|12-29-2007, 09:05 PM||#1|
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2008's mobile phone's
I am not sure if this is the correct section to post this. But I was wondering what your opinions are on 2008 concerning mobile/smart/I/etc- phones. I have read that 2008 will be THE year for the mobile phone to make its next revolutionary step, which is being supported by all kinds of new innovations. From what I understand there are 2 main innovations going on in the market:
The first one, everybody knows about, is the latest toy from Apple, the I-phone. It has made an big impact on the market and it seems to be more than just a hype. The user interface, design and user friendliness are its strong points. However to me it seems like the I-Phone is very limited in using its full capacity, looking at 3rd party software.
The other development is Google's Android, maybe not so familiar yet. Unlike the I-Phone (combination of OS and hardware), Android is "only" a OS/mobile platform. From what I have seen it looks promising when it comes to 3rd party software and additional functions. It seems to be more open source than the I-Phone and better able to be tailored to user's wishes. And not to forget, it seems tailored for a lot of Google's on-line apps. I have noticed that for example using Google's gmail, calender etc., I am limited to my laptop, which is quitte mobile but not as mobile as a phone type of thing. So I guess my devices limit me to the oppertunities Google's apps have to offer.
Since Android is still in its development/testing phases, I can not really judge how good and user friendly Android is combined with the next gen phones/communicator devices being under development (I still do'not know what to call them... ). But seeing the demos I was a bit disappointed on the way the user interface worked, it seems to be not really as innovative as I-Phone interface.
To me it seems Apple's I-Phone interface combined with Google's Android would be the hit of the market in 2008.
I was hoping people with I-phones or similar devices could shed some light or their opinions on 2008's mobile promises. Maybe it could help me get rid of the old idea of just buying the cheapest mobile phone and using it only for its main purpose, calling and texting : As I am seeing now, how being connected to the internet at al times could improve my life and productivity. The technology looks ripe to be adopted by a bigger audience than just business people and early adopters.
I have not mentioned anything about service- or content providers, since I am not up to date on that.
Hope this thread will add some value to the forum :
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