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It’s Thursday, so we’re talking technology here on ItsHeyNow.com. Today’s post is about something that affects each and everyone of us each and every day, what type of cell phone we use. I’m going to leave the battle between ATT, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile alone for this post and concentrate on the three big operating system choices for smart phones, which is where the market is heading towards. Today, we will be concentrating on Blackberry, iPhone, and Android. I will try to be as impartial as possible, as all these options have their pros and cons. But before we start, I have to say that I was a loyal Blackberry user for over 3 years, who has recently switched to an iPhone.
The folks at Research in Motion’s headquarters in Waterloo, Canada who manufacture the Blackberry smartphone have a truly amazing messaging machine. Nothing beats the availability of true push email on the blackberry. Emails are instantaneously pushed to each and every blackberry. There were times my phone went off before my desktop gmail gave me the notice of a new mail message. Blackberry messenger, a favorite among consumer and corporate users, is also a great advantage to users. It allows for conversational, chat-like messaging over the data network. Users can also share status updates on their messengers. All blackberry users have blackberry messenger built-in. Email and BBM are the biggest advantages of the having a blackberry, however anything past that is where the blackberry lacks in comparison to other smartphones. Internet browsing and applications are lacking in comparison to its counter-parts. Blackberries are available through all carriers.
The iPhone took the cell phone industry by storm when Steve Jobs and Apple introduced it. It was the first truly good full touch-screen experience on a cell phone. The iPhone is now on it’s 4th version, with a fifth generation rumored to be hitting the market in the summer. The current iPhone has the ability to bring almost desktop-like web browsing to a cell phone. Apple’s app store has thousands and thousands of applications ranging from business and personal finance to ever popular games like Angry Birds. Another thing that iPhone users also like is the ability to jailbreak (illegally) their phones in order to customize the phone to their own specifications. One of the biggest things lacking on the iPhone is the ability to truly multi-task, iOS 4 brought background multi-tasking whereby applications like Pandora can still play in the background while using the other features of the phone. Also, everyone has heard of the countless issues with the call quality of the iPhone on ATT’s network. This is an issue localized solely to iPhone’s (not all) and does not really affect other phones on ATT’s network. The iPhone was only available on ATT through an exclusive deal between Apple & ATT, but in early February became available on Verizon’s network.
It seems like only a year ago the only Android based phone was the G1 on T-Mobile’s network. How times have changed! Is it me, or is a new Android phone with some wacky name introduced seemingly every hour? It’s becoming hard to keep up at times, but the wide spread availability of phones is because Android is open source and produced by many hardware manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung, and Motorola. Android, like the iPhone offers an almost desktop-like browsing experience and an application store. The Android operating systems has also been transferred to tablets. Android phones come in all shapes and sizes, two of the most popular are the Incredible (Verizon) and the EVO 4G (Sprint). One of the major downfalls with Androids is also its biggest strength, the open source nature of it whereby individual programmers can change the source code. This causes the experience to be somewhat different on a HTC, Samsung, and Motorola. With use, I have found that the best Android phones are ones manufactured by HTC. Android phones are available on all carriers
Sorry to the users of Symbian, Windows, and HP/Palm/webOS BUT you’re irrelevant in the scheme of things! Haha lol jk, but I just wanted to give an overview of the 3 biggest options.
Hope I was informative and impartial
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A lot of us (Lil Wayne fans) have been waiting for this for a while so here it is!!! Let us know what you think. Enjoy!!! #ItsHeyNow!!!!
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This video is from an artist growing more and more in popularity. Check out Emilio Rojas in his video for “Close To Me.” Very good song in my opinion but let us know what you think. Enjoy! #ItsHeyNow!!!
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When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
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On ItsHeyNow.com, we have a new segment (once a week) brought to you by our technology expert, Algrin. If there is something new in the tech world, Algrin knows about it; inside and out. With that said, Tech Thursdays will ONLY be written by our expert, Algrin. So without further a due, we bring you “Tech Thursdays!” Take it away Algrin!!! #ItsHeyNow!!!!
Hey everyone, and welcome to the first edition of Tech Thursdays on ItsHeyNow.com
Today we’re talking about the iPad 2, which was introduced at a media event yesterday by Steve Jobs and company.
First, let’s take a little look back at history at what the iPad is and why the second generation just improves on a great product. Apple’s iPad is a revolutionary product that started the trend of tablets being fully accepted. Yes, there were tablets before the iPad and others came after it. Apple didn’t re-invent the wheel by introducing a tablet, but it definitely took the tech industry by storm.
Now lets fast-forward to today and look at what the iPad is now. It improves on an absolutely amazing product. Now there are people who say that Apple didn’t do enough or there is stll no true multi-tasking on Apple’s devices, but hey, let’s give them time! This is only the second generation of the iPad.
A little run-down:
- Apple A5 processor, dual core CPU
- 2x CPU speed, 9x graphics speed improvement
- Front and rear cameras ß FACETIME
- 33% thinner, 13.4mm to 8.8mm thin — thinner than an iPhone 4, and lighter than the previous iPad
- AT&T and Verizon models, white and black iPads
- Same original iPad battery life, over 10 hours of usage and a month of standby time
- HD output
The cover is also very imaginative, something that you would expect from Apple. It’s magnetic, when you flip the cover it takes the iPad out of sleep and when you close it, your device goes to sleep.
Best of all, pricing stays the same!
|Wifi & 3G||$629||$729||$829|
Apple also introduced iOS 4.3 which is essentially the same as 4.2 with a few improvements with streaming. On the iPad, you will be able to choose if the side button controls the mute or orientation. It will be available for the iPad, 3rd and 4th generation iPod touches, and the ATT iPhone (hmm why not Verizon’s?)
Everything comes out March 11.
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Check out this Follow Friday video on my friend Jay. Very funny and true (Mostly). So check it out and let us know what you think. Enjoy!! #itsHeyNow!!!
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Check out this video about my friend Byron who thinks he is the world’s best barber. He always talks about how good he is and how he can make anyone look good. I have been literally hearing this from him for the bast two years so on this day, we are seeing visual evidence on his skills. So, I want you to tell me if you would let him give you a haircut. Enjoy. #ItsHeyNow!!!
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What Happen to Lil Corey? I know some of you are asking, “Whos Lil Corey?” Well, for those who do not know, Lil Corey is an R&B singer who had a smash hit in 2002 entitled, “Hush Little Lady.” It was a catchy child song which showcased his vocal abilities. Since then, we haven’t heard much from him.
So, a few months back, me and my friend Jay was joking around singing Hush Little Lady and thought ,”What happened to him?” The very next day, Jay came by and said, “Yo, you got to hear this!” And what was Jay talking about? A new Lil Corey song (well, newer). The song came out in 2009 which is entitled, “Say Yes.” Check out this video of Lil Corey (who is not so little anymore) singing the song live to prove wrong the critics who say he didn’t write the song. I KNOW you are going to ENJOY this one. Let us know what you think. #ItsHeyNow!!!!
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If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.