Here’s my list of tasty bits from CES, devices that I’m interested in playing with:
– Palm Pre:
There are no ifs or buts about it – the Palm Pre is an amazing device! It features a 3.1″ HVGA capacitive touch screen (with mutitouch), a 3 megapixel camera (with LED flash), 8 GB of built-in flash storage (with USB mass storage), a QWERTY keyboard, 3G, WiFi, GPS, and full Bluetooth (with A2DP & DUN).
But the hardware is only half the battle – as I recently mentioned in my podcast with Matt Bennett, the software Palm created, WebOS, is just as promising, with an intuitive UI and clever integration with popular online services… Robert Scoble is right: watch out Nokia, this may just be Palm’s comeback, and may just be Sprint’s salvation.
Of course I’m looking forward to the unlocked GSM version with 3G :)
– OQO model 2+:
What’s not to be excited about? Take the already awesome OQO Model 02, replace the crappy VIA C7-M with a perky Intel Atom CPU, replace the EVDO modem with a global EVDO/HSDPA modem (optional), replace the active digitizer with a passive touch screen, replace the TFT display with an OLED display (optional), double the RAM, and lower the price… Want!
I’ve recently acquired a virtually new-in-the-box and never booted Vulcan FlipStart with Windows XP and EVDO! The only item missing appears to be the recovery disc(s), which I can live without thanks to Acronis True Image.
Take a look at all the pictures!
Well a lot of things have changed in a year:
– I retired my beloved OQO Model 02 with HSDPA, selling it before it lost too much value
– Vulcan lowered the price of the FlipStart to $699, and then stopped selling it altogether
The tipping point was my Vulcan FlipStart HSDPA mod. The brave soul who volunteered his device for the hacking was experiencing some hardware problems which I was only able to resolve thanks to the outstanding assistance I received from Vulcan customer support. Being able to swap EVDO with HSDPA without reaching for my soldering iron was the icing on the cake…
So I started looking for a used FlipStart for further hacking. And for the record, I still think the FlipStart is aesthetically challenged :)
Or are you just happy to see me?
Once upon a time, in a land far away, I used an OQO Model 01+ and Motorola E815 connected via Bluetooth. I hacked the phone and tethered the computer to Verizon’s EVDO network. Every now and then, I’d share the 3G connection over WiFi, turning the computer into a router, and allowing other devices with WiFi around me to access the cloud – all this while walking down the street or driving down the freeway…
But here’s the cool part: the entire setup fit easily, without wires, in the many pockets of my trusty cutoff cargo pants!
The setup evolved over time. I replaced the phone with an LG CU500 on Cingular’s HSDPA network (now AT&T). Then I replaced the computer with an OQO Model 02, which I promptly modded for HSDPA (built-in).
And then, having narrowed things down to a single device, I was rocking a router in my pocket – I was ready for the mobile revolution :)
Eventually, I ended up with a Nokia N95-3 featuring both 3G and WiFi and I started thinking… Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a Symbian application that turned the device into a router in my pocket? Wouldn’t it be great?
I’ve been playing with JoikuSpot on my N95-3 and it’s working like a charm.
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!
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)
– 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
– 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!
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?
– 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?
Here’s a “special” Thankgiving double edition of tasty bits for this past month…
I tried following this article and running OS X on my Eee but the installation keeps hanging along the way – to be further investigated.
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.
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
That’s how long I’ve been posting on tnkgrl Mobile!
Looking back at my first post a year ago today (November 21, 2006), I still think Apple should have sold the iPhone unlocked – oh well…
It’s been fun, but there’s a lot more to come – so stay tuned :)
W-Eee :) I’m now officially one of the coolest kids on the block! I’m typing this post on my Asus 701 (Eee)…
I’ve quietly been keeping an eye on the Eee since it was announced a few months ago. After all, who’s not interested in a $399 ultra-portable sub-notebook?
Not to mention, it’s a particularly interesting device if, like me, you’re a blogger on-the-go, especially with the built-in webcam.
After using it for less than 24 hours I’m pretty impressed, and so are others, apparently. The keyboard is surprisingly good. The screen is nice (albeit a bit small).
The trackpad is not that great – perhaps it’s just my Eee but it’s behaving erratically at the lowest and highest settings. I’m not too concerned, since I’m planning to mod my Eee extensively in the coming weeks/months – I’ll take a look at the trackpad then.
There’s an unused mini PCIe slot intended for an SSD that’s just begging to be used :)
So keep coming back, and enjoy my unboxing pictures for now, including a size comparison with the Apple iPhone and the OQO Model 02.