Congratulations, Hawk

The LA Times has a great anecdote about Andre Dawson, who tomorrow will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“In 1987, we worshipped at the altar of Andre Dawson,” WXRT’s Lin Brehmer said. “Dawson was a stoic crippled figure who had that glorious MVP season. All season long, everyone in the bleachers would stand up and bow down to him. In his last at-bat of the season, he hit a home run. We were standing on the slabs in the bleachers. After he took the field, Andre Dawson for the first time all year bowed down to the bleachers to thank us, and I wept like a teeny tiny little baby.”

The iPhone 4 has killed the competition.

iphone 4There isn’t much left to say by now about the iPhone 4.

Whether you like it or not, its place among the competition is firmly rooted. And even though consumers haven’t even received their free cases yet, it’s clear that Steve Jobs has ravaged his competition when it comes to innovation and overall user experience.

Yes, the device has a serious flaw. But how the phone performs in other areas drastically overshadows the bad:

  • The Retina Display is superior to anything else on the market.
  • The iPhone 4 shoots terrific video, and the camera control interface makes sharing and uploading very easy.
  • iOs 4.0 feels natural. It’s fast, slick and intuitive.

AT&T service is mediocre at best, and its data pricing is insulting, but once the phone opens up to other carriers within the next year, these issues will likely be resolved.

By now most of us are well entrenched in iTunes. No other service has yet to offer the usability, selection of songs, books, and audiobooks. Songs purchased in the iTunes Store are DRM-free.

Apple has once again set the pace for mobile innovation, and the next two years will be the most exciting yet for the standards they’ve set.

Don’t forget…

SXSW panel proposals are due this Friday. If you have an idea to submit, go to

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/

and get started. Submissions will be accepted after Friday, but judges will ding points for the reason that you’re incompetent and can’t manage deadlines.

In which i buy an iPad

I’m writing this post from a new, 16gb wifi-enabled iPad. I was late to the iPad party. First, it took me awhile to decide whether I wanted an iPad. Once I made that decision, it became very difficult to actually purchase one. Both Apple Stores here in Austin have been sold out for weeks and have implemented a waiting list to distribute what little stock they do receive each week.

I received an email from Apple today telling me that the iPad i reserved two weeks ago was in stock. I had 24 hours to pick it up before it would be released. I imagine this is the typical purchasing experience of most people who aren’t able to get one off the shelf.

The iPad is beautiful to use. It’s very fast, and the display looks terrific. I wish the resolution matched that of the iPhone 4, but I’m certain that it will in future iterations. What’s also lacking is a front facing and rear-side camera for FaceTime.

Typing on the iPad is somewhat effortless. I’m writing this within the WordPress for iPad app. I wouldn’t want to write more than two pages or so of text, but for quick posts there’s a lot of value.

Many of my iPhone apps needed to be upgraded in order to work on the iPad in full resolution. Some popular apps, including Facebook, don’t have an iPad version yet, which means users will have to use a small version, or zoom in to a more pixelated experience.

I’m looking forward to using Netflix for iPad, which let’s me stream movies from my instant queue. I haven’t installed Pages, as Evernote and Simplenote seem to meet my writing needs.