Monday, August 13, 2007

Extreme Creativity

The latest generations of game consoles are really offering more than a lot of us had ever expected but then it seems that the companies Nintendo and Sony hold back a little in terms of what could be done to take the excitement even further. Both companies have handhelds, Nintendo the Dual Screen and Sony the Playstation Portable.
I feel both companies could have developed new ways of game play with the great capabilities of their hand- helds.
With the touch screen capabilities of the DS and WIFI in the PSP the possibilities are limitless
Imaging connecting a handheld to a console, and taking on an opponent Think of using the PSP as a controller to play the PS3 and getting feed back to the PSP; no need to check the map page anymore? Or have another view for a football game, or imagine having the rear view mirror in a driving game.
Nintendo and Sony should switch on some “extreme creativity”, who knows that might be the killer idea to beat Microsoft which is yet to release a handheld.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Nokia 9300

I had the opportunity of test running a Nokia 9300 the other day and I have to confess I was impressed. The phone comes with Bluetooth, infrared and Wifi Connectivity.
Straight out of the box the phone could handle Microsoft Excel, Word and Adobe PDF documents. I think this is a plus for the non-nerdy executive using a phone like this.
Truth is even with an entry level smart phone like the Nokia 6600 software is available that transforms the phone into a document wizard but the user has to be comfortable with installing the software.
Not to take the shine out of the 9300, my favourite feature was the WIFI. It supports a search for hotspots and in no time I was able to find a hotspot select it and connect with it. There is also support for GPRS through the phone networks so the phone supports more than one option for browsing.
The absence of camera is probably a good idea as carrying a device like that to take a shot just does not feel like a good idea. I don’t know why I feel like that about it.
Nokia did a very good job with the size of this phone and it is not really bulky even with the QWERTY keyboard.
When it all comes down though sometimes I wonder at the appeal of phones like this excluding the “feel good factor”. Take away the WIFI for instance and any Symbian based smart phone with enough memory can just do everything it can do. So I wonder, is it worth its extra price?

Sunday, June 3, 2007

iPod IRead

The most popular feature used by most ipod users is listening to music. Off course this is the easiest and the original focus of the ipod, all you need is just ipod in your pocket and the plugs in your ears.
With the ipod video, watching video on your pod is really cool even though the small size of the screen might not make that an often task. Maybe the iphone with its widescreen will make watching video more on your ipod. The most forgotten feature is probably reading. The ipod supports text files which you can transfer to its notes folder allowing you to read almost anywhere.
If you are like me I used to carry a series 60 Symbian based phone and I used to put stuffs on it and movie scripts in text form and read whenever I get the opportunity in traffic, when I am not working or any other time it feels cool. And right now I carry a PSP with me because I found out I could also transfer files to it and read on the go.
The only downside is the ipod only supports text based file types and small sized files. You won’t be reading any novels on your ipod. But at least it could serve as an easy way to carry short text based information with you.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Bluetooth Watch

You probably thought Bluetooth was just a very cool technology that allows you to share files with others or gives you an un-tethered experience to using your phone or listening to music. Well, step aside; here is the coolest use of Bluetooth I have seen yet.
Sony Ericcson has released a Bluetooth capable watch, the MBW100. This watch has vibration alert, can display the caller Id from your phone and the music from your phone can be controlled from buttons on the watch!
Although I feel the best use of the watch might be along with the use of hands free because if you have to take a look at your watch when you have a call it will obviously delay the time to get your phone out of say your pocket to answer a call. But it could help to prevent you having to pull out your phones for those people you won’t bother talking to any way. And might just prevent your bringing out those very expensive phones in places where u probably don’t feel too safe.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wifi Phones

Imagine This:Using a phone with wifi to login to your MSN, Yahoo chat or Skype accounts, check who is online and make calls to people who might be sitting behind a computer on the other side or using a similar device.
Sounds like a scene from james Bond? Well welcome to living James Bond.

VOIP with a computer was cool but is certainly cooler with a phone!

I stumbled on some phones the other day with messenger functionality. The coolest were the Zyxel P-2000WV2,D- Link

DPH-541 and the UT Starcom F1000. Belkin also has a wifi phone for Skype.
The downside is none of these phones have cellular service and thus they will work only as VOIP phones.

Talk is certainly not just getting cheaper but also more interesting

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Getting Into Bloggin'

After a long period of turning a deaf ear to the whole concept of bloggin' looks like I'm the latest convert to the whole process. Looking forward to maximizing all that Web 2.0 has to offer to me. Funny enough I'm also starting to check out Flickr, Youtube, Videoegg and Friendster. It will be nice to see what the year 2007 will be like with all these cool concepts.

Really looking forward to populating this blog with posts. Accepting all comments too.