The week in review

The week in reviewHoly crap, what a week. We’re still playing catch-up with recent goings on.

Apple and Samsung dominated the news once again for various reasons, but – without sounding like a gloomy bugger – it was pretty much all bad news.

The passing of Steve Jobs was of course the biggest story of the week. What can you say? Visionary? Genius? I reckon Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York, put it best when he said:

"Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come."

In other Apple news, the iPhone 4S was finally unveiled, and we weren’t particularly impressed. The camera got an expected bump from 5MP to 8MP, and there’s a dual-core A5 processor (yeah, we all knew that already), but – somewhat surprisingly – the screen size remains 3.5in. Er, ok.

The budget iPhone failed to materialise. You can pick up an 8GB iPhone 3GS for £319, or an 8GB iPhone 4 for £429. Meanwhile, the SIM free iPhone 4S weighs in at £499, £599 and £699 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models respectively.

Samsung wasn’t impressed with the iPhone 4S either, and published a full comparison with the Galaxy S II. However, it’s also trying to block the iPhone 4S’ release in France and Italy. Why? Yep, you guessed it: patents.

We’ve had various Nexus Prime leaks this week, and we were looking forward to Samsung Unpacked in San Diego this coming Tuesday. Alas, that’s been canned (more on this later).

So, Samsung won’t be showing off the Google Nexus Prime, and Google won’t be showing off Ice Cream Sandwich. Apparently “it is just not the right time.” There are suggestions that the giants chose to postpone out of respect for Steve Jobs.

In other Apple/Samsung news, the Californians rejected the South Koreans’ offer Down Under, so the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 won’t be seeing an Australian release any time soon.

Indeed, by the time the whole thing’s ironed out (potentially well into next year), the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will probably have missed the proverbial boat.

To browse the rest of the week’s news, hit this here link.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 9, 2011 at 11:29

I don't get the boohs about the iPhone 4S's 3.5in screen! It's choice.

The HTC HD2 brought 4.3in screens to the masses almost 2 years ago, and other devices followed soon thereafter. Yet in those 2 years the iPhone sold a gazillion times.

So, can we stop pretending 4in plus are new, or that they are a must because of the SGS2 slab-ber?!!! In Q4 2010 both the iPhone and the Nokia N8 outsold the then most popular Android devices, including the 4in SGS(1)...

There clearly is a market for smaller devices.
Had Apple just launched a 4in iPhone, a lot of people would have been p*ssed off.

The 3.5in Galaxy Ace is very popular despite its many bugs. Sony Ericsson quite possibly only survived 2010 because of the cheap X8 and the Mini range. The HTC Wildfire's success ensures HTC can develop giants...

So, there.
I'm really no Apple fanboi, but really!!!

Also, based on most current 8MP phone cams vs the iPhone 4's 5MP shooter, I have the feeling the upgrade to 8MP on the iPhone 4S will be more than a minor one...

And mind you - last time I checked Apple's 13 and 15in MacBooks are doing rather well. Now how's that? I think you can but 17in laptops these days. Now who'd pay double for less screen estate?


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