Why the iPad Mini is a Failure

Published on Author Eli Fennell

There’s a common narrative, in the tech media, about Apple.  It’s partly exaggeration, but partly true. The narrative is as follows: Apple finds some technology market in desperate need of a polish job, something perhaps on the threshold of being revolutionary but not quite there yet. Apple puts their design brains to work and magics… Continue reading Why the iPad Mini is a Failure

iPad Mini: Proof That Apple is in Decline?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

While some may point to the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, most historians agree that Apple’s fall from the top began in 2012 when, panicked by the success of rival tablets, they released the iPad Mini.  While ultimately a bigger success than the full sized iPad in terms of sales, the Mini was widely panned… Continue reading iPad Mini: Proof That Apple is in Decline?

Does Apple Have a Point About Design? Part 2: Operating Systems

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ iPhone vs. Android is the “Coke vs. Pepsi” of the mobile world.  They’re different, but are they different enough to distinguish at a glance? This, I think, was the source of Steve Jobs’ ire with Android.  If you own an Android, you’ve probably experienced someone glancing at your device and asking,… Continue reading Does Apple Have a Point About Design? Part 2: Operating Systems

September 12th, 2012: The Day the iPhone Changed… Nothing

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ The yearly mating display Apple puts on when it launches the iPhone is over, and all that’s left now is for the dust to settle.  A few times in a generation, Apple launches a product that sends shockwaves through the technology market, pitting rivals old and new in a race for… Continue reading September 12th, 2012: The Day the iPhone Changed… Nothing

Does Apple Have a Point About Design? Part 1: Smartphones & Tablets

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  It would be an aphorism by now to point out that Apple is obsessed with protecting their signature design.  Of course, their definition of signature design based on their pattern of litigation appears to be whatever they can get away with claiming in court, but this isn’t reflected in their own designs, which are… Continue reading Does Apple Have a Point About Design? Part 1: Smartphones & Tablets

Windows Phone’s Purely Symbolic Triumph

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ Windows Phone will rise and Android will be laid low!  At least, that’s the strange and unfounded conclusion some hyperbolic journalists and fans (including a few employed by Redmond) have arrived at after Apple’s strong victory against Samsung in court. A couple Microsofties get to enjoy their moment to gloat on… Continue reading Windows Phone’s Purely Symbolic Triumph

Is A Cease-Fire Near in the Mobile Patent Wars?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Image Credit: Dan Matutina Discuss on Google+ Signs May Point to Android-Apple Settlement If you’re closely following developments in the ongoing “patent warfare” between Apple and Google’s Android OEM partners, it probably seems like a peaceful settlement in the patent wars is as far away as it has ever been, if not further.  But are there… Continue reading Is A Cease-Fire Near in the Mobile Patent Wars?

Judge Lucy Koh is Made to Look Incompetent

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Discuss on Google+ U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh recently granted a rare pre-trial injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Google’s most recent Nexus flagship smartphone running pure Android Ice Cream Sandwich, soon to be upgraded to Jelly Bean). Some would argue that this decision was incompetent on the very… Continue reading Judge Lucy Koh is Made to Look Incompetent

Apple’s Patent War Could Kill the U.S. Mobile Market

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Just as it seemed that the Patent War between Apple and Android was becoming as dull as a Jerry Garcia Guitar Solo and as unproductive as most political debates, a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge in the U.S. appears set to possibly grant Apple a broad patent on multi-touch for touchscreen devices. The Judge… Continue reading Apple’s Patent War Could Kill the U.S. Mobile Market

Tablet Apps and the Tech Nerd Echo Chamber

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Not enough tablet-optimized apps… If I had a dime for every time a fellow tech nerd said that this was the reason Android tablets haven’t kicked butt on the market, I’d be a rich man.  I respect many of the people who hold this opinion, but I think they’re completely wrong and are just endlessly… Continue reading Tablet Apps and the Tech Nerd Echo Chamber