Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

iPhone is no desktop, it’s a phone!

March 27, 2008

“iPhone is no desktop”, says John C. Dvorak. And I say that I don’t even see Apple trying make iPhone as a desktop replacement. If they were, I think Adobe would be pushed on hard to make a Flash available at launch, Mail application would have all sorts of filtering options, Photos application would allow to do some advanced picture editing and retouching and they would probably have Garage Band preinstalled :). What do we see instead? GUI and applications are made as simple as possible, but very accessible and fast. I don’t think that we are ever to create complicated CAD drawings or 32-tracks music compositions on the devices as compact as Smartphone unless the data input/output technology gets more advanced and we get bigger displays (mini-projectors) and a more convenient way of input. Let’s not forget that primary task of the Smartphone is to keep you connected with the world in more ways than just being able to talk to your buddies.

Windows Mobile was more the beginning of a desktop replacement than iPhone was. Microsoft implemented multitasking support, “Start” menu and the UI that more or less resembled the desktop environment. Why did PDAs get extinct? Because of the lack of connectivity with the world. People don’t bother about carrying a device that runs a scaled down version of Winamp or Doom, but rather a well-designed AIM client or Facebook, and an iPod that you can navigate through with a touch a finger :).

The question is whether iPhone is good at connecting people to the world. Half way it does good (UI of the SMS application resembles the conversation; a well-written browser that runs Facebook web app that allows to perform some basic tasks of the “real Facebook”, Digg web app that gives me a laugh or two during the day, Twitter web app that helps me twit for free without using the text messages from the package). But what about MMS (something, that even $50 phones can do)? Looks like it was easier for Apple to make YouTube convert their movie database into H.264 than writing a simple MMS application…

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5 reasons why I prefer iPhone to Windows Mobile devices

November 5, 2007

In past I’ve been a user of both PalmOS and Windows Mobile based devices and so far came up with a few reasons why iPhone is a more suitable device for me.

  1. Faster response. iPhone tends to be a very fast and responsive device comparing to Windows Mobile smartphones and PDAs. Even with so much less attractive GUI, Windows Mobile devices are slower. And hardware does not seem to be the problem here.
  2. More stable. Generally iPhone does not crash that often as WM devices do. Trust me, I know how WM apps behave ;). Safari remains to be the only major problem in iPhone’s stability.
  3. Web browser. Many will agree with me that iPhone’s browser is actually a very revolutionary piece of software for portable devices. It is very intuitive to use, quite fast and standard compliant when it comes to rendering web pages.
  4. Music player. I tried different music players for WM, but none seemed to be user-friendly and convenient enough to use. Apple again did a good job developing an excellent music player for iPhone. It’s not perfect, but still remains one of the best players built into a cell phone.
  5. Great platform for future developers. It seems that iPhone is going to become one of the most rich, powerful and beautiful hardware and software play grounds for many developers and companies as Apple releases the official SDK in February. Because iPhone runs a version of Unix, which is known for its flexibility, extensibility and stability, it makes it a strong software platform ready for all sorts of third party applications with different levels of security already built-in. The OS GUI capabilities make iPhone not only an eye-candy, but introduces a new approach to navigating the device and a new way to use common applications like maps, web browser and pictures.
    Combine the strong sides of the hardware and the software of iPhone and we get a gadget that could replace Windows Mobile and PalmOS devices in future.

Vista crashed?

February 1, 2007

Last Sunday I decided to move to Vista as my primary OS (from Windows XP Professional). I installed my downloaded RC2 and used the serial number I got from Microsoft. This time I installed it to my primary partition completely replacing Windows XP. So far, so good, but today I was rather disappointed. Vista crashed already for two times today (I hope I can manage to finish this post before Vista again drops all my active connections). When I say crashed I really mean it seriously crashed without letting me save any open files I had. Both times everything started from network stack crash. So first I noticed that some applications lost Internet connections. I wanted to close a couple of applications in order to free some memory. But uTorrent, Firefox and some others were not responding. I decided to start taking some screen shots, just for fun. I tried to run Photoshop CS2 to paste them: did not start, gave critical error. Then i started Windows Paint. It also crashed after i pasted second screenshot. I tried to disable and reenable the network connection in the “Network Connections”. The whole system became non responsive (any keystrokes, Win+L, Win+R, Alt+Tab, Win+Tab, and last but not least Ctrl+Alt+Del were not working). The funny thing is that the video was still playing in the backrground and I could still enjoy the sounds from the “Over The Hedge” movie. Well, I like vista 😉 Kudos to Microsoft for 5 years of waiting and 10 minutes of my attempts to restore the numerous chat sessions with people (that’s the main reason I was trying to bring the system up again …)

Vista crash screen shot 1

Vista crash screen shot 2