Thursday, November 27, 2008

BlackBerry Storm Trashed by New York Times

The New York Times just reviewed BlackBerry Storm and they think its awful. The main complaints are the missing keyboard and the need to press the whole screen to click or type. Imagine a device with one huge button that is the screen. They say it is easier to "click the screen" if you press on the edges of the phone but becomes very hard you need to click in the center.

I personally hate (not dislike, hate) all BlackBerries but don't take my word for it. Check out the NYT article.

This NYT story stirred a storm in the tech blogsphere. Check it out at Techmeme.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Folding Touchscreen

Can't wait to fold your iPhone and put it in your pocket and can't because OLED screens will not pend? Well, now they can!

Samsung has done it. And they have this (very shaky and blurry) video to prove it.

I'm waiting for official Samsung video/ad and waiting for the rest of OLED manufacturers to copy them.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Why Mainstream Users Won't Switch to Firefox

Straight to the answer: Because it does not LOOK exactly like Internet Explorer. And that includes good and bad interface "design."

For example, my brother wont switch simply because there is no Favorite star-shaped icon in the top-left of Firefox! Of all the features of Firefox and all the lacking of features in IE, the yellow star was the selling point for him!

Mozilla keeps on adding features and features to enhance its browser's speed and security and interface, thinking that this will attract more people to switch from IE, while actual "mainstream" users are just waiting for something as trivial as a button in a location they are used to.

Of course end-users can configure Firefox the way they want. But, lets face it, they wont.

What I suggest to solve this problem is to introduce a special Mozilla-made IE theme for Firefox that, unlike the current IE theme, not only copies the colors and buttons of IE but also copies everything in the IE interface. also introduce with it a new blue Firefox icon and name it "Firefox Internet Browser" as apposed to Mozilla Firefox which means nothing to the uninitiated.

This theme changes things that can't be changed with regular themes, thats why i called it a "special" theme. And no, i wont make it, so save your breath.

What do you think Mozilla?