iPhone 3GS barely keeping up with iOS 5
This Halloween weekend I’ve been busy with college work but in between I’ve been occasionally killing time with my iPhone 3GS. Since updating to iOS 5 a few weeks back I’ve been pretty happy with how things have been going. Despite new features like iCloud, Twitter integration, quick launch lock screen camera access and Newsstand, only the addition of an entirely overhauled notification system still merits much of a novelty factor. No longer have I been bombarded by intrusive messages and notifications while playing games or web surfing. I particularly like how notifications are stacked together on the home screen while the phone is locked. The archaic and useless notifications of old were a massive bug bearer for many and I’m glad Apple finally resolved this. A lot of folks have cited their implementation of an Android-style interpretation as an act of plagiarism and perhaps they’re right. But then again, what other way could a notification system work effectively and efficiently on a 3.5-inch touchscreen display? Recently I’ve begun to notice a gradual sluggish performance and momentary freezing of certain apps. The snappy iOS 4 days are long gone for my aged 3GS it seems.
HP to debut Windows 8 Tablets in 2012
Despite axing their unique WebOS Tablet series, HP will still be producing Windows 8 Tablets once Microsoft launch their new OS next year. Recently the Palo Alto based Tech giant revealed they would be remaining in the PC-making game and would in fact be streamlining their operations and product lineup. This is a smart move, one that I think Dell should take heed of. Apple have lead the way in simplifying their own product family and with an evolving market place, HP should take this opportunity to shed a few unwanted pounds and consolidate their PC and consumer devices model. HP’s executive vice president for personal systems group, Todd Bradley has said “We are continuing to focus on the Microsoft-based tablet.” It’s been reported by The Guardian that their WebOS devision is due to shut down imminently, which could result in the loss of up to 500 jobs.
Do the Twist with Nokia’s Flexible Kinetic Device
Along with the introduction of the new Nokia Lumia 800 and 710, the Finnish smartphone manufacturer showcased their prototype Flexible Kinetic Device at Nokia World in London. This unique concept handheld unit could provide a glimpse into the possible future of how we might interact with our phones and tablets. This flexible OLED display allows the user to bend and twist the handset, with each movement registered as an input. Menu systems were navigated by an inward motion and music albums are shuffled through by a combination of twisting and inverting the handset. At present this kind of interaction with such a device appears clunky and awkward. I could envisage this becoming rather frustrating and tiresome after a while. Especially because it requires the user to have both hands on the device. However there could be some practical applications for such a system. To be honest I think the best use of flexible display technology will be in the ones that fold over completely so that you can have a large 7 to 10-inch device in your pocket, which when folded in half will create a convenient pocket-sized form factor.
And finally I’ll leave you with today’s Technology question: What would you change about your Smartphone? Regardless of your handset manufacturer or OS platform I’m looking forward to your comments. Happy Halloween!