By now, you’ve already heard about Apple’s new tablet device, the iPad. You know it’ll run the iPhone OS, it’ll have a 9.7 inch multitouch LCD screen, it’ll have a ten-hour battery life, and it’ll cost $499 up. Like the iPhone, it’ll be locked into the iTunes app store, and it won’t support Adobe Flash. Unlike the iPhone, it has no camera. You can check out Apple’s iPad product page for the rest of the specs.
As I watched Apple CEO Steve Jobs reveal the iPad yesterday, I felt like I was watching a parody video straight out of College Humor. He used words like “magical” and “revolutionary” to announce something that, stripped of such hyperbole, looks patently ridiculous: a giant iPhone. What’s more, this larger device actually lacks the camera of its smaller twin. Click here to continue reading “The iPad is a Giant iPhone”…
Perhaps envious of the success of the iPhone app store, cellphone manufacturer Nokia shut down its free and open Mosh app repository earlier this year, in favor of its glossy and restrictive Ovi app store. The transition hasn’t gone as well as Nokia might have hoped; the exciting plethora of apps on Mosh has been replaced by a limited handful of apps on Ovi.
Ovi doesn’t even carry the Nokia lightsaber, an old Mosh favorite. Even Skype doesn’t bother putting Skype Lite on Ovi. This is what happens when you alienate your developer community in favor of shiny marketing.
For the moment, at least, Nokia’s mistake is Nokia customers’ gain. In a belated bid to kindle interest in Ovi, Nokia has tied up with developer Gameloft to offer ten free games for Nokia handsets. This isn’t trialware; these are the full versions. The list includes top-tier titles like Assassin’s Creed and Prince of Persia.
Personally, I’m suffering a severe Tetris effect from finishing Block Breaker Deluxe 2. If you own a Nokia hanset, these little gems should help you temporarily forget your disappointment over Ovi.