I’m not sure when it was decided that electronic product launches had to be a) gaudy affairs in major event theatres and b) completely devoid of availability information; but nonetheless this is the currently accepted formula. Samsung’s announcement of the GALAXY S4 yesterday was nothing more than appropriately bizarre.
There is one truism buried in Matt’s post that I will agree with (but which he unfortunately did not elaborate on clearly): the upgrade from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8 was less than it could have been, and is almost entirely due to internal Microsoft “strategy tax”. The move to an NT kernel was not necessary, and now puts Windows Phone under the crushing weight of the Windows Team.
Lately, I’ve been playing with Android 4 variants, and last night I got to take a look at the new Sony Xperia Z (both phone and tablet). Wow! Android: you’ve come a long way baby.
At Nokia World last night (New Zealand time), Stephen Elop and the Nokia team announced two new phones: The Lumia 800: very much based on the Nokia N9 hardware that I reviewed yesterday. The Lumia 710: a lower-cost phone sporting the same internal hardware as the 800, but with a LCD screen. The phones will [...]
Lots of people call me an Android hater. I have my reasons. Chief among them is Google’s utter disrespect for consistency and user experience.
Yes, that’s right, it appears the screen glass has been put on backwards, and the semi-transparent overlays for the hardware buttons are now back to front. It took me ages to capture these images (the fingerprints and lighting have to be perfect), and it’s something I only barely noticed in passing.
HTC unveils a new Desire HD phone, a new version of HTC Sense, and a new website at htcsense.com
If you want to be first in the world to buy a Windows Phone 7 phone, you can do so from 12:01am on Vodafone’s website.
Now we’re talking. Finally a “real” Android device is being released in the New Zealand market. The HTC Desire is a wicked fast phone with the latest (well, almost, but let’s not quibble), Android software. HTC also have a reasonable track record of keeping their current devices up to date, so with Android 2.2 out to the public yesterday, we might see it on the Desire in the near future.
At the risk of furious fanboy vengeance, let me lay this out. A while back, Microsoft decreed a minimum hardware standard for all Windows Phone 7 devices. How does that minimum base compare to the just-announced iPhone 4?