Device of the year: Motorola Droid

December 31, 2009

What a fitting picture :) Say ‘hello” to the Motorola Droid, my choice for device of the year!

I would have picked the Google Nexus One if it was available today, and I would have picked the Nokia N900 if it was more accessible, but the Motorola Droid made a bigger impact on the mobile industry…

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Unboxing the Nokia Booklet 3G

December 27, 2009

It’s almost been 2 weeks since the Nokia Booklet 3G landed in my dirty little hands – blame the Google Nexus One for stealing the show!

So, what about Nokia’s premium netbook mini-laptop? As I already mentioned in my hands on, the Booklet 3G looks gorgeous…

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Exclusive: Google Nexus One hands on

December 18, 2009

Google Nexus One

I just played with the Google Nexus One for a few minutes, Here’s my report:

- It’s extremely thin
– It’s much nicer looking in person than in pictures
– There’s a 4 GB micro-SD card installed
– The battery capacity is 1400 mAh
– The screen appears to be OLED (same size/resolution as the Motorola Droid)
– 3G works on T-Mobile USA :)
– I can confirm that there’s no 3G on AT&T (EGDE only)
– It’s definitely unlocked
– It’s super snappy! Faster than the Droid…
– There’s no multitouch support in the browser or in Google Maps
– There’s no dedicated camera key, but it’s the same camera interface as the Droid
– The trackball can be used to focus (like on other HTC devices)
– Low-light performance is decent, but the flash is weak
– Calls are routed the normal way, not using data (VoIP), and sound fine
– The home screen is divided into 5 panes (like the custom interface on the HTC Hero Motorola CLIQ)
– It’s using a micro-USB connector for data/power
– There are some gold contacts at the bottom edge, for a dock perhaps?
– Did I mention it’s fast?

Sorry, I was not allowed to take pictures (the one above is from the intertubes). That’s it for now :)

Update: I now have my own Nexus One.


The Nokia N97 mini is here

December 16, 2009

Last week I received a Nokia N97 mini review unit from Molly & co at Nokia Blogger Relations! As the name implies, it’s basically the Nokia N97‘s little sibling.

It’s smaller & thinner, with less screen (3.2″ vs. 3.5″), less built-in storage (8 GB vs. 32 GB), a better keyboard (same layout as the Nokia N900), a nicer battery cover (stainless steel vs. plastic), no camera lens cover, and no FM transmitter…

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Podcast: Talking with Matt #20 (Anniversary special)

December 15, 2009

It’s time for another podcast (13 min) with Matthew Bennett (Nokia Daily News, US Mobile Industry):
Audio version
Video version

This Last week we celebrated the first anniversary of this podcast (already?) and the 3rd anniversary of my blog :)

Unfortunately, Matt’s camera battery died while recording, so we continued filming with the Nokia N900 but without the mic.

We discussed the cream of the crop for 2009: the Motorola Droid, the Nokia N900, the Palm Pre, and the Apple iPhone 3GS!

Other topic include the Samsung T939 (Behold II), and some commentary on Symbian and the Nokia N97

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Samsung T939 (Behold II) in pictures

December 9, 2009

A little over a year after releasing the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1, T-Mobile recently introduced its fourth Android device, the Samsung T939 (Behold II), and provided me with a review unit :)

The Behold II follows in the footsteps of the T929 (Memoir) and the T919 (Behold). Like them, it’s a nice touchscreen phone with a good camera. Unlike them, it’s a smartphone running Android, with a capacitive OLED display, WiFi, and standard audio & USB connectors…

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