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4-way HTML5 speed test: Firefox 3.7 faster than Internet Explorer 9 (video) (Download Squad)

Jun 24th 2010 10:51AM Well, maybe he should use four different computers. But in the real world, you may have IE and Firefox open on one computer. I have three browsers (including Opera) open on my main laptop right now. So the approach Sebastian has taken likely makes the best sense given what we actually do in the real world.

Nokia N8 preview (Engadget)

Jun 14th 2010 1:58PM @Hamaki This also goes for the BlackBerry OS. This weekend, I was making calls on my new Google Voice phone number, reading Forbes with its BlackBerry app, listening to Pandora on my off-hours during a convention I was managing for one of my firms, and using Viigo and Poynt. I can do all this on a Curve with just 100 megabytes of internal memory.

This said, both Nokia and RIM need to step up their game in the smartphone arena. The UIs on both need a refresh and, for RIM, more internal memory would be great. But to say either one of these OSs are behind the times is are complete overstatements. All the OSs out there have their benefits and drawbacks; it's just a question of which ones a user is willing to take. I like all of them, but choose BlackBerry. Others choose Symbian, Android, iPhone or WinMo/WinPhone. To each their own.

'iPhone vs Android' report finds Apple has three times Google's market share (Engadget)

Jun 6th 2010 11:18AM @Evileclipse As a BlackBerry fan, I can also appreciate what Android, iPhone and Symbian each bring to the OS table. I think iPhone has the best UI, Android the most-customizable and Symbian being solid and stable. As each one comes to the table with something new, it will force the other to do a better job, either in what it does best (which is what RIM is doing) or to cross into the other's strongest quality (which is what iPhone and Google are trying to do against each other). So long as the customer wins.

BlackBerry Bold 9800 gets some glamour shots, OS 6 gets a 16 minute video walkthrough (Engadget)

Jun 6th 2010 10:54AM @B3astofthe3ast Let's get to it:

1) Great communications device: E-mail, BlackBerry Messenger, data handling and even phone calls are awesome. Sound on the phones is great and not hollow.

2) The best keyboard in the smartphone arena. You can type accurately with one hand and also dial with ease. This is especially true for those of us who have big fingers and struggle with the small keys on full touchscreen devices.

3) BBM is secure text messaging, allowing for group chats without opening everything up to the world.

4) Video streaming performance is actually pretty good. Not the best at all. But then, there isn't a cellphone I would ever consider to be as good as an iTouch or a Zune player when it comes to video. I use Sprint’s video service and the video is crystal.

5) If you don’t care much about apps — which means most people, who aren’t either techies or gadget geeks — then the lack of apps doesn’t concern you. The reality is that for most folks, basic messaging needs and higher-end ones such as e-mail, secure IM and working on documents on the fly, are far more critical than apps.

6) Form factor: The BlackBerry design, along with the iPhone design, really sets the standard for how phones should look like: A keyboard that is easy to use while walking (as a former owner of a landscape slider, I know how difficult it is to use while walking around catching planes); a build quality that is great out the box and can take a licking (my Curve 8530 is incredibly rugged -- and I haven't done as much dropping as I usually do); and efficient to use in terms of simply finding what you need.

7) The OS just works. It is simple, succinct, secure and customizable within sensible limitation. It is also very quick. The fact that some haven't bothered with upgrading to OS 5 (or can't because they have old BBs) doesn't mean that the current OS is slow. The OS is also more-smoothed out than Android and less simplistic than iPhone OS.

There are those who say that RIM needs to improve the apps stable. They are right. But I also say that many of the apps that are on BlackBerry’s App World are the kinds of stuff that improve productivity and make it easier to do stuff such as find a restaurant (and book reservations). Essentially the kind of activities most of us who aren’t gadget geeks are interested in having. Besides, most of the apps I’ve seen (and my non-techie friends have seen) on the iPhone and Android app stores are no more useful or entertaining than those found in BB Apps World. The ones that are useful and entertaining (Poynt, Pandora) already exist across all major smartphone platforms.

There are plenty of non-smartphone devices (Zune, iPod Touch, Archos) that do video games and entertainment very well — in fact, better than even the iPhone or any Droid — and therefore, people are willing to carry that second device so long as it is portable. A BlackBerry fits well in this environment.

All that said, the UI needs work. OS itself is quick and works great, but a great leap forward wouldn’t be so bad at all. Otherwise what RIM sells is a great product for those who need it. If you want something other than a BB, there are other places to go and other platforms to use. It's all about choice.

Sprint EVO 4G celebrates its 'first' commercial (Engadget)

Jun 3rd 2010 9:54AM @Voltage05 Most people don't care about the specs. Geeks and techies do. But the average person doesn't. My aunt is as far from tech as anyone, but she ponied up her 200 smackers and dumped VZW for EVO and the full plan. This is a woman who doesn't even have broadband in her house.

Believe me, no one but us tech geeks care about that spec stuff. Apple figured that out years ago. So should we.

BlackBerry Curve 9300 fixing to replace the 8500 series? (Engadget)

Jun 2nd 2010 7:53PM @Sevenmack It will also likely run OS 6, which is another draw.

BlackBerry Curve 9300 fixing to replace the 8500 series? (Engadget)

Jun 2nd 2010 7:53PM @decypher44 The Curve is a great entry-level smartphone and it does the job well. Hell, it's better than the Tour, which had no WiFi, no trackpad and the camera was pretty average. The Curve 8530 even looks better than the Tour (and the Bold, arguably). So it's a tight phone for the price.

That said, I will be moving up to the Bold 9650. We can use the 512 megs.

Adobe rewrites Wired Magazine iPad app without Flash, gets it approved by Apple (Download Squad)

May 27th 2010 10:06AM And iPad isn't even five percent of the computer market. Big deal. Again, the market for readers is much larger than the individual tools being used.

In the broad scheme of things, Apple is a influential, but small player in a much-larger world of desktop and mobile communications. A content provider has to make sure it reaches those who use iPads, iPhones, iPods and Macs for their communications. But it must also reach the 80 percent of those folks who aren't using either of these tools.

Perspective must always be maintained in these discussions.

Acer's Android-powered Stream gets official, gets handled, lives up to its name with DLNA support (video) (Engadget)

May 27th 2010 8:51AM @Mike Vick It will be the dominant player. Android, after all, is just an operating system that can work across different hardware and carriers. Google isn't really in the hardware business, so it doesn't have to worry about cannibalizing sales in order to expand Android's reach; it's basically a vehicle for Google to get more people on Gmail and Google search -- and sell more ads.

Apple and RIM are the primary losers, largely because they are hardware makers who supply the OS as an afterthought. Neither will license their OS just to gain share because they don't want to cannibalize their sales. Think about it: HTC could make a better BlackBerry clone than RIM makes a BB, and a sweeter iPhone clone than an original Apple iPhone. Both will end up on the wayside, with RIM possibly keeping more market share because of its reach into the corporate sphere.

Adobe rewrites Wired Magazine iPad app without Flash, gets it approved by Apple (Download Squad)

May 27th 2010 8:44AM Well, since Conde Nast and Adobe could do a Flash version of Wired -- and do it fairly quickly -- it's the fault of Conde Nast. They chose to do one version instead of two, limiting their own reach. Apple may dictate what companies do for its platform. But given that Apple is only 5 percent of desktop space (and only 12 percent of smartphones), it doesn't dictate everything. And shouldn't.