So I was all excited to get my hands on the iOS 5 upgrade, I actually upgraded my phone last night. Today, I wish I had been a bit more cautious. There are some great things in it. For example, I have an iPhone 3GS and can now use the “Find My Phone” feature. Other notes the notifications are a lot nicer, I like some of the integration like Twitter and FourSquare and I think I will begrudgingly grow to like iCloud.
Then why my misgivings? This morning I noticed that crazy sound that comes out of computer speakers when a GSM phone is near and transmitting, you know that constant “modem” type sound. I found that odd and it got me thinking that my phone was transmitting way more than it did before the upgrade. Then at noon I noticed that my battery had been depleted from 100% to 24% in the matter of 4 hours. Now my phone is older, and the battery isn’t great but it generally lasts 12 hours. Another indication that the phone is doing way too much? The back of the phone is warm to the touch. Way warmer than it should be. One last annoyance more than anything, when I click on “Mail” it shows my list of mailboxes then opens my first account. When I go back to the list of accounts it will randomly open the first account again.
I definitely think there is work to be done here, if you haven’t upgraded yet I would hold off.
I was out for a bike ride today, and as always I like to track my route, time etc. I currently use the free Endomondo app on my iPhone. Before settling on Endomondo I tried several other apps, Motionx, irun and others. The other apps I tried where paid apps, not free but I freely gave up my $1.99 - 3.99 to try the app.
On my ride today I started thinking about my choice, and how I got to it. If this had been my P.C. (or a Mac for that matter) if is highly unlikely that I would have purchased several apps to find the right one, mostly because most applications for computers start at $20 and go up. I happily use my iPhone without jailbreaking it, I have not come across a reason to jail break it.
So on to the pirating… What if PC apps were under $10, would there be such a market for Warez sites? I know there are a lot of open source options, I have tried many of them but they just don’t fit the bill in my world. Sometimes the app isn’t as good, sometimes there is no documentation and sometimes there is no support. But who would pirate MS Office if it cost $30? Would you be willing to use a locked down computer that monitored if you used pirate software if you could purchase legitimate software for 75% off the current cost?
iTunes is the new application delivery model. Would it work in the PC/Mac world?
My friend Scott pointed me to the much anticipated announcement from Amazon. The Kindle Fire is definitely a competitor to the iPad, and any other tablet. It runs Android 2.3, has apps and access to a media store similar to iTunes.
The really impressive spec is the price, this thing is under $200 ($199). True it lacks a lot of the hardware you might want in a tablet, check the comparison here. There is no camera (front or back facing), there is no GPS, no Bluetooth and no access to cellular networks. What does it have? Access to an app store (Android, remember?), a very nice color display and WIFI.
I don’t know if this thing is an “iPad Killer” but it is an interesting device. I am intrigued.