• apple,  ipad,  iphone os

    Still Having iPad Wi-Fi Problems?

    I’ve been using my iPad daily to connect to Wi-Fi hot spots at home, at the office, and around town. I did get bit by the Wi-Fi connectivity error that some people reported during the first week of the iPad’s US availability, but I have not run into trouble since I rebooted my iPad. Anyone else still having trouble?

  • blackberry,  rim,  sprint

    Sprint: BlackBerry Trade In Program Coming Soon

    I was skimming the new Entertainment Weekly (issue 1099/1100 for April 23/30) and saw a Sprint add for the new BlackBerry Curve 8530 and the free trade in program.

    I hopped on the Internet to check out the details on the Sprint Trade In website only to see a “coming soon” message.

    According to the print ad, you can get a new BlackBerry Curve 8530 in black or royal purple for free when you trade in any BlackBerry device (must be deactivated already) and purchase a new 2-year service agreement. Customers who have the same device for 22 months are also eligible for the upgrade promotion. You may be required to pay a $36 dollar activation fee and the normal $200 early termination fee applies if you exit the plan early. The fine print also states that this is a mail-in rebate deal. You order the phone an get $100 off. Then you have to send in the MIR for the remaining $49.99. As usual, the rebate check will take 10 to 14 weeks and you will need to keep the phone active for 30 days.

    The ad’s fine print also goes on to state that the offer is good until 6/5/10 or while supplies last. I’m not sure what that means, as I don’t expect Research In Motion or Sprint to stop selling the Curve 8530 on 6/5/10.

    You can learn more about the Sprint edition BlackBerry Curve 8530 on the Sprint online store website.

    Even with all the fine print and red tape, if you are looking to get an inexpensive BlackBerry, this is a great way to go. I had used the older Curve, the 8330, for a good 6 months an really liked it. If I wasn’t using a Palm Pre, I’d likely be using the new Curve 8530 or a Tour 9630. (Yes, I’m an Apple fan, but I really like the physical keyboard on my devices.) Both the Curve and Tour have great battery life which is something that I really don’t like about my Pre. If I forget to place it on my Touchstone charger nightly, the battery will be dead in the morning. Hmmm…maybe it’s time to get a new Curve.

  • apple,  ipad,  sprint

    Sprint 4G Case for Apple iPad

    I don’t know if the folks over at Sprint are crazy or crazy like a fox. It looks like Sprint has a back door marketing campaign for Apple customers, like me, for their 4G network. The latest gimmick is Sprint’s 4G Case of the iPad.

    The good folks over at BoyGeniusReport.com summed it up best by writing:

    “How can you not love Sprint when it pulls stunts like this? Following up on its 4G iPhone commercial, the Now Network has absolutely outdone itself with the introduction of the Sprint 4G Case for iPad. That’s right… the Sprint 4G Case for the freakin’ iPad.”

    You can get more details on the Sprint website.

    [Via BoyGeniusReport.com…]

  • web os

    Palm Is Looking for a Buyer

    Bloomberg.com is citing three people close to the matter that Palm has retained the services of “Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Frank Quattrone’s Qatalyst Partners to find a buyer” for the company and is expecting bids as soon as this week. Palm has yet to officially announce that the company is up for sale.

    “Palm, which helped pioneer the market for personal digital assistants, would offer suitors the WebOS software that competes against mobile operating systems from iPhone maker Apple Inc. and Google Inc. For Elevation Partners LP, the firm that owns about 30 percent of Palm, a sale would end the volatility associated with a stock that surged more than 10-fold since December 2008 before erasing most of the gain.”

    This development is expected and unexpected both at the same time. With Palm’s fortunes completely reversing themselves from coming off the high that was the Sprint Palm Pre launch in June 2009, Palm is clearly in trouble. And the news that Palm is for sale is still shocking since company CEO Jon Rubinstein has stated they Palm, in conjunction with investment firm Elevation Partners, were going to go it a long and keep Palm an independent company.

    Today’s news, in my opinion, can be traced back to business decisions from the early 2000’s when the company decided that they can make more money by selling the Palm OS to PalmSource; which later was acquired by ACCESS, Ltd; and choosing to focus on hardware.

    Palm’s webOS platform is a very robust and flexible operating system, however, the company continues to get beat down by the likes of Apple and Google with their iPhone OS and Android mobile operating systems.

    I had originally intended to write an article this week discussion the challenges facing Palm with their webOS now that Apple has introduced multitasking in iPhone OS 4.0 due out by the end of the summer for iPhone and iPod touch and this fall for the iPad. There seems little point in writing that article.

    I plan on reserving final judgement on Palm’s future until Palm officially announces what their next move will be. If Bloomberg’s sources are correct, we won’t have to wait too long before we hear who might be acquiring Palm.

    You can read the full Bloomberg article on the Bloomberg.com website.

    [Via Bloomberg.com…]

  • Uncategorized

    iPad Battery Test: Status Update

    The meet is heading in to the awards portion of the show. I’ve been checking Facebook feeds, reading USA Today, and the NY Times with their iPad apps and checking some email in between each team. Wi-Fi has been on the entire time and my battery is now at 92%.

  • Uncategorized

    iPad Battery Test: Status Update

    I was just talking two a few moms and dads about my iPad. Everyboby agrees that it is super cool. I was showing everyone the iBooks apps, movies and TV shows, my apps, and the App Store. Maps works great and I’m glad I got here early because I-95 northbound is getting busy.

    My battery just dropped down to 98%.