New Phone Time?

Is that phone in your pocket rotting? is it time for an upgrade? can’t decide which phone to use, because of the dastardly large number of new phones releasing each week? well you’ve come to the right place, cause I got the perfect guide for you!

instead of making this a top 5 phones thing like I usually do, I’ll split this guide into priorities and what you need out of a phone, such as simplicity, power or nerd-gasmic experiences. that’s right, I made my own word, nerdgasmic.

Let’s start with the most thought about factor for teens and the working adult:

Communication 

BlackBerry Bold 9900

yes, it’s a blackberry. no, I’m not high. With a 1.2GHz processor coupled with Liquid Display hardware acceleration, a 2.8″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen display and the best keyboard on earth, the blackberry bold 9900 takes the no. 1 spot for communication. why? well because blackberries are excellent communication tools, with the best email integration, BBM, and heavy social network integration, BlackBerries are excellent devices for keeping in touch with your friends, families or co-workers. sure the apps aren’t that great, but honestly who needs apps? well everyone but still, you probably have a tablet or media device for those… Other than apps, the only limitation I have found on this phone is the terrible 1300mAh battery that juices this device.

WOW- Factor

Apple iPhone 4S

Sure it looks exactly like the 4 and many were disappointed with this release of the iPhone, even I was at first but it’s really starting to grow on me now. I loved the design of the 4 and was glad to see them stick with it, although I do wish they had gone with a 4″ Display. Other than that it sports very welcome updates such as a dual core processor and bumped up camera, this phone is perfect for the every day user, with its amazing ecosystem of apps, integration with your life and for the love of God, Siri! This phone is perfect for the every day user.

NERD APPEAL

Google Galaxy Nexus

That’s right, everything about this phone screams AWESOME to nerds like me, possibly the only real Android phone (read here for why) The 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 and that brilliant 4.65″ Super AMOLED HD 720p display, that’s right, 720p!! it’s like having a theater in your pocket! this phone should be crowned king o’ the geeks!

All Rounder 

Nokia Lumia 800

Yes, know what you must be thinking, didn’t nokia die? well no, and yes this is the best phone out there right now, according to me. Other than the completely sexy unibody polycarbonate design (look at how sexy it is) The Nokia Lumia 800 is one amazing phone. Packed with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm chip, 16Gigs of memory, An 8 Megapixel camera, 3.7″ clearblack AMOLED and windows phone mango, this is the real deal. The focal point of this phone is the OS, windows phone 7.5 is a brilliant blend of easy to use software and beauty. It has a minimalistic feel to it, so you feel elegant and classy when using it. Best of all it’s practical, it does everything you need it to, and makes day to day living just a tad more elegant. To know more about windows phone and it’s awesomeness, check out the youtube vids. One things for sure, when I go to university, I’m definitely getting myself a windows phone.

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Android: A Conspiracy Theory

DISCLAIMER: this is just an opinion, and everyone has different opinions, so I’m not being biased, I LOVE ALL OS’s, cuz I’m geeky that way :p

Is it really an android? or a disguise?

Many people, young or old, male or female, geek or n00b, are delusional to the phenomena that is android. you may think you own an android phone such as the Samsung Galaxy SII, but guess what, It ain’t really android. that’s right, I said it. You just think it’s an android, it’s just what they want you to think… To wake you up from the delerium manufacturer’s have placed you in, I have decided to highlight the key problems in android, and divided it into the layers, layer 1, layer 2, and yes, you guessed it, layer 3!

first of all, before the list, I want to talk about android. you’ve probably already heard of android right? well let me tell you whats wrong with it. When it comes to hardware, Android has some of the most amazing, and elegant hardware, but it always has its drawbacks. Take the motorola’s for example, they’re some of the best phones out there, but there’s always a defect in the display. Another thing is, when you buy a phone, you want it to last. You don’t want it to get outdated the minute you buy it. That’s the real problem with Android, there’s a new phone every two weeks, which means before you can even make up your mind, its outdated. Just a couple of weeks back I was pondering purchasing the not yet released Droid Razr, and now the Droid 4 is on its way. so Hardware is layer 3 of the problem.

layer 2 comes in the form of software and hardware collaboration. take phones like the iPhone and the BlackBerry for example, even with lower processors than those found on modern androids, they seem to work so fluently and mellifluously, this is because the hardware and software is made by the same company and therefore the engineers and dev’s understand the software and the hardware which allows them to live together in perfect harmony, just like ebony and ivory.

And now we move on to layer 3, which is software. Android has its own software, UI, etc. but once they give it to OEM’s such as samsung or htc, they mess it up with their own messed up OS to make it as much of their own as possible, therefore when you’re purchasing a phone such as the galaxy SII, you’re not getting an android phone, you’re getting a phone with TouchWiz, an OS that was based on Android. or if you buy an HTC Sensation, you’re getting a phone with HTC Sense, and so on. This is why phones such as the sensation and SGSII among a bloody mess of others are so laggy and buggy, even if you don’t notice it at first, and if you don’t notice it at all, you probably don’t use it that much, don’t need a smartphone or you just don’t understand it and use it for show :p

that’s why I feel that when you’re buying a phone that say’s android, it’s not really an android, and the only android phones worth buying are the nexus line of devices. think about it, they follow a yearly product release cycle and engineer’s from google take their time to work out the kinks and take their time to make one amazing phone rather than a few good phones, that answers the problems in layer 3. Then, the hardware is made with parts from samsung (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus) and htc (Nexus One) but are completely overlooked and managed by El Goog, so therefore software engineers work with the hardware people to make the software work perfectly with the hardware, solving layer 2. And now the software, you get the pure android experience freshly from the google oven, with no software overlays and UI customizations, the original android you were meant to have.

Most Useful Application for Students (High School)

Students have a hard time keeping track of what’s going on, especially if you’re like me, and if you’re like me, then you most likely don’t have your phone with you at all times, sometimes you have maybe a tablet or media device, or sometimes just your computer.
Not only that, but most probably you’re always distracted by your tech? Am I right?
Well for me, I always seem to forget my homework, or what I was supposed to do at home, that’s when I started writing notes on my phone’s memo app, like I’m sure many of you do.
But how many times has it happened that you’re sitting at home, away from your phone, or maybe its dead, and you’re just chilling with your comp, tablet, ipod, etc. Then you realise that you need to do something on that day, and saved your notes on that other device, then you’re at school again and have only your phone with you, check the notes and that’s not there, then you forget your work and might just end up in a crapload of poo. (haha, poo)
So what’s the answer to that? Evernote. Evernote is not just your basic note taking application, it allows you to keep text notes, audio notes, snapshots/pictures, etc. And it even let’s you upload PDF and .doc files. What’s unique about evernote compared to all the other notetaking apps? Well it let’s you keep all those notes in sync!! Now you must be thinking wha?? What the hell is wrong with this guy??? All other applications let me do that too? Well yes, while this statement may be true, not all note taking apps are available everywhere!! yes well literally everywhere, its got a native app for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry OS, and even that dinosaur:- symbiosaurus ( only nerds will get that)
Well what’s appealing to me about this app, the logo is an elephant on freakin green background!! Even though blue is my favorite colour, this logo is KEWL!!!

Would I really need Android?

I’ve always wondered why people say they don’t want to move away from android or iOS because of the lack of apps, but do you really use that many apps? Really? I mean most people don’t only have smartphones, some have tablets (which I don’t think are necessary but that will be in a whole different post) and some people have replacements, the way I have my iPod touch, so is there really a need for a super smart phone or do you just need a normal smartphone or even a dumb phone just to stay in contact with people.

I myself hardly use the apps on my phone now days, besides the occasional doodle jump/cut the rope, Evernote for all my notes, imdb for my movie stuff, pulse for my news and and tweetdeck for my twitter/Facebook needs. And if I want to use the other apps, there’s always my iPod. So whats keeping me from switching to windows phone or even a blackberry?

Well it’s not that simple, of course budget plays an important role. Then there’s the fact that windows phone is not at all supported in Indonesia, no acess to the marketplace, no bing local scout and no other goodies that makes windows phone so awesome. Ive expressed many times how bored I am of android, yes shocking coming from a guy like me, but there’s no denying its true. If you have used android, you’ll know that it dosent feel as refined as something like iOS or Wp7.5, because it feels all laggy and stuff, like were using beta software. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in love with android every step of the way but it’s possible for a person to get bored of something, especially since my phone got outdated 3 weeks before I bought it (yes I was stupider back then)(stupider cause I still do stupid things at time) and it’s been really laggy and slow lately, not to mention what a terror it is to type on that drastically small 3.2″ screen. So why haven’t I moved to another phone?
Especially since I can get all the apps I need on my iPod, well the reason is, Internet. In case you don’t know, wifi availability is shit in Jakarta, and even when they say “we have wifi hotspots at every corner” barely any of them actually work, so what’s the point?

So I guess I’ll end this post now, leaving you as confused as you were when you saw the ending of inception.

BlackBerry DevCon 2011

so are you still on the RIM bandwagon? you are? you’re probably from Indonesia, just sayin. we have 89% of RIM marketshare, and I’m proud to not be part of that. but if you are still a BB geek, or even the “i hate blackberries but i have to keep up with my social life” type of person, then you’ll be glad to know that DevCon begins soon, exactly 10:30 pm WIT. before I explain what DevCon is, I would like to make it clear that I am not insulting RIM, Blackberry users or even the phones themselves. Blackberries have fine hardware and some pretty decent software and not to mention the amazing phenomenon known as BBM. I love BBM and like blackberries, what I don’t like is the effect that blackberries have on the people of today’s generation. People have become so distracted with their phones, always clicking away on that “thing” whether its at mall, a movie theater, in class or even while driving! people have no self control and receive the urge to check their phone every single time they see that red light flashing! It’s become such an obsession, worse than the spread of zombie fever, but thank God not as bad as Bieber fever, thats just horrifying! Ugh! bieber…

Okay back to DevCon, as the name suggests, it is an amalgam of the words Developer and Convention. Most likely expected to be showcased at DevCon this year are
1. Android App support on the BB PlayBook
2. BBM on Android and iOS
3. The new all touch Curve and the new bold 9790

Android App suport is something that had been promised to us by RIM almost a year ago, and not surprisingly, they have failed to deliver. But speculation still arises that it will finally be shown of now as RIM has just pushed out an update to the playbook, entitled Blackberry Tablet OS 2.0, and videos have recently been leaked of an Android source code compiler for blackberry based platforms.

Probably the most stand out feature on my list, BBM for Android and iOS. some of you may be thinking? whaaaattt?? what did he just say? oh no he didn’t! well yes, yes I did. The day might finally come- the day that was speculated to happen after pigs learn how to fly- the day BBM subtracts BB out of the equation. Well you must be thinking why? well images have already leaked of BBM running on Android, and it’s actually a pretty smart and strategic move, according to myself. RIM already has an astoundingly high rate of decline in the market, and its taking time for their QNX based devices to come out(chill, I’m getting to that) and this may be a move, just to make sure they don’t hit rock bottom, before they think of a gamechanger. If they license BBM to Android and iOS at a monthly subscription based fee, they’ll be maintaining their market share at the consumer level, while at the same time persuading their Enterprise market (the business people) to not shy away from their blackberries (possibly to iOS for iMessage). It is speculated that BBM on a non BB device will cost you approcimately $5 a month, now that’s not bad. not bad at all.

And now moving on to the new Curve and Bold. the curve was leaked a long long time back, along with the leak of the current OS7 devices and hopefully this one actually surfaces tomorrow. we already have the 9900, the Torch 2(9810), the all touch torch (9860) and the new curve (9560). the Curve touch(9380), is speculated to have a 3.2″ diagonal multitouch display with liquid graphics and a 1.2GHz snapdragon processor. At first it was rumored to have an 800MHz processor but a recent leaked on the BB Developer website indicates it will in fact have a 1.2GHz chip, SWEET!
The Bold 9790 however, is completely unleaked! nobody knows what it is. Could it be the QNX based BlackBerry Colt (“told ya I’ll be gettin here) that we all are oh so eagerly awaiting? QNX is the software/OS that RIM purchased some time back and coupled with their PlayBook tablet, and it was rumored to be coming to handheld BB’s by 2012. If this is the rumored QNX handset, then boy o boy am I excited 🙂

Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Okay so tomorrow is the day, finally, when google decides to launch the new version of android, codenamed ICS. Now I do have an android but it has a 600MHz processor do I doubt I’ll be getting an upgrade. For those of you who want to know exactly when in jakarta, tomorrow at 9A.M. That’s right, during school 😥 so I won’t be able to watch the event, but I will be tweeting all info as I get it so stay tuned to @nerdherd69.

10 Android apps I cant live without

10. IMDb
May be a shocker, but the Apps way better Than the mobile website. And what would I do without all my movie info, unless sidereel came out with an android app.

9. ESPN scorecenter.
With cuztomisable menus and highlights of your favorite teams, this app can quickly give live scores, whether football or golf, its on scorecenter.

8. Google search
Yes I know, it’s just search, what’s the diff? Well the native google app provides much more welcomed functionality.

7. GMail.
Well can’t argue with this can you? All my notifications coming via mail, one of my most used apps.

6. YouTube
To get my daily dose of video watching

5. Revision3
Some of you may know this, nut for those who don’t, rev3 is an internet TV’ channel that brings you all your tech needs.

4. WordPress
The app I’m using at the moment and the main reason I migrated away from Blogger, WordPress’s native app lets me blog and edit my blog right from my smartphone, and they have apps for all the other phones as well, major and non major.

3. Skype
Phonecalls and not getting credit cut? Awesome!!!

2. Whatsapp

The only app that could replace the messaging shortcut on my dock, whatsapp is IM without having to set up an account. Just use your phone number And it syncs with your contacts. Sad part, its free for a one year trial only. But you can always re-install.

1. Google Reader

Definitely my most used application, Google reader syncs with my google account to bring all my news to my phone in a very readable format.