While the old Palm Pilot and BlackBerry were originally all work and very little (if any) play, the fact is that in the last couple of years handsets blurred the line between the two. Thus the Palm OS for smartphones along with the BlackBerry have become more consumer friendly on the one hand (no pun intended), but actually these now lag behind when it comes to apps for business travelers.
In fact, according to a recent piece from Marketing Vox, the best apps for mobile travel are now on the Apple iPhone and the Android platforms. This really isn’t much of a surprise given the both these handsets are built around the concept of what apps and the number of apps that are available for each one respectively.
And while the article mentions some nifty apps, including one that offers 24/7 access to live support, the fact is that business travel is much more than just being able to run apps. Consider that the biggest complaint among iPhone users is dropped calls. Personally, I’ve used my BlackBerry Tour all over the United States and in parts of Europe and Africa with limited problems. Whilst traveling, access to e-mail, the mobile Web and notably voice are just as important as apps in my opinion.
Likewise, the issue remains whether the mobile Web, and that possible future of cloud computing, will render apps as a passing fancy. But for 2010 at least, Android and iPhone are the way to go if you’re looking for apps. Whether this will be true for all business travel has yet to be seen.
Mobile Travel CES Update: Mobile TV Standards Ready for Prime Time?
This week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LG Electronics will likely announce some of its new products and the word is that this could finally see a standard for mobile TV. To date there has been some holdups on mobile digital TV, mainly because the standards haven’t been set.
We expect that this will likely be resolved this year – and if that works mobile digital TV could arrive – and users could experience TV that will be of “HD-quality” (at least if you consider watching TV on a sub five-inch screen with small speakers to be “HD-quality”). The point however, is that mobile TV will be available. According to reports, more than 80 TV stations in the U.S. will be broadcasting to the mobile format by the end of this year and that 30- to 45-percent of the country will be ready for mobile TV.
We’ll be watching this development very closely in the weeks and months to come.