July 16th, 2010

Well I’ve just watched the press conference delivered by Steve jobs of apple and I have to hold my hands up and say fair doos Steve, you’ve hit the nail on the head!

The press coverage and internet hype this problem has stimulated is nothing short of unbelievable. If this was any other device than the iPhone (or at least another apple device) then this simply wouldn’t have happened.

Everyone want s to knock successful people off their pedestals and in the case everyone wanted to knock the brilliantly successful apple off there rightful top spot of the worlds best smartphone manufacturer.

Fair enough, I’m an apple enthusiast (I’m even blogging this on my iPad) but even I was persuaded by the media hype about the iPhone 4’s antenna problems to jump on the bandwagon and start criticising a device I hadn’t even held.

I have held one now though and I have to say it’s a cracking bit of kit. Ok it’s expensive, but you have to admire the design, you have to appreciate the usability and you have to love the build quality.

It’s a damn good device… Simple as that.

Inside Microsoft HQ:

 

Mich Matthews (VP of marketing) – Ok guys, we have a pretty impressive smartphone that we’ve worked pretty damn hard on and I reckon we should let people know it exists. What-da-ya-reckon?

 

Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO) – Good catch Mich, that’s why I pay you $280k+ let’s get our best guys on this baby right away. We need our ducks in a row on this one, we need an xbox success, no repeat of vista… Ok!

 

Mich – Well, let’s fly some kites, get some serious blue sky going on in here. What made the xbox such a success and vista such a… Um… a…. Well not such a success?

 

Steve – We never make bad products, it must have been the marketing budgets. How much did we spend marketing xbox?

 

Mich – $100m

 

Steve – and vista?

 

Mich – $500m

 

Steve – Ah. Vista must have been bad. I hope windows phone 7’s better.

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I came across this video of a concept phone, the Mozilla Seabird, recently and it’s the first time I’ve thought the future really could be fully handheld.

It’s common knowledge that smartphones are outselling desktops 2 to 1 and many business-folk are leaving their laptops at home in favour of taking out their iPhone or Android powered device. However in both these cases the reasons can be easily explained. Smartphones are outselling desktops because many households would use just one desktop whereas a mobile (smartphone) each family member wants one. Also the majority of houses are also equipped with desktops, wherease smartphones are a relatively new technology.

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nokiaQ: What’s the one thing that people fear most?
A: Change.

I remember mobiles becoming mainstream in 2003 with many of my friends having a Nokia 2100 phone. In fact it wasn’t just my friends that had this phone, it seemed like everybody did. Here in the UK, Nokia phones were more common than Burberry being worn by the local gang of lads in the town centre! every Tom, Dick and Harry had one.
Over the next few years although the model of the phone would change, the brand remained the same. Users were very loyal to Nokia and it’s simple navigation that barely changed with each new phone released.

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Well, it’s finally here, Apple’s keynote for 2011.  Their major event this year where they intend to blow us away with the latest tech
wizardry they’re incorporating into their flagship device, the iPhone.

 

After all the rumours and guesswork comes the facts.
Will it be an upgrade iPhone 4GS or will they leap into an iPhone 5?  Maybe they will astound us and do both?

 

Here it is – 6:00pm London time.

 

Tim Cook takes the stage, the new CEO (sorry got to say it… miss you jobs!).
Apple go through their usual “This is Apple – this is what we have achieved” intro.
70% of the portable music market is impressive though!

 

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