Apple is evil, Part 2

Apple just effectively banned 2 very good products for building (native) iPhone applications. Up until OS 4.0, these apps were perfectly fine, and you are probably using an app built using one of those 2 technologies already:

  • Adobe’s Flash to iPhone compiler
  • Novell’s MonoTouch
  • Unity 3D might be effected, but not quite sure yet
So yep.. Apple is evil.

Google Android

In the United States, its hard to find a smartphone being advertised that isn’t powered by Android (except for the “JesusPhone” aka the iPhone – the biggest piece of crap ever made, come on, my old Motorola W490 FEATURE PHONE could at least do multiple things at once)

So, I’m making a list of all of the ones currently available on all the major carriers in the United States:
Prices are as of 11/27/2009 at 1:30 PM from their respective websites
T-Mobile USA
  • T-Mobile G1 – $129.99 with 2 year contract, $399.99 or $20/mo without
  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G – $149.99 with 2 year contract, $399.99 or $20/mo without
  • Motorola CLIQ – $149.99 with 2 year contract, $349.99 or $17/mo without
  • Samsung Behold II – $229.99 with 2 year contract, $449.99 or $22/mo without
Verizon Wireless
  • Motorola DROID – $199.99 with 2 year contract, contract required
  • HTC Droid Eris – $99.99 with 2 year contract, contract required
Sprint PCS
  • HTC Hero – $179.99 with 2 year contract, contract required
  • Samsung Moment – $179.99 with 2 year contract, contract required

Facebook for Android

So.. Facebook and Google have finally released a Facebook application for Android. For this review, I’m testing on the following:

T-Mobile G1 (on the T-Mobile USA network in Atlanta, so full 3G)
OS: Android 1.6
It’s a very basic application, much more so than the Facebook application for Blackberry (which I used through several iterations, owning a Blackberry Pearl 8100, Blackberry Curve 8320, Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220, and using a Blackberry 8800 from work). It doesn’t let you see your Facebook inbox for one, but let’s hope Facebook (well, the Google engineer that is working at Facebook for this application) gets around to adding that feature soon. However, it is very quick at posting messages and loading your news feed (the page you see), and it does let you upload photos and videos (very well integrated with Android) and comment/like on posts. It even has a home screen widget that has a textfield for updating your status and showing recent status updates.