$3.19 & 20-Years Worth of iPhone Charges

I don’t know if I’m more impressed with concept that one gallon of gas could provide 7,300 charges or that our automobiles can’t seem to get consistently better than 25miles using the same quantity of fuel.  Yeah, yeah,… I understand that moving a 2,000 hunk of steel is different that filling up a 1420mAh lithium-polymer battery.

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It’s true. According to Bill Colton, a VP at ExxonMobil, a single gallon of gas has enough energy to charge an iPhone once a day for 20 years. Of course, that’s never going to happen but it’s a point ExxonMobil uses to stress the fact that there is a lot of energy in gasoline.

That number is striking though. 20 years? And then you think about what gasoline is used for, fuel for our cars, and it all makes sense (kind of). Our cars which are three thousand some pounds and can hit upwards of 100 mph for miles upon miles rely on gas to work. If gas has enough energy to power that, it definitely has leftover resources to pump up our phones.

ExxonMobil goes on to say that gas is one of the lightest and most energy dense fuels there is, which I could not care less about because all I want now is somebody to figure out how to transform a gallon of gas into a chargeable resource for my iPhone.

iPhone Vs. Incredible - Best Features

It’s a widely held belief by now that the iPhone is coming to Verizon as early as January of 2011.  This is great news for the folks like me that, up until now, have opted for network reliability over device appeal.  I owned the iPhone 3G, but a combination of frustration with AT&T’s network and poor device performance brought on by the update of iOS to 4.0 caused me to jump ship for Verizon and the Droid Incredible.

I’ve been quite happy with my Incredible, but still question whether or not I would welcome the iPhone back with open arms with it’s arrival on the Verizon network.  There are really great things to be said about each device and even features that are mutually exclusive to either device.  Perhaps someone out there can help me settle the debate.

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+ Best media player / media integration.
+ Push notifications.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the iPhone is a great media player.  Not only does iTunes make it easy to shop for movies and music, it’s great for organizing and syncing as well.  Want to hear a specific song or watch a TV episode from your library?  You can search from it right from the home screen and play it in less than 10 seconds.  Even with DoubleTwist, I still find this relatively cumbersome on the Incredible.

The other great feature found on the iPhone comes in the form of Push notifications.  I used this all the time for sports scores and whatnot, but you can have just about any piece of information delivered right to your home screen, whether you’re actively using the device or not.

Droid Incredible
+ PDA-Net
+ Swype

Hands-down, the best app I’ve found for my Incredible is PDA Net.  For $10 it lets me connect my computer to the internet from anywhere I have cell service.  No more paying for wi-fi hot spots, no more being tethered to my desk.  I’ve even used this feature while sitting in the back seat of the car driving down the highway.  That’s pretty sick.  Also, I think it’s something that is probably locked down on the iPhone (please, correct me if I’m wrong).

The other cool thing I’ve experienced through the Android platform is the Swype text input method.  It’s quick, it’s accurate, and it’s kind of fun to use.  Given the bevy of auto-correct issues I’ve seen on the iPhone I’m a little hesitant to give up.

So, is there anything here that I’ve missed?  What features have you found on either of these devices that would make you not want to give it up?  On the other hand, are there features that you miss after having made the switch from one to the other?

De-Evolution

Sure, the Lamarck’s theory of evolution has long since been pushed aside, but I can’t help think that those folks who aren’t eliminated by natural selection as they text while crossing the street are going to develop increasingly poor posture.  Fifty years from now we’ll be a society of humpbacks.

Just remember you saw it here first.

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Brilliant, Weezer.  Well done.

WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST HUMAN MEMORY?

Playing in my sandbox.  Every time I would hear a plane flying overhead I thought it was a lion waiting to pounce on me from behind.

In Case You Weren’t Paying Attention

You know those cute iPhone ‘FaceTime’ commercials out there?  You know, the ones where fathers are united with brace-faced teenagers, deaf people are given a reason to spend $3349.04 (minimum) to own a phone that they can’t even make ‘real’ calls on, and an overseas soldier can watch his wife girlfriend get an ultrasound?  Let’s put aside, for the moment, that I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to be using your phone while you’re getting an ultrasound in the first place and concentrate on the half-second AT&T card that pops up at the end of each of these spots.

AT&T WiFiSee there at the bottom where it reads “nation’s largest Wi-Fi network.”  

WTF?!  You can boast having the largest wi-fi network now?  How about a “more bars… in your own home” campaign? Or, at least include a Starbucks or McDonald’s logo on either side of your silly little blue swirly thing.  No, really.  I searched AT&T’s free public wi-fi locator and found 3 locations for my zip code: two McDonalds and a Starbucks.  Nothing brings that touching meet-your-grandson moment home quite like a pack of school skipping teens wolfing down cheeseburgers behind you.

How sad is it that the most touted feature on your flagship device is only available on a service that you aren’t even responsible for 90% of the time?!  I’d like to see some statistics on just how often the feature is being used outside of a let’s try this because we can scenario.  Strike that, I’d really just love to see AT&T stop being awful.

I came across this a few days ago and thought about sharing it then, but after seeing it again this morning I couldn’t help myself.  I don’t know what I’m more impressed with: evolved features, or a beautifully executed design concept.  Of course just about everything in this space has a UI inspired by the iPhone, but imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, no?  At least until the patent lawsuits start flowing.

Anyhow, this guy over at designfabulous deserves the credit here.  Check it out.

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Oops!? Is iPhone reception problem a “You” problem?

Stangle

Could holding your iPhone, say to make a call, actually cause degredation of your signal causing you to drop a call?  I guess this could give a whole new meaning to hands-free calling.

The following report originally appeared on Cnet.com.

Reports are surfacing that some iPhone 4 users are unwittingly strangling reception via the metal antennas surrounding the phone’s body.

Some iPhone 4 owners in the U.S. are noticing that touching the seams—particularly when holding the iPhone 4 in their bare left hands—interrupts reception, slowly causing the phone to lose its signal.

Using an accessory, like the $29 Rubber Bumper Apple sells to protect the iPhone, would also break your skin’s conductivity and eliminate the problem. Apple has been pushing its bumper—essentially a $30 rubber band—pretty hard, which makes us wonder if the company’s marketing strategy is a cover-up for a known reception issue.