Sunday, 28 June 2009
The current leader of its line, the Touch Pro 2 manages to blend some brilliant touches with some rather poor design decisions. Even so its a very impressive device - the big screen and brilliant keyboard make an immediate impact, whilst Touch Flo 3D makes Windows Mobile very accessible for consumers.
Of course the main reason I have it is to compare it to its semi-stablemate the Sony-Ericsson Xperia X1, which is a similarly strange kettle of fish. The X1 has a couple of immediate advantages, the 3.5mm headphone jack and a hardware shutter release. The latter is a particular benefit as it means you can pre-focus on the subject and catch the image you want, rather than hit the soft release of the TP2 and end up with an empty frame by the time the focus and shutter have fired (this is obviously a major problem with a 4 and 2 year old who will definitely not be still long enough for the TP2 to catch the shot).
I'm still mightily impressed by the TP2, although its targetted at the business user I think it would actually make a pretty competitive consumer handset too. I'll see how long that early opinion lasts once I've used it a little while longer.
Let's be honest the only smartphone with any sort of 'cool' attached is the iPhone and that's because its an Apple product and is seen as a top spec iPod merged with a phone. I've yet to meet a single iPhone user who uses any smartphone features beyond email.
Anybody else who believes their smartphone gives them any semblance of cool is seriously delusional.
Blackberry users: those admiring looks you're getting, its people pitying you for being so sad that you're wedded to your work. Symbian users you're even pitied by other Nokia users who just use a phone for calls and laughed at by other smartphone users; and Windows Mobile users don't even think other Windows Mobile users are cool. Palm users? We'll see when the Pre arrives, otherwise the Treo is just a Blackberry to the disinterested masses.
So, guys, if girls don't look at you admiringly already then a smartphone won't change that (and if they do they'll probably change their minds when they see your nerdy phone). Girls if you use a smartphone you're only going to make yourself more popular amongst the sort of person who thinks Jedi is a real religion.
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Here's an ad currently running for Sprint in the US, targetting those original iPhone owners who didn't upgrade to a 3G and are currently coming to the end of their two year contracts.
Its an interesting strategy because those users who didn't upgrade will now be looking at the mightily expensive 3GS or the now out-dated 3G. Against those choices the Pre looks a bargain (as the ad points out) and also pretty competitive feature-wise.
Some of the digs at the iPhone aren't strictly correct (the iPhone can multi-task, but only a subset of Apple's own applications) but on the whole its a well-directed campaign - almost a mobile version of Microsoft's 'you find it you keep it' laptop hunter adverts.
Be interesting to see how Pre sales look by the end of July when the buyers Sprint are targetting start to replace their iPhones...
Friday, 26 June 2009
First casualty was the TMZ site, which failed under the weight of people chasing information from the site which first broke the news. Next to go was Twitter which failed as unheard of numbers of tweets pushed Jackson into all 10 of the trending topic positions. Google saw 'volcanic' activity with searches for Jackson, especially news searches, outstripping all other search activity combined by several magnitudes. The BBC reported that its news site saw an 87% increase in traffic in the period after his death.
A positive for Amazon was that very soon after the news broke Jackson's albums became hot items, with the first 15 chart positions occupied by his various albums.
In the meantime AEG - the promoter of the 50 date UK tour which is just two weeks away - was the subject of several rumours around the insurance of the gigs themselves. Its likely the company were unable to share the majority of risk and must therefore be facing further financial problems. £300million advance spending, plus a payment of £30million to Jackson look to be the numbers being discussed at the moment. Not good reading once all the tickets have been refunded - up to a million have already been sold.
Turns out Max didn't like the loss of face which accompanied his backdown and was miffed by a FOTA releasing what appear to be a number gloatful statements. Claiming that he now considers his options open, Moseley made thinly-veiled threats of re-assuming control of the sport over the summer, with potentially calamitous consequences.
Which is, of course, the exact sort of behaviour which prompted the teams to rebel against him in the first place.
Its time to go Max and its far to late to worry about losing face.
Well its more than an hour, but for Sampdoria this was THE season, as retold by the brilliant Rob Smythe in the Guardian. Classy football, played with a verve and style that, even for an incredibly impressive Serie A, was beyond their opponents. I particularly remember Mikhailichenko's debut in a friendly against his native Russia, in which he played for both sides and scored from fully forty yards with a strike that would have killed the Russian keeper if he'd got in the way.
That the team never won the European Cup the following year was a travesty, Vialli's uncharecteristic profligacy in front of goal allowing Barcelona to steal the trophy in extra-time at Wembley.
Thursday, 25 June 2009
I'm not going to go through a full review here - there are plenty of excellent examples out there, so I'll pick up on the things that stand out from this device.
Taking the Xperia out of the box is an experience in itself, the phone is smaller and lighter than reviews and pictures would have you believe. Its also a beautiful thing to hold and look at, putting me in mind of a classic Swiss watch, elegant yet functional. The body is mostly brushed metal and that gives it a heft that other devices don't have. Slider action is smooth and very pleasant in use, in fact the whole phone is a wonderful tactile experience, save a little lacking in the travel of the keyboard keys.
The optical mouse seems like a daft idea at first, but persevere and you'll wonder how it could be absent from any device. The presence of buttons for softkeys is a positive - too many devices don't have them.
The screen itself is excellent - the huge number of pixels and the narrow dot pitch are shown off best when viewing pictures on screen; however the screen orientation is a little slow at changing when the keyboard is slid out, probably as a result of the wide aspect ratio, so if that's likely to bother you avoid the Xperia.
When I first unboxed the Xperia I was very disappointed to report that it had a number of software problems. Thankfully the latest ROM update has fixed those and I can report that in its current software iteration the X1 is as robust and reliable as any other smartphone I have used - better than most in fact. Two disappointments with the ROM update, apparently SE decided to renove geotagging and autoflash from the Camera application at the last minute - disappointing as I could certainly have made use of the former. That's because the X1's camera is very good indeed, in fact in most situations you won't need to carry a dedicated digital camera. Whilst the pixel count isn't high (3.2mp) the quality of images, especially as the light fades, is more than acceptable. Touch focus, DVD quality recording and a two stage shutter release with autofocus are up there with the big boys. Shame that there's only an LED for lighting dark images, all though that's still more than a lot of smartphones offer.
SE have developed their own replacement for the default Today Screen, Panels. One of the hard keys is hard coded to launch the Panels interface from which you can choose one of nine home screens or Panel programs to launch. It sounds like a good idea - but ultimately turns out to be a waste of a hard key. Its unlikely that you'll want to change your home screen often enough to make a dedicated button worth having and whilst some of the applications are good (Facebook's is particurlarly nice) they don't work as well as the dedicated Windows Mobile versions of the software. I'd much rather see the return of the Start button and relegate Panels to a Program menu item.
Battery life is good - excellent even, if you consider the specs of the screen and memory. A whole day of normal use or four hours of continuous wireless access would be passable for a lesser handset. For the highly specified X1 it is excellent. Charging is a bit awkward however, this is due to the strange location of the Mini-USB at the top left of the X1 in portrait mode.
Memory on the device is well specified, with nearly 200MB available for the system to use. It is easily possible to open all the programs you're likely to need and leave them running forever, you won't see an out of memory message with this much to play with. Its a shame that SE didn't take the fastest processor available, sticking instead with HTC's default CPU, a Qualcomm running at 528MHz. Across the three devices I have available at the moment there's a noticeable difference in response. The Xperia is marginally snappier than the Treo Pro (which has far fewer pixels to push around in compensation for its 400MHz CPU) whilst the 624 MHz Marvell CPU in the XDA Zest leaves the others trailing. Lets be clear that none of these phones are slow - even the Treo Pro compares favourably to my iPhone 3G running iPhone OS v3.
Which brings us neatly to the real question - is the Xperia good enough to battle the iPhone in the consumer sector? The short answer is no. A user who has never encountered Windows Mobile before would probably struggle more than they would with HTC's Touch Flo interface for example. For a Windows Mobile savvy buyer, however, the Xperia is a strong mix of classy looks, quality components and decent performance which is both pocket and (comparitively) wallet friendly.
A qualified success for Sony-Ericsson then, something to build on with the forthcoming X2.
Now many people have been comparing this to Apple's multi-billion numbers in the iTunes App Store and calling it a fail. That's a whole different game isn't it?
Well I'm not so sure, remember that by the time the App Store launched the original iPhone had been on sale for a year so there were significantly more users already out there. I wouldn't be surprised if the per user downloads were around the same levels when the iTunes App Store launched last year.
The tough task ahead for Palm is to persuade more developers to support the platform and keep the device sales rising - a launch in Europe is key now - the two are so fundamentally linked that failure to achieve either would jeopardise all of Palm's good work in getting the Pre to market.
Ultimately the writing was on the wall for Max Moseley when little mate Bernie cut him loose on Sunday (something of a coup for Martin Brundle there I think) and so it has transpired. Max has been relieved of all F1 related duties and will not seek re-election next year. The budget cap has gone and with it (hopefully) will come a new Concorde agreement to stabilise the governence of the sport.
Max was putting a positive spin on it when the decision was announced but its a complete victory for the teams and feels like a positve move for the sport.
I'll miss the prospect of a breakaway series visiting the tracks that Bernie's abandoned though...
Saturday, 20 June 2009
So far the BBC, Sky Italia, RAI and Germany's RTL and Premiere networks have all fired shots across the FIA's bows.
Time for a very high-profile climbdown before the FIA are thrown into serious turmoil and the prospect of years of expensive litigation face the teams and their owners.
Max, its time to do the right thing - fall on your sword for the good of everybody in F1.
There are two real bones of contention here, one financial the other regulatory. Looking at the latter first, in previous years F1 was regulated by the Concorde Agreement, which very effectiely determined what could be changed about the sport and what couldn't. Primarily it required the agreement of all the teams for major rule changes. That agreement lapsed a couple of years ago and no replacement was ever agreed, which has meant that the FIA have been able to chop and change rules at their whim. For businesses making long term financial commitments to the sport that kind of governence is rightly unacceptable.
One of the results of this freedom to change things has been the contentious budget cap, restricting teams to spending an agreed sum (the actual figure seems to be a moving target at the moment, depending on where negotiations are at any time).
This directly relates to the second bone of contention - money. Approximately half the revenue generated by F1 goes directly to a mysterious company called CVC, run by Bernie Ecclestone to whom he sold the commercial rights to F1 for $2billion a few years ago. The teams (again rightly) argue that as the whole show depends on them they deserve a bigger cut of the revenue to help offset some of the costs. CVC are unable to support their current loan position on any lesser cut of the revenue so Bernie has brought pressure to bear on Max to cap the team's budgets purely to kill their argument for a greater slice of the pie. Don't be fooled that the budget cap serves any other purpose.
There are of course subsiduary issues, the loss of the North American races, which the manufacturers see as a prime market, the scaling back of European races - again prime territory - and the move to a less and less 'Premium' championship, making the link between road cars and F1 technology a lesser selling point and less recognisable as a benefit of racing endeavours.
The FIA have called FOTA's bluff on these issues and FOTA have reacted accordingly. Who has the strongest hand? I guess we'll find that out next Spring...
Friday, 19 June 2009
Well that's about the end of the road for the FIA I think. Prince Albert has effectively said that the Monaco Grand Prix will be run for the championship which has Ferrari - and as there is no contractual agreement forcing Monaco to run their race with the FIA the FOTA Championship now has all the aces, the big teams, the big name drivers and now the biggest race of all. If FOTA can secure a race at Indianapolis - and given the team's desire to race in the US that's probable - then the FIA might as well shut up the F1 shop.
Here's hoping that the resolve of the FOTA alliance is strong enough to finally break the stranglehold of the Max and Bernie show and they go on to build a championship for the much neglected fans to enjoy.
So where do we go from here?
If the teams setup their own championship they'll need to agree governence and management of the sport before the end of the year. Should be a process eased by the adoption of the current regulations for 2010. They'll need to arrange a calendar and for that will need to get circuits to support the championship, something they'll face the wrath of Mosley for doing. Given the teams involved I'd imagine that sponsorship and funding won't be a big issue...
Alternatively pressure could be brought to bear, by the World Motor Sports Council, sponsors, TV companies, etc. to force the teams and the FIA back to the negotiating table. Whether that will ultimately produce a resolution or not remains to be seen.
Lastly, and least likely, the FIA could fold and accept that the teams hold the balance of power in the sport and recognise that fact by agreeing to new terms for the governence and management of the sport.
Whatever the result I should imagine Bernie was choking on his Sanatogen this morning!!!
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
The reasons given for the decision are weak at best - removing anonymity allowed readers to better judge the blogger's level of 'authority' - especially knowing that the effect of the publication could have serious implications for the author. The net result is a gagging order banning police officers from expressing social or political opinions on the internet, exactly the sort of thing that we criticise countries like China and Iran for.
Unacceptable, absolutely unacceptable.
Most interesting (to me anyway) is the new Omnia II which packs that aforementioned 8 megapixel camera as well as an OLED WVGA screen and up to 48GB of storage (16GB of that onboard). It looks every inch as competitive as the Omnia did at launch and if the camera experience is as good as the original this might the smartphone that kills off your digital compact camera.
The Omnia Pro features a Touch Pro style sliding keyboard whilst the Omnia Lite looks like a cutdown (read bargain priced?) version of the original Omnia.
Exciting times for Windows Mobile fans...
I won't be rushing to update my iPhone - after all its been sat in a cupboard for the last four months - instead I'll be watching to see whether Apple have delivered a finished product or there are a smattering bugs as the 2.2 update introduced.
Saturday, 13 June 2009
A far more sensible solution would have been to require Microsoft to deliver Windows 7 with a number of browsers available and give the user the choice of installing one on first boot.
Oh well, very little of what the EU does makes a whole bundle of sense anyway...
Friday, 12 June 2009
First of all rumours that Dell are looking to buy Palm have surfaced again, which would give someone nightmares. Not sure whether that would be the Palm faithful or Apple though.
Unofficial shots are starting to filter through of new Windows Mobile devices from Samsung - what looks to be a WinMo equivalent to the device formerly known as the Omnia HD - and a new Xperia from Sony-Ericsson, the X2, which appears to be sporting a Psion series 5 keyboard, which will please those who loved that particular device.
And talking of Xperias, the latest ROM from Sony-Ericsson seems to have cured the stability issues that I was experiencing with my X1, which is now a much more pleasant device to use. I'll hopefully put together a fuller review of the X1 sometime next week.
In terms of a commercial decision this is great business for WHSmiths and Penguin, the latter gaining exclusivity in one book purchasing arena whilst Smiths must be getting the sort of discounts that will allow them to turn significantly better income from smaller sales. And that's the key, Smiths is not the only place where you can purchase travel books and people who buy them at a travel location (airports or stations generally) aren't going to hugely concerned with large selections. The backlash against WHSmiths seems hugely unwarranted as the large majority of its branches (on the high street mainly) will still be stocking the full selection.
Presumably these teams will be offered places should the FOTA teams decide to pull out and pursue their own format, but whatever the outcome there are going to be some very shocked entrants today. Not least Dave Richards who was hoping to gain an entry as Prodrive before switching to the Aston Martin branding which would have been a feather in the cap of the sport... Or not apparently.
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Bizarrely however, even with these issues I'm still finding it almost impossible to resist the X1, its such a lovely piece of hardware to hold and use. There are other compensations too, the camera is unbelievably quick (for a phone anyway) and takes great stills and video, the panels interface is good fun. S-E have updated most screens to include fullscreen touch scrolling, allowing you to drag through lists without using the scrollbars. This even extends to Internet Explorer. Not that you'd use IE when Skyfire works so well. Which is good because Opera falls over more regularly than a drunk on the night bus.
I'll detail my 'xperiances' post-ROM upgrade later in the week, when I've had more of a chance to put the X1 through its paces.
Palm have recognised the problem and have committed to fix it via their auto update feature within sixty days (of launch? of today? they didn't say).
In the meantime Palm suggest activating the manual PIN and using Palm's own remote wipe feature.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Potentially that means newer games (in particular) and applications aren't going to run as well on the older handsets. Of course with 40 million iPhones and iPod Touch units out there I don't think any publisher will be rushing to drop support for hardware version 1 any time soon.
I suspect over the next 6-12 months though that we will see software that requires the later hardware become more common. An extra reason to upgrade? I suspect it will be the final push for some.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
What I wasn't expecting was the Palm Treo Pro to make much of an impact, despite having been a Palm fan in the past. That's because Palm have delivered some pretty ropey stuff since the Tungsten T and I'd pretty much sworn off the brand since the T|5 disaster. I'd also seen some damning reviews from people whose opinions I trust.
So I'm more than a little surprised to be telling you just how good the Treo Pro is, ie. Very very.
There's a whole host of reasons for this, great screen, brilliant keyboard, excellent battery, class leading reception and phenomenal performance being the main ones.
The amount of free RAM is just game-changing. Previously I've been careful to only run the programs that I need and close the ones I'm not using. Not on the Treo - to give you an idea I've just fired up the task manager to see what's running as I write this. The list includes both PIE and Skyfire; Pocket Outlook (Mail, Calendar and Contacts), Activesync, File Explorer, Windows Live, Live Messenger, Pocketwit, Haalireader and Pocket Scrobber. All that with no hint of a slowdown or an application quitting because of a lack of resources.
That's both personal and work email being pushed to the Treo, switching between apps using Voice Command and streaming music via bluetooth to my headphones. Awesome.
I love the combination of front mounted keyboard and touchscreen, whilst the feel of the device in the hand is as good as any smartphone I've held. Its a spectacular achievement by Palm and a great turnaround for the company - hopefully the Pre will fare as well. I'd have no hesitation in choosing the Palm as my only device if I was made to choose.
Monday, 8 June 2009
With no official figures yet released by Sprint or Palm analysts have been second guessing the success of the Pre's launch last weekend. I'm not altogether sure how they've been calculating the numbers, but most analysts seem to be suggesting that more than 50k and maybe as many as 60k Pre's found homes over the course of Saturday and Sunday.
That's nowhere near the 146k that the iPhone did in its first weekend, but then Palm doesn't really have the same kind of brand recognition outside of tech circles and to me that's looks like a pretty healthy number. How things progress over this week remains to be seen. It looks to me like Palm got a 'Get out of jail free' card from Apple, whose iPhone 3GS looks like a pretty weak upgrade. So long as Palm stamps on the bugs that have started to see some media coverage today, they've got a pretty good chance of hitting that 1.5 million target by year end.
Those bugs amount to a heat-induced screen problem and a policy based Exchange incompatibility. The first is the more worrying - Palm had a similar Exchange issue with the Treo Pro, which it fixed with a ROM update, although why the same error was made with the Pre must be worrying them.
Costs are £185 and £275 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively on the £30 and £35 tariffs and tethering will cost you an extra £15 or £30 per month for 3GB or 10GB. Presumably on the higher rate contracts that buy price will be somewhat lower.
I've got to say that this looks like an unspectacular phone at an unwarranted price - which probably explains why O2 have been looking at the Palm Pre and Toshiba TG01 phones, both if which make much more sense.
Otherwise an upgrade to a 3.0mp camera is way behind the curve - Symbian is at 8.0mp and Windows Mobile is about to jump from 5.0mp to 8.0mp with the launch of the Sony-Ericsson Xperia X2. Oh, and now it does video too... like we've never seen that on a phone before.
Apple looks to have squeezed an extra 30% out of the battery, which will please those upgrading from the 3G, however its still not removeable, so no chance of carrying a spare when you know you'll be pushing the limits of the built-in one (which every other phone is capable of doing, smart or otherwise). On device encryption and remote wipe are standard features of both Windows Mobile and Blackberry and have been for years. And if you lose your iPhone you're going to be glad of that remote wipe because there's still no ability to add a secure password to the login screen.
"Wouldn't it be great to dial with your voice" Phil Schiller said introducing a feature that has been available on feature phones since the year dot, arriving on iPhone all too late. Can't quite see why this isn't part of the OS 3.0 update, unless the older iPhone hardware can't cope with the processing necessary to do speaker independent voice. As for the OS integration, well Windows Mobile users have had Voice Command for, well I can't even remember how long. Everything that the iPhone does and more...
Looks like the iPhone 3GS will still be tied to your desktop for backups, activation and restores, so if you have a problem out in the field you'll be carrying a useless piece of plastic until you get home.
All in all its a very disappointing upgrade - no front facing camera or iChat Video Mobile, no removable battery, limited camera improvements and no flash, LED or Xenon; all we really got was Apple presenting things that have been missing off the iPhone since 2007.
Would those men have so readily made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat the Nazis if they'd known that just three generations later people would be choosing to vote for them?
I'm not sure who disgusts me more, the 8% of the electorate who voted for the BNP or the 60% who couldn't be bothered to get off their arses to stop it happening.
It really is grim up North today.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
The first series was an interesting experiment and comment on human nature. Nothing good has happened since then. Here's an idea, why don't C4 employ a sniper to blow the contestant's heads off as they leave the house. Now there's an eviction night I could get excited about...
Very soon customers in the US will be able to head for the nearest Sprint store and pick a Palm Pre up on a two year contract, some were able to pick theirs up yesterday via special invitation from their Sprint store. The Pre has had very positive reviews, with only a few niggles spoiling an otherwise perfect launch - far fewer than plagued either the original iPhone or iPhone 3G launches it has to be said.
However whilst Palm's development and marketing teams congratulate themselves on their achievements, which look to have saved the company, there's an elephant in the corner of the room about to try and spoil the party. The elephant's name? Apple.
Up until January when the Pre was announced Apple could do no wrong with the iPhone. Technology gurus, the tech and general media just ignored its flaws and shortcomings and enjoyed the sort of bandwagon ride we haven't seen since the 2G iPod became a worldwide smash. Suddenly by besting the iPhone in so many areas Palm threw the iPhone's issues into sharp relief. It was as if the scales fell from the eyes of the previously 100% pro-Apple crowd: "hey" they cried, "why can't I copy and paste on my iPhone" and "my freebie phone can do MMS, why can't my iPhone" and a range of other complaints running from background tasks to bluetooth stereo audio. That still left Apple with an 85% positive crowd, but that was enough to provoke them to respond, with the announcement of iPhone OS version 3.0 which it slated for an early June release.
Which is where we stand today. WWDC, one of the key Apple events of the year is just a few days away and already rumours are popping up and threatening to out-hype the Pre launch: the release of the new OS, a new iPhone 'Video', Steve Jobs will triumphantly return... any of which will dampen Palm and Sprint's celebrations.
The new iPhone software will launch in the next few days of that I'm sure and it will be joyously received - despite the obvious question of why we've been denied those most basic features for a year since the iPhone 3G launched - and will kill any negative iPhone/Pre comparisons which would have seriously hurt the iPhone's image.
A new iPhone will also launch, possibly at WWDC, maybe at a special event later in the month. I'm expecting Apple to complete a minor update to the existing design along with better internals (especially to support enhanced gaming) and a better camera - possibly with HD quality recording to compete with the new Symbian Samsung i8910. I strongly suspect that a front mounted camera will also be part of the update, along with an iPhone iChat video client - the US has never has 3G video calling, so this seems like a strong alternative for Apple to push.
Together these two launches will affect Palm's ability to steal users from Apple as their contracts end. So although Palm has seen off the initial threat to its viability with the Pre, it now needs to get its European and Asian handsets out the door and into customer's hands in record time; launch its follow up to the low-end Centro and start building some developer momentum; because they've jumped out of the frying pan just as Apple is about to light the fire.
Friday, 5 June 2009
The season opener at Adelaide - a fine circuit, at least on par with Melbourne. From Oz to Argentina and the Buenos Aires circuit before returning to Europe and Jerez for the Portuguese Grand Prix, a Spanish race at Valencia, followed by races at the A1-ring and Hockenheim, a French race at Magny Cours before the start of a North American double header at Indianapolis and Montreal. Back to Europe for Silverstone and the Hungaroring. Round 12 at Spa and a race at Imola to finish the European season and a trip across the water to Kyalami and Fuji to close the season. Yes its only a 15 race season, but its certainly as varied as the FIA sanctioned season and ultimately would provide better value for money for the promoters, teams and television companies freed from the yoke of Bernie's cut and CVC's debts.
Would it get TV coverage? I would imagine ITV here would snap it up, as would just about every other country's competitive channel. Let's face it, on a Sunday afternoon are you going to sit down and watch Ferrari, Mclaren, BMW, Renault and Toyota slug it out (probably with Red Bull/Toro Rosso/Brawn keeping the privateer end up) or Williams race against a bunch of teams you've never heard of in a glorified one make championship? If it was the latter then we'd already be watching A1GP wouldn't we?
The only obstacle remaining is the teams' desire to do it. Something that seems to be a split decision right now, with Ferrari and Toyota on the side of a split and Renault and BMW being more concilatory.
First impressions are excellent, the packaging is classy and well thought out and the Treo Pro is a beautifully made device, better than previous Treos and very nice in the hand.
In use the Treo seems quite responsive and the software build looks well thought out.
All in all the first impressions are excellent and if Palm carries this across to the Pre Apple have serious competition on their hands.
I suspect that Moseley was playing for time to see how many entries were lodged for the 2010 Championship. With a sufficient entry to fill grids without the backing of FOTA, Moseley has revealed his hand. The ball is now back in the teams' court.
Can the teams put together their own championship in a little over ten months? I would guess they can. Much will hinge upon the contract between Monaco and the FIA, this being the jewel in the calendar. However putting their own championship together would allow the teams to re-instate the North American races which they feel are key to their business needs and also deliver economic change at a rate they are comfortable with.
For the fan no good can come of this, devaluing the sport and damaging the reputation of the FIA. Unfortunately we, as the group who ultimately pay for the whole circus, get no say in any decision whatsoever.
Thursday, 4 June 2009
With Kubica being on Ferrari's most wanted list and pobably the sort of driver that any of the manufacturer teams would jump at, BMW are going to have to make great strides very quickly if they are to retain the services of one of the quickest men on the grid.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Given the low price of some of the tariffs (£15 per month if you forego internet services - not that you would) the G1 looks something of a bargain at the moment.
Now that's cleared up maybe Psion Teklogix might like to introduce one of their own... Psion Netbook? Has a sort of familiar ring to it...
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
I'm seriously tempted, even though the last thing I need right now is yet another smartphone cluttering up the place...
Whilst that's more expensive than the smaller UMID and Viliv devices (that should hopefully be here by then) the Fujitsu does have the benefit of a decent keyboard and a rotating screen to allow it to be used in laptop or slate modes.
I'm hoping that I'll have a chance to look at the UK model ahead of its launch to see how it measures up.
Monday, 1 June 2009
0h well, they say patience is a virtue...