Giving Up the Internet for Lent

16 02 2010

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and so starts the 40 days and nights of Lent in the Catholic calendar. As part of Lent you are supposed to give up something, a fast of such, and in past years I have give up Alcohol, sweets and the hardest yet Coffee.

What I have planned to give up this year is the Internet, yes you heard right, I’m planning to unplug from all Social Networks, not look at my Google Reader, turn off Google Buzz and not blog on any of my websites. Can I survive 6 weeks?

I made the decision over the weekend as I realised I spend most of my time checking what’s online rather than looking at what’s offline and right in front of me. I think this will be hard, but hopefully rewarding.


gerrymoth

Note: Kip Hakes will still be on hand at nokiAAddict.com for comments moderation and news updates.





Interview with gerrymoth

6 02 2010

My online friend Micky from Nokiausers.net interviewed me the other day and has just posted my answers to his Nokia related questions.

Check it out and see what I think about things ūüôā


http://www.nokiausers.net/General/Nokiausers-An-Interview-with-Nokia-Enthusiast-NokiAAddict.html





OneDotZero: N900 Visit to London

19 09 2009

Well I (gerrymoth) touched down in London Heathrow Airport from Glasgow Airport on  Saturday at 830am, then was quickly on route to meetup with the WOMWorld/Nokia Team  (Donna and fellow scot Robbie) and five other guests (Jay, Nick, Valerio, Roger and  Mick) from around the world for Breakfast in the Cavendish Hotel.

When I arrived the WOMWorld/Nokia Team introduced themselves and a N900 was thrusted¬† into my hand to play with. WOW what a welcome ūüėÄ

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Once everyone else arrived we moved into the breakfast room and I’ve never wolfed down¬† a fried breakfast as quickly in my life to allow me to sit and test out the N900.

The N900 has four desktops which you can add widgets, bookmarks, contacts and  shortcuts to, you move between desktops by swiping left or right. Up on the top left  hand corner is the menu icon and the normal phone ones like battery, network signal,  bluetooth, wifi, etc.. Touch the menu icon and the menu grid appears like it does on  normal S60 type phones. From the menu everything looks quite phone like rather than  tablet like.

I opened up every application I could and ended up with multiple ‘windows’ like boxes¬† which you can quickly switch between. I really liked this windows look and hope they¬† can change or theme the menu grid in some way to make it a bit better looking. Moving¬† around the desktop/menu/applications once you get used to it (took me 10min) is very¬† easy and VERY VERY fast.

The N900 didn’t have a SIM Card in it and the hotel Wifi wouldn’t let me connect, so¬† Joikuspot on the E55 came in very handy and I quickly tethered the N800 to the O2¬† Mobile Internet (O2 internet policy I say ‘Bla bla bla’). I managed to check for¬† software updates on the N900 and found there was a new one waiting, but required me to¬† connect to the PC and NSU to update. I then checked for the available apps to install¬† and was presented with a short lists, maybe the extras repositories hadn’t been setup,¬† but I managed to install Documents To Go, QIK and an Evernote add-on, which took a¬† minute to install all of them.

I took a few photos using the Camera and tested out the Tagging feature and also took¬† a video of the others eating breakfast and played it back to see what it was like.¬† Pictures and video looked good, but didn’t manage to extract off the phone (reason¬† will be explained later). I noticed a few videos already installed on the N900 and¬† played a great trailer for the new Tim Burton movie 9 on it. The picture and the sound¬† for the trailer were superb, the video is flickerless and sound was BANGING. The sound¬† was way better than the sound on my (still in repair, Day 29) 5800XM.

I opened the Notes application on the deivce to test out the keyboard and found the¬† keyboard’s 3 row layout very easy to use in the hand and the slide felt good opening¬† and closing it, not as godlike a sound as the N97 snap, but still pleasurable ūüėÄ

Opened Maps application, but couldn’t get a GPS lock due to being in the Hotel and¬† unable to see sky, but noticed there was no maps loaded on the device or thinking¬† about it, maybe it only had Finland maps? Anyway couldn’t test fully, but did notice¬† the Compass feature in the maps app.

I had not contacts and didn’t want to add my email details onto the device, but the¬† mail setup looked Nokia Messaging like and contacts looked standard, later on we saw¬† one of the guys with his contacts on the desktop and Chat/IM app running and it looked¬† cool. There is no MMS as such yet, but been told its coming in the next kernel update.¬† I did ask what else was missing, but no one said anything!

We all finished breakfast and jumped into a taxi to take us all down to the BFI to  meet the N900 represetatives.

20090102_004-1At the BFI Southbank we meet up with Jussi Makinen (N900 Marketing Manager), Andrew¬† Flegg (The Maemo Community) and Gary Birkett (Liqbase application developer¬† http://liqbase.net). Jussi dropped the bombshell that he had to leave in about an hour¬† and the devices we had need to go back with him, so while he took Q&A I had to pass¬† the device over to one of the other bloggers who hadn’t had a play with it yet ūüė¶ BOO!

Anyway Jussi took questions from us all and explained a little about the N900¬† development todate. I did try recording the Q&A on my E55 using the default Recorder¬† app, but the E55 didn’t saved the file (Aaaaahhh!). The main points of interest I got¬† out of the Q&A session was:

РNokia listened to the Maemo Community when developing the N900 and will continue to  listen to them. The Mameo Community has 25,000 members at present.
– There will be a N900 Hackers Firmware Edition for N810 users (like the 770 had when¬† N800 appeared). Jussi explained the N810 is very capable of running the N900 OS, but¬† the chip in the N810 doesn’t have the required license to use it and would need¬† drivers from the manufacturer, something Nokia are talking with the manufacturer about¬† to obtain.
– The N900 will be on sale at the MAEMO Summit on 9th october 2009.
– Nokia see the N900 more for techie people and the N97 more for mainstream people.
РThe available memory in the N900 to install applications, currently 65MB only, will  be extended in an update to 1GB.
РThe straight slide out keyboard was chosen instead of the newer N97 slide, divertly  from feedback from the community on what they preferred. If the community in the  future prefer the N97 slide, then Nokia may change?

We managed to have some time after the presentations to visit one of the many London¬† attractions and we were treated to the London Eye. Great views of the whole of London¬† and we managed to give a video comment to the WOMWorld/Nokia Team on our thoughts of¬† the N900. If I don’t look too good on the video the temperature in the all glass pod¬† on a very sunny London day was a little hot.

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I managed to visit the Nokia Flagship Store in London and also the Apple Store¬† straight across the road from it. I did buy my Wife a replacement Newer iPod Shuffle¬† 2GB from the Apple Store, but I did try to hide it when I walked past the Nokia Store¬† again ūüėÄ

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Later on in the evening we ventured back to the BFI as the sun faded to see the onedotzero demonstration, the N900 being used remotely to control images coming from¬† several projectors, I can’t explain it well so here is the video I took.

I did have some fun by putting up nokiAAddict and gerrymoth, but it ended up getting¬† rediculous when Neil put up Merry Christmas, that was our queue to go for dinner and¬† have a free beers. I have a great meal with Neil, Jay, Valerio and Roger and we¬† discussed many different techie subjects. Good night, good company and good beer ūüėÄ

Conclusion
The N900 excites me, its coming near to what I want from my phone, a MINI PC. I’ll be¬† able to do what I want, when I want and where I want. The more developers get on board¬† with the Maemo Community the possibilities are endless, that’s not saying there isn’t¬† much there already. The N900 is feature packed and the fastest nokia device I’ve used¬† and I’m hoping one of the UK Networks see sense and carry this phone. Come on¬† networks, get over the Open Source tag, its still a phone you’ll flog by the millions.

I’m hoping to get a N900 in a few weeks to trial out fully, so will be able to give¬† you a full indepth review of the device, but for the 2 hours I had the device I was¬† hooked on it.

Checkout the other guest bloggers views on the N900 and see me on the WOMWorld/Nokia  video (Ah!)
Jay http://mynokiablog.com
Neil http://mypocketos.com/
Valerio http://www.valeriovalerio.org/
Roger http://internettablettalk.com/
Mark http://mobilementalism.com/
WOMWorld/Nokia Video http://www.womworld.com/nokia/11336/the-art-of-the-nokia-n900/

Finally a BIG BIG THANKS to the WOMWorld/Nokia Team for inviting me to this event and the great hospitality on the day. Was a wonderful day and a great experience. Hope its the 1st of many???? :-p





What’s New on 5800XM FW v30.0.011

27 07 2009

by gerrymoth

I’ve just installed the new v30.0.011 firmware onto my O2 5800XM RED and have been trying to find what’s new, initially I couldn’t find anything and suddenly I realised the device is more responsive and seems to handle RAM alot better, so much so that I can have any number of applications open and I’m not getting low memory messages or the web browser slowing to a grounding halt with¬†Gravity, Music Player and Profimail running in the background.

I’ve also been playing youtube videos via the web browser and they seem to load and run perfectly.

Nokia Messaging email notification is now supposedly showing in the homescreen of the 5800XM, but I couldn’t see it, but have been informed it will only appear if you do a hard reset which is total PANTS! I’m not about to hard reset and have to reinstall all my apps again for Nokia Messaging when I use Profimail on my 5800XM.

Would have liked some homescreen improvements, but a faster, more stable, better performing 5800XM will do for me. THANKS NOKIA ūüôā





E71 v N97 Tweeted Thoughts

9 07 2009

Just in case you don’t follow nokiAAddict on Twitter, I tweeted the following comments this morning¬† on my thoughts on the E71 v N97:-

E71 v N97 Keyboard: One handed use the E71 wins, but overall easy of use the N97 wins.

E71 v N97 Screen: Hell the N97 wins this hands down for the sheer size of the screen, I’ll miss it ūüė¶

E71 v N97 Sound: The N97 wins with the dual speakers and overall sound quality, plus the N97 has a 3.5mm audio connector.

E71 v N97 Battery: Snap they both have the same battery, but E71 tends to last longer, N97’s big screen must kill it?

E71 v N97 Phone Memory: E71 Wins, I have all my apps installed on th einternal memory and still have loads spare.

E71 v N97 Mass Memory: N97 wins with 32GB plus a seperate MicroSD slot for possibly additional 16GB

E71 v N97 Pre-Installed Apps: E71 wins here for me with FREE Full working Quickoffice, Adobe PDF & Advanced Call Manager.

E71 v N97 Apps: Mmm hard one to judge, they both run 3rd party apps great, some N97 ones have still to be updated i.e. Coreplayer.

E71 v N97 Web Browser: N97 Wins big on this one, the default nokia browser if way better than the E71 and a joy to use.

E71 v N97 Camera: N97 Wins with 5MP Camera and excellent video quality.

E71 v N97 GPS: Snap they both have GPS, but N97 edges ahead with the additional compass, looks sweet in Nokia Maps.

E71 Performance: The E71 is a rock solid performer, run as much apps as you want and the E71 can handle it.

N97 Performance: Will run apps beautifully, but run to many and it starts closing them in the background.

E71 v N97 Performance: E71 is the winner and whoever approved the Processor/RAM for the N97 should be sacked.

E71 v N97 Homescreen: N97 edges a little ahead of the E71, but we want more and even better widgets.

E71 v N97 Looks: Both are beautifully made phones, White is the new Black ūüėÄ

E71 v N97 Video: The N97 wins, it just seems to play anything online you want. E71 struggles sometimes!

E71 v N97 Photos: N97 wins, viewing, handling and then sending using OVI Share are way better than E71.

E71 v N97 Overall: If they had beefed up the RAM & Internal Memory I would be SHOUTING N97, but…





nokiAAddict.com Wants Your Feedback

8 07 2009

ear-listeningOkay I’ve stolen an idea from @janole over at Mobileways.de on feedback/improvement for Gravity (http://gravity.uservoice.com) and created a Uservoice account of my own for Feedback and Suggestions for you the Readers of nokiAAddict.com to get involved and tell me what you want to see on the website.

Suggest anything you want and I’ll take the top voted ideas and incorporate into the site.

Head over to http://nokiaaddict.uservoice.com and start suggesting and voting ūüôā





SITE UPDATE: nokiAAddict Downloads Page Updated

8 07 2009

As promised for the last few weeks I’ve finally updated my Downloads page and will only link to what I think is the best apps for my Nokia phones. These will be the apps I have installed and use on all my phones. Just head to the Downloads page and let me know what you think, I’ll put together a new ‘Installs by gerrymoth’ zip file hopefully tonight if you want a one download solution.

Enjoy!