28 Dec

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

28 Dec

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/

03 Oct

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…

19 Jul

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

28 Jun

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 🙂