Weekly round-up thing

Weekly round-up thingThe weekend again? Where the hell did the week go? Well, Saturday means the obligatory sore head (bleurgh) + rant and/or round-up type thing.

So what happened in the mobile world this week? Quite a lot, actually. Ready, y'all?

I reckon there were two major stories. The first concerned Samsung, and Apple appears to have derailed the super slim Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe (other than the Netherlands). Samsung is appealing, of course, but get your Galaxy Tab 10.1 while you can, just in case.

Apple appears to be going after the Motorola Xoom, too…

The other big story concerned Nokia, and our fears of a non-release for the MeeGo-running N9 in the UK were justified. The Finns explained: “As an organisation Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout and each country decides which products to introduce from those available.

“These decisions are based on a local assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia’s product portfolio and are intended to provide the best local portfolio for the UK market.”

Essentially that translates as: “We want you to buy the Windows Phone 7-based Sea Ray instead.” Well you can stick your Sea Ray up your bum, Nokia. Boo. We want the N9, and – while I’m in rant mode – the QWERTY-toting N950 that developers are rocking.

In a telling survey, 70% of people said they’d rather go without alcohol for a week than their phone. Fair enough. I’d gladly never touch a drop again, the way I’m feeling at the moment. A significant 63% would give up chocolate, 55% caffeine, and 33% reckon they’d rather go seven days without sex than their phone. What the furg?!

Our most commented-on story was the tale of the marketing guy who promises to camp for a month prior to the iPhone 5’s release. Sigh. It’s all a big marketing thingy, and it appears to be working. Look: here I am writing about him again. Enough.

In the land of leaks we got some HTC Puccini screenshots, a look at iOS 5’s speech-to-text, an incredibly revealing Samsung road map, a frankly pointless 10-second video of the LG Prada K2, and a preview of Ice Cream Sandwich.

And that about does it.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2011 at 13:56

Then there is Cameron's threat to close all communications tech if we don't wear ties and our shirts are not buttoned.... which prompted the Bay Area Rapid Transit authority yesterday to actually, yes, switch off mobile comms on/in their stations because of a protest.... Looks like in future our batteries will last a lot longer ;)


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