My Blackberry is dying. And Verizon seems to like to disable useful things, like GPS, Wifi, and all manner of other things. So these nice fancy phones … its hard to make full use of them.
I am looking at two options for replacement: iphone and droid. The latter is in a Motorola device, brand new, from Verizon. Verizon is at least getting the clue that disabling features is not a wise move in a competitive environment. Droid has Wifi.
It also has a terrible keyboard. Its display is … while bright and large … not smooth. There are noticable pauses. Its browser works, but is a little klunky, some things don’t render or render well.
I looked at iPhone. Its browser works. It has a virtual keyboard, one I find, when oriented sideways, that I can type on as fast as the blackberry, with nearly as few mistakes. Display is smooth (gorgeous even).
Everything works, save one, glaring omission. This one could be a show stopper for corporate adoption.
There is no “select all” button or capability in the email client, so you can delete all your current mail (or messages for that matter).
The magnitude of this omission cannot be understated. A business phone will have this. Its not merely a check box of a “would be nice to have” feature, it is an absolute unshakable requirement for a company-based user who gets 150-200 emails per day on average, and sometimes more than 300 (these are the non-spam emails, I get many more spam that I never see).
Please do come by, I may have shirts for people attending the talk if they ask good questions at the end (no, “what is your name” or “what is the airspeed of an unladen swallow” doesn’t count). We will be talking about the first installed siCluster storage cluster system, designed to enable scalable performance and … Read more#sc09 : my talk at Minnesota Supercomputer Insitute's booth on Tuesday 3-3:30pm