Tag: Gadgets

$72 off on a Nokia 810

Watching geek brief tv, Cali metioned using her promo code on nokiausa.com to get a discount on a N810 tablet. It amounts to $72 off the N810 which totals out to about $410!!! Quick, don’t miss it, use coupon code geekbrieftv at nokiausa.com!

If you don’t know Cali, shame on you!! http://www.geekbrief.tv/

Must have apps for Nokia 810

Ok, so you’ve just followed my advice and spent 500 bucks on a brand new Nokia 810. Here is a list of apps to get you off the desktop and out into the world.

  • Transmission bittorrent client. I don’t think this needs explaining, think Animes (or adult multimedia, whatever floats your boat) on the go!
  • FBReader book reader. Hey man! The internet is cool and all, and yes, you can watch movies to pass the time, but even I need to read a nice book once a year or so…
  • Pidgin universal IM client. All the Nokia tablets support Google chat by default. This gives you everything else.
  • UKMP media player. Be like your annoying iPhone toting, screen poking friends! This will add finger driven multimedia playback to your N810.
  • Games. Play time begins now!

Good start! Most, if not all of these apps, are posted on maemo.org and supported by great regular people like you.

Nokia 810 – Ultimate tablet?

So you’ve heard me talk of the Nokia 770 (which I own) and the Nokia 800. Nokia just started selling the Nokia 810, a sleeker more feature packed version of the 800. For starters, it sports a slide out keyboard, GPS, and is smaller than its predecessors. Wifi and bluetooth as usual and a camera. The new model sports a built-in stand. Software wise, the browser is webkit based and some improvements were made to flash performance. I hear it plays youtube and flash video just fine but I have not tried it myself. For most people interested in either an iPhone or a UMPC, I strongly recommend the N810 as a more capable alternative.

N810 GPS

Canola UPNP client for Nokia tablets

So you’ve got a brand new Nokia 770 or N800 and some bozo in your office went and spent a grand on a UMPC and is showing off. Needless to say, talking about Linux, hackability and speed to a non-geek audience would be an utter waste of time. So what’s a geek to do? why install Canola of course! Canola is a media center type application for the Maemo platform. It runs on both the Nokia 770 and the 800. Although beau-coup memory is needed to have your multimedia on the device itself, you can also stream content straight out of your PC or NAS as long as you install the proper UPNP software. Update: Canola 2 is out, please help test it and provide feedback to the authors at http://openbossa.indt.org.br/canola/

Venture One

The Venture One Concept (Copyright Venture Vehicles Inc.) The Venture One sounds like a dream vehicle from reading its planned specifications, but hopefully a dream that will come true when the first model rolls off the assembly line in 2009. Ian Bruce is hard at work with several other companies to assemble the initial 3 configurations for this futuristic leaning 3 wheeler based on the Carver.

It is expected to give drivers sport car like performance with 100mpg and top speeds of 100mph, with the fun and excitement of a motorcycle thanks to a complex yet elegant hydraulic system that allows the front part of the car to lean independent of the rear.

I’ve got my name on the waiting list for this one…

MyVu Personal Video Viewers

There’s been some buzz lately about these Jordy looking glasses for watching video off of an iPod video. The displayed image is said to seem like a 27″ screen at 6 feet. I haven’t seen any in stores but it is available for order on the myvu website.

Here is part of what iLounge had to say about it:

The visual effect is claimed to be equivalent to a 27-inch television at a distance of roughly 7 feet away, but the company isn’t aiming for immersiveness: as explained to us back in January, the goal is to allow you to see the world around you while the display is in use. There are three related issues we feel are worth noting in greater detail here: we found the display small – a bit too small, but still watchable, and more so than on either of the other iPod wearable headsets out there – one user with a larger intra-ocular distance found the display impossible to adjust for optimal viewing. And several testers commented correctly that the unit’s designed-in ability to let you see the world around you while you’re viewing video can be distracting under certain circumstances, one noting that this is the right pair of goggles to wear in a plane, but not as a passenger in a car.

And a few pics of the product from the myvu website:

MyVu Video GlassesModel Wearing MyVu GlassesModel Wearing MyVu GlassesModel Wearing MyVu Glasses

Sony Ericsson W600i

It’s been a while since my last post. I have been busy with projects at work and had little time to play unfortunately. I did however buy a Sony ericsson W600i. I only had it working for 2 days though, as it was pretty much a brick the morning of day 3. It wouldn’t charge or even so much as light up. Needless to say, I RMA’d it right away.

In my short 2 day experience with this phone, I really loved it! Despite this obvious problem, it had excellent reception, and voice quality was great both on speakerphone and headset. It also does a good job at serving music despite its limited 256MB of space. My favorite features are elsewhere: Class 10 EDGE with fast Java. Programs such as Google Maps Mobile and Mobile GMaps looked and performed wonderfully on this little beast along with 3D Java games and other excellent utilities. Internet access through bluetooth was also a breaze and worked at a “blazing” 128kbps in most signal conditions here in the bay area.

Sony Ericsson W600iAs you can see I was pretty impressed with this phone. Unfortunately, what good is a cool phone if it won’t turn on? I am guessing the one I got was a just dud and Sony Ericsson will step up to the plate and deliver me a working long lasting unit. Stay tuned…Sony Ericsson W600i

Sony Ericsson W600i

Samsung T509

Samsung T509In my quest for a cheap bluetooth capable class 10 EDGE Phone, I tried T-Mobile’s version of the Samsung SGH-T509 (T509 for short). It is slim, has a good UI and works as advertised. But the geek in me wanted more; like running Google Maps Mobile on it since it is Java capable. Small little problem with that. You see, T-Mobile wants you to buy their games and theirs alone. So they had Samsung rig the firmware to only allow signed midlets to access the network!! There is a deal breaker for me. Unlocking the phone let’s you use other networks but does not remove the T-Mobile customizations to the firmware. In other words, their version of this phone gets the thumbs down from this geek. Phone went back to TMO and I am back on my quest :-)