new phones

If these pictures are anything to go by – then I want one those new Google phones based on Android.

Now! :-)

@D: what about the E61i? (someone pls combine a 5mpx cam with a qwerty(z) keyboard & I’ll go for it…)

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Nokia’s new N96

Seriously, what I miss about the new range of Nokia & SE phones is a decent keyboard. Sure, you may also go for a touchscreen interface + keyboard as on the iPhone, but I am not yet convinced of these technologies (~ what about dust? tactile feedback? + the downsides of the iPhone e.g. non-removable battery, iTunes, etc.).
Nokia’s & SE’s new phones are said to be made for the internet and/or provide multimedia comfort (DVB-H receiver, short range FM-transmitter, audio & video playback, video recording), but when it comes to actually using them you’re really punished with an old fashioned T9 keypad. Entering longer text is a pain and makes only sense while using a foldable keyboard (video) (like Nokia’s SU-8W).

Don’t get me wrong: for consuming multimedia/inet content, these phones are just great. But interacting with others from phone to phone (except for direct bluetoothing or sms/mms) still requires another approach, I’d say. Best example: Fring! Fring is an awesome messenger service that now also offers direct file transfer. Now imagine you’re chatting with someone over Skype or ICQ and have to enter text by using a T9 keyboard only…

Well, I keep coming back to my N95 albeit its horrible design (slider, case, keypad layout) because it has a decent camera and enables me to record anything while on the go + even editing it on the phone. Now that’s something really sweet considered it’s just a phone.

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5 thoughts on “new phones”

  1. A new look every time I load this page… I liked the Grid one. Anyhow. Regarding phones, Sometimes I think I should just get an old/new Ericsson T39, it got all you need and that’s it. Really, do we NEED (as in really need?) all of the apps and stuff. It’s just so time consuming …

  2. Sweet! If you get a spare one sambaza it over! Still searching for the E61i. I think they have been withdrawn or something. There are no where to be found even in Turkey. Just as well because I am broke! hehe.

  3. you guy, some shops in Nairobi are now selling Nokia E62s. I thought it was an upgrade on the E61i but it is just the USA version of the E61! They are around KSH 23,000.00 (EUR 230)

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