Thursday, April 23, 2009

Till geekdom come (boredom's already here)

So now that I'm on my way to my first job ever, my uncle and his wife offered to buy me a new phone on an unlimited budget. It went something like this.

Uncle comes over. We chat for a while, he mentions he's lost his cell phone and is planning to buy a new one. Asks me for my opinion. Being the geek that I am, I start off on a long list of phones, having memorised most of their pros and cons.

I'm a gadget freak, especially when it comes to phones. I swear. It's the most jobless thing ever in the world, but I can spend hours on web and youtube reviews about phones. It's not healthy, and I don't always follow up on my "the next phone I am going to buy" decision, but I find it fun and I think it's more productive than reality TV anyway.

So about fifteen minutes, eight phones, and a spec sheet long enough to compete with the criminal records of all the politicians currently standing for elections, my uncle asks me simply, "what would you buy if you were in my place". I recommended the Xperia X1, given the fact that he's a doctor and all that and will need less of the multimedia and ShoZu integration et al... Then my uncle goes, ok I'll buy it for you. Which leaves me very surprised and happy of course.

But now I'm in a bit of a quandary. See being the geek that I am, the minute he offered to buy me a phone, I went and looked up ten others that may be better. Thing is, like so many things in life, they each had pros and cons (I hate it when things are like things in life, that's why I love fiction of any form or kind).

Ok so this post is more of a rant out of boredom than anything else. Sitting in a state that is under prohibition with the only bottle in reach under lock and key with my mom is not conducive to creative self-destruction.

In any case, here's my conundrum (and feel free to skip the following cause it's just specs and shite)

The Xperia X1 is a sexy phone. I mean if I was a phone I would want to look and act like the X1. The panels interface has to be the most eye catching interface since HTC's touhcflo (HTC did help Sony with this one). It also has a touchscreen and a beautifully crafted QWERTY keyboard as well as pocket office and though the built in player doesn't support divx, the WinMo OS allows you to get 3rd party apps that do. However, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles. The camera is crappy, but that's something I'm willing to overlook cause frankly, after getting an SLR, no non-SLR camera can cut it (even those bulky bridge cameras - yeah yeah geek in pink I am). What it seriously does lack however is good internal memory and an FM transmitter (yes I am being supremely choosy, but hey, unltd budget)

The other option is the INNOV8 which by God has to be the best thing that ever happened to mobile telephony. It's custom designed for multimedia and has a bloody v8 engine. It has an 8 mp camera with more bells and whistles than I've seen in most digicams. Geotagging, face detection, panorama shots, image stabalisation; it even has that worthless smile detection and a new blink bloody detection. Drool. (as this post progresses, I am sounding more and more geeky, screw it) It also has 16 GB of internal memory but fails on the FM transmitter bit too, but I am willing to overlook that as well. What I am a bit hesitant to overlook is the no touch screen part. Although I don't think I will ever be able to use a full touchscreen phone, I like the touchscreen and then slide out qwerty form of the Xperia X1.

Finally comes the n97. Just when I had given up hope for Nokia, they go and announce this baby. This phone has everything a geek could desire. Even though the camera is only 5 mp strong, I don't think it really matters, shooting pics at that resolution leads to large sized images which doesn't really make sense on a camera phone. It has 32GB of internal memory, an FM transmitter, pocket office, the kickass symbian OS, a 3.5 inch touch screen (fine it's resistive and not capacitive but then the handwriting tech comes into play) The one and only thing it does not have is the looks. It looks like a plastic pencil box to be honest. I mean Nokia, what happened to you guys? The best phone that is going to hit the market and you design it like something out of a 70's science fiction television serial. That is the only problem with this phone and my god if you look at it, it's a problem.

In case you did read this far, thanks. That's it from me and my rant.


slowtumblinglife said...

whatever you do dont get the n85!!

Murphy said...

Anders, the symbian platform is fancy for a bit, but when that thing starts hanging and crashing on you you're going to wish you were slumming it with the rest of us java based peasants.

The Comedian said...

why the angst against the n85? but yeah the n series phones on the market right now are crappy. the 5800 is a good runfermunny but i'm still old-school... no all-touch...

...otherwise symbian just needs good maintenance. it's like keeping a clean desk or a tidy cupboard and aside from the geek, i am quite the cleanliness freak too :P

slowtumblinglife said...

the OLED screen is awesome! but the phone sucks when it comes to finish.. the slider wobbles, the keys click-clack, and you get all these fingerprints over the phone..

i dont know these little things piss the hell out of me.

oh and it also just restarts..

i think im getting a blackberry soon, or the n97 when it comes (looks brilliant!)

The Comedian said...

Blackberry supplied by your company? And given the history of the series, I wouldn't bet on the n97 just yet. I absolutely hate the little things.

Murphy said...

My folks got me the Nokia 5800 on my birthday. And I thanked them with a case of alcohol poisoning. Yay!
Specs aside, dude, it's the Batman phone.

The Comedian said...

still not too comfortable with all touch phones... though if i were to ever buy one, it would be the iphone...