Mobile Archives

  1. Droid Pro First Impressions

    I have been waiting for a few years for someone to create an Android device in a candybar format with a keyboard on the bottom. I ordered the Droid Pro the first day it was available and used it for the last 2 days, switching from the Droid 2. Here are some initial impressions. Overall,…

  2. Mobile Keyboards

    I’ve used mobile devices for over a dozen years. The input mechanisms of these devices have ranged from handwriting recognition and Graffiti with a stylus, to a portrait and landscape oriented physical keyboards, slider keyboards and virtual keyboards. Over that time I’ve gained an affinity for hardware keyboards over virtual keyboards, and portrait keyboards over…

  3. Best of Breed Android Apps

    My foray into the Android world has sent me searching for the best available apps for my various needs. Here is the set I’m currently using along with some general thoughts: Email: K-9 mail. The built-in IMAP client on the Droid 2 is fundamentally broken. It fails to move and delete messages on the server.…

  4. Mobile Input

    Input methods and devices are very personal things. Most folks I know are pretty particular about their keyboard, mouse (or trackpad), desk set-up, etc. It makes sense. You spend a lot of time with these tools and you want them to fit you and the way you work. Mobile devices are no different in this…

  5. The Droid I’m Looking For

    This week I started looking in earnest at the currently available Verizon Android phones. I find my BlackBerry to be an awesome device for PIM activities (email, SMS, calendar) and the official Twitter client is pretty decent, however I really miss having a good browser, feed reader, podcast client, etc. and will generally grab my…

  6. iPhone 4 Screen Cracks

    With an admittedly small sample size, I’m seeing a lot more broken or spider-webbed iPhone 4 screens than I ever saw with the original iPhone or iPhone 3G/3GS. I believe this is due to the change in the form factor that raises the glass on the front and back of the iPhone 4 so that…

  7. Mobile Multitasking and iOS 4

    I’ve used a number of mobile devices over the years, and there are a couple of things in my usage pattern that stand out: Speed is a feature. I need to be able to go from email to my calendar to SMS and back again effortlessly and quickly. The mobile web is slow. Even with…

  8. Cheaper MiFi Option

    I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier, but instead of going month-to-month with a Verizon MiFi, I can simply set up a family plan and add my Palm Pre Plus as a second line (it has the free HotSpot feature). Total cost over my existing plan should be about $20/month. The MiFi…

  9. Perspectives and Power Users

    Yesterday I switched my phone number from a Palm Pre Plus to a BlackBerry Curve through the Verizon website. This was a pretty painless process, but only because I had a friend who had done it before and because I had some technical knowledge that made it trivial to track down the necessary information. I…

  10. The Lure of Unlimited Data

    The way I understand it, if I get an iPhone plan before the 7th I can still get the $30/month unlimited data plan on AT&T (and carry it over to a next-gen iPhone when they are available). I left AT&T a year ago for Verizon and have loved the rediscovered ability to actually make and…

  11. Timbuk2 T-Pack iPad Bag Review

    I’ve posted a review of the Timbuk2 T-Pack iPad bag on my iPad Bag Reviews site. This is the first positive review I’ve put up, which should make a number of folks who have been bugging me requesting this happy. Right guys? Anyways, check it out if you’re in the market for an iPad bag.…

  12. Mobile Devices and Input Accessories

    The iPad has sparked renewed interest in detachable keyboards, but to the surprise of folks who know me (and my attachment to physical keyboards on mobile devices) I’m not on board. I’ve been down this road before, with the Newton, the Stowaway keyboard for the Palm V series and the clip-on keyboard for the Palm…