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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

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.

“Right in the Mouth”
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Touring with the N97 and my 2nd Impressions

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Less than a week after I picked up a used E90 on eBay (for a steal!), I got a call this past Tuesday from Katie with WOM World, inviting me to tour four cities in the US trialing the N97 with three other bloggers. How could I say no?!

The tour is going to take the four of us through Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago (!), and New York, with various challenges and Barcamps to attend in each city, finishing with a Grand Finale at a yet-to-be-determined location. Each of us will be responsible for trying out specific aspects of the device in each city to really get a feel for what the N97 can really do. I’ll be responsible for navigation, Matt Bennett for content consumption, George Kelly for content creating, and Andrew Currie for connectivity. We will be traveling from the 7th through the 23rd of July and all expenses are on WOM World (including our mobile airtime usage, thanks guys!).

Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited. My only real concern is really how well the N97 will perform when we push it to its limits. I bought a white N97 a couple weeks ago and after only a short amount of time with it, I decided I’d rather have my $600 than keep it (I was much more impessed with the $300 E90 I bought shortly after). The firmware was incredibly buggy, requiring several restarts every day, the hardware keyboard had very little tactile feedback (and personally I hate the shift/alt key arrangement), and the haptic vibration for screen feedback made a scratching sound that made it feel like I was destroying the device every time I touched it. That and I could barely get the device to stay powered for a whole day with all of the widgets connected to various networks all day. The internal hardware (which I had my concerns) turned out to perform better than I thought, but I still saw a lot of applications closing in the background and additional processing time being used in various applications.

The black unit I received from WOM World yesterday already seems to be a completely different beast. It had the newest v11 firmware on it when I opened the box, making the device MUCH more stable, the keyboard has much more feedback than my white one did, and battery life seems to be holding up a lot better too. The “screen scratching” issue is still there, but it’s much less noticeable than on my previous N97. The next three weeks will really put the CPU and RAM to the test.

The dates and links are posted below if you’d like to attend  any of the barcamps to hang out with us. If you’re not familiar with the term barcamp (like me!), there’s also a link for that too. 🙂

Los Angeles Barcamp, Saturday, July 11th, 10am-5pm

San Francisco Barcamp, Tuesday, July 14th, 7pm-10pm

Chicago Barcamp, Saturday, July 18th, 10am-5pm

BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, socialprotocols, and open data formats. The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care, and political organizing.

Quantity VS Quality: Looking at mobile device storage

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Aside from the megapixel race in mobile cameras, it seems we’ve seen a constant increase in demand for higher storage capacities as well. Although not the first mobile device to implement it, it seemed to start with the fixed 4 and 8gb iPhones in 2007, combatted by the N95 8gb, with the iPhone 3G in 8gb and 16gb variants fighting it out with the N96 the following year with 16gb+microSD slot (despite the N96 failing in several areas). It seems that this year is going to be no different with rumors flying that the next-gen iPhone is going to come in 16 and 32gb flavors to compete against the 32gb+microSD slotted N97. While I agree that more is almost certainly always going to be better in this regard, I believe there are conditions to be met to ensure that people are getting the most out of such an immense amount of storage.

Keep reading to understand what I’m talking about.

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May 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm

The Final Challenge and some more updates

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Where have I been?!

Well, I can tell you. To make a long story short, a returning customer of mine from Circuit City decided he would rather hire me for his business rather than try to distribute my resume and help me out. I’ve been working a steady 9-5 with him for the past month, including a weeklong business trip to Chicago and tons of different types of work I’ve never had an opportunity to do before. I’m very excited and grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to see what else develops from it. Thanks again to all of the people who supported me and showed their concern during my difficult time. I hope everyone had a merry Christmas, a happy New Year, and an excellent time observing any other holiday I missed. 🙂

Several weeks ago I received my final challenge on this piece of parchment. Although I would have liked more time, I have been notified that the N96 will have to go back overseas after this weekend. Read ahead for the final challenge and the details on how to become one of the 5 people to trial the device if I win!

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January 2, 2009 at 8:19 am

Streaming Video from the N96

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For my second challenge, I was set to stream live video from the N96. I thought finding something unique to stream would be the difficult part (which it was), but unsurprisingly, the N96 turned out to be the real challenge.

My initial intention was to use Flixwagon. I had never used any applications to stream live video before and having just read about Flixwagon being integrated into Ovi for simultaneous uploads, I thought it would be perfect. I was wrong. When installed on the N96, the application will start, allow me to change settings, but abruptly freezes and closes when I start to try streaming. To make sure I wasn’t doing anything wrong, I loaded Flixwagon onto the N95-3 and N85 in the house. Again, not surprisingly, the application worked perfectly. Another opportunity lost thanks to the inadequate N96.

After another hard reset, I started using Qik instead and have been able to finally stream some content correctly (though still very laggy). Streaming content I found to be completely unpractical using an EDGE connection so I was left with my only option being to stream while within a WLAN area. My goal was to interview random people at my store to ask them questions about their phones to gauge what your average consumer thinks about the current state of the market. On my first night, I wasn’t able to find a single person willing to be interviewed, though I did upload a couple introductory videos.

Today we were able to get Guitar Hero: World Tour on display with an excellent surround sound system and a 50″ Panasonic plasma HDTV. The following video is of several of my coworkers enjoying some of the last moments we’ll have in the store we called home. Even though I’ve only been there less than two years, everyone made that job feel like we were working with family with both customers and each other and it will not be easily missed. Apparently Qik doesn’t play nice with embedding directly into WordPress, so hit the links below to see Steven Kellee rock out on the microphone and the rest of the videos I’ve been streaming for the past couple days.

Despite the N96 not cutting it, I’ve been pretty impressed with both services overall. On an appropriate US 3G enabled phone, I look forward to using either of them for streaming in the future. I am still planning on uploading a bit more content in the coming days, so stick around for that.

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November 10, 2008 at 12:57 am