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Apple is the new bully… really.

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Hurray! O2 has won the UK mobile operator for iPhone!!! Certainly worth celebrating right? Well… at the expense of agreeing to give Apple 40% of iPhone derived revenue plus a percentage of the sale price… Man! Apple really is the new bully!

It appears Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile has secured the rights to sell the iPhone exclusively across five European countries. Orange has secured rights for France.

T-Mobile will sell the iPhone in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary and Croatia, according to a report in the Financial Times. T-Mobile is rumoured to be handing over 10 per cent of iPhone revenues in order to clinch this deal.

If the Guardian news are correct… this is ridiculous… and yet, this is business… O2 certainly can proclaimed to the whole UK that they have won the battle… but at 40% revenue going to Apple in order to get the exclusive deal PLUS with software SIM unlock available… I wonder if it is worth the contract in the long run for O2… I really wonder.

But having said all that… Apple / Jobs is one heck of a businessman. To use such tactics / strategy to get all the major European operator to fight and out do each other…

It will interesting to see how Apple will use the tactic when they come to Asia market next year. Will Singtel go all out to beat Starhub and M1 or will M1 give 50% of the revenue just to beat Singtel to it… We will see how it turn out. Regardless of who win the deal in the end…

There is only one BIG winner, Apple. And yes, this is what the world will become if such behavior continues from them… Who is the monopolistic bully now?

Written by gooddealz

September 17, 2007 at 2:01 pm

Posted in Opinions

iPod Touch Review is up…

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Attention all men!!! Start your drooling… iPod Touch is coming. Apple has done it again, no doubt about it. Design, design, design… User experience, user experience, user experience…

Here’s an excerpt of the review from Ars Technica.

Apple has once again set the bar high for the competition. When the original iPod came out, it revolutionized consumer expectations for how a digital audio player should perform and what the UI should look like. In the years since then, the competition has tried to build a better iPod and make navigation easier. As a result, the iPod’s interface began to look a bit dated, and that may be one of the reasons for the drastic UI changes made to the new iPod nano and iPod classic.

With the release of the iPod touch, Apple has taken a giant leap ahead of the competition. The interface is extremely well thought out and navigating between the different areas of the iPod touch’s functionality is a snap. Coverflow is more than a cool visual effect; it’s also a way to quick navigate through your music library. And if you don’t like using it, no problem. You can drill through the list views easily enough.

Like iPhone, the Internet rocks on the iPod touch. Apple has come up with the best mobile browser implementation so far, and it’s great to see Safari make an appearance on the iPhone as well. Also, browsing through photo albums is a breeze. In fact, with multitouch, I almost prefer looking at my images on the iPhone over my desktop Mac.

The iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store is another winner. One of the frustrations with online music stores is that users are tethered to the PC when buying music. Apple has changed that with the iPod touch. All you need is a WiFi connection and you can browse the iTunes Store to your heart’s content and buy that song you just heard on the radio.

The minimalist iW-FMS interface takes good advantage of the iPod touch’s real estate and the store’s entire music catalog appears to be available as well. Purchasing music is as simple as it is on a desktop or laptop and your purchased music syncs automatically to your PC the next time you sync your iPod touch.

There are a couple of things that I wasn’t so crazy about, however. While I realize that the iPod touch lacks the ubiquitous connectivity of the iPhone (seeing as how it’s not a phone and all), there’s no good reason for the e-mail client to go missing. At least you can still do webmail via Safari.

While I can see Apple’s point of view when it comes to an e-mail client, crippling the Calendar application on the iPod touch so that you cannot add, edit, or delete appointments is just plain silly. There’s no reason for this functionality to be missing, and the fact that you can edit contact information on the iPod touch makes Calendar’s missing functionality all the more irritating. The Notes application is entirely absent as well.

The screen problems bear watching. I found the differences between the iPod touch and iPhone screens to be very puzzling. Chances are, Apple went with a cheaper LCD on the iPod touch to keep the costs down and if that’s the case, Apple should reconsider its decision. Even if you don’t get an iPod touch with the negative black effect, the picture won’t look as good as that of the iPhone.

Apple could have hit a home run with the iPod touch by including full calendar functionality along with the e-mail and notes applications. Instead, the company chose to go with a common product differentiation strategy: removing some of the functionality from the cheaper device to make it a bit less attractive than a more expensive product.

My other disappointments with the iPod touch are the screen quality, lack of external volume buttons, and relatively paltry 16GB of storage—one-tenth of the iPod classic’s. If it wasn’t for those issues, the iPod touch would score a perfect 10.

That said, the iPod touch is an impressive product. It’s a joy to use and if you’ve been lusting after the iPhone but don’t want to sign a contract with AT&T, the iPod touch is a fantastic alternative. If you’re looking to replace an older iPod or another digital audio player and want a small Internet appliance to boot, this is the device for you.

The Good:

  • Slim profile, lightweight
  • iTunes Store well implemented
  • 3.5″ display is great for video
  • Snappiness of UI
  • Built-in web browser
  • WiFi support
  • iTunes WiFi Music Store delivers

The Bad:

  • No e-mail client
  • Lack of ability to edit calendar items
  • Screen quality isn’t as good as that of the iPhone
  • Negative black affect may be more than an isolated problem
  • Only 16GB of storage means I have to leave some of my music at home
  • Can’t use 802.11b/g to sync
  • No iPod disk mode

The Ugly:

  • The fingerprint smudges covering nearly the entirety of the iPod touch’s shiny surfaces

Written by gooddealz

September 17, 2007 at 10:03 am

Posted in Great Stuff