17 posts • joined 7 Dec 2009
Re: The Name
"For one dreadful moment Boots the Chemist and time of the month images were swirling around."
Re: Only foolish buyers need apply...
"as they have PUBLICLY STATED that they are considering merging the OS with Windows Phone.... Stay away, stay FAR away."
Yes more merging is likely to come, and that may involve the kind of treatment the WP7 owners, and developers, experienced when WP8 was introduced. On the other hand, if the LTE Nokia 2520 gets me what I want now, I might as well pay up. Tablets and phones are consumables.
It can't be a tablet unless it was launched AFTER the iPad.
I forgot, the advantage of the Atomic module can be for divers or others who need to know where they are, but are out of GPS range.
The actual atomic watch core is available online for $1500. It's made available through US Defense department funding and produced by Symmetricom.
F*** Samsung - they have the wrong concept of trust
1. Wow I'm I glad I didn't buy the Note 3
2. This is probably the first time in a long while I get emotionally involved in tech news.
3. I hope the EU, which is trying to root out roaming fees, finds a way to slam Samsung so hard it hurts a billion ways.
4. This has turned me off Samsung really, really badly. I'm not surprised, though since Samsung's coming from Korean Chaebol society i.e. where rigging of markets and procurement is the whole understanding of how it should work. This is the kind of thing the US is officially banning in so called anti-trust lawsuits, and so does EU. Samsung found a way to fool the consumer. Great. They'll get the pay back. At least I'm not buying another Samsung phone. F*** Samsung.
Killer feature for a digital watch screen IS sunlight visibility
Battery life may be a nice feature, but these days at least I'm used to charging my gear daily. So while it's nice I won't have to charge daily with the Toq, I find the big ticket item is the screen being visible in sunlight. Having used the the analog SonyEricsson Fossil made BT watch, the MBW-150, which was an addictive tool, and reasonably stylish, its OLED screen was totally invisible in direct sunlight, and very hard to read in daylight. While the Toq is an all digital, I find the big ticket item is its screen is always on, and visible outdoors, and even in the sun. The other features, such as a carrying case for the BT headset that also doubles as a wireless charging station is appealingly creative. Impressive for a first product of this type from Qualcomm.
The Smartwatch future
Good piece and comparison, Tony.
I used a couple of SonyEricsson MBW-150s (developed by parts of the MetaWatch team). Vibrating alerts, and discreetly checking incoming were addictive features.
The MBW-150 had one distinct advantage over any of the current crop - it looked like a normal analog watch. The other watch I had, a $1500 piece, was left unused because of it. I would still be using the MBW-150 if the OLED screen hadn't been designed toe expire within a certain time period after production date. Although I respect both the Metawatch and the Pebble teams, out of the current "all digital and plastic" range the Agent is the only device I could even remotely be seen with. Of course Apple might change all that.
Canalys 5 million Smartwatches next year does seem a bit optimistic unless they count on Apple launching their rumored device very soon.
Thank you, Bob, for a great review
A review that presents both the advantages and some of the niggles in detail is so much more valuable than other so called reviews which just present device features. This review confirmed my decision to hold off until Helix Gen II.
Looks like it's focused on others knowing the user, not enabling the user some self knowledge... Furthermore it seems made for lazy parents...
"How's my kid doing, uh, I'd better check with the phone because I have no clue myself"
"Of the four major Windows Phone licensees (Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei) only Nokia has bet the ranch on the Redmond OS, and is putting its very best work into the Win8 phones."
I wonder why with a CEO who used to own 7% of Microsoft's shares...
You are of course absolutely correct in your assertion. People (males) love their mechanical complication watches. Still you are implying that this atomic watch is not complicated to make, which I guess it is, at least in a miniaturized form.
iPhone for the masses - long term suicide for the Apple brand
This means short term harvesting of the iPhone brand should they launch a phone for the masses. I gather they will lose their premium status, and it goes against Apple's luxury strategy. It'll be interesting to follow.
"During what I call the "years of madness" - sweeping from Nokia's peak in 2007* to the Elopocalypse - good reviews were rare. "
What does rare mean? What is a good review? The Nokia N900 received with very, very favorable reviews. Complaints were about it not being launched by Nokia in the UK, US etc. There were even a gray imports for the N900. It's swipe interface received a lot of positive attention, as did it's one piece, machined shell.
Nokia 2008 annual earnings €74bn???
Nokia, the most profitable company ever!! €74bn earnings on a €50.7bn turnover in 2008. Now, that's impressive! It would yield a 146% Return on Sales... No wonder Apple wanted to get in on this market. In fact the US government would prefer to start selling mobile phones than printing money.
Where did you find these numbers?? In fact Nokia's turnover was down by 1% and profit down by 38% compared to 2007.
BT 4.0 but where is the apt-x?
So BT 4.0 it may have, but it ought to have apt-x which makes hi definition bluetooth audio possible.
N900 and video calling; voice dialing
I agree about the voice dialing. Certainly with a pocketable computer. Leave it in the pocket and work through the headset.
I thought Nokia could just port the stuff from Symbian, but apparently it's not as easy as that, or they would have done it alreay. Hopefully it'll be there in a year's time or so (by the time more consumer oriented Maemo6 devices start shipping). It is noteworthy that some recent top of the line Windows Mobile phones from HTC doesn't have this feature working either, not even with Microsoft's own voice command software.
The N900 does better than video phone calling via the network, it does video chatting/and or video calling via the internet, either through a 3.5g line or over Wifi, although it doesn't work flawlessly yet. See this thread at maemo.org
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