Yesterday, Google released the software development kit for its mobile platform called Android. Of course I had to install it and give it a try, it comes with sample code and some standard features like a web browser and a maps application.
The standard graphical user interface looks dull to me, especially since I played around with an iPhone before. The screen resolution of the demo phone is only 320 by 240 and it’s not that snappy, maybe that’s because it’s only an emulation.
Although the iPhone is available since last Friday here in Germany, I didn’t buy one for the simple reason that the iPhone and the contract are too expensive. But if I could get one from the States (over a €100 cheaper!), I would.
So Apple, I’m quite curious to play with the iPhone SDK next February! Bring it on!
The iPhone has an accelerometer to detect if you tilt it (to turn the browser or picture) or when bring it to your ear (to dim the screen), which is quite clever. A few months ago some videos popped up with people showing how they controlled content on their pc with a Wii remote. So it was just a mater of time till similar projects for the iPhone appeared. Of course this is way more interesting as you have a screen in ‘your game controller’. You can read more about it here.
Some time ago, some people found out that there are some design similarities between the iPhone calculator and some Braun calculators from the late 70ies. Erik Spiekermann, a well known typographer, found an other one between Apple’s current aluminium look and an old world receiver. Apparently there some fans of German design in the Apple team.
Today I had the chance to play around with an iPhone for just a few minutes at Gravis, an Apple retailer in Germany. The first impression is great, the design is outstanding and the screen is amazing. I actually wanted to try out the web browsing to see if it would scale this blog right etc.. But Gravis had build up the demo stand in just that area of the store where there is no wifi, duh! So instead, I tried to write a note, typing isn’t that easy but ok. The photo browsing just works like advertised, flicking through albums and scaling pictures … it just works. Then I passed the iPhone on to some other eager hands.
So in the end I couldn’t really experience the iPhone, but I really like the screen and the GUI.
Indeed you’ve heard it here first! Apple will release an 80GB iPhone soon! At least that’s what you can see in the new ‘Activation & Sync video‘ around marker 6:19, or did someone mess up … ? Apple and AT&T also released the rate plans for the iPhone, I can’t really judge them as I don’t know the mobile market in the USA. Hype rules!
It’s been a while since I’ve heard about ‘a guided tour’, but this morning Apple just released one for the iPhone. You can now watch a 25 minutes video which shows you many features of the iPhone. There’s some new information in it like how the headphones work, the possible settings for in flight usage and many other neat interface features like the a .com button to complete an url in safari. I bet that everyone who will be at a sales point next Friday, will be know the video by heart. But there are still some open questions like can people exchange the battery or what kind of AT&T plans will available. So go and watch the video now.