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Hardly does a man like me scoff at the competition, especially when that competition is the “don’t be evil” Google. And, hardly does a man like me scoff at the floundering of smartphone – I root for the sub-genre with passion not seen outside Hollywood. But after a month of sales under its belt, the Google Nexus One isn’t looking that good. The times are bad, I know. And Android has been pumped in the arm by a lot of great phones – this too I know. But its sales figures are dire next to the iPhone heady debut and the more recent outing of Motorola’s Droid. For those who pray, pray for the success of at least one Apple competitor, but don’t pray too hard – I am a man who likes Apple and would rather not start chasing everything else.
[via Gizmodo Japan]
[image courtesy of slashgear]
Ok, we are all well aware of the many complaints about Apple Care. They may not be the best of the best but, as it turns out, they’re far from being the worst. The early adopters of the latest would-be “iPhone killer” Google’s Nexus One have run into a problem with 3G performance, or more specifically – the lack there of. The issue, quickly ballooned into a real-life drama at Google’s support forums is – the Nexus One either refuses to switch to 3G altogether or constantly switches between EDGE and 3G. And that is an area where all other phones, including the “Jesus” phone work fine. But the technical issue is not the main part of the drama.
Like shooting at F2.8, the Nexus One is wide open thanks to the destructive geeks at ifixit.com. Evidently, the new phone is thoughtfully designed, at least as it applies to tear downs. Indeed, nothing really new under the hood, but the poor thing does go to pieces pretty well. That and Google’s OS under the hood should make this a very interesting buy and wonderful competition for the iPhone.
It appears that the first iPhone 5 benchmark has to hit Geekbench. As can be seen from the screenshot above, Apple’s new A6 chip used in the iPhone 5 is a dual core and clocks in at 1GHz. Memory wise, the phone is packed with 1GB ram, same as the New iPad. Its benchmark score of 1601 is not only the highest ever for an Apple (mobile) device, but it’s easily double that of any previous iOS benchmark (the iPad 3 scored in the mid-high 700s). Based on this figure alone, Apple’s claim of the A6 being twice as fast as the A5 processor is pretty much bang on. Perhaps more impressive is that the new iPhone beats out even quad core Tegra 3 powered devices like the Nexus 7 and Transformer Primer. For comparison, here are the benchmarks for other Android phones/tablets:
For those who you who don’t have an iPhone 4S (or the new iPad with iOS 6) and feel left out with not being able to converse with Siri, you’ll soon be able to do many of the same things that Apple’s digital assistant is able to. Along with Google’s announcement today that Knowledge Graph will be making its way outside the US, and the introduction of the Gmail in personal search results feature, the Big G has made it known that the Google Search app for iOS will be updated soon and it’ll include voice-based questions and answers.
Last week, Hitler’s iPhone 4 badmouthing was the rage. This week, it is just cute. Motorola, you know, the Google Nexus-shafted maker of the Droid, has a new phone coming out. It looms LARGE (and I do mean large). Its 4,3 inch screen is big enough to encourage b-boyism everywhere; its Adobe Flash compatibility should be enough to wet the panties of porn-fans everywhere – but that’s not all. Sure, it’s got a noise-friendly 8MP camera and it is black. The real killer, however, is its two antennas; these bunny ears alone will make dead-palming their handset nigh on impossible.
Thanks El Reg
While many companies have or are still planning to release an iPhone-killer (Nexus One, MS Kin, etc.), Ronen Kadushin, an independent designer has created his own vision of what a real iPhone killer is. Other than Apple-targeted violence, this amazing device features 1.6kg of laser-cut steel attached to a wooden handle. As a real DIY project, it remains BYOL (bring your own laser).
(Facetious Editor Alert): Phone OS 3.2 is on the horizon and idiots all over are clamouring for multitasking, better home screen, and icon organisation among other useless features. Apple may make waves by catching up to certain other smartphones which have enabled these features since day one, but their best efforts amount to the smallest of ripples in my personal puddle.
I want to lay down with my mail, my web, my Facebook without the damn accelerometer forcing me to sit straight up or holding onto my iDevice like a chin up bar. iBed, a simple utility allows the lazy (or way too busy) to get a good grip on the erstwhile unwieldy platform. Honestly, Apple, this 0.99$ app has outdone one of the the most easy ‘features’ you could have added to your list of innovations. Internal support is somewhat limited of course as it cannot make changes to universal toggles, but the included clients cover the majority of bases for the majority of North Americans at least. Thank you Tal Shrestha.
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So, after the Mobistar fiasco, it is clear that the iPhone ain’t just another phone. From Tokyo to Toledo, it’s in high demand and draws a load of envy from have-nots. I fit into the latter group, but unlike the 3 men from L.A. who committed 28 aught crimes against Apple Store customers, my dearth shouldn’t cause worse mischief than random petty theft.
I am actually prey to other deterrents: smashingly beautiful smartphones, and superphones too.
The absence of iPhone Flash support has been a major points of criticism against Apple. To this Steve Jobs has replied many many many times that Flash kills battery life. Flash is also slow and buggy and will kill the iPhone user experience. Well, it seems now they actually have some tests to back up those claims.