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 Economist Is Wrong To Dis Apple iPhone

The Economist magazine, which usually is very perceptive about global business, takes a divergent path by offering a hollow analysis of the Apple iPhone in its article "Apple pipped: The iPhone may already be outdated" [From Economist.com dated Apr 13th 2007. I sum up their argument as based solely on the data bandwith of the phone, in the short term slower GSM (Cingular' EDGE) versus the Helio Ocean (VE-DO).

It is noteworthy that The Economist spends their last four paragraphs discussing WiMAX, which is far from an option- much less a market winner, for many years. Although various MVNO (Multiple Virtual Netowrk Operator) wireless providers may capture future market share, it seems unlikely that Earthlink (the service provider of the Helio has an upper hand. The Economist seeems to forget that music resides on home computers and laptops, sychonized to a mobile device, such as an iPod or mobile phone. They seem to forget that mobile telephone use is still dominated (and may continue to be dominated) by low-bandwidth services, such a voice calls and Instant Messaging (IM) or Short Messaging Service (SMS).

I am a big fan of rapid response time and a subscriber to the Economist, but this article is off the mark. It is almost as if the authors don't understand how people use mobile phones – and I mean even the "young trendsetters who appreciate ease of use and cutting-edge design." I am certain that I would enjoy an Apple iPhone, but I am pleased with both my mobile telephone, a Nokia N80, and wireless carrier, T-Mobile, despite the lower GSM bandwidth. Find the article at:

http://www.economist.com/daily/columns/techview/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9022169

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 Apple TV Is Well Executed

Yes, I bought an Apple TV the day it was announced. It's installed and operational. The packaging is consistent with Apple's nice design, set-up is simple, menu and navigation straight-forward, and viewing/listening is a great experience. Watching 320×240 formatted video on a large-screen, HDTV set is surprisingly satisfying. There is a lot of syncing to do, via ethernet cable and/or Airport wireless connection. In fact, I just ordered an Airport extreme for wireless access to the AppleTV, but I wired via ethernet for the moment. I can synch any of the video, audio, or photo content stored within the Apple applications iTunes and iPhoto. The default is not to sync it all, so I changed the setting to all in the preferences. So far, I've tried out music, music video, television show, and movie content. After all the content is synced, I'll blog again.