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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in December 2010
Windows Phone 7 didn't get off to a blazing start, at least by modern smartphone standards. Our basis for comparison is the iPhone, the device that redefined what a smartphone was. That sells millions within days of each new iteration and there are over 300,000 books and apps in the App Store. That doesn't mean though that Windows Phone is off to a bad start.
The iPad wasn't the first tablet available, but it has far and away been the most commercially successful model. This has prompted others to get tablets out the door as soon as possible hoping to ride the coattails of the iPad to riches.
The New Year is just days away and people will be making all sorts of resolutions. Many won't make it a full month or even a full week before falling back to their old ways. One resolution that is worth making a serious effort to keep though is no texting while driving.
Microsoft is trying to keep tighter control over what phone makers can do to the user interface of Windows Phone 7, but HTC wants to add its Sense special sauce to differentiate its phones from the competition. Will that be good for users?
Malware, viruses and the like have been a routine part of life for PC owners for years, at least if you are running Windows. Smartphone users have been largely ignored by the malware community, but that will inevitably change. Will it be sooner rather than later?
Microsoft announced today that phone manufacturers have sold over 1.5 million phones running Windows Phone 7 in its first six weeks. Sales from manufacturers though isn't necessarily the same thing as sales to consumers.
The Kindle has arguably been one of the most successful consumer electronics with broad consumer appeal. It has repeatedly been the best seller at Amazon. The iPad came along in early 2010 and claimed to be able to out-Kindle the Kindle as well as do so much more. Almost a year later, how is the Kindle faring?
People often go to great lengths on their PC to maintain some level of privacy but those options are rarely available on smartphones. What's worse is smartphone apps usually work best when connected, so tend to share more personal data than a PC app ever would.
Smartphones have long been able to play music but it took the iPhone to really get people to use their phone as a music player. Do we still need dedicated MP3 players?
Microsoft is working on updates to Windows Phone 7 with early 2011 release dates expected. Now we've got information that a big update is arriving at the end of the summer and may be called Windows Phone 7.
The Kindle continues to burn up the sales charts. It does one thing really well, and about three or four other things pretty badly. One example of the latter is the browser. I've had better browsing experiences with decade old PDAs browsing the web than on a Kindle.
Windows Phone 7's accessibility support leaves a lot to be desired compared with its predecessor, Windows Mobile. Android and iPhone both have more accessibility features as well. Microsoft wants to fix it, but expect to wait a few years before support is what it should be.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on 2009 traffic statistics a few months ago and it should come as no surprise cell phones had a big impact. In traffic deaths that were related to distracted driving, cell phone use of some sort was related in eighteen percent of the incidents.
Microsoft's new mobile platform is due a big update in early 2011 and developers already have an early copy of the software. Copy and paste is the biggest anticipated feature of the update.
Now the year is about over, it is worth taking a look back over the year at the smartphones that were released this year. If you are about ready to make a purchase, you can use this to see what is worth looking at or what is worth running from when the sales rep pulls one out to show you.
The combination of high end hardware and more powerful operating systems in smartphones today is giving gamers a great platform to write games for. This is bad news if you make portable gaming systems like the Sony Playstation Portable or the Nintendo DS.
Consumer Reports' latest issue looks at carriers in the US as well as the phones they carry. AT&T didn't fare so well.
The days of unlimited data plans for wireless data are winding down. As you begin to explore the various data plans for your device or devices, be forewarned. Often the amount charged for a megabyte or gigabyte of data can differ, even though the plans are from the same carrier.
Verizon's new LTE network is capable of transferring speeds at up to 21Mbps, and if you set your mind to it, you could use up your monthly 5GB data limit in 32 minutes.
Windows Phone 7 has been out nearly a month in the US and almost twice as long in much of Europe and we've not heard any official numbers on what the sales figures are. What little we have heard from unofficial sources doesn't sound too good.
Even before Windows Phone 7 was released, Microsoft was already working on its first update. According to one well known developer for Windows Phone and other Microsoft technologies, the update "is going to be MASSIVE!"