About Joe Pawlikowski
When you run a BlackBerry blog, switching away from BlackBerry is a weighty decision. Yet that’s exactly what happened this fall. A few elements fell into place around the same time, and it seemed like an opportunity to leave a platform I’d mostly stopped using in the last year — even with the prospect of BlackBerry 10 phones just around the corner.
It certainly did hurt to make a relatively long-term switch without giving BlackBerry 10 a real chance. After all, for more than a year I spent significant time at BBGeeks.com speculating about how BlackBerry 10 would fare in the marketplace. Now I was going to leave without realizing the payoff? Again, the decision was not made lightly.
This year promises to be a huge one for smartphones. Manufacturers are preparing their very best, which include a number of high-powered quad-core phones with vibrant displays, running on 4G LTE networks. Buy any of these new releases and you’re going to get one of the most powerful pocket-sized devices ever created. It creates quite an exciting environment.
Yet there is one issue that continues to plague smartphone buyers in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries. We don’t necessarily have our pick of smartphones. Could the process of choosing a smartphone really be about choosing a carrier instead?
After looking at my inbox, I knew it would be another long afternoon. You know the feeling. You check your inbox and see dozens of new messages about businesses both old and new. Many of these messages are long and winding, meaning you have to read them multiple times before you get to the point. By the time you’ve read and answered them all, you’ve killed half your day.
Shortmail could help with email overload by limiting both incoming and outgoing emails to 500 characters.
To be sure, 2012 will be a big year for tablet PCs. They made a huge impact in 2011, with the iPad 2 selling like mad and a few Android tablets entering the fray. But now Google has its Ice Cream Sandwich operating system ready for Android, which should make tablets that much better. Apple, too, has a few tricks up its sleeve, with a rumored iPad 3 release in the first half of 2012.
That might make it seem as though now is the right time to get a tablet. But, as always, the rapid advancement of technology makes it a tougher question than it might at first appear.
For the longest time it was the most irritating aspect of my smartphone. While I tried all the basic tips for conserving battery life, my Android smartphone still ate through a full battery in less than a day.
This became quite a pain during happy hour after work. I’d be down to around 10 percent, even if I didn’t use my smartphone much during the day. Worse, I wasn’t alone. That is, it wasn’t just me who was experiencing battery issues. Many smartphone users, whether Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone, have dealt with this.
Google often operates in strange and inexplicable ways. Perhaps its strangest behavior exists in its dealings with two rival smartphone platforms, iOS and BlackBerry.
A few weeks later, right around the time of the re-release, Google also announced that it was discontinuing support of its Gmail for BlackBerry app. Its reasons for both are strange.