Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

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Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and if you want to get in touch, please do so via the email address or phone number above.

Thanks for stopping by.

Shaun McGill

Lost In Mobile is back

OK, I give up. Lost In Mobile is back in place of Pure iPhone. While the traffic did not change much after the new domain was implemented, the number of comments did and it would appear that it put some of you off for taking the time to discuss your thoughts.

So, I will still likely be covering iOS content more, but am open to looking at everything that is happening in the mobile tech world.

Commenting from mobile devices

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My sincerest apologies for the delay. I just wanted to reach out to let you know that the issue you were experiencing with blog comment notifications on mobile devices has been resolved.
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35,000 Fire phones

Android devices (including Fire Phone, which uses a forked version of Android) do under-index - though not much. The same Chitika survey that shows the iPhone over-indexing gives Samsung a 22.8% web use share, and HTC a 3.1% share. That compares to ComScore’s data, which shows that Samsung smartphones are 28.6% of the market, and HTC are 4.8%. (BlackBerry devices over-index enormously on Chitika, making up 15% of browsing, but having just 2.4% of the installed base.)
On that basis, you could argue that if the Amazon Fire Phone under-indexes, it probably isn’t by much; you could multiply the number by 25%, based on the Samsung figure. That takes you up to about 33,000 devices.
Therefore even allowing for margins of error, it seems unlikely - based on Chitika’s data and the ComScore data - that there were more than about 35,000 Fire Phones in use after those 20 days.
Amazon had not responded to a request for comment on the calculation by the time of publication... More at The Guardian.


Monitoring your children

Of the 500 parents interviewed for Piper's survey, 60 percent indicated they were open to the idea of using technology to monitor their kids when they're unsupervised at home. Still, those kids are probably doing their homework, right? Mom and Dad apparently aren't so sure, as only 5 percent of surveyed guardians said they thought kids would stay on track and complete their homework if left alone.
With that in mind, their concern is understandable; these kids are spending a lot of time alone. 40.6 percent of respondents said their children spend four to five days a week unsupervised after school, while 35.2 percent reported their kids spent at least one to two afternoons unsupervised... More at TUAW.

Not so sure I would monitor my children at home, but Find my iPhone is useful for easing my concerns a little when they are away from home.

A month with the iPhone 5s

The hardware is ultimately the foundation that software rests upon, so it’s a good place to start. While it’s easy to appreciate industrial and material design by just holding or looking at the phone, everything else requires some real hands-on time. One of the first things I noticed was that the feel of the buttons. Normally, I expect buttons to have a bit of slack before they actuate. In all of the buttons on the iPhone 5s, this doesn’t happen at all. Instead, the button only depresses when triggered. In the case of the volume and power buttons, the activation gives a clean click. On most smartphones I’ve used, the feel and sound of this activation tends to be a bit more mushy and subdued. The home button is the one exception here, which has a noticeably longer travel and less distinctive actuation/mushier feel but I suspect that TouchID is the reason for this difference... More at AnandTech.

This is a well written and considered review which points out the upsides and downsides of iPhone ownership very well.