Archive | September 2007

iPhone invades Europe …



Photo: AFP

Most of you will know by now that uncle Steve officially announced the iPhone-launch for Europe. Here are my thoughts. 

  1. 9Th of November: Oh Steve, stop announcing stuff up front, people want to have it available to them the moment you announce it.
  2. hello ! ?: I know we are having a political crisis and all that at the moment and that we’re pretty damn small, but Belgium is a western European country too, you know.
  3. price: best to wait 64 days so that the price drops another 200 bucks ?
  4. EDGE: it doesn’t make any sense ! We have the 3G networks … use them, please.

That’s all I can comment on for now. By the looks of it, I as a Belgian apple fan-boy won’t be getting an iPhone before 2009, my solution is to use a combination of my good old SonyEricsson phone and an iPod touch because of the separate batteries, the price and the fact that it’s still lacking 3G.

Nano nano !

I was able to play around with the latest iPod nano at work today and thought I’d share my thoughts with you guys.

  1. Coverflow: looks pretty sweet, even without the big touchscreen. The interface looks exactly the same as the one on the iPhone, only with a white background.
  2. Size: the new nano perfectly fits the palm of your hand and feels very slick. The fact that it’s so wide still gives the impression of carrying a sturdy device instead of a teeny weeny player you’d be affraid to lose/drop.
  3. Metal finishing: love it ! The days of scratching that damn plastic are over !
  4. Colors: like the ones on the shuffle … not that good-looking if you ask me. From a commercial perspective I think that these colors will look less attractive to consumers than the flashy ones of the last generation. But hey, apple must have changed them for a reason, right ? The black one looks pretty sweet though 😉
  5. The new interface: the new split-screen interface looks promising. It adds a new “visual” dimension to browsing your media, just like coverflow does.
  6. Battery-life: almost the same as the iPod touch … pretty good.
  7. Screen: the new widescreen looks gorgeous and crispy clear when watching pictures or movies, I think this is mostly due to it’s small size-factor.
  8. Click wheel: a bit smaller than the last one, I think … but certainly gets the job done.
  9. Backplate: the only flaw in the design to me is the fact that apple decided to put the polished backplate on the new nano after abandoning it when transitioning to the second generation. It scratches easily and I think the nano would have looked even slicker with an aluminum backplate.
  10. Will I buy it ?: my heart is set for an iPod touch, but if I wouldn’t have had that option, I would have definitely gone for the nano. A nice looking player with decent storage and a very sharp price .. apple, I think you’ve done it again !

Thanks for dropping by !


The internet at your fingertips …

Due to the anouncement of the iPod touch last wednesday I’d like to share my opinion on this great device that will deliver the net at your fingertips.

  1. Let’s talk price: the touch is very competitively priced, at only $299 and $399 for such an advanced player. Now all you haters stop writing comments and listen to me. I know there are way cheaper players that offer much more storage, line-in recording, an FM radio and all that jazz but do those come with a full-fledged browser and intuitive controls ? I don’t think so. 8gb isn’t enough to fit most music-libraries on (mine does at the moment though, but that’s because I listen to a lot of vinyl records at home), but is that really necessary ? Isn’t it better to have music that fits your current mood on there so that you don’t to skip half of the songs when you’re in shuffle-mode ?
  2. Cover-flow: really nifty way of browsing your music but would you use it all of the time ? It looks pretty and shows of the touch’s capabilities but is far from the easiest way to look for a specific song.
  3. Safari: I love the fact that the safari browser on the touch is the same as the one you use on the mac. Even though it doesn’t support flash (yet !), just the fact that it supports ajax and thus enables you to use all of gmail’s or facebook’s features on the go on a handheld device is pretty neat.
  4. Calendar: I’ve seen some video’s about the app on the iPhone and, even though it looks like it could use some improvements, it should be great to just pop out my iPod and schedule when my next paper has to be handed in. Don’t know if it’ll replace my paper agenda though, I see it more as a back-up for that.
  5. Form-factor: the touch is remarquably thinner than the iPhone, which is quite skinny itself. We’ll have to wait ’til we get our hands on it to judge about that. Second, I live on the net, that’s why I always lug my laptop with me: to be connected. With this, I just have to pop out my iPod and people won’t call me a freak anymore for taking out my laptop everywhere.
  6. No phone: there is no phone in there, that we kow for sure, but is that a bad thing ? Here in Belgium data-plans can add up to quite some money. Let’s just say you’ll have paid for a second iPhone in mere months. That’s why I’m all for an iPod that has the internet communtions built in and let’s you connect over good old (mostly) free wifi.
  7. Wi-fi music store: definitely a reason for me to start buying more music off of iTunes. Imagine browsing the store in waiting for your train, just checking out the latest tunes and you happen to find a gem … you’re just two clicks away from owning it. A great move by apple, they are doing what others tried and failed miserably.
  8. Battery life: it’s pretty darn good, 22 hours of audio and 5 of video. Still built-in but I simply stopped caring about that.
  9. What’s in the box ? Headphones, USB cable, dock adaptor (cheap piece of plastic), stand for watching video, cleaning cloth. As iPods became more popular apple has been includig less and less accessories so that they can be sold seperate afterward. Great for them, a pain for us.
  10. Final thoughs ? To hell with that phone, give me this thing !

Happy International Blogging Day

I know I’m a day late,but still, happy International Blogging Day to all of you bloggers out there. This week, I started a thing on Flickr where I take a picture of me in my environment every day for the next year and post them on flickr. I took this one yesterday in honor of the festivities.

“Macbook, enabling me to express myself wherever I go”

PS Thank You WordPress !