Monday, August 24, 2009

First Look: Nokia Booklet 3G

Well, here it is. A first look of Nokia's new Booklet 3G. I'm still in shock that Nokia is actually coming out with a netbook-like product in the first place, but to have it running Windows?!

I'm sure Nokia has a good explanation for this interesting device, but we'll have to wait for Nokia World 09 for that. It looks like there are some big changes coming for Nokia before year's end. It's all so very exciting.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

N97 Update v12.2.024

Yesterday, we got a new firmware update for the Nokia N97. No official word on the change log, but I can honestly say the device performs much more smoothly than before. Also, the UI transitions seem substantially faster. Even the web browser feels snappier.

This update is a good step in making the device a worthwhile purchase. I'm hoping I won't have anymore corrupt image problems from now on too. Like others out there that are just getting a taste of this latest firmware update, I have yet to see any other noticeable changes. I will continue searching around for anything new, and we'll keep you updated on our findings as well as official announcements.

Monday, August 17, 2009

N The World - Alabama

Day One [08.14.2009]
We got in town and checked into the La Quinta Inn, went swimming (the pool was great by the way). Stopped by Chocodelphia to see what was good. Ate a late lunch/early dinner at Jose's Cantina, went shopping at Wal-Mart, Michael's, and a few other shops in town. Back at the hotel room, we planned out the next day and got some much needed rest...

Day Two [08.15.2009]
We ate a nice La Quinta Inn breakfast while getting info on Jasmine Hill Gardens. We found out they are closed on weekends, but they were nice enough to let us come anyway. All you have to do is watch the videos and look at the pics to see how beautiful the gardens were (we had to sacrifice our bodies to many ruthless mosquitoes to get this footage). Next, we went to the Riverside Entertainment Center for the casino action. We didn't win, but we didn't loose a lot either. It was a lot of fun anyhow. Afterwards, we went back to Cracker Barrel for a late lunch, got cleaned up and took a nice dip in the pool again. And a good rest for a very eventful day. That night, I would discover how the N97 had failed me. A large number of my photos taken at the gardens were corrupt. What a disappointment. Fortunately, we got a lot of video footage.

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Day Three [08.16.2009]
We ate a quick breakfast and took a dip in the pool. Then we take a trip to Eastdale Mall where we watch G.I. Joe at the mall cinema and shop around for a bit. The movie was great and the mall wasn't too crowded. Then, we went to Red Lobster for dinner. The weather was just starting to get nasty too. Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel to rest up for the trip home.

Day Four [08.17.2009]
On the way home, we stopped by Quincy's 777 Casino for a last minute gambling session and won back what we started playing with, so we headed out. It rained most of the way back, but we had a beautiful time in Alabama and were sad to leave so soon. We're back home now and are excited about figuring out where to go next.

This N The World trip was quite enjoyable, and couldn't have gone smoother if it were not for the N97 and the Google Maps application. We managed to save time, money, and energy by finding the best routes to all our destinations while in Alabama. We also were able to use sites like Montgomery Gas Prices to find the cheapest gas in town.

So, even though we lost a lot of nice pictures with the N97, the device more than made up for it. We'll keep refining our techniques in bringing you the world as we make the journey through it. We're continuing to build our N The World concept, and are constantly thinking of ways to enhance the experience. We'd love to hear your ideas as well.

Monday, August 10, 2009

N The World Logo And Thoughts On The N900

First off, we'd like to introduce our new logo for N The World. You'll see this logo whenever we show videos, images, and more from places we travel to. Our next trip is to Alabama for some casino action. We'll have lots of pics and video when we return.

I've been a huge fan of Nokia's Internet Tablets from day one, and purchased the Nokia 770 as soon as I could affor it. I did a little application development and testing for the first two tablets. Then I migrated to Nokia phones. The N95 was perfect for my mobile needs. Then came the N97, which apears to be more computer than phone. But alas, the low amount of memory and the unrefined UI has me once again in search of another device. Nokia's new tablet may just be what I'm looking for. Sure, I'll miss the ability to have the screen tilt and all the great Symbian apps, but I think I can manage without causing too much damage to my mobile productivity. I can't wait to trial this new Internet Tablet. It will be a very exciting Fall after all.