Nostalgia sells...and it's expensive!
As I was browsing my RSS feeds the other day I saw that Motorola has a new RAZR phone coming out. I still have my old RAZR 3G in a drawer somewhere as a backup phone in case my smartphones die 😁 (wonder if the battery is still any good). The original RAZR phone was an insane $500 (if memory serves me right) for a "dumb" phone that was network-locked. This is at a time when I could
MIcrosoft Surface Duo
Wednesday, Oct 23 2019 03:00 | Android, Apple, Google, Microsoft, PDA, smartphone, Technology, Telephony
It seems like the idea behind the folding screen device isn't dead yet. Last week microsoft announced a few new devices, including a folding android-based device (which they claim is not a phone, but it is most clearly a phone). It reminds me a lot of the knowledge navigator concept that Apple put together all those years ago (you know, when Apple was sort of out there and tried new things).
A little farther now from .Mac...
At first there was iTools. Then there was dotMac (.Mac), then there was MobileMe, and now there is iCloud. I think this particular service was what I first used as paid web-hosting, and as a Mac user both at work and as school (before always-connected phones), I used mail, calendar, contact and bookmark sync for everything. As I slowly moved from an iPhone/iPad ecosystem to Android, so
The New T-Mobile Sidekick!
Continuing with the April Fool's parade, I actually had a good laugh at this one. The Sidekick was T-Mobile's brand for the Danger Hiptop (nice device, needs a comeback!), which is what this ad/fake product is referencing. That said, any fans of Get Smart will also appreciate the shoe-phone :-)
Back to a modern smartphone
Monday, Jul 18 2016 03:00 | Android, Motorola, Nokia, photography, Photos, Symbian, Technology, Telephony
As much as I liked the Nokia N8, I needed to get back to using a more modern smartphone for my day to day work. I decided that waiting some more time for motorola (or Google) to release new flagship products would take a long time, and the few merits of the N8 wouldn't warrant waiting that long for the next android device.Symbian Belle Refresh OSSo, what did I like about the N8 and Symbian
A little less retro...with the N8
Monday, Jun 6 2016 01:30 | app, Apple, iOS, iPhone, Lumia, Microsoft, N8, Nokia, Retro, Symbian, Technology, Telephony, Windows
It's been an interesting experiment using the Motorola Razr as my daily driver, however with the lack of being able to just search the internet the phone didn't really do it for me (despite the satisfying "clack" you hear when you flip it closed). I was looking on the web and I decided to buy a refurbished Nokia N8 to keep me going a bit until I find an android phone which I like.The N8 was
Replacing the Nexus 4 screen - DYI
Wednesday, May 25 2016 02:30 | DIY, instructions, optimism, repair, Technology, Telephony, Video, youtube
For a brief moment I thought that I might go a little DIY with fixing my nexus 4 screen. I did find the parts on Amazon for around $30 (relatively cheap I think), however after viewing this instructional video I thought twice about it. It takes a professional 2 hours to do this, it will most likely take me more (if I don't ragequit ;-) ). The video lost me at using a hear gun to remove
It's been a couple of weeks now since my Nexus 4 sort of died. It took a tumble from my bike and hit the pavement in such a way that the touch screen no longer responds to input. The rest of the phone seems to work fine, but without an ability to do input it's not all that useful. So, I pulled out the old Motorola v3xx phone (aka razr 3G) from the drawer, powered it up, and put
Concept Mobile Phone...looks pretty cool
I came across this concept mobile phone from Samsung. Not sure if this is an actual thing, or just something that someone dreamed up (who doesn't work for Samsung). The concept reminds me a little bit of the "global" which was used in the TV series Earth: Final Conflict, and the defunct idea by Microsoft (remember that tablet they were supposedly developing?) I like this
Nintendo, and the Smartphone
Thursday, Jul 23 2015 19:53 | Classics, Concept, GameBoy, nintendo, Technology, Telephony, video games, VideoGames
A few days ago is seems like everywhere on the internet (or at least the places I hang out in), were publishing images of concepts of what a Nintendo phone would look like, which they seem have branded the SmartBoy, calling back to the original mobile hit, the GameBoy. The concept seems to be modular in design, with a gamepad add-on, and add-ons, like a higher megapixel camera, that connect
Nostalgia for a sidekick
Hiptop LX Back in the day, before iPhones, androids, and (modern) windows phones there were a number of other smartphones. The first smartphones I saw were maxed by Nokia (Nokia communicator line) and by Ericsson (the R350 if I am not mistaken). Those were the days, back around 1999 when you could surf the web on CSD or HSCSD (circuit switched data, aka "dial up"), and feel like you had an uber-phone
Wind GR & Wind IT: Pre-paid SIM review
Wind Italy account notification after callSo this is my last note on this summer's trip (at least for now). Last time I vacationed and needed a pre-paid SIM I was in France. This time, I ended up with one SIM card in Greece and another in Italy. Based on the recommendations of friends I ended up getting a Wind SIM in Greece, and a Wind SIM in Italy which seemed like the better deals.
Vacation: Technology Fails!
Friday, Aug 16 2013 08:00 | Android, Apple, Computing, FAIL, Google, iPad, iPhone, nexus, Technology, Telephony, vacation
myWind IT AppBefore I go ahead and talk a bit about mobile access while abroad, I thought I would start off with the technology fails of the trip. Some were completely avoidable, and some, not so much. I guess first I will tackle the issue of power.The last time I vacationed I only vacationed with one device: my smartphone. It was also a non-connected phone so the battery lasted a long
Google IO 2012 thoughts
Google IO just passed by me yesterday. I guess the days where I could stop and be in awe of keynotes at developer conferences are over lol - too much work to do! In any case, I skimmed the news yesterday on Engadget and theVerge, and things seem quite interesting!Here are some quick thoughts on the various announcements:The Nexus 7You know, this was a bit of a "m'eh" for me. Don't
AT&T Nasty gram
Well, silly me for thinking that I was still in the "no strings attached unlimited internet" that I thought I was grandfathered in. I got this nice little text message from AT&T the other day telling me that I would be throttled...OK, so I did use Waze GPS navigation extensively during the week of NERCOMP...and I did use Pandora and iTunes streaming...heck, I also streamed an episode of Star Trek:
Welcome to iOS5
Well, since MobileMe is inching closer and closer to its inevitable death, I decided today to update my iPhone 3GS to iOS5, and move my data to iCloud. I attempted at jailbreaking my iPhone, but since it was jailbroken the update process eluded me in the short time frame that I had to update, so I decided to just go with stock iOS. My iPad hasn't been jailbroken, and iOS5 is not bad on it,
Symbiab Belle promo video...
This would be nice if Nokia hand't axed Symbian...Knowing that a platform has no future makes me less likely to go out an buy something that runs it. Nokia fooled me once with Maemo and the N800...
The New at&t&T
It would be funny...if it weren't true...
MMS: what happened?!
A long long time ago I got my first "internet capable" phone which contained a new messaging technology. That phone was the Ericsson T68i and that new technology was MMS! While the phone had a camera attachment, it was a separate purchase, and it was an anemic 0.3MP (which is what my SonyEricsson P800 camera was, I think). In any case, the idea behind MMS was that it would be a cross-platform,
SMS apps, I just don't get you!
A number of SMS, and group SMS, apps have come out on the iPhone AppStore (and in other smartphone AppStores for that matter). Ping Chat was something that came out first (as far as I remember), then textPlus, then kik, and more recently a former "check-in" service, BrightKite, got into the group texting game. Heck, even BlackBerry is thinking about brining their BlackBerry Messenger
Blackberry 6 going after the consumer
I saw this video the other day of the BlackBerry OS version 6 on the net. The two things that stroke me were (1) the non-enterprise-ness of the features shown off, and (2) the complete reliance on touch-screens. I do wonder if this means that Blackberry is going after that "fatty middle" that Palm was going after while still keeping a foot in the enterprise market.When RIM announced that they bought
The Kin's dead! Long live the...
well... I guess "long live Windows Phone 7" it is!It surprised me that Microsoft killed the KIN last week, not because it was an awesome product, but because they took such little time between launch and cancellation (and apparently they sunk a quarter million dollars in ads). I guess we won't be finding out if what's-her-name has real friends on the road trip she is going on or if they are all
Symbian^3 and Symbian^4
Well, Symbian^3 is going to be out later on this year and I am looking forward to it!Now sooner than Symbian^3 is announced, Symbian^4 "first look" videos are already out:The future looks bright for Symbian. Even though I like my iPhone, I would switch back to symbian if:I could get a phone subsidized by my carrierI could easily install Greek support on itI could sync easily with my Mac's PIMI could
Windows Phone Series 7 - Finally!
Finally a Windows Phone that I am jazzed about!After many years of Microsoft holding onto backward compatibility, they've decided to pull a MacOS and move forward! This is something they needed to do for a while because, as I've said before, the older code base was holding them back! Now they can finally move forth without the ball-and-chain of backward compatibility, innovate AND finally integrate
Maemo or Android? Why Choose?
In today's interesting-find-pile we have a Nokia N900 (A maemo device) dual booting into Android. It's just a stock android ROM, no extrast like Sense UI or Moto BLUR, but I am sure the ROM cooking community will have all those available for download and installation.I am wondering if Symbian S60 were ported to the N900, would you want to do a triboot? Depending on the day you could have Symbian,
I was a bit skeptical of the whole "keyboard on the back side" of the motorola backflip - but having seen this video (even in mute) does make the device intriguing. The one thing that is a bit of a concern is that the specs look to be the same as the CLIQ that is presently available for T-Mobile. Interesting form factor, but could we do something about the specs?
Xpreria X10 hands-on
Engadget has some first hands-on videos of the Xperia X10 Android handset from SonyEricsson.I have to say that post P800 SE just seemed like a "m'eh" type of company, but with innovations coming through using Android and S60, I have to say that I am interested again! Now if only the really supported american 3G bands...Head over to Engadget for the full review.
Classical music - mobile phone style
I came across this ad a few weeks back but it was lingering in my starred items folder.I have to say that if this is actually a true undertaking, it's pretty amazing!According to Engadget, Vodafone NZ's Symphonia features 1000 cellphones syncing 53 different ringtone alerts from 2000 sent messages to reconstruct Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture
Windows Phone ad - stupid!
A while back I had starred this ad so that I could go back and see it.Well...I did, and boy is it stupid! The icons with legs - uber-creepy! Yeah, I know I can take microsoft word, excel and powerpoint documents with me, as well as have outlook and twitter on a windows mobile phone, but you couldn't come up with a better way of letting us know that? Apple's "there's an app for that" campaign is highly
The Moto DEXT/CLIQ
Well, I've had a whole weekend to go through Motorola CLIQ related blogs and see what I (really) think about it.When I first saw coverage of the device (was it through Engadget? I don't remember), I was really excited, and much to my surpise I still am! I was never a big fan of motorola phones. I never like their iDEN (Nextel) stuff, their startacks and passport phones were aesthetically displeasing,
Panels are interesting, but...
The SonyEricsson Experia X2 was announced this week. I've always liked SE phones (even when they really stagnated and killed off the UIQ - but I digress) and it's nice to see them innovating again with other operating systems.The X2 seems like a nice device, but I would never buy it because it comes preloaded with windows mobile and panels, the new SE interface that they debuted with the X1, does not
I found this little video on TUAW earlier this week.I think it's quite funny - and probably true. TUAW had it rated NSFW but I don't think it's a problem (unless your work place prohibits the colloquial word for feces)
Nokia is killing off Sports Tracker
I was reading the symbian guru the other day and I was saddened to see that Nokia is discontinuing support for Sport Tracker. This was such a great application, and quite innovative if I do say so myself!I had sports tracker installed on my Nokia N80 and I used a separate bluetooth GPS unit (that added to my bulk) to track walks, hikes and then to get data from those excursions. It was great to plot
History of the cell phone
I came across this video a little while back -- aaah! The good times!There are three phones that I've used (or owned) that I did not see in the video:The Maxon MX 3204The Ericsson T68w (yes I got one before the merger)The SonyEricsson P800
That is an ugly phone!
I saw the announcement for the Surge on the Nokia press release website and I was looking around for a photo of the Surge. I found it weird because Nokia usually labels their phone as an E Series, N Series or some other numerical series device. I was expecting something like the Nokia 6555 instead of the "Nokia Surge".In any case, my eye caught an article on All About Symbian about the topic and I
SonyEricsson Xperia Android UI
To be honest, I really wasn't impressed by the first Xperia device. Blame it later to market with the hardware, or blame it on running Windows Mobile (or both!) - it just didn't appeal to me.Looking at this demo of the Xperia UI running android - well that's pretty cool! Would I buy one? Probably not because it doesn't sync with iSync (yet) and Google haven't done such a great job with providing
iPhone IIIgs versus the S60
It's funny, I used to be very anti-iPhone and very pro-S60.I think this is turning around now due to some recent fumbles on Nokia's part and some recent wins on Apple's part.No, at&t is still the devil incarnate but I guess in order to get a good phone you have to dance with the devil.So what did Nokia do to change my perception of its phones? Well, it's what Nokia did not do, and what Apple did (or
HTC Hero - drool
I've always been interested in android in a Geek sort of way. Never has this OS appealed to me in the iPhone-like "ZOMG! Can I haz Android?" type of way.This changed today when I saw a promo video of the HTV Hero.OK, promo videos are made to induce such an irrational "I want it!" behavior, but the interface is really cool (good job HTC) and it really leaves Windows Mobile in the dust. It's making