Posts tagged iPhone 4
Wait, wait. That’s not right. Fuck Apple.
Ok, that’s better. See, I have nothing against the iPhone per se. In fact, all told, I’ve owned 6 iPhones altogether. That involves buying one, getting bored of it, selling it, buying another one, selling that one, and so on. Each time there would be this inexplicable sense of anticipation, like I was going to pick up a new puppy. Then I would it up, and would set it up, jailbreak it, load all my old apps, and it would be like that first hit, the one that gets you really, really high, all over again.
But like that first high, it’s never as good the second time. Each time the phone was a little less enticing.
So in February I sold another 3GS in anticipation of Telus’ Milestone release. I’d heard great things about the 2.0.1 Android device, and in spite of its shortcomings, seemed like a very cool device. But soon it wasn’t good enough. I missed the apps that Android didn’t yet have. I missed the great RSS readers, the NY Times, I missed how smooth everything was.
So I sold the device and bought another used 3GS. And again I was disheartened. Jailbreaking provided usable multitasking; 4.0 was not an exciting release for anyone in the jailbreak world. The iPhone is app reliant; in fact, there is barely anything you can do outside the app framework. Once a notification comes and goes, there is no way to retrieve them. The Settings app provides no usable information on current installed apps.
So Android was like an open world; it is World of Warcraft to iPhone’s Diablo (I don’t really do games, sorry if that’s not apt). There was usable information wherever you looked. You could see what song was playing, check out a widget one of the many home screens, turn off WiFi, turn on GPS. Your live wallpaper could show you your location on Google Maps. It breathed. It still breathes two versions later.
iPhone 4 is a beautiful piece of closed world. I cannot wait to read books on it, and to watch HD YouTube videos. But in terms of sheer value, $659+tax for the 16GB version, unlocked and off-contract, does not make sense to me. You can buy the HTC Legend on Bell for $350+tax and unlock it for $5, forever. No software unlock, no tinkering. Forever. You can (could) buy the Nexus One for $529US ($550ish)+tax and it does a whole lot more to the average geek.
I’m a geek. I will always be a tinkerer and a user. I consume like the rest of us, but my heart is in making the software better, faster. Despite the Library of Congress ostensibly legalizing jailbreaking, Apple will not stop trying to stop hackers from doing it. iPhone 4 in Canada will be one of the most popular phones ever released.
But the magic, at least for now, is over.
I don’t anticipate an Antennagate in this country. The networks are too robust. Shouldn’t be an issue. But when the white iPhone 4 is released later in the year, I expect there to be a new antenna design. And when that happens there will be a lot of really, really pissed off early adopters. And Canadians, with their more robust networks, will be there to pick up the AT&T pieces, unlock the shit out of them, and make them work.
Two of the biggest topics of discussion in regards to the iPhone 4 launch in Canada have been answered today. Starting with official word of carrier’s having retail stock starting Friday morning July 30th and now pricing of the device if bought at an Apple store instead of through the traditional carrier route.
According to the CBC the 16-gigabyte unit will sell for $659 while the 32-GB version will cost $779, unlocked and ready to be activated contract-free.
Still eager to buy it off contact?
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Alas my friends the day is almost upon us. Apple released a press release this morning via their website announcing that the iPhone 4 will be available this Friday July 30th, 2010 in 17 more countries, our native land being one of them.
Beginning this Friday, customers can purchase iPhone 4 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. iPhone 4 will be available for purchase through Apple’s retail and online stores and Apple® Authorized Resellers.
Rogers, Telus, Bell and Virgin have all confirmed it and pricing, though not confirmed will probably be set at the usual $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB. Though this time around the device will only be released in a black version with the white following suit in a few months.
Anyone care to camp out with me Thursday night to get it Friday?
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All in all, a fairly quiet week for Apple news. Apple’s case program goes live, those wanting an iPhone 4 in white will likely never get it (cause they’ll buckle and get the black one first!) and Apple throws a new phone or two into their antenna page deal. This of course made other manufactures pretty heated, but Apple doesn’t seem to care very much.
As usual, the links are available after the break.
I told’ya it wasn’t a very big week!
There is a strange little annual competition in Savonlinna, Finland called the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships, which is exactly what it sounds like. Held since 2000, people gather to compete in a number of different categories including freestyle throw, most creative choreography, and even in the “under-12″ event, for those privileged tykes that don’t know how good they have it.
I don’t know if Nokia officially endorses this practice, but the competition has attracted celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, famous for her public displays of anger, to hurl a phone or two for catharsis. The current World Record holder is England’s Chris Hugff, who in 2007 threw a phone 95.83m, or 314.4ft. Insane!
There are rules, as well. For example, phones under 220g are considered too light, so your average smartphone, including the iPhone 4 at 137g, would not qualify for the tournament. Though I’d love to see a bitter Finn throw one just for fun.
(Wikipedia via The Globe and Mail)
… and you select your case using an application. Really, there’s an app for that. Apple’s terms and conditions are available on the site, including eligibility and what to do if you’ve already paid for one. I personally don’t have the antenna problem on my iPhone, and don’t want to case its beauty, but I’ll take the free one – just in case I change my mind later. Download the app and get yours today, the download link is available on Apple’s page.
UPDATE: I’ve started going through the process now. They have about eight cases available, not just Apple’s Bumpers. The app also has a bit of info and photos of how it looks on each handset. It appears that the photos are only renders, which would imply that the cases aren’t even real yet. Shipping time on all of them is three to five weeks. In entirety, the process takes about one minute. Your iTunes ID has your shipping info, so it’s simply a matter of logging in, selecting your case, and confirming.
Common among tech bloggers is a healthy speculation surrounding when the exclusive contract with AT&T will end, and the iPhone will safely land on another carrier. So the latest rumour has the iPhone 4 arriving on T-Mobile later in the year. This parallels the earlier rumours of the popular Apple device going to Verizon.
But the T-Mobile rumour has less legs than the Verizon one, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, AWS band, at 1700MHZ and 2100MHZ (UMTS IV), is not a well-used frequency. In fact, the only places it is widely used in the world are in North America: T-Mobile in the US and WIND/Mobilicity in Canada.
The iPhone 4 is one of the only pentaband 3G phones in existence. That means that it supports 850/900/1800/1900/2100MHZ 3G bands, which covers the majority of the world’s GSM carriers. They purposefully left out the 1700MHZ band making 3G on T-Mobile in the US impossible, even on an unlocked device.
Now why would they decide, after making that business decision to leave that spectrum out, to build a phone with those specifications for a very, very small subsection of North American users? Likely, they won’t. It doesn’t make a lot of business sense, and unless they have enormous financial incentive from T-Mobile, Apple will likely turn down the chance. It would make more sense for them to develop a CDMA device for Verizon, since the market is much larger. And even then, it’s pretty unlikely.
The AWS spectrum is also known for its limited ability to penetrate walls. Couple that with the iPhone 4′s antenna issues and you have a recipe for no service except outdoors. I may be exaggerating, but not really.
But this is just my opinion. I don’t know the inner workings of Apple’s boardroom, nor how Steve Jobs’ mind works. He obviously chose AT&T for a reason back in 2007, and for whatever reason has stuck it out with their spotty service and irate customers.
All the recent talk has been on the flaws of the Apple iPhone 4, namely its reception issues in the United States on AT&T’s GSM network. We all know the Canadian networks that will house the device (Rogers, Bell, Telus, and their subsidiaries) are stronger and far more proven, but, is that enough to get you to buy it when it launches this summer? Are you willing to hold off and wait for the dust to settle on the first batch? Or are you happy with your current device and have no desire to change?
Leave your response on the poll.
As always, an Apple press event completely shuts down the internet and suffocates all other news. For the most part, it seems that all the news surrounds Apple’s supposed “Anntenna-gate” situation. All this antenna talk has swiftly become a headache for everyone, I suspect that it will be completely forgotten. As for Apple bringing other manufacturers into this, I think it’s a good idea. After Apple posted examples of other phones experiencing the death grip, I have since tried it on other devices and seen it work exactly as described, just like it does on the iPhone. Personally, I believe this is all hype and is only a big deal because the iPhone is a high profile device – no one cares if a Bold has the same “problem” cause no one that matters uses one. Well, that may be a bit of an over-reaching statement, but the point stands, Blackberries and Droids alike lose signal when held. Just seems like everyone who is complaining, doesn’t even own an iPhone 4 and has no place to speak up in the first place. Anyway, here’s the week contained in links.
Yesterday at the Apple iPhone 4 Conference, Steve Jobs made a claim that the BlackBerry Bold 9700 amongst other devices, loses signal when gripped in a certain way. Apple even went as far as launching http://www.apple.com/antenna/ showing diagrams and videos of how Smartphones lose signal when gripped ‘improperly’.
Being an AT&T subscriber with a Bold 9700, I tried gripping my device just like Apple’s diagram showed, but it held strong at 5 bars. I should add, don’t have a case on my 9700, as it is completely naked. I tried again several times for lengthy enough periods to make sure there was no signal degradation. I even tried completely covering the bottom of my 9700 with both hands and it still did NOT drop a single bar. Also see RIM’s official statement below.
“Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.”
- Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie
I can’t personally speak for the other devices Apple claims have antenna issues, but I believe it would have been wise for Stevie to leave the 9700 out of this, being that it’s an AT&T device with absolutely no antenna issue. It would have been much more respectable if Apple just owned up to the issue in the first place, offered free cases or refunds, and left it at that. Making false claims about an error in the software and then about competitors devices, simply makes Apple look foolish. Feel free to drop a comment below and let us know how you feel about Apple’s new false claim.