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Samsung i8910HD Review: THE device of 2009?

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The road to getting myself settled with a Samsung i8910HD has certainly been a long one. After going through 2 defective 8gb i8910HD’s and getting a 16gb that works properly, about a dozen headaches trying to get the firmware software installed and running properly on my PC, and going through almost all of the different available firmwares for the phone, I’ve finally gotten myself comfortable enough to write a proper review. Hopefully I’ll be able to highlight some features of the i8910HD that haven’t been featured in any of the other reviews that have already been published and shed some light on how the i8910HD performs for those who can’t handle one themselves so easily.

I purchased two defective 8gb i8910HD’s from CellsWholesale (pending a full refund) and I purchased the 16gb i8910HD used in this review from Mobile City Online for $725 total ($699+25 overnight shipping, now backordered).

Thanks to all who attended the live Q+A on Qik! If you missed it (and have a couple hours to kill), you can watch the full video here.

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Why isn’t Nokia marketing video recording?

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The day after I landed from the N97 24/7 Tour, I had a commitment to a friend to join him at Mayhem Fest, an outdoor concert with several stages of some very heavy bands (only a couple of which I was remotely interested in). Still rocking the N97 (and a spare battery), I took a few pictures and videos of some things I wanted to remember. One thing I quickly noticed was everybody holding up their Blackberry, iPhone, or even a basic flip phone to capture pictures and video the same way I was.

Trivium and the crowd, taken with the N97.

This really got me rethinking the quality of the entire Nseries line (post-N95) and it dawned on me that this would be an excellent opportunity for Nokia to make an impact in the US market. There are very few devices that can record video (with excellent audio as well) and take pictures as nicely as the Nseries devices do, and I can’t imagine those people trying to use those alternative devices are happy reviewing the media they captured when they get home. Those devices certainly don’t capture anything you’d want to effectively share with friends or upload to a sharing website.

I would guess that over 99% of the people there had a phone of some kind and Lakewood Amphitheatre’s capacity is just under 20,000. Something as simple as a commercial showcasing the high-end video recording capabilities would go a long way. I imagine a narrator talking over a guy recording a video of his favorite band at a concert, cut to him getting home to watch the video and being disappointed at how pixelated and choppy it came out. A quick pitch of x device or the Nseries while he records that band again, an after shot of him looking much happier at his desktop, reviewing and uploading a much better quality video, and you’ve got a winning commercial.

Taking it one step further, why not setup small experience centers AT the venues so people could watch that commercial and play with the devices first hand, right next to one of the stages, and see exactly how nice the video comes out? The center could have a flat-screen with an Nseries connected to it via a TV-out cable playing clips people have recorded or a slideshow of pictures captured of the various bands. After everyone gets blown away by all that, a rep could give a demo of Share Online and show them that they don’t even need to get back to their computer to share their content on their favorite sharing site. There are tons of opportunities and it would connect to people who like all different styles of music.

Hit the break for some a quick sample of video I took at the concert, just to give you an example.

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Live Qik Session N97 Tour Q+A and General Discussion

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Props to Andrew Currie for starting the first two rounds of live Qik sessions answering questions about the N97 Tour. Tomorrow at 11am EST, I will be hosting the second round on my newly received i8910 (with some pretty creative rigging since I don’t have a tripod). If you have questions about the tour, my recent N97 review, or anything else, hit up my Qik page tomorrow.

Qik.com/jbruha, live at 11am EST on 7/29

Update:

And it’s over! Thanks to everyone who showed up! It looks like we’re going to do several of these with each of the N97 24/7 Rockstars over the next week or so.

If you want to see what we talked about, you can check the embedded Qik videos after the break (Warning: It’s 6 parts and just under two hours).

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July 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Cumulative N97 Review: A month in the making

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I’m exceptionally surprised how much time I’ve spent with the N97 considering how set I was against not owning one. I bought a white one for $560 running v10, only to turn around and sell it for a decent profit a week later (the profit decidedly being much more important than dealing with the POS that it was on v10). Then instead of blindly comparing it to other devices I have never used, I picked myself up a used E90 and a pair of iPhone 3GS’s (the latter turning into even larger bits of profit once sold). Less than a week later, I received a call from Katie at WOM World for the opportunity to travel the country, beating the hell out of the N97 in each of the 4 cities we visited for the past 3 weeks. If there’s any group of people who thoroughly explored every single aspect of the N97, it would have to be the four of us. This is my experience.

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July 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm

N97 24/7 Finale Party at The Xchange

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I don’t think any of us knew what was in store for us at the party when we pulled up to the Xchange on Wednesday night. I stood outside waiting with our rockstars and rockstar sponsors alike, nervous and excited what we were about to behold.

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While waiting in line, I had the pleasure of finally meeting my long-time forum buddy ArLe and Erick (gwapz), both HoFo veterans.

All of our concerns about delivering the content Smart Fusion and WOM World was looking for, our excitement from the people we had yet to meet, and the upset that it was about to all be over culminated into a ball of tension in my gut that I just couldn’t shake. Then suddenly, as soon as we walked in, that all washed away.

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July 27, 2009 at 8:26 am

Attention Bloggers: Siobhan is a woman

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These are the three gorgeous women responsible for the N97 24/7 Tour that I was given the pleasure of being part. From left to right, Katie, Donna, and yes, the female Siobhan (pronounced “Sha-bon”).

If you’re trialing any devices for WOM World and use the terms “sir”, “dude”, or “man” in your emails to Siobhan, you owe her an apology. 🙂

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July 25, 2009 at 6:06 pm

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N97 Tour: Final Day, draw by number 3

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For our last day in New York, I was committed to making sure the 24/7 numbers were complete across our last three cities. Accompanied by George, Siobhan, Donna, Katie, and Dan, we set out to finish the last of the Sports Tracker challenges. Since I wasn’t able to find an acceptable route to pair the “/” next to the “4” or the “7”, we instead decided to draw a European 7 over Manhattan. This one’s for you, Tom. 😉

You can also check out the route on my Sports Tracker page, here.
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July 25, 2009 at 5:23 pm