Turbotodd

Ruminations on tech, the digital media, and some golf thrown in for good measure.

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iPhone 5 Highway Robbery

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So I followed some of the liveblogging for the Apple announcements earlier today, with the Apple iPhone 5 being the headline announcement.

I hope to later go back and watch the video webcast, as much interested in the theater of it as the details.

Overall, I walked away with the impression that it was a relatively impressive update from the iPhone 4, but I wasn’t convinced it was enough to compel people to upgrade.

I mentioned in a post a while back I’ve gone native, now using a “dumb phone” (an LG), because I had left AT&T, toyed with an Android on Virgin Mobile, before deciding on the LG dumb phone primarily for phone usage.

I still have my iPhone 4, which I use sometime for checking email and calendar, and reading or watching a movie on plane rides, but because I’m not as mobile as I used to be (not traveling as much), I didn’t feel compelled to need a smartphone.

Back to the 5. I didn’t see a compelling reason to upgrade with the new features — the bigger 4″ screen, the thinner form factor, LTE support, the new camera (including the admittedly cool panorama mode).

But just for grins, I clicked on the Apple application that let me checked what it would cost to go ahead and upgrade ahead of my current pre-rebate date (the date for which I could upgrade with the device actually being subsidized by Verizon).

Here’s what I found in the graphic you see here…hold on for the sticker shock:

I couldn’t get into a 5 for less than $649 until December 9, 2013…by that time, I suspect there will be an iPhone 6.

Even jumping back to the 4 would cost me $375!!!

And therein lies my distaste with the current mobile phone economics in these United States.

Hey, if I was traveling all the time and depending on those services the iPhone could offer remotely, I would consider it.

But recognizing I have other devices (the iPhone 4 using wi-fi, an Android tablet AND an iPad), no way, no how.

I suspect many Apple fan boys and girls will pay the pre-rebate price, and more power to them.

But my money would be better invested in a new mini iPad (apparently coming in October) or even the new iPod Touches also announced today.

But if you get an iPhone 5, be sure to give me a demo the next time you see me.

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September 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

What’s Your Mobile Use Case?

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We’re only a week away from the start of the IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit in Madrid.

So I found it interesting that Nielsen would release these “hard numbers”

A recent Nielsen survey of U.S. smartphone owners who report using their mobile phones while shopping in a store, indicates that consumers use their phones differently depending on the type of store.

about how consumers like to use their smartphones, particularly when it comes to shopping.

Here’s what I see in the data: Couponing is mainly for groceries and clothes, and its geeks who use QR codes (*I* am something of a geek, and even *I* haven’t used QR codes…at least, not yet).

If you’re looking for electronics, you’re likely to read reviews via your smartphone, because you don’t want to be the only idiot who bought the thing who didn’t check out what Joe the Plumber (err, the Coder) had to say about the item before they bought it.

I have a plane to catch, but I’ll be pondering this Nielsen data as I check in to find the status of my flight…on my LG dumb phone.

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May 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Not Waiting In Line For An iPhone

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For the record, I am NOT standing in line at my local Apple store waiting to purchase an iPhone 4S.

I’m an Apple fanboy, but not to that extreme.

Anyhow, what’s with all these people having time to go wait in lines.  I have a job. I’m required to be places…well, in my home office, anyway.  I’m expected to get stuff done.

How am I going to get anything done standing in line to buy a new iPhone that I don’t need in the first place.

I just got through downloading the iOS 5, which took me several hours on Wednesday.  I’m still trying to figure out what that whole thing was all about.

I like the new messages feature. But man, did it mess up sending my applications all over the place.

So if I buy the iPhone 4S, can I make my applications go back to where I had them situated originally?

It’s kind of like your Mac or Windows desktop just deciding to go on the fritz and then put your icons wherever they darn well please.

And speaking of Windows, I signed up to attend Dell World online the other day.  Even though it’s going on right here in Austin, the Web site proudly told me they were sold out, and that if I wanted to attend, I’d have to do so online.

That’s okay, I don’t like leaving the Turbo cave and would rather attend virtually anyhow.  So I sign up, and yesterday morning catch a good chunk of Michael Dell’s keynote, which wasn’t bad.

But then, when I tried to watch any more of the content, including Steve Ballmer’s keynote about Windows this morning, I was locked out.

Great, so tell me I can’t attend the physical event, then invite me to the Webcast, then lock me out of everything but Michael Dell’s keynote.

That’s some brilliant digital marketing, Round Rock.  I hope you had yourselves a wonderful event.  And oh, by the way, I’m writing this post on a Dell Latitude E4300, which has become one of my favorite computers.

And this just in…According to Reuters, U.S. securities regulators have formally asked public companies for the first time to disclose cyber attacks against them, following a tear of high-profile Internet crimes.

Sounds like a great idea in principle, but I wouldn’t expect to see a line of people out in front of the SEC anytime soon.

Nobody wants to admit to their security dirty laundry.

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October 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

SmartPhone Needs A Bat Phone

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So how’s that iOS 5 install going for everybody?

Yeah, it’s definitely slow on the uptake.  I was joking with some friends on Facebook last night that perhaps Apple should buy some new IBM Blade servers to help speed those downloads along.

But hey, at least the download/install eventually worked, slow though it may have been.  That juxtaposed with our friends at Research In Motion, whose BlackBerries have been on the blink since Monday of this week.

RIM is reporting now that everything’s back in working order, but this outage was a black eye that the BlackBerry simply *didn’t* need at this particular moment in time, considering all the other smartphone option available in the market these days.

Once I turned in my BlackBerry Bold for an iPhone 4, I must say, I’ve missed the BlackBerry service, particularly because I’m guilty of being an email junkie.

But I haven’t missed it so much to want it back, and it’s features were certainly not keeping up with the iPhone Joneses.

The BlackBerry for me was mostly a one-trick pony, whereas the iPhone 4 (which I’ll be learning about again for weeks with the iOS 5 upgrade) has been more of a Swiss Army knife.

During my recent trip to Bangalore, I didn’t bother taking my iPad, as I wanted to travel light and figured I could use the iPhone for a number of different things.

And I did.  I used it to watch movies, play games, and read books on the flight.

Once in Bangalore, I used it to take some pictures and shoot some videos of me almost getting run over in the Bangalore traffic. I also used Skype on the iPhone to call back to the States via the hotel wireless network.

I used it to keep track of all the social media activities I needed to follow while I was out.  And I did all this without even bothering with the local phone service or a proprietary network (I did all this via wi-fi).

So, I’ll stick with my iPhone 4 for now, as it gets the job done.

Speaking of jobs, Nielsen is out with a study informing us that 40% of TV viewers use their tablets or smartphones while they’re watching the boob tube. Whoa, this could lead to a major advertiser’s dilemma.  Do you advertise on the boob tube or the tablet and/or smartphone?

I’m gonna go with both.

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October 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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