Unboxing the Nokia N810

November 29, 2007

My Nokia N810 has arrived and I’m in love! It’s super sexy (full metal) and surprisingly small, thin and light…

Enjoy all the pictures, including a size comparison with the Nokia N800, Apple iPhone and Asus 701 (Eee).

Then check out Dan’s unlikely N810 vs. Eee battle of the $400-something Linux-based devices :)


Modding the Asus 701 (Eee) – Bluetooth

November 28, 2007

Last week I researched how to subvert the Asus 701 (Eee)!

Last year I documented adding internal USB Bluetooth to another sub-notebook…

Now I’ve combined the two – I’ve added internal USB Bluetooth to my Eee without interfering with the built-in wireless, using the empty mini PCIe card slot, or disabling any of the available USB ports :)

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Nokia N810 on its way

November 25, 2007

I’ll be getting my Nokia N810 Internet tablet this week, and I’m definitely looking forward to it… Ironically, I’ve been playing with a Nokia N800 that was sent to me by Nseries WOM World a few days ago!

Before I started this blog I owned a Nokia 770 for several months and I really liked it. When I sold it I promised myself to get my hands on the first Nokia Internet tablet with a keyboard – so there you have it :)

I also recently acquired a Nokia 7710, which is the ancestor to the Internet tablets. It’s a Symbian-based (S90) smartphone with a large touch screen that uses Hildon, the same user interface as the Linux-based (Maemo) Internet tablets.


Tasty bits – 33 34 (Thanksgiving edition)

November 25, 2007

Here’s a “special” Thankgiving double edition of tasty bits for this past month…

1) Let’s start with mod-friendly Asus 701 (Eee) coverage:
Ars Technica review with some hacking tips
Notebook Review tweak guide
Forbes background story
Uneasy Silence article on running OS X

I tried following this article and running OS X on my Eee but the installation keeps hanging along the way – to be further investigated.

2) The Nokia N82 was announced and released (!) recently (instead of announcing now and releasing 6 months later, for a change):
Additional info
Unboxing video
Multi-part review

The N82 appears similar in features to the N95 albeit in a candybar form factor with a smaller (2.4″) screen and a better (Xenon) flash. Sadly, there’s no HSDPA support for North America.

3) The Nokia N95 is still getting plenty of attention:
US version review
Screen auto-rotation application
Original vs. 8 GB pros and cons
8GB vs. Apple iPhone comparison

4) Apple released an iPhone update (1.1.2) and the community soon responded with another jailbreak. Here’s more iPhone coverage:
Send files directly from iPhone to another (1.1.1)
Instant Jailbreak for iPhone and iPod touch (1.1.1)
Stream Music from your iPhone to iTunes with Firefly (1.1.1)
AFP for iPhone and iPod touch
iRadio Brings Streaming Radio to iPhone
iTunes 7.5 and iPhone 1.1.2 return custom ringtones
T-Mobile to offer Germans unlocked iPhones

5) Finally, here’s more interesting assorted info:
LG’s KU990 “Viewty” now available in Europe
Neonode N2 makes its FCC debut
Samsung F700 comes knockin’?
Meizu’s M8 MiniOne gets touched
All the Android coverage you want is at Engadget right now
OQO product announcement Dec. 3rd in London
Apple Tablet “confirmed” by Asus?
New 13-inch MacBook rumored to be announced at MacWorld
Nokia shows off Haptikos tactile touch screen technology
Evolving S60: Touch UI, Sensor Framework and Accelerator Toolkit
From S60 to iPhone


1 year

November 21, 2007

1 year.

That’s how long I’ve been posting on tnkgrl Mobile!

Looking back at my first post a year ago today (November 21, 2006), I still think Apple should have sold the iPhone unlocked – oh well…

Since then I’ve tested a dozen devices, reviewing some, hacking others. Highlights of the year include the Nokia N95, the OQO Model 02, and the Apple iPhone.

It’s been fun, but there’s a lot more to come – so stay tuned :)


6 minutes

November 20, 2007

6 minutes.

That’s how long it took Dan (of UltraMobileGeek and TabletBlog fame) to go from holding a box to finding pumpkin pie in his video

Eee-asy!


Modding the Asus 701 (Eee)

November 20, 2007

After spending several evenings exploring the motherboard of my Asus 701 (Eee) for USB signals and 5V (off in standby) here’s what I’ve discovered.

There’s a 5V trace (off in standby) that’s available without draining current from the existing USB connectors – take a look at the picture above, snapped with my Sony Ericsson K850i (then scaled to 640×480 and annotated).

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