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N97 Tour: Day 11, Chicago Mobile Camp

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Saturday was our third and final Mobile Camp at the Illinois Institute of Technology and it was a very mixed bag. The turnout was very low with only two attendees, which was the least of the three. Despite this setback, a lot more personal discussion came out of having such a small group and it allowed everyone to expresss their opinions without anything getting lost.

The most interesting discussion to me that came up at all of the Mobile Camps was why the US market is so different from the rest of the markets where Nokia’s devices are sold. In short, the US market saw the rise of desktops before smartphones, whereas the Asian market saw just the opposite, and Europe saw the rise of both at almost the same time. With that said, it’s no surprise that the iPhone has become so successful in a market that’s trying to get a desktop to fit in their pocket efficiently and with the immense amount of control the carriers have. It emphasizes yet again that Nokia needs to market themselves completely different in the US than they do in other countries and I think efforts like this tour are certainly a step in the right direction.

We also put together a video of Matthew demonstrating the video editing software built into the N95 from years ago that hasn’t been seen on more recent offerings. After seeing the demo and becoming much more focused on mobile blogging on this trip, I’d very much like to see this feature brought back on handsets in the future.

Big thanks to Jeremiah (Pseudofinn) and Craig (SockMonkey) for making it out to the Mobile Camp! It was great to meet you guys and share so many thoughts about the mobile industry.

I personally don’t have any images from the event, but here’s a picture of a movie poster mixup seen near one of the trains we took back to the hotel.

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N97 Tour: Day(s) 5+6, Big Sur and San Francisco

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Sunday was our drive up to San Francisco and thanks to several recommendations, we decided to take the long route through Big Sur. I think this image explains why.

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We captured a lot of other content including a 30 minute video recorded through the windshield as we climbed the winding paths and George was able to capture that same path on Sports Tracker. This post will be updated with the links when we have everything collected and online.

Monday we did the tourist thing and took a boat under the Golden Gate bridge and around Alcatraz, taking plenty of photos, videos, and tracking our route with Sports Tracker.

We challenged ourselves by splitting into two teams prior to the tour and agreed to meet each other in a general location at a certain time. Using a combination of Friend View and Google Latitude, we were able to meet up with each other successfully in a specific location without the need to call one another. Friend View didn’t seem to track us as well as we would have liked and it was slower to load the maps, but Google Latitude performed very well and made our final meetup possible in the end.

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July 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

N97 Tour: Day 2, the general theme

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July 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Scratch resistant my ass

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The night I took the screen protector off my phone, it developed a large scratch right in the center and it’s driving me NUTS. I don’t know if you can make it out in the picture, but in direct sunlight it is VERY visible. I didn’t have anything else in my pocket the entire night either.

…and Pixel Pipe broke the original image link when it was uploading.

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July 9, 2009 at 3:06 pm

N97 Tour: Day 1, Success

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After spending well over 3 hours and $250 in cabs getting around Los Angeles, the night turned out to be a huge success. We hit up Silver Factory Studios to see George’s incredibly talented friend and artist, Sean Padilla, ate some of the best street tacos I’ve ever eaten, and settled ourselves at the luxurious La Petit hotel for the night.
I’m still amazed that it’s only been one day after everything we’ve been through.

Most of the content we’ve captured thus far can be found on our various Qik sites and I’m hoping to have some time to load up the pictures I’ve taken in an easy way as we go. Everything we’re seeing and doing is going to be compiled for the Grand Finale event in New York and everything I’m going to be posting will be directly from the N97. For this trip so far, it has proven itself to be an adequate blogging solution if you have the right tools, with only a few minor caveats (like this centered text).
If you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area on July 11th between 10am and 4pm, be sure to stop by the Bradley Internatonal Hall at UCLA to hang out with us, meet new people, and engage in mobile-related conversation at the LA Mobile Camp. You can sign up and add your RSVP to the page here: http://barcamp.org/Mobile-Camp-LA The slots are filling up quick, so if you’re interested, get your name down before it’s too late!
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July 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm

N97 earns some brownie points early

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The E90 barely stayed connected to get me to the FedEx facility to pick up my trial N97, but right out of the box, the GPS in the N97 was able to find my position, activate the 3 month navigation trial, and navigate me home almost seamlessly. Good start, N97. July’s going to be a fun month. 🙂

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July 4, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Samsung i8910: It’s not about the megapixels

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Any camera enthusiast who’s well-versed in the technology can give you a list of what makes a good camera from the lens to the software that puts it all together. If you’ve paid attention to the evolution of stand alone digital cameras, you know that megapixels certainly aren’t everything and now that the standard has been made so high for both digital cameras and camera phones, the significance is becoming increasingly negligible.

I’ve never had any critical issues with the quality of Nokia’s 5mp cameras, at least not to the point where I wanted an upgrade to 8. What disappointed me for so long was the lack of innovation after the same 5mp module was used again and again on each of Nokia’s new devices. Although we’re still waiting on Nokia’s first 8mp camera phone, I’m could care less that they’ve finally caught up to the competition for the megapixel count. No, what upsets me is that they’ve done almost nothing to improve the software.

The 8mp camera modules used by other manufacturers within the past year or so didn’t just take larger pictures, they supported a plethora of features shared on standlone digital cameras that Nokia has still yet to touch. I’m referring to features like face detection, smile shutter, blink detection, slow-motion video capture, and in some phones, even optical zoom. Some people might find these features to be only gimmicks and irrelevant to the quality of the picture being taken, but that’s not the point. The point is that these other manufacturers have continued to develop and focused their attention on the features than their consumers will want and like to sell more devices. These features don’t just mean a larger menu of options to take the same picture, it means more ways that a person can interact with the camera on their device and it gives that person a much more versatile set of tools to choose how they want to best caputure their memories.

It’s for this reason I’m excited about the 8mp camera in the i8910. I could care less about the bump in megapixel size and I’ll probably end up keeping is set at 5mp anyway. I just want a camera that’s closer to integration with standalone digital cameras, and now with a device that’s also running S60, we can all finally have it.

What do you think? Does the 8mp matter to you? Do you care about the additional features offered by non-Nokia camera phones?

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May 14, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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