Regarding the iPhone 4

June 21, 2010

iPhone 4

It’s been almost 2 weeks since the iPhone 4 was announced at WWDC, almost a week since pre-orders started (a fiasco that probably deserves its own blog post), and with launch only a few days away, I wanted to share my thoughts on Apple’s latest object of desire…

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Nokia N8 hands on

June 15, 2010

Today I finally got a chance to play with the Nokia N8. I got to use prototype hardware (still labeled C0) running early software (not even pre-release).

In short, I’m definitely impressed. But I’m still concerned that the N8 will not be able to compete with iOS and Android devices when it’s launched later this summer.

Read on for my thoughts…

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Pictures taken with the Nokia 5230 (Nuron)

June 12, 2010

While the Nokia 5230 (Nuron) is a basically a Nokia 5800 on a spec diet, it features Nokia’s best 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera to date!

The resulting pictures (slide show) are quite lovely for a low-end camera, with good color balance and exposure…

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Nokia E72 vs. Nokia X6 camera

June 11, 2010

E72 sample pictures (slide show):

X6 sample pictures (slide show):

The Nokia E72 and the Nokia X6 have a lot in common despite being very different devices. They arguably represent the best QWERTY non-touch business phone and best touch media-centric device currently available from the lovely folks in Espoo.

Both are feature-packed, reasonably-priced Symbian smartphones with nice cameras, and follow in the footsteps of good devices with disappointing cameras, namely the Nokia E71 and the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. More after the break…

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HTC EVO 4G camera

June 3, 2010

I’ve been using the awesome HTC EVO 4G for 2 weeks now, and I’ve snapped quite a few pictures already, starting at the Maker Faire. Here’s my take on the camera, just in time for tomorrow’s launch!

The EVO 4G features a similar (if not identical) camera to the HTC Incredible with an 8 megapixel sensor, an auto-focus lens with macro, and dual LED flash.

Not surprisingly, the resulting pictures (slide show) compare favorably with the Incredible’s wonderful shots, but there are some differences. Read on…

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Unboxing the Kin One and Kin Two

May 31, 2010

Last week the friendly folks at Verizon sent me not one, but two review units: the Kin One and Kin Two!

Both devices are made by Sharp and run a social networking-centric OS based on the upcoming Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft.

The hardware is of typical modern smartphone fare, with a capacitive touchscreen, a full set of radios and sensors (3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS & accelerometer), and a physical landscape slider keyboard…

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Google Nexus One vs. HTC Incredible camera

May 30, 2010

Nexus One sample pictures (slide show):

Incredible sample pictures (slide show):

Wow. I’ve carried the Google Nexus One in my pocket every day for almost 6 months now. As my primary phone, it’s been with me to Seattle, Sydney, and Los Angeles – I’ve snapped hundreds of shots with it!

While not best-in-class, the Nexus One takes much better pictures with its single LED flash equipped 5 megapixel AF camera than any HTC device before it – in fact, it’s good enough for me the majority of the time, and I’m picky :)

So, when the HTC Incredible landed in my dirty little hands a month ago with its dual LED flash equipped 8 megapixel AF camera, I was both excited and intrigued. How would it fare?

As it turns out, the Incredible (like the HTC EVO 4G, which uses a similar sensor and optics) improves upon the Nexus One to represent the finest HTC currently has to offer. See for yourself after the break…

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Quickie: LG BL40 (Chocolate)

May 29, 2010

This post and my post on the LG KM900 (Arena) are intentionally similar because both devices are extremely similar.

One of my coworkers recently let me take a euro-spec LG BL40 (Chocolate) for a spin…

It’s a super sexy feature phone that was introduced last fall in LG’s “Black Label” series, and while the software is nothing to write home about, the hardware is actually quite decent!

So how does it stack up? Find out after the break :)

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Unboxing the HTC EVO 4G, part 2

May 21, 2010

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s initial unboxing of the HTC EVO 4G, here are additional pictures (slide show) and videos (above & after the break)!

The pictures include comparisons between the EVO 4G, the Incredible, the Nexus One, the Hero, and the iPhone 3GS – there’s even an OQO Model 01+ cameo…

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About the Nokia N8

April 28, 2010

Nokia N8

Congratulations, Nokia. The brouhaha surrounding the Nokia N8 is almost as epic as the recent kerfuffle about the iPhone HD (my nomenclature). Fantastic PR Job!

What do you mean that “leak” was not intentional? Oh well, any advertising is good advertising…

So, about the N8. Color me cautiously thrilled. The short of it is that the hardware is spot on (finally), but the verdict is still out on the software (predictably). Or maybe I’m just a sucker for a nice cameraphone :)

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