Jan 08 11
Strange things happen when you run a web site! Obviously there’s the really strange stuff like endless spam. But along with the (climbing) adventures that this site focuses on (remembering many people find hanging by your finger tips above certain death quite a strange pastime) there’s also a lot of interesting (and strange) things happening too…
In December I was contacted by WOM World asking if I’d be interested in conducting a trial of the new Nokia N82 Handset. The only string attached was that I write a review. Why not I thought, it might be fun!
Here’s an excerpt from that invitation:
…we aim to provide more hands-on experiences with Nseries so people can gain and share real user insights.
We will soon get hold of a special sport pack which includes the new Nokia N82 pre-installed with a handy application called ‘sportstracker’ which collates all of your training info such as, distance travelled and average speed etc. The pack also contains a Salomon pursuits kit. Judging by your blog we thought this might be of interest to you…
As I understand it, this handset isn’t available in the UK yet. So it was quite interesting to see what might be possible with the new technology. Here’s what it looks like:
The “shiny” N82 handset.
It also comes with a massive 2Gb microSD card loaded with maps for the GPS…
Basically it looks just like the previous model (one of my colleagues at work has a N73), except there’s a whole load more electronics packed inside!
Here’s all the other stuff that came with the handset:
Salmon sports back pack, snazzy headphones & microphone with a neck strap, USB lead, video lead, and a mains charger.
Oh, there’s some smart packaging too!
So what did I think?
The easiest way for me to do this is simply to list what I thought was good (+ve) and what I thought wasn’t (-ve):
- Nice looking, the handset is undoubtedly attractive with lots of shiny parts (although it is quite large). In fact, if it wasn’t for the “shininess” I wouldn’t have noticed my work colleagues N73.
- I’ve not had a handset with WiFi access before, and this is great. When in range of a wireless network you’ve got access so you can go surfing at no (extra) network costs… Brilliant.
- The GPS feature is great to have (although note my -ve comment below). The handset seems to also have an even better idea of where you are using cell location from nearby mobile masts. But I couldn’t really confirm this living in the cell phone dead spot called Cumbria!
- The handset also has a very good 3 mega-pixel camera with a proper flash (many don’t have that, relying instead on a simple LED).
- Why do you need network access to use the maps (GPS) feature? Okay, so it can then get the latest info like traffic jams etc., but what if you don’t want / need that – it just runs up your telephone bill (you are unlikely to be in range of a WiFi network when on the road)! That is unless your mobile package has some kind of unlimited on-line access included.
I can only guess that mobile phone manufacturers are in cahoots with the cell phone companies on this one. Nokia have nothing to gain by this, only the cell companies profit from network access…
- The map data is good, but in rural areas (Cumbria and the Lake District being one! ) expect to get lost! Many of the small country lanes are missing! Poor, a simple bottom of the range TomTom ONE has all the roads on it…
And a final thought, the Salomon back pack… A nice pack, great for running and other aerobic sports, being neat and close fitting. But (and there had to be a “but” didn’t there) the elasticated straps on the back pack get it the way of opening it – unzip the pack and you still can’t open it fully ‘cos of the bungee cords! Doh. Do not pass “Go”, do not collect $200, and go straight
to jail back to the design board Salomon!
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