HTC Evo 4G Biting Into Apple's iPhone Lead
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 20/06/2010 05:52
After muddling through a few technical glitches, Steve Jobs debuts the sleek, sexy, and more powerful iPhone 4. So why is it playing catch-up to Sprint's HTC EVO 4G?
Apple CEO Steve Jobs just introduced the new iPhone 4, and as expected, it's a beauty -- sleek, slim, and more squared-off than the iPhone 3GS, with a forward-facing camera for doing video chats, a better back-side camera that can take flash pictures and shoot HD video, a better screen, and longer battery life.
The biggest new feature is a program called FaceTime that lets you make video calls to other owners of the new iPhone. Jobs & Co. acted as if they'd put a man on the moon, saying things like "FaceTime is changing the way we communicate, forever," and "I can't believe this is real, that it's really happening."
Thus we have the new iPhone 4, which will cost a little more but will have pretty icons, pretty ads, and a cool video-chat feature that works only if the person you're talking to has the same Apple phone you do. If you want to buy into Apple's world, and you can deal with AT&T as your carrier, you'll probably be very happy.
But most of the world is headed elsewhere, I think.
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Nokia's N8 a Match for iPhone?
What will help Nokia retain its dominant position in an increasingly competitive smartphone market? A metallic phone with a TV seems to be its answer.
In Singapore this week at a press event, Nokia showcased the touch-screen device, the N8, for the first time in the region. The N8 was first announced on April 27 and will hit store shelves in the third quarter, according to the Finnish handset maker, the world's biggest producer by shipments.