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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Four Reasons To Switch From Android To iPhone

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 26, 2014.] After four years with an Android phone, I switched back to iPhone this month. I liked my Android phone, but the smartphone experience is very much a matter of details, and diving into today’s iPhone makes me realize how great a job Apple has done, and how […]

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September 18 2014
by Todd Hixon

Microsoft After Ballmer

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 3, 2013.] In most cases, corporate directors change the CEO because they are not happy with results and believe that a different executive can do better. If I were a Microsoft shareholder*, I would be concerned that the board will direct the new CEO to do a better job […]

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September 18 2014
by Todd Hixon

Two Weeks With A Dumb Phone

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 13, 2012.] I’m just back from a two week trip to Asia, and because my smart phone talks to the Verizon CDMA network, I couldn’t use it*. My GSM back-up phone is an old Moto flip phone that I keep on my wife’s AT&T account. So for two weeks […]

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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

Why Android Is Winning The Tablet Wars

Android tablets took the lead from Apple’s iOS tablets in Q1 of 2013 (source). This is a huge change from three years ago, when Apple invented the modern tablet. Global electronic tablet market share by OS and Vendor; data via IDC and Strategy Analytics.   What is happening and where is this going? I see four driving forces: […]

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October 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Divine Right Of Telcos To Abuse Customers

Banks are most often accused of customer abuse, but Telcos are equally good at it. This is never more evident than when traveling internationally. Hertz now rents mobile bandwidth; photo via Todd Hixon.   Experienced travelers of my generation have stories about a $500 unexpected charge for a long call made from a hotel room […]

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April 22 2013
by Todd Hixon

Google Is Failing To Market The Android Ecosystem

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 27, 2012. The Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade appeared on my phone yesterday. I had no idea when I might see it: it was pushed by some carriers to some phones three months ago, but must Android users won’t see it for a long time. There was […]

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April 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

Verizon Makes Wireless Pricing Rational

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon Some customers and pundits have reacted negatively to new smartphone pricing plans that take away unlimited data, either explicitly or by “throttling” intensive users (e.g.: Fox News coverage). There’s a meme here that says unlimited data is an aspect of “Internet freedom”. This confuses two ideas: carriers discriminating against certain applications […]

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March 30 2012
by Todd Hixon

Windows Phone Beats iPhone by 2015? Not Likely!

Windows Phone jumping to No. 2 in smartphone market by 2015? | ZDNet. As a blogger, I appreciate the need to say something that gets attention. But this prediction is a big stretch. It overlooks the huge importance of apps, media content, and consumer cloud services in the smart phones market: areas where Nokia and […]

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January 26 2012
by Scott Johnson

No Better Time, Ever, To Be An Entrepreneur

I am often asked “what is new and exciting” by pretty much anyone that knows what I do for a living. And it is a great question that I relish answering – usually. Of late, however, I have been responding in a way that needs polish. I will say “smartphones” or “Health IT” or “the […]

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March 29 2011
by Todd Hixon

Android Will Hold Its Own

The Verizon iPhone and recent strong success of Apple’s iOS on multiple fronts raises the question: can Android really compete with iOS?  (E.g., WSJ: “Verizon iPhone: A Threat to Android?”)  Although sales and installed base of Android devices have passed the iPhone, some argue that happened because carriers representing 70% of the U.S. market had […]

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