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This article caught my eye:
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In a heavily commented post on his blog, TechCrunch, uber blogger Michael Arrington updated the world on how he ditched his iPhone and ported his cell phone number to become a GoogleVoice number. His rationale? He was sick of AT&T's (T) bad coverage and sick of Apple's (AAPL) heavy-handed restrictions on iPhone apps. Earlier this weekend, Jason Calacanis, Mahalo.com founder (and also former CEO of Weblogs Inc., which AOL purchased), wrote a strong anti-Apple manifesto on his semi-regular email newsletter. The newsletter reaches thousands of techno-fiends who follow Calacanis avidly.

Add to them GigaOm founder Om Malik, who ditched his iPhone last February and The New York Times' David Pogue, a true Apple lover, and we seem to have a budding rebellion among elite tech journalists against Apple. That's very bad news for Steve Jobs and company.

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I recently bought the iPhone, and I am a big Google fan, so I have become very disappointed that Google's apps are being restricted by Apple.

I like the iPhone a lot, but to be honest, there isn't much it does that the Pre can't do, and it is just a matter of time before people start jumping off the bandwagon.

I like the iphone touchscreen keyboard (I thought I wouldn't but it works fine), and if the Pre had a touchscreen keyboard, I might have bought a Pre (I didn't care for its slide out keyboard).

The iphone may have a bunch of apps to buy, but most are crap, and most are games and timewasters.

I recently dove into Google Voice, and would have loved to have an app for it, and I am pretty pissed that they rejected the GV app that was submitted.

Does anyone think Apple is better off for blowing off Google?
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JPLSU1981178 months
I just got an iphone 3 weeks ago, and strongly feel that this is quite possibly the most useful purchase I have ever made in my life.

I couldn't imagine anyone "choosing" a different phone than this. This is without question the best phone on the market ... it's basically a hand-held computer that has a remarkable "wow factor."

It's not just the apps (which are cool enough in itself), it's the visual voicemail which is ridiculously cool, the unlimited access to "normal" internet, the built in GPS, etc, etc, etc. And then you've got the apps on top of all that, some of which are cool as shite too. It's truly a remarkable phone.

Say Where ... Just say where you want to go, and it maps it for you. no typing necessary.

Urban Spoon ... to help you make a dinner choice

Vlingo ... to update your facebook status on the go without typing

Google ... no need to type, just press a button and say what you want to google.

Bump ... I don't care who you are, this is just cool as hell.
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colorchangintiger178 months
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Bump ... I don't care who you are, this is just cool as hell.


bump is tight, I've only been able to use it once though. :(
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Dallas Tiger178 months
Chicken,I've asked to be invited for a google voice # but so far, no invite. Can you put in a good word for me?
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colorchangintiger178 months
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I was doing 95% of what people are coo-ing over w/ the iphone on my Tmobile MDA 4 years ago. Why is the iphone suddenly such a revolutoin? Because apple made it? Knickerbocker please



Oh, so you had 28 gigs of music, video, and pictures on your MDA? You streamed pandora? You had GPS turn by turn navigation? You could watch MLB games live on your MDA? You could stream your music library over the air using an app like Simplify? You could Shazam a song? You had visual voicemail? You made international VoIP calls via Skype? Knickerbocker please.

I bet that shite was expensive (and slow) as frick 4 years ago.
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LSU Fan 90812178 months
i think apple and google are starting to realize that they're going to have to fight each other as much as microsoft in the future, especially as Google Android keeps making headway in cellphone platforms, and Google is getting into the business of netbooks.


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LSU Fan 90812178 months
also

:request admin:

move to technology board.
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CAD703X178 months
I was doing 95% of what people are coo-ing over w/ the iphone on my Tmobile MDA 4 years ago. Why is the iphone suddenly such a revolutoin? Because apple made it? Knickerbocker please.
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GeauxElliott178 months
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I was doing 95% of what people are coo-ing over w/ the iphone on my Tmobile MDA 4 years ago. Why is the iphone suddenly such a revolutoin? Because apple made it? Knickerbocker please.


Plus the millions flocking to buy and use it on AT&T's overwhelmed network....

Recipe for disappointment IMO
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TigerinATL178 months
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so I have become very disappointed that Google's apps are being restricted by Apple


What's funny is the PSP could have become the iPod Touch years before the iPhone even existed but Sony wanted to control the platform with an iron fist and crushed everything from freeware pdf readers to 3rd party keyboards. Apple is well on their way to becoming Sony, which I think has been one of their goals all along as they move from PC box maker to consumer electronics giant. Be careful what you wish for...

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Does anyone think Apple is better off for blowing off Google?


Apple really should have worked out some sort of revenue sharing deal for the ads that google would display. Although I've heard rumors that they're working on Apple branded search, so maybe there's a reason they are blocking G from the iPhone.

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it is just a matter of time before people start jumping off the bandwagon


Not really. Apple has always been about style and simplicity. That doesn't appeal to everyone. The only reason so many are on the bandwagon now is lack of competition. Would you have even bought an iPhone if you didn't need it for TD testing? It seemed to have some close to deal breaking flaws when you were evaluating it.
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Powerman178 months
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I like the iphone touchscreen keyboard (I thought I wouldn't but it works fine), and if the Pre had a touchscreen keyboard, I might have bought a Pre (I didn't care for its slide out keyboard).

I've heard that there may be an app for a touchscreen keyboard coming out eventually

I like the Pre but I don't like the sliding mechanism. I have no problems with the keyboard itself
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TigerStripes06178 months
apple will survive based solely on the apple fanboy douchebags that refuse to buy anything but apple for no other reason than its apple.

i have an iPhone and i love it...its the best phone available...but apple computers are shite.
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DirtyDellTiger178 months
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its the best phone available


why do you say this?
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TigerStripes06178 months
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why do you say this?



why wouldn't I? what phone can do nearly the amount of things and do them nearly as well as the iphone?
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TulaneTigerFan178 months
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i have an iPhone and i love it...its the best phone available...but apple computers are shite.


you've got that backwards
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HeadyMurphey178 months
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and it is just a matter of time before people start jumping off the bandwagon.


I feel glad I never got on it. Apple does some real shady stuff, but most people don't notice or care. Just take ITunes for example.
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LSU316178 months
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Just take ITunes for example.


You could use that to argue against these blogs as well.....cause Apple eventually shite canned the DRM on itunes and IMO will eventually cave to google voice apps......I think if google wouldn't have gotten in the mobile phone OS business this whole thing would be a moot point and we would have google voice on our phones now.....unless att is the driving force behind the google voice restriction which is highly possible
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Chicken178 months
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unless att is the driving force behind the google voice restriction which is highly possible
that was the first thoughts of many, but AT&T allows the Google Voice app for their Blackberry's, so this is clearly an Apple issue.

Apple is scared that people will be using Google apps for mail, calendar, phone calls, text, voicemail...and not using the Apple apps that come with the phone and leave a lot to be desired.
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HeadyMurphey178 months
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Apple is scared that people will be using Google apps for mail, calendar, phone calls, text, voicemail...and not using the Apple apps that come with the phone and leave a lot to be desired.


Yep, I guess you really can't blame them either.
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