2009 Begone! Looking Ahead to 2010!

Boy, that ol’ Charles Dickens. When he got stuff right, he really got it right, huh?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it ws the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way. (A Tale of Two Cities)

If that doesn’t describe 2009 to a “T”, I don’t know what does. Yep, ol’ Chuck definitely had a way with words.

I think I shared a number of the ups and downs lots of other people faced in ’09. Lost a job? Yep, same here. Found a new one? Thankfully, yep, check mark on that box. Hesitated to buy a lot of gadgets and apps because of the economy? Same here! Bought a few gadgets anyway? Sigh, yes.

I really hope we see a recovery that trickles down to regular people like you and me in 2010. Here’s what I’m looking forward to if the economy for “real people” like us stabilizes in 2010…

– First up! The Google phone, Nexus One, or whatever is announced next week Tuesday (Jan. 5, 2010). I’m really enjoying the Droid. But, I’d like to be able to get an unlocked phone that doesn’t mess up my existing plans. So, an unlocked GSM Android phone that works on T-Mobile’s network get on my buy list. Odds? 100%

– Next? The mythical Apple tablet. If there’s one thing I learned from using my WiFi connected iPod touch, it is that I really want an instant-on ultra-portable device for web browsing, email, and connected app use. Also on my buy list unless it is outrageously priced. Odds? 50%

– Accessible wireless broadband. These $60 per month 3G plans limited to 5GB data have got to go the way of the dodo bird. Will WiMAX fill the void? Maybe. But $70 per month (Sprint) is still too expensive. Odds? 10%

– Wireless tethering for the Droid and iPhone: Odds? 50% for the Droid on Verizon; 10% for the iPhone on AT&T

– Windows Mobile 7 delivered in 2010. Odds? 100%

– A Windows Mobile 7 that the masses will care about. Odds? 0%

– Apple figuring out how to manage their iTunes App Store for the iPhone and mythical Tablet. Odds? 50%

– Anyone figuring out how to help Android users find apps. Odds? 75%

– The iPhone available from a second U.S. wireless carrier. Odds? 50%

– Multi-touch for the Droid. Odds? 50%. What’s the deal with that anyway?

– A half-decent cameraphone from someone other than Apple or Nokia. Odds? 25%

– A Microsoft Office for mobile or mobile web that challenges Google Docs. Odds? 15%

– A Bing app for Windows Mobile that doesn’t suck. Odds? 75%

– Nokia showing some smartphone muscle with Maemo based phones. Odds? 50%

OK. That’s it for 2009! I’ll see you first thing next decade bright and early on January 4th.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and Day! Live long and prosper!