Posts Tagged ‘iPhone 4’

iOS 4.1 Coming Next Week

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

When iOS 4 was released just prior to the iPhone 4, older iPhones like the iPhone 3G got hosed. It took up to a couple of tries just to install the upgrade, and then slowed down or stalled a number of programs right away. It took quite some time to get Apple to even acknowledge the hosed phones, especially in light of Antennagate which was taking up a lot more of Apple’s attention. Today Steve Jobs announced that the fix for the iPhone 3G is coming, and it’s coming next week.

Some of the updates coming with iOS 4.1 include:

  • Proximity fix
  • Bluetooth fix
  • iPhone 3G fix
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo upgrade
  • HD Video uploads over Wi-Fi
  • TV show rentals

There is some doubt as to the merit of the HDR photos. Other than that, this should be a welcome update for iPhone users who haven’t upgraded to a 3GS or iPhone 4. It took a little too long to address the iPhone 3G bugs, but at least it has finally been done.

iOS 4.1 will be made available next week. There will be an additional upgrade in November to iOS 4.2, and this upgrade will bring a lot of features to the iPad.

Xperia X10 Arrives August 15 at AT&T

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Sony Ericsson
AT&T logo

It’s official. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is heading to the US. AT&T and Sony Ericsson announced the upcoming launch in a press release today and on the Sony Style website.

Xperia X10

Here’s a refresher on the specs:

  • Android 1.6 (Upgrade coming soon)
  • 4″ touch display
  • 8.1MP Camera with LED Flash, face recognition, autofocus, and smile detection
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • aGPS
  • In-phone Image Stabilization for video
  • 1GB on-board memory with 2GB memory card in the box, expandable up to 32 GB

As I mentioned in the Vivaz unboxing video, the smile detection feature is really nice. It works exactly as advertised, in my experience. It is nice to see an LED flash on the phone as well, as it seems to be a relatively new idea among the other smartphones.

There have been a lot of fans and critics alike discussing the Android 1.6 OS in terms of a liability. It has been said that the Xperia X10 was only relevant a year ago. I disagree. I think the phone is very relevant today. Let’s take a look at the Xperia X10 in contrast to the iPhone 4.

Xperia X10 iPhone 4
Viewable Screen Size 4″ 3.5″
Camera 8.1MP 5MP
Memory 1GB onboard
2GB card in the box
Expandable to 32GB
16GB
Resolution 854 x 480 pixels 960 x 640 pixels

As you can see, while the iPhone 4 offers 16GB in the box, the Xperia X10 doubles the iPhone’s memory at capacity. The Xperia X10 is comparably sized, coming out slightly larger but weighing the same. The Xperia X10’s touch screen is .5″ larger than the iPhone 4. The 8.1MP camera is among the largest smartphone cameras available, especially compared to the iPhone’s 5MP. The iPhone 4 does boast a more vivid color display, among the best in the market.

The Xperia X10 even stands up to the Samsung Captivate. It has a slightly larger pixel resolution than the Captivate. It also beats the Captivate’s 5MP camera.

As with the Xperia X10 mini and mini pro, the X10 features Timescape, allowing you to keep track of your contacts on Twitter, Facebook, and your various other points of contact. The X10 also features Mediascape, which connects your various forms of media. Even though I don’t really think Android needs a UI facelift, the one Sony Ericsson provides is attractive. The combination of the Sony Ericsson User Experience interface, Timescape, and Mediascape more than make up for the “old” Android OS. With the upcoming upgrade, this will be even less of a problem, if it ever was one.

The Xperia X10 will be available on August 15, 2010. The press release on AT&T and Sony both announce a $150 price point with 2 year contract. Sony Style lists it for $130 with 2 year contract. At this point it isn’t clear which one is accurate. The difference being only $20, I am not sure how much it matters in the scheme of things.

The Xperia X10 is certainly able to stand up to its current competition, both on AT&T’s network and its competitors. It boasts one of the best cameras available, and one of the largest displays. If you have been waiting for AT&T to launch a real Android phone, the wait is over.

Apple Admits There’s A Problem

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Apple had its press conference this morning. A lot of it went as expected, but there were a few positives that came out of it.

As expected, Steve Jobs showed off other phones that have a problem when gripped certain ways. The problem was that the grips were more complicated and required more hand coverage than the single finger action that kills an iPhone 4’s reception. In the Q&A someone asked how to get the Blackberry to fail like the video. The answer was dodged by claiming the problem only occurs in poor-reception areas.

Jobs also took the opportunity to comment on the volume of iPhone 4 sales, and announced the impending launch in several other countries. He claimed that they have been really busy lately, and denied any delay in acting on this antenna issue. He said that people at Apple were working hard and didn’t deserve the bad press. While this may be true of the individual employees, it is not true of the firm, since the firm’s reputation, and not its employees, is at stake.

On to the positives. Jobs admitted that Apple is not perfect, and makes mistakes. He said he was committed to making sure every single Apple customer is satisfied. To that end, he is offering a free bumper/case to people who own an iPhone 4, and will offer one with each future purchase until September 30. Other countries will receive the same offer. When asked about September 30, Apple should in theory better understand the problem in order to solve it.

So, an apology was offered, which I’m sure surprised a lot of people. Apple keep its stock price relatively level, even as the stock market dipped today. That should be good news for Apple, as this could have triggered a stockholder backlash. Apple is giving away bumpers to its customers, which is a lot cheaper than a recall, and is a good solution to the problem. Considering how easy it is to shatter, bumpers or cases should be standard issue anyway. Hopefully Apple will learn to fix these problems ahead of time, or at least to make a public (and more accurate) statement earlier next time.