BlackBerry 9800 (Torch) vs. Motorola Droid 2 camera

December 2, 2010

Torch sample pictures (slide show):

Droid 2 sample pictures (slide show):

Two QWERTY sliders hard at work – one portrait with a small 3.2″ screen running BlackBerry 6, one landscape with a large 3.7″ screen running Android 2.2 – and both quite multimedia savvy.

Two 5 MP autofocus cameras ready to play – one with a single LED flash and VGA video recording, one with a dual LED flash and 480p video recording – and both with a two-stage shutter button.

Can the BlackBerry 9800 (Torch) and Motorola Droid 2 mix business with pleasure? Find out after the break…

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Unboxing the Motorola Droid Pro, part 1

November 24, 2010

Last week I received a Motorola Droid Pro review unit from the lovely people at Verizon. It joins the ranks of the Droid 2 and the Droid X, but adds some unique features…

Most obvious is the QWERTY keyboard, which looks and feels exactly like a BlackBerry keyboard. There’s a pretty decent camera (5 MP autofocus with dual LED flash) and a global radio (CDMA + GSM/HSPA) on board. Sadly, the portrait layout means the screen is smaller (3.1″) and lower resolution (HVGA – 480×320 pixels) than its siblings.

I’ve already recorded the launch of this phone for Engadget during CTIA, but check out my unboxing video and expect some pictures soon!


Unboxing the BlackBerry 9670 (Style), part 1

November 6, 2010

A few days ago I attended the Sprint Developer Conference and received a free BlackBerry 9670 (Style)!

Check out my unboxing video, and stay tuned for some pictures…


Podcast: Talking with tnkgrl #27

October 16, 2010

After a two month hiatus caused by technical difficulties and scheduling conflicts, we’re back with another podcast (49 min):
- Audio version
- Video version

Both Matthew Bennett (Sticky Traction, Nokia Daily News, US Mobile Industry) and Tony Peric (fone frenzy) joined me this time – special thanks to Tony for the editing :)

This month, we covered the Nokia N8 and its awesome camera, the T-Mobile G2/HTC Desire Z, the Samsung Galaxy S devices (Fascinate, Epic 4G, Captivate, and Vibrant), and the Samsung Wave.

Other topics include CTIA Enterprise & Applications, my annual trip to Burning Man, the Apple iPod nano, the Motorola F3, the Motorola Charm, the Motorola Droid 2, and the BlackBerry Torch.

We’re planning to do this podcast monthly from now on… Stay tuned!

Click here to subscribe to this podcast.


Unboxing the BlackBerry 9800 (Torch), part 2

August 15, 2010

You know I’m not impressed with a device when it takes me 5 days for a full unboxing….

Here are some pictures (slide show) of the BlackBerry 9800 (Torch) to complement my recent videos!

I’ll have a camera review for you in the near future.


Unboxing the BlackBerry 9800 (Torch), part 1

August 10, 2010

The BlackBerry 9800 (Torch) was announced with great fanfare last week, and the people at AT&T provided me with a review unit yesterday.

So far, critics agree that the Torch is under-screened and under-powered, that it’s too conservative and too bland to take on the competition…

I’ve already shared my ennui about the Torch, but I’m going to take it for a spin regardless. Enjoy the unboxing video, and expect some pictures and additional musings soon!

Update: First power on video after the break, with browser demo :)

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SF AppShow

April 26, 2010

This week I’m attending the SF AppShow

- What: The SF AppShow discovers and breaks some of the hottest apps
- When: 7 PM, Tuesday April 27, 2010 (doors at 5:30 PM)
- Where: 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco
- Who: Mobile developers, bloggers, and friends

My readers get a 50% discount. See you there!


Palm Pixi Plus camera

March 22, 2010

Short version. The Palm Pixi Plus camera is crap!

Long version. The Pixi Plus offers significant value with significant compromise. While the software is elegant and intuitive, the hardware is cheap and slow. Ditto the camera…

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Life with the Nokia E72

February 21, 2010

I’ve been using the Nokia E72 as my primary business phone for about a month now, and of course it’s been a huge improvement over my standard-issue BlackBerry :)

While the E72 build quality is very good, it’s not as solid as the other Eseries devices I’ve played with. The battery door feels somewhat loose, and it’s easy to push the release button by accident. There’s also some light leaking from the edges of the keys surrounding the D-pad. Still, the materials used (such as stainless steel) are really nice…

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Unboxing the Nokia E72

January 21, 2010

So you’re a suit looking for a non-touch business phone? Well it’s simple, really. You can either be a sheep and get a BlackBerry, or you can be a wolf and get this Nokia E72 :)

Of course, this assumes your IT minions support Exchange Server in a addition to BlackBerry Enterprise Server – if not, find another job!

When the E72 was announced last summer, my interest was immediately piqued. It follows in the footsteps of one of my favorite non-touch Symbian devices, the awesome E75, while using the same BlackBerry-like form factor as the excellent E71

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