Quickie: Sierra Wireless Overdrive

July 20, 2010

A couple months ago, I received a Sierra Wireless Overdrive review unit – a 3G/4G pocket router – thanks to the lovely people at Sprint!

I used it for several weeks, mostly on 3G. I also visited the nearby Silicon Valley for 4G, since there’s no coverage in San Francisco yet…

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Kin One and Kin Two camera

July 18, 2010

Kin One sample pictures (slide show):

Kin Two sample pictures (slide show):

After unboxing Kin One and Kin Two and briefly using the ill-fated devices, I switched my attention to the cameras, hoping to find some redemption there. I didn’t!

What I did find was more of the same half-baked recipe – mostly decent hardware hindered by poor software and crappy user experience. More after the break…

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NeighborGoods is go

June 30, 2010

NeighborGoods

Today my friend Micki is launching NeighborGoods, an “online community where you can save and earn money by sharing stuff with your friends”…

I’ve been using NeighborGoods for a few weeks now and it’s fantastic. Take a look at the press release, sign up, and tell your friends!


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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