Posts Tagged ‘Mobile phone’


Tengo ya casi 1 año un Blackberry 9810 y considero que el teléfono es impresentable, pero aún tiene algunos aspectos que lo hacen insuperable. Debo indicar que, para mi caso, tengo celular principalmente para trabajar.

Entre esos aspectos:

– Es el único  teléfono cuya batería puede completar el día completo

– Con todos los problemas que tengo con el servicio de datos de mi Operador, el servicio de mensajería de Blackberry es el único que funciona aceptablemente.

– El plan Blackberry aún disponible para mi equipo es el mejor costo/beneficio para roaming de voz y datos, lo que es crítico para mí que viajo regularmente en la región.

Cómo dije que yo uso el celular para el trabajo, me tengo que olvidar de usar Instagram, Vine, Pinterest y otros por el estilo. Facebook y Foursquare, hasta Twitter tienen un cliente medianamente aceptable.

Creo que por ahora, tengo que resignarme a seguir utilizando este teléfono a pesar de que la tendencia de aplicaciones me haga ver como un tipo de la prehistoria. En fin, pero hay un factor aún mas importante que últimamente es la que define cuanto tiempo se puede seguir usando un teléfono: el costo.

Actualmente un teléfono smartphone Top suele costar entre 2000 y 2500 soles lo que es alrededor de 900 USD, lo que resulta estratosférico considerando que por ese mismo dinero podríamos comprar una computadora completa. Ante esta situación surge otro concepto al rescate: precio de reventa. Al igual que los automóviles, podemos venderlos luego de un rato a fin de financiar nuestros enfermos impulsos por comprar el último modelo de teléfono con cámara monstruosa o gestos  y super procesadores. De todas maneras, esto requiere de ciertos criterios para poder maximizar nuestros beneficios:

– El principal punto para darle valor a nuestros teléfonos es que estén desbloqueados. Esto se puede conseguir de dos maneras: aquí en Perú, luego de 6 meses de comprado puedes pedir el desbloqueo al Operador, o comprarlo desbloqueado por un precio mayor. Hay un tercero que es desbloquearlo “por ahí” pero no es seguro ni para el teléfono ni que realmente funcione, así que olvídense.

– Mientras menos tiempo tenga de lanzado, mas valor así que vayan por un iPhone 5S dorado, jueguen, abúrranse y luego véndanlo lo antes posible si quieren recuperar algo de su dinero. Aquí pueden ayudarse trayendo un teléfono del extranjero.

– Estado del teléfono. Utilicen sus teléfonos como lo que son: joyas. Así que no los utilicen sin un case protector y si van a usar algún protector para la pantalla, asegurense de no dejar burbújas. Cualquier rayón puede tirar el precio de sus teléfonos al piso.

– Dinero. No estoy diciendo que mediante éste método podrán cambiar de teléfono muy fácil y sin costo, lo que digo es que será más fácil. Igual tendrán que gastar mucho dinero, pero será mucho menos que estár comprando nuevos teléfonos a cada rato.

– Finalmente, si te falla el tema anterior, hay un gran mercado de teléfonos usados de gente desesperada por cambiar que puedes aprovechar, pero tendrás que olvidarte del precio de reventa, pues es muy difícil que estos teléfonos mantengan su precio de reventa. Dentro de esta recomendación está el truco de buscar teléfonos que tengan una que otra rayita que haga bajar el precio y luego solucionarlo con un bonito case.

 

Sugerencia final: Pruébense un celular como si fuera un zapato, hay centros de experiencia donde pueden revisar los teléfonos, apagarlos, prenderlos, ponerles aplicaciones, ver las pantallas, y en fin. No se guien por los carteles de publicidad, ni por el hecho de que sus amigos tienen uno. Personalmente, sugiero que revisen esos MotoX, incluso el Moto G es recomendado por muchos y lo más importante es que tiene un precio súmamente bajo, mi otra sugerencia se va a los Nokia Lumia donde Windows Phone 8 les da una forma fácil y rápida de usar sus aplicaciones, además ya tiene Instagram


This is my first post in english because the topic that i need to explain is global. It’s about what kind of mobile device we need now or in the future.

Mobility is mandatory these days, not only for workers, for everyone. When i started my University life i bought my first cellphone, that is about 20 years ago. At that time, that was a superfluous device  in my parents opinion. Today, they can’t live without their cellphones.

So, first point mobility is a need for everyone. Now we have to clarify and define this need.

A mobile device has two components: the device itself that is hardware and software, and a service, that is how the user take advantage of the device.  The device itself is worthles if it’s not used with a service, it’s like  to carry a brick with no reason. For example, we carry a laptop (device) because we want to access our email service and edit some files (service of course). The laptop was the mobile device most popular for years but it lost this position, now the cellphone is king thanks to the mobility service for excellence: voice.

The cellphone evolved from a big brick to a compact device thanks to the strong of the voice service. Data services were added but voice will continue as the killer application. SMS was the second application in popularity and i say was because the data services are becoming better and cheaper everyday. For our analysis, it doesnt matter. What it matters is that the service evolved from just voice services to a real “multimedia communication” service. This service is so powerful that end users that to stand some huge problems like bandwidth, coverage, voice quality, price, etc. Also, the service will become as strong as it is today thanks to the advanced cellphones that we have today. Not just with voice anymore, now with data services like IM, Web, social networks and any other fancy words that you heard nowadays.  In conclusion, cellphones with mobile networks are the mobility of today.

But there is another service growing faster, today a parasite of actual cellphones, Multimedia. There are devices like Archos, iPod Touch, etc. oriented to handle all the media that we need when we are away. Also with connectivity options like usb or wireless (wifi, bluetooth, etc) but not connected to a mobile network (celullar). The reason why this kind of devices are more and more popular is because of the limitations in coverage and bandwidth of actual mobile networks, we have to mention also, the price that we need to pay to access to these networks considering that Wifi access is usually free in some places. Also, the mobile network evolution is faster everyday, so we had EDGE then UMTS, HSDPA after that, and now we are talking about Wimax and LTE. All these tecnologies in less than 2 years. It’s hard to update a mobile phone to keep up this evolution.

So, what we have right now is the same device that can be used with two different services for mobility. With a Mobile Network and without a mobile network.

Two clear examples of this are Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S. Both devices are great, and i have the option to use them as cellphones or just as media players. In some cases, these are soo good as media players tht  i can use them just for that, specially if i dont want to spend some bucks on the data service. Also, because these devices have Wifi, i can connect to all my data services in places like Starbucks, Hotels, and many others and i dont have to pay for that. Apple is the first company to realize this option, so we have iPod Touch with the same features than iPhone but the cellphone, and that is good for us because we will have a long lasting device to handle all our multimedia, including data applications like email and web navigation where free Wifi is available (more places everyday).

Now the trend on the mobility market is the slate or pad, a refurbished idea originally from Microsoft but improved by Apple with one key aspect: easy to use. Again, Apple provides options with and without cellphone data service. What is not available is voice. In the other hand we have Samsung Galaxy tab with everything (including voice). Let’s face it iPad is not really mobility because is too big, for some more grams we can carry a laptop instead, and because it lacks of voice, it’s not a complete replacement for a cellphone. Galaxy tab is something to look for. First Dell streak solves one of the main deffects on iPad, dimensions, a bigger screen is always welcome as long as i can keep it in my pocket. Galaxy tab makes it a little bigger but it’s still easy to carry.

Personally, i expect devices like the Galaxy tab with an optional module to integrate mobile network access, like the USB modems that we have today for 3G networks but with voice. For smallers devices i expect the same but maybe it will be a littler harder to achieve. For big devices, as users, we want to ensure that our actual investment will be up to date with the latest mobile network technology just by adding a module.

Netbooks teach us a lesson: that is the smallest form factor where Windows can be still useful. Too slow is equal to non functional, we can take a look at Sony Vaio P, small but not practicall at all. Windows Mobile was something to remember and we have to wait to see if Windows Phone 7 is what we need for smaller devices. Google said Android is not meant to be run in devices larger than phones but that is something minor, so far is a good option, specially with Froyo running that fast. iOS is another good OS but restricted to Apple devices.  Blackberry is an special case that i will elaborate in another post

I am sure of one thing, we will all be using a device with a personal multimedia keeping in mind that Multimedia is everything from images, videos, etc including web navigation, email, im, apps, etc using Wifi or bluetooth. Some of these will also work as cellphones because they will have an integrated module or optional. Some will use an ultra simple cellphone in addition in order to be connected to the mobile network service.





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