HP and Palm = HP Sauce

Come on , think about it. HP and Palm… The latter being the company with the “special sauce” gives us a great merger name…HP Sauce

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What Do Top Paid Apps Say About the Smartphone Platform?

What Do Top Paid Apps Say About the Smartphone Platform? | BlackBerry Cool.

This guy from BBCool just posts more and more pap/weirdness with each passing week and this week’s tasty morsel is a breakdown of the best selling apps on BlackBerry, Android and the iPhone. Astonishingly, he manages to wangle the figures to try and make it look like the BlackBerry…which unquestionably has the poorest selection of 3rd party software out of the three listed…is the most sophisticated when it comes to buying paid apps because 50% of the top 10 paid App World are posh “utilities”. Not only that but the iPhone…..

“doesn’t have a single top paid app that aims to give the user any tangible value”

….the inference being that most things on the iPhone is fluff and conveniently forgetting that utilitiy apps are big sellers for BlackBerry because the underlying OS is lacking in some fairly basic stuff. I’ll bet he’d find that if you went down to say the apps that were ranked 30 -50 on the Apple iTunes store, he’d find some very decent non-gaming stuff that is still outselling considerably stuff from the top 10 BlackBerry apps.

And he ends up with this……

In the end, I’m going to go to the smartphone that has developers making apps that save me time and money. A brief look at the above smartphones tells me BlackBerry leads in this respect, with Android in close second. Apple have yet to convince me that they can create real value for their users, and take advantage of what modern smartphones are capable of providing.

Rant time.

I was looking around various sites this week as per usual and I don’t know why this is but you go onto the Android sites and they are slagging off the iPhone, you go onto a BlackBerry site and they are slagging off the iPhone, you go onto PreCentral and the people posting comments can be hostile about the iPhone too. They all seem to feel the need to defend themselves, bump up their own collective egos….”aren’t we all great for using Android oh yeah”. I’m actually just about had enough of it, the childish animosity being speared towards the iPhone and have dumped some sites from my RSS application on the HTC Legend as I just sort of dreaded opening up some feeds and having to read the same old pish from some psychotic 27 year old from Titsville, Texas or wherever it is. In fact, I’m just about wholeheartedly fed up with single platform sites and have moved recently to sites that instead cover multiple platforms like the revised 4winmobile, TracyandMatt, jkontherun and good old PDA247.

Yet, if you go onto a decent Mac site or iPhone site they don’t spent half their time making childish comments about other phones on other platforms., they just get on with enjoying their devices.

Android running on the iPhone

Found Footage: Android running on the iPhone.

Windows Mobile running on this and Android running on that….and so on. And now we have Android running on the iPhone, albeit a tad sketchily although the very act of getting this done has to be admired.

Still, the end result/bottom line, as I see it, is of putting an okay OS onto an okay bit of hardware. Android is okay, that’s about it.  What would be far better would be somebody porting the iPhone OS onto some of that great Android HTC hardware and then we would have a great OS on great hardware.

Or, and this would be the best…….get Web OS running on ANYTHING other than the Palm Pre.

MacTubes

MacTubes.

A free YouTube video player for Macs that allows you to add comments, rate videos and do those other things that people like to do when watching vids and claim to be an integral part of the experience.

HTC Legend summing up…better than the Hero?

Last part of my mini -review. It’s all a bit odd because I was so sure in advance that I’d really like this phone that I’d have been fairly shocked had it turned out to be a disappointment. Like I said before I’m not new to Android and often it’s hard to view a phone from the point of someone who is new to the platform, would they struggle with the Legend or Android smartphones in general? If they can handle an iPhone they should be fine with Android is my opinion.

There are a few things that are done differently on the Legend or which are new and useful under Android 2.1. There’s a pinch to zoom feature, accessible from any screen, which brings up miniatures of all your homescreens and makes finding widgets or apps quick. It can also be accessed by pressing the home button when on your home page screen, a method I find easier if truth be told. It’s a feature though that others, in particular Apple, should look at where the main means of accessing your bits and bobs is launcher based. (update…looks like Apple have taken steps to do this now in OS4)

You’d expect it to be wouldn’t you and I don’t think anybody would be terribly surprised to hear that it is indeed better than the Hero. Often with a new phone that is an update of an older one there are a lot of new things that are great but for some reason the maker changes some of the things that were universally admired on the first version and you end up wishing they had left those bits alone. Well, with the Hero they have taken everything that was so good about it, kept those great bits and added better specs and other things that just enhance the whole experience. Congrats are then due to HTC for having the sense (no pun intended) for adopting that approach.

The inbuilt non-Gmail email app has been improved beyond recognition and is now worth using even for Gmail users, the MarketPlace app has been considerably spruced up and is now easier to use, the camera now takes some decent pictures and has a okay flash and white exposure controls, there are some improved widgets, the most notable of which is the revised Calendar app with default Agenda view option and the screen despite being lower specced than the Desire and Droid is wonderfully crisp and clear but does not perform well outdoors in sunlight, an apparantly standard concern for AMOLed screened phones. Battery life is on a par with the Hero and I have been getting a full two days but I must emphasise that I am not what you would call a power user by any means.

Talking of screens, it is of course capacitive and they are usually a joy to use. It’s sensitive but not over-sensitive and it’s hard to open something by mistake just by a careless touch, if that makes sense. I really don’t think I can go back to resistive screens now as they don’t scroll nearly as well and they have sticky feel to them which often makes you have to keep poking and prodding them to get a response. The new optical trackpad is better than the trackball of the Hero too and offers surprising accuracy, I’d opine that it is more accurate and responsive than the one on the Blackberry Bold 9700 I used not so very long ago.

I’m sure the HTC Desire is going to be a wonderful smartphone but I now don’t feel, like I did a week or so ago, that I might have made the wrong decision by opting for the Legend over its bigger and better specced big brother. I went for the Legend because I thought it would do everything I needed in a more compact shape (plus I loved the idea and look of the aluminum body) and luckily for me that is how it has turned out.

It’s a really quick phone, in a gorgeous body, with a great range of apps, with decent battery life, a lovely screen, much better camera than the Hero, that multi-tasks effortlessly, that feels really really solid and compact….it’s just a great phone.

A daftie…and other things…like a Bad Kitty

I thought this post was pretty silly. Not so much silly actually but just plain stoooopid and as a man who has posted plenty of stooopid posts himself, I should jolly well know. I’ve just plucked out a few…

  • Advertising Service iAd: This will be a mobile advertising service that sounds a lot like the advertising API’s already announced by RIM. These were supposed to be launched right around now, but at least we know they’re coming.
  • Global Inbox: Oh right, it’s a pain to manage several email accounts on an iPhone. That must be really annoying.
  • An Improved UI: I have a new improved UI regularly; it’s called a theme.

Well, most would say there’s slightly more to having a great UI than just having a myriad of horrendous “themes” available. You only have to look at any online BB store to see how their cheap and cheerful themes clog up the app listings at the expense of decent software. As for “advertising service iAd”, is her seriously suggesting this is something that people are actually begging for? The whole post is rather pitiful and smacks of desperation as the RIM OS starts to look even more dated and unappealing following Apple’s announcement of the proposed improvements to OS4.

Okay, today I purchased another two apps for my Pre. Yak and BadKitty, both Twitter apps. Yak is quite plain but has the features I need and it has the navigation bar at the bottom that avoids the need to dig into preferences (unlike Tweed) to view direct messages. It also offers notifications but that is a feature I can do without especially as my Pre battery life is still appalling. I’d love to tell you how good Bad Kitty is but unfortunately it won’t even let me log into my twitter account and thus I cannot actually use it. For some reason it skips the sign in page…I’ve emailed the developer but they haven’t bothered to reply yet.

I hate to bang on about this but here goes, web OS is stunning and to do it justice I need to get my hands on a Pixi form factor. The apps I have bought or got for nothing are elegant, simple and easy to use and they have that uniformity of presentation and navigation that makes for an experience that feels unified, in sync and iPhone like.

Talking of unresponsive developers…Twidroid has not worked on my HTC Legend as I get connection errors. It downloads now and again and then the next time won’t. I entered into a conversation with the developers via email and their suggestions smacked of not listening to the info I was giving them and not really giving a stuff. So I moved to Touiteur and it works just fine, has a lovely interface and does all I need.

Cheryl Cole keeps ‘best-dressed’ crown in Glamour poll

BBC News – Cheryl Cole keeps ‘best-dressed’ crown in Glamour poll.

Shouldn’t that be “Best Dressed Clown”

You know what? I’m utterly sick of reading about this woman, I feel like she is living in my front room. I was hoping for a break after having to endure her somewhat less than incisive “judging”, using that term in the loosest sense imaginable, on X-Factor….”Ah really likez yizz”….. but oh no…she turns up everywhere. Fair enough if she was Madonna or somebody who had actually become famous for being genuinely talented instead of being part of some insipid Girls Aloud.

Cheryl “one dance move”Cole….f*** off.

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