BlackBerry Storm, yet another taker on the iPhone

 

iBerry? Perhaps... Too bad Wi-Fi will not be offered. Not surprising from Verizon though. They will probably block users from installing 3rd party GPS applications as well.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/blackberry...

Krieger

Android

I'm still waiting for good handsets to come out on the Google Android platform. I'm never going to buy another WinMobile junk device again. Been there done that.

I'm sick of proprietary junk that is loaded with crippleware and deactivated hardware that can't be reactivated very easily.

My last phone was an HTC 8525/Hermes and the hardware was OK. WinMobile really stunk, and there just wasn't enough good software to fix all the issues that Windows caused. Buggy, crashy, slow.

Is it too much to ask for a good, large touch-screen, qwerty slide-out keyboard, a decent processor with decent memory, Wifi and bluetooth, GPS, as well as multi-band transceiver for the phone and G3 connectivity? Throw in a good video camera so you can record stills and movies, as well as play them back on the nice large screen. A really good GUI would be nice too. Open-source will push people to make better ones if they are not already available.

It will be coming soon. One device that does everything, and will be open-source so you won't be chained to a proprietary architecture to some big company that will nickle and dime you to death for every little feature and release new "features" that are not new at all every few months that you have to pay extra for or even totally upgrade your handset.

I realize battery life issues are what is holding things back, but I don't care if this unit is HUGE as long as it is the only thing I have to carry with me.

It's coming!

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Ride the World

Mr. Gates

Open source? Have you gone mad, man? Don't you know about Mr. Gates and his plans? Take a look at his message below:

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Message translation for those who need it:

"One OS to rule them all, One OS to find them
One OS to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."

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GPSMAP 76CSx - nüvi 760 - nüvi 200 - GPSMAP 78S

Re: Android

Serenityvalley wrote:

I'm still waiting for good handsets to come out on the Google Android platform. I'm never going to buy another WinMobile junk device again. Been there done that.

I'm sick of proprietary junk that is loaded with crippleware and deactivated hardware that can't be reactivated very easily.

My last phone was an HTC 8525/Hermes and the hardware was OK. WinMobile really stunk, and there just wasn't enough good software to fix all the issues that Windows caused. Buggy, crashy, slow.

Is it too much to ask for a good, large touch-screen, qwerty slide-out keyboard, a decent processor with decent memory, Wifi and bluetooth, GPS, as well as multi-band transceiver for the phone and G3 connectivity? Throw in a good video camera so you can record stills and movies, as well as play them back on the nice large screen. A really good GUI would be nice too. Open-source will push people to make better ones if they are not already available.

It will be coming soon. One device that does everything, and will be open-source so you won't be chained to a proprietary architecture to some big company that will nickle and dime you to death for every little feature and release new "features" that are not new at all every few months that you have to pay extra for or even totally upgrade your handset.

I realize battery life issues are what is holding things back, but I don't care if this unit is HUGE as long as it is the only thing I have to carry with me.

It's coming!

I share your opinion about open-source development.

However as of today (pre-Android release), as bad as they may be, I think WM devices offer the most user flexibility, specially by means of 'ROM cooking' (i.e. customization of the OS loaded in ROM).

Doing this, and using other techniques, it is possible, to enable hidden settings, services and capabilities of the phone, or to have a full-iPhone interface clone, -even install Android!

In my opinion, the cellphone service carriers do more to restrict features on a phone than the manufacturer, or even Microsoft. Carriers do this for different reasons ranging from support overhead to revenue potential.

Verizon is known for crippling data-transfer on their phones (Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, etc.), so that users are not only forced to pay them for the data traffic, but also more likely buy content from them (music, apps, etc.). I wouldn't be surprised if the new BlackBerry has the WiFi capability built-in, but disabled.

Still, more people seem more eager to keep buying phones and services rather than switch carriers! Lets hope that Android marks the beginning of change.

Krieger

I didn't know Mr. Gates is a J. R. R. Tolkien fan

thrak wrote:

Open source? Have you gone mad, man? Don't you know about Mr. Gates and his plans? Take a look at his message below:

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4F6E65204F5320746F2072756C65207468656D20616C6C2C20
4F6E65204F5320746F2066696E64207468656D2C0D0A4F6E65
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20696E20746865206461726B6E6573732062696E6420746865
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Message translation for those who need it:

"One OS to rule them all, One OS to find them
One OS to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."

Hmmmm. OS wars + Hex encoding + Tolkien obsession. Even I think that's nerdy! mrgreen

That is an Internet joke, paraphrasing "The Lord of the Rings", but is not true. I am not a Microsoft fan, but if there was a message for humanity from Bill Gates (or geekdom, as in this case) I think it would be "Please support the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation" razz

The complete version:

Quote:

Recently one of my friends, a computer wizard, paid me a visit. As we were talking I mentioned that I had recently installed Windows on my PC, I told him how happy I was with this operating system and showed him the Windows CD. To my astonishment and distress he threw it into my micro-wave oven and turned it on. I was upset because the CD had become precious to me, but he said: 'Do not worry, it is unharmed.' After a few minutes he took the CD out, gave it to me and said: 'Take a close look at it.' To my surprise the CD was quite cold and it seemed to have become thicker and heavier than before. At first I could not see anything, but on the inner edge of the central hole I saw an inscription, in lines finer than anything I have ever seen before. The inscription shone piercingly bright, and yet remote, as if out of a great depth:

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'I cannot read the fiery letters,' I said.

'No,' he said, 'but I can. The letters are Hex, of an ancient mode, but the language is that of Microsoft, which I shall not utter here. But in common English this is what it says:'

One OS to rule them all, One OS to find them,
One OS to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

Krieger

Verizon is known for crippling data-transfer on their phones

I don't put up with that, I hack the phone to allow me to transfer my video and Pictures off my Razar and add games ringtones and calender or appointments to it, using Motorola Phone tools.

I didn't get the phone from verizon,it's not their phone, I bought it out right, so I feel have the right to enter the programming.

Bob

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.