Tasty bits – 35 (holidays edition)

Happy new year :)

Here’s last month’s tasty bits, a little behind once again! I’ve decided to stop numbering the column hereafter…

JKK added HSDPA to the Asus 701 (Eee) – I’m working on a similar mod using a Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U HSDPA modem…

Also I’ve started using Qik to stream live video with my Nokia N95!

I’m keeping an eye on all the CES madness this week and I’ll be at Macworld next week, so stay tuned :)

Asus 701 (Eee):
WiMax-Enabled Asus Eee PC Confirmed
How to add internal 3G HSDPA to Asus Eee PC
How to add touch panel to Asus Eee Pc
It’s official: upgrading the Asus Eee PC memory keeps warranty intact
eeeXubuntu: Ubuntu distilled for your Eee
Ubuntu on the Asus Eee PC: Part 1 (or How to run a functional Ubuntu install off a USB drive)

Nokia N810:
Nokia N810: unboxing and first impressions
Canola2 Now Out!

Nokia N95:
Nokia N95-3 Finally Gets an Update to v 11.2.009
The N95 classic hits v20 firmware
The N95’s camera quality? It just got better…
Hands-on with the Nokia N95 8GB for North America!

Nokia N82:
Nokia N82: impressions after a week…
Nokia N82 hands-on
Nokia N82 preview: First look
Nokia N95, N95 8 GB and N82: The evolution of the multimedia computer

More Nokia:
Cellphones: Alleged Nokia N96 Spy Shots Look Yummypianoblacklicious
New Slider: Nokia’s Patent Reveals Innovative Six- or Eight- Megapixel Slider Phone
Video streaming from your phone QIK-ly, as in: instantly
All About N-Gage – Totally CONFIRMED Star Wars N-Gage Video
emTube – YouTube client for S60 phones
Nokia Internet Radio
Clarification: Upcoming Nokia IS a QWERTY Nseries

Apple iPhone:
Breaking: iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 Video and Evidence Confirms Update Is Real, Breaks Unlock, Third-Party Apps
How to Install Applications on iPhone 1.1.2 (Video Tutorial)
Syphon lets you save iPhone text messages
Control Pro Tools with your iPhone
Apple doesn’t give us MMS on the iPhone, so the community does
iPhone gets video recording capabilities
Not all is lost: partfoundry developing GPS module for iPhone
Fixing YouTube on your Jailbroken iPhone
Mobile Safari plug-in downloads files to your iPhone/iPod touch
Apple relents, sanctions custom ringtones!

OQO Model 02:
OQO Announces model e2 with Built-In HSDPA Mobile Broadband Capability
OQO does WiMax and 64GB SSDs

Neonode N2:
Neonode N2 officially coming to the US
Review of the unique Neonode N2 multimedia phone

BlackBerry 9000 (aka. BlackBerry 8xxx):
BlackBerry 9000 specs revealed, our early Christmas present to you
BlackBerry 8xxx hails from Rogers!
BlackBerry 9000 series spy shot revealed?

Hands-on with the Samsung G800
Hands-on with the Samsung P520 Armani
Samsung’s P720, F490 make their video debut

Google Maps for Mobiles shows your location, even without GPS
Verizon Wireless will open network for non-Verizon devices, services
Photo of the Sony Ericsson P5i Leaked
Wibrain’s B1 UMPC gets showcased on video – Engadget
Hands-on with the LG KU990 Viewty
A teaser shot of Motorola’s 5 megapixel multimedia maven?

Tasty bits – 33 34 (Thanksgiving edition)

Here’s a “special” Thankgiving double edition of tasty bits for this past month…

1) Let’s start with mod-friendly Asus 701 (Eee) coverage:
Ars Technica review with some hacking tips
Notebook Review tweak guide
Forbes background story
Uneasy Silence article on running OS X

I tried following this article and running OS X on my Eee but the installation keeps hanging along the way – to be further investigated.

2) The Nokia N82 was announced and released (!) recently (instead of announcing now and releasing 6 months later, for a change):
Additional info
Unboxing video
Multi-part review

The N82 appears similar in features to the N95 albeit in a candybar form factor with a smaller (2.4″) screen and a better (Xenon) flash. Sadly, there’s no HSDPA support for North America.

3) The Nokia N95 is still getting plenty of attention:
US version review
Screen auto-rotation application
Original vs. 8 GB pros and cons
8GB vs. Apple iPhone comparison

4) Apple released an iPhone update (1.1.2) and the community soon responded with another jailbreak. Here’s more iPhone coverage:
Send files directly from iPhone to another (1.1.1)
Instant Jailbreak for iPhone and iPod touch (1.1.1)
Stream Music from your iPhone to iTunes with Firefly (1.1.1)
AFP for iPhone and iPod touch
iRadio Brings Streaming Radio to iPhone
iTunes 7.5 and iPhone 1.1.2 return custom ringtones
T-Mobile to offer Germans unlocked iPhones

5) Finally, here’s more interesting assorted info:
LG’s KU990 “Viewty” now available in Europe
Neonode N2 makes its FCC debut
Samsung F700 comes knockin’?
Meizu’s M8 MiniOne gets touched
All the Android coverage you want is at Engadget right now
OQO product announcement Dec. 3rd in London
Apple Tablet “confirmed” by Asus?
New 13-inch MacBook rumored to be announced at MacWorld
Nokia shows off Haptikos tactile touch screen technology
Evolving S60: Touch UI, Sensor Framework and Accelerator Toolkit
From S60 to iPhone

Tasty bits – 24

In this video, Steve Litchfield compares Apple’s iPhone with Nokia’s E61i and Sony Ericsson’s W950. His review of the iPhone is quite interesting. Other than the missing 3G support and limited camera hardware, I think the iPhone is only restricted in features by its current software implementation – there’s a lot Apple can (and hopefully will) do to remedy this. I also think that the OS X core of the iPhone is superior to Symbian (and will soon challenge it).

Oh, and Kevin Tofel caved in and picked up an iPhone,and Robert Scoble is dropping the Nokia N95 for the iPhone – hehe :)

Speaking of touch-based devices, Neonode’s sexy N2 got unboxed, and Meizu’s M8 (miniOne) got specified. Is Samsung ‘s P520 the answer to LG’s KE850 (Prada) phone?

Sony Ericsson’s flagship P1i is out and about! Here’s an unboxing and a review. Also, here’s a review of Sony Ericsson’s 5 megapixel K850i…

BTW, the iPhone hacking continues:
Partial unlocking
“Hello world”
Custom backgrounds
SSH access
WiFi tethering
Apache, Python, etc…

And finally, here’s a great Nokia E90 blog!

Tasty bits – 23

T-Mobile recently launched HotSpot@Home, a UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) service with seamless hand-off between GSM and WiFi – unfortunately it requires special phones and routers…

Nokia released new firmware for the N95 which includes support for AGPS (to enhance the existing integrated GPS). Also, here’s an aftermarket high-capacity battery (and cover) for the N95!

Here’s a couple of new 5 megapixel camera phones: the Samsung G600 and the LG KU990, a touch-based device with a 3″ screen and HSDPA.

The Neonode N2 is almost ready for release, albeit without EDGE… The Meizu M8 (miniOne) is supposed to be launching in 2008 – $989 for the 16 GB version!

And now for the obligatory iPhone coverage:
– Another Apple iPhone vs. LG KE850 (Prada) comparison
– Enter field test mode
Setup custom ring tones
– Looking for music to stream? Here you go! (and BTW, this is not supported on the N95)

And finally, if you don’t think the iPhone changes everything, think again:

They are bringing millions of newbies, and not kicking and screaming, into the smartphone age.

Yes, James Kendrick gets it.

Neonode N1m first impressions

It’s been almost a month since I unboxed my Neonode N1m, but then my Nokia N95 came along and stole the show :)

Nonetheless, I’ve been playing with my N1m on and off, and I’m very impressed! It’s definitely a best kept secret device – Neonode’s touch-based user interface with gesture recognition (also featured on the upcoming N2) is extremely intuitive…

The phone even offers tactile feedback through the vibration feature when using the touch screen! Hmmm, I wonder if the iPhone works like that… Are you paying attention, Apple?

– Great touch-based user interface
– Fast operation
– Smartphone (Neno over Windows CE 5.0 .NET)
– Well made device
– Very small and light
– Good battery life
– Good music player (but no AAC support)
– Good HTML web browser
– Good GPRS performance
– Decent phone reception and audio quality
– USB mass storage device when powered off (with standard connector)
– USB charger

– Dim, scratch-sensitive screen
– So-so camera (1 megapixel)
– No Bluetooth
– No email client by default (but here’s one available for download)
– No speakerphone?
– No iSync support (but ActiveSync support)
– No Java support
– Tri-band GPRS only

3GSM goodness

The Nokia E90 is here… And according to this review, it’s the über phone! I’m very excited that it features a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash. Maybe I’ll even wait for the E90 instead of getting the Nokia N95.

A OQO Model 02 with HSPDA instead of EVDO? Oh yeah! Unfortunately it’s a only a tech demo, and it’s not available yet

As expected, the touch-based Neonode N2 is here, and it looks very interesting – perhaps I’ll even order one if/when it’s available :)

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