Government Connections - Fall 2010 - (Page 17)

THAT’S TECHNOLOGY Smarter Smartphones By Mike Downard, CGMP BY THE TIME this article is in print, the information contained within it will be outdated. That is the state of the technological society we live in. In the early sixties, Gordon E. Moore coined Moore’s Law that predicted the continued advancement of technology on an exponential scale. In recent months, the law seems insufficient as technology is replaced at an almost incalculable rate. Even as this article is being written, the newest smartphone developed by Research in Motion (RIM) was announced, the Blackberry Torch. In an effort to compete with the advancements of the iPhone and advent of the Android technology supported by Google, RIM is doing their best to bring the ancestor of these new phones back into the argument with consumers. Apple, whose technology market share has doubled as a result of the success of a sequence of customer-focused products like the iPhone, iPad and iPod, recently released their newest AT&T exclusive product, the iPhone 4. Many users of the iPhone are heavily loyal to Apple products, and Apple has responded by doing their best to keep malware away from their products. Recently, a ruling by the Copyright Office allows jailbreaking of these phones. Owners should use caution when considering the removal of Apple’s protective software shield. While this ruling provides iPhone users with access to more, unapproved applications, it puts their phone and personal information at risk. Beyond the iPhone, there have been several companies making efforts to be the imitator, or the next iPhone in popularity. The most likely successor, if we are to see one, would be the new generations of Android phones. Google’s second, and some say third, effort at cell phones has proven to be an impressive success. Moving away from T-mobile exclusivity, Android phones are now available with Verizon, which has a historical reputation of great cellular service, but not always customer service. Sprint also offers new 4G smartphones that are similar, but branded under a different platform. HTC has proven to have a lot of foresight in the smartphone world; they are starting to look like the hardware and software of the future, competing with not Samsung or LG, but Motorola, a long-standing, but steadily impressive developer. For those of you with Blackberry or Palm phones, there is bad news ahead. Although RIM is making efforts to compete with the BlackberryTorch, the past few iterations of Blackberry have all proven to have the same problems as their predecessors. Palm and Blackberry have both been known not for their user-friendliness, but in the IT specialist world for their interfacing with business systems. Now that Google and Apple have created solutions to work with enterprise servers, it is a daunting challenge for RIM and Palm to get back at the front of the market. Today’s Droid X and iPhone 4 are on every technologically savvy consumer’s list as top buys. The innovations by tomorrow may drastically change the atmosphere in smartphones. The best advice anyone can give you for smartphones is to find one you understand and can use at least 50 percent of the functions for. If you have a Blackberry or Palm, Moore’s Law has put you in the past – already! G 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2010

Government Connections - Fall 2010
President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Education Edge
That’s Technology
Supplier Strategy
Plan Green
Travel Tips and Trends
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
The Lean Approach to E-mail Management
Connecting to the Next Generation
Cows, People and Flying
Get to Know Your Future Colleagues
FACE TIME – It Matters
VIPs! Where Do I Seat Them at My Meeting?
SGMP Nation
Membership News
Conference Connection
Go Figure
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Fall 2010