A phone that trades hair-do for can-do

Verizon Wireless (majority owned by Vodafone Corporation in Europe) started to slang a lil’ mud towards the Death Star crew this past Holiday season and out of all the ads they ran, this one reminded me most of one of my favorites from the 80’s: SEGADOESWHATNINTEDONT! What do you guys thing, does the DROID melt the 3G S? Sound off!

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VZW does a bare knuckle punch to The Death Star

So as @boygenius first reported yesterday, Verizon Wireless is drastically reducing their rate plans as part of their combined smartphone offensive consisting of lower prices, network superiority & advanced devices. This is news in itself usually, but combined with the joint responses of T-Mobile and AT&T Mobility it actually starts to get seriously interesting as the Death Star responded by matching their overpriced rates along with T-Mobile lowering hardware prices! Count this one as the free market working for once, kids! Sprint meanwhile is expected to announce a device, launch it with bad hardware and expect people to remember they bought Nextel for some reason only known to the Dali Lama. Can you hear me now?

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Windows Mobile 7 delayed. Again.

Chalk this up to MSFT just absolutely having zero clue how to execute in the mobile space, especially since it took them almost TWO YEARS (!) to go from 6.0 to 6.1 then 6.5! And keep in mind, all of this is the same shitty Windows CE code that was originally WinMo 4 & 5! Windows mobile 7 was actually supposed to be out early last year but somehow Microsoft managed to fuck that up as well. 

Look, I am a die in the wool Microsoft guy. Well, at least I was now that I think about it! I Had an X-Box & a 360) until the 2nd 360 I bought died on me. I canceled my Zune HD pre order because it was very 'meh'. Also, when it came time to get a new phone last year, I didn't even consider Windows Mobile. I got a Palm Pre. Yeah, that was a genuine turd-ball hardware wise, but software wise, wow, Palm has a winner! Finally, I just gave in and said fuck it and bought a Droid for New Years. Windows what? Android is the future and its here, now.

What do You think? Please add to the discussion here or on twitter @SouthBay_Mike

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Google Voice Invites

As I have been looking at setting up my new @Motorola #Droid , I relaized I could finally start utilizing & leveraging the power of the Google with the native Android 2.0 app. So, as I was on the admin site for my account & realized

Holy Smokes, Ive got oodles and oodles of Google Voice invites to dish out!

The result being, if youd like one, (or two if your cute!)  just make a comment here or @SouthBay_Mike on Twitter with the hash-tag #TechBlended!

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Groundbreaking 3.5G Android Device Announced by Qualcomm, HP & Google

BREAKING: Qualcomm tweets announcement ahead of Steve Ballmers keynote about a new Tablet PC, announced tonight!

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform delivers significant competitive advantages to our customers, enabling them to feature exceptional performance, ubiquitous connectivity and powerful multimedia in devices ranging from mobile handsets to smartbooks.

I’m excited to see what this product actually feels like and what U.S. carriers will provide, sell, service and market this product. I have a feeling Verizon Wireless will be the front-runner! Sprint, where are you?

Developers, developers, developers!

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Best Buy Optimization Is Fraudulent, Predatory & Illegal

Best Buy attempting to sell you a $2800 Netbook

This is one that I am confident that most of you have experienced. You get the Sunday ad, see the special, drive down with your hard-earned money having to deal with assholes all week at work, to buy that computer that you need to upgrade your digital life, social networks and more, ask the annoyingly hip teenager to obtain said unit after flagging like four people down and you get This: “Im sorry, we only have the optimized versions in stock”. I experience this all the time trying to find deals for my clients and purchasing said items on their behalf for solutions. And I always see family’s listening intently to the sales pitch of said Blue Shirt wearing bullshit spewing Neanderthals.

Tests actually scored about 32% worse than the non-optimized setup. We have been unable to isolate the source of this performance change. On none of the three tested laptops did the optimized settings give a performance boost in our test.

I am so sick of Best Buy and all of their marketing bullshit, from giving away a FREE twitter application on an audio CD, to Geek Squad being worthless and unethical, to their recent practices of bundling items to get mythical discounts that don’t truly exist and inflate their profits even more. Where the hell is the Obama Justice Department? Perhaps too bust getting lobbied by Verizon to keep their $350 Early Termination Fees. If we needed the EFF, we need them more than ever now. So say we all.

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Google Nexus One sneak peak!

Very attractive packaging

This one is truly worthy of the exclamation point in the title, gang as @joshuatopolsky has scored an exclusive hands on preview and full on unboxing of the HTC Passion/Google Nexus One.

The thing that’s struck us most (so far) about the Nexus One thus far is the fact that it’s really not very different from the Droid in any substantial way.

Josh has scored the first super clear video of the stock Android 2.1 ‘with Google’ UI experience and it is exciting in the fact that all HTC Hero, Droid Eris & Samsung Moments will be running this very same OS this quarter! I can only imagine with all the software optimizations that have been made in the coding, especially for the graphics, how much smoother and just more fun in general our phones (and investments) will be this coming year. The year of the Droid.

…And its Official!

UPDATE: Courtesy of @Gizmodo, more shots

Nexus One basic specs

Nexus One Back

Nexus One Front View

HTC CEO Peter Chou

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