Linked by David Adams on Tue 5th Aug 2008 21:15 UTC, submitted by peskypescado
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I have recently been in the market for a new smartphone. The iPhone looks like some nice hardware and I'm already an AT&T customer, but after Apple's trend of pulling Apps from iTunes lately I'm just not buying. Apple has proven to me that I don't want to live in a closed ecosystem. It made me realize what my real issue with Apple is: their business practices.
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RE: I love my centro
by Art Carnage on Wed 6th Aug 2008 21:22 UTC in reply to "I love my centro"
Art Carnage
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2008-08-06

Amen to that. The iPhone users seem a bit like the fish I catch with a spinner lure. The lure is bright and shiny, but has no nutritional value. All you get is reeled in.

Right now, I'm typing on my laptop, using my Palm Centro as a tethered 3G modem (with Radio Paradise streaming in the background) using a 3rd party app. Speed's about the same as DSL. Maybe a little faster. It can do the same trick via Bluetooth - "untethered" tethering - though the Bluetooth connection cuts the speed a bit. I pay $15 a month for unlimited data access. And since the Palm is an open platform, I pay ziltch, zero, nada, nothing extra a month to tether that data stream to my laptop. Sweeeeet!

I actually see the Centro (and most other smart phones) vs. the iPhone to be a bit like Firefox vs. Opera. Firefox lets you add whatever add-ons you want to enhance it, and make it work the way you want. Opera? Not so much. You get what they want you to have. For example, I wanted to add voice dialing to the Centro. Bought the app, installed it. I now have voice dialing. Voice dialing on the iPhone? Nope. Maybe I want to control all the IR devices in my home with my Centro. Again, not a problem. iPhone? Oh, never mind. No IR capabilities. No ability to shoot video either. And my computer can see the Centro's storage card as just another USB Mass Drive. I can rip MP3s and 3GP video directly into the phone, no "rip then copy" needed.

But look, you can turn the iPhone on its side, and the screen changes orientation. That cool. Right? Right...?

Edited 2008-08-06 21:39 UTC

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