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Nokia X10 and W10 concept phone come out the closet

06/05/2011 Leave a comment

The Nokia / Microsoft partnership have been quite for a while now, I had mentioned in a previous blog post that I expected great things and that if Nokia were to get back in the game, this would be the dare to be great moment. I am throughly pleased to see that the Nokia fan club have revealed some specs and photos about Nokia real entry into the smart phone world.

The X10 will come with Symbian, so I have no interest in this as Symbian is not good enough as a smartphone OS.

The Nokia W10 will feature some standard features such as having a Super Amoled screen with 16 million colours, full hd video recording, proximity sensor and gyro sensor.

The “not standard features” include a 4.5″ screen, TV out via HDMI, 15mp camera by Carl Zeiss optics and here’s the killer for the tech junkies out there it will feature a 2GHz Quad-Core Processor with 32GB storage and micro sd of 64GB. It has 2GB Rom and 2GB Ram graphics card.

It sounds sexy and is making my mouth water.

Heres to Nokia and Microsoft – can’t wait.

Finally a step in the right direction for Nokia

11/02/2011 Leave a comment

It’s taken them the longest time to come to this realization but better late than never I guess. It seems the changes at the top have done some good to the company and I am eager and excited to get my hands on a Nokia device running Windows Phone 7.

Nokia has officially announced that they are aligning their strategy with Microsoft. This is key, if Nokia wants any chance of staying alive in the smartphone world.

Over the past few years, Apple and Google have consistently beaten Nokia at innovating and this in in-spite of the fact that Nokia has a massive R&D department.

what does this mean for you as a business?

The early adoption of RIM and BlackBerry has forced the business world to be connected and stay connect all the time. RIM however have failed to delight with innovation as well and this is where Windows Phone 7 and Nokia could gain momentum.

The service offering of a Nokia device powered by Windows Phone 7 is attractive when you considered the success rate of Windows 7.  The operating system has been accepted well by most users and even large corporates. This means then that Microsoft and Nokia have the opportunity to offer a range of services that RIM could only dream about – sorry BlackBerry but with each passing day your devices because a teenage craze for children with no airtime who want to use BBM.

The model that made you famous has been outed by the innovation of Android, iOS and certainly now, Nokia and Microsoft.

What you should look out for is the following:

1. Nokia still leads the market with such things as imaging and this is definitely something Windows Phone 7 can build on.

2. Nokia still is the largest supplier of mobile phones, building good reliable mobile phones, this will also be a key point for Microsoft to look at.

3. Bing is not my favorite search engine, but for sure it will be part of the New Nokia offering, while Bing may not be a great search engine, its image search is awesome, and on a Nokia smartphone with super imaging, this might be a useful tool id it is harnessed correctly.

4.  Nokia maps – to date is still the best mapping tool and beats the crap out of Garmin and TomTom especially since it’s free. Again a valuable point for Microsoft to think about.

5. Applications – this is going to be great, if Microsoft and Nokia can get closer to the Android, Google expertise in this arena, there is certainly going to be good competition in pipe lines. I’m a Windows user and even though I use a Mac, I still love Windows, if Nokia and Microsoft can create an experience for Mobile Phone users that is the good parts of using Windows on a PC, this will in the end be a strong deciding factor for user leaving iOS and Android for Windows Phone 7.

What you should notice is it’s not longer about the mobile device it’s now about the mobile environment or as the new catch phrase that bouncing around – it about the Mobile ecosystem.

I hope from the hard times, Nokia has released that it’s about actually innovating and not just saying you’re doing it. It’s about being able to move quickly in the consistently shifting digital environment. Hats off to Nokia and Microsoft, best of luck on this new partnership…

PS – Please could I have a Nokia device with Windows Phone 7 on it… 🙂

 

Jailbreak iPhone devices with Greenpoins0n RC5 / fix errors

07/02/2011 Leave a comment

Greenpois0n RC5Greenpois0n is here and it’s looking good. Took me some time to figure out how to get it working correctly as there are still a few bugs but apart the installation bugs, everything else work perfectly. So heres the quick guide to getting your iPhone device jailbroken and getting past any issues you may have.

You will need:
Greenpois0n
Mac
iTunes
Redsnow 0.9.7b6

Method:

1. Connect your iPhone and close iTunes
2. Click Applications >> Utilities >> Terminal
3. Type in the following: sudo nano /private/etc/hosts
4. This will open your host file, simply add a # in front of the gs.apple line and then save the file
5. Still in Terminal, type in the follow (please add a space after the word “open” and then drag Greenpois0n to Terminal): sudo open
6. Terminal will open Greenpois0n with superuser access
7. Follow Jailbreak instructions on Greenpois0n
8. At the third step of the jailbreak – DO NOT LET GO OF HOME Button –
9. Even though it looks stuck on your phone, if you look at Greenpois0n on your MAC you will see the process bar is still going, letting go of home screws up this process.
10. Once you done jailbreaking you will see you have “Loader” as a new icon and no Cydia
11. “Loader” has an error, just ignore it and do this to get Cydia
12. Run Redsnow 0.9.7b6 >> select “Install Cydia” and let Redsnow do it’s thing
13. Don’t worry about your Untethered Jailbreak you will still have it once Redsnow completes.
14. Once complete you will have Cydia, simply open Loader >> option >> delete app
15. Done

iPhone 4: In perspective

09/01/2011 Leave a comment

The last few days with the iPhone have proven to be quite interesting, while I still affirm that Steve Jobs is crazy and that his policies are stupid I have to admit that just like the previous iPhone (3Gs), this one also has that sexiness about it. The feeling of “I’m cool” because I have an iPhone.

While I may have an iPhone, the reality is that while it may be pretty, the battery life on the iPhone 4 is terrible. If you even dare leave a background application running, you are doomed…

I enjoyed playing a round of Angry Birds on my HTC Desire, I managed to get to level three which is great. Sadly all you get for the iPhone is a watered down version of game – Angry Birds Lite – which sucks.

In comparison, the game play is far better on the HTC Desire than the iPhone 4, the game is also free on Android whereas it will cost you a Dollar or around R7 in SA if you are able to locate it. I have 3 itunes accounts all of which are officially useless to buy the game from SA.

The iPhone 4 also according to Jobs is supposed to have much better screen than the competitors out there, but again if you use Angry Birds as the measure, the iPhone 4 does poorly at displaying this game. The hardware spec has been juiced up a bit as the the iPhone now comes with a 1Ghz processor (it needed that) I somehow am still not totally impressed. I am hoping to playing around with some jailbreaking option and cydia and test out whether I can extend the power of the device.

For now, rather take your money and get a Nexus S – yes I know it’s a Samsung, but it promises more than I have found so far on the iPhone.

 

Apple iPhone 4, we welcome you

05/01/2011 Leave a comment

iPhone 4After launching a few months ago, I decided it was time to give this number a test drive. So officially today my new device is the Apple iPhone 4. It’s busy charging at the moment, so hopefully later in the day I get to play a bit more.

First things first – I had to go get a new micro sim in order to use the phone and the new sim will take about two hours to activate. It’s a bit of a pain seeing as every other device manufacturer uses the default sim card.

With all the crazy talk about the antennae issue, I also got myself a cover just incase.

Looking forward to see how the iPhone 4 matches up against the HTC Desire

Hot Rumor: Samsung Nexus S

12/11/2010 Leave a comment

Samsung Nexus S - Image courtesy gizmodo.com

Samsung Nexus S - Image courtesy gizmodo.com

The world of smartphones is all the buzz at the moment. New stats released show Android clearly hot on the heels of Symbian. This comes as no surprise with Nokia still failing to make any moves in the right direction.

Samsung have tried out a few Operating systems before, a while back used an Omnia with WinMo 6.1 which I upgraded to an unofficial cooked version of the 6.5 ROM. Samsung have run their own OS, Microsoft OS and now they are blasting away with Google’s Android.

The difference though in mobile devices is not just the operating system. The specs are just as important.

The rumored specs on the Nexus S are as follows:

– The Nexus is believed to be running the standard User Interface – which means the manufacturer can’t add in their own user interface like in the case of HTC.

– The Nexus S will be running Android 3 GingerBread

– The device will feature dual camera and will film in HD

– It will contain a Google logo on the back of the device

– The processor will run at 1.2GHz

– 16GB internal storage

All in all, it looks impressive and i am eager to see how true this rumor turns out to be.

BlackBerry gets the “boot” from Dell

05/11/2010 Leave a comment

Dell Venue

Dell Venue

I respect Rim for bringing the wonder of email on mobile to the world, but like Nokia, the evolution of the brand has died. Yes BlackBerry and their loyal users would disagree but the truth is, in our changing environment – having email on mobile is not old news. There are still many companies using BlackBerry as the preferred device for business yet in the long term it just does not make sense.

Why should you have to put a BlackBerry server in front of ActiveSync?

Dell is pretty much saying bye bye to BlackBerry and hello to Windows Phone 7 (WP7). It’s not surprising, not at all! Each OS offers something unique and different, you can take iOS and know that you will get some awesome touch screen software. Take Android and you know you getting an internet device that is amazing with lots of Mods available. With WinMo as it was called while still at version 6 and 6.1 offered functionality. It was not user friendly at all, but syncing up to your PC was seamless and if you were a pc user, understanding the device was easy as well.

Microsoft did however need to get the usability right and I think (I say think because I haven’t used a WP7 device as yet) they have. Early adopters and research points in this direction. It may well just be a craze at the moment, but it has enough power to make a significant change I believe.

The Dell move is important, 25 000 employees getting rid of BB and opting for WP7 should make RIM pretty angry. I don’t think the specs on the Dell Venue (That’s the mobile employees will get) are great in fact its a bit common except for the OS. 5mp camera, 8Gb memory and so forth. Nokia has been 16 million colours screen for years now. So nothing out of the ordinary in the hardware…

But as any programmer will tell you, it’s not just about the hardware – If WP7 lives up to Apple / Google standard, there might be something great in WP7!

Depending how how Apple and Google respond I think we might be in for exciting times.

Next step for me – Beg Microsoft for a WP7 device.

Regards

EJC

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