Posts tagged ‘MobileMe’

February 13, 2011

Nano iPhone 5 and free MobileMe?

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is working on a new lineup of iPhones along with a revamp of the MobileMe services.

According to WSJ the new iPhone 5 lineup will include a smaller size nano iPhone, along with the regular sized iPhone and both are expected to release in summer of 2011.

The new nano iPhone may cost $199 with a two year contract and about one third to half the size of the current iPhone. According to WSJ the source who saw the prototype said the device was significantly lighter than the iPhone 4 and had an edge-to-edge screen that could be manipulated by touch, as well as a virtual keyboard and voice-based navigation.

With Nokia, the global cell phone leader ready to adopt the Windows Phone 7 OS and Android’s increasing number of cheaper phones, it would be a good move for Apple to sell a cheaper iPhone.

Along with the new set of phones, Apple is expected to revamp the MobileMe services. As WSJ put it “Apple is considering making MobileMe a free service that would serve as a ‘locker’ for personal memorabilia such as photos, music and videos, eliminating the need for devices to carry a lot of memory”.

Overall, if your contract is up and you are looking for a new phone, the best advice is to wait for the next iPhone.

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BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

If the rumors are true, I would say it’s a smart move for Apple to  try and capture more of the mobile market by offering a more price effective phone.

However, would you want to buy a iPhone that’s half its size? I think this can swing either way. The reason why people like the iPhone is the easy of use and the fact that you can do pretty much anything on the phone. But, with a smaller real estate would  you want to? Maybe listen to music, but  playing games and browsing will be much harder.

As for the free MobileMe concept. WOW, I can’t believe Apple  just thought of releasing this service for free. Right now there’s an annual subscription fee of $99. Ouch! I’m not sure many people would spring for this service. Especially because there are similar services  offered by Google (Google calendar, Picasa) 🙂

Let’s wait and see how this one pans out.

P.S. Nokia, you better move fast, looks like everyone is upping the ante.  (more to come on this)

 

September 24, 2010

HTC Desire HD, the EVOish device on Verizon?

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

So if you’re like me, you’ve been going gaga about the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Sense UI. Then you realize that it wont’ be released in the US! Upon, a closer look the EVOish device that was leaked on BGR last month sure looks very similar to the HTC Desire. The EVOish device clearly sports a dual flash and a 8 mega pixel camera. Other than the lack of the unified aluminum body the EVOish device sure looks like the Desire HD. I’m crossing my fingers because the Desire HD is to die for! If the rumors are true the phone will be released on Verizon and I may just jump ship to get this phone!

The combination of the hardware and HTC Sense makes the Desire HD  extremely powerful, it sports a 4.3 in screen with HD video recording. And for sharing those videos on your home TV there’s DLNA support (HTC makes a nice sly advertisement for their HTC media hub in their video. Didn’t I just say DLNA is the way to go 🙂 ).

Being able to easily control your ringer volume, tag and upload pictures to Flickr and Facebook are the nice touches about the Sense UI that makes it super user friendly. There’s also HTCSense.com, it’s perfect for someone like me (I’m a major klutz)! There are some mornings which  things just doesn’t go my way, I’m running late can’t find my phone and of course the ringer is on vibrate (since I set it to automatically vibrate during work hours, usually it’s a good feature but sometimes it does back fire on me). Well, with HTCSense.com I can log on to their website and turn my ringer back on :). Another really good feature is being able to set up call forwarding and receiving text messages via their website (for those days you just plain forget to bring your phone) . Check out the video for the rest of the features.


BY THE APPLE GIRL 

GoogleChic, I am glad that you finally liked an Android device (other than your Nexus) that you would like to own 😀

The HTC Desire HD is far from pushing the iPhone from its top dog spot! HTC Desire, with its aluminium construction is way off from beating Apple’s iconic steely edge curves and sheer glass finish. I am just glad for you that HTC seems to have made a sturdier phone than the cheap plasticy Samsung Galaxy S phones.

GoogleChic, don’t you want super AMOLED anymore? I can guarantee you that you are going to kick yourself for buying this phone (with me flashing the iPhone Retina Display at every opportunity :)).  Thank god, you have DLNA on the phone to stream to your big screen HDTV (to make up for the lack luster LCD display on the phone)! I just hope it works as flawlessly as AirTunes (or as AirPlay will)!

Have you heard of Apple’s Mobile Me? The cloud based service that pushes mail, contacts, calendar to all your iDevices automatically.  It also allows you to find the iPhone, remotely wipe it or display a message as well as remotely control the ringer volume (Yes GoogleChic,  Apple thought of it before HTC did :D). It also comes with Mobile Me Gallery to share your photos, a huge iDisk to store all your files online as well as Me.com to access to all your information that you have stored on the cloud through your web browser. Isn’t that what Google Chrome Tab is all about? I’m glad fAndroids are finally getting excited about things which (ahem ahem!) are “not so new” to AppleFanboys 😀 Mobile Me costs $99 a year for all those extensive features. Or you could try the 60 day free trial and get hooked to Apple’s quality of service!

The cached maps is a paid feature on the Desire. Please tell me you would rather pay for a well known navigation service like Tom Tom App or Magellan App! After the break down, the only cool feature I see on the HTC Desire HD is the automatic volume control based on the surroundings, that is built into the phone. And just yesterday we featured Apps with super cool volume control features!


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