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iPhone Informer — Touching the iPhone This Week

iphone-3gTime for our new Wednesday feature that highlights some of the latest iPhone news! I’m really happy with yesterday’s $0.99 purchase of WiFiPhoto for iPhone. I find the need to move pics from my iPhone to a computer several times a day, so the ad-hoc wireless network method is well worth the price of admission.

Another low cost iPhone solution is Skype — it’s actually free. Of course, in the U.S. it’s limited to Wi-Fi calls only. That’s sure to change soon with AT&T’s announcement of allowing ViOP apps to use 3G on the iPhone. A quick check of the Skype blog shows obvious approval of the move, but no timetable on when such functionality will appear in an updated Skype client. Skype isn’t the only game in town, so watch for a number of iPhone clients to be updated in the near future. Bear in mind that this really doesn’t affect Google Voice — currently not supported on the iPhone — since that’s not a true VoIP service.

Also in the news is the expansion of iPhone sales on new carriers. Some exclusive deals are coming to an end, which opens up the market for customers in several countries. Bell in Canada is picking up the iPhone next month, while Telus will also sell it in the Great White North. These moves follow the UK news where O2 won’t be the only iPhone game in town — Vodafone and Orange will pick up it up as well.

One last general observation that I’m curious if you agree or disagree with. I’ve been taking a long hard look at the overall performance of my iPhone 3GS as compared to my Palm Pre. And I’ve added some recent reviews and videos of the HTC Hero into the mix. Overall, the iPhone 3GS seems a tad more responsive than the others when executing similar tasks. Thoughts?

3 Responses to “iPhone Informer — Touching the iPhone This Week”

    • Hero runs on a 528MHz Qualcomm CPU, iPhone 3GS on a Samsung underclocked to 600MHz, and Pre runs a TI OMAP underclocked to 500MHz, so no these aren’t all the same under the hood. I’m wondering how each OS would run on the same hardware… thinking that some are better optimized than others and that it’s not all about the hardware. Of course, to a point it is, but a 15% difference in clock speed isn’t huge. Some folks are reporting that the Pre exhibits less lag than the Hero and yet the Hero has a faster CPU, for example.

    • I believe the iPhone 3G ran on a similar processor to the Hero and that often suffered from poor performance – I guess that’s about the closest you’re likely to get to a like-for-like comparison.

      I also agree that each OS is likely to include optimisations that the others don’t. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hero performs worst in this case too because HTC didn’t write the OS.

      Still, the Hero is really running on a last-gen processor – HTC have done that for years with their WinMo phones and seem to be making the same mistake with their Android phones. I’m no expert on these things but I think there’s more to it than just the processors clock speed.