Nexus One: The iPhone Killer

2 01 2010

With its thin design and large touch screen, The Google Nexus One is definitely a physical iPhone killer. The Nexus One is fast and responsive and…Forget it; I’m tired of all this “iPhone Killer” crap. The Nexus One is a great phone from what’s been released about it. My problem here is everyone is jumping in saying “oh this is the phone to finally dethrone the iPhone” No its not. It wasn’t designed to be. While the phone is a great alternative to the iPhone, I doubt it was ever intended to put its competitor into the dark ages. 2 things made the iPhone what it is today. The first is the innovation with the apps. Even though Google does it better with their market, Apple did it first and most people feel if what I have now is working right, why try something else I’m not so sure of? The second is Fanboy/Brand Loyalty/”The Thing”. Because this phone has an apple on the back of it, people flock to it for one of 3 reasons. 1) They’re a “Fan Boy” that person who you’re sure that if you used the bathroom in their house you would find Apple branded toilet paper. 2) Those who find loyalty to a brand. They have an iMac or a Mac Book and are really happy with the product they have there and expect that Apple will do the same with their phone. 3) The people who need to be socially accepted. Right now the iPhone is the socially accepted phone. Those people who are really concerned about what everyone else thinks about them definitely have an iPhone (and I’m Willing to bet money that they left a better service plan to get it).

To make a true iPhone killer, Google would have to follow in the way of Apple. When apple started off with the iPhone, they had no ties what so ever to the phone industry. If this product failed it wasn’t really a big deal, just lost some money off of our Mac enterprise.  Google would have to take a chunk out of its search pockets (and we all know how deep those pockets are) and develop a phone similar to the Nexus one (from what I’ve seen of this phone, its powerful and capable of just about anything any other phone on the market can do) but implement every feature on the iPhone (at least all the ones it could offer without violating copyrights, then finding ways to offer something similar) On top of that it would have to be unlocked so as it could work on any companies network. Google would also have to offer a CDMA version for those who are on Sprint and Verizon. The problem with this is it would alienate Google’s Android partners. Because of these ties, I say, at least for now, stop looking to Google for an iPhone killer.





X-Box Live 1 million served

11 11 2009

xbox-live-og-contentMicrosoft recently announced that it will be cutting access to their online servers to up to 1,000,000 x-box live subscribers. These subscribers have been chosen to lose their service based on the fact that they modified their x-box 360 in some manner. Most of these modifications were to the DVD-ROM drive to allow “backed up” (at least that’s what the modifier will tell you, majority of the time its pirated games) to be played on the 360 console. The other modifications were mainly modifications to the hard drives because people either wanted/needed more storage space then Microsoft currently supplies, or, They were not willing to pay what Microsoft is attempting to charge (on average $1.00/Gb compared to $.10/Gb for standard hard drives).

 

As far as I feel about it, I paid for this system (I don’t own a 360, but if I did) so I should be able to modify it to be able to do what I want. If the storage is insufficient, or I want to run a different operating system on the said hardware, I should be able to do that. I understand the pirating issue and hate that they feel this is the only way they can really crack down on pirating, but I do feel that at $60 a game, I should be able to take measurements to preserve my disc. If Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo would replace my disc when it becomes unreadable, I would be more then happy to have every system banned (maybe even remotely deactivated) that modified the ROM drive.  What’s killing me are the comments of people to these reports. Majority of them are saying that this is just a ploy by Microsoft to get people out shopping again to replace their banned X-box during holiday season sales or that if the games didn’t cost so much, they wouldn’t have to pirate. My favorite one of all was this one person (he used a guest account so I cant directly credit him, and I do not recall which site I was reading this on so I cant point you their either, but) claimed that he pirated games because he wanted to test them to make sure he didn’t buy a game he didn’t like. I believe that’s why there’s this whole rental system out there. You pay way less then you would for the game yet you still have a chance to play it all the way through. These claims are outrageous at best, this is just simply (and I can’t believe I’m siding with Microsoft but…) Microsoft doing their job by enforcing their rules.

 

The main point brought about with the modification of the consoles is that they do not want anyone to have an unfair advantage. I never quite understood this from Microsoft’s perspective because they are also in the PC world, where in, lets say World of Warcraft, the person running a pc with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 3 gigabyte dual core processor with a 10 Mbps connection is always going to win the fight against an equally talented opponent with 2 gigabytes of RAM and a 2 gigabyte single core processor with a 6Mbps connection. The second person can be just as talented with his character or, even better, but because he did not spend as much money as his opponent on hardware for his “console” that person is at a disadvantage. Until I hear Microsoft complain on this side of the field, I just simply can not accept their argument on fair play.





$99 + Netflix subscription = Movie Bliss

26 10 2009

Today with the announcement of the PS3 being able to stream netflix next month, Best Buy’s brand bluray dvd player, Isignia, took a price cut to $99 (The NS-BRDVD3. Another model exhists (NS-WBRDVD) Which costs about $50 more but allows for wireless connection). This will require a firmware upgrade to the DVD player to use the streaming feature.

In other Bluray news, the Playstation 3 next month (November) will carry the abillity to stream movie and tv episode choices through this entertainment system. Previously, this was only available on the xbox 360 system with a gold status xbox live membership. Unlike the 360, the ps3 will initially require a disk from netflix (i belive you can order one from http://www.netflix.com/ps3) to stream the video until an in system application is made available. This could finally draw the line between 360 and ps3 sales