Since I've posted on the subject twice before already, I swear this will be the last post on Android... at least for the week! Below is a quick overview of how to take a screenshot on a PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android. Very helpful.
Last night Steve Jobs was on stage at All Things Digital answering questions about the iPad, iPhone, and Apple in general. Today it was Steve Ballmer's turn, and unfortunately he was put into a defensive mode by Walt Mossberg because a number of the questions were centered around responses from Jobs the night before. That said, I'm reminded of what I heard happened in the Nixon-Kennedy debates back in 1960. Historians argue that Kennedy won, not because his words were better, but he appeared better. When you watch Steve Ballmer, it's almost impossible to remember that this man is the CEO of the largest software company on the planet. He has to be smart, but he is such a horrible public speaker, I always end up wondering why Microsoft hasn't fired him yet.
Check out the video clip below, where it's borderline impossible to understand what he's trying to say. Be sure to check out the clever, if inaccurate, jab at the iPad around the 3:55 mark.
If you were planning to tether your iPad to an iPhone for on-the-go wireless, we have some bad news for you: You can't. According to AT&T it's not their fault. They claim the iPad simply won't allow it. While I'm no huge fan of AT&T right now, this time they might actually be correct. Keep in mind, when a user in Sweden asked Steve Jobs if the iPad could be tethered to an iPhone, Jobs simply replied, "No."
No one can argue that Google hasn't done an amazing job of catching up to the iPhone. A year after the release of the iPhone, Apple looked unstoppable. Then T-Mobile launches the G1 — which was a horrible device — and it didn't look like Google could come up with anything any better than Blackberry or Palm. Despite a rough start, Google has done a lot of things right. But for everything Android has done right, they've managed to do as many things wrong.
Beet.TV posted an interview today with a Verizon spokesperson confirming that the iPhone is definitely not coming to Verizon, at least anytime soon. John Johnson said, "No plans to carry the iPhone in the immediate future, but you've got to look at the incredible excitement around the Android devices." He then continued to talk up how great Android is for the rest of the four minute video.
May the Verizon iPhone rumors subside... at least for another six months.
According to NetMarketshare the iPhone grew in usage, and gained more global share than Android in May. The iPhone share grew from 30.3% in April to 32.8 in May, while Android grew slower, 5.3% to 6.2%. Not surprising, most of the gains from both Apple and Android came at the expense of Java ME.
Unlike all the other phones offered by AT&T, iPhone buyers never had the option to pick up AT&T's hardware insurance plan. Earlier this week, AT&T decided they will finally extend the insurance to iPhone buyers, but it's a hefty $14 per month. In addition, AT&T's insurance plan includes a whopping $199 deductible (for the iPhone 3GS, 32GB). SquareTrade offers a cheaper plan at only $9.99, though they have a rather complex set of rules and restrictions to go with it. Worth Ave Group also offers a plan, but for only $79 per year on the iPhone 3GS (which is under seven bucks a month if you don't want to do the math yourself), and the deductible is one-fourth of AT&T's insurance plan.
I recommend you pick up some insurance if you plan to keep the phone for any length of time, but it might not be a bad idea to shop around before jumping on the AT&T plan.
An update to the Skype iPhone/iPod Touch app [App Store, free] has hit the app store, and now supports calling over 3G. With Skype, users can call or text anyone else using Skype for free. However, Skype has announced that they plan to start charging a monthly fee. Their app description simply states, "Call using your 3G connection. Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G are free until at least end of August 2010, after which there will be a small monthly fee (operator charges for data will still apply)."
The app may still be handy for iPod Touch users, but I don't see why iPhone users will pay Skype to make calls if they're already paying their phone provider.
We've discovered one of the coolest iPhone or iPod accessories in quite sometime. It's called the t'Light, and claims to be "the most talented light." Simply put, it's an LED light (which is advertised to run for over 50,000 hours) with an iPod dock in the base. Stopping there, we already want one, but the designers didn't stop there. The t'Light includes a port for charging your laptop and a USB port for charging another device, including an iPad.
When the iPhone was introduced, many people argued that it would never work for business. As many of us suspected, that wasn't accurate, confirmed by AT&T's Business Solutions Unit CEO, Ron Spears. "Four out of 10 sales of the iPhone are made to enterprise users," says Spears. He also adds that the iPhone is a computing device to businesses, allowing some of them to pick up an iPhone in place of a laptop. This is undoubtedly going to be even more true of the iPad.