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James Burland joins MyNokiaBlog.com! (And mynokiablog hits 100k views)

September 30, 2009 6 comments

James Burland at Hollywood walk of fame

Known from thecreativelife.com, thecreativelifeblog.com, samsungcreative.com, pocketcreative.com, allaboutiphone.net and of course NokiaCreative.com, James Burland joins another project… here at mynokiablog.com!

James has been blogging about gadgets and the tech world way before a lot of the new tech/Nokia related blogs even existed, certainly way before I joined the blogosphere when I was only on mobileburn forums.

In the Nokia scene, James Burland is known for pushing the creative boundaries of Nokia devices, showcasing the capabilities of mobile phones either in his meticulous real world tests or inspiring others to see what they can do with their Nokia devices, such as the Nokia Creative N95 photo awards. I still remember James for his N93 posts – comparisons with dedicated camera counterparts, displaying the excellent imaging and audio how far Nokia had come – the glory days when no other manufacturer could match what Nokia could do. I think it was actually James’ posts that led me onto getting the N93 myself.

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From the April/May 08 Nokia Creative N95 Photo Awards

I met James way back in Sept 2007(woah, 07?) for the LA Unlock event, (courtesy of WOMWorld), and he’s one seriously cool guy, and extremely insightful into all things Nokia, Mobile, Imaging and most interestingly, Apple products. Along with Christian Haslam, James and I had already collaborated on a podcast (which though hilarious to record probably didn’t come out right at all).

Since my return to blogging in Mid April 09 after a rather long drought of post, James and I have chatting frequently either discussing each others blog posts or whatever random topic on twitter.

As James is understandably busy juggling his offline life along with his other online blogs, James will be posting on mynokiablog.com just whenever he feels like. I’ll still be posting as I usually do as I’ve been bitten by a blogging bug.

In other related news,

mynokiablog.com passes 100,000 monthly views.

It may be a drop in the ocean compared to other Nokia blogs, but I’m really surprised there are people out there willing to read my random posts, rants, news and reviews as they’re just so informal and unprofessional! I’m especially surprised with the traffic since as aforementioned, I only just came back to the blogosphere properly in a few months ago (and my blog even back then was unknown), I’m surprised I can even get a tiny slice of traffic pie in this really crowded cafeteria of Nokia Blogs. Thank you so much for sticking around!

A bit about the Nokia side of me:

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I’ve been a Nokia fan since the days when texting was new and Nokias had antennas. Nokia wasn’t that popular then in Britain but it was the only phone I’d ever see when I went back to the Philippines for holidays, as it was the best phone to have – best UI, best looking phones and great price.

To feed my mobilegeekness, I frequented the mobileburn forums where I eventually became Admin. During that time (Sept 06 I think) I was approached by some random people who apparently wanted to invite me to New York and even test out an N93. I didn’t believe them and thought they were just some spam con artists.

These guys turned out to be WOMWorld.

As well as lending me handsets/accessories to test, they’ve also brought me along to some great events like  CES 2007, Nokia Go Play, LA Unlock, Nokia World 07, Nseries Urbanista, Search For N, and a couple of weeks ago, OneDotZero. Travelling around the world was obviously great (running over Nokia phones a hummer and the awesome parties!), checking out and testing unreleased phones even better.

The best experience was meeting people in the industry – the WOMCrew, Donna, Frank, Mike, Robbie, Adam and Katie (I don’t think I got to meet Siobhan) – Nokia Peeps like Jussi and Anssi and some other Nokia execs and product managers , but most of all the bloggers/writers out there.

Either several hours on a plane together, few days of a trip, a day out or a brief meet/greet, these were some of the Nokia Bloggers/writers/forum members that I got to meet in person. Although I was probably unknown to them, it was surreal and fantastic for me to meet the people behind the blogs I’d been reading and the forum users I’d been chatting to. Some I met more than once, and that was amazing seeing them again! Thanks again WOMWorld ^_^.

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My first event ever at CES.

Rafe Blandford, Steve Litchfield, Ricky Cadden, Stefan Constantinescu, Michael Oryl, Darla Mack, James Burland, Ewan Spence, Jenifer Hanen (MsJen), Devin Balentina, Christian Haslam (Chaslam), Michael Hell, Valerio Valerio, Gerrymoth, Neil Bird, Roger Sperberg, Mike Evans, Gary Birkett, Andrew Flegg, Reggie Suplido, Teo, Daniel Carter, Steve Garfield, Mark Guim, Eldar, Dan Gentleman (Thoughtfix), angel_wing0, Ben Smith, Richard Siddle, Travis Boss, Matt Jones (munkimatt), pseudofinn, Ravi Jain, kloves2fly, Robbi, Al Pavangkanan (mewtosama), Scott Emsen (emo185), Tarek Abu-Esber, Martyn Britton (marty3), Bica Mihai Gabriel (Bytales),Vineeth M Kumar (Vinumsv) Murray Winiata (NZtechfreak), Mohannad Hammadeh (zalameh1), Michael Onyeyiri  (MikeUK), Carlo Longino, Noel Kennedy (kontraband), (there’s a few more I’ve missed out but I can’t remember their names)

A bit about the mynokiablog

I started mynokiablog in Sept 07, so I could have a place to post my Nokia related stories, rants and suggestions without over crowding mobileburn with simply Nokia posts.

I wanted to call it MyNokia – that was taken. The domain provider suggested I stick blog at the end so I did. When I registered the domain, I honestly forgot that there was already “TheNokiaBlog”. I had been making occasional posts but went from posting a few a week to hardly any in a few months – for one reason or another – lack of interesting Nokia devices and uni perhaps, I stopped checking anything mobile related. Forums and other mobile communities got do difficult to keep up.

News of the N97 in December sparked my interest again. However, I didn’t start to post regularly until mid April.

After an April fools post (about Nokia buying Palm) got picked up by Palm, I got bitten by the blogging bug.

Why I blog?

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Starting that U-turn to reclaim high end with N900

From the Blogging and WOMWorld experience, it was simply great to realise that Nokia are really receptive to bloggers and the community’s thoughts and suggestions on their products, whether they be my own odd ideas or from what the community has been asking for a long time. They don’t always listen (Xenon..hello!), but it’s still nice to know that they do, especially in things like firmware updates.

I have loved Nokia when they were just the best you can get for a phone, and still now when it’s frustrating to see them somewhat play catchup to other manufacturers. That’s because I still see much potential in Nokia to reclaim a DESERVING title as number 1. Not simply on sales and profit, but for producing the best devices and services possible.

I want to have a part, however small that maybe in letting other people know what’s great about these Nokia devices, and perhaps get through to the Nokia people who matter; getting them aware of some of the crap that needs scraping off the bottom of that shoe and together with other blogs and forums direct Nokia back to walking that road (of success? :p) they should be on.

Future for mynokiablog

Uni work is starting to pile back on, especially with final year being that extra bit more hectic but I will try my damned hardest to post regularly. I do have plans to move to wordpress.org as I know mynokiablog.com (via wordpress.com) is hopelessly difficult to navigate – perhaps get a more user friendly theme/layout? I’m going to do this when I’ve gotten some help on exactly how to do this smoothly without doing something like deleting my blog posts or my entire blog.

But otherwise, things will continue as they are (hopefully) but now with James dropping by now and again 🙂

Thanks again for reading mynokiablog.com, and welcome James Burland!

Video: Samples of the Nokia N86’s impressive DIGITAL zoom

August 18, 2009 4 comments

Earlier in July, the All About Symbian crew discovered a rather brilliant feature in the N86 that was never spoken about by Nokia. Real, usable digital zoom that preserved much more detail than previous/standard methods.

James Burland from Nokia Creative, using the Steve’s same N86 shows us again exactly how good that zoom is in this video (at a bird sanctuary?)

Just check out the obvious detail there. At times, I forget it’s zoomed in as on every other mobile device, digital zoom produces blocky pixels that make you regret using the digital zoom afterwards. With the N86 is a practical feature (well for video anyway)

This isn’t exactly how it works but when capturing a VGA video, but basically instead of zooming in on the 640×480 pixels, thus loosing detail and producing blocky artifacts, the N86 instead uses the entire 3264×2448 and (depending on zoom level) crops a portion of it to VGA, maintaining more of the detail than usual.

It’s not optical zoom, but it’s a very useful alternative and very effective up to 4x/5x zoom.

Via Nokia Creative

Here are some more video examples from N86 user ChampionJohnny

In this first video, look how at first the text is unreadable. But with the N86’s quality digital zoom, you can read even the smaller print.

In the second and third video, note again how much detail is maintained up to 4x digital zoom

Note: viewing on fullscreen on a desktop may make the videos appear more blurry – but that’s because they’re only VGA resolution. They would probably be even more impressive when Nokia ups the ante to HD ( 720p and maybe even bring back optical zoom)

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).

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Nokia N97 Camera Test

June 9, 2009 4 comments

James Burland of Nokia Creative is putting the Nokia N97 (which he helped his work colleague win from the Search for N… contest) through a series of rigorous tests.

Notice in the colour shots how much more vibrant the colours are from the N97 than the N95 8GB, particularly the yellows reds and pinks. Also worth noting is that it seems there’s less noise in the blue areas – a common problem the N95 suffers when taking photos that feature a lot of blue skies. There seems to be better contrast over all too.

Nokia N97

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Nokia N95 8GB

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James also tests out the resolution of the camera, and if you check out the full resultion [Nokia N97][Nokia N95 8GB] you’ll see that the N97 picks out slightly more detail, with lines looking more defined than on the N95 8GB.

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N95 8GB on the left, N97 on the right. Notice that the lines are clearer on the N97.

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N95 8GB on the top, N97 below - oddly the numbers and the splaying thicking fanned lines on the right looks sharper on the N95 8GB (bit of noise on the N97), even though the lines on the right appear sharper on the N97

Note below – the N97 seems to have very little or no barrel distortion. Much more obvious is that the N97 appears warmer whilst the N95 8GB appears to have a slight cool blue tinge.

Nokia N97

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Nokia N95 8GB

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James has uploaded original resolution photos of all these images to his flickr account >here<

via Nokia Creative

In his next post, James will be testing out a feature I’m excited yet dreading –  flash photography. We’ve seen the N97 produce some okay low light photos, but without flash here. It’s also worth noting the N82 sample pics under extreme low light at the bottom of that post with xenon flash.

The LA Event Crew – So Far

September 27, 2007 3 comments

(BTW, Time Stamp is GMT, local current time is 7:34 am)

Frank Grindrod and James Burland fighting over the last piece of bread.

James & Frank

Chaslam

angel_wing0 (Watch the drinks)

Where’d the booze go?

Donna Suffling

Listening to Mike…

James & Mike Davison

Oh, btw, abhi from HoFo also came last night but I forgot to take a pic.

Well, that’s him and I due for a pic today 🙂