The following essay originally appeared as the June 27, 2007 entry on critic Uchida Tatsuru’s personal blog. We have published this translation without the author’s express permission, and we accept all responsibility for any problems resulting from its publication.
OSNews is usually known for their coverage of PC, Mac, GNU/Linux, and OS related news (hence the name), but with the increasing features of Multimedia portable devices they have started reviewing portable devices. Here OSNews reviews positively the Nokia N82, they describe the features and mention pros and cons they found while reviewing it. They also posted some good example photos to show the photo quality in day light, low light, almost darkness, darkness, and complete darkness. Overall it's a good review worth reading.
In the box we found the phone, a 1050 mAh battery, a standard Nokia charger, a USB data cable (not used for re-charging), a TV-out composite cable, a 2GB microSD, and a 3.5mm headphones/handsfree. The N82 comes in a silver color and despite all its features, it weighs just 114 grams. In fact, I dare to say that overall, it's the same size as the iPhone, even if in comparison the N82 will look thicker. If you take into account the extra features it's got, technologically speaking Nokia is delivering a "same overall volume" phone as the iPhone. Regarding its functionality, the N82 had great battery life and excellent reception. Audio voice quality was very good too, one of the best we've seen lately. Bluetooth worked very steadily and was very fast, and WiFi too.
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I recently uploaded some photos from a work team building event to my Twango account. We hiked up a small mountain named Mount Takao. It was pretty since the red and orange fall colored leaves were still on the trees and the hike wasn't too long. Some of my favorite photos from the trip are linked below:
I’ve been the happy owner of a Nokia N82 for about a week now. As can already be deduced from the word “happy” there, I’m quite satisfied with it. Like earlier, other people have done much better work at thorough reviews on the N82, so I’ll just list some good and some bad things I’ve noticed so far
Apple has released the 1.1.3 firmware update for iPhone users for free, but are charging iPod Touch users for the same feature set.
It's a stupid move to charge for a firmware update. I have an iPod Touch but I certainly won't be paying $20 to get E-mail, Google Maps, a Weather widget, Notepad, and a Stocks widget plus the ability to move the icons around and add bookmarks to the home screen (oooh wow a group of old applications rehashed on the Touch, bookmarks, and arranging the icons, oh let me get my credit card .. umm no Not really.) The 5 apps are the exact same apps that iPhone has had since it was released and charging for the ability to move icons around and add Bookmarks to a new place is really not worth any money in my book. For those people that have unlocked the filesystem (ie. jailbreak) their iPod Touch they could already have the same apps installed a couple months ago. http://rupertgee.wordpress.com/2007/12/03/install-iphone-apps-into-ipod-touch/
Owners of the iPod Touch have already paid for the actual device hardware that Apple has received a profit margin of it, many users buy music from iTunes that Apple also continually gets a percent of. It's as if some marketing and sales managers had a last minute meeting before the Mac World announcement and hastily decided it was a quick and dirty way for Apple to make more money off of the iPod Touch. Plus this is only for a minor firmware update. (1.1.2 to 1.1.3) I can't help but think that if Apple wants to charge 20 dollars for a minor update what will they charge for a major update?
- Charging for a new application that is Not yet available is understandable (ie. That is how the mobile games market and Enterprise application developers make money.)
- Charging for a service (webhosting, online storage, etc.) or content (Music, videos, etc.) makes sense.
- Paying for a firmware update does not make sense.