Friday, 25 May 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
I've recently come to realise that my experience of O2's dreadful network performance didn't mirror that of some of my friends. Last week I drove the 140 miles from Coventry to Ormskirk and for only 22 miles of that journey did my iPhone manage to grab a 3G signal.
Given that we're talking about travelling along the M1 and M6 motorways it just didn't seem very likely that the problem was O2 related.
I decided to get myself a SIM card adapter and see where the problem really lies. Having fitted the new franken-SIM into my Galaxy Nexus I have already discovered that areas where the iPhone can only find a 2G network are actually 3G or better areas of coverage when the SIM card is in the Samsung phone.
I'm now convinced that my iPhone has a faulty antenna or some other service impacting problem.
I'll soon be rerunning the trip to Coventry and I'm looking forward to seeing the result of using the I phone's SIM in a phone which isn't suffering from antenna issues...
Thursday, 10 May 2012
There's one are where no one has yet managed to approach the iPhone 4/4S yet thought - its tactile brilliance.
There's no questioning that Apple got the 4 just right in terms of materials, weight and balance. It is a beautiful device to hold and use.
Yes the screen and camera have been surpassed and large chunks of usability are lacking, but to pick up and hold in the hand the iPhone has no equal. It's a shame that so many people wrap their iPhones up in nasty cases and never experience that wonderfulness.
With the iPhone 5 mooted for an appearance later this year I wonder what Apple can deliver to best this lovely tactile experience?
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Tech Review will be moving to a HTML5 reactive web design model, which will allow the same content to work on just about any device.
As an indication of how well Apple's walled garden approach to publishing is going its not very positive...
Those of us who have been around Grand Prix racing for that length of time will often wax lyrical about Gilles supreme car control and some of his astounding drives. He had talent to take the breath away. It was married to an absolute desire to win every lap and it is this that probably led to his untimely death.
At the time of his accident Villeneuve was chasing the qualifying time of his team mate Didier Pironi, who he had accused of stealing victory at the previous race in San Marino. A chilling prediction to never speak to his team mate again and a promise to let his driving do the talking demonstrate the state of mind of the Canadian driver.
The lap on which he was killed was a slowing down lap, Villeneuve had failed to beat his team mate and in, what now appears to have been a black rage, kept his foot in on his slowing down lap. Coming around a corner to find Mass going slowly on the racing line Villeneuve attempted to pass without slowing. Contact was inevitable and Gilles was thrown to his death from the cartwheeling car.
It was a terrible loss of a wonderful man out of the car and a driver who could be sublime, ridiculous, crazy and dangerous in one lap, never mind a whole race.
Gilles will probably never feature on many top ten drivers lists. Yet on his day, in the right circumstances he was untouchable. His day just never came around often enough.
Friday, 4 May 2012
As for the phone, well at first glance its a big step up from the S2 and Galaxy Nexus... but some of the new features bear some investigating in terms of performance before we get too excited about them.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
So all you team managers with your fingers on the redial button best give it up now... he won't be answering.