Our regular dive into what bloggers are saying about smartphones suggests that the perfect handset requires only one hand and can do many things at the same time. Meanwhile, UK newspapers hit back at the BBC.
After the dust settled on Apple's iPad launch, the general consensus from tech enthusiasts (none of whom have seen the thing) was: nice, but where's the Flash support? Also: it needs to do more than one thing at once, like a proper computer.
Multitasking in smartphones
Multitasking in smartphones is a bigger deal than you might think: relatively few of them have it, but consumers are beginning to ask for it.
Games marketer and blogger Bruce Everiss is one such tech-savvy phone consumer. In his Bruce On Games blog he explains why he eschewed 'fashion', and went for a Nokia 5800 as his new smartphone. And it's not just because all the Nokia phones he's owned have 'been good'. Largely, it's because - unlike the Apple iPhone 3GS - the 5800 supports multitasking.
"I cannot believe anybody selling a general purpose computer that isn't. Non multitasking is a primitive restriction from our historic past."
Bruce also points to the other big 'miss' from Apple's smartphone, saying that another reason he went for the Nokia phone was its supports for Flash: "You know, the industry standard for moving images on the internet.
One hand, many tricks
Nokia phones are also famous for being ergonomically sound, but you'd be pushing it to suggest that all tasks could be accomplished with one hand: something that Israeli software developer Else claims for its Intuition software platform.
Else claims its Intuition OS makes it possible to access all the functions, contacts and data in a phone with just one hand. You can read the full story via OSNews.com.
Exclusive to all newspapers: the BBC is too good!
Meanwhile, according to the Latest Gadgets blog, an industry body representing all UK newspapers wants to clip the BBC's wings in the smartphone world.
According to the blog, the NPA believes that the UK's online news market was sewn up by the publicly funded BBC before commercial newspapers had the chance to get into the game. Now the papers want the BBC to hold back so they can get on to people's mobiles.
So, great content from the Beeb for free, but relatively little competition from the independent newspapers, or a more vibrant market that you have to pay for directly - what do you think?
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