Thursday, 29 December 2011
Looks like there were a lot of happy people on Christmas Day...
Similarly with my iPhone 4S, I found that the battery was easily able to get me through a full day away from charge - despite many others complaining of extremely poor battery life.
Why is this the case? I have no idea. My Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios are always enabled, I use Push for everything available and I use automatic brightness to manage the screen. If anything I'd expect worse than average battery performance.
Perhaps its the rigorous three charge/discharge cycles I perform when I receive a new phone. Whatever the case I'm happy for it to continue into the future...
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Monday, 26 December 2011
On Windows Phone 7 its a different story - it looks fantastic and integrates well with the Metro interface too. Its awfully buggy though and, let's be honest, if you've got Windows Phone 7 you're going to be using the far superior Zune Pass for your music service if you've any sense.
Spotify is pretty much reliant on its mobile client to generate Premium subscriptions. To be relying on a tool that is so bad to keep your business solvent seems pretty crazy to me. Even for Scandinavians...
Sunday, 18 December 2011
The decline of Alfa Romeo under Fiat stewardship continues. Having lost the GT Coupe, Brera and Spider in recent years; with the 166 long dead and looking like it may be never be replaced; variety is one thing you weren't going to find at your Alfa dealership.
Things have gone from bad to worse though - Fiat's pressing need to up production capacity of the ultra-desirable 500 has meant that the 159 production line has been shut down so that the old Alfasud factory can start building little Fiats.
With no guarantees that a replacement will make it to production Alfa is left with the Punto based MiTo and the Giulietta to carry the company until the arrival of the 4C at some time in the future.
Its not how the proud history of Alfa Romeo should be handled, especially just at the point where it has completed its centenary.
No such luck. This is a pretty ropey bit of software, both on Android and iOS.
Realistically the only way to use the mobile Spotify client is to create playlists on your desktop and then make them available offline on the device.
Music discovery? Recommendations? Browsing? Just some of the things that are frankly unusable.
To add to the misery Spotify has no tablet app, so the only option there is to use the awful mobile one.
How bad is it? Well let's say that I'm going to start carrying my Windows Phone again just so I can continue using my Zune Pass on it.
Spotify you have less than a month to fix it...
I'm a big fan of Windows Phone 7, its a mobile OS that is both nice to use and look at. However, Microsoft's strategy of placing its gold standard applications onto competing platforms would suggest that internal battles between business units could rob the fledgling platform of its one chance of battling into the Android/iOS duopoly.
The arrival of Xbox, Bing, OneNote and other tools on the iPhone and iPad mean that the parts of the business responsible for those products have put winning iPhone users above helping its own platform to win. Should the Office division follow suit and produce an iPad version of Office then the Windows Phone division might as well shut up shop.
Its not going to be good news for Microsoft's Windows division either, with Windows 8 being its big play for the tablet market.
Its a tough few years ahead for Microsoft, not being helped by a continued lack of direction within the company....