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In short, if you’re buying an 11-inch MacBook Air the increase in performance over the 1.6GHz i5 is noticeable; if you’re buying a 13-inch Air that comes stock with the 1.7GHz i5 then the improvement is more subtle.

Alas, no mention of battery life comparisons. Hopefully future in-depth tests will compare the battery life of the i5 MacBook Air against the i7.

Macworld’s Preliminary Benchmarks of the i7 MacBook Airs Compared to the i5

Scott Adams (who lives in San Francisco) got rid of his iPhone because it got worthless reception and he went to Android:

Anyway, my Android phone works most of the time for voice calls. But I’m afraid to actually use it because the battery life is about an hour and it’s no good to me with no power.

Now I only think of my phone as an emergency device, like my first brick-sized cell phone. I wouldn’t use it to make a social phone call. My battery wouldn’t last. And I wouldn’t often use it for email because the keyboard sucks and the battery drains then as well.

Uncommunication Devices

Jim Dalrymple, in his review of the 13-inch MacBook Air, hits on exactly why I think the 15-inch MacBook Pro will be replaced by a powerful 15-inch MacBook Air:

With the release of the latest 13-inch MacBook [Air], Apple has once again reduced the number of factors users have to consider when purchasing a laptop computer.

There was a time when you went shopping for a laptop that you would have to consider all the things you wanted to do with the machine and eliminate models based on those criteria. Things like having enough power to record music or process a mix are a thing of the past.

All of Apple’s laptops are powerful enough to do all of those things these days. The only real consideration left is the screen size you want.

Screen Size Matters

Great review of Alfred by application-launcher newcomer, Jon Beebe.

I use LaunchBar, but I’ve spent a good amount of time with Alfred and, like Jon, I have nothing but good things to say about it. Both utility apps are feature rich, quick and powerful — I honestly don’t know that one is better than the other. It really boils down to personal preference.

Jon Beebe’s Review of Alfred

Jay J. Nelson wrote a nice overview of Adobe InDesign CS5.5 for Macworld. InDesign is my favorite Creative Suite app and the one I’m most familiar with. I still use CS3 (though I haven’t yet installed it onto my MacBook Air, and even when I do I’ve heard rumors that I won’t be able anyway), but with these new digital publishing tools that InDesign CS5.5 has it may be worth it to upgrade.

Macworld’s Review of Adobe InDesign CS5.5

Chris Ziegler at This is My Next:

There’s an unexpected processor bump from 1.2GHz up to 1.5GHz of dual-core Snapdragon power. No change to RAM (still 1GB) or battery (still around 6300 mAh) — the battery life drain is “slightly more,” but there’s no specifically quoted times. The current unit here is using a special build of webOS 3.0, with so far none of the promised changes in the upcoming OTA update — not to worry, though, the upcoming firmware fix is coming to the 4G model, as well. The Kindle and HP MovieStore apps are both still stubs promising that the actual apps are “coming very soon.”

Regarding the HP TouchPad 4G for AT&T

If Steve Jobs got on stage this fall and all he said was, “We’ve designed a new iPhone and we think it’s pretty great. It goes on sale next week.” Then I would still be in line to buy one. So would a third of those in this survey by eWeek.

I would be in line because: (a) I know I can sell my iPhone 4 on Craigslist to cover the cost of my iPhone upgrade; (b) using and being familiar with the latest tech (within reason) is a big part of my job; and (c) I’m a huge nerd (Big surprise, right?).

Good marketing may get people in the door the first time, but good product design gets them in the door the second (and third, and fourth, and fifth) time.

I Would Buy the Next iPhone Sight-Unseen