The Best Cities for 3G & 4G Speed

As avid mobile users you probably have many opinions on the speed (or lack thereof) of your local 3G or 4G network. Well, now if you live in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans,  New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle or Washington, D.C. you can see if your opinions are warranted.

PCWorld did a study of network speeds in those cities. But before we get to the official results I want to know who YOU think will come out on top. Vote BEFORE you look at the study results (no cheating!).

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To see a city-by-city breakdown, check out the PCWorld report. As far as which of the 13 cities has the fastest average network speed, you won’t find that answer in the report because I tallied it myself. I’ll post the answer on Friday!


Testing iPad Applications – Part II

Here’s the brief conclusion t0 David Honeyball’s article on testing iPad applications. Read part I here. For more “crash course” articles on mobile app testing, check out the uTest Forums.

The Apple iPad has become one of the most sought after devices on the market in the last year. Companies have since then created and released thousands of applications for the iPad. Due to this more and more companies are now looking for skilled testers to help to test those applications to make sure they run smoothly. The rise of the iPad has shown that we need to keep up with the times in technology.

Testing techniques on the iPad:

Testing techniques on the iPad: Application development companies have created and developed thousands of applications for the iPad. You only have to look at the Apple store to see just how many applications there are. Of course most companies want these applications tested and if so then there are a few things you should take into account when testing on your iPad:

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So You Wanna Unlock Your Phone?

Better read this article before you do. Here’s Andrew Seybold from

Looking at the specifications for the iPhone 4, you will see that it provides service in the 850 and 1900 MHz band for U.S. coverage and in the 900, 1800, and 2100 MHz bands for the rest of the world. It does not support AWS-1 spectrum, so moving to T-Mobile means you will not have any 3G service. Further, when AT&T and Apple got together, AT&T made changes to its network to support some of the iPhone’s more advanced features. Again, moving it to another network means some of this functionality will be lost.

The other example is the new BlackBerry Torch that AT&T recently launched. Again, it provides both 2G and 3G support for both the 850 and 1900 MHz bands in the United States as well as the four European and world portions of the spectrum at 900, 1800, and 2100 MHz (UMTS), but it does not support the U.S. AWS-1 band so moving it to T-Mobile would mean giving up access to 3G services.

The bottom line is that the concept of unlocked phones seems reasonable, but in practice, even with an unlocked phone, your options are limited when moving to another network. If, as rumored, Verizon does begin to carry the iPhone in 2011, no one is sure whether it will be 2G and 3G compatible only or if it will support LTE as well. And if Verizon makes the same types of additions to its network that AT&T has made, the best way to enjoy the Verizon iPhone is the same as the best way to make full use of the AT&T iPhone, which is to stay on the network for which it was intended.

The bottom line is that you must do your homework if you are thinking about purchasing a phone with the intention of moving it to another network. Chances are that you will sacrifice some of the functionality of the phone if you move it to another network. It is difficult enough for the great design engineers to build everything into a device today. It will become more complex in the future and we will see more, not fewer devices that are network-centric.

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Mobile App Review: Twitter for Blackberry

The WAP Catalog has just posted a terrific app review of Twitter for Blackberry (in case you planned on downloading it). Mobile testers could learn a lot from this thorough content, especially from a usability perspective, so go check it out when you get a second. In the meantime, here are a few brief excerpts:

The Good: Push notifications for Direct Messages (DMs) and integration with BlackBerry’s native message folder make for an impressive experience.

The Bad: This release is still pretty buggy; it hangs and lags too often for a final build, despite perfect 3G and Wi-Fi coverage.

Recommendation: Yes.  Despite the flaws, which can honestly get quite annoying at times, the features and execution are such that I would recommend this application to BlackBerry users.

The Review

I have been using Twitter for Blackberry Public Beta (T4BB for short) for nearly a month now since its release to the public in early April.  Testing of the app has taken place in the Metro Atlanta area with pretty solid 3G and Wi-Fi coverage throughout, on a T-Mobile branded BlackBerry Bold 9700.  T4BB is a feature-rich application that contains all the functionality of the Twitter website, with added flare that will make it instantly familiar to seasoned BlackBerry users (such as the ‘t’ and ‘b’ shortcuts that instantly take you to the top or bottom of your timeline). T4BB will suck the life right out of your battery depending on usage and update settings, but so will any other application that updates itself on regular intervals.

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