Concert? There’s An App For That!

Nuff’ said. Or in this case…shown.

Grocery Store – The Musical!

I would so love to walk into a grocery store where this happens…

Happy 4th Of July!

Happy Birthday America!

May you all have a happy and SAFE holiday.

Try not to drop those cell phones or tech gadgets in pools or BBQs over the weekend!

May The Fourth Be With You!

The Blackberry Storm – A Review Worth Reading

David Pogue who writes for the New York Times does a really great job in his product reviews. Of all of the product reviewers out there he is one of the few I actually trust. He’s consistently had fair, non-biased reviews that address the good and the bad of all the products he’s looked at. He’s even gone so far as to point out the potential good for a moderately bad product.

Knowing that I’ve got many people out there that I talk to or read this blog that like to get the latest and greatest technology, I wanted to alert everyone to it.

This section alone would scare me away from the device…

“When I try to enter my Gmail address, the Storm?s camera starts up unexpectedly, turning the screen into a viewfinder ? even though the keyboard still fills half the screen. (R.I.M. executives steadfastly refused to acknowledge any bugs. I even sent them videos of the Storm?s goofball glitches, but they offered only stony phone silence.)
give a review like this…it’s gotta be a pretty bad product.”

Granted many 1st generation products have their share of bugs and issues…but this sounds a bit excessive. For the execs to not even offer so much as a “Thanks for bringing this to our attention…”. YIKES!

So for those of you thinking about getting the Blackberry Storm I would highly recommend that you read the review HERE, before you go out and spend your hard earned cash.

For those of you who might think that it was just the units David used…check out his follow up article HERE.

In his follow-up he gives quotes like this one…

“I want to thank you for validating the experiences I’ve had with my new BlackBerry Storm. It has been an absolute nightmare. As soon as I return to New York, I will take advantage of Verizon’s 30-day return policy and get rid of this monstrosity.”

Proof that he wasn’t alone in his frustration or points of view.

Although I don’t know what’s more shocking the bad performance of the Storm or some of the incredibly hateful replies he got from some people.

I’d be curious to hear about other people’s experiences with the Storm. Good? Bad? Not sure yet?

Chime in!

The Most Boring Steve Jobs Keynote Ever…

Normally the Steve Jobs keynotes are interesting and include a number of new product announcements. This time it was long, drawn out, boring with nearly an hour or so dedicated to showing off iPhone applications and/or games.

In the end there was only one significant product announcement…the product the rest of the world already knew about…the new iPhone 3G.

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Yes, it’s sleek and it’s sexy and now they’re half the price. But that was it? C’mon Steve say it ain’t so. Please tell me you’ve got another media event up your sleeve in the next month and you’ll announce something else.

I think it’s wonderful they lowered the price of the iPhone to $199 for the 8GB unit…but how about lowering the price of the Nano and iTouch now? How about upping the memory in the iTouch and iPhone…32GB is the max? I can’t even fit all my music into that….I wanna put movies on it too.

Overall a really underwhelming keynote and anti-climatic product announcement. I still love Apple, but right now I’m not inclined to spend my money with them anytime soon. I’ve waited this long for a big capacity iPod touch…I can wait a little longer.