Posts tagged ‘AT&T’

January 12, 2011

Verizon iPhone vs. AT&T iPhone

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Today Apple and Verizon announced the release of the CDMA version of the iPhone 4.

Highlights

  • The Verizon iPhone will be available for purchase early next month (Current subscribers can pre order starting February 3. Available to all at Verizon and Apple stores starting February 10)
  • Pricing is $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB. Data prices not announced. Rumored unlimited data plan for $30 a month.
  • Support for tethering upto 5 devices. Hot spot prices not yet announced.

The Good

  • Tethering – The Verizon iPhone 4 can share the 3G connection with up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices. GoogleChic, that means Android just lost some bragging rights 🙂
  • Choice of network – Prospective iPhone 4 customers can now choose between AT&T and Verizon network. AT&T iPhone exclusivity was propelling Android phones on Verizon. With the  Verizon iPhone release, we can look forward to Android’s downhill trajectory 😉
  • No crappy pre-installed Verizon Apps – Shouldn’t we thank Apple for keeping these operators like Verizon on a tight leash?

The Bad

  • No LTE support – The Verizon iPhone 4 supports CDMA (3G) only and  is not LTE (4G) capable. So you cannot avail the super fast 4G LTE network data rates on the iPhone.
  • No simultaneous voice and data calls – Ouch this one is gonna hurt Verizon! Verizon’s CDMA network can’t handle data and voice both at the same time and AT&T can! (You should expect to see AT&T dissing Verizon over this in the future)
  • CDMA technology – If you are one of those world trotters, you won’t be able to use the Verizon iPhone in most countries where CDMA is not supported.
  • No Facetime over Verizon network – Just as AT&T, Verizon will not allow FaceTime over its 3G network. With an expected 9 – 10 million units sales by end of this year, Verizon seems to be reluctant to give away its 3G network for FaceTime calls. GoogleChic, do you think Verizon expects more video calling with iPhones than with Androids? 😉
All in all, if you think AT&T network really sucks and you are one of those tethering freaks who doesn’t mind the few drawbacks then the Verizon iPhone is a good fit for you.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Finally! After the long grueling wait(years in fact) the iPhone is now available on big red.

However, as AppleGirl has mentioned there are quite a number of drawbacks that you will need to evaluate before switching to big red if you wish.

Yes, tethering is supported on the Verizon’s version, but is that more important than being able to surf and talk at the same time? I agree with AppleGirl on this one, it’s a big ouch! As for bragging rights, I’m actually tired of bragging about being able to tether. This is old news for us Android users, we’ll move onto bragging about dual core phones and fingerprint scanners on our phone (more to come on this, I’m referring to the Motorola Atrix 4G).

Not to mention, Verizon is coming out with their LTE network, but thanks to Steve Jobs, iPhone users are going to be left behind since Apple doesn’t like to adapt to “newer” (not proven according to Jobs) technologies. Again, think about a dual core processor phone utilizing the 4G speed, this is the future, taking the power of smartphones to a new level. Hmm, AppleGirl sounds like the Android trajectory will just go uphill 😉

In fact, I’m really happy that the iPhone is going to Verizon. Now that AT&T is no longer the exclusive carrier it looks like they’re finally improving their Android line. In fact the Motorola Atrix 4G is heading to them!

For all you die hard Apple fans, check out the chart below from Engadget. It’s food for thought before you lock yourself down one way or another.


January 8, 2011

Get an iPhone 3GS for $49!

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Still hungry for the iPhone? AT&T is offering 3GS for only $49. It looks like AT&T is trying to grab some more subscribers before Verizon launches the iPhone (rumored January 11). For $49 iPhone 3GS is a good deal, but you would be tied down to AT&T for 2 years and you would be missing out on the iPhone 4 experience. I think the $79 refurbished iPhone 4 is a much better deal.

November 16, 2010

Nexus S

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Just a couple of weeks back, AppleGirl was saying how NFC technology will lead us out of the technological stone-age and that Apple will lead the way.

Well eat your heart out AppleGirl, Eric Schmidt announced today at the Web 2.0 summit that the Nexus S (Google’s 2nd phone) will have NFC technology. Not only that, Schmidt announced that Gingerbread (Android 2.3) will be released in the next couple of weeks.

Check out the pics of the Nexus S. The phone looks super sleek and thin! I guess I know what my Christmas present will be 😉

P.S The Nexus S is produced by Samsung, of course not officially announced.



source: engadget

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

GoogleChic, I am certainly interested in the concept of NFC but not psyched about the fact that it is tied with Google. With all the user privacy debacles that Google has been having recently, I would be scared to use the phone as a credit card. You would not want a Google employee vacationing in the Bahamas using your credit card information, would you? 🙂

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have joined hands to form a national payment network, called Isis which is expected to roll out in the next 18 months. It’s essentially a mobile commerce network which will create a more convenient shopping experience for customers. Other phone manufacturers like Blackberry and Nokia are getting ready to jump with both feet into the NFC puddle as well.

GoogleChic, you might be able to get NFC on your phone this Christmas, but I doubt you would use it much until next year, when iPhone 5 is expected to be launched.  Doing things at the right time in the right way is important for a business and that’s what Apple does best 😀


November 8, 2010

HSPA+ vs. 4G

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

AppleGirl’s response to my T-mobile myTouch 4G inspired this blog 🙂

AppleGirl thinks that T-mobile is foolish and didn’t do their research. Again, do you think a major corporation would brand their  network as 4G without doing their research? Technically, T-mobile’s HSPA+ network is really 3.5G. However, phonescoop did a comparison of T-mobile’s HSPA+ network and compared it to Sprinit’s WiMAX and the two are comparable(see the graph below).

Honestly, AppleGirl should be happy that HSPA+ speeds are so good because it’s rumored that Apple will not adapt to LTE (4G) technology until sometime in 2012.  However, according to gigaom AT&T may not purse HSPA+ and deploy LTE directly. If that is true, does that mean the iPhone will have slower speeds as compared to the myTouch 4G :)?

AppleGirl, How’s the best of both worlds looking now? Maybe you should stick to your FaceTime over WiFi 🙂

Source: phonescoop, gigaom

 

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

GoogleChic, I was calling T-Mobile bullish for comparing Qik with Facetime. If they didn’t have their brains wrapped around the buzz words (FaceTime, 4G, high speed) and were smart enough, they would have compared the same video chat software on the two networks!

Now that you have raised the HSPA+ vs 4G talk, I think T-Mobile is writing rules to its favor, and so are all the other carriers. The network may be quite fast, but it’s the ITU who decides what a 4G network is. And ITU’s definitions for a true 4G technology are LTE –Advanced (Release 10) and 802.16m or Wi-Max Release 2. And when we say 4G we are talking downlink rates of 100 Mbps (not the meager theoretical 29Mbps that T-Mobile is bragging about) That said, I think AT&T, Verizon (who are pushing to LTE) and Sprint (already on Wi-Max but not on Release 2) are closer to the ubiquitous superfast 4G network than T-Mobile is.

At the end of the day, all you should really care about is if you can get those speeds where you live, work and hang out and not if T-Mobile is giving you an extra 200 Kbps speed (compared to Sprint)! So if I were you, I would first check if your  area is covered with HSPA+ network. If T-Mobile says that it plans to cover your area after a year,  then the purpose is lost.

GoogleChic, here’s a picture of a rumored LTE iPhone. Imagine FaceTime on Wi-fi, except that I don’t have to be on Wi-fi 😉


November 4, 2010

T-mobile takes a jab at AT&T!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

The new T-mobile myTouch 4G commercial is just to funny to pass up. I’ve been saying this ALL along! Who wants to FaceTime on Wifi “from the aiport”. Reality check, you can video chat with the myTouch 4G on T-mobile’s 4G network.  Forget AT&T and the iPhone :)! By the way, Wirefly is offering the phone for only $79.99!

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

What’s with these mudslinging ads these days? T-Mobile claims 4G speeds on a HSPA+ network, but AT&T calls them out for claiming 4G speeds (according to them, HSPA isn’t really 4G (LTE, WiMaX)).  With the definition of 4G up in the air, what’s funny is that the brawl went down on Facebook. Sprint did not want to be the quiet dog in the room. So Sprint President Matt Carter claimed saying“Halloween is over–it’s time for T-Mobile to stop dressing up like their favorite super hero–Sprint 4G.”

GoogleChic, I hope you noticed the real culprit here. Yes! They are actually fighting over the iPhone and the customer base that it comes with. Not T-Mobile’s MyTouch 4G or Sprint’s Evo 4G 🙂

GoogleChic, doesn’t MyTouch 4G use Qik to make video calls? Here’s your reality check: Qik is available on the iPhone as well. So there you go, iPhone has the seamless, awesome user experience Facetime to use on Wifi and Qik/Fring to use over 3G. If you still have any doubts about the best phone for video calling, you should leave those behind. Because iPhone has the best of both worlds.


September 18, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab- take your pick!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It looks like it’s going to be a full house  again with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung announced yesterday that the Galaxy Tab will be available via  all major US carriers (T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint).

Samsung also announced that a WiFi only version will be available! This means no service contract and data plans (Whoop!)! However, there’s no news on the pricing for any of these devices just yet.

One odd thing is odd is that the US version of the Galaxy Tab will not have telephony capabilities unlike its European model. Am I going to cry over this? No! That’s what a phone is for, and don’t forget you still have the VoIP option if you really want to use it as a phone.

Lastly, movies and next day TV shows will be offered via Media Hub. I think Media Hub is a very nice feature for movies, but I’m still not jumping up and down for joy about the TV shows. I mean Android does have Flash so you could wait for the shows to be posted online to watch, I guess it’s a nice to have if the network doesn’t offer online episodes.

Watch out AppleGirl, with the Samsung Tab being readily available with on all of the major US carriers, do you still think the iPad will dominate?



BY THE APPLE GIRL

Is this going to be another round of device dwarfing just so the Samsung tablet fits into the carrier plans like the Galaxy phones? Sprint customers; don’t hold your breath expecting another Epic 4G, because Samsung is not releasing a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab. T-Mobile customers, you won’t be getting the Tab on T-Mobile’s HSPA + network as well. That leaves Verizon and AT&T. You think AT&T customers would buy an Android device when they have an Apple device at their beckoning?

GoogleChic, I am glad you are not crying over not having voice call functionality on the Tab because I think Samsung and the carrier networks should be beating themselves bad over that blunder(esp if its available in UK). If your Tab is extremely portable because it is 7 inches (maybe you don’t have the extra 3 inches space in you handbag or manbag to hold an iPad), a good smart phone-mini tablet is what we don’t have in the market (Intentionally ignoring  Dell Streak here).  Want to get ahead of the iPad? Launch a device into an untapped market. But instead, Samsung insists on being the best knock-offer (Does the word knock-offer exist? Nevermind, I just made it up). Elaborating on the knock-offer attributes, Samsung makes a device just like an iPad (only 3 inches shorter), makes Apple like accessories, and top it all off gives you video conferencing on Wi-Fi only. GoogleChic, isn’t that what we call Facetime on iPad? Yes, the same Facetime over Wifi you keep cribbing about. 😉

Wow, you get a Media Hub as well? Anything compared to the iTunes store? I’m not even going to draw a comparison here since we all know who wins this round hands down.

As it is, the battery life of the iPad is super trumping the Samsung Tab (iPad has 10 hours video, 140 hours audio playback , one month standby  and Samsung Tab has 7 hours video). Hmm, I wonder if that 7 hours would be any shorter with GoogleChic watching videos on Flash websites.

Alas, Samsung couldn’t get their hands on Apples iOS, so they decided to stick the Tab with another copycat, Android OS. Apple’s newest updates including Airplay wireless streaming and the colossal giant App store with Apps made to render to the 10 inch iPad, sets the Tablet software bar higher than Android.

Last but not the least, let’s talk about the price. Although Samsung hasn’t released the price point in the US, here’s a feeler about how it is faring in UK. Amazon has listed the product for  a mind boggling £800 as compared to £529 for a 16 Gb Wifi-3G  Apple iPad.  Amazon has also listed a 15% discount which brings the Tab down up £680. Of course, with carrier subsidization, the price may vary in the United States. But if the Tab is going to cost more than an iPad, GoogleChic, really I don’t think even you would be buying the Galaxy Tab! 🙂

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September 13, 2010

Verizon Fascinate -not what we hoped!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Verizon shot themselves in the foot with the Samsung Fascinate! (To be honest, I think someone left their brain at home when they made this decision).  A while back we did a review on the Best of the Galaxy S and our favorite was the Fascinate based on the hardware specs. However, as many of you know,  Bing comes as the default search engine on the phone and it doesn’t allow you to switch the default search engine back to Google. Not to mention, the Fascinate uses Verizon navigation instead of Google’s. What were they thinking?!?! Fascinate is an Android device why would you put Bing on there and mess with the Google navigation which works like a charm. Not to mention, Google search not only searches the web but it searches your phone as well (contacts and apps). I just wonder how many countless development hours Verizon spent messing up something that already works!

The good news is that since Android is open source, there is already a work around to undo what Verizon has done. Set the default engine back to Google. Also, you can just download Google Maps from the Market and you’ll be all set.

Bottom line, I’m very disappointed with Verizon’s decision. Not everyone is going to go to the trouble of figuring out how to default the search engine back to Google. So with the number of Android device on Verizon, I say you just pick something else over the Fascinate. I have to say it’s a shame because the hardware is amazing and that Super AMOLED screen is still to die for!


BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, you said it all (well almost!) 🙂 To appease the fAndroids Verizon announced that Google Search would be available as an option in Android 2.2 -Froyo (yet to be released on Fascinate)

But its funny that Verizon hasn’t announced when they will let the Fascinate users upgrade to Froyo. You will get an option to download Google Search but we can’t tell you when. Jeez that’s a smart way of saying “Shut up and use the phone as is”. GoogleChic, Fascinate  users have no access to all the “cool new Froyo features” you boasted about (until God knows when!). Bummer!

I can’t believe that after all the Bing drama, with Android purists like the GoogleChic dissing Fascinate, Verizon still won’t let users change the default search browser!

Everyone convinced not to buy the Samsung Fascinate? This is my iPhone shine moment 🙂

Buy an iPhone and you won’t need to fret about software updates like the rest of the Androids. Plus you get a much better search option – Spotlight, and Google Maps too! Apple gives you all the new software updates right away And AT&T has no say in it!

Isn’t it time we stop taking crap from the carrier networks?


September 7, 2010

Android web usage climbs, Apple’s slip!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Check out the pretty graph below. While Android web usage steadily climbs, iOS drops (and this includes the beloved iPods and iPads).  Maybe, Apple’s investors should take a look a closer look and study the Quantcast chart and invest wisely!

I’ll leave you pondering with this thought. “In business you either lead, follow, or get out of the way.  A steamroller driven by a friendly green robot is coming through, and that huge user base some others have been enjoying isn’t going to be enough to stop it.”

Source: Android Central, tgdaily

BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, its funny you should leave us pondering with that thought! It aptly describes Apple as a leader and Android as follower. Is’nt that the trend? Android following Apple’s innovative smart phone solutions, and the the bevy of handset makers, copying every single curve on the iPhone. GoogleChic, Do Galaxy S phones look like the iPhone to you? 🙂

Your chart indicates that iOS web consumption has been going down while Android web usage is going up. Are you telling me that Apple has miraculously got the web consumption down while still selling more devices than the Android? I would say that is ingenious.

Now here’s a thought for you to chew on. 10 users could each be using 1 unit of data on their iPhones and a single Android user could be using 100 units of data. With all the tethering allowed on  Android phones, I won’t be surprised if this is true. Does that indicate that Android’s market share is bigger than Apple’s?


September 1, 2010

The network battle!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Ever wonder about the Android lineup on AT&T? The best that they have is the Samsung Captivate, but compared to its sibling the Samsung Fascinate (soon to be offered on Verizon)  it’s lacking a flash. The flash to me is a simple feature that could make or break someone’s purchasing decision. Other than the Captivate, there is the Motorola Backflip and Dell Aero which I think is a joke! Is AT&T purposely picking less superior Android phones compare to it’s Verizon competitor?

Is this the carrier mobile war? After all, Verizon did launch a Droid does campaign purely targeted at AT&T.  To add to this war, Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy Tab on Verizon.   This will be an interesting battle to keep our eyes on!


BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, for most people flash is not the deciding factor, an operating system or user interface is! 😀

If you want to turn your back on the iPhone, which other smart phone would you pick? An Android phone? Now if you want an Android phone, which carrier would you go to?  The company that boasts hoards of Android phones and whose campaign slogan is “iDon’t, Droid does”? Verizon has done a good job of dissing AT&T. Is it because Verizon did not get the iPhone deal? GoogleChic, of course everything in the mobile world is related to the iPhone! 🙂

I’m curious to see how it would play out if the popular Verizon iPhone rumor is true! Maybe, Verizon would decide that it would rather make more money by investing in the iPhone than a bunch of Android devices.

If Apple did offer Verizon the iPhone deal, I can certainly say that Verizon would snatch it up like a hungry wolf. After all, Verizon has waited for 3 long years to be served the best meal there is 😉


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August 26, 2010

Best of the Galaxys

It seems like news about the Samsung Galaxy S just keeps on coming. The latest Galaxy S phone, the Fascinate and the last to release on Verizon is now the new hype and is predicted to release sometime in September.


So what’s the difference between all of the Galaxy S phones, other than the obvious fact that it’s on different carrier’s?

Here’s the breakdown and our take on each phone.

Common Features
1 GHz processor
Super AMOLED screen
5.0 Megapixel camera
Android 2.1 (Eclair)

Samsung Epic 4G – Sprint
This is the fully loaded version of the Galaxy S. It sports a full QWERTY keyboard and has a front facing camera, which none of the other Galaxy S has. In addition, it sports a flash as well.
Our take:  The best Galaxy S phone for corporate users who prefer a keyboard to hack out those office emails.

Samsung Captivate – AT&T
The best Android device on AT&T. This phone has a more industrial boxy feel. The downside to this phone is that it’s missing a flash.
Our take: The best Galaxy S phone for users that prefer something other than an iPhone; maybe users that are  stuck on AT&T because your other half has to have the to die for iPhone and you can’t switch providers! (sound familar anyone?)
[Update]: RadioShack is offering a free Samsung Captivate with a 2 year contract with AT&T. This is an awesome deal if you choose to stick with AT&T.

Samsung Vibrant – Tmobile
The higher end Android device on Tmobile. This Galaxy S is also missing a flash, otherwise no complains here; nice phone on a very affordable provider.
Our take: The best Galaxy S phone for parents to buy for their kids that are begging for that iPhone but you just don’t want to pay that hefty bill. Probably since they’re milking you dry already between the food they eat and the clothes that they want to buy 🙂 This is a steal for parents especially if you caught the 1 cent deal that Amazon was running!
Samsung Fascinate – Verizon
The last to arrive and our favorite. It lacks the front facing camera but it does have a flash.
Our take: The best Galaxy S phone for everyday users. This phone is powerful and lightweight (since it doesn’t have the full QWERTY keyboard). It supports Exchange for your office needs, and playful enough for your after work needs thanks to all the apps offered in the Market.

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