This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, July 26th Edition

Not evil twin to theiPhoneBlog.com Week in Review, not an invasion by Fake Steve, This Week in Smart Phone Schadenfreude brings you all the feel-better news you need about the smartphone world outside Apple’s current media dominator. (Who knew there was such a world? We were just as surprised! Inelegant, interface challenged, keyboardy, crashy, single-touchy place — best not to linger…). Join us as we mock review the big news from last week at our sister sites. Everybody loves sibling rivalry!

This week: ThuderStorms, iClone Double Feature, Dead Treo's, and Open Marriages!

Crackberry Dubs the New Blackberry: ThunderStorm...

...Only 3 days after we did. Congrats, sister siters. This week we're all about the KickSeaStart-tacWolfRAZR. We look forward to seeing it Monday!

(WinVistaXZuneMob Se7en Cairo Edition Phones for Windows -- LIVE! is already dibbed by WMExperts. Sorry.)

Introducing the iClone Nano!

Dear reader Kevin sends in these spy shots from "the wilds". Is it the long-rumored iPhone Nano? Nope, just an iClone Nano, courtesy of the usual suspects at Research in Motion. Seems like gloss black and silver trim is this years gloss black and silver trim...

If only Waterloo could iClone the interface and iTunes experience, eh?

Introducing BlackBerry Media Sync

D'oh! Well, we guess it's technically not iClone iTunes if RIM just stoleded it outright, right?

Your Music on Your BlackBerry Smartphone. It's That Simple. Easy to Update

Because it's connecting to iTunes, of course. Imagine if Apple hadn't tried to roll their own MobileMe service and just hacked their way into RIM's NOC (Network Operations Center). Who'd have functional push then, huh? Who?

(Sorry, not having had email for two weeks makes us a little prickly...)

Speaking of Little Prickles...

Yes, we do listen. We appreciate the feedback. And we'll redouble our efforts. Much love.

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h3>Attack of the iClones: WinMob Supplement3>

WMExperts is masochistic kind enough to show us a real life, side-by-side comparison between the iPhone 3G and the iClonic Samsung Omnia and HTC Touch Diamond, and what can we say? Good job with the screen quality there. 1 degree viewing angle must be an industry record of some kind, right?

(Actual photo at top of post. Thanks for sparing us any photoshopping this week, OEMtards!)

Enter... the ZunePhone!

May want to hold on to them tats a smidge longer there, Zune-dude. WMExperts reports (and we spin) that Microsoft is all shook up, and along with throwing chairs, Ballmer may just throw a ZunePhone our way as well...

Good luck with that. We hope it's like totally as successful as the Zune proper. Sincerely.

TreoCentral Asks:

Will the BlackBerry KickStart be a Centro Killer?

Yes.

(Unless you hate flippies. Then no. But yes.)

The More Treo's Change

The Treo 755p is dead. Long live the... er... ah...

When's Nova exploding again?

And in No Other News

Analysts, which is increasingly another word for those who lost employment within an industry and now make even more money spouting even worse nonsense from without, are saying the troubled "Open" Source Android platform may be merging with the soon to be troubled "Open" Source Symbian platform.

And if you believe that, we've still got that second bridge left over from WWDC to sell you...

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Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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