It appears Nokia isn't going to be shy about picking a fight with Apple and its iPhone.
Popping up recently is the Smartphone Beta Test website, which include several "hidden video" clips that poke fun at the iPhone, including a jab at the iPhone 4's "death grip controversy." The implication: that all preceding phones, including the iPhone, were beta tests for the real phone: Nokia's Lumia 900.
AT&T, Microsoft, and Nokia are aligning their marketing dollars toward making the Lumia 900 a hero phone, a device that's coveted by the masses.
Why the big bucks? Nokia and Microsoft have a very small window of opportunity to make Windows Phone stick, as both Samsung and Apple are waiting in the wings with new devices.
One misfire, and Nokia and Microsoft's Windows Phone may not recover in the U.S. If those two companies can't generate interest with a modestly priced smart device and AT&T's biggest marketing push ever, getting positive … Read more
In the quickly evolving world of apps, Skout is a virtually an old standby at this point.
Having launched in 2007 and then re-tooled to its current iteration two years later, Skout is a mobile social network built on the premise that people would want to meet and flirt with people close to them. Skout uses the phone's ability to locate itself to determine nearby people (to ensure privacy, the service doesn't provide the exact location of a person, only getting as specific as half a mile away).
The app is free, but Skout generates revenue through the … Read more
There are a few troubling technical aspects of the new iPad that give me pause about the post-Jobs Apple.
I'll skip the obligatory praise of the new iPad's Retina display. And for those readers who want to call me a whiner, idiot, or Apple hater, go ahead, take your best shot.
On launch day, while I was pleased to find that the new iPad was only slightly thicker than the iPad 2, this raised the first red flag for me.
Dilution of Jobs Doctrine? The design decisions that led to a chunkier iPad are a little worrisome and … Read more
There is something charming about bravery.
When a company stands up to not only be counted, but to be challenged by all its competitors in a public cage match, you have to applaud.
So I look to my left and see that I am beside myself to hear that Microsoft is extending its "Smoked By Windows" Challenge.
Should you have spent the last few days on your knees, praying that Keith Olbermann will join Fox News, you might not have heard that Microsoft has been allowing its Windows Phones to take on all comers.
Microsoft store employees have … Read more
Ice Cream Sandwich cravers, rejoice.
Two days later on April 6, the HTC Rezound will get the same scoop of Android ICS.
AT&T announced a few days ago that a number of its devices will be getting an upgrade as well. These handsets include the LG Nitro, the Samsung Galaxy Note, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.
The carrier is investing a lot in this handset, which costs $100. In an interview with CNET, Jeff Bradley, AT&T's device head, called the Lumia 900 the company's "hero phone."
In addition to that, he noted that its launch would be a "notch above anything we've ever done," including the iPhone's launch.
But the one in need of a hero, perhaps, is none other than Nokia itself.
CNET's … Read more
Smartphones and tablets are no longer just for surfing the Web and checking e-mail. They've also become mini-TVs.
But figuring out the best place to get your video for these devices is not easy. Sure there are tons of companies offering access to the latest movies and TV shows for streaming or downloading onto all kinds of mobile devices. But not all services work with all devices. In this Ask Maggie, I help one reader figure out how to choose a service. I also explain how those free online music services work.
Caught between a gadget and a hard … Read more
At the time, HTC's Evo 4G blew most other Android phones out of the water. It had a fast 1GHz CPU, massive 4.3-inch screen, not one but two cameras, and a connection to Sprint's 4G WiMax data network. Heck, HTC even threw in an HDMI port for good measure.
All this made the Evo 4G one of the greatest Android phones of all time and much beloved by their owners. Apparently Sprint plans to recapture some of that magic by announcing the HTC Evo One, possibly a rebranded HTC One X, at a special press event next Wednesday night. This tip comes from the good folks at Android Central, which cite unnamed sources. … Read more