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The “Woz” Said What?

I have moved through many different types of phones over the past many years.  The Android OS is by far the best that I have worked with.  I have played with an IPhone a few times, but never was impressed with it.  Reading the various sources that I do I ran into this very interesting piece.  Check it out and then tell me what you think.  I smell the eventual downfall of the IPhone.

I never thought I would hear the day when an Apple exec would ever say anything of the sort.  It just goes to show that executives actually do have a mind of their own.

The co-founder of Apple,  Steve Wozniak said in an interview this week with The Daily Beast that his main phone is an iPhone, but also said the Android does more!

“My primary phone is the iPhone,” Woz says. “I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.”

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Wozniak said that while the iPhone is simpler to use, the Siri system has problems with tasks the Android’s voice command system has no problem handling.   He points out these Android advantages: “Getting directions to a restaurant; placing phone calls; getting more life out of a battery charge.”  Says Woz;  “if you’re willing to do the work to understand it a little bit, well I hate to say it, but there’s more available in some ways.”


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Wozniak says he’s been a user of Apple’s voice-recognition software, Siri,  for a long time,  before it was a built in app in the iPhone. He said in the Daily Beast article that he used to love it when it was an independent application.  But ever since Apple bought Siri and built the software into the iPhone 4S, it doesn’t work as well as it used to.

No Way Sprint. Keep Your IPhone.

Now that Sprint has released the IPhone we have toying with the idea of allowing our daughter to change out her phone for one.  What I didn’t know was a lot of information that my mother gave me the other day.  From my understanding the IPhone requires a special protection plan, and on top of that when something goes wrong with one then you need to take it back to a Apple store.

This has caused me to rethink the entire situation.  I have enough nightmares with the Sprint store in Brick, NJ.  I don’t feel that I should be getting a phone from Sprint, and having to take it to another retailer for servicing when necessary.

This is direct from the Sprint site…

$99 for 2 years Applecare.

-Includes 2 accidental repairs & $49 service fee on top of each of those 2.

The original situation came because my daughter wanted a IPod Touch 16gb.  This was only because her friends have IPod Touch units.  She has an Android phone.  It does everything that an IPod does.  I just don’t understand the mind of my child.

Sprint Epic 4G Vs. Evo 3D

I have been a long time customer of Nextel / Sprint.  During the past few years I have gone through more phones than one would like to.  This wasn’t because I wanted the best, but it was more of a phone performance issue that I ran into.

The most recent phone that I had prior to the Evo 3D was the Samsung Epic 4G.  This was actually a nice phone for the most part.  If it wasn’t for the many problems that I had with the phone itself then I would still have the Epic.

The Epic 4G had the following problems:

The phone would continuously overheat.

Battery life was next to useless at @4-5 hours maximum.

Signal was horrible.  My wife has a relic phone that was performing better.

The phone didn’t like certain apps from the Market.  When you make a phone you should have the phone be able to determine what software will, and won’t work.  If it won’t work, then the software should not show up in the Market.

In brief the Epic 4G has a great sized screen, and works perfect… Until you start loading things from the Market.  The slide out QWERTY keyboard was a big bonus for me, but a stylus, and a touchscreen phone works the same.  Actually it can be faster.

I spoke to Sprint about the continuous problems that I was having, and also noted the fact that the Brick, NJ service location was totally useless.  They would constantly tell me that they couldn’t see a problem and that I needed to be able to replicate the issue for them to be able to do anything.  I spent some money and got the Evo 3D.

The Evo 3D has been a great phone at this point.  Some things that make this the best phone to date are:

Netflix Capability

Processor Speed

Android 2.3.4 (Aka Gingerbread)

I recently ordered a stylus for use with the Evo 3D.  They actually do work.  Make sure that you order a stylus from a person that has tested it to work with the Evo 3D.  The 3D feature of the phone isn’t that big of a deal at this point for me.  You can’t look at the photos, or videos anywhere other than the phone.  I also have yet to find a good piece of software that will allow conversion of standard movies to 3D.  I know that there are things out there that others say work, but I have tried numerous things and haven’t gotten them to work for me.  If you don’t want to pay for Wireless Hotspot on the phone, then I suggest getting EasyTether from the Market.  EasyTether makes the phone into a modem basically.  I have it, and I find it to be very useful at times.

More to come in the following weeks.  Keep checking back.