We may be an Apple-centric publication, but that doesn’t mean every once in a while, something comes along from a competitor which makes us stand up, take notice and even drool a little. We love our iPhone 4S -- seriously, you’d have to pry it from our cold, dead hand -- but the siren song of the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus proves too much to ignore, so we had to venture out and procure one for ourselves. How do the two best smartphones on planet Earth fare against each other?
Who’s amped up for the weekend?! iPhone 4S early adopters are now celebrating their seven-day anniversary with their new little friend and everyone is geared up for Monday’s debut of the Walter Isaacson authorized bio of Steve Jobs -- but those aren’t the only things making news today. Here’s a look at what’s new for this fine Friday, October 21, 2011.
Competition is fierce in the world of wireless, but that doesn’t mean that telecom giants can’t occasionally come to each other’s aid in times of crisis. Case in point: Recent comments by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam which appear to be in favor of rival AT&T gobbling up T-Mobile.
It’s often a bummer to be a cell phone manufacturer catering to the United States, one of the few countries to have dual competing technologies with GSM (AT&T) and CDMA (Verizon). In the past that’s meant producing two different devices such as Apple did with the iPhone 4, but that could be a thing of that past come this fall.
Remember the good old days when we’d all speculate about how the then-mythical Verizon iPhone would pretty much bury poor old AT&T? That hasn’t come to pass six months after Big Red got their hands on Apple’s iconic handset, and they’re selling less units than their once-doomed rival as well.
As anyone whose jumped from AT&T to Verizon (or vice versa) already knows, GSM and CDMA handsets aren’t compatible with each other. Everything we’ve heard about LTE seemed to indicate that would be a thing of the past, but now Verizon Wireless is going on the record claiming that won’t be the case after all.
Four years after the debut of the original iPhone, one of the biggest markets in the world still isn’t being fully served by Apple’s iconic device. With 896 million mobile phone users in China, 106 million served by China Telecom may finally get some relief by the end of 2011.
Sure, now may not be the best time to get an iPhone 4 with rumors that Apple is ready to start manufacturing the next model for release in September, but that won’t stop the carriers from trying to entice you anyway -- such as Verizon Wireless, who may be dropping the existing model by nearly $50 soon.
With the second quarter of 2011 now just a memory, analysts are already looking ahead to the financial results anticipated by many tech companies. Among them are Verizon Wireless, who is predicted to show a drop in iPhone 4 sales ahead of the presumed September launch of the next model.