Smartphone News: A Million-Plus iPhone 3G S Sales, One New Android Phone
The lines to buy an iPhone may not have been as long as in the previous two iPhone launches -- the Apple Store nearest my home had a mere 100 or so people in line at 9 a.m. on Friday. But the demand was still high enough to yield yet another round of stories of iPhone buyers who couldn't get their new $199-and-up gadgets activated on AT&T Wireless's network.
(This morning's Apple press release is also notable for including a quote from chief executive Steve Jobs that is not followed by "he said while recovering from a recent, successful liver transplant." The Wall Street Journal broke one of this year's odder business stories over the weekend, reporting that Jobs had a liver transplant -- for what exact reasons remain unclear -- about two months ago.)
Meanwhile.... also today, T-Mobile announced its second phone to run Google's Android operating system, the T-Mobile myTouch. This model -- it will be "available for pre-order," an e-mailed press release says, starting July 8 for $199.99 -- runs the 1.5 version of Android, which allows it to dispense with the swing-out physical keyboard of the older T-Mobile G1 in favor of an onscreen keyboard.
Having had the chance to paw over a myTouch for a few minutes last week, I can report that this new model looks and feels considerably sleeker than than the G1. It will also include a T-Mobile-specific Sherpa program that's supposed to customize its searches of nearby establishments to match your own preferences.
But there's already one thing I don't like about this new Android model: its name. Can we please dispense with these Fisher-Price "mySomething" names already? Maybe I'm just grumpy after a decade or so of Microsoft telling me that the files stored in that folder on the desktop are "My Documents" -- really, who else would they belong to? -- but that entire naming convention needs to go.
(Besides, do you really want a moniker that reminds people of this year's biggest flameout in social networking?)
If you were hoping to see the second Android phone in the U.S. market come from another carrier, you'll have to wait a little longer. Both Sprint and Verizon Wireless have said that they plan to sell Android phones, but not until later this year.
I hope to try out T-Mobile's new phone -- see, I just can't bring myself to write its name -- soon, and I am trying out the iPhone 3G S now. That review should run this week; if you're questions about this model or suggestions about aspects of it that I should investigate, leave a note in the comments. And if you can think of a better name for T-Mobile's latest Android device, please suggest that too.
June 22, 2009; 10:37 AM ET
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