Michael Gartenberg

Froyo is delicious: Hands on with Android 2.2

Froyo is delicious: Hands on with Android 2.2

Last week Google formally announced the newest version of the Android family. Known as Froyo (or Frozen Yogurt; Android releases are all named after desserts and I can't wait to see what they do with the letter X) or more properly Android 2.2, it offers a number of enhancements and fixes to the Android platform. I've been testing Froyo on a Nexus One (currently the only device supported by 2.2) and here's what's in there, good and bad.

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Two weeks of travel, Ten iPad lessons

Two weeks of travel, Ten iPad lessons

A while back, I tried traveling on business with nothing but the help of three smart phones. I quickly ran into the headroom of those devices and, by the time I was home, I had a huge list of tasks I needed to deal with that could only be done on a computer. I wondered how I would have fared had I carried an iPad with me instead. So over the last two weeks, I've done just that, carried an iPad on my travels and left the laptop at home. Here are ten lessons of the iPad I learned from two weeks on the road with it.

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Why I like Kin

Why I like Kin

Recently, Microsoft unveiled a new mobile platform and two new devices built for it. It's called Kin and it's targeted at a younger demographic with a focus on social communication. It's also been one of the most controversial releases I've ever seen. Many folks who've weighed in on the topic weren't too impressed. They cite a lack of features ranging from a calendar to no support for third party applications, most notably games. I don't share those views (although I do think it's not a good idea for middle aged Microsoft executives to go with a shirt untucked and unshaven look while presenting) and I think Kin has a good chance of being successful in the marketplace. Here's why.

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The Droid Incredible is, well, Incredible

The Droid Incredible is, well, Incredible

At the beginning of the year, Google called a group of reporters and analysts to Google HQ to announce a new phone, the Nexus One. A joint effort of HTC and Google, the N1 was a slim device, running a speedy Snapdragon processor and an AMOLED display. Running the latest version of Android, 2.1, it was state of the art, at least for January.

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Is Moore’s Law Still Relevant for PCs?

Is Moore’s Law Still Relevant for PCs?

It's been more than thirty five years since Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel, observed that the transistor density of semiconductor chips doubles roughly every 18 months. This observation was both accurate as well as profound and became known to us as Moore’s Law. The effect of Moore's Law has been simple, new PCs are almost twice as powerful as the prior generation. This in turn led to mass market adoption as PCs became more powerful, capability and functionality increased and appeal widened the market for new adopters with every generation of hardware and the software functionality it enabled. It appears Moore’s Law remains in force and by most accounts will continue for at least some time. But I often wonder whether there is still benefit for most users and in what ways will raw speed empower them?

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Gartenberg: iPad is Here and it Delivers

Gartenberg: iPad is Here and it Delivers

It's the device that fueled nearly a decade of rumor and speculation. While the iPad isn’t officially available until today, I'm been pleased to have a final, production unit ahead of the formal launch. I've been testing a 64GB iPad WiFi device and so far I've been impressed with what Apple has delivered.

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When you leave your laptop behind

When you leave your laptop behind

We've all heard how the phone in your pocket is really a PC. Well, a few weeks ago I put that to the test literally. I left for a week of heavy business travel in three cities to see if my phone (actually a series of phones) could replace my MacBook Pro. For my tests, I carried an iPhone 3GS with a Mophie JuicePack Air, a Palm Pre Plus and an HTC HD2. I also had a Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard which works with the HD2.

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Breaking Windows is a good idea

Breaking Windows is a good idea

I have been reading a lot of critiques of Microsoft's mobile strategy lately, especially among those who think that breaking compatibility with older versions of Windows Mobile is a bad idea. Some of these opinions are just wrong, showing little knowledge of technical architectures. (If it's CE based, how come I can't run my old apps? Sheesh; CE was used in many different mobile devices, none of which could run Windows Mobile apps). For those that are dependent on some Windows Mobile app, Microsoft is wisely keeping the 6.5.x platform around for a while meaning folks can make a smooth transition as they need to.

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The Palm Paradox

The Palm Paradox

It's been a rough few weeks for the folks at Palm. First false rumors about Palm shutting down production lines, followed by less than stellar results have once again started the usual suspects putting Palm on either some death watch or have them about to be sold to (insert vendor's name here _____). Regarding the second, I don't believe Jon Rubenstein came out of retirement to build a world class product only to have it sold to (insert vendor's name here _____). But with regards to the whole death watch theme, Palm reminds me a lot of TiVo these days. It's not just the death watch meme that's plagued TiVo for years, it's the fact that Palm suffers from their own version of the TiVo paradox.

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