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The New Phone…

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As many of you know, I have had my blackberry for 2.5 years. It’s the same phone and is completely trashed. I have been holding out for a better blackberry, or a more useful iPhone. I finally decided to get purchase a new phone and it is….

An HTC Evo.

I am sad I lost my keyboard and BBM. But that is ALL I’m sad about. I like it for its faster internet, larger screen, access to helpful apps, customizable, syncing contacts with facebook, excellent google maps accessibility, and more. I had several opportunities to race friends to search locations of bars, restaurants and googling facts last week while I was in Chicago and even though I stayed on the 3G network, it was still INSANELY faster than the iPhone. And the iPhone was INSANELY faster than any of the Blackberry’s.

I thought I would hate the keyboard. I actually like it a lot. I’m still getting used to it but am almost up to the same speed of writing emails as I was with the BB keyboard. I’m sure I’ll be faster than I was before within a month.

My only beef is the battery. I’m a heavy user and prefer to keep my music playing whenever I’m doing anything… and I tend to make a lot of calls, emails, and search read online when I’m commuting or walking to perform errands. The battery needs to be recharges a little more frequently than my BB did but at least it doesn’t just kill the calls at 10% without warning like the iPhone.

A friend told me “Well you have Sprint, Sprint sucks.” She’s clearly an idiot. Sprint charges me $105 per month for unlimited everything, I have not had ONE dropped call in the 2.5 years I’ve been with them (that I can remember). AT&T is great if you have an iPhone… otherwise why would you pay more for slower speeds with a company that was a former monopoly which continues to tie up a contract with “the coolest phone?”

A few key apps I love:
• Yelp. Perfect for NYC and was very helpful in Chicago.
• NY Times. I loved that I could access pages and pages of news while underground and on the plane
• NY Subway Map. It’s just helpful to have, you know?
• EasySleep. I have never had a more soothing train ride than when I rode the PATH and listened to “Pink Noise”
• Advanced Task Killer. This just makes sense if you own the Evo. Get it and save your battery.

So there you have it. Good job to everyone at HTC!

Written by Michael Donovan

30/07/2010 at 12:28 am

Posted in Design

Graphic Design

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I saw this poster for Inception and I love it. It almost reminds me of the days when things were done by hand. I’m looking forward to more art like this again.

Written by Michael Donovan

21/07/2010 at 8:54 am

Posted in art, Design

MATTIA BONETTI @ Paul Kasmin Gallery

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Last night I skipped in to the Paul Kasmin Gallery where I found Mattia Bonetti’s work. This was, by far, my favorite work at all the receptions I attended yesterday. I would love to have his work spread throughout my home. Here are a few samples:. (not all shown at the gallery)

Written by Michael Donovan

12/02/2010 at 7:57 am

Posted in art, Design

iPad + (Publication & Advertising)

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Anyone else see the HUGE opportunity for the publication and advertising business with the new iPad?! Both industries experienced a HUGE hit with the digital revolution however the iPad offers a new chance for both industries to reain control of their businesses again.

Let’s think about it:
• It’s the size of a regular book/magazine
• Magazines make their money off advertisers and only a small amount from subscribers
• Subscription services could be sold on the app store
• Right now online magazines are wonky and really impractical to navigate when surfing the web because you can’t hold them like a regular magazine or flip through them so they “feel” like they make the internet a slower experience

It still is not a perfect fit and cannot replace magazines and books for the simple fact: you can’t flip to wherever you want in a 3dimensional environment like you can with a true magazine. But imagine looking at Interview Magazine’s amazing photography on a beautiful and bright environmentally friendly digital page in your hands! Imagine flipping through the pages of ads, which are designed just for being seen on this environmentally friendly device, being able to zoom in on details, then moving on to the actual content! Imagine some of those ads moving or being interactive! Imagine real time polls in your hand. Artwork and literature will display beautifully on the tablet.

I was the first of my friends to get a cell phone (that sounds funny to say now, especially considering how young I am). I stopped landlines service in 2002 before it was normal to run exclusively wireless. I was the first to get an iPod, I had a smart phone before smart phones were considered cool outside the professional world, and I know I’ll be an early adopter for the iPad.

I, for one, hope leaders in the advertising and publishing industries see the potential to bring the money back in and raise the overall quality of both industries as well as the consumer experience. If not, well, then I’ll just have to step in 😉

PS: I know people are bitching about the name “iPad.” Personally, I’m calling it the “iBook.” I suggest you see it that way too.

Written by Michael Donovan

30/01/2010 at 5:32 pm

Posted in Business, Design

Getting Around NY

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A friend from out of state said they have a hard time understanding the NY subway system and was intimidated by it. She always has questions about how we could possibly live without cars. Inspired by my previous post showing which cities have/are getting rail, I am posting NY’s Subway map. It doesn’t show the ferries, Path, buses, trains leaving Grand Central or Penn Station or Staten Island service but shows how easy it is to get around in NY. Or go to MTA for more info.

Written by Michael Donovan

15/11/2009 at 4:08 pm

Posted in Design

Transit Maps of The World

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Written by Michael Donovan

15/11/2009 at 3:18 pm

Posted in Culture, Design

iPhone vs Blackberry vs ‘Droid vs Pre

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I’m a blackberry. I want an iPhone. But iPhone does not have a real keyboard. And iPhone lacks BBM.

The Pre looks and acts like the iPhone with a keyboard but it “feels dumb.” I want Palm to do well, but they need to make a phone that actually feels sophisticated and less cheap. Make the touch screen less sugar coated and put it in a phone that feels like something substantial.

Android just weirds me out. The interface is wonky like some 1980’s thing-a-ma-jiggy. And I haven’t found a phone carrying the OS that feels good in my hands. Make the Android more comfortable.

The blackberry: BBM and a real keyboard. That’s pretty much all it has. The apps suck but you can get real business done on your eeny-weeny-teeny screen. (you can get a larger touch screen but, as every BB user will tell you, the Storm sucks sweaty balls). Develop a genuine cool factor and you’ll be cool again.

The iPhone has apps, iTunes and the cool factor. but your keyboard sucks. And don’t say “you will get used to it.” EVERY blackberry user that switches from BB to iPhone says “yeah.. this keyboard sucks.” And many switch BACK to the BB just to get the keyboard. The people who say “you will get used to it” have never owned an adult phone and need to stop using that lame argument. Get a real keyboard thrown in there, Mr. Jobs.

The”other smartphones.” They’re not real phones. Sorry, but there is a reason why these phones are market leaders used by professionals, militaries, and tech nerds. My advice to them is simple: create a super phone that no one can live without (ask any BB or iPhone user: we will both agree we cannot live without our phones).

I’m sticking to my BlackBerry until something changes. I have the Curve and I do not plan on doing ANY upgrades until
a) my phone falls in a bucket of water
b) my phone catches fire
c) my contract with Sprint expires completely (less than a year away. Although I have been happy with my service and I’m glad they keep their rates low considering AT&T, Verizon and Sprint essentially ALL carry the same damn level of service but Sprint decides to save their customers $50 per month on the unlimited plans)

In the meantime there is a year where a lot can happen. AT&T and Verizon can spend less on advertising and drop their rates. RIM could come out with a blackberry that has a real screen and real apps. Pre could make an adult version of itself. and Android could, well, be more human. And the iPhone could get an keyboard intended for adults who do real business.

Written by Michael Donovan

06/11/2009 at 11:50 am