Apple – iTunes for your Mobile Phone

Ok, we knew that this was coming. This doesnt interest me in any way, because as I said earlier, there are now plenty of smartphone models with MP3 players. The best introduction though, is the iPod nano. Here is an iPod which I am finally thinking of buying. The thin and tiny form factor coupled with killer looks can make anyone drool for this baby. I think I will probably settle for a black one. The new iTunes is also released, which I am planning to test tonight.

Let us now wait for the reviews of the nano to come out.


iTunes Phone – will it really ‘ROK’ the market?

Though it is still not confirmed, I am sure it is the iTunes phone that Apple/Motorola is going to announce on 7th of this month. (To be frank, I have seen that phone!!) Whether it is going to ‘ROK’ or not is a big question mark, since there are so many music phones in the market today – including the newly announced Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson. The iTunes phone is supposed to have an iPod like interface which is the only advantage I see in this phone. (My HTC Typhoon plays all major audio formats including WMA and MP3, and happily syncs with Windows Media Player 10.). Let us wait till 7th to find out whats the big story.

Another rumour doing the rounds is the video ipod. Again many of the smartphones in the market today support video playback. So whats the big deal? Just that it is from apple?

HTC Universal is out, much earlier than expected!

The first Windows Mobile 5 based phone is out. And what a phone it is! It is almost like a mini laptop. You can also use it like a tablet PC because of its swivelling screen. Important things to note about this phone are the QWERTY keyboard, VGA Screen, Dual camera and above all, 3G/UMTS!! Because of 3G support, your phone will have a guaranteed life of atleast 3 years, since it will take that much time for 3G to be rolled out in India.

There are so many more interesting features in this phone that, you need atleast two web pages to list all. From the messaging point of view, you get push email similar to blackberry almost at no extra cost. You only need to patch your organizations’ exchange server. Microsoft has released the beta version of this patch, final being expected next month. Another noteworthy thing is video call (so far seen only in sci-fi movies) – you can see the other person while talking on the phone. With 3G, you can still be downloading data while a voice call is in progress (GPRS/EDGE need dedicated channels, so voice call is not possible while you are browsing/downloading or while you are using skype). The phone also supports Wi-Fi and bluetooth. WM 5 also has lot of cool features including improved office applications. Office documents can now be opened in native form – no conversion required! Ironically, Palm OS is supporting native documents for a long time now.

Slated to be released sometime in mid of October in 2005, the phone is already available at many online retailers in UK. I expect this to be in India sometime in January next year. It may be branded as KROME and O2.

Here is a review from an MS employee:

PS: There is a danger of this phone becoming useless in India, since the spectrum issue between CDMA and GSM Operators (Reliance/Tata vs. Rest of the Operators) is still not sorted out by TRAI. The current minister of IT, Dayanidhi Maran is said to be in the pro-GSM lobby, so there is a glimmer of hope here.