Friday, July 9, 2010 3:24:02 PM
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Many of you may be familiar with the latest Apple products, the ipad and iphone 4.
I wanted to test these products out so I went to my nearest computer store that carry them. This store happens to be the PC World store. On first sight, I was not impressed with the ipad. It was huge and bulky. It also lacks many of the features of the a PC or Mac (So as not to cross apple fans). Furthermore, at a cost of about £600 or so I would rather buy a PC than a pseudo device. Unlike its cousin the iphone, the ipad is bulky, clunky, and cannot fit into the pocket. Furthermore, no "i" portable products contain flash or sliverlight or any of the other plugins available. Therefore it is not suitable as a good "web" surfing device as advertised. Moreover, typing on the ipad will take some getting use to. Plus, unlike the PC, the "keyboard" is actually part of the screen. Thus, if you place the ipad on its side facing you, the keyboard will be at an odd angle and quite tricky to type. When searching for a picture of the ipad keyboard for this blog, I saw a couple of other blogs posting pictures of an "idock".
Unlike the ipod, you can rotate the ipad screen in any direction. It will even work "upside down" or on its head. A couple of blogs about the ipad:
Apple’s more complex dock for the iPad is called iPad Keyboard Dock ($69), combining the features of the standard iPad Dock (Dock Connector pass-through and audio line-out) with a modified version of Apple’s latest aluminum keyboard. The keyboard contains function keys that control the iPad’s brightness, volume level, and iPod music playback features, as well as calling up search, the home screen, and a couple of other shortcuts. It enables users who type a lot to dock their iPads in a reclined position, connect a wall adapter for charging (not included), and use a “real” keyboard.
The iphone 4.0--The mother of all phones
I was amazed at 2 weeks after the launch of the iphone, only a couple of phone stores were carrying this phone.
The first store that I went to was the Vodaphone store. The working demo was kept behind the counter and was only taken out if a customer wants to see it. With a sales person standing breathing down my neck (a hyperbole), I couln't do anything "fun" with it.
Orange Store (not a store that is orange )
The next store I went to, Orange, was had an extremely zoomed in start screen. None of the staffs could fix the problem. Upon searching the internet, I found this solution, which I can't gurantee will work as I didn't try it out.
This happens when you accidentally put the iphone in zoom mode, which is one of the "accessibility" features under the "settings" icon. Most likely the user accidentally "double tapped" the screen with three fingers. This is what launches zoom mode. To change the zoom, double tap the screen with three fingers and drag the three fingers down or up the screen. To avoid this recurring, you can go to Settings>General>Accessibility>Zoom. Then set the Zoom feature to "off".
O2 store--A store full of oxygen.
The last store I went to is the O2 The O2 is the only store that have a freely displaying iphone model. When I touched the phone it game me a "spark". It shocked my finger.
Stores that did not carry the iphone at the time of this blog
- Carphone Warehouse
- 3 Store
DesignThe iphone seems more like a "jewelry" than a phone to be used everyday. I was scared to "break it". It seemed so fragile. It was similiar to the old iphones. However, it was slimmer and more "square." Like the ipad (reviewed above), the DOES NOT support all the web plugins such as flash and silverlight. Thus, iphone users will miss out a majority of the web experience. Furthermore, the screen is quite small so watching movies is not the same as the PC. Like the ipad (see above), the keyboard is also quite trick to use.
|Iphone 4 Home screen||Iphone 3g Home screen|
The iphone sports a foward facing camera and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. Compared to other camera phones, Apple is playing catchup. Most modern day phones by Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson have 8 megapixel or more camera. Apple, 5 megapixels is old news. Most camera phones have already moved on to 12 megapixels (Sony Erisson Satio, Samsun Pixon 12). Furthermore, LED flash tend to be weaker than the Xenon flash found in Sony Ericsson phones.
Unfortunately, without jailbreaking the iphone, it cannot be used as an internet modem like my beloved K800i can.
WARNING! Jailbreaking your phone CAN void your warantee. This blogger cannot take any responsibility least this happens.
However, if you are very determined to do so these articles can help you.
Read more about the iphone here
Official spec of the iphone: http://support.apple.com/kb/SP587
Some blogs about the iphone: