State of confusion: WP7 and carrier selection

2010-10-15

Samsung Omnia 7On Monday (Tuesday here in Oz) Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer stood on a stage in New York to announce the arrival (almost) to consumers of Windows Phone 7. A few hours later in Sydney the Australian announcement was made.

One of the things that bugs me a little are carrier exclusives. This is one of the great thing about the iPhone here in Australia, it’s available from all the carriers. It’s not exclusive to one. I feel a little sorry for friends in the US who can only use their iPhone on AT&T’s over burdened network.

 

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My top 5 of 2009

2010-01-01

imageWell, 2009 is almost 17 hours in the past, so it’s time for a quick look back at my top 5 most popular blog posts for the year.

No. 5 – Movember

I participated in Movember last year and raised over $300 for men’s health.
Read the post here

No. 4 – Pandora

After seeing James Cameron’s latest movie Avatar, I couldn’t help but blog about my experience.
Read the post here

No. 3 – More Movember

Refer No. 5
Read the post here

No. 2 – ChMS for Aussie Churches

Databases and Church Management Systems are a big deal for churches of all sizes. This was my attempt to point people in the right direction.
Read the post here

And finally…

No. 1 – Disappointed Samsung

I like gadgets and I’d been holding out hope that the Samsung Omnia II would be the Windows Mobile uber-phone (and iPhone beater) that, on paper, it looked like it should be. Once I got to play with one, my hopes didn’t quite match reality. This post was by far the most popular, getting twice as many hits as No. 2 and some of the comments are classic.
Read the post here

Thanks for reading my blog. Come back to see what happens Random-ly in 2010.


Disappointed Samsung

2009-11-24

The inevitable is going to happen. I will get myself an iPhone. On one hand I want one (let’s face facts, it’s a very very good product), on the other hand I don’t want fall into the Steve Jobs reality distortion field.

I was holding out hope for the Samsung Omnia II (Omnia Icon in some markets). It sounded like the Windows Mobile to have (aside from coming preloaded with WinMo 6.1). I recently had an opportunity to play with one in a Telstra T[life] shop and I was very disappointed. Samsung’s TouchWiz UI shell didn’t impress me (in fact it just made me think I was using their low-end F480 which everyone who’s had one seems to hate). And compared to the other smartphones around it, it’s AMOLED screen didn’t look special at all. I played with it for all of 2 minutes, got depressed, and went to see what other toys I could play with in the shop.

For comparison’s sake I also played with a HTC Touch Diamond2 which seemed to be running bog-standard WinMo 6.5 (IE without HTC’s TouchFLO UI). This is the first time I’ve played with a 6.5 powered device (although I have played with it in the emulator) and even though I know that clunky old Windows Mobile lurks just under the surface, I was pleasantly surprised as to how the new welcome and start screens worked (smooth, responsive, easy). There may be some hope for WinMo 7 after all (if MS and their OEM partners can get it right).

For now it looks like I’ll lock into an iPhone for 24 months. By then WinMo 7 will be mature and maybe the Marketplace for Mobile will have (almost) as many apps as Apple’s App Store. Or maybe Android will have taken over as mobile king-of-the-hill.


Announcing: Random

2009-10-23

Welcome to Random…

Previously this blog was simply titled “The BMan’s Blog” with the subtext of “Random thoughts from a messy desk”. Well as of today the blog is simply called Random.

And just for the record, the typeface I used in the header is mine. Yup, I converted my handwriting to a font a little while back and I figured that this was the perfect use for it. I came across a free service called YourFonts while reading some Gizmodo posts. The really fun part was when I loaded it up on my PDA (HP iPaq 1940/WinMo2003) and used the handwriting recognition to turn my writing into typed text displayed in my handwriting… ah, the pointlessness of it all.

Gizmodo: Your Font Turns Your Handwriting Into A Font For Free


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