Hot Gadgets: Holiday Must-Haves for 2007
Each summer, consumer electronics gurus peer into their crystal balls to anticipate what hot gadgets will be considered must-haves for the upcoming holiday season. This year, those electronics taking center stage consist of some no-brainers as well as a few surprises. They’re fun, they’re innovative, and they’re sure to be sold out by the end of November. Here’s a preview of the hot gadgets that will be in the news and on almost everyone’s holiday wish list:
1. Apple iPhone. Steve Jobs has done it again and designed a totally innovative device that’s so much more than a mobile phone. With a gorgeous appearance, a bright three-and-a-half inch display, and an intuitive touchscreen user interface, the iPhone is captivating. And that’s before you even get to the features, which include an exceptional cell phone with visual voicemail, a digital camera, email functionality, a web browser, an iPod for music, and SMS. The applications, such as Google maps, stocks, weather, notes, and so forth, are just as impressive. As is the $500 price tag. Nonetheless, the iPhone is sure to top many holiday wish lists.
2. i-Sing from Outrageous. Consumer electronics and toy company Outrageous has taken the “American Idol” phenomenon to the logical step with i-Sing, a specialized MP3 player that is, for lack of a better term, a next generation handheld karaoke machine. After buying MP3 downloads, users can load them into the player, then use proprietary software to input the lyrics of the songs – either the original lyrics or those written by the user. Users can then easily remove the original vocals from a song and record their own voices over the melodies while reading a display of the lyrics. With an internal speaker and microphone, as well as a high quality display and earphones, i-Sing can be used to create music that users can then upload to YouTube, MySpace, and other social networking sites. And, at around $129, i-Sing is a sure-fire hit.
3. Nintendo Wii. Although the Nintendo Wii gaming console has been out for almost a year, its scarcity will still make it a hot commodity this holiday season – and for good reason. With its innovative controller and Nunchuk, Wii has taken gaming to the next level. But the Wii is much more than a gaming console. It also offers Web browsing, shopping, photo sharing, news, and much more. Now that the use of the system is ramping up, there are an increasing number of video games available for the Wii – which will also be hot this holiday season.
Each year, several hot gadgets emerge as top sellers for the holiday season. This year, you can bet that the iPhone, i-Sing, and Wii will make the cut.
Could This Be The Next Great Monopoly?
Recently, Apple launched the much anticipated iPhone. The next generation in handheld devices complete with MP3 player, Video/Movie player, Internet access, and Cell Phone. It’s obvious that the way that the launch was handled that right off the bat this new device would be a hit. But at what cost?
Reports of iPhones ranging between five hundred and six hundred dollars per device was not enough to turn away the thousands around the country that stood in line to be one of the first to put their hands on one of these. While most people wait in line for just a few hours, there were several die-hards that waited for a day or two, much like a Hollywood premiere or a once in a lifetime concert.
Once the doors opened, the excitement intensified, but this excitement was short lived by many when they found out that they were required to sign up for a service plan with AT&T. Many opted to get the iPhone anyway, and several attempted to get it to work with their regular cell phone carrier by replacing the sim card from their existing phones. All to find out that AT&T is the ONLY cell carrier that is supported by the iPhone.
If that is not enough, you need to setup through APPLE as well. You will require an iTunes account, whether you want it or not. So far, over one half million iPhones have been sold with about fifty percent of new purchasers opting to switch their service to AT&T. That’s more users for them and less for the others.
A monopoly is defined as a market in which there are many buyers but only one seller; “when you have a monopoly you can ask any price you like. Right now, and for the foreseeable future, it appears that if you want the coolest new device on the market, Apple and AT&T have cornered the market. No other cellular service provider will work with the iPhone and at the present, there are not many other devices even similar. But that won’t last long.
Verizon isn’t sitting back. They are coming after the iPhone. They have a few new PDA smart phones coming out. The LG KE850 looks very similar to the iPhone, and has the touch screen as well; but it won’t have the built in storage. It will however, offer many of the same features that can be found in the iPhone.
Samsung has updated the i730 to the i760 and has changed the layout to a horizontal slider phone, as opposed to the vertical slider. Samsung has another PDA phone coming out this year, the Samsung F700. It will have a similar layout to the iPhone, but feature a horizontal slide out keyboard. It will have its own unique OS. I’m not sure of how functional it will be, but I doubt it will have nearly as much software support as Windows Mobile does.
So, maybe for now, Apple and AT&T might have the monopoly, but it won’t be long before the other providers and cellular device manufacturers release their next latest and greatest. What new additions can they possibly think of? We will just have to stay tuned.
Apple iPod Touch
The Apple iPod Touch, known as iPod Touch, is a portable media player device which also has wireless internet connectivity, personal digital assistant function and can be used to store and play game apps. The iPod Touch is best known for its multi-touch screen capabilities which were not inherent to the predecessors of the iPod Touch. In addition, the iPod Touch can access the iTunes Store and the App Store through its WiFi features. The first iPod Touch model was introduced on September 2007. The most current model in iPod Touch is the 5th Gen iPod Touch which was released in September 2012.
The iPod Touch runs on iOS the same as the iPhone but users have to pay for the update of their operating systems. Other than the iOS, the iPod Touch is constantly compared to the Apple iPhone mainly because of its similar features and the disabled functions which are not present in the iPod Touch. The older iPod Touch models lack speakers, microphones and cameras, but the more recent ones starting from the iPod Touch 4th gen runs on a 5-megapixel iSight camera. The cellular phone features of the iPhone and the phone apps are also absent in the iPod Touch.
iPod Touch is compatible with the latter versions of the iTunes starting from iTunes 10. The iPod Touch can be connected to a Mac OS 10.5 or higher or to a PC with an operating system of Windows XP Home or higher through the use of a USB port. The iPod Touch runs on a lithium-ion battery and provides a running time of around 40 hours for audio playbacks.
• Apple iPod Touch runs on Apple’s iOS and is considered to be the most affordable device with this specification.
• Newer models of the iPod Touch are equipped with microphone, speakers, and camera/ camcording capabilities.
• Lighter than the iPhone.
• Hardware specifications are similar to iPhone.
• Features a multi-touch IPS capability which is the first among all lines of iPod products.
• Wireless connectivity allows access to iTunes Store and Apple’s App Store.
• Latest models of the iPod Touch are equipped with advanced features which allow access to third party applications
• iPod Touch maintains the high quality of audio and video.
• The iPod Touch is a great gaming console because of its wide screen display and multi touch features.
• Newer iPod Touch models are equipped with more attractive physical qualities, such as its vibrant colors and thinness of the newest models.
• Battery life slows down fast when WiFi is used.
• Older models don’t have speakers, microphone and camera functions.
• Older models have low storage capacity.
• Photo and camcording qualities still can’t match the iPhone.
The iPod Touch is still a relevant portable media device even when the iPhone and the iPad are constantly prevailing in the Apple market. Fans of the iPod Touch will undeniably appreciate the newest model from the line. The great thing about the iPod Touch is that it has the relevant features which are also found from the iPhone, except for the cellular phone functions. The newer models are also thinner and more mobile but didn’t sacrifice the quality of the battery life.
Various Ways To Use Twitter On Your iPhone
Perhaps one of the main reasons so many people buy the iPhone is for the fact that it allows you to stay connected to the world in so many dynamic ways. Instead of simply using the phone to connect with your friends, you can do so through text messaging and even e-mail. However, one of the best ways to keep your online life moving, even when you’re on the move, is by using social networking sites.
Many of the popular social networking sites allow you to access their site through your cell phone, however, the quality of service that you will get through your cell phone isn’t always desirable. One of the best social networking sites that you can control when you are on the move is Twitter.
Twitter is based off of a basic concept to keep friends and family connected, without having to use extensive steps to communicate with them. When you own an iPhone, there are several tips that you can follow to keep your use of Twitter as seamless as possible. Perhaps one of the easiest ways to stay connected with Twitter through your iPhone is through your SMS system, or through text messaging. This is a very convenient way to keep updates about what you’re doing to all of your friends and family, and all it takes is typing a short message through your SMS screen and sending it to a specific number. It is very easy to set this up on your iPhone, all you have to do is make sure you verify your phone number on Twitter’s website, and then you can start sending updates to the people who matter, no matter where you are.
Another great way to keep your Twitter site updated is through visiting their mobile website. When you have an iPhone, you are probably going to be on the Internet more than you could possibly imagine. Whether you are in a waiting room, sitting in class or on a bus, you will be checking your e-mail and other popular sites. Of course, if you have a Twitter account, than you will want to update your status while killing time.
You can do this in a special website that was specifically designed to be used on your cell phone. You will be able to update your account, view your friends account and do everything else that you normally would, but now, it’s on your cell phone.
In today’s world it seems that we are busier than ever before, thus making the need to stay connected to those you care about extremely important. One way to keep in touch with your friends and family is through having a great cell phone, such as the iPhone. However, also being apart of an online social networking community, like Twitter, you will be able to keep your friends and family in-the-know, without having to worry about spending unnecessary amounts of time on the phone.
The greatest aspect of the iPhone is the fact that it streamlines all forms of communication, whether it be through text messaging or with checking your e-mail, the iPhone will take any hassle out of communicating with the world around you.
Apple iPhone and AT&T
The Apple iPhone and AT&T, is exclusivity a good thing? The answer to the question depends on what side of the market you fall. If you are a consumer, exclusive agreements are rarely a good thing. On the other hand, if you are a retailer or provider of services, exclusive contracts can help increase profitability and market share. Here is a discussion of both sides of this coin.
Apple entered into an agreement with AT&T so that AT&T is the official and exclusive provider of cell phone service for Apple’s highly coveted iPhone. If you happen to be Apple or AT&T this is a great thing. Apple makes money off of the sale of every iPhone and it collects royalties from AT&T for every cell phone contract sold to an iPhone user. Not a bad deal for Apple. AT&T profits because in theory every Apple iPhone sold will have to activate an AT&T cell phone agreement. Nice piece of the cell phone service pie for AT&T. As far as these two companies go, there is a lot of money to be made from this agreement. Furthermore, it saves Apple the hassle of having to make different phones or different SIM cards for all of the major cell phone service providers. From the perspective of Apple and AT&T this is a great arrangement. However, this agreement of the Apple iPhone and AT&T has opened up the door to a massive hacking movement. I am not sure that this is such a bad thing for Apple, although they claim different. Owning and using an unlocked phone is a status symbol in itself. A way of “sticking it” to corporate America. Apple may just be selling more phones because of this. It is free and effective advertising resulting in sales for Apple. I’m sure AT&T does not appreciate the hacking, as they have nothing to gain from it. This is the corporate end of the Apple iPhone and AT&T equation.
What does the exclusive agreement with the Apple iPhone and AT&T mean to the consumer? It means that there is a limited way of acquiring this phone. If you already have a relationship with a cell phone service provider other than AT&T and do not wish to change, then owning an iPhone is going to be difficult. What if you love the iPhone’s music and content features but do not want to use it as a cell phone. The Apple iPod does not offer internet access. One of the main selling points of the iPhone is internet abilities and music functionality. If you love MP3’s, videos, TV shows, and movies then the iPhone is a dream come true. However as soon as you go to open up your iTunes account and plug your phone into your computer you will be asked to sign up for AT&T’s cell phone service with your credit card. If you do not pass their credit check or if you do not want to use AT&T this limits you and actually excludes you from using the iPhone. In this scenario the Apple iPhone and AT&T agreement is bad for consumers because it limits free and open competition in the marketplace. AT&T has no incentive to offer any deals on cell phone service to iPhone customers.
However, no one likes to be excluded not even once. Stating you have an exclusive agreement is an open invitation to every hacker on earth to prove your agreement is not exclusive and they will find a work around. This is exactly what has happened and in this case the consumer may have a partial victory. There are free unlocks available for your iPhone on YouTube for versions of their firmware up to 1.1.3. There are software programs available for under $100 that will unlock your iPhone in seconds, with just a few clicks. An unlocked phone will work with T-Mobile and AT&T in the US or on any other standard GSM cell phone network. All you will need ids the correct SIM card. In addition, with the unlocks available, you do not have to use the cell phone service at all. You will still be able to download content to your phone either via your computer or via WiFi. Furthermore, you can get Skype VOIP service for your iPhone and get around the whole cell phone issue entirely. This is how the Apple iPhone and AT&T agreement has ended up. It looks like in the long run AT&T could be the loser.
Mobile Marketing Mistakes To Avoid
About a decade ago, there is no such thing as an iPad, a tablet, a smart phone or a mobile device that is internet enabled. Before iPhone swept the world with its cool style and amazing features, mobile marketing was all about selling ringtones, ring back tunes and text messages. So as far as anyone can tell, every one of us is fairly new to this mobile marketing craze and it is really not surprising that a lot of businesses are still working out all the tricks in it. Since that is the case, businesses who tried their luck in mobile marketing commit common mistakes on this side of the business. Here, we tell you the four of those likely mistakes that big and small companies commit in one way or the other. We hope you will not succumb to these common mistakes as well.
1. Developing an app without a backup plan to make it big. There are over half a million apps available through Android, iPhone and Blackberry apps stores. This means that your own app needs to be more than just one of the list. It should be unique, fun, catchy and addicting if it is a game or very useful and informative if it is something else. Your just should not just end when you’re done making the app. Promote is with the help of social media. Let it be seen by many people and have many testers for your app before and even after you have released it. Keep your app updated and fix bugs every now and then, allowing users to use them again because of some added features.
2. Content and mobile messaging mismatch. SMS or better known as text messages are one of the best ways to reach mobile users that are connected or linked to contents such as websites, downloadable apps and other internet content. They are great to use, unless you sent your clients links that point to contents that are not compatible with their mobile devices. For example, you sent mobile friendly emails to your contacts with mobile devices but the link in the email only works with iPhones, not on other devices. To solve this kind of issue, ask your web and app developer to use codes that will detect device and make the email compatible to each gadget. Make sure everything works perfectly, from sending message to receiving a response.
4. Targeting the wrong crowd. Mobile gadgets have the ability to track and gather data that may be useful for targeting and personalizing your mobile friendly emails and messages. This means that your messages can be sent to more people in and out of your online community. However, this doesn’t always bring good news as usually there are only about 20% of people that will take interest in your email. Specify your target and make sure they receive your deals properly.
Unlocking Your iPhone: Is It A Good Idea
We have all heard about unlocking your iPhone so that you can use a different SIM in it. This may be a good idea in certain situations. Many people want to unlock their iPhone to get around using AT&T as their cell phone service provider. Others just want to use the iPhone for internet and music capabilities and they do not want to use it as a phone at all. They hack the firmware so that they do not have to activate the phone on any network in order to use it. Here is the question before us. Unlocking your iPhone, is it a good idea?
If you are looking to unlock your iPhone to use it on another network such as T-Mobile then you are breaking the law. It is illegal and in violation of Apple’s agreement with AT&T to use it on another network. Apple receives royalties from AT&T for every iPhone that is connected to their network. Apple loses money on every hacked iPhone. Many feel that it is ok to hack the iPhone’s firmware so that it can be used on another network. It is the author’s standpoint that this ethically wrong. Whether you agree with AT&T and Apple’s agreement or not is up to you. If you do not agree with it then do not use the iPhone as a cell phone. In this case, I do not agree with the hacking of the firmware.
On the other hand if you do not want the high expense of AT&T’s iPhone service and you are looking to use the iPhone for its music and internet capabilities then hacking into the firmware so that you do not have to activate the AT&T cell phone service is OK. You should be able to buy the iPhone and use it for the music, video and internet capabilities without having to connect to AT&T’s cell phone network. You can use places that offer free WiFi to access the internet via your iPhone. The iPod does not give you internet capabilities. Therefore, if you want to have internet, combined with awesome content then you really do need an iPhone and you should not have to purchase expensive cell phone service in order to enjoy the reason most people buy an iPhone in the first place. Unlocking your iPhone, is it a good idea? In this case, yes it is.
Then there is a third reason to hack into the firmware. This is really in a grey area as it uses the full capabilities of the iPhone, including using it as a phone. You can add Skype VOIP service for about $10 a month and then you have a WiFi phone. If you are using the iPhone in this way and do not want to use AT&T’s cell phone service you are still going to have to hack into the firmware so that you do not activate the phone with AT&T. Is this in violation of the AT&T, Apple agreement? No, it is not. That agreement is for AT&T to provide exclusive cell phone service for the iPhone. The VOIP service is not cell phone service. Therefore, if you are not using another cell phone service provider for your iPhone you are not violating any agreement. This is one way to get around the exclusive contract with AT&T and still be able to send and receive calls. The only drawback is that you need to be in an area where you can pickup a WiFi signal in order to use your Skype VOIP service.
Unlocking your iPhone, is it a good idea? It depends on your views. On one hand there are legal and ethical issues with hacking into the firmware in general. However, your intent on why you are doing this also comes into play. Apple and AT&T have an exclusive agreement as far as cell phone service goes. Apple does not recommend the use of any other SIM card other than the one that came with your phone but it does not specifically prohibit it either. If you bought the iPhone to use for content and internet only or even if you plan to use it as an expensive Skype VOIP phone, that is your business and you should be able to do this without signing up for expensive cell phone service you do not need. Unlocking your iPhone, is it a good idea? Perhaps.
Just before launch, every person anticipated the apple iphone along with restlessness, then with wonderful reviews under its belt, the gadget came to be the center of attention in today’s modern cosmos. Exactly what’s comical to me is that everybody’s explaining simply the benefits from the iPhone (probably considering that they wish to sell this to you). I believe the iPhone is really nice, yet is that worth the cash or even a rip-off? That’s exactly what I’m here to inform you.
One significant negative aspect and criticism from the Apple apple iphone is its electric battery’s life. Because of the state-of-the-art functions such as multi-touch innovation, cutting edge sensors, and also virtually the same system software as in the Mac, the electric battery is actually drained easily. Fact is Apple discharged the apple iphone before producing a top-tier battery.
apple iphone specifically using AT&T’s Advantage is but another significant issue. The records system is actually slow compared with various other much more industrialized networks today. Apple has asserted this component really isn’t a primary setback, effectively, given that the device had been made to become well-known regarding acquiring broadband hookup using Wi-Fi Hotspots. Just, the system is actually slower compared to just what you’re used to with your computer.
The iPhone does not sustain the sophisticated 3G modern technology for no particular reason. That is actually a puzzle. MMS features may not be also delivered in the iPhone. Neither are actually voice dialing or audio. This suggests that it’s merely a dual-band cellular phone.
Addressing texting, there is no on-the-spot messaging. For that reason, you’ll must follow simple and basic emails. This can be a drag in business setup. And just what creates concerns worse, you can not copy as well as mix significant information.
The iPhone does not possess a moment port in any way. Apple declares there suffices installed memory, however consumers today assume to possess the feature of outside mind. Therefore, Bluetooth functionalities are weak a carry out certainly not assist report transmissions or A2DP. Once again I ask, what make use of performs the apple iphone eat businesspeople?
Okay. I’m being a little bit of rough. The Apple iPhone is actually still the most effective portable phone on the marketplace, but that does not indicate there is actually not area for enhancement. That is actually possible Apple is actually sparing the upgrades for the next addition of the iPhone.
The iPhone possesses state-of-the-art components as mentioned previously. We’ve certainly never found everything like this, however is it in evaluation worth the amount of money? If you require the most ideal there is then potentially. This is actually a good plaything yet may certainly not be actually as valuable as priced.
The gadget’s value also depends on just what you’ll be using it for. If you’re a business owner, you may intend to stay with your present PDA until the Apple iPhone is upgraded. If you’re searching for the absolute most modern, best toy on the market that you may use to surf the internet anywhere (for enjoyment functions) it could be worth the investment for you.
Apple did fairly well with the iPhone. Take note that this post is actually simply about the negative aspects. Certainly, there are a lot of perks you must understand prior to choosing whether to get the apple iphone.
Wait! Did I state you’re stuck to a two-year contract if you purchase the apple iphone?
Many waited for the launch from the iPhone when it ultimately got there in the summer season of 2007 free throw line to get one was a long one. For individuals that really did not stay in the USA the standing by within this collection will must carry on till Nov the same year and already it stood crystal clear that the phone must get unlocked to meet its total possibility. To get an apple iphone as well as not unlock that would certainly be actually considered a rubbish of funds through numerous, specifically given that unlocking ended up being so simple as clicking your mouse.
Ripping off Customers
That is actually questionable if that is actually OK to open an apple iphone but this can simply be reversed as a client that buys this pricey phone is actually forced to allow the relations to the driver this is connected to. In the USA the phone operator is actually AT&T as well as sometimes purchasing the phone implies that a client must adhere to the phone company for 2 years! That appears that such a plan burglarizes the clients of the advantages from an open market where rates are affected due to the competition of the telephone company. To uncover the iPhone suggests to obtain a better range of fees as well as registrations.
In Europe that is simply feasible for people residing in the UK, Germany or France to take pleasure in the latched apple iphone. That is certainly not unique with organisation connections in between these nations and also implies that consumers in Europe are going to not just have to approve the fees from the company with the civil liberties to the iPhone in their own country however likewise the conversion rates that are incorporated as they cross in to among the various other nations. By unlocking the apple iphone this will acquire a much better credibility as a phone that could be suitabled for everyone.
Stationary mobile phone
For folks staying in nations besides the UK, France, Germany and also the United States, the only method to delight in an iPhone is actually to unlock that. This is fairly remarkable that a phone that is implied to be utilized as an all over tool really isn’t match to become made use of globally. Without a simlock the phone ends up being affordable and also more attractive as well as it can easily much better be made use of around the globe. Removing the lock-feature will definitely not only help the terrific several customers that would like to utilize it however likewise the developers that definitely wish to observe their phone dominate the planet.
If you determine to unlock your apple iphone its own encourage you do this with a reputable company that knows exactly what its own performing and also may offer you propper assistance. There are actually several instances where an iPhone has actually been bricked by malfunctioning software program.
The iPhone goes on sale on June 29th, are you ready? Read the latest tips on snagging your own iPhone.
Do you have your heart set on an iPhone? You may want to get in line now. A May poll by research firm M:Metrics revealed that about 19 million U.S. cell phone users are ready to fork over as much as $599 for the new iPhone. That’s almost what Bernstein Research predicts Apple will sell through 2008.
The new iPhone will go on sale June 29 and all indications are the demand will be huge. AT&T is hiring 2000 temporary workers to help with the launch. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has forecast sales of 10 million iPhones in the first 18 months –a conservative estimate based on independent research.
AT&T nabbed the iPhone exclusive early on. M:Metrics analyst Mark Donovan said “Two-thirds of the people who said they have a strong interest in buying an iPhone currently subscribe to AT&T’s three biggest competitors.” He added “In this mature market, it’s all about stealing customers from competitors.”
Even the hefty price tag – as much a $599 with a two year contract – does not seem to discourage potential buyers. It is still unclear what plan AT&T will require with the iPhone but you can be sure the lure of technology will overpower the fear of the unknown. Donovan noted that once the initial group gets its iPhones contract pricing may be a barrier to some buyers.
Because of the youthful demographic, T-Mobile customers seem to have the most interest in changing. According to the M:Metrics survey, 12.5% of T-Mobile subscribers expressed a high interest in buying the iPhone, compared to 8.1% for Sprint Nextel customers and 6.7% for Verizon users.
Here are a few iPhone shopping tips.
• Get your www.CellForCash.com transaction started right away. You can have your box by the time you get your iPhone and some cash in your pocket to help you get past the sticker shock.
• AT&T spokesman John Kampfe says “The iPhone will be available…only in AT&T-owned retail stores, Apple retail stores and through Apple’s online store.” Check out Apple’s online store on June 29. According to Steve Jobs the iPhone is set to go on sale at 6 p.m. that day. But forget trying AT&T’s site; the company says it won’t be selling iPhones online, at least initially.
• Call a few local AT&T stores and see if you can get on their waiting lists or if your local sales representative has any tips about how that particular store is handling requests.
• Show up early at an Apple store or company-owned AT&T store before they open on June 29. The big question is how many phones each store will stock.
• Wait until the June 29 launch mania dies down and hope that AT&T and Apple decide to allow locally owned AT&T agents to sell the iPhone.
AT&T Inc. has spent $50 million on its network in anticipation of the heightened activity expected to follow the iPhone’s debut on the 29th, anyone willing to break their existing contract can expect to pat $175 on top of the cost of the new gadget.
Apple is hyping this product like no other and it’s far from over. Stay tuned for more info as we get it.