Monday, October 5th, 2009

Google Wave First Impressions

October 1, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Services

Google Wave First Impressions

The short version: Google Wave is your traditional forum on steroids, with the ability to add extensions to change the way you share stuff with other people. As you’ve probably seen screenshots of Google Wave, I hope the first impressions I share below carry some sense of novelty. Feel free to skip the first section if you’re already familiar with Google Wave.
What is Google Wave?
The layout of Google Wave is similar to Gmail, with the addition of a third column on the right to display the contents of whatever wave is selected on the middle column, and it’s possible to …read more

HTC Magic Pics and First Impressions

July 7, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under PDAs

HTC Magic Pics and First Impressions

Known as the manufacturer’s first Android-powered device, the HTC Magic features the classic PDA-phone form factor. Featuring a minimalist exterior and basic controls underneath the generously-sized display, the Magic is also my first experience with Google’s mobile OS.

Doing away with the classic five-way navigator, the Magic relies on a small trackball for interface browsing and selection. The virtual keyboard is reminiscent of the iPhone’s, with the device emitting slight vibrations upon keypress as physical feedback.
The Android OS was very responsive, with none of the delays the characterize the interface of—dare I say it—Windows Mobile devices as recent as last year. …read more

Nokia N97 Up-Close First Impressions

June 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Nokia N97 Up-Close First Impressions

Finally getting a to play with the Nokia N97, here are some first impressions:

The N97 is very similar in size to the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in terms of thickness and width, and slightly longer. Will cause pocket bulge but is still impressive for a flagship.
Compared to the N96 and N95, the N97 is more responsive. Still a bit slow though, especially when trying to run apps that use connectivity a lot (Maybe using a phone under better 3G or 3.5G coverage will provide better results?
The sliding mechanism of the N97 is very solid and feels well made. A ribbon cable …read more

Nokia N96 First Impressions and Pics

November 17, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Nokia N96 First Impressions and Pics

The Nokia N96 is big. That’s the first thing you notice when you hold this phone in your hand. Then you notice the slight UI lag, perhaps caused by all those features crammed into a phone. Less obvious is the available 16GB of onboard memory, which makes microSDs unnecessary. In any case, a full review to follow; more pics available over at Philippine affiliate Technograph.
(image from Technograph)

Is the N96 the N81 8GB’s Long Lost Twin?

November 13, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Is the N96 the N81 8GB’s Long Lost Twin?

Barring the obvious differences in picture quality (which also make clear the advantages of a dSLR working in good natural lighting), aren’t the similarities between the Nokia N96 and the N81 8GB as apparent?
Much better pics and a review to follow, in that order. For now, here’s another pic for your satisfaction:

Let’s hope the N96 isn’t as slow as its older counterpart. Dun dun dunnnn!!

HP Mini-Note 2133 First Impressions

August 6, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

HP Mini-Note 2133 First Impressions

It’s clear that HP has a winner here. Despite being no larger than a large hardbound book, the HP Mini-Note 2133 is a fully functional PC that blends the line between ultra-portable and laptop.


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