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5 years ago

Round Robin: TiPb vs. HTC FUZE Final Review

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Round Robin: TiPb vs. HTC FUZE Final Review

[This is an official Smartphone Experts Round Robin post! Every day you reply here, you're automatically entered for a chance to win an iPhone 3G, Case-Mate Naked Case, and Motorola H9 Bluetooth Headset! Full contest rules here!]

I thought my review last week for the Palm Treo Pro would be my toughest, little did I suspect Dieter would double up on my HTC and Windows Mobile experience (actually, triple up on HTC as I had the Android G1 for the first review). That's a LOT of Windows Mobile, especially for someone who abandoned the platform a long time ago, first for Palm OS, and now for the iPhone.

Reviewing the same OS two weeks in a row is a challenge. I originally focused on the PIM apps last week, including calendar, tasks, and notes, and through in email and web for good measure. This week I planned on focusing more on Windows Mobile from a media and "under the hood" perspective. However, something changed that: TouchFlo 3D. Turns out, not only was the FUZE's slider keyboard a big old hardware differentiator, their "skin" running on top of Windows Mobile was a fairly compelling software differentiator as well. So, instead of doing a poor job rehashing tech-specs that any writer over at WMExperts could run circles around, I'm going to go with the TouchFlo.

Just remember: I'm not coming at this device from a neutral point of view. That's not my job here. My job is to give you an iPhone user's opinion. So, consider me bias, a n00b, an iFanboy, a complete idiot, but consider this as well: my final, full review... after the break!

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5 years ago

UPDATED: CrackBerry Kevin Joins iPhone Live!-Cast Tonight at 8pm EST!

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UPDATED: CrackBerry Kevin Joins iPhone Live!-Cast Tonight at 8pm EST!

UPDATE: Yup, you read the new title right, CrackBerry Kevin -- the addict himself -- will be joining us LIVE tonight to talk -- you guessed it -- BlackBerry Storm vs. iPhone 3G! Don't miss it!

Just a reminder, folks, we kick off the next iPhone Live! tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 10) at 8pm EST/5pm PST. (We'll actually start broadcasting a little earlier tonight, if we can, so you can share in the pre-show with us!)

Topic is still being finalized -- we're trying to line up a very special guest -- but we'll of course be taking your questions. Leave them in the comments below, on Twitter @theiphoneblog, or chat live with us tonight!

Join in via http://www.imore.com/live

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5 years ago

Could the Next iPhone Have 802.11n Super Fast WiFi?

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Could the Next iPhone Have 802.11n Super Fast WiFi?

The current generation of iPhone, iPod Touch, and pretty much all mobile devices max out at last generation 802.11g WiFi speeds. Could the next generation finally catch up? They'd need something that packed all that speed and range into a pretty tiny chip... Luckily, Engadget says such a chip is already becoming available:

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5 years ago

Hockenberry: An Open Letter to Steve Jobs on App Store Pricing

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Hockenberry: An Open Letter to Steve Jobs on App Store Pricing

Not content to simply produce great (and great looking) software, Craig Hockenberry continues to knock it out of the park on his furbo.org blog as well, this time with an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs on App Store Pricing:

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5 years ago

Round Robin: Crackberry Kevin Goes Public Frenemy #1 on the iPhone 3G!

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Round Robin: Crackberry Kevin Goes Public Frenemy #1 on the iPhone 3G!

[This is an official Smartphone Experts Round Robin post! Every day you reply here, you're automatically entered for a chance to win an iPhone 3G, Case-Mate Naked Case, and Motorola H9 Bluetooth Headset! Full contest rules here!]

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5 years ago

Round Robin: Questions About the HTC FUZE?

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Round Robin: Questions About the HTC FUZE?

[This is an official Smartphone Experts Round Robin post! Every day you reply here, you're automatically entered for a chance to win an iPhone 3G, Case-Mate Naked Case, and Motorola H9 Bluetooth Headset! Full contest rules here!]

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5 years ago

TiPb Featured on Attack of the Show Best Smartphone Blogs

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5 years ago

Review: Eco-Conscious Formed Leather Case for iPhone 3G

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Review: Eco-Conscious Formed Leather Case for iPhone 3G

Looking for a new case for your iPhone? Do you like leather cases? Than look no further than the Belkin Eco-Conscious Formed Leather Case for iPhone 3G! This case is available for $29.95 from the Phone Different Store. This case is not only stylish, but allows easy accessibility to your iPhone 3G!

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5 years ago

Wal-Mart Re-Revisted: No $99 iPhone 3G... At Least for Now

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Wal-Mart Re-Revisted: No $99 iPhone 3G... At Least for Now

There have been a few rumors regarding the iPhone 3G and Wal-Mart. It turns out the chances of the last one happening, that Wal Mart would sell a 4GB iPhone for $99, are slim to none at this point. Are you really that shocked? What does seem to be true is the iPhone is still coming to Wal-Mart, just $2.00 cheaper than Apple, AT&T, and Best Buy -- $197 and $297.

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5 years ago

What Happened to iPhone Notes Sync?

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What Happened to iPhone Notes Sync?

Back in October of '07, Mike discovered a warning message in Apple's new Leopard Mail that mentioned Notes Sync with the iPhone -- something that the iPhone didn't offer. Rumors flared, and the intertubes began to hope against hope that Apple would offer Notes Sync. Thing is, though, Apple themselves said they'd be offering Notes Sync fully 10 months earlier during Steve Jobs' original Mac World 2007 keynote where he introduced the iPhone. It's right there on the big screen, plain as day. "Notes".

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5 years ago

iTunes Music About to Go DRM Free? (Maybe Tomorrow?!)

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iTunes Music About to Go DRM Free? (Maybe Tomorrow?!)

Apple Insider has published a rumor saying Apple's iTunes service is about to match Amazon MP3 by going DRM free. This follows on a previous story saying Apple was in negotiations to do just that.

Since the introduction of iTunes Plus (the name given to the higher-quality 256 bit DRM-Free music), only EMI has allowed Apple to carry their music in that format, with Warner, Sony, and Universal refusing to do so, instead only offering them to iTunes competitors like Amazon, Napster, etc.

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5 years ago

Play Moto Chaser for iPhone... on Your TV?!

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Play Moto Chaser for iPhone... on Your TV?!

A week or so ago we linked to Erica Sadun's demo of the iPhone SDK's undocumented video out feature. Well, she's been busy since then talking with Freeverse, the developers behind the hit Moto Chaser game for the iPhone. The result? The tech demo featured above.

Good news is that the possibilities are mind-boggling. Bad news is that we're not there yet:

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5 years ago

Santa Live for iPhone is Ho-Ho-Hosed?

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Santa Live for iPhone is Ho-Ho-Hosed?

Merry Christmas, tiny little media-un-savvy kids: rudolf just ran down granny!

Well, that's the story Gizmodo reports, anyway:

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5 years ago

Round Robin: TiPb vs. HTC FUZE Video Preview!

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Round Robin: TiPb vs. HTC FUZE Video Preview!

Note: Some people are having trouble seeing the video (comes back as unavailable). It's working fine for me, but if it's not for you, please let me know in the comments, and please try this direct YouTube Video link.

[This is an official Smartphone Experts Round Robin post! Every day you reply here, you're automatically entered for a chance to win an iPhone 3G, Case-Mate Naked Case, and Motorola H9 Bluetooth Headset! More below!]

Did I need to review two HTC Windows Mobile devices in a row? Would it have been better to have the G1 or Bold in between, or would I then have back-to-back front-facing Qwerty or Slider bloat? I don't know. Last week's Palm Treo Pro and this week's HTC FUZE are differentiated not only by form factor, but with the FUZE's addition of Touch Flo 3D (which, during the video shoot, I came to lovingly re-brand "Press Really Hard Stammer 2D").

Fair enough, coming from an iPhone I challenge any non-Apple device's ability to deliver the same experience. They can't. But that's the point of the Round Robin: for each editor to look at every other device from their own smartphone's point of view.

Will the humungous slide-out keyboard be enough joy to cancel out the Touch Flo blues? I don't know yet; we'll find out together in my final, full review later this week.

Meanwhile, check out the video above, and if I'm wrong, mean, or just stupid, let me have it in the comments, or -- better yet -- head on over to the WMExperts Forums and help me see the error of my ways.

Likewise, Crackberry Kevin is suffering without his keyboard and trackball, so be sure to give him all the assistance you can before he he comes gunning for our iPhone in his own video!

Doing so, of course, gives you a chance to win the iPhone 3G and HTC FUZE... and a ton of other cool smartphones and accessories. Prize details after the jump...

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5 years ago

We Have a Winner: Ultimate iPhone Accessory Pack Give Away Contest!

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We Have a Winner: Ultimate iPhone Accessory Pack Give Away Contest!

To celebrate the launch of our new iPhone Live! Podcast, the iPhone blog revved up yet another contest!

Every week, on both the iPhone Live! and Phone different Podcasts, we here at TiPb each chose our favorite iPhone accessories (courtesy of the TiPb iPhone store!), and added them to the prize pack.

Who qualified, what accessories made it into the Ultimate Pack, and most importantly... WHO WON?! after the break!

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