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The best iPhone case yet

My long quest for the ultimate iPhone case is over. Today, FedEx delivered a Sena Walletskin Case for iPhone 3G, and it’s the nicest looking, feeling and most pratical case I’ve come across.

I’m picky about cases for gadgets, and the Walletskin is the third iPhone case that I’ve gone through. Although some of the others had promise, this one really delivers. First of all, the feel of it is excellent. It’s nicely constructed, the stitching is well-done, and it comes in a nice range of colours and finishes.

But what I really like is the credit card slots. Yes, thanks to a folding flip-down piece, you can fit four cards into it – which effectively means that I don’t need to carry a wallet around. Once less thing to clutter up the pockets.

Plus, while it comes with a belt clip, you can detach it – so you don’t have to have that chunky clip if, like me, you prefer carrying the iPhone in your pocket rather than looking like a geeky dweeb.

I ordered mine from the US, it cost about $65 including shipping (which took a couple of days). Worth every penny.

(If you want other possible options for iPhone cases, I’d recommend checking through the listings on either Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk)

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Joe Wilcox: I’m Googled Now

Joe Wilcox is very tempted by the T-Mobile G1, which, given that he’s been a bit skeptical about the Android project is as much of a surprise to him as it is to anyone else.

I’m much happier with the iPhone than Joe was (he returned his due to the bad call quality), but I’m still pretty tempted by the T-Mobile G1. There’s three things which make me look longingly at it:

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What matters most about the T-Mobile G1: no PC required

Me, for Mobile Computer Mag:

“This is clearly a window into Google’s view of the future – and it’s a scenario that probably keeps many Microsoft executives awake at night. Microsoft’s strength has always been the PC, and much of its marketing and technology has been geared to the idea of having a PC on every desktop. After all, Microsoft’s Office and Windows franchises – the company’s cash (sacred) cows – depend on it.”

Both Microsoft and Apple see the mobile phone as an adjunct to the PC. Because Google has built the software inside the T-Mobile G1 to sync only with its servers in the cloud, this model is broken. The mobile phone gets set free.

Within a few years, I can see a large chunk of people not having their own “personal” computer, but instead relying on their phone for email, web, social networks, and so on. Oh sure, they’ll use PCs – but why would you need your own when all your data lives in the cloud, and you can access that from any machine?

Could Apple’s attitude to developers get any worse?

On the day that Google launched something with a rather different approach, this little gemcomes to light:

“Aparently [sic], Apple has now started labeling their rejection letters with Non-Disclosure (NDA) warnings:
THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MESSAGE IS UNDER NON-DISCLOSURE”

So Apple’s solution to the issue of developers being unhappy about their applications being rejected on spurious pretexts is to try and stop them talking about it to anyone?

It’s this kind of crap that makes me want to make the Mac I’m typing on my last. There has to be way which supports neither convicted monopoly abusers or control-freak obsessives.

Next quarter may be good one for Apple in European smartphone market

While the iPhone has been the big smartphone hit in the US, in Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) Nokia continues to lead the pack, with a market share figure of 71.2% according to the latest figures for Q2 2008 by Canalys.

BlackBerry-maker RIM and Windows Mobile specialist HTC are in second and third place, with 7.2% and 7% respectively. Motorola and Samsung follow these two with 3.4% and 3.2%, while “Others” – including Apple – combine together to reach 8%.

However, it could be good news for Apple next quarter:

“Both HTC and RIM have been making steady progress toward the one million shipments per quarter mark in EMEA and are now very close to each other in market share terms, but it is possible that they will be overtaken by Apple in Q3 following the launch of the iPhone 3G in many countries in the region.”

That, of course, implies that Apple will go from a market share of less than 3% to over 7%, which would be impressive growth. It would also be an indication that the iPhone has really arrived as a worldwide competitor.

Motorola sues Apple executive over trade secrets

Bloomberg.com: Technology:

“Motorola Inc., the largest U.S. mobile-phone maker, sued a former executive now working for Apple Inc., accusing him of disclosing its trade secrets to aid in the marketing of Apple’s iPhone.

Michael Fenger in March ended an almost six-year career at Motorola where he was a vice president for the company’s mobile- device business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is now Apple’s vice president for global iPhone sales, according to a complaint filed yesterday in state court in Chicago”

Apple isn’t named as a defendant, but obviously will be rather unhappy if Motorola wins this one.

An iPhone with a keyboard? And some musings on Steve Jobs

newswireless.net .:. News .:. “An iPhone with a keyboard? Never!” Well,…:

“It is an article of Faith, of course, that whatever Steve Jobs does, is Right. And so, since the iPhone currently has no keyboard on it, it must logically follow that it is wrong to have a keyboard, and therefore that Steve Jobs will never produce a version that does have a keyboard.

Fervent fans can therefore see no reason to change the iPhone from its current ‘type on the touch screen, or not at all’ design. As one of the more zealous remarked when the suggestion was even mentioned: ‘The only people who think it needs a keyboard, are people who have never used it.’

Rumours from inside Cupertino suggest that Jobs himself doesn’t have this sort of religious hangup about his own work. Reports from inside mobile operators show that whether or not he ever makes it work, he is already trying to make a ‘slide-out’ keyboard for a corporate version of the iPhone.”

Jobs is, of course, well known for insisting that something isn’t a viable product, and that no one could possibly want one – right up until the day he launches it. See, for example, his half-decade insistence that the future of the Mac was PowerPC, while he sensibly produced a version which ran on Intel.

(Which reminds me of an example from history, as told to me by one of the former Newton team. Jobs called him and some other Newtoneers into a meeting, in which he held up a Newton. Pointing at it, he said “Apple makes computers. Computer have keyboards. This thing doesn’t have a keyboard.” And, leaving them to draw the inference out himself, he ended the meeting. Fast forward to today, and Apple makes rather a large chunk of money from computers which have no keyboard. Only now, they’re called “iPhone”.)

One thing that anyone watching Apple always needs to bare in mind is this: while Jobs is idolised by a cloud of true believers, he is, in fact, capable of performing strategic back-flips faster than almost anyone in the industry. While the true believers laud whatever thing they think is “the one true way”, Jobs will drop it like a ragged old hat as soon as he believes it’s to Apple’s advantage.

Jobs is ruled by only one true belief: Make the best, deepest, most elegant products you can, preferably with the biggest margin you can get away with.

It’s one of the reasons why I like him.

So why didn’t the first iPhone have 3G, again?

When the first iPhone came out, a lot of noise was made about the lack of 3G. Specifically, battery life was cited by lots of people as the primary reason for this apparent oversight. Headlines like "Jobs: battery life issues delaying 3G iPhone" even suggested that battery life was the canonical reason for no 3G.

This kind of headline actually made Apple look a little stupid. Other phone makers have long managed to get 3G with decent (in fact, often excellent) battery life. If Nokia could do it, why not Apple? But, in fact, the release of the 3G iPhone makes it clear: battery life, while an issue, wasn’t the only reason for the lack of 3g in the first iPhone.

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