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G1 battery … FAIL

Posted by Admin on March 25, 2009

I’ve ranted about this before … but for God’s sake!!! I mean what’s the point of having the damn phone if it’s not going to work for longer than a day – or actually even as long as day.

So I charged the phone over night last night and then took it off with me to my day of meetings. I don’t use voice on it as I know the battery can’t cope. But I did check how to get to the meeting, catch up with my email when I could to see if I was missing anything and do a little bit of browsing – but I turned the phone off when I was in my meetings intentionally to save battery life. So now at about 8pm (about 12 hours after I set off) it has died on me.

What a pile of crap!

Fortunately I don’t need it right now and can probably survive without it until I get to a charger – but come on! Why should I have to manage my consumption like that.

Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, oh … and RUBBISH!

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Is battery life making the term ‘mobile’ redundant?

Posted by Admin on January 23, 2009

Here’s a second chance to see another post that originally appeared over Christmas.

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I’ve recently bought a G1 and the battery life on it is shocking – less than a day of normal use seems to be the average so far. And if you use extra functions like GPS it seems to be even less than that. Fortunately for me I don’t use it as my main phone – I use almost exclusively for data and it’s not ‘mission critical’ to me if it’s dead for a while.

The G1 isn’t the only phone with poor battery life. There have been numerous reports of the iPhone’s poor battery – especially the 3G. If you search on Google under ‘iPhone poor battery’ you get over 250,000 results.

If you want to read a more detailed analysis of some of the technical issues, you can read Dean Bubley’s post here.

But I’m not interested in the technical background to this. Like the majority of mobile users I don’t care whether it is the fault of the hardware manufacturer, the software, the network or any other reason. What I do care about is that I’m getting a poor performance from my phone.

I want my phone to allow me to be connected while mobile. The main form of connection obviously is that I want to be able to make and receive voice calls – I want to be able to talk to people while I’m away from a landline. I also want to be able to send text messages. Now, I’ve got a ‘clever’ phone which also allows me to check email, go on the internet, check my location or get directions, play games and a whole host of other cool stuff – I’d like to be able to do that while I’m out and about too.

But it seems that I can’t – I can’t be truly mobile because I’ve got to make sure that I’m close to a power socket every 24 hours or so.

So what to do … Well as a user I start to rationalise my usage. What’s most important to me – well firstly it’s being able to receive calls, then it’s the ability to make them, then it’s all the other stuff. So I just cut back. Firstly on all the other stuff, then if the battery’s low on making calls too.

If my battery’s low, I’m effectively carrying around a pager.

I’m not sure that’s what all the new, exciting smartphones were intended to be … but without decent battery life that’s all they are.

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Recycling your handset … beware

Posted by Admin on January 23, 2009

The UK is apparently recycling more and more of its old mobile handsets – which obviously is a good thing. However, sensitive data can often be left on the devices – which obviously is not so good. And some of the companies you can recycle your device with won’t delete that information, leaving you at risk.

The news comes, not surprisingly, from a mobile phone recycling company that does delete all your sensitive information, called Regenersis.

Regenersis studied a sample of 2,000 handsets processed during the first week in December and found that 99 per cent of them had personal data left on the device. This included contacts, text messages, pictures, music, video, calendar entries, emails, notes, mailing lists and to do lists. As well as sometimes bank details, addresses and confidential emails.

Regenersis managing director Mark Franklin said:

“Data clearance of these handsets is critical to ensure the security of those who entrust their unwanted mobiles to us. This can often take as long as 30 minutes depending on the complexity of the handset, so only the most reputable firms bother to do this essential work.”

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Only in Japan: waterproof, fingerprint scanning phone

Posted by Jon Russell on January 21, 2009

As is so often the case with the mobile industry, the craziest things tend to happen in Japan.

The latest?

Fujitsu has announced a world first,  the F-01A phone complete with fingerprint enabled, waterproof phone to give the phone-owning public its own dose of James Bond gadget-fever on a daily basis. The device, like many of Mr Bond’s cars, is amphibious and resistant to a maximum of three feet of water, from where Fujitsu alleges it can give half an hour of service.

A 3.5-inch VGA touch-screen, 5.2-megapixel camera, built-in GPS, mobile payment capabilities and built-in TV tuner complete the stellar features set. SMS features as as standard, of course, being as it is the new black.

The F-01A will be available with operator NTT DoCoMo although no details of the price or launch date are available yet.

Heads up to CNET for the news.

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Hyundai to launch handsets in the UK

Posted by Admin on January 20, 2009

News is coming out today that the Korean car manufacturer Hyundai is launching a range of mobile phone handsets for the UK market. There will be up to 15 handsets launched in 2009 and they will mainly be low to midrange devices. However, the first model launched in the UK, codenamed Blighty (love that codename!), is likely to be a Windows Mobile smartphone. It is expected that this will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress.

Hyundai is targeting a 3%-5% market share within the UK by 2014. It hopes that its full range of devices, which is divided into four categories, according to target user base and application – Basic, Lifestyle, Music and Innovation, will deliver this share. The new ‘Blighty’ Windows phone falls into the ‘Innovation’ category, while ‘Lifestyle’ and ‘Music’ will play to the trend for midrange webphones to be optimised for invidual applications such as social networking and music download.

You can read more on Rethink Wireless.

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Recycled mobile phones …

Posted by Admin on January 14, 2009

As the recession bites some of the companies within the mobile industry that will be hit the hardest will be the handset manufacturers. With less cash in their pockets consumers are more likely to wait to upgrade their handset, or even think about downgrading it.

Obviously this has a knock-on effect to everyone in the sector. What that means exactly no-one is sure of yet, but it will have an effect.

However, maybe one area of the industry that will thrive in these conditions is the second-hand handset market. This sector neatly combines two big current issues: saving money and saving the environment. One of the key players in this is Purple Gossip who recently got in touch with me.

It’s a really interesting market to be in. Obviously it won’t appeal to the early adopters who are willing to splash a bit of extra cash to get the latest N97 for example. But for most other people it works well. They can negotiate a discount from their operator for not upgrading handset and then go to Purple Gossip to get a ‘new’ handset anyway (new to them at least).

For those selling apps it works well as people will want to download their favourite apps onto their new phone.

The only question I have really is … why are they called Purple Gossip?

For a more in-depth look at the mobile industry’s denial about the state of the economy, read Dean Bubley’s post on it here.

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12 Days of Christmas – Android adoption one month on

Posted by Admin on January 2, 2009

Christian Howes at WebTrends has sent me his thoughts about Android. If you’re interested in some stats about how Android (and the G1) compare to the iPhone, have a read below.

Thanks Christian.

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christian-howesLast month the launch of Google Android caused immense hype in the mobile world, with a surge in the early adoption of the new G1 mobile handset suggesting that the iPhone title of “most hip mobile device” may be up for grabs. A month on and it seems that the excitement surrounding Android has levelled off slightly for the time being, temporarily easing the worries of Apple, who no longer have the only ‘cool’ phone on the block.

So how popular is Android as a mobile Internet device? Using figures from ten major brands across all industry sectors, web analytics specialist WebTrends says that on average .04% of all traffic is arriving at the websites in the US through Android compared to .01% for UK sites. Compared to similar stats from iPhone and Blackberry usage, these figures do seem low. The same brands can attribute .70% of their traffic to individuals accessing their websites from an iPhone in the US and .41% in the UK and for Blackberry the figures stand at .38% in the US and .30% in the UK.

Although the uptake figures for Android are lower, advertising and marketing activity surrounding its launch has so far been minimal.

As Christian says:

“Android uptake thus far is comparable to that which the iPhone achieved during the early stages of its launch, so although Android is lagging at the moment Google won’t be too concerned. Don’t forget that it has launched on only one phone and network, and that the Google marketing machine hasn’t fully swung into action. Instead those clever people at Google are letting people like me talk it up in the media, creating a sense of anticipation while they test the water and let developers get to grips with the platform architecture.”

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12 Days of Christmas – Is battery life making the term ‘mobile’ redundant?

Posted by Admin on December 31, 2008

I’ve recently bought a G1 and the battery life on it is shocking – less than a day of normal use seems to be the average so far. And if you use extra functions like GPS it seems to be even less than that. Fortunately for me I don’t use it as my main phone – I use almost exclusively for data and it’s not ‘mission critical’ to me if it’s dead for a while.

The G1 isn’t the only phone with poor battery life. There have been numerous reports of the iPhone’s poor battery – especially the 3G. If you search on Google under ‘iPhone poor battery’ you get over 250,000 results.

If you want to read a more detailed analysis of some of the technical issues, you can read Dean Bubley’s post here.

But I’m not interested in the technical background to this. Like the majority of mobile users I don’t care whether it is the fault of the hardware manufacturer, the software, the network or any other reason. What I do care about is that I’m getting a poor performance from my phone.

I want my phone to allow me to be connected while mobile. The main form of connection obviously is that I want to be able to make and receive voice calls – I want to be able to talk to people while I’m away from a landline. I also want to be able to send text messages. Now, I’ve got a ‘clever’ phone which also allows me to check email, go on the internet, check my location or get directions, play games and a whole host of other cool stuff – I’d like to be able to do that while I’m out and about too.

But it seems that I can’t – I can’t be truly mobile because I’ve got to make sure that I’m close to a power socket every 24 hours or so.

So what to do … Well as a user I start to rationalise my usage. What’s most important to me – well firstly it’s being able to receive calls, then it’s the ability to make them, then it’s all the other stuff. So I just cut back. Firstly on all the other stuff, then if the battery’s low on making calls too.

If my battery’s low, I’m effectively carrying around a pager.

I’m not sure that’s what all the new, exciting smartphones were intended to be … but without decent battery life that’s all they are.

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