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Best of Smartphone Experts, 3 Jan 2010

Last week was a good one as usual for SPE, but next week we'll be blowing the walls out for CES: expect plenty of CES coverage from all of our sites. This year we'll have our biggest team ever at the show and are pumped up. All that CES coverage means we'll be taking the week off from the Smartphone Round Robin (excepting another group podcast on The Cell Phone Junkie, stay tuned!).

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Arment, Siracusa Weigh in on Apple iTablet

Previously we linked to Daring Fireball's John Gruber, who felt Apple was going redefine the personal computer with their (perhaps) upcoming iTablet/iSlate, and now Marco Arment of Tumblr and Instapaper, and John Siracusa of Ars Technica share their thoughts as well.

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AT&T's 3G Covers Over 230 Million Americans According to Latest TV Spot

According to AT&T's latest commercial, their 3G network covers over 230 million people in the U.S. Finally they have addressed what they failed to address in any of the other countless commercials.

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Was the iPhone the Gadget of the Decade?

It wouldn't be polite for TiPb to proclaim our signature device, Apple's iPhone, the gadget of the decade -- but luckily we don't have to as it's one of the more common memes circulating the 'net as we pass from the 00's to the 10's.

Sure, the Treo smartphone came first, as did Apple's original iPod, but arguably no device converged so many technologies of the last decade so elegantly, or coalesced more of Apple's own strategies, as the iPhone. If the 2000s were about going from portable to mobile, then the iPhone certainly made the mobile mainstream.

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Mophie's Enters iPhone Credit Card Transaction Arena

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Mosspuppet Rumor Madness: iTablet to be iPhone's "Foleo" with Permanent 3G Tether?

Mosspuppet passed along a rumor that says Apple is not going to provide 3G radio for the iTablet/iSlate, but rather make it automagically, and persistently tethered to an iPhone, harkening back to Palm's legendary Foleo device -- that never shipped.

Sure, Mosspuppet is a... well, a puppet, and likely only has access to the plush version of Apple's upcoming tablet, but the humor to this rumor has us thinking -- it's totally the kind of crazy, maddening move that would drive consumers out of their minds and get the tech press shouting "why?!" from every post.

And AT&T would love it, given how they haven

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TiPb Give Away: Reportage Twitter "Radio Tuner" for iPhone

Following too many people on Twitter? Can't separate the friends from the freaks, celebs from the geeks? Reportage [$1.99 - iTunes link] for iPhone and iPod touch takes an innovative "radio tuner" metaphor and uses it to cut through the Twitter chatter and let you stay up to date on just who you want, when you want. And thanks to developer Wherecloud, we're giving away ten (10) free copies to kick the New Year off right!

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Daring Fireball Weighs in on Apple Tablet

Daring Fireball's John Gruber often "guesses" what Apple will be releasing, and those guesses are sometimes dead-on-accurate, but when it comes to the iTablet/iSlate, Gruber says Apple's invoked a full on pre-January 2007-like "cone-of-silence". Still he's written up an interesting estimate of what, in his opinion, and iTablet just might be:

I say they’re swinging big — redefining the experience of personal computing.

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Apple Patents Google Latitude-like Service for iPhone... with Front Facing Camera?

Did Apple reject Google Latitude from the App Store because they're getting ready to launch a similar service of their own... that also uses a front-facing camera? Maybe, maybe not, but Patently Apple found this latest application, and 9to5mac seems to think it's a possibility:

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Documents to Go Goes Premium, Adds PowerPoint, Gmail Support for iPhone

Documents to Go with Exchange Attachments is all grown up, has changed its name to Documents to Go Premium, and now offers support for PowerPoint and Gmail attachments for iPhone and iPod touch:

  • Edit and create Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentations
  • Edit/add bullets and text in Outline mode (changes reflected immediately in Slide view)
  • Edit/add speaker notes
  • Sort/add/dupe/delete slides
  • Edit/view Gmail attachments

About the only thing missing is a dedicated, multi-app accessible file repository on the iPhone akin to what the photo app does for images. Get working on that, would you Apple?

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