From the archives (Winslow, Arizona, 2007)
Picture by Diana (www.flickr.com/photos/chookiehere)
USA 2007 set:
The misses got a Nokia N85 in the mail this week asking to share her view on it. I managed to snag it from her and take it for a little spin. Here are my impressions:
- The design of the phone looks really great. However, coming from a full qwerty keyboard it took a little while getting used to a T9 phone again. Also, the 1, 2, and 3 button were really hard to push for me as I had to cram my thumb under the sliding mechanism.
- I like the double slider design. One side gives the numeric pad in portrait view, while the other gives you audio and photo controls.
- The display is bright, clear and great for watching video’s both off and on line.
- Sadly enough not much mac support for syncing (plug-ins for iCal are available though). You have to sync your media by mounting the memory as a disk and performing some good old drag-and-drop action.
- It has about every connection you can think of: EDGE, 3G, HSDPA, Wifi and even GPS with voice guided directions (be it that this is a 30 dollar a year subscription service).
- A hot-swappable micro SD card allows for vast ammounts of interchangeable storage, without having to reboot the deivce.
- The OS is very expendable when it comes to apps but sometimes it’s a bit laggy and not very intuitive. Setting up an APN for my data connection took quite some digging in various menus.
- The music player is very intuitive and has a clean interface. I personally liked the podcast support, enabling the user to subscribe to and download podcast from his or her phone.
- The N85 also has a buit-in FM transmitter so you can play your tunes over your home our car stereo without any wires with very decent sound quality. I wasn’t able to check it, but I’m pretty sure you can use this connection for the voice-guided GPS as well.
- Besides the FM transmitter, you can also use an composite cable that comes with the phone to play your music and video’s on your tv or stereo.
- This phone packs a 5 megapixel camera with video support and a flash on the back while housing a second VGA cam on the front for video-conferencing.
Overall, the N85 is a feature-packed phone and another great addition to the Nokia N-series in which we, over the years, have seen some very cool and innovative phones. My only hope is that nokia puts just a little more time in every single phone to perfect it instead of releasing a new ultra-cool yet not perfect N phone every few months or so.
Found this one in my feeds today. Photographer Eric Tabuchi just released a book called “Alphabet Trucks”. It’s the result of thousands of miles of driving. I really like these “photocollections”. My favourites are the various towers by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Ed Ruscha’s gas stations (which clearly inspired Tabuchi since he is working on a project called “Abandoned gas stations”) and of course Atget’s work, who eternalised a Paris that was rapidly fading.
Now that I have a data plan for my iPhone I set it up so that I can moblog from it. Here’s how I set it up.
What you need
How to set it up
- After creating a new blog and having it look just the way you want head over to flickr.
- Go into your accout setting and set up the blog under the blogging options.
- Now go into the e-mail settings of your flickr account.
- There should be a standard e-mail adress listed for uploading, however you want to avtivate the “post to blog” option, which, after selecting which of your registered blogs you want to post to and what the size of the picture in the post should be, will generate a second mail adress with “mail2blog” in it. You also have the option to have the body of your mail used as the body of your post and you can set some default tags like “moblog” for example.
- Now add this mail adress to your iPhone’s adress book (I simply called it moblog).
Moblogging with the iPhone in practice
- Take a picture
- Select “mail picture”
- Adress it to your flickr mail2blog adress
- Type the title you want in your subject line
- If you want to add tags type tags:yourtaghere anothertag “tag with spaces” into the body of the message.
- Hit send and you’re done
It looks complicated but once it’s set up it’s a very easy and fast way to moblog from your iPhone.
Check out my moblog over at “From my iPhone onto your screen“