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Nokia N900 with the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Bold/Storm 2, LG BL-40, Nokia N97 Mini/N86/5800/E71, Palm Pre, Samsung i8910/Omnia II, Sony Ericsson Satio/Aino and Toshiba TG01

November 26, 2009 29 comments

Here are some shots of the N900 with some current high end phones. In Alphabetical Order:

  • Apple iPhone
  • BlackBerry Bold/Storm 2,
  • LG BL-40
  • Nokia N97 Mini/N86/5800/E71,
  • Palm Pre,
  • Samsung i8910/Omnia II,
  • Sony Ericsson Satio/Aino and
  • Toshiba TG01

Initially the intention was to give a jist of the size of the N900. But since I was snapping away in phone retail stores, I didn’t get appropriate angle shots so you can see how easy it is to be deceived by comparison photos unless you see them flat, centre and horizontal with comparisons of [layered] length, width and thickness.

www.sizeasy.com/ helps if you want to compare phone sizes and you’ve got their dimension. This of course ignores curves/tapering which assist in the illusion that your device is smaller than what it actually is.

Ignoring size comparisons, the photos below are still worth a look for comparing aesthetics/design.

Check out the example below

BlackBerry Storm 2-

looking much bigger than the N900

Now N900 looks larger than the Storm 2

Another example. The Palm Pre is quite small, yes?

Palm Pre

HTC Hero.

Sony Ericsson Satio

So in the following pictures, just remember that unless you haven’t seen the N900 before, they might be slightly misleading in making it look bigger than it actually is as these are taken in the angle which make the N900 seem unnaturally bigger.

New Chocolate, LG BL-40

Nokia E71

Samsung i8910

Nokia 5800

Nokia N86

N86 is small, this angle further enhances this diminutiveness

The toshiba TG01

The TG01 is huge. It looks stupidly big. The N900 can sit on it and there’d be ample toshiba to border it.  This angle makes them look pretty similar in size. They are not.

Nokia N97 Mini

Samsung Omnia II

Sony Ericsson Aino

Palm Pre

And of course, Apple iPhone. Both looking pretty similar.

Apple iPhone

The only one that’s slightly useful for size comparisons is N900 vs Blackberry Bold. (This is my mate’s Bold, snapped these just as the lecturer was walking in – but still much better to have a flat surface to take comparison shots with)

N900 Vs Blackberry Bold

Didn’t take a width comparison but Bold is wider than the N900.

– I was actually looking for a new SIM and checking if retailers knew when/if they’d be getting the N900. On the way, I took some of these snaps.

Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U Snubs Sony Ericsson’s Satio.

November 24, 2009 2 comments

Carphone Warehouse have once again suspended sales of a high end Symbian Smartphone – a few months ago, Nokia’s flagship N97 (well at least with O2, Orange and Vodafone still sell the N97 via CPW), now Sony Ericsson’s Satio.

Why? Both from complaints about buggy software leading to inexorably high levels of returns that CPW (and now Phones4U with the Satio) would rather stop selling faulty phones than have to deal with repairs.

Is it another S60 5th Edition problem?

The 5530 and 5800 have been doing great with CPW. There haven’t been too many serious problems with Samsung’s i8910 either

Initially, the Satio (then Idou) was the only other handset I seriously considered getting instead of my N97. It was basically a keyboardless N97 but with a better camera (?) and the Xenon Flash I’d been craving for since the days of N82.

What are some of the Satio’s shortcomings?

  • Turning off after accessing certain applications
  • Unstable Wifi, dropping intermittently
  • Freeze during standby/calls
  • No option to save files received over bluetooth via memory card
  • Need to restart after trying to change themes

Is it a universal software problem with the Satio or Batch problem (some N97’s were fine, some, like mine, have some serious faults that need to be fixed by official repair – I’m too stubborn though to let go of it for 2 weeks)

Sony Ericsson says these bugs aren’t too serious and will be able to get them fixed by Christmas.

Via theinquirer

Free Game: Memory Tester Touch for S60 5th Edition

November 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Memory Tester Touch is a game that well…tests your memory.

You’ve got a 3×3 grid of 9 squares. One square lights up at a time, and you have to remember the pattern as one new square is lit (provided you’ve got the previous pattern right – otherwise game over)

You get one point for each correctly lit square you remember. Get a square wrong and you’re back down to zero. Unless you hit a new high score, the previous high score will continue flashing.

Screenshots and demo video below.

Download it for Free at the Ovi Store

Download it for Free at the Ovi Store

For other free S60 5th edition games, check out the page link free-games-for-s60-5th-edition

Freeware: Banner Touch – Scrolling LED Dot Matrix Display for the Nokia N97/5800/5530

October 1, 2009 3 comments

banner “Banner” is a scrolling LED Dot Matrix Display for S60 5th Edition devices like the Nokia N97, 5800, 5530, Samsung i8910 and Sony Ericsson Satio.

You can change the message to whatever you like using the on screen keyboard or if you’ve got a proper keyboard (N97/N97 Mini) you could use that instead.

It’s in classic RED led only – simple, but works well. There aren’t any obvious practical uses of it – the most I’ve used it for is to request a track at a club from the DJ – it was easy to get him to read the message from my N97 without the usual of having to walk over and show him the tiny text from the text message editor. But I guess there’ll be some other odd/creative uses for it one way or another.

Here’s a demo video of “Banner” in action.

Download it free from the Ovi Store.

Free Game: Speedtester for the Nokia N97, 5800, 5530, Samsung i8910 (and other S60 5th Edition)

September 27, 2009 1 comment

Speedtester SpeedTester is a simple, free game from the Ovi Store that tests rapid responses and thumb-eye coordination. You have four lights which will light up one at a time. All you have to do is touch the one that is lit. This occurs very slowly at first, and as your points rises, so does the speed.

It gets sufficiently faster after 100, before that, it’s nice and slow to get you accustomed. Each time you fail, you start back at the extremely slow stage.

Here’s a demo video of SpeedTester, shown on the Nokia N97


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DOWNLOAD FOR FREE FROM THE OVI STORE

Freeware: Dad’s Cab – Taxi Meter for your freeloading kids/friends/spouse! For the Nokia N97, 5800, Samsung i8910, Sony Ericsson Satio.

September 11, 2009 4 comments

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Are your kids treating you like a taxi service? Maybe it’s your girlfriend/wife or your mates who are using you as their own personal chauffeur?

Using this free application from the Ovi Store, Dad’s Cab, you can now start “charging” those free loaders for some well earned fares as you drive your kids to school or pick your other half up from a night out with the girls. It’s more parent to child oriented but it’s fun for all I guess.

Download it Free from the Ovi Store

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Dads Cab uses your GPS to calculate distance and thus the fare

  • When you click “New Journey”, you have the usual start rate of £2.20 (that’s around in Cardiff anyway – it doesn’t seem to have other currencies at the moment)

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  • Using GPS on your phone, it adds accordingly to the fare (it actually stopped at £7.20 for approx 3 miles which is actually a fair ride. You’ll see why there’s 20p extra)

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  • The fare also goes up by 20p about a minute at a time.

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  • When you’re done, press Stop. Dad’s Cab will then give pop up suggestions for slapping on some extra charges. As well as what you can see in the screenshot below, the list also includes “back seat driving”, “Are we there yet” charge, “cleaning” surgarge, “groans at my jokes” toll, “mocking my music” toll  and “texting friends” fee, each with their individual prices that gets added on to the meter.

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  • These charges mount up with each journey until your “customer” has paid you.

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  • What are these payments? If you’re a scrooge, you can actually charge money. But here it’s your  typical “things that embarras your child or your child hates to do” activities. With each selection, the payment owed is reduced to the minimum of zero. By clicking “Payment Options” you can see these activities below, as well as “Tell me about your day”, “Clean your room”, “Bring me breakfast in bed”, “Let me watch my show on tv” and “no more socks for christmass”

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  • Quitting the application has a little advert suggesting that you should try your one week free trial of Ovi Maps Navigation

Download it Free from the Ovi Store

I’ll update this tonight with the video portion.

Free Game: Boomshine for Nokia N97/5800/5530/i8910

August 31, 2009 1 comment

bsBoomshine by Danny Miller is addictiveness in simplicity. The aim of the game is to set off consecutive chain reactions. Touch a moving coloured dot and it explodes – any on coming dot will also explode and so forth. bs2

With each increasing level, the number of available coloured dots and the target chain reaction also increases. The soundtrack by Tim Halbert is also oddly very soothing.

You can try the online flash here but even better is the S60 5th edition port by Jamie Fuller. He’s rewritten the game from scratch but optimized for S60 touch whilst keeping the feel of the original game.

You can download the S60 version >>here<<

boomshineNote – it only works with touch and in landscape.

Demo Video by 30dirtybirds

Via Jamie Fuller

Video: 10 minute hands on with the Sony Ericsson Satio

June 28, 2009 1 comment

Generation The Phone House, has a 10 minute video looking at the Sony Ericsson Satio – one of the three major S60 5th Edition handsets of 2009, competing with Samsungs i8910 and Nokia’s N97.

It’s interesting to note the differences both Samsung and Sony Ericsson have done to, perhaps, improving the S60 interface – e.g. look at the Satio’s media player.

I’ve ranted about the Satio/Nokia thing before >>here<< so I won’t go over it again, except for stating my love for the imaging prowess of the Satio.

  1. Xenon.
  2. Camera/Video switch.
  3. Media button (unbelievably convenient, why Nokia took it out from the N97, I don’t know.)
  4. 16:9 photos. Takes advantage of the screen ratio, looks good on the phone, also fits most modern computer screens better (not sure if it does 16:9 video as an option, you see 4:3 though in the video)

The MP count, I actually would not have minded if it was 5 or 8, so having 12MP is rather a bonus. We’ve seen in samples it performs quite well, getting a lot more detail than the growing standard of 8MP. When you’d need that extra detail for a point and shoot maybe a rare occasion, but it’s nice to have the option.

From Generation The Phone House via blog.se-nse.net/

Video: Hands on with the Sony Ericsson Satio

June 22, 2009 2 comments

If we were to somehow rewind one year, and I was asked to think about

“what features I would have liked to have seen in a phone that would be sufficient enough to replace the imaging capabilities of the N82 entirely?”

  • Symbian S60 Touch
  • large high resolution screen
  • great camera
  • xenon (true) flash
  • dedicated camera/video switch
  • media button

–  I would not have expected that the world would see that all coming first from Sony Ericsson.

via JUSTAMP

It’s annoying because it’s not like Nokia weren’t aware people want these kinds of features. They’ve been harped on constantly, by several other consumers who voice their opinion online in their blogs or forums.

I won’t start on another xenon rant. But I will begin one about a dedicated video/camera (stills) switch/button.

It is not hard, Nokia.

You did it way back in the N93/N93i.

You made so many great steps in terms of ease with imaging (it’s just a shame that the N93 stills was absolutely pants) – dedicated flash/video light button, dedicated video/camera button and 3x optical zoom!

But we never saw this again- not even in the damn camera orientated N86! (Having said that, the N86 does have a lot of improvements to imaging which seem to be silent as they all result in improving image quality – e.g.  wide angle, improved latency, large aperture, better sensor in general so it’s really not all about more megapixels but being more efficient with the pixels you already have)

Perhaps I just need to tame my geekly cravings of the ultimate all in one and realise, the world just isn’t ready yet for such powerful convergence devices, in this case, here with imaging capabilities so great it could rival the humble point and shoot cameras.

But then, we see the likes of Sony Ericsson with the Satio which reawakens my high expectations from mobile phones. Soon imaging we’ll see another forceful phone, the Samsung m8920 – a very capable feature phone that trumps the Satio slightly with 3x optical zoom but in a possibly slimmer, better looking body than it’s previous incarnation (the “fat” G800).

So where is Nokia’s answer to these phones? Maybe there won’t be one.

Does Nokia have too much on their plate at the moment trying to sort out Symbian and fight iPhone in the software war to have any time on being at the forefront of hardware?

At the moment, it’s like Nokia’s in a confused state. Stuck in middle ground where they just aren’t particularly excelling in anything – not in software, not in hardware. Just a good, decent middle ground of slight mediocrity.

Hello Satio! Idou released as Sony Ericsson Satio

May 29, 2009 3 comments

sony-ericsson-satio-13.5″ Screen, Symbian Foundation, 12MP with Xenon flash – a combination you’d expect from Nseries devices, yet this is being brought to us by Sony Ericsson. Known by many as the Idou, Sony Ericsson now officially launches ther flagship device as the Satio.

Expected in Q4, this multimedia marvel is a worthy rival to both Samsung’s i8910 Omnia HD and of course, Nokia’s N97.

Which phone is best, depends on what’s best for you, i.e. what fits your needs. I’m pretty smitten with the form factor/keyboard of the N97 and plan to do a lot of mobile blogging when I get that device.

Why not get a device that’s more QWERTY based then? e.g. HTC Touch Pro2. Well I also want the balance of multimedia features which those lack – whereas, although dated, you get a decent 5MP camera and widescreen VGA video recording, 32GB on board memory and widgets.

I’ve mentioned this a million times, but had the N97 been endowed with Xenon, that would have given it more flexibility as an imaging device. After all, megapixels isn’t everything; it’s how effectively you use those pixels.

via mobile gazette