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Just how bad is copying in the tech industry? While there should be no debate that everyone seems to be borrowing design ideas from everyone else, is it becoming a pandemic? Tim and David chat about this, and a variety of other topics I would remember better if it were not twelve long hours ago that we recorded the show and when I am typing this up. Oh, and Mr. Cohen never did send me that link for Dungeon Raid, so I had to spend at LEAST forty-five seconds looking it up myself! I know, right?!?
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As an iPhone 3GS owner, I’ve been watching with interest as companies have started releasing Android phones with larger screens. The Motorola Droid X and the HTC both have 4.3 inch screens, compared to the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4’s 3.5 inch display. The Droid X is 12.3 mm taller and 6.9 mm wider than the iPhone 4, and weighs almost .7 ounces more. Dell is going to be introducing a phone that’s being branded as an android tablet, the Dell Streak, with a 5 inch display.
Certainly more screen real estate comes in handy. Apple certainly recognized this and released the iPad, which has been selling very well. People are finding that the additional screen real estate really transforms how the device is used compared to their iPhones and iPod Touches, and people who have them love them. So, especially after seeing the iPad spark massive interest, it’s understandable that some of the other smartphone manufacturers would be tempted to think that making the screens on their devices larger is a great idea. But there is a flip side to this, and Cnn.com has an article talking about the problem of phones too big for pockets.