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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Nokia 7705 (Twist) camera

October 11, 2009

As I’ve already mentioned, the Nokia 7705 (Twist) offers a great form-factor and decent hardware, but horrible software – just watch my rant at the 12-minute mark in this podcast :)

Ditto the camera. With a 3 megapixel sensor, an auto-focus lens, macro, and flash, the specs are fine. But the resulting pictures are quite poor considering the hardware.

I think it’s a software problem: shots are systematically overexposed, and colors are noticeably muted. There’s a general lack of detail – it’s the exact opposite of the Nokia Surge camera!

To make matters worse, the auto-focus is turned off by default and must be enabled each time the camera is used. There’s also no geo-tagging or auto-rotation…

Ultimately, the Nokia Twist camera just ads insult to injury, further eroding an innovative design.

Unboxing the Nokia 7705 (Twist)

September 17, 2009

What? Another CDMA phone from Nokia? Madness!

Behold the Nokia 7705 (Twist), a feature phone with a QWERTY keyboard and an ultra cool swivel form factor that’s exclusive to the US market (Verizon).

Like the Nokia 6790 (Surge), it’s primarily a messaging device. Contrary to the Surge, it’s not running Symbian, which is FoF (*)…

Sure, there’s 3G (EVDO), a 3 megapixel camera (with auto-focus, flash, and QVGA video recording), GPS, and a 2.4″ QVGA display.

But unfortunately, WiFi is missing, the audio connector is of the 2.5 mm variety, the battery is only 860 mAh, and there’s no Java support, which is again FoF (*).

(*) Full of Fail.

Oh well – enjoy my pictures and video :)

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Pictures taken with the Nokia 6790

August 28, 2009

On paper, the Nokia 6790 (Surge) camera looks like a whole lot of “meh“! With only 2 megapixels, no auto-focus, and no flash, it’s nothing to write home about… Or is it?

The lens and sensor are relatively decent, color balance and exposure are generally good. Other than the lack of macro, the resulting pictures are pretty nice for this class of device.

Just like the iPhone/iPhone 3G and the Blackberry 8320 (Curve) cameras, the 6790 camera surpassed my expectations, and that’s something to write home about :)

Podcast: Talking with Matt #14

August 28, 2009

It’s time for another podcast (25 min) with Matthew Bennett:
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This week (episode 15 14) we discussed the Nokia N900, the Nokia N97 (which I accidentally drop), and the Nokia 6790 (Surge)!

Other topics include Matt’s clever hack, the Toshiba NB205, and a few other things, all while sitting outside of Farley’s

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Nokia 6790 (Surge) iSync plugin

August 5, 2009

There’s apparently no iSync plugin yet from Nokia for the 6790 (Surge), so I used my developer skills and whipped one together. Simply download, unzip and copy to the /Library/PhonePlugins folder! After pairing your 6790, run iSync, and select Devices|Add Device…

Enjoy :)

Unboxing the Nokia 6790 (Surge)

August 4, 2009

Well look what FedEx dragged in – it’s the Nokia 6790 (Surge), a Symbian smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard running S60v3 Feature Pack 2 that’s exclusive to the US market (AT&T) – at least for now :)

Think of the 6790 as a reduced cost/feature version of the 5730 (itself similar to the E75), just like the E63 is scaled down from the E71/E72.

So what’s been axed from the usual pile of Symbian goodness? WiFi is missing, the camera is only 2 megapixels (without auto-focus or flash, but with QVGA video recording), the audio connector is of the 2.5 mm variety, and the 3G is US-only (instead of tri-band)…

Everything else is there, the 2.4″ QVGA display, the GPS, the accelerometer, the awesome BP4-L 1500 mAh battery (2 weeks standby), the quirky Nokia industrial design, and tons of available apps, both built-in (like the POP3/IMAP email client) and third party (like Qik).

Interestingly, the European version features a better camera (3.2 megapixels). Is the US market getting the shaft again? Stay tuned as I put the 6790 through its paces.

In the meantime, enjoy my unboxing pictures and video!

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