Category Archives: Apple

iPhone 3gs review after one day

“Business Care” Nextel told me yesterday that the “phone insurance” I have been paying for my handset, a Sprint/Nextel Blackberry 8350i, means that I earned the privilege of only having to pay ~$120 to rectify a piece of crap design where the power connecter snapped off the PCB upon attempting to tether this morning. The rep was kind enough to describe, sight unseen, a dozen ways where “how I plugged it in” was likely to be the issue without considering that plastic adhesive reinforced by solder points may not be the most robust solution to handle the physical connecter of the mini USB interface that by its very design is arguably one of the most tedious alignments since the venerable DSUB or the cheap-ass PS/2 male fittings, each with soft wire ends that mated so poorly upon setting up living conditions for their arranged marriages. Let alone if they separate and re-marry every day. Won’t someone think of their arranged children? If my “insurance money” (think pipe-wielding thugs “helping” a local grocer) is worth so little, I may as well throw a pile of dollars elsewhere and see what sticks.
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Nextel BlackBerry 8350i and OS X

My job requires that I carry a Nextel.  The BlackBerry Curve 8350i was released a few months ago, and I have been using one regularly having received my phone a few days after its official release. This is the first BlackBerry with which I have significant experience, more than doing some troubleshooting on a 7100 and playing with a TMo-Pearl for 20 minutes, so please forgive any “gee-whiz” gushing by me that is actually old hat to seasoned BB users. On the other hand, I have spent a lot of time playing with friends’ iPhones and own a Touch. I suppose I have as much of a case of iPhone envy as any other non-iPhone owning Mac user. It will rear its ugly head tomorrow when the 3.0 software update is released but it won’t be as bad as in times past. To save you time the time of reading everything else, the short story is that if you have to carry a Nextel and happen to use OS X, I highly recommend this phone.
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Pocket Euchre

If you don’t know what “euchre” is, “Pocket Euchre” is probably not what you might think. What it is is probably the single most compelling reason for me to buy an iPhone yet. I know that sounds silly, but that’s how much fun euchre can be. Especially when you can play it in your pocket.