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It might be larger, thinner and lighter but it’s also dead

 I placed an order with Apple for extra Lightning cables and adapters well before my iPhone 5 arrived and I still do not have a confirmed shipping date other than October.

I left home this morning grabbing the lightning cable, stuffing it into my bag as there is no way my iPhone 5′s battery will last for two days. Tonight sitting in my hotel room I found the cable I had packed; a traditional iPhone cable, the one that had been in use charging my iPad.

So hello useless iPhone 5.  It will be on its last few percent of battery tomorrow morning and I will be without a phone for most of the day.

How could Apple, with its new CEO a manufacturing man, get its supply chain so badly wrong? And if it knew the delays were going to be this bad, why did it consider its bottom line before its customers.  A few weeks delay in launching the phone would have allowed a lot more stock of accessories to be manufactured in time for launch.

That’s the last time I upgrade until I know everything is in place.  Those new Dells are looking more attractive by the day.

Kindle arrived today

Rather spookily the new Kindle arrived pre-setup to know it was mine.  Out of the rather natty, simple but effective, packaging with a solid green feel it powered up calling itself Stephen’s Kindle.  This was the 3G version which connected immediately to ‘Whispernet’ as Amazon calls it. It sort of out Appled Apple doing that. Very impressive.

A little smaller than I expected, it looks rather good and it is the size of a slightly large paperback except it’s really thin and it’s light.

The screen is amazingly good for reading text from books or magazines but is less good for illustrations and is poor when looking at web pages via the beta internet surfing.

I’ve bought it to trial The Independent and The Daily Mail the newspapers of choice here (don’t ask!).  If the Kindle proves a successful replacement for the printed page, it will save at least 50% of our paper bill. It will also save the wait for the delivery when it’s late, as it has been far too many times recently.

All the newspapers and blogs give two weeks free trial so more after that.

I guess the other question is how does it compare to an Apple iPad or even a new iPhone for reading books. This will require time to tell.  At present it feels strange going back to a Monochrome screen.  I’ll give it a couple of weeks and report back.

Very conveniently I’m going to attend the Milan Top Audio show soon, which will give the ideal opportunity to try the Kindle as a traveling book.  It’s lighter and smaller that the sort of books I usually buy to read while journeying so it may be a real winner.

iOS 4 released too early?

I’m now wishing I hadn’t upgraded my iPhone to iOS 4.  It is now seriously slow.  Even with the new profile from Apple to fix the Exchange bugs it’s seriously slow. Anybody else think that iOS 4 was released before they had finished it?

Or is it Apple’s way of saying time to upgrade maybe?

With Android phones improving so much and  looking so good, it probably isn’t the time for Apple to drop the ball.  And that statement about the signal strength ‘error’. Do they really think us customers are that stupid.

I have no doubt that Apple will fix the software bugs and I will buy a suitable case to stop the antenna problem  when I buy an iPhone 4.  I also have no doubt that by the time the contact for that phone is up, Apple will have lost the lead on phones.

More when I buy the new phone.