Thoughts on Nseries

December 13, 2008

Nokia Nseries

Dear Nokia,

Congratulations on the N97! It’s a very exciting product, but great devices alone don’t make you a leader.

So what is really needed for the Nseries brand to succeed? Here are my thoughts…

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The iPhone SDK was worth the wait

March 6, 2008

iPhone software roadmap

Oh yeah, it was definitely worth the wait. The iPhone SDK is here and is even more exciting than I expected :)

Here’s a quick summary:
– iPhone SDK and emulator available now (beta)
– Intel-based Mac required
– Microsoft Exchange/ActiveSync support coming (oh hello there, RIM)
– IM client coming
– Sega games coming (Super Monkey Ball)
– EA games coming (Spore)
– Apps available on iTunes App Store (both on iPhone and Mac/PC)
– Developer fee of $99 to publish in iTunes App Store (includes support)
– Developer sets price (paid or free)
– Developer keeps 70% of profits
– Firmware 2.0 required to use iTune App Store (available in June)
– iFund: $100 Million Dollars VC fund for iPhone software startups

For more information check out this play-by-play and this other summary

So, I’m very excited about the iPhone SDK and I’m going to play with it ASAP! I think it’s another major wakeup call for RIM, Nokia, Google/OHA and Microsoft.

What do you think?

Mobile World Congress (3GSM) roundup

February 28, 2008

I survived another GDC, and the Mobile World Congress (3GSM) ended almost 2 weeks ago (already!), so here’s a roundup of what was interesting and exciting to me in Barcelona this year…

1) Nokia

N96, successor to the N95 with 16 GB of internal storage and micro-SDHC, DVB-H tuner, but without xenon flash or lens cover:
The Nokia N96 redefines “high-end”
Hands-on with Nokia’s high-rolling N96
The Nokia N96 Super Cellphone is Official: Gallery and Specs Here
Nokia N96 Hands-On: Basically a Video Oriented N95
The Nokia N96 is now official – the new Flagship
Nokia N96 gallery
Nokia N96 Video Preview
Nokia Announces N96; Fun While it Lasts
Hands On With The N96

N78, slim successor to the N73 with FM transmitter, HSDPA, WiFi, and GPS, but only a 3.2 megapixel Zeiss AF camera without xenon flash or lens cover:
The Nokia N78, in European and North American flavors
N78 Comes Loaded with Wi-Fi, HSPDA, GPS, Touch Surfaces, Tricorder
Nokia N78 – The New Candybar Nseries Device
Nokia N78 gallery
Hands On With The N78

6220 Classic, slim S60 device with a 5 megapixel Zeiss AF camera with xenon flash and lens cover (!), HSDPA and GPS, but no WiFi:
The Nokia 6220 classic, all 5 megapixels of it
Nokia 6220 Classic Takes 5 Megapixel Geotagged Photos, Includes Widgets
Nokia’s 6220 Classic – The Dark Horse
Nokia 6220 Classic gallery

S60 touch demo:
Nokia’s S60 touch UI gets demoed at MWC
Nokia’s Touch UI Hands-On: Officially Way Behind Apple
Why S60’s Touch demo DIDN’T suck…
Video: S60 Touch UI Demo From MWC

2) Sony Ericsson

Xperia X1, slim Windows Mobile 6.1 (!) device designed by HTC, with touch screen, sliding QWERTY keyboard, HSUPA, WiFi, and GPS, but only a 3.2 megapixel AF camera without xenon flash or lens cover – definitely awesome:
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 does a good job looking pretty at launch event
Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1 QWERTY with Windows Mobile and HSUPA
First live photo of Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1
Video: Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1 “Panel Interface”
No wonder Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1 is so good: HTC makes it
Hands-on with Sony Ericsson’s world-beating XPERIA X1
XPERIA X1 Hiptop Killer: Sony Ericsson’s First Video Plus Gallery
Video: First Hands On Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Runs Windows Mobile 6.1
Breaking news- Sony Ericsson announces Windows Mobile smartphone
HTC has ODM order for Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1
The unwired looks at the Sony Ericsson XPERIA and the HTC Advantage
Sony Ericsson goes big with the XPERIA X1
New Xperia X1 Pics Leaked; Windows Mobile 6.1 and More!

G900, a UIQ device with touch screen, WiFi, but only 3.2 megapixel AF camera without xenon flash or lens cover, and no HSDPA, or GPS:
Sony Ericsson’s G700 and G900: “touchscreen organizers”
Sony Ericsson G900 and G700: Touchscreens to the Masses
Sony Ericsson announce the G700 and G900 UIQ 3 smartphones

C902, a device with HSDPA and a 5 megapixel AF camera with xenon flash and lens cover, but no WiFi, GPS, or smartphone capabilities:
Two for the Cyber-shot crowd: Sony Ericsson intros C702 and C902
Sony Ericsson C902, C702 Bring High-End Photography to Your Pocket

3) Samsung

G810, a Symbian device similar to the Nokia N95, but with xenon flash, lens cover and 3x optical zoom (!) – possibly my next device:
Samsung’s HSDPA-equipped G810 slider gets official
Samsung announces the S60-powered G810
Samsung G810 gallery
Samsung G810 to Butt Heads with Nokia N95

F480, a touch screen device similar to the P520 (armani), with HSDPA and a 5 megapixel AF camera without xenon flash or lens cover, but not WiFi or GPS:
Samsung’s F480 Armani (without the Armani), Dual Touch Chic G400 flip and F400 B&O slider
Hands-On Samsung’s F480 Prada Phone Knockoff (Verdict: I’ll Pass)

4) Others

iRiver phone:
Hands-on with iriver’s 3-inch touchscreen phone

nVidia phone:
NVIDIA shows off APX 2500 cellphone applications processor
nVidia’s GoForce 6100: no, it’s not another iPhone clone

Tasty bits – CES to 3GSM

February 7, 2008

It’s been a busy month full of tasty bits, with CES and MacWorld wrapped up, and 3GSM coming up.

Asus 701 (Eee):
WiMax-Enabled Asus Eee PC Confirmed
Ten-Mod Eee PC Stomps Competition, Still Room For More
Asus press event summary: WiMAX, Eee PCs, and R50A
How to: boost the display resolution on an Asus Eee PC

Nokia N810:
Hook a USB device to your Nokia N810 thanks to USB-On-The-Go
Nokia E90 vs N810: Part 1 – head to head
Nokia E90 vs N810: Part 2 – GPS, Apps, Web and Multimedia

Nokia N95:
Nokia N95 makes a nice GPS receiver for Nokia N800
Nokia N95 8GB Wireless Sharing in Action
Nokia N95 8GB with US 3G passes FCC

Nokia N82:
Nokia N82 – part 1 – The Physical, the Camera
Nokia N82 – part 2 – GPS, Applications and Performance
Nokia N82 Smartphone Reviewed In Depth (Verdict: High-end Hotness)

More Nokia:
Flip Silent for S60: Silence Calls by Flipping your Phone
Sh-sh-shake it Like a Polaroid Picture!
Nokia E90 Communicator review: Gear Diary
First glimpse inside Nokia S60 Touch. Going beyond Multi-Touch

Apple iPhone:
iPhone 1.1.3 Jailbreak Has Issues With GPS, Official SDK?
Makayama Adds Voice Recognition to the iPhone
iPhoneCam streams video from your iPhone over WiFi
iTransmogrify brings more flash content to the iPhone
Etymotic hf2 headset for the iPhone
Pocketguitar for the iPhone lets you strum on the multitouch
1.1.3 iPhone jailbreak goes LIVE

LG Viewty hands-on
LG’s HSDPA ultraportable runs Vista on Silverthorne
LG shows a KS20 clone with WiMAX
LG’s silver Prada gets a new on-screen QWERTY

S60 powered Samsung G810 to be announced at MWC?
Samsung i900 to take on LG KS20?

WiBrain B1-H UMPC
UMPC & MID trio: LimePC comes in three sizes
BlackBerry 8xxx = BlackBerry 9000?
Hands-on with Mio’s dual-front GPS phone concept
Hands-on with the WiBrain B1 UMPC
iriver 3-inch touchscreen “GSM phone” headed for the States
Skyfire browser for Windows Mobile is game changing, does Flash
Garmin gets official with its nuvifone
Modu mystery unravelled, look ma, a modular handset
A Tale of 40 Follow-ups (and a LimePC video)

Is that a router in your pocket?

February 6, 2008

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?

Well now you can have your cake an eat it too – you too can be packing a router in your pocket! Say hello to JoikuSpot for Symbian, WMWifiRouter for Windows Mobile, and Cradlepoint for other devices.

I’ve been playing with JoikuSpot on my N95-3 and it’s working like a charm.

The day Apple and Nokia became less relevant

November 5, 2007

OHAWell maybe not – after all, I have a lot invested (financially, if not emotionally) in Apple and Nokia!

Google finally announced its phone mobile technology plan, and not surprisingly, both Apple and Nokia are absent from the OHA, along with Sony Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM, Palm, AT&T and Verizon…

Wait, do Microsoft and Palm even still matter?

This will be a world of OS X, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry vs. Android – the old vs. the new, the past vs. the future, the closed vs. the open, the proprietary vs. the free, the desktop vs. the cloud.

It’s a great development for T-Mobile and Sprint, and a wake-up call for the other carriers and the music/film industry. And was HTC giving Microsoft the proverbial finger?

As much as 2007 was definitely a milestone year in mobile technology, 2008 will be very interesting.

Prepare to be assimilated :)

Tasty bits – 21

June 9, 2007

One interesting bit of news this past week was the release of the HTC Touch… This touch-based device improves upon the standard Windows Mobile interface with gesture recognition and a more attractive layout – it’s no iPhone, but it reminds me of the Neonode N1m, and that’s a good thing!

Robert Scoble is now a Nokia N95 convert – then again, who can resist such a converged and convenient device? Welcome to the club :)

Here is a review of the sexy Nokia N76, soon to be available from Nokia USA, along with the N75.

The Sony Ericsson P1i was approved by the FCC, and reviewed not once but twice, in addition to this video preview

Say that like me, you are both a Nokia Symbian smartphone user and a Mac user. Are you looking for more than iSync integration? How about iTunes and iPhoto integration? Well, say ‘hello” to the Nokia Media Transfer!

Finally, here is a detailed multi-part review of the OQO Model 02 – and speaking of handtops, the Raon Digital Everun looks very promising.