Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication…                                                                                                                                          



Apple versus Adobe on Flash

Apple against Adobe Flash. Those who criticize Apple for leaving out Flash in its mobile devices should read Steve Jobs’ thoughts on flash.

In summary, the Apple CEO claims that Flash is a problem for six important reasons:
– Flash is not really open, it’s 100% proprietary
– Adobe’s claim that Apple is missing 75% of full web experience is not true: more modern format is available
– Flash is buggy: it has security, reliability and performance issues
– Flash encoding and decoding drains battery life compared to H.264
– Flash is not optimized for “touch” experience
– Flash is cross-platform and such third party layer will subject Apple to the lowest denominator set of features

Full article here.


First impression on Blackberry Bold

Finally, my Blackberry Bold is loaded with BIS (Blackberry Internet Service). It’s not as charming as I thought it would be. But being able to run more features is not bad at all.

Simple usability check:

  1. Capital button and alternate keys will always be interchangeably mistaken for one another.
  2. The delete button doesn’t progressively accelerate as you hit and hold it.
  3. The ‘H’ button is not as responsive. Maybe this is specific to my Blackberry only (manufacturing).
  4. I can count the number of useful Blackberry apps on my fingers vs 140,000 apps for iPhone.
  5. The user toggle up or down button on the right side of the phone is not functional outside the related app – small scope. In iPhone, that will modify the volume regardless of the app you’re running.
  6. The sync sucks. Although I’m using the Blackberry Desktop Manager – the simplest of unchecking synchronize music checkbox did not remove the music that I previously synced into the Blackberry.
  7. Browser experience is definitely not as good as the iPhone’s.
  8. Scrolling from top to bottom for a long document / website is not natural. No page up or down function. Scrolling up or down the page using trackpad is as if you only have the up or down cursor on the keyboard – that’s bad.
  9. Selecting is ridiculous. Hit capitalize button to start – and hit Blackberry menu button, select Cancel Selection to cancel: That’s a lot work!

Steve Jobs was, and still is right. Small button on a small phone is not very appealing. Huge touchscreen surface with natural stylus and endless apps? Now that’s a game changer.

Nevertheless, I got this Blackberry for a few reasons and they’re justified:

  1. To test what Blackberry fuss is all about. RIM still holds the lead in smartphone market. It’s most likely because companies provide such phone for employees to run business, get notifications and emails. And not listen to music, watch movies or play games all day (iPhone).
  2. To test whether Digi owns up to their claim of likely average speed of 700kbps and that broadband is about consistency.
  3. To test the shock in everybody’s face to discover that I’m using Blackberry – since I’m such a Mac/Apple pro (pun intended)
  4. To throw away those who showed off the company’s Blackberry in front of me. I know la you have some position in the company. Trying to make it more obvious by scrolling Blackberry in front of me? I’m not impressed at all.

Syncing looks decent upfront.

Then it starts to feel ridiculous. I never have conflicting information when my iPhone syncs. Synchronizing is supposed to be a smartly coordinated event – not keep asking the user what to do every time it detects a glitch.

And the best part of all – download Blackberry App World first – to enjoy the rest of the apps.

In summary, Blackberry is a business machine. Full stop. iPhone and Android will continue to fly as the more complete (and yet flexible) smartphone solutions.

My iPhone 1G reached 2 years

My iPhone reached 2 years! Hey hey!

Nowadays, technology becomes outdated after 2 years. Limited support after 3, and obsolete by the 4th.

If i were to sell this – would anybody be interested? For how much? Somebody was interested in first generation iPhone, but I can’t remember who…

iPhone 4G rumor

French’s Nowhereelse has rounded up a pretty solid rumor (how is a rumor solid?) on the next update of Apple iPhone – iPhone 4G.

I especially like the OLED screen and front-facing camera very much.

If you understand French, read more here.

iPhone software update

I upgraded my iPhone software to 3.X.


Awesome features!

BlackBerry Bold

Bold 9000 and 9700


I could think of a few reasons why I would choose BlackBerry over iPhone for now:

  • The screen is gorgeous, second only to the iPhone 3G S.
  • It runs on BlackBerry OS. Any phone, regardless of how smart you label it, is not smart enough if it runs on Windows Mobile. Maybe not as fluid as Mac OS X on iPhone and the many apps, but enough for normal use.
  • The iPhone in Malaysia is ridiculously priced. Shame on Maxis to take that advantage as a sole distributor.
  • It’s only better than the iPhones in terms of battery life, business apps (like Word/Excel PDF), and sync to IBM Lotus Notes. But iPhone is already linking up to Microsoft Exchange now.
  • It now has BlackBerry Desktop Manager software to talk to Macs. More details here.

Even Volker Weber gave BlackBerry Bold a green light, except for the fact that the Mac support was terrible. But not anymore, with the BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac sync above.

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I was in the office for a while. Returned home after Friday prayer. Tough days ahead.

Rakan Cop wants iPhone

Somebody wants iPhone too much. The chief inspector went, “What kind of phone is this?”

Rakan Cop iphone representation


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