July 20, 2009
It’s been almost 6 months since I picked up the Samsung T929 (Memoir), the first subsidized 8 megapixel cameraphone in the US, and I’m overdue for a review :)
Over the years, I have tested a plethora of 5 megapixel devices – the i-mobile 902, the Nokia N95/N95-3/N95-4, the Sony Ericsson K850i, the Nokia N82, the Motorola ZN5 (ZINE), the Nokia N96, the Nokia N85, the Nokia N79, and more recently the Nokia N97…
There are now several 8 megapixel cameraphones available from Samsung (Pixon, Memoir, INNOV8, Omnia HD), LG (Renoir, Viewty Smart), Sony Ericsson (C905, W995), and Nokia (N86 8MP) – not to mention upcoming 12 megapixel units.
I’m getting a Nokia N86 8MP review unit soon, but so far I’ve only played with the Samsung i8510 (INNOV8), the Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD), and of course the Memoir.
For over 4 months I used it as my primary imaging device, and 1000+ pictures later, I have to say that the Memoir features the best camera I have ever enjoyed on any phone – and by a wide margin!
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April 4, 2009
Well CTIA is now over and I’m back in San Francisco… Here’s a summary of what I ended up doing on days 2 and 3:
– Demo of the Nokia N97 with Julien Fourgeaud of Nokia (with video)
– Meeting with Nokia to discuss accessories
– Dinner with Matthew Bennett and Jeb brilliant after the Opera party
– Walkthrough of the Palm Pre at the Sprint VIP lounge (with video)
– Hands on time with the Nokia 7205 (Intrigue)
– More time with the Nokia N86 and Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD)
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September 22, 2007
It’s been a month since my last tasty bits and a lot has been happening in the world of mobile technology!
But a lot has also been happening with me, like starting my new job, going to Burning Man, seeing my loved one through surgery, and moving to Seattle…
As a result, I’m a little behind and this is a triple edition. Below are the links I’ve gathered over the past month, organized by topic, thanks to some clever grep-ing of my Firefox bookmarks file :)
– iPhone GPS Hack Works!
– iPhone Adding IM and Picture Messaging?
– Want push email on your iPhone? No problem
– Apple cuts 8GB iPhone price to $399
– Steve Jobs gives all iPhone owners $100 back
– The definitive iPhone native application list
– Apple iPhone hits the one million mark
– iPhone’s $100 Apple Store Credit program goes live
– Apple iPhone hits O2 in the UK on November 9th
– IPhone confirmed for T-Mobile Germany
– Orange nonchalantly confirms iPhone deal in France
– iPhone double header: First native IM client AND first native IRC released
– Install applications on your iPhone without hacking
– iPhone Coding: URL Launcher
– Playing with the iPhone’s accelerometer
– iFuntastic goes v3, adds PPC support
– Dock gets a spiffy new update
– Hackapalooza: making the iPhone main screen scroll!
– Beta Beat: MobileChat iPhone AIM Client debuts
– iPhone Coding: Using the Slider
– Push-to-Talk developer pack
– Installer.app locks out PXL package
– Colloquy for iPhone Debuts
– iPhone Coding: Using the Accelerometer
– Installing the iPhone Developer Toolchain: A simple How-To
– Run Widgets (kinda) on your iPhone
– iPhone: How many Hackers?
– Apple looks out for my best interests
– Shipley confronts Apple on “contain and engage”
– iPhone freedom
– How To: Activate the Voicemail Button in Non-AT&T Unlocked iPhones
– iUnlock Reloaded: free iPhone unlocking for dummies now available
– iPhone Dev Team announces free GUI iPhone Unlock Tool
– Daring Fireball: The Ringtones Racket
– iToner makes adding iPhone ringtones ridiculously easy
– Song Sender sends iPhone tunes to email and ringtones
– Apple intros ringtones for iPhones
– iPhone Ringtones On The Cheap
– Cleverboy discovers ultimate ringtone hack
– Ringtonator, a GUI for the ringtone hack
– MakeiPhoneRingtone hits 1.1, further obsoletes the ringtones racket
– iToner 1.0.2 is available
– Ringtonator Studio makes ringtones from any QT format
– Nokia N95 – One Name, 3 Devices?
– AAS Feature: The Black Beauties Christmas Showdown – Nokia N95 8GB versus the Apple iPhone
– Hands-on with the US Nokia N95
– Nokia N95 for North America: get it September for $699
– Hands On the Nokia N95i (The Black One) and the N95 US-Band Cellphone
OQO Model 02:
– OQO Model 02 lowers price, bumps specs, adds SSD and new CEO
– OQO brings the OQO Model e2 to Europe
– HTC insider confirms Google Phone?
– Google’s mobile OS well on its way to production
– New Google Phone rumors get real specific
– DigiTimes: Google will definitely launch its own branded handset
Motorola’s secret device:
– One of Motorola’s most secret projects…
– Motorola secrets? ELBA, E8, E7? That’s why we are here!
– Is this the Motorola MOTOROKR E7?
Samsung F700 (Croix):
– Samsung Ultra F700 Smartphone Rechristened “Croix”
– Samsung’s F700 Ready for Business in November with Vodafone
– Samsung’s Croix: yet another ‘iPhone rival’
– Samsung F700, others to sport “Croix” interface concept
Samsung G800 (5 megapixel camera phone with 3x optical zoom and xenon flash):
– Stolen Snaps of Samsung G800 Reveal 5 Megapixel camera with 3x Zoom
– Samsung G800 gets previewed
Samsung P520 (Armani):
– Armani and Samsung Team Up to Create a New Touchscreen Fashion Phone
LG KU990 (Viewty):
– Hands-on with the LG KU990 Smart Phone (Verdict: Definitely Not an iPhone Killer)
– Up Close and Personal Video of LG KU990 “Viewty”
– Hands-on with the LG KU990
– LG’s KU990 “Viewty” reviewed, loved
Meizu M8 (miniOne):
– Meizu’s M8 MiniOne shipping January 17th?
– Meizu’s MiniOne M8 GUI exposed: shame on you J. Wong
– i450, i550 and i570 – rumoured Samsung S60 devices
– Coming soon: Samsung i560 – S60 with GPS
– Opera launches second beta for Mini 4
– The Nokia iPhone-like Slip?
– Intel demos iPhone-like MID of the future
June 21, 2007
The iPhone launch (now with YouTube support) is one week away. Are you ready for total chaos? I have a plan :)
In the meantime, here’s a nice article comparing the iPhone with other devices, including two from my current stable (the Nokia N95 and the Sony Ericsson M600i).
Speaking of my favorite phone, the Nokia N95 just got better! And if you’re still not convinced, here’s yet another review. Alternatively, the Nokia E90 is also a good choice…
I’m also pretty excited about Nokia’s Mobile Web Server – it’s a very interesting idea. BTW, here’s a look into the Nokia Media Transfer application I mentioned last week.
The Sony Ericsson K850i is official, complete with a 5 megapixel camera (with auto-focus, macro, xenon flash, and powered lens cover), and supposedly tri-band HSDPA (as well as quad-band EDGE). Yummy :)
Opera announced a flash replacement for phones, and released a beta version of Opera Mini 4. After playing with it, I have to admit that it’s a pretty good web browser, especially for a Java application – in fact, it’s quite similar to Nokia’s very nice web browser.
The Meizu M8 (miniOne) is still evolving and is supposed to be available in late 2007.
Finally, here’s another installment in the multi-part review of the OQO Model 02.