iPad, cr48 and other beasts

I have now been living with a baby, an iPad, a cr-48, a netbook, 2 Android phones and a kindle for the last few months… and it is not easy ūüėČ here are some of my conclusions from this experience.

Interactive

Touch is the king here.. my 9 months old plays with anything that has buttons and keeps trying to change the TV channel back to the Night Garden as soon as he can. It is now impossible to keep him away from the iPad. I loaded an interactive rattle app, and he loves it.¬† In fact, I am sure he looks at me thinking “why are you playing with my toy?” every time I pick it up.¬†¬† Second to the iPad , he loves the android phone touchscreen.

Conclusion, there is something quite basic and primitive about interacting by touching stuff.. and you can’t beat it.

Consuming media

Here the iPad shines.¬† Granted that we had to overcome the limitations “by design” introduce in the iPad.. you need a case holds the iPad on a viewing position (¬£10) and you need to hunt down all the apps that replace web-based flash players (a couple of hours).¬† After 4 months of consuming online video, I came up with 2 conclusions:

1) I can’t wait to have a good Linux tablet that is open and supports everything. I don’t need to be dictated what is good for me.

2) Streaming is the way.. I recently fell sick and decided that a movie in bed was what the doctor recommended. I headed to iTunes and “rented” a movie… 2 hours after the download started I had passed out in bed and didn’t get to watch my movie..sigh. I paid for it and I wanted NOW!

So is the iPad the king in this category? Well, no.¬† We still reckon that the kindle wins hands down when it comes to reading ebooks. You can’t beat the battery life, compact form-factor and softness to our eyes.¬† Also, when it comes to audio consumption my phone is where I go.. music, podcasts and audiobooks on the go. Read more of this post

Why will Nokia fail to get rid of Symbian

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop announced recently what seems to be the end of Symbian. But, he might be¬†underestimating¬†Nokia’s dependency on the aging operating system.

Symbian is bringing some needed revenue for Nokia, although not enough to keep their leadership position. It is not surprising that Nokia has announced a move away from Symbian. It is surprising that the death of Symbian is so readily predicted before any real sign that the plan B will be successful. By moving to Windows, Elop is betting all his chips in red number 7.

Betting on a losing horse

The signs are not good for Window Phone 7, and it will not help to pair up with a phone manufacturer which many consumers now consider out of touch with what they want. Read more of this post

My Package Dashboard – A Web Widget for Symbian about Symbian

You might have noticed how much Symbian is pushing the Web Run Time as an environment for application development, as it is thought to be really simple to do. I can confirm that it is!

After talking to some package owners, I had the realisation that we (Symbian) needed to offer an easy way for Package team members to track community activity. I do some of these tasks day to day, and it involves lots of pre-saved searches and so on…

Mix these thoughts with an ich to do some programming and what you get? “My Package” Dashboard WRT widget.

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2010 will bring great things for the Nokia 5230

I am just back from my holidays back home in Barcelona and I wanted to share with you what I think are very good signs for the new Symbian^1  Nokia 5230.

If you watch TV during the Xmas period, you will have noticed that over the last decades adverts for mobile phones seem to have overtaken those for perfumes and toys.

It seems that Vodafone and Telefonica have gone into a¬† price-plan tug of war,¬† offering cheap tariffs all over the place. The “Planazo” from Movistar (a Telefonica company) seems to be everywhere on TV in Spain.

What I found surprising is that their star handset to launch the Xmas season (from both Telefonica and Vodafone) is the Nokia 5230. Read more of this post