If I had a magic phone it would turn into underpants.

So Google aren’t building a GPhone afterall : http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/wheres-my-gphone.html

Instead they have been working on a Linux based, open mobile platform called Android.

Android is the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. It includes an operating system, user-interface and applications — all of the software to run a mobile phone, but without the proprietary obstacles that have hindered mobile innovation.

Google haven’t been alone in this venture. The Android platform has been developed in cooperation with the Open Handset Alliance which includes some big players in the mobile industry like Motorola, T-Mobile, HTC and Qualcomm.

There will be an Android SDK available for this some time next week, but don’t expect to see any handsets running this OS till mid next year. I’m excited to see what comes from this. Over and over we have seen that truly innovative and useful applications from an unhindered development community. They sky’s the limit with Android powered phones.

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iPod Touch or iPhone, I’m going mad.

So my girlfriend won an iPod Touch in work a while back. Naturally I was more excited than she was at the news, and when I proceeded to explain why the iPod Touch was so cool, she didn’t really get it.

The iPod came in the post just last week, and we (I’ve) been playing with it since. She gets it now. My father picked it up and found his way around with very little help, Even my 60yr old Uncle found it to be incredibly intuitive. I’m totally impressed. I love that it’s slimmer than the iPhone too. The UI is so smooth and quick it’s an absolute pleasure to use. For those of you who have only had the Apple experience through the likes of iPod, using an iMac gives you the same satisfaction every time, go and buy one of those too!

Anyway, I find myself wondering which product do I really want. A jailbroken iPod Touch with the iPhone apps installed is only missing the phone and camera. I could live with that, I have a phone with a camera that I’m quite satisfied with (Nokia 6234). I’m not sure how well the iPhone works handsfree in the car either, can you get loudspeaker over an iTrip?

I think to be honest I would go for an iPhone if it was readily available here in Ireland right now. As it’s not I have two options; pay €999 for a sim free one from France; or get one in from the US and unlock it, voiding my warranty and causing me to hesitate at any software update.

Feck it, I want an iPhone, I want it now. But it seems like I can’t have it. So for now I might have to settle for the iPod Touch. Decisions suck.

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