iPhone 2.0oooooh, yeah!

Updated 05/24/08
www.macrumors.com has a hunch that iPhone 2.0 will support 3G at theoretical speeds of up to 43 Mbps. My cable modem runs only at 4 Mbps . . . is that just crazy talk?!

Let’s list the fun rumors abounding here lately:

  • iPhone is sold out online (in several places)
  • Apple Developer’s conference is June 9th (Steve Jobs will be speaking)
  • The iPod touch is now 32 GB (ok, this is just a fantasy of mine. If the new iPhone is 32 GB, I’m all but in)
  • AT&T is rumored to have a $200 incentive with contract. Now, that’ll help . . .
  • . . . . however, rumor is that the data plan would increase, because . . .
  • . . . . it’ll be 3G . . . mmmm 1.5Mbps transfer rate (yes, I’m a geek)!
  • Built in GPS – nail in the coffin for yours truly.

I’ll try to keep you posted, but, man it’s gonna be hard not to buy one if there’s a $200 incentive . . . here’s hoping.

Google and my Priceless $50 Toy

So, I’ve already mentioned my Nokia E61i phone. I still love it . . . I found a $20 data plan that will let me access Mobile Google Maps. Bottom line: If you have a Smart Phone and a data plan, get this application. Not just because it’s free, but because it is the most useful tool in my phone’s arsenal.

Now, it’s not nearly as slick as the iPhone’s implementation, but it gets really close. For example, Alison and I were in Tupelo this past weekend. She mentioned wanting some ice cream, so I just entered “ice cream” into the Google Maps search box and a little red arrow flew down onto the map right on top of Baskin Robbins 100 yards away. Now, that’s impressive.

Enter the OnCourse Bluetooth GPS device I just purchased. I found this when searching for a “cheap” Bluetooth GPS unit to interact with my phone. I found this one at http://www.buygpsnow.com (great service by the way). It was $58 after shipping (sometimes cheaper). As far as setup, it couldn’t be easier, I just popped it out of the box and turned it on (internal battery). I searched for it from my phone and found it right away. Then, I fired up Google Maps and it found my position very quickly and there I was – a blue dot right there on the map. And, man, this dude’s tiny. I can just throw it in my pocket and I’m on my way (about the size of the smallest cell phone). And, it’s water resistant and rubberized, so it won’t slide around on your dash.

To make things better, I connected the GPS with my Streets & Trips software on my laptop. Now I can follow along in real time when on trips.

So, you could say I’m sold on this item. $50 might seem like allot, but it does exactly what you need in a receiver. And, for you tech heads, it’s SirfStar III compliant, so that’s a good thing (I think!).

OnCourse GPS – http://www.buygpsnow.com (search for OnCourse Bluetooth GPS Receiver Edition 3)
Google Maps – direct your smart phone or PDA to http://www.google.com/m and you’ll find it. Lots of other great stuff too!