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Thoughts On The Nexus One From An iPhone Developer

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Recently iPhone developer Jeff LaMarche, co-author of Beginning iPhone 3 Development, and More iPhone Development had the opportunity to test out the Google Nexus One phone extensively and posts his thoughts.

The entire article can be read here at: Nexus One From An iPhone Developer’s Perspective. Some of the more notable quotes from the article:

“The Nexus One hardware is so close to being a home run that it’s painful to have to bash it around a little bit. But, it misses in a few really major ways.”

“The Nexus One has an awful lot more pixels to push than the iPhone, and the end result is that it simply can’t do as much work per second as the half-year older iPhone 3Gs”

“The Nexus One isn’t a bad phone by any stretch of the imagination. Had it come out three years ago, it would have been revolutionary.”

From the look of things, despite the negativity it looks like Jeff’s conclusion is that it is a quality phone just not given enough attention to detail.  Maybe the Nexus Two will finally give the iPhone some real competition?

Please post any thoughts below, Thanks.

[Source: Jeff LaMarche’s Blog]


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iPhone SDK 3: Visual Quickstart Guide – Book Review

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I recently checked out another iPhone development book, this time one the iPhone SDK3: Visual Quickstart Guide.  I have to admit I’m a fan of the Viual Quickstart series of books, they are usually very straightforward, and if possible I like to choose short direct books before really getting into the details.

You can view a list of the table of contents along with a preview of the book by going to the Amazon page here, and clicking on the search inside the book link.

Pros

– Great for iPhone development beginners who know an OO language
– The introduction to Objective-C section is better than most iPhone dev books
– Very straightforward examples, and explanations
– Organized enough to be used as a quick reference guide

Cons

– Screenshots are nice, but can be somewhat hard to read
– Nothing about using databases on the iPhone (no SQLite or Core Data)
– Doesn’t cover many OS 3 libraries (does go into the MapKit)

My Conclusion

I would have to say that this lives up the Visual Quickstart name and is very straightforward. If you already know an Object-Oriented language then this book provides a very straightforward way to learn about programming many aspects of iPhone programming, and certainly prepares you for understanding the material provided free on the Apple website. This book isn’t for detail freaks, if you want to know every detail about something you can go looking elsewhere for an iPhone programmer’s bible. I would have liked to see more iPhone OS 3 features given coverage such as Core Data, and in app purchases.

Overall I would say this is a great way to get started, or if you’ve had trouble with one of the more in-depth books you may want to give this a shot.

The book can be ordered here for $11.90 off retail.

Thanks for reading, and please post any comments below.

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Traffic Ranked Listing Of iPhone App Review Sites

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This is a ranked listing of iPhone application review sites that accept applications submissions from developers.  Getting listed on these sites can be a good way to gain exposure for your app, and every little bit helps.

I have filtered out sites that simply track iTunes feeds and list everything in the store.

The listings are ranked based on traffic given by the Compete.com rank.

http://toucharcade.com Compete Rank: 18,238
http://www.appsafari.com
Compete Rank:27,893
http://appadvice.com Compete Rank: 38,515
http://www.appcraver.com Compete Rank: 39,759
http://iphoneapplicationlist.com Compete Rank: 56,764
http://www.appstoreapps.com Compete Rank: 88,622
http://www.gamestooge.com Compete Rank: 121,583
http://theapppodcast.com Compete Rank: 174,360
http://www.freshapps.com Compete Rank: 201,486
http://www.nativeiphoneapps.com Compete Rank: 345,031
http://www.iphoneblog.de Compete Rank: 1,141,082
http://www.apptheater.com Compete Rank: 1,171,181
http://www.appgallery.org Compete Rank: New
http://iphoneappgirl.com Compete Rank: New
http://www.theipodkid.com Compete Rank: New

If you know of any other good sites that accept app submissions for review please post them here.  Thanks.
 


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Big List of Youtubers Who Will Review Your iPhone App

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As many of you may have noticed, I have been updating my older resource lists with updated links that have been shared with me in the last few months since starting this site, and I’ve been uploading tutorials/other videos to Youtube.

One resource which I didn’t really think about was Youtube.  I wasn’t really a Youtuber before uploading my videos, but something I noticed was that there is a massive number of people on Youtube doing app reviews.  Usually developers will upload a usage video to Youtube, and ultimately that’s the end of things, it’s hit or miss, and most videos get very few views.  

Why not send the App reviewers your apps?  Many of these reviewers have already established a subscriber base of 10,000 or more on Youtube (along with nearly as many on Twitter), and I’m sure would be flattered if sent a promotional code.  A couple who I have contacted seemed very excited about the idea.  Also, many of these videos end up being shown on other sites so the effect can multiply.

I wouldn’t be turned off it appears that many of these viewers are members of the younger set, after all this is a large segment of the App market, and especially if you’re developing an entertainment app this likely is your market.

Onto the list, I’ve sorted the reviewers here by the number of subscribers each has to their channels.  If you have an ACTIVE channel that I have not listed here please post it below, and I will add it to the list.
 
http://www.youtube.com/user/AppStoreReviewer 19,040 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheiPodKid 16,237 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/UltimatePhoneReviews 13,420 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iTouchiPodz 12,645 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/appvee 8,197 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/UniqueApps 4370 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iPhoneications 3,697 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Punisher08 3,504 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/HDiPhone 2,892 Subscribers. 
http://www.youtube.com/user/iTouchReviewer10 2,475 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iTouchiApps 2,282 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/LoadedAppReviews 2071 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/AppReviews101 1447 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iTouchAppInfo 653 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/AppReviewer21 552 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TapCritic 536 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/iPodAppReviewing 532 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/pogochamp113 335 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/AppleAppStoreReviews 279 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/SuzieQTv 226 Subscribers.
http://www.youtube.com/user/AppSource 211 Subscribers.

Don’t forget to mention if you have/know of an active channel in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

 

 


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