Still not an Android fan

I’ve been using my Android work phone for a while one, about a month give or take, and I can say that I still like my iPhone a bit more. I don’t know if its because of the software I’ve installed on it or if it’s just the OS, but a I’ve had a few crashes so far when trying to get my work email and having the phone reboot. I’ve also been trying to use the phone as much as I can during the day and ignoring my iPhone as much as possible but there are too many times during the day when I reach for my iPhone to do something that I know that my android phone can accomplish.

One of the things that bothers me are all the buttons that android phones use. I’m used to just looking in the software to perform an action rather than hunting around for a button. It’s gotten better over time but I’m still not used to it. I hope that there will be a software update to the phone since I’m curious about Honeycomb but it’s all carrier and manufacturer dependent.  I’m stuck with Android for at least the next 2 years since that is what my company currently supports besides Blackberry and there’s no way that I’m switching to a Blackberry if I can help it.  I used one way way way back in the day for a couple weeks and I have to say that I haven’t seen an improvement in the OS since that time.  Oh well, time to get cracking.

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AT&T Data Caps SUCK

I was reading my Google Reader feed on my iPad last night when I came across an article that says that AT&T is going to start putting data caps on people that subscribe to their home DSL.  The suggested cap I think is 250GB which is pretty generous by any means but I still don’t like the idea of a cap.  AT&T has instituted caps on mobile data already and that stinks.  I got around it by signing up early with an unlimited data plan but there won’t be any way for me to avoid the data cap on my home DSL account since it affects everyone.

AT&T uses speed as the way to charge people for DSL and not how much data is consumed.  If this is going to be the approach, they should still allow unlimited data.  Most of what they tout is that if you can’t get decent data speeds on your mobile device, you can always use Wifi at home but wait, we’re going to cap you there just so we can get our two cents if you end up going the limits we’re going to impose on your account.  If there are caps, then by gosh, make us all super fast so we can eat up data at a greater rate so I’m only paying for data and not speed anymore.

Something really needs to be done about this at some point.  Data is really not all that expensive and where are all my taxes going to improve the infrastructure?  I see it on my DSL bill every month that some part of my payment goes to expanding the infrastructure to rural areas, I think most rural areas are pretty well covered by now, the only question now is capacity.  It’s not my fault that telecom and cable companies failed to anticipate the growth of the internet and the onset of online video.  Any fool with half a brain who lives in the tech age knows that most of what we’re going to consume is online.  I’d like to see what businesses are going to start being charged.  There are MASSIVE amounts of data going through corporate pipes and all of them are served by one of the telecom companies or multiple telecom companies to ensure that data is flowing freely.  I think its time to introduce regulation again for the internet because this is just killing me having to pay for data which I need to get things in my life accomplished and not having enough data to get it all done.

If I had another choice besides Verizon or Comcast, I might take it but there isn’t any other choice besides the big 3 down here in South Florida.  I tried my old ISP Earthlink but they only offer 56K dial up and Satellite.  I’ll struggle on until I get pissed enough to switch and then I’ll switch services every few months to get the best rate.  Charging as much as they do for capped internet is GARBAGE!

Black or White?

Apple has just added a color choice for the new iPad 2.  In addition to the traditional black, there is now white!  I remember that there used to be a white iPhone that was supposed to be released but that hasn’t materialized yet but its rumored to be ready for the iPhone 5.  The promise from Apple is that it will be available on day 1 of the release.   Now I’m a little torn on what to get since I already have a “black” iPad with the iPad 1.  Now here’s the rub on all this, the back is still alumnium, the only part that is actually white or black is the bezel and the home button at the bottom.  I don’t know whether I should get black again or if I should go with white.  If I get a white one, it will be distinct and people would know I have one of the new iPads.  However, I can still get the black one and use one of the covers which only works with the new iPad anyway.  Decisions decisions!  I guess I’ll have to ponder this for a little bit longer and I’m sure I won’t make up my mind until I’m on the apple site at 5PM next friday putting in my order.  I guess I’ll wait for the tear down to see what makes the iPad 2 tick.

iPad 2 is coming

This past Wednesday the new iPad 2 was announced with a lot of fanfare on the internet.  I personally watched a live blog of the event to see what the new specs and stuff were.  I gotta say that there isn’t a lot that I’m really excited about however I probably will get one since there are enough new features to almost justify the purchase.  The big thing for me with this new iPad is FaceTime and the increased speed of the processor.  It’s not like I had any issues with the current iPad’s processor, but just the thought of having more speed is enough for me to want one.  The FaceTime aspect is something I really want so I can talk and see my family while I’m traveling on the road.  Granted I’ll probably have an iPhone 5 too but if I want to see my family on a bigger screen, I think that would be totally killer.

The thing that makes the iDevices so good is the software.  There is still plenty of software out there that I haven’t tried and the new apps like garage band and the iMovie app should be great for me to play around with.  I’m hoping that iOS 5 will bring some major improvements so I don’t need as many jailbreak tweaks on my iPhone.  That doesn’t mean I’m not going to jailbreak, it just means less apps from Cydia for me to install overall.  I don’t think they’re ever going to do something like SBSettings which I use quite extensively but it would be nice if I didn’t have to use LockInfo to make the lock screen useful.

The new smart covers look pretty cool, I put a picture of them with a white iPad on this post just for fun.  I think I’m going to get one of those like I got the case for my original iPad.  The only area of concern is that it won’t protect the back of the device but I guess that means I have to be more careful about not dropping it.  I think the real disappointment for me was that they didn’t increase the storage.  I currently have 64GB now, I was kind of hoping for 128GB to store even more movies and pictures that I have.  Other than that, the specs that have come out for the iPad 2 are just incrimental upgrades to the current iPad specs.  I think the Android tablets will give the iPad  a run for its money but they’re not yet up to par.  I have to wait until next Friday before I can even order the device.  I won’t be one of those suckers that stands outside and waits, I’m going to be smart and order it online and wait for my iPad 2 to come from China straight to my doorstep.  I’m not selling my original iPad either, I’ll leave it here for my wife or future child to play with 🙂

Borders Sale Fail

I will admit that I am a fan of Borders Book Shops.  It was the first huge book retailer in my home town and I have bought many a book there in my life time.  Borders has recently hit on some hard times and is in bankruptcy protection so in order to generate some cash flow, they’re closing down some stores.  This past weekend, or maybe it was two weekends ago now since I took a break from this post, me and the wife went over to Borders to see if we could score some discounts on books that we had on our wish lists.  The store was offering 20-40% off on their entire inventory and there were a lot of people in the store.  I bet it would have taken at least 30 minutes just to clear the check out line since it went all the way to the back of the store and even snaked around some of the book isles.

We both went through the store and found some good books that we wanted that were about 20% off.  Just to make sure that we weren’t going to be stiffed on the price, I decided to bring out my trusty iPhone and started scanning all the bar codes of the books.  While some of the books we wanted were the same price at Amazon or Barnes and Noble, the ones that we really wanted to get a discount on were still cheaper if we bought them online.  Well that isn’t much of a discount in my view.  I still wanted some books but I took one look at that long ass line and I put them down.  The books I wanted were just for fun anyway and not something I needed not to mention I really didn’t want to wait in line either.  I did end up buying some books this past weekend at Barnes and Noble instead since I could have had them for the same price at Amazon and I liked that I didn’t have to wait in a long ass line to get them.

I suspect that Borders will eventually close down which is sad since I used to love going to the bookstore on High Ridge Road in Stamford when I was particularly bored and needed a good book to read.  There is a huge Barnes and Noble in the Stamford Town Center but thats a bit far to go for a book, especially from my mom’s house.  You had a great run Borders, if you could only have competed better or kept that joint partnership with Amazon, you might have beat out Barnes and Noble.