Nokia announced their flagship new product, the N97, last Fall at Nokia World and about 8 months later we will finally see it launch around the world this month, June 2009. You should be able to find it in 75 countries in June and I understand it will launch in the UK on 19 June. There is quite a bit of excitement for the N97 in the mobile world and I have mine preordered from Nokia USA. It most likely will only be available in the US as an unlocked device, currently priced at $699 from Nokia USA.
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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.
I was reading through Jason Hiner's take on the Palm Pre and I do hope that Palm can compete with the device and new OS since I am a Palm fan from the good old days dating back to 1997. Jason posted five reasons to expect a homerun, but I have to take issue with a couple of them and say that the G1 already does these so they are not unique to the Palm Pre. Reason number 4, carriers want an iPhone competitor, is debatable because I think we are going to see many more Android devices that do just that. Since there is nothing solid as far as announcements go I will leave that one alone. However, I disagree with his reasons number 1 and 2.
I just sent back the HTC Touch Diamond2 and then picked up an evaluation HTC Touch Pro2 last Friday. The HTC Touch Pro2 is a follow-up to the HTC Touch Pro device with a higher resolution display, larger form factor, and several software improvements. This device should be coming to the US on various wireless carriers with rumors that T-Mobile USA may get one with 3G data support. The Euro version I am trying out supports quad-band GSM so it works with EDGE on T-Mobile and AT&T, but does not support 3G. The keyboard is large and well space while TouchFLO 3D flies on the Touch Pro2. Check out my image gallery of the Touch Pro2 with the Touch Pro, along with my video first look below.
We still have another week to go, but the Palm Pre was the first topic of conversation in MobileTechRoundup show #173 and I am still not planning to purchase one. We then went on to talk about some other new gadgets like the Zune HD, Amazon Kindle, and Snapdragon smartbooks. The Nokia Ovi Store launched this past week so we covered this launch along with a free Symbian and Windows Mobile product, Skyfire 1.0.
Quickoffice was the first to launch an Office suite for the iPhone and as I wrote in my review I was pleased with most of the functionality in the software, but there were a couple of glaring issues that kept me from whole-heartedly recommending that application. I saw the version 1.2 update appear on my iPhone 3G this weekend and am pleased to report that this update included some MAJOR additions that leave me satisfied after paying $20 for the application. I still want to see email attachment support because that is how many documents pass through my mobile devices.
My full review of Documents To Go for the Google Android platform went live yesterday and I just received a press release for another mobile Office suite being demoed for Android devices next week at the COMPUTEX show. ThinkFree Mobile for Android will allow you to create, view, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint presentations on your Android smartphone. The software will also support drawing of objects. The software will come with 1GB of online document storage as well so you can get to documents you may not have stored locally.
Documents To Go was one of the first Office applications I used on my Palm devices and is also the premier solution for RIM BlackBerry users. There are only a few applications on the Android Market that I have purchased over the last 8 months that I have had the G1, but one that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you purchase right now (if you already haven't) is Documents To Go for Google Android. I was amazed by the functionality that DataViz was able to pack into this mobile application suite and think it exceeds their client on ALL other smartphone platforms. Documents To Go brings a highly desired enterprise capability to the Android platform and the obstacles to adopting Android as a viable business device are starting to fall.
After attending CTIA a few months ago and getting a chance to touch the Palm Pre QWERTY keyboard I mentioned I thought the keyboard was too compact and may be a problem for people looking for a heavy texting and messaging device. The Boy Genius was able to somehow score a Palm Pre early and in his first look he mentioned that the keyboard is not looking good so far and may require lots of practice to get efficient with it.
There were a few server issues with the launch of the Nokia Ovi Store yesterday, but after a bit things started running smoothly and the launch was quite successful considering 50 million Nokia owners had access to the Ovi Store in a single day. However, after spending a few hours with the Ovi Store I think there are several issues that will have me just sticking to the free applications for now because the Ovi Store is not as flexible or user friendly as the Apple App Store, Android Market, or BlackBerry App World. Let's take a look at the support for multiple re-installs, multiple devices, and returns of applications to see where the Nokia Ovi Store fails in almost all cases.