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Nokia VS Apple

Posted: December 30, 2009 in Apple, BlogBlurb, Nokia

From: Nokia broadens patent claims against Apple

Nokia is broadening its legal fight with Apple , saying almost all of the company’s products violate its patents, not just the iPhone.

Somehow, I feel, Nokia is in a desperate situation. Suing/throwing whatever they can find to stop the rise of Apple into the smart phone market. So basically, this is a case of, if you can’t win them by making better smart phone, sue them for stupid patent violation.

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I got myself a Nokia E71

Posted: September 22, 2008 in Apple, BlogBlurb, Nokia
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Hurrah!

I was planning to get myself a iPhone, but after reading its features, and realising it does not work well with Linux (yes, I know about jailbreaking, but that does not satisfy my needs), I decided to give it a pass. Though, I do see many kids using the cool device, as it started selling in the area where I live.

To cut the story short, I need to get a phone that has at least:

  1. Has HSDPA and WiFi feature.
  2. Good mail/browser apps.
  3. GPS
  4. Able to emulate as a dial up modem for my laptop to surf net.
  5. Must work with Linux out of the box. No jailbreak or hacking of any kind.
  6. Can be used as an USB drive (you never know how handy this is, when I need to support my users). Easy for me to share files with other phone or PC.
  7. Has a wide range of add on applications.

I think, iPhone has 1, 2, 3 and 7, but it does not do well with 4, 5 and 6. After some shopping around, I notice Nokia E71 fit these requirement nicely. So, here I am, using this phone and really enjoying it. It is amazingly responsive (compare with my old SE P1i, which I used it to trade in for E71).

The only few annoyances are:

  1. I can’t encode a proper video file (using mencoder) and play it on the E71. I done some googling on this, so far, no luck.
  2. The multi-tasking feature of the phone may render some component not working until I restart it. For example, sometimes, it would complain the camera is being used by another application, but I just can’t find which application causing it. This can happen even when there is no task found in the task/opened application list.

With all the Window Vista problem that I have been reading, I start to have a very bad feeling about supporting Window Vista in the office. My bad feeling was confirmed after I had already one experience with it, and it is really bad. I could summaries the experience was just slow, slow and slow – it makes a Core2 Duo CPU runs likes a i486 (at least that is how I felt). Though, a friend did come by and help me disabled a number of unnecessary components and applications, it seems to run better and more responsive after that. But, the thought of doing all these steps every time we get a new system is making me puke.

The worst part is the printer driver, I just can’t get it working with the office HP printer – even installed the latest driver from HP, it just won’t work.

That is it, I am sick of all these problems. As the tech guy that does support in the office, I dreaded the idea of supporting anymore Vista…

I did think about convincing my sales and marketing co-workers to try out Linux, but after some thoughts, I think that may not be suitable. I can always sense a strong resistant from some user to switch to Linux, even when I casually made some hinting of such possibility.

Out of the blue, I thought, it would be much easier for me to convince them to try out MacBook than to try out Linux. The MacBook price is in a reasonable range, and it does has a good reputation of user friendliness; Sure enough, they willing to give it a try, easily convinced. Now, one of my co-worker is happily playing with it. The best of part it, he is able to download and install the HP printer, and successfully get the office printer working, all by himself.

Honestly, MacBook does look great, maybe I will get one and try it out for myself…