Nokia’s new phone, the 7610, comes with new software called Lifeblog. From its homepage,
Nokia Lifeblog is a personal diary of all your mobile data that’s simple to search and fun to share -whether it’s the pictures and videos you’ve taken, the notes you’ve written, or those great MMSs your friends have sent you. And Nokia Lifeblog’s horizontal-scroll navigation is highly intuitive to use.
If I recall, the last horizontal based interface I came across that wasn’t one of my web site designs was MS Office Journal app and I make doubly certain I switch that off as soon as I can. Still though, after the toothpick based false start that was my XDA 2, this sounds more promising.
A few months ago, I got myself a new PDA\Camera\Phone. It ran Pocket PC 2004 upon which I duly installed the .NET Compact Framework and sure enough, things ran.
ActiveSync was OK even if it wasn't as configurable as I'd like and it was fun to run Digger and Tetris with a stylus. The integrated camera was great - it produced pictures better than my first digital camera and with 128MB available, stored more than the original did. The video camera, MP3 player and audio recorder were great bonuses too. But its primary purpose is a phone and in that respect, it was shocking. Even at max volume, you couldn't hear it ringing. In a pocket, you couldn't feel it vibrate. It tended to lose signal in the middle of a conversation.
My XDA is now back in its box for sale on eBay and my 5 year old Nokia 6210 is back in service once again - it doesn't take photos but it is a damn good phone. Interestingly, the XDA hasn't depreciated at all. It's still worth six times more than the phone I've used to replace it. I think in this case, convenience and power is much less preferable to the specialized piece of equipment. It’s a bit like a proper stereo in that respect; only more portable.
Just had a really odd phone call. The mobile rings. “Hello”. Someone says something. After two minutes of neither of us understanding each other (reception in my area is naff), it became apparent he was saying “Y’alright blood?” Either one of my friends has graduated in the school of street slang or this is a wrong number. I tell other person this. Other person tells me not to text his girlfriend. Eh! I ask who his girlfriend is. He evades the question. He hasn’t got a wrong number - I texted her about my engagement. Are we cool, and I won’t do it again? Sure. Phone call ends. Mobile shows caller withheld number, so how do I know what number not to text? Am now stuck with dilemma. Do I text people again saying is this a wrong number and get more confused hostile calls from ‘blood’, or do I hope that the one wrong number I’ve figured out recently is the one that caused the problem? And why do I feel threatened by someone calling me ‘blood’?
My old Nokia 6210 pretty much died on me last month, so I set out to the O2 store to see what I could get on a new contract deal. The Sony Ericsson T610 looked pretty sweet, but then I saw this and bought it straight away for somewhat more than I had planned to pay (i.e. nothing)
Bad Dan. Naughty Dan.
The XDA 2 has a 400MHz Intel XScale processor; 128MB RAM; 64MB ROM; 240 x 320 TFT screen; SD card slot; VGA camera; Bluetooth; infrared; tri-band GSM phone; GPRS class 8; 5.5hrs' maximum talk time; Pocket PC 2003 Phone Edition. Dimensions: 70 x 19 x 130mm (WDH). Weight: 190g.
This is the first PDA I've owned but in short, it's fab and runs Pocket PC 2003 too. Where's the .NET CF stuff gone?