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I’ve had a few watch phones in the past, and this looks nice. Similar, but nice. I’d have to see how it performs of course to make a serious comparison.
Hyundai has gone into the phone/watch market with their MB-910. The timepiece not only looks sweet, it is a tri-band GSM phone with a 1.5 x 132 x 176-inch pixel touch-sensitive display. It also has a media player with 128MB memory, Bluetooth capability, a WAP 2.0 browser and of course a full screen clock. The MB-910 is expected to hit the UK first during Q2 at a price of £200 (~$281.00.)No comments
I need to do a video comparison of the recordings my Nokia N95-4 8GB NAM does on it’s own (stored locally) and those that Qik.com allows me to stream at its highest quality. I tell you, if the qualities are anywhere near the same, Qik will be most likely replace my local video storage all except for those moments I just can’t stream. :) I recently recorded my bike ride utilizing numerous functions of my phone to get a real good test of things.
I received my wind powered (solar backed up) charger and mounted it to my bike. Once that was on, I turned on my devices GPS (using free.3dtracking.net) to record my ride, I turned on the music so I’d be have something to pedal too and utilized the front camera of my device to stream via Qik’s mobile audio/video streaming service!
I tell you, this just rocked! Not only did I start off with less than a full battery, but, I road for an hour (recorded for 59.30 minutes) and used all those things the entire time. Once I stopped, and unplugged my device from the wind powered charger I still had 4 bars. The wind powered charger did exactly what it said it would, and streaming on the lower end of Qik’s service was great. Using all those things without a charge station of some sort would really put the drain on your battery and it would be dead in less than an hour (I’ve tested this just by recording using qik.com (not playing music or using GPS, just recording on qik).)
I was most likely on AT&T’s 3G (HSDPA) service the whole time, and never saw a (delay indication). Granted I was not always looking, I’ve managed to drive with it and have no delay indicator.
I streamed up to qik, recorded the entire time, (the screen stays lit while recording with qik) and as we all know, screen activity reall drains a battery. I was constantly pulling a gps signal from a min of 9 sats, and uploading my position every 30 seconds to track using free.3dtracking.net and playing the music.
All in all, I’m very impressed with all the features mentioned above. The Nokia N95-4 8GB NAM rocks, Qik.com rocks, free.3dtracking.net rocks, and so does thinkgeek.com’s solar and wind powered charger!
How will I ever make this “analog thing” work? :(No comments
Ok, in testing Qik further today, I managed to get an entire 120:30 minutes recorded!!! On an odd note, Qik only represents it as an 18:09 min file, although the entire recording seems to be there. :) Now that is freakin’ awesome! I just dinked around, sat down and watched a movie and checked it when the movie was done!
I tell ya, (despite that it’s not high-def, hey the camera is not), it beats not having that kind of storage on many devices, espically if you want to record everything, and walks all over Comvu PocketCaster’s 100mb of storage. All you really have to worry about with Qik’s service (as far as I can tell at this point) is a net connection for the broadcast/recording and juice (battery). I had to plug my N95 in, but since I was connected to my wi-fi, I was fine for connectivity!
I’m guessing that Qik will handle as well (if not better) than Comvu’s PocketCaster with 3G (HSDPA) in streaming content, but we will see how well it holds up to that type of connection while traveling on a bicycle at 20+ mph for 16+ miles. Cell hand-offs can be a pain, even for calls, so it will be a great test to see a transmission in movement. Obviously I won’t be able to blog on it while riding (except for the concentrated grunts and oofs) and it would be better blogged about after I view the recorded stream, but feel free to comment if you are watching it live when I do it, I do believe that will show up in the view comments.
I’m not sure what days will be nice enough to ride here in Seattle soon (as I don’t have a weather proof holder for my bike yet)… but I’ve ordered a case that will allow me to mount the phone to the bike along with the chargers. Once I receive those, I’ll blog that I will test or that I have tested and you can check it out then… (it should be soon as they are all in the mail)!
Lastly (for tonight)… I use a free live GPS tracking service called “3DTracking“… I plan to use that at the same time as I like to record my rides and my fiancee likes to watch me ride up to her work or see where I am on a long ride! :) For Qik, I am requesting such a service be built in conjunction with the next software build! It would rock if I could not only record massive life experiences, but where they took place as well without having to write it all down later… exif baby, exif! People could not only see the live experience but view exactly where it is on the map at the same time (again, always live!)
Thanks for the GREAT software, I promise to keep testing it like crazy!!1 comment
To date I’ve run into three mobile streaming sites, and have so far only been able to test only one: Comvu’s PocketCaster
Rating 4 * * * *
of course, what does a rating mean if you have nothing to compare it to?
I still REALLY want to try out QIK but can’t seem to get a membership no matter what I try, signing up multiple times or emailing a commentor from my blog has yet to work. OIE!. :(
Today I came across another broadcaster called flixwagon. From reading up on FlixWagon, it seems they too are competition for the latter two services.
Either way, I’ve signed up for their services as well and we’ll see how easy it is to get an account and what they offer in comparison. So far it’s been 10 minutes and I’ve yet to get a welcome or confirmation email, so we’ll see.
On a side note, anyone offering a service, (alpha or beta or whatever), I personally feel it’s a good idea to make sure you have a confirmation email of some sort to the party that signs up, so they know you’ve got their request. I know, I know, 10 minutes is nothing. Sadly, the internet and computers have pushed me well beyond patience, thusly the need to be able to tell anyone, anything, anytime, anywhere, (the reason for such services like, Qik, Comvu PocketCaster and flixWagon.)
Stay tuned for whatever might come my way by Qik or flixWagon. :)No comments
Well, I had these going (or visible) on my forum. Now that the forum is inactive, I needed a place to stickam (no pun intended).
I’ll try and better organize media and copy on my blog later. For now, at least the content is there for those that may have actually viewed it. :)
Obviously as before, if you see HAL… then I’m not live on that cam.
|This is my work Cam||This is my home Cam or iBook Cam|
And if you look at the pocketCaster post below you’ll get the live mobile cam from my Nokia N95 8Gb – NAM. :)No comments
Here’s some links to my Comvu PocketCaster Videos. They originally were streams from my cellphone (live) and are archived on their site. Since I only have 100mb there, these videos may change… but, you can see if I am live by clicking, here: MyLiveFeed
I’ll try the WindowsMediaPlayer embed again below. If you see a spinning globe, I’m not online. That’s probably a duh. ;)
Well, I can’t really do a VS.. but the title makes you look. :)
Reason I can’t do a comparison at this point is ’cause no matter how many times I sign up for QIK, I get the same, “we’ll let you know when were ready for you’ type of statement. It’s actually kind of annoying. So, I went with Comvu for software called “PocketCaster.” PocketCaster is a similar service that allows you to stream from your mobile device (in my case the Nokia N95-4 NAM).
So far, it’s a killer app. Simple install, simple usage, and (for a live mobile stream where most devices are not capable of that yet), it’s not to shabby. :)
I can stream using my front cam (the smaller lower res one) or the main (back) cam which still seems to be compressed for the upload, but again, still cool and convenient.
Again, it’s LIVE, not pre-recorded! :) I have all the connectivity options, wi-fi, standard cell data connection, GPRS, 3G, EDGE, HSDPA as well as the ability to store the file locally or remotely for that “pre-recorded” archive. :)
Quality options range from 24kbps to 160kbps, of course I set mine to the highest.
It also has a GPS location functionality, which I assume will let viewers know exactly where you are. Now that rocks. My first test was indoors, so I did not bother testing the location function, but will let you know how that goes.
My second, third and fourth tests were outside on a walk from home and after viewing the archived footage and hear/rather seeing the IMs my friend in the NL was sending me (while I was narrating and strolling home in the rain) touring them a bit around Seattle, were, “this is just amazing!!” Streaming over wi-fi was great at home, but over 3G and EDGE it worked beautifully, which is a nice thing considering a walk down the street on a router (wi-fi) does not get you very far (no hand off like a cell tower). Thusly I was very happy to see how well it did over standard cell connectivity. :)
The one thing I wish was added was the “always ask” feature the N95 typically uses for data connectivity… as you have to manually set your connection option, which can be annoying to have to go in and change if you’re not near wi-fi.
Over all, my first few tests are way cool and super fun. Now, if I could only get an account and software for quick for a better comparison!
The embedded player was slowing the blog load, so I removed the embeded player and added a link to the right column. Or, here. :)1 comment
I’ve wanted an N95 since the first version came out, and I’m happy it’s only better with the newest NAM version with a built in 8GB card.
I would have appreciated an included expansion card slot, as I will quickly use the 8GB if not for applications for music and movies, but it’s acceptable.
I am very happy that it has all the needed freqs for the US both voice and data, which really make the experience of making calls or using the net all that much better.
The GPS freakin’ rocks!.. to bad the free 6 month plan that shows on the box is really only 1 day. I’m not willing to pay for GPS navigation since most cheaper units come with it for free. So, I turned to a better java application to replace Nokia’s pay GPS (not once by the way, but monthly) called amAze GPS, it has all that Nokia’s “maps app” offers and more.
The 5MP camera and near DVD quality video is the best, no other all in one device offers something that high (yet).
The video out is nice, although it seems to show at the phones resolution, not ntsc resolution or higher (320×240 I believe, so the images are jagged or pixelated on TV)… so I might use it for a full on movie, but it’s nice for surfing on a bigger screen or watching things like YouTube, (included) etc. where my computer (already attached to the HD TV is not on, not sure how that would happen. ;)
I could go on and on, but over all, Nokia has always provided an excellent working and well built product, and I’m VERY happy I went with their newest N95-4 8GB NAM. I don’t know what cause me to stray.
As for mobileCityOnline, their service was great. I admit, I had been burned online before, so was skeptical when I placed the “pre-order” since their orders kept getting pushed back by the manufacturer or shipped in smaller quantities, but the customer service was great in respect to keeping me informed and the natural process of their specific business with outside manufacturers… so that made me feel good. As for their shipping, can’t say it was more than prompt. I paid an extra $10 bucks for next day service, and as soon as the device came in their warehouse, sure enough it was next day I got it!!! Now that is excellent!
I would recommend this product and mobileCityOnline for it’s purchase. Hey, it saved me several hundred from the manufacture or Nokia store price! :)No comments
So, (as always,) not desiring to pay a stupid license fee, ‘specially for a typically free app when hardware is purchased, I set out to find just that, a free app that gave me nav for free (not just the sat
Well, gotta love google and O.S. developers, ’cause with one search, “free N95 gps app” I came across amAze gps.
The first nice thing of course is it’s free!
Second, it’s java so it works on more than just Symbian and with external (bluetooth) gps as well as the phones built in gps.
Third (bonus) it has built in / again free voice nav, something my first thought for an alternative “Google Maps” lacks, but has sat./hybrid mapping, COOL!!
Fourth it has the sat./hybrid maps, like what Google Maps has but the built in N95 maps app does not. It does use your cellular or broadband connection to grab the maps, but most of us with this kind of toy have an unlimited data plan or use neighboring wi-fi from the sidewalk as we navigate our way down the street anyhow. ;)
Fifth it has a “gps location weather app”! Way cool! It’s kinda like lookin’ at your fancy in car, outside temp info and it’s location based, so no more guessin’ the zip or city. ;) Like that’s hard, but also a functionality option anyhow.
Those are only a few of the awesome things this powerful yet small app can do in addition to the basic gps/find your way/navigation things any standard gps should do but without all the extra costs involved with buying voices and maps, sheesh!
Well, I finally heard from MobileCityOnline that my device is in stock and should be shipping within the day.
I’m way stoked as I feel this is (in my opinion) the best multi-purpose device out there yet.
Multi-purpose is for those of us that hate to carry more than one device around to do most everything.
This Nokia N95-4 8GB is not just a phone… it’s a full on PDA, in addition to having a well qualified 5MP camera, near DVD quality video recorder, GPS with A-synch capability, music and movie capability, wi-fi, GSM/GPRS/3G/HSDPA connectivity along with the standards like bluetooth A2DP for full stereo music control and entertainment, a normal headphone jack (not the stupid micro jack you see in most phones now a day), an accelerometer, and so much more.
Lastly (before I give this device a serious run over when I receive it and review the heck out of it)… Nokia’s proven this line of devices 3 times over (being the 4th in the “NSeries”) as well as many other excellent products, and are so ahead of the game in SDK capabilities we can only imagine the possibilities of what we get and what lies ahead!No comments