Smartphone war is heating up. NOKIA is not an exception anymore and now battling for its survival like many other mobile phone manufacturers. Almost every new Smartphone is coming with its own OS now claiming to offer features that others simply can’t – you need them or not is a separate topic. Those who don’t have their OS ready yet have innovative ways to reuse whatever available in the market.
I stumbled upon this NOKIA site which is a circus of hacks on their high-performance N900 mobile computer running Maemo. Although impressive but how practical?
It is interesting to see how quickly technology and our needs are converging into new products and concepts – refining or redefining our habits and experiences. I’ve been quite happily reading digital magazines such as Bak, FF3300, Destructed and Proteus on my computer monitor for quite some time now. Issue took online publishing to another level by providing a platform to deliver exceptional reading experiences. All of this is enough to indicate where things are heading in near future.
Amazon’s Kindle, Sony Reader, and Fujitsu’s FLEPia have already added new dimension to this. Earlier this year Amzon brought Kindle to mobile platform, extending its reach but at the same time pushing competition into a new direction … I’m not talking about business here rather prospects of combining advance interaction, normally seen on advance mobile phone devices such as iPhone, HTC HD2, Palm Pre, Else Intuition etc with conventional reading experience. In other words, refining and redefining reading experience on handheld digital devices.
Bonnier and BERG collaborated to illustrate such a concept in Mag+, aiming to capture the essence of magazine reading, they compiled a video demo of a digital magazine on a touch tablet. The video demos how magazines like Bonnier’s Popular Science can be adopted for a handheld multi-touch screen device with gesture based browsing and non-obtrusive interface that you only see when you actually want to.
With publishers collaborating and preparing for digital future and technology advancements, any such product is not a dream anymore. I can hope to see it alive within a year or two.
Gizmodo.com couldn’t find a decent title for their HTC HD2 review so they called it ‘A Tragedy’! This is one of the absurd product review titles I’ve ever seen read – setting a biased tone in advance for the product and then building whole story on the one and only trade-off. Yes, we know it is WinMo and nobody loves it and yes, HTC is hiding it with its own UI but – where is the tragedy?
I’m not kind of a Mac-fanatic who would look at this phone with disbelief nor have loyalties to Windows for whatever reason but for heaven’s sake have something solid before building negativity around something that genuinely deserves good.
And yes, thanks but no thanks to the Gizmodo author for suggesting to wait for Android-powered Xperia X10 from Sony. I have no interest buying a cell phone with three years old product design running some Windows Media Center type application.
Palm Pre is to launch on June 6th (USA). This is the cell phone I’d been waiting for … since 2003 to be exact when I actually started using Palm PDA. I like iPhone, I liked HTC Touch HD but there was something that told me to wait. Wait for something from Palm!
While most of the competition around iPhone was focused making ‘good looking’ devices so far, Palm Pre is the only one that came up with it’s own Web OS, excellent usability and multitasking that took the game well beyond iPhone.
I might not be able to join the queue straight away since the UK release date is not yet confirmed but this is something I’d like to get hold of pretty soon. I like the fact that iPhone finally has a competition!