As you are aware, Amazon finally launched their own answer to Apple’s iPad in the form of Kindle Fire which is far less than an iPad competitor in my own humble opinion. For instance, there is no camera, no microphone and no 3G support in the Kindle Fire. You can access the internet only through WiFi and be able to read e-books, listen to music, watch movies and play games available for download through the Amazon Appstore for Android. But still, for the pure tech moguls, here’s a side by side specs comparison of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Apple’s iPad 2 and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color:
The biggest plus side of the Fire is that the device will come with a 60-day free trial of Amazon Prime (a $79 a year value) membership and pre-registered with your Amazon account, so you can literally use it right out of the box. But still, it is far too less to entice anyone to opt for the Fire, again, in my own humble opinion.
You can get more of the Fire at Amazon’s new Fire page and over at amazon.com/kindlefire.
Verizon have gone one step ahead of Apple and released their own iPad 2 commercial, showing off their fast 3G network. The TV commercial shows the iPad 2’s ability to quickly connect to Verizon’s 3G network by giving examples of the Twitter app and Apple’s iBooks. Check them out in the video below:
With rumors surrounding the arrival of the next iPhone heating up, there was enough room for some iPod Touch speculations to do the rounds. Reports are beginning to take shape that the next iPod Touch coming out of Cupertino will be 3G equipped. And when there are rumors, there has to be some kind of a concept design or a mock up to add flair to such discussions.
The folks at iDB (iPhone Download Blog) got down to work and came up with the above concept. As you can see, the design is pretty much similar to the current iPod Touch, but has a new black strip on the back and a “3G” identifier in the menu bar. From the horse’s mouth:
We took this concept to Photoshop, and we came up with the iPod Touch 3G. It looks exactly like the current iPod Touch, but has a black strip on the back. It also says “3G” in the menu bar. Along with that, it also features an integrated SIM card, as the next iPhone is rumored to have…
A 3G-equipped iPod Touch would make perfect sense given the current rumors of two iPhones. The reports suggest that Apple will come out with two different variations of their popular smartphone — one a cheaper model to cater to the low-end user groups and compete with Android (iPhone 4S), and the other a full-fledged device with all the features (iPhone 5) — and with the next iPod Touch being capable of 3G, Apple could really kill two birds with one stone, if you could see what i mean.
Apple has released the 2nd beta of iOS 5 with Build 9A5248d, bringing in a host of changes with itself to enhance the functioning of your iDevice (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). Weighing in at a hefty 817MB, the update includes several changes like:
WiFi sync now works with iTunes for Mac
iCloud logo becomes silver in settings
Lockscreen notifications got an update from the UI department
Support for Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates via 3G networks
When it comes to choosing a design and form-factor for a smartphone, you can’t beat what the iPhone 4 has to offer. Lauded by many as one of the finest pieces of work, the fine artwork demonstrated on the iPhone 4’s outer is something even rivals can’t stop admiring. But there’s a problem which Apple seems to be adamant on not changing — a closed ecosystem of iOS devices. This is were Google scores over Apple with its Android OS which is very lenient on newcomers and allows anyone to just step in and join the fun. But Google’s hardware has still got a lot of work to do before it’s appreciated by one and all. So does this mean we can’t enjoy a ‘perfect’ device that meets our hardware and software expectations exactly as we want it? No, not if this new-found KIRF is anything to go by.
Freakishly named GooApple, a new iPhone 4 knock-off has surfaced out of nowhere, sporting the exact same design and form-factor of the iPhone 4, but running Android OS 2.2 on the inside, giving you the best of both worlds.
This iPhone 4 clone sports a Qualcomm CPU, a 3.5″ touch screen (presumably not of Retina Display quality) and a 5mp rear shooter, with overall body measuring just 9.3mm in thickness. There also seems to be a front-facing camera going by the video (below), but nothing seems to be explicitly mentioned about it. The clone also has WiFi and GPS, just like the real thing does.
Coming to the software, the Android OS has been heavily skinned to look and feel just like Apple’s iOS, and they’ve done one hell of a job if the video (below) is anything to go by.
In all, we’re pretty satisfied with this KIRF, though the shanky name it’s got could have been better.
At present, there isn’t much information available on the GooApple website regarding price or availability of this GooApple 3G device, but once we get any more information we’ll keep you updated. It’ll be fun to play around with one of these devices 😀
Do you think Apple will take any legal action against GooApple? Google, i think, won’t.
Vodafone’s new advertisement, showcasing their newly launched 3G service in India, featuring our favorite virtual character – ZooZoo – is an awesome ad to say the least. The creativity gone behind making this ad is superb, and, according to me at least, this is one of the most enjoyable adverts you will ever see.
Many retailers across Europe are slowly beginning to finish off their stock of iPads, confirming the rumors that the second-generation iPad is not far away from us. It has always been like that — whenever an Apple product’s status is changed to ‘sold out’ or ‘on sale’, it usually means a refresh is expected for that product. And that’s exactly what we are beginning to see at some retailers across Europe.
First, official reseller Carphone Wearhouse in the UK is now sold out of the 64 GB WiFi-only iPad. Even more interesting is the iPad 3G’s situation: all models are sold out at Carphone Wearhouse.
Next, official iPad 3G carriers in Europe – Orange and T-Mobile have both slashed their iPad 3G prices in half for customers who sign 2 year contracts. That means you can now get an iPad 3G in Europe for only £99.99.
Major European product distributor Ingram Micro is now sold out of the 16 GB WiFi-only model, 64 GB WiFi-only model, and 64 GB WiFi + 3G model. They are also very low on stock of the 32 GB WiFi-only model, 32 GB WiFi+3G model, and 16 GB WiFi+3G model.
This really clears all doubts (from our minds at least) that the iPad 2 is soon incoming from Apple, probably sometime in March/April. What’s your say?
In the meantime, why don’t you check out the iPad 2 review (Yes, you read that right!)
It keeps getting better and better for AT&T iPhone users as the exclusive-iPhone-carrier-no-more is going all out to prevent you from making the Big Red switch to Verizon. With less than a week to go for Verizon iPhone’s launch, AT&T’s latest weapon is to give away 3G MicroCell to users. For free. Tempting? Well, there’s a twist: apparently, if you get the 3G MicroCell, you’ll need to stay on AT&T for an addition 12 months. Phus!
Poll: Is AT&T’s bait enough to make you stick to them or you’ve decided its time for change (with Verizon)?
Ah the effects of iPad2! We all know that the 2nd variation of the iPad is just around the corner, and its only a matter of time when Apple invites us for the unveiling. But for now, its discounts galore on the first iPad, with almost everyone looking to offload their inventory. Best Buy has just taken off $30 from the WiFi+3G models, of all storage capacities, to clear the way for iPad 2. Here’s the new price list:
Apple iPad WiFi + 3G – 16GB: $599
Apple iPad WiFi + 3G – 32GB: $699
Apple iPad WiFi + 3G – 64GB : $799
Though the price cut is always welcome for us customers, it is interesting to see no change in the prices of the WiFi-only models. What’s cooking?
In today’s world, connecting with friends and staying in touch with them is more of a necessity than a formality. And if you happen to be keeping up with technology, then video calling would be a major medium of visual communication between you and your close one.
Apple’s trademark new addition FaceTime, and Skype are the only video calling options of real meaning for iPhone users. But which one is better?
The test matches video calling over WiFi from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 (or iPod touch 4G), and iPhone 4 to a Mac using both FaceTime and Skype video calling technologies. The test also shows video calling quality of Skype over AT&T 3G network as it has official support to work on it.
The results of the test were. . . . . . . . .mixed. While FaceTime had a clear cut edge over Skype in terms of video clarity, Skype ruled the broader picture with wide support compatibility over cross platform usage.
Using Skype is a pretty smooth experience in cross platform video calling between iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to Mac, Windows and vice versa. Skype also supports visual communication over 3G, a feature which FaceTime is deprived of.
So now our question still remains unanswered: Which is better – Skype or FaceTime? We say: why don’t you be the judge? 🙂