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Verizon looking worse even with iPhone

Short blog today on something I recently read and could not believe.

If you currently have a Verizon carrier then you should know about their “New every two” program in which after two years of having a phone, you are eligible for a $30-$100 discount on your next phone of choice.  Well starting on January 16th, this program will no longer be available to new customers and current customers will not be re-admitted after using their current two year upgrade.

Like I said, short post but I really couldn’t believe this.  Maybe Verizon is power hungry and want more money from upcoming users wanting to buy the iPhone 4?  Not sure but it’s a pretty big disappointment to those who have Verizon as of now.

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New Apple products, everyone freak out!!!

As predicted in an earlier post, Apple has made new generations of the iPod Touch, iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano, and on September 1st, they were released.  Apple says that all of the three new iPods will be available next week, but can be pre-orderd right now.

Starting off the lineup, there has been some major changes in the iPod Touch’s features.  Apple has added a front facing camera to the device and also a camera on the back that records in full HD making video taking crisp and clear.  The Touch also has iOS 4.1 with gamecenter making gaming on the iPod touch amazing and bringing it to be the number one portable game player in the world.  The iPod will have approximatly 40 hours of battery life and will come in three different models.  There will be a 8GB for $229, a 32GB for $299, and a 64GB for $399.

Next up, Apple made a new iPod shuffle which was the least exciting of the meeting heldthis morning.  The new Shuffle will have 2GB of memory and will cost about $49.  TheShuffle will include the general buttons, the ability to create playlists, voice over, and genius mixes.  The battery life on this device should last close to 15 hours.

Finally, Steve Jobs announced the new iPod Nano.  The new Nano has a big change to the way it looks as now it is more of a large square, not a rectangle.  Jobs says that it is about 46% smaller and 42% lighter.  Some new features on the device include: home buttons like those found on the iPhone and iPod Touch, multi-touch, a clip for easy transportation, FM radio, a hard volume button, and can support up to 29 different languages. The battery on the new iPod Nano is said to last 24 hours.

After hearing about all of this, I got pretty excited.  The new Nano looks sweet and the new iPod Touch I am sure will catch everyone’s eye with its new front and back facing cameras that can shoot in full HD. I definatly want to go out and get one of these as soon as possible!

What are your thoughts on the new Apple products?

Dell Streak falls to the bottom of the list

Recently, Dell announced the release of their tablet/smartphone, the Dell Streak. As of right now, you can purchase the Streak for $300 with a two year contract with AT&T. What makes this “phone” such a failure? Keep reading.

The Streak has a 5 inch touch screen which isn’t too bad for watching movies and texting but it does make the phone abnormally large and awkward to handle making it bulky for your pocket. On top of that, people do not really know what the Dell Streak actually is. Is it a tablet PC or a smartphone? Well Dell commented saying that it is a phone as well as a tablet PC which can be confusing because some people (including me) believe that the “phone” is too small and thin for it to be considered a tablet.

On a positive note, the Streak uses a 1GHz processor which makes navigating the device quick and easy. However, the Streak runs on a very outdated Android software, Android 1.6, while most smartphones and tablets coming out are running on the latest software, Android 2.2 a.k.a. “froyo”. Having this outdated software powering the Streak it makes so of the newest features for phones impossible for the device to use.

My thoughts on the Streak are mostly negative. If I wanted a tablet, I would look at Apple’s Ipad or Samsung’s newest tablet before looking at this one. It’s too small to be considered a tablet but it’s too big to be a smartphone so I guess we’re stuck in the middle here. Also, the old Android software brings a lot of negativity to the device, if Dell upgraded to Android 2.2, I would recommend it to people but for now, I would say do not get the Dell Streak.

Dell launches its first smartphone…failure?

As more and more smartphones have been coming out on to the cellphone market, Dell
decided it was their turn to step into the contest to make the greatest smartphone yet (or so they think).

Supposed to be launched earlier this year, Dell delayed the launch till now. The phone is
called the Aero and will be sold for $99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T. The phone itself runs on
Android 1.2 which is a pretty outdated software as of now.

The phone has a 3.5 inch touch screen display and runs on a 624MHz processor which is no competition to the 1GHz chip used in many of the new smartphones being made. The Aero will have a 5 – megapixel camera
and also has Wi-Fi and GPS and of course, you can download apps from the Android
marketplace.

In my opinion, the phone is an OK device but it won’t last long or at all in the smartphone
crowd. To me, the only appealing detail about the phone is the cheap price of it.

What are your thoughts on Dell’s new phone?  Leave a comment below