Before the WWDC 2010 keynote began, my colleague CNET News reporter Ina Fried sent out the following tweet, "My question for #wwdc, How much tougher is life about to get today for the Windows Phone 7 team?"
It's a thought I had as well and now that iPhone 4 has been revealed, I think the answer is pretty clear: Very tough. Not that WP7 wasn't already heading in that direction in the first place.
This marks the second Android-based smartphone for the carrier, following last year's HTC Hero. The Milestone sports a similar design and feature set as the Motorola Droid, which includes a 3.7-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED, but ships with Android 2.1. Other details include an 8GB microSD card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and support for Cellular South's 3G network.
Also, good news for Cellular South customers, as … Read more
Editors' note: The following is CNET UK's review of the Dell Streak. Once the product is available in the U.S., we will update our Dell Streak product page with a new review specific to U.S. consumers.
If bigger is better, then the Dell Streak is the greatest smartphone in the world. But size isn't everything, and although the Streak's large screen and powerful Android operating system provide heaps of fun, it needs some more polish before it lives up to our Android tablet fantasies.
Mega phone Is the Streak a phone or a tablet? We … Read more
One of the most hyped features of the new iPhone, known as iPhone 4, is the new screen. Apple bombastically calls it the Retina display, citing a host of improvements over the current screen, which has gone three years without a major update. But what does it all mean?
Judging from the specs alone, the new screen will look better than before. That's a good thing by objective standards, and we'll get into the improvements below, but first a word of caution about relying on published specs when it comes to screens in general.
Improvements, especially resolution, tend to have diminishing returns--it's really tough to see the difference between same-sized 1080p and 720p TVs with moving video, for example. The way a manufacturer implements the technology, for aspects like color reproduction, reflectivity, and gamma, can have a larger impact on image quality than any published specs. Finally, the content, the viewing environment, and even your own visual acuity all affect how an image will look to you on the new iPhone 4's screen.
960x640 resolution: This is the native resolution of the Retina display, which crams 614,400 pixels onto a 3.5-inch diagonal screen (326 pixels per inch). That's four times as many pixels as the current iPhone, which has a 320x480 native resolution on the same-sized screen (163 PPI), and significantly more than newer competitors like the Motorola Droid (854x480, 265 PPI) and the Nexus One (800x480, 252 PPI), for example. As Jobs pointed out, 300 PPI is typically regarded as the limit of useful pixel density, and the iPhone 4's mark of 326 is among the best available on any display.
Text, especially smaller fonts, should appear sharper and less pixelated when you look closely in a side-by-side comparison between the old and new iPhones. The difference with photos will be a lot more subtle, on the other hand, while the difference with moving video might not be visible at all. It's simply easier to see differences in resolution with black-and-white, line-based material, especially when it's not moving. In any case, you'll have to look closely to see them. Compared with other screens with higher pixel densities than the current iPhone, the differences in detail will be even smaller.
We say "should" because material that's not designed for the higher resolution--Jobs said the new iPhone iOS 4 would be, and encouraged App designers to update to higher rez--has to be scaled to fit the pixels.… Read more
As time ticked on in Steve Jobs' keynote at Monday's WWDC conference, we kept waiting for the Apple chief to showcase the iPhone 4's front-facing camera. When he finally did, it wasn't a Skype video conferencing app that many expected, but Apple's own software, called FaceTime.
FaceTime is built into the version 4 operating system that Apple is now calling iOS 4, since it powers the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Using the front-facing camera, two callers will be able to see and hear each other in a high-definition video call.
The good news is that FaceTime will require no setup, so firing up video chats should be intuitive even for VoIP novices. Here's the setback: at launch, FaceTime will run only over Wi-Fi, and only on the iPhone 4.
We understand that hardware and software requirements like a front-facing camera and HD video recorder would cause Apple to limit FaceTime calls to between iPhone 4 phones, but we are surprised that Apple isn't taking advantage of 3G calling, particularly since it's been six months since the company allowed third-party developers to add 3G calls to VoIP apps.
The bigger question on our minds, however, is just how big a blow FaceTime will deliver to Skype and other competing VoIP services.… Read more
It seems no one was really prepared for the huge demand for the HTC Evo 4G. Not only did Sprint and other retailers run out of the devices, but Qik, the provider for the Evo 4G's video chat app, was also overwhelmed by the phone's popularity and ended up having to temporarily pull the app.
Actually, the problems started early for Qik when customers complained that they couldn't even find the Qik video chat app in the Android Market, but fortunately, Google quickly came up with a workaround so users could discover and download the app from … Read more
For the last few years Flip Video has sold millions of its pocket camcorders, but it's days of dominating the market may be numbered as Apple has introduced HD video capture to the iPhone 4, essentially turning every new iPhone into a Flip camcorder.
Here at CNET we've been waiting for this day to arrive and only thought it would be a matter of time before Apple brought HD video to the iPhone after it added standard-definition video capture to the iPhone 3GS last year. Like the Flip Video Mino HD and Ultra HD, the iPhone will capture … Read more
Since Apple gave us a sneak peek back in April of what's new on the iPhone's latest OS, CEO Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote speech (live blog) failed to blow us away. However, Jobs did claim 1,500 incremental improvements to the new operating system, including a new name: iOS 4.
New name: Apple is calling its new OS "iOS 4," since it works for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Multitasking: At long last, we'll be able to run multiple apps--including third-party apps--at the same time.
E-mail: iOS 4 gets a unified in-box for multiple e-mail accounts. It includes threaded e-mail conversations and the ability to delete all conversations at once.
Folders: Create folders by dragging one app on top of another, a good way to create a sort-of application launcher. You can rename folders and drag on more apps at any time.
Camera software: As camera hardware jumps from 3 megapixels to 5, the onboard software gets 5x digital zoom and tap to focus.
HD video recording: New to iOS 4 is a high-def recording rate of 720p at 30 frames per second (and keeps the LED flash on for HD recordings). One-click sharing from the phone.
iMovie for iPhone: The iMovies app can edit HD videos from the phone. From there, you'll be able to MMS, share videos via MobileMe, YouTube, and e-mail--but notably not through Facebook. iMovie will be able to pan and zoom and add effects, transitions, and themes. It will also tack geolocation into the movie titles. You can record videos directly into a video timeline and pinch to change the scale or drag to trim or edit the video. You'll also be able to choose your export size. iMovie will cost $4.99 in the App Store. … Read more
We knew the HTC Evo 4G was going to be hot, but we just didn't know how hot. Well, apparently it was hot enough to break records.
Though it wouldn't provide specific numbers, Sprint said on Monday that it sold more Evo 4Gs in a single day than any other phone. Previously, the record was held by the Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre. In fact, Evo 4G sales on launch day were three times the number of Instinct and Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined--pretty impressive.
Unfortunately, the high demand also led … Read more