iSlate: the advantages of the biggest smartphone ever

When Apple launched the iPhone it was one of the largest phones of its type in the market. This gave it certain advantages that few spoke about...

Stuff the planet, I’m buying a new car

And it ain’t a bloody Prius

Did Microsoft Mobile give up too soon?

Column Cellphone, Alabama

BlackBerry has lost the cell phone plot

Opinion Email is just not good enough

Dell’s mobile nightmare: The dumbest move yet?

Analyst Opinion - Some companies are gluttons for punishment. Dell, apparently, is one of them.

Will Windows Mobile become extinct?

Analyst Opinion - Microsoft has been a key player in the mobile device market since the early days of smartphones with its Windows Mobile Operating System (OS). And because of its affinity to the Windows desktop and Microsoft programming models and middleware, it garnered a substantial share of early smart phone deployments in the enterprise, second only to Blackberry. However, over the past two years, its grasp has been slipping and its market share eroding both because of market forces and because Microsoft has not kept pace with the accelerated rate of developments in the mobile arena.

Apple's iPhone has yet to meet its Microsoft

Opinion - Apple's App Store celebrates a year of existence and 1.5 billion downloads from 65,000 applications. It is astonishing, and all of it despite a less than developer friendly approach by the company, and confusion and ambiguity in some of its approaches. Sounds like the same old high-handed, arrogance of the company that gave us the Mac revolution and so it fizzle against the onslaught of Windows. So, is there a Microsoft to challenge them now, or has Apple got the playing field all to itself?

The Great Netbook Ripoff

Analyst Opinion - Netbooks are the new cellphones. At least that’s what wireless carriers want you to believe. And as they try to convince us that we should buy them under the same terms we’ve been buying regular old cell phones for years – namely, get them for a ridiculously cheap, subsidized up-front price in exchange for a two-year service contract commitment – we’d do well to be cynical. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and that so-called bargain could cost you well into four-figure territory by the time your contract is up.

End the iPhone exclusivity

Analyst Opinion - I live in the Great White North, which typically means I can buy new technology six months after it is first released in the U.S. I’ll also pay more for the privilege thanks to a weak Canadian dollar. But since I’m Canadian, I’ll still be polite about it. For once in my life, however, being Canadian may work to my advantage. If the Web rumor mill can be believed, Canada may end up being the first country on the planet where iPhones are sold through more than one carrier.

The clock is ticking for Apple’s next big thing

Analyst Opinion - If you work for Apple, own stock or are otherwise connected to the plucky company from Cupertino, congratulations. You have every right to drink it in after yet another momentous day in the history of an organization that seems to rewrite it on a regular basis. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Palm’s massive iTunes gamble: Are they nuts?

Analyst Opinion - No guts, no glory. And as Palm tries to regain a slice of what made it such a cool company in the 1990s, its latest move is an eyebrow-raiser. The company’s decision to enable Palm Pre devices to sync to users’ iTunes libraries is the most cheeky shot across Apple’s bow since hackers discovered Mac OS X could be installed on the suddenly-popular - and very non-Apple - netbooks. As much as these so-called Hackintosh machines get under Apple’s skin, it’s easy to conclude that Palm’s move must be steaming up the boardroom in Cupertino even more.

Palm: Dead company walking?

Analyst Opinion - Palm and Apple remind me a lot of Netscape and Microsoft. Netscape came out early and promised to put Microsoft out of business. When Netscape did not execute, Microsoft took Netscape's market.  Palm seemed to do the same thing with Apple, effectively calling them out early and promising to effectively take the market away from them. While the Palm Pre is a great phone, the word "premature" came to mind along with my memory of the Netscape disaster. However, these companies clearly hate each other and Palm is largely run by a large number of disgruntled ex-Apple executives now.     

Next-gen iPhone 'to lose telephony functions'

Opinion: Current silicon cannot support mushrooming feature bloat on Apple's popular handset.

Apple rumor season: High on speculation, low on details

Opinion – Yes, it is the time of the year again. Just about one month before Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference we are seeing “industry sources” shifting into high gear to provide media with ideas what Apple may reveal at the conference. Even Microsoft and a few carriers managed to become part of the feeding frenzy. Let the games begin.

HP dv2: Better than a netbook?

Opinion – Question: If you need a notebook for travel, and just don’t care for one of those 17” monsters that should not be called notebooks anyway, which one would you choose? I have been trying to find the perfect computer for more than 10 years and, finally, was certain I had found the best (note: I don’t say “perfect”) system last year: The HP Mini. Now AMD tells me there this a better option than my netbook – the slim HP Pavilion dv2. Are they right? Chime in to let me know what you think.

The netbook-killing HP DV2

Analyst Opinion - The concept of the Netbook was originally based on the idea of a connected device with a few gigabytes of flash memory, a screen in the 7" range, and a price target of $100.  The $100 price point turned out to be a pipe dream and netbooks kind of grew up.  Now they are priced in the $400+ range, generally have 10" or larger screens, 60+ gigabyte hard drives, and are little different in their capability from a notebook computer with the constant variable being crappy graphics, a low powered CPU and that small 10" wide screen. But there is another option.

Up next for the iPhone: Video calls

By now, it appears to be clear that the next big thing for the upcoming iPhone refresh will be video capability. While it is pretty obvious that the next-gen iPhone will combine a 3.2 megapixel camera capable of recording videos and an entirely new Movies application for basic video editing and sharing, it seems that video calls could emerge as the new killer feature. The iPod touch may get a 5 megapixel camera, enabling Apple to further distance itself from its rivals in the music space and go after the digital camera market as well.

Two worlds collide: Can PC companies build smartphones?

Analyst Opinion - Hunters have played the game for thousands of years: when you’ve wiped a given territory clean, it’s time to head off somewhere else in search of greener pastures. PC vendors, suffering from years of ever-thinning margins aggravated more recently by a devastated economy that’s collapsing demand for conventional computers, are starting to do the same thing. If they can’t make money selling desktops and laptops, the thinking goes, they’ll shift their attention to smartphones.

Can anyone break the carriers' choke hold on the cellphone market?

I was astounded when the cellular carriers sent Dell's prototype "iPhone-killer" back to the drawing board. I do get it though ... carriers need differentiating products in a crowded market. Still, shouldn't the handset makers be designing the handsets and not the other way around? I mean, so long as the device works, what do the carriers care? Isn't there a chocolate and vanilla option for this very reason?

Dell's Adamo: A sign of hope for a better tomorrow

Analyst Opinion - We are surrounded by doom and gloom and folks frantically trying to bring out products that can exist at the bottom of the market.  The future that we seem to be anticipating is one where we all live in one-bedroom homes and drive cheaper Prius automobiles designed by the government.   While this is short of, thank god, the world envisioned in Mad Max, it isn't exactly something we all are looking forward to. But the Dell Adamo is the first notebook in a long time that is as much a statement as it is a PC. It stands as a counterpoint to the doom and gloom that surrounds us.