Category Archives: Phones

Take better cameraphone shots

One of the reasons I chose Nokia is their incredible camera optics — at least for a phone. My N900 has a 5-megapixel shooter and I find that a majority of my memory-capturing is viewed online. In fact, I may have printed a half-dozen photos of the many thousand I’ve shot. So it’s no wonder I shoot more with my phone than with my cam.

As such, Lifehacker posted some tips for like-minded folks out there.

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Nokia recommends uses for your cameraphone

A million years ago I got my first cameraphone, the Motorola 720. Paid a pretty penny for it and literally lost it at the Clark/Lake station on the Blue Line. Then it was the Moto E815, my real first cameraphone. It’s “real-er” because that’s the one that got me hooked on snapping what’s around me. Now I sport a nice 5-megapixel with many trimmings (not shown above).

Nokia, a company I respect for not only their product but their marketing, wrote an article on the 101 uses for your camera phone and sent it out every once in a while (this one is #92 in the series).

I am fascinated by a marketer’s recommendation. As a marketer it seems painfully obvious how to use the equipment or service I help my clients sell. These products and services promote ONE task and do it very well. And that makes it easy. But, it also makes it more challenging because there are 4 other companies who make the same claim.

Nokia and even Apple have the right idea: let the device sell itself by the many things it does. Show it in action. Yesterday I sat it on a media call and the folks at the magazine say that when you include a video on the product in use you can expect a 10-fold increase in attention. That’s not bad for what seems to be a no-brainer.

Image: Lets Go Mobile

Sticking with last years’ model? Maybe not

I don’t know if I can do this wholeheartedly, but I am going to try after finally deciding to break down and get the new phone. E definitely thinks I should… What’s your story?

iPhone People v Blackberry People

Phone Arena presented a study from Retrevo about the people who use the two most popular phones out there. So, what did they say? Here’s the gist:

It seems that those who use BlackBerry devices see themselves as average, ordinary people while iPhone users have a somewhat exalted view of themselves.

Image: Phone Arena

What to do!? [Android v Maemo]

I just got my ZDNet feed in my e-mail today and what do I see but what I expected all along: Android will take over the world!

Okay, I’m being a bit dramatical.

As you’ve seen in previous posts, my heart is set on a particular phone. But, in terms of OSes, I am unclear which will win. For many reasons the iPhone isn’t for me (the iPhone is GORGEOUS but I’m not giving Steve more of my money for a closed system on a closed network). I’ve played with Blackberries to frustration. And I had a WinMo device. The new OS 6.5 is VERY nice and will run on new phones only — it’s another way to buy more handsets.

Which leaves Android, an OS which I am believing (on faith) will be the frontrunner to compete against RIM, PalmOS and WinMo. And apps. We joke, but that’s truly an extension of the phone and a logical extension of these devices. Whereas I’ve been loving mobile-enabled websites to do what I need to do, I have to admit I sorely miss some of the apps that make the iPhone more usable, like a proper Facebook app, maybe one for Yelp. Developers are clammoring for the opportunity.

Developers will be jumping ship toward the App stores that pay them the most. With a lot of Apple love out there, the only one that could be in the same category is the Android Store. And it makes sense for me too as most of my data lives in the Google Cloud.

What to do indeed. What are you all running out there? What are you passionate about?

Photo: ZDNet