I have been checking out the European version of the Nokia N78 and am quite impressed with the device. I recieved a note that the North American 3G-enabled version of the N78 is now available at the Nokia Flagship stores in New York and Chicago or via other retailers shown on the Nseries website for a retail price of US$560. It doesn't yet appear on the Nokia USA website for online purchase so that will keep me from running out and buying one right now.
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The Apple iPad rolled out via UPS, the Apple Store, and Best Buy today with people lining up and sales being quite brisk. Rather than reiterate all the detailed reviews, I will be walking you through different experiences of usage.
I pop my T-Mobile SIM card into my T-Mobile G1 about once a week to see if there is anything interesting going on in the Android Market and I have to say there is not much that really excites me after almost 6 months of using the device. One of the reasons I purchased my G1 was because of the speculation and hype that the "open" nature of the Android OS would have developers churning out applications and taking the device to the next level. There were some excellent free applications available at or soon after launch, such as ShopSavvy, imeem Music, Bonsai Blast, PacMan, and The Weather Channel with the hope that priced applications would bring even more goodness to the platform. I personally have a few reasons that I have been hesitant to purchase applications from the Android Market and am curious if other G1 owners feel the same.
The T-Mobile G1 is showing up in the hands of those who pre-ordered one this week (mine is schedule for Tuesday arrival) and I have been seeing new applications appearing in the Android Market almost daily on my review unit. There are still a very limited number of games and I think only one or two were added since I started my review. I loaded up eleven applications (a couple of these just appeared yesterday) and took the below video of eight applications in action on the G1. I covered the Video Player in my full review since that was really an application that should have been included by T-Mobile and Google. As I stated in my full review you only get 128MB of onboard storage to load up applications and you cannot currently load them on the microSD card. With the eleven applications I tried, I only had 34MB of remaining memory. However, in looking at the space allocation settings it looks like your data is stored in this area too so if you have a ton of contacts and lots of calendar entries your space may fill up faster.
I have a MSI Wind loaded up with Windows 7 Ultimate and find it to be a very good mobile solution that gives me good battery life and is easy to carry in my bag. I may actually sell it soon and pick up a Nokia Booklet 3G, especially after reading Michael's four reasons to buy one. There have been arguments for and against the netbook idea, but it is hard to argue that they are not successful with forecasts predicting more than 50 million Intel-based units may be sold by the end of this year. Intel recognizes the netbooks are here to stay and to foster that adoption they announced that developers can submit applications created with the help of the Intel Atom Developer's Program SDK.
I've mentioned my fondness of Evernote several times in the past (just need a S60 client soon) and read over on MobileDevicesToday that they have partnered with the winners of the CES Last Gadget Standing competition, EyeFi, for some great offers. As you can read over on the Evernote blog you can now purchase the three current EyeFi models at a significant discount through the Evernote page.
To kick off the CTIA news, Microsoft announced some official support for Windows phones as well as a change in policy, for the better, in regards to developers and the Windows Marketplace. The policy for developers to be charged for updates after the seven-day window has been updated and developers will be able to make updates to their applications throughout the application lifecycle with no additional charges. It is great to see Microsoft listening and responding quickly to feedback from the community.
I just mentioned some of my favorite applications on my G1 this morning and wrote that I have been using Last.fm and imeem to stream music. Back in early January, FlyCast announced an Android client was coming and I just received word that you can now find the application in the Android Market and give it a try.
One of the primary concerns I mentioned in my T-Mobile G1 Android first impressions was the embracing of the Google Android platform by developers. The key to the success of the Android and the G1 is not the hardware, but the software and the developers need to be there to enhance the entire experience. I mentioned needing an Office Suite for enterprise users to even consider using an Android device and just received word from my QuickOffice contact that they have been working on an Android-compatible product that is in the advanced stages of development and sent me an official statement.
It has been over 2 months since I wrote up my first impressions of the Nokia E71. At that time I was getting flooded with review and purchased devices such as the Palm Treo Pro, Samsung OMNIA, Touch Diamond, Treo 800w, MWg Zinc II, iPhone 3G and loads of applications with iPhone 2.0, Touch Diamond updates, and the iPAQ 910. Most of those devices are gone now, but the one that keeps earning the honor of carrying my AT&T SIM card is the Nokia E71. The fantastic hardware, valuable notifications on the standby screen, outstanding 3rd party application support, and form factor keep it in my pocket most of the time.