I've written a couple of times here on the blog about the fact that I have been using an evaluation Nokia N900 since October with my loan period expiring in January. I have been focusing on writing up a TON of posts as I created the Definitive Nokia N900 Guide to give my Nokia Experts readers all the details on this extremely powerful device. As a Christmas present to you kind readers here on my ZDNet blog I decided to also post a full review of the Nokia N900 for you all to unwrap and enjoy. You may want to start with my image gallery, move down to my video, and then read the details about my experiences with the device. At the very end of this review you will find out exactly what I think of the device after using it quite heavily these past two months.
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It seems everyone in business has a smartphone today to keep connected to the office and enjoy their time away from the office. Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile phones sporting iOS, Android, Wi
Matthew Miller started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since.
A couple of months ago LG stated they would be bringing a large number of Windows Mobile devices to market and they caught me a bit off guard with the very first 1GHz Snapdragon device to launch in the US with the LG eXpo on AT&T. This Windows Mobile 6.5 device is available for only $199.99 after rebates and contract and will have an optional Pico projector pack for $179.99 if you want to give presentations on the go. As you can see on the AT&T site this is quite a device and I will have to swing by my local AT&T store to check one out.
As we wrap up 2009, I wanted to put together another one of my reference posts that looks at the devices I have reviewed over the past year, along with some fun awards for the devices I had the chance to try out. You can check out my 2008 year in review post and see what I thought about the mobile phone world at that time. It was interesting to see that a whopping five of my top ten most viewed blog posts for 2009 were part of my Clash of the Touch Titans series with other top posts being my reviews of the Sprint HTC Hero, HTC HD2, and RIM BlackBerry Tour.
I am amazed that there has been so much chatter on Twitter and the Internet over the "Google phone" these past few days since there is nothing new here and all it looks to be is an upgraded piece of hardware that was fully expected. Sascha Segan posted exactly what I feel about the Google phone and rather than write up my same thoughts I highly recommend you read his latest column explaining why this device is NOT a game changer, iPhone killer, savior to the US smartphone market.
A couple of months ago Nokia filed suit against Apple for using 10 wireless technologies they patented without compensation. It looks like Apple is getting into the holiday spirit by countersuing Nokia stating that Nokia is infringing on 13 Apple patents. There are no details yet on what those 13 patents pertain to so we will have to keep an eye out to see what Apple believes Nokia took from them. I wonder how hard Apple had to dig to find more patents than Nokia accused them of stealing?
We started off MobileTechRoundup show #192 with one of my favorite topics, Nokia. They posted their 2010 plan and I was able to recently share my experiences with their devices. James has an HD2 and Kevin has a Nokia N900 so we chatted about those experiences as well. Kevin also tested out the new super fast T-Mobile wireless data network and discovered the N900 supports it well. My nook also arrived and I offered up some initial thoughts.
My Nokia contact just let me know some disappointing, but not fully unexpected, news that the New York and Chicago Flagship stores would be closing soon. We heard a couple days ago that the UK Regent Street store was closing and it seems it just hasn't made economic sense to continue with a retail presence in the UK or US given the current economic crisis and environment we are currently in. They will continue to work on developing their brand awareness in the US, but just not through a direct retail store.
What do you get when you take the best editors from every mobile platform and put them together for the weekend in Orlando? You get the 3rd Annual Smartphone Round Robin of course. Today kicks off a 6 week adventure that you are all going to want to follow and participate in as there is some amazing podcast, video, and written content coming your way along with a top smartphone from each platform being given away as prizes throughout the event. You will want to bookmark this site and follow the chart so you can see which of your favorite sites and platforms are being covered each week. This week kicks off with an introductory podcast with the specific platform content coverage starting next Monday.
I had a chance last weekend to spend a bit of time with the Motorola Droid from Verizon Wireless and was impressed by the display and solid form factor. I didn't think the keyboard was that great and prefer the HTC Sense flavor of the Android OS. Those of you who own the Verizon Droid will be pleased to know that a firmware update should start rolling out today that address a ton of issues, as listed on the Android Central website and copied below.
HTC previously stated they are working on an upgrade from Android 1.5 to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero devices while they are skipping Android 1.6. Verizon has announced they will be bringing Android 2.0 with Google Maps Navigation to the HTC Droid Eris in the first quarter of 2010. Also, this weekend you can get a Droid Eris for free when you buy one for $99.99.