Woman Partner + iPhone = You Need This

A friend sent me the link to this site and at first I was a bit weirded out… but then it started to make a lot of sense. This guy sells software for the iPhone that alerts you with red, yellow and green zones corresponding to when your girlfriend or wife, etc, is having her monthly menstrual cycle.

Admittedly a bit weird, but I KNOW someone can use this…

iPhone Software >

Increase Battery Life with New 3G iPhone, Apple’s Tips

Apple has some great suggestions for helping you save some precious battery life in your new expensive as all hell 3G iPhone… don’t use it for anything it was made for. Really. That’s their solution to extending your battery life. These eleven tips come straight from Apple… (and my comments italicized)

Apple’s New 3G iPhone battery life increasers:

  • Turn off 3G. Why buy the new iPhone WITH 3G then?
  • Minimize use of location services. Go back to using maps and telephone directories.
  • Fetch new data less frequently. Instead of surfing the web for 30 mins, try to make it just 15. You’ll save more battery.
  • Turn off push mail. You don’t really want to be notified of all email coming in. Oh wait, is that why you BOUGHT the iPhone… oh. Well, just turn it off – the battery lasts longer that way.
  • Auto-check fewer email accounts. Rearrange your whole incoming email scheme to include just 1 or 2 email accounts and then you’ll have more battery! Never mind that you have 3 companies and 16 email accounts you need to keep separate.
  • Minimize use of third-party applications. Don’t visit our apps stores because apps drain batteries. You want longer battery life, right?
  • Turn off Wi-Fi.
  • Turn off Bluetooth
  • Use Airplane Mode in low- or no-coverage areas
  • Adjust brightness
  • Turn off EQ

What the hell is left?

Basically, Apple is saying, ‘Don’t use the iPhone because we’re too damn dumb to listen to what every mobile phone user has been saying for over a decade about every mobile phone that was ever made…”

WE NEED THE BATTERY
TO LAST AT LEAST A WEEK!!

Can you do that?

You can give me GPS so I know where I am in the middle of a desert. You can give me broadband WIFI access invisibly through the air and yet you can’t make the battery in my phone another 2.34 square inches larger so I can use it for a week taking liberal advantage of all the outrageously priced features I PAID FOR.

You know?

What IS this game?

I’ll buy an Apple iPhone when their CEO and all officers of the corp. pull their fat heads out of their sphincters.

Here Apple is basically telling you that you don’t need all the features you just paid for in their iPhone.

If you want to save battery buy one of these phones – they have none of the advanced features of the iPhone – but they’ve got battery life to spare…

from www.oxfam.org.uk


from www.mobilitywatch.com

Thailand Apple iPhone Vs. Nokia e70

The Apple iPhone is NOT a phone that I would buy – even if I could get it here in Thailand. Supposedly availability of the iPhone in Thailand will be 1st quarter of 2008. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Here’s a very brief rundown of the Apple iPhone vs. Nokia e70 which I have now and use daily.

I don’t know what features the iPhone will have when it hits Asia – but it needs to make some serious changes before I’d purchase it for $599 USD. (19,257 b).

Price:
The iPhone is priced the same as my Nokia e70 according to today’s exchange rate (32.70/1). The e70 was 19,200 at Telewiz when I bought it in March. That’s expensive as hell, but it does so much that to me it was well worth it. I think the prices have come down a thousand or two by now. Don’t quote me on that.

Keyboards:
Apple’s iPhone has a virtual keyboard as part of the software. A number of people testing have already said that they can’t seem to “get it” when trying to type out a paragraph or so. There is also a hard to find comma – which is stupidity defined. I use commas EVERY time I write, and it’s making me wonder where the dash (-) is because I use that 9 times more than commas.

The Nokia e70 has a full QWERTY keyboard with comma that is large enough for my big fingers to type on. It has a full row of numbers at the top and full shift capability. It even has a Thai Keyboard written on the keys as well.

Storage:
The Ipod comes with 4GB or 8GB of storage. I have a whopping 1GB plus another 64 on phone so my phone is lacking in storage, BUT I have the opportunity to expand it at any time since there is a memory slot. The iPhone HAS NO MEMORY SLOT for additional storage.

Camera:
The iPhone has a 2MP camera. So does the Nokia e70. The iPhone takes photos, but NO VIDEO! WHAT? Yes, it’s true – the iPhone takes NO video. The Nokia e70 has 3 different resolutions of video available and it works incredibly well. There is also a zoom on the video – and none was mentioned for the iPhone in the review I saw – but it MUST have one right?

Connectivity:
With the iPhone you can use WIFI, EDGE. With the Nokia e70 you can use WIFI, EDGE, CDMA, 3G, Infrared, BlueTooth, VOIP and use your phone as a modem connection for your laptop so you don’t need to buy one of those stupid PCMCIA EDGE cards for your notebook – which are 10,000 baht and don’t give you any additional functionality over that of a 4500 baht Nokia phone with EDGE.

Display:
The iPhone has a resolution of 320 x 480 for it’s very large screen. The Nokia e70 has 352 x 416 which, without doing the math I’m going to guess it pretty close.

Weight:
The Nokia e70 is 129 g. the Apple iPhone is 135 g.

Battery Life:
The iPhone claims 5 hours of talk time and the Nokia e70 claims 3.2 – 7.7 hours – depending on how I’m connected.

Operating System:
The Nokia has a Symbian operating system for which many applications have been developed already – like VOIP with FRING for instance (free). Apple’s iPhone will have software developed but give it 6 months to have anything decent. And, give it a year or more before it has anything approaching the amount of programs already in existence for the Nokia e70.

I’ve used the Nokia e70 for about 3 months. It is very stable and works very well with EDGE service in Pattaya, Bangkok, and other areas on both AIS and DTAC SIM cards. The phone has not locked up on me EVER, though I’ve turned it off and back on 3 times to get it working faster. I’ve never lost data. I’ve never scratched it – so the exterior can be called “tough”. The web browsing is easy with the joystick and the keyboard is heaven compared to the Nokia e65 that didn’t have one.

Overall I think the iPhone is an OK device, however, it has some serious shortcomings. Lack of 3G, lack of video capability!, lack of a solid keyboard, lack of a memory slot and lack of availability for another 7 months (or more) is just too much for me. Add to that there will be software problems for a while and other things to work out in Asia because the phone was really made for the USA and the networks and users there.

I will stick to Nokia e-series while I’m in Thailand.

By the way, I’m selling my Nokia e70 if you didn’t already know. I’m moving back to the states at some point and I won’t need all the functionality it has back there. There are NO scratches and it works perfectly. All original paperwork and the box included.

Photos and full specs:

Nokia e70 for sale in Thailand > (11,900 baht)

Online Advertising in Thailand: Does it Exist?

Online Advertising in Thailand: Does it Exist?

If you are an expat in Thailand or a very fluent reader of English – and they DO exist here… you may have asked yourself the question… is there any online advertising in Thailand? Can I advertise my site on other sites in Thailand and have it make a difference at all? Does Google Adsense and Adwords work for all types of sites? The answers to these and more are within the scope of this article.

Internet advertising (online advertising) is only in it’s infancy here in Thailand.

I’ve heard some great things from Thai people – regarding the attention they pay to advertisements – they EAT THEM UP. People on the streets, in the cars, or riding the motorbikes are looking at the signs for everything. They’re reading the ads. I used to help my friend put up stickers around the city for an English course she was having and we’d put the stickers at the bus terminals, near schools, near hospitals, at stores, etc. You know, there were many times I was driving around after that and saw people actually reading the signs! I saw 2 monks reading the ad we had put up!

Advertising and marketing work here in Thailand – though it’s kind of hard to monetize at the present. Thais’ don’t readily give credit card numbers over the internet – or use their ATM cards online much at all. There is a growing percentage of Thais that HAVE credit cards and ATMS that could be used as a debit card or a VISA, but very, very few in the general population – maybe 5%? It’s only a guess. I don’t think more than that.

Just about EVERYONE has an ATM card here in Thailand. Transfers of cash, if needed, can be made at the ATM machine and transferred to someone else’s account to pay for something. Stores in Bangkok offer this option. Thais’ can surf their electronics stores and order online – promising to send the money by ATM transfer. Once transferred they can notify the store it was completed and the store will send the merchandise.

Now… how does this relate to your website in Thailand – and blogging in Thailand? Well, you aren’t likely to have ANYONE pay by credit card for something that you have for sale online. E-commerce in this manner is just about non-existent. It happens, but it isn’t something that you need to even pursue right now. Forget about a shopping cart system for your website selling products or services to Thai people. It just won’t work well. You’ve gotta go with the flow. The flow is toward getting them to use their ATM transfer of funds to monetize your site.

So, you must give your bank information to potential buyers of your service if you are hoping to have some sales as a result of your online efforts.

Since being here I’ve transferred money to pay for my rent (7000 baht), I’ve bought a hard drive online, and I’ve transferred money to pay for the 2nd half of a motorbike payment. All transactions went smoothly and I have the feeling that they usually do. Thais’ use the ATM transfer system to do a lot of things – even loaning money to each other in denominations of only a couple hundred baht. They are charged sometimes 20 or even 40 baht for a transfer, but it’s all most of them have.

I think that if you have a web site in Thailand you should try to hit the people that have the cash… College students have some cash, but more importantly they might have access to more cash because they can go to EZ BUY or somewhere to get fast loans. These loans are paid off over a great amount of time and are not followed up on all that well. I have heard of many Thais that buy cars also in this way… they buy a new car… put down the deposit, and then don’t make another payment – and they are driving the car for on average 6-12 months – because the follow-up by the bank to collect on the debt is very slow and inefficient. I know Thai students here that have maxed out their school loans and then gone to EZ BUY or EZ CASH – I forget the name, and get another loan, max it out and don’t pay it either.

There is little accountability in Thailand and the Thais’ know it. Some are using it to their advantage. Others are slow to catch on. Others are morally opposed to it – but it seems that the country is moving away from the morality of traditional Buddhism and more in line with doing what it takes to have what everyone else has. “FACE” is a major issue that the Thais’ MUST have to preserve social standing and their own sense of identity – so it’s of little wonder why things are going as they are.

Blogging with Google Adsense on your blog is hitting English readers and Google’s English based servers. You can add some Thai keywords to your site and probably do quite well with increasing your Thai traffic, but, if your Google ads are clicked on by those in Thailand – it might not do you any good. Advertisers with Google’s Adsense program can choose what countries they will accept clicks from – and pay for those clicks from. If they did not check off Thailand as a place that their ads should be “clickable” they will not pay for the click – and you, as site owner will not get paid for the click either.

That being said, your best bet for blogging in Thailand – or for running a site geared toward making money (from Thailand)… you should have your site hosted on US based web servers. The speed of serving your web pages is critical as the latest accepted figure for how long a person will wait for a new web site’s first page to load after clicking a link for it – is an average of just 4 seconds. If your site is hosted in Thailand – it might be 4 seconds before Thailand’s mishmash of servers, proxies, and routers can do anything at all except receive your request for a page. Thai pages being served in Thailand to outside countries is horrendously slow. TOO slow for you to host your site in Thailand.

Great blogging platforms that exist now and that have servers in the USA are:

Blogger.com (owned by Google, and my personal favorite. Very simple and intuitive to set up)
TypePad.com a simple blog might be free, but most of their blogging systems are pay for service and some swear by them.
wordpress.com – a very customizable blogging platform that programmers and others that like to tinker with EVERYTHING – usually choose.

If you are having someone build a site for you – you should check out “Godaddy.com” web hosting as they have PHENOMENAL deals on sites. My www.ThaiPulse.com site has 100 gigabytes of server space I can use and 1000 gigabytes of file transfer per MONTH I can use. I can serve videos all day and night and not have to worry about using up my bandwidth allotment. Guess how much that site cost for 12 months (pre-paid)? About $68 dollars usd. That is a BARGAIN! I’ve tested the speed of the site and it’s VERY fast. The prices on web sites have really come down. You can pay Godaddy with credit card or even PayPal! So, no excuses, go with a US based server. PLEASE!

If you know you need to advertise to the English speaking population of Thailand – the westerners and the Thais’ you can create a banner or button (graphic) advertisement and pay the sites that have a lot of traffic, to run your advertisement on their site for a certain amount of money usually per month, often times paid for by quarter so they know they have income and that slot filled for 3 months at a time.

Depending what you’re site is – this option may work ok. Try to get a 1 month test and see if the ad works for you by bringing in a good number of visitors that lead to sales – and makes the ad worthwhile. Many millions of dollars are thrown away by people that have ads that aren’t pulling their weight. It’s a hole in the pocket that you can’t let go on and on. Change the ad, change the location of the ad, change the terms of the ad… change everything to see if it can be made to work – and if not – ditch it.

I worked with one company in the USA where I was to examine their online marketing efforts and tell them what they’re doing wrong. The first thing I saw was that they were paying $9000 usd to go.com for ads on the site that were triggered off search engine searches… that brought VERY LITTLE in return. They hadn’t followed up properly to see how much they were getting back, they just figured they were doing gangbusters because Go.com was so successful for a while there. I cancelled that program after a few days of working there. Go.com was a bit upset and offered us all kinds of free ad placements if we kept up the account, but there was no point.

SO, it doesn’t MATTER the quality of the site you are advertising on… it doesn’t mean MONEY for you… it means money for THEM, your money… and money for you is only if you are diligent in making it work for you.

With Google adsense running on your blog – you are the advertiser and the companies that are displaying ads on your site – via Google’s magic are hoping that your site relates to their ads and catches a portion of the people on your site – with a click off to their ad and their site.

Google pays you anywhere from 8 cents to a couple dollars per click on those ads. And, this is where choosing a good topic for your blog is important. Advertisers that are paying Google to run their ads are bidding for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on, spots on your blog pages. Say your site if focused on “MCSE training” – this is a Microsoft certification training course that is very popular – or at least was years ago. The competition for people that have a training package for helping someone get certified is VERY HIGH. These companies try to outbid each other on the terms and get to the 1st spot on your blog because everyone knows that the 1st spot gets the most clicks (usually).

Back when I was keeping up with this phrase “mcse training” some companies were paying as much as $8.00 USD PER CLICK on it to Google. You would get a portion of that – I think half if I’m not mistaken. For anyone that clicked that ad in the number one spot in the Google ads on your blog you’d make $4.00. That’s a LOT for one click. If you had 10 clicks per day you’d be making $1200 usd just on that one ad. You could retire in Thailand on that if you knew it would continue… but you know it may not!

Now, contrast this example with choosing to focus your blog on something that companies are not spitting at each other to compete over.

You focus your blog on toenail cutters. Toenail cutters retail for about 40 baht here in Thailand. That’s 1 dollar usd. How much money do you think one advertiser could afford to spend to bring one person from your toenail cutter blog to their site that sells toenail cutters? Exactly – VERY little. In fact, Google has a 10 cent minimum on all bids for ads – so this would be one of those categories where NOBODY in their right mind would bid even 10 cents per click to put an ad on your site for toenail cutters since if 10 people clicked on the ad at your site leading to their site – and nobody bought toenail clippers – the company just ate the loss. It would be a great conversion rate if a company could sell one of 10 visitors to their site – a product. That’d be a really good conversion rate.

So – the focus – the topic of your blog must be something that relates well to other companies products and for products that have a high value.

Digital cameras, phones, camcorders, mp3 players, DVD players, radios, computers, notebooks are all examples of high-dollar items that do VERY well online. If you had a blog that had a high number of visitors reading it daily and you had ads all over your site, chances are good you’d be doing ok for money. Problem is – these are all VERY competitive e-commerce areas.

The trick then is to find something that isn’t overdone, and is still viable. That’s always the issue… What to blog about!

On the other hand, you could choose to ignore the product topic type blog completely – like I did.

ThaiPulse isn’t focused on any products.

I created this general purpose blog with the idea that I could write so many different articles about Thailand that eventually Google would rank me highly in it’s search engine results for certain subjects that people are searching on everyday. Once this happens I would start to get a lot of readers and some of them would click ads sometimes.

So, by focusing generally on living in Thailand I can write about travel, gadgets, islands, hotels, real estate here, and other topics that have some competition among advertisers and can lead to decent ads on my site which, when clicked, pay me some small amount. The only way I’d be rolling in cash is if I was pulling 40000 visitors per day here. That will likely not happen. But, I can supplement my income with the blog with even a few thousand people per day.

You’ll have to decide what you want to focus on, and, how much competition you want from others. If you can find a new or up and coming product to focus on and you start blogging about it NOW, you can have the jump on others that haven’t even started and will only start after the product arrives. The iPhone was a prime example of this. I started a short blog the day it was announced just to see if I got any traffic – I did get a few hundred visitors – but had I started a month prior – I may have really done well with that blog. I have since given it up as the competition is HUGE for it right now.

Online advertising exists in Thailand. Right now I’m guessing that it’s only good to find other English speaking and reading visitors on the web. You should familiarize yourself with some of the big names in Thailand’s expat community because some of them are pulling 20,000 visitors per day and possibly more. Currently ThaiPulse and the other sites I’ve started are only doing half a thousand or so unique visitors per day, so it may be another 6 months before we’re a good place to advertise to reach a lot of people. But, if you’re interested I’ll talk to you about online advertising with this blog.

Resource for info about:

Google Adsense and Adwords advertising in Thailand >

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Don’t forget you have a CAMERA on your Phone!

Reading the story below I was also reminded of a girl
in the USA that took photos of an attempted
kidnapper’s car license plate as he drove off – with
her cell phone camera.

I can’t recall the number of times I’ve been teaching
and wish I had a camera to capture an especially
funny or dramatic moment, and then I later realized
I had a cell-phone camera that would have done the
trick!

The story below is really quite funny. I don’t think
in reality this would happen more than once in a 100
years, but it’s a good short read anyway…

I hijacked this article from asia.cnet.com >

Camera-phone prevents kidnap attempt

11/02/2007

Talk about the power of media–and multimedia.

On Saturday morning, the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) general manager and his family narrowly escaped a kidnapping or hijacking attempt while driving in the province of Batangas.

The hero who came to their rescue? A journalist who scared off the would-be kidnappers or hijackers by shouting that he was from the media while shooting video using his camera-phone.
Continue reading “Don’t forget you have a CAMERA on your Phone!”

Apple iPhone, Nokia Killer or is 2008 Too Late for Thailand? (Asia)

Apple iPhone, Nokia Killer?

Heads blew up around the world of technology today after Apple CEO Steve Jobs long-awaitedly announced the high-tech Apple iPhone during his Macworld 2007 keynote address in San Francisco. The iPhone, as Jobs proudly named the device to riotous hand clapping, is foreseen to be three devices in one: A cell phone, a wide-screen iPod with touchscreen capability, and an Internet communications device (WIFI).

Cellular operator Cingular was chosen for the iPhone after Verizon contracts got too sticky. We at CNet have YET to actually touch and hold an iPhone yet, but we’re excited to do so… hear that anyone? someone? We’re anxiously awaiting one so we can give it the first thoughts and in-depth review that it deserves. We’re guessing another couple months for a working prototype to fall from the hands of the Apple gods and into our own.

Availability in Thailand (Asia)
As has been widely rumored for months, Cingular (soon to be AT&T) will be the sole iPhone carrier in the USA. Both Apple and Cingular stores will sell the phone on their shelves starting in June 06. Europe will have them fourth quarter, and Asia (Thailand too) will have to wait until 2008 hopefully during the first quarter. This is a bit of strangeness for the USA to get a technology product BEFORE Singapore, Japan, and Thailand. Don’t get too excited though – because that means Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, and the rest of the great mobile phone manufacturers will have a year to surpass what Apple has done. For that reason, I believe the iPhone is almost a non-event here in Asia!

Prices are high, and yet not stratusphere… The 4GB iPhone will cost US $499 with a two-year contract and US $599 for the 8GB version (also with a two-year contract). People in the USA are used to this being locked into a 1 year contract, but a 2 year contract???? WHO is going to go for that? Even a 1 year contract is stifling.

Design
Touchscreen for everything? The iPhone has a smooth design and an innovative interface. Say good-bye to traditional cell phone buttons–this phone is all touch screen, all the time. There is just one hard button on the phone – the “home” key. There is a 3.5″ touchscreen. Resolution of 320×480 with 160 pixels per inch which is the most detailed resolution on an iPod yet. The videos and photos all switch to landscape mode at a touch.

The stylus is not needed – they hope everyone can use their fingers. SUPPOSEDLY the touchscreen will be faster than a traditional pda QWERTY keypad for typing. I’ll believe it when I’m actually doing it.

The huge display necessitates a large phone: iPhone measures 114.3 x 61 x 11.7 mm. No, it won’t slide into smaller pockets, but it joins the similarly sized Palm Treo 750, and its weight (136g) is mostly standard for a handset of this size. Of course, the slim profile is noteworthy as well. I’m happily surprised Apple has jumped on the thin phone bandwagon but the phone should be THINNER to be an iPhone. The iPhone measures thinner than both the Motorola Q and the Samsung Ultra Messaging i600.

Features
It’s quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900), but the data transfer maximum is only 2.5G EDGE networks. Considering the multimedia-friendly feature set, the omission of any 3G compatibility is strange. I’m thinking UMTS and HSDPA will be on the way to Asia by the time it gets here. It’d HAVE TO BE since every other mobile developer will have it in their phones solidly by 2008.

It’s difficult to truly evaluate the iPhone’s capability as a music and video player without some hands-on . A quick look gives us some clues: that, and the fact it’s closely related to the highly rated iPod music player. In quick summary, the iPhone is sure to offer an easy-to-use media playback interface, and the variety of content offered by iTunes (its compatible service) ensures you’ll never be wanting for music or video files. Of course, the touch-screen interface will take some getting used to for users who are accustomed to the iPod’s Clickwheel. Who knows, if the touchscreen is better – iPod freaks will forget all about the click wheel.

The iPhone will not have a limit as to how much of the free memory you can fill up with video and music, unlike the motorola ROKR. There is a built in microphone for audio recordings and a 3.5 mm audio jack with will work with all the latest stereo headphones. There is no FM radio.

One thing is sure: The 3.5-inch wide-screen display is much better for full-length movie-viewing than the 5th Generation iPod’s comparatively tiny 2.5-inch screen. It’s kind of silly that the iPhone does not have a memory slot to add additional memory considering 8Gb is not enough for most iPodder’s library of music OR video. Again, I think by the time it makes it to Asia it will have this or it will get CLOBBERED by Motorola, Sony, and NOKIA which will have everything the IPhone has – but, BETTER minus the cool factor that Apple intrinsically has. In Asia we’re a bunch of technofiles… as much as the Apple Ipod is cool – there is only 1 in the whole school English program at this elite school for Thai kids. That says something since they DO have the latest in electronic gadgets – expensive Nokia phone usually.

In addition to the music player, the iPhone runs on Mac OS X and promises a 2.0-megapixel camera, a photo-management tool that rotates the display for landscape photos (like with videos), support for Google Maps, conference calling, a speakerphone, and text and multimedia messaging. We imagine there will be personal organizer applications as well, but Jobs kept mum on such fine details. Connectivity options also look promising with stereo Bluetooth (thankfully), Wi-Fi (a huge plus), POP3 and IMAP4 e-mail, and a Safari Web browser. The free push Yahoo e-mail app looks especially cool since we won’t have to wait for syncing with a PC.

The iPhone also comes with some unique sensors that detect how you’re using the phone and change the display accordingly. A proximity sensor knows when you bring the phone to your ear and then dims the screen and shuts off the touch screen. The ambient light sensor adjusts brightness and saves power, and the accelerometer knows when to switch between landscape and portrait orientation.

Outlook
After months of iPhone speculation, we were sick of the device even before it came out. But now, well, we have to admit it’s quite cool. The vivid display is especially attractive, and we like the sleek, minimalist design. The touch screen may involve a learning curve, but we’re excited to try it out. The iPod functionality will no doubt draw many, and in particular, we’re glad to see world phone support, the Yahoo e-mail app, stereo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

On the downside, we were hoping for wireless iTunes music downloads. And it’s too bad Apple stopped short of 3G support. Also, we’re hoping that Apple introduces a standalone touch-screen iPod without the phone element as not everyone will want a convergence device. And here’s the biggest caveat: Phones are only as good as the calls they make, so we’ll have to wait for our final assessment once we get a review product. As for battery life, Apple is promising five hours for calling or video and 16 hours in music mode.

Overall, however, and despite the high price, we predict an iPhone success. The iPhone will garner interest simply because it exists, and as such has great potential to move music phones into the mainstream. Nokia’s Xpress music phones and Sony Ericsson’s Walkman handsets present a strong challenge on some level, but Samsung’s new Ultra Music probably stands to take the biggest hit if the two devices go head-to-head.

iPod Killer! Apple creates the iPhone… Will Thailand get it?


iPhone in Thailand? That’s one of the questions I have about Apple’s new iPhone. If we can’t get it here in Thailand then I’m not going to get all worked up over it.

I’ve been wondering what the latest announcements were going to be from Apple – there was some speculation that they would announce an iphone sometime this year – but, it’s HERE now… officially. Yet, on the apple web site it says they cannot sell them yet! Somethng about an FAA license or something… hmmm

The photo on their site says the iphone will be with Cingular wireless – but, will it come to Thailand? Surat Thani? Singapore?

See the iPhone at the apple site >

I’ve been wondering about which phone to get that would keep me in touch with everything I need to be in touch with. I’m writing like 8 blogs that I need to stay in touch with. If this iphone comes with a keyboard then I could update by iphone by sending email to update my blogs.

Right now I have a Motorola e680i – which is awesome… and yet I really want something with a longer battery life. This one needs charged daily and I’d like to get away from that hassle. However, the new iPhone has a 3 1/2 inch display – widescreen for video like the iPod- and I can’t imagine that it’s going to get much out of the battery. BUT, if by chance it DOES – I’ll get one. That’s the only factor I can see that makes it iffy.

This is a quad band phone with wireless, and wifi enabled for high speed internet AND EDGE technology which we have here in Thailand – only in Bangkok, but we have it!

It has 4gb or 8gb of memory internal. It has a 2 megapixel camera. It of course has all video ipod features. It has mac 0s10 or 11. It has a safari web browser and pop email capabilities. AND a bunch of other stuff.

But, the big thing is – how long does the battery last? Ok, I found the detailed specs… pasted below:

Technical SpecificationsScreen size 3.5 inches
Screen resolution 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
Input method Multi-touch
Operating system OS X
Storage 4GB or 8GB
GSM Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
Wireless data Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
Camera 2.0 megapixels
Battery Up to 5 hours
Talk / Video / Browsing
Up to 16 hours
Audio playback
Dimensions 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
Weight 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

Hmmm… up to 5 hours – means – if you’re using the wifi and the browser you’re a gonna get about a 1/5th of that. My phone too says an inflated time… and I can use it for about 1.4 hours online before it dies… or I can use the blue tooth connection in it to connect my laptop wirelessly to the internet – but it will only last a short while – about an hour. :(

It is a very lightweight iphone – I wonder if they’ll make a heavy duty battery. I wonder lots of stuff – let’s see what happens.

Skeptical, but hopeful…

The iPhone is Coming, the iPhone is Coming! (Relax, not until 2008!)


Yeah, the iPhone IS coming to Thailand!

In 2008.

That is how long the FCC license is going to take to get approved for Asia! Is that nuts!???

Will the new iphones show up on eBay before this date? I’m not familiar with the usual timeline for this stuff. I’m thinking that when they do come out in the USA this year sometime then at that point the unlocked iphones will be on eBay and selling. Do these things have a space for a sim card for us in Asia?

The FCC license will be OK for Europe in the last part of 2007 as well, so – Europe uses SIM cards too – so maybe sometime soon.

In the meantime, as a coincidence I saw that NOKIA just released a cool phone -the n900 or n800 or something. It has a large screen, wifi enabled, LINUX operating system -which is very fast and stable – and it has a QWERTY keyboard, TOUCHSCREEN, built in speakers, and a host of other stuff – all of it brilliant… and the phone is supposed to be available in the USA – NOW.

Here is a pic…

Youtube Video for n800 phone >

Wow, I just watched that video… this phone has the Opera 8 browser running on Linux… it’s fast. The thing that’s great -and what my Motorola e680i phone does not have is – this n800 can see video and multimedia in the browser! NICE!.

Here are the N800 specs:

Photos of the device has previously been released, but now the specs are available for the device. The N800 has a 4.1 inch, 800×480 touch screen, 380MHz processor, dual SD memory card slots, 802.11b/g WiFi, 256 MB of Flash ROM, 128 MB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.0, and a built-in camera.

A further update…

After looking online for a bit there are two new MOTO Q’s coming out – a Moto Q gsm model and a q9 model, both of which have nearly everything the iPhone has, and MORE. And they’ll be available this year… one of them in the 2nd quarter and the other in the 2nd half of 2007. Both of which give them a lead on the iPhone.

I think that NOKIA’s E61i, these two Motorolas, the Samsung phones that are coming out – i600 and i760 I believe, as well as the Toshiba and the DOPODS and new Blackberries… all of these will be better options that Apple’s video focused iPhone which adults don’t really care that much about anyway.

A couple days ago I bought a Nokia e65 that has EVERY connectivity option that I can think of. The screen dims itself too. It has transflash cards – very small – and can hold – 2gb at present. That WILL be upgraded by the time 2008 rolls around. I’m betting on it.

EDGE service is making these smartphones a smartbuy since one no longer needs to buy a wireless PCMCIA AIRCARD to access EDGE services. Your phone doubles as the modem for your notebook computer now.

Life is getting good!

Steve Jobs Announces iPhone Accelerometer (ThaiPulse!)

Steve Jobs iPhone Accelerometer announcement at ThaiPulse!
Here’s a quote from Jobs about the sensors it’s outfitted with: “We’ve also got some stuff you can’t see–3 advanced sensors. It’s got a proximity sensor, bring the iPhone to your ear and your display shuts off and touchscreen shuts down. Ambient light sensor–adjusts brightness, saves power. Third thing is an accelerometer, it can tell whether you’re in landscape and portrait.” Also, if you’re rawking out and you start blowing up (you know, if, like, someone calls you), the iPod function automatically fades out the music to take the phone call.

iPhone, the IPOD KILLER… (Apple Kills it)

iPhone > the iPod KILLER!

Leave it to Apple to instigate their own demise!
The new iPhone does everything the iPod video player does, and 9 times more.

Now, assuming this is going to be available here in Thailand – I’m going to get excited at some point this year. It looks like they have an agreement with Cingular – but, who knows? Maybe that only covers the contract in the USA for 2 years exclusively and doesn’t apply to overseas markets. Maybe the iphone is easily hacked and we’ll start seeing them on eBay shortly after they show up in retail stores.

Sure they’ll start at 40,000 Thai Baht ($1000 USD) on eBay for an unlocked iphone, but what the heck… if it really has all the bells and toots they’re saying it does – people will be lining up to buy them. I’m likely going to buy one if microsoft doesn’t turn it’s ZUNE into an iPhone killer! lol… joking of course.

See – this gives a preview of what’s online for this year – 2007. This might be the year of wifi, bluetooth 2.0, widescreen touchscreen phone devices with EDGE and everydamnthingelse. I’m excited for what the next announcements might be from Sony, Nokia, Motorola and the rest of them too. Sure, the iPhone appears to be supercool right now. And, if there’s nothing challenging it – it will be scooped up like lollipops. But, if someone else has something… and it’s maybe CHEAPER than this iphone beast is going to be… well then.

We’ll have to see that – won’t we?

Another iPhone Thailand article >