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A "less scratchable matte plastic body?" You mean a non-mirrored iPod/iPhone surface that's NOT a fingerprint magnet? Steve would NEVER let it happen.
Isn't turn-by-turn nav one of those things best left to dedicated devices and automobile dashboards? If you're on a trip long enough to require turn-by-turn directions, aren't you probably going to want to use your phone as, well, a phone? Check email or text messages at the stop light? Listen to music or audiobooks along the way?
I too have quite a few crappy sci-fi paperbacks purchased over the decades, and unfortunately I CAN'T read most of them. The paper has yellowed and the spines have all cracked and hardened and pretty much the ONLY thing many of them are now good for is sitting on a shelf. What good is a book that can't be read? On the flip side I also have quite a few ebooks that I've read on a Palm, a HP iPaq, a notebook, and now on my iPhone using Stanza. Between those and the audiobooks...
I had a K1 AND I had a K2, and also have Kindle Reader and Stanza on the iPhone. Of the three, I tend to prefer the iPhone. I can easily read text on the iPhone at one level below the standard font size, while the low-contrast screen on the K2 required me to INCREASE the size up one level in almost any situation other than sitting outdoors in direct sunlight. The result? At those settings one can actually see MORE text per page on the iPhone, even though the Kindle has a...
Apple needs to get all of their applications and system utilities under the same UI, whatever it is. That said, I hope they're not going down the Microsoft path and now each year we're going to get a new UI simply for the sake of changing the UI.
The Palm PRE "looks" to surpass. "Indications" are that... All qualifiers, and all pretty much worthless until someone gets the phone in their hot little hands and we see if it lives up to the hype. The LG didn't. And neither did the Storm. Besides, if I were Apple I'd be less than worried about a "me too" touchscreen phone tied to the nation's 4th largest network. Oh, and manufactured by a company desperately in need of a "Hail Mary" play.
Apple said that the 3.0 release will add over a hundred new features to the iPhone. As such, I'm sure that there are plenty of things still hidden behind the curtain, waiting for the office public announcement and, probably, for the next-generation iPhone 3G.
Time Machine only keeps multiple copies of files that have changed. If you've changed file A twice in the last 30 days then there are probably just three copies of the file out there: the original and the two mods. Besides, even with a block-level comparison on average half the file is going to be "dirty". (Think of adding a single character to the top of a text file, which shifts everything after that.) Not only that, but now you're in a time-for-space tradeoff, as...
Well. I'm in a DSL household, which means my DSL line is coming in at a location different from that of cable. I have an Extreme on the DSL, two Apple TVs that handle streaming to two different TVs, some Expresses for streaming music to various speaker systems, and an iMac in my office which also acts as my iTunes base station and media server. They all do different jobs at different locations, so some sort of magical "all-in-one" device just isn't going to cut it.
To me it simply boils down to two things: 1) Many free apps are downloaded just to try them out, and discarded after the fact. 2) Many "novelty" apps like iBeer or iFart are only fun the first few times they're used. After that the novelty quickly vanishes. Which brings us to a corollary: If you want to create longer-lasting applications, then make them useful. Very, very useful. I use applications like Stanza, Now Playing, OmniFocus, Shazam, and Shopper almost...
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