Motorola’s new Android phone will be released on Verizon for American customers, and in the downtime between hype and release, the once-proud electronics company have somehow dropped the towel from the gentle genitals of their yet-to-be-born handset. But not to worry, their yet unborn offspring ripples with the vigour of advanced hardware features and of course, Android. On the cusp of Verizon’s iDon’t campaign, the whole affair reeks of a well-ordered attack on Apple’s hegemony. Specifically, it targets the iPhone’s following weaknesses:
- iDon’t have a real keyboard
- iDon’t run simultaneous apps
- iDon’t take night shots
- iDon’t allow open development
- iDon’t customize
- iDon’t run widgets
- iDon’t have interchangeable batteries
It isn’t clear what started the war, but in the chaos of bombs and gunfire, all that matters is staying alive. Apple and Google have each been dancing in awkward, fan-sullying steps since the two decided to get phoney. The first awkward step may have been Apple’s insistence that Android phones forgo multitouch in order to protect the then-precious iPhone hegemony, but then again, no one knows who started the war which has hit both director’s boards. The second – forget the second; suffice it to say that both parties have been stepping on the other’s toes time and time again since the middle of this year. The party is over; Apple and Google’s romance, spurned by a mutual disrespect for Microsoft has decayed into uneasy competition. To make matters worse, Apple’s exclusivity with AT&T may finally be biting them in the apps: Verizon, a potential customer, have begun taking staking stabs at Apple’s iPhone. The carrier, in a vendetta against rival AT&T have the iPhone in their sites, shooting with nothing less than the powerful ammunition, Google Android.
I’ll make no secret of the fact that the venerable arcade hit, Asphalt 4: Elite Racing ranks highly among my favourite iDevice racers. Its combination of good graphics, playable physics, and selection of racetracks and cars is still a well-ordered kind of good. Well, its successor, whose beautiful fps you see above should be hitting the same store this week or when Apple’s arbitrary publishing arm hits the coveted ‘yes’ button. Asphalt 5 preserves the same great arcade feel while upping the race and graphics engine to 11.
If you have an questions, you won’t get answers from me till about a week after its debut – till then I’ll be snowed under a great rubbery deluge of burning tyres!
ChiFFaN already noted that the iPhone in particular, is a PC killer. It does email, internet, music, telephony – there isn’t much that the device can’t do – within the reasonable limits of its size and processing power. But where it really excels is in in replacing a multitude of devices, many of which are power hungry. In the past, Apple have taken flack from certain green organisations for less than stellar green-figures, but that doesn’t mean the California company are not trying; in fact, they may be ahead in a game which often values horn-blowing rather than true revolution.
Today, I hope you are with your families, or out with your mates, having knocked down a few and fallen over a few more. In any case, today is a well-deserved holiday for the great maple country. What does that mean for the Canadian TMA? Holiday? No way. Reviews as usual, but we want to thank you again for your continued support. We love getting positive feedback, and when the opposite comes, then we break out our medicine and take it like a nerve-less man.
Aw, well, thanks anyway! In the spirit of the holiday, check out these new Thanksgiving apps which need your money; I’m quite sure they are not meant for Canadians, but who cares? New 2009 T-Day apps below:
Just as The Quest ain’t your kid’s RPG, Cy-Fi ‘s iPod and Bluetooth speakers aren’t your average run-to-the-beach bicycle speakers. And, at 159$ for either model (Kleer or Bluetooth) also ain’t your casual, cheap portable speaker. I’ll be honest here, I’ve searched for years for a perfect way to listen to my music whilst riding and tested everything from earbuds to custom earphones. But as you can guess, deafening your ears to the outside is extremely dangerous. Actually, putting anything in your ears while riding is dangerous, no matter how much the trail or road needs the fellowship of music. For this very reason, Cy-Fi’s wireless bicycle speakers simply rock for the serious rider.
The usually staunch and circumspect Canada, has prepared itself for another American invasion. This time, Google are strapping spy cams to the top of cars, taking pics of our maple-loving underbelly for its ChiFFaN-style bid to take over the world. Evidently, Google have filed all the right paperwork, and after consulting the guv regarding privacy concerns, got offered our streets in a typically Canadian rush of hospitality.
When the iPhone comes to these shores in November, it will bring a lot of extra baggage with it. In truth, it is only one of a handful of smart phones which will debut in Korea – a category of phones that may have trouble taking off. Obvious restrictions on data, packages, and other general internet tom-foolery have kept such devices at a wary distance from the tech-savvy nation, but all of that may soon change – in fact, it must.
iPhone apps are great, but sometimes, can’t capture the simplicity of a good, layered website. The Food Network’s iPhone page is gloriously simple, harkening to the frivolous days of point and click, all the while, supplying hungry users a simple, regimented dinner plan.
One of Apple’s most criticised decisions is their exclusive carrier deals such as with AT&T where iPhones are sold exclusively with certain carrier contracts in return or subsidised pricing. But is this a good or a bad thing? Apple built their business on such deals, but analysts predict that soon, things may change.