It’s been a long day (as I’m up at 2am), but lots has happened that has almost passed me by.
Today two other news items crossed my eye, the iPhone 5 and Microsoft’s SkyDrive.
iPhone 5 scheduled for release in September
According to Bloomberg, the iPhone 5 is scheduled for release this September (possibly in late August). This is contrary to rumors about there being an iPhone 4S before a new iPhone 5 (that was supposed to be testing of a model for T-Mobile). Additional rumors are spreading that the iPhone 5 will not only feature the better camera and processor, but a completely new form factor.
As seen at Gizmodo on the blog posting, Leaked Nexus One Documents: $530 Unlocked, $180 with T-Mobile — prices have been leaked for the Nexus One. Talk about a difference from earlier rumors of $99 for Google users. › Continue reading
With all the “hype” around the T-Mobile G1, what did we get?
Certainly not enough.
Now we are waiting to see what happens with the – Agora.
The Kogan Agora, powered by the Android Operating System will be the first phone in Australia powered by the Android software.
That’s right, Australia. Will it get to the states? It looks cool enough, but what about the specs?
- 2.5-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 262k QVGA (320 X 240 pixel) resolution
- 5-Way Central Navigation Key
- QWERTY Keyboard
- Bluetooth 2.0
- Built in Mic and Speaker
- Headphone output
- Video: JPEG2, H263, H264, MPEG4, AVI
- HxWxD – 108mm x 64mm x 14.8mm
- Weight: 130g
- 1300 mAh Lithium-ion battery
- Up to 400 minutes Talk Time
- Up to 300 hours Standby Time
- 624 MHz processor
- 256 MB On-board + 128 MB Flash
- microSD card expansion slot
- VERY IMPORTANT: UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
- FM Radio
- MMS 1.0
- Video Recording
- Phone Book
- Ring Silencer/Quick Silent
- Mini-USB Connectivity (Charging, headset)
Dan Frommer, of Silicon Alley Insider, says that this phone woudl work better with AT&T than T-Mobile, as it doesn’t support the 1700 MHz frequency that T-Mobile uses for 3G.
That’s a breath of fresh air. We don’t have to activate it in store, we’re free to do whatever we want.
I just realized, that when using the keyboard on the G1, the trackball doubles as a mouse. I know, it’s obvious to most people (I’m special). It’s just like a mini laptop with one of those old trackballs.
This IS a big deal. Apple had to invent an entire new interface methodology for people to use the iPhone. Yes, the iPhone interface is brilliant. However the G1 interface is Familiar. That’s right, something that doesn’t scare people away. Something that developers are used to implementing and working with. Something that means it will be much easier to port existing software packages to the — OPEN — platform.
I know I’m a fan of the iPhone but this could give the iPhone a serious run for the money.
It’s available to Everyone.
I hadn’t touched on that last one yet, easy. In talking with one of my fellow iPhone friends the other day, I realized he hadn’t updated is iPhone 3G since he got it. He was upset with the quality of the phone calls (as we all were at release). He didn’t know you had to update it.
I know what you’re saying — he should know to update it. In actuality he’s one of the smartest people I know. Perhaps he’s not the greatest person technicaly, but he is extremely intelligent.
G1 has OTA updates. That means Over The Air! Over. The. Air. When was the last time the iPhone did anything really over the air?
Again, this update will be deployed to a much larger user base than an update on the iPhone (percentage wise), and it will affect the customer view of the device in a more positive way.
OTA. I wish I had that. As I type this my iPhone is tethered to my computer.
Here’s a video of CNET‘s hands on with the T-Mobile G1:
Can this device rival the iPhone?
Based on the pure specs, yes:
- 3 Megapixel Camera (iPhone’s still stuck at 2)
- Android Market
- Amazon’s mobile MP3 store
- Google Maps
- Over the Air synchronization! (this is a big deal for me, I’m not sure how well it works, but why can’t my iPhone with WiFi access at least, synchronize over the air?)
- PUSH Gmail support
- Full QWERTY Keyboard
- All plastic
- Screen doesn’t look as nice (my own personal opinion)
- Just doesn’t look as nice overall