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Video: Nokia N900 vs Samsung Omnia 2 vs iPhone 3GS

March 7, 2010 6 comments

dottormoresco has uploaded a video comparing the browsers of the Nokia N900 vs Samsung Omnia 2 vs iPhone 3GS

  • size
  • screen brightness
  • Graphical User Interface (short tour – check out the highly customizable N900 homescreen vs…well…)
  • Java/Flash plugins
  • Browser scrolling
  • Browser zooming (N900 spiral vs pinch and zoom – got to give it to pinch and zoom here)
  • Browser back button (Nokia seriously need to change the back button to an actual back button. You can already obtain carousel history from swiping left. Having the same function for the back button is STUPID!!!!! When I click back, I just want to go back.)
  • Flash Embedd – iPhone fails miserably here having NO flash. Recent firmware of N900 makes flash appear even smoother, with much higher frame rate for smoother playback. N900 = the entire web as you know it. Unlike N97 vs iPhone where flash on N97 was more of a hindrance, it’s a real key feature with the N900. Just check out how well the flash based Flash Earth works in the web browser! Not to mention YouTube, BBC iPlayer and other flash video sites. Note,  flash videos buffer for first few seconds and do appear glitchy, but they do smooth out.
  • Browser screen resolution: N900’s 800×480 vs iPhone’s 320×480. N900 much more information on screen.

Not shown in the video (it’s mainly for web browsing comparison) is the ease of switching between tasks, apps and other browser windows as you can multitask them all like on your desktop. Very easy, very capable, no wasteful swiping a million times because your multitasking interface is linear.

Video: N900 vs iPhone video shootout

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Another test from James Burland places the 848X480 recording N900 against the 640X480 iPhone 3GS.

James notes that currently the N900 suffers from frame rate drops and at times confusion with exposure. The frame rate issue is supposedly going to be fixed in the next firmware update.

Nokia’s been producing phones with great video recording for yonks. The 3GS is Apple’s first official try at video. This is the first from Nokia (that I’m aware of) that suffer these issues.  Video is otherwise very good across the Nseries range.

via jamesburland

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Video: Nokia Zero – Why the next flagship needs a proper name.

December 21, 2009 12 comments

This is a video for the Nokia Zero: The new Nokia phone to rule them all.

This post is meant to demonstrate the importance of having a “memorable product name”. This goes for services as well as devices. Here I’ve taken “Zero” as an example. The rest of the post after the video explains why I’m ranting on about names.

Why Zero?

  • Nokia like to use numbers. Simply put – 0.
  • The symbol for zero could even be the actual picture of the phone.
  • You can rearrange “NOKIA” to make “ZERO”
  • N can rotate into a Z (branding/icon simplicity)
  • Zero just has two syllables.
  • The symbol for zero (essentially a circle) has no beginning or an end – something quite omnipotent about that.
  • er…um…Zero degrees is cool? haha

I’m sure you’ll have some even better suggestions for names

[Note – I know there are other things Nokia needs to do. That’s why this ‘name-thing’ was just a small part of a huge rant discovered in my WP drafts folders]

What’s in a name?

For a product  – it is its identity, a metaphorical soul if you’ll entertain this notion [see point 4].

It shouldn’t just be an afterthought, “Ok we’ve finished this one, let’s call it N920-1TB-12MP or Melissa.”

Therefore it helps to have a memorable name, especially if they are high end and undoubtedly if it’s your flagship.

However, Nokia keeps making handsets with designations as friendly to remember as the periodic table.

As such, only a select few being able to decipher the handset behind the anonymous digits.

As a tech manufacturer you want everyone to know about your product. Not just your geek fans or people in the industry. When you’ve penetrated society such that the very non-tech minded has heard about your product, you’re onto a good thing. And one of the key factors to that is the right name.

Here are four points to consider:

1. Name needs to be iconic, simple to remember

The name is essential as a “storage” for that product’s reputation….

Person 1: “Oh, wow, that’s a brilliant phone, what’s it called?”

You: “This is the N920-1TB-12MP”

Person 1: “The what?!”

…as well as making it easier for purchasing…

Customer: “Hi, hello, I’d like to buy the um…I think it’s called the N9 something…Nokia N920”

Sales Team: “There’s no N920. Do you mean the N90, N91, N92, N93, N95, N96, N97, N79? 9700?…”

Customer: “Erm…*hangs up*”

…and setting it apart to compete with other manufacturers.

2. Helps if there’s an actual reasoning behind the name, e.g. a theme

This helps with advertising by being able to reinforce the identity of the product with imagery related to the name.

e.g. Droid – Android powered – Robotic/Powerful/Technological etc [vs Milestone – wtf]

Names (vs numbers) and names with meaning evoke memories and emotional responses better towards your product.

3. Syllable count matters

Although they may only be 3/4 characters long, e.g. N97, N900, 6303, consider the syllable count

N97: EN – Nine – Ty – Se-ven [5]

N900 – EN – Nine – Hun – Dred [4]

6303 – Six – ty – three – oh – three [5]

I can understand having these practical numerical designations for lower end handsets, but not mid, and quite inexcusable for the high end.

More syllables means more margin for error and confusion.

[Note also that now Nokia are going to focus on less quantity/more quality handsets, it’s now much more feasible to use names and not codes numbers!]

4. Try and keep that name across future handsets

Just an idea to possibly spur some better names for Nokia's high end/flagships

Once you’ve built a good reputation with that handset, you’re gonna want to take advantage of that for its successor.

Over time the handset’s name will be an indicator of its pedigree.

As the success of the previous model is already etched in people’s minds, having that same name makes the transtition to the successor much easier. Better for brand loyalty (as people know what they’ll be getting) and better to entice other consumers (as the each new handset in line contributes to that renowned heritage)

Keep the name, and you accumulate each new strength of the successor. The name becomes a phrase that’s part of society and every day living.

Lose the name and you lose the history.

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Prime example across the board is iPhone. Simple, two syllable “iGoodness”.

Because apple have kept the same moniker despite there being 3 different models across several memory/colour variants, iPhone steadily but surely solidified its reputation as a world class gadget. With each new model it simply just added onto the known success and hype whilst gradually ironing out flaws.

Video: The Phones Show – Episode 85 – James Burland on the iPhone 3GS (and Nokia Rant)

July 9, 2009 2 comments

Episode 85 of the Phones Show focuses on the new iPhone 3GS, with James Burland of NokiaCreative giving us a tour of its new features.

But before that, Steve also briefly takes a look at:

  • HTC Hero – Android Smartphone which interestingly has full adobe flash
  • New Firmware updates of recent Nokia phones, notably N97, N96 and E71
  • Ovi Maps 3.0

The star of the show is Apple’s iPhone 3GS.  I am really overwhelmed at what Apple’s been able to do with the iPhone. It is extremely impressive on the visuals and execution of these new features. Something as simple as being able to switch between video and photo at a single tap.  Nokia – why did you take that out of the N97/5800? Though it wasn’t the best interface with S60 3rd edition, at least with initial start up of the camera, the first option within one click is to switch between photo/video. Ideally though, it would be a hardware switch – so that you can immediately start in the prefered mode without having to wait to switch.

At times when my friends ask me about Nokia things and I get a little rant started, my only excuse for those shortcomings is to suggest some sort of saboteur at the helm ofcontrols, slowly passing off undoubtedly crap decisions as something good for Nokia. The blogosphere is screaming to Nokia what they should be doing. Their suggestions aren’t risky fantasies as you see those suggestions for Nokia becoming standard features amongst its competitors.

However, Steve is quick to point out (and cool my 3GS amazement) that:

  1. “there are still no background third party applications. So that means waiting for each game to start up again after each interruption. Though the extra speed does indeed help here. Also this means no background streaming radio and no background social media applications keeping track of your life.
  2. iPhone’s safari still has no Flash
  3. iPhone’s camera still doesn’t have LED flash
  4. Battery life still rather poor
  5. No user accessible file system.

All Nokia fans can do now is wait in hope that Nokia have something brilliant up their sleeves; that it’s taking them so long to put out because it will be truly mind blowing, something overwhelmingly unexpected, bringing a new breed of device(s) that symbolize Nokia’s worthiness in being the number 1 phone manufacturer in the world. Ultimate hardware, advanced yet user friendly software and streamlined services – from Nokia? Or will it forever be just a dream?

In the mean time, we’ll get these interim(a.k.a. half-assed) solutions to keep interests in Nokia devices and services (though at the same time frustrating them, tarnishing the Nokia reputation with the confusingly poor compromises being taken).

Via 3lib

Video: Browser War – iPhone 3GS vs Nokia N97

June 29, 2009 6 comments

TheReviveDone takes a look at the Nokia N97’s browser and compares it with the iPhone 3GS’ over WiFi.

I’ve been using the N97 on the go, predominantly over O2’s 3G and I’m moderately pleased with the browser. Flash hasn’t been too stable at the moment, with youtube forcing the browser to crash (less of a S60 issue as N95/N82 are ok), but what’s most annoying is that there hasn’t been much improvement from S60 with keypad to S60 with touch screen.

I don’t like that:

  • If I’ve zoomed in on a particular website to a comfortable viewing level, opening a new link zooms me out again
  • The side bar is extremely cumbersome. Just letting you get rid of it manually would have been a step in the right direction, but no. It lingers and goes away on its own accord.
  • I can’t select text/images to copy/save them. It should be that if you long press on an area in the screen, a menu pops up that gives you additional options, such as select/copy text and images.
  • The phone runs out of RAM easily. Music player in the background, Maps in the background, “boom” Web Browser turns off or worse, phone restarts.
  • I can only have one browser window open at a time. (On Maemo, OS 2008, you could have several windows open at the same time).

Some positives:

  • Most sites do load faithfully to how it appears on your desktop. Flash content included.
  • OK, maybe flash deserves it’s own point – though flash content seems a tad choppy on the N97.
  • Kinetic scrolling is nice. It’s a shame on occasions that due to the screen being resistive, that slight bit of additional pressure needed to register a “flick” to scroll instead inadvertently opens a link. As you get used to the resistive screen, this does become less frequent.

Suggestions:

Most websites I check are ones I view frequently. Even with bookmarks on the N97, it’s a few taps too many to get to my favourite sites.

What if, with a downward swipe from the top of the screen, a toolbar shows up, 10 icons of your most visited websites (perhaps 4/5 when in portrait) as defined by you (or maybe even the browser itself).

It’s how I use firefox, a bookmark toolbar with just icons of the sites I use a lot. BBC icon for iPlayer, YouTube icon for…well you get the point.

(One suggestion for now, got a gig to go to…more N97 low light tests)

New Apple iPhone 3GS announced

June 8, 2009 5 comments

I thought I may be swayed into getting the next gen iPhone  given the rumoured specifications, but alas, the upgrades are minor and very disappointing.

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Still looks the same

Apple have, inevitably, upgraded the memory to 32GB – $299 on contract. You also get a bunch of other “new” features such as:

  • Video recording! Since 2003. It is VGA at 30FPS so not bad
  • 3MP camera – meh – it does however, have tap to autofocus which is nice
  • Compass
  • Other iPhone OS 3.0 upgrades, like copy and paste. -_-

From the comments in Engadget:

I name thee apple iMeh

Yesterdays meatloaf, reheated and a bit parsley on top.

But there is more to iPhone than it’s hardware. The iPhone ecosystem of apps undoubtedly makes any and every competitor jealous – some of the apps being produced lately are breathtaking – both in ingenuity and beautiful visuals. On that alone, Apple can appeal to the crowd, and thus very cleverly do not need to focus much on hardware at all.

It’s quite impressive really – deprive a handset of a feature that’s been standard for quite a few years, then release a new one, with that feature (*cough* 3G, MMS, copy and paste, video recording). Nokia does something similar, but slightly more annoying of having features you think will be standard, then removing it in the “successor”.

Via engadget

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On a side note, some comments have mentioned lack of flash on the iPhone (light flash, although it also still lacks Adobe flash) – then making excuses that LED flash isn’t that good. I agree entirely that LED is not that good, which is exactly why the N97 should have had Xenon (my favourite gripe about the device). It would not have killed the battery – I can take >200 shots with flash on the N82 and still have 3 bars left, and would have made such a difference from being an average camera phone to being a decent all situation point and shoot camera. (I probably will not stop harping on about Xenon flash until Nokia brings it back to their flagship)

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