Podcast: Talking with Matt #18 (Android special)

November 17, 2009

It’s time for another podcast (25 min) with Matthew Bennett:
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This week was all about Android – the T-Mobile G1, the HTC Magic, the HTC Hero, the Motorola CLIQ, and of course the Motorola Droid.

We also discussed the Nokia N900, the Nokia N86, the Samsung Memoir, the Palm Pre, BlackBerry 9630 (Tour), the Sony Ericsson C905a and a few other things.

As a bonus, enjoy the lovely view from Bernal Heights :)

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Podcast: Talking with Matt #15

September 21, 2009

It’s time for another podcast (24 min) with Matthew Bennett:
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This week is full of goodness!

First, we discussed the Nokia N900, the Nokia X6, my Burning Man pictures (taken with the Samsung Memoir and the Nokia N97), the Nokia N97 mini, the Motorola CLIQ, and the HTC Hero (CDMA version)…

Then, check out my rant about the Nokia 7705 (Twist), and the (WiFi-less) Palm Pixi :)

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Podcast: Talking with Matt #13

August 3, 2009

It’s time for another podcast (35 min) with Matthew Bennett:
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This week we discussed the Nokia N97, the Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD), and the Nokia E75!

Other topics include Matt’s adventures on the N97 24/7 Tour, plus a few other things, all while sitting outside of Cafe Flore

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Samsung Instinct s30 hands-on

July 30, 2009

The story reads something like this. Once upon a time, I contacted the friendly people at Sprint and asked for a Palm Pre review unit in time for launch day…

Unfortunately, they were unable to accommodate my request due to lack of devices, so instead, I just picked up a Palm Pre on launch day and returned it within 30 days. As a consolation prize, they were kind enough to provide me with a Samsung Instinct s30!

But wait, the Samsung Instinct s30 is a CDMA touchscreen feature phone with a basic camera. I only review smartphones, or phones with cameras that, at a minimum, feature auto-focus with macro. I only deal with GSM devices, and rarely cover CDMA phones. Oh noes :)

Well, I did the graceful thing – instead of a full review, I did a hands-on, all the while keeping an open mind and adjusting my expectations.

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Podcast: Talking with Matt #12

July 2, 2009

It’s time for another podcast (30 min) with Matthew Bennett:
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This week we discussed the June tsunami – the Palm Pre, the Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD), the Nokia N97, the HTC Magic, and the Apple iPhone 3GS, plus a few other things, while sitting outside of Duboce Park Cafe on Pride weekend :)

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Apple iPhone 3GS vs. Palm Pre camera

June 25, 2009

iPhone 3GS sample pictures (slide show):

Pre sample pictures (slide show):

OK, you’re probably thinking this is a bit of an unfair comparison – although the Apple iPhone 3GS camera lacks an (arguably useless) LED flash, the Palm Pre camera lacks the (absolutely essential) auto-focus, as well as video recording…

But, other than the difference in camera and storage specs, the missing GSM/UMTS radios, and the limited selection of apps, the Pre provides 95-105% the iPhone 3GS user experience and features a QWERTY keyboard – that is pretty impressive!

People currently looking for a subsidized über-phone in the US are going to compare the iPhone 3GS and the Pre (and perhaps even the T-Mobile G1 and the Blackberry Storm). So what about the 3 megapixel camera on each device?

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Podcast: Talking with Matt #11

June 23, 2009

It’s time for another podcast (16 min) with Matthew Bennett:
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So between the gay high holiday month and the June tsunami things have been a wee bit crazy around here lately :)

The bad news is that I’m just over 2 weeks behind with posting this podcast, the good news is that after all this time, it’s still interesting. I’ve edited out the Palm Pre unboxing, since it’s a lot more compelling on video

In this episode we discussed the Sharp/T-Mobile Sidekick LX, the Palm Pre, the Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD), the Nokia N97, the HTC Magic, and the Apple iPhone 3GS!

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The Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD) is here

June 8, 2009

Forget my Palm Pre, forget the iPhone 3G S… I have something better to put my dirty little hands on. I have a Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD) to play with for a few days (thanks Ewan)!

It’s the Orange UK branded/locked version, so I have to be reasonable with my voice, SMS, and data activity since the phone is roaming on AT&T (3G, even) – thank goodness for WiFi :)

In case you’ve been living under a rock and have somehow missed my past coverage of this tasty powerhouse of a device, let me refresh your memory:

- Symbian S60v5 touch
– 3.7″ 640×360 OLED capacitive touchscreen
– 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus, macro, single LED flash, geo-tagging, and 720p HD video recording at 24 fps
– 3G (2100/1900/900 HSUPA), 2G (quad-band EDGE), WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, GPS, compass
– 8GB on-board flash storage, micro-SDHC card slot, standard micro-USB connector, standard 3.5 mm audio connector
– Ultra thin, no hardware keyboard

Are you drooling yet? Bonus pictures and video after the break.

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Nokia N97 vs. Samsung i8910 camera

June 7, 2009

Tonight I attended the “Drinks with Nokia” event here in San Francisco, together with [name dropping] Ewan MacLeod (MIR, MDTV), Matthew Bennett (Nseries US, UMI), Dennis Bournique (Wap review), Kevin Neely (Rubbernecking), and the lovely crew from Ubergizmo, amongst others [/name dropping]

Once again I was able to play with the Nokia N97 and the Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD) – better yet, I was able to take pictures and make videos with each. The N97, although a prototype, was running the latest firmware, and was rock solid. The i8910 was running the Orange production firmware, but was less stable. Both devices are great, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

Here are my pictures and videos, including cameos by my Palm Pre and the HTC Magic (a phone I can’t take a clear picture of, apparently).

Update: Full sets of pictures and additional videos here.

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My spouse reviews the Palm Pre

June 7, 2009

The irony of my crazy Palm Pre adventure is that before the mishap, my spouse actually got more hands-on time than me!

Here’s my spouse’s non-technical review of the Palm “whatever it’s called”…

- Hey, this doesn’t weight much and it’s a smaller size that fits easy in my hand.
– Ouch, who designed this slider and decided sharp edges was a good idea right by the keyboard? Bad design.
– Nice big screen, very responsive to touch. Wait, I thought this was going to be like my old Palm interface? It’s not.
– OK, now on to the real test. Can I connect to my email? That was easy; I added my new email and yup, there it is.
– I’m bored. I need to watch some YouTube. Easy to find browser and connect… Wait, it’s not loading!
– Fuck you, Sprint! Same damn problem as when the iPhone came out. Carriers aren’t prepared for the data traffic.
– Hey wait. What’s this part by the button? Oh, that’s touch sensitive too; not just the screen… Very interesting.
– Overall, very easy to use out of the box and without any tutorial. Not as easy as the iPhone but easier than the G1
– Physically the design is meh, the interface is good, and a 7 year-old or a middle-aged white yuppie dude can use it for everything they need.

So there you have it :)


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