Earlier this week, we got the ball rolling on our fun best of polls when I asked you: What is your favorite social networking site of 2009? Well now I'm turning the attention to another popular topic of '09 — cell phones! Last year seemed to be all about the iPhone 3G, but this year, we not only got our hands on a new iPhone 3GS, but some pretty fancy BlackBerrys, Android handsets, and impressive smartphones from Palm. There was certainly a lot of pretty new smartphones to choose from, but which one did you like the best?
And not only that, but you can also head on over to Amazon and get the Palm Pre for $80 — again, with a new service plan from Sprint.
Both phones include a free activation deal that is good until Nov. 23.
Companies and TV networks are getting quite clever when it comes to creating commercials that blend well with the show it's airing with. We already know that people aren't watching commercials during popular shows, so it makes sense that companies are using some smart tactics to get people to watch — and not fast forward through — its commercials. Sprint is doing just that by teaming up with Desperate Housewives to launch seven commercials that were actually written and directed by Desperate Housewives employees. Here's the first one, which I actually saw because I was fooled to thinking it was apart of the show! Gotta love the racy text message and Palm Pre cameo.
- Check out a full hands-on review of the PSPgo, which hits shelves on Oct. 1 — Gizmodo
- Here's how you can get the most out of your phone's camera — Lifehacker
- If you're a Palm Pre owner, don't expect to be syncing your iTunes library with your phone anytime soon — The New York Times
- Halo 3: Oribital Drop Shock Trooper gets taken for a test drive — Green Pixels
- Brits will now have the choice of getting an iPhone with O2 or Orange, which will start selling the iPhone later this year — MobileCrunch
- It's giveaway and game time on GeekSugar! Be sure to log in and play our Best Video Game Ever bracket! — GeekSugar
- Casio has just unveiled some new inexpensive point-and-shoot Exilim cameras, which come packed with features — Gizmodo
- If you buy a credenza for your TV with frosted glass doors, a remote should still work when the doors are closed — Unplggd
- Here's 10 pretty sweet free social apps for the Mac — Mashable
- A new Canadian commercial for the Palm Pre is pretty cute — CrunchGear
- The US Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on prerecorded telemarketing solicitation phone calls — Popgadget
- Here are 10 useful tech tactics to utilize when traveling — Lifehacker
- In Utah, if you get caught texting behind the wheel, you could face up to 15 years in prison — The New York Times
- The new Facebook app has been submitted to the iTunes app store and might be available later today — Gizmodo
- Hunky heartthrob Antonio Sabato Jr. is all about his iPhone, Facebook, and surprisingly, AOL — Switched
- Here are five of the best websites and tools for apartment searching — Lifehacker
- This graphic new video is being used to educate teens about the dangers of texting while driving — BBC News
- The Palm Pre girl, Tamara Hope, isn't nearly as ghostly looking in person — Palm Pre
- This neat graph represents what Twitter would look like if it had 100 members — Mashable
From the hands of Etsy sellers, we've gotten BlackBerry Soap and Internet hit Digital Soaps, with console controller soaps getting the sudsy treatment. Welcome the Palm Pre into the fold with this Palm Pre Soap ($8).
It's a pretty cute gag gift for fans of the new phone, but are you still smiling with this gadget-soap trend, or has it jumped the shark?
With this price tag, you're required to sign up for a two-year agreement, which is the same price and requirements as the Sprint website, except with Sprint, the Pre is $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate — so essentially, Amazon is the hassle-free purchasing option.
The Pre, Palm's latest smartphone, is a pretty cool phone, with its attractive exterior and sleek OS, but its ads are another story. Where the first commercial featuring actress Tamara Hope was pretty epic, with a serene Buddhist scene, the most recent ads are a bit mind-boggling. In one, Hope talks of going with the flow, and more bizarrely, she admits that the Pre can do something cooler than let her read her email: it reads her mind.
I'm a little weirded out. But maybe I'm just used to my cell phone ads incorporating some catchy pop song and knee-jerk editing and I need to slow down and appreciate Hope's Zen-like attitude about her phone. What do you think of the ads?
- The new Palm Pre WebOS 1.1 update is said to work with iTunes — Wired
- Jeff Bezos has released a public apology for the recent removal of books from thousands of Kindles — Gizmodo
- Kenyan students have created a device that will charge cell phones while riding a bike — BBC UK
- This double-sided USB drive comes in a variety of colors and can be used for dual purposes — Engadget
- 10 tech superstars under the age of 20 — Switched
- Log in for a chance to win a new Amazon Kindle — geeksugar