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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Playbook, iphone, and google android phone

I am busy in the summer to work for the nserc engage project. We are using RIM’s playbook for a hospital application. At the same time, I am a three years user of iPhone 3 and a new user to Google’s Nexus S.

Playbook: the Hospital has an iphone solution already. But for some reasons, they want the playbook solution. Why? Do not think that once you use iPhone, you cannot live without it. Playbook has its advantage, maybe simply because it is not an iPhone. Many reasons. One of them is that iPhone is too much a consumer device and we need a more serious and professional hand held device in the Hospital. Long live the Playbook. I hope.

iPhone: I agree iPhone is so far the best phone in its usability. All the details are considered for the user to use it without any efforts. The user experience is wonderful. And you can show off among your friends. But if you are software engineer, you know the software design can still be improved.

Nexus S: I took 10 minutes and many tries to open its rear lid to put its battery in! I did not hear the clicks when I type on the soft keyboard. The default setting is vibrating. And the automatic time adjust did not give me the right time (thinking it gets my location correct). Heee, I want my iPhone back. My iPhone was an easy pick-up and use. Why should I go through all the hassles before I can play with it? Cannot you just copy these details from iPhone? But Nexus has a lot of cool apps from google. Even so, I do not see what I want most: I want a piece of software to read the ebooks to me. I also want apps to listen to radios and TV.
And I am building a cool app for the mobile device too with my students. The playbook one is cool. I still have another one.


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