I’ve always been fascinated by the mobility computing from a consumer perspective. My passion goes back to the 90’s when I owned 2 PockePCs (a Compaq and a Casio Cassiopeia with Windows CE 2.11), a Palm Pre 2, A Psion Revo (best smartphone keyboard ever), several Windows Mobile Phones and an Android device.
I have to be frank, when I first looked @ the first Windows Phone model, I was not that impressed. The metro style was kind of strange, considering where the other devices (iOS, Android, WebOS) where heading to. But when I started to use it, I realized the full potential. And I became addicted…
I got this beautiful present for Christmas (probably my family is VERY aware of my addiction ), which was a Nokia Lumia 800. Superb phone, stunning display, lots of memory. But it doesn’t fit well.
What I mean is that I’m not a big fan of big phones (the Samsung Galaxy Note is like a giant phone to me, it’s not even a phone!). Technology is trying to “micro-do” everything since the Motorola 8700 and we’re going back to where we were before. Even though I see the value of them, I just don’t like to idea to carry a huge phone in my pocket. So my choice went to the Nokia Lumia 710.
I got the device yesterday and the price is at least a half of the normal Smartphone prizes, no matter which OS you like. Which is a good start…
When you lift the device for the first time, it’s seems like you’re handling an empty case, it’s just super lightweight. The form factor, something some people underestimate, it’s great. It perfectly fits in your hand. The USB connector is not in an awkward position like the Lumia 800. And it has buttons, instead of touch ones, which is great for a guy like me who was used to like the old IBM keyboards doing a lot of noise when you were typing.
Of course it lacks something: memory is only 8GB, the display is not even comparable with the Lumia 800 (TFT VS AMOLED, but the Gorilla Glass is good to have), the battery is only that powerful (although it’s removable, which is a good thing) and the camera is 5MP compared to the 810’s 8MP (which is ok for me. I don’t pretend to take stunning pictures from a phone).
You can have a look at this comparison I found (but there are plenty more out there):
If you’re still undecided, take a look at Tom’s Hardware Nokia Lumia 710 review.
I finally found the device I was looking for and I have no plans in changing it for anything. It reminds me, in a way, the HTC Mozart, one of the first Windows Phone I had, which was a great phone.
So overall I’m very satisfied with this purchase (at least this one I won’t regret it) and, if you want to see some pictures or have more info about my experience, just let me know in the comments box and I’ll definitely share them here.
And lastly, YOU, what Windows Phone do you have or you’re planning to buy?
I just got to Bucharest for a business trip, 3 days’ meetings with Microsoft Romania to talk about the Communities and the Microsoft MVPs. As I’ll probably talk about that on another post, I just wanted to drop a few lines about my recent flying experience and the experience overall.
I never booked a flight with Alitalia (part of the SkyTeam) primarily because of the strikes. But, as it seems everything’s cooling down, I decided to do so (and not only for that, I could fly through Linate ).
My experience was pretty good and I had to change my mind on that.
The online checkin was easy and more complete compared to some other airlines. I could print the boarding pass and also ask the system to send me a text message and an even an email as a valid boarding pass. In there, I could also pick more comfortable seats for just 20 euros more. And this is definitely a good service.
Even the flight was a 2 hours one, there were monitors for each seat. There were documentaries, trip details and cartoons. Not that much but what would you expect for a short flight like that?
I also know that pilots are very good. Not that the others from other Airlines are not, but I have a friend who works there and tells me all the good stories around that.
When it was the time to land, it was crazy windy and people were really scared. But the landing was perfect (and a run of applause to the captain !).
So overall my experience (and I would like highlight that: it’s just my personal experience) was very good. I’ll definitely get more Alitalia flights in the future…
I also remember some time ago I posted about a website reviewing all the Airlines in the World (including giving Awards). In Europe, Lufthansa is still number one (and my favorite one as well) and there’s gonna be the 2011 Awards that will take place in Paris @ the end of June.
During these years, and thanks to my job, I had the pleasure to fly with different airlines so here is my Top 5 personal ranking (sorry if there are not many APGC nor LATAM Airlines but I had very few trips there):
- Singapore Airlines
- Czech Airlines
- MALEV Hungarian Airlines
Swiss and SAS were great in the past but I never had the chance to “test” them anymore…
One more thing to mention regarding the US Airlines: I would say that, overall, they are not comparable to the rest of the World’s Airlines in terms of service offering, comfort and entertainment. And this is probably because people in the US tend to get a flight in the same way as we get a bus
If you know me, you should know that I’m very addicted to Smartphones in general.
I always dreamt, several years ago, of a device that could do a lot of things: an all-in-one device. And now we have reached that. Camera, Internet, one cable for every device, etc.
As I’m getting my brand new Windows Phone 7 (the Company will provide me one) I bought, as a personal phone, a Palm Pre 2.
I’ve always been a big fan of Palm back in the days.
I have to say it’s perfect for personal use. It’s more like a phone than a PDA but it does almost all I need to do. Of course it’s missing a lot of features but let me get into details.
First and foremost, it is not available in all the Countries worldwide. Let’s put it the other way around: it’s only available in 4 Countries (USA, Canada, UK and France at the moment).
That implies that the Catalog (Marketplace) has a small amount of applications and no paid apps are available. I see Palm (HP/Palm) is doing a pretty bad job in promoting the device. Probably after the CES there will be some announcements around new devices and web OS updates (at least there are the rumors that I’ve seen on twitter).
So let’s get into some details (I’ll skip the specs part but you can find them here):
UI/Notifications: lovely ! I really love it, you open applications and keep them opened while you scroll horizontally to move from one app to another. You can also combine 2 apps together so you can better organize your activities. The Palm also has a good notification system that goes below the ”main page”.
Keyboard: I love it. It’s not perfect (I do remember the BEST keyboard I’ve ever had !) as the buttons are very small but you can write e-mails (I mean, even long e-mails). For me it’s pretty important to have the possibility to write e-mails. I know new devices let you do that, but I’m probably too old school to use the screen .
Syncing: It works. It lets you sync Facebook/LinkedIn and your Outlook/Exchange account and all the contacts are linked into a single one. If I compare it with Android, it’s a stellar device in this regard! Android was messing everything up, duplicating contacts and even trying to find the same contact in a different account (it gives you suggestions, but then it kept on doing it). Also, if you try the new HTC Desire Z, with the HTC Sense new UI interface, though graphically nice, it’s even worse. It kept on telling to link contacts but it never happened, causing to have a notification every once in a while (but I did that, I lynched those ones, did I ???!!!!).
Calendar: good. You can click on the calendar and add an appointment right away. The issue is that you can’t create meeting requests (although the device has access to the Outlook GAL so that’s strange).
Camera: yes, it’s nice but you can’t modify parameters and stuff (no options whatsoever). You can’t edit the pictures but you can upload them. Incomplete, I’d say, but does what I need to (geotagging included).
Form Factor: BRILLIANT !! That’s the thing I like most. As I have 2 devices, the second one should be very small but still with the ability to connect with your personal and professional stuff
Battery: bad, very bad. It consumes like the biggest devices on market and that is kind of strange. I know Palm is good in selling accessories so I need to buy a bigger one
SMS/MMS: nice (I’m sure some people don’t really care about it) but MMS service doesn’t work as expected. Primarily because you cannot send pictures bigger than 900 KB but you can’t edit your pictures taken from the camera. Nonsense . SMS texting is good and threaded.
Social Networking: You have a lot of stuff but, again, remember your catalog is limited. So one application for tweeting, one (or probably two) for RSS, etc. And then of course you have Foursquare, Facebook, etc…
Internet: small device, small screen, bad Internet experience. Yes, it works but it’s not comparable to, say, HTC HD 7 or the HTC Desire. The experience with a Windows Phone 7 device in this regard is waaaaaaaay better. But it’s ok.
If you want more applications, I would suggest you to install the Preware, which contains beta apps and other applications. You’ll get some unstable apps but at least you have more choice.
Overall I’m very satisfied with the device as a secondary phone. It does what I need to and it’s small. I wanted to do a more comprehensive report but I don’t have much time so hope you’ll find useful anyway !
P.S: @Palm (or HP), you gotta do a better job in positioning your brand. It’s not like the old days, competition now is pretty tough (look the below nice parody for more info ):
As I wrote in my last post,
I would like to dig into this new Palm Treo Pro that I recently bought. What I would like to do, as I’ve been a Treo 750v user for quite a long time, is a comparison between the two models (using Windows Mobile 6 in the first one and Windows Mobile 6.1 in the latest one).
Some Palm Treo 750v Highlights (specs):
- Very ergonomic hardware
- Hardware buttons easy to use (for e-mails, text messages, etc) that you really forget you have a touch screen
- Windows Mobile 6 customized by Palm
And some Lowlights:
- Battery life (1200 mAh)
- Sync only Cable
- 300 MHz Processor
- Missing internal GPS and Wi-FI
- No switch-off button (just standing-by)
- Some issues with Active Sync through Exchange Server
- Audio and calls issues
Some Palm Treo Pro Highlights (specs):
- Battery life (1500 mAh)
- built-in GPS, HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
- 400 MHz Processor
- More memory (256 + 128 MB Ram) available
- microSDHC (up to 32 GB)
- Windows Mobile 6.1 customized by Palm
- micro-USB connector
And some Lowlights:
- Stylish but not ergonomic (I prefer the US-only Palm Treo 800w)
- Reset button is under the battery cover (you have to slip that out to click that button)
- Keyboard is not that usable as the Palm Treo 750v (too-close buttons)
- No switch-off button (even if the rumors said otherwise)
That said, I’m very satisfied with this new device as it has all the stuff that I’m in need of (well, even more )